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This set for sale on Craigslist for $350:



These books on sale at Indigo Books for $14.99 CAD each…and I want all of them (found via Little Green Notebook):

These chairs at Target. They’ve been circulating around blogland for weeks now, and I can’t get them off my mind. I’ll take two for our living room, please.

There are many, many more reasons, *sigh*, but these are the ones weighing heavy on my mind today. Now I’m off to peruse want ads.


DISCLAIMER: I realize that these are frivolous reasons to lament my unemployment and that thousands of people have much more serious reasons to long for a job. In no way do I mean to trivialize their suffering. Just wanted to make that clear. Thanks.


Jenny over at Allsorts posted a fun little game I thought I’d share with all of you. To play, just Google the phrase “unfortunately, _______” adding your name to the blank. Then prepare yourself for some hilarious results. Here’s a few of the better ones my search returned.

“Unfortunately, Krystal did not turn out and I decided not to breed her.”

“Unfortunately, Krystal was staring at the counter top, not really paying any attention to the drawer anymore.”

“Unfortunately, Krystal has influenced the plot way more than wolf.”

“Unfortunately, Krystal missed the night of rambling Germans because she was too ‘tired’ from the night at Cheeky Monkeys.”

“Unfortunately, Krystal predominantly uses a form of media that does not allow people to see her.”

“Unfortunately, Krystal was on medication so she could not drink and I bought light beer because I cant remember who to read.”

“Unfortunately, Krystal ate their identical twin the moment they were born.”

Ahhh…too funny. I think the one about Germans and Cheeky Monkeys is my fave. You should definitely give it a try for yourself. I’d love to hear some of your results!

  • …craving some serious spring cleaning. It’s not just that I’m anxious for spring (which I am) or that our house needs cleaning (which it does). What I’m craving is that once-a-year-top-to-bottom-get-out-your-white-gloves kinda cleaning. The kind of cleaning that is absolutely impossible to accomplish with muddy paws and boots traipsing through the house every time the door opens. What we need is a nice long string of warm sunny days to dry everything out. And oh how I’d love some of that spring smell that wafts through the house the first time it’s warm enough to open doors and windows. C’mon spring!
  • …looking for the perfect table to go in our kitchen and having zero luck finding one. I want a counter-height, white pedestal table that’s no more than 36″ in diameter and two matching chairs…preferably for less than $500. Am I asking too much? Something like this, except I don’t want upholstered chairs and 42″ is just too big for our space. Any suggestions?
  • …longing to find a way to get my large book collection out of the coat closet and more accessible for…you know…reading. You’d think the answer would be to simply get a bookcase, but nothing is ever that simple with me. I’m thinking more along the lines of a built-in looking library, maybe in the living room, and maybe with some enclosed storage for non-book items. Got any ideas?
  • …thinking about making more of my own household cleaners. Dishwasher detergent looks pretty easy. And maybe I’d even try laundry detergent, though it does look a little more complicated. Have any of you tried either of these?
  • …trying to organize my craft room…again. I started a major renovation almost a year ago, but still haven’t managed to finish the details. I’d really love to have this space organized and more usable. I know this is the reason I haven’t been feeling very creative lately. It’s hard to get inspired when your surrounded by pile upon pile of “stuff.” So it’s a work in progress. I promise to show pictures if I ever get it finished.
  • And finally, just because posts without pictures bore me, here’s a pic of one of the little squirrels that hang out on our deck. I’ve been trying to get a picture of this little sucker since we moved in. It took bating him with corn to get the job done (though it’s still a pretty crappy photo…oh well).

little squirrel

I’m enjoying some hot chocolate…

…and giving some to friends…

…along with some delicious strawberry shortbread bars all wrapped up in pretty bags. I love these things! And they’re so easy to make. You can get the recipe from the ever-delightful Baking Bites.

And of course, I can’t forget about the lollipops for the neices. It just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a little candy.

I hope you have a wonderful day and get to spend it with the ones you love!  See you next week!

image from Vintage Holiday Crafts

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a project from one of my new vintage children’s craft books. This if from Things to Make and Do, published in 1965 by Standard Education Society, Inc. Enjoy!

To download a larger version, click here.

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a Thrifty Thursday; I was beginning to think I’d lost my thrifting mojo. Then earlier this week I stopped into a local Goodwill on a whim and found tons of great stuff. Looks like my mojo’s back!

The first place I look at nearly all thrift store is the book section. This time I found a bunch of vintage craft books.

This one is my favorite. It’s a children’s craft book published in 1965. It’s full of kitchy little projects, some of which I can’t wait to try!

I also found a bag of cookie cutters and a little shaker. Some are clearly new, but others look vintage.

