cyber monday round-up

hey friends!  i cannot tell you how wonderful it feels to not be promoting my own shop this cyber monday!  stepping back from shop life has been life changing for me, a decision i have not once looked back on (praise the Lord!).  but even though i am not pushing my own shop today, i have a handful of businesses i love to support that i want to share with you!

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first up is jones design company.  i love so many of her prints – i have this one and this one up in my house right now!  and all of her arts prints are 50% off until 9pm pst tonight!

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next up is evy’s tree.  i own several of these luxury hoodies and can vouch for their comfort and quality (this is one of my favorites!).  they have a couple sales right now, but i’m warning you: they sell out fast!

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golden tote is one of the fun shop-at-home services i use – a couple of my most worn items are from them!  for cyber monday they are offering an extra surprise item with the purchase of a tote.  i also love their black friday gifts under $50 – super fun finds!

boden

boden is one of my favorite sites for classic clothing with a funky twist.  super modest, high quality and great fitting.  you can get UP TO 40% OFF EVERYTHING PLUS FREE SHIPPING & RETURNS today until saturday, 6 december.  be sure to enter code: 2R8F at checkout!

lisa leonard designs

at least half of the jewelry i own is from lisa leonard designs (she happens to be a good friend of mine).  to say i love her work would be an understatement!  she is offering 30% off your entire order today with code “cyberlove”.  and you may just see a few pics of my kids and i throughout her site!

blue corduroy

my dear friend emily of blue corduroy makes the sweetest hats and ear warmers ever!  she is having a 30% off sale on her entire site – use code THANKS30.

barn owl primitives

barn owl primitives makes the cutest hand painted signs!  i’m partial to this one.  use code CYBER25 for 25% off your entire order (these would be great christmas gifts!).

be still clothing co

be still clothing co.wants to share Truth with others through clothing in a fashionable and comfortable way.  today only they are discounting the adorable sweatshirt  to just $30 (while supplies last)!

off broadway shoes

off broadway shoes carries my favorite converse tennies and today they are 20% off!  beyond that, they have lots of shoes that are up to 50% off (some really cute boots, too!).  use code CYBER at checkout.

ok, there you go!  happy shopping on this cyber monday!

the itch that can’t be scratched

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you guys, i think i’m going through a style mid-life crisis.  i need help.  maybe professional.

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ok, so maybe that sounds a bit dramatic, but there is a touch of seriousness.  after closing my shop several months ago, i have been struggling to “find myself” in my newfound creative freedom.  i walked away from my sewing machine, only to go back to stitch a tear or patch a hole.  thats pretty much it.  and i have built up some odd immunity to crafts and all things crafty.  i still love handmade, but not in the same way i used to.  i am yearning for a different kind of handmade, almost where you can’t tell that its handmade, but just cleverly designed.  leaning a bit more toward modern.  but then i feel like i’m denying my vintage/thrifted roots!  oh, how i still love all things old and chipped and slightly damaged.

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in my home, i have been stripping myself of my usual patterns of adding every little tchotchke that would fit on the shelf (and look adorable) to a more simple look, even taking away some things that are adorable, just to set out less.  less is hard, you guys!  while i love color, i am feeling myself pull away from color in a big way.  i’m yearning for quiet in my decorating life.  i want less color, more layers & texture.

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i am not willing just yet to sell off every non-necessary tchotchke or bright colored accessory (although i’ve seriously thought about it), but i’m also not ready to dish out hundreds of dollars for items that i think will satisfy my i’m-not-quite-sure-what-to-name-it hole i’m trying to fill.  so instead i’m doing what i do best:  shopping my house to create just the right feeling in each of our spaces.  the only thing is, i’m redo-ing everything i can get my hands on… and i’m not happy!

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i have rearranged silas & lily’s shared room and totally hate it.  while i was trying for something different, i got it.  but what i also got are 2 beds that are difficult to be made (against a wall) and corner’s of beds that we all catch our ankles on – ouch!%*@!  i bought a $100 rug on a whim (aka bad idea) and it landed in here after trying 2 other rooms where it apparently wasn’t welcome (aka it looked way too busy, like i was trying too hard).

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i haven’t touched gracie’s room but i want to.  what i really want to do is put the girls back in this room together, but sean said moving the kids to different rooms just to serve my need for change wasn’t a good enough reason.  i guess i can’t be too irritated by his practical rationality.  so i’m working on some better reasons.  no really, i am.  i’ve got 2 pretty good ones worked up and  will solidify the “need” with a 3rd reason as soon as i think it up ;)

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i am also still loving the fresh changes i made to the kitchen.  i want my whole house to feel like the kitchen, but with knit throws and textured pillows ;)

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our living room is probably the trickiest, and most annoying to me.  it is the biggest space with the least amount of options for functionality.  design is one thing, but functionality has to come first.  perfect example:  silas and lily’s room.  i think i can get the design back to something i like, but its not functioning well for our family.  but the living room’s functionality issues aren’t really ones i can change – our couches are big, our entry way is small/nonexistent, the entry to the school room is straight through the living room, and i have very little wall space.  after 8 years i feel like i have tried every option for rearranging the furniture in there (without buying new furniture) and am at a loss.

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(not my home.  i wish.  no really, i want this house.)

so the only solution is to sell the house and build a new one!  if only it were that simple.  in all reality, sean and i have been talking about bigger dreams and taking on a building project again.  we both love our home and our neighborhood (its really hard to beat), but we are also both feeling a strong push for change.  while i’m trying to work out my need for change within my home, the pull for looking elsewhere is getting stronger.  we aren’t at a point where we are seriously pursuing anything, and definitely not at the point of selling our home, but its fun to dream.  even the kids have been catching on to our talk of our “dream house” and have enjoyed putting in their 2 cents.  while we are assuring them that this is only dreaming for fun, there’s a big part of us that is hoping it can be true.

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but for now, i will continue to work out my issues on my home and try to hone in on what i really want via pinterest.  i hear its cheaper than a counselor.

(p.s. if you want to see the direction i’m heading, you can follow me here.)