Spring is Here!

Spring is in the air. I’m so excited to spend some time outside again! I’m a little surprised out how far along everything is. My hostas are up, my ajuga is blooming like crazy, and even the dianthus are starting to bloom. I don’t usually begin planting quite this early, but I was so excited I planted my vegetables yesterday. Hopefully the head start is what they need to be productive this year.

Hosta and Ajuga

 

Dianthus Bud

 

Dianthus

 

Porch Swing

 

Front Door

I’ve also been prettying up the porch for Spring. I saw these pillows at Target the other day and couldn’t resist getting a couple for the porch swing. They look great with the rug and the turquoise door. What are you doing to welcome Spring?

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Garden Plotting

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The weather hasn’t been completely cooperating with my gardening this Spring. The best weather days seem to be those that I can’t get out in the yard. That hasn’t stopped me from dreaming about what I want to do. These are a few of my favorite inspiration photos. I have some Mexican Feather Grass, Sedum, and Hosta that can be divided and transplanted. I have a trellis that needs covering; I think I’m going to try some Clematis this year. I’m also on the lookout for some Heuchera. I especially love this chartreuse variety. What are your plans for your garden?

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Lately…

It’s Monday! Are you ready? I hope to be much more productive this week; I just wasn’t feeling it last week.

Eating… deviled eggs. The one thing I always make for Easter dinner is deviled eggs. This year (with the careful instruction of my mother) I even used homemade mayonnaise in the eggs. Luckily I have a few leftover to enjoy this week.

Watching… Philomena. I have been wanting to see this movie since it came out in theaters and finally got around to watching it this weekend. I could watch Judy Dench read the phone book so I anticipated I would enjoy it; it did not disappoint. It’s one of those “based on a true story” movies that leaves you wanting to do more research.

Planting… grass seed. As in years past, I’m vowing that this will be the year I get my yard in order. Hopefully we will have a nice drought-free summer and the gas and electric companies will refrain from digging up my yard. I spent a little time out in the front yard preparing and seeding a patch of grass.

Reading… Domino Magazine: The Color Issue. This has been sitting on my coffee table for over a month waiting on me to read it. I really enjoyed this issue. It was filled with lots of colorful spaces, many designed by bloggers I read regularly.

Wanting…sleeveless tops. My mom was visiting this weekend, so naturally we did some shopping. I was really good about sticking to my list and added three sleeveless tops and a skirt to my wardrobe. I really want to add cobalt blue and green sleeveless tops; I think they would mix and match well with the rest of my wardrobe. I ordered this blue one but am not having any luck finding a green one that I like.

What have you been up to lately?

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Happy Weekend!

Bunny

rabbitier

Sorry for being MIA this week. It’s been kind of a weird week. Do you have big plans for the weekend? I’ll be spending the weekend with family.

Check out this volcano full of flowers.

Are your passwords secure?

Another town in Italy where I could live.

Love this painted floorcloth.

Some Easter egg inspiration.

These gluten free chocolate chip cookies look pretty yummy.

These photos are too cute for words.

Thinking about starting your own blog? This should answer all your questions.

How to score coupons for online stores.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Lately…

Did you have a nice weekend? I felt kind of crummy Saturday so I spent most of the day laying around doing nothing. Sunday was a much more productive day; it was also our first day with Spring storms i.e. hail.

Watching… Homeland: Season 2. It’s been over a year since I watched Season 1 of Homeland; since I don’t have cable I’m a bit behind. I wish I hadn’t caught a serious spoiler the other day on the Today show. I purchased it from MGO. If you stream videos on your phone, tablet, or computer, you really should check them out. The price on this particular series was almost half as much as it was with Amazon or iTunes.

Loving… the Apple iPad Air. Last summer I replaced my first generation iPad with a Nook HD+. The longer I used it, the more I missed my iPad. I could do most of the things I like to do on it, but they weren’t the same. For example, the Pinterest App for Android is very different – in my experience a lot clunkier. There were also a few apps that I used on my iPad that weren’t available for Android. I had a gift card originally earmarked for some lamps that have been backordered since Christmas. After selling my Nook, I decided to use that money and the gift card to return to the iPad. I’m so happy I did.

