12.09.2008

swatching the paint dry.


If you've never checked out Inchmark, may I recommend that you do? Formally the senior art director at Martha Stewart Living, Brooke could whip out a color story that would make Martha herself cry. I ran across her blog in the fall and have been hooked since. This Christmas color story is so lovely...I just want to call in sick, snuggle up on the couch and sew beautiful little swatch-sized creations all day.

That's what Saturdays are for, I guess.

12.08.2008

sweet deal.

I am not a baker. Occasionally I experience baking whims, and quite often they turn into baking flops (as in...flop into the trash). I spend time buying odd ingredients (cardamom? root beer extract?) and then waste hours trying to devise ways to use them in the future. But when I spotted these Chai-Spiced Tea Loaves, it just felt right. I threw caution to the wind and turned out pleasantly surprised. Nearly every ingredient was in my cabinet and the process was a lazy baker's dream! Not to mention they were easy on the wallet and look awful cute tucked into a little gift box all tied up with string...

Chai-Spiced Tea Loaves

1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon water
1 black tea tea bag (I used french vanilla black tea)
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons chai spice blend OR 6 TBS of powdered chai mix*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
5 large eggs OR 1 1/4 cup Egg Beaters
1 cup confectioners' sugar

Yield: Six mini loaves

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour six mini metal loaf pans. I only used five-which made for pleasantly plump loaves.

2. Heat 1/2 cup water until it boils. Place tea bag in water and set it aside to steep.

3. Combine flour, chai spice (or alternate!), baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

4. In small bowl, mix yogurt with 1/3 cup cooled tea; discard any remaining tea. This is a very scary looking mix, but I promise-it will be delicious.

5. In large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Gradually beat in granulated and brown sugar.

6. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until well blended. Mix in both flour and yogurt mixture until combined. Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans.

7. Bake loaves until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Mine took about 35-40 minutes. Cool loaves in pans for 15 minutes, then remove from pans and allow to cool for another 30 minutes.

8. Mix confectioners' sugar and remaining 1 tablespoon water until it creates a smooth, thick glaze. Place glaze in Ziploc bag; snip opening from corner, and drizzle glaze over loaves. Let stand until glaze sets, about 20 minutes.

Enjoy! Delicious with peppermint tea :)

*Now, I love chai. But I've never seen "chai spice". I substituted for 6 TBS of Pacific Chai powder. Not nearly as classy, but it got the job done.

12.05.2008

touche.

Not crafty nor cute, but I love this shirt (only available today!). I'm such a bottled/filtered water snob. I have a really hard time drinking sink water, unless it is from my own sink. Like somehow my own tap water isn't brimming with flushed medication and irony pipe bits. Sort of like how you'd eat something that fell on your floor, but not someone else's? (Wait. Did I just admit that?)

12.04.2008

cup o' cheer.


We've been eagerly awaiting the switch of the Starbucks cup. It never feels like Christmas until I've held a toasty red Starbucks cup. I realize that's so...consumeristic of me, but in all honesty, it's true. Somehow that switch from your basic white cup to the jolly, holiday-tiding-filled, make-your-Christmas-dreams-come-true red cup releases an immense amount of endorphins in my brain. So, I fulfilled that urge immediately the day after Thanksgiving. Helloooo, Chai Nog!

Anyway...this is going somewhere. Handmade-esque Starbucks Christmas decor. Do you love that goodness? I do, too!

Just a tip: Last year, I simply asked the friendly barista what was done with the decor once the season ends. Turns out, since much of it is paper, they recycle it and send what isn't recyclable back to corporate. Recycle it, ladies! Then...I did what I rarely do...slipped my phone number across the counter and said, with a cheery Christmas smile..."I would absolutely love to recycle it for next Christmas."

And, come January 3rd, I had a voicemail from Starbucks inviting me to stop by and take whatever I'd like (!!!).

(photo found here)

12.03.2008

busted.

Since I work a normal 9-5 job and Gabe works later into the evening, I typically find myself with five blissful hours alone to craft, read and clean. Usually as the evening passes by I'm quite aware of the time, and try to tidy up before Gabe swings by my apartment on his way home.

Last night, I became wrapped up in my project-sorting through old Martha Stewart Weddings, In-Style Weddings and Modern Brides that I've stored. Carefully finding the dogeared pages, cleanly cutting them out, marking them with labels lest I forget why I saved them, then filing them into my alphabetized wedding hanging file box.

