Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ornamental Grass

This post is for my husband who has been attracted to various ornamental grasses lately. Even though they look so simple, they really can add another level of design to your yard. There are grasses available for every zone.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Do Fun Stuff!

Ryan was one of the first people I met when I moved to Orlando in 2000. My roommate and I had just settled into our new place and decided to look around at what was nearby. We landed in a small shopping center by the university and found the red lights of a bar called Backbooth inviting us to them. Inside was an amazing selection of beer and a music event practically happening every night in the smallest bar space I had ever been. We became regulars there and quickly settled with the 3 man show running the bar. The boys nicknamed me Chevy. The first, the only, and the best nickname I have ever had. That first night was the beginning of a lot of things for all of us. 

Ten years later and we are far from that little bar scene. When Ryan became a step-father I was so happy. Here was someone else I knew living the life I had been trying to figure out with my step-kids. He started this blog Pacing the Panic Room and completely ran with it. His first posts were my posts. Every time he writes or creates something now I am blown away more than I was before. I'm glad that Ryan found his outlet. 

I couldn't not help him with his cause. My stepchildren are like my own and I would fight till the death for my kids. He has created a kids charity album made with contemporary artists. Brilliant really. Go ahead take a listen...don't worry, its for all of you. 

Check out the link http://www.dofunstuff.net/ and repost and share the hell out of it!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

DIY Cuckoo Clocks

GREAT Tutorial over at Ever Kelly

I've used these same birdhouses on a project at my own house before

Read that tutorial here


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Local Orlando: Mid Century Auction in Maitland

Just stumbled onto this on craigslist, but can I get an "amen"

Mid Century and Danish Moderne Furniture, Lighting, Accents and Art Auction

On Sunday, September 26, 2010, starting at precisely 12 noon, we will offer and sell at public auction, the largest ever collection of authentic period Mid Century and Danish Modern furniture and accessories ever offered in Central Florida.
The auction will be held at the

Maitland Civic Center

641 S. Maitland Avenue

Maitland, Florida 32751

The auction will feature real time live Internet bidding and all items will soon be online and ready for early online bidding.
More than 325 lots of authentic period items will be offered and sold all with absolutely
Items by dozens of Mid Century designers and manufacturers including Andy Warhol, George Nelson, Herman Miller, Russell Wright, Martz Studios, Vladimir Kagan, Westnofa of Norway, James Mont, Arne Vodder, Odd Knutsen, Adrian Pearsall, Goodform, Dansk, LeCorbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Heywood Wakefield, Dux of Sweden, Vinnini of Italy, Verner Panton, Paul Evans, Russell Woodard, Paul McCobb, Lightolier, Georg Jensen, Curtis Jere', J. L. Moller, Bernhard Rohne, Jens Risom, Kartell, Milo Baughman, Isamu Noguchi, Knoll, Harry Bertoia, Carlo of Hollywood original signed artworks and dozens more are all included.
Items are now available for early preview by appointment.
Hot and cold food and drinks will be available.
Admission is FREE!
Bidders card is FREE!!
Seat reservations are FREE!!!
Please call A-1 Auction at 407-839-0004 to schedule an appointment; to reserve a seat for the auction or to request additional information.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Fly Fly Away

Ah Monday - there you are. 

The rugrats are off to school today and at a new one no less. They are starting a Charter School and I am just over the moon and ready for the experience. I wish I could be a fly on the wall, or a little birdie on their shoulder.
Baby Harper

I went to a baby shower yesterday for a dear friend. Aside from getting her a few items off her registry, I also made her a little birdie and birdhouse. J has been my design partner-in-crime for a long time. We have dreamed for many years to run off and start our own company. Maybe one day we will. 

Fly away, sweet bird of prey
Fly Fly away
I won't stand in your way 
Sweet bird, if you knew the words 
I know that you'd say: fly, fly away 

Oh yeah...got this...

Love these Anthropologie Gladiator Birds. So lovely and steam punk.

Anthropologie Gladiator Bird - starting at $248

Enjoy the day friends - it will be over before you know it.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Label it all! Mwuahaha

Go to Just Something I Made to find a ridiculous amount of labels that you can print out and label to about everything in your house. Must stop...my...OCD... 

Adorable! Cute! Can't take it! Must buy decal paper stat!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Project Idea: Chalkboard Plant Markers

Very cute idea over at Christy Robbins. I didn't realize how easy it could be

Reminds me of these markers I posted about back in April

Now I really have to do something like that!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

What's your damage Heather?

I had such a wonderful weekend that I can only let that happiness coast me through Monday. The kids go back to school in a week and I'm not going to lie, I am looking forward to it. We were invited yesterday to a good friend's home for food and croquet. It was a full on blast!
A Motley Crew

Echinacea flowers in the garden

With the influence of croquet in my mind, I can't help but be in love with some preppy patterns this morning. Have a wonderful Monday friends xox

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Must Make Birds!

If there is one thing you should know about me it is that I am a #birdnerd 4 life! I must have some avian blood in me or something cause my head perks up every time I hear a feathered one make a sound. I stumbled across this beautiful tutorial for a bird mobile. I have a few friends that are having baby girls soon, so this would be an adorable gift BUT I kinda wanna be selfish and make it for moi.

 Go visit ECAB aka Eighteenth Century Agrarian Business (I wish I was making that fabulous name up) and find out how to make it yourself.

My kids are starting a new school in a few weeks - a Charter school and I am just over the moon! They are having a Back to School BBQ this Saturday and I am this tempted to make the dessert that I am being asked to bring in. Don't these little guys look fun? Why yes, there is chocolate cake in there...

I don't know..I might just say f*ck it and do it! Bakerella rocks!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hello Mr. Zebra...

My daughter mentioned to me this past week that she wanted to re-do her bedroom in Zebra print. I love a good animal pattern like the next but my eyes bulged a little when I thought of some gaudy print overtaking her room. Especially since she said she wanted bright purple too. When done right, the look can be classic. When done wrong, a design angel looses his wings somewhere, erm out there...

If you try and google purple and zebra the looks are not pretty. I have a few ideas of what to do with her room but here are some rooms that are taking the print and giving it a new life. 

Decor Pad cute even with that girl on it

Do you use animal prints in your house? I saw one of those makeover house shows where a woman's whole house was in leopard. Like the whole damn house. It was sad.


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