Thursday, December 31, 2009

Today is Special

Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

Today IS special. It's the last day of a year that has turned out completely different than I imagined. I fell in love with somebody I never thought I'd have the chance to date. I got my dream job. After being a two-job gal for a loooong time, I quit the job I hated only to realize that although I'm happier, not struggling financially is almost worth the headache. I've lost people I've loved. I had the time of my life over the summer. I (finally) quit biting my nails. I've started to heal and get over all my "shit." It's a long process but like everything else, I will get through it. I've been reminded of how strong and independent I am - time and time again. I became friends with an ex. I gained a lot of weight.....and started working out again. I realized I have a huge heart. I'll do whatever it takes. I give until I have nothing left. I met a new cousin. I cut a lot of toxic people out of my life. I moved again. But I have an awesome roomate. I've learned to lean on people I never thought I would. I learned to love - unconditionally. I grew up. I quit worrying about what my family thinks. I learned to just be me, love me or leave me. I became the crazy lady who wants nothing more than to hug her dog when she's upset. I learned it's okay to cry, it doesn't mean you're weak, it means you feel. I started blogging and became to depend on it as a release. I was reminded how much I love writing. I learned to put my relationship first. I learned to really connect.

This year has been full of a ton of ups and downs (can you tell?) but I have grown so much and learned so much about myself as a person so here's to 2009, I'm glad it's finally over and let's make 2010 the best yet! I'm going to a fabulous party tonight (okay, my job puts it on, of course I think it's fab) but I'm really excited, I'll let you know how it goes.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009



With harlequin print.I've been in love with it ever since I saw - whose steps were they? You know the ones I'm thinking of....they're her studio steps in black and white and each step has a word painted on it. If you know who I'm thinking of (or it is you) please do remind me.

Well anyway, the entry to her studio is black and white harlequin and I LOVE that harlequin is being used more and more in decorating. A while ago my mom asked if she should paint the top of her coffee table harlequin, "Do it," I said. For those of you that know me, that would not normally be my reaction.

Today I found this on The Lettered Cottage:

I'm loving the mixture of stain and paint and it's in harlequin! Then I had an epiphany:

Why not make a harlequin duvet cover? My bedding is the bane of my existence because it NEEDS a duvet cover that will match the sheets I already have. I've been scouring fabric stores, online shops, everywhere for either a sheet set that can be made into a duvet cover, fabric that could be or an already finished duvet. No such luck, nothing "speaks" to me at this moment.

Because I love my sheets and a monochromatic look, maybe I'll make the duvet cover in a darker tan/brown and white? That way I can have the look of the rooms I love without having a white duvet (that I will undoubtedly dirty)


I know, the only thing I've sewn so far is one seam on muslin, but maybe I can convince my step-mom to help me - she's been sewing for years! 

Now, what colors do you think I should do? All my furniture is black, but I have light tan ( I like to call them spun taffy) sheets.

Here's a reminder of how it currently looks:

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Post it Note Tuesday!

I saw this on Six Divided by Two who saw this on Adventures of a WannaBe SupahMommy and decided to join in!

Right now would be great. Kthxbye!

Happy Birthday Mom!

My mom turns....25 today :)

Happy Birthday, I love you

Monday, December 28, 2009

Learning to Sew

This weekend I attempted to learn to sew. It didn't work out so well, but I"ll have plenty more practice. I've had fabric to make a bedskirt forever so I decided to try sewing one. My step mom had an extra sewing machine and my mom's sewn in the past, so she tried to teach me.

All these little parts go where?!

After trying to read the directions for 45 minutes and still not figuring out how to thread the machine, I called my step-mom. She came over and did it in less than 5 minutes....boy did I feel like a doofus.

Teddy wanted to help too.

The only thing that was actually sewn was the muslin but all the pieces are cut they just need to be pinned and sewn together....Did I mention we're not using a pattern? Maybe we should have started with one :)

If I can do the bedskirt okay, my next plan is a duvet cover and curtains so my room will actually start looking like a comfy bedroom - but first I gotta work on making straight seams :)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Nutcracker

For various reasons, my Christmas sucked. Christmas was fine, the days leading up to it sucked so I'm ready to glad over it and leave it in the dust. Today, though, I'm excited to see the Nutcracker.

