Thursday, March 17, 2016


After two and a half months of not blogging, I've almost forgotten how! A couple of people asked me recently if I was ever coming back, and I'm happy to say the answer is yes! I never intended to take such a long break, but once you get out of the habit of taking photos and blogging regularly, it can be difficult to start back up again. But I've missed posting here--Instagram is really just not the same, for me, anyway. I will always love reading blogs (and blogging) more. I do still post to IG regularly, and I loooove looking at other people's photos, but I don't really like reading (or typing) on my phone, so that platform will always have it's limitations for me. (I still love snapchat too, by the way; it's a whole 'nother animal, but it's sooooo fun!)

Anyway, on to some SOOC photos. I found a couple of rolls of film from last summer (I think?) in a drawer in my studio, and I just got the first roll back last week. All of this lush greenery climbing up the sides of old buildings makes me ache for summer sooooo bad. We had our first taste of warm weather this past week, and it's been heaven! I heard talk of more cold weather and snow coming for Sunday, but I'm not even letting that get me down because I know warmer days are coming, and everything will be green and gold again. :)

P.S. Hope everyone is having an excellent St. Patrick's Day and doing something fun tonight...if you're into fun, that is. I'm pretty anti-fun, so I'll most likely be staying home lol. :)

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Our Tree

Hi guys! How are you? It's been a while. The holiday season was a busy one for
My Hideaway, which kept me cutting and stitching, packing and shipping right up to Christmas. I loved every second of it. Thanks so much to everyone who supported my little shop!

I've since been feeling a bit under the weather, as tends to happen this time of year after the holiday rush. Needless to say, our New Year's Eve celebration will be a quiet one at home, probably with hot tea and soup instead of bubbly, but that's OK.

I wanted to share a few pics of our "big" tree this year. Because I decorated the mantel with gold and white accents, I decided to keep the same color scheme for the tree. We didn't pack on too many ornaments either because Peter and I wanted to let the natural beauty of the branches shine through.

If you're wondering where the colorful felt and handmade ornaments are, rest assured, we had two trees! I have a smaller white tinsel tree that I stuffed full of cheerful little felt ornaments and funny trinkets that people have given us over the years, and that sat on the hall table to greet everyone who came through the door...definitely a crowd-pleaser. :)

I'm normally a "more is more" type of person when it comes to Christmas decorations. Bring on the bright colors and festive garlands and all the sparkle, but I really loved our gold and white minimal decorations this year. It felt calm and peaceful, while still being cozy and cute. It's given me a lot of ideas for things I want to try next year!

Speaking of next year, I'm working on making my list of goals and resolutions, both for my business and my personal life. I'm thinking there are going to be some big changes in 2016. What about you? Making any resolutions?

Happy New Year's Eve! Hope you have a good one! xo, Mary

Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Decorating - On the Mantel

gold and white holiday decorations
I decided to keep our holiday decor simple this year: white and gold accents surrounded by fresh greenery. I'm not usually one for minimalism at Christmastime, but I have to say I love how calm and peaceful it looks. I did have plans to DIY a white wreath out of felt, but I've been too busy to indulge in just-for-fun crafting, and I didn't want to wait until Christmas Eve to put up our decorations. So I bought this paper wreath kit from Paper Source as an alternative. It's so pretty!! I don't know if you can tell from these photos, but half the leaves are made from paper with a shimmer finish, and half from paper with a matte finish. It has just the right amount of shimmer to catch the light, particularly when the candles are lit, without being too over-the-top and glittery.

Paper Source winter wreath kit
I'm not gonna lie though, it did take forever to put together. I probably would've been able to design and execute my own DIY in the time it took! But I honestly don't regret it at all; it looks beautiful above the mantel, and I think it fits in perfectly with the decorations we already had.

brass candle holders and porcelain candle holders on the mantel
holiday decorations on the mantel
We've been trying new holiday-scented candles lately too...maybe I'll share some that we've liked if anyone's interested in that sort of thing. I never really thought I'd be a candle person, but it just makes the whole room cozy and warm (especially now that the nights are drawing in), and lighting candles has become a daily habit.

