Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fabric Sample Arrived!

Hello all!  Hope you had a great weekend.  I did a lot of socializing with good friends on Sunday and spent the day at Lowes on Saturday.  Haven't bought anything yet.  For the time being we're gathering quotes and making a price list- I'm trying to be patient when everything about me screams- GET MOVING:)

Guess what I got yesterday?  It's about 8x8 and its organic cotton.  Yes, its my fabric sample.  It came early!  Want to see?  Too bad, I'm going to show you anyway.

The fabric feels great and has a slight sheen to it.  I'm surprised how well the colors transferred.  I think I may have to tweak the colors a bit- the black doesn't show up well against the blue. I also think that the composition needs some work. I may do a white with small blue umbrellas as well.  What do you guys think?

Toodles for now.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Kitchen Inspiration

So, kitchen mania has officially begun with Jason up late taking measurements, making lists, generally stressing and me looking guilty and without task on the couch.  We both think its best to leave these sorts of details to him given that, well lets just say, I'm not particularly exact about anything.  I occasionally popped my head in checking on progress leaving when tension mounted (which inevitably it would).  Been married for seven years now and I've perfected the art of turning around on a heel with lips clasped shut at precisely the right time. Jason has too I presume- although I'm sure he'd prefer I not pop in at all:) 

So this morning I've been trying to get the details worked out like lighting, hardware, paint color, backsplash so I'm not left floundering when Jason needs an answer, stat.  I'm a little gun shy these days so I'm arming myself with as many pictures as possible in order to get each and every detail exactly right.  We are going with stock satin white cabinets from either Home Depot or Lowes and I've picked an engineered oak wood for the floor to match the floor in the living room.  I'd love to go with used cabinets but I find its extremely difficult to find some that fit correctly without having to buy way too many cabinets.  Plus, I really want white and I find that buying used requires a little more flexibility.  In total we are buying 9 cabinets.  Not much in the grand scheme.  Here are some pictures I've collected.  What do you think? 
 All images come from Kitchen and Bath Ideas.  I love wood countertops but I think they may be more work than I'd like.  What do you all think about black countertops?  What do you like best about these pictures, anything?

Thanks all.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Some Craft Inspiration from Sunset

So, I've seen this before as I'm sure some of you have too.  Its a rug painted on canvas.  I came across it today and I said- Oh YEA.  I kinda want to try this....

Cute eh?  Could be good for a bathroom rug although I'd have to be absolutely positive the varnish can hold up to that much water.  Anyone know about this?  Anyway, I'd like to redo my bathroom and I'm thinking of making a curtain out of my umbrella fabric.... Then I'll do a little striped canvas rug to go on the floor. Paint the walls white.  Some new hardware for the cabinet above the toilet, a new light fixture and mirror.  A little swish, swish with my magic cleaning wand and wa la- one home made bathroom remodel coming up.  Could be cute or just a disaster.  Only time will tell:)  If you're also interested in this diy project, instructions are here.  If you happen to do it, send me a picture....  I might have to copy;)

Happy almost Friday!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My View These Days

Jason and I went out last night to a Dayton Dragons game.  It was a spectacular night for baseball.  It was cool and clear with a hint of evening sun and the trace of fall on the wind.  And later, an enormous full moon hung above us and it was like a painting so yellow against the blue.  The crowd talked and I listened in.  I watched them interact.  I watched the game some too:)  8 runs in an inning.   Go Dragons!
The most enjoyable part for me was to see all the little boys so eager and excited, so sweet and young.  It made my heart ache for my little one and hope so many things for him.  I can't wait for him to do these things but at the same time I'm sad to see the time go so quickly.  So, whilest not sleeping last night I decided to dedicate this post to my little man as a record of a time in our lives I'll never get back.  A time so special and just between us. And its the simple things I'll miss, I know.  Like this face he makes sometimes when he's especially happy and the tongue that very rarely parks inside his mouth these days.

 His wonderful soft white rolls.

Climbing mommy mountain.
This sweet little curl.
Expectant faces and big brown eyes.
 Hard at work faces.
A sweet little head peaking around the corner.
The look of pride when he pulls himself up.
How he thinks I'm so darn funny sometimes.  This will be good to have around as proof in the future- See, you really did think I was funny!
And of course, the walking, walking and more walking.  The cute way he grabs my fingers and puts them above his head then slides off the chair when he wants to go.  

