My Google Search History

If you can get a good idea about a person from their Google search history, then I'm in trouble. Actually, maybe I'm just weird... like my Google search history. My search terms over the last week... my commentary is italicized.

  • difference between moles and voles I'm finding mysterious holes in the mulch and I don't think they're from chipmunks...
  • how to kill moles and voles They're killing my plants, so...
  • can my baby breathe sleeping face down I know he can roll but the video monitor shows him sleeping directly on his mouth... definitely nerve racking for this new Momma.
  • poisonous snakes in connecticut I've been seeing so many snakes while gardening, I figured I might as well know which ones to hit with a shovel...
  • how to get the smell of vinegar off fingers I've been on a cleaning kick with all natural products and you can't get much more all natural than straight vinegar. Yet... that ish stinks. Stinks.
  • identifying wild animal poop I've been seeing some droppings around the outside of the yard and for Griff's sake, I just want to rule out coyotes/fisher cats/raccoons.
  • mutant dandelion medusa On the side of the house, we had a craaaaazy weed sprout up. I let it grow and grow and grow until it was literally taller than me. It had leaves that looked like dandelion leaves but they had sharp points all around them and instead of one dandelion head, it looked like the medusa of dandelions... 3+ "blooms" on each stem. I finally ripped it out last night and tossed it as far as I could into the back woods. Good riddance.

​So yeah, that's my life lately. Moles and snakes and wild animal poop. Good times. Hoping your search history is more rainbows and unicorns.

My Favorite Things: August 2014

Hope you all had a great Labor Day! It was H-O-T here in Connecticut, but Matt and I managed to take a hike with Griff and Harrison. It was so humid that we were sweating before we even got to the trail, but it felt good to get out and about in between naps. We know the colder weather is just around the corner, so we're trying to really take advantage of the next couple of months. 

Today's post title is pretty self-explanatory. It's a list of my favorite things for August. I'm constantly tearing things out of catalogs that I want for myself (or others!). I'm going to try to consolidate all of those tear-outs in one spot. Here's a small collection of things I've fallen in love with over the last month.

This set of party glassware. Even straight-up water would taste better in cute glasses like these. ($26.50, Fishs Eddy)

Fishs Eddy Glassware

This vintage looking scale. ($63.99, Amazon.com)

Typhoon Novo Mechanical Scale

How sweet is that? We use the food scale a ton in our house. If I wasn't currently trying to scale back on stuff to free up counter space, it would be on my counter for sure. For now though, the slim scale that fits in the cupboard does the trick.

On our trip to Maine last month, I fell in love with this cotton throw that was in one of Camden's Main St. shops. ($243, Jo Ellen Designs, Brahms Mount) It's seriously one of the most beautiful throws I've ever seen and the softest throw I've ever felt.

Brahms Mount of Maine

They have dozens of vibrant colors. The throw itself is made in Maine (Go USA!) and I'd love to have one of them one day. It makes for a really special wedding present, too!

I happened upon this paperboard cake stand* for parties. ($9.04, Amazon.com)

Meri Meri Cake Stand

Even a plain cheesecake would look fancy on that bad boy, no? I bet if you're careful, you could wipe it down and get more than one use out of it. It could also work as a cute, inexpensive hostess gift.

These storage bins look cute with kids toys in them, but I'm kind of digging them for myself. ($29-$49, Land of Nod)

Land of Nod Kneatly Knit

Laundry, shoes, dog stuff... the list is endless.

One of the finishing touches I will add to the kitchen when the time comes is a pendant light over the sink. This is a handmade light fixture I found on Etsy that has a definite nod to the school house history of our home. ($108, oldebricklighting.etsy.com)

Olde Brick Lighting

The artist's Etsy shop is pretty impressive - he makes all of the lights by hand and you can customize finishes.

The dog days of summer are still ahead of us, so I thought something like this would come in handy. ($139, Home Depot)

Directional Ceiling Fan

Yep, a directional ceiling fan. Kind of genius, right? Most of the fans I've seen have damp ratings, making them ideal for porches and sun rooms.

I'm also digging this print from Sandra Jacobs. ($17.99+, Art.com)

Jewels of Nature

I don't have a spot for it, per se, but I'm digging it nonetheless.

So there you have it. A few things that caught my eye over the last month. Do you ever rip out pages from magazines and catalogs to keep them fresh in your memory?

*Speaking of cake stands... a couple of months ago, HGTV magazine had a feature on other uses for pretty cake stands (besides displaying cakes) and I thought they were pretty clever:

-Tiffany Brooks uses a cake stand to hold a pencil cup, paper clips and sticky notes on her desk.

