Wednesday, May 19, 2010

33% of my Life

10 years =
7 cars
2 houses
4 moves
5 wards
16,000 feet of sod
3 great kids
27 trips to Utah (at least)
20 seasons of Survivor
2 dogs
7 fish
More happy times than I can count!

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Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.
~Mark Twain

Friday, May 14, 2010

Delightful Pictures

Even though this bell doesn't have a built in light like it's amazingly mediocre predecessor I still think the copper beats broken and yellowed any day!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Have Done List

(way better than a to-do list)

*doorbell installed and looking absolutely fantastic
*VW bus cake completed
*kids to the dentist
*dr. appointments scheduled, no baby here. I know you're wondering.
*hanging baskets up and blooming
*serious weeding session

Monday, May 10, 2010

At The Intersection of Reality and Responsibility

Dear Restoration Hardware,
Thank you for all the emails you've sent my way since my recent purchase (5 in 11 days if you were curious). I'm a huge fan of yours, loving pretty much everything your quaint store has to offer, most especially that crazy huge comfy distressed leather couch that is the same the size as my bed! Really, I could die.

Unfortunately, the ONLY thing I can afford from you I have already purchased. That's right, the $10 doorbell. And although the $100 off a $500 purchase offers you continue to try to entice me with seem heaven sent, they just aren't. Let me know when your price point is more like Target. We'll talk.

Thinking of you wistfully,

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Making My Mark

In college Jeremy had a saying:
"Beauty is only a light switch away."
{pre-Heather days, for sure}

As ridiculous as this slogan was,
it's fairly similar to my current decorating philosophy:
"Beauty is only a can of spray paint away."

These chairs were screaming for a new coat of paint.

The only before picture I had.
The peach just wasn't doing it for me anymore.

I rescued the table from my own garbage.
Yes, I threw it away after letting it sit untouched in the garage for a few months.
(it was a cast-off from someone else that found a temporary home in our garage)

Later that night I realize my mistake.
And next morning I tipped the mondo green garbage can on it's side and climbed on in.
Sick, I know.

However, I think the transformation more than makes up for my dumpster diving experience.

Seafoam blue and oil rubbed bronze make a great pairing.
The total was less than 13 dollars,
yet it gives the porch a million dollar punch.


Got a little thank you note in my inbox today and I LOVE thank you's.

This was how I spent the last weekend, and it was great as always. Although I could do with a little less Mercy River. They are fine, just not my favorite.

See if you can spot me in the video!

Yeah. I couldn't see me either. But I was there hoping like the rest of 'em.

If you get a chance to hit a Time Out For Women this round- do it. Just hearing Mariama's story will change your life, and Jenny Oaks Baker live is something not to miss.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010


I think I may need to revisit the anti-minivan stance I have taken...