One Busy Lady

April 29, 2010


Hello friends! Can you tell that I’ve been busy?! With my husband out of town and major events at work, my days have been long and crazy. I have had a chance to start some fun projects, and will post some pictures soon.
I did get to see Matthew for a brief time in between his road trip from Georgia {they made it back in one piece!} and his work trip, which was awesome. I’ve enjoyed the alone time, but am not looking forward to another five days flying solo.

I hope to be back into the lovely world of blogging after I get through these next two monolithic projects! Wish me luck!

I'm a Gleek

April 23, 2010

Had to post this Glee Flashmob - love it!

It's Friday!






With Matthew gone for the next 6 days {at the very least}
I’ve gone crazy with planning DIY projects.
Try some of these out for yourself!
I'm also off to the Petaluma Antique Faire this weekend - can't wait!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Beauties, a la Liz Levins

April 22, 2010


I first spotted this sidetable while leafing through a prized copy of Domino magazine {RIP} in search of a creative way to cluster mirrors for a living room project. But the mirrors were the last thing on my mind when I laid my eyes on this graceful tiered beauty and I immediately began the search for where I could get one for myself. But alas! Nowhere to be found. This was probably 2 years ago, but today my friends I have found it! And yes, the $425 price tag is a bit disappointing…but no matter. At least I now know it has a home, and if I ever want to spend an extravagant amount of money on a sidetable…well, I’ll just head on over to Liz Levins.

While perusing her site, I came across these other must-have pieces:





Aren't these lovely?


BIG NEWS

April 20, 2010

Well, friends, I’ve got some news. Matthew, Numi and I will be relocating to Spokane, Washington come July! Matthew has been accepted to Eastern Washington University where he will be working towards his Master’s degree in Music Education – all with a full scholarship, no less. We feel so blessed – after years of traveling down different paths towards various schools, programs, and degrees, this opportunity truly resonates with us as the right situation. While he will still be focusing on piano performance in some fashion, his emphasis will likely be in the area of musicology. {He is hardcore music-nerd material – check him out.}

While this is amazing and exciting news, it does mean quite the upheaval from what we’ve built here in Roseville: having a close network of family all within driving distance; our jobs and the wonderful people we work with; our church family and musicians – it will be hard to leave this place and those we love behind. I feel like my brain can’t totally wrap around it all, and I oscillate between extreme excitement for our new adventures and pangs of anxiety at leaving my family, friends, and job.

But when I get down to it, my husband has been given an opportunity to further his passions – and I couldn’t be more thankful, excited, and totally on board. More updates and details to come in the next few weeks!

Bonus: Numi will finally get to meet the snow…

On My Mind

April 19, 2010

Have you seen the movie The Hangover? While not normally my favorite film genre, I thought the movie was hysterical. Basic premise: Four guys, bachelor party, Vegas, pure shenanigans, day before the wedding. Not to give too much away, but the opening scene is a classic man moment: stuck out in the desert, day of the wedding, making the call to the anxious bride, breaking the news that they might not make it back for the wedding…yeah. As hilarious as it was, I couldn’t help but put myself in the bride’s shoes…and came to the conclusion that I would kill him.
Thankfully this is not what happened to me on my wedding day, so therefore I’m able to laugh at the craziness that is The Hangover.
Right now you’re probably wondering why on earth I’m yabbering on about this….well, let me tell you.
My husband is going on a trip.
A man trip.
Across the country.
On Thursday he flies out to Georgia, where he’ll meet his brother Nathan for the Roadtrip-to-end-the-Ages. In all of 5 days these two guys are going to move all of Nathan’s belongings out here to California, where he is relocating for the Air force.
Since the initial decision to plan this trip, I’ve heard things like “yeah, we’re not sure where we’ll sleep” and “we may have to pull 12 hour days” and other assorted tidbits that make me feel….less than assured that they’ll make it back in one piece.
I suppose all I can do is arm him with directions, plane tickets, cell phone charger, and a kiss – and hopes that he returns in one piece. {And then plan my own adventure for while he's gone... :) }
And as my sister Kaitlyn puts it: if things get crazy, 
he’ll have some awesome stories to tell.

