Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday in Springtime


Spring flowers grace my living room side table

Tonight I'm going to Family Night, eating pizza with cousins, watching a kids' movie, baking a cake with the kids, then watching a grownup movie if the kids fall asleep (Let's hope!) So my Spring Cleaning tonight will be nonexistent. There's always the weekend - Family Night comes first!

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

  • Gas up your car if needed, drop off mail and DVDs, stop at an ATM for cash

  • Take 60 seconds to grab a broom and sweep your kitchen, entryway, front porch and any other floors that need it.

  • Spruce up for the weekend - empty or fill dishwasher as needed, wipe down kitchen sink, empty trash cans, take out recycling, change pet litter, locate remotes and game controllers that have wandered away and replace them on your coffee table, etc.

  • Do your hands and nails look clean and pretty for the weekend? Remove polish, add polish, file and shine, or give yourself a manicure as needed.

TODAY'S PROJECT: Family Night

I won't be doing any major housecleaning projects today. Instead, I'll tidy up a bit so when I come home from Family Night I won't stress out about the condition of the house. I know I have two big Spring Cleaning projects coming up this weekend!

LOVELY BLOGS: IKEA Hackers


Here's a really inspiring blog that shows you neat tricks to improve on or repurpose your IKEA furnishings and decor items. There are tutorials for making an IKEA fruit bowl lamp, creating a felt bed playhouse, creating a chalk table, and creating an ingenious highchair for twins. The posts are helpfully tagged not only with topic (dining, children, art, etc) but with the name of the IKEA product. I bet you'll look at any IKEA items around your house in a totally new way after viewing this cool blog!

http://www.ikeahackers.net/

LOVELY FASHION: Cloth Magpie Handbags


I just discovered this British handbag line. Not only do I love the vintage-styled shapes (canteen, day case and what they call Bobble Kiss) but the vintage retro fabrics are amazing. I can't decide which is my favorite fabric - Pink Flower Girl, Trumpington Blue, or Trumpington Yellow. I'll keep my eye out for when they have a US online retailer available to purchase one from!

http://www.clothmagpie.com/

LOVELY QUOTE FOR THE DAY:

"Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt." --Judith Olney

LOVELY LINKS FOR TODAY:

Chic Spring Fashion for Every Age (Elle)

How to Use Nutmeg in Dishes Like Mango Nut Bread (Seattle Times)

15 Places Kids Should See by Age 15 (CNN)

39 Fresh Asparagus Recipes (Martha Stewart)

4 comments :

subgirl said...

AUGH THE HANDBAGS ARE SO FREAKING CUTE I MUST KNOW THE SECOND YOU FIND A SOURCE!!!!

Also, bobble kiss? The round knobs are the bobbles, and it's a kisslock frame. Bobble Kiss! TOO CUTE.

I must have all three shapes. *swoons* I LOVE KISSLOCK BAGS. Plus the square one is just suuuuper lovely!

Anyway, thank you for sharing!

subgirl said...

AUGH I just have to exclaim again how much I love the closures on all these handbags. I am a closure nut and I love turnlocks and kisslocks, and those switchy bits like on old briefcases. OF COURSE ALL THESE BAGS HAVE GREAT HARDWARE.

*sigh* *swoons over them* *is super glad there is no price on them*

subgirl said...

LAST COMMENT
(I found the prices. *sigh*)

I really like the poppy chain on the Day case. It's like a much classier version of the lunch box I carried in high school or the Hello Kitty box I carried after.

But I also <3 the super playful tumpington prints 'cos I'm not always classy, usually more playful!

Carrie said...

Haha you crack me up! Thanks for the info on the closures. I was so confused why that purse was called a bobble kiss.

HOW DO YOU KNOW ALL THIS?!! /wow!!!!!

Carrie