Friday Musings

Good Morning Lovelies,

I woke up with the beginnings of a cold this morning.  And here is the kicker….I recently finished a 7 day cleanse which was essentially 80% fruits and vegetables, giving me a week of constant vitamin and mineral intake, and NOW I start to get a cold?  This karma seems a bit backward.

But enough about my physical health, and on to the thinking side. I have had a whole bunch of thoughts and ideas rolling around in my noggin’ this week.  Mostly random ones and about various aspects of my life.  So, because it’s Friday, and because I like to share the quirky confines of my brain with you all, I’m just going throw out some of my recent musings.

1.  I think I need a personal clothes shopper.  Alright, the likelihood that I would EVER pay anyone to help me shop is REALLY low, but I am a bad shopper.  I’m not saying I have bad style or need to be on the next episode of “What not to Wear”, but I have a really hard time looking in my closet, assessing what I need, and what I should be buying to maximize the pieces I already have.  I wish I could shop and put together outfits like this lovely lady…

 

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2.  I’m caught in a web of interdependence when it comes to storage and decor in my place.  And the web begins here:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy kitchen cupboards are too shallow for any decent sized serving platters so I end of storing them here on top of my fridge I would like to move them to open shelving here…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbut my makeshift bar is currently residing on that shelving….which is why I want/need to find a pretty bar cart to put here in my living room, under my window….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(There was a bookcase here which is why there is a stack of books sitting there right now).  I envision my bar cart area looking something like these ones…

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So, as you can see I need the bar cart in order to deal with other storage and decor issues. The search continues.

3.  I need to work on my Recreated Facebook page.  Let’s be honest, it’s less than spectacular and I rarely post to it or update it.  It really needs a revamp.  Does anyone know if its possible to concurrently post to two Facebook pages?

4. It is possible the I may be going on an amazing trip very soon.  I’m still sorting things out so I don’t want to jinx it by telling you where yet, but it will involve me doing this to get there…

Will keep you posted!

Have a great Friday!

XO,

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Christmas in New York City

Good Morning all!

When you read this I will be in NYC getting ready to enjoy a little of this….

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and maybe some of this….

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and definitely lots of this…

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I’ve always wanted to go to NYC at Christmastime, it just seems so magical. And now I am! Will tell you all about it next week.

XO,

The Shirtdress

Good Morning Lovelies!

I’m in need of redesigning my wardrobe this spring/summer.  I don’t have much for either work or play that isn’t old and ratty or doesn’t fit quite right. The problem is I’m a terrible shopper.  I wander, browse, pick stuff up, put it back, and leave the store without buying anything.  I need goals…a list of specific items that I must get.  Actually I need a personal shopper, but that is not going to happen. Soooo, I’ve been browsing the internet for inspiration to help me create that that list of must haves to help me shop.  First on the list?  A shirtdress.  They are so versatile.  They can be super casual or dressed up for work. And classic, and I need more classic in my life.  Here are some good ones I found….

So many great options…which will I choose….hmmmm.

Have a great day!

XO,

Photo credits: 1,2 (no longer available),3,4,5,6,7 (photo unknown),8,9,10

Shopping for Upholstery Fabric

When deciding if you are going to re-upholster a piece of furniture, fabric is a big consideration.   And although I just love fabric shopping, the racks of fabric samples can be daunting especially if you don’t know what you need.  There are few things to consider when you are looking for upholstery fabric.  One the the most important things to do is to figure out how much fabric you need to buy, because that will be a big factor in the total cost.  Most fabrics come in 54″ widths and are purchased by the yard or by the meter.  Some upholstery fabrics are “double wide” (108″), giving you double the fabric per yard, but there is ususally less selection of double wide fabrics to choose from.  Here is a yardage chart that can be used to estimate how much you will need for certain piece of furniture.  They are just estimates but it is a good guideline to use.  That being said, it is always a good idea to talk to your upholsterer once you have the choices narrowed down to a few fabrics, just to confirm how much you will need.

If you are reupholstering a couch and it has a pattern you definately want to look at at using railroaded fabric.  Railroaded means the pattern goes side to side of the roll instead of up the roll.  In order to be able to use one piece of fabric across the back of a sofa or couch (without having a visbile sewing line), you would have to use railroaded fabric.  Here is a little picture demonstrating the difference.

Another factor to consider is wearbility/durability.  Fabrics with a high thread count (#of threads per sq inch) tend to be thicker and more durable.  Or choose a fabric with 20,000 rub count or higher.  Good fabric stores will have a section of upholstery weight fabrics or have staff that will be able to tell if it can be used for the piece you have in mind. 

Happy Shopping!