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Burlap Drawers



I noticed something while I was shopping the other day: burlap insets on drawers.





I’ve never seen this before, so I thought it was strange that I saw it on two different pieces of furniture at two different stores. The first picture is Marshall’s and the second picture is TJMaxx/Homegoods. Ok, so they are basically the same store, but you get what I mean.

I was intrigued. I mean, I love burlap. I may need to try this someday when I re-do a chest of drawers. I especially love the nailhead details in the first picture.



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January 12th {photo-a-day}


Sweet carpet, huh?

Saturday was spent furniture shopping. I fell in love with this coffee and side table set, but unfortunately I don’t need a coffee or side table. What I really need is a living room chair or dining room table.

So we ended up going back to get my World Market table (and then accidentally using a too long screw that went through the table top while putting it together. Then crying. Good thing it’s a weathered-barnwood-looking table. It just adds more weathering, right. It’s rugged. Like the pioneers. Laura Ingalls wouldn’t have cried. I’m over it.)sig

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January 11th {photo-a-day}


Friday we went shopping, and I ran across this beautiful table at World Market. I’ve been in love with this table forever, but it was too expensive. Lucky me. World Market is having a sale. I didn’t buy this table on Friday, but I took this picture and thought about this table until we came back on Saturday and bought it then.

It is currently sitting in my dining room (with an extra screw hole coming through the top–we won’t talk about that though. It’s too sad).


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January 6th {photo-a-day}



I’m working on decorations for the wall behind my couch. I have an “H” that I plan on hanging up there somewhere too. We’ll see how that goes.

This is what I did after I got home from my whirlwind weekend in Mobile.

Next on the agenda is watching Reba with some hot chocolate. And maybe, just maybe I’ll finally blog about my New Year’s resolutions.


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Black Friday: Before, During, & After

This post may be a little late, but I don’t care. We have a tradition in my family, and that tradition is BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING. We have gone every year for the past few years. It’s usually a mix of my sisters and cousins. Everyone else has children, so they are more serious about shopping. I am typically more in the $2 DVD frame of mind. Oh, and of course I’m all about setting the game plan and mapping my route around stores to help my family get their goods.

This year was a little different. We were down to just 2 of us because the others had to work to earn a living or something. Here I am with my sister Nicole rocking our Christmas colors before heading out.


It was kind of sad that it was just the two of us, but you see…this presented a special opportunity. I wanted a big purchase! And so begins a long drawn out story that I’m not going to tell because I’m sick of it. So here’s the breakdown.

1. Walmart was terribly unorganized.

2. They formed 2 lines for one item.

3. Everyone was angry.

4. Not me because my sister and I were in safe positions in each of those lines (yay teamwork).

5. I basically spent the night in the Walmart electronics department. It wasn’t too bad though.



Because Walmart screwed up, they basically let us do whatever we wanted. All 13 of us sat around in those comfy chairs. We read magazines. We played phase 10 on a little card table (I won). My sister brought me Chickfila. Walmart gave us doughnuts and coffee. It was a grand old time.

(Well except for that one incident with Judi with an I who is an employee at the Walmart on Creighton. That’s right. I’m calling her out. We hate you Judi with an I. We did not accept the apology your boss made you come give us after your hasty and disrespectful actions.)

But look who got a new big TV. Pretty nice upgrade from a 32 in box TV, huh?



And of course I got some DVDs and clothes too…and those sunglasses I’m wearing, but those aren’t nearly as exciting. After this I took a nice long siesta and got ready for Thanksgiving. We celebrated on Friday since a few people had to work on Thursday. It made everything feel weird, but it was still good family time with delicious food!

sigOh. I guess scoring my big TV on Black Friday put me in a competitive mood, because now I really want to win a giveaway hosted by Glossy Blonde. It’s pretty much the biggest giveaway I have ever seen. If you want to see how crazy I am, you can go check out how many entries you can earn. Guess how many I am getting. ALL OF THEM. There goes my competitive nature again!

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Picture Hodgepodge

So I talked about how I got my new phone. Well now I have all of these pictures that I don’t know what to do with. Most of these are from this past weekend visiting Aaron in Mobile.

Here is my pretty case I got for my phone. Loving the monogram and chevron!

I did a little book rearranging at the Goodwill.


Aaron and I are considering buying bikes so that we can ride around on some trails. You know. Do things outside…as in not spend all our time eating and going to Goodwill. We were browsing the bikes in Walmart when I realized we would need helmets. It’s the law, guys…

Oh. YES. This is another Walmart necessity. I must have these. All of them. Even season one which was not there. The cases are so cute, and I will watch them until they are worn out. I LOVE I LOVE LUCY.

Well this is from Monday, obviously. I was a big nerd and went to Target to buy Taylor Swift’s new CD.

That makes me a nerd on so many levels in case you are wondering:

1. Who buys CDs anymore? This girl right here.

2. I got it the day it came out like a crazed fan girl. I for real went straight to Target after I got off work. I planned this the night before.

3. I had to go to Target so I could get the special deluxe CD with all the extra songs.

4. I may or may not have tried to find some of her hidden messages in the liner notes so I could get clues about who the songs are about. (Sad I know).

Anyway. I really like it. There are definitely a few more country sounding songs on this CD which makes me very happy.

PS. More good news. I finally finished awful Lolita. Thank Goodness.

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New Fall Boots!

So I have wanted the Steve Madden Intyce boots for a while. Too bad they are like $150.

Good thing I found these at Target for about $35.

And of course the leather isn’t as nice, but whatever. I’ll take them 🙂

My favorite thing about them is that the leg of the boot is wide enough to fit jeans into. Maybe this problem only affects me, but I wear a relatively small shoe size (5.5-6), and it’s like when they make the foot smaller, the whole boot gets smaller. I mean my calf is normal sized. It’s just my foot that is small. Or maybe I have cankles. Whatever. I don’t know, but I hate when my jeans bunch up at the top of the boot. These don’t do that, so they are winners.

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