Monday, September 20, 2010

Flower: Fail

Funny story. I went by (unnamed) store to pick up some flowers for a friend's birthday this afternoon. I bought a dozen roses, got them home and unwrapped and ready to go in a vase. I picked the first rose up, and the whole flower part falls to the ground. (I have the stem in my hand still.) I get slightly frustrated. (Insert: roommate Brittany is in the living room wondering what I'm grumbling about in the kitchen.) Pick up 2nd flower, and it's fine, so I put it in the vase. The next three roses that I pick up all fall to the was as if the florist had cut the heads of the flowers off and shoved them back in with the rest of the bouquet, hoping no one would notice! not cool. But then I counted the number of roses...there weren't even a dozen roses! There were only 11! This leads me to believe that there were probably originally five broken flowers in the bouquet, but one escaped. Not only was I gypped by getting flowers that were, you could say, "pre-cut," but there weren't even 12! Oh well :) I should've gotten a pic of the chopped flowers! Dangit.

Short work week this week! Woo-hoo! Headed home on Wednesday morning for a little birthday celebration for mom! #50! I won't be flying solo...I'll have Claire with me! I've flown with just her before, but she wasn't so squirmy, so I'm kind of anxious about this flight and hoping it won't be a packed plane!

Oh, and speaking of work...

This morning at our weekly meeting, we played our traditional get-to-know you game, as we had a new designer recently start on the team. Everyone goes around the table and puts a "get-to-know-you" type question on the board. One of the questions was something like, "If you weren't working here, what would you be doing instead?" (Something not art-related.) I said I'd want to be one of those undercover/secret shoppers that goes to stores and rates stores on their performance. Doesn't that sound fun? I thought so.

Happy Monday :)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I ♥ the D.I.

And this would be why:
Where else in the world can you buy a tanning bed and a suitcase, furniture, electronics, art, shoes and books all in the same place? You never know what to's always a surprise! I love the D.I.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


I haven't been able to stop thinking about this home I'll someday have...sigh.

{Side Note: I've secretly been logging ideas away already over on my inspiration blog. I guess it's not so secret, but I just don't talk about it too often. Why? Because I don't want to feel this weird pressure to update it on some sort of consistent basis. (Ever feel like you're required to blog? I do. And I hate feeling pressure to do that extra little thing everyday. Like brushing my teeth, making my bed, you know what I mean, right?) Anyways...that little blog has a lot of fun things I've collected from lots of different places. Everything's categorized, so when I want to be inspired by jewelry, home interiors, party ideas, photography, design, etc, I can just click over to that blog. I'm kind of secretly in LOVE with that little blog of mine...anyways...}

Stairs. Love, love, love me some unique stairs. Just a few to be inspired by:

Those numbers...I'm kind of digging them. They seem like something you could change if you got tired of seeing them. I think I'd end up counting each step in my head as I went up and down them!

I love all the dishes that lead you up the stairs! Love.

(all pics can be referenced by clicking here and you'll be directed to the source.)

I want.

I want a house of my own. Perhaps this one??

I'm thinking I'll start posting things on this little blog of mine things I want in my (someday in the distant future) house home.

This house was featured on mint much charm! So much character! Love it all. A lot of work? Of course. That's how I like 'em!

Aren't those windows a-maz-ing?! So in love.

And don't forget the stairs. My favorite thing in the whole house.

Someday. Someday.

Photos via Mint.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

so pretty!

Must read daily blog: design*sponge. Love it (and have loved it!) for several years now! Do yourself a favor and check it out. Daily inspiration ranging from DIY projects, business tips, recipes, city guides, before & afters and more!

I loved this post from last week...another reminder that fall is soon approaching! Beautiful, rich colors...
The pictures of the tomatoes reminded me of my sister's (once) lovely garden. In short, it got overtaken by thousands of these in a matter of days. (Click through your own risk.) At first, I thought (being the sweet, older sister that I am) that I'd go over and help her out with the mess, but after learning that the best and most effective way to take care of these critters is to swat them off the plants and then squash them, I thought, "I'm sure glad Katie has a husband!" :) If anyone has a better solution to taking care of those bugs, let me know...or let Katie know...or her husband, Joe, know...

pictures via design*sponge.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Almost here...

Fall, that is.
Spent the afternoon over at the sister's house with Claire and Caleb...I just can't get enough of those kids! Claire and I read her current favorite book (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) on the grass under this most amazing tree! It's just a little tree, and I've always thought it didn't stand much of a chance, but when you get down and look up through it's branches and leaves, it's pretty amazing! The one branch fades from green to bright red. So beautiful!

This weekend to do list includes going on a drive up Provo Canyon. Must. Do.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Saturday Morning

Spent the morning over at the Brewer packed up and headed back to St. Louis after being here for 3 weeks. Sad morning. (But we'll all be home in a few weeks for mom's birthday!)

Caleb is excited to watch his first BYU Cougar football game--he even dressed up for the occasion!

He's such a cutie-patootie! Claire is still working on loving her little brother, but I have a feeling these two are going to be the best of friends!

Grammie realized a couple days ago that she still didn't have any pics of her and Caleb, so we had to fix that!

This is what we look like on Saturday mornings, sans makeup and crazy hair...yikes. (But I secretly love this pic.) (We somehow end up taking pics like this kind of this one.)

As mom was getting all packed up and ready to head to the airport, Claire decided to be a little sneaky and try hitching a ride to the airport...

Claire's plan didn't work, and she was quite upset when we pulled her off the car! She threw a little (ok...bigger than little...) tantrum when she realized that grammie was gone. She kept looking in the garage wondering if she was going to come back. It's a good thing we're going to visit soon!

( favorite part of the pic above is that you can see Claire's little belly button in the reflection! haha)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Happy Friday

Dear Mom,

Thanks so much...I needed that :) It made my whole week that much better!

Happy looooong weekend!