There are worse things than coming home from a 2 week vacation and suddenly being really busy with your new job, right? I couldn’t be happier about the new projects coming my way. My posts here may be sporadic this week as I get off “beach time” and adjust back to reality. I am working on several home projects for clients and myself as well as getting started on planning a fun fall party. I will, of course be bringing you all the details soon. Stay tuned…
Archives for September 2011
My family has discovered something really spectacular- the late summer vacation. As staunch July beach-goers, we have always braved the crowds, prices, and dead heat along with thousands of others but this year we decided to go later to cut costs. Although this trip seemed so far away in June I am no so glad we decided to wait.
I have been out of school for longer than I would like to accept but yet every time the first day of school rolls around I get that same vague feeling of dread. Dread that the pool is closed, the grill will not be cranked up every night, and that the lazy beach days are done. Except that this year they aren’t! Just when the summer seems to be coming to a close we are going to go get it all revved up again. While other people are packing away their bathing suits we will be staying in ours into the late afternoon sun, drinking a cold drink, and talking away the hours. All the sounds of our busy life will be tuned out by the sound of waves…the best cure for the end-of-summer depression and I can’t wait.
There is no better place for me to relax and recharge. I will have peaceful time to just think and great memories to inspire me when I get back. And I can’t tell you how much I need that. My brain has been in auto drive lately and instead of being excited about any project I am feeling too overwhelmed to know where to start. I know I need a good relaxing vacation to just clear my head so I can tackle my list. And there is no better place for me to do that than my very favorite city: Charleston. I can’t wait to shop down there and get all excited about 4 million new things I want to add to the list. I will be back shortly with a nice, new, cleared out mind and I can’t wait to share it all with you…
As a token of my affection I am leaving you with a treat! I hope that I am not the first to mention Pinterest to you but if I am let me also be the first to tell you that you will become insanely addicted. It is a virtual bulletin board to store every image that inspires you from couches to paint colors. From vacation spots to recipes. From hairstyles to shoes. Enjoy pinning and I will see you soon! *(If you miss me too much be sure to follow me by clicking the Pinterest button near the top, to the left).
Quirky would be one way to describe my dad. Obsessive, hyperactive, and perfectionist would be others. So when he recently pulled me aside to show me one of his “projects” I knew it would be good. Or entertaining at the very least. Keep in mind that we were at my Mimi’s, his mother’s house but that did not stop him from “tweaking” some things. He likes to think of these things as sophisticated design but I am not sure that envelope lampshades could be sold as “sophisticated.” Unless maybe we are talking broke college students. But that’s exactly what he called these lampshades he had constructed to cover the bright bulbs on the medicine cabinet. But, the lampshades were just the starter he actually had bigger and better things to share with me. Things that he knew only I would appreciate.
As he led me to my grandmother’s linen closet I knew he had gone into one of his manic project modes. He proudly opened the door to reveal all of her towels in perfect stacks arranged by color. And not just by color but in stacks that faded from darkest to lightest shade. Ombre organization?? There was a vintage section (did I mention my grandmother is a hoarder?) and separation between prints and solids. We stood there side by side admiring what only people like us can appreciate: an entire Saturday afternoon spent folding and organizing towels: pure heaven….