Monday, June 21, 2010

The Right White

I need your help. Right after we moved into our house 8 years ago, I painted my bedroom Restoration Hardware's Latte color. It's time for a complete makeover. I want my room to look fresh so I want to paint it white. But I want a white that has just a hint of grayish hue to it. Still white, but not too white. I’m terrible at picking out colors.
Do any of you have a white paint that you used in the past and really liked?

There are so many different shades of white and here are just a few as you walk through my house....

Please leave me a comment if you have a suggestion for a good white for my bedroom!

A Little Piece Of My World….

I hosted Senior Bunco last Friday night. No, not the AARP kind ... I invited a group of moms who all had a son or daughter graduating from high school this year. (Not only do I not really know how to play bunco, I don't particularly enjoy it, so it was really about getting together!)

My “rules” for attending were:
1) You had to wear something that represented the college your senior was going to attend.

2) The cost was $5 and who ever won had to pledge to give their winnings to their starving college son or daughter.

3) You also had to bring a $15 wrapped item that a college student could use while in college. At the end of the night, we all randomly picked one of the "giveaways" to give to our son or daughter.

I hosted dinner and drinks and everyone provided the fun. The best part of the evening was the mix of moms who came. We had moms from 5 different high schools. And I think everyone enjoyed trading notes with other moms (outside of our individual immediate circles) about the who, what and wheres of kids going to the college. The night really was more about socializing with a little bunco on the side.

Here is a recap of the night.

My table center piece was a chalkboard with a little poem I came up with..

We all knew this day would one day come, Their senior year is almost done!

As the saying goes "They're just about to fly the nest", So wipe the tears and know you've done your best.

In the near future we can only hope for a text here and there on our cell phones,

But hopefully while they're at college, they'll realize There is No Place Like Home!

Teresa won the prize for best school spirit. You can't really see her bee outfit, but she represented her son, Taylor, who is off to Georgia Tech - mascot being the Hornet! Michelle's son is off to University of Colorado!

I'm so glad my friend April (on the right) drove down from Orange. We met when our boys were 3 years old and were attending Chapman University's Child Development Preschool. They were best buddies for many years.

Michell's son will be off to Cal. State Fullerton next year. Go Titans...My old stomping grounds.
Cynthia, posing with my daughter Chelsea, shows off her Bruins spirit as her son goes off to UCLA! (He also got accepted to Norte Dame!)

Pam represented her son's college choice of Northern Arizona University where their mascot are the Lumberjacks!

Julie is so proud of her daughter who will be off to Austin College in Texas.

Jenny's son will be off to Colorado State University, Fort Collins and Julie's
son will be off to Baylor!

That's me in the corner wearing my Cal Poly hat while Janelle in the other corner didn't have any spiritwear to show off her son's choice to go to UC Santa Clara!
The $15 College Student Giveaway! Some people were very creative with their ideas.

Mine was a $15 ITunes gift card.

Aviva opening her son's Alex's college giveaway from Jenny.

Cynthia showing off her son's gift of dorm supplies.

Who knows where the road will lead our sons and daughters in the future, but for now these women all share a little piece of my world and I am so proud of each and everyone of their sons and daughters. Some I know better than others, but it really doesn't matter. It may sound like a cliche, but it's true, as moms, we share a common bond. We watched our kids take their first steps as babies, walk into their classroom on the first day of school and now take giant steps as they venture to the next part of their lives.

Thank you ladies for sharing a little piece of my world.


The Urban Barn Flea Market is this Friday, June 25 & Saturday, June 26, 9:00-5:00 both days. Head out to Escondido and enjoy a warehouse of “Industrial meets Vintage Pretty”.

The Grand Opening is next month and it truly will be GRAND. Lots of guest vendors.

Here is Urban Barn owner Linda Carpenter. There is nothing not to love about her. She is as kind as she is pretty and someone who is always ready to share a laugh.

