Thursday, May 28, 2009

Browsing Registries

My (little) brother is getting married this August. I was taking a look at their registry and thought about how interesting it is to look at what people have picked out for themselves. Whenever I hear that someone I know, even slightly, is getting married, I try to find their registry. Does anyone else do this? I feel a little stalkerish, but it's fun. You can see what someone's taste is, how well they put things together (or don't), and sometimes how well tastes or ideas are combined between bride and groom.

In this case, however, I am supposed to look, so yay! And then I start looking for other things, putting my own twist on their style... but that's mostly all daydreaming. I tend to "shop" for things I can't afford. This, though, is cute:

And it's only $28. The brother and fiancee are doing all sorts of bright colors, especially orange in the kitchen. This has that accent of orange that really stands out against the blue, and it doesn't even need flowers! I have several vases that rarely get used, but they're clear. Clear = hard to use as empty accessories. Hmmm...

And on a(nother) side note, looking at their registry makes me miss all my stuff. I've been living with my parents since August, and I can't wait to be back in my own home with my boy and all of our things. I'm super grateful for my parents, and my mom has some stuff that I don't have, but it's hers. It also makes me remember registering and how I would revise some of that if I were to do it over again today. Did I really need to register for a pineapple corer/slicer?!

Friday, May 22, 2009

I Love Free Things!

This morning I got a phone call asking whether I'd like some stuff from an old house that's about to be torn down. Score! I now have a little chest of drawers just crying out for a makeover, and two old doors on hold - one with 10 panes of beveled glass and a fabulous old glass knob, and another solid wood paneled one that may become our 1st headboard (that's right, after 3 1/2 years we still don't have a "real" bed, just a box spring and mattress on the frame that came with them). No picture, since it's now nighttime and it's in the back of the car, but it may reappear as my own before & after another day.

Being on a *very* limited budget, haha, I've been slowly collecting things for our one-day house. I was catching up on some Design*Sponge before & afters and had to share this one. I have chairs that are similar:

This photo is the one from their Craigslist listing, and it doesn't quite do justice to the color... Aren't they a great shape, though?!

I got them for free off of Craigslist, and I want to reupholster them myself (because it sounds fun), but I don't know what I'm doing so I'm afraid to start. I'm also afraid of how much it will cost to have someone else do it, so I'm in a bit of a pickle. But someday, they'll be great! :) I'm glad she used a print on the ones on Design*Sponge, because I've been wondering how a print would look with those backs... The jury is still out. I'm not exactly close to working on that project, though, so I guess the fabric decision can wait.

Tomorrow I'm off to SoCal for my future sister-in-law's college graduation - Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Green Things

I have a thing for trees (not unlike a certain Dr. who has a thing for ferry boats... haha). But seriously, I really like them. Trees and ferns and mossy things. Green things. Forest-y things.

So I give you some forest-y photos:

Also: One day during my student teaching, a little boy described to me something he found at the park. It was "tiny little grass", he said. "Like this," and he pointed to some moss.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Weeder's Digest

My favorite thing at Design*Sponge is the Weeder's Digest. LOVE it. The photos are beautiful and make me happy. They make me want to be a florist. Check it out if you haven't seen it before.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Hello, again!

Well, my husband headed back to Virginia for the summer; the bright side is that I have more computer time. Semi-bright.

I just wanted to write a quick post to get back in. A few vacation photos - Monterey and Disneyland:

Monterey Bay Aquarium - loved it!

My boy & me at the aquarium :)

View out of our window at the Disneyland Hotel

The Matterhorn from an Autopia car