I had an etsy conversation last month about Martha Stewart paint colors. Andrea was wondering if I had the old paint chips and possibly had the one for "Mercury Glass". Of course I did...doesn't everybody save beautiful paint colors?...it's not just me right? I had lots going on but dropped everything to help Andrea. I'm that crazy about paint colors.
I matched the 12-year old chip to the most current Martha colors that I had and found a perfect match called "Nimbus Cloud" (MSL262 that Home Depot can still mix). My point is...keep your favorite paint chips and trust your eye (not a computer match) to find a perfect match to an existing color.
I went to World Market to buy this drying rack. They didn't have it and I came home with this and this. I ordered it (and the cute tags) online a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to link to it here but now is says "not available online"...huh? I added a mix of red and green thrifted cups. Coffee, hot chocolate, and egg nog ready.
It's time to talk about our garage conversion/mother-in-law quarters. It's not completely furnished/fluffed but from here on out, the space will no longer be completely mine so this is a good time to share some of it with you.
This is not my best source but it is probably the most urgent. It involves a sale...a good 50% off sale. There's a peek at my painted cabinets and our butcherblock countertop. But this is about the stools. I saw them in the current Country Living...
Almost everything seems new on January 1. Thanks to my strong urge to clean out closets and get rid of stuff, even my house seems a little new. And, to me, there is nothing better than a new calendar, a new notebook, a new place to plan.
I read an article recently that has been sticking with me. It talked about the competitive nature of being "done" with Christmas tasks. I know I'm a participant in the race but I'm choosing to look at everything in a different way this year...so instead of seeing everything as getting done, I'm looking at it more as being prepared. Prepared to enjoy the change of pace of the next few weeks, prepared to host a few house guests and looking forward to cooking and eating, prepared to end the year in our clean (ish) and cozy house.
The picture is me and my Mom in 1963. I'm loving the blue velvet capri pants.
Anthropolgie always remembers my birthday ;-) I did take advantage of the small discount and did not hesitate to ask if I could keep the little clock on a string. A crafty girl might need that kind of stuff.
More important than my birthday was the 5-year anniversay of my blog that snuck by me. Five years. When I started this blog, I had two little boys and daughter that hadn't started school yet. I now have two giant men and a daughter on her way to junior high. I'm the same age though right?
The best thing about my blog has always been about sharing stuff I make and find. I still love it...and might keep at it 5 more years. And I'll still be the same age.
It's usually a figure of speech to say "It's like a hundred degrees outside". Except it's true...it's been over a hundred degrees for a few days. Not great when you work at a school without central air. It's September and I'm ready to move on to fall. Soon.
I'm a Mad Men fan but not a Man Men fanatic so I have no idea why it didn't show up on my tivo this summer. When I saw that Banana Republic had a new Mad Men Collection, I had to check it out.
And now I want this dress. But it's like a hundred dollars.
I've been to the teacher stores. I don't get it. There is so much more out there to make a classroom visually interesting for students (and me). I lined the perimeter of my room in scrapbook paper, made my own posters, and used thrifted stuff to hold supplies (yes, there is milk glass in my classroom).
If I have the chance to do something nice and add something cool to my classroom, I'll take it. I ordered this poster from moosylvania and can't wait for my students to see it and understand its meaning...to help our neighbors in Joplin.
This is really not a big deal but I'm sharing it anyway because I love the photo. Somerset Studio had a virtual launch party for their new "Create With Me" magazine and had a last minute call for photos for their gallery. I've always loved this picture of my daughter (and the paper doll she created with eyelet earrings), so I submitted the photos. Check the photo gallery at the bottom of the page for Ellen and her paper doll (and also check the other cute links for kids). Right here.