Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday Tip: Wrangle Your Wrapping Paper

This tip is so obvious and so ingenious at the same time. Cut open an empty roll of toilet paper and use it to keep your wrapping paper from unrolling.

Image from Pinterest.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Maileg Toys

Danish designers are behind these adorable Maileg toys.  I first saw these little matchbox mice at NoFo in Raleigh and fell in love.

I rediscovered the Maileg brand at market in Atlanta.  These little mice are just a fraction of all of the toys they have.  If you had asked me if things like mice, foxes, badgers or even bats could be cute as little toys, I might have been doubtful.  Not anymore...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dew Drop Designs

Today there is a sale of some of Dew Drop Designs products on One King's Lane.  I bought a few of the passport and travel wallets as Christmas gifts this year and they were a big hit.  Not only is the leather super soft, the colors and prints are beautiful and timeless.  Lane and I met owner Gillian Stevens at Market in Atlanta.  She couldn't have been nicer and I love the new products they have this season.  She also gave us the real scoop on my idol, Martha Stewart.  She really is nice after all!  Music to my ears.  Anyway, you can take advantage of some great sale prices for Dew Drop Designs on the Travel Market page on OKL today or visit the Dew Drop Designs site to shop for new products.

Green Box Art

I want this painting for over my fireplace in the basement soooo badly:

I can't tell you how much cooler it is in person....especially in a really large size.

Have you heard of GreenBox art?  They print these images on canvas but because they are prints, they are much more affordable than original art (although because they are on canvas, you'd be hard pressed to tell that they aren't original).  Oh, did I mention ow affordable they are?!

I love so much of their art, it would be hard to pick just one.

 [how friggin' cool would those kale leaves be in a kitchen???]

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Atlanta Market Find: Ice Milk Aprons

I'm not sure which is more precious about these little mother/daughter aprons - the aprons themselves or the mason jar packaging they come in.  They were definitely a memorable find in Atlanta.

Found at Ice Milk Aprons here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mt. Airy, North Carolina: MawMaw and PawPaw's House

This post is really personal to me.  I'm sure it won't mean much to anybody reading this blog but this past weekend was really special.  My husband and I drove to Mt. Airy, NC (aka Mayberry from the Andy Griffith Show) to visit my grandmother's house.  My grandmother, affectionately known as MawMaw, sadly passed away on Easter last year.  My family is now selling her house.  We went this weekend to spend some time there before the house sold and I asked my husband to take some pictures for me.  I love how some of them turned out. 

There's nothing fancy about the house.  It is the only place left in my family that's still around from my childhood.  I have nothing but fond memories there.  I loved my grandparents and all of my many trips to Mt. Airy.  Not only do I miss them very much, but I am so sad to see this place go.  As my grandfather always proudly said of the house he built so many years ago, "you've never seen such a naturally air-conditioned lot".  He was right - to this day there is no air conditioning because the breeze just makes its way up over the golf course, across the cornfield, and up the hill to MawMaw and PawPaw's house.  I'll miss it but will always remember this place I love so much.

On a cheerier note - I got the giggles looking at these pictures.  So many of them have little pup dog down in some corner - it's like Jack was playing "Where's Waldo" with the dog in the pictures!
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