Have a great rest of the week and remember... A Day Without Laughter Is A Day Wasted!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Giddy Up Girl!

Giddy Up, Girl!
Like they say in Texas, if you fall off your horse, you've just gotta get back on. In my case, I've fallen off my blogging horse. Minutes turn into hours, hours turn into days, days turn into weeks, well, you get the picture. Then one day you wake up and find it's been 3 months since you've written your last blog... oh well, let's giddy up and get going....

Lots to Catch Up On...

Look for me!
At the Irvine Valley Flea Market this weekend. I’ll be at Christie Repasy and Rita Read’s upcoming Chateau De Fleurs show, June 18 & 19, 9-5 pm. This is one show you won’t want to miss. They really go all out on the show and their vendors!!! Location: 1524 S. Hill Ave. Fallbrook, Ca.

If it's's Graduation!
Congratulations to my son Riley who is graduating this month. He is our first child to graduate so we're really excited and have family arriving from Texas and Florida for the big day.

In April, we anxiously waited for the mail to arrive each day. There is something to be said about opening up admission letters, actually holding the piece of paper in your hands, and reading the words "Congratulations Riley". It was far more thrilling than opening the collage admissions emails. Let's hear it for the good old fashion mailbox letters! Riley will be off to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Fall. Go Mustangs!

Big News...Urban Barn

I have taken a space at Linda Carpenters' new Urban Barn store in Escondido, CA. When I first pulled up and saw this industrial building just off the freeway, I thought - YIKES, what was Linda thinking! And then she opened the garage style doors. It was like going from seeing everything in black and white to everything in color for the first time. It's filled with vintage eye candy! This picture doesn't do it justice. It was taken on the day the store opened and it's now filled with twice as much have -to- have junk! So much to see! Location: 155 W. Crest, Escondido. Open Wednesday-Saturday.

Need Inspiration...

Then go purchase Jenny Doh's new book, "Inspiration, Where Women Create". Jenny is an amazing artist, blogger, knitter, flea marketer, editor and above all else author.

My friend Carolanne and I went to the Country Roads book signing and we not only purchased our books and had them signed by Jenny, but also enjoyed a wonderful conversation with her. She is one of those individuals that you could listen to for hours....she shared some personal stories of when she came to the US from Korea, she talked about taking her leap of faith when she left her job as a social worker to become an editor (the funny thing is we believe we crossed paths years ago when she was a Social Worker and I was doing PR for Orangewood Children’s Home) and she shared her thoughts on where the future might be headed in the world of magazines, blogging and books.

The minute I came home, I curled up and attempted to soaked in all the details in the book…the photos, biographies, and stories of inspiration.

New treasures....
I’ll have some fun new items at all my upcoming shows…but if for some reason you can’t make it and are interested in these goodies, just contact me.

New Union Jack Pillows...20 x 20, $35 without the down filler and $50 with the filler.

New tea towels….Pick your design on either a white or teastained tea towel...Cost $8 and $10 if they have fringe sewn on them. Design selection: Crown design with Junk Queen inscription, Gold King's Crown, Paris with Eiffel tower, Monograms, Live, Laugh, Love inscription, Queen Bee design and inscription, Eiffel tower image and Ferris Wheel image, Paris Flea Market.

A Little Piece Of My World...

(My nephew Chris with my daughter Ally at a family reunion 6 years ago. This pic was taken on the day we did a joint Bday party for the two July birthday cousins.)
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that my husband and I flew to Baltimore a few weeks ago for the unexpected passing of our 21 year old nephew, Christopher. We are all devastated by the loss. God Speed Chris, we love you and will always miss you.

Memorial Day...
On Memorial Day, my neighbor called and said she was having an impromptu get together. By these photos, you can tell it was a perfect of badmitton were going on while the chickens and rabbit ran around, grown-ups enjoyed Noah's special margaritas and everyone enjoyed hotdogs and hamburgers.

Thanks Bailey family. And most importantly, thank you Vets.