miracles do happen.

December 31, 2010 § 1 Comment

Evidently it’s time for me to go back to work because I have too much time on my hands.

Nevertheless, I’ve been eyeing this skirt since September and received a dangerous email this morning from J.Crew that their sale is 30% and free shipping if you spend over $150. This little gold skirt has been on sale for a while, but they have never had my size. C’est la vie. And even though their sale goes on sale about every other day, I went over and had a looksie… Because I have too much time.

Behold. The little gold skirt is now available in two sizes, one of which is mine!

But this free shipping business must be utilized. So, being the savvy shopper that I am, I quickly accumulated enough stuff in my cart from the Factory, which has the same promotion but is not final sale like the regular store is. Meaning, I can return those things once they have served their aquisitionofreeshipping purpose. { Side note: See, this whole final sale business at the regular store is their catch to get people like me who went to college for four years in College Station and got adept at buying clothes online, spending enough to finagle free shipping, then returning the excess in Austin}

Anyway. I had too much time on my hands then too.

All that to say, this triumphant morning, I scored my skirt for half off the original price, with free shipping.

Thanks for sharing in my victory of patience over full prices and shipping costs.

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dining french countrychateau?

December 29, 2010 § 4 Comments

Between, our little apartment, our parents’ houses, and two separate houses across the greater Austin area from Lakeway to Horseshoe Bay, we have been accumulating furniture and appliances for our soon to be home. Right now I don’t think we have the same vision for the dining room, so it’s good we haven’t bought anything.

I like all of these tables but none of them are exactly like what I would commit to for a dining room. The last one, while I think is a desk, comes the closest.

This is that light look that’s so in vogue right now. Who says you can’t mix nice chairs with stools and smushed cushions? I like that chair for our front room.

I’m pushing for a round table in that room right now, I think we could seat more and use the space better. I want some kind of statement, high backed leather or upholstered chairs like these.

This is cool. I’ve seen this table and the coffee table version too. I would totally do this in a spacious breakfast area and if I knew I could just replace it on a whim when I got tired of it, but not in a what needs to be more formal dining room or in a world where I don’t expect to be swapping out dining sets by the season. If that table were the same style and all dark, maybe worn a bit but shiny wood, I’d be sold.

Taylor likes benches. I like those legs.

More benches and what looks to be great wood. Paired with some light upholstered chairs, maybe some nailhead detailing, that one has potential.

Interesting chair choice. Like the wood. Like how it goes in a perpendicular direction on the ends. Legs are too plain. I want trestle.

Again, probably too casual. But great wood. Fun little drawer. Nice but still comfy.

I like this one. Though there is no way that long, narrow style would work in our room. I like the little console tables too. Those would work. Oh hey, beams. Love you too.

Who says you need permanent seating? Can we talk about that floor for a second? So great.

Can I get this in a dining table please? 60-84 inches and some chairs with equally dark and curvaceous legs? High backs, light upholstery, nailhead trim.

acquiring…

December 28, 2010 § 6 Comments

Four Hands score!! so thrilled about our loot from our furniture date this rainy morning.

advent calendar quest

December 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

I was on a quest for a good advent calendar, so I saved these all season. We had one growing up with felt pockets where we would retrieve chocolate treats and a piece of the little wooden nativity to slowly build it up until baby Jesus came…

So I wanted one where treats could be stored, but I also liked the idea of slowly creating a nativity scene.

hover over for credits. many are from here.

Below is the one I just ordered. It’s cute and fits the nativity building bill. Maybe I can stuff some Hershey kisses in there too.

For fun and larger treat stowing capabilities, I may make one next year, similar to the little socking or bucket ones above. Or I may look for an old European type wood one with little doors.

…and next up on my Christmas wishlist…

 

fun sweets

December 24, 2010 § 1 Comment

Love baking. Much more than cooking. Sweets are fun to make, fun to give away and it’s easier to try new things baking than it is cooking meals when the only person I have to try my experiments on is my sweet but less than culinarily adventurous husband. {who I’ve decided has more an aversion to strange words like falafel and risotto than to food in general} But that’s another story.

Below is why I need children.

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{angels} {snowmen} and {reindeer}

homemade.

December 23, 2010 § 2 Comments

I made our Christmas cards this year. Since it may be the only year I do it, and because other bloggy people are blogging about their dyi Christmases, I felt the virtual peer pressure to share. Sorry if you didn’t get one; it’s probably because you didn’t give me your address when I asked.

…or because quite honestly I ran out of stamping, cutting and twine tying steam. You’re still loved, promise.

The story begins with our house purchase and a considerable chunk of change going towards that and all it entails. So I figured sending Christmas cards was certainly an unnecessary expense that I could easily forgo.

But then I wanted to send change of address notifications. And we really did have an epic year of with a puppy acquisition, law school graduation, two summer trips and then the massive, once in a life time Bar Trip European Tour. All of which had afforded me a great Christmas card picture pool. But alas, really, unnecessary.

Then my friend, Kate, was selling cards to fund a mission trip. Really great cards and a great cause I wanted to help with! Enter, Christmas cards! However, I only bought 24 of Kate’s cards and my wish list of card recipients was much longer. I had it my head how I wanted to add to Kate’s cards to turn them in to Christmas/change of address cards and then had fun with the stamps, paper cutter, craft twine and double sided tape to easily expand my idea into a few more versions.

Yes, it was time consuming. Admittedly I’m sick of stamping and of paper scraps, but it was fun and relaxing to kick off my Christmas break doing something crafty.

Those are the actual cards. The green ones above and purple ones below are other variations I ended up with. Now if you got something different, you can see what else was cluttering our dining room table last week…

Merry Christmas!

Fashionably Bombed

December 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

what a fun blog discovery! perfect for all those holiday get togethers or just a spirited little resource for mixing up your cocktail repertoire.

mixing up! ..im so punny.

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