Did I Mention I’m Obsessed?

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After finding the perfect curtain fabric, I was just flipping through Target today and look what I found. I love this bedspread!   All those pieces are less than $100 and I’m assuming it’s rather thin but that’s okay, since I’m in Georgia and this is strictly for looks. They don’t have it in the store and I’m worried because you never can tell with Target. Sometimes it’s amazing, but it could go rather cheap looking, I’ll just have to see. Usually cheap works fine on a simple design like this.

I might not use the shams, I hate matchy-matchy, though I will check to see if the leaf print is on the reverse side. If it is, I’ll turn them inside out and use them that way.

 

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Still on a Decorating Tear

Decorating is so frustrating. Because of time and budget, I have to do things a little bit at a time, and it seems like I never finish ANYTHING. Progress so far:

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I found this amazing fabric for my dining room curtains. My husband’s work wife made them for me and they are unbelievably gorgeous.

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This is the cushion fabric for the two 30 year old wicker chairs sitting on either side of my blue sideboard. My husband’s work wife made the cushions, too. I could’ve made them, but it would’ve taken me forever. She’s a professional, so yeah.

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All I need to do is paint the room and it’ll be finished (except for the table which I hope to have by Christmas. Whit is building it.) This Benjamin Moore Soft Marigold. I love it so. Reminds me of Creamsicles which I think is awesome for a dining room.

 

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Then on to the master bedroom and bathroom. I’ve struggled with this room for ages. I’ve been looking for curtain fabric and nothing inspired me until yesterday. I hit the buy button so fast I got windburn.

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Still don’t know about the bedroom color. It will be either Primavera or Mesclun green. I love them both. The master bath, which is next door is Iceberg, so either will  coordinate.

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What do y’all think? I’m so close yet so far away. We have to focus on stuff like electrical and plumbing and I just want to make it pretty. *le sigh* We need a bathroom vanity and I’m torn. The one I actually want is like $1800. Yeah. So that’s not going to happen. Will probably get this one from Ikea.

I want that mirror, but it wouldn’t work with my light fixture, plus my wall studs are totally in the wrong place.

And, of course the piece de resistance in my bathroom, this shower curtain which I showed y’all before. 920b1788fd5b4ac6afd671bb5dfdb46f.jpg

Then I’ll be done…if I don’t change my mind first.

 

 

Men’s Anti-Perspirant: Better, Cheaper, Gentler on Your Pits

OS_FresherCollection_Citron-APDO_900x900.jpgI’m more than a bit annoyed about this. Why did no one tell me that men’s anti-perspirant works better, costs less and believe it or not, is gentler on your skin? As a melanated woman I’ve struggled with underarm discoloration caused by anti-perspirant since forever. I was convinced switching to male products would worsen this issue, but menopause is causing me to sweat like crazy so I decided to try it. No discoloration at all. My underarms actually look better. And Old Spice has some of the most amazing scents EVER. This Citron with Sandalwood is my favorite, but Wolfthorn smells awesome as well. And did I mention this stuff works like a champ? I mean, I never have to worry about not smelling fresh, it keeps my pit game tight ALL DAY LONG and on to the next day.

I Cried With the Cashier in Walmart Today

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I’ve mentioned before how enamored I’ve grown with the house dresses my mama used to call dusters. She loved those things like damn and whoa and after she died we found dozens of them in her room. She loved nothing better than to receive them as gifts for any and all occasions. Now I know why she liked them so much; they’re cool, lightweight and most importantly, THEY HAVE POCKETS! Big, roomy pockets. Let me tell you, when you’re doing your last once over, picking up kid’s stuff before bed, big pockets are a lifesaver.

Anyway, I picked up a couple today, and mentioned to the cashier how much my mama loved them. She got teary eyed