Friday, July 31, 2009

Enjoy the Summer before it's behind you!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tis the Season

It is getting very, very close to my favorite season!!! Before I say too much, I want to know how many of you know what these are. I've heard this is a Texas phenomenon. Leave me a comment and let me know.

...Hi! My name is Bean. I'm really happy with my new home, but I hate my new brother!
Hi. My name is Boudin. I hate my new brother. I want to eat him.
I was concerned with the reaction of the wrong Alpha Male. Who new the mister was a Chihuahua man?

8 ounces of happiness.

Thanks for the happy thoughts...please send them Boudin's way!!!

Because I seem to be living here...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Please think Happy thoughts for me today...
Angela Henrie sent out some wonderful advice to us mothers in her recent post.
She said every once in a while it is an amazing thing to do something WILD and CRAZY with your children.
Well, I'm taking her advice this morning...
Sometimes what makes the kiddos happy, isn't so true for the hubby!
Please send Happy thoughts to my travelin' Mister!
To be continued...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Okay, so I don't have to ring his neck!
In fact we are kinda thinkin' he's pretty great...
I blamed him for my computer issue, but this time it was a automatic virus protection that completely shut me down.

The mister saved the day, got me back on line without loosing a thing! Kisses

Sunday, July 26, 2009

the travelin' mister has temporarily (he better hope it's temporary) killed my blog...he tried to fix something that probably was not broke, and well, there you have it. I'm blogless!! I'm sending this from his laptop, which I am normally not allowed to touch. While I'm having this issue, please don't forget about me!!!!!!!! xxx kim

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Whim and Whimsy

I don't as a rule like to re-publish pictures I've seen on other blogs, but I do keep quite a large file of my favorites to pull from for inspiration. Don't we all?
This morning I put together some of my my favorites to inspire the weekend. I love these because of their whimsical nature, but they seemed to scream a theme all their own. They are shouting, "Go green, my friends"!
Some of these are older, and I do not have their origins. Please forgive me for this and correct me at will. Have a great big, whimsical creative and green weekend! xoxo kim
Michael Eastman Photography

Lily G (here)

Brabourne Farm

Country Style via Brabourne Farm

Friday, July 24, 2009

My great grandfather, William (Bill) Fry was a published author and poet. Sadly he passed before I had the chance to know him. I recently came across a photocopy of one of his books of poetry in a drawer. The actual book is safely packed away in box at my mother's house. She does not share my belief that wonderful family heirlooms should be enjoyed, but that is a topic for another day. What I wanted to share is his Introduction to the book. I believe he wrote this between 1900 and 1910:


Friend, when on these pages

Perchance your eyes may look-

For fun instead of wages

I write this little book.

Full well I feel this feeble pen

Unequal to the task,

But I, like you and other men,

A candid hearing ask.

And should these pages you amuse

My effort is repaid,

If I can drive away the blues

By something I have said.

I think this sums up my purpose in this blog.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

They are posted, and these are my favorites...The New Magnolia Pearl Clothing Collection.
You can see the entire collection here.The cut, so awesome!
The trap door, so cute!

The colors, so soft!

The top, so dreamy!

If you are not familiar with Magnolia Pearl, trust me on this one, it will make you feel like Cinderella... if she were a Texan!!

While sanding the day away on little man's pallets for his pallet bed (he actually did a lot of the sanding with me). I had visions in my head of new bedding. I want to keep it simple and neutral, khaki or white with bold punches of color in awesome pillows like these. Little man wants lots of green. This is a huge change from his ultra calm and serene robin's egg blue room with toile bedding. I think I will paint the three walls opposite the chalkboard wall white and his remaining furniture either white or a bold primary. He wants his bench cushion reupholstered in zebra "fur". This would be fitting since this is where the wild thing is!
I don't know the origin of this picture, but I love the colors and the bolsters.

These ball pillows are McKenzie Childs'. I have ball pillows in every room of the house. I love them. I will also do a giant one as a floor cushion!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Camp looks like it's been good so far. My Big T looks to have gained some weight and some facial hair (could he also be wearing a wig???). It's a good thing camp is like Vegas...What happens at Winnamocka stays at Winnamocka!

