- the fact that it's almost ninety outside.
- switching your settings so I can reply to your comments via email. (This is super-awesome, because I HATE replying via another comment; I feel like a total dork when I comment on my own blog.)
- wreaths of flowers in the hair.
- seriously adorable black flats. Which, unfortunately are not available in my size.
- great ideas for a bridesmaids scavenger hunt with suprise ending.
- who wants to make a recycled sweater tote bag when I could turn things into a stuffed elephant?
- I wish I had the guts to wear aprons in public. She looks fabulous.
- I've heard from a couple of places that this mascara is v. good. Porkchop, are you listening? (We like to call her Tammy Faye Jr.)
- Inspiration board. And more inspiration boards.
- Zigzag needlepoint. I love this idea--I think it could work in some other mediums. Cross stitch, anyone?
- a contest! With prizes! Seriously, who doesn't have a dream room just waiting to jump out of their head onto a mood board?
And that's all for now. Coming soon: pictures from our super-fabulous memorial day picnic and maybe, if you're lucky, my current reading list.
By the way, don't you think "sequinned strawberry" sounds the subject of some particularly obscure manga?
So, I told my sisters yesterday that I was wearing a GIANT STRAWBERRY on my chest, and not just any strawberry, but a SEQUINNED one, and they immediately threatened to disown me. I think that what with all this old-lady cruisewear I've been sporting, I should look for a spot as a spokesperson.
::interject: I can see my husband through the office window, hanging up laundry while shirtless, tanned, and wearing the cap that's required for highlights. The strings are dangling on his chest in a most charming manner. ::
So anyway, I had to post a picture of my sequinned attire.
strawberry tank: thrifted
white tee: gap
skinny jeans: H&M
black belt: express
green flats: payless (!!!)
I'm standing on the porch railing as a storm blows in, trying to look cute! And manga-esqe! and pixieish!
And that's not all of them. (Please note that I'm also posting this photo as a sort of time capsule: at one point in time, my bedroom was not a mess. Truly it is momentous.)
I'm tired today. I've been pushing myself all week, trying to finish up school pictures for a local homeschool group. Last night we had a family photo shoot (pictures soon, I hope!) and then we had grocery shopping to do in preparation for the weekend, and then I decided that I needed to clean more of the house. So, yeah. My brain is fuzzy right now.
But the girls are coming this weekend, so we're going yardsaling, (yard saleing?) and I promise to take pictures. Until then!
(Oh, and did I mention that, based on the reccommendations of others, I'm currently reading this cookbook and it's made me want to find an ice cream maker when I go yardsaleing this weekend? Truly I'm not the brightest crayon in the bunch.)
Image courtesy outof5
I'd like to add that my right sandal broke pretty much the minute I arrived at work, so as I type this it's sitting on the floor waiting for the superglue to dry that will hopefully keep it in place. I almost wish that it would break again, though, so I can wear mismatched shoes for the rest of the day and when people ask whyI'll tell them, "I'm starting a trend, because there are so many great shoes in the world there's no way I'll make it though them all if I stick with wearing one pair at a time."
vintage yellow linen dress/tunic-y thing: thrifted
black capris: thrifted
black sandals: thrifted
- so that's how threadless does their way cool product photos: they have awesome offices. (side note: what is up with my office obsession lately?)
- flower pot pincushions! These would be totally awesome to use as favors/place cards at a garden party; just pin the name tag on each one. (This has also made me think: maybe for graduation gifts I'll put together a sewing kit for each girl, including a custom-made pincushion?)
- awesome, simple wall art idea.
- delicate flowers. and drawings of them. just lovely.
And now for the question: does anyone have a brilliant way of wrapping and pinning sweaters without snagging them? I love the look, and usually secure the sweater with a safety pin before adding the decorative pin on top, but inevitably I get snags. So sad. Any suggestions?
- color in a room. or check out the results. Either way, it's inspiring.
- felt taken to a whole new level.
- site design compilation. Good place to look for color schemes.
- 160 books that every boy should read. Sadly, I'm unfamiliar with many of the titles. I also disagree with some of the picks; they include the "His Dark Materials" books by Phillip Pullman, but there is no mention of the Chronicles of Narnia.
- human icon tshirt. what can you do with a sharpie?
clothes for $10 There are a couple of cute dresses on there, and a cabled Ralph Lauren sweater that might work on Porkchop.
Suzie at Style Bubble does some wardrobe refashioning, with fabulous results, as usual. (Don't you love the way she does her pictures?)
I should be working on school pictures. I'll get back to that.
I love this poster. It just rocks.
Fabrics, l-r: old sheet. The pattern only runs across the end, so I think I'll turn it into a dress with the pattern going around the bottom of the skirt. Green and yellow vintage synthetic of some sort. Very stiff and almost taffeta-y. Orange and green bedspread. It's a loosely woven cotton fabric, homemade, so it's not lined. I'll have plenty of fabric to make cool things out of.
