Thursday, January 29, 2009


I'm pretty conservative on what I spend my money on and that applies to flowers too.  I can spend a good 20 minutes in the flower section at the grocery store before I actually start my food shopping but rarely will I walk away with flowers in hand.  Yesterday I just couldn't walk away from these tulips, 20 stems for $12,  that price can't be beat.  I couldn't wait to get home and put them in this cute little vase I picked up at an estate sale in Georgetown.  Unfortunately the vase leaks but I guess that is what you get for $3.   

Monday, January 26, 2009

Say Cheese

Chris and I love cheese and are often scouting out great new kinds at our local grocery store. This weekend at Safeway we found Beecher's handmade cheese from Seattle. We were thrilled to see this cheese because it brought back memories from our trip to Seattle last spring.
We are not that big of foodies but decided to go on the Savor Seattle tour to experience some of Seattle's best (We highly recommend it).  After the tour we only went back to 2 places, Beecher's for their mac and cheese and Piroshki Piroshki.  I heart Piroshki's and if you know of a place in DC that sells them, there will be a big reward!  

All of their cheese is hand made and the process can be seen throughout the day in their store.  

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What will Michelle be wearing?

Here are what a few other first ladies wore on their big debut...... 

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Ah memories

To keep me busy I've been substitute teaching and last week I taught high school for the first time.  It's been more than 10 years since I was in high school but one thing that hasn't changed are the kids binders, they are still covering them with fun collages.  This was something I spent hours as a teen doing, I would cut out my favorite celebrities, cool photos and fun fashion and then decoupage them to the binder.  So when I stumbled onto this site tonight I couldn't resist making my own collage.  This time with no messy glue or time spent flipping through magazine.
Have fun making your own!  


Friday, January 16, 2009

Happy Friday

For some amazing floral design check out Ken Martins portfolio. He really has some unique things going on.  I'm in love with this simple green and white arrangement.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Getting This

Loving this magazine box, as you can see from the photo on the right, my version is just not working for me anymore. 

Saturday, January 10, 2009

1 year for LODA

Wow, a year has passed since I did my "first post"  I wasn't sure where this blog was going to take me but over time it has developed it's own personality.  It's doesn't contain as much design as I had thought but rather reflects more of me and my life and where I've been and where I'm heading.  A lot happened for me in 2008 but I'm even more excited about what 2009 brings.  So let's raise a glass to new adventures and what's to come. 
Yes that's beer, I have a feeling 2009 will bring many more trips to micro breweries, Bells is currently on the list of places to go.   

Friday, January 09, 2009

Happy Birthday Kenny!

I've been saving this one for you all year!  I hope you have a wonderful day and I can't wait to help you celebrate tonight!  Have you ever explained your obsession with Curious George? Maybe that will come out tonight.  

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Resolution #2

# 2 Cook healthier meals 

I love to cook and I think I do a pretty good job of cooking almost every night.  What I don't do well is cook healthy, most of my recipes come from French cook books or from my favorite cook, Bare Foot Contessa, we all know these recipes call for lots and lots of butter and cream. On Oprah this week she's been having a week long special called your Best Life. Her site has great healthy recipes that mostly link to the biggest loser family cook book.  I'm thinking I may need to pick this one up asap.  

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

New Years Resolutions

#1- Get Organized

Ever since college it seems like I have lived in smaller than normal places, when I moved in with Chris I was ecstatic that I was moving from 350 sf up to a whopping 900 sf.  But ask me today and I'll probably tell you that I can't take it anymore.  To live in tight quarters one needs to be organized, my good friend Architect Design has mastered this, me not so much.  

I've been wanting to organize this wall behind my desk. 

Go ahead and gasp, I know it's bad. (That lovely plant is my marriage plant, given to us at our wedding from Chris's parents, I'm happy it is growing so big but I really don't know what to do with it.) And look at all those papers, I need some sort of file cabinet and storage.  

I've had this lovely pottery barn magazine cut out behind me for almost 6 months, it's my inspiration, it's what I would LOVE.  However the ones from PB are too deep ( I won't be able to sit at my desk) 

Here are a few of my other options I'm been looking into. 

Loving the price of this one from Target 

Loving this one from Ikea because you can close the doors.

Not loving this system from Container Store but I'm thinking it may be an option.