via greige In my husband's parent's neighborhood they line the streets every Christmas Eve with white bags with candles inside so that the reindeer and Santa can see their neighborhood. It is really beautiful to look out and see the streets lined with candle light. When I saw this picture it reminded me of that. I think I will do one or the other some day.
I love clear storage in pantry's. I am in the process of converting my pantry into the oxo storage containers. I love it. My sister is starting to plan her house and register at stores for her wedding. Here is my pictorial sales pitch for clear canisters.
I have been searching for a flower painting for a while now. I saw one on someone's wall somewhere in the blogosphere that I loved. These are some of the best I found on Etsy. I think this one might be my favorite. found here, here, here, and here
I will be honest. I have not done one thing to get into the spirit of Christmas yet. It is kind of depressing. I think I might trim my Mom's windows in the dining room with some garlands. I wasn't going to put out a lot of decorations since it is already the 9th but I decided I am going to get out my village and nutcrackers at the very least. I found these photos on flickr, maybe they will give me some tips on how to make my village look more village-ish. via flickr, martha stewart,
My little sister is now engaged! I am excited for all the wedding planning that is to come. She has an awesome antique ring (from 1880) and wants to have a modern Victorian theme for her dress and wedding. She is going to do yellow as her color with hints of green and white. Since she wants some Victorian in her dress I think a bustle is called for. I love the bustle on this dress. I don't know if she will go for this cake or if she will want something a little more detailed but I love the colors and simplicity of it. I love this picture of a bride and her maids, the yellow skirts are what I really, really love. via green apple and style me pretty
My book club is reading Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway and John Bidwell. I haven't started it yet but it looks so interesting. Here is the description from Goodreads.
Monique and the Mango Rains is the compelling story of a rare friendship between a young Peace Corps volunteer and a midwife who became a legend. Monique Dembele saved lives and dispensed hope in a place where childbirth is a life-and-death matter. This book tells of her unquenchable passion to better the lives of women and children in the face of poverty, unhappy marriages, and endless backbreaking work. Monique's buoyant humor and willingness to defy tradition were uniquely hers. In the course of this deeply personal narrative, as readers immerse themselves in the rhythms of West African village life, they come to know Monique as friend, mother, and inspired woman.
We are getting our house ready to put on the market since we will be moving this summer. We don't have a definite location but our list has narrowed to Salt Lake City, Austin and Denver. I love Shutterfly's moving announcements but this one is my favorite.
To prepare our house to sale I am turning to Real Simple. They have this kind of stuff down to an art. Here is my to-do list after consulting the pros.
1. Paint- we need to paint our red accent wall back to white and touch up other spots around the house 2. Finish projects- mainly we need to add trim to a door we cut to the crawl space. 3. Clean and De-clutter- I am working on this. I have already started packing some boxes and am getting rid of a pile of clothes, games, etc.
I have almost grown out the hair disaster of 2010 thanks to five new inches since March (my hair grows fast). Today I am going in for a trim to try and even out the layers. I am shooting for the length of Jen with the texture of Anne.
I love these Christmas cards from RSVP Invitations. They recently put some of their invites on Etsy and even offer print yourself option for some of their cards. They will add your picture and verbiage and you can take the file they send you and print them at Costco, among other places. Or you could just have them print them for you. One way or the other these are the prettiest cards I have seen this season.
I love this Santa ornament, my tree is crying for it. I read somewhere online that gray is the new taupe. Thank heavens for a new neutral. I love this couch. Notice the light gray walls? via my favorite and best, house beautiful and house beautiful again
I am starting to collect data for my final project for my Master's degree. I am wondering if anyone has read any historical fiction on the Revolutionary War. If you have would you mind leaving a comment with the book title and perhaps a couple of thoughts on the book? I would appreciate any suggestions you have!
I saw this banner on Spearmint (you can download a printable copy at the Bonjour Family). I think it is appropriate for the month November and it reminds me of something my Dad told me, although everything may not be going the way I would like, life is good. For that I am thankful.
#1- I like the sliding doors in this room (really I just like the room). I think they would be cool in a cabin. #2- This cranberry dessert is just what I need to use up some of the giant bag of cranberries I bought (I am making the cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, which will take exactly 1/4 of the bag of cranberries I bought).