Man, I'm going to be a mess come college time...

Thanks for listening.  Hope you're all well. 

How Old is Martha?

Shocking but true.  Martha Stewart is 69 according to my internet search!   Thanks all for answering the trivia question prompted by a debate between Jason and I.  I was certain she was no older than sixty. I'll admit it this time, Jason was right.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fabric Design

As some of you may know, I've been batting around the idea of designing fabric using Spoonflower, a website where you can upload your own designs and have them printed.  Kind of like self-publishing only on a much cheaper scale.  Tada!  Four hundred computer crashes later, I have my first usable design.  I uploaded it last night and will have to wait 12-15 business days to get my sample.  Don't they know I'm dying over here?  Why so long Spoonflower?

If you're the crafty sort, you should most definitely check it out.  I used this site to create a wedding present pillow for my friend.  Its a great way to customize a gift or any project you're working on.  Christmas is coming up..... (I know, its not even Halloween yet but remember how long it takes to get a sample?)

Waiting on Pins and Needles.

Monday, August 23, 2010

My Favorite Poem


Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution's power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.

Edna St. Vincent Millay from Fatal Interview (1931) and Selected Poems

I like that its simple and its meaning is so much more powerful than the words alone suggest.  Hope you like it too.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Chicago Condo Ideas- You asked for it, Eileen!

Oh Eileen, I've had so much fun the past few hours looking through websites virtually decorating your condo.  You do remember you wanted me to do this, right?  I hope you like what I've put together but not too much because this is the "price is no object" version. 

First let me introduce you all to Eileen.  She's a stylish, single, strong woman living and working in the city of Chicago.  I've known her since the first day of college freshman year.  How exciting those days were....  I had no idea at that time that she'd be my roommate in Luxembourg, my bridesmaid, and my dear friend for ever and ever, as far as I can tell. 

Here goes.  First things first. It is a one bedroom loft condo with exposed brick on the farthest wall.  Two large windows and a door to the back balcony on the farthest wall and exposed duct work.  Unfortunately, my picture isn't any good, but it will give you an idea. 

Currently you have a plush, super comfy chocolate brown sofa and a black TV cabinet spanning the entire wall opposite the couch.  You want the place to be Comfortable Contemporary?  Was that what you said?  The color you're drawn to for the walls is a gray purple but you're worried about painting the entire condo that color. Your kitchen has honey colored cabinets and black counter tops. You have white bar stools with silver pedestals.  So, our pallet is honey wood, black, brown, white and silver... You have orange and brown pillows but I think if we go the purple route, those will have to go.  Many of the pieces you've chosen are modern, with the exception of the sofa.  Since I believe that modern furniture is aesthetically pleasing but not necessarily comfortable, I've moved away from that slightly... I don't think there is anything wrong with mixing styles....

 The color I've chosen is gray with a hint of purple... Benjamin Moore's silken pine.  Cloud nine might also be a good choice.  I feel like its sophisticated and lends itself to a broad range of colors. 
Of course, you know to ALWAYS get a tester or else you might end up with pink.  What? I've never done that.

I found these rugs at Home Portfolio, a pretty good resource I just found.

Swirl (Fog) from Emma Gardner Design 
Love the movement of this rug.  I think this would look fantastic.
 Leaf Lemonade from Marc Phillips Decorative Rugs
This one isn't quite as dark and draws in another color, green...  But I like how simple it is and thought it might do a lot to brighten up the room.  


Just some lamp ideas, all from Plantation Design.  I love the silver shade on this pendant lamp.  It might look good in a pair above your bar (depending on how big they are).  Or over this little dining table you aren't currently using (only one in that case).  You already have a floor lamp so I didn't look for one of those. 

 Comfy cozy and sleek. Two of these would look great. I might cover it in a very light gray.  

I wish you had room for one of these, but I don't think you do- do you?  These are both from Plantation Designs- I really like that store!

