Saturday, May 29, 2010

Have a great weekend

It has been a while since my weekend posts.  Sorry about that, but life has been hard and hectic lately.  But...as usual, things always get better, so here I am!
I have already been thrifting for the day and $18 later I have some amazing finds!  I will post pictures later today of my goodies. 
Today it is hot in the city and I am loving it!  The unofficial start of summer is here and to celebrate, I am blaring country music all day in my house.  (Danial HATES country music and doesn't allow it when he is around.)  Honestly, I don't think any other genre of music celebrates summer like country music does and truthfully, I am from the country and I love me some steel guitar!  I will be singing the praises of dirt roads, beer, cow boy boots, and tractors until about 7:30 when Dan gets home. 
To start me off...my favorite "Hootie", Darius Rucker:

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Recent wedding purchases

As you know, my mom and I went to Amish Country on Tuesday for her birthday.  While we were there we picked up some things for the wedding:
1.  Cake (or pie) toppers.  These were only $4.50 each purchased at Sol's in Berlin.  I love their puffed up red chests.  So cute!
2.  Also, stocked up on some Mason jars at Berlin Village Antique Mall.  While we were there, I figured out why there is such a cost difference between Mason/Ball jars.  Some of the jars have dates on them some don't.  The older the jar, the more they cost.  For instance, the antique mall had some jars that were $30 and then some (that I purchased) between $2-$4 a pop.  I still have a lot more to purchase, but we certainly have a good start!
Also, a few weeks ago, mom and I went to the Delaware Arts Festival and while in Old Delaware, I found this gem at another antique mall:
It is an old tool carrier, but I plan to use it to house tissues and mints on our welcome table at the wedding.  I am on the lookout for either an old box or egg basket to hold programs fans.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mason/Ball Jar love

After considering our venue, we have decided to go with the rustic garden wedding theme.  I'm not sure my family fully understand or "gets" it.  When I first told my mom that I wanted to use Mason (or Ball) jars for centerpieces, she gave a flat out "no".  Now, she has warmed up to the idea, but is still not thrilled with potential burlap tablecloths.  (I think I will just have to wear her down.)   My mom is a little worried that rather than having easy elegance, our wedding will look a little too "down home".  I rest my case with these photo inspirations:
1.  Mason jar wrapped with twine found at ThriftyFun.
2.  Purple flowers in mason jar found via WeddingBee.
3.  Big and colorful blooms in ball jar created by Bride & Bloom Flowers.
4.  Lilacs in a jar found at Simply Perfect Weddings.
5.  Dahlias in varying sized jars found at Country Living.
6.  I love how these centerpieces, found at TheKnot, are made up of multiple jars grouped with different flowers.
7.  This is a major contender for our centerpieces (minus the radishes), found at Elizabeth Anne Designs.
8.  Peonies please!  Found at spearmint decor.

I bought a blue Ball jar from an antique store a few weeks ago for $2.  I consider this a steal because this same day I went to another antique store and they were selling some for $12+.  This is crazy.  My plan for the summer is to scour garage sales, antique stores, and thrift stores for these jars.  Also, I am going to Amish Country with my mom for her birthday on Tuesday and hope to at least find a couple of jars while we are there.  Hopefully by summers end I will have a decent collection.  Mission Mason Jar, commence.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Underground like a wild potato...


No worries, this post has nothing to do with the B-52's, I've just had this song in my head all day.
Here are some things I have found online today that have blown my mind:

1.  Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica - I would love to stay in this hotel which features a “Fuselage Suite”, which is a salvaged 1965 Boeing 727-100 airplane.  (Found courtesy of Budget Travel.)
2.  A twist on a classic - It is amazing how changing something so simple can make a huge difference in your wardrobe. I am going to try one of these looks this weekend.  (Found at Refinery29.)
3.  For those of you who are about to eat…we salute you. – I have found my new favorite cooking show: Future Food on the Planet Green channel. These two guys use molecular gastronomy to create crazy concoctions. Seriously, episodes like “Burger Wars” and “Edible Packaging” blow my mind. If you don’t believe me, check out these Corn “Chicken” Nuggets from the “Burger Wars” episode:
4.  ‘Board Bikes – These bicycles are made entirely of cardboard. I cannot imagine the patience and time this must take. Hats off to the artist, Chris Gilmour.
5.  Lovely lamps – I have always loved pendant lamps, the problem that it is so hard to find some that are the correct size and shape for the room. I would love to make pendant lamps like these made of hemp found at Crafty Nest. (I also like how the talented crafter here used color and trim to spruce up her shade.)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

How do you like my soap box?

I apologize if this comes off a little "preachy" but...DEAL WITH IT!


May is "Melanoma Month".

