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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Place Card of the Week: Jungle Fun

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I'm not quite sure where I bought these jungle stickers, but when I was digging through my surplus of supplies, I was excited to find them.  I've always loved bright colors, and when combined with cute characters, it's party perfection!

So...when I was outside the other day taking pictures of my place cards, it was so windy that one of the cards blew across the street in sort of a zig-zag pattern.  I muttered, "Oh no!  Not the monkey one!" and off I went running in that same zig-zag pattern after it.  If I felt stupid running down the street chasing after a place card with my giant camera swinging from my neck, I'm pretty sure I must have looked ridiculous.  By the time I caught it, I looked up to see my neighbor (that would be a neighbor that I don't really know) standing at the end of her driveway staring at me with a smirk.

Clearly frazzled, I looked up at her, smiled and gave her some lame, rambling explanation about blogging and taking pictures and who knows what else?!

She just nodded.  That's it.  A nod.  After I exerted so much effort explaining.  Now, I wish I could tell you that all of these ridiculous incidents that I share here are merely an exaggeration of reality, but no such luck, gang.  I literally laugh all the time at these silly scenarios that I seem to constantly find myself in.  How about you?  What was the last laughable situation you found yourself in?  Please do share.  Have a blessed day with much laughter, friends!

Ciao!


Monday, September 20, 2010

A Snooze In The Trees

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Images via Photographer Ditte Isager

Sometimes I come across images that make no sense whatsoever, and yet I'm completely drawn into the fantasy land they portray.  Case in point.  I admit, I do have a bit of an imagination that has the capacity to run wild from time to time, dare I unleash it at a moment's notice.  But really...a bed in the trees?  As a selling point for bedding?  Really?  And yet...strangely I am inspired.  You see, I'm the type of nut these crazy marketing departments target.  It's true.

Now, if my husband comes home to our bed hanging from our deck and a couple lamps dangling from the adjacent trees, he best take this post as a forewarning.  The ol' imagination is officially fired up.  Happy Monday, gang!

Ciao!



Pssst....I did actually make a Place Card of the Week, but I'm procrastinating posting it until...let's say...tomorrow??  Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Late Night Game of Cat & Mouse...Just for Kicks

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Image via Martha Stewart

True story...

So...I've never had mice in my house before, at least not that I've ever noticed.  My home was built 8 years ago, so it's somewhat "newer", but it appears there are plenty of holes and cracks and so on for these little critters to get in.  Yuck.

Here's how it all started....

Last Friday, hubby noticed tiny little slivers of poop under our kitchen sink that sure as heck didn't belong to me!  Therefore, our next obvious conclusion was that we had some new itty-bitty guests vacationing under our sink.  I was appalled.  Yes, appalled.  Those little stinkers chewed right through our bags of puppy treats and *gasp* a tube of puppy tooth paste under the sink.  Ruthless.

While I am entirely disgusted, my husband is thrilled at the idea of catching mice, so he rushes to Wally World for some mouse traps.  Ah yes, the allure of the hunt is most definitely a guy thing.  Well, the first night we caught two mice.  They were fat, well-fed mice, which = extra gross.  Night two, we go out of town.  Upon our return, we discover that we have caught three more mice, much to my husband's delight and my own angst.  Night three, we catch yet another three mice.  That's EIGHT mice under our kitchen sink in THREE days!  Nasty stuff.

Nights four and five...nothing.  Ron is slightly bummed but continues to check the traps with high hopes.  I am relieved thinking they are finally gone.

Night six (last night), we are sitting in the living room watching Master Chef, and we hear a mouse trap snap.  You guessed it, mouse #9 is our next vacated guest from under the kitchen sink.  So, here's where it takes a turn for the dramatic...

12:30 a.m. - I can't sleep for some bizarre reason, so I go downstairs to read.  While sitting in the chair reading, out of the corner of my eye, I see a tiny gray streak flash across the carpet.  I seriously had to ask myself if I was seeing things, praying that it was not another mouse, but knowing full well that it was.

So I jump up, and sure enough, a mouse shot back across the carpet into the bathroom.  I got up and slowly opened the door, cautiously peering behind the door and around the bathroom, and there was just a teeny-tiny mouse hiding behind the toilet looking straight at me.  No really, we made eye contact.  I have no idea what I thought I would accomplish by doing this, but I leaned in closer to look at him hiding behind the toilet.

I looked to the right around the toilet, and he scurried to the left.  I looked to the left around the toilet, and he scurried to the right, and back and forth we went like a ping pong match...each time stopping for a brief moment to look straight into each other's eyes.  It was like a Wild West dual, less the gun slinging (of course).

Realizing that the situation was going nowhere fast, I slowly closed the door and grabbed a blanket to cover the crack under the door, so he couldn't get out.  Then, I ran upstairs to get Ron, and this is how that went down:

Me: Ron, there's a mouse in the bathroom!

(Not happy about being woken up)

Ron: So?

Me: Come look at him.

Ron: Why?  What am I supposed to do?

Me: Just come look.  He's in the bathroom.

Ron: No.

SO....after that productive exchange, I ran back down to the kitchen to grab a bowl to cover the mouse and trap him.  Stupid idea.  Ever tried to catch a mouse with a bowl?  I repeat, stupid idea.  That little rascal was far too quick (as mice tend to be).  Besides, let's say I was actually able to "put a bowl over him", then what?  Do I just leave it there in the middle of my bathroom?  Stupid idea.

Upon realizing said stupid idea, I shut the door again, put the blanket in place and ran for a mouse trap, which I coyly slipped into the bathroom (notice the amount of running I'm doing here - that would be pure adrenaline, gang), put the blanket back in place so he couldn't slip out under the door, and decided to call it a night.

