Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Few Things to Get You in the Mood!

12/19 snow - tree/light series, originally uploaded by karma1221.

With all of the snow on the ground who isn't in the Christmas spirit? I am so excited to have one of my only white Christmases ever. Even if your holiday doesn't involve snow--scroll on and get in the mood for the big day!

Joyous Peaceful Noel

Joyous Peaceful Noel, originally uploaded by The Dolly Mama.

It's Christmas Eve!

it's christmas eve, originally uploaded by SpacePotato.

Don't forget to leave a few goodies out for the big guy and his furry friends!

Take Just a Moment Today and Prepare

or cake?, originally uploaded by penwren.

I love the days before and after Christmas almost more than the day itself. The hurried secret activities that populate Christmas eve are full of excitement and apprehension. The day after is like a good nap after a rich meal. There is a sense of a job well done, an excuse to rest while feeling satisfied.
So today, on this busiest of days, don't forget to take a moment and breathe in the holiday. Take a moment of quiet contemplation and prepare for the madness of the day tomorrow. Then, jump in and revel in the festivities!

Waiting with baited breath for the.......

25 painted, originally uploaded by penwren.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


SantaCane01a, originally uploaded by aquarelle788.

I stumbled on this artist and wanted to share her work with you. I love her whimsical eye and mixed media approach.

We have been doing a lot of this at our house.

winter03, originally uploaded by aquarelle788.

For some reason, sledding always ends up in tears for Jane.
She just came in from the third day of sledding screaming and crying in tears. Is it the holidays? Or exhaustion? Or her sisters coming home from college? I wish I knew. I want sledding minus tears!

Happy Tuesday before Christmas!

joy01, originally uploaded by aquarelle788.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Living Room

Living Room, originally uploaded by Alyn Carlson.

all I can say is "Envy", I know it's wrong but I can't help myself.

Cozy bedside

Cozy bedside, originally uploaded by Alyn Carlson.

You get to be in this bed and then you look over to the window and you see.....

Carved wooden birds from Roanne


Headless Barbie Wreathe

Headless Barbie Wreathe, originally uploaded by Alyn Carlson.

Just a festive idea. Thanks Alyn Carlson!

Just the begining

Just the begining, originally uploaded by Libby's World.
This was about six hours ago and it has done nothing but snow since! We LOVE it! we have been walking and sleding and drinking and cooking and oh yeah, hanging curtains. The only bummer is the holiday parties we are snowed in from! I guess we just have to have our own. Phase 10 anyone?

Friday, December 18, 2009


My Latest Acquisition, originally uploaded by blamstur.

As I blog today I am feeling very scattered. I like to sit down with a focus in mind. Something I want to share, or something I am feeling inspired by. Today I am fighting "monkey mind" I am all over. I am wandering through travel photos and christmas photos and thinking "I really need to get the car inspected, go to Lowe's, hang my curtains, check my e-mail, Christmas shop and address my cards" . I am trying to think of all of those thoughts coming together beautifully in my brain the way the colors come together in a witching ball. As I am obsessed in a good way with these beautiful glass balls that I have hunted down across the world, I need to obesess about my to do list in a good way. Look at it, notice each thing/color for the beauty it holds and appreciate the fact that I have the ability to do/look at, it. I don't know if that makes sense. Maybe it is the impending storm, but I don't really mind! I'm off to get my car inspected and buy bread and milk on the way to Lowe's!


Spirals, originally uploaded by jciv.

Who isn't obsessed with the shape of a spiral? I could look at and draw them forever.

Little Monks Taking Their Lunch

Little Monks Taking Their Lunch, originally uploaded by suninkaz.

Why can't my children eat like this? Where did I go wrong? Should I have shaved their heads and convinced them they were monks at an early age? If I HAD sent them to live as monks they may have come back quiet, well behaved girls. Is it too late? They do look good in orange.

Can you Candy Cane?

Sweetness, originally uploaded by AmySmiffy.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Something to get you in the mood

bookshelf.jpg, originally uploaded by e lisa.

The holiday mood that is! How organized is this bookshelf? I also have tree envy. I will post pictures of ours soon and you will see why.

Thanks to e lisa for sharing her home on flickr!

What is it about a map?

dining.jpg, originally uploaded by e lisa.

I love a pop of red!

couch.jpg, originally uploaded by e lisa.

Wallpaper envy

Hall, originally uploaded by frillie designs.

I love, love, love this color combo and the wallpaper. I would love to do one wall in a funky audacious paper!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Moving Break is Over!

This is a quick pic of Jim and I in Northern Virginia. It is a little colder here than in Goldsboro!
No, I wish I could take credidt for these fab snow people, but they are the work of my English alter ego, snailtrail. I am left to wonder if since snailtrail specializes in vintage camper hire if the snow couple could possibly be standing outside of an airstream? Hmmmm......


Public Service Announcement, originally uploaded by marusica.

Here is a new interest I have, I love Marusica's home. I am going to tease you with this peek onto the shelves and share more later. Look in the upper left hand corner of the photo--triominos anyone?

the obsession continues

Sunny Morning, originally uploaded by TheVintageCabin.

At the end of the day, I just want to stop by the vintage cabin and crawl in here for a long winter's nap.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Graffiti Artist?

poppy%20close, originally uploaded by Libby's World.

No - I am not out tagging by moonlight. I was asked to paint a chair and side table for the arts council MONTHS ago and of course I managed to put it of until the week I am moving.

I have been toying with ideas of what to do with this chair. It will eventually be auctioned off and placed somewhere around town (like the cow thing in NY a few years back). I had a million fabulous ideas but in the end it came down to having lots of spray paint to get rid of. The movers can't pack paint and I hate to let anything go to waste. Behold---the spray painted poppy chair!

