Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Village.

So sorry for my absence on Friday, I have been so good about a consistent Friday Style File post and am annoyed with myself for missing it.




We spent the weekend at a wedding in NorCal- a wedding of a friend I have know since I was 7. My whole inner circle was there.....I have know all of them for over 25 years. We spent summers growing up on beach vacations to Pajaro Dunes and swimming and doing talent shows for our parents at Pine Mountain Lake, not to mention 4th of July parades on Mossbrook Circle. These are my peeps! Since all of my extended family lives in England, I adopted all of them as my aunts, uncles and cousins-- but mostly my second moms! I'll save a separate blog post for the most talented and caring women I know. It was a real treat for all of us to be together because everyone is so busy that it's hard to get us all in one spot at the same time, but a wedding tends to do the trick.



Jon and Juliet got married in a field of wildflowers next to the lake on their property. Check out the isle--




It was amazing....ahhhhh-mazing. A merging of their Irish and Italian families. Bag pipes and pasta bars!




Jon's mom, Marnie, did everything-- from plant that field of wildflowers, all the flowers bouquets, made flower girls dresses, her own dress, tablecloths, prepped the catering to even making the cake--yes, the cake. (Multiply Marnie by 4 and you have the village that raised me....now you see why I am who I am) When we were driving there, Brian asked me what the music would be....was Marnie dj'ing?? Don't give her any ideas!!




Anyway, it was a fabulous weekend topped off by a Sunday brunch (yes again all hosted by Marnie at their house) on my birthday. It was wonderful to spend my birthday with my extended family. It so rarely happens, especially now that we live in SoCal. It was a REAL TREAT. And since I missed my usual Friday polyvore, here is one of my birthday loot. (I did get a new delicious camera--I didn't get THAT camera, but it's so pretty I had to throw in there to represent)


I was looking forward to coming home and having a relaxing early part of the week before heading out to Palm Springs with girlfriends for a few days. BUT-- dun-dun-dun --- a few orders came in over the weekend AND on the drive up to NorCal Brian and I decided it would be a good idea to have a party for July 4th. (Why do I do these things to myself?? It's the Marnie in me I think!!) So now I'm sewing like a mad woman, prettying the backyard and pool and prepping a food list for the 25-30 people we'll be entertaining on Sunday. This is how I live...and I think I would have it no other way! But I'll have to blame my mom, the Marnie, the Sue and the Karen in me-- it's the way I grew up!

luvluv.

Simone

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Table for Two

I can DREAM of a romantic garden dinner, yes? Without the girls playing badminton and cranking tunes from the ipod just around the rose bushes. This is what it would look like.



A gorgeous patchwork tablecloth, vintage dishes, candles and wine. A tablecloth like this is all you need to set the mood for any party. Long, drapey and colorful. It's the start of garden.house.home. They'll be custom made by moi for toi. (is that how you spell toi??) For your perfect backyard picnic, dinner for two, or a night of fun and games with girlfriends.


If you'd like a recipe to go along with you fabulous tablecloth, I made this tonight...they were delish! My only feedback would be do not use a 1/3 cup to make the fritters, it is too big. make them smaller and they will be easier to turn and will stick together better. We didn't eat at that cozy table in the courtyard garden because well, badminton and the ipod got in the way. Good family fun-- tunes, games and good food.

Must run-- they're playing my song and I have to go defend my title!

luvluv.
Simone

Monday, June 21, 2010

Lovely.

We had a lovely weekend.



My boots and I had a fabulous time at bunko on Saturday night.


Sunday we spent Fathers Day at the beach and the evening playing badminton in the backyard. Three dogs, two kids, myself and one amazing dad. He loves his girls, his dogs, and quality family time (and tennis too) .... And we adore him!

I have big plans for this week....stay tuned for a fantastic tablecloth reveal. Some vintage and some handmade and maybe even a combo of both.

luvluv.

Simone

Friday, June 18, 2010

Get your Party Boots on.

I'm hosting Bunko this weekend for a fun group of ladies who Ive been playing with since we moved here five years ago. The night can be as simple or extravagant as the host likes. I'll be somewhere in the middle of the range. A Southern Summer Kick Off on the back porch. With barbecue beef, shrimp fritters, hush puppies (from a local restaurant), corn cakes and Tennessee lemonade. And of course with Almond Champagne-- It's one of my favorite things. Decor will be plenty of roses, peonies, vintage glasses and mason jars. Patchwork tablecloths and lace parasols. (I'll post some pics on Monday) Why this theme you ask? Well, because of these boots. The ones I scored on 6pm.com. I'm having a party for my boots. But don't tell anyone, k. They might think I am crazy. div>
Party BootsFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Party Boots by simonehowell featuring Jessica Simpson shoes


These boots are made for partying.
Happy.Stylish.Friday, Ya'll.

luvluv.
Simone

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Scrap Style

I'm a bit obsessed with fabric scraps this week. Fabric flowers abound -- and I am loving making them! Last night I sat watching So You Think You Can Dance {Are you loving this season??} with a needle and thread and a pile of fabric scraps. I have a bunch of organic cotton little girls dresses that I'm embellishing and will be adding to the shop, as well as, of course, bags! Big straw bags with a gorgeous smattering of fabric flowers and vintage buttons, brooches and findings in true uninhibited Gardenhouse style.


