Sorry for the long absence!

Where have I been?

The last couple of years have flown by.  Well that may not be entirely accurate.  They have been filled to the brim with extra work…and that does make time go by faster, doesn’t it?  On Sept 1, 3013 my husband opened the doors to his garage in Gaithersburg.  He has kept his full time IT job and has managed to work some nights and every Saturday at the garage.  The first year was really tough.  He and his partners even redid the lobby and the bathroom themselves.  It looks amazing.  It is so clean and tidy (and well designed)!  Even the bathroom is clean and tidy…of a garage!  Can you believe it!?!?!?  Anyway, here we are now…two years in.

Looking back I can see I stopped posting on my blog almost exactly when the garage opened.  That is no coincidence.  I have been so busy running a household, taking care of three kids and a cat (Totoro passed away this summer and Squeezel is hanging in there with defective lungs).  Sometimes I have felt there is no time for me, my interests or even any fun at all.  That’s a little sad, right?  But…I don’t want to waste any more time complaining.  I have identified the problem and all I want to focus on now, is how to make things more fun.

My brother has helped me redo my blog (Thank you Uncle Fish!) and make it a lovely, inspiring and functional place again.  So it is now ready for new posts!

My friend and I fell into having an antique booth!  That’s fun.  Seriously fun, right?  So far, I have not been able to make much time for it though.  That is frustrating!  This has been a life long dream for me.  I need to make time for it, but how?  How do you prioritize something for you when your kids’ needs trump everything else?  I am really struggling with this.

Anyway, this blog is something for me.  It is all my own.  And I want to start posting regularly again.  Maybe I can post pics of things that I am selling at the booth?  And my current house and crochet projects?  And I will load some pics today and try to post some best of pics from the last couple of years <3

 

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The Great Gatsby and a few other things…

 

Is everyone as excited as me to see Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby?  It comes out May 10.  I am all about period movies based on classic literature.  I think it is my favorite movie genre ever.  I’m in love with the clothing from this time period.  Have you seen the Prada sketches of costumes for the movie floating about on Pinterest?  Every time I watch this Gatsby trailer I want to chop my hair off and lose 20 pounds.  LOL  I am of course on the lookout for some Gatsby inspired clothing.

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I have been extremely lucky in finding some new clothes this Spring that I just adore.   They are not 1920’s but they feel vintage and maybe even a little Gatsby to me.  They sort of make me want a Mint Julep.

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I am just crazy for subtle, feminine detailing in clothing.  I also really enjoy clothes that look period or even a little costumey.  I get that it’s not everyone’s thing.  In some parallel universe, I think I just might be a costume designer for the movies:)  This is a 100% cotton eyelet, peplum top with a scalloped sleeve from Ann Taylor Loft.  I have to admit that I had just about given up hope on Loft.  Their fall/winter stuff was all synthetic materials and no vintage feeling clothes at all.  I am so happy I “happened to check them out” again.  They are just about the only convenient clothing store (other than Target) to me so I will most likely forever continue to walk through Loft even though I have a love/hate relationship with it.

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Here is another one from Loft, 100% cotton, dotted Swiss t with an eyelet panel down the front and 3 little buttons on the back.

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This mint, 100% cotton, peter pan collar shift has row, vertical pleats (That isn’t the right word.  Granzie, help me out…what is that called?  It escapes me right now.) and khaki highlighted, open work/hemstitching (not sure exactly what that’s called either) down the front.

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This one is from Boden.  It’s 100% cotton, dotted Swiss with a peter pan collar and scalloped button placket.  I will most likely wear all of these with jeans.

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The shoes are from dsw.com.  It’s a brand new to me called Chelsea Crew that does some very vintagey looking shoes.  Yay!  I saw these shoes and had to have them even though I don’t wear heels.  These are very comfortable and great for someone like me who loves the look of heels but doesn’t have the sort of life for heels (they are very low+wide=practical).  I’m wearing these to the grocery.  With jeans.   I don’t care.  I’m not waiting to dress up to use them (because I really never go anywhere that I need to dress up).  I have always wanted t-strap shoes, they are just so old fashioned.  These are synthetic (not leather) and therefor, pretty reasonably priced.   The hat was $10 from Target.  Oh no!  Hats on beds is bad!  Thanks Drugstore Cowboy for giving me a hats on beds phobia (Carey, this movie always makes me think of you <3 ).

PS  The flower duvet on the bed is a recent consignment find that I’m absolutely crazy for.  I got a whole set of Liberty of London for Target bedding from the Consignment shop next to the Farm Woman’s market in Bethesda a few months ago.  It was a great price AND my mom was so kind to spoil me and buy it for me :)

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I’ve been messing around with some Masterpiece Theater inspired hairdos in an attempt to feel inspired about keeping my hair long when I see Gatsby.  I’m so not kidding.  When I walked out of Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge movie I knew I needed a belly button ring.  I didn’t even like the movie, but it was so visually inspiring.   PS  This hairstyle was super easy.

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Um….I’ve never posted a pic of myself in the 3.5 years I’ve had my blog.  Awkward.  I wanted to post this for 2 reasons.  #1 My Grams face-timed me by accident last weekend and I was sick and looked awful.  I promise I don’t always look soooo horrible, Grams :)  (plus, I was taking a pic of my hair anyway).  #2  This is the other shirt I bought this Spring from Boden.  It is synthetic, but it has a peter pan collar and horizontal, row pleating/what-sits?    And the color is just darling.

