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There is so much going on in my head today. I know, there are too many jokes that could follow that sentence. But before we get too punchy with poor little Jina, I thought I would use this opportunity to give you a smorgasbord of links to all kinds of internet goodness from the past several weeks. Oh, and this was a great chance to use the word smorgasbord; I really think my grandma would have been pleased. Anyway, consider this a recap of all the best from my Reader to yours. Here we go…
- I am kind of in love with this Land’s End throw blanket. You guys know how I love my throws, right? If not, remind me to do an endorsement on all things throw blankets soon. (Image above)
- My obsession for this Zig Zag bag is reaching new heights… bold pattern, black and white, big enough to hold my stuff as well as Lyla’s and occassionally Mike’s.
- After being in NYC and trying to carry my purse as well as a camera and often a coffee, I realized how much I will need a cute, stylish camera strap, if I really do want to take more pictures. So, I am dreaming of the dreamer… the Tokyo Dreamer.
- The lace jewelry at the Etsy store Branch Bound would make some perfect Christmas gifts for several on my list.
- My dogs need new bling… or even more my style, some new striped collars from Cath Kidston.
- I am counting down the days until I can legitimately listen to cool new Christmas music. She & Him are a great source. Zooey’s voice is perfect for old Christmas standards.
This post is really for my fellow Arizonans. Because we hurt together when the rest of the country published precious posts and articles about their adorable outdoor living areas in June. You need to know that it causes us physical pain to see people enjoying being outside of the touch of an AC. Yeah, I know we can have a fan on or crank up the misters, but it is still 115 out and we are just damp with bad hair now and even more pissed off about living in such an abusive climate.
But right now there is a sweet little light at the end of the tunnel and we can almost feel the gloriously non-violent end of Arizona’s weather. I am going to go as far to say that our Flintering (that is our conglomerated fall/winter/spring season) is probably better than your spring and summers. Sorry, but Flintering is just that amazing. So if you are ready to hunker down for a cold to the bone winter around the corner, you may want to avert your eyes, because this post is all about celebrating our migration to living outdoors again in the desert.
When were very first married my husband asked me if I would be ok with it if he had a mounted deer/elk/Bambi head hung in our house. My reaction was complete horror. At first he got bonus points for asking for collaborative decorating. Then I thought, why does he have an opinion on home décor, particularly one that is so bad. Then I wondered how could I have not known this was a want of his for the last three years? Did I not know him at all? AND did he not know me at all? AND WHY? WHY? WHY? Why would you want that ish in your home?
Fast forward five years. I am still not ok with taxidermy anything. A friend described it recently (in reference to Cabellas) as “it is like a creepy zoo.” But I can’t deny the fabulous moment that mounted faux deer heads are having right now. And, ahem, I am kind of smitten with them. Yeah, they are very kitsch and trendy and will likely be one of those things we look at in 15 years and shake our heads in shame. I say who cares. They are fun.
So if there is a time for compromise on this one, dear hubby, I think the moment is here.
1. Z Gallerie Small Dear Head 2. Rhinestone Taxidermy Deer Head 3. Tete de Cerf Noire 4. Fancy Pants Deer Head 5. Stag Deer Head Jewelry Holder and Tray 6. Order Font Love Deer Head 7. Sparkle Reindeer Head 8. Z Gallerie Salvatore Deer Bust 9. Misfit Menagerie Faux Taxidermy
What do you guys think? Yay or nay to deer heads?
Oh my, October is right around the corner! It may not seem like it in my oppressively hot neck of the desert, but regardless I am excited. I adore the explosion of creative pumpkin decor in the last few years beyond the classic carved jack o’lantern. One of the things that is so depressing about carving a pumpkin is how quickly it withers away, right? With all the crafty pumpkin crafts out there now, it makes my heart happy to be able to display these pretty gourds for more than just a few days. Here’s a roundup of pumpkin ideas for you! And remember you can even use on of those 50% off craft store coupons and complete any of these projects with a faux pumpkin. That way you can bring it out year after year! (Tip: saw off the fake stem of the faux one and hot glue a real pumpkin stem to the top to make it look more realistic.)
