Thursday, November 20, 2014

A few of my favorite things

Well, Oprah started it but the blogger spinoff is pretty sweet too. 

If you haven’t seen it around there are a few variations, some bloggers share their favorite items, while others have done it giveaway style.

320 Sycamore is having a Favorite Things link up and I wanted to share a few of mine.

Scarves.  Every.Single.Day.  Stripes and Leopard are my faves this year.

fav scarves14

Tortoise AccessoriesIt reminds me of leopard.  I like it on bracelets and sunglasses, it’s a fun neutral to add a little ooomph to up your outfit.bracelets

Chinese and Thai food.  I crave savory and spicy all the time, my poor sweet tooth has taken a back seat.  If dining out is on the menu, give me Salt & Pepper Shrimp or Pad Prik King, so damn good!

salt and pepper shrimp


I have been thinking about doing a Favorite Things house party in early January for my close family instead of the usual Secret Santa.  I’ve even googled it a few times for ideas and inspiration and this exercise was just the kick I needed to reach out to family members and start a fun new tradition! 

If you enjoy peeking into the minds of other ladies, visit the Link Party for fun gift ideas for friends, family, and yourself :)


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

If you give a mouse a cookie….

Safavieh club chair

I purchased this chair last Monday.  And I immediately starting getting ads on my sidebar for better chairs.  Specifically this one.  My thinking was the darker chair would be more open and comfy, and would allow for longer sit times.

tufted linen

Of course, I tried to cancel the Safavieh but it was too late, the chair delivery was already in process.  It arrived on Friday. 

And guess what, I really do love it.  It arrived in one box and all I had to do was screw in the feet.  Best of all, it was just the inspiration I needed to kick my daughter’s playroom out of our living room.  The living room is the first room you see when you walk in our house and for the last 9 years it has never been welcoming or pretty.

I worked on it some over the weekend and just purging the kid-size air hockey set, card table and doll stroller have added a new energy to the room.  I’m still mulling over what I want for the final look and feel, but it’s motivating to just have it clean.  Oh, the power of clean!

The cleaned up living room has had a ripple effect on other areas, I can’t explain it.  I have a few before and after pictures to share that I snapped quick when I realized what a mess I had on my hands.  It’s nothing life changing but it is what’s going on in my neck of the woods.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Don’t sleep on calendars

airplane wall

“If you want your house to feel homey, put something on the walls.”  Ask me where I read that, no idea.  But decorating your walls does help cozy up the place, art and curtains, imo.  Do you agree?

I’ve peeped a few bloggers framing calendar pages, wall art on the cheap.  Calendars are economical and they offer great variety.  There are calendars for everything!  Hobbies, cars, sports, sports teams, movies, tv, comics, spirituality, art, pets, cartoons, cities, there are plenty of categories to choose from.  PLUS, if you’re anything like me, your tastes will change, no worries, switch it out, no hard feelings, $20 bucks.

Since calendar season is upon us, I figured I’d re-share those little tidbits.  So, I dug around for some examples on the blogosphere:

DecorAllure, Airplanes, above

Holly Mathis, Butterflies

Good Housekeeping, Botanicals

Creative Soul Spectrum, Pretties from PaperSource

Pepper Design Blog, Rifle Paper Co.

Young House Love, Rifle Paper Co.

You can find calendars everywhere these days.  There is always a calendar kiosk at the mall during Christmas season, Barnes and Noble stores already have theirs out,,, I’ve even seen them at the Dollar Store.  There is just no excuse not to begin cozying up your place. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Talking fashion, what’s your style?

your style

Boho, Chic, Couture, Bold, Sporty, Glam, Preppy, Goth, Earthy, Urban, Classic, Vintage?

I could never name them all.  There are so many different fashion styles because there are so many different types of people.

Over the past few years, I have added some style blogs to my reader.  They have been really helpful in helping me to discern my own style as well as what is not my style.  Blogs have actually helped me in the same way with decorating my home.

Last week, I read an ebook titled, The No Brainer Wardrobe, (there is also a free 30 day series on her  blog).  It was a good (and easy) read, 30-45 minutes tops. The ebook is not about adopting her style, but more about understanding your own shopping, styling habits and how to do better.  I thought she made some excellent points, that helped me access my wardrobe and save a few bucks.  Here are two:

- Have a "go to" outfit for days when you don't have time/energy to put something new together.  Cause when you look good, you feel good, right?

- Create your own look book. For the first time (ever?) I tried on stuff this weekend in different combinations to see what worked together and what didn't.  This was very helpful, I ended up returning $80 bucks in unworn tops that didn't really work like I had intended.  Right there, I saw my return on the investment. 

