Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Sadly, I didn't really decorate for Halloween. Although, I don't normally go all out for this holiday - I save up for Christmas instead. My only form of decor this year besides my masterfully crafted pumpkin is my pumpkin plant that I got at the local Farmer's Market. I seriously love it! I've never seen anything like this before.

If I did dress up my apartment more and if I actually had stairs, I would want to do this. How awesome is this staircase?! There's no way it wouldn't feel like Halloween walking up these.

P.S. Here's my pumpkin in case you wanted to check it out. Mine is the one on your right. Beautiful, right? I did a sort of self portrait.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Staircase picture found via {Apartment Therapy}

Thursday, October 29, 2009


I am in love.  But, then again, who wouldn't become completely enamored with some beautiful letterpress.  These lovely invitations not only have nice letterpress work, but, also, playful typography.  Looking at them makes me want to throw a party purely so I could order some awesome letterpress invites.  

Be sure to check out Louella Court for some extra photographs.  

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Too pretty to dry with

My mom loves dish towels.  In fact, she often asks for them as birthday and Christmas presents.  I suppose I can't really talk though since last Christmas, I wrote down bath towels on my Christmas wish list.  It's funny how the things we desire changes as we get older.  Now, at 24 years old, I get excited by beautiful dishes and fun kitchen gadgets.  

I haven't yet gotten into dish towels, but I think I would if they all looked like the ones on "To Dry For."  Don't these look like art instead of towels?  I kind of just want to frame them and hang them on the kitchen walls.  

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Book love

I haven't been able to get books off the mind.  I love this site called "book lovers never go to bed alone."  It has beautiful, fun, inspiring pictures of peoples' book collections.  Plus, how fun is the title itself?

Someday, I want an entire wall bookshelf like this one.  It would take a lot of time to fill it and a lot of energy to get it looking right, but I love the appearance of it!

This one may not be a complete wall, but I adore the photo.  The objects the person mixes in with the books paired with the purple wall are awesome.  There's so much to look at.  I want this in my bedroom right now.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Taking a moment

Today, I just want to leave you with a peaceful picture.  Hopefully, it'll give your Wednesday night a nice little breather like it has mine.  It was a long day at work, and part of me wants to dive deep into this photograph right this second.  But, I'm looking forward to going out and unwinding a bit tonight.  Have a great night, and hang in there - it's almost Friday!

Picture via {Being Red}

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hidden treasures

I hope you all had a fun weekend and a good Monday.  I officially finished my second Chelsea Handler read and am moving on to my second attempt at reading the entire Harry Potter series.   

With books on the mind lately, I've really been in the mood to go to a used bookstore.  I love the history behind secondhand books - the wear and tear of the pages and the things you sometimes find hidden inside.  

However, until I can make it out to one of the local bookstores, the Web site "Forgotten Bookmarks" has been keeping me pretty satisfied.  It documents little treasures left behind in old books, and I think it's absolutely lovely.  What do you all use as bookmarks?  I tend to switch it up, but currently tucked away in my book is an advertisement for a local musician I saw recently.  I hope you all enjoy seeing what other people have tucked away in their reads.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Multipurpose ring

Who says locket necklaces are the only articles of jewelry meant to hold pictures? I love this photo frame ring. It's inspired me to reinvent the use of the locket and, instead, make a locket ring. Hopefully I'll tackle that, along with lots of other jewelry making projects, sometime in the next week or two. Pictures to come as soon as I finish some pieces.

P.S. Be sure to check check out the Etsy shop, Yellowgoat, which is where I found this ring. She has some really creative accessories.  She also has a lovely blog!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fred Flare steals my heart

Something bad happened the other night.  I don't remember the exact course of events, but, somehow, I stumbled upon the Web site for an amazing store in Brooklyn, New York.  Immediately upon perusing the shop, I became so very thankful that I no longer live in Brooklyn because if I did, I would be dropping so much cash on goodies from this store.

They have such awesomely funny and one-of-kind products like Rubik's cube peppper grinders. 

Magnets that look like pre-chewed gum.

Quirky band-aides.

Even flowers in a can, which I saw while touring Europe.  I was kicking myself for not buying one in Amsterdam, but it looks like I now have another chance!

An array of really fun USB drives.

And, even the cheeseburger phone from the movie "Juno."

Seriously, I could create my entire Christmas wish list from this one store.  What I need to do, instead, is stop looking at the Web site!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Changing behavior

I love these videos from Volkswagon.  Why can't cool things like this be done in my own backyard?  

Found via {A Cup of Jo}

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Porn for designers

Blogs, cheese, magazines and karaoke.  What do these things have in common, you may ask?  They are all things that I'm quite addicted to.  However, my magazine obsession is what got really out of hand this summer while I was in New York.  It was there that I got the joy of visiting several stores entirely devoted to the sale of magazines.  I was in complete and utter heaven.  Although, it was also kind of hell at the same time because of how torturous it was having to restrain myself so much. 

As far as the best of the best goes, my all-time favorite magazine is JANE Magazine; however, sadly, they had to close shop a couple of years ago.  Now, I'm loving Frankie Magazine and Uppercase Magazine.  Although, I've never actually held a copy of either in my own hands, I have been enjoying some of their layouts online - pure design beauty!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Transformed tradition

So, I know it's only October 6th, but Halloween sure has taken up permanent residence in my mind.  Actually...all the exciting holidays have been in my thoughts lately.  I'm especially anxious to start playing Christmas music, and I'm already planning out where the Christmas tree can go in my new apartment.  

Why is it that Christmas is the only festival deserving of a tree?  I wonder if the other holidays feel left out.  I began feeling sorry for the fast-approaching Halloween...until I ran across this amazing Halloween tree.  It's so adorable; I almost want to go out and track down a fake tree so that I can have one of my own to decorate!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Costume block

I can't believe it's already October!  Seriously, where did September go?!  I don't know if I'm ready for Halloween to be here quite yet.  Although I did finally nail down plans for the day of haunting, I still don't have a costume set in stone.  It's going to be hard to top my authentic go-go ensemble from last year.  And, though it seems tradition for girls in their late teens and twenties to dress rather provocatively, I'm seriously considering to veer the other way and wear something like this "Where the Wild Things Are" getup.  It would stand out and be comfortable at the same time...a win-win!  What are you all going to be?