Lucky for me his little sis took pictures while she was there!

Stop your workouts ladies, and run don't walk over to Lisa Go Lightly's for a wonderful Marilyn give-away!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

SERENDIPITOUS: Lucky in making unexpected & fortunate discoveries; lucky; having or bringing good fortune.
[from the characters in the Persian fairytale, The Three Princes of Serendip, who made such discoveries].

Little man's room has been needing revitalization for a growing kiddo. One thing holding this off is that he loves, loves, really loves, well loved his bed. Oops! Yes, we had a tragedy. His bed frame broke this weekend. It was very old and just gave way. while he is broken hearted, I am thinking of the possibilities. Namely this one posted here the other day. I immediately fell in love with this bed. I even called the Travelin' Mister in to see it. I was thinking it would make a fun guest bed for the sun room, but now in light of this tragic development, I think it would make a great big kid room. With this on one side of the room and the opposite wall in chalkboard. Maybe a short and tall ladder painted cute to reach varying heights on the chalkboard and buckets filled with chalk. Who wouldn't want to hang out in there? Travelin' man thinks I'm crazy, but I think it's just too cool. I even like the lanterns from the ceiling, but of coarse in boy colors! or maybe Little Man and I could make a great big funky mobile to hang. Since I'm almost finished with the kitchen (yes, I know I've been saying this for months, but I really am close now), I will be starting this ASAP! I should tell you that the mister's response was..."What's wrong with just leaving his matress and box springs on the floor? You know college day style" Rest assured, I let him know what was wrong with that idea!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thank you! Thank you,
For all your sweet comments the past couple days. You make me feel loved, so I'm sending you my love! Happy Weekend!
This love filled image is from the fabulous CHEZ FIFI.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I need your help...
As you know, we have two English Bulldogs.

Callie's dear, dear,oh so wonderful, best, super best friend in the whole wide world's (here goes a good shot at the spelling...) Chihuahua had puppies. My dear sweet child has formed a bond with one of these sweet things. She caught me hook, line and sinker with this one!!! From the moment we got our SECOND bulldog and named him Boudin, I said, "we need a chihuahua named 'Cracklins' ".
My super wonderful idea is to pick her up from camp, Sunday, with this little sweetie in toe. Hubby is on board if it is free and a female (one of our bulldogs is a male, though fixed, and will most likely try to EAT it). As for the free, what the travelin' mister does not know, won't hurt him! As for the male part, I am not God.

He's actually the darker of the two that you can't see so well. My need is this...I know nothing about these dogs, that I can't spell their name. Do you think one can co-exist in my CRAZY family? If so, it would make for one happy hormonal teenage girl, and that is worth BILLIONS in my book. Plus, I would be the favorite parent for a brief moment in time!!! HELP ME PLEASE!

I can't wait for this!!!
Opening day is August 7th.
I'm thinking this movie deserves a very festive dinner pre-party.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the very least.

T is for Tuesday, T is for Trash

Don' t judge me on this one...
Tuesdays in my neighborhood are "large item pick-up" days. what this means is if you have tree limb's, furniture, garbage that is too large for the regular pick-up, you can call the city and on Tuesdays they will pick it up from your front curb. What this also means, is occasionally you can hit the mother load on your way to the grocery store!!! I try to restrain myself, when I see something priceless on the side of the road, as my family seems to think this is the absolute lowest form of treasure gathering, but sometimes it is just too hard to resist! Especially, when you can see a great pile a block away. Yesterday was one of those days. As I passed the junkiest looking house you've ever seen, I nearly missed seeing it. My view obscured by two other women loading, and I do mean loading their Suburbans with really great junk. They had antique vanities with big round mirrors, benches, great frames and bed frames. All really wonderful. If I had only left the house 10 minutes earlier...I did manage to get this really cool rusty, old push mower with the wooden handles to sit in the garden, and this charming glass lamp (one of my "Boardinghouse" shades). So I was happy!! When my travelin' mister returns, he won't even notice, and with the kids at camp they are non-the-wiser!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fete Nationale

Happy Bastille Day to all!!!

Someday I will be there under the Tower to celebrate with you!

Get the picture?

I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it...

Monday, July 13, 2009


...Carry me away!