Yes. My wedding file.

This is about the dirtiest of all dirty secrets I might possibly possess. I have a wedding file box, which I keep stashed behind the pasta and canned goods in my kitchen cabinet. Not married, not engaged, not planning a wedding anytime soon. It's disgusting, isn't it?

Somehow, last night the hours flew and time escaped me. Suddenly I heard keys fiddling at my door...I fumbled frantically to hide the evidence that I'd frittered away five hours filing photos of cake toppers and centerpieces. But it was too late. The door opened and there I was...like the fat kid in the ice cream at 2am. Spoon in the carton and freezer hanging open. Only with clippings sorted by subject and alphabetical hanging files.

...and all I could manage to let out was a weak, "Don't judge me!"

Please tell me I'm not alone. Did you or do you keep a wedding file??

(this sweet couple is filed away in my virtual wedding file...)

11.30.2008

'tis the gift to be simple


I always enjoy T-Day the most when it is just immediate family...a no-one-to-impress-let-your-hair-down-Thanksgiving, so we kept it simple this year. My parents, sister, Gabe and I cozied up in my little one bedroom apartment and let the day slip by while playing games, watching movies, sharing in the traditional meal and pouring over Black Friday ads.

It was, quite possibly, the most beautiful day of the year.

Also, I've recently rekindled my romance with carnations. They were once my most hated flower, but somehow have charmed their way back into my top three favs. So, seeing as they are quite economical...I couldn't help but set a cheery red bloom at each place!

Hope your Thanksgiving was relaxing and blessed!

11.24.2008

case of the mondays.


Hello, 23 unread e-mails, 19 voicemails and 86 (literally) strange boxes delivered to my office addressed to me.

Goodbye, 1 mysteriously deleted computer folder which contained...my entire work existence.


Wednesday afternoon has never seemed so far away.

11.18.2008

if the hat fits.

Typically winter and I have a long showdown, where I brazenly vow to battle the subzero temps clothed in flip flops, jeans and a hoodie. Then I slowly accept defeat and don a coat. But a very chill winter has begun here in the midwest, which I admitted last week by purchasing this coat. And since I've fallen, why not fall hard?

While scavenging at the local thrift store with my mama and sis, I stumbled across this sweet little ivory wool hat. After a little handwashing, and requestioning it's sterility, and handwashing again, its as good as new. The best part, other than the snazzy sequin detail, was the three dollar price tag!

Suddenly single digit temps look so much more appealing...

11.14.2008

the most wonderful time.

(photo via Martha Stewart Living)

Please tell me I'm not the only one...

Normally I can hold off until after Thanksgiving, but Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald have already logged 40 hours playing in my office this week...and I feel that if I have to hold back my Christmas plotting, planning and joy for one more single solitary second I will vomit more glitter, garland and Christmas cheer than any one person cares to witness!

...am I ill, or do you have the bug, too?

11.09.2008

a little rusty, but...


I have at least two excuses for my lack of posting. One being Gabe and my recent addiction to Scrabble (exhibited by the fact that I took the time to stage the above photo), and another less exciting but somewhat more personal reason.

But, here I am! Thanks to those who e-mailed to make sure I was alive...I was alive, just wrapped up in what adults call life, I suppose?

Thanks for checking in. I promise to keep things updated!

9.17.2008

fall forward.


This cheery fall template really caught my eye since I am convinced fall has arrived in Wisconsin. Words cannot describe my elation! Commence two air/heat-free months...reducing my energy bills and freeing up an extra $60 to spend on what I please pay off student loans!

9.14.2008

nope, go fish.

(photo found here)

Have you ever felt like your life is a game of Go Fish?

Everyone around you has handfuls of numbers, in time pairing them up with three matching cards and setting them aside. But you...you look at your cards and they're all strangely NOT numbers...you're holding an asterisk, a semicolon, etc.

You keep saying, "Do you have a ampersand? How about a parenthesis?"

And one after another, the other players look at you quizzically and say, "Uh, no? Go fish."

So, there you sit with an awkward handful of mismatched cards from the fishing pond, and all those punctuation cards that you just can't match up or get rid of. And the reality is, you don't mind that you've drawn wacky cards...you just wish you knew if there was something out there to match them or if you should just forget about it and sit this round out.

I'm quite positive this is rubbish and makes no sense, but if just one person understands that feeling...thank you.

9.04.2008

snapped.

