Sunday, January 31, 2010

DIY: monogramed canvas tote

i love crafty gifts.

and i especially love monograms.

the two combined made this diy designsponge/ashley ann project a sure win.  hello, design sponge.  how i love thee.

as christmas gifts, i made several bags for the leading ladies of my family and one for myself.  let me say, what a perfect opportunity to team up with a girlfriend (or boyfriend, i suppose) and attempt this project together:  moral support in numbers (and an excuse to drink wine). 

take it a step further by filling the bag with goodies and you've got yourself a very thoughtful gift.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

ebay, baby.

i'll admit, i'm basically an ebay virgin. i bid on some cowboy boots many years ago but was easily outbid because of my lack of attention after placing the initial offer. my neighbors at the time had huge success with ebay purchases from her wedding ring to their living room sofa. i'm not sure why i was so easy to give up but the whole process was a little intimidating to me.

one of the blogs i follow recently mentioned how you can get steals on ebay fabrics if you know what you're looking for and have the time to be patient. it was just enough to restore my interest since i'm always on the hunt for a good deal.

as you know, new bedding is on my mind. first things first, a down comforter.

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i started with macy's and was pleased to find they were having a weekend sale with down comforters 50-65% off. this one in particular caught my eye because of the price and rave reviews.

i decided to go a step further and look on ebay and to my surprise an auction was about to close on the same comforter at $26.00 with only one bidder! this time, i was going to be more strategic. i decided to bid on it 5 minutes before the bidding time expired. my heart pounded looking at the clock counting down the longest 5 minutes ever, then BAM, i was outbid at 5 seconds left! the nerve. 5 SECONDS, PEOPLE! evidently, i'm still an inexperienced ebayer. sigh.

after feeling discouraged, i did notice that some items were available to "buy now". i found the same comforter (new, of course) from a "top seller" for $50. sold! enough with the bidding non-sense (at least, for now). it's funny how losing made me more determined than ever to get my hands on this comforter. fingers crossed that it lives up to the reviews!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

on the hunt for practical-beautiful-affordable bedding!

when rob moved in, so did this fabulous chair.


but then so did this bed. hmmm ...

(i think the bedding is in need of an upgrade, no?)

so here we are and now the hunt is on. i've always been a sucker for white linens. don't you just want to crawl into these sheets?

however, with wiggles and niko sneaking up to snuggle, white is probably not the most practical solution.

so perhaps white linens paired with a (larger) colorful throw (aka dog blanket) like jenny did?

i also like her concept of a simple duvet with ribbon trimming.

i am drawn to this dwell bedding, however, i'm not sure it's the look i'm going for in this room.

i love how in this southern living bedroom makeover, white is kept to a minimum yet it is still a fresh look. now where can i find those pillows?  (photo from pure style home)

which is your favorite? do you have good resources you want to share? i have searched everywhere from target to ebay and nothing is grabbing me. i'm hoping these images can inspire me to customize my own creation.