Monday, November 29, 2010

Random Thoughts

I'm back home and I've put in a day's work. We are slammed right now with many students to evaluate. It makes it difficult this time of year to work around the change in schedules because of practices for Christmas programs and the like. My team decided not to give each other gifts this year. Instead we are doing the Snowman project at work. We picked a one month old baby to buy for. We bought clothes, diapers, wipes and toys. We have a big red and green plastic container filled with goodies. It's such a nice feeling to be able to help others.

I just found out that son-in-law Pete has a shop on It is called Woodhouse Pipes. See the cool pipe below that he carved.


I really like the elements in this picture - knitting, macaroons and Orly Kiely printed fabric. Yeah! Via

Amber and I went to IKEA yesterday and I bought two more pieces of Expedit bookcases. I got two by twos but I still need a one by five tower but they were out of stock. Grrrr. I bought a couple of Christmas presents too. We also went to a Home Goods store. It is owned by TJ Maxx and is full of great stuff for the house at really good prices. More presents were purchased.

I picked Arnie up from the kennel after school today. He went to kitty camp while I was gone for Thanksgiving. He's been kind of lonely since Veronica passed away. He looks around the house for her. I will get him a new friend from the pound soon.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday

I may be the only one not partaking in the craziness of Black Friday. Amber has to work and Beans is sick. Mike is taking her to the doctor's office as I write. So M and I are watching Ben 10 on the Cartoon Network and I am dreaming of my trip to Brooklyn this summer.

I want to see a concert on the barge through Barge Music. I've looked at the offerings and can't wait to reserve tickets when the summer lineup comes out.

Here's a restaurant that looks like fun. Four and Twenty Blackbirds specializes in pies of course. I like the sounds of strawberry and balsamic pie and ginger pear. Yum


I love pie!

They feature local artists on their walls.

Just a note - Kim and Scott over at have mentioned their Thanksgiving dinner at Rachael's and Pete's yesterday. Check it out, they had sweet things to say.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I'd like to wish you an early Happy Thanksgiving. I will be driving down to Amber's after work tomorrow. I have been invited to her sister-in-law's for the holiday. I am so looking forward to sharing time with my oldest daughter and her extended family on her husband's side. Rachael is hosting her own dinner in Chicago for friends there. She has to work on the Friday after so no time to travel. I hope you all are able to share the day with loved ones and friends as well.

Via Loralea County Inn Resort

I have much to be thankful for this year. First and foremost I am thankful for my daughters and their wonderful families. I am thankful for my health, my job, and am looking forward to a peaceful and productive future. How about you? What are you thankful for? Via

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Blogs That Became Books

I have been interested in the trend of blogs evolving into books. I stumbled upon This is such an optimistic blog! It celebrates the good things about every day life. Who wouldn't want to open their email each day to one of these gems?

Okay, funerals as fun? Trust me if you read the accompanying explanation, you will get it. We need to celebrate a life at its end and in order to do that we have to have lived. Glory in what you do each day and your life will be worthy of a celebration at the end.

This one is finding one more piece of candy in the bag when you thought the bag was empty. Also known as M and M

This one is "umbrella karma" It says that you tend to find an umbrella once you have lost your own. Not sure about this one. How do you know the one you found is lost? Or are you just stealing? It could be one cosmic umbrella grab and the last guy loses. hmmmm

Here are examples of other blogs that became books. Jen Lancaster - enough said!

Julie Powell hit pay dirt with Julie & Julia. I saw the movie but didn't read the book. Made me hungry and I also wanted to talk in the annoying wobbly Julie Child voice.

Post Secrets can be sad. The premise is that Frank Warren invites people to send him a secret on a postcard. Some are sad and creepy. It's amazing what a person with reveal to a complete stranger. I own the first book. The blog is still in business at I want to start doing the same thing as the secret below.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


So Mom and I share a love of books and bookcases. A little something to aspire to :)

Diane von Furstenburg's library at Cloudwalk.

Check that massive slab of wood!

I included this combo even though it's the same shots as above because I love her front entry "coat racks".

And finally the designer herself, photos from InStyle magazine.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Great Style Blog and Other Musings

TGIF! I had a crazy busy week. I woke up this morning and wondered why I'd set the alarm on a Saturday. I turned it off and rolled over to sleep some more. Yeah . . . it's Friday. It's a good thing my cat Arnie was a pest. I finally realized I needed to get up and go to work. Sheesh, is this the beginning of my fall into feeble mindedness? Maybe I'm sensitive about this because I just finished reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova. It is an amazing account of a woman's quick progression into early onset Alzheimer's. It's sad but beautifully written.

On a lighter note, I did some more exploring on the style website You can view inspiration rooms by kind of room, color or style. I really like how they include the color palette with each picture. Pretty, pretty rooms.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Turquoise and Orange

Lately I have noticed a wonderful color combo - turquoise and orange. It reminds me of 1950s decor. I found some pretty inspiration rooms. Aren't they cool?

This necklace is fabulous! I have always loved turquoise, but never thought to pair it with amber.

Isn't this guy a cutie?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What Made Me Smile Today

I found some things that made me smile today. This is a Lego head container. Too cute!

This just makes me laugh. Wouldn't it be cool framed and matted?

Okay what the heck is this? It looks like a Snuggie on steroids. Who would wear this. How do you walk in that thing? Sheesh

I love the pom-poms!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Cool Online Magazine

I have been looking at online magazines and haven't been that impressed. I stumbled on Nonpareil - an online wedding magazine. Not that I'm looking. I'm just a sucker for pretty pictures. What I really like about this site is there is a blog but there are also different "issues" of the magazine where you can really turn the pages. So cool. There are many how-tos and DIY templates to download for free.

There is a sweet video showing how they made an Amelie inspired wedding table. It is so pretty.

I really like the macaroon pops below.

Macaroon Pop Stand via

I always thought macaroons were just like these.

So imagine my surprise to discover a whole new kind of macaroon. Rachael gave me some when I was in Chicago. They were yummy!! They are so pretty with lovely pastel colors.

Friday, November 12, 2010

All Things Brooklyn

I have put the money down on two weeks in a Brooklyn row house this coming June. So I am focusing on all things Brooklyn. I found this great site. Meet Mimi, a stylist and jewelery designer .

She has original designs like those above and she also sells vintage pieces below.

This is Mimi. I love those shoes to look at. I would kill myself and others around me if I tried to wear them.

Check her out at

Monday, November 8, 2010

I saw this really cool chair-bookcase combo at Design-Milk. I got curious about what other furniture puzzles were out there. Look at what I found.




Origami chair by Frank Lloyd Wright

Okay this isn't a combo but it is a chair designed to be made out of one sheet of plywood. So that's pretty cool.