Sunday, November 25, 2012

Happy Kids

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. We had family visiting, and the kids had a great time with their three cousins. Max and his cousin Audrey made a hideout under the porch of my parents house. It doesn't get more fun than that, really!
We have entered into a serious (and messy) crafty phase in the house.
It's Play Doh time every other day. But all of our Play Doh has this colorful tie dye thing going on. We need the super Play Doh pack for Christmas. Everything we've been creating, critters, little marbles, ice cream cones...everything is marbled.
Surprisingly, we had no school all last week. that was followed by a holiday. I need a few days to deep clean.
The night before Thanksgiving, Mimi's endocrine doctor called us and said that he thinks they'll just test her again in six months. I asked him about the short stature statement on his notes to her primary. He said, "we'll see if she falls off her growth curve." I said, "i think she's only grown a cm since July." I told him we'll see genetics in January. He doesn't think it's necessary, but my primary does.
I'm trying not to think of it today. Even though yesterday, from my calculations she ate 56+ grams of protein.
Max got new glasses! He can see a bit better and thinks they'll be cool with his bow ties.
Is Christmas really near? It seems so. but we have relatives headed to Europe during December, the cousins not coming after Christmas (which will make for a quieter holiday), Christmas lists made, a fake tree in the garage, which we'll probably (for budgets sake) break out again, and our holiday activities lined up on the calendar.
I would like to decorate a tiny bit. Maybe I'll just put the holiday wreathe on the door. I'll wait to get the rest out, until I have a handle on the house. XX

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Friday, November 16, 2012
The Fifth Annual Philadelphia Tweed Ride has arrived!

This Saturday, November 17th, make your way on down to the Water Works at noon for a stylish, leisurely ride through the union's most historical city! Filled with camaraderie, this ride is one of the most fun the city has to offer. For how relaxed the ride is, the competition between riders to win prizes provided by some generous local independent companies can really heat up. Riders are judged by tally against each other in the following categories: Most Magnificent Millinery, Most Marvelous Moustache, Most Stylish Steed, Most Snappy Lass, and Most Dapper Chap. Since you are already 16 days into No Shave November, don't be stingy on the moustache wax! There’s also a new prize for the most Picturesque Picnic, so come prepared with a lavish spread, a fun game, or other fine trappings! Additional prizes will be given out in a raffle.

This year the ride's organizers ask that all riders make a voluntary donation of only $1 to Philabundance in advance of the Thanksgiving and Holiday seasons. A single donation alone is able to provide 2 meals.The list of fabulous sponsors includes: Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Art Star, Briar Vintage, Community Bikes, Duke & Winston, Fabric Horse, Fairmount Bicycles, Maggie French Ethical Tweed Accessories, Philadelphia Salvage, R.E.Load Bags, RevivalSmith Vintage Goods, Rothera Cycling, Spodee, Trophy Bikes, Velo Orange, Volta Organics, and Zsa’s Gourmet Ice Cream.
Philadelphia Tweed Ride
Water Works
640 Water Works Drive

Registration begins at 11:00 am

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Shop Local for the Holidays

A Saturday in downtown Lancaster promises great food and amazing shopping!
You can pick up Maggie French for Izzy Lane accessories at Mommalicious, 310 North Queen and my famous felted flowers at the Mandarin Rose Spa at the Marriott Convention Center, 5th Floor.
Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I Vote for a President, and a Clothes Switcharoo...

I voted today and made boysenberry muffins. At night, when all the traffic was at the polls, I lugged all my "old life" clothes to the Candy Factory, for a cool trade-a-thon.
Give up your old clothes, see your friends, and find some new stuff to wear.
Whatever isn't taken, goes to Sandy victims, some who have lost everything.
Well, you can't beat hanging at the Candy Factory. Or seeing old friends. Or networking. Although I just told the group, "I'm Maggie French." Did not say, "I make headbands. and they are available across the street at Mommalicious." I was a bit hungry and excited to get started on my new wardrobe.
That's ok, though, because I found a photographer and a good model. What more do I need?
I did not think I had enough clothes to bring to work with.
Of course like any typical woman my age, I came up with a pile that went up to my hip.
Did I find anything new? Of course! It was great:)
I walked away with lots of new stuff. And surprisingly lots of stuff for the kids.
It was really fun and a bit exciting too:)
And it made election day extra cool.
Have a good evening, and Congratulations to President Obama.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Ready to Ride?

In preparation for the Philadelphia Tweed Ride, which I am sponsoring, I am happy to offer 20% off pieces in my Etsy shop, now through Friday November 9. Simply enter coupon code: Philly2012 at checkout.
All my pieces are made using Izzy Lane remnants which are sent to me from the design house in Richmond, England. You can learn more about that here.
They are incredibly soft and made from Shetland wool. Izzy Lane won the RSPCA for Small Fashion Company last month in England.
Pieces ship from nearby Lancaster, PA where my home studio is located. I like to mail pieces using Priority Flat Rate, which should have your accessory arriving within 2-3 business days.
I was delighted to see my pieces worn at the Minneapolis Tweed Ride, which I sponsored last month, and on my friend at Tweed Ride Victoria last May.
Scroll through my blog for recent pics of the Minneapolis Ride. Each rider received a Maggie French for Izzy Lane accessory, and I created prizes for best dressed.
You may get lucky and win a piece at the Philly Ride. (Two headbands are now in safe keeping with John at Tweed Ride Philadelphia headquarters!)
Thank you and happy ordering!

PS. the herringbone pieces coordinate with the 2012 Philly Tweed Ride poster:)