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Tall tables in the living room
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When you share a name and url with a hooker
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My first spin with Warby Parker
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How we do Door County, Wisconsin
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#TBT My first Halloween window
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The map-topped side table
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Paper bag robot
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Nest at Nellie’s Barn Sale
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On a Tea Kick
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12 terrific low or no-cost tools for small shop owners

Tall tables in the living room

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?IMG_9965.JPG

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.

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When you share a name and url with a hooker

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.

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.

To her.

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.”

O_o

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.

My first spin with Warby Parker

I have not had a new set of glasses in three years. So I recently decided to try Warby Parker, because some gals that I used to work with love it.

I can definitely tell you that there were only one or two pair from this batch that I liked but I’ll try some more in another batch.

The best thing about Warby Parker is they’re kind of like Toms in that it’s a one for one program. So if you buy a pair glasses then they donate a pair of glasses to someone in need. For no charge they’ll send you up to five frames that you pick from their website. You try them on, decide what you like, then you send them a copy of your prescription and they’ll send your glasses to your home. Most are around $99, which is a really good deal.

That said, what do you guys think?

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How we do Door County, Wisconsin

We’ve been heading up to Door County, Wisconsin (have you ever been up there?) with our very dear friends Chrisa & Tom and their kids for a couple years now. Among a few of our traditions are:

– A drive infused with cheesy 70’s radio tunes
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– The Epharaim arrival cocktail (my job)
– Homemade potato chips from the Piggly Wiggly
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– Co-mingling of the dogs (we’re determined to make them all great friends)
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– A trip to the clearance section at Wilkins and Olander (in Egg Harbor)
– The requisite Renards cheese stop in Sturgeon Bay

Do you have good friends you travel with? Are there fun things you always do together?

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The guest cottage. We love having such a pretty place to visit.

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Another longstanding tradition…The road trip nap.

#TBT My first Halloween window

A little bit sad, a little bit proud of the good effort, I was just thinking about my first Halloween shop window. I loved doing the window displays at my old shop.

#TBT Shop Window Display Halloween

The map-topped side table

This past weekend I had my booth set up at Nellie’s Barn Sale in Roscoe, Illinois. And while I was there I saw this vendor (Pork Belly Vintage) who had all sorts of cute pieces, very reasonably-priced. One of her end tables featured a decoupaged Chicago-area aviation map.

Well, two of my brothers are in the aviation industry, my father is a pilot and work for the FAA, and my grandfather was a pilot from before it was even licensed. This just had to come home with me!

I felt like this would add a special bit of whimsy to our home, so I loaded it in the truck. These are the types of things I really enjoy finding, functional pieces which bring a story into our home.

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Paper bag robot

Will is always cooking up some kind of costume. Today we’re getting crafty with paper bags. This brings back tons of memories for me because I remember my brothers and I cutting eyeholes and coloring faces on paper bags and running around being all sorts of characters. I’m sure we’re not the only ones who did this, right?
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Grocery bags also make great snail costumes.

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Nest at Nellie’s Barn Sale

Dana from Sugar Salvage and I decided to spend our birthday weekends selling our vintage wares at Nellies Barn Sale up in Roscoe, Illinois.

It turned out to be an absolutely perfect crisp, blue, fall weekend. Lucky!

I hope you guys all had a great fall weekend, too!

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On a Tea Kick

My mom’s parents drank tea every morning, a habit I only recently converted to from coffee. Occasionally my family will have a tea party with me, and if it’s been a rough day sometimes I’ll curl up along with a nice cup in the evening.

What is it about a good cup of tea that is so comforting? I have a couple of really special teapots as well. One my beloved mother-in-law gave me before her son and I got married. Another is a classic Brown Betty from when my husband was born in Lakenheath, England.

I think we should talk about this a little bit. I would love to hear about yours and see pictures of your teapots and teacups and hear about your tea recommendations.

In the picture above is a new acquisition, an antique Fiestaware teapot in pink. Then this past weekend at the Kane County flea market I got the beautiful vintage tin from my friend Dana at Sugar Salvage and the tea is from my dear friend Chrisa. She brought it back from a recent trip to London. It’s the tea that the Queen drinks at the palace! (I feel super fancy.)

Are you a tea drinker? What are your favorite tea drinking rituals?

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12 terrific low or no-cost tools for small shop owners

When I opened my business a few years back, I had about $300 to get started. If you have a dream to open a boutique, it can be done with a tiny budget and baby steps. Here are 12 terrific low or no-cost tools for small shop owners that I used and would still recommend. Read More

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