Now that I have a large collection of scrapbooking-related attire, I've now turned my focus on scrapbooking-related home decor. I continue to be surrounded by great talent, and when I discovered this pillow, I thought it would make the best accessory for the chair in my craft room.
This pillow says it all for me...Live Life Creatively. I like that.
I have been spending A LOT of time on Donna's blog. And I've been spending a lot of time at Korie's. Between the two, I have decided I must follow suit and placed an order for my very own photo stamp.
I took a photo of an area in my craft room and decided a stamp like this would be perfect to use as my "signature" stamp when I make albums for family and friends. The process was fun and the turnaround on the image was quick.
Now I'm thinking of what type of stamp can I make next???? A topiary? My name in a special font? A favorite quote? The possibilities are endless....
Here's the latest on our basement remodel:
Moen Monticello bath fixtures
We have made some selections on our plumbing fixtures for the bathroom, which coordinate with the fixtures in the remainder of our house. One difference is the shower will have a hand-shower with wall bracket. It's a big shower, so we wanted the water to travel with you.
Egyptian Spa Bath Towels
And I couldn't resist this great deal on spa towels (in ivory). I think they will be perfect for this bathroom. I may add a little teak in the room to give it that spa feel.
Etched Fern Goblets
Moving to the wet bar, I picked up these goblets for $9.99 at our local Target. Quite a bargain and hard to resist. I thought the goblets would be perfect for wine as well as soda, water, or whatever you may fancy.
The Need to be Inspired
Progress is going in the right direction, albeit small little details we're dealing with here...but it's a start. Now we must spend time shopping for a vanity and medicine cabinet. Honestly, I'm not sure where to begin on this task. Someone please Inspire Me!!
Rain seems to be the hot topic in the DC Metro area these days. I've never had to take my sunglasses on and off so many times while driving these last few days. One minute the sun is shining and the next the rain starts to pour.
And if you really want to get a flavor of this ordeal, please read a great synopsis, including photos, by Kelly E. on her blog.
Staying dry is an understatement right now.
EDITED: All is well with my 1280 printer, with thanks to Amy. She walked me through setting up my defaults and my photos are now looking great. It's a keeper....for now! And so is the Photosmart printer. Can always use a portable printer....right?!?
Heck, no. I am not photosmart nor am I computer savvy. If I were, I would be able to figure out how to properly operate my printer and print great photos. I even contemplated selling my printer and upgrading to the next level.
In the meantime, while cropping with friends Saturday night, I discovered a great little portable printer that I spent most of my time on my cell phone that night seeking it vs. scrapbooking. See how easily influenced I can be?
I thought rather than selling my printer, since I like my printer for journal-printing onto 12x12 paper, I would use the portable printer for photos. I do not print many photos at home and usually do this online, but there are occassions where I like to do this at home.
I found a great deal online for the portable printer and placed my order. And, there's a rebate if you purchased a digital camera between April 1 - July 1, which is great news for me!! I just purchased my mega-camera so this has really turned out to be a great deal.
Carol and I went to the Great American Scrapbook Convention yesterday and shopped till we literally dropped.
Our day started off with a class with Katherine Brooks. Very neat and talented lady. Her journals are the most amazing ones I've ever seen. She introduced us to Deluxe Designs chipboard shapes and even used them in her journals, along with metal and masking tape. Oh my gosh, was I so inspired. Naturally I stocked up on just about every shape of chipboard they offer.
Our great friends Marirosa and Ashlie of Get Croppin worked their butts off at the convention. They sold many colanders, t-shirts and all sorts of goodies and I'm sure they are now at home recuperating from this event.
They were also promoting their event in Feburary where Donna and Ali will be teaching classes and spending time with us scrapbookers. I cannot wait for this event. I always look forward to being inspired by talented folks.
We also spent time with our friends scrapbooking and catching up with each other.
Of course I came home with a bunch of supplies I purchased at convention. I got a great Photo Log stamp from The Rubber Chicken, the Crop-a-dile, walnut ink in various colors, chipboard alphas from Rusty Pickle, more chipboard and acrylic paint from Delish Designs (which can be ordered online), ink pads, and foam stamps.
There's nothing like an opportunity to bring scrapbookers together to share our passion, seek inspiration and connect with each other. It really has me siked for CKU in August. :) :)
This blog has brought me great joy and great friendships since I began this journey last fall. And one of those friendships is with Paula, who I have found I have a lot in common with. Our love of Diet Soda, our Asian heritage, and our love for our hubbys. Of course there is our passion for scrapbooking, which we all share.
The one thing I learned about Paula today is her commitment to help friends in need. I ask that you please read her blog about her friend who is suffering from eye injuries related to UV light burns. I never knew the risk involved with UV light burns, and it can be quite serious. Although I do not have "little ones" in school, I thought it is important to pass the word around to parents and teachers so they are aware of the situation at-hand here.