Two years ago when my sister, in her omniscient knowledge, bought me the PostSecret book it was all over. I am now a complete sucker for artistic sociological projects. "Before I Die" is my new favorite.

The masterminds behind the project wanted to embrace the Polaroid while it's still around and inspire/encourage the public to achieve lifelong goals. So, they capture a random stranger's expression the moment they are sharing what they want to do before they die, and allow them to write their dream on the Polaroid. Five, ten and twenty years later they follow up with the stranger to see if they've achieved their goal!

After pouring over their online gallery, here are (what seems to be) the world's top goals:

1. Travel
2. Have children
3. Be loved
4. Eat cake/party like a rockstar

Feeling connected to someone I have never and will never meet makes the world feel like a mix of haunting and comforting...expansive and so tiny all in the same moment.

Mine is vague and open-ended but this is it:

Before I die I want to do something with my life that will make my family and closest friends say, "That is exactly what she was meant to do." Oh. And the above listed #4. :)

across the sea.

I think this apartment is mine's fraternal twin. The artistic, prettier twin. Just looking at it gives me that in-my-sweats-lounging-on-my-own-couch feeling...even though it is in Australia. Love, love it.

9.01.2008

falling.


Tonight is crisp, fall is so close...and I just can't wait any longer. All I can think is...I would like this scarf.

8.28.2008

getting board.

I need to cease and desist with the wedding boards, I know, I know. But the truth is...the internet just keeps revealing them to me, one beautiful board at a time. And really, is that my fault?

Creature Comforts created the above for coco+kelley's wedding inspiration contest, and without a doubt it's my top pick. That Irish green is right up my alley.

You can check out all 90 (ninety!) board submissions here.

8.27.2008

alabaster.

It is physically impossible for me to use that word without shamelessly quoting Anne of Green Gables, which I've just now done. Alone in my office.

Ahem. Normally I feel completely in tune with whatever Domino Magazine showcases in it's latest issue, but for some reason September's issue nearly made my retinas bleed. This is a girl who loves color saying...too much!

While reading over at Bliss

about her living room transformation to all white, I had to agree: an all white room is so cozy and rejuvenating, that I might be persuaded to copycat.


Decoratively speaking, my bitty yellow bedroom has been quite neglected. I may just have to channel some of this restraint, because it looks like white may be just the trick.

(Please note: I had this little post all prescheduled and ready to go but I must interject--Jessica over at Swell Life posted some photos today that were oh-so-inspiring. Consider me head over heads for white.)

(photo found here)

8.26.2008

shiver me timbers...


At this moment I am ever-so-mindfully making every effort not to move one single solitary inch, with the exception of the small jiggles my laptop makes with every keystoke.

Why?

Because, somehow....the stars, the ozone and my very curtains have alligned and by the grace of Pete, I have snagged one wavering bar of UNSECURED INTERNET at my tiny upper apartment in the ghetto.

The beauty of cuddling up on my own couch, smothered in blankets typing whatever my heart desires for the first time in three months...it finally makes writing out that monthly rent check seem worthy of every penny.

(pirate letterpress here)

8.21.2008

saved items.

I am not a hip young adult in tune with the music scene. Not remotely cool enough for that. Music has to be recommended to me (usually several times), or I have to trip across it while in the car...frantically pat out fragmented lyrics in the form of a text message and research later. This week I got around to cleaning out the folder on my phone where I store all these encrypted messages, which are a hoot to translate three weeks after their initial recording.

Thought I'd share a few of my new favorites:

brandi carlile-the story
Um, wow? I enjoy songs featuring soft female vocals...so this was a complete 180 for me. It gives me chills. Between the powerhouse voice and unfeigned lyrics, it's a blend to experience, my friends.

griffin house-
the guy that says goodbye to you
"You don't need to change a thing about you...from where I sit you're one of a kind." How sweet. I want to hug someone. Really, I do. And I am not a hugger. Enough said.

rachel mcgoye-
try, try
Reminiscent of Colbie Caillat, but a fresh breath of air because it hasn't been played to death on every station from here to Beijing.

the weepies- all good things
I have been head over heels for The Weepies since last year. If my life were ever turned into a (pathetically dull) movie (about working, reading and surfing the web), I would make sure there was a break up montage in which this song was used. Somehow this might make me seem much more intriguing (but probably not).

(postcard found here)

8.20.2008

back to the drawing board.

