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April 2006


coffee + cre8tive [apr 21 06]

April 21, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [apr 21 06]
Ah. Fluttery fragrant peonies. Aren’t they dreamy? I found a terrific online perenial farm + nursery called Song Sparrow. I haven’t shopped the site, but I lingered for quite awhile over the dozens of peonies that they offer. Mmmm.

I’m sure flowers make you happy. They remind me of how special our planet is. The nature around us that we take for granted. All the insects, animals, trees… such beauty to be thankful for. Stop and reflect on nature. Think about the unique personality of your pet. Think of the waves as they pound the shore. We can take a walk down the beach and stop to enjoy the glow of the sunset. All this beauty is ours. We don’t have to be successful or popular or wealthy to enjoy it. We just have to appreciate it. We just have to notice it.

Today, if you’re reading this, find time to watch the sunset tonight. Look up at the sky and think about how great this universe is. Appreciate what you have. Count your blessings that you are alive. We get so caught up in trying to become someone that we often forget that we already are someone. You are special, just as you are. Right now.

Maybe you can stop by your local flower shop today and buy a bouquet of flowers. Find someone you care about to give them to. Attach a note to tell them you love them. Don’t wait until you need a reason. Love is a good enough reason for anything. If you can’t find someone who would appreciate the gesture, buy some for yourself. You deserve them. You’re a part of this universe, you matter. Isn’t that a nice way to welcome in the weekend? Self love is the first step in showing love to others. Appreciate who you are, what is around you, and you’ll have that much more to give.

Peonies make for a beautiful bouquet. Enjoy.

(images from song sparrow)


Design Within Reach Warehouse Sale – Chicago

April 21, 2006

Design Within Reach Warehouse Sale - Chicago
Jealousy is a funny thing. It lasts for about as long as it takes to spot another girl that is even prettier that you are wearing even better shoes.

I’ve turned my jealous attention from the brits to a new city. Chicago. 5 words. Design Within Reach Warehouse Sale. Uh.

Details from the website:
We’re having our first Chicago-area Warehouse Sale. In addition to being a fun, social environment for local design fans, the DWR Warehouse Sale offers you the chance to save up to 75% on hundreds of overstocks and scratch & dents. Choose from merchandise at great savings in all major categories, including bedroom, seating, lounge, workspace, outdoor, lighting, floor coverings, and more. And while there, enter our Warehouse Sale drawing to win a $1,000 DWR gift certificate.

April 21 – 24 and April 28 – May 1 only.

1013 Butterfield Road, Chicago

More details can be found online.

Now THAT is what I call Design Within Reach. Well, not for the rest of us, but at least Chicago can have a go at some really swank goods. If anyone reading this blog attends, please report in with the full scoop, I’m dying over here!

(images from dwr)


Bread and Budder

April 20, 2006

Bread and Budder
Barbara, it’s like budder.

Bread and Budder based in Georgia, that is.

If you love clever containers, you’ll adore the ever-so-charming buckets over at Bread and Budder. Founder Stephaine Cartwright and her team of artists transform sturdy galvanized steel buckets into perky containers decorated using their favorite fabrics. Both utilitarian and attractive, they can be used for almost anything. Wouldn’t they be a refreshing change when gifting a friend? Hand her a present in a lovely bucket versus the typical gift bag. Have a gal pal that is just getting started in her garden? You could grab a pretty pail, insert your favorite dish towel for cushion, and fill it with handy garden tools, gloves, seed packets, and some fresh blueberry muffins. What a nice way to inspire her!

Bread and Budder buckets are also nice for stringing along to display on your balcony for a burst of color. Want to get creative, read their 102 great uses for buckets.

Tip: Buy a large bucket and fill it with ice and top with corona – perfect for your spring soiree!

(images from bread and budder)


Junk Market Style

April 20, 2006

Junk Market StyleKi Nassauer and Sue Whitney are the junk masters behind Junk Market Style. These crafty ladies transform trash into treasure for both home and garden. Ki and Sue are also the editors-at-large and monthly columnists for Country Home Magazine. On May 2, you can find their special interest magazine (in the U.S.) at your local newsstand aptly titled Junk Market Style. While reading up about these ladies, I discovered that they design home accessory products for Target, host national events and feature online projects – some including tips on creating a pretty outdoor space using cheap finds and a lot of creativity. What an awesome twosome!

psst: Don’t miss their list of favorite ‘junk’ shops in the midwest.

(images from junk market style)


Gardener’s Dishing the Dirt

April 20, 2006

Gardener's Dishing the DirtHere are some inspiring websites with loads of helpful advice on cultivating a garden that’s all good and no evil:

Homegrown – A great gardening blog from Martha Stewart’s own Andrew Beckman and Margaret Roach. Andrew heads up the garden department at Martha Stewart Living magazine, has degrees in landscape architecture and horticulture, and was the head gardener at Martha’s homes before that (imagine that. a very sweet resume’.) Margaret is an author and garden writer. She was the first garden editor at Martha Stewart Living magazine and currently oversees all of Martha Stewart’s magazines (wow!). Andrew and Margaret are blogging all about gardening on Homegrown, so don’t miss it. While you’re at it, hop on over to the Martha Stewart website to read all her wonderful gardening tips. Martha will always be the queen of all things good in my eyes, especially gardening.

Shelterrific – Not just a blog about home decor. Former Budget Living staffers blog about gardening, too. Great tips. A daily must read.

GardenWeb Forums – Chat with others obsessed about gardening.

You Grow Girl Forums – More green goddesses chatting it up about gardening.

Better Homes + Gardens – Great site all around. I especially enjoyed the garden plans for spaces of all sizes. I found these to be very helpful and I’m sure you will, too.

Cottage Living – Another great source to learn about creating loveliness outdoors (and in). They have a great “Get Galvinized” article up this month. Don’t miss it!

You Grow Girl – With a book and a website, You Grow Girl has attracted a whole slew of garden junkies. Created by Gayla Trail, this acclaimed gardening website is witty and fun with a whole lotta growin’ goin’ on. With articles like, Keeping Kitty Off The Goods and Handy Garden Tips, you’re bound to find something that applies to your own secret garden. Gayla even shows her cheeky side with these ‘garden hoe‘ t-shirts – the perfect gift for your skank friend that only gardens in her bikini (tee-hee). Don’t laugh, growing up, we had a neighbor who gardened in her string bikini in South Carolina. The town had to get involved and force her to start wearing clothes because of all the traffic accidents caused in front of her house. Dead serious. Lesson, don’t be a garden hoe.

(images from you grow girl)

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