Monday, October 26, 2009

Ever have one of those week's when your cosmic basket of internal happiness is just overflowing? That was me last week -- just so much to love:

My first-ever Etsy order arrived from my new on-line crush, Emily Martin. I've always enjoyed her fashion blog, Some Girls Wander, but she's taking a little sabbatical, so I switched to her "regular" blog, and low and behold, I'm in love. The posts are really well written, and she seems just like Violet Baudelaire come to life. I'm going to try and read through the archives today if there's time. That's devotion!

I got home from work to find gifts on the table. My folks just returned from Savannah, bringing me this goodie bag from the Savannah College of Art and Design, full of fabulous stationery designed by the students there. My son Jack visited SCAD a while back and said he'd love to matriculate. I'm going to need to start working overtime if that dream's gonna come true.

Speaking of Jack, it was Fall Break this week, meaning extra face-time with Number One Son. We decorated the porch, watched some classic movies and tested this excellent Stovetop Mac and Cheese recipe from my new Everyday Food. We highly recommend it -- the Dijon and Worcestershire give the sauce some real depth, and it reheats well for lunch the next day.

The colder temperatures have given me my first opportunity to wear this vintage swing coat I picked up at our local thrifty ($5!!). Everything about this coat makes me happy -- the 3/4 sleeves, the finger-tip length, the softness of the fabric, the old LS Ayres label -- it's got it all. I'm not usually a big fan of blue, but the coat's color is so unusual, it's almost like a neutral.

And I was looking forward to the weekend's double-header of fun Ohio style -- SoBo on Saturday and Maddie Lisee on Sunday. We got to enjoy Katie's hospitality Saturday evening, hanging out with friends, watching Project Runway and eating the most delicious dinner ever. The smoked chicken was to die for. Sunday morning we delivered our load of furniture to the store, which was looking terrific. Check out Heather's recent photos. It was fun peaking through the Christmas treasure trove in Katie's backroom -- I started my holiday shopping, snapping up jewelry, books, cards, paper and more.

Sunday afternoon, we headed to Heather's house for some of her wonderful Pasta Carbonara and to pick up a great load of furniture and smalls. Here's her kitchen sideboard, all decked out for next weekend's Halloween party. We'll be spending Halloween at Kane County -- be sure to come and see us. We'll have candy -- plus the great finds that we just picked up from Heather and much more. Check back later this week for a preview. xo

PS: A quick thank you to Cathy McMahon for the yummy pretzels -- those didn't last long! (:


Shannan Martin said...

I love these "This and That" posts! And the coat is just plain fabulous.

katie said...

Those pretzels should be illegal they are so addictive! Do not ever bring another bags of those to the store!