All the best to Paula's friend, Kellie, with her recovery and with spreading the word.
How exciting, jeans that are made to fit. It has a patented design that flattens in the front and lifts from behind. Just what I need.
This line is described as to accommodate women who have the desire for stylish, well-made jeans, but not their daughters' waistlines.
In the same email from Nordstrom, they also provided a link to comfort shoes. As much as I like comfortable shoes, I began to wonder whether Nordstrom's knows something that I don't. Are they telling me I am beginning to enter that next phase in my life of expanding jeans and comfortable shoes? It all sounds good, but it makes me want to go home tonight and put on a skirt (I do not like tight jeans, skirts are the better alternative) and a pair of stilettos and prove to myself that I can still wear heels and walk properly! (Carol, don't laugh...I know what you are thinking.)
OK, I'm off to place my order. ;)
...that is, free home decorating inspiration. These resources come from a magazine I pick up at the grocery store where the real estate ads and brochures are located. And I have subscribed to this free guide in the past and found great inspiration from their website too. They even have a showcase gallery of model homes....oh, what eye candy.
This is the next best thing to visiting the actual model homes. I have a file folder filled with pages I've torn that contain wonderful decorating ideas. The inspiration is endless.
I consider these resources my free decorating magazines. Given the amount of money I spend in subscriptions and newsstand copies, it is nice to get something for free every once in a while.
That is what first popped into my head when I was browsing through this catalog and saw this urn. I just love the combination of the limestone urn and pink flowers & foliage. Now, if I could only identify what is in the pot, I'd try to duplicate it myself and place them on our porch, in all it's pink glory.
I believe a visit to our local garden center is in order. I'm sure they can help me.
What prompted this entry today was viewing Carol's beautiful spring flowers. How I long for a breath-taking and serene garden, only I lack the knowledge and, honestly, I can be a bit lazy when it comes to garden maintenance. I do try though. And that I will, very soon!
If I weren't surrounded by all this great talent that I see every day, whether it's on a blog or on a website, I wouldn't be so tempted to buy these great shirts that express my passion for scrapbooking.
Now, can I convince hubby to hire a professional to reorganize my closet to accommodate my ever-expanding scrapbooking-related fashion attire? I'm dreaming, of course.... ;)
It has been a long, long time since I had a facial. And my hair salon is now offering spa services, including facials. So I decided to give it a try. It was very relaxing (except for the extraction part) and exhilarating. My skin felt clean and smooth. And the facialist introduced me to this.
What a fabulous product. I've been using it for a week now and I already notice a difference in my skin. It is more smooth and my skin tone looks more even than it did before. I've tried this line's moisturizer before but there is always something new to try, so I do not stay loyal to a certain product line for very long. This is one staple that has now become a part of my nightly routine.
It was a day of re-discovery. A re-discovery of facials and great products.
It is called Monogram and it's high on my list of appliances to consider for the much-talked about wet bar. I'm still undecided on the refrigerator/ icemaker combo AND a wine cooler. I guess it will all depend on how much space we will have as I want to allow space for cabinetry/storage.
And check out this little dishwasher. It would be a perfect fit.
Another thought running through my head is whether all of the appliances should be the same brand? Such details to consider.
I am now getting ready to pour through the latest PB catalog, in search of a medicine cabinet for the new bathroom. Which brings me to my next dilemma....should we go all white, including cabinets or go with a dark wood????
Woe is me.
This purchase was hard to resist. I saw it some time ago at our local florist in the mall and decided last night was the time to buy it. It sits in our hall bath and adds a nice touch of ambiance and goes along with the topiary theme.
Now I'd like to find a nice color of paint for the walls and make it look like a room you'd want to spend time in. I don't want to go overboard though, who wants to spend that much time in the bathroom!?!
Last night, Carol and I spent some quality time at the mall. Something we haven't done in a long time and we certainly made up for lost time.
First order of business was to exchange a Coach handbag I received as an anniversary gift from my employer. The bag is nice but what I really need is a tote bag. And believe it or not, I purchased a diaper bag (in black) to use as a tote. It doesn't look like a diaper bag and it has all of these great compartments (I love compartments). The saleslady suggested I use the changing pad to wrap around my laptop. Great idea!
I stayed up way too late last night, shifting everything from my old tote to the new one and organizing it, but it feels great to be organized. Hopefully it will help set the right tone for when I return to work tomorrow.
We then popped over to Brighton to visit our good friend, Jen and wound up purchasing shoes!! Jen swears by these thongs and says they are the most comfortable pair of shoes to wear. And watching Carol try on shoes led me to this pair (in chocolate). What was to be a visit to say hi to Jen turned out to be an expensive visit, for sure.