Monograms using thumbtacks and a pretty metallic paint. via
Candy corn pumpkins! via
Rhinestones in a web design. via
Gilded paint patterns. via
Lace stocking covered. via
Glittered section and leaves. via
Ric rac ribbon! via
All that’s left is to get started! One of these days we’ll have to have an HLB pumpkin decorating party.
I love a good homemade gift. There is just nothing like giving or receiving something that requires time, thought, and heart behind it. Some of the most treasured possessions I have are homemade- a painted rock from my grandma, a baby bracelet made out of silver spoons from a great uncle, and a blanket my mom stitched while pregnant with me. For the last few years, my family has even brought this concept into our holiday gift giving. We draw names and stick to a $20 budget, which creates a great opportunity to make things by hand. I even taught my hubby how to DIY a pretty patterned tray for my mom one year! Since the season of gifts is fast approaching and I have quite a few upcoming birthdays and events, I thought I’d share a few ideas that were catching my eye lately.
Fort Kit- Customize a cotton pouch and include a sheet, flashlight, rope, clamps and glow sticks! So cute and clever. I just may do this for my nephew.
Salted Caramel Sauce and Cookie Dough- Edible items always make lovely housewarming gifts. The first is a simple but delicious caramel and the second idea is to pre-make your favorite cookie dough and wrap it up in paper printed with the recipe. Fun!
Cork Letters- these would be a easy and beautiful gift for a friend, mom, or teacher! Just buy a cardboard or thin wood letter from the craft store, arrange and cut wine corks to fit (I have a ton of these saved for a rainy day), and hot glue. You can attach a bracket to the back for display, tie a ribbon to hang, etc. A ton of ways to customize this one!
Readers- do you have any favorite homemade gift ideas?
I stumbled upon this fantastic Minneapolis based shop, Russel + Hazel, after browsing through recaps of the New York International Gift Fair (oh how I wish I could have gone there.) I am head over heels for their stuff! Genius organization items, stylish desk accessories, and some fun little gifts too! I love the Quips+Queries Set for jotting down everything to everyday phone messages to big dream ideas, the Index Notebook as an on-the-go organizer, and their various Adhesive Notes for my love of list making.
But that’s only a smidgen of all the lovely little things they carry, check it all out here.
It’s one of those Mondays. The kind where I would prefer not to get out of bed. It’s taking all my perseverance not to be completely depressed right now since it seems as though the medicine Claire is currently taking is doing absolutely nothing to stop her bad seizures. Having your child wake up each morning to a violent (although short) grand mal seizure is indescribably heartbreaking. And this morning is doubly worse because I’ve seen a second one. I know it is naive, but each time we try a new medicine I put so much hope into that little pill. Hope that it will finally free my beautiful little girl of these awful things. But it never happens, so we keep trying. I just keep reminding myself of that phrase I hold dear- “We can do hard things.” Although some days, it is almost too hard to do hard things.
Another thing contributing to my melancholy state of mind is finishing up the book, Room, last night. Oh my. Reader beware on that one. It is a fascinating, gripping story but so disturbing and challenging at the same time. Have you read it yet?
Now that I’ve got all of that out, on to the meat of my post. Besides the venti americano (delivered by my too-sweet-to-be-true husband this morning), here are a few things that are helping me clear my head this morning:
Lovely music video from Mindy Smith and Daniel Tashian (if more country music was like this, then I would listen more!)
25 fun party supply ideas from Poppytalk (lots of inspiration for future party endeavors.)
Retro inspired illustrations of movies and books from Claudia Varosio (I love these! Would be so fun on a gallery wall.)
This before and after of a dining room turned library on Design Sponge. (Drop dead gorgeous. I want that chandelier!)
Well, that’s it for now! Here’s to hoping our day gets a little brighter!
Do you sometimes feel like life is jogging nicely right beside you? And then sometimes you are sprinting just to keep up? And that the vacillation between those two extremes can come instantly and shockingly, just to completely throw and unnerve you. I feel like I’ve been living in a crazy chaos for a little while now. I’m not sure if it is completely circumstantial, or if my mind’s begun to play tricks on me, making seemingly mundane things into a brighter bedlam. Either way… I’ve felt overwhelmed.
