Hi friends. I’ve missed you. Life is busy. Wonderful, delightful, and serendipitous. But busy. My goodness.

I apologize for my absence in the blogosphere. Passing grad school has taken precedence. But I’m always thinking about you. I’m always wishing I was editing photos instead of working pivot tables. I’d always rather be sewing than nearly anything else. So bear with me. This too (and hopefully I) shall pass. In seven weeks.

But life is good, and fall is hanging around, letting us enjoy just a few more days of warmth. I think Colorado is at peak fall colors right now. My bike rides have been glorious. Not too hot, sunny, and filled with the most beautiful golden light.

Other golden things in my life? Oh, you know, just some thrifted jewelry. I’m on a kick.

I purchased the above pendant in Kalispell, Montana at the most epic thrift store I’ve ever seen. That thrift store may or may not have influenced my decision to go home for Thanksgiving. Of course, seeing my family is the main reason, but this thrift store played a small part. Yes, this pendant has a “G” engraved on it, which stands for absolutely no part of my name. So it stands for “Great”, because the necklace is just that.

These vintage earrings and wet hair. Totally, like, 1992. I’m pretty sure my mom had a pair of these. Beauties like these can be spotted at most thrift stores and I finally decided to pick up a pair. I love them. Such a nice casual earring, that, like all the other things featured in this post, allow you to be lazy about your morning routine. When you never take the jewelry off, you always look put together, right?

I apologize because you’ve seen this bracelet. I still haven’t taken it off since I bought it. It’s great, and so versatile. It can be paired with other bracelets for that arm party trend that’s happening. It can be worn alone for a simple and classic look. I didn’t realize my arms were so freckly and I never noticed that scar. Lovely.

It took me some time to venture into the thrifted jewelry arena. But I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve found so far. New jewelry is expensive, and thrifting some basic pieces is a great alternative.

Unfortunately, Sew Thrifted will be postponed a week. Despite being busier than a beaver, there are some pretty exciting things coming up that I’m working hard on! Stay tuned for some more guest blogging, more Sistershare, and a whole lotta bad jokes.

I had no idea that lavender peaked in the fall. None. In fact, I even remember visiting lavender fields in Oregon in 2010, and I specifically do not remember it being fall. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have the mind of an 80 year old.

Last night when Beagle was doing his business in the dark I was randomly stroking a small shrub. Don’t worry about it, it’s normal. That shrub happened to give off the most lovely scent. Lavender in my front yard? Yes please.

So after a particularily busy and hectic day, I went out to that shrub this afternoon and I cut some of that lavender. I made up three little jars and gifted two of them to my dear friends. The other is sitting in my bathroom and I can smell it from at least thirty feet away. This stuff is pungent. In a good way.

Also, leaves. Because it’s fall. Just one story about leaves and then I’ll leave you alone.

During my first autumn in Portland, I was incredibly homesick. I remember whining to my mom about how it was rainy, there were bums everywhere, annndddd the leaves don’t crunch when you walk on them.┬áThe next week I received a large box full of crunchy Montana leaves from that dear woman. I still tear up when I think about that.

In Colorado, the leaves do crunch. Thank goodness.

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