That was the biggest success for me, changing my thinking and making sure my clothes could do double duty, and not just perform as one trick ponies.  I definitely recommend it and if you are interested in a style blog that helps you remix your wardrobe check out Audrey at Putting Me Together

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

TV Armoire


(I pixelated our friend Mike, it seemed like the right thing to do)

This first pic is from Circa 2008ish, my boys are so young.  Look at my house, so different, right?  Same sofa though.

I couldn’t find a full frontal picture but this is the armoire where our TV used to live, over on the right.  The armoire was a nice medium wood stain, not too dark, not too reddish.  It had two smaller shelf units on the sides.  One of those TV entertainment centers everybody had for tube tvs. 

At some point, I spray painted it black.  But eventually we donated the tube TV and upgraded to something that used less space.

We moved the armoire to the front of the house in the living room, outta sight outta mind, and there it sat.

I tried to sell it on craigslist.  No luck.  So many reasons why I suppose, one of the bottom doors was broken?  It’s old school? It’s not easy to pick up and take away?  Everyone’s trying to get rid of one? 

Armoire now

One day, I decided to try and use it around the house.

I switched it with a smaller armoire that was already in the dining room, bought baskets from Target and here she sits. 

Armoire Games 

Recently we added a shelf so I could get even more storage.  It keeps all the family games, playing cards and crafts accessible.  The bottom baskets hold project supplies I’m working on or clutter I just want to hide quick. 

It’s not a forever spot but for now it’s working. 

I quick looked on pinterest and my most favorite armoire reuse would be as a bar, now why didn’t I think of that!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Simple enough


I saw this curtain panel in a recent West Elm catalog and it was a simple enough pattern for me to try.  So once they offered free shipping, it went in the cart. 

My original measurements were too short by about an inch, womp womp.

West Elm dots

Sure, I could have removed the hem or maybe used bigger ring clips, but I know me and the best thing was to just buy them longer. 

So, off we went to the closest store, a good 40+ miles away.  The only good thing about having to drive to the nearest store was the in-store discounts.  (I do like to see design setups in the store also)  While in the store, I noticed another panel I had my eye on, in-stock and on sale for 1/2 off the online price.  What! What!  So, I saved $75 ($25 per panel), but to keep it real, I spent another $75, I didn’t originally intend on spending.

Westelm chevron

Because I left there spending more money than I planned.  I wanted to make an effort to get the curtains up as quickly as possible.

I ran the math, they were purchased Aug 2nd, and the photo below was taken August 24th.  So 22 days, not bad but not great either.

Curtains finally (edited)

So one beautiful August Sunday, I used the kitchen stools and a piece of  MDG as a make-shift ironing board and hemmed the curtains, YHL style

They are pretty thick like drop cloth, but more off-white in color.  I have to say, they add just the right amount of flair for this non-print loving girl. 

The chevron ones though, siiiigh, sometimes I love them, sometimes, I don’t.  They are in the bedroom which is still so very incomplete so time will tell.

Any other non-print loving friends out there.  I don’t know what it is, I just can’t commit. 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Using a list


For the past few weeks, I have made a habit of using a List, and sticking to it.  I can’t believe how helpful it is at home and work, I can’t remember why I stop using them cause I always go back.  Using a list has really helped me stay focused, because I am easily sidetracked. 

My list keeper is just a boring planner provided by work, but here are some cute lists you can print: cute, cute, cute.  And since school is approaching, a simple b&w composition book would do, or you can doll one up.

I just ebayed (is that a word?) some things I’ve been meaning to get listed for months!  It feeeels so good.  Hence, why I’m on the PC, that dang ipad is da devil, too easy. 

What else is new? hmmm, Bath and Body is giving away product…Right now they insist on giving away 2 if you buy 3, so I snagged a new scent….French Lavender and Honey.  It takes me fooooorever to choose a new scent.  It can’t itch my nose, it can’t be too sugary sweet and also not too perfumey.  So, I’m anxious to try it on full body for a full day, I hope it’s a good match to my own body scent.  Fingers crossed.

Other than that, I am enjoying Summer.  Hope you are too!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Big Fan

Lampshade sharp

I am a big fan of blogs and pinterest, I check the feed daily.  So much positive inspiration. 

One thing I realized during blogger Holiday Home Tours was how much I like the contrast with black and white as the neutrals.  So, I’ve been trying to update things around the house where it can make an impact without much effort.  This little lampshape was one of them, paint is such a game changer.  Thing is, I ran out of craft paint so the lampshade is now both glossy and flat.  That is typically how things roll for me. 

Anyhoo, here a few articles I’ve been reading on the webs, hope you enjoy:

This was fun to read again, no brainer wardrobe

One word, empowering.

Multiple celebrity wardrobe malfunctions. 

I am trying out simple makeup for 2014.

