House TalkN is a fun lookiloo at houses, houses, houses. It will answer pressing questions like, "When folks build a McMansion on a small lot, what are they compensating for?" or "Was the real estate agent drunk when they staged this house?" or "Why don't the Smiths' ever leave their drapes open when I am on a harmless walk-by?"

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Family Keepsakes...Wordless Wednesday

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The Distracted Valentine

I went to Checkered Moon on a "Valentine Decor" mission.  Mission accomplished.
As usual, I was easily distracted. It was like a kitten with a shiny object.
"I am here on a Valentine decor search for...hey, look at that purdy dress!"
When I loaded my pictures into the computer, I had to laugh when I saw all the non-valentine shots. Proof of distraction right there on the computer screen. The computer, or as I like to call it, "the magic box of knowledge", does not lie.
I'm going to pretend that I took these shots just for you. These purposeful images were meant for a  "Valentine Gift Ideas" post.  Uh-huh.






For the widdle ones in your life...




Do you shop with purpose or are you a kitten with a shiny object?
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Valentine Loser...

I have never...ever...not once...decorated for Valentine's Day.
This is a black mark on my blogging street cred.
Tsk...Tsk...bad blogger, baaaad.
All the big girl bloggers have been showing off featuring their "Valentine Mantles" and their handmade, personally whittled decorations or homegrown, organic, hybrid pink wool matching outfits for the whole family...monogrammed with "We love each other sooo much!" (Which my ear interprets as "You suck")
The situation required some retail therapy research. I called on the experts at Checkered Moon for help!
Take a lookiloo.















Do you decorate for Valentine's Day or are you counting the days until you can decorate for spring?


Link Par-taay at:
http://www.toysinthedryer.com/
http://too-much-time.com/
http://tatertotsandjello.com/
http://thesepeastastefunny.blogspot.com/
http://www.somewhatsimple.com/
http://www.decorchick.com/
http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/
http://fadedcharmcottage.blogspot.com/
http://www.iheartnaptime.net/
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Is George Turning Judgie-Judgerson?

When I was shooting pictures for "How To Add Color...Turn 40!" I felt like I was being watched. Sure enough, there was my sweet puppy Big George. But...something was different.



Instead of his usual happy "Let's play and roll around and mess stuff up" face, he had a puzzled "What is wrong with you?" face. 
I dare say he looked judgie...like if SNL's church lady had been a dog. 
I realize that it might look a bit odd to see me crouched over a vase or picture frame with my camera...mumbling about rainy days killing my lighting mojo.





He has been kind of distant since that whole vlog thing. 
Maybe I embarrassed him. 
Maybe he's been talking to my husband. My mister didn't think it was funny either. 
Maybe Big George's testosterone is kicking in and soon, he too will not get my jokes!
Maybe he's saying a "little prayer against" me!


Link Par-taay at:
http://bztraining.blogspot.com/
http://www.houseofhepworths.com/
http://www.somethingwagging.com/
http://www.iheartnaptime.net/
http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How To Add Color To Your Space...Turn 40!

Remember when I thought adding a few gray pillows was a walk on the wild side of color? Apparently, my "friends" did not agree.


During my surprise 40th birthday party, (See Forty-licious!) my friends were all "Happy Birthday!" 
But, the next day, I took stock of my loot gifts. 
Several things struck me:
- My friends think I need a lot of booze. 
- My friends think I need to clean my house. 
- My friends need to seek mental help. 
- My friends are trying to sneak color into my life!



My bestie even admitted, "Well, you do need some color in your life!" (eerily similar to my mother's "you just need a little lipstick, dear!")
So...here is my living room in living color. 
This frame holds my favorite all time picture of my kiddos. My second born son wanted to hold the baby for the picture but of course, I asked the responsible first born prince. We have had lots of laughs creating thought bubbles for this picture...want to give it a go? 







That's right. I'm going W-I-L-D with color!


Thank you, oh colorful friends of mine, for a very colorful birthday! 


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http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/
http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/
http://www.the36thavenue.com/
http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/
http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/
http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/
http://youaretalkingtoomuch.blogspot.com/
http://too-much-time.com/
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/
http://tatertotsandjello.com/
http://www.504main.com/
http://www.serenitynowblog.com/
http://www.fingerprintsonthefridge.com/
http://michellelunt.blogspot.com/
http://whipperberry.com/
http://chiconashoestringdecorating.blogspot.com/
http://romantichome.blogspot.com/
http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/
http://www.atthepicketfence.com/
http://www.somewhatsimple.com/
http://thesepeastastefunny.blogspot.com/
http://www.houseofhepworths.com/
http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/
http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com/
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The Boys...Wordless Wednesday!

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