Thursday, January 29, 2009

more tea-time wisdom

...battling a grey mood these days... battling the urge to panic – a buzzing that lies just below the surface that I'm managing to contain for the moment.

Yesterday, the snippet of wisdom on my tea-tag read, To be calm is the highest achievement of the self.

This statement hits a chord with me because I would love to feel a high level of calmness during all situations, but that's not how I'm wired. No wonder my yogi in tea-tag form says it's the highest achievement – because it just isn't easy to remain calm.

Friday, January 23, 2009

i had a splinter

can't stop thinking about...

...the documentary My Architect by Nathanial Kahn, son of architect Louis Kahn

Thursday, January 22, 2009

breaking my own rules

You know, when I first started my blog, I made a promise to myself that I would NEVER use an image that I did not create myself. But today I made the decision that I should probably break that rule for my 'current crush' posts so you can SEE what I have a crush on (and to make my posts more interesting for you all, my dear readers).

So, once again, West Elm has more new items that I adore: my current crush is this hand-loomed striped pillow cover – actually I have a crush on both of the covers pictured above. To me, they exemplify Farmhaus Modern... the term I use to describe my personal decorating style. However, there is a moratorium on all non-essential spending in our household, so I will admire from afar. It's good that we aren't making frivolous purchases right now... I dare say we might actually (finally) have our priorities straight. (image:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

one talented papa

I have one of those dads that can make or build anything. Furniture, a kayak, furniture, shelving... more furniture.

He is also an extremely talented metalsmith. No matter what he is making, the final product has impeccable craftsmanship. I don't know how he does it.

Thanks for everything Pop!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

january 20, 2009

The adorable beast is stretched out on the back patio, taking an über-nap while basking in the sun. There is still a layer of frost on the grass in the back yard. Mini beast is curled up in her tiny pink bed, her tail wrapped ever so gently over her snout. I sit here and worry about banal things like how do you find a dvd that has been returned to the library when it should have been returned to the video store.

Things are very much the same and yet different. The sun shines on this day. The inauguration has taken place. We have changed Presidents. I have a renewed HOPE for PROGRESS and CHANGE but at the same time, my day will be just like any other. I will go to work. I will drive my car. I will go to the library. I will wonder what to make for dinner and not come up with an inspired decision.

But I do feel a certain sense of anticipation... a bit of potential energy in every breath. Will we all live up to our own grand expectations? I hope, I hope.

Monday, January 19, 2009

grey with green

"Green how I want you green. Green wind. Green branches."
~ Federico García Lorca

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

what font are you?

I took an online quiz the other day that told me which FONT best matches my personality. The result was Helvetica. I can't say that this surprised me at all. I'm sure that upon first impression, I come across as very straight-laced and average, practical and without frills. But I must say that I can't always be described as plain old Helvetica.

When I'm at my best, when I'm clear-headed, motivated and in tune with my creativity, I am Dalliance Font. When I'm in a deep fog, lost in being lazy and reclusive, I am News Gothic. When I'm getting my work done, following through on other's expectations of me, I am Georgia. When I'm safe at home with J and our dogs, I am Fleurie.

So, what font are you?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

crazy dog lady

This is my adorable beast – my baby boy.

And, yes, I'm one of THOSE people... I made my poor pup wear a scarf but only long enough to take a photo.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

my current crush {four}

Currently in love with this souk pillow cover from West Elm. Normally I would say that $59 is a bargain, but these days it seems like that's way too expensive, especially since you only get the cover and then pay extra for the pillow insert. Oh well, if it ever goes on sale, I'll make it mine.

Friday, January 2, 2009


And the winner is... Stitchgirl52!