If Christmas were to come early (very early, say tomorrow) I hope it would come in the form of this chalkboard. Check out Revamp Boutique's blog for a daily dose of antique scouting, recycled or repurposed antique and vintage goods and shop updates.

8.19.2008

always a bridesmaid (and comfortable)


Don't read this the wrong way. I am not engaged. Neither am I eloping, breathlessly awaiting a proposal or top secretly already married. I, much like other women, just love pretty things. And color coordinated romance. And a gosh darn good reason to throw a fabulously fashionable party.

Maybe someday in the very distant future I'll plan my own, but Hello! Lucky's Wedding Inspiration Boards are just enough to tide me over. Each photo links to the product or place of origin, so there's no dead end when trying to track down where the gorgeous blooms came from, or which photographer snapped that stunning photo.

This board, the Roaring Twenties, might be my favorite. But, 1001 Nights is a close second...

tuesday's child is full of grace (?)

Dear Tuesday,
You seem so hopeful. Weekend withdrawl has subsided, Monday has past. People love you. You're a sunny sight.
But, to state things bluntly, are you over yet? Because all I want to do is go home and eat this. And watch this.
Love,
Me
(days of the week tags available here)

8.13.2008

chalk it up (to laziness).

A little glimpse of Chalkfest...

And a lot of evidence of slothfulness on my part. I've logged more hours watching the Olympics in the last three days than actually working. The start of the week has been a receipe for a (beautiful) disaster. An out of town three-day work event, a cozy hotel, a compatable travelmate, a tiny town...at the end of the day I just want to crawl in bed and gorge myself on Michael Phelps and Twizzlers. It's a charmed life, I tell you.


Must do something creative soon or I'm quite sure I'll be declared a vegetable.

8.11.2008

tread water.

(Photo from here)

Hello and welcome to Monday, my friends.

My officemate, Stephanie, and I are holed up in Hayward, Wisconsin for a three-day work conference. Last week, after a bleak search for the Hayward night life, we were somewhat wary of the trip. However, a quick drive through town proved our research to be false. Home to two flea markets, three mini-golf courses, plenty of lake views and one delectable plate of grilled cheese and fries...I may just love this place. The above photo is the view from our hotel's back patio. Luscious.


Oh, and it is also home to this beaut...

So, case closed? This place is kickin.


(Giant Muskie photo via this guy)

8.09.2008

suit yourself.

Confession: I totally bailed on a night of roller skating with pals to watch the Olympics. And cry. Because somehow no matter how many bombs or how much hate and devistation there is in the world, there's something so emotional about watching the sole Niger Olympian proudly carry a flag that cost more than his entire country's GNP. Call me a sap.

The entire night was 40 billion dollars worth of fabulousness.

How dapper did the Netherlands look at tonight's Opening Ceremony? Crisp, white-piped, grey suits paired with those poppy orange ties...definitely one handsome risk worth taking. And the US, you might ask? Technical foul for improper use of barretts. Yikes.

This rusty red swirl design was repeated several times throughout the night in connection with the Olympic flame. A completely whimsical and unexpected pattern which I adore.

Did anyone else watch the opening, or am I the only square?

8.06.2008

like chalk and cheese.


Yesterday I spotted a few artists toiling in the hostile heat to create this advertisement for this Saturday's Chalkfest, a creative event for artists in the area. Gabe can't quite bend his mind around the concept of the event...each time we see an advertisement for it I explain, in detail, what goes down.

Gabe: What's Chalkfest?
Me: Ok. It's at Wilson Park, that little park I love.
Gabe: Oh yeah.
Me: So, artists register for Chalkfest and are given a piece of sidewalk to create a large-scale piece of chalk art. Really intricate, beautiful things. There are other festivities, but basically you can stroll and check out the art.
Gabe: Really? That sounds awesome. Let's go.

After repeating the above conversation four times, I think the concept is understood.

Until tonight while writing this post.

Me: Check out these pictures I took of a Chalkfest ad downtown.
Gabe: So you're looking at pictures of Chalkfest?
Me: No. I took this picture. Of a picture someone drew downtown to promote Chalkfest.
Gabe: Cool. So are you going to draw that?
Me: Huh?
Gabe: At Chalkfest.
Me: No, why?
Gabe: Wait. What is Chalkfest. (Period intended.)

Somedays I swear we are chalk and cheese. And he agrees.

8.03.2008

double trotter.


This weekend was positively pig-infused.

