Friday, July 30, 2010


*Image by kdawg6120

Yesterday I was all set to paint. I had my supplies ready and was raring to go. Somehow me painting while my husband watched (he said that was the plan) turned into me watching while my husband painted. I swear it wasn't a set up. I went to the store for a last minute purchase and he said that he would finish taping. Next, he offered to start painting around the edges, then he painted the whole wall. I can't complain, it looks great. Instead I busied myself hanging up curtains in another room. Productivity has struck in our household. What have you been up to?

Thursday, July 29, 2010


In my search of white-on-color patterns I came across this house. With patterns all over it still seems relaxing, fun, and inspired. The white balances the vibrant colors and yet helps bring them out without creating visual conflict. I am drawn to beach bungalo looks because they remind me of summer vacations, who can resist that draw? Are you a fan of pattern in your home?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


*Image by lomokev

On Saturday we're hosting a housewarming party. I have a bunch of stuff to do in the house before then, but seeing as how I've been rattling on and on about cushions I figured I'd change course. (The cushion posts were part of an assignment if you can believe that). We are going to feed many people and the best way to do so in my opinion is to grill. What I am pondering is what exactly we should grill? Should we get fancy or stick to the basics? What I find amusing is that in my past life I was the queen of the grill and now I have to share my throne. Maybe if red meat is only part of the menu I'll be able to get my hands on the tongs too.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Chevron Stripe

*Image by maliburachel

The chevron striped fabric has been on my mind lately. I just did a larger version on one of my cushions and did not like the effect - not enough peaks and valleys. That cushion is in the washing machine and my fingers are crossed that I don't have to re-dye it. I planned to fail a bit right? This process has been much easier because of that mentality. Success is nice when you're not counting on it. I'm not sure what the final plan will be or if it will involve tedious stripes, but this learning curve is not over.

Monday, July 26, 2010


*Images by me

Before and after photos do not do this dyed transformation due justice. The old stonewashed denim covers soaked in the navy dye beautifully and darkened up nicely. The red piping is now more violet and I'm still contemplating what I can do to add to this transformation. Initially, I planned to paint on the dye to try to achieve a graphic effect, but that idea failed. My next inspiration is to use either a bleach pen or some fabric paint to add some graphic enhancement to these cushions. I think a simple chevron pattern might be nice and this could tie in to whatever I do to try to tame the piping (husband hates it). The pillows are much better. Any ideas?

Sunday, July 25, 2010


*Image by me

Here is a sneak peek of the cushion project. It has been a busy weekend. I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did. More cushion updates tomorrow.

Friday, July 23, 2010


My laziness has inspired me to action. Not wanting to take on the task of sewing new pillow covers for the patio sofa came up in conversation yesterday. I was describing the fabric to a friend when I was struck by brilliance. Why not dye the covers to give them a facelift? This could be just the project I need, little effort, dramatic effect. Then I recalled this post featuring the painted rug and the idea took off. I could add color and flair to the cushion covers if I taped off a design and painted in the gaps with dye. I've done something similar and like the effects. Painting with RIT dye is similar to using watercolors. Best of all, what do I have to lose? Nothing - I was planning on replacing these covers anyway so why not experiment?

Thursday, July 22, 2010


*Image by Anne & Will

Our living room wall could easily end up looking like this if we're not careful. I bought my first ever paint samples today and I tell you the idea is genius. Small little bit of paint, but enough to prove that those tiny paint cards are worthless. Sure, I liked the color while it was tiny, now that it's up on the wall I'm reconsidering. I'm headed back to the paint store tomorrow for a few more options. Have you ever used paint samples? What do you think?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


*Image by me

Usually, when I see people's internet finds I have a pang of jealousy. I'm not the type of person who can see the potential for transformation in furniture. I'm in awe of people who can imagine and visualize and then tackle those refurbishing projects. Our new piece will need some work, but I think it's worth it. Looking at the bones, I like what I see. What you can't tell from far away is that the wood is a little tired and that the webbing under the seat needs to be replaced. There are also a few minor defects, but nothing we can't handle. I just wonder how long this will take considering it all depends on me. I wish I wasn't busy all day. Think I can make it by next week?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