I also stocked up on hand soap and am going to try this body wash which has a nice scent. And we spent some time in good 'ol J. Jill...love that store. Lord & Taylor was having a great sale where I purchased some outfits for Princess J. Can't wait to send them to my sister.
I then purchased a cute lamp which I will share more on later today. Think topiaries...yep, more topiaries. My shopping wouldn't be complete without a little something for the home.
It was shopping for the mind, body & soul. ;)
In my search of under-counter refrigerators for our soon-to-be wetbar, I discovered one that I really like when we visited my sister and brother-in-law this week. They have one in their wetbar and I like that it has a refrigerator, freezer and ice maker all in one component. We really do not want to get a separate ice maker as I do not believe we will use it that often.
Now the challenge is finding a great deal on this baby.
And since we have not chosen a contractor yet, we have not made any concrete decisions on cabinetry, etc. But some of the things we are contemplating are having a wine rack vs. a wine refrigerator (can't imagine we need to dedicate an entire refrigerator to wine) and we'd like to have space for a microwave (to pop popcorn).
And, depending on cost, we'd like to have a granite countertop bar. I have also flipped through many decorating and remodeling magazines. I also visited Lowe's today and picked up cabinetry brochures.
Right now, we are gathering information and resources, and hopefully very soon we'll decide on a contractor and get this project going!
We had a very memorable trip to Florida. My most treasured moments were spending it with family and getting the opportunity to meet my niece for the first time.
We attempted to do some shopping with Princess J, but it was not meant to be. It is hard to take a baby shopping when she is on a 2 hour feeding schedule. Mom and I did get a few moments in J. Jill and purchased a few things. In all honesty, this was one trip where I was not concerned about shopping. In addition to meeting our niece, we had quality time with my sister and brother-in-law who were very hospitable and showed us a great time, even if the weather was very soggy.
Hubby and I are now spending some quality time with our home which I plan to share more on very soon. And Monday will be here before we know it, so we're are gonna try to make the most of it.
What do you do when it rains in Florida? Why you go to the spa! While Princess J's Grandma and Uncle babysat, her mommy and I went to the spa for a wonderful massage.
My neck muscles were a bit tight and my arms ached from what little bit of golf I played yesterday (caused by swinging with the golf club incorrectly). Can I be any more pathetic.
Still haven't done any shopping (aside from the stack of decorating magazines I purchased at the grocery store), but we do intend to get to Target tomorrow...yea! And I still haven't purchased a card reader which I must do before we leave or my sister will fear she will never see all those photos I took of her princess.
We surely are enjoying our moments with family.
Rain showers, lightening and thunder prevented us from completing 9 holes of golf today. After the first hole, the warning sounds blared and we had to return to the clubhouse. I was relieved (especially when it took me approximately 15 attempts to get to the green on the first hole) but I was so disappointed for hubby who was looking forward to this game.
And speaking of showers, this is one shower we are considering for our bathroom in the basement. As I mentioned before, we want the bathroom to be handicap accessible. This shower definitely meets that requirement but I do not want it to look so sterile. So I'm trying to seek creative ideas as to how I can give it that spa look. Know what I mean?
And we are still enjoying moments with our niece. I've taken a ton of pics and plan to go out tomorrow to purchase a card reader (forgot to bring mine). Anyone who likes to see baby pics, I will have plenty to share soon. :)
Do we really want to visit warmer climates this time of year? I can tell ya that my hubby would prefer Canadian climates right now. But it is for the love of family and one new niece that we will make this venture into an area that consists of palm trees, sand and geckos (yuk).
Promised hubby I'd play 9 holes of golf with him (it's not my thing and 18 holes would be a real stretch for me). Do you think that is enough of a trade-off to convince him to go shopping with me? Or maybe even visit a scrapbook store or two? We'll see how it goes.
And we get to babysit. Should be interesting given this adorable baby is only 3 weeks old. I'm bringing the 20D and plan to take a gazillion photos of this princess. I also cannot wait to see the reaction of her parents when I give them the shabby-chic baby album I made.
Our bags are packed and we are off!
p.s. I purchased a cute tote to carry my mags on the plane. We'll see if anyone notices... ;)
Still searching for ideas on basement remodeling, including media rooms and wetbars. I did come across some photos I took some time ago of the basement in our neighborhood's model home (looking at model homes is another hobby of mine...love all of the eye candy and inspiration).
Our set-up will be slightly different from this one. At least that is the plan for now. We decided to carpet the floor (to add warmth) and we may add a gas fireplace (to add more warmth), depending on our budget. The wetbar may possibly have a bar in front of it. And the bathroom will have french doors (to make it wheelchair accessible, if the need ever arises) and a stand-up shower vs. bathtub.
As for wetbars, well I'm at a loss right now. Not sure exactly what we want to do. I did come across a neat drawer-styled dishwasher. I'm collecting all of these ideas and placing them in a folder. And when the time comes, we have plenty of ideas to discuss with the contractor.
