Saturday, August 29, 2009

Happy Gloomy Weekend

Today is a very gloomy day here in the northeast. The temperatures are hovering in the mid to high 50's. Most are bummed about this, but I, am thrilled! Today has the feel of a crisp fall day, my favorite type of day. So I decided, as exhausted as I am, to live it up. While I was waiting for my dear husband to crawl out of bed, I decided to get a head start on my thank you cards for my upcoming baby shower. Since I am privileged enough to have access to the list of rsvp's, I addressed the envelopes to all my expected guests so that once my shower has passed I can just write the thank you letters and pop them in the mail (always thinking i tell ya). I sent out thank yous to those who cannot make it to the shower but have already sent gifts along (thanks again everyone!).
I thought these cards were adorable, and they just so happen to match the decal I put over the baby's crib (see post from earlier this month). I knew they were meant to be when I found that for 50 cards I would only need to spend $12. A happy Target find!

By the time dear hubby got out of bed, I was ready for lunch (though I'm always ready for lunch). We decided to pay our respects to a dear friend of over 10 years now, who will soon be with us no longer.

In just two days, sadly, this great restaurant will be closing its doors. TJ and I stopped in for a last meal and to enjoy my most favorite tea ever, Sonia's Sachlib, in the warm and cozy atmosphere Helsinki provides. I was devastated that I would never taste such a wonderful tea or their amazing butter spread ever again, until....we overheard the most amazing thing. Without knowing it, we happened to sit next to the owner who was explaining to a friend that he would be reopening Helsinki in Hudson, a town over the border in NY just 45 minutes away. I know 45 minutes! But it is soooo worth the drive to enjoy their delicious cuisine and Hudson has some really great shopping spots that I love and don't get the chance to visit as much as I would like. So it all works in my favor.

After, we wandered around Great Barrington hitting up some of my favorite shops, which I just love to do. We did some grocery shopping and then headed to Lenox to fulfill my next chocolate from Chocolate Springs (cool fall-like day remember). I added a yummy blueberry scone to that order!

After a stroll in our garden to check out my pumpkins (yes that is the same pumpkin as pictured earlier this month), I picked and hung my lavender up to dry. And we started our yummy homemade, baked mac 'n' cheese dinner (well, TJ really made it while I wrote this). And after dinner I plan to relax with my new book, which I am totally loving!

Yes, this gloomy day really was a good one!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

How my garden grows

Today I paid a little visit to my beloved pumpkin patch and was just thrilled to see how much it has grown. I compared the pictures to the ones I used in a post about a month ago and I just can't believe the difference. I have pumpkins!!!!!

I want it!!!!

But I can't have it. I have decided not to do a theme for the babies nursery nook (named so since she doesn't have an actual bedroom but a designated space in a rather large nook right outside of our bedroom). I'm not knocking anyone who loves themes for the nursery, but I'm just not the Winnie-the-pooh, Dora, princess type. What I do love is nature and I am trying to incorporate that into the decor together with light organic colors.

That is why I just love this mobile from Anthropologie and would love to have it for the baby's nook. However, it is a little out of my price range, so I'm just going to keep this picture here to look at every now and then. Isn't it gorgeous!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Pillows the size of people...well little people

With a little girl on the way, I've been trying to come up with ideas of fun things that I can make for her nursery nook that she can grow with, and hopefully, cherish through the years. I found this pillow and just love it! The always inspiring Rubyellen made this for one of her adorable little girls and though you can't tell from the pictures, it is big enough that her daughter can actually lay on it as if it were a bed.

I'm not sure I can actually recreate such a detailed piece of work but it certainly got the wheels turning for me. Rubyellen always has amazing and fun crafty ideas on her blog Check and has adorable finds in her Etsy shop

Rubyellen seems to frequently pop up on some of my favorite websites to visit for inspiration like which has the coolest blog ever and