Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

Friday, June 13th, 2014

I have been living out of a suitcase all week road tripping with the kids and our stops have been transient yet oh so fun! We landed first in Las Vegas for three days to meet with contractors and visit with my parents, today we’re headed down to San Diego since our oldest is graduating from UCSD tomorrow (that four years went by so fast!) Her furniture will be loaded up and she will follow behind us later, then we’re headed home to Northern California on Monday, such a crazy week, we’re covering a lot of miles!

One thing is for sure. Like Nester I’ve counted the number of summers left with my littles and I’m determined not to miss this one. I know it will be full yes FULL of the things we do, the camps, the activities, the barbeques, the travels, and add on top of that this new house project, and yet I’m sublimely relaxed at the notion that we will take it all in stride and one day at a time.

Meanwhile I’m storing up ideas for the future and can’t get enough of bold patterns like this Bungalow wallpaper by Thibaut, featured in an entry at Better Homes & Gardens, I love it!

thibaut bungalow wallpaper

 

More weekend links for you ….

Thanks so much Domino for including this site among the Best DIY Blogs, I’m honored!

I could move right in to this apartment.

Have you seen the fab new wallpaper patterns by Rifle Paper Co. at Hygge & West?

A clever pillow fluffing trick.

Interesting props styled for IKEA catalogs.

I’m loving Kyle Schuneman’s new sofa designs -hello Pacific in Royal Blue!

Honey never looked so good.

Things to avoid to be happy.

An insightful post on quitting DIY.

The power of handwriting.

Coolest school bus ever.

Bravo Ty, so fit at fifty!

 

I’ll be back home on Monday, have a great Father’s Day everyone!

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Weekend Reading

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

** Monday Morning Update: I’m putting the finishing touches on the Lookbook for the Summer Fabrics, check back later today for the images and new collection!

I’ve got two big things I’m working on this weekend and I’ve got to take a few days to concentrate on them so I’m posting a weekend roundup early. 

Today is my Mom’s 60th birthday (Happy Birthday Mom!) and for a present my Dad had the idea to have all of her friends and relatives from nieces and grandchildren to parents write a letter sharing stories about her or telling her how much she meant to them. I helped him assemble it (the personalized album is from Exposures) and he gave it to her today and of course she cried and laughed for hours reading the album of collected stories and sentiments. a1

One amazing story (bottom right) is a newspaper article published the day my mom was born. It tells how my mom’s father and his brother who were fraternal twins became proud parents on the same day as their wives gave birth in the same hospital within an hour of each other on May 29, 1954. How’s that for small town excitement! 

Beautiful Maya Angelou passed away yesterday, she was such an inspiring woman who spoke with compassion and encouragement – my Mom is like that, always filled with kind words for people and as Maya said people will always remember how you made them feel. I’m trying to remember that in my daily interactions, to remain positive, encouraging, uplifting, gracious under pressure. In a world with too much criticism, anger, and hate, both Maya and my mom are beloved role models in that way that they always make people feel better about themselves, a great legacy to impart. 

Two big exciting things are happening next week, we are finally closing escrow on the house we’re buying and I’m releasing my summer fabric collection. I’ll have more information on our home purchase experience next week (it’s been a looooong one!)

I’m putting together a Lookbook of the Summer Collection fabrics and I’m excited to share them with you, but I’m always anxious when releasing new patterns. Like Maya says you’ve got to grab the world by its lapels and put yourself out there so I am! Here’s a sneak peek of one of my new summer prints, all twelve of the new patterns including this one will be available on Monday.

summer starburst print on beach

 

More links loved this week:

An impressive butler’s pantry transformation for the DC Design House

An introvert’s guide to haggling like a pro

These engineer prints make cheap fab art

I think I need a hammock too

I can’t wait to make this blackberry custard cake

My friend Nina’s wise words on unplugging our children 

Less summer selfies and more self

Creating a haven for the everyday

Awesome hedge award ! 

10 easy exercises you can do at the office (made me laugh)

What’s happening to our personal information? The latest report on data brokers.

Hey Disney lovers, check out the original prospectus of Disneyland

   

My other articles around the web:

bookcases

summer outing

Tips for More Stylish Bookcases

Shopping Guide: Summer Outings

Have a fantastic weekend !

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