Apparently the seats we got are awesome and B's never seen it before so it'll be such a fun treat.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Bulbs

Christmas came a little early to my house, Boyfriend made me a Christmas present (told ya he was handy) and it was taking up too much room in his house. It's a behind-the-couch-table and it is Gorge with a capital "G" and I love it even more because he made it. But anyway, on the table I've set this great vase my mom gave me but I've been trying to figure out the perfect thing to put in it. And then I saw these:

I'm going to try making some with paper that fits our decor after Christmas. I've already got everything but the brads. I think it'll add a fun touch to the room and I might even get a little frisky and try different sizes :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


A few weeks ago I was contacted by Living Room Furniture....they wanted to send an item to me for a review! So exciting. I had the option of picking any item under a certain amount and since I've wanted a chandelier for my bedroom forever I immediately went to the lighting section. Now my problem is, which one do I choose?

The one on the left needs something....I'm not really a shabby chic person so I don't think I want to go with little lampshades, and I love the glam-ness of the one on the right, but it's only 7x9 inches and powered by LED lights so I don't think it'll put out much light. What do you think?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

You're the Christmas Tree I Aspire to Be

Okay, I don't aspire to be a tree, but my mom is everything I'm not as far as decorating goes. She has a talent and it was not passed on to me. Her tree is gorgeous and I keep hoping that some day something will click within me and I'll be able to decorate the way she does:

She only puts up the top half of her (fake) tree but it still has five strands of lights and takes hours!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Handy Dandy Boyfriend

As if working on his own house didn't drain him, Boyfriend decided to cut down my parent's trees and a playset in their back yard this weekend.

This is the way the house's looked for the last 10 years

One tree down, one to go

Hard at work

I didn't get any pictures of the playset before they tore it down but the backyard looks a lot better.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Grandma!

I'm SUPER late but we celebrated my grandma's 80th birthday on the 1st. 80! The family met at Azteca and we had a good time and all alughed when my Dad and Uncle Randy teased Grandma about wearing the sombrero. She said, "I'm not either!" in her southern accent and shook her head. Guess what - she did!

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lovely Bedroom

Today's my anniversary! I'll finally figure out what the gift is attached to that hint Boyfriend gave me. More importantly, we get to celebrate all the ups and downs we've gone through this past year. But anyway, I came across this room the other day at Isabella & Max Rooms:

I mean, look at it! And the details...oh!

I LOVE big mirrors

These drawer pulls are gorgeous!

I have no idea what bedding I want in my bedroom, but this is a room I'd definitely sleep in


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Current Obsession: Vintage Rosary Necklaces

For awhile, I've been coveting necklaces from etsy using vintage rosaries. Be still my heart when I came across Gypsy Brocante's shop. I've been reading her blog for awhile, but just checked out her shop ( I know, I'm late)

And my personal favorite:

My birthday's in less than a month, I'm going to ask for this one

Monday, December 7, 2009


My budget for Christmas decorations is...tight. I own two Christmas tree ornaments that I got from Starbucks around New Years Eve last year. (I gotta represent Seattle somehow!) I was doing a little internet shopping the other day and I found some ornaments I like.

LOVE this one, you could put so many different things in them

Pottery Barn

I really like the textures on these balls


I like the different shape of this finial


I love the dots on these, I'm not really a gold girl, but they come in silver too!


And I'd never put these on my tree, but they make me smile


I wouldn't end up buying these but cinnamon sticks seem to fit in so well with The Holidays, my mom always seemed to have them lying around, their scent wafting through our house

Pottery Barn

Friday, December 4, 2009

Glitz and Glamour

I finally found the Chandelier I want for my room. Unfortunatley, there's a bunch in the Columbia City Theater. I'm sure the bartender thought Boyfriend and I were crazy taking pictures of the lighting fixtures while we were waiting for the Cabaret Show to start

I love the simple, clean lines of it. It seems glamorous and antique without trying too hard which is what I love about it. They are hanging from the ceiling in Seattle's oldest theater afterall! Oh the stories they could tell!!!


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