So, I have two cats (as you know). One is a hefty 11 pounds, while the other is a petite seven pounds. Because they’re so different, we feed them different amounts of food in separate food dishes. This is a daily struggle. Mahala loves to eat out of D’Artagnan’s dish; D’Artagnan loves to eat out of Mahala’s dish; Mahala loves to sneak and eat out of both dishes. They just can’t seem to get it right. Maybe if I get these chalkboard food dishes and etch their names on the front, they’ll know which is theirs? One can only hope.
Chalkboard Bowl by Waggo
Dipper Treat Jars by Waggo
Engineer Stripe Circle Bed by Waggo
I’m the happiest girl in the world when I receive quality snail-mail. You know, postcards, thank you cards, invitations, etc. (It’s the little things.) But, can you imagine opening up your mailbox to a slice of “cake” that doubles as a postcard?! SheKnows contributing DIY expert Sandra Denneler shares this creative version of a greeting card perfect for any occasion. It’s not edible, but it will certainly put a smile on a loved one’s face, that’s for sure.
Make a mailable slice of cake at SheKnows.com. Not a crafter? That’s okay! Head over to TangBaby’s Etsy shop to purchase mailable cake slices for less than $20.
I was born and raised in Tennessee, but I probably won’t live in this lovely Southern state forever. What better way to remind me of my home than a contemporary table shaped like Tennessee from UncommonGoods? The white looks especially pretty and mod with wooden legs, but I wouldn’t mind giving it a custom color like grey, sky blue or red. (Too bad they don’t have orange for the Tennessee Volunteers — now, that would be a perfect pairing!)
What state would you “memorialize” in your home? The place where you grew up? Your favorite vacation spot? Tell me below!
Happy New Year, gang! How’s the first day of 2012 treating you? I’m still feeling a little worse for wear after all the celebrating last night, but I think a nice soak in this bathroom by John Maniscalco Architecture would make me feel as right as rain. Or snow, as it were.
Looks so clean and serene, doesn’t it? I’m not usually one for minimalism, but the bathroom’s simplicity lets the dramatic view from the window take center stage. Just hope there aren’t any neighbors nearby!
My most vivid New Year’s Eve party memory as a kid was annoying the heck out of all the adults with tin noisemakers and paper horns. (Sorry, Mom and Dad!) Thankfully, I’ve matured, but I still appreciate the appeal of the old party accessories.
Top row, left to right: LOVE Sparkler 4″, Vintage Cardboard New Years Eve Party Horns Lot of 2. Middle: New Year 2012 Champagne toast – 12 pc. by Vintage Confections. Bottom row, left to right: New Years Eve Party Glitz and Glam Hats, Bouquet of 6 Party Horns.
Some of these accessories are more classic (gilded party hats, party horn noisemakers) and some could be the start of a new tradition (champagne-flavored 2012 lollipops, anyone?), but all are adorable — especially when you consider the excellent photo ops they’d provide.
On the tenth day of Christmas Daily Delights, I give to thee…TEN LORDS-A-LEAPING! (And: NINE LADIES DANCING, EIGHT MAIDS-A-MILKING, SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING, SIX GEESE-A-LAYING, FIIIIIIVVVEEEEE GOOLLLDEENNNNN RIIIIINNNGSSSS, FOUR CALLING BIRDS, THREE FRENCH HENS, TWO TURTLE DOVES AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREEEEE!)
Top row, left to right: Portrait of Lord Bury, Alfred Lord Tennyson Print 11×17 – Famous Seniors, Vintage Lord Salisbury Turkish Cigarette Tin, Trafalgar Print. Middle row, left to right: Lord Horatio Igglesworth, NEKOCHERRY Lord Byron Screenprint, MY LORD Greeting Card, Lord Kitchener Poster. Bottom row, left to right: Lord Voluntus de Gaulle – 8 X 10 Fine Art Print, Antique Bust of Lord Byron, Bounce House Mega Castle with Slide, Large Oval Springfree Trampoline.
