Monday, October 29, 2012

This time last year (part 1),

...I was getting ready for a home show at my cousins Barrett and Erica Carlson's home. They have a lovely modern space with vintage, eclectic, and mid-century touches. We had collaborated on a show there once before and it was a hit--their space is gorgeous and seems perfect for showcasing art and helps a person understand the art in the context of a home.  This time was no different--lots of interesting people and dear friends came through, I used every piece I had on hand and sold nine of them! It was a big push but so very rewarding.

Thank you Carlson's for hosting and thank you to everyone who came out!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Loc-Alert / Mid-Century Modern

This little gem is tucked away in Wheaton and I am not sure how anyone would find it on their own! And, to make things trickier, it is only open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 6. Somehow my sister stumbled upon it and am so I glad she did. Now, it's not for everyone--but if you love vintage home goods, or the mid-century aesthetic, you must go. I wanted to buy half of the store! The prices are what you would expect, with some highs and lows mixed in. You really could make any space special with a few one-of-a-kind pieces from this shop. Go! 

Maybe I will see you there.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Remember when...

I told you I was looking for a pair of every day studs? I found them:

Aren't they great? I feel like they will go with everything. I found them at DearGolden (one of my very favorite etsy shops. You need to check it out if you're not familiar with it / like vintage wear). 

(I also snuck these into my cart.)


Remember when I told you I was thinking about trying bangs or ombre hair color? Well:

Not the best lighting but you get the idea.  The ombre is pretty subtle--but I like that it looks natural.  And the bangs...well, they will take some getting used to but are fun! The last time I had bangs I was a major tomboy.

I am glad for a change.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Family Fun and Fall Festivities

This weekend we drove to Bengtson's Farm. It felt very midwestern of us and was very fun:

 There was a pig race.

 And we cheered from the bleachers.

We took a ride in a train and talked about Thomas the whole way.

I was glad Daniel was there to do the "spinny rides." Looks like he was glad too.

 Levi rode his first pony (if you don't count Luther).

We fed lots of cute animals a healthy snack of carrots.

 Levi made friends with a goat and they stared off in the distance together.

I saw my favorite animal. This camel was particularly cute...

...with his extra long neck.

 Levi tried riding pumpkins, which wasn't as fun as riding ponies...

 ...until Daddy joined in.

With two adorable boys its hard to remember to take pictures of the two of us. 
We remembered this time.

Silas really was a part of the fun...he just slept through most of it. And when he finally was awake I captured some amazing pictures with out adjusting the camera. Whoopsies. Biggest let down of the day. 
This would have been a great shot.

We all had so much fun!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Slice of Advice: Cleaning

A good vacuum goes a long way. Meet the SHARK.

Vacuuming has always scratched a cleaning itch for me--an instant face lift on a room that takes 2 minutes and leaves you feeling accomplished and on top of things (this illusion usually lasts about as long as the carpet stays clean and between two baby boys and a VERY hairy dog is also about two minutes. :)) 

The SHARK multiplies those good feelings and will change your understanding of  a clean rug/carpet. I seriously could not believe my eyes the first time we used it on our shag rug--the rug looked new and the amount of nastiness that came out of the rug was disgusting in the best way. We have had it now for 8 months and it has been worth every penny.

Pro's of this vacuum include:

  • Guaranteed No Loss of Suction Technology, so you never lose cleaning power.
  • Swivel Steering means it is easy to maneuver
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal® technology traps 99.99% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum
  • Unique Detachable Canister for Portable Cleaning Convenience

  • So if you have one of these:

     Or one of these:

    Or are just looking for a good vacuum, the shark comes highly recommended.