This is the little yellow schoolhouse, built for the children of Cocolalla, Idaho in 1909. Throughout the decades, it's been the educational and social hub for this logging and mining community, and was only retired as the official school building in the 80s. It's since been modernized by the addition of plumbing, electric, and central heat, but the old-fashioned kitchen still retains it's beadboard cupboards and broom closet, the front hall has the most delightful creak in the floor, and the woodstove, ancient piano, and marvelous blackboard in the main room are full of original charm. The blue gingham curtains and awesome chairs straight out of the seventies are icing on the cake.
Our home church group meets here occasionally, and the blackboard is regularly updated with the happenings of the week by numerous small people.
We also meet here on Fridays for 4-H sewing, which my mom leads. The sewing machines hum, the little girls giggle and cut and baste, and the iron fills the air with a warm, brassy perfume.
Today, I wore my Very Darling Shoes for the first time.
These, my friends, are the Very Darling Shoes. When you have been adoring something in your Pinterest board for nearly a year, and it goes on clearance, it's time to get excited. But when you wear a shoe size that is excessively hard to procure, namely, a size 11, and there is a pair of the something you have been adoring in your Pinterest board for nearly a year, and is on clearance IN YOUR SIZE, it's time to take action.
So naturally, I did.
I couldn't be happier with my purchase. These are some of the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn, and that's almost ludicrous to say of a pair of heels! Additionally, these are the first pair of heels I've ever worn that actually fit. These ones are actually a 10, and I can hardly walk in them;D
The Grey Sweater - Amazon
green tee - thrifted
Walk in the Woods Skirt - made by me
double-buckle belt - F21
hairbow - Modcloth
Eurostep heels - Famous Footwear
canvas tote - made by me (coming soon to the shop!)
sewing machine - my Grandmother's Pfaff ♥
I've been working day and night on the new shop makeover - a whole pile of bunting banners were added to the inventory today at sewing. The schoolhouse was the perfect backdrop for some listing photos!
Also, try this if you need a little manufactured sunshine in your day.
1. Get a hold of some round kraft adhesive labels.
2. Print something on them, preferably a lovely shop logo.