 

OK, so the name of this post should actually be:  Holy Cow!  I bought five shirts!  Such a splurge but I’m happy I did it.  Sometimes it just feels good when it’s my turn to be spoiled.

 

**Pin tucking!  Thanks, Nora :)  Those are the pleated what-sits I was thinking of…**

 

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Sundays

Is this what Sundays look like at your house?  I think Monday was traditionally wash day.  My wash day starts Sunday and if I don’t get it all folded and put away that day, I have to look at it piled up in my room all week.  In fact, I have a cute bench at the bottom of my bed that is now called the “laundry bench.”  It is such a rarity to see it empty these days.

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Laundry.  This was early in the day.  I probably did six more  loads by the end of the day.

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I love my vintage laundry hanger.  I hang all of my clothes and most of Mila’s (they last much longer this way and are more easily consigned).  I don’t really want to see the laundry right in the middle of the upstairs hallway all the time though.  I have a laundry closet at the top of the stairs just opposite this laundry rack (I have a pic, but can’t post it again and I have no idea why that is happening.  This new add media feature on WordPress is a lot more finicky than the old way!).  I wish this house had a laundry room.  The way things are set up right now, all the laundry mess (and ironing board) is a permanent feature in my bedroom.

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Remember this cabinet pic?   I haven’t decided if I want to repaint the inside or line the inside back with fabric.

 

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I ordered this Cath Kidston oilcloth off of Etsy.  I’m in love with this print and the fact that it is oilcloth and can be wiped.  I have considered:  1.  putting it on my dinning chairs 2.  the top of my coffee table (like stretched over the top and stapled underneath) 3.  the top of my dinning table (the white Ikea one that the boys scratched up) 4.  making sofa arm covers with it 5.  covering the inside back of the green glass cabinet.  I love it so much I want to order it in other colors too.  I’m a little crazy sometimes.

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Look at this precious inspiration picture I found on Pinterest (from Homespun Living blog).  It’s just so sweet and simple.  She uses that table with wheels as an ironing board!  Brilliant.  Seriously.  AND that glass front cabinet looks just like mine, right?  My washer and dryer are side by side right now and I want to stack them like this.  I think it will give me a lot more storage stacked this way.  I can take the ironing board out of my room and get a cute table like this.  I also want to hang a bar across the top of the closet that I can hang stuff to dry on hangers.  I can use wicker baskets in there  to store clean laundry instead of in my room on the “laundry bench.”   I’m not sure where I can put my laundry hanger though.  I almost need a European laundry rack that I can pull down from the ceiling.

I wish I could tackle this project by myself, like today.  I always have so many projects in my mind that I want to get done and I really only have Christian’s help with these type of things for a few hours every other weekend or so.   Even then, the house stuff that needs to be done usually takes priority over projects I want to do.   It’s so frustrating.  I need to buy myself a paint sprayer (Like my friend Nora did).  And a few other tools of my own.  Then I could do a lot more projects by myself!

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More Nesting

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While Darling was gone for work last week, I rearranged my cookbooks again.  I threw all of my misc. papers/bills in this picnic basket (I’ll sort that part out later).  I decided to put the flower pots on the small ledge to prevent me from piling papers on there again.

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I replaced these knobs again (I bought them at Homegoods.  All 8 glass knobs were purchased for $20).  The previous glass flower knobs broke immediately after installing them (just poor quality).  We haven’t had any pulls on this drawer in ages!   It is so nice to attend to small projects sometimes.

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I threw away my rusty bathroom garbage can (yay!) when I brought home this lovely ($20 at Homegoods).   It is glass and so lovely.

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This is our new door mat from World Market (I think it was around $14 shipped).  It’s so happy.

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I threw away our old, hot pink bath mat (the kitties had peed on it about a million times before Totoro was diagnosed with diabetes) and purchased two of these at Marshalls ($35 total).  I am so happy with them.  They really make the bathroom look a lot more put together.

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Here was my one real splurge.  New sheets.  My favorite!  They are light blue with tiny white polka dots (Ralph Lauren from Homegoods).  They are so precious and mix and match with all my other linens so nicely.  I just couldn’t resist.  I’m seeing a pink and blue theme today!

I know it seems like I have been to Homegoods/shopping a lot lately.  I kind of have.  BUT these pictures are really from the last couple of months.  I am missing garage sales and flea markets right now.  When I go to Homegoods etc, I try to keep it to a minimum and only buy one item per trip, just my favorite thing.  Sometimes this is difficult to do but more frequently I walk out of there with nothing at all.  I always use cash that I have made from my afterschool care or dog walking (extra jobs) so I feel good about buying these treats.  I love working on my home and I often feel like it needs constant updating/replacing of small things that are worn out, rusty, broken or just gross.  Right now I am on the hunt for a new kitchen garbage can.  We didn’t buy a diaper geenie or anything for Mila when she cam home, we just used the regular trash can (it is 7+ years old anyhow).  So yeah…it needs replacing.   Yuk.

Today I did some paint touch ups on my pink sewing cabinet and Darling caulked/fixed the gaps in the crown molding in our bedroom.  He also finished the patches/painting from where we moved the sewing shelves!  YAY.  These were small projects that have a big effect when all done together in one room.

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