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So Lucky!

Just had to share what came in the mail today. Just over a week ago I was browsing my reader and came across this awesome wreath at Lucky Star Lane. Erin happened to mention if you knew what book she was using for the pages, you’d get a prize. Well, being an English major, I just happened to know the book (although I had to double check which one of the two I thought it was from).

I thought the prize would be confirmation that I’m a little bit of a loser, knowing the obscure book and all. But no, my prize was this:

Anthropologie Inspiration

I’ve seen a lot about being inspired by Anthropologie lately. I have to admit, until a few months ago, I couldn’t even tell you the store existed. I am not really a shopper. But, how could you not fall in love with a store that gives you eye candy like this when you land on their website?



I just want to feel all the textures… the pillows, the fabulous throws, I even want to get close enough to that sheet music and see if I can play it!

Remember Penny?

No? Is that because you have better things to do than ponder new bags I have been working on since January? That’s right, way back on January 9th I said I’d introduce you to Penny “sometime next week.”

Well, I didn’t forget Penny. She just needed a little refinement before being brought out into society. But she’s ready now.

May I present:


She’s a cross-shoulder “mail bag.” Which is why I could only think of the name Newman way back when I was picturing her in my head. {You know, Newman from Seinfeld?} Yeah, this bag is way too classy for that. She can be worn across the shoulder, but she’s not too tall to drape on one:

New Fabric

I just picked up a full box of new fabric from the post office this morning! Check out the fabrics page to view the fabric options.

Painted Clothespins

This is what my mom and I did yesterday (while I was pouting about the snow… which has all melted btw).




We painted these for a friend of my mom’s who lives in Seattle. We’ve got about two dozen to do for ourselves now. I can’t wait to do one with the word recipe and clip up the recipe card I’m using while I cook. That way it won’t get all dirty sitting on my counter getting splashed with ingredients.



I do not like to be cold. This is really not a secret. So I’ve been very happy with our weather lately… starting to warm up… nice spring rain… wearing flip flops (this is a big one for me).

In celebration, yesterday I took this off my door:


And replaced it with this:


Oh Happy Day!!

Until I woke up this morning to this:


Frame Calendar

While I was at the DI the other day (the DI is my local version of Goodwill) I picked up a few other frames, because when they’re $1 each, I’m sure I will find something to do with them. I already had an idea for one.

The Creative Crate is one of those blogs I look to lots for inspiration. Usually when I see someone’s idea, it really is just inspiration –  I use it to spark my own imagination and let my creativity flow like with the menu board.


I love presents.  I love giving them, wrapping them up, waiting with anticipation to see if the recipient loves it as much as I hope they will. Of course, I also love being the receiver. Piles of beautifully wrapped presents make me giddy. On Christmas, my sister said I’m the only person she knows who hasn’t changed since we were kids… that I act like a kid on Christmas. I took that as a compliment.

My mother-in-law wraps beautiful packages. It’s a skill I’m working on developing. Imagine my joy when I encountered this:

مبلمان اداری صندلی مدیریتی صندلی اداری میز اداری وبلاگدهی فروشگاه اینترنتی گن لاغری شکم بند لاغری آگهی استخدام آگهی رایگان تبلیغات کلیکی آموزش زبان انگلیسی پاراگلایدر ساخت وبلاگ بوی بد دهان