Saturday, January 29, 2011


This is some what exaggerated, but kind of accurate and totally hilarious!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


As an amateur decorator,
a lover of letterpress art from ETSY
and a longtime hairdresser,
I love this little bit of simple beauty.
Embrace it baby!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Jacob

On this day 20 years ago, I became a Mom. When my son Jacob was born he changed my life forever. I am grateful for that moment every day. I have blogged about my first born before. About his love and passion for writing and about his leaving home and heading off to college. But there is more to him then that. Jacob has loved books his whole life, he reads everything and remembers everything. I stopped keeping track a long time ago who got more answers right while watching Jeopardy! (...not me!) This love of reading led to a major love of writing, and he has turned into a great crafter of words. He spent hours in our driveway dribbling a basket ball until it was worn out, coming up with amazing story ideas and crazy movie plots, and he has no problem walking miles to the book store or the campus library. He is opinionated but not rude, his opinions are vast and deep but he can just as easily turn and argue for the other side, just to be contrary! He has a sophisticated sense of humor that he likes to point out, I don't always get. His Facebook updates are equal parts scathing and hilarious. He watches Fox News, wears a bow tie, and loves Rap music. As a 6 year old he was unfazed when he first saw "Jaws" but he still cries every time he watches "Dumbo." (...sorry Jake!) He is introspective, self effacing, and very laid back. When your children are small, you try to imagine what they will be like when they grow up, what sort of adults they will be. If you squint your eyes and use your imagination you can sort of make it out. What you don't know is this: that moment comes so much faster than you can imagine. I look at my first born and am so happy and proud of the person he has grown up to be.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I Love Fox News

My son is turning 20 on Monday, but you're never too old for cookies, right? I first saw these on Evie's blog, and put them on my wish list, because I just knew that someday I would find an event worthy of their awesomeness! Don't you agree that a sons 20th birthday is just that event? Ha! We came up with some fun words, and quotes just for him and will be heading down to Eugene tomorrow to deliver them in person! (The Gutenberg Galaxy is his latest blog!) Thanks Evie!

Friday, January 21, 2011

"What the.....!!??"

Really?!!....I don't get it Vanity Fair!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Rock It Resell

When I was pregnant with my daughter Clare, my sister Mary began her own business. Beside the fact that I was proud of my baby sister for having the smarts (and the guts) to do this, I was thrilled with the fact that it was a consignment shop for maternity and children's clothing called "Baby and Me". What perfect timing! Along with her friend and partner Anita, they have since opened 2 more "Baby and Me" locations. They have a thriving business and in this economy it has continued to grow. They have lately taken on a new endeavor, in a new market. Last October they opened their 4th consignment boutique called "Rock It Resell" which serves their "aging" demographic: young people and adults. Another coup for me as my children get older and I haven't been pregnant for years! I had the privilege of helping them design their new shop and it was truly an honor and so much fun. I loved every moment of it, from roaming Goodwill looking for fun art and props, to taking a "field trip" with them to Anthropology to get ideas. Between multiple thrift shops, IKEA and "HomeGoods" we got it done and it looks so great! It is a space I am very proud of and when I go there, not only do I get to see my sister and shop for amazing clothes at a great price, I get to hang out in a place that I had a hand in creating. I love it!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rain, Rain Go Away!

I finally found the perfect boots!
Lovely brown suede.
Not too tall, not too short.
Actually fit over my man-calves.
I even have a place to show them off since I've gone back to work.
Now if it would only stop raining long enough to wear them out side my house!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I Heart Book(end)s!!

I think I may have uncovered another addiction of mine. Along with dressers, chairs, pillows and lamps I believe I may also be hooked on bookends. Admitting it is the first step, right? I found these at the Salvation Army on 1/2 price day for $6.00, which I know is a lot for me, but I can tell they are old and along with holding great stories in place, I know they have a story of their own to tell. They will telling it on my bookshelf from now on.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Go Ducks!!

We all have a bit of Duck Fever over here!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Form Over Function!

Do you remember this dresser I got back in July? It was a mega-bargain at Goodwill and I could not pass it up despite the very clear lack of need for another chest of drawers of any sort!! As you know that has never stopped me before! Well, I have finally finished, found a home for, and photographed said dresser, and here it is! It was a bit of an experiment for me, I hadn't done much decorative painting before, but how hard could it be? Right? Turned out it was easy and fun. I just cut out a shape and traced it on and started painting. The hardest part was knowing where and when to stop, I could have covered the whole thing but I thought less was more in this case. I got new drawer pulls and its better then new, except for the fact that the drawers stick so badly I can barely open them! Oh well, it looks great!! Form over function!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Just Kids

I read this book a few months ago and I just loved it. It is the story of singer Patti Smith and the artist Robert Mapplethorpe and their first years together in New York City. Theirs was a true love story, and she tells this sweet story so beautifully, it reads like a poem. It's coming out soon in paper back and it deserves to be read for its lessons on loving someone unconditionally for who they truly are, flaws and all.

Saturday, January 1, 2011