Saturday, February 27, 2010

Urban Outfitters Markdowns

Urban Outfitters has taken additional markdowns on many of their sale items. This 18 inch girl bust has been reduced to $19.99. I know it doesn't seem like my style, but I love it and have been watching for it to be reduced from the previous sale price of $29 (it was originally $48). There are a few items that I'd like to have, but I'm stopping at the bust.

If you find multiple items that you can't live without, there's a coupon code, "JUSTFORYOU", good for $10 off a $75 purchase (excluding electronics, furniture, and bikes).

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sewing Fun

I splurged on these patterns last night. The fish pattern is Mimi Kirchner's. Her work is fantastic. The super cool burlap nesting bags are from Maya Made. I'm way excited about both patterns and I think the recipient of a gift made of either pattern will be very pleased.


Here are some pics of my new duvet cover. Buster has given it his seal of approval. Sorry about the grainy shot and Buster's toys on the floor. I'm playing with the shutter speed and my tripod. Obviously I need to practice adjusting the aperture as well.

The yellow headboard has been covered in a durable gray commercial grade fabric that I found at Walmart. It has a texture that closely resembles burlap, but it's definitely a man made fiber. The color certainly makes for a more serene space.

Lastly, I treated myself to a new Sharp alarm clock. My old clock is a Timex with a similar travel design, but I've had it for years and the battery cover was lost long ago. The new clock was a Target find. I like its sleekness.

The bedroom is finally beginning to take shape. Most of the major components have been addressed. I really want to switch the ceiling fan for a brushed nickel model (I have to have a ceiling fan in my bedroom), but that will have to wait until I find a bargain. I'll be adding art and probably a mirror to the walls. The palace painting is still in its shipping tube. I never did return it, so I guess I'm keeping it.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Deja vu

Here we go again. The red tool chest is sitting on my bedroom floor waiting to be repacked and returned, yet I decided to run into Sears one more time to see if a clearance tool chest I spotted weeks ago when I began the quest for a bedside table had been marked down any more. Bingo! This is a navy blue top chest that was marked to $168 and further reduced to $99. The intermediate chest was discounted to $78 and further reduced to $55. So for five dollars more than the purchase price of the red chest, I bought both of the blue boxes. I'm keeping them too. I tried talking the department manager into giving me an additional 30% off of the navy boxes when I first spotted them. Since Sears was having a 30% sale on all tool storage, I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask. He wouldn't go for it because they were on clearance. Funny thing is, they would have made more money if they would have sold them to me when I asked for the markdown.

Why will this combination work when the red tool chest wouldn't? For two big reasons:
the navy color and the drawers in the intermediate chest. Red is probably my favorite color, but even I know that too much is, well, too much. The navy is a lot more low key and will be way more adaptable to any changes I make in the room, and the drawers in the intermediate chest pull out independently of the top chest (which means the top of the top chest can remain closed).

I'm still working on the headboard. Right now I'm leaning towards covering it in fabric...maybe this (scroll down to see all of the color choices).

The red duvet cover is done. I'm going to try to get some cleaning in by the end of the week and then I'll take pictures. We've had dreary weather for weeks, which makes it difficult to find the motivation to get anything done around here!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Duvet Cover Number Two

I was so happy with the outcome of my first duvet cover that I decided to make another. Again at Walmart I scored a nearly full bolt of red stretch denim for $3/yd.. This denim is soft and fine, so I expect the final product to feel wonderful against my skin. I've been working diligently on the cover over the last couple of days and I just about got it licked. These tied covers are time consuming. Although I'm finding ways to streamline the process, they're still a big project. Honestly, if someone asked me to sew one for them, I would have to charge a couple hundred dollars in labor to make it worthwhile.

I'll post pictures ASAP.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Now at Tuesday Morning, the Lightolier Lytegem. I can only speak for the store nearest me, but the colors are limited to black and persimmon. At $20, I'm going back for more. This is the perfect little light for my bedside without a table as the lamp can be wall mounted and it's unobtrusive. I only regret that they don't have the white Lytegems.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

My Boy

Yesterday we spent a lazy evening browsing Veranda, Dwell, and the internet.