*Image via Sew Mama Sew

We were lucky to get cushions with our new patio sofa, but they are grandmotherly and ugly. Choosing fabric is the first priority, but I am feeling stuck. I can't decide if I want something big and flashy or something more subtle and subdued. Either way, I got lucky when I found this tutorial online that covers making cool piping and inserting zippers. Seeing as I have recently mastered the zipper, I think I can handle it... maybe. Honestly, I'd rather find something pre-made so I can take the easy way out. I'm lazy. What has pushed your creativity lately?

Monday, July 19, 2010


Yesterday we scored a great piece of furniture via Craigslist, a fun rattan sofa for our new patio. It needs some work, the cushions definitely need to be re-covered but we're happy. After I choose fabric for new cushion covers we're going to choose a color and paint our new sofa. I was inspired by the different colors Kim has used into her home. I've never done something like this before and I want to have it finished for our housewarming party. This will be a good place to keep track of the process and the results. Any color inspiration on your part?

Saturday, July 17, 2010


*Image by Melinda ^..^

Last week I joined a local running group that is training for the San Antonio Marathon & 1/2 marathon. I'm not sure my poor body could make it 26 miles while still running, but I'm willing to try for 13. Not bad considering I have until November to be ready. I feel slow and tired when I try to breathe the thick air, but it is nice to have the group for encouragement. Today, I think I'll take a nap. I've earned it.

Friday, July 16, 2010


Waking up early all week, going to school, coming home, doing homework (or thinking really hard about it) has made me pretty tired. I think that today, during lunch, I'm going to take a nap. We have access to some couches and that sounds good to me right now, seeing as I just left the warm cocoon of my bed. The weekend is here and I am glad. How about you?

Thursday, July 15, 2010


*Image by goodjon

Writing all day leaves me feeling drained when I come to write for fun. Luckily, the week is coming to a close and I can spend some time refreshing my mind and recharging. I am spending my lunch hour exchanging stories and laughing, which is more than I had been doing all summer. My brain is just running on empty today. How about you?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


*Image via UPPERCASE

This could be a hobby for many a woman, I am interested in reading the accompanying article. I've been drooling over the images in UPPERCASE magazine for a while, and this issue could possibly get me to cave in and buy a copy. When we moved I canceled all of our junk mail and extra paper coming into the house, but I think that a magazine, like a letter is a fun thing to look forward to. Do you subscribe to anything fun?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


*Image by Carlos Porto

Did they give us homework on the first day? Yes. Did I do my homework? No, well, not right away and not well. I think, did I procrastinate is a better question - so did I? Yes. Did I think about doing my homework? Yes, I did think about it. Is this going to be a long 3 weeks? Don't answer that. I've already made an allegiance with the cynics, this could actually turn out to be fun.

Monday, July 12, 2010


*Image & card by Fuzzy Grapefruit

If I have to spend the day writing I may as well have something amusing lurking in the back of my mind right? We'll see if today I accomplish much in terms of changing my sour-puss attitude about going to 'school' this summer. I spent the weekend running and reading and finishing up some crafts, last bits of indulgence. If anything hopefully today I will accomplish a list of things I would rather be doing than sitting in a classroom and possibly write a few letters. Would you like to receive a letter? Leave me a comment and I'll add you to the list. What pleasant distraction do you have today?

Sunday, July 11, 2010


*Image by me

Finally, couch pillows that are big, soft, pretty and well made. I couldn't have done it by myself, not without my creative side-kick. I'm just glad that I am now a master of the zipper. Now, I have to choose some paint colors for the new place and then I can tackle covering the windows. Any new places for online decor inspiration?

