Monday, August 30, 2010

"Secrets From a Stylist"

I just finished watching Emily Henderson's new show "Secrets From A Stylist" on HGTV. She was the latest winner of "Design Star" and is originally from Oregon and a fellow blogger, so she was my personal favorite from the beginning. I am so glad she won! I love her aesthetic and easy going style. The process she uses to identify her clients different styles and layer them within the room is genius! I learned so much from just this one show, I can't wait for more! Check it out!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Haven't I Seen Your Face Before?

My daughter and I made this jewelry holder a few months ago and are on our way to making another one for my sister and her new teen resale shop. It is simple, lovely and elegant and reminds me so much of this one by Pottery Barn. You can find detailed instructions here.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fall is in the Air!

Ok, this is not going to be one of my typical posts, but is there anything better that watching your sons first football game ever? Unless its watching your husband coach him. So fun!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Man Shops Globe

This guy has the best job!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


In a conversation with my son the other day we discussed what makes a person a writer. He is a writer, has been one since 4Th grade, at least. He is now in college and studying Journalism. He writes every day, he says he has to. That is what makes him a writer, the need to write, or stop living. Dramatic I know, but true enough through the mind and experiences of a teenager. I support him as I have since that moment in 4Th grade when he knew that words were his calling. I can't tell you how many times I have heard the words, "Mom, I thought of a great story idea." And I listened to every last one! I have saved almost every thing he has written except for a few short stories he lost in grade school when the computer crashed. Bummer, that was some good stuff! He wrote for his high school newspaper and our local town paper, and I have every article, every word. He now writes for an online magazine called Flux that is run by the students of University of Oregon. He blogs like crazy: we had a friendly competition about who had more followers, he won (so far). He talks about his future in publishing like its a "when" and not an "if". His life is destine to be about stories and ideas and lots and lots of words. Long story short, I really love this poster by jacksoncreekpress.

Monday, August 23, 2010

And the Winner is....

....Emily Henderson from Portland, Yay!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Perfect Day

What is a perfect day you ask? Well let me count the ways:
1.Wake up early with your beautiful 10 year old daughter and make Apple-Cinnamon Toastie.
2.While its baking cozy up and watch last nights "Project Runway" on the Internet.
3.While its still baking, finish the hardest part of the Gum Drop Pillow.
4.Next, sit outside in the morning sunshine and enjoy the finally baked breakfast.
5.Take the dog for a walk and get today's paper for tomorrow morning, what day is it anyway?
6.Drive into town and head to Goodwill, (enough said).
7.Have a salad for lunch but take a slice of Black Butte Chocolate cake to go. Yum!
8.While on the way home go Geocaching at the places you have already found. (is that cheating?).
9.Head home, sit in the sun and flip through the latest Elle Decor while your sweet daughter takes her and your turns at a board game.
10.Make homemade vanilla ice cream to go with the chocolate cake.Double Yum!
11.Top it off with a corny but touching movie.
12.Cozy up with your daughter and fall asleep.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pendleton Round-Up

My daughter and I packed up the "Hello Kitty" sewing machine and headed out of town for a few days of sewing and baking. We are finally going to make the Gum Drop Pillow we cut out months ago. On the way up we stopped at 2 Goodwills (of course). The first one was a bust; walking out of a Goodwill empty handed is terribly ungratifying. But at the second one I found this blanket. Plaid, wool blankets seem to be making a come back lately and this one is the real deal. Its a genuine Pendleton and at $12.99 its a real steal too.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pretty Jewelry

I went to a "Stella & Dot" Party yesterday
and got the most simple, elegant necklace,
the "Ava Cup Chain Necklace".
There were a ton of things I would
have loved to buy
but I held myself back
to just one beautiful piece.
While waiting to place my order,
I realized if I wrapped it around
my wrist a few times
it would also make a great bracelet.
Just what I love, 2 for the price of one!

3 little boys

My sister and I did some major Goodwill shopping this weekend, on the hunt for art and stuff for her new teen fashion resale store (more 0n that later). We got some great deals! I kept this one for myself. Its an old, black and white photo of 3 little boys playing croquet, blown up and mounted on a piece of particle board. It looks like a pre-teen Abercombie and Fitch ad, but much more sweet and innocent. I don't know exactly why I was drawn to it, maybe it reminds me of my own little boy, with his new football season buzz cut, but I think it's the mystery: who are these boys, what was this picture used for, and where are they now? I do know it was $3.99, its really cool, and I love it!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Final Two!

