Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Loving this card from blueeyebrowneye
Makes me wish I could type.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I Miss You!

My husband has been out of town for over a week.
I'll be closing my eyes until Friday when he comes home.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Joe!

Nine years ago today, 10 days after 9/11, I had a baby. My youngest of 3. The baby of my babies. When he was a toddler and we would take walks around the neighborhood, every group of older kids we past or saw from down the block, he would call his friends. "Those are my fwends Mom." It cracked me up and broke my heart a little bit at the same time. Through the years he has grown into a real, 9 year old, Renaissance man: he is funny, smart and loves to read and draw. He can take things apart, figure out how they work and put them back together again. He is a LEGO Master! He's on his 3rd year of piano lessons with the promise of guitar lessons to follow, is a dedicated athlete and a great sport. My little Joe is a loving son, sweet brother, and a very good boy who now has lots and lots of friends.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Another Design Print!!

This is so good!!
And it comes in print....on paper...delivered to your mailbox!!
Print is not dead people, and since I have a son in journalism school
I couldn't be happier about that!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Rue Magazine

Another Design Magazine on line.
I really like the look and the layout but
I must be getting old because I fully and proudly
admit I prefer print on paper: slick, shiny,
printed magazine paper, ads and all.
Especially ads.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Paper Chase

I drove my son down to The University of Oregon today for his second year of college.
It was alot easier this year.
ok, maybe not alot.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"American Pickers"

Love this show!
Even if your not into old motorcycle parts it's great!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


I got this little nightstand at the Goodwill "bins" for $5.00. For those of you who are not lucky enough to have a Goodwill "bins" store near you, or brave enough to venture into it if you do, (for the record I don't blame you!) the "bins" is the place where all the stuff that either did not sell at the regular Goodwill or was not good enough to sell there in the first place, ends up. Going to the "bins" is an experience unto it self, and not for the faint of heart or germ-a-phobes. I have seen people in there with dust masks and gloves sifting through the giant "bins" on wheels looking for that one amazing find, while other folks line up to be the first lucky ones to rummage through the "new" stuff they roll out every so often. These are serious "pickers"! While I haven't gotten to the mask and glove stage, my own precautions consist of staying mainly to the furniture side of things and keeping my hands in my pockets until I find something worth taking the risk to touch. I felt this little nightstand was worth the risk; it is in great working order, heavy as hell, the hardware is fun, and the price was right. Now I just need to figure out what to do to it to make it live up to its potential. Any ideas?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Dresser Redux

You might remember the little dresser I bought earlier this summer for $20.00. It was pretty beat up and needed new drawer pulls, but I love the lines and the wood grain and and for such a small piece it has tons of storage. (ok maybe not tons). I cleaned it up pretty good with "The Guardsman" and now just needed some new pulls. I was hoping for something art deco or lucite but after looking all over the internet, and spending some time at Hippo Hardware, I learned that this size pull (1 & 1/2 inch on center) is hard to find and I didn't want to drill new holes. Nothing worked. Well, once again while I was early to pick up my son from camp, my daughter and I drove by a local thrift shop that we pass by at least once a week, promising ourselves every time that we will stop someday. Well, with time to kill, we finally did and I'm so glad! I showed the clerk the one working pull I had been carrying around in my purse for weeks. She went over to a cabinet and out came exactly what I needed. They were so close to the old ones and only $2.00 for all 4. The funny thing is they are originally from IKEA where they were probably only slightly more expensive then the 2 bucks I spent. Yay!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Karma Baby!

Saw this print on ETSY.
Simple, graphic, love it!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Post-College Working Girl: Giveaway: Jo-Ann Fabrics Gift Certificate

This is a great blog to follow and she is doing a giveaway, but just until tomorrow!! Please check her out, she is very creative and has some great ideas!! Nice work Evie!!
Post-College Working Girl: Giveaway: Jo-Ann Fabrics Gift Certificate

Have a Seat Papa!

I'm really excited about this next project! I've seen a lot of bamboo furniture pieces showing up lately on design blogs and in decor magazines. OK, I know this Rattan chair is not bamboo, but I think it has the same tropical wood feel and a similar handsome, Hemingway-ness to it. There were 4 of them at Goodwill at $14.99 each, but the others were pretty beat up so I just bought the one. It broke my heart to leave the others behind but I know that sometimes a piece looks grander when it breaks from the pack, it becomes less common, and more unique. The practical side of me was attracted to this chair in part because I knew the seat would come off easily and I could cover it myself with a beautiful fabric and my handy staple gun. I searched online for a purple Ikat that I had seen before on a chair I fell in love with, but alas it was not to be found anywhere. I did find this gorgeous indigo at Calico Corners online and honestly I like it just as much or better, its truly more practical and will fit into more places in my home. I'm going to sand down the shine and spray it satin black, I think a gloss would make this more organic piece look too garish. I can't wait to get started! Stay tuned!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

I Love Teachers!

In honor of my kids starting school tomorrow, a new twist on an old favorite!

find it here!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Gum Drop Pillow (again!)

I thought I would show you just where the Gum Drop Pillow made its home. It landed in my daughters room as an ottoman for the pretty pink chair. That little gum drop took a ton of fiberfill, more than you would think, it just ate it up! But it was totally worth it because it looks great in there. My son wants one for his room too and I might make one for the basement t.v. room... if your smart you would buy stock in fiberfill!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Summers End

It was a really beautiful day yesterday on the Oregon Coast!
My kids got to play in the sand and the waves, and I got to lay in the sun and watch them!
What a perfect end to our Summer vacation.