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Apr. 28th, 2008

to my livejournal friends...

I started this journal over four years ago as a place to network with other costumers and post my own "musings". But since then my interests have changed and after moving my blog to my own server, I've decided to stop mirror-posting here.

However I really don't want to leave you all our in the cold and loose touch! My sister was kind enough to set up a Syndicated Feed of my blog so that you can still subscribe to it (if you'd like), and it'll show up on your friends page:

Casey's Musings Feed


It's been so lovely getting to know you all, and in a way I'm sad about leaving my first blog. I hope you'll continue to stay in touch--you all have been such wonderful friends over the years! :)

:: clutter! your days are numbered... ::

04.28.08 {rediscovery}

Honestly, I haven’t been staring at my computer, working on my side redesign exclusively for the past week! lol. Saturday ended up being my self-imposed Computer Break (because I had been fiddling with the site layout too much. I must learn self-control in the area of tweaking little code snippets!). Instead I set to tackle the *dundundun-dun* Mess.

The upside of my compulsive antiquing/thrifting/yard saling/bargain-hunting is that I find some really amazing treasures that have proven to be very useful. It has fostered a greater resolve to not spend so much money, and recycle/reuse. The bad is that it gets to a point where the stuff starts taking over my room (and eventually my little corner half of the basement). Clutter depresses me. It chokes my urge to sew, create, or generally have anything to do with my room besides work on my computer, exercise, and sleep.

04.28.08 {springtime giveaway | one}

I took everything out of my closet, sorted, re-boxed, threw-out and bundled up to give away and sell. I went through all my papers and put aside large stacks of vintage ephemera to package (for the popular Vintage Paper Packets I sold out of last autumn!). Even my bed was pulled out, vacuumed under (the dust bunny population was not happy...). Now I just have to go through my fabric and clothing that is stored in the basement. That scares me! Not because there is so much (though there is...), but I tend towards keeping rather than getting rid of when it comes to old clothing. But what if I need it, you know, later?! is what the excuse is to resist the decluttering.

So, all this to say that in celebration of my newly-organized room and the new site, I’m having a little Springtime Giveaway!!! This little packet consists of a 1930s Vogue Guide to Sewing*, a vintage dishtowel embellished with openwork (teatime picnic, anyone?!), and a cd to while away the springtime hours (in this case, the Emma soundtrack, which I love!). Oh, and there’s a little goody attached to the outside as well...

* I must confess, this is in rather sad condition (it came to me that way), but I couldn’t bear to just toss it. I think it would prove useful for collage--or even tearing out the pages and framing them!

04.28.08 {springtime giveaway | two}

Comment in this post between now and Wednesday evening, and I’ll randomly draw a name on Thursday. Be sure to comment with your email (it won’t be published) so I can contact you if you win!

This week we’re going back into the 19th century with Vintage Monday! I love this illustration from the mid 1850’s; I mean look at the skirt’s flounces!! I sercretly harbor a desire to have a three-flounce skirt, only probably at a more manageable length (I am nicknamed “Casey the Klutz” for a reason...). And look closely: the flounces have stripes. Which is even better, in my opinion!

04.28.08 {vintage monday}

Thank you all again for your sweet comments about the portfolio site and blog--you all are such dears!

Apr. 27th, 2008

:: so much excitement! ::

After days of furious coding, databases crashing (not my fault...), late nights, and trying not to change the design yet again, I have a portfolio website!

04.27.08 { new site | one }

I’m so ecstatic! In the process I also moved my blog, and the new address is: http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com. As with my last blog-move, I’ll be posting in conjunction with the "old" blog for a week, and then will permanently move to the new home. So please adjust your feeds (sorry about this--I know it’s so annoying!).

04.27.08 { new site | two }

So what do you think? ( continue reading... )

Apr. 21st, 2008

:: rainy day thoughts ::

04.21.08 {vintage finds | one}

I’ve been struck by the urge to go through all my stacks and stashes of stuff and dispose of items that I no longer need. I suppose it’s only fitting, considering that it is springtime, and spring cleaning is in order. Most of the items I’m giving away/selling/otherwise dispossessing were collected during my teenage years. Perhaps it has to do with my birthday two weeks away.

I had a very lovely--albeit far too short--weekend with my Beau. He was only up for two days; we had so much catching up to do, things to discuss, places to go... But we did get to just sit on the deck Saturday evening as the sun went down and enjoy the beautiful weather.

04.21.08 {vintage finds | two}

I have been listening to the Lost in Translation soundtrack and various Jesus and Mary Chain albums almost constantly since yesterday morning. A rainy gloom has settled over the sky, but its different from the cold gloom of the winter; I think the warmth of the air makes it more bearable--almost fun. I walked around outside yesterday with an umbrella held over my head, my toes splashing in the warm rainwater as it cascaded down the street. I love springtime!

04.21.08 {1945 seventeen | one}

Last week I found a new-to-me antique shop in one of my favorite, small towns nearby. Although it was generally overpriced, there were a few deals here and there--one just had to do some digging! I unearthed these two, darling drum majorette pins (I’m especially fond of the silhouette one), and a 1945 copy of Seventeen. Its kinda falling apart, but I love all the illustrations and fashion and oh! I’m just as in love with the 1940’s as ever. lol. So in place of my usual, Vintage Monday feature, here is an array of images from this lovely find; hope you’re inspired.

04.21.08 {1945 seventeen | eight}

04.21.08 {1945 seventeen | seven}

[ more images here! ]

Cheers!

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p.s. Oh, and I just wanted to say that I really appreciate the feedback about the site design I did for Kate! *blushes* Yes, I do a little bit of graphic work and website development on the side, I just rarely tend to talk about it here!

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