For now, I will continue to research for ideas in magazines, websites, and maybe, just maybe, I can talk hubby into visiting some model homes. Oh, come on hubby, it will be so much fun!!
I think I said recently my fascination with topiaries is becoming borderline-obssessive. Well I think I've crossed that line now. I was searching for topiary-related home accessories on eBay when I came across this stamp. Not only is this a great stamp, I could also accessorize my craft room with this lovely piece.
I do intend to use these stamps, so don't be surprised if I send you a card with a topiary on it. ;)
Yup, you heard me right...another new project. We've decide to take the plunge into remodeling our basement and had our first opportunity to meet with a contractor tonight to discuss our wish list. And our wish list is a media room, bedroom (aka storage space), bathroom and an open area that will accommodate a pool table and wet bar.
Now that we're in discussions with a contractor, it feels as though this project has officially begun. We've talked about it for months. And now we are beginning to focus on the details of this room. I've spent some time seeking photos of media rooms and wet bars online and honestly can say that I have not come up with very much.
I did find some ideas on wet bars from Aristokraft, which are the same brand of cabinets we have in our kitchen.
And I found one I liked from Kraft-Maid.
And I came across great wet bar appliances from U-Line.
If we decide to go with this contractor, we will meet with a kitchen designer to come up with an appropriate wet bar design. And the media room is my hubby's project. It is the one room where I will not have much influence over. As long as he is happy, I'm happy.
Of course there are many other details of the project we will be delving into. I'm sure it can be tedious at times, but I am very much looking forward to it all. It will be very gratifying. :)
Last weekend we took our nieces and nephew to the Air & Space Museum near Dulles Airport. It was an incredible experience for them and us. My nephew and hubby were in awe of having the opportunity to see a space shuttle. Unfortunately we were unable to walk through it.
And my Dad joined us and shared stories with his grandkids about Neil Armstrong and other history-makers from his era. My nephew wanted to know if Lance is related to Neil. Sounds like a reasonable question to me.
I had taken many pictures but soon learned that my flash is not strong enough for the low light at the museum. Gotta get a new flash!
My interest in planes is not very high on my list but I enjoyed watching my hubby, Dad and our nieces and nephew interacting with each other. And what a great opportunity for these kids to learn something from their Uncle and Granddad. It was very heartwarming, indeed.
In my quest for brown and/or beige toile home accessories, I came across this site with the neatest ribbon boards. The one in the photo is my favorite. And they have the most adorable posting pins (very feminine).
The smallest board is 20x20, which may be a little too large for the space I'd like it for, above our kitchen desk. Gonna measure it tonight.
I love great finds like this!
I recently added these plaques to the laundry room. I wanted to add a bit of texture and thought these would do the trick.
I found the beverage napkins at a local boutique, which is fast-becoming my favorite shop. They were the perfect little accent for the party I hosted last Saturday. Wish I could have found coordinating paper plates, but it was not meant to be.
When I returned to my favorite boutique yesterday, I purchased these topiary prints and hung them in the hall bath. So the topiary theme is now spilling over to that room as well.
Now I have my eye on a lamp with painted topiaries that would look great sitting on the sink countertop....stop me, please! I can seriously get carried away here.
On Saturday I hosted a party where we got to see great baskets and lovely home decor and entertaining accessories. It was my first experience with both lines. I only own 2 pieces of Longaberger (a pasta bowl and a Horizon of Hope basket). And I will soon own a lovely laundry basket and bread basket.
And Taste of Home Entertaining is brand new. So it was a first for all of us to see all the great things they have to offer. I wish their website included their entire line but you really need to see it in person to see how wonderful their products are. And the style is very Tuscan, which is the style of decor I am after for our kitchen. I'll share pics of the things I ordered when I receive them. It includes a tray, votive centerpiece, bookholder, and a copper oil can.
It was so nice to see my friends and go shopping with them all at once in the comfort of my home.
Many moons ago, there were some decorative tiles I came across in a catalog that peaked my interest. Kinda forgot about them and then some time ago, I saw them again here. I've intended on seeking these tiles online, until I saw them again recently at a local boutique. Just love 'em. They are on the expensive side, so I've debated on whether I should buy one at a time, and if I do, which one do I buy first? And how many should I collect? Four? Six?
What I love about these tiles are the architectural details and they are unique. And ever since I saw them at The Nest (lots of great home accessories, by the way), I am just itching to get back there.
Recently, Carol and I spotted this bag at Circuit City. At first, we thought it was a camera bag but soon realized it was too small and found it to be a camcorder bag. After a little online research, I discovered this line is exclusive to CC and they have a variety of bags designed for women. Unfortunately, they do not have one specifically for digital SLRs, but it looks as though they are headed in the right direction.