Just as we were sorting the last box, Mom found a necklace that was hers as a young girl. The 'H' engraving represents her maiden name 'Hicks'. She said she had no grand plans of passing it on to me, but seeing as my married name is 'Harris' the charm was now perfect for me.
I am in love with the new bedding. Our old comforter was orange and white and far too busy. Our new duvet is calm and serene. Our new bedroom feels much more relaxing. Even Yo-Yo enjoys the new color palette.
Yes - I want to buy this fluffy, fantastical, hugely impractical ballskirt and prance around my apartment. Is this the most practical ensemble for doing the dishes? No. Do I have $750 laying around on which to spend on said skirt? No.
Some of you may be saying "Duh, I've known that forever" and if that's the case, class dismissed. However if you are only semi computer savy (like myself) stick around.
Recently I disabled the right click function on my blog to protect my content (another how-to from Danni - isn't she great?) so I thought it would be helpful to share this tip with my readers. She explains it in more detail, so head on over and learn something!
What gives guys? I know I have readers, thanks to my hit-tracker and your comments, but I only got one giveaway entry (and only 3 for my previous giveaway). So what is it? Are my prizes terrible? Is the entry period too short? Tell me (and be honest) what could make my giveaways better? If nothing changes I may have to abandon the giveaways for a while until I can think of something better.
Bring on the constructive criticism!
Feast your eyes on the lovely ladies, handsome men in uniform and exquisite landscapes:
*The hamster doesn't have anything to do with anything. I just thought it was a fun image. [Found here]
First of all, when I have a nursery to outfit I will have those prints of baby animals. To give you an idea of how awesome her work is, she has 90+ items in her shop and it took me way too long to narrow down the prints for this post. I adore the close ups of the faces, and the bold pop of color. I also happen to have a wee bit of a design crush on the formal animals.
As if you need more of a reason, all of her prints are marked down right now. Snatch some up!
I have been admiring the more attractive shopping totes for a while now, but they all seem to have a major flaw. The tiny storage pouch is a separate item and will undoubtedly get lost in the shuffle no matter my level of diligence. I have 2 shopping totes from Target that fold into their own pocket but 1) I would prefer my bags to not be emblazened with logos and 2) they discontinued them months ago so I can't get more, logo or not.
ENTER This Bag STAGE LEFT:
Things its got going for it:
it comes in 9 lovely colors
it is "made out of lightweight, leftover fabric scraps"
it's named Carry Ya'll... how fricken awesome is that?
Yes, it's $15 for one bag. However... a lot of items can fit in a good sized fabric tote, so I would only need 2. $30 isn't a lot to pay when I know it's greenly made, greenly used and pretty darn durable (Patagonia just doesn't make flimsy stuff).
Purchase It Found Here
This photo was shot with a Canon film SLR and taken at my favorite thrift store - I just love the color combination!
PRIZE: 8x10 print - your choice of glossy or matte photo paper
TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words “PURTY” and your e-mail address and…
BONUS QUESTION: Tell me what makes you feel beautiful (or handsome)... It can be your best feature, something you do for yourself or that special thing your honey says that makes your day.
CONTEST CLOSES: Monday, August 24th at 5pm EST
NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
PRIZE SHIPS: USA only
THE USUAL: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Tuesday August 25th. Good luck!
P.S. - If you have a business, Etsy shop or just like to make beautiful things contact me if you would be interested in sponsoring a giveaway!
P.P.S. - Feel free to link to this giveaway on your blog, facebook or twitter page!
The Top Contenders:
you're my wonderwall
you are my sunshine
don't stop believing
nothing else matters
hello, i love you
pour some sugar on me
all you need is love
I typed them up in Photoshop, with the approximate font size and layout to examine them graphically. In the end I decided on a landscape layout and the winning quote is...
This project is so simple. To create the words I used white chipboard letters intended for scrapbooking and the background is a watercolor painting I whipped up in less than an hour. Fear not: While I am familiar with watercolors I am by no means an artist or expert. However if you are intimidated by painting this could easily be done as a collage by layering different sheets of craft paper, wrapping paper, etc. I wanted a monochromatic look so I knew creating my own design would give me the outcome I wanted.
