Chair Book Love

January 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I came across this book of gorgeous chairs today!  Judith Miller writes about the history and evolution of the chair.  You all know I’m excited!

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Birthday and Decor!

December 2, 2009 at 12:11 pm (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

My birthday was last week! 

I got so many awesome gifts, so here is just a sneak peek:

Lots of awesome clothes!

Funky jewelry to go with...

And gorgeous diamond earrings!  Can you guess who they are from?  (Yes, I have still not perfected photos of jewelry!)

My brother also got me the book, “The Magoc of Writing: How to Write and Publish the Book that is Inside You,” by Linda J. Falkner.  So, now I have another project I’m working on 😉

Among many great gifts from family and friends, I also got a few decor related things to keep my occupied in the house for a while.  Check out this funky antique alligator trunk:

Is that not totally rad?! 

I had drooled over this trunk earlier this fall while browsing antiques.  Sweet, eh? 

Thanks everybody!  Now I have some fun projects to play with!

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Apartment Therapy Package

August 14, 2009 at 7:31 am (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Yesterday I received my Apartment Therapy package in the mail!  This was my prize for being picked as one of the “My Great Outdoors” winners.  This means they featured our backyard on their site.  This also means that I got a T-shirt, their book, and a sticker for my car! Check it out:

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Awesome, huh?  Apartment Therapy really is an awesome site and an awesome group of people.  Check them out here:  www.apartmenttherapy.com.  You can see our yard there, too, under big back yard! 

Thanks AT!!

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My New Book

May 28, 2009 at 5:27 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I finally got my new book in the mail! 

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“The Find,” by Stan Williams.  I was super excited when I heard about the new book.  I order it right away and have been impatiently waiting ever since.  I have had it for about a day and have already read half of it.  Ha. 

The book discusses thrift and vintage finds, and gives tales and examples of inspiration.  So far, I definitely recommend!

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Bookend Project

March 9, 2009 at 10:22 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have said it before, but I love repurposing items. Especially in these times, finding new life for old items is the greenest option. Some things you hate to ruin by transforming them, but for the most part I believe that reusing old or obsolete items is a far better choice than letting them waste away in some one’s unloving basement, or worse yet, a landfill. Plus, repurposing is often much cheaper than buying new items, as well as healthier for the planet. So, when I get the chance to make a new addition to our home, and at the same time get a new project with old items, I jump on it!

In college I made bowls out of records as a dorm floor project. I still have mine in our office on the book shelf. The other day I saw a project online where book ends were being made out of old records, and decided that would be a perfect addition to the shelves, and even fit in with our music themed office.

I made a stop yesterday at the Salvation Army and picked up two records. They weren’t anything special, just old records in decent shape and with pretty labels. Last night we boiled some water and dumped it in the kitchen sink. The water softens the record and you use a utensil to bend it.

Overall the project was easy and turned out pretty cute!

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Cooling off under a box.

Cooling off under a box.

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Scrap-booking Question

January 29, 2009 at 10:32 am (Scrap-booking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have been scrap-booking since I was in high school. I love taking photos and loving preserving memories, so this is quickly became one of my favorite hobbies. Due to being extremely busy I quit scrap-booking for a few years almost completely. The other day I found some very adorable paper and was so inspired I have started scrap-booking again full force. (The paper was from Micheal’s, which I recommend!).

I have come across a small problem, however, that I am hoping you out there in the blog world can help me with. My supplies are currently stored in about 4 different boxes. I rummage through the boxes when I am in search of inspiration or the perfect color of paper. The are constantly getting messy and unmanageable. The boxes are not uniform, either, which makes them hard to store. I am such a neat freak that this is really bothering me. I have seen carrying cases for sale that are meant for scrap-booking, but they are ridiculously overpriced!

My dilemma: I am insearch of an affordable, possibly DIY solution to the scrapbooking mess!

Here are just a couple of my unruly boxes of scrapbooking materials.  I love the pink box, as it is an oversized gift box from Victoria's Secret, but the heavy materials are starting to demolish the box!

Here are just a couple of my unruly boxes of scrap-booking materials. I love the pink box, as it is an over-sized gift box from Victoria's Secret, but the heavy materials are starting to demolish the box!

Here is just a glimpse of the plethora of supplies needed for scrapbooking.  Scissors, stickers, markers, pens, accessories, paper...

Here is just a glimpse of the plethora of supplies needed for scrap-booking. Scissors, stickers, markers, pens, accessories, paper...

I was thinking that sticker sheets and paper might be categorized and sorted in some sort of accordion type portfolio folder (Wal-Mart even carries on in a black and white damask pattern!). But, the 12′ x12′ sheets of paper might not fit in one of those. What do you think? Suggestions?

Here is a glimpse of the pages I have completed recently. Any page ideas? If you would like help with your scrapbook just drop me a line about that as well! 🙂

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P.S. It really is too bad that photos don’t do the details of these pages justice, as some of this paper is really gorgeous up close!

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