I have been big time down this whole planner, journal, organization rabbit hole lately. And one thing that is amazing to me is how expensive the Midori Traveler’s notebooks are. There’s no doubt they’re beautiful, and the simple design is so attractive. I love that you can swap in and out any notebooks that serve your immediate needs. But at 45 bucks a pop, I just can’t drop that money for something that I know I can make myself in under 10 minutes.
I saw this fabulous diy over on Buzzfeed today and couldn’t wait to give it a try. Read More
I apparently insist on cramming my life full of too many activities, so I’m dag-gone determined to wrangle all of it this year. About a year ago I found a spiffy old DayTimer at a thrift shop for 2 bucks (score!) and it’s been sitting with my craft stuff waiting to be put to duty. I started off with the basic inserts, but am now designing my own pages to round it out with some fun and color. Then I thought, “Hey! Why not post this as a free printable for all those Filofax / DayTimer / Planner people out there who dig this stuff?” And then…I DID. Read More
A couple of weeks ago my friend Nicole (the fabulous lady in chief at Making It Lovely) and I went shopping. I’ve been really in love with those little wool pom-pom garlands, but while one may not be very expensive, to have enough for a 7 foot tree would really add up. So while we were looking around we saw a Christmas tree chain made from loops of yarn. She suggested that I try to make one with one of these Loopdedoo machines and I got to say I think it’s going to work fine! (She’s full of great ideas, that gal.) Obviously it won’t be ready for this year, but we’ll rock it on the tree of 2015!
Keep an eye on Michael’s, because they been running a lot of 40% to 50% off coupons. Otherwise they can run you up to $34-$35. I picked mine up for 15 bucks with a coupon.
I’ll post pics when it’s done.
A few weeks back I went for my first round of trying on glasses from Warby Parker. The glasses themselves were cute, but I don’t think I’ve picked good options for my face. So let’s just chalk that last one up to a learning experience.
I’m liking the second round much better. What do you guys think? Which pair?
I had such an epiphany the other day. I thought I was being completely brilliant. Why not pack all of the extra cluttery home decor stuff and then use it as your own little shop so you can cycle things in and out of your home to freshen things up?
Well I’m such a freaking genius, apparently everybody already does this.
Why don’t people tell me these things??!
I’ve always tried to put my holiday stuff out alongside all my normal every day decor stuff. I dread decorating for the holidays because it just makes everything look overwhelming.
Who’s in the club where they share all this information secretly and don’t tell the rest of the women these things? Stuff like this is the reason I drink.
So yeah, there. That’s my big break through for housekeeping. Pack stuff up the crap you don’t want to see and pull it back out when you do.
Yesterday Will and I took a little trip over to Michael’s just to see what they had. They have these pretty cloches on sale for 60% off. I believe it ended up being about $7.
I don’t get really fussy with my holiday decor but I do like to have some seasonal touches around the house so I like the idea of a cloche because it provides an opportunity for my kids and I to go find some things in nature which represent that season. For example, today Will and I went and found a bunch of colorful leaves. It was fun. We had talks about the leaves, the different shapes, all of the different colors we found, we did some squirrel watching…It made for a really nice walk. For winter we might look for holly leaves or vintage ornaments. At Easter we might blow some eggs out, dye them, and fill it with those.
Do you do anything like this in your home?
Been flip-flopping for years about whether or not to bring a taller table into our living room instead of the typical low coffee table. I like that they’re a bit more utilitarian and that we could pull our chairs around and play games or whatever. I had an antique drum table in storage that I was going to put in my booth at Jackson Square, but I had Dave bring it in last night just to test it out and see how it looks. What do you think?
On a related note, I love vintage silver bowls and trays. I grab them whenever I see them for a good price. They make great catchalls for things like remote controls and mail. I don’t even bother polishing them because I think the patina looks pretty.
I’ve had a bit of an identity problem for several years now. I’m in the user experience (web) design field and maintain a portfolio of work at alanawaters.com.
We found out a few years back that there is a call girl in Atlanta who goes by my name and uses the URL alana-waters.com. (not linked, nsfw)
I know I sound like I’m complaining, but really it’s been a fairly amusing situation. My email address is nearly identical to hers, save for the world’s most crucial hyphen. On occasion I get her email which is almost cause for celebration. Typically I forward it to my husband and we laugh. We learn a LOT.
Like super-wide -eyed-jaw-dropped-open learn a lot.
Today was semi-amusing in that a recruiter sent an invitation for a job interview.
Reflecting back on some of the common terms used in my industry I’m wondering how she may have interpreted the invitation.
“User experience professional wanted to manage large team.”
Explaining to him why I had not received his meeting invitation and who it actually went to instead made for a lot of professional hypersensitive tiptoeing, that’s for sure!
I wonder if she’ll show up to the meeting. Sure hope she doesn’t blow it.