Before I began painting I laid my letters on the paper and lightly traced the outline of the curves so the text would work with the backdrop and not against it. I freehanded 3 gentle, swooping curves that resemble mountains in the distance. Feel free to use your imagination. Any simple background would look nice against the crisp white letters.
After the paint dried I cropped and flattened my paper to give me an even working surface. I used thread and painters tape to create temporary guidelines for laying down my letters then I attached the letters with Elmer's glue. I left the guides on the paper until the glue was dry - I didn't want any letters peeling up when I handled the paper. I would recommend letting the project sit under some heavy books for about an hour to ensure a good bond.
After the glue was set all I had to do was pop my painting into a frame. It was a quick, easy, inexpensive project that is more meaningful because I made it just for my hubby.
Here's what you need to make your very own piece, including a cost breakdown:
watercolor paper - $1-$5 per sheet, depending on size, thickness and texture
white chipboard letters - $7 for 72 piece alphabet
white frame - $30
watercolors - $0 - I already had these, but a basic watercolor kit costs less than $10
metal ruler (longer than your paper)
x-acto knife and cutting surface
thread or string
Elmer's or other water-based glue
Before I fill in the little white box and answer "What's on your mind?" I never stop to ask myself "Does anyone care what I am doing?" I just say what I am doing, or more often than not I post a witty refrence to music/tv/movies. I fill in that little white box and send my thoughts out into the universe with no regard to where they go. Then I realized: for most of my thought-generating life, I have always had an outlet for those random quips, quotes and updates.
It all began with AOL and AIM. Dial-up was so slow and a successful internet connection was so precious that once you were on-line you wouldn't dream of logging off. However, sometimes you needed to take a shower / go to class / make a sandwich / etc. You needed a way to tell the world "Hey, my computer is on but I'm not here." Behold the birth of the away message. Intended as simply an answering machine of sorts, meant to receive missed messages, it became a new creative platform. You could reflect your mood and comment on your activities. Even if friends had nothing to say to you, they could read your away message and get a sense of what was going on in your life. Some might call this mild stalking, I prefer to think of it as keeping in touch. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to.
The real beauty of the system is that AIM would save past away messages for you. At any given moment you could have an arsenal of witty messages to whip out when appropriate. For example: I could always tell when my friend was showering because his away message was "gettin so fresh and so clean, clean." Creepy that I knew he was showering? Yes. But it let me know not to involve him in any immediate plans - a must when college students are constantly doing things in the spur of the moment.
Eventually AIM died out and was replaced by Facebook. At its core you had a place to upload photos, videos and personal information, but at the top of the screen was a place for your "status." Then came Twitter which was nothing but status messages. Even Gmail, as part of its chat feature, had "available" "busy" and "away" options that include a personalized message.
Even blogging is just a more sophisticated version of the status message - you write and you publish not knowing what will come of it. It is true self-expression. When you have the freedom to say whatever you feel, without worrying who will read it or if they will like it, it is easy to unload what's on your mind.
Is it time consuming? Sometimes. Self indulgent? Probably. Does it define my generation? Absolutely.
-gimmeakiss* is on on twitter
-my archives are available to browse by topic
-the new banner is quite snazzy, if I do say so myself
-i have added the "you might also like" widget to introduce you to old posts
-i have joined 30 Threads, a NC Triangle Blogroll - I am new but I am hoping it will bring some new traffic to my little blog
Ok, enough chit-chat. I know everyone would rather look at pictures, so here are a few highlights from my weekend.
The weekends are when I catch up on housework, but I managed to find time to go to a family picnic and work on a handmade birthday gift for the hubby (more on this later, but for now it's still a surprise).
My ideal bed is:
-light colored wood or fabric
-platform style with under-bed storage
TRAGEDY #1: Ikea doesn't even sell king beds. Apparently wanting an enormous bed on which to wallow is not 'minimal.'