-Drew Scott arranges different-size candles of one color on a cake stand and uses it as a centerpiece.

-Vern Yip thinks a cake stand is a great way to display your family's most recent birthday or holiday cards.

Pretty smart, right? Just something to keep in mind when you find a cute one but your husband thinks it's a waste of money for how many times it's actually used... ;)

A Welcome Curb Update

Yes, there's a little play on words in the title. I couldn't help myself. 

One day over the last few months, I realized that I allowed a spot of grass/dirt/long lost flowers get completely out of control. It's a spot where our driveway meets the road and I did a little sprucing on it last spring here

The sprucing looked okay... for a little while. Then Spring came and with it a newborn. Aaaand cue the neglect.

Welcome Curb Update

Yikes, I know. I went to Home Depot and grabbed 3 mums to put in corner after weeding and tearing out clumps of crab grass. Originally, I left one plant that was questionably a weed.

Welcome Curb Update

As it turns out, that random plant was a weed, so I tore it out and tried to plant the third mum. I kept digging and hitting pavement, so I decided nothing would grow there but weeds. I had divided the small space up in thirds in my head, and wanted one mum in each third. With the other two planted, that left a gap of garden that looked a bit awkward. I decided to make a quick "Welcome" sign out of scrap wood.

Welcome Curb Update

Welcome Curb Update

I spray painted the piece of scrap with a gray color that I had laying around.

Welcome Curb Update

Don't worry, I was spray painting outside and Harrison was in the corner of the garage doing this...

Welcome Curb Update

Lucky. With a couple of coats of gray on the piece of scrap, I pulled out an old can of yellow exterior paint that I used to paint the back door.

Welcome Curb Update

I grabbed a craft brush and free-handed a little "Welcome" scribble with some random dots and a sun. It took me literally 3 minutes.

Welcome Curb Update

Since the wood wouldn't stand up on it's own, I grabbed the staple gun and a few stray pieces of wrapped wire and made makeshift legs. Can you tell this project was on a whim by my word choices? "Scribble, random, makeshift..." Ha.

 

Welcome Curb Update

I waited for it to dry before spraying the whole thing with a clear gloss coat to protect it a bit from the elements. Then, I stuck it in the ground and called it a day.

 

Welcome Curb Update

Welcome Curb Update

Welcome Curb Update

I'm happy that it served as a bit of a creative outlet while using stuff I had laying around. With the cost of the mums, this "Welcome" update - get it? ran me well under $10. Now, I just have to maintain it. ;)

Back To School

It's that time of the year again... back to school time, baby. Trapper Keepers, Mr. Sketch scented markers, Lisa Frank folders...

Lisa Frank Rocks

Yes, I was obsessed with anything and everything Lisa Frank. Am I dating myself?

While no one in this house is currently attending school, we do live in the town's old school house - that's a little relevant, right?

Our (modified) one-room school house just happened to be featured on the front cover the hometown newspaper last week. I don't think I've ever shared this picture before. And... since I've never shared it before, I've never pointed out the creepy girl all the way to the right. Her dark stare looks like she would haunt this house... just sayin'.

School House

When we bought the house, the previous owners left a bigger copy in one of the kitchen drawers. I'd like to get it framed someday and actually display it. That sounds like a good project for Fall. Which is right around the corner now that school's back in session in Connecticut. 

I find it so easy to get swept up in that optimistic feeling of a fresh start this time of year. Anyone else? Matt and I are finally starting to get some sleep (I'm knocking all the wood within reach) so we're starting in on a couple of things after Harrison goes to bed each night. Before we start our Game of Thrones binging, that is. 

Matt's been working on his car a bit (yes, the car that occupies most of the mancave) and I've been mostly tending to the gardens.

Whether your home has school-goers or not, I'm hoping you're spending the dog days of summer however you wish!

Picture Tour: Mid Coast Maine

We took our first family vacation last month and I'm just now getting around to posting some of the pictures.

We headed up to Camden, Maine to spend eight nights in "Vacationland." We were a little limited in what we could do and see with a 4-month old in tow, but for the most part, we fared pretty well.

It's absolutely stunning up there. It was so worth the drive. Some of these shots were taken with my phone and some were taken by Matt on his "real" camera. Enjoy!

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

 

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Mid Coast Maine

Featured Spots: Moose Point State Park, Camden Harbor, Camden Amphitheatre, Young's Lobster Pound, Point Lookout, Sea Street (Camden), Belfast Bay, Camden Green, Howe Point

Looking for other picture tours? I did one for Yarmouthport, MA last month. Check that out here.

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