Reading…Simple Ways to Be More with Less. Courtney Carver, of Project 333 fame, always inspires me to get rid of stuff. When I began reading this book, I wasn’t very excited about it, but the more I got into it, the more I enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the section on creativity by Dan Goodwin.

Wanting…an Artograph Light Pad. As I mentioned last week, I’ve been working on Molly Suber Thorpe’s Digitizing Calligraphy class at Skillshare. She uses this lightpad when working on her lettering. I will definitely be investing in one of these.

Craving… Terra Chips. Have you had these? They are the best chips ever. I wish I’d picked up a bag when I was at Sprouts yesterday.

What have you been up to lately?

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Happy Weekend!

Laughing Donkey by Jackson Carson

 

Laughing Donkey by Jackson Carson

Big weekend plans? I am looking forward to some nice weather. I hope to get a few projects completed.

Check out these meerkats.

My first trip to the shooting range yesterday has me feeling adventurous, think I might be ready to try sushi again.

Did you know that only 1/3 of people are left eye dominant? I’m one of them.

A great bedroom makeover.

As a child of the 80′s, this iPhone speaker appeals to me.

I want to go here!

Love these walls.

This is an interesting perspective on keeping up with the Joneses.

Love these pretty tech wallpapers.

Have a great weekend!

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Bedroom Gallery Wall

This has been a week plagued by technical difficulties. Twice this week, I’ve written a post and scheduled it, only for it to not to show up when planned. The second one disappeared completely, which is why there was no post yesterday.  So today I’ll combine the information for what was supposed to be here yesterday and what I had planned for today.

Bedroom-Wall

The gallery wall in the bedroom – it’s almost done! The photo above shows what the wall looked like before. This was taken before painting the room Benjamin Moore Deep Space (actually Valspar matched to Benjamin Moore – when I finally got around to making a decision, Ace Hardware had stopped carrying Benjamin Moore paint). It looks a lot more navy then charcoal, but I love it! It’s dark and cozy.

I read about several different methods for creating gallery walls. I ultimately tore templates of the larger pieces out of  newspaper and played around with them until I had something I liked. I did not have the patience to do a template of every single piece. Please excuse the awful iPhone photo; it will at least give you an idea of the process. When hanging the art, I knew I wanted to try to balance out the TV as much as I could with the scale of the art, as well as the lighter/darker pieces with the darkness of the TV. After figuring out where to place the larger pieces I went ahead and hung them, then filled in with the smaller pieces.

I think it turned out nicely. I still need to fill the two small frames on the left. I think I might do a calligraphy quote for one. I will probably keep the larger pieces the same but I envision changing up some of the smaller prints periodically. Have you ever created a gallery wall? I’m excited to get started on my next one!

 

Now for yesterday’s business. Through April 13, 2014, get $5 off each item and free shipping at my Society6 store. Just shop through this link.

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Lately…

Sorry for the lack of post yesterday – technical difficulties. Did you have a nice weekend? Mine was pretty quiet – did some work, some studying, some practice, and a lot of prep work in the kitchen for the week.

Watching…Inside Llewyn Davis. This movie has pretty mixed reviews. It was definitely not a very exciting movie but the soundtrack was really good.

Eating… zoodles. Zucchini noodles have become a regular in my meal rotation. I’ve tried several methods for making zoodles, but my favorite so far is using this Julienne Peeler. If you are looking for an alternative to spaghetti, zucchini noodles are a really good substitute. They give you the consistency of noodles plus you get a serving of vegetables.

Reading…The Big Leap. Nicole Antoinette recommended this one when she was a guest on the With Purpose podcast. The style is maybe a little too self-helpy for me but I have learned a few things.

Wanting… a Vintage Glove Mold. I’ve been doing a lot of work in the bedroom lately (I’m hoping to share more on that later this week) and have decided that I would love to have a vintage glove mold on my dresser to hold my jewelry.

