Back. In. Action.

I’m baaaaack.  I’ve been in the Big Apple working a teensy bit, gallivanting, and lollygagging. Mostly gallivanting.  I’m working on a post of substance… but in the interim here a few fun tidbits for you.

  • Do you know how fantastic my sister is?  Well if you don’t… let me tell you, she is FANTASTIC!  She had this brilliant idea to hand sketch designs and screen print them on super soft vintage weight childrens tee shirts.  Honey Bee Tees .  Cutest things you ever did see!  Go buy a shirt!

  • Thanks to Meg I discovered a new blog last week… as a result I lost a few hours, but gained much inspiration.  James Farmer is a good ole Southern boy.  An Auburn graduate (Landscape Design + Art History) and he now has a landscape and interiors business and a BLOG.  A phenomenal blog.  All Things Farmer. So well written it makes me want to give up on my own!  And the recipes, my goodness at the recipes.  They make me hungry.

  • A month or so ago my friend Erin Gates @ Elements of Style included me in her Product Junkies series.  You can check it out HERE.  Just this weekend while I was in NYC I sat across  the table from my friend Marla and said “why does your hair look so good today!?”… her reply:  “Because I helped myself to that Paul Mitchell Quick Slip I found in your bag!”  Hilarious.  She introduced me to the mascara and I introduced her to the Quick Slip.  Our hair couldn’t be more different, hers is curly, mine is straight.  It just works people.  Trust me.  Tames the hair.  Whether straight or curly.  We also both LOVE Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray.  Surf Spray + Quick Slip = True Love

  • La Dolce Vita.  I’m sure you read.  It’s gooood.  Paloma is a blogging machine.  How she does it, I do not know.  But she does it well.  And she included me in her Style Files series not too long ago.  Thanks for having me Paloma!!
  • A little while back Jamie of iSuwannee opened an online store… and yes, it’s good.  FURBISH. Go shopping!

  • And let me close this on a serious note.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I flew Delta to and from NYC, and instead of the normal red and navy their flight attendants and pilots wear, this month they are sporting PINK.  Pink and Navy.  It’s preppy and cute and an awesome way to bring awareness to the fight to find a cure!  Mrs. Blandings does her part every October 1st and invites her friends to join her in posting pink, I’m always tardy for the party… but better late than never!

10 Miscellaneous Items

1. Our intern has landed.  Her name is Anne Scott.  That’s a double name.  She’s awesome.  I haven’t taken her picture (yet) so here she is from Facebook… we are so glad to have her!

2. My baby is cutting two teeth.  Everyday I think “what happened to my little baby?”.  She’s turning into a big girl.  She knows how to clap and wave.  Melt my heart.

3. I have the best team of people @ Urban Grace anyone could ever ask for.  Paula, Allison, Joan and Anne Scott are four of the hardest-working, caring, funny, and dynamic people I know… what a blessing.  We go to lunch to celebrate their awesomeness every couple of months.  We are due for this celebration again.  Mimosas included.

4. Sloaney went to the pool for the first time.  She wasn’t so sure about all that water. But she eventually warmed up to it and now loves it.

5.  Chance’s 36th Birthday was celebrated.  Together we sat and enjoyed this view.  This is why it’s hard for me to pick a vacation spot, I do live in paradise.  And if BP doesn’t get that oil stopped I’m gonna have a heart attack.

6.  My Giant Cactus Zinnias are in bloom and they are the happiest little things.  Sloane and I have a garden tour every morning.  We pause often to talk about colors, flowers, dragonflies, etc.

7. Marla took Sloane’s 9 month pictures this week.  Ummmm…..yum.  Those eyes… they are blue in some light, green in other light, and on occasion look brown.  We love you Marla, thanks for photographing us!!!

8.  My birthday is coming up.  In preparation I have purchased sugar crystal sprinkles to adorn the top of the sugar cookies I plan to bake and then eat in celebration!  Is it lame to make yourself cookies for your birthday?  I think not.