Anthro vs. Grandma

April 17, 2010


On our recent trip to Ventura, Anna and I had great time thrifting around town in search of housewares and really anything else that struck our fancy. {You can read about some of our finds over here.} I love thrifting - there's something about the search, the hunt, through all the random bits of other people's discarded lives, and then that moment when you pull something out from under a broken chair, or realize you've come across an authentic antique - ahhhh...it's magical. However I'm starting to notice a trend in how I thrift, and was encouraged to hear that Anna resonates - I tend to come upon items that catch my eye and wonder "hmm...is this Anthropologie....or Grandma?" Housewares, jewelry, art, really anything can walk that fine line between something from the pages of an Anthro catalog or something you'd find in the back room of your Grandmother's house.

But I've come to this conclusion: it really doesn't matter. Anna found this unique green and gold bird that we both looked at and questioned for a few minutes...but regardless of it's origin, in the end we liked it. We thought it looked cool. It's now in her living room, and it looks great!

I think you have to own it - whether it be wearing a thrifted dress that "walks the fine line" or something you've just picked up from the mall - I'm learning that if you like it, it's your style. When we start letting the pages of a catalog solely dictate our style or design choices, then we're limiting our true potential. I'm learning to be less uptight about what something "is" and just going for it!

 

It's Friday!

April 16, 2010






Mr. Sun has decided to make an appearance this weekend, so I plan to head outdoors and remind myself what Spring should feel like.
Enjoy these fun and inspirational ideas!
  • I’ve been feeling drab about our linens as of late…and surfing the anthro online store doesn’t help much as I don’t have an extra $500 to drop on sheets. But this does help.
  • Ever tried making those cute flower hair clip/pins? Yeah, mine were terrible too. But with this how-to I think I may be able to conquer the flower pin yet…
  • This week I’ve found a couple of home tours that especially caught my eye: Kate Spade and Sarah Jessica Parker. Lovely.
  • Need a springtime picnic idea? Oh my goodness this pancake picnic looks amaaaaazing. {Sidenote: this blog is now one of my favorites – check it out, I know you’ll love it!}
  • My new mantra: Fail Better.
  • Sadly I haven’t known much about Nigella Lawson until recently – seen the show a couple times, perused a book or two – but I have to say I’m on the cusp of being a Nigella believer. Her recipes are so accessible but still elegant, and I love her website! This week I came across a quote from the culinary diva herself:
“What I'm doing here is seeking to offer protection from life, solely through the means of potato, butter and cream... there are times when only mashed potato will do.”

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Happy Birthday Landon!

April 15, 2010

Admittedly the blog has been a bit, well, heavy on the cuteness-that-is-Landon this week...but get ready for another dose because today is his First Birthday!

In honor of our nephew’s big day, here are a few lovely ideas to celebrate the big 1!

Petite French Bakery Theme VIA

A teapot inspired theme VIA


Milk & Cookies Theme VIA


Circus Theme VIA


Happy Birthday Sweet Boy! We love you :)


Little Surprises

April 14, 2010

Our family friend {and design extraordinaire} Katie Walters always says that you need to have something that surprises you in a room: a bold pattern, funky lamp, some detail that pops and delights the eye. I always tend to play it safe, not wanting to *heaven forbid* clash with other room elements, but I’m growing tired of solids, safe prints, and generic design combos. House goals: incorporate more color! Throw caution to the wind! Be my sassy self!

Maybe I’ll start with these…

 VIA

VIA 
VIA




Green light means go!

April 13, 2010

So as you know from my previous post, I’ve been getting back into my projects – this round with woodblock printing and stenciling. I went through my small stash of supplies pretty quick, and had to order more online. (Okay, venting moment: why is it that no art store within 20 miles even knows what linoleum blocks are?) But my box finally came and now I can commence with my carving and painting!  Once I have something worth sharing I’ll post some pictures of the process. In the meantime, check out {and by check out, I mean swoon at Landon’s cuteness} our very fun photos from our weekend trip to visit the Hoskings.
 Landon and Butter checking out the local foliage.

Look at that smile!

Quality time with Uncle Matthew.

Jewelry = chew toy.

