Tag Archives: Things I Like

Mr. Wind (and a bonus link)

This is a repeat from Wishing True the other day…But I love it so much, I had to post it here as well:

I discovered “Mr. Wind” on Wide Open Spaces a while ago and kept the link in my running list of “blog stuff.” It’s just so sweet and I crack up every time I watch it.


I have a soft spot for the misunderstood underdogs of the world. So glad that Mr. Wind finally met someone who “gets” him.

Also? This made me laugh so hard I cried. Big gulping tears of stopityou’rekillingme. Yup – just read it again to see if I still think so, and tears are now rolling down my cheeks. Okay – maybe it’s just me, but it’s a short post and worth a minute or two.

Happy Valentines Day!

Repeat from Wishing True today… But I just love it so much I don’t want anyone to miss it!

I found this adorable download on Inside a Black Apple years ago, and I always meant to feature it on Valentines day (first here, on The Big Piece of Cake and then on Wishing True) – but somehow it never happened.


The little blondie reminds me of my Eleanor.

Big sloppy virtual V-Day kisses to you and your own loves!

I’m So Full of It – But I Know Other People Who Make Things Happen…

After last week’s big announcement about my quest for self actualization in 2011, I find that I have nothing new to report. But hey – it’s only been a week. Barely enough time think about when I should start thinking about planning to do something about my need for personal definition. It’s early days yet.

In the meantime, I thought I’d show you something really great that my IRL friend Tina put together. Tina has a scrapbooking/crafting website (Creations by Tinamarie) that kind of intimidates me since I have never scrapbooked nor crafted. BUT one of her latest “freebies” is something even a lamo like me can manage:


You can print out these cute little cards and have your younger writers fill in the blanks. They practice their handwriting and make you look good to the kind friends and relatives who sent even more noisy plastic to clutter your house! And it’s free. Which will be more fully appreciated when the holiday shopping credit card bill arrives. Visit her HERE for full details.

She also has a giveaway going on for a collaboration with another scrapbooking/crafting genius. The design won’t be released until Friday, but here is the “sneak peek”:


Click HERE for full giveaway details (a winner will be selected tomorrow – so act fast!)

I was going to add something else about the Hood family comings and goings (goings would apply to Chris who left for a business trip on Saturday and won’t return until next Wednesday) – but I just heard screaming from below. I think I may start calling our basement playroom “The Tenth Circle”… Either way, I’d better go check it out. But I’ll be back soon with more brilliance or mediocrity – depending on the context in which you place me.

Full disclosure: I did not receive compensation of any kind for promoting my friend, Tina’s stuff. She’s really cheap like that.

Reminder and Discount Information for the Kathlin Argiro DC Sample Sale This Weekend


Don’t forget! This weekend, Kathlin Argiro will be coming to DC for my high school’s Esprit de Noel Christmas Bazaar.

Prices will range from $50 – $150 (orig. $100 – $500) on brand new Fall dresses, skirts, and sweaters for the office, in addition to her cocktail and evening wear. There will also be one of a kind pieces from her Vintage Couture Archives. Bring a friend or just mention this post, you can get $10 off your purchase!

The 2010 “pop up shop” will again be “packed with the ultimate in Chic Dresses, Jackets, and Separates that will take you from desk to dinner to the hottest Holiday party in town.”

I have purchased a few amazing pieces at this annual event – all at a fraction of the price she typically charges. And this year, she’s bringing two other designers with her. Look for cocktail and evening dresses from the 2010 Coco Myles Collection, and jackets, dresses, and separates from the 2010 Renee Dumarr collection.

Here are the details:

40th Annual Esprit de Noel Christmas Bazaar

Friday, November 5th, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 6th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Georgetown Visitation
1524 35th Street (at Volta Place)
Washington, DC 20007

No admission fees and free parking on campus!

Hope to see you there!

Kathlin Argiro Sample Sale in DC!


It’s that time of year again… Kathlin Argiro will be coming to DC for my high school’s Esprit de Noel Christmas Bazaar. The 2010 “pop up shop” will again be “packed with the ultimate in Chic Dresses, Jackets, and Separates that will take you from desk to dinner to the hottest Holiday party
in town
.”

I have purchased a few amazing pieces at this annual event – all at a fraction of the price she typically charges. And this year, she’s bringing two other designers with her. Look for cocktail and evening dresses from the 2010 Coco Myles Collection, and jackets, dresses, and separates from the 2010 Renee Dumarr collection.

