Saturday, November 13, 2010

happy (late) weekend...

I'm still not sure how many people actually read this blog, but for those of you dear ones who stop by, I send you my apologies for the lack of a happy weekend post on Friday. I was hardly by my computer and, when I was, I actually had to get some work done (ugh).  So, I had no choice but to put my Friday link love on the back burner.

But, better late than never, right?  Here is some lovely link love for your Sunday enjoyment...

This cabin takes my breath away.

An adorable goose.

Confession: I judge a book by it's cover.  And this one looks beautiful.

Celebrities channeling Proust.  Plus, Martha Stewart.

Look!  Dylan is on the flora and henri website!  Isn't his tush adorable?
p.s. I'd be in trouble if I had a girl.

Inside and Outside.

Pretty kitchens.

Stephen Colbert is so funny.

What would you write to your 20 year-old self?  I think the gist of mine would be: it always works out.

Dogs rule.  And cats do too.

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend.  We had the most beautiful weather, dinner tonight with old friends and new friends and I am sitting by the fire right now with a kitty asleep on my feet.  Sigh.  Dinner parties are the best:  good food, good friends and an excellent motivation to clean house and buy fresh flowers.  I wish my home would stay like this forever!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

sneaky dylan

Yesterday I took Dylan to the doctor to make sure his ears weren't infected.  We got a good report and left happy; with a sticker and a sucker.  I thought these photos were so funny.  Suddenly, Dylan has moments where he shies away from the camera.  I remember doing that when I was little, too.  He's such a funny kid.  I love him from his fingers all the way to his toes.

pretty packages

Last night I didn't get home until 8:30 and I was feeling gloomy.  I had a meeting in Houston at 7:30 this morning and was tired after dealing with pesky deadlines, a sick Dylan and a broken car (Bob the Saab and I have a love-hate relationship and, thanks to a broken water-pump may be saying our good-byes soon).  I had spent the better part of the afternoon performing a rather impressive juggling act featuring these key players, but had finally picked Dylan, who was sleepy and smelled good, up from my parents' and found myself on my way home in my Dad's extended-cab, barbed-wire pin-striped Chevy who I affectionately named 'Barb'.

So, after climbing out of Barb, collecting my warm, yummy little one and feeling less than motivated about finishing even more work, I walked in the door to find this pleasant surprise waiting for me:

I had ordered a small, vintage bronze fawn from La Table Talk last week and came home to the sweetest little package.  I was so touched that I had to share.  To me, opening that pretty package was just as fun as getting my little fawn.  What a wonderful end to the day.  Truly, all is well that ends well.

Isn't he cute?  I really love him.


p.s. After opening this, I saw my copy of Anthologie in the mail and almost died of pure excitement. A pretty package + a pretty magazine is almost too much to handle.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ruffle Necklace DIY

Lately, I've been brain-storming different series to incorporate into Meyer on the Wire.  I always love stumbling across another blog's series and being able to read multiple installments of something I find interesting.  I have several ideas in my head, but still need to sort through the specifics of them.  One thing I do think everyone loves though is a good DIY project.

So, here it is: the very first DIY project on Meyer on the Wire.  Lucky for me and you, the holidays are right around the corner so these DIY projects can be used as gift giving inspiration!  And, yes, you can give yourself a gift.

Ez, of Creature Comforts, has one of the most amazing DIY + Project libraries I've found.  I was smitten with this sweet, quirky necklace that jewelry designer Rebekah put together.  Here are is the how-to. You can find even more inspiration at Creature Comforts.

p.s. Wouldn't this be so adorable with a tulle fabric?

 Ruffle Necklace DIY

Supplies needed:
  • a strip of three and a half inch wide fabric
  • sewing machine
  • 20 gauge wire
  • chain jump rings and clasp for the closure
  • any buttons, ribbon, brooches to embellish your piece
  • needle and thread

1. First you need to cut a strip of fabric approx. 3" wide, the length will vary depending on the weight and how "full" you want your ruffle to be. I usually just trim the strip down as I go.
2. Iron your strip in half with the right side facing out.
3. next your are going to sew a 1/4" straight stitch along the folded end of your fabric.
4. Make sure you sew along the folded side, you are creating a sleeve for the wire.

5. Now you need to get our your wire and cut a piece approx. 12" in length. You will need to make a wire wrapped loop with one end of the wire. If you do not know how to make a wire wrapped loop check out my friend Lindsay's amazing tutorial HERE on the Fusion Beads website.
6. after you have wire wrapped one end of your wire, begin feeding the other end into the sleeve of the strip of fabric you have created.

7. continue until you have reached the desired rufflyness trimming off any excess fabric.
8. wire wrap the second end of the wire.
9. your pendant is now complete! At this point go ahead and add any chain, beads or ribbon that you want for the closure.
10. On my pendant I added a 3" piece of red velvet ribbon and a cameo button to make it festive.

11. fold the ribbon in half and with your needle and thread sew it onto your ruffle pendant.
12. when you are finished sewing on the ribbon, add your button...and voila!

♥ ♥ 

I hope you like this DIY! Be sure to check out Creature Comforts for more DIY goodness and other wonderful, beautiful things.  And, you should also visit Rebekah's blog, she just had the most adorable little girl.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

little musicians

These made me laugh.  Don't you wish you could be a kid again?

Ukelele Madness

Harmonica + Apple = Love

{Both videos via Marvelous Kiddo.}


p.s. Dylan did almost the exact same thing with the harmonica when he was that age.  I wish I had recorded it.  Isn't it amazing how similar kids are?

Monday, November 8, 2010

hi chickens...

I'm battling a deadline at work this week, but I couldn't resist posting this adorable kid. Seriously?  There are too many thing about this that I love. Have a few minutes? Go watch Alice Dancing Under the Gallows**, a story about the oldest living Holocaust survivor.  You won't regret it.

Have a happy Monday.


*The Youtube video was removed for some reason, so this link takes you to the film's Facebook page.  Be sure to log in to be able to view it.

**UPDATE: The trailer has been taken down from the Facebook page. The production team posted a note that said they are preparing new footage to show.  However, I did find the original video on Youtube again so go here to view it.
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