Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Maybe the sky is crying because summer is over...

Fox and the Sound

Don't Stop Believing - Journey Acoustic Cover

My friend from highschool, Kendra's band. She sounds a-flippin-mazing! Way to go girl! I still remember the first time I heard her sing, and I was like "woah, do that again!"

Friday, August 27, 2010


We're around the 4 year mark now. We think. Not too sure. Hard to determine, really.

Photos by Susie :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tour de Bedroom

I've finally got my bedroom to an organized enough state that it can now be proclaimed: Good Enough

Moved in June 1st, so it has been 2 months! Anyways, this is the green room now (plus a little 60s effect; couldn't resist!):

My $20 craigslist find of a dresser, which really needs a coat of paint. And some better knobs. I forgot it had knobs AND pulls when I bought the green flower knobs, so it looks a bit weird. Oh well, good enough!
And the cute summer quilt, made by my momma!
No, I do not have a bedskirt but I am accepting donations. Grin.

The closet corner of my room. And an old sled. And some art of me, raindrops and a black and white postcard.

Then you can see my drawers on top of my "Razzberry" table.It works, since I didn't have enough drawer space in the dresser. Stack of magazines are a perfect alternative to hanging the mirror! haha ... or the lazy man's way...

The shelf of doooom! But everything has a place and its all very find-able! From Halloween decorations to textbooks to greeting cards, flooring samples, my passport and highschool diploma - its ALL there!

The stack of books I'm reading:
Cradle to Cradle McDonough/Braungart:
You MUST read this book if you are even remotely interested in our efforts to 'greenify' the way we live. This gives a fresh perspective, written by an Architect and a Chemist who have been researching and studying this field for the past 20 or 30 years. Its very interesting, and I have to read it for school this Fall, and it was recommended to read it and take notes over the summer. It talks about remaking the way we make things. And how being 'less bad' is 'no good'. Excellent stuff, seriously, you will be surprised. (can't wait for the class we're reading this for!)

"Things that have come to pass" Me:
This is actually just a diary that my best friend Nicki gave me when I turned 8. There are things written in it from that age until now. I plan to keep it up until I die! Its my only "real" diary.

Oh Ye Jigs & Juleps! Virginia Cary Hudson:
I came accross this book at a thrift store, and had to have it: It was written by a 10 year old girl in the early 1900s and is just like her daily essays of her view on life. Super cute and fun to read but I haven't read it all yet!

Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life Karen Rauch Carter:
Pretty much the best book I've encountered about Feng Shui. If you're curious about the ancient Chinese practice, read this book, she makes it very easy to understand for us westerners! I love learning about Feng Shui, and I can tell you it hasn't been practiced for hundreds of years because it doesn't work!

Simple Abudance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy Sarah Ban Breathnach:
I was in the habit of reading this everyday but haven't been so good at it lately. I always looked forward to reading the page or two dedicated to each day. It makes you notice and love the simple things a bit more I guess, and makes me want to cook, clean, garden, decorate and do everything with simplicity and, well, abundance! Truly a worthwhile book, every woman should read it for a year, or even continually would probably be cool.

Sorry, were you expecting fiction?! I can't remember the last one I read. Used to love them, but really, I just don't even bother trying anymore... Meh, I enjoy me some learning material anyways.

happy day!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Vintage Typography

I love any type of vintage typography or graphic design.
Actually let me rephrase that. I love vintage.

But this stuff - they had to DRAW this stuff. With pencils and paper. I don't know, it's just more real looking to me. I found this link via twitter, and I think I re-tweeted it, but because I'll never go find it there, I thought i would:

a) let you enjoy it and
b) put it in my blog archives!

The page of way more of these is HERE
I don't even know if the ones I chose to show  here are my favorites, so definitely check it out!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Inspiration Archive

A regular customer at work who is a structural engineer and knows that I'm taking Interior Design came in yesterday and handed me a disc he'd burnt of different Architecture/Design photos he's archived for inspiration!
Nice guy, eh?! I was pretty happy.

There are hundreds of pictures, each one so inspiring and original and I know I will reach to that new folder on my desktop many times this coming year!

 Here are a few that I've found inspiring today:

There are so many equally as great, the guy has great taste (in my humble opinion) so I am excited to have an inspiration archive!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Heavens to Etsy


(or click above)

Etsy has changed their whole layout AND Blogger has changed again since I was last online! It has been awhile. . . But some new items are brewing  for Dust & Dawn around here. As you can see, more Melamine will be a part of that! Yay!

What have you been up to, darling blog readers?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kittens Inspired by Kittens

I used to have this book, simply entiteled "Kittens", and I remember looking through it over and over again, assigning a personality to each kitten. But honestly, this little girl does the most amazing job of it. - funny!

found via Kelly McCaleb's blog

Sorry I have not posted in a long time, but my to-do list is sooooo looooong . . .
Thanks, I knew you'd forgive me.  ;)