Here are the details:

40th Annual Esprit de Noel Christmas Bazaar

Friday, November 5th, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 6th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Georgetown Visitation
1524 35th Street (at Volta Place)
Washington, DC 20007

No admission fees and free parking on campus!

Hope to see you there!

I Love a Good Dance Number

I have been slacking on this site for all of my rock star-ness on my others… BUT I did write a real post this week. It will be on DC Metro Moms next week though.

I didn’t get around to any fiction either – mainly because I have to really think about the part that comes next. It’s based on something real so I have to do a little research to refresh my memory.

So today I’m just posting something that makes me happy. I finally saw 500 Days of Summer yesterday (typical – I’m very often late to the party when it comes to movies) and I loved this scene that takes place right after he “gets the girl.”

The only thing that bothers me about this clip is that it seems to be shortened. I know that there was a part when he looks in a mirror and sees Han Solo looking back at him. I thought that was genius. I’ve had a few of those moments myself. But maybe not the Han Solo part. I wouldn’t say Princess Leia either…maybe Kelly from Charlie’s Angels. Because she was just as bad ass as she was pretty.

Have a great weekend!

Too Little Time and too Much Wine

So much has been going on this week that I’ve had very little time to think about writing anything of substance.

I have an idea – but then it gets late and I still have to clean up and I’ve had maybe just a little too much wine and all I want to do is catch up on my stories (that would be the terrible television shows that I became addicted to during my maternity leave three years ago).

So I’m just going to post this little gem that I found on LiLu’s blog the other week. It makes me happy. It reminds me of the beach. It reminds me of being in my twenties and hanging out with fun gay boys who like to dance and tell me how gorgeous I am without trying to grab my boob. Is it sad that I reminisce about the gay men in my past and not the straight ones? (Did I actually say “boob”? – too much wine…) I’ll just assume it means that I’m happily married.

Anyway – this is adorable. Enjoy.

Guest Posting at Prada Today

That is, I Don’t Think Prada is the Answer They’re Looking For. But that’s a bit of a mouthful.

I’m talking about some of my favorite Etsy and indie finds. Here is a peek:




Come visit and leave me a comment with something from your holiday wish list (doesn’t matter if it’s real or fantasy – mine is entirely parallel universe).

Kathlin Argiro Sample Sale in DC this weekend!

I’ve written before about my friend Kathlin Argiro and her beautiful dress collections.

Well – she’s going to be in town (that is if you live in my neck of the woods) this upcoming weekend for my high school’s Esprit de Noel Christmas Bazaar.

I have purchased a few amazing pieces at this annual event – all at a fraction of the price she typically charges.

Here are the details:

Annual Esprit de Noel Christmas Bazaar

Friday, November 6th, 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 7th, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Georgetown Visitation
1524 35th Street (at Volta Place)
Washington, DC 20007

No admission fees and free parking on campus!

And here are some images of my favorites:




And that doesn’t even include her gorgeous wrap dresses (which for some reason aren’t on her website at the moment…) But here is an old image from my archives:

I’m feeling inspired to pull out the art box and sketch some of these lovelies… We’ll see if that ends up happening – but I’ll definitely be at the sale to admire the real thing. Hope to see you there!

Esty Shop(ping) Dreams

Ever since I discovered Etsy, I’ve had daydreams of having my own little shop.

I’m so inspired by the wonderful artists that I find, and I wish I had something lovely to make and sell.

I would design beautiful clothes for me:

The Canary Dress by Holly Stalder (also at www.hollystalder.com)

…and for my children:

Branches Reversible Jumper Dress by mountain aven baby

I would design handbags made with gorgeous textiles:

Mum Orangy Red by Brooke Galardi of BeeGee Bags (official site with more bags: www.beegeebags.com)

And I would create detailed illustrations of beautiful things:

Anna Spiro’s Chair by Anne Harwell of Annechovie (you should make her wonderful blog, www.annechovie.blogspot.com, a must read!)

But I don’t do any of those things…

What I can do is a little scribbling, which I wrote about recently. In fact, I chose to practice with pictures of Brooke Galardi’s lovely bags:


I have neglected my new hobby with such a busy summer and first week of school. I’d like to get back to it though. And maybe if I improve, I’ll use my Etsy artist muses as inspiration to become one myself.

What is your current muse?

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