Then, I decided to finally go back to bed, and my conversation with my husband goes like this...

Ron: Did you catch him? (You see, once he had time to think about it, he was intrigued.  It's the hunt thing.)

Me: Well...(then, I blah-blahed about setting the trap and gave him the above recap)

Ron: Oh.

Me: Oh yeah, it's definitely on.

The End.

As of now, it is 2:30 a.m., and I am clearly wide awake typing this ridiculous story to you all.  I will check the bathroom in the morning.  Stay tuned for the dramatic conclusion...

MORNING UPDATE: 5:45 a.m.

Ron: Hey Nik, wake up!  Come downstairs.


Me: Why?


Ron: Just come. (See how we just switched roles there.  We're such nerds.)


Turns out that smart, little trouble maker was not lured in by the peanut butter laden mouse trap.  Instead, he climbed into our garbage basket during the night and got stuck there (even better than the bowl technique, yes?)....

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Ron asked what we should do with him, and I said "Let's set him free," followed by the above photo op of the captivity.  I told you it was a true story!  I'll admit that my husband was not in favor of this course of action (being that it was a "rodent" and all), but since it was MY mouse, he agreed.  AND because I love happy endings, I ran out into the freezing, wet cold, pitch dark morning in my jammies with my garbage basket in tow and set the little fellow free...in my neighbor's yard.  I said, "All right, little guy, you better not come back," and he nodded with deep understanding.  Okay, I'm just kidding about that part, but I did set him free, and I watched him scurry down the dark, lonely street (I promised it would be a dramatic ending).

The End...I hope!
Ciao!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Place Card of the Week: Birds Over Moonlight

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I'm going to be honest here...I have no idea whatsoever what you might use these place cards for.  I was feeling extra creative, but I really didn't know where I wanted to go with it, and, somehow, I ended up with birds.  Yep.  Fancy, funky birds.  I started making these cards last week, and after dealing with the mess of glue and feathers and sticking tiny little gemstones all over the place, including mistakenly all over myself, I decided to take a breather - a week long breather, that is.  Sad, I know!

I admit that these place cards are entirely impractical and far too time consuming for wedding place cards, but, perhaps, these little babies might be a fun detail for a bachelorette party or funky baby shower.  What do you think?  What would you use them for?

On a side note, my super star hubby rocked the course this weekend at his big inline skating marathon in Duluth.  He's been training so hard, and after this race, he's scheduled for foot surgery (on both feet), so I'm incredibly proud of him for winning 2nd in his division and fighting through all of the challenges and physical pain of training to reach his goal.  It also rained the entire morning of the race, which makes skating at those crazy speeds dangerous and scary, so I'm also thankful he made it to the finish without any road rash.  Seriously, I saw a lot of people wipeout at this one.  Excellent job, my love!

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Have a wonderful week, gang!

Ciao!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Heiress by Ralph Lauren

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Ralph Lauren Home via Haute Design

I don't know why, but I just love Thursdays.  I have the better part of another busy work week behind me, and I can almost taste Friday on the horizon.  Thursdays are good days.  While I'm scrambling a bit this morning to wrap up my work for the week (surprise, surprise), I am looking forward to heading out of the office early for my sis-in-law's wedding rehearsal today followed by a full day of wedding festivities tomorrow.  Good stuff!

So....with a mish-mash of pretty decor and lovely wedding thoughts floating around in my head this fine morning, I thought I would leave you all with this gorgeous bedroom and decor from Ralph Lauren's latest collection The Heiress.  Stunning, isn't it?  What girl (uh...adult, going on 30) wouldn't love to plop down on that bed (or jump up and down for a good hour) and call this room her very own?  Don't even try to deny it - you and I both know better!

And with that, I wish you all an equally lovely Thursday.  Go out and have a smidge of fun today, stop and smell the roses, oh...and jump on your bed like child.  It's bound to put a smile on your face!

Ciao!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Place Card of the Week: Royal Blue & Silver Sparkle

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Holy smokes! I guess I did surprise myself afterall and manage to squeak out a Place Card of the Week.  Yahoo!  Wahoo!  High Five!  Chest bump!  Oh.  Too much??  Well, my friends, it appears that giving myself zero expectations for crafting this week means that I'm bound to exceed them *wink, wink*.  This is a new strategy for me, but I now see that it is somewhat effective. 

Now, I decided to forego my workout last night in favor of getting all crafty and stuff, so while I have a victory in one area (see above productivity), I am suffering defeat in battle in the other (see my butt - OR just take my word for it). 

So....last night hubby and I cooked some excellent Mexican food.  Okay, he cooked, and I took an hour to chop a mango for the salsa, but that's beside the point.  It was a good night - a blessed night, and I'm always thankful for those times.  I just felt really motivated, even after a long, busy day at work, so after dinner, I went up to my supplies arsenal and starting pulling out paper.  I decided I wanted to design something "kind of" fancy.  Kind of.  In my mind, this would be a quick process, and I would have plenty of time leftover to squeeze in that much-needed workout. 

Two hours later...I finished only TWO little place cards, which you see here.  I decided to take a break from my usual calligraphy and write in a more playful, embellished penmanship.  I think it works well here.  Because these little guys are a wee bit time consuming, I think I would make a limited number of them for a fancy dessert buffet or something along those lines.

Naturally, I spent another half hour doing a mini photoshoot of the place cards.  I wonder if that sounds as silly reading it, as it does to me admitting it?  Hmm....

Anyway, I hope you like them as much as I enjoy sharing them with you!

Ciao!

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