9. I was up all night with scared terriers.  Storms are really scary when you are small and black and white and spotty dottied.

10. Sloane wore her new cover-up to the beach this weekend.  I’m not sure who was more excited about it – me or her?

greetings from the random corners of my brain

I just got out of the bathtub, where I enjoyed my March 2010 issue of Elle Decor.  If you don’t subscribe, you should.  They outdo themselves with each new issue.  {I started this post last night.  Incase anyone is wondering if I take baths in the morning.  I don’t.}

I also must share a secret, I’ve blogged about these before, back when no one read this blog but my dad and my sister.  I love these bath salts.  If you are anti-Walmart, you can get them from Amazon.   They smell soooooooo good… even if you aren’t stressed and tensioned.  Trust me. 

In other news, a client-friend wants to know what apps I have.  I was anti-iphone for awhile.   I think there are some things worthy of not being non-conformist about.  Was that a double negative?  I fought the urge to get an iphone for a very long time.  My phone before the iphone was of the Nextel Direct-Connect species.  Don’t worry I didn’t wear it on my belt or anything.  It was handy for talking with my contractor friends (and my sister who had one), but there came a time when I decided to see what all the iphone hype was about.  Now I don’t know how I lived without it. 

As they say, your iphone gets better with every new app.  I really don’t have many apps.  For that reason, I’m probably not the person who should be conducting a post on apps.  But I will. 

Here are a few of my apps:

Facebook – fulfills all my stalking needs.

SayWhere – helps me find Target in a town I’m not familiar with.

Scrabble - never lets me win, but I’m still playing.  (I do not play on facebook.  I do not play any games on Facebook.)

Wurdle – words that don’t exist actually exist in this one. Everyone is a winner!

Dragon Dictation- because on my way home from work I can tell my phone what I did all day – then send those words to Paula so I’m sure I get paid for what I do.  Also handy for long text messages when driving (when it is too dangerous to type).  Or if you have plump fingers, this might be handy for sending emails from the iphone.

Sound Hound(previously Midomi) – for when you hear that song you love and you can’t figure out who sings it.  (Similar to Shazam.)

Pandora - music.

C25K- (Couch to 5k) -  because I was planning run a 5k next month.  Unfortunately I haven’t gotten off the couch yet.

All Recipes Dinner Spinner – dinner wheel of fortune.

Kindle - probably not healthy for the eyes.

Shake It Photo- for polaroidish photos, you shake it like a polaroid picture.

iTranslate – for all your language translation needs.

Emoji – a client turned me onto this one.  Thanks Dana :) .

Now.  Back to Elle Decor.  I’m pretty sure if Nate Berkus wasn’t gay we’d be married.  In the afore mentioned Elle Decor check out the home he designed for Oprah’s executive producer.  (page 91)  I’ve suddenly been motivated to clean off my giant bulletin board.  I have always loved binder clips (all office supplies for that matter).  I get this from my dad (you may know him as DaddyBoy).  Forget a wallet or a money clip, he has always carried his money, credit cards, and license in a binder clip.  And the bills are all folded the same direction and not folded together, but individually and stacked perfectly within the clip, small bills on the outside.  {photo below by William Waldron}

Moving right along.  When I take control of the Netflix queue it results in documentaries in the mailbox.  My husband does not like this.  I can’t help myself.  Last weekend I watched Sally Mann What Remains.  And as a result I’ve decided that I want to live on a farm in Virginia, take pictures, and raise horses and alpacas.  My house is going to look like this:

Don’t worry when I get moved in, I’ll invite y’all over.  There will be music, and food, and lots of fun.  It will 65 degrees outside, no humidity, and the leaves will look just like those above.

If you’d like to tell me about your bath salts, your apps, your movie queue, your designer boyfriend (I also got dibs on Steven Gambrel and Thomas O’Brien), or your dream house you can do so in the comment section. 

Thank you!