I never fully understood the importance of skin checks until last summer, when I had a "dysplastic nevi" [abnormal mole] removed from my shoulder.
The mole was there for as long as I can remember. I had always thought that it looked a little different than moles should look, but I never thought about getting it checked out.
I read an article (I think it was in Glamour magazine) and it changed my life.
I don't remember much about the article except an excerpt from a dermatologist; she had skin cancer. She says that she had always ignored a small mole on her foot and it turned out that for her, that tiny mole was melanoma. If it could happen to her and she knows what she is looking for, then it could certainly happen to me.
It is amazing to me that skin, the thing that protects us from the elements, the thing that torments us as teenagers, is something that can kill us. It can be our best friend and our worst enemy. The way I see it is, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. This is the way I have started to look at my skin: frenemy numero uno.
So, anyway, back to my story.
Last year, after reading this magazine article, I decided that I would no longer have this sinking, wondering feeling about that mole. I would face my fears and just get checked out.
Now…had I really known what I was getting into at the dermatologists office, I probably wouldn’t have had so much gusto regarding my check up. Also, it would have helped if my doc was an eighty year old man, rather than a guy in his mid thirties, who looked like he could be friends with my fiancĂ©. I am proud to admit that it was a little weird to be nearly naked in front of a total stranger (also weird because I had worn a push up bra that made my boobs look a-mazing). It was also weird because the doc was extremely thorough. I had no idea that it was possible to have moles between my toes or in my ears; he checked all these places.
I told him I was concerned with the mole on my shoulder and he agreed that it did look odd and scheduled me for a removal the week after my initial exam. The mole removal didn’t hurt a bit and it was an extremely fast procedure. Honestly, I’m sure when I cut my legs shaving it hurts much worse. The results came back pretty fast, within a week and they did advise that it was an abnormal, benign mole. The doctor prescribed limited exposure to the sun and always with a high SPF (especially since my mom has also had abnormal moles removed.)
Since this visit, I have been bronze free. Don’t get me wrong. It has been hard. All growing up I loved being out in the sun and was always tan. I played soccer most summers while growing up and had extremely tan legs and arms (nothing is better than soccer socks tan lines). Also, during high school and college I loved going to the tanning beds. My motto was always, “Everything looks better tan.” My thought process was: so what if I am sportin’ a little “chub”, at least I’m tan. Well…it has been hard to get over this way of thinking, but I’ve been doing well so far this spring. I am much more conscious about the sun and what it can to do our bodies. Not only the cancerous thing, but I’m sure that Demi Moore minimizes her time in the sun. I don’t know about you, but I definitely want to look like Demi when I am older. So…bring on the SPF 50 and the big brimmed hats.
I encourage you, if you have never had a cancer screen, please visit the American Academy of Dermatology's website here and see if there is a FREE cancer screening in your area.  If there isn't a free screening, you can learn how to do a self check.  Be well, and oh yeah...check behind your knee caps!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Bridal brainstorming

Since Danial and I have decied to go with the rustic/vintage/garden wedding theme, I am dying to have bird cake toppers.  Oh, well...I should say bird "____" toppers. 
I mentioned wedding cake to Dan the other day and he said very casually, "Not cake.  Pie."  I said, "Wedding pie?" and he said, "Yes.  Apple Pie."  So...unless he changes his mind again, we are to have wedding pie.  Personally, I am holding out for wedding peach cobbler.  Either way, I like the idea of having a "topper" that can pull double duty as decor after the wedding.  I would proudly display any of the following on a pie or in my home.

1. "Our Nest" topper by danceswithclay on Etsy.
2. "Love Birds" topper by LittleVale on Etsy.  (The best part about these is that the artist will customize by carving initials and dates on the birds.)
3.  Vintage ceramic bluebirds sold by deathmachine on Etsy.
4.  "Wooden Sparrow Vase Filler" found at Pottery Barn.

Friday, May 14, 2010

"I'll be back"

My computer is fried. I am purchasing a new one in the next few days and hopefully receive shortly. Until then I am still following through my trusty Blackberry.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

compuer + coffee = disaster

Good morning lovelies.
It may be a few days until you get a good quality post from me because I am the biggest clutz/moron in the world.
This morning I was searching for images on the web for a post on "summer sun" and it happened...
I sneezed.
During my sneeze I did what my mom always advised, "cover your mouth". As I covered my mouth, I hit my coffee cup which spilled over the right half of my keyboard on my laptop.
Needless to say...my trusted Dell isn't doing so well. (Clearly the computer problems haven't affected my rhymning skills.). I am hoping that allowing it to dry out for the next couple of days will do it good. The computer itself is functioning okay (for now), however it is the keyboard that isn't so hot. My backspace key makes ] symbols, my spacebar is now a combination > and \ key. Basically, its all jacked up.
So, thank goodness for my Blackberry so I can post this.
See you on the otherside (hopefully).