Not gonna lie, this lyric was definitely the hardest, by far. I must watch a lot of period drama, because I thought it would be a breeze! It seemed like there were lords and ladies everywhere in The Tudors, or even Downton Abbey. Alas, much harder to find online in home decor. I tried to think outside of the box. Lord of the Rings? Too genre. Traci Lords? Too inappropriate, though I love Cry-Baby. I thought about featuring all “lords-a-leaping” goods, like this paper cut wall hanging or this clever art print, but there weren’t even enough of those to go around. And men labeled Earls, Counts and other assorted noble titles just would not do. In the end, I chose a sampling of lords, some silly and some somber, and included a bounce castle (I thought they’d feel at home there) and cool springless trampoline for leaping purposes. Enjoy, and let’s hope that 11 PIPERS PIPING is easier on us all.
On the eighth day of Christmas Daily Delights, I give to thee…EIGHT MAIDS-A-MILKING! (And: SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING, SIX GEESE-A-LAYING, FIIIIIIVVVEEEEE GOOLLLDEENNNNN RIIIIINNNGSSSS, FOUR CALLING BIRDS, THREE FRENCH HENS, TWO TURTLE DOVES AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREEEEE!)
Clockwise from top left: Spode Blue Room Traditions Dinner Plate(s) Milkmaid, Milking Stool, ixxi Contemporary Pixel Illustration of the ‘Milkmaid’, Handstamped Cow on Milk Ad Knob, Cowhide Pillow Black & White, Blue Cow Soap, Harold Import 82-234 Porcelain Cow Creamer 6 Oz, Diner White Cow Milk Bottle 12 oz.
I’m cheating a little on this one, since I only featured two actual maids (the plate and the pixel wall art of Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid”), but hey, you try finding some attractive milkmaid products! It’s a little ironic that I’m showcasing milk-centric items, considering I’m deathly allergic to milk in real life, but I suffer for my art. At least I am not allergic to those playful milking stools, thank goodness.
On the seventh day of Christmas Daily Delights, I give to thee…SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING! (And: SIX GEESE-A-LAYING, FIIIIIIVVVEEEEE GOOLLLDEENNNNN RIIIIINNNGSSSS, FOUR CALLING BIRDS, THREE FRENCH HENS, TWO TURTLE DOVES AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREEEEE!)
Clockwise from top left: Swan Pedal Boat, Swans Black Bowl, A is For Art Nouveau Pillow with Double Swans, Black Swan Watering Bucket, Swan Egg Cup, Black Swan Decoration.
Swans are iconic in mythology and even on film, from Black Swan to Bella Swan — and who could forget this Billy Madison shout-out? In many cases, they’re both beautiful and tragic (see also: Bjork’s infamous red-carpet swan song), but these design picks only emphasize their grace. I almost went with the classic Swan Chair, but because I wanted a nod to the “a-swimming” in the lyric, I included a swan-shaped pedal boat instead. I may be just an Ugly Duckling without $2,754 and a private lake to tool around on, but far be it from me to deny you, dear readers. ;-P
On the fifth day of Christmas Daily Delights, I give to thee…FIIIIIIVVVEEEEE GOOLLLDEENNNNN RIIIIINNNGSSSS!!!!! (And: FOUR CALLING BIRDS, THREE FRENCH HENS, TWO TURTLE DOVES AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREEEEE!) This is my very favorite part of the song, because even people who weren’t singing the carol before jump in just for this line. (On some VH1 “I Love the 80s” special, a comedian cracked that the whole point of R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” is so that groups of frat boys can sing “LEONARD BERNSTEIN!” in unison, and that’s kind of how I feel about this part of the 12 Days. It’s the fun “LEONARD BERNSTEIN!” part.)
Clockwise from top left: Sun Brass Trivet, Aura Shower Curtain Rings, Golden Light Cyclos Wallpaper, Gold Leaf Convex Wall Mirror Set, “Golden Circles” Fireplace Screen
I read that the five golden rings lyric actually refers to birds again (like ring-necked pheasants), but we’ve already covered birds exhaustively I feel, so let’s move on, shall we? I’ve gathered a little assortment of ringed wonders here that are sure to be more well-received than any feathered creature, and while I’m not-so-secretly hoping for a golden ring that I can wear on my finger from my true love soon, I’d also take the gorgeous trivet in the top left corner. Which “ring” is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!