Hope everyone has had a great start to the week! And to my fellow shop owners in the midst of the holiday rush, remember to take a break now and then and breathe. Don't worry, it will all get done. xo, Mary

Thursday, December 3, 2015


It's been busy around here for the past few weeks as I've turned into a one-woman felt ornament factory, but I wanted to take a quick break from making things to post a few SOOC shots.

I took these photos last year with my Yashica, and I love the sort of quiet, small town vibe they portray, which is not really accurate. I seem to be able to get shots with no people in them on busy streets quite often; I wonder if it's my introvert nature and desire to live in a less crowded place manifesting itself through my photography. Probably.

I have two rolls of film sitting on my desk waiting to be developed, and I can't wait to see what's on them! That's one of the great things about film: I often wait a while to get film developed, and then it's a total surprise when I open the package and flip through my prints.

I'll definitely share more SOOC posts soon! xo, Mary

Monday, November 30, 2015

New Ornaments!

Hi guys! I wanted to share a few more ornaments that I've added to the shop and remind everyone that today is the last day to save 15% off with coupon code HOLIDAY2015.

I actually have a few more ornaments that I wanted to have listed by today, but it's been horribly dark and rainy here, and I've struggled to get good photos. I looked at the weather forecast for the next week, and there's nothing but rain everyday until Thursday. I definitely don't want to wait that long to list ornaments because I know that some early birds have already bought their trees! But I will probably wait for better lighting to photograph and list the notebooks I've finished and other things. So expect a few things to be added later on this week and early next week. I'm going to try to photograph the rest of the ornaments today and list them tomorrow, regardless of the weather. Wish me luck. xo, Mary

Friday, November 27, 2015

Shop Update + Sale!

Hey guys! Just wanted to do a quick post to let you know lots of new ornaments have been added to the shop and more are coming! Also, you can save 15% off everything with coupon code "HOLIDAY2015" through Monday night.

I've been making a list this morning of all my favorite handmade shops having sales and trying to do as much Christmas shopping as I can today. This is more fun to me than getting presents. :)

Happy shopping, friends!!! xo, Mary

Friday, November 20, 2015

What's Happenin', Hot Stuff?

This is just a small, prettily arranged pile of what is actually taking over my life right now. I'm basically just floating in a sea of crafty flotsam and jetsam. Really though, I've stabbed myself more times than I can count, and I'm pretty sure I have a permanent hunch in my back from leaning over my desk. BUT! New things are coming soon. :)

What are you guys up to this weekend? I've been busy working on a few side projects lately, one of which was to shoot family portraits for some folks, and I'm trying to finish up editing today. I have much respect for people who do this all the time because going through and editing hundreds or thousands of photos takes sooooo much time, at least if you're going to do it right. That's one of the many reasons why photography is better as a side gig for me.

Actually, now that I think about it, every project I take on is very time consuming, like see-you-in-a-few-months kind of time consuming. One of these days, I'll figure out how to be one of those people who does things quick and easy. Are you one of those people? Share your secrets, please. :)

We are also going to Glenstone tomorrow, which I'm really excited about. It's actually not great timing with everything else we have going on this weekend, but I made the reservation months ago, and I'm not giving up our spots! Glenstone is a modern art museum in Potomac, Md. that's only open Wed. to Sat., and they only allow a certain number of people in at a time. Reservations are required, and you can probably imagine that weekends fill up fast, which is the reason we've never been before. Photography isn't allowed inside, but I'll probably post about it anyway if the show is good.

What are you guys up to this weekend? Oh also, if anyone has any good suggestions for shows to stream while I'm sewing I'd greatly appreciate it! I've been re-watching old shows like Buffy for the millionth, possibly billionth, time. And I'm not saying there can ever be too much Buffy, but you know, I'd love to get into a new show also. I feel like it helps me get into a rhythm when I'm working, and I can challenge myself to try and finish one ornament in the time it takes to watch one episode. For the record, that has never happened, everything I make takes too long, but it's something to shoot for.

Hope everyone has a cozy and crafty weekend! xo, Mary