Monday, April 30, 2012

Cruel To Be Kind

I think I’ve mentioned a thousand times before that the Fashionista works for Urban Outfitters, a division of Anthropologie. One of the perks of being an employee is that a few times a year they have employee appreciation which in my opinion is like close to winning the clothing lottery. Employees and eligible users (IE immediate family members) get 40% off of merchandise. This includes items already marked down.

Yes, you can hate me.

You also now know my secret. I generally ONLY purchase things that are already marked down and then get an additional 40% off. Like this blouse. I’ve been stalking it for a few months.

I’m thinking of paring it with a red skirt and blue and white spectator pumps or white Bermuda shorts and silver sandals.

 
I had noticed that in addition to the Urban, Anthro, and Free People websites they also included another site that was offering an employee discount. Terrain.

Here’s your notice that Anthro has come up with yet another way to torture people. Because even at 40% off I still can’t afford any of it. Still, sometimes it just fun to look. (Who am I kidding? :)

For example this nine drawer console. I’d like to justify this to Mr. Décor by listing all the areas in which it could be used: kitchen, craft room, library….

I would probably top it with this:

Then there is the distressed wood cabinet in the perfect shade of pale seafoam. The funky part of me likes that the handles are hung on the diagonal from one another.
Someone in blogland needs to knock this off.
 
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The Message in a Bottle fixture has me eyeballin’ the ugly chandy over my formal dining room table.
Message Bottle Chandelier
 
Love the Blossom chair.
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The wire utility basket could serve so many purposes. I see it in a bathroom holding two rolls of bath tissue or a few magazines.
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Someone help me. I don’t even like to weigh myself, so why am I coveting this?
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I just had to walk away from the site.
I comforted myself in thinking about an upcoming giveaway for DTA readers. Mother’s Day is swiftly approaching. I’ve been tucking things into a box for a few weeks now. The Anthro “Up Early” apron was added to the stash. It’s completely adorable.
 

All this week I will be giving you glimpses of what’s up for grabs beginning this Friday, May 4th. A winner will be selected on Monday, May 6th so that the package can arrive in time for the holiday.
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Sing with me…..




Bayyyybeeeeee!

Happy Monday!

Laura

Sunday, April 29, 2012

What Will You Be Praying For?

This Thursday, May 3rd is the annual observance of the National Day of Prayer.


I imagine that most of you would agree with me when I say “Our nation is in trouble.” But not just in an economic sense.

We are a nation that was founded under Christian principles, but I am saddened to say that I believe we have lost our way. 


I pray every day, several times a day.

But I will be specifically praying at 6 am, 9 am, 12 pm and 6 pm this Thursday. I plan on setting the clock on my phone and even if I am at the grocery store I will pull my cart over and bow my head.

I plan on praying not only for our nation, but the world.

I also plan on praying for my daughter who is in the midst of college finals this week. She is taking SIX classes this semester and right now it is a bit overwhelming for her. Friday night began with what I fear may be several all nighters. 


Then there is my Sweet Boy. As I have written before he has been the target of bullying. This past Thursday one of his 4th grade classmates carried a pocket knife and slammed him into a fence so hard one arm is completely black and blue. While the boy was suspended we are still deeply concerned.

This, combined with other trials we are currently facing have led us to believe that we must move from our home. This is not an easy decision. I have often referred to my wonderful neighbors and the cul de sac of kindness where we live. None of those factors have changed which makes this a truly weighty matter. We actually have been in deep prayer over this issue since January. But I wanted to let you, my faithful readers, know so that if I make an announcement that we are moving it will not come as a shock. We are praying for God’s will in this decision.

I also want to pray for you, my dear friends.

Although the comments are generally closed on the Sabbath here at DTA, today I have left them open so that you may leave a prayer request. It would be my honor to pray for you. If you do not feel comfortable leaving your prayer request in the comments, you are welcome to send me an email and I will happily add you to my prayer list.



Will you join me in prayer?
Laura

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Smoke On Water

For my grandmother’s 90th birthday her daughter, my Aunt Kathy, sent her an amazing gift. Kathleen Ingalls is a doll artist in every sense of the word.

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She begins by studying photographs and spends hours on historical research before creating a handmade mold for the head and hands.

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Then months of work, such as hand beading, goes into creating the costume.

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I would say that at least 98% of what goes into each of her dolls and puppets are created by hand.

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Her realistic attention to detail is unparalleled.

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It is amazing what she transforms for authenticity~ chicken feathers, rabbit fur and many other found objects. The hair used on the pants and headdress is horse hair. Just as it probably was in the original photograph.

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She hand painted each feather. Look at the fringe on the jacket! The leather she tanned herself.

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Smoke on Water was a member of the Lakota Tribe.

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My Aunt Kathy has been featured in doll magazines and has created several custom orders.

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She is, in my opinion, a master artist in every sense of the word.

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What do you excel at?

Laura

Friday, April 27, 2012

Queen For A Day

On the day of her birthday my grandmother proclaimed that the Queen of England had nothing on her.

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Stuffed into my suitcase along with all the other party paraphernalia was a spool of double faced satin ribbon, press on glitter letters and a crown that each received the full on birthday treatment.

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I had exactly one hour to decorate the entire space AND lay out the food. I should have packed my roller skates.

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Then it was just me and fifty people who wanted cake. So….. there weren’t a lot of photos.