So we’re on this adoption journey, and we’ve reached a point where we sit and wait. We sit and wait to be chosen either by the agency or by a birthmom. When rampant anarchy is surrounding me, and then my phone rings from a BLOCKED number, there is a stillness in the air. You see, that’s the code for someone from the agency calling you. And they could be calling about … fill in the blank … anything. But more pointedly, during this time, they are potentially calling about a potential match between you and a potential baby.
So earlier this week, I was running around doing a myriad of things that I literally don’t know how they were completed on a regular basis when I worked 40 hours a week, when I noticed my phone ringing with a BLOCKED number. I froze. Time stood still. Quick prayer: “If you think we can handle this right now God, then I’m in.”
False alarm: It wasn’t the agency or anything that required me to make decisions about the rest of my life. But for an instant, my world slowed down. It had to.
There is an rare quality to this period of time in my life. It’s something I was talking to a new friend about the other day. You see, she was in our adoption class (with her husband), and she has quickly become a very important part of my life… for many reasons. But one in particular is her understanding of every emotion I am going through on any given day when it comes to this adoption adventure.
We were drinking coffee, and she was telling me about how she is trying to hold on to the uniqueness of this moment. We aren’t ever going to be in it again. This period of time when we don’t know what our child will look like or where they will come from or what the birthparent situation might be. Has my baby been conceived yet? Is their birthmom caring for them? Does she know how to? And the list goes on.
It’s enough to keep you up at night, but as so many other things in life, it’s out of our hands. And instead of trying to control it with a bunch of unanswerable what-if’s, it’s a discipline, but also a treasure to let all of those answers rest in my God’s very capable hands. Then I get to take in the moment surrounding me and be truly appreciative for the uncommon quality of it.
As if the realization of all of this wasn’t enough to change my behavior, fate would have it that I accidentally found this visible reminder as well. It’s funny how that God works. Sometimes He knows you have to be smacked across the head to really understand what He is saying to you. And although this bowl shouldn’t be used to pummel anyone, it is beautiful to gaze upon on a daily basis. So, I bought it, for me and my new friend.
And if you are in need of a reminder to appreciate the place where God has you, maybe you need this too.
There is so much Ikea goodness going on! A new catalog (whyyyyy have I not received my yet), new products, a new blog, new hacks. My affection for this store doesn’t need much fuel but when there is new fodder I fall even more in love. I don’t care that the dresser is going to fall apart the first time it gets moved. I don’t mind that they trap me in their labyrinth of memorizing vignettes until I have suddenly wasted three hours wandering and find my self wishing I lived in a 300 sq apartment. I can even tolerate their wildly unforgiving assembly process. I just can’t help my Ikea infatuation. Join me and let’s all crush a little on some new Ikea treasures.
This hack is a little old but new to me and I adore it. Julie Khuu from Haute Khuuture Blog glammed up a couple of Kulla Pendant Lamps with gold leaf.
Then there is Ikea’s new website IKEA Share Space where you can upload shots of your space and share it with other Ikea fans and browse through others’ ideas. There is a blog that accompanies it and features the best of the week along with various Ikea tidbits.
Possably my new favorite product is the ISALA line. Designer Hanna Brogård created the ISALA line of tables. I love them, they are just fussy enough for me and come in lilac and grey.
And last up are the crazy fabulous O’verlays. I know they are all over blogland but it is because they are AWESOME. They are the brainchild of Cheryle Rhuda and Danika Herrick. They are fretwork overlays that are compatible with many Ikea products like RAST and MALM.
I am fixated on the idea of one day having a charming nook in my kitchen. I sadly don’t think it is architecturally possible in the house I currently live in. But since we don’t plan on staying in this home forever, my dreams are filled with kitchen banquettes. Here are some beautiful options:
Aren’t they lovely? To me, banquettes create such a sense of community around the table. I can’t resist them! When it comes time to bring one into my space, I may use this clever Ikea hack as a starting place.