2008 August | Somewhere in Middle America

The evenings are getting cooler, which means that fall is just around the corner. It can’t get here soon enough! When it does, I want to wrap myself up in this shawl. (via Bliss)

I love the idea of tea towels, but I’ve heard they aren’t as absorbant as regular terrycloth dish towels. So besides looking lovely in the kitchen, what’s the point of tea towels? (via More Ways to Waste Time)

If I had a staircase I’d seriously consider wallpapering it. (via sfgirlbybay)

Check out these checkbook ledgers made from extra OrangeBeautiful Cash Money prints. So clever! (via the SCOOP)

It’s been a couple of years since Carrie Bradshaw made the horseshoe necklace trendy, but I’d still wear this one by Melanie Favreau. (via Supermarket)

These handmade, gold-lipped ceramic dishes by Susan Dwyer of up in the air somewhere are not only beautiful, they’re affordable. I’d use them to hold my rings or other small pieces of jewelry I wear on a regular basis. (via Design*Sponge)

Finally, it’s time to start thinking about packing for the honeymoon. J makes fun of me because I always try on all of my outfits before they make it into the suitcase, but that’s how I roll! (via What I Wore) 

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! 

I love this leather jacket by Katy Rodriguez, which was featured in today’s DailyCandy email. Sadly, even with DailyCandy’s twenty percent off discount, it is still way out of my price range.

I’m also drooling over Matt Bernson‘s patent-leather riding boots from the September 2008 issue of Real Simple (page 225). I’ve been scouring the ‘net for them but can’t seem to find ‘em. Every online shop I’ve visited only has Matt’s gladiator sandals and other Spring 2008 shoes. I’ll love you forever if you can find them for me. (No, I can’t afford them either, but a girl can dream, can’t she?)

PS – What did you think of last night’s Project Runway?

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Last night I went to the ER with cramps in my lower right abdomen. Five hours later I was diagnosed with acute gastroenteritis. However, the experience wasn’t a total waste of time. After bloodwork and a CT scan confirmed that the pain it wasn’t appendicitis or anything having to do with my liver or gallblatter, I had a sonogram to check for ovarian cysts. Why am I telling you this? Because not only are my ovaries completely healthy, they are also perfectly sized and placed, according to the tech. Usually one ovary is larger or sits higher than the other, but my reproductive organs look exactly like they do in the textbooks–and apparently that is uncommon.

I’m so proud of my ovaries. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

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Check out my latest Craftstylish post: Easy Faux Bois Photo Board Tutorial.

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Dear Friends,

I’m looking for a comfortable yet stylish pair of shoes to wear on my honeymoon next month. My plan is to wear some sort of sundress or skirt/top every day (aka NOT look like an American tourist in Italy), so I need something equally cute for my feet (which are terribly long and narrow). Any ideas?

Love PJ

Talk about an impromptu purchase: Last night J and I bought a car. Actually, we knew that we needed one and had spent the late afternooon at various car dealerships checking out our options. However, since we decided on a used car, we had to make the deal right then and there. So now we are the proud owners of this 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE — leather seats, Bose sound system, optional 3rd row seating. The previous owner kept the car (or shall I say, truck) in pristine condition. It basically looks like a brand new car (and has a very clean engine, according to J.)

After last winter’s accident, I am very excited to have a snow-friendly 4WD at my disposal. Plus, in my playbook, the bigger car always wins.

(*BAMF = Bad Ass Mother F*cker)

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My dad sent me an email linking to a USA Today article about the new “Dancing with the Stars” line-up and wrote:

A very weird collection of “stars.” I can’t believe Cloris Leachman is 82. If she dies on camera, I’ll be very upset.

Oh, dear.

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Happy Monday, my friends!

I hope you all had wonderful weekends. Did you get a lot done, or did you do a lot of relaxing? J and I had a very busy weekend. Since he just got back on Tuesday, there were people to see and things to do, including house hunting! I’m sure he would have preferred we wait until after our honeymoon to start looking at houses, but I convinced him we should start our search now. I’ve waited all summer for this!

The good news is that we’re in no rush to leave our apartment. We’re on a month-to-month lease right now. The bad news is that we might be staying in our apartment for a while. Of the 10+ houses we saw over two days, there were only two that we liked… and one of them was out of our budget.

In the area of town that we’d like to live, most homes in our price range were built in the mid-60s — and haven’t been updated since. We saw some truly ugly houses and quite a few smelled musty or like old people. One reeked so badly of cigarette smoke that we had to turn around and walk out before we even made it through the foyer. To be honest, it was a bit discouraging.

Here’s what we’re looking for in a house:

  1. 3+ bedrooms (master, guest and office)
  2. 3+ bathrooms (downstairs, upstairs and master)
  3. 2-car garage
  4. Updated kitchen with a pantry
  5. Fenced-in backyard
  6. Close to the interstate (so J doesn’t have a terribly long commute)

On our “would be nice” list:

  1. Master bathroom with two sinks
  2. Walk-in closet in the master bedroom
  3. Finished (or partially finished) basement
  4. Deck large enough for a grill and patio furniture

Our search continues Wednesday afternoon. Wish us luck!

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Can I be this girl? (via A Cup of Jo)

Looking for something bright and happy to hang on your wall? Downloading this free poster (above) from Poppytalk is “Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.”

I am definitely making these customizable luggage tags to use on my honeymoon next month — so glad I convinced J that I needed a laminating machine earlier this year! (via How About Orange)

Too bad I didn’t read these tips on how to make cut flowers last longer when J sent me a bouquet of roses a couple of weeks ago. (via Shelteriffic)

Congratulations, Adriana, on In-Vita Paper Studio‘s one year anniversary! (via One Blue Chocolate)

I feel like I’d be cheating on Rick Steves if I used this City Walks deck to explore Rome with J… but it’s tempting. (via The Speckled Egg)

It makes perfect sense that I want this print (above), as J now calls me “the bird lady.” My half-birthday is coming up in September… (via Miss Jane)

I love this eco-friendly version of the traditional “Thank You” plastic bag. It’s really time I got myself a tote to take with me to the grocery store. (via CUT+PASTE Blog)

Finally, Snow & Graham’s new website is up and running! DROOL!