Sunday at the Rose Bowl Flea Market

Vintage Ribbon from the Rose Bowl Flea Market
Today a friend and I braved the heat and the crowds at the Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena. I love poking around the stalls and chatting with the vendors. On this trip I found some beautiful vintage ribbons that I can't wait to find uses for. I'm smitten with the rich two-tone colors!

If you live in the Los Angeles area this is such a great place to score all sorts of vintage finds. The market takes place on the second Sunday of every month. Details can be found on the R.G. Canning website.

If you decide to make the trip here are some quick flea market tips:

1. Go early! The market opens at 9:00 am. There's a special "preview" option available from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. Admission is $8 if you enter at 9:00, and $10 if you enter at 8:00. I like to take advantage of the extra hour before the crowds get too large and the sun gets too hot.
2. Bring Cash! Veteran flea market shoppers probably know this, but most vendors prefer cash and many only accept cash. It's also easier to haggle when you're paying someone in cash instead of whipping out the credit card. Plus, If you pay your entrance fee with a $10 bill they will give you a nice crisp $2 bill as change. Such a fun little bonus!
3. Plan for the weather! Mornings in Pasadena can be chilly, but by noon the sun beats down on the asphalt where the vendors set up their stalls. There's no shade between the long winding aisles of knick-knacks and it gets HOT. Wear layers and bring a hat and sunblock to keep you protected. Packing a bottle of water is a good idea too!


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Welcome Fall

Sunflowers, Feverfew and Mums
Fall is my favorite season, but it's been hard to get into the spirit here in SoCal where the temperature has been hovering at about 100 degrees for the last month. Finally this week temperatures dropped a bit... into the 70s and 80s. Not exactly sweater-weather, but I was happy for the reprieve and ready to bring a bit of fall flourish into the house.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Whole Foods was also in a fall frenzy. Displays of pumpkins, fall flowers, and bunches of wheat graced the entry. I filled my cart with a few fall favorites.
Wheat, delicate white pumpkins, and lots of mail to sort 

Back at home, I pulled together a bouquet of Mums, Sunflowers, and Feverfew to cheer up the dining room table and I placed a bunch of wheat and white pumpkins on the entry table to distract from the big pile of unsorted mail. It was starting to feel like fall but something was missing -- the smell of fall.

I raided my baking cabinet for a simple fix -- a simmer pot. If you've never put together a simmer pot, trust me, you'll love it!  It's so easy -- in just a few short minutes you'll be steaming your way to fall fragrance utopia. For my simmer pot I grabbed cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and orange peels.
cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and orange peels for a fall simmer pot

Just boil a few cups of water in a pot on the stove and add your ingredients. Let them bubble away for a couple of minutes and then reduce the heat to LOW letting the water simmer. The sweet, spicy scent fills the house in no time. Just be sure that you monitor the water level so that it doesn't get too low. Keep adding water as necessary.  If you don't have these ingredients on hand you probably have something else tucked away in your spice rack that will work -- try vanilla, bay leaves, lavender, apple peels or lemon peels.

With the house looking festive I would love to dress up the porch a bit. Anyone have tips for fall decor that can take the heat?

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Lucky

despite my brown thumb, we've kept this little shamrock alive for 2 years
we lovingly refer to it as "lucky"
Hello, blog.  Goodness, it's been a very, very long time since I've posted anything.  Despite the obvious lack of activity around here, I've been checking in on this little blog over the last year or so.  It's been wonderful to find that people still come here to find crafts, make recipes and leave feedback.  I've been longing to get back here myself and share all that's been happening.

But, the truth is that it's been like the creative outlet in my life has been switched OFF.  Worse yet, as time has passed I've had this growing sense of blog-fright. What should I share?  Do I have good ideas? Does anyone really want to see them?

If you've ever written a blog post you might know the feeling I'm talking about.  It's that paralyzing moment before you hit PUBLISH where you wonder if the things you're sending out to the world are really worth sharing.

On top of the blog-paralysis, life has been busy.  Really busy...  But, wonderful busy.
MirandaMade has taken the back burner to a lot of other life projects...

Matt and I got married.  Yay!  And then we moved from a tiny apartment to a tiny house.  We've worked hard to find life/work balance and, recently, we got the best news of our lives -- we're expecting a baby this winter!

I feel totally lucky and completely blessed.  More so, I feel like... I need to get back to my blog!!

Lots of fun to come, little blog -- I've missed you!


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Mother's Day Ring Garden Gift


Here's a sweet and simple gift for the kids to craft this Mother's day. Plant a little ring garden using golf tees, Styrofoam and felt. It's the perfect place for storing your rings and it looks darling on a dresser or vanity -- just slip your rings over the felt flowers. If this gift strikes your fancy just print out the tutorial and pass it on to dad -- he can help the kids get crafty.

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