Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gift Guide 4: Your newlywed sister who laughs with all of her might and loves playing (and usually wins) all types of games

A leather belt to go with her cognac boots, $40

A soft-hued tiffin box to store her lunch, $37

A 1946 Monopoly game, so she can beat her honey in vintage style, $22 

Polka dot tights for a wintry feminine touch, $22

Red hot suede pumps to match her fire engine hair as a kid, $49

A glamorous ornament to grace their first Christmas tree, $28

A funny book on being domestic and still having fun, $13

Friday, December 3, 2010

Love for Etsy

Aren't the Christmas cards below so sweet?  I think so.
From Etsy seller The Spotted Sparrow.  Enjoy!

Have a joyous weekend! 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Birds of a Feather

As you may have guessed from my blog title, I love birds.  This obsession started when I was planning our wedding and wanted their cute little feathers everywhere.

When we were in Nashville last week, Eric took me to this awesome shop called Pre to Post Modern.

I found myself in quirky vintage heaven.  I also found myself a precious new framed print for $15.  Two owls, side by side on a branch. Cute as pie. Eric approved and I walked out grinning from ear to ear (especially thrilled because when I brought home an embroidered owl from my garage sale adventure he just laughed and shook his head). 

I would love to take a picture for you, but I can't upload anything since our camera cord was resting in the laptop case when it was stolen.  Hopefully we will replace it soon and I can show you a few recent projects. 

In the meantime, my bird adoration has shifted to include owls and I am finding them everywhere.  A few of my favorites are below.  Enjoy! 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gift Guide 3: Your techy brother who makes the tiniest sailboats out of paper and talks your head off at lunch

A case for his ipod touch that epitomizes class and reminds you of his blog, $18

An eco-friendly travel mug for his newest obsession, $8

Christmas tree in a can, because it's funny and cheerful, $11

A flexible tripod so he can take his amazing pictures anywhere, $40

An origami bank that reminds you of his paper folding skills, $13

An Apple keyboard turned clock to keep time in style, $39

A cookbook to satisfy any bacon cravings, $20

Monday, November 29, 2010

Local Favorites: Restaurants

A couple of weeks ago, Eric and I started Eating for Life, a diet that considers portion size, eating six times per day and balancing the nutrients contained in each meal.  I am doing it for weight loss and Eric is doing it for different reasons: namely, it's what I am cooking.  He doesn't need to lose weight and I happen to like him as-is.  He is a supportive husband who fills up on the leftovers.

Things were going swimmingly until we arrived in Nashville Wednesday night. Our four-day food detour started with Thanksgiving and ended with Chuy's two days in a row.  I kid you not.  Saturday night in Nashville and last night in Birmingham.  The food is that good, people.

We first ate at Chuy's in it's hometown of Austin, TX while visiting my cousin and her husband.  We fell in love.  The chips and salsa alone did us in.  We are salsa snobs, remember? They have now moved to the southeast and I am deeming them local.

Eric (almost) always gets the Chuy-changa.  My favorites range from stuffed peppers to flautas to crunchy or soft tacos.  The tortillas are hand-made. The queso and 7 signature sauces are to die for.

Today I'll head to the grocery store to prepare for this week's meals.  All the while I'll be dreaming of Chuy's.

Have you done Eating for Life?   Any tips or favorite recipes?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gift Guide 2: Your sister with a killer voice who can bust a dance move like no other and bakes cookies on a whim

A hidden tote for a last minute grocery run, $22

Fingerless gloves so she can play her guitar outside with friends, $32

A pretty apron to inspire more baking, $32

A Holga 35 mm camera for taking old school pictures, $48

A Grace Potter & The Nocturnals CD, because this girl wails and looks good while doing it, $10

A slouchy beanie to go with her long wavy hair, $20

Slang flash cards to crack her up and because you know she will use them, $13

Monday, November 22, 2010

Redo's Around The Web

This past Saturday I went garage sale-ing with a few friends.

It was tough waking up at 5:45 after spending the night before at a needtobreathe concert. Garage sale-ing was followed up by a Thanksgiving style lunch at my grandparents, after which a nap was absolutely necessary.
A busy, fun weekend.

I didn't find anything breathtaking, but I'm inspired by the re-do's below to get out again soon.

Have a wonderful day! 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Love for Etsy

The pastel prints below are by Lola's Room Photography. I neeeed one.

Just kidding.  But I do think they are oh so pretty.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Stacked Firewood is Cozy

I spent a considerable amount of my weekend hot-gluing coffee filters (and my fingers, for that matter) in an attempt to make this wreath.  My husband complained that he wasn't well fed or attended to during this project. Whoops!

I'm hoping to make the most of my time tonight by creating this garland and collecting a few more books to make this tree. Then, it's up with the decorations. 

What would make my winter wonderland complete but a fireplace full of stacked wood.  So Cozy.
(images here)

Usually I am against pre-Thanksgiving tree lighting, but this year I am ready to usher in the cold and holiday cheer.  It seems like I am not the only one.  

When are you hanging your stockings?  
And what Christmas DIY projects are you working on?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gift Guide 1: Your book-loving sister who mixes patterns and coaxed her cat into chilling in a swaddled blanket

An invisible book shelf for clean lines and an easy reading selection, $12

Striped socks to pair with her colorful flats and skinny legs, $8

A hungry feline friend to hold her iPod, $18

A spicy citrus foam bath to relax while she reads, $13

Cool blue retro frames to help her see how pretty she is, $29

Inspirations, excerpts and narratives on classic literature to round out her knowledge, $16

A floral tapestry suitcase, to channel Nancy Drew in her travels, $18 (image here)

I'm excited to start this new series, inspired by A Cup of Jo.  Hope you Enjoy! 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Love for Etsy

Today's Etsy post is inspired by warm colors and a welcoming Thanksgiving table for family and friends.  Enjoy!

{Burlap Table Runner by Shawnee 23, Mercury Centerpiece by Flores Del Sol
Table Cards by I Shoot Nouns, Silverware Garland by Daisy Chestnut
Serving Platter by The White Home and Wool Acorns by Green Baboon Designs}

How will you decorate your table?
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