TRAGEDY #2: The only platform storage models I can find are black or espresso, which I think will be too dark and heavy. In the end I would rather have looks over storage.
I've been searching through some favorite blogs to try to find inspiration photos to share with you, but nothing is quite right. I like the quirky aesthetic - lots of rich texture, vintage and handmade pieces, sort of eclectic. The bed will be the first piece of furniture we buy new - and we plan on slowly replacing most of our stuff - so we have some freedom with styles because we will eventually build the room around it. The only piece that will stay long term are a MCM style wood chair and my antique vanity (more about that later). To quote the great Stacy London "it doesn't have to match, it just has to go."
First up we have the Wood Contenders: warm, inviting and more economical.
(left to right - Rooms to Go, Crate & Barrel, Room & Board)
Next we have Team Fabric: a little more expensive, but they bring a touch of elegance and grown-up-ness.*
(clockwise from top left: Room & Board, Haverty's, Crate & Barrel, Crate & Barrel)
So what do you guys think? I would love to hear your feedback.
* It's a word, I swear.
Hmm... seven things I love. I had to think about this one a while.
1) My husband. Cliche or not, he really is my best friend. I tell him everything and he makes me laugh like no one else - and I'm sure our odd sense of humor only amuses the two of us. Oh, and I think he's a total cutie :)
2) My friends. There are a few lovely ladies in my life that I couldn't do without. Spending time with them makes my life richer. We take on projects together, we have discussions and we truly encourage each other to learn and grow... but we also love to unwind and be girly sometime too. When I met the hubby, I married into a wonderful group of friends. They have embraced me and I am honored to say they are now my friends too. On top of all that, I have been extremely fortunate in the workplace. Over the past few years I have worked in 3 offices and in each office I met new people and made new friends.
3) My family. I have a big, crazy family: 2 parents, 1 step-dad, 2 parents-in-law, 2 step-sisters, 1 sister-in-law, 4 grandparents, 4 grandparents-in-law, 5 aunts, 6 uncles and 10 first cousins - not to mention all the other in-laws, step-family and new spouses of my generation! My family covers the entire spectrum: creative, intellectual, liberal, conservative, Southern, Northern, outgoing, shy, old, young. A fairly large group lives in the Raleigh area so there is no shortage of family in my life!
4) My pets. I have 2 cats, Pop-Tart (female, 2 years) and Yo-Yo (male, 1 year). They are so quirky and hilarious - anyone that says cats don't have personalities will change their mind after meeting mine! One of my long-term goals is to become a 'crazy cat lady' - if I could provide a loving home for every stray cat in the world, believe me I would. Nothing makes me sadder than homeless/abandoned pets.
5) My photos. I don't claim to be a talented photographer, but I still enjoy documenting the world around me. I have 2 nice cameras (1 film, 1 digital) and I have taken a photography course, so I hope to keep learning about the process. I leave the big events to professionals, but I always keep my point-and-shoot in my purse in case something catches my eye!
6) My travels. I absolutely love traveling to new places. I enjoy absorbing new culture, music, art and food. For me traveling provides an opportunity for lots of reading, napping, taking pictures and reconnecting with my husband. I have a list of cities that I want to visit (national and international), and I love feeling the satisfaction of crossing items off the list.
7) My future. As happy as I am now, I know great things are just around the corner for me. Over the past decade I have worked hard to provide myself with a good future. Even if the architecture market implodes (fingers crossed it won't!) I am certain a design education will take me far in life. The hubby and I are diligently getting our ducks in a row to buy a home and someday fill it with babies, love and laughter.
And for the ambush! I chose: 2 Little Monkeys, Darling Dexter, Drawn Along, heartthrobs & villains, Old Sweet Song, The d is before the n, TRAVEL.STRING and for me, for you. As I said, these are some of my favorite blogs - check 'em out!
[EDIT: Yes, I realize this is a little silly, and reminiscent of a chain letter, but I thought it would be fun to get to know some of the bloggers I so thoroughly enjoy.]