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Ivory and lace

In crafts, decor, Etsy on April 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm

The latest Etsy splurge involved a set of distressed, ivory frames. There were three frames in the set which were perfect to put up pictures of our kids – the two-legged and four-legged kinds.

Unfortunately, not all the frames came with glass, and the glass on one of the frames broke  during shipping, so Chloe and Connor’s portraits are currently unprotected. Somehow seems fitting with the “shabby chic” look.

This intricate design on the frames remind me of lace, and reminds me of other items I could splurge on in the future.

And Balinese lace to wrap it up – if you have never heard of Uluwatu, they make the most beautiful clothes out of handmade Balinese lace.


Life’s a beach

In crafts, decor, dogs, life on April 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

I feel at some point somebody is going to knock me on the head and say, “Wake up! You do not live at the beach!” Luckily my husband indulges my coastal-inspired decor. For instance, here is a porch that I would love to have – look at that view!

But failing to have the money for the real thing, we do what we can with what we currently have. Here’s the overall set-up using items we already own, some of which have been borrowed from inside the house. Hello plastic Adirondack chairs from Target!

And a close-up of the haphazardly painted table. I didn’t exactly color within the lines. I love the idea of coastal furniture being fun and exuding a care-free attitude. So, I painted it a little messy – stop fussing and go get another drink already! In the background is a hammock  I brought back from Thailand,  wood shore birds from Galveston and a Humpback whale that was a gift from a friend in Hawaii.

In case you didn’t notice earlier, Chloe has a sting-ray pillow. It was custom made by a friend who originally used it as part of his Halloween costume. After Halloween, he stuffed it and made it a pillow. It is almost completely anatomically correct, tail and all!

And an encore for the pillow because it is so cute:

I will refrain from showing you our view and the other side of our porch that stores our under-used grill and Chloe’s baby wading pool. Sometimes it’s best not to look behind the magician’s curtain. 😉

Blank wall space

In crafts, decor, Etsy on April 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Some of the things I love window shopping for online includes art and picture frames. Blank wall space just begs to be filled with personality. Here are a couple of coastal-inspired pieces that I love. Click on the pictures to pick up an accent piece for yourself.

And of course the fastest way to brighten up a room in my home: Chloe and Connor.

Bunny ears + dogs = Easter fun

In dogs, life on April 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Yes, poor dogs.  However, it is a small price to pay for all the privileges these two get.

Unfortunately, we could not find the white bunny ears so Connor had to share the pink ears costume.


In dogs, life on April 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm

There is an illness that 92% of pet owners silently suffer from. The strain that most commonly affects dog-owners (Canis-familiaris-hyper-compensatia) is typically the worst version you can have, and sadly my husband and I both have it. It seems to be more prevalent in urban areas, where owners either have homes without enough space for their dogs to run around in, or the owners are away at work for long hours.

Symptoms can vary, but for us a typical scenario goes like this:

Me: Look, we just bought this car, and it’s the nicest one we’ve ever had. We have a big truck for you to ride in, so you’ll just ride in the truck, ok?

Dog: Gee, but it looks like such a NICE car. I wish I knew what it was like to sit in a car with a sun-roof.

Me: Um, well maybe we can get some seat protectors for the backseat. You can ride in it if you stay in the back, and promise not to shed or drool.

Ten minutes later, you notice that the interior of your car has muddy paw prints, dog hair and drool and nose-prints on the windows; and the next time you look out your side-view mirrors, you see this:

At this stage, you realize that it is too late to put your foot down, as CFHC has dictated the outcome of the situation. At other times CFHC manifests itself during something as routine as taking your dog for a walk. One minute you are simply out getting your dog some exercise, the next – you are getting some ice-cream and losing a significant share of your cold treats to the monsters with their sad eyes and pink tongues.

Perhaps you’ve noticed symptoms such as a sudden over-abundance of dog toys in their toy box, or you wake up to find the dog is taking up more than half the space on the bed and has stolen some of your covers. If you have ever taken a road trip explicitly because you’ve heard of a chocolate store that makes delicious carob dog biscuits or driven over an hour to get to a good dog park, you may have CFHC. I do not know what to suggest for relief of these symptoms and I could do more research on the topic, but my CFHC is kicking in this morning and I have to go take my dogs to the dog park.