I love the little shaker! It’ll be perfect for sprinkling powdered sugar on all our sweet treats. The other thing in the photo is a double-boiler. I’ve been wanting to pick one up for ages to use for melting wax. For two dollars I’ll be able to save my good pots and pans from a waxy death.

I also found a couple letter holders that will find a happy home in my craft room (perhaps after a colorful coat of paint).

My final find was a very ornate mirror. It’s old, but not that old. And the frame is plastic! But I figure after it’s given a coat of paint (paint fixes everything!) and hung on then wall no one will ever know the difference. The best part about it was that I got it for $2.99! It was marked $5.99, but when I brought it up to the cashier she said she couldn’t see charging me that much and knocked down the price. I didn’t even have to ask! Gotta love that.

And since I never got around to sharing them last week, I thought I’d also show you some buttons I picked up at a local antique mall. I probably paid too much for them (I guess I don’t really know the going rate for buttons), but they were worth it to me. There was a bag of pink buttons….

…and a bag of green buttons.

That’s all the thrifty goodness I have for now. Hopefully my streak keeps going and I’ll have more to share next week. But these things can be fickle, so who knows. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Orla Kiely line at Target. In fact, I made a point to go to my local SuperTarget on the 1st of the month, as I was under the impression that was the release date. Turns out the official release isn’t until the 15th (sigh). However, since I heard a few stores were putting out small displays a little sooner I decided to stop by my local non-super Target one day last week (since I was passing by anyway) and lo and behold…

orla kiely

They only had a few things displayed on an aisle endcap, but luckily a few of them were ones I had my eye on. So, yesterday I went back to the SuperTarget to see if they’d put anything out, and I found two nearly empty displays. Looks like I got there a little late. I’m hoping these endcap displays are just teasers and that they’ll be putting more items out on the 15th, but for some reason, I doubt that’ll happen. Still, a girl can hope. And if my dreams come true, I’ll also be picking up these two items:


While I was there, I also picked up a few cute things for Valentines Day. Most of them come from the See Spot Save section.


I really had to hold myself back. There are so many adorable things at Target right now. Like I said, I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s day, but who says pink and hearts have to be strictly holiday related? Not me!

Hi all. Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Mine was nice, somewhat relaxing, and full of inspiration.

I finished another book (man, I’m on a roll). Midwives by Chris Bohjalian. My mom gave it to me to read ages ago and I just picked it up last week. It was a quick read with a good, interesting story. Perhaps the plot was a little drawn out, but worth reading for sure. We finished Lonesome Dove on Friday night and were both a little disappointed in the ending (neither of us could remember how it ended). Saturday morning I did a little housework while J had to take care of a few things at the rental house. Later we went out to dinner and then to visit friends of ours and play with their adorable little beagle. Sunday we had breakfast at Panera, then went to see Coraline in 3D. It was such a good movie! Even J agreed. The detail was absolutely amazing! It made me want to come home and make all kinds of tiny things. I can’t wait to watch it again. I spent the rest of Sunday afternoon catching up on blog reading and working on a new little project, which I’ll share with you later this week.

Today I’ve been busy thinking up Valentines gifts to make. I’m not a huge fan of the holiday, but I hate to pass up an opportunity to make little gifts for the ones I love. I have some sweet treats planned and hopefully some crafty ones too. I have a busy week planned, so I better get back to work! There’s no rest for the crafty 🙂

It’s snowing…again. Sometime while I was ill we got nearly a foot of snow and today it’s been blizzardy all morning. You’d think I’d be used to it, this not being my first winter in Indiana, but I’m not, and I don’t think I ever will be. So the best I can do is sit with a warm blanket and sip warm beverages and think warm thoughts.

Speaking of warmy goodness, during the last snowfall I managed to make broccoli cheese soup, one of my favorites. I got the recipe from The Black Apple a while back, and other than using fresh steamed broccoli instead of frozen I didn’t have to change anything about it. It’s perfect exactly as it is.


You can get the recipe here. Mmmm…so very good.

I’ve spent most of the last week sick in bed with a nasty infection, but I’m finally feeling better…thank goodness! Here’s a short list of things I did while I was sick:

  • I re-read Sense and Sensibility…again. That book has a way of always cheering me up when I’m down.
  • I also read Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, which a dear friend lent to me many months ago . It was a very easy read (I read it almost in one sitting) and a very good story.
  • I watched several movies, including Lonesome Dove, which I hadn’t seen in many years. I have to say that it seems very tame to me after watching Deadwood. I kept expecting more unprovoked violence and cursing. We’re actually still in the process of finishing the series, so maybe my bloodlust will be satisfied in the end.
  • Mostly I just slept, and (according to J) whined. I hate being sick.

On a lighter note, if you haven’t already make sure you enter the giveaway over at The Crafty Crow for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Bake it Pretty. Oooo….just thinking of the yummy things I could make starts me drooling.