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Friday, December 30, 2011

Auld Lang Syne

Well this has been a very strange year for myself.  And writing this post today (which would have been my Granny's 92nd birthday) is also odd.  So much has happened this year that has really changed my perspective on things.  Before looking at what I hope the next year brings, I'll reflect a bit on my post this time last year...

1 - Did I upholster more?  I didn't do one damn thing.. ha!  Life has been busy and that's okay.  I'm not even going to put this on my list for next year because I think I'll just pay a professional to upholster anything beyond basic dining room chairs.

2 - Did I help others?  I wish I had been more altruistic this year, but I have made a step in the right direction. By joining the Junior League, we must fulfill a 40 hour placement at a program affiliated with the League.  I'll start working on my hours in 2012. (count that has a half check mark!)

3 - Did I recycle more?  Uhhh... home run baby!  This tree hugging gal pretty much recycles everything I can. If I had enough patience/time to compost I would probably do that too.  It's easy for me to recycle though, because I'm sort of annoyingly obsessed with it.  Picturing crap in a landfill that can be used to make something else makes me hot in the face.  I've tried to encourage my parents (who do not have roadside recycling pickup) to do the same, but they won't.  That's something to work on with them.

4 - Counted my blessings?  Yup.  And still counting.  The first thing I took of my grandmother's after she passed away this year was an old book first published (by Simon and Schuster) in the 1940's called, Words to Live By.  I almost think she meant for me to find it.  Very inspirational and reminds me that people have always struggled with the same obstacles in life and this book of inspiration and wisdom gives me hope when I'm feeling down.

5 - What about Harry and Sally?!  Timing is still off (per the usual).  So Sally is moving on to bigger and better things :)

So what about 2012?  I'm not making a list this year.  Instead I'm hoping that new doors will open, and new beginnings will bring excitement and cheer.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Best towels, and cheap too!

As I was folding towels last night, I got to a stray bright white one that made its way into my laundry basket for the first time over the summer.  I was headed to the pool one afternoon, and of course when I was almost there I realized I forgot a towel (doh!).  Kmart was close by so I hopped in and picked up one that was cheap ($4.99!) and soft.  Well that towel was ahhhmazingly soft and absorbent.  I really don't like buying towels (who does?), but have decided moving forward to only purchase white ones (for a clean look and easy hot wash), and perhaps only these.  Check them out here...

Quick Dry Bath Towel via Kmart

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A flair for vintage

I'm not sure why I don't post more about antiquing.  There are some awesome antique stores in the Nashville area, and I get so lost in my own browsing that I forget to snap photos.  Well I went to one of my favorites yesterday, Gas Lamp Antiques, and as always just fell in love with everything in one of the first booths (prime, prime real estate).  The booth is called A Flair for Vintage Decor, and Caroline, the owner, also blogs about her booth and treasure hunting.  Here are a few of my favorites from her little store...

These lamps and the table with claw feet are super cool.
I would probably use this bar cart with tassels and caster wheels as a side table.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Happy Holidays!  Looking forward to wrapping up the year and moving forward into 2012!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A few of my newest Pinterest obsessions.  Once again, dreaming of owning my own home (sigh).

I love everything about this nook.  Dark walls, light draping and upholstery; vintage wall art; small shelves stuffed with books.  It's the ideal reading corner.

I typically don't like white walls, but with so much color around the middle of the room and that tall dark secretary, I can dismiss the walls.  The sofa = l.o.v.e

I pile tons of crap on my side table, so this one would be functional and charming.

Hello gorgeous, I see you over there!

Complete organizational giddiness right here folks.

Ummm... yes I'll have a drink you handsome handsome man trunk.  I might even sit in one of those lucite chairs and chat for a while.

Ultimate girls room-slash-lounge.  Perfect for a studio NYC apartment.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Printable gift tags

I know you must be blown away about three posts, three days in a row.  Wowzers, right?!?  I guess you could say I'm not as busy at work this week, thanks to clients who are on vacation.

When I ran across these online printable gift tags and bows, I knew I needed to share before the holiday.  If you're like me, you don't really start wrapping until the last minute anyways.  ENJOY!

Download these via Jones Design Company
2-D paper bows via Simply Modern Mom

Reindeer tags via 74 Lime Lane

No. 1-6 tags via Poppytalk

Not particularly holiday related, but very cute nonetheless (via The Pretty Blog)

Print these on card stock for a vintage effect (via Eat Drink Chic)
via Lemon Squeezy

via Hey Look

via Tip Junkie

via Skip to My Lou

via Volume Twenty Five

via Amoretti

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Old paint brushes

These old paint brushes would look so pretty gathered together in a vintage blue or green glass jar. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

That's a wrap!

Gift wrap is awesome, it makes me happy, and here you can see why...

Click here and Martha will teach you how to dip-dye paper

After seeing this, I've got to try using fabric now!  The knot is so cute.

Use a toilet paper roll to make the perfect cylinder shape.

Maps are great!  Especially for someone moving to a new city.  Why not use a map of their new town?!

I love this simple bow - and those shades of green

Very clever and eco friendly - see tutorial here

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas in NYC

I just got back from this amazing city, where I got to see the lights lit up on this tree for a second time!  New York is truly magical this time of year.  The hustle and bustle of shoppers, holiday music in the air and festive decorations all over the place really put me in the Christmas spirit.  Fa la la la la...