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The Gift of Time – Wall Clocks!

The other day I came to the realization that I am surrounded by time, yet I never have enough of it.  The microwave, the coffee maker, the stove, the computer, the alarm clock, the cable box, the stereo, and my cell phone constantly remind me how very little time I actually have.  I swear I have aged like 10 years since I gave birth.  I don’t know where it goes, but time really does fly. Anyway, the point is that I have all of these digital clocks all over the place and not one wall clock – which is ridiculous.  The wall clock is a staple of the home and we can’t let that quiet tick-tock be silenced by an LCD display.  So, give someone the gift of time this holiday season … or give it to yourself – you deserve it.

This MDF and bamboo creation is the work of Keith Moore of PILOTdesign in Minneapolis.  I love his color combinations!  Be sure to check out the rest of his modern clock pieces and his lighting designs – very cool.  Splat White-on-Green Clock $59.00.

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This little owl clock is soooo cute!  Made from laser cut bamboo and fitted with a silent motor [making it perfect for baby’s room!].  Made by Maiko Kuzunishi of Decoylab in Kansas City, MO.  $48.00.

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These beautiful china clocks are the works of Jenilyn of Faire Houre.  The clock on the left is made with a porcelain plate from PiP Studio and on the right, some gorgeous lacey looking repurposed china.  ON SALE – $39.00 / $33.00

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Such a simple design and a totally modern feel.  I love this Pendolo Clock by husband and wife team Vincent and Jessie of uncommon.  Available in a wide range of colors.  $59.00. You should also check out some of the amazing furniture pieces handcrafted by Vincent at Dust Furniture.

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Wicker Chairs. Yes, Wicker.

Every time I pass through a yard sale or visit a thrift shop, I see some sort of wicker chair sadly sitting out with a low price tag dangling from a piece of string tied to the arm.  When I think of wicker chairs, images of tacky yard furniture come to mind, but that doesn’t have to be the case.  I found some great looking wicker on Flikr – cozy nooks, inviting porches, weathered vintage, and even a few modern looks.  The next time I see one of those wicker chair cast-aways, I will not turn my nose and walk away – I am in need of a chair for my “office” [which is really just a corner of our living room w/ a desk and a bookcase] and I think a nice wicker chair with a cozy cushion would be the perfect fit.  If you have some good looking wicker, I’d like to see it.  Email me.

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Dreaming about Knick Knacks

I swear I have been dreaming about curtains … and pillows, wallpaper, lamps, and knick knacks galore.  Yes, knick knacks – those little things all over the house that gather dust, add personality, hold sentimental value, and just look cool.

Like this handmade ceramic “Ghost Camera” sold at Yellow Owl Workshop by husband and wife team Evan Gross and Christina Schmidt in San Fransisco.

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I am putting this “White Iron Jack” from blonde birdie on my Christmas list and then I’ll put it on our coffee table.  They also have a wonderful selection of children’s items that I will be highlighting in my next baby / tots post!

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Everybody needs a little bit of vintage in the home.  I found these itmes at hinsdvik vintage – some really great thrift shop wares [they also have a blog all about their finds, decorating, design, etc.]!

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Eco-Friendly Home Decor

Lately, the snippets of free time I usually spend working on blog posts have been eaten up by my new obsession of looking at apartment listings online.  We are going to be moving to Chicago at the end of the month and it is all I can think about.  I am so excited about getting to unpack in a new space, buy a few new pieces, and decorate!  I love mixing vintage and modern and using neutral colors with bold accents and I visit various home decor blogs and online stores religiously!  Eco-friendly furnishings and accessories are one of the hottest decorating trends, with many major store brands adding environmentally friendly lines at affordable prices [well, some of them] and more and more independent stores popping up every day.

Tamara Komuniecki, Editor-In-Chief of Long Beach Magazine, recently did a guest blog piece over at decor8 that made me fall in love with Union Eighteen.  Handmade from the manufacturing waste of the carpet industry, these beautiful RAW rugs are one of a kind.

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Birthdays and Things to Come

Thursday was my birthday [Happy Birthday to ME!].  Another year older and almost eight months into my first year as a mom.  The day started with a couple of iced coffees and a trip to the playground before Mike had to go to work.  I received a flower delivery from my mom and gramma in the afternoon and then Mike came home early so we could go out for a nice dinner at Walter Foods.  Filet mignon and wine.  After we put Ava to bed, Mike brought out my birthday cake.  He chose a flourless chocolate cake [tortino di cioccolata] from the award winning Grandaisy Bakery in Soho that was DELICIOUS.  I also got to do a bit of birthday shopping this weekend.  This was probably one of my quietest birthdays [I’ve been known to celebrate loudly with lots of friends and wine] and definitely one of the best.

