Archive for the ‘Fun Finds!’ Category

Blog Love
June 25, 2009

I’m back and blogging, but during the month while I was not writing on my own page, I  spent ample time checking in on the lives of others. Mostly strangers…but women, younger and older than I,  who I find amusing because they are interested in the same things that I am interested.  Do you know how comforting it is to know other people set  a frilly tables and photography it Just Because? It gives me such peace realizing I am not alone in my preoccupation with presentation. It is very strange how one can start to regulary follow the lives of people you don’t even know….it’s like people watching but a zillion times better!

Here are a few great blogs I happened upon and now count as favorites:

Gracious Southern Living – This blogger hearts black and white, burlap, monograms and took time out of a weekend escape to visit the grave of Jon Benet – it was like I was looking at myself in 20 years…how I hope I am this fun!

Between Naps on the Back Porch  – First, what a sweet name?? I love it! But I’m guessing this blogger doesn’t snooze all too much  because she’s way too busy setting the most terrific tables.  She’s even inspired a Tablescape Thursday in the blog world that has women all over the internet pulling out their good china in the name of Themes – adorable! I am obsessed with finding these little chairs to copy what she’s done for displaying dessert – don’t you love it??

These are really candle holders - how resourceful!  Photo Credit: Between Naps On The Porch

These are really candle holders - how resourceful! Photo Credit: Between Naps On The Porch

Glamourous Life of a Housewife:  Whitney is the name of this glam wife and mommy, and she’s so happy and sparkly I bet she glows in the dark! She also shares yummy recipes  (Dan loved this one) and fabulous pictures of parties her mom throws with cute ideas  I love to steal. I found this blog Google  imaging “baby shower” and fell in love with this one. We both share a love for dishes, and even have some of thes same patterns therefore  I know she must be a very fine person.

The Bonafide Preppy Bride: I credit this bridal blogger for helping me find my own wedding monogram. A google search for “monogrammed drink stirs” landed me on her sight, which took me to Etsy and months later, I’m still following her. This blogger is an amazing DIYer and even though she’s all married now she’s still dishing out great wedding tips.


Natty Napkins!
April 7, 2009

I can’t wait to use these!!!!  I got a Birthday Happy in the mail yesterday from Virginia, and included in the packet of goodies were these cocktail napkins:

This napkins showcases a softer, gentler version of another message  I’ve been known to offer, along with a drink, but can’t really use as much now that I call Maryland home (even though the company that designs them is in Federalsburg) :

photo credit: The Wacky Rabbit

photo credit: The Wacky Rabbit


Friday Find!
April 3, 2009


For those of you who, like me, may struggle with decorating your walls, perhaps we should take a tip from Do It Yourself magazine and steal this idea – ceiling medallions as wall art! Though one day it’d be nice to have original and expensive paintings hanging on the walls I hired someone else to paint, for now…that is not an option.  Even if it was, I still think this looks unique, creative and really great!

I’m Really Into Skinny Dipping
April 1, 2009

During my first big diet week, I was pretty dedicated. I didn’t have any drinks at my birthday lunch, no weeknight alcohol.  My only indulgences, save the birthday cake that Anne made me and some birthday wine, were nightly treats of Skinny Cow Skinny Dippers.   These yummies come in vanilla and caramel, both dipped in choclate.  One could never tell it was low-fat and just one Weight Watchers Point!  If you’ve never been Skinny Dipping, you should try it….!

Custom Monogram
January 13, 2009

monogram1I want to give a zillion plaudits to SwishDesigns, a California-based design company I found on The Bona Fide Preppy Bride blog  that for a mere $7 created a monogram for me to use throughout the wedding.  I wanted something very traditional, but custom designs are less than $20!  Donna, the designer, is AMAZING!  She solicits business through Etsy and her turn-around time is remarkable. I sent her an email of my vision, and within a half-hour she sent me proofs.  We worked back and forth via email until I had just what I wanted.  She creates monograms and papers for all sorts of events.  I cannot recommend her more!!!