Spring in PA is still toying with us, April is over, but we’re still seeing a lot of rain.  Oh well, at least it’s not snow.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mom Momma Mommy Mom

I’m already thinking about Mother’s Day.  Not that I expect anything special, I just like to have gift ideas ready, ya know, just in case anyone cares to ask.

Since it’s been on my mind, I quick wrote down some gift ideas and prettied them up in Polyvore.

A few of my favorite things for the big spender.spendersTarget: I’ll take a giftcard and some alone time to cruise the aisles, suuure.

Tervis cup: I use mine everyday, it’s good for hot & cold beverages.  And it’s eco-friendly.

iphone: My iphone will be 3 years old this June, that’s dinosaur age in technology. 

Movie tickets: I love a good movie, perfect distraction from life.

Hand-stamped bling:  Especially if it says Awesome!

Toms: I really like their One for One philosophy.  Cute shoes and giving back, who can say no? 

But of course, Mother’s Day isn’t about spending money and consuming.  Here are some of my favorite freebies that I welcome Mother’s Day or any day for that matter.

freebiesHomemade Coupons: Good for quiet time, pillow fluffing, yardwork, tidying, skies the limit.  Any of the above would make this momma happy.

Vacuum-A-Room: No, not a Dyson, just one less chore for Mom.  I’ll take it. 

Warm Foot rub:  Bubbly foot bath with a gentle rub while I catch up on my TiVo.  Sold.

Handmade card: Remember those from when the kiddos were in Elementary school, jacked up magazine cuttings, misspellings and all.   

Scalp massage:  Yes Calgon, take me away.

Cup of Coffee/Tea: A warm cup in bed made by you, 

Did I miss anything? 

Moms, I’m curious - what would make your day special? 

Not a Mom, what would your Mom like? Tell me in the comments about one spendy gift and one freebie. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Listen Lenda Honey

The longer days are busting out the energy.  Here’s what I’ve been up to.

Phase 1

IKEA Lenda curtains had been in the dining room forever. 

Then someone invented Pinterest and I had to have the ribbon trim style.  A coupon from Hobby Lobby and Boom.

Phase 2

Thing is, I used the iron on bonding and that made the curtains stiff with the ribbon on the bottom.  Not so cute.  So I washed the ribbon off over Christmas break to preserve the curtains and the ribbon.

Phase 3

Dried them too.  No bueno.  They were floods until Spring.  Sad.

Phase 5

Here they are tonight. 

I hung, pinned and hemmed them one Sunday afternoon in less than 2 hours.  Could’ve been much faster but I adhered the wrong two sides the first time.  Classic Tiffany moving too fast.  I just tugged it apart and reapplied the stichwitch.  I prefer the IKEA brand so I keep it on hand. 


Yes, they are a little long but I prefer that over too short.  I am hopeful to add this black trim as soon as I have some time to comparison shop for tassel pricing. 

In the meantime, watch young Mateo on his quest for cupcakes against Mom Linda.  I thought it was honest fun. 

Are you doing anything fun for Spring.  I am PUMPED to clean house and enjoy the outdoors.  PUMPED, yo.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pennsylvania Arctic

This was last Wednesday.  Bitter, bitter temperatures.  
Saturday showed promise.  Full sun and low 40s.

And then there's today.  Freezing rain, temperature just above freezing.

These photos were all taken about the same time on my way out of the garage in the morning, I noticed putting this together how the light was so different. 

It's getting pretty amusing now.  The kids have not had a full week of school since December. Lots of snow delays and plenty of snow days.  I'm hoping Winter 2014 is one for the records. 

No idea why these mums never made it to the local yard waste drop off, don't judge me ;)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I really miss google reader.

I’m just getting the feel for the ins and outs over on blogluvin but it is no google reader.  I miss the search and sort features and how easy reader was to pop out and leave comments.  

Take a look at the first “blog” I ever read:

It's from 2002.  It’s a true story, pretty funny if you have time to kill.  

I got hooked on blogs in 2009/10 starting with the site: The site links to home & craft posts and from there the gates opened and heaven sang.  It was like an exclusive club I had been looking for For reals. 

P.S. Did you know the word blog is a truncation of the expression web log?  I just found that one out today.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Well Hello.

Yesterday marked 10 months that I've been absent from the blog.
I have 4 words for you.  
I had a baby!!!
Mothering teenagers is exhausting.
Not kidding.  That part is 100% true.

Between the kids and all the magazine ready shots on pinterest, I just lost my voice and became a spectator.  So lame.  Hanging my head in shame.  

Really lame, because I really miss creating.  And sharing.
So with that said, I'm really gonna try better and harder and stronger.

That quote hit the nail on the head.

Happy New Year Everyone!