Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Filament Bulbs

I got my new Restoration Hardware catalog (read BOOK) in the mail recently.  It was all crunched up because it was so big that the mailman had trouble jamming it in my teeny tiny mailbox.  It was sticking out of the top.  And along came Hurricane Irene.  Now that the catalog has dried out, I had a chance to look at it.  I'd seen a few previews of it in blog land.  I think it is still over the top (and waaaay too expensive) but fun to look out.

One thing that I could actually afford - and really might buy once I get a house of my very own are their filament bulbs - super cool, old school bulbs that would do Edison proud.  I love the industrial, funky look of them.

And there are lots more to choose from.  See more here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Little Mouse

I think it is my favorite thing I've knitted so far.  I have a new found admiration for little mice (stuffed and dressed in such a stylish outfit, of course).

Tuesday Tip: Martha's Sewing Kit in a Jar

This is one of my girl Martha's from back in 2006 but I saw it again recently and thought it was a cute and useful idea.  Here's the how-to:

With just a little retrofitting, an old-fashioned Mason jar can become a new sewing kit with a built-in pincushion on top. To begin, separate the lid's sealer and screw cap. Trace around sealer on cardboard. Using a compass, draw another circle on linen or cotton, 1 inch larger in diameter than the first. Cut out both circles; make cushion by placing batting between fabric and cardboard. Turn screw cap upside down, and apply hot glue to inside edge of rim; quickly press cushion into lid until cloth protrudes smoothly above screw cap's opening and cardboard is flush against rim. Apply hot glue around edge of cardboard, fold over excess fabric, and press down. Glue top of sealer to cardboard. Fill jar.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Great shoe sale.

I am far from a fashionista but if there is one thing I love it is a pair of cute and comfy flats.  I've learned that if I go ahead and pay for a good pair that I will wear them often and get my money's worth.  So today I bought these:

Have you heard of Oliver and Co?  If not, check it out their site.  They're having a big sale right now and their shoes are (in the words of my friend Leslie) adorbs.

Leslie Saeta Art

I've been loving these boat paintings by Leslie Saeta for a while now.  I discovered Leslie's work on Daily Painter's Gallery and she is by far my favorite artist that I've found on there.  I finally went to check out her website and found a whole slew of paintings any of which I would love to own.  Aren't they gorgeous?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I finally did it...

...bought a headboard that is!  It has been a long time coming.  I had a long drive this weekend and I was looking at one of the sales on Joss and Main and my husband gave me the green light to ahead and get it.  So I can finally check this off my wish list!

I hope I like it as much in person as I do in the picture.  It has nailhead trim around pearly shantung upholstery.  Yay!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Betsy and Rob's Banquette

My friends Betsy and Rob recently moved to New Bern, NC. They had this banquette built in their kitchen and then Rob made the valances (talk about a handy husband) and Betsy got all the cushions made. I thought it turned out so cute that I would share it with you!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Call me crazy...

but I kind of felt like fall is in the air today.  So now I can't wait for this...


Ya'll!!  I need to source the painting over this bed.  I NEED it desperately.  Any ideas?  Any similar pieces you can recommend?  HELP!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Oh. my. gosh.  I just read about this company called Blabla over on Abode Love blog.  Hand knit toys and dolls and more.  Have you ever seen anything so cute?

All items found on the Blabla site here.

Monday, August 15, 2011

North Carolina Designer Barrie Benson

Not much time to write but thought I'd share a designer I admire from the Tarheel State! Happy Monday!

Check out more of Barrie's designs on her website.
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