28 January 2009

another one bites the dust


I am a reformed magazine junkie... okay, semi-reformed. I used to have a horrible addiction problem that has been curbed to two subscriptions and the occasional checkout line purchase.

Last week, I received a notice in the mail that one of my two favorites/subscriptions had published its final issue in December. What?!? Now today, I read on the happy living blog that my other favorite/subscription has also died a horrible death. That's right, more beloved home mags have met a too-early demise. Domino and Cottage Living are no more. Their websites are still up and running, but it ain't the same, if you know what I mean. There are rumors that domino's website is getting the ax as well, so if you have started your "My Deco File", I would suggest getting down there and downloading everything to your desktop. Apartment Therapy actually has a little comment thread going about creating a contraband website of scans from all of these wonderful magazines and I am very tempted to join in the anarchy ("copywrite laws be damned!")

I am going to miss it terribly, and have no idea where I will find my inspiration now. Bleh! Here are a few other old favorites that came to a premature end:

Chow
Budget Living
Organic Style
Blueprint

23 January 2009

the paper chase

I know that being organized makes me feel a million times more calm and centered, so here's a little organization gift from me to you, just in time for tax season: A straight forward, no nonsense, key to wading through those endless piles of paper.

21 January 2009

while I was away

So, only a few days after my post in October, we received an offer on the house (YAY!) and had 3 short weeks to find a new house, pack and move. We spent many of the next 10 days looking for the right house, afraid that we would have to settle on something that was not ideal. We had finally narrowed it down to two and brought in a panel of friends to evaluate our options and help us choose. Of course, the panel was split so we were forced to make the choice ourselves, although we did have some great thoughts and input from them all.

We weren't super excited about either option, but either would have met our need for space and good location. So, the short version was that we picked one, made an offer and the rest is history. I must say that there is some benefit to needing a house in a down market. We were able to get the house for a steal. The only catch... we couldn't close for 10 days after we had to be out of our old house. Yikes! Couch surfing with a baby and a crazy dog is not for the faint of heart...

Luckily we have great friends and family who housed us, fed us, helped us move twice (once into storage and once to the new house) and orchestrated a few nessecary home repairs all just before the holiday chaos began. Community is an amazing thing!

My favorite thing about the whole adventure is that what seemed to be a fairly unenthusiastic choice has become one of the best decisions we have made. The plain little house we bought almost begrudgingly, has become our much-loved home so quickly and entirely.

From the neighbors to the wonderful open space out our back door, the great yard to the open living space and the great "man" room, this house is the perfect place to contain the dreams and adventures of our growing family.

So, it was a swift and somewhat bittersweet "good bye" to the little yellow bungalow, but I'm excited to share our new home with all of you through pictures and projects, so stay tuned...

20 January 2009

survival

I have been contemplating this post for two weeks now, wanting to post because I miss it so much, but feeling like a failure for being so delinquent. I don't even know if there is anyone out there reading this right anymore, so it may not even matter.

For most of my adult life I have been the overachiever, one step ahead, juggling a million little balls, usually well. The last year has decimated any sense that I had of being on top of things. I feel like I barely have time to live as a hip homemaker, let alone remember to take photos and then find the time to sit down and type a few clever and inspiring paragraphs. From morning sickness in the afternoon to the intense exhaustion of late term pregnancy, from birth recovery to working mom, I just can't seem to keep up.

I'm not saying it has been bad, in fact it has been magical and wonderful and life-altering, but it has been hard to keep up the pace I kept before.

This time, I am promising no new endeavors, no crazy schemes. I am just going to try to do the things I love and share them with you because I enjoy it. i miss it...

So here is hoping for a year of more balance and pleasant homemaking... and maybe a few more gin and tonics as well.

(From Woooody's flickr photostream)