30 March 2011

A Birthday Love "Thank You"

Today I am officially closer to forty then I am to thirty-five. Wholly cow! But it's all good because of the wonderful birthday love I've received today! E-hugs to my Facebook friends, family and co-workers. It has been a lovely wish-filled day, complete with blue sky and sunshine. Special love goes out to....

Sweet teammate Janelle for the delicious chocolate/peanut butter cake and celebration with work friends. Yum, yum!

Co-worker Caryn for sending birthday wishes...all the way from Italy.

Miss Harmony for the fun "So Girly" apron. I'm in love!

To So Sarah Designs for a beautifully crafted apron, and for the big-button-bling-ring. You are so talented.

To DSW for having the only cute red heeled shoes in platforms. I do not need to be any taller so you saved me a bunch money today.

To Papa Murphy's for being just down the street because there was no way I was going to cook dinner.

To Hubby for a birthday breakfast this weekend.

I am blessed!

23 March 2011

Happy Birthday, Momma!

Today is my Momma's special day. She's 32.

She likes wreathy-thingys. So I made her one out of yarn and felt.

I even did some (mildly impressive) free-form crochet.

It was fun, and she liked it.

12 March 2011

Art Giveaway Alert! Bracelet

Another art giveaway is here!
Usher in Spring with a shiny bracelet to sassify any outfit.

"Purple Haze" Bracelet 
Measures 8 inches from clasp-to-end
Irregular red-violet 'stones' with iridescent quality
Silver and hematite beads
Lobster clasp
(mini pumpkin not included)

If you'd like this pretty bracelet, be the first to post here on the blog!
**(anonymous users: leave your name, or some way to contact you.)**

I'll contact the winner. If you are not local, I will ship it to you.

08 March 2011

International Home and Housewares Show - Downtown Chicago!

I just spent two days in the windy city attending a trade show with my design-sister, Jamie. After a delightful Sunday brunch at Grand Lux Cafe, we were off to the show.

They are pretty strict about snapping photos of the booths, but I was able to capture a few without getting caught (phew). One thing I took away from the show was the amazing infusion of bright color into everyday, well-designed items for the home. There were still plenty of products for those of us (me) who love neutrals and natural earthy tones-n-textures but overall, color was everywhere! 


We attended a few short cooking demonstrations to break up the hours we roamed the floor. They let you take photos in this area--like of dreamy Aussie, Curtis Stone! Like the products themselves, the chefs they brought in were full of life! (Confession: I did buy his cookbook while I was there but, like a good Dutch girl, not until day two when it was $12 cheaper.)

On Monday, after an early breakfast at the Corner Bakery Cafe, we attended a color forecasting presentation by "America's Color Guru" Leatrice Eisman. Very informative for my job, took gobs of notes and pictures and I got to meet her afterword. What a lovely, down to earth woman. The color for 2011 is Honeysuckle Pink (a corally-pinky color). Infuse this color into your home/wardrobe and feel like a fashionista!

My designer-brain had plenty of takeaways from the show, but I would sum it up by saying: since we all have to cook and clean and organize, you may as well feel happy doing it. So, next time you are in need of a spatula, buy one in a bright fun color and think happy thoughts!