Archives for April 2008

The Little Things

I love this photo for so many reasons. First of all, the color is gorgeous. The way she creates sharp images with great contrast is amazing! Also, because it represents the best example of love. This was what Karen Russell came home to find after a long, busy day. Her husband set it up and it is so beautiful and touching in its simplicity. This is what I truly believe, sometimes it really is the smallest things that leave the biggest impression in our hearts. It’s not the big presents on birthdays or anniversaries, it’s the little things we come home to on a Sunday night. The little things that say, “I was thinking about you…and I love you.”

PS- That is a tape measure in the bottom of the picture because she had been complaining that she lost hers.

Stephannie Barba

Stephannie Barba

I think every wedding should feature Stephannie Barba! I love her work!

New Chick Lit…

According to Page Six, Page Six reporter Paula Froelich just sold her debut novel to Simon & Schuster.

Here’s the description:

Page Six reporter Paula Froelich just sold her debut novel to Simon & Schuster’s Atria imprint. The novel, “Mercury in Retrograde,” centers around the lives of three New York women – a newspaper reporter named Penelope Mercury, who gets fired, a wealthy socialite fashion editor, Lena “Lipstick” Lippencraff, and a newlywed corporate lawyer Dana Gluck, who moves out on her husband when she dis covers he’s having an affair.

They all end up moving into the same SoHo apartment building.

Savoring the Details

This photo is from a blog that may become my new favorite site to visit.

Bethenny is real…if not an actual housewife

After watching an entire season of The Real Housewives of New York City (a spin-off of The Real Housewives of Orange County) the cast has proven to be interesting, gossip-worthy and fascinating to watch. All-in-all a winner of a reality show!

My favorite housewife is the only one who can’t actually be considered a “housewife”, Bethenny Frankel. Many of you may remember Bethenny from the first and only season of Martha Stewart’s Apprentice. She didn’t win then but she definitely wins with this show! Word has it that Bethenny has already signed a six-figure deal for a cookbook based on her own rules for diet, exercise and healthy living. Bethenny has also done a number of video blogs on cooking tips and techniques. Let’s keep our eye on her and see what the future has in store for this Housewife’s Apprentice.

Dream Bed

How can you not love the idea of crawling into this bed at the end of a long day? Or imagine spending an entire rainy day reading in bed! Rachel Ashwell has been creating fantastic lines for years and if I could decorate my entire house Shabby Chic, I think I would!

The Proposal

Looks like another film is hitting close to home! THE PROPOSAL starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds is filming in Boston…the best city in the world! (In my humble opinion)

{image via Flynet}

Send a Card!

Who doesn’t enjoy receiving a little message in the mail? Even if it’s just a simple “Hello” inside a beautiful/happy card.  Found this one in Winifred Studios.


Alicia Paulson is a crafty girl! She is a designer and crafter who can recognize colors that are pleasing to the eye and often that is the most important aspect of creating beauty. Here is a photo she took of her kitchen and there is something so comforting about this image that I just had to share! (Maybe it’s just my love of pink!)

Be Inspired!

This weekend is Donna Downey’s INSPIRED event.  I think her work is inspiring, so I can only imagine how wonderful this event will be.

The Secret to a Long Life

…is staying interested in popular culture and current events–as well as maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. Thanks to Meg Cabot and her ever-insightful blog for bringing this information to our attention. Who knew that keeping up on Britney would be my fountain of youth?

Give it your all!

“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.” – Leo Buscaglia

Thanks to the inspirational Ali Edwards for this quote.

The Handmade Card

This weekend I missed a birthday party and wanted to do something special for the birthday boy. So I decided to make a card. It was a simple exercise, something that took no time at all, but receiving anything that is handmade gives the recipient an instant surge of love. They know that someone cared enough about them to take the extra time and attention to do something thoughtful, something that requires more effort than looking at a rack of mass produced cards and selecting one. Give it a try! At the next holiday, grab some glue, a photograph, maybe a ribbon and some stickers and go to town! I guarantee that the recipient will reserve a special place in their heart for you and your efforts!

This card was designed by a brilliantly crafty girl!

Abigail Halpin

I have always been in love with the work of illustrators. They have the ability to capture simplicity and innocence in a single image. This is one artist that I just happily stumbled upon.

Dear John

Lottie Frank

I love this image! You can find other work by Lottie Frank here.

Jennifer Pebbles

…has a wonderful approach to scrapbooking. I love that she scrapbooks her daily life.

A Bit East

I love her work!

Beautiful Quote

“At the root of all art, I believe there is life. And life encourages art. Everything is a self-portrait. Embrace it.”  –Elise Blaha

Enlightenment for Idiots

Debut novel that is receiving some great praise right out of the gate. Publishers Weekly said, “Cushman brings devastating wit and a thorough knowledge of her subject to her first novel, evoking an India that fills the senses and stirs the spirit even as it occasionally turns the stomach, and making it possible for the reader to both laugh with and root for Amanda as she comes to terms with her messy life.”

Check out Anne Cushman’s site for more information on this fantastic new writer!

Could Sex and The City Survive Outside of the City?

The New York Daily News poses an interesting question today. Could the excitement for the lives of single women spark as much interest if they took place in Brooklyn? Or a smaller suburb?