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But some of my grandmother’s pals deserved to have their picture made.

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Her minister and several ladies in her doll club also stopped by.

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I ordered the cake over the phone and was a bit nervous on how it would turn out. But, granny was happy and it was delicious.

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She thanked me for not creating a candle scenario in which the fire department would have had to show up for.

(Here you get a tiny glimpse of the fabric banners I made that decorated the ceilings.)

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She said that her wish had already came true.

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A grand time was had by all.

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Did you see the Indian figure in the background of the image above? I’ll show you a close up of this fabulous creation that my Aunt Kathy made tomorrow.

Laura

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I Need a Vacation To Recover From My Vacation

Time spent with my grandmother is always delightful. It makes me happy to be able to do things for her like flip mattresses, clean cupboards and run several errands. After a whirlwind week I returned home to hit the ground running. You know how it is when you return to normal life after being gone~ stacks of mail, empty fridge, overflowing hamper…

On Tuesday afternoon I sat down at the computer to begin responding to the 232 emails (no joke) and try to write a post or two.  After a few emails I found that my vision began to be like a kaleidoscope.

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Whenever I am over tired, over worked, and over stressed my body has a tendency to slam on the brakes by bringing me down with a good case of vertigo. There is nothing I can do but take my medication and go to bed. It is a horrible affliction for someone who likes to go! Go! GO!

So off to bed for me. It sure was fun to type a post with one eye closed. :)

I am sure I will be right as rain in a day or two.

Laura

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bob and Wave

I returned home safely late last night, so thankful for beautiful memories made with my grandmother. Am too tired to download pictures as I had to be up with the chickens today for a school field trip with Sweet Boy. I think this is known as “hitting the ground running”.  :)

I think all of us create lengthy “to do” lists before embarking on any sort of trip. One thing on my pre party to do list was “Do something with your ‘do.” As in hairdo. Or the lack of one I was sporting. It had been several months since I had visited my hairdresser. I had once again thought that I wanted to grow lustrous long locks.  But the reality is I will never have lustrous long locks. My hair is fine and thin. I also live in Arizona where the average temperature is 115 in the summer. It was time to be shorn.

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The front is a bit longer and my hairdresser cut in heavier bangs. No matter what I do, I always have fly aways since my hair is so fine. It used to bother me. Then my friend lost her hair to cancer and I decided then and there that I would no longer have bad hair days. :)

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Since you might ask, the dress was purchased eons ago at Anthro on clearance. Back when they were in their prime of carrying lovely vintage inspired frocks. It is by Floreat and I have seen it on Ebay on occasion.

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I call my necklace the jet “Dowager Countess”. This lovely costume gem was my mother Nadine’s. It sparkles like black diamonds in person. I occasionally wear it wrapped around my neck two or three times too.

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Do you know who the Dowager Countess is? She’s one of my favorite characters on Downton Abbey. Played by the wonderful Dame Maggie Smith. “Put that in your pipe and smoke it!” Heh, heh.

Last week I ran this image on the Metis Linens blog and said that I loved her Cuban heeled stockings.

Be bop en cave ~ Saint-Germain-des-Prés, by Robert Doisneau,Paris 1951

A few of you asked “What are Cuban heeled stockings?”

They are hosiery which feature a back seam with reinforced toe and stiletto heel. I found my new pantyhose version on Ebay. The flapper inspired shoes were found at Target several years ago for $5. I should have bought two pairs as I love them that much.

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A word of caution on the hosiery…..

They make men sit up and beg.

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More images from the recent birthday party to come. But first I have to unpack.

Laura

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The Pleated Poppy

Sunday, April 22, 2012

When God Gives Us More Than We Can Handle

As I was leaving to go to my weekly women’s bible study I saw my neighbor and stopped to chat a bit. She knows the trials my family and I are currently facing.


When she asked how we were doing I replied, “Ok, but if one more person says

It’s God’s Will.

Just endure and you will be blessed.

or my personal favorite

What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.

I may just have to sweetly reply that I will pray that they too receive the same test of strength for their faith.

Or maybe I just might completely snap and give them a TKO (total knock out).”


She stood silently for a moment trying to figure out what I had just said. Words that were SO out of the norm for me. I started cracking up at the look on her face. I of course didn’t mean it. About that time she finally got my tongue in cheek reply about praying for strength and started cracking up too, knowing I was just blowing off some well deserved steam.  As we clutched our sides she said, “Well, maybe it’s not the best idea that you should go today.” 
She knew I would now have to tell some of the loveliest ladies on earth that on top of EVERYTHING else, we had suffered another blow. The lengthy list of trials were we enduring was already so long, horrendous and complicated that it had left even our well seasoned and tender hearted pastor speechless on how to comfort our family.


During the drive over I prepared myself that this latest admission about our life would inevitably lead someone in the bible study to bust out the biggie:

“God never gives us more than we can handle.”



Well, you guessed it, someone did say that. In the moment of quiet that followed, all eyes upon me I 
said,

“I don’t think so.” (all breaths held~ a dropped pin could have been heard)
I continued on.

“I believe that at times we experience situations that are beyond what we as humans can possibly handle. Every single one of us will face certain situations in life that may seem impossible.”

“Hopefully it will bring us to our knees.” 

“Because, it is when we realize that we can’t do it without God we experience the real victory.”


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~ Philippians 4:13

Laura