- simple and chic art idea
- cheesily awesome "diamond" rings
- totally gorgeous offices of Urban Outfitters
- free fonts! (that are very pretty)
- making ikea look almost vintage
hopefully I'll get some pictures up tonight. If not, it's probably because I'm off to the movies with le husband. Which I'm sure you'll agree is way more important than posting.
Yes, I know every graduate appreciates (read "wants") money. However, I hate giving money (or giftcards) as a gift. They seem so impersonal, however practical. And, while I'm not going to give"Chicken Soup for the Graduate's Soul" or something that will be left sitting on the shelf until the day that it ends in a garage sale, I do like to give books. Specifically, two of my favorite books of all time.
$8.76 from amazon.com
$9.56 from Amazon.com
Love. This. Book. I read and reread it, and it never fails to provide new insight into the human condition and how we deceive ourselves.
But enough books. On to other things. Like notecards! I'm seriously considering getting sets of these made for each of the people who I did senior photos for this year.
$20 for 16
Notecards are always a good option, because they're going to need to write thank-you notes.
And I'm going to come back to this later, because there is some work I should do. What do you like to give graduates, and why?
- liquid nitrogen sorbets + a roundup of recipes that she's tried. I'm holing out hope that today's chilly weather will pass and I will need these completely yummy-sounding ideas.
- make taking notes interesting
- elegant musings is giving away paper packs. Get thee over there!
- gorgeous lines and florals
- princess philo is looking for free sources of good clip art. I have a few; can you send her any?
- clean up at purplepinkandorange. graduation gifts, anyone?
- gooooorgeous cardi pattern. Might even tempt me into the morass of attempting to knit a whole sweater again. (The last attempt has been frogged and is sitting quietly in my yarn box.)
The picture on the left was taken on Sunday; I'm with my mummy. The one on the right was taken this morning by propping the camera on top of the fridge, which explains the fuzziness. So sorry! So, yeah. You get to see the hair.
really helpful, practical rundown of who owns what in the beauty industry
at least 50 ways to use fabric scraps
words directed toward those who want to start a handbag business, but helpful for anyone who wants to start a handcrafting endeavor
I love the use of artwork in these rooms.
seriously adorable: a mug tree
I'm totally subscribing: a blog about cupcakes. Talk about inspiration! And if that's not enough to make you hungry, check out the cake girls. Yummmmmm.
super-smart decorating resolutions. I'm especially trying to practice numbers 2 and 3.
And I'll stop now.
The place my mum lives isn't exactly a commune, but there is a lot of shared space and several different people renting bits here and there. These are two of the inhabitants, and we were convinced that the guy on the left looks like chuck norris, so much so that we called him that all weekend, to his dismay. Hah!
The house is filled with lovely little corners and nooks.
Random people sitting on a bench as we came out of the farmer's market. I love the way they're engrossed in their own little world.
Another random corner (left) and a ukelele lesson. My mother has acquired two of the noisy little creatures, and despite our lack of knowledge, enthusiastic strumming was known to break out at any moment, accompanied by warbling, preferably off-key.
And this ends my traveling pictures. We shall now return to regularly scheduled programming.
Porkchop made the salad, and it contained pretty much every yummy thing known to mankind, including steamed green beans, mushroom, avacados, strawberries, and lovely homemade balsamic vinagrette. This is what it all looked like, not terribly beautiful but VERY tasty:
Then for dessert we had coconut sorbet with sliced strawberries and fresh pineapple. YUM.
This little guy sits on the closet shelf and looks charming; I think he's adorable.
PS: I have a hair appointment on Tuesday. If I don't chicken out it's all coming off. Woot!
We're having friends over for dessert and coffee Friday night, and I was planning on making a cheesecake, but now I'm rethinking. Wouldn't a coffee granita be cool and refreshing? Or maybe a dish of coconut sorbet with strawberries sliced on top and a spritz of lime.
Ah, the delicious possibilities.
So I stopped and drooled, and then I found them online. They're exactly what I've been looking for to put on the long, skinny toes of my husband. Imagine them with narrow flat-front khakis and a fitted polo: totally hot. Especially on my man who is, I think, a certified hottie. But then, I'm a little prejudiced and now I sound like one of those gushing wives. Ahem, back to the shoes. The price isn't horrid, but I'm hoping to find a better deal. Maybe ebay.
However, I am posessed of neither the swanlike neck or wondering eyes of Madame Hepburn, so I wasn't entirely convinced I could pull it off. Until my darling sisters, who are wonderful about talking me into doing wild and crazy things, presented this photo:
Similar facial shape? Check. Very short, modern-looking hair? Check. Still looks feminine? Double-check.
So now the question lies with you, dear readers. Should I boldly whack off the long locks that I've had for most of my life, or should I choose some other way of exorcising my boredom? Please feel free to share.
Side note: This photo has nothing to do with anything, other than the fact that it is simply faaaaaabulous. I want to be able to pull off a turban!