Gabe and I spotted an original Pass the Pigs game at a thrift sale and were reminded that it had been months since we'd busted out the pigs. So Saturday night, flashlight in hand, we crept down to the park after dark and played pigs on a rock til midnight. A hippy passerby boasted to us about his recent double leaning jowler (!!!) and I bemoaned the nixing of the "Makin' Bacon" position in the updated edition Pigs.

Is it pathetic that I miss the weekend already?

(Photo from here. Click here to play Pigs online.)

8.01.2008

because it's friday.

This is neither attractive nor sweet. But it does however look exactly like our kitten, Ned after swallowing two frozen Christmas hams, a Chia Pet and an entire bucket of Meow Mix.

Happy Friday!

7.31.2008

butting in.

( I realize this is two consecutive posts about butts, but in my defense, we're talking about two completely separate things. So bear with me. Oh, and find this insanely sweet necklace here.)

Twelve years ago I knew it was true blue.

I was 10, and deeply in love with all things theatre. But my sixth grade world was rocked when I discovered I had been cast as an elephant for our year-end school play (gooooooodbye, self esteem!). The kicker was...this elephant gig was a two person job. And my job? Bringing up the rear.

Thankfully, my fellow nerdling for life, Becky, was cast as my front half. Knowing how much I was dreading my debut as an elephant's fanny, she selflessly gave up the driver's seat to me and cozied up in the rump.

Happy Girlfriend's Day to all my pals who keep me sane.

7.25.2008

smoke signals.

Gabe's neighbors have the darnedest habit of extinguishing their filthy cigarettes into the one outdoor potted plant (which Gabe purchased). This is especially mind boggling since the landlord has so kindly provided an outdoor ashtray for their smoking convenience a mere 12 inches CLOSER to the 'smoke spot'.

In an attempt at witty redirection, I crafted this sign. But nature, I believe, has had the final say. It poured within 48 hours and reduced my sign to mere mush. The cigarettes, however, have mysteriously returned to the ashtray.


Ah, passive aggressive tendencies. You never lead me astray.

7.22.2008

scratch n' sniff.

( Picture found via wild goose chase)

Am I crazy, or do you too remember the smell of home?

I'm sure I do. In my mind, home smells like apple cinnamon and linens. No, it doesn't actually smell that way. I suppose that is the romanticised version, the two scents I remember most from my childhood. My mom used to make apple cinnamon ornaments several times a year...fragrant apple and snowmen shapes lined a shelf next to the telephone in the kitchen. My bedroom was steps away from the linen closet, which was a mix of cedar and sunshine. My dad was nutso for line-dried laundry...my mother hated it because it left her jeans crunchy (I agree).

Now, twenty years later I know my parent's home smells differently. It smells of new furniture, fresh paint and dishsoap. But me? I'll always remember apples and linens.

7.20.2008

building a nest.

Yesterday morning Gabe dropped by my apartment with an armful of lilies, fresh from the market! I hadn't taken pictures of my place, because it still needs a few homey touches. But I took advantage of yesterday's immaculate morning sunlight and fresh flowers...here are a few frames!

This chair was one of my first DIY projects a while back. I dug its lines and knew I could give it a quick face lift. One can of spray paint and a half of a yard of fabric made a world of difference!

I have a bit of a thing for framed art from thrift and antique stores. I snagged this mirror last year for only four dollars! A whole pile of art awaits my next hanging whim...but my indecisive nature has kept me from making any long term nail holes.
This is my tiny read/think/write corner. Generous co-workers funded the armchair with an IKEA gift card several months ago...I was ever so thankful as I was severely lacking extra seating. My living room is rather minuscule, but it's probably for the best. Forced decor editing!

7.18.2008

my, my, how can i resist you?


Although the reviews I've read are hardly raving, if you love ABBA (or musicals in general) this one is a must this summer. Filmed in beautiful Greece, the views are stunning and the cast endearing. Very rarely can I say a movie allowed me to experience a full range of emotions, but let me say this: I laughed, I cried. I clapped at the end. I find clapping at the credits obnoxious. But wholeheartedly, I clapped.

Who am I kidding? I STINKIN WORSHIP THIS MOVIE.

From twenty-two to sixty two years...every single one of my co-workers sang along. It was an exquisite afternoon.

7.16.2008

2,146 miles.

An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. -an ancient Chinese belief

Whenever I miss my finest gal pal in San Francisco, I think of her standing by the ocean holding onto the end of a tattered old piece of red yarn that has stretched between us all these years.

(artwork by groundwork)

make it work.


