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.