A Recipe for Inspiration

A Recipe for Inspiration

A Recipe For Inspiration

DSC06448Some sea glass green notions and books from The Spotted Cod in Sandwich, Massachusetts on the Cape.

Embellishment Inspiration

DSC06445 I stopped by the most adorable seaside town on the Cape, called Sandwich which is the oldest town on the Cape. Even the name spells enchanting.

Well there is this wonderful shop called The Spotted Cod. Her entire shop is designed in the beautiful colors of sea glass aqua and green.


Amanda's guest book was such a hit, I took a trip to Sandwich to purchase some notions and lovely guest books...


DSC06445 I am going to hand-paint these books in watercolors. I am also designing some new Scrapbooks of Inspiration for my shop, so I needed some notions, ribbons and trims.

Inspiration & Notions

DSC06448Some Vintage ribbons and treasures from Nesting on Main, in Concord, Ma. I understand that they are going to be featured in Boston Home Magazine. Why am I not surprised?

French Accents

DSC06445Do you see these lovely bags? Well I have this photo on flickr, which led me to meeting the lovely Rosa. She creates these amazing bags, which I had purchased in Nesting. Have a peek into her lovely world on etsy. She has been featured in Somerset, and other publications and her shop is filled with beautiful French Inspiration and other products.

DSC06445 I also purchased some trims from the Spotted Cod...so pretty.

vintage ribbons and trim

DSC06448Finally, I found a new book inspired by The Tinsel Trading Company, written by Kaari Meng from the French General, Kaari also has a lovely blog called The Warp and The Weft, scraps about French General.

Inspiration & Notions

Kaari has just published this new book called Treasured Notions. Oh, I just love her web site, and her trip to the South of France brought tears to my eyes. If you visit, click on the video for her Getaway, sigh.


DSC06445 The book is a peek into Kaari's inspired trip down the basement of Tinsel Trading Company with Marcia Cepos. In fact if you are in NYC on the 15th of May, stop by The Tinsel Trading Company to get a copy and have it signed by Kaari and Marcia.


DSC06445 So there I was in search of ingredients for more Scrapbooks of Inspiration and little did I know that I had danced my way through the pages of Kaari's new book, my favorite shops and gathering notions, trims and ideas...and when I returned home I looked at all of the ingredients and they were all in the same color scheme! I love when that happens. Did you know that there is a Sea Glass Association, and they have a festival each year?

My creation

DSC06446 The song for this post is DREAM.

My creation
Blondie's Journal said...


It sounds like a wonderful shop. What a coincidence that you bought the same treasures as you saw in the book. I have been to Kaari's (?) site a few times. I didn't know she was a published writer. It's been awhile.

So glad you had a good time. I have to pop over to your shop!


Lori said...

i have two of Kaari's books and they are gorgeous...i love what you did with the goodies you bought Karin...the color scheme is lovely too!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH THE COLOR ALONE IS INSPIRING! I love the ribbon with the little roses on it; I have it in red, which is not my favorite color, in fact I detest red! But the ribbon is worth the keep!!!



Vee said...

Learned a lot here today. I do know that I love to collect sea glass, but there's an association? Fun. Love the colors you've selected...happy surprises are always good. Now to find the journey to France that made you weep...oh my!

Vee said...

That was lovely! Enjoyed seeing all those artisans at work on hats, dying fabrics, setting up flea markets, etc. It also reminded me of the little field a few miles away that reminds me of the French countryside. Ahhh, that may be the only way that I can go... :D Hope that you get to visit one day soon!

myletterstoemily said...

oh, how lovely! such talent.

i tagged you today, but please feel
released from the responsiblity of
the tagging scheme.

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Karen,
What a lovely post! I love the colors sea glass aqua and green! The shops would be a treat to see.
Take care and have a wonderful day,

Nancy Jo said...

Lots of places to go visit and lots of good ideas. I have tons of ribbons and trims, you should live closer to me you come come get what you want.
As always you have lots of creative energy.
How are your eyes?? Better I hope.
Nancy Jo

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Karen, Such beautiful inspiration! Love those soft colors. laurie

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

So very lovely!!!1

Carol said...

Luscious! I painted my living room is that soft sea color & love it!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Karen, what I wouldn't give to visit those wonderful shops with you!

Hello, my friend! I have been up to my eyeballs in alligators with workmen and projects going awry, but I took a break today to blog. I haven't forgotten that I need to send you a little something, but please be patient with me. AND I wanted you to know that I had one day where I got to check the cuter than cute Alices, and they are both PERFECT for the room! Cecelia is going to flip out when she sees it all. I've got to finish all of this here, and then I will get to that. Just endless details. I go back to the grind tomorrow, but I'm hoping I will be able to blog again soon. More later.

Sending you warm hugs across the miles. I always LOVE seeing what you're doing! You never, ever disappoint. XOXOXO


Sheila :-)

Alison Gibbs said...

Karen so many beautiful photos and inspirational treasures

Kathleen Grace said...

I love that beautiful color! I can't wait to see what you make with these thing Karen!

Letherton said...

so pretty

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Take a minute an check my blog out
I have lots of great giveaways going on.
Thanks :)


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How beautiful! I'll enjoy visiting the shop and browsing! ♥ I love the colors of the sea!

Sarah said...

I' am having a grand time visiting your previous posts. Love, love, love your blog. I'm so happy I've found you. This is a shop I'd like to visit the next time I get myself up to the Cape. Perhaps I'll plan a trip with this in mind. I have a good friend who lives in Centerville. The small towns of the Cape are so charming. Thanks for sharing this one.