Have I been living in THE smallest box or did anyone else know that Project Runway Season 5 premieres tonight? By some whim I looked up PR yesterday only to have my proverbial socks blown straight off when I discovered that I was a mere one day away from fresh load of fashion.

Since I have yet to buy a TV (refusing to shell out the cash until I can afford a 19" flat panel), I am holed up in my parent's living room...waiting. And choosing my favs. He might be promising, and my eyes are also on her. She looks like a snitch.

7.15.2008

frozen.


Photo via BoOnRoRD's droolable flickr photostream
And the days get swampier here in the Midwest, which only leaves me lusting after frozen treats even more frequently. One of my occasional indulgences is green tea ice cream. At first, it was a joke order at our local Japanese restaurant, Shanghai Bistro, and I dared my friends to throw a spoonful down the hatch. But, in a rapid turn of events...I ate it all.

Now a visit to Shanghai isn't complete unless it ends with a scoop of green. And after reading a list of all the benefits of green tea, I've convinced myself that it's healthy.

7.14.2008

take a chance on me...

My officemate and I are delirious with excitement...because if there is one thing we love more than a paid holiday it is musicals. Musical soundtracks, movie-musicals, musicals live and in flesh. However they come, we'll take them.

The stars have aligned and our boss's birthday just happens to coincide with this Friday's much anticipated opening of Mamma Mia! We've convinced our boss and co-workers to cash in on an afternoon's worth of personal time to indulge in a little birthday lunch and an afternoon showing.

Colin Firth + ABBA + Guilt-free Friday afternoon = Absolutely. Cannot. Wait.

7.10.2008

crisp.

If you know me at all, you know I adore fall. In the middle of a swampy July day, all I can think of is that autumn is a mere 2 1/2 months away and I'll soon be traipsing through fallen leaves and indulging in all the apple and pumpkin scented candles I can get my mitts on.

And speaking of apples, these apple jackets may be the most impractical thing I've ever needed. But how sweet!

7.08.2008

dependence.

Photo by Shu Ting

The first step is admitting you have a problem.

I fessed up to my complete and utter caff compulsion quite some time ago. Convinced I would live in lifelong subservience to Diet Dew and Mochachinos, never once have I tried to kick the habit, other than the few college-induced days of poverty when I had no choice but to cut consumption in half.

Now, however, I'm in "grown up" world and there are days in which the only warm-fuzzy thought that greets me at my desk in the morning is the pending run down to the basement vending machine...where the sweet, sweet nectar of my existence awaits. Crisp. Cold. Spendy, but cheerfully caffeinated.

That cheer has officially been ripped from my now shaky hands. My boss, a health nut, has convinced me to give it up.

Tonight marks 48 hours, caffeine free.

So far the only side effects I've encountered are headaches, muscle aches, inability to concentrate, fatigue, irritability, slight nausea and one 13 hour nap (not exaggerating). Oh, and that one fleeting moment where I pondered shoving Bic pens in both my eyes and my temples. And then taking a sick day.

7.06.2008

shelve [to put on a shelf].

This is what my dream bookcase would look like, thank you

abchao for capturing the feel. I've been sorting my books by color since the first day I moved in and have yet to find the perfect sized bookcase to fit in my itty corner. For now they're stacked in two towering vertical piles, just a wiggle away from complete and devastating destruction.

(Can I just mention how abchao has wrapped up all my hopes and dreams and placed them in her home? View her eclectic and colorful home

here. For a woman who obviously digs color, she's done a ki-i-iller job editing what she brings into her home!)

day by day...


I loathe trying to choose a new calendar every year (this year I gave up). Year by year it seems the choices become more horrendous: 12 Months of Kitty Kat Snuggles or 365 Days of Boop. Godless giant, glossy pages flopping and falling or peeling back one page a day and finding myself 23 days behind by March.

But, I think my 2009 luck may have changed, as I've just found this fussfree template at A Little Hut. Only five dollars and one flip a month. Absolutely no gloss. Just one tiny swatch of fabric or paper for each month.

Ah.

7.04.2008

lazy holiday.


Happy 4th, ladies and gents (and by gents I mean my father who reads occasionally when Everybody Loves Raymond is a rerun he's seen).

My mind is boggled by the fact that it is 10am...and I am being paid to laze in bed and blog. Oh, paid holidays. A luxury for which I am thankful.

I'm off to blow a ton of money making this. Enjoy your day!!

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