i'm taking a break from watching 'breakfast at tiffany's' to listen to the rain and thunder. i really love nothing more than watching a good movie while lying in bed on a rainy night (this is where the musical part of me breaks out in eddie rabbitt's 'i love a rainy night.'). of course, i am watching it via ibook and earbuds because the mate is asleep.
but the rain is so nice! if only i had a porch... and a swing...
that said, i bring you this beautiful little vera wang number. the little black dress, if you will.
black tulle strapless party dress
so, it's time to get a full set of dishes that match. a set of dishes that i won't throw away because i don't feel like washing them. something for keeps. grown-up dishes, if you will.
these are very nice with the contrasting blue and white.
and need i point out the price? crate & barrel announced their summer sale today. so get started. but don't take the plates. i need a lot.
also, do i even need to mention that (upon further inspection) these come in GREEN? it would definitely match all the other green stuff i've got in my kitchen but unfortunately the price just ain't as right as the blue!
crate & barrel, $1.95-2.95 per piece (!)
a girl can only do so much headline writing before it loses its sparkle. but, this crazy-looking game just might spice it up a bit. i think words are funny, so this definitely strikes my lame, copy editor fancy.
sidenote: earlier, i couldn't stop laughing because my fortune from my cookie read: 'striving for the best will bring you loser to the best.' COME ON. that's funny. what kind of fortune has loser written in it? that can't be very fortunate. but i laughed forever.
man bites dog card game
uncommon goods, $10
this is super cute in a country garden kind of way.
i do remember how i came across the work of stella im hultberg. it was via love made visible. so, thank you, priya, for sharing your excellent find!
i love this print in particular. it's very much my style and would look quite lovely in a simple black frame.
'spring... forward' print by stella im hultberg
by caroline duke on Wednesday, June 14, 2006
i forget how i stumbled upon this today... i remember browsing my regular blogs while at work because, in my mind, browsing blogs while work is better than blogging while at work (though i sometimes slip and catch myself blogging away in tiny little windows in the corner of my monitor. shhh.).
so... anyway, i can't remember how i found this site. if i could, i would give some credit because i have thoroughly enjoyed the site for most of the day (it took forever to go through all the prints!)
you can pick from several different bag options, then you customize it to your liking. as you can see, i had no problems picking out a few patterns i couldn't resist. you can also choose from some ready-to-buy bags.
thank you, jenkin, for your photoshopping finesse (and patience).
[addendum: thanks to kate, as well, for reminding me that i did indeed find out about freddy&ma via outblush. if you haven't heard about it yet, check it out. also, for the boys: uncrate. enjoy!]
hazel purse by freddy&ma
by caroline duke on Tuesday, June 13, 2006
my mom picked up some measuring cups like these for me a while back, and i wanted to share them but couldn't find them anywhere online! so, here they are. they're very cute, and i need to find a cute way to display them. mine are a limey-yellow and right now are sitting on the counter in a nesting fashion.
nigella measuring cups
i really hate to jump on the beachy bandwagon now so late in the game, but i'm really, really into it. this print is gorgeous. i'm going to keep my eye open for some cheap coffee table books that may have some simliar illustrations i might be able to frame. we'll see!
urococcus seaweed print
i'm on the lookout for fabulously designed concert posters like this. so far, i'm really into the heads of state, of seattle, and hammerpress, out of kansas city. i'm also enjoying the work of mat daly.
i want a couple to frame and adorn my soon-to-be abode. i'm loving this one by the heads of state (read about them here), but it's sold out.
wilco in new york city silkscreened poster
the heads of state, sold out! (most others seen to go for about $20 with some more limited editions for up to $100)
decor8's holly continues to impress with the mention of this gem of an online boutique: inspire company. i haven't yet delved deep into the site, but i knew this was what i wanted to see first.
reef beaded branch coral necklace
inspire company, $27
by caroline duke on Thursday, June 08, 2006
by the way, from now on, this is the official blog of patina goods. not really. i'm halfway through the site, so this will end soon.
thanks, holly, of decor8, for the tip on the site. it truly is spectacular. and there are so many very affordable things.
love birds necklace
i picked this up for my mom a few weeks ago. actually, i had the same magnet that i also had intended to give to her many months back but kept for myself. like green. like eleanor roosevelt. like this mug.
'today is a gift' mug
i don't know why no fabulous magazine wants to hire me with killer puns like that...
this is definitely one of those things i think i require but would end up weighting down the piles of empty little notebooks i've already got. still, it's very gift worthy, and i LOVE the holes punched out to signify the month.
one year of white pages
rare device, $35
by caroline duke on Wednesday, May 31, 2006
my mom has always told me it's nicer to send plain 'thank-you' notes rather than ones that say THANK YOU in huge letters in bold flashy type. her reasoning is this: it's nicer and more sincere to say thank you in your own words (and writing).
it seems for me, though, whenever i am needing a good thank-you card, i am in a huge rush and usually just default to blah, boring, blasé notes straight out of the card aisle at target. then i end up seeming (or at least feeling like i seem) insincere.
these by shorthand press, though, are a fine way to squeak by on my mom's rule. plus, the postcard style really cuts down on the stuffiness of a traditional thank-you card.
shorthand press, $6 (for pack of six; or $1.10 apiece)
by caroline duke on Saturday, May 27, 2006