Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
a must-have for your book shelf is the book "14,000 things to be happy about."
kudos to Barbara Ann Kipfer for recording her 14, 000 thoughts to inspire those of us that can barely accomplish a grocery list, let alone record a list of thoughts. think you could record your own list of 14000 happies? her book represents 20 years of recording all the things that made her happy. she began in 6th grade, first with a tiny spiral notebook, then larger notebooks, finally graduating to a computer. she uses it as a pick-me-up on a gray day, and as inspiration for what to cook for dinner or what to do with her son on the weekend.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
the iz gets cozy!
happy last few days of august everyone!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
although i am not one to love the packing and loading for these evenings -- the adult food, the kids food, the diaper bag, the cooler, the ice, the sippy cups, the extra clothes in case someone potties, the list goes on and on - i love the feeling of spreading out the picnic blanket when we first arrive - the audible "pooooof" of the blanket being spread out in the air and onto the ground - and watching the girls scramble to get it laid out "just right." the particular blanket i have used this summer was a thrift store purchase. it's a king sized bed sheet and i once used it for a couch cover but decided rearranging it on the couch on a daily basis after two sets of little feet jumped on it each day, just took the fun out of such a vibrant piece of material. so it's now the official summer picnic blanket.
the secret in such a fun find for you non-thrift store shoppers: Target often sells its' out of season items to Goodwill. You aren't always guaranteed a huge deal, but the price is always lower than what the store price was. I paid $7 for this brand new sheet, originally priced in the $20's when sold at Target. The best Target items you will find at Goodwill are following holidays and the back-to-school season; items that need to be removed from the stores and that are often in a large supply. i tend to find Target's leftover holiday decorations quite fun to sort through at Goodwill and buy them at cheapo prices. give it a look in september - i can almost promise there will be a notebook or two waiting for a desirable price -- maybe you can stock up for next year???
Monday, August 17, 2009
(cute tag above taken from "journal-it girl" scrapbook paper by teresa collins - teresacollinsdesign.com ..cute stuff, huh?)
Sunday, August 16, 2009
it must have been around '98 that i asked her because i remember framing it above my bed in an apartment i had in chicago; it was framed in 3 more of my bedrooms in different houses up until 2005 when i was blessed with the twins and proudly hung it right above their twin cribs. i have copied it for both girls for their scrapbooks, as well as for the scrapbooks for my three nieces. the original copy now rests on a shelf in izzy's nursery, and because i have the lyrics, i learned the song when pregnant in '04 and have carried on the tradition of rocking the girls while quietly singing this song in hopes that they'll peacefully fall asleep. i often find myself trying to imitate my great grandma's aged quivery voice. (i sure hope i've never been overheard doing that by anyone other than these little ears that the song is intended for - it's not a pretty imitation!) my grandmother and mother have also carried on the lullaby and have sung it to all of the grandchildren as well. in fact, right before we went home for a visit, my mom claimed she was a bit rusty on the lyrics. she received a letter in the mail with a copy of grandma's handwritten song and i simply wrote "start practicing."
and i can't keep you wondering who my precious grandma keyl was - 6 years ago she passed away, 2 weeks before my wedding. i miss you Gramma K! thanks for leaving behind the inspiration to use that creative gene inherited from you!
my sister and i in '76 presenting our great gramma with her annual calendar - remember those fantabulous calendars? we've come a long way in photography gifts, right?
... and great great gramma k still smiling with her great great grandchildren in 1999.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
so the wreath - need i mention it's from a garage sale? - from a crafty neighbor who always has an ever-changing front porch decorated with whatever holiday is near -always cute, always inspiring. i have remade this wreath many times thanks to the glue gun. this simple one is one of my favorites, using a gerber daisy and ribbon from the diaper cake that was the centerpiece at my baby shower and the ribbon that is circled throughout the wreath was from a toy that the twins got when they were newborns -- there is nothing cuter than reading ribbon everyday that says, among other words, "giggles, let's pretend, and hiccem-ups" -- if that doesn't make you smile, then please turn around, walk back up the walkway once again, and reread the ribbon and then smile!!!
Friday, August 14, 2009
i've always been a bit thrifty, but fortunately with the new green movement, i can hide my thriftiness a bit and proclaim myself as "green," rather than, let's face it, cheap! i love a bargain, sale or discount. i even heard one of my four-year-old twins say to the other today at the craft store, "but it's not on sale." the lady next to me got a chuckle out of this, and i just said "i've taught her well." i love nothing more than sitting back in one of my decorated rooms and mentally sorting through each piece and remembering which garage sale or thrift store each item came from, or which hand-me-down was from what relative. i hate to waste and love to reuse. i love imagining the story behind each piece, be it a picture frame or dining room chair, and knowing that it's been cared for and loved before it reached my hands.
now my inspiration behind all of this is to achieve the look i am aiming for but to accomplish it without anyone actually being able to look at the item and say "THAT is from a garage sale!" and i think i've done that well! eclectic, yes; cheap, no! it's the challenge of buying it for nothing but turning it into something!
while leaving my neighborhood for an errand, i saw this vintage-looking lamp at the end of the driveway. a local charity had picked up the other items laying next to it, but i think they must have broken this lamp when doing so, so they left it behind. being polite, i knocked on the door to ask if i could have it; she didn't answer, so i figured, "fair game," right? pregnant with my third daughter at that time, i was intrigued with the three angelic cherubs that ran around the base of the lamp. it was originally black and gold and the crystals were missing.
with a can of lavender spray paint to match the color scheme of the nursery, a "who cares about the missing arm" attitude, and some crystal replacements (which i had conveniently saved from a not-so-attractive chandelier from a neighbor), i made the first official piece for the new nursery:
( and i must note that the bedside table was my first 'shabby chic' purchase at an illinois garage sale for $1! and my grandma even treated me that day! i bought this before a nursery was even a thought)
add a fantastic friend photographer to that project, mali workman from http://www.workmanphotography.com/ and i got quite a darling framed picture for her nursery!
and here is my adorable little bug who gets to call this luscious purple room her own(laying on my blanket from my baby days - i am 35 but i fear labeling any of my own items as vintage -- can i really be that old already?) who gets to call this room her own miss izzy belle!