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Kids like to collect rocks. Well, people like to collect rocks. From my experience, its not a boy thing or a girl thing or a kid thing, it really is more of a human thing. Look at a rock, really take a good look at it, and there’s a good chance you’ll want to take it home and look at it longer. From granite countertops, to travertine floors and marble topped tables, we like to surround ourselves with stone.

Our personal rock collection seems to grow on a weekly basis. Many end up in the garden, but the favorites end up here…

…in a square wood box (originally containing our wedding centerpieces so many years ago) on a living room side table.

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Knowing I love painted furniture, my mother-in-law gave me this little cabinet with instructions to paint it. We tried it in a few places before picking a color and when we decided it should go in the girls room, we also knew it needed to be blue.  I had a lot of little helping hands when it came to the painting!

We used my current favorite Annie Sloan Chalk paint color “Provence,” with clear wax over the paint.

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My husband has been getting into watercolor recently. He’s been learning about and buying brushes (his favorite, he actually has a favorite already, is his Siberian Kolinsky red sable hair, the hairs of which were rather specifically selected from the winter tails of male animals) and paper and paint (I’ll spare you all the details on the specificity of these items, but trust me…yeah) and almost every night after the girls are in bed he gets all these supplies out and tries something new.

This means that our girls, especially our 5 year old, have been interested in watercolor too. Our oldest has her own water pen and enjoys experimenting with different angles. If you’ve never seen one of these water pens, check them out sometime. Pretty cool. My husband tells me she is very good at rinsing it after each color and not leaving it in the water. Apparently, that is bad.

So, because of all this, I keep noticing watercolor art that we have put up around the house and what has been showing up on the boards of people I follow on Pinterest. I don’t know if everyone else has been noticing the watercolor current or if this is how it always is, but there’s been a lot up there lately.

Dallas Shaw is one of my new favorites (above) and I love this wallpaper (below) that you can find at Black Crow Studios.

As a gift, my husband recently hired an artist to draw and paint our 18-month old. I can’t wait to get it framed and up on the wall. See…

What’s catching your eye lately?

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Okay, so I thought I subscribed to enough of those if-you-sign-up-your-friends-you-get-credit shopping sites, but someone just got me hooked on another one. These are some of my favorites items from today.

This is way beyond my budget ($375) and I am sensitive to cashmere, but I can dream…

These are pretty darn cool. They look like they’re made out of thick paper. The details say they are made of 30% recycled content. For a pad of 50 placemats you pay $22. Oh, and you can write on them with chalk!

My mom has been looking for these for a while. I have to say that I’ve been tempted on a number of occasions and this is another one of those. These guys have a few different colors and patterns available. $84 its a bit steep in my opinion, but with some credit it might become more of an option.

Now, I really love Aden and Anais blankets. Target has 4-packs for about $35, but the local store has never had these patterns. I saw them in person in a little boutique selling individually once (maybe they were knockoffs) but they were priced at a ridiculous $20/blanket! It didn’t stop me from coveting the striped pink and red (the close-up makes it look pink, but from my memory the dark pink reads more red in person). Open Sky is selling this 4-pack for $50, which is good I guess if you want these 4 (I really only want that striped one) and can’t find them elsewhere.

Now this is pretty cool and affordable. I would love to receive something like this for Christmas. Grow your own mushrooms! Now, I probably wouldn’t be 100% successful, but I would enjoy trying and every time I attempt to garden I think I get a little better at it. This pack is $20. To be honest I have no idea it this is a good price.

Now this is pretty cool. For $25 you can get a cutting board with precise measurements. I’ve always wondered how far off I’ve been from a perfect julienne.

Anyway, you can find all of these things (well, whatever’s not sold out) and more here at Open Sky.

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Last week we had my cousin, her fiance and his twin brother staying with us. We had originally invited them to stay when we had decent guest accommodations up in my husband’s office apartment above the garage. Since then, however, we’ve rented office space on Main Street and my brother has moved in to the apartment above the garage.  Our guests ended up having to sleep in the playroom and living room and when my brother was at work overnight, they slept in his place upstairs.

At the end of the week, we (along with other family) hosted a small engagement party out on the beach. Towards the end of the evening, we all ended up inside because it was getting windy and chilly. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves despite the cold, I sure liked the coziness when everyone crowded into the house. I think everyone was so motivated to get warm that it took three minutes to take everything down that had taken us 45 minutes to put up.

Our event set-up included my parents’ canopy and a few tables and chairs and blankets. The meal was potluck. We had cheese and crackers and number of tasty sides. I cheated made it easy on myself by bringing pre-made salads from Costco. My aunt brought mouth watering pulled pork and rolls and her daughters made the desserts. We also used Costco to get some photos from their wedding website enlarged for decorations. I was excited about putting together flower arrangements in the boxes we used as center-pieces for our own wedding. I made them the night before and kept them in the fridge which was probably too cold for flowers. For a day and a half , every time I opened the fridge I smiled.

Two bunches of mixed flowers including white roses, chrysanthemums and hydrangeas, deep purple and green buttons, and other greens made up most of the flower arrangements. To fill some of the empty space I stuck some key limes in one box and clipped off a few branches from my collection of backyard Pittosporum for the other. I really like this look with the tree branches full of tiny leaves behind the photo card. This is going to be used again, for sure.

For favors, I just grabbed a large container of chocolate covered peanuts at Costco and filled little plastics baggies. I tied little wallet photos of the couple to the baggies and brought them out the the sand in our wire fruit tower.

I had a lot of fun taking photos of the kids down by the water against the setting sun and pier. 

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I like this.

Idea Paint.

I’d like to paint something like this.

And I’d use it in the playroom.

So, much fun.

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True Love for LALE

In my constant quest for storage solutions that will work in our small place and on the road I have stumbled across these lovelies by Lale.

Don’t they stack nicely?  I want them.

Unfortunately, I haven’t found them available anywhere in the U.S.

Maybe I should attempt making them?

I think this green one is my favorite.

Oh, but this is too much.  We are going to NEED this. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned our impressive guitar collection.

The fabric makes me cry. Especially up close (go ahead, click on it, its stunning).

Apparently, they are all over Paris and can be found elsewhere in Europe.  If you find them in the U.S. let me know!

You can order the guitar case and a mini version of the floral suitcase through this International website Smallable.

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