Emily Henderson from Portland has made it to the final 2 of HGTV's "Design Star"! Yay! I love her style and design aesthetic. She has a great blog too. I'm really excited for next Sundays finale. Between this and "Project Runway" I'd say Oregon dominates in creativity!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Much Ado About Something

It's almost 100 degrees here today and I went to see my favorite play "Much Ado About Nothing" at Shakespeare in the Park. Luckily I was able to sit in the shade of a big tree, even then I wasn't able to make it through the whole thing. I did get to see Beatrice and Benedick begin to fall in love and that is the best part!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Lonny # 6

The new Lonny is out!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Its a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!

OK, so I don't technically live in Portland any more. But I have spent the better part of 47 years living there and I consider my self a Portlander at heart. I found this Portland Neighborhood poster at a local frame shop that I was killing time in while waiting for my son's summer camp to let out. I had seen others like this on design blogs and on HGTV with larger city's featured. I didn't know where they were from, who made them and certainly not that there was a Portland version. I'm glad I was early to camp pick up that day! You can see more here.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Put your feet up!

I stopped into HomeGoods last week during a hectic, errand filled day. (When your that close to HomeGoods it's criminal not to stop!) I'm so glad I did! I found this exotic little pouf that I have visited a few times and was having a serious love affair with, on sale! Half price even! It is made up of so many lovely muted and bright colors it would look great anywhere. I originally got it for the lounge area in my sister's new store but decided I may just have to keep it. Sorry sister!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

With Thanks to Roald Dahl

"So shines a good deed in a weary world" is one of the best movie lines ever. It is from the same movie as this eloquent quote done so beautifully by PiedPiperPhoto via ETSY. See it here.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Surprise! Its a Rug!

I really, really want this gorgeous rug from Overstock! My birthday is in November, and I promise to act surprised! Christmas is good too! You can find it here!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Oh Deer!

I got this little deer at a thrift store for a dollar. She is so tiny you could easily miss her, which is what I love about her. She is unexpected. Sometimes you need a little bit of unpredictable sweetness.

( Yummmmm Part III ) !!!!

OK, so I am clearly not a food stylist, but I wanted to update you on our baking experiment! To bring you up to speed, (all 10 of you!) my daughter and I ordered a sugar-free (mostly) vegan (mostly) gluten-free, cook book from a bakery featured on the cooking channel. The bakery and the cook book are both called "BabyCakes". Most of the recipes have a lot of kooky ingredients but after a trip out to "Bob's Red Mill" we were all set to bake. The first (and so far only) thing we made, was their Apple-Cinnamon Toastie. While making the batter I tasted it (of course) and honesty, it was nasty! But I decided to trust the process and forge on. I'm so glad I did! It is one of the best sweet treats I have had in a long time, gluten free or otherwise! I can't wait to try more recipes from this lovely book! Check it out!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Classy Art

When it comes to decor & design, my hair salon is the place I play with the most. It is the most experimental and the most fun. I shuffled things around in there recently to make room for some of my more recent finds. I brought in a dresser for storage (and to get it out of my garage) and found that I had to rearrange some of my art. Throughout this process I took down some of the pieces I didn't think worked any more. (I had framed the letter H but no one could figure out that it stood for hair!) I found that I needed to find or create some new art. I went through old family photos looking for something original and found just what I was looking for. My apologies if you recognize yourself from the 5th grade class at Holy Redeemer in 1973-1974! I'm top left and my sister is in the lovely red blouse! And I have no recollection of why I scratched out that poor girls face, but she must have had it coming! Nostalgia Art! I love it!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Another Art Wall

I went over to my good friend Rachel's house last night and I remembered that she and I did an Art Wall together at her house. This was our first attempt and it turned out really great! We scoured the "Goodwill's" in our area for interesting pieces of art and added in a few paintings by her mother. She found an old quilt piece she already had, and with a trip to "Home Goods" (who could turn that down) we had what we needed to get started. After laying them all out in her living room in one configuration after another, we finally found just the right balance. I love how it turned out and I am so proud of us every time I see it!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Art Walls

Ever since I saw my first "Art Wall" probably in Domino Magazine, I have been trying my best to achieve a perfectly arranged balanced/unbalanced art wall of my own. Its harder than it looks! Which is why, I guess, a well done AW looks so great. All of these are my attempts at hanging the various pieces of "Art" I have found at Goodwill and beyond. Some are better than others! Its a good thing I have a lot of wall space to experiment on.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Yummmmmm!! Part II

OK, who doesn't love cake? This great poster goes perfectly with my last post! I love both its literal and figurative meanings! It is from ETSY by SweetDee, and you can find it here.