I think it’s safe to say that I am not alone in my love of the classic Penguin book covers. Long ago I posted about blowing up the covers to place in the guest room here. Well, I couldn’t choose just one so I started brainstorming on how to use multiple covers. I found these fun postcards on Amazon for $16.50 and the idea was born. I would make a collage out of my favorite covers.
Here’s how you do it …
- Buy the postcards here for $16.50
- Mod Podge glue
- Paint brush or foam brush
- 31 x 23 frame in black or silver
- 31 x 23 piece of matte board (Honestly I used the cardboard from the back of the frame, but I am frugal like that)
1.) Pick your favorite covers.
2.) Lay them out on the floor in the order you’d like to see them. I goofed the first time and laid them out on the frame. I got too excited … this is typical. Learn from that mistake, and lay them out next to the frame.
3.) Once you get your look, you can lay the matte next to it, and paint Mod Podge on the back of the top corner card. Then you place that card in the top corner of the cardboard and hold it down.
4.) Continue to pick up one card at a time and glue them own until you’re finished. Make sure you align the photos as you go across or the picture won’t be straight.
5.) If your cards go over the end of the matte board, all you have to do is cut them down once they are glued. And you’re done.
*The guest room is nowhere near done, but I did manage to get the shades up. Stay tuned!
Back from Texas and back to reality. I loved seeing my family this week! I ate my weight in Mexican food, I went back to the spot where I married William, and I got to see so many great friends. I also saw Sophia Bush at lunch one day, but that’s a totally different tale.
Welcome back! How was everyone’s holiday?
Image via Kate Spade tumblr
Today I cleaned. I told myself that not another thing comes into this house without a total overhaul on clutter. Around late afternoon I looked outside to see Sawyer playing in the leaves by himself. Puppies really are made to remind us that laughter is a key ingredient in life. I thought I’d share this moment with y’all tonight before the holiday madness begins in the coming weeks.
The mischief face:
… comforts: tea, cozy sweaters, aimless adventures, and picnics. Really this weekend wish is one for anything but braving shopping mall crowds.
I apologize for not posting my DIY. I accidentally left my camera card back at the house. There’s always Monday though!
Images via Cup of Jo, unknown
Hello, loves! I have been cooking all afternoon with my mother and sister. The three of us in the kitchen is as much a tradition as pumpkin pie. What traditions do you keep each year?
I will be back Friday with a DIY and a weekend wish, but until then …
Eat up and enjoy!
Image via MissMake
I think sometimes I enjoy a monogram on a man more than a woman. A good monogram on a man is subtle, but distinct. No zebra print, hot pink, feathers, or any of the other scary things I have seen for women’s initials. I went into gift guide mode this morning and rounded up my favorite picks for the boys in your life.
1. Humidor 2. Stationary 3. Grooming kit 4. Oxford 5. Wallet 6. Razor 7. Pilsner 8. Flask
Earlier this year I interviewed ceramicist Jill Rosenwald for Matchbook. When she described the luxury of sipping coffee and treasuring the moment, I knew her mugs were meant for gift giving. I imagined my busy older sister sitting at her desk at 6:00 am with both hands wrapped around her mug while she reads emails in the quiet office. I wanted to give her something useful, yet incredibly special this year. So, I emailed Jill gushing about her work as usual, and I had a thought: I would love to give moments of pure joy to all my readers too.
Since there is no way to mass produce her hand made and painted mugs, Jill came up with a special deal just for you! Her gorgeous chevron mugs usually go for $80, but for this week she is offering a 25% discount to ten I Love Your Crazy readers for the mug shown above. To order send an email with the subject line “SDWM Mug Order” to firstname.lastname@example.org and Jill will send you a PayPal invoice!
I’m thinking you have a coffee lover in mind who would love to see one under the tree!
P.S. Sorry sis, your Christmas gift is no longer a surprise, but I love you all the same. xoxo
P.P.S. After this week the deal expires so hop to it!
This week is a very big week. William and I fly back to Austin, Texas tomorrow. We haven’t been back since the day we were married, and I haven’t seen my brother and sister since I waved farewell from the getaway car. It comes down to this: I love our new town, but I MISS my family. When we finally all get in the same city at the same time, I find that all I can think about is the fact that the moments are fleeting, and I will have to board a plane to fly thousands of miles away from them once again. I know I need a serious attitude adjustment, especially since I will not be spending Christmas with them this year.
I am making it my mission to live in the moment this week … to soak up every moment like a sponge without thinking about expiration dates, flight times, and distance. I hope everyone has a lovely holiday, I have a few special things up my sleeve this week on the blog, but there will be fewer posts (forgive me) — I am living in the here and now.
P.S. I just added the Google Friend Connect gadget in the right hand column. I hope y’all will join the blog!
Images via Ashley Garmon and Katie Daisy
I talk a lot about tablescapes, usually in the sense that the ones I love eventually go on to inspire my outfits. However, as I have learned a tablescape doesn’t just refer to the one you gather round with friends and family. I am a believer that any space, including a desk space, can become a styled tablescape. Granted there is no way it is going to stay this way when work is at it’s peak … it is still a ball making a space your own. What trinkets do you use to adorn your space?
Here some examples of ones I love:
Katie Armour pulls it off so well … I counted there are 11 items resting a top this table.
Taking a few cues from Rue:
Images from Rue Two and Three. I linked them to the gallery, but if you know who the stylists are … please tell me!