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This is a collection of musings on design,
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Entries from July 1, 2009 - July 31, 2009


Rainy Day Weekends...

I will be officially homebound all weekend long. Not only is it supposed to be rainy (yay!), but I am having a laser treatment on my face that turns me red as a tomato and makes me avoid any UV exposure for 48 hours. Ew. So, I am stocking up on my crafting supplies and girly movies (poor Geoff) in preparation. I just found this adorable project on CraftStylish about Spray Stencil Printing. It looks easy and I love the antique-meets-tie-dye results she gets with a doily! What a cute idea. Thank you for sharing Cal Patch! I will definitely try this craft this weekend.
Get the full how-to right here.  



How Lovely!

Double yay! I am so very flattered by an Award given to me by Angie on her adorable blog Junk Garden Girl! Thank you Angie- I am so touched. I have never received a blogging award and I am thrilled to pieces. And, I am so excited to add Junk Garden Girl to my daily reads-I swear, we must be secret soul sisters or something because our tastes are so similar. Visit Angie on her blog and her Etsy shop here. Thank you again Angie!


The Time Traveler's Wife

I am so thrilled that one of my all time favorite books, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, is coming to theaters!! "Its the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

The Time Traveler's Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's marriage and their passionate love for each other, as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals — steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable."
-from BarnesandNoble.com reviews



I was looking back at my blog, and realized that one of my very first posts was about my love of Gocco. So, I dropped hints, maybe even begged a little, for a Gocco for my birthday, which I received...LAST AUGUST. And when did this little treasure come out and play? Last weekend!! I can't believe it has taken me so long to bust it out. Its not like I forgot about it- Geoff would ask me every month or so if I felt like Gocco-ing anytime soon (subtle, honey.) Anyway, I'm not sure what took me so long, because I love love love it! Here are pics of my first cards made with the beloved Gocco. More to come VEEEEERRRRYYY soon.


Summer Lovin

I have a cold. In the summer. Seriously? Aren't colds and stuffed-up noses supposed to be reserved for icky winter months? I guess not. So, to cheer my coughing, sneezing self up, I decided to throw together a list of things I'm loving right now. 
A few yummy summer treats? I feel better already...

Summer Reading Goodness: 
1. Craft, Inc. Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business : Hey, a girl can pretend, right?

2. The Illustrated Kitchen Bible : Because there is no such thing as too many cookbooks!

3. The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells: I can't wait to read this. I adored the Ya-Ya books and am hoping this is just as lovely.

4. I am halfway through Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and am absolutely hooked. Its based on her real-life project to cook all of Julia Child's recipes from "The Art of French Cooking" in one year. It satisfies my cravings for an intelligent girly book with my love of all things cooking. 
(You can also read Julie's actual blog, about The Julie/Julia Project here.)

Everything in the J. Crew summer catalog makes me happy. 

Fun treats: 
1. Patterned Neoprene Lunch Tote: makes my work lunch seem more fun.
2. Boho Magazine: picked this one up on a trip to Barnes & Noble. Its beautifully designed, full of ideas for fashion, home, weddings, etc., and is green!
3. Lavanila Pure Vanilla Perfume: Healthy, Organic, Eco-friendly, not tested on animals...and smells divine!
4. Subversive Cross Stitch: Who says your cross-stitchery can't have dirty words?

The Cupcake Kit. Yummy. 'nuf said.

Adorable, customizable containers from the Macbeth Collection. Love the huge buckets for icing down drinks on the patio, and the small ones for organizing my crafty supplies.