Studying… Digitizing Calligraphy on Skillshare. I’m not sure why they call this class Calligraphy II. You don’t really need to know calligraphy to use the information provided. She demonstrates a faux-calligraphy technique you can use if you don’t know how to do calligraphy. Most of the information is how to bring your artwork into the computer. Very helpful!

What you have you been up to lately?

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Happy Weekend!

Doris Day & Rock Hudson

Doris Day (yesterday was her 90th birthday) & Rock Hudson – Photo by Bob Willoughby

When I was in school, we used to beg our teacher to let us have class outside when the weather was nice. The weather was so beautiful yesterday afternoon, I worked outside – one of the perks of working for yourself. Hopefully the weather will be just as nice this weekend.

There’s always another way to save money.

A very unique coffee shop.

These habits of the rich are interesting. They read a lot; I’ll have to share that with my book club.

Wish I was here.

Love this closet.

I think I want a chameleon.

I could have used this, this winter.

Working for Nat Geo would be a pretty good gig.

Looking for opportunities to use this phrase.

Have a great weekend!

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Closet Challenge: Taking Inventory

April 1 marked the beginning of many new Project 333 challenges, which in turn has prompted a lot of blog posts about wardrobe sizes. I love reading about what other people find essential in their wardrobes. I was especially interested in Recovering Shopaholic’s post where she calculated the number of times each item in her closet will be worn during a year. Her goal was to wear everything 10 times. I’m aiming for somewhere between 20 and 30. There are a few items that I only wear in the summer so it might be a little difficult to reach a high-number-of-wears for those items.

Here’s where I currently stand (not including loungewear):

  • 9 dresses - I like to wear dresses so I’m okay with that number. I am actually on the lookout for a navy dress to add to the mix.
  • 9 pants (including 5 pairs of jeans – dark, light, white, black, green). This number seems a little high to me. But on the other hand, I wore all but my Summer linen pants multiple times this Winter.
  • 3 skirts – I am considering getting rid of one of these skirts. We’ll see if I wear it once the weather gets warmer. I am also on the lookout for a black & white print skirt (this one from Kohl’s caught my eye in their “12 Easy Pieces” commercial). I feel like 5 would be a good number here.
  • 4 shorts – This seems a little high. I got by with 3 pairs last summer but recently purchased a pair of white shorts. We’ll see what I wear this summer and reassess. Since I’m working from home more this number may be ok.
  • 7 long/three-quarter sleeve tops - This seems a little high. There are a couple of these tops that are very light weight and can be worn in the summer. I think I can trim this one back a bit.
  • 7 short sleeve tees (not including printed t-shirts) – Also seems high. These are mostly pretty basic tees. I wear these quite a bit in the summer and even wear them in the Winter with cardigans. I will reassess these after the summer.
  • 1 short sleeve blouse – Seems really low. I do tend to migrate towards sleeveless blouses in the summer though.
  • 2 dressy sleeveless blouses – Definitely low. I purged a few recently. I would like this number to be closer to 4-5.
  • 3 sleeveless tees – One of these I rarely wear, but the other two I wore a lot last summer. I might want to trade out one or two of my short sleeve tees for sleeveless.
  • 2 Summer sweaters – Happy with this number.
  • 3 crew neck sweaters – This is amazingly low. Not long ago I had at least 10 – probably more. I think I’m ok with this number.
  • 5 cardigans | 1 blazer – I could probably cut this by one or two. I do wear cardigans a lot during the winter over dresses. I also occasionally use them in the summer when I can’t control the thermostat.
  • 20 pairs of shoes – This doesn’t include all my flip flops which I hope to whittle down dramatically this summer. I’m happy with this number.

These numbers do not include workout gear (yoga pants, running shorts, t-shirts) that I sometimes wear all day long.  Taking into account I have 9 dresses, 16 bottoms, and 25 tops (not counting cardigans since they are always worn over something else), I will not hit the 20-wear mark on many of my items. Looks like I still have some adjusting to do. What’s your magic number?

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