End Tables:
Tray table from CB2.  I thought this would tie in the bar stools.  They also aren't too chunky- good for a small space. But they look like they may be a little flimsy.  Its an interesting idea though. 

I like that this is round and black.  I think it would really pop over either of the rugs I chose.  

So in love!  Do you have room for a console table?  I can't remember if there was space beside the door.  I'm thinking not, however this is a great photo to draw inspiration from, don't you think?  
Here's the same idea using black instead.  I like both, its just a matter of which colors you want to draw in.  I love the art in this one... And I really love the glass lamps in both pictures.  

I thought maybe a table/desk might work well behind your sofa.  I noticed that the eating area was a problem so why not move the sofa forward and put a long skinny table behind it?  That way, when you're not having guests you can use the area as a desk.  Do you think there is room for this?  I can't quite remember.


I think sheer curtains would look nice like these from West Elm.  And I think you'd really love cellular blinds underneath.  That way you don't have to draw your curtains, just pull the cord.  I love mine and will replace all  my blinds with them someday.  
If you were to go with the green rug, these curtains would look nice.
Some pillows from West Elm.
And Area
A comfy throw from West Elm.

And last but not least, some comfy pillows for guests.  

You also mentioned that you'd like to do a picture collage above the couch.  I think its a great idea.  Wouldn't it be cool to use those pearly shell frames.  I'm not getting the idea across....  They look like the shell mirror in the console picture above.  Or, these from Pottery Barn would look good too:

Well, I did my best.  I hope it gives you some ideas.  I also hope I've stayed true to YOUR style and not mine.  

Happy Friday to everyone!  I wish you a wonderful weekend.  I'll catch up with you again on Monday.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Oh yea, last night while I lay awake thinking over what I'd done when I hit "send invitations" I thought about the movie Man on a WireIts a very strange, yet oddly interesting documentary about a man whose dream is to bridge the gap between the twin towers on a tightrope.  Does he make it?  Or does he become a pancake?  Watch to find out.  No really, I found myself reluctantly fascinated by the little redheaded Frenchmen with a purpose...

Welcome to the Circus

I'm a little shy now, I have to say, because I have some new readers from Facebook.  I know that most of you probably aren't 100% sure what you've gotten yourselves into.  I also suspect that some of you are being kind to me because you're good peeps.  I promise I'll get you back when you find you need a little support, whatever it might be (as long as its legal, of course). 

I was on the fence about whether or not I should send out invitations to my Friends.  Is it hokey?  Is it a little slimy?  Or maybe its pushy.  I feel a little like I'm selling crappy cars in a plastic suit to people I care about (the cars aren't in the plastic suit, I am).  On the flip side, I figure why not?  Some people might actually like it.

I find this whole blog thing to be a bit of a tightrope act.  One slip of balance and I'm tumbling down into the abyss of vanity, or marketing, or anything "not me" and splat I'm dead and some horrible monster takes my place.  In the beginning I was worried about becoming too much of a salesman- I don't want my blog focused only on things other people have created (although I do love to do features).   Nor do I want it to be a showcase for how wonderful I think I am. Oh look at me, I'm so great. bleh.  And my nose grows ten feet.  I want it to be, #1 honest, #2 inspirational, #3 fun, #4 balanced.  I also want to stay true to my aim- which is to gain experience at something (or many things) that I love while my readers keep me motivated and on task.  You guys are my bosses- that's the kind of structure I need in my life. Left to my own devices I'd be a crazy lady...

Anyway, the point of this blog is to say hello and welcome to the new folks and to give everyone a little insight into where I've been and where I'm going.  Buckle your seat belts, its going to be a bumpy ride (or an incredibly boring one, depending on where you stand).  Side note:  my posts normally have less hot air and more pretty pictures..  yummm pictures...

Oh, I'll be back!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Hello Everyone!  Please ignore this post as it is a test to see if I've managed to get posts here to automatically update on my Facebook page as well.  Good place for a plug...  Notice the like box on the right?  Click on it if you have a Facebook account and if I can ever figure this out, my posts will show on your feed.  I thought it might be a little easier for those of you that don't have a blogger account.

Anyway, here's a picture for test purposes too.
Don't tell Jason I posted this picture....


Monday, August 16, 2010


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