This week is going to be jammed packed with tips and finds! Tomorrow I’ll be sharing all my latest baby obsessions and Wednesday we’ll be focusing on getting your little ones to eat their vegetables.  On Thursday, I’ll be posting more stylish maternity clothes [as this has been one of my more popular posts] and options for what to wear after your bundle of joy arrives.  And on Friday I’ll share some beauty recipes you can easily make at home instead of paying for pricy store bought treatments.  I’m also working on some more interviews with cool and interesting chicks for later in the month and starting next week, Mondays will be a new series titled “Wedding Bells”!  Lots to look forward to, so be sure to keep checking back!  Thanks to all of you for making Furious Shirley such a success!  XO

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If I Can’t Make It, Someone Can

When I was pregnant with Ava, I wanted to make something for her nursery … something that I could look at and say with pride, “I made that”.  I dusted off the box my [never before used] sewing machine was in, figured out how to thread it, and one week later I had made a tiny pillow.  It is a very cute pillow, but to this day the opening where I inserted the stuffing has never been stitched closed.  I never quite figured out how to do that, and so it has become a “one day I will finish that” project – like so many projects I have started or thought about starting.  I see certain handmade goods and think, “It would be so easy to make that myself”, and maybe it would be, but I lack the patience and dedication of true craftsmanship.   So, I will stick to admiring and buying the items other people make.  Handmade things have a certain special quality to them that mass produced goods lack … maybe it’s knowing that someone put their heart into it.  Big thanks to all the crafty artists out there and your truly inventive goods!  Speaking of inventive ….

Cork.  I have seen bulletin boards made out of it and photo frames from wine bottle corks, but never purses!  The cute wristlets by aptly named, Cork and Cotton, are so cool!

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Forks.  Artists have a way of looking at something ordinary and seeing something unexpected.  These fork easels by Dinner TIme Chimes are an excellent example of that.  Great for holding recipe cards or photos.

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Paper.  These works by Julene Harrison are amazing … and done BY HAND.  You can order custom paper cuts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and just because at MadeByJulene.  Beautiful, intricate works of art made out of paper.  Bravo.

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Paperclips.  Now even your paperclips can have style – what a great idea!  These cute paper keepers by Jack and Jane are perfect for organizational freaks and come in sets of three with lots of patterns and colors to choose from.

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Nursery Porn

Pink for a girl, blue for a boy, and yellow if it could go either way.  How boring!  Preparing your baby’s nursery is one of the rites of passage into motherhood. You want it to be as perfect as your newborn bundle … and you want it to be the envy of your mommy friends.  Just be sure not to go overboard.  Keep it simple, add some personal touches, and remember that this room is for your baby [not you].  Also keep in mind that your baby will grow out of things and into things pretty fast, so design a room that can grow and change with your little one’s needs.

One of the biggest trends in today’s nurseries are modern and playful wall decals.  I found a great selection at blik, including this beautiful “Anise” design by Ilan Dei.

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Another great way to add some personality to your nursery are mobiles [and your baby will love them too!].  This fanciful silk bird mobile by NightByrd is available at Fey Handmade.

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I spent hours on the internet looking for ideas for Ava’s nursery.  Project Nursery is filled with inspiring photos of readers nurseries, inspiration boards, DIY projects, and more.

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And the nursery porn over at ohdeedoh cannot be beat.  They also have tons of DIY and fun kid-friendly activity ideas.

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The most important item for your baby’s nursery?  Love.  You can’t go wrong with that.  XO

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One Scoop or Two?

Well, the hours quickly turned into days and now I am ready to blog again.  We had a fun filled Fourth of July weekend … shopping, a picnic in the park, trips to the playground, fireworks, more shopping, and more eating.  We climbed out onto our fire escape for a surprisingly excellent view of fireworks being set off on random Brooklyn rooftops and from the massive Macy’s display along the Hudson River.  All in all, it was one of those weekends we wished would never end [but then, I feel like that every weekend].

