10.31.2014

Orange you glad it's Friday?


Happy Halloween / oh-my-stars, it is November now / seriously... Christmas already?!

Oh yeah... and Happy Friday.

I'm not a member of the Pumpkin Spice {fill-in-the-blank ANYTHING} fan club at all.
Except, in the very abstract sense that I do enjoy a good punch of orange in the color palette around my abode.

Enter this cute little box I found at Homegoods not long ago...


It adds an additional punch of color that my coffee table was begging for, and wouldn't you know -- it hides all three of my remote controls perfectly?!  That's what we call a win-win.


And for good measure, a bowl of candy corn never hurt anybody in the Fall decor department...



Got your Christmas list made yet?

Sigh....



10.29.2014

penny for your thoughts... or not


This popped up in my In-box last week...



Ummmmmmmmmm.  

Alrighty then, Hampton.  Glad we had this talk.




10.27.2014

quack quack

So, I've been watching early episodes of 'The Cosby Show' lately.

I think this ritual started a few months ago when I realized Amazon had taken all the black-and-white seasons of 'Andy Griffith' out of their Prime programs {read: free}, so I was left to find an equally wholesome/soothing/light-hearted show to watch when I can't sleep.

I'd forgotten how great 'The Cosby Show' is, and it makes me very nostalgic.
The 1980's... what can you say, right?

I won't linger on that broad subject, but what has struck me as funny is seeing the decor on the set of this show.

Case in point, these brass duck head bookends were a prominent fixture in the Huxtable household in the 1980's:



So I laughed when I went into a flea market/antiques store last week and saw these:


Don't they look like they were kidnapped right off of Cliff's desk there and have been held hostage the last 30 years next to those Danish butter cookies?  I can't say that this is an unusual sight, though... I would estimate that in 8 out of 10 stores that I frequent like this, there is at least one pair of brass duck head bookends.

What is old is new again, right?



10.22.2014

random round-up

Here's a handful of random happenings/thoughts in my world lately...



Who are these people waiting between the hours of 8am and 4pm to answer your questions about travel-size tissues?  Pray tell!  Doesn't this intrigue you at all?  Nearly every consumer product has a phone number listed on their packaging... have you ever called one?  I mean, I picture these people sitting at a card table with a rotary phone somewhere in North Dakota.  I'm sure that's not the case at all, but this is where my mind goes.



Frozen red grapes taste as close to candy {without actually being candy} as you can get.  Try them.  Like them.



Yeah, I strike again in the klutz department.  Oh, you know... just trying to put out the flame of a candle whilst brushing my teeth.  Multitasking at its most brilliant.  Now I have a trail of candle wax on my dresser top to battle with!  Wonder if those nice people waiting by the phone in North Dakota have a solution for removing this?

The end.


10.20.2014

all the fabric

Well, they've done it again.  

I think it has been well-documented here that I enjoy a trip to the Old Time Pottery.  More specifically, I love their selection of castaway designer fabrics, which I first mentioned here.  Funny that I wrote about Jonathan Adler's fun style in that post, because guess what I found when I went to OTP this past weekend?  Fabrics designed by none other than Jonathan Adler, of course.




And they also had several from the Dwell Studio collection -- this is just one...



These fabrics were $5.99 per yard.  GULP.  

Have you priced anything from Dwell Studio lately?!  Do you understand that the Jonathan Adler fabric pictured above retails for $101.00 per yard?  DO YOU UNDERSTAND?!

Admittedly, I have a weakness when it comes to fabrics.  I have a stash.  But it's only a problem when you consistently don't have a purpose for the fabric you are buying... right?  Right?!  Anyone?  Bueller?

Don't worry, I already started working with my 6 yards of colorful delight this weekend...


Coach Taylor coached me through it.  {Hashtag clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.}


I think we can all now refer to Old Time Pottery as "the place where awesome fabrics go to retire".  I'm blown away every time I visit that remnant table.

Has no one out there taken me up on this sage advice?  Let me know if and when you do!



10.16.2014

looking back on blue skies

Since we've been experiencing true Fall weather here this week -- complete with cooler temps, blue-blue skies, and changing leaves -- I have been thinking about the one, brief field trip I did take in the beautiful landscape of Colorado back in the summer.  I had the chance to check out the campus of the US Air Force Academy one crisp afternoon in July, and I was glad to see all of this in person!


The landmark chapel on campus... quite the architecture. {And quite the understatement, SHB.}



The campus grounds are immaculate.  A lot of pride here... it was gorgeous, vast, and pleasingly symmetrical.




Then over to the football stadium, which was open and equally as impressive...





It would be fun to see a game here!  A great tradition, alive and well.


Now.  Back to Fall...


10.10.2014

exciting

Woke up to this today...


Arggghhhh!  That would be my contact lens which I thought I'd secured in its case when I took them out last night -- now dry as a tumbleweed.  Anyone else see the irony in my nearly blind self not catching this last night?  It is a good thing it's Friday.  Amen, and amen.

Also, this photo pretty much sums up my work week:


Eating McDonald's in the Target parking lot, because time was not on my side.


The end.

PS: TGIF.


10.07.2014

watch the leather


Is this real life?  

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Of course it's real.  I told you earlier this year -- we are in the McConaissance.

But that doesn't mean I can watch this without laughing... and wondering if he named the car Melba Toast.



10.04.2014

back in the saddle

After dwelling in the valley of an ailing {and eventually kaput} computer, I'm finally back in action with a new laptop.  Clap-clap!

So, let's ease back into this thing with a few glimpses of what I have been doing lately... the very mundane, everyday sort of activities you are used to seeing around here.



Getting settled in my new office at work... I enjoy the view and sunshine.  Beats my old cement wall view, if you remember that from this snowy day




Spending a Saturday learning about design codes is for the birds... but it's necessary, I suppose.



Argggghhhh!  Three-hole punch - 1, SHB - 0



I went home to visit my parents one weekend, and found Gus has grown up overnight!  Remember when he was this wee kitty?  Glad to report he's still a sweety... for the most part.



 Another argggghhhh!  Paper shredder - 1, SHB - 0



Grahambo and I getting fired up for viewing the Thursday night Auburn game a few weeks ago...



... but ever the intellectual, he was more into his tablet than the actual game.  Hashtag KICKED BACK.



And finally, the most mundane of the mundane -- a trip to get the oil changed.  Funny thing how this early morning errand was one of the prettiest views I saw this week.  Can you get over that cobalt?!  The design geek in me is awed by that monochromatic display of ALL THE BLUE.  And look how those shadows are complementing the space and creating even more elements of interest.  So cool.  Proof that you can take a color study anywhere!


Glad to be writing again.  Happy weekend.