Friday, July 9, 2010


*Image via Bolt and all buttoned up

How do you make a paper slut jealous? This is how. I am going to be the coolest kid in my mandatory writing class (ugggg). This craft almost took first place in front of the couch pillows I am making (pictures tomorrow) - it is that cool. I guess if I have to go back to school for three whole lovely* weeks I will be the student with the coolest supplies. Yes, I admit that I purchased a brand new set of Crayola markers as part of my supplies when I was a freshman in college. I know I'm not alone and that there are others who geek out over school supplies. What is your favorite?

*Please note the sarcasm - teachers make possibly the worst students.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


One of my favorite things about summer is fresh fruit. I love being able to snack on ripe fruit, to bake tasty tarts or to just admire the colors. Right now my refrigerator is bursting with fresh berries and nectarines and I get to snack daily and inhale the scents of ripeness plump with juice and flavor. It feels like such a luxury compared to the stores of winter. I can't deny that I will enjoy a crisp apple any time, but biting the soft flesh of fresh strawberries or dissolving delicate raspberries on my tongue is so satisfying. What is your favorite summer fruit?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Green, yes. Bows, yes. Patent leather sheen, yes. Open toes, yes. Inexpensive price tag, yes. I could totally add this pair to my wardrobe. What do you think?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


I don't think I have been happier in Texas than I am now. Our house is being flooded with friends and familiar faces and it feels like a home now. I have felt a difference in my mood and attitude, similar to when the Grinch's hear grew. It is all due to the fact that I've been graced by people who get me, an unspoken understanding. Texas will never be where I'm from, but I'll take this feeling over last summer's any day. What has lifted your spirits lately?

Monday, July 5, 2010


*Image, cup & saucer via Liberty of London

I don't think that a tiny dribble of gold would ruin my tea party. This little detail made me smirk in a Cheshire cat kind of way. My husband does not understand why tea parties and all of their accessories are great - this is another reason I love them. I think I might have to include some impromptu tea party flavor when I host this month's craft day. What makes you smile about tea parties?

Sunday, July 4, 2010


We are happy to be hosting friends again to celebrate the 4th of July. I am getting my hostess groove back and am having a good time hanging out in my new home. What makes it even better is that we have plenty of place for visitors, a nice private yard and patio and room for pups to play. I'm even more excited that my husband is willing to cook most meals if I do the dirty work of cleaning up (so much easier with a reliable dishwasher). Hopefully you all enjoy family, friends, food and fireworks today.

Saturday, July 3, 2010


*Dress by Trovata image via Gilt Groupe

Oh, how I would like to try wearing a shirt dress. I guess I haven't tried on enough, or haven't experimented with enough belts to find the right median. If I could slip this on for work, I could have easy days ahead. Dresses are effortless, if you have the right fit and accessories. Luckily, I have a shopping buddy heading into town next week. What do you gravitate to for work wear?

Friday, July 2, 2010


*Image & chair via Urban Outfitters

The last few times I went into Urban Outfitters I felt a little old and overwhelmed. I loved their window displays while walking down Broadway in Seattle, I love their kitsch and discounts when browsing for gifts. Imagine my surprise when my online browsing led me to furniture. Now, I like their take on home decor. You already know I like paper and prints and now I can look there for furniture and accents as well. I like the new grown-up feel to Urban Outfitters, what about you?

Thursday, July 1, 2010


*Image by Sparky Leigh

So far hurricane Alex has drummed up some nice clouds and has been slowly unleashing rain upon San Antonio. I've only experienced hurricane rains once before, this is not bad compared to the roads turned rivers in Puerto Vallarta. I am glad, for once, that we're not living on the coast. In my life I've been through tornado drills, earthquake training and now am scratching my head at hurricane safety. As far as I've seen during a hurricane the best bet is to board up your home and head out of town. These Hawiians know how to enjoy the aftermath of hurricanes. How do you survive stormy days?
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