 
Swimming lessons - Landon was the best one there. Really.
Check out those kickers!

Butter chooses an interesting place to rest...

Landon trying on Matthew's glasses...

Photo shoot with Butter.

Our beautiful brother and sister-in-law. 

As you can see - amazing time! :)

A not-so-manic Monday

April 12, 2010

 VIA
First off, we've had an amazing past few days. Greatest. Weekend. Ever. (Just you wait for the photos...)
There is truly nothing better than spending time with those that you love. 
We were so sad to leave our darling family of four in Ventura and head back to Roseville...
but alas, real life was calling us back. 
Normally I'd expect the day after to feel....well, not as blissful as the previous four. And it wasn't as great (come on, without a Landon 5 am wake up call, or a Hosking photo shoot, the day just isn't the same...) but it was surprisingly good. Great start, middle, and end - and I even managed a trip to the gym, a homemade/delicious/veggie filled dinner (in part thanks to my hubs) and a few relaxing moments on the couch watching our beloved Netflix. Oh and because I managed not to indulge in a fistful of Krispy Kreme donuts off the marketing "snack station" I think I deserve extra brownie points. Or just a brownie.
Yeah, I'll take the brownie.
It's been a good day.

For You

April 10, 2010

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.
We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
~Albert Schweitzer

It's Friday!

April 9, 2010

Greetings from Ventura! This Friday I feel so blessed - and want to share my three favorite things:

This cute couple, for starters.
I could not ask for a better brother and sister-in-law.
They are truly the best.

These two cutie pies: my sublimly adorable nephew Landon,
and the newest Hosking to join the brood - Butter!

And finally, my gem of a husband.
No Friday would be complete without this guy.
{Disclaimer: this picture is from our Maine trip,
but I like because he's in his happy place.}

With this crowd, it's a pretty amazing Friday. :)
Have a great weekend!

I Heart {RED} Clawfoot Bath Tubs

April 8, 2010

After my post last week about neglecting our d├ęcor-starved bathroom, it seemed like the blogworld opened up and threw inspiration into my face. Love it when that happens.





Make the Postman blush

April 7, 2010


I think this is such a fun idea, and a clever twist on the ManPacks sensation. Panty By Post is a monthly subscription program where you receive an adorable pair of knickers in the mail… in a beautiful package no less. You can pick what style/color, etc, you like, or you can let them surprise you. They also have men’s briefs, if your man will let you sign him up…sadly, my Matthew will not.
For $30 a month PBP will send you two pairs of undies, but they have packages to suit all needs – 1 pair a month all the way up to the Premium Package for you undaroo enthusiasts. All of their products are made by Blush, a Canadian lingerie company and their men’s line is made from organic bamboo. 
This just reinforces my love of Canadians.

The Knack of it

April 6, 2010

{Before}
{After}
I was thrilled to find Knack’s post on transforming this dresser, because we have an identical one in our bedroom – and it needs a major makeover. I am always amazed at how some paint a new hardware can move a piece from the “sort-of-frumpy and not-really-my-style” category to the “oh-wow-I-need-that” category. And that green…beautiful.

It's Friday!

April 2, 2010





Another week, another hint of Spring . . . another rainstorm.
  • It’s very possible that I’m the last person in the blog world to hear about this, but I’m still super excited about this new way to experience etsy.
  • It’s been a long week, bad hair day, or the freeway was a parking lot. What’s a girl to do? Just Smile and Wave. One of my new favorite places to visit.
  • What’s the room in your house that gets overlooked when you’re wildly decorating the rest? For me it’s our bathroom, in part because it’s so tiny. But I can’t help but be inspired to get my bum in gear by ideas like this and this.
And finally, as I've spent much of my week bent over woodblocks and stencils, this quote really resonates: 

"O great Creator of being, grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives."

-Jim Morrison

My dance card is full this weekend, so I'll be back on Monday.
 Here's to a glorious Easter weekend of good food, family, friends, and joy. He has risen!

New Hampshire Farmhouse

April 1, 2010

Yep, still on the yellow kick. Via Mustard and Sage via CL .
Swoon. Especially that kitchen . . . I'm in love.
 

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