As I am writing this post, I can hear the ice cream truck making its way down the street.  I was never really an ice cream person, but during my pregnancy that all changed.  There was a time last summer that I actually went out searching the neighborhood for the ice cream man.  Unfortunately, the craving did not end after giving birth.  This weekend, we happened upon a gourmet ice cream truck serving up organic goodness with flavors like pistachio, green tea, and hazelnut – delicious!  I’ve been wanting to make some homemade ice cream … I can still remember sitting on the back porch with my grampa when I was a little girl; helping him crank and crank and crank for that sweet frosty payoff.  If only we knew then that we could just throw the ingredients into a bag and shake it for five minutes like the kid-friendly recipe I found on Kaboose.

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And since ice cream makers do all of the cranking for you now, it’s much easier to whip up cold and creamy delights like this Rocky Road [egg free!] recipe from AllRecipes.com.

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Want a healthier option? Try a fruity sorbet or granita!  I found a great recipe for Tripe Berry Sorbet [sweetened with agave] on The Wind Attack.  Or if you are really short on time [like me!], toss some frozen berries into the blender with mint or lime or lemon and some agave.  I just blended up some strawberries, mint, lemon, and agave and spooned the mixture into popsicle trays and stuck them in the freezer and will share the end result with you later on.  Hot summer day … cool summer treat.  Ahhhhhhhh…..

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I’m Going on a Picnic and I’m Going to Take…

It is officially summertime!  Unfortunately, it rained most of the day here, but we didn’t let that put a damper on Mike’s first Father’s Day.  We hopped into the Jeep, and took off on one of our exploration trips, this time cruising through Long Island  – Babylon, Bayshore, Massapequa, etc.  All cute little shore towns with beaches, parks, ponds, and lakes that made us wish the weather were more cooperative so we could pull over and dine alfresco – picnic style.

I L O V E picnics.  There is a certain charm to sitting down on a blanket, enjoying the food, the company, and the surroundings.  I keep a throw blanket in Ava’s stroller and a ‘picnic kit’ in the car for impromptu moments.  And don’t let the weather spoil your plans … an indoor picnic can be just as fun.  Toss a blanket on the living room floor and picnic with the kids or wait until they are asleep and set the mood with a few candles and a bottle of wine for a romantic dinner and movie night.   On Wednesday, I will be spotlighting some great picnic recipes, but first here are a few essentials for your own ‘picnic kit’.

This cute handmade bag from Banana Barrel, unzips to reveal a colorful padded quilt – just fold it up and go!

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Add a touch of luxury to your next picnic with this gorgeous hand woven wool and mohair blanket by 40th Parallel … made with loving care on an eighty year old Draper Northrop Loom in Lancaster, PA.  [Click on image for their Etsy Store.]

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Instead of the usual paper and plastic, try these disposable bamboo plates and utensils from bambu.  They also have a great selection of everyday wares.

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This bright waterproof handwoven basket actually helps fight poverty!  It is a Fair Trade product, produced by Traidcraft … available at Oxfam.

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Or throw all of your picnic needs into this hand woven tote, made in Morocco by a Fair Trade artisan cooperative.  Available from World of Good.

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There, now you have the basics to have a good time … wherever your blanket lands!

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Cleaning Out the Closet

My closet and drawers are overflowing with clothes – I even have clothes stashed away in suitcases under the bed.  So why is it that I often find myself with the dilemma, “I have nothing to wear!”?  On really bad days, I get so worked up about it that I end up in full tantrum mode … clothes tossed all over the bed and floor, trying on everything and hating it and then eventually getting mad at myself.  It’s pathetic, but I think every female knows what I’m talking about.  My biggest problem is that when I buy something new, I love it so much that I wear it all the time.  I wear it until I can no longer stand the sight of it.  Then, instead of getting rid of it, I pack it away or push it to the back of the closet because “maybe it will come back into style” or “maybe I will want to wear it again one day”.  Then there are the clothes I purchase without trying on and never return when I get home and find out they don’t fit … “maybe I will lose those ten pounds”.  So, today I cleaned out my closet and my drawers and those suitcases underneath the bed!  I made a pile of clothes to turn in over at Beacon’s Closet and threw the rest into a garbage bag.  I went through all of the seasons and tossed anything I hadn’t worn in the past year, anything that didn’t fit, and anything that needed mending [if I haven’t fixed it by now, I know I never will.].  It felt good to purge – I actually have space in my dresser drawers, but now those empty closet hangers seem lonely.  I just might have to go shopping … but until I do, here are some closets to envy.

Nicole Barth’s Closet from Making it Lovely

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From Real Simple’s “Inspirational Closets”

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Photo found on Decor Pad

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