Tuesday, July 30, 2013


My clock broke.  I don't remember what happened exactly but it ended up shattered on the floor.  Anyway, I am in the market and I want something interesting.

I found this modern cuckoo clock on Etsy. Unfortunately my husband won't go for it.

So then I found this clock on Craigslist.  I think I'm going to go for it.  I want to paint it ( much to my husbands chagrin).  But it looks beautiful in my head, here's to hoping that vision translates to reality.

Any suggestions on color?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

couch inspiration

Please forgive the six months between posts, I blame it on the twins.  And the iPhone.  Getting on a real computer is a rarity these days.

If you have read this blog for any matter of time you may recognize the first picture.  It is a couch similar to the one my Mom gave me.  Unfortunately for me it resides three long states away.  My loss is currently my sister's gain.  When she got married a couple of years ago she took the couch out of storage and has been using it since.  She is getting ready to move into a new house and with this change she is thinking the couch could use some TLC in the form of re-upholstering.

 This is the basic shape and style of the couch.  I still love the green by the way.  While the green and this next pattern are fun, I fear they aren't realistic.  The reality is that re-upholstering a couch is expensive and you are less likely to get sick of a neutral color in a year or two.
 That being said, one of my favorite interior designers, Jenny Komenda, was looking at gray, chocolate and navy's for a new couch so what better place to start?  Here are some fun navy's and grays.

 This one is a velvet.  It looks pretty cosy, but I fear that velvet may be a fleeting trend.  What do you think? 

 The rest of these are linens.  A pretty standard and classic fabric.  

So there you go Chels.  Some sofa inspiration.

Monday, October 1, 2012

it is october

It's finally October which means that Halloween celebrations can commence.  I have always love Halloween but I have a feeling it is going to be a million times more fun with kids.  I have already had the time of my life making their costumes.  On a completely unrelated note, can I just say how much I love Texas?  My neighbor just came outside in his usual shorts, no shirt and suspenders and a machete in his hand.  Yes, a machete.  Most people use pruners to prune their tree, not this Texan.  Anyway, back to the subject at hand, Halloween.
I plan on using the witch and the skull and crossbones from this Martha printable for a Halloween freezer stencil project for my babies.  

 I made a similar wreath for the Fourth of July, I love it so much I want a Halloween and Valentines version.
If I had a mantle I would certainly be making these candlestick holders.  Amazing.

via martha stewart, pretty ditty, ms pinterest

Thursday, September 27, 2012

pinterest: tried and true

You know how every Pinterest post says that it is the most amazing recipe ever?  Some are good, some not so much.  Here is one that is true.  Chicken Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce.
These were delicious, probably somewhat nutritious and as an added bonus they weren't terribly difficult.  It made enough for one 11x7 baking dish and one 9x9 which I froze and saved for later.  Try them, you won't regret it.

Monday, September 24, 2012

emmy styles

There were a lot of unflattering dresses at the Emmy's this year.  Here are my favorites from the Emmy's.  Who was your favorite?
 Jessica Pare
 Kelly Osbourne
Hayden Panettiere

 Julie Bowen
 Cat Deeley
 Ginnifer Goodwin
 Emily VanCamp
 Allison Williams
 Kate Mara
Sarah Paulson

Thursday, September 20, 2012

needing navy

 I have been thinking about painting my TV console navy for a while.  When I saw this buffet makeover on Pencil Shavings I was sold.  Maybe this weekend my TV console will get the makeover it needs.
Beautiful, right?  And while we are on the subject of Pencil Shavings, lets talk about their new fall line of iPhone cases (which are apparently being picked up by Nordstroms).

This beauty has already made its way onto my Christmas/birthday wish list.

all photos via Pencil Shavings Studio

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Happy birthday America! We are celebrating tonight by going downtown to listen to the symphony play the 1812 overture and then fireworks over the lake. I had an outfit all ready for Edith but I wanted something for Whitman. I found some printables created by Amanda Jane Jones, printed one out and created a freezer stencil. I love the end result and I think it will be perfect as Olympic wear too!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

re-surfacing, maybe.

Life with twins has allowed very little time for internet browsing and/or blog posting.  What little time I have spent online has resulted in finding this skirt, which I am lusting after.  Now if it will only go on sale and if my stomach will only shrink some more...
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