Starting bid is?

poppy%20set, originally uploaded by Libby's World.

The back side was not forgotten.

poppy%20back, originally uploaded by Libby's World.

The side table

poppy%20table, originally uploaded by Libby's World.

The Set

poppy%20side, originally uploaded by Libby's World.

All in all I had a good morning waiting for the movers and praying it wouldn't rain. I should have done this months ago, but it's done now and as we all know - a little procrastination never hurt anyone!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Seperated at Birth?

WTJ2: Shower Time, originally uploaded by Lost Star.

OK, Lost Star, I think you may be me, two of my favorite things in this photo and one more below confirm it. Wreck this journal is a fabulous excercise book that gets you to do things like literally take it in the shower with you or draw a picture with coffee or chewing gum. And look what is parked right next to the book. Could that be LUSH? Be still my heart!!


Stabilo, originally uploaded by Lost Star.
These are my favorite pens in the world! When we lived in Germany, they sold them at the Spar (like a 7-11) in our village. One year for my birthday the girls got me every color of the rainbow. Seven years later some of them are still going strong! Who knew I had a fellow fan on Flickr!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

vibrant hues

vibrant hues, originally uploaded by On Bradstreet {Amy}.
Welcome to Bradstreet! For a rollicking good time check out Amy's blog at  I have loved peeking around her house on flickr and she was kind enough to share her photos with us. I love the way she uses color and revamped items to create a one of a kind home for her family. Take a peek inside and don't forget to visit Amy at her blog!

getting ready for the yard sale

When, where, and how much? Did I miss it?

evening sun

evening sun, originally uploaded by On Bradstreet {Amy}.
There is another view of this room below but I couldn't resist showing it from this angle as well. When is dinner?

inch by inch

inch by inch, originally uploaded by On Bradstreet {Amy}.
Just think we are moving into a home where we may actually be able to stay long enough to do this!


comforts, originally uploaded by On Bradstreet {Amy}.
I want to curl up like a cat in the sun on this couch. I love tables that are a little higher like this as a coffee table. They are great for entertaining and can be more of a gathering place for games and snacks than a lower table. I love the mix of pillows, if only my dogs wouldn't think they were beds we would be set!

Amy's eclectic dining room

I love that Amy has chosen what must be the same green for her dining room as we have in ours! I am coveting the orange chairs! In the new house the dining room is very open and I am having fun toying with new color ideas but seeing this photo makes me mourn my green dining room prematurely!

Does that pillow look familiar?

fire, originally uploaded by Posy!.

I have found my new winter time hangout. Along with the winter version of my oilcloth Union Jack pillows. You all know I can't resist a twinkle light or a really funky Virgin Mary and I have found everything I need here. It is interesting to compare this to the pared down version of the same room below. I like it dolled up, but the cozy toes in the version below help to bring me right into the room!


Heaven, originally uploaded by Posy!.

I could curl up all day here. I am pretending those are my feet and the books in the bookcase are all waiting to be read by me.

Friday, November 13, 2009

It's No Vintage Cabin but it's Mine (for the next week)

Front of house, originally uploaded by Libby's World.

Several of you have asked when I am going to post my house on the blog. I took these pictures when we were getting ready to sell the house. I know many of you have seen them on facebook (shameless self promotion is my specialty) but for those of you who have asked, here is my lair.

Come On In!

I Wish I Could Play That Piano!

Living room, originally uploaded by Libby's World.
Here is our living room. I love to sit in here and read. I would love to say I spend hours playing the piano, but that would be Sarah not me.

I Just Love This Corner

Living room corner, originally uploaded by Libby's World.

Homework Central

Dining room, originally uploaded by Libby's World.

Here is another big living space. This was my studio for awhile but it is nice to have it back as a dining/study room.

Just Call Me Julia

Here is the feeding station. My favorite part is the small chalkboard next to the fridge where the girl's friends have all left messages over the last couple of years. I am going to take a photo of it and have it framed for the new house.

Hangin' Out

This is where we spend most of our time hanging out. Unless of course I am hiding from the kids in my bedroom. I'd be lying if I said I didn't on occasion have the need to escape the madness!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Vintage Cabin

Our House, originally uploaded by TheVintageCabin.
You may have noticed my obession with my latest flickr find "The Vintage CAbin" I wanted to give her a chance to introduce herself, so here are her own words that I poached from her flickr profile. I am hoping to let her know I have been blogging about her house for days but I am afraid she really will think I am a stalker! I don't think she has to worry about that because as far as I know I am not planning on going anywhere near "The Sticks, Canada" which is where she lives anytime soon. Oh, and check out her etsy store at . Now without further ado meet "The Vintage Cabin"

Thrift stores, rummage sales, French Bulldogs, Mid Century design & decor, minimal but modest decor, turquoise, chartreuse, souvenir mugs and glasses, old cars, old mannequins, creepy dolls and all things strange.
That's what I like.

chest of no hope

chest of no hope, originally uploaded by TheVintageCabin.

What a great way to display quilts! I have several graphic Amish style quilts I have made over the years but never really like to see them hanging on the wall. Just a little too Country Living circa 1994 for me thank you very much! I have a lawyers bookcase similar to this one so I just might try it.

I guess I will have to replace the bottom pane of glass on mine where a very large puppy (BusterJack) slid across the floor and crashed into it. I think it will be worth ith though!


Geographicalousness, originally uploaded by TheVintageCabin.

Well, who know my new buddy TVC is also a Dwell subscriber! Look to the bottom right for confirmation!

Impromtu Gallery

Laundry & Washroom, originally uploaded by TheVintageCabin.

I love this. Rotate the reading and artwork for everyone's enjoyment. My obsession with "The Vintage Cabin" continues.