Monthly Archives: December 2012

o christmas tree

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I just wanted to let you guys in on a little secret.  If you have never been to the nursery The Backyard, you should go there.  It is a small little garden center off of 17th Street and Tustin in Costa Mesa and it literally is a backyard.  The front house is a cute little shop called 7 Blue Chairs, also noteworthy, but more on that later.  It was a wasted space that was just sitting there until these guys decided to turn it into a nursery.  They have beautiful Christmas trees, so if you are local and you haven’t purchased your tree yet, make your way to The Backyard and tell Ryan, the owner, that you read about it here at Perfect Piece of Time!  We usually like going to Irvine and cutting down our own tree at Pelzer Pines, but it was so fun to walk to go get a tree.  No tying it to the car or anything like that.  Plus, I am always a fan of supporting local business.  And the atmosphere definitely beats Target or the grocery store parking lot.  Oh and one more thing!  If you are looking for a space to host your next party, The Backyard does that too!  There are pretty white lights strung across the yard that make the ambiance perfect for a reception or shower.  It is perfect for anyone in need of a landscaped backyard who doesn’t have one!

Okay, now back to 7 Blue Chairs.  It is a super cute store that sells chic-vintage-modern…stuff!  I don’t know how to describe it!  I bought washi tape (printed Japanese masking tape) and a baby push toy there, but the other day a lady walked out with rug and a chair.  You can read about her shop here for more: http://www.localemagazine.com/orange-county-lifestyle/7-blue-chairs-modern-vintage-decor-goods-in-orange-county/

My friend, Kat Harris described the store as selling bric a brac.  I LOVE that word (is it considered one word even though there are spaces???).  I don’t use it in my vocabulary, although I just might have to start.  It is just a fun word to say, try it!  I decided to look it up and here’s what I found:

noun, ( used with a singular or plural verb  )

miscellaneous small articles collected for their antiquarian,sentimental, decorative, or other interest.
So, 7 Blue Chairs sells bric a brac.  Kat Harris takes pictures.  And The Backyard is a lovely place to take pictures.  Have a look.
mommy and tatum
piper wagon 2
christmas pic family pic

merry kissmas!

merry kissmas!

 

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There is so much to tell you!  I have been lagging on the blog lately, my apologies.  Things are busy this time of year and since no one is paying me to keep this up, I guess it gets put on the back burner sometimes.  We went up to Big Bear for Thanksgiving and also celebrated my 33rd birthday up there.  Yikes!  I don’t like getting old.  I wouldn’t trade my life for anyone else’s, but I wouldn’t mind looking the way I did 15 years ago and having the responsibilities I had back then either.  The Sunday after Thanksgiving I did my first craft fair!  Patchwork Indie and Arts festival is amazing.  I have attended a few of them, and finally I decided I should try selling my deodorant.  Now for all of you pinterest-loving granolas out there, you might be saying, I’ve been making my own deodorant for years.  Great!  Yes, you can find lots of different recipes for homemade deodorant online.  I started making my product and selling it a few months ago to those out there who have heard the concerns about the aluminum in deodorant possibly being linked to Alzheimer’s have always wanted to try and make your own deodorant, but really never have the time, so you just grab Secret when you are out and about at Target.  It is also for those people who are just interested in trying something new, since it doesn’t cost you a pretty penny, and would never make your own deodorant.  That would be way to Little House on the Prairie for you.  And the price?  Well, for the size and how long it lasts it is comparable to what you would spend in the store.  I wanted to make it that way so that people wouldn’t find it difficult to make the switch.

That’s how this started, and then came natural sunscreen, and now I have my etsy shop and I can put whatever I want on there!  Check it out at smell-swell.com

sun swell

 

just some other goodies you can find on the etsy page

just some other goodies you can find on the etsy page

 

 

upcycled gift bags