December 1, 2010

Baby it's VERY cold outside!!

Today is December 1st and baby, it's cold outside!  The first sprinkling of snow dusted our porch for a few hours and we had to make a blustery trip to the store for basic goods. This new introduction of white inspired me to share some other wintery lovelies...

Winter flowers to last until spring

 A sparkler with a clean soul

Snow bird folk art

Greyhound not included with bed (drat!)

 Let it snow, let it snow...

 Trumpet filigrees...just beautiful

A dress for any holiday occasion!
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November 18, 2010

(Eep!) they're coming...

The holidays...are right around the corner.  They sort of snuck up on me this year - what with a little munchkin running around and turning one, I could barely think past the beginning of November!  But now we're here.  Thanksgiving is staring me in the face and right after that, Christmas!!  I've got shopping to do, pies to bake, and traveling to, well, travel.  But what will I do right this moment?  I'll tell you:

I will...

Though at some point, I'll probably...

Heck, I'll certainly...

And most definitely...

And if I really get crazy, I bet I'll...
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November 16, 2010

*Before & After* Painted Step-stool

Last week was the last of our "nice" days (as in warm days).  One afternoon I decided to throw open the windows and redo a step-stool.

(Before - ick!)
Here's the step-stool before.  I picked it up in the "returned items" section of Ikea two years ago, and it has been spending most of the time since then outside as a plant stand.  Now it's stained, dirty, and just generally yuck.

(After - yay!!)
After giving it a cleaning and light sanding, I whipped out some blue and yellow paint samples and a can of olive green returned paint (as in, the original recipient didn't feel it was quite the right shade). 

The green paint is an indoor/outdoor paint, so that was the first all-over layer.  I then painted the steps blue and edged them in a creamy-yellow. 

For a whimsical touch, I stamped the alphabet on the front of the steps and a few letters on top.

All in all, I'm really happy with how it turned out.  It's a bright touch in our kitchen, and best of all, E is now able to see what all the fuss is about during dinner prep!
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October 20, 2010

Beautiful bursts!

I've been seeing some really interesting pictures of bursting bubbles and water balloons lately.  I think they are magical!  Why is it that things breaking are so pretty sometimes?


Mosaic Soap Bubble
Breaking a Marble
Popping Bubbles
 sources: (bubble) (closer) (popping) (gone)





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October 10, 2010

Three Xs 10

A post in honor of 10.10.10.
Ten Things I Love...

 My favorite color (red), whimsical and!!!

 Such a pretty addition to a front door

Those boots really are for walking!

Extend the life (aka heat) of your tea while protecting your palms

 The leaping gazelle print is magical

 I see you!

This autumnal print is divine!

 Perfect for special displays.

Ten Things To Do...
 Stencil wall paper = easy to create, easy to change up

Have leather scraps, will make shoes that fit 

 Because perhaps fabric can help soften our highchair 
(or at least glam it up a bit!)

Making our sharp storage baskets a little less dangerous 
(and a little more fancy!)

Make my own yogurt?  Yes I can!!!

 Perhaps I shouldn't try to make my own doughnuts
(because then I'll want to do it again...and again...)

Soon E will want her own busy book - fun!

 Dyeing playsilks with kool-aid...sounds tasty!

 Perhaps I'll try my hand at making my own yarn wreath!!

 Make a dress by Friday. Love the concept. Love the dress!

Ten Goals I Have...

1. Tackle my to-dos
2. Have (more) patience with others
3. Switch from canned goods from the store to canning my own
4. Launch (one of) my dreams
5. Repaint the bedrooms
6. Run a half-marathon
7. Make a quilt
8. Move back to the east coast (this is a longer-term one!)
9. Listen to more NPR and less TV
10. Clean out my closet
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September 20, 2010

Renegade Rewind!!! (part 3)

There were so many great artists at Renegade that I couldn't fit them all into one OR two posts, so here's a third with a few more fabulous loves!!!

They have the most fabulous fabrics!  At the fair, they also sported fun reversible bags with really interesting pockets, think circles - (note to self: when you find something awesome, don't let go!)


Their tag-line is, "Dress smart. Learn British fast." Once you stop giggling, check out their adorable goods!!


These hoops made me smile...a lot!  A perfect addition to any mid-century modern home (or any home, for that matter)!!!


I have one of their necklaces (thanks to my super-duper husband!) and wear it all the time.  I love love the new work that I saw this year! 

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