Meet My New Lamp

Howdy!

I took a few days off from the blog and went to Bend, Oregon this past weekend. If you haven’t been to this wonderful little town, put it on your “To Visit” list. I promise you won’t be dissapointed. I didn’t pick up anything for our home on this little trip, however, I did pick up a few items for my warddrobe that I absolutely don’t need, but oh well. I was on vacation and that was my excuse to splurge.

Anyway, on to more exciting things, like our new table lamp. I had the “indecisive blues” and was going back and forth and back and forth between the below lamps…

Alexis Ceramic Table Lamp Base

Alexis Ceramic Table Lamp - Pottery Barn

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Munich Table Lamp – Z Gallery

Crisp Colored Glass Lamp – Shades of Light

HARRIET LAMP

Harriet Lamp – Jayson Home and Garden

And then I randomly decided on the Gourd Table Lamp from West Elm. I have no idea why I finally landed on this one, it  just spoke to me.

Gourd Table Lamp

I chose the color “luster” (the lighter one) and so far we are getting along wonderfully. I must say I have a thing for lamps lately, and I’m hoping my latest purchase cures my lust for lamps, otherwise I’m in big trouble…

Calendars = Affordable Art Opportunity

Is it already time to start thinking about 2011 calendars? Really? Apparently it is, as plenty of snazzy calendars keep starring at me when I’m out shopping. So far I’ve held off the urge to bring a calendar home, but I have to admit that I’ve thought a few times about buying one of these calendars and using the photos inside as art in my dining room:

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2011 Garden Cavallini Wall Calendar9781574897760

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2011 Vintage Maps Cavallini Wall Calendar9781574897791

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2011 Italia Cavallini Wall Calendar

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2011 Butterflies Cavallini Wall Calendar9781574897838

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2011 Botanica Cavallini Wall Calendar9781574897852

These calendars all cost $21.95 and the best part about them is that the prints are plenty large enough to fit nicely into a hefty frame. And they are pretty, and printed on pretty paper too. No more searching for 2 or 4 or 6 or even 8 matching prints to decorate a wall…these calendars are a thrifty way to score beautiful art and immediately create a cohesive room feel.

I think I just sold myself…ha! Cavallini calendar, here I come.

Bathroom Cafe Curtains – complete!

Remember when I posted my no sew curtains blog? Well, stitch witchery and I have been at it again, but this time, I’ve created little cafe curtains for our bathroom. Goodbye, plastic blinds.

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I ordered the fabric from fabric.com and I was really pleased when it arrived in the mail. It was very thick and quality fabric, for only $10.98 a yard. It’s called Wavery Sun N Shade Lovely Lattice in citrine and I would absolutely order it again. Buying fabric online can be tricky, because you can’t exactly get a feel for the color or the overall texture of the fabric, but this time I lucked out, and it’s a great color for the bathroom.

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Here’s a quick before and after for you…

BEFORE

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AFTER

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And there you have it…a little quick change project that you can complete in less than an hour!

Weekend Project: Tote bag @ Modern Domestic

It sure feels like Fall around here, but this weekend we managed to see the sunshine both days, and it was Oregon at its best – bluuuueee skies, green grass and a little Fall breeze mixed in between. Sunshine usually means lots of DIY projects around the house, but on Saturday I spent nearly the entire afternoon indoors sewing this tote bag at Modern Domestic.

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I’m a very beginner sewer, so I was quite amazed that I walked out of my class with this bag in tow. This project speaks volumes about Modern Domestic – they have top of the line machines, teachers and tools.

Somehow, this fabric…

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Turned into this…

tote bag

tote bag

I love how practical this bag is and also the fact that it made me actually diligently practice my sewing skills for 3 plus hours(and yes, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, the bag is reversible). Practice surely makes perfect, and I have a long ways to go before I’m even close to perfect, but I’m a heck of a lot more experienced than I was when I took my first sewing class this spring!

If you are a loyal reader of my blog, you already know how much I love Modern Domestic. But can I just tell you one more time how much I love this place?