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It's raining; it's pouring (or a list of things I'd rather be doing)

It is official: Mother Nature hates me.
Here is the 10-day forecast for my area (courtesy of The Weather Channel):
Fantastic huh?
This morning it was very difficult to get out of bed.  With the rain falling on the roof and the bedroom shrouded in varying tones of gray; perfect conditions for sleep.
While fighting with myself to get out of bed, I compiled a list of things I would rather be doing on a rainy day instead of going to work:
1. Snuggling with Danial and Fergus in bed.
2. Watching Anne of Green Gables.
3. Painting my toe nails.
4. Thrifting.
5. Making vegetable soup and homemade bread.
6. Reading one of the three books I have piled up right now.

Monday, May 10, 2010

eenie meenie minie etsy

It is spring cleaning time in my world, which also includes my saved "favorites" in Etsy.  While cleaning, I was able to rediscover some of my online treasures.  I am just waiting for an excuse to purchase for myself or as gifts.

1. Ceramic Tiki Owl Planter Vintage Design in Aqua Blue from fruitflypie.
2. Ice Cream Lollies tea towel in orange from MrPS.
3. Desk Tidy Organizer Tray - Apple Red from 26olivestreet.
4. 16oz cup detention from CircaCeramics.
5. Hand grenade soap from stinkybomb.
6. I Only Want to Be Here Print from Toxicguineapigs.
7. Petit French Industrial Pillows Series 3 from myadobecottage.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I need a party

I need to find a reason to throw a party so I can some of these fabulous decorations:

1.  Colorful mobiles found at Project Wedding.
2.  Fabric garland courtesy of The Purl Bee.
3.  Lighted paper pennat found at Once Wed.

Bridal brainstorming

1.  This first look photo of Ohio bride and groom, Laura and Chuck is fantastic.  I can't help but smile when I look at this photo.  I hope that Dan's reaction to me on the day of our wedding is something similar to this.  (Photo courtesy of Bobbie & Mike, found at Every Last Detail.
2. I love these floral details found at Rachel and Brent's wedding, but their whole wedding was beautiful.  Found at Jagger Photography courtesy of WeddingWireBlog.
3. I love a non-traditional wedding dress, but Mindy's takes the cake. What a good looking wedding party!! I am so glad I found this wedding at photographer Meg Perotti's blog via Southern Weddings.
4. I love a man in a hat.  If Dan had it his way, he'd wear a newsboy hat on our day.  After this photo from One Love Photo, maybe I'll consider it.  More of this beautiful wedding at Calima Portraits.  One reason you should check it: they ate donuts instead of cake!
5.  Location, location, location.  This wedding (found via Style Me Pretty) couldn't go wrong.
6.  Different take on love by Roll and Tumble Press on Etsy.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Things you want, but don't need

1. Totem cups found at Gselect found via Sub-Studio.
2. An apple tin found at Blue Carrot Shop.
3. J.Crew Sienna fringed moccasin booties.
4.  These vintage wooden toy bolling pins would be so cute displayed on a shelf in a kids room.  (Found on Etsy at BellaLuLu.)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Hot Potato

I love online shopping.  The best part is that most of the time I feel fulfilled by just browsing.  Only sometimes does online shopping make me really upset and depressed.  Most of the time, I feel depressed when I browse at Three Potato Four.  I feel depressed because I can picture most of the products in my house, which makes me sad because there is no way I could single handedly buy everything on their website.  So, I continue to browse and arrange furniture and accessories in my imagination.
1. I can picture this Bus Route Number Sign above our front door.
2.  I this Deep Woods Owl wants to be on my fireplace mantle.
3.  I would like to use this Salad Dressing Display for our mail and keys.
4.  I want to buy this old drawer to hold wedding programs and tissues on our wedding welcome table.
5.  I would wire this Mascot Megaphone as a lamp in our living room.
6.  I'm dying for these golf flags in our office, above the desk.
All this browsing is just too much.  My little shopping heart can't take it anymore.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Girls in Summer Dresses

Summer is pretty much synonymous with dresses in my book.  Here are some dresses that I am loving.  I can already picture me in them this summer. 
1. Neopolitan Color Block dress found at Ruche, would be a perfect Sunday brunch dress.

2. Fleetwood Dress found at Spool No. 72.  I can already see me in this dress for summer concerts.  This one for sure needs to find a spot in my budget.
3. Francesca's Red Hot Dress available at ModCloth is the PERFECT date night dress.
4. The Weekender Dress at Free People.  'Nuff said.
Now I must go to work to fuel my dress addiction.
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