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Lately I can’t get enough of all things numbered. Like these spice jars from Antrhopologie.

Can’t you picture a whole row of them on a kitchen shelf?  And I love this project idea from Jessica at Zakka Life.

I actually have a bunch of cork coasters I picked up at Goodwill a while back that I hadn’t decided how to embellish. Now I’m just waiting for the ink pad I ordered to come in the mail…Yay!

Numbered goods seems to be a kind of a trend, and I’ve had a thing for them for some time. I recently found these images buried in my design file. (sorry for the poor image quality of these scanned pages)

This one’s from Pottery Barn, but it would be pretty easy to recreate this at home, perhaps with a chair like this or this. They also had bar stools in this same line, and I was thinking of doing something similar for our basement bar, maybe using a stool like this.

And these are from the October 2006 issue of Cottage Living, their Idea Home issue. (Oh, how I miss you, my old friend!)

See those numbered plates…I love them so! They’re a Christopher Jagmin design and are still available (though out of my price range).

Having all of these numbered items in one kitchen (or even one house) might be overdoing it a bit, but I think one or two items spread around different rooms would work. What do you think?

I’ve tried to ignore the subject and bury my shame, but it seems that I can only hide the truth for so long. It seems the time has come for me to come clean.

This summer, while I was away from the blog, I spent some time reading. I re-read many of my favorite classics, including the Brontes and Austen, but I also read some newer fiction. …No, I need to go back further than that. You see, it all started with a movie. I’d heard so much about it that my curiosity got the better of me, and one weekend while J was away I rented it. I had no idea what I’d started. I fully intended to laugh at it, thinking it would be nothing more than teenage drivel, and I was surprised…no, shocked to find myself enjoying every emotion-laden moment of it. Still, I wasn’t fully convinced. The books were the true test of the saga’s worth, so I ordered the first two the following week. I read them in two days and immediately ordered the fourth online and drove to the nearest bookstore to buy the third, thinking it would get me by until the fourth book came in the mail. I was wrong. I ended up finishing the third and then re-reading the first three books before the fourth one arrived. All-in-all I’ve read them four times. I couldn’t put them down. I didn’t want to leave Forks and return to Indiana; things here were so much less interesting.

Since then, I’ve been holding my breath till the second movie was released, trying hard to show restraint and not soak up every leaked image and official trailer so that it would all be new to me on the night I finally saw the movie. The tickets were ordered weeks in advance, and J was informed that he had no choice but to join me on the night the movie is released. That night is tonight. That’s right; I’ll be watching New Moon this very night. I’m as excited as a 12-year-old girl.

Yes, folks, I am a Twilight fan. I hope you won’t hold it against me. I’m certainly not alone, and I’ve put together a few Twilight-inspired finds to prove it to you. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend planned. See you on Monday!

1. Twilight Inspired Crocheted Cloche 2. I want to live in Forks earrings 3. Be Safe sterling silver ring 4. Yes I Read Books About Teenage Vampires Button 5. Forever Ring 6. Sanguis (blood) Soap 7. Bella’s Bag 8. Bella’s Ring

Have you been following Sew, Mama, Sew’s Handmade Holiday posts? I have. And there have been some great projects posted so far. Here’s a peak at my to-do list.

1. Make one of these for myself. No more pins in the couch cushions!

2. Make a few of these for the house, and maybe some as gifts too.

3. Find a use for this fabric. So cute!

4. Make these, brew a pot of coffee, and sit down with a good book (maybe this one).

5. I can imagine so many uses for this bag. And it might just be the perfect gift for a certain someone on my list.

I can’t wait to see what they post next, even if it means my to-do list will keep getting longer! What’s on your to-do list?


Today marks the start of Sesame Street’s 40th season! Wow. I’m sure many of you can relate when I say that Sesame Street played a huge role in my childhood. I loved that show (and secretly still do).

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this here before, but I have a twin brother who is developmentally disabled. Watching Sesame Street was his favorite part of the day (he used to throw a fit if we forgot to turn it on for him), so not only did I watch during my childhood, but Sesame Street was a constant in our home the entire time I lived there. As were the sing-along tapes and Follow That Bird and story books and stuffed animals. And the show only got better as I grew older and understood more of the humor (that really is aimed at adults).

Even though the show has changed significantly since I left my parent’s house, it continues to be as entertaining and educational as ever. It almost makes we want to have kids so that I have an excuse to watch it again (almost, but not quite – sorry mom). I wanted to leave you with one of my favorite skits from the show, but it was incredibly hard to choose just one, so here are a couple that came to mind. Enjoy!

Bert and Ernie crack me up.

I think of this one every time I have to remember something.

Oh, there are so many more! What’s your favorite part of Sesame Street?

this dress:


these prints:


this kitchen:


this hoodie:


What are you loving today?

Hawaiian quilts. I only wish I had the talent/patience to make one for myself.

1. quilts0003, 2. Beautiful Hawaiian quilt, 3. Hawaiian Quilt, 4. Debbie Hawaiian Quilt Top, 5. Hawaiian quilt – Hoya, 6. Ken’s Hawaiian quilt finished 1, 7. Hawaiian Ulu, 8. Hawaiian Quilt, 9. FAVORITE Hawaiian quilt, 10. hawaii quilt, 11. IQF-hawaiianquilt, 12. Hawaiian quilt

Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.

What can I say? I’m speechless.

Elizabeth, you’re a gem!

See more of Elizabeth’s amazing work on flickr and her blog. She is truly an inspiring artist.

Watercolor Doodle

Here it is, my first crafty attempt to celebrate National Craft Month. It’s a work-in-progress, and to be perfectly honest, it has been a WIP for a few weeks now. As I’ve made clear in the past, I am no artist and should never be mistaken for one. But every now and then I get a “wild hair” and have the urge to pick up a pen, pencil, or brush. The last time I exhibited this behavior, I ended up with what I would consider to be a cute little flowery, penciled doodle. Thinking it had potential to be something more, I went out an invested in a good set of artists pens, black ones in several different tip sizes, and traced over my pencil marks to darken the image. I then scanned it into my computer, hoping to someday be able to embroider well enough to make it into a pillow. And there it stayed.

But I still had the original, which just happened to have been done on watercolor paper. So the other day I dug out my watercolors and went to work. I have a hard time trusting my own judgment when it comes to color choices, so I keep walking away from it and coming back to add another color, then walking away for awhile again, then coming back and….well, you get the idea. Hopefully it will eventually be good enough to put in a humble frame and hang in some hidden corner of my house.

The inspiration for the design came from thrifted, Canadian coloring book from the 60’s. It’s full of amazing designs, and only a few of the pages are marked on. One of these days I’ll have to scan some of the pages and share them with you. After all, what good is having such an incredible find if you can’t share it?

Oh, how I’m longing for spring…warm breezes, rooms full of light, the smell of plants waking from their winter slumber and beginning to grow. Enough with the snow and dreary, gray skies; I want sunshine!

Too bad I live in the Midwest and according to the forecast, things aren’t looking good for us in the way of sunny days. I guess I’ll have to make do with some spring-y inspiration:

Pottery Barn

(From the latest Pottery Barn catalog)


(From Country Home)

Cottage Living1

Cottage Living2

(From Cottage Living)