February 1st, 2013
Poor, poor neglected design blog! I’ve been so busy with freelance work and regular work, that I’ve left this little blog out in the cold. Please forgive me.
While running your own small business, you have to be lean and mean…but you can also be beautiful. Lately, I’ve been enjoying the heartfelt blog of Ruth Soukup of Living Well, Spending Less. Her posts about living the good life on a budget are well written as well as well photographed. Ruth delves into the nitty gritty of raising and homeschooling children, using coupons, shopping for deals, keeping a clean house and interior design and organization. Her photos are Country Living-worthy and her tips have helped me so much in the realm of finance as well as looking for the beauty in every day things.
May 2nd, 2012
I know I’m behind the fashion 8 ball when it comes to Wendy’s Lookbook, but viewing her blog and extraordinary videos have been making me want to update my…well…dated look. Wendy’s fashion tips, hints and her playful attitude are so much fun to watch, and the videos (created by her “mystery” boyfriend) are some of the best I’ve seen on the web.
I’m looking around for that perfect Michael Kors bag, Wendy!
January 9th, 2012
This Lisbon weekend home in Elle Decor grabbed my attention as soon as I turned the page. Elle Decor is usually full of glossy and high-end homes bursting at the seams with professional interior design, but this simple, clean and elegant little home in Portugal was the most beautiful of them all. The floors of the home and its guest quarters have a heated sub-floor that is covered with soft beach sand. It would be a lot more fun to rake your floor than to vacuum it.
December 12th, 2011
I don’t normally get too excited about fashion, but since fashion is a part of design I try to dress as well as I can on a small budget. So, I never really thought I would become enamored of this trend and fashion YouTube channel run by Sonja G. This Croatian beauty has a whimsical way of creating fun and stylish outfits for very little money. The amount of clothes and accessories she has astonishes me, but there are some tried and true items that keep making their appearances. I think any woman’s wardrobe can benefit from some of her advice and her intuitive sense of style.
September 22nd, 2011
Ask Karen…if she doesn’t know, she’ll figure it out.
Karen from Canada runs the blog The Art of Doing Stuff, which is way more than a DIY site: it’s a hysterical, middle-finger to the perfection bug that tends to afflict most of us gardeners, designers and cooks. Never strive for perfection, just keep it simple and fun is her motto. Karen shows how to create $6 birdbaths, raise chickens, build a firepit and cook Fire Soup. She worships the Dollar Store and looks at everyday things just a bit differently.
We all need a Karen in our lives.
Photo courtesy of The Art of Doing Stuff
July 26th, 2011
I am absolutely in love with the New Tribe Textiles Etsy shop. After seeing Jeanie and Kyle on the Fair Companies website building their tiny, mobile wooden “spaceship”. Their textiles, designs and beautiful bead work make me want to drive out into the middle of the desert and disappear…with one of Jeanie’s necklaces around my neck.
May 4th, 2011
I have been hanging our clothes on a basic clothesline now for years, but I have been wanting to build a larger clothesline area that can hold more sheets and and bedding, and I want it to be in a more sunny area of our garden. However, I have been finding it very difficult to find pulley-based clothesline kits in our area. Most hardware stores have never even heard of clothesline kits. I’m sure they have never even heard that hanging your clothes on a clothesline is the most cost effective way to reduce your carbon footprint.
Thank goodness for Lehman’s! I just purchased one of their premium clothesline kits and should have it up in the next week or so, just in time for our hot and dry summer.
The new clothesline area will be right by the road. We live in the country, so we don’t have to worry about HOAs and other evil neighborhood entities, but it will be interesting to see what people say. Our suburban counterparts will be shocked, but I also hope that they might be charmed by the idea and will be inspired to build their own lines in their yards.
Photo courtesy of [Tabitha Blue]
February 11th, 2011
Photo courtesy of Kevin McFadin
Ever since I read this book in my fourth grade classroom, I have loved the illustrations. There was something so special about this little troll family under a mushroom with their tiny furniture and pots and pans. For years I could never remember the name of the book or the author and once in a while I would get a bee in my bonnet about trying to find that book again. So today…I’m crying. Kevin McFadin of Richmond, Va. posted a few illustrations from Under a Mushroom and I found it with just a simple search about “living under a mushroom”. The wonders of the the Internet never cease.
January 6th, 2011
Instead of getting a bento box, I purchased a lunch set from Easy Lunchboxes.com. So far, so good. They are a little small for extras like a big apple or banana, but they might help me to stop eating so much at lunch. Their menu ideas and photos from customers are a nice distraction from work, and good inspiration for your own healthy lunch or snack. Plus, I got the chic black bag for free.
December 31st, 2010
I don’t normally promote any “As Seen on TV” products or services, but while I was up watching TV at 4 a.m. this morning, I was tickled by the design and thought behind the Original Baby Bullet. There are a lot of items to keep track of with this “system”, but if I had a baby I might be tempted to dig out the credit card for this one.