Realizing how much scrap fabric I have motivated me to start a long overdue studio de-stash. I have been waiting for a time that I can do it all at once, but I now realize that will never happen. So I am on a mission to slowly and more realistically de-stash through out the summer. Starting with fabric scrap bags as well as selvage edge bags. Both are in the shop. I know there are loads of you out there who like to work selvages into your work, which is always amazing. A little print in with all the florals and patterns of todays fabrics is a great look. So head on over to the shop to grab some of the selvage bags-- That's all I have of them for now!



And if you need some fabric scrap ideas and inspiration.....The gorgeous and talented Sandi Henderson has written a fabulous book called "Sewing Bits and Pieces. 35 Projects Using Fabric Scraps"


There are some absolutely genius projects in it, including Treat Bags, Party Lights, Fabric Flowers and the CUTEST pattern for slippers. If you're looking for something to do with your fabric scraps (or my fabric scraps) this book is perfect.

Happy.Scrappy.Sewing.
luvluv.
Simone

Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer Lovin'

{Nope, not going to post a youtube of the song-- but i know you're singing it in your head! Me too...}

This is summer lovin'-- shorts. Lounge shorts, as promised.


FAB bohemian floral shorts with vintage button details-- Luuuurrrrrve!


My girls are obsessed with them and you and yours should be as well. These are all girls sizes but I have a pattern for ladies sizes too so will be making myself some as well- and I know you want some too...head on over to the shop to get some. Only one pair of each custom short can be made as my fabrics are dwindling.

And yes, that is some old school Girlfriends line -- coveted, I know!
And a polyvore to go with the shorts of course! - the girls have been rocking them around town with little tanks, frilly tops and cowgirl boots...simply adorable! How about a simple white tank with a delicate bow and a gingham button down shirt?

It's our first official day of summer lovin' vacation (weekends don't count, right?) I'm juggling laundry and sewing and blogging and two girls who didn't get enough sleep this weekend AND had dance recitals both days, but it is somehow remaining peaceful- I can hear the waterfall on the pool calling to me. It's going to be a great summer, I can feel it now!
Happy.Summer.Lovin'.

luvluv.
Simone

Friday, June 11, 2010

Om.

My brain is fried so not many words. Just a polyvore of where I'll be this afternoon and all day tomorrow. A little summer Zen. What if I really did have a backyard that looked like this?? I dream... yes, dream.

Summer is officially here. The school year ended today at 12:30. Now back to my siesta.
(Lounge shorts are coming on Monday--since I'm feeling so loungy this weekend. You're going to want some, I promise!)

Happy. Stylish. Summer Vacation.

luvluv.
Simone

Monday, June 7, 2010

Garden.House.Home

What do you think? garden.house.home. A second etsy shop? Goodies to feather your nest in true Gardenhouse style. One bolster, with a dash of velvet and a vintage brooch will certainly turn a crisp white bed into pure eye candy.


Custom pillows, one of a kind lampshades, vintage modern pretty trimmings, trappings and all sorts. I dream.....I dream.....I frequent so many flea markets and always seem to find such lovelies I would love to be able to make them available to you as well...and so I'm debating opening a second etsy shop. Handmade and vintage. Thoughts? Yes,please, never mind the fact that I am already backlogged on 4 patterns that all need literally one finishing touch, three already sewn designs that are just waiting to be photographed to hit the shop (new, delish stuff for your little one...my girls are obsessed with them) and an entire week of PTA and classroom duties- I think I am just feeling optimistic for the summer-- freeeeee time! Wait, the kids are going to be home. I think it's time to get them on the payroll, yes, life will be much easier if I pay the kids to do run around to flea markets and model clothes.

I'll sleep on it.
But you.... please tell me your thoughts on garden.house.home.

luvluv. zzzzzzzz

Simone

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Fear Not- Be Fabulous.

Inspiration for my next 100 posts:


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

a return to love - marianne williamson


Who are you and who am I not to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? I will try to bring a little of this to my blog as often as possible.



100 posts have come and gone, I feel like we should have a little tea to celebrate-- but those of you who know me well know I don't celebrate with tea-- Fabulous Green Tea Martini maybe.... Thanks for following along so far, I am so grateful.


luvluv.
Simone

{butterfly image via basilly on flickr and the tea set is anthropologie.}