Tuesday, November 30, 2010

house checklist

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.

Monday, November 29, 2010

baby gift

I saw this tutorial on freezer stenciling on Dana Made It. It has got to be one of the most brilliant ideas ever. I also loved the baby gift set she made.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


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.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

christmas cards

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.

Monday, November 22, 2010

loveliness for monday

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

Friday, November 19, 2010

calling all readers

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!

more cranberry

Cranberry Bundt Cake. Between this, the Cranberry Pie and Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving I should be able to make it through most of my massive bag of cranberries.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


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.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

two things

#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).

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

a royal wedding

via reuters
Did you hear? Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged, which means a royal wedding this spring or summer. Who is excited?

Monday, November 15, 2010

thanksgiving plates

via That Home Site
My Mom and I bought some of these Thanksgiving plates at Home Goods last year, I love them. I have some salad plates and a serving plate. I wonder if I could find a serving bowl to go with them....

Friday, November 12, 2010

cabin-exposed beams

I saw these first two pictures on Chic Coles where they talked about the exposed beams. It got me to thinking, exposed beams are perfect for cabins. So I googled.

While I was googling another thought came to me, shelves rather than cabinets. For a cabin, I think they would work.

Exposed beams, I love the use of this room (minus the heart rugs).

This came up with exposed beams but what I really loved was the door and the bedspread.

via chic coles, I know yorkshire, country cottages, charles and hudson, remodelista,

Thursday, November 11, 2010

friday night lights

Have you ever seen Friday Night Lights? My husband and I started watching it about two weeks ago on Netflix and I am obsessed. I am sad that they are showing their last season right now. It is a new favorite in our house.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

subway station

I saw an article on Yahoo! on a subway station in NYC that is no longer used but they have changed the routes so you can at least see it now. It is gorgeous, I wish I would have known about this three months ago...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

room details

I love this house makeover on House Beautiful, or at least the makeover of these spaces.

Monday, November 8, 2010

new giveaway winner

The previous winner did not contact me so I am going to pick a new winner.
Number 4 Sarajane!
Congrats, e-mail me at paperwhitejewelry@gmail.com to get your $35 gift certificate.
Happy Monday!

Friday, November 5, 2010

desert moon

I think I will try painting #2 (really #3) over the Christmas holiday. I think this is what I want to try next...

via wallpapers.org

Thursday, November 4, 2010

While we are on the subject of Kate Spade, love this purse. Love it.

Random note: did you know Kate Spade's brother-in-law is David Spade?

I love this bow bracelet and this necklace from Kate Spade. Gorgeous.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

lucky number...

Congratulations to The Zhush. Send me an e-mail {paperwhitejewelry@gmail.com} and I will get you connected with the fabulous people as CSN for your gift certificate.

Thanks to all those that entered!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

handmade baby gift guide

This year the baby boom seems to be in the Winter. Most of my friends and family members are having babies October-February. So I thought a winter handmade baby gift guide (and an updated one) was in order. All handmade, all from Etsy.

Earflap Hat- You can request any two colors, personally I love the red and white.

Wool Shoes-These also come in a variety of colors.

Giraffe stuffed animal

Baby booties


Baby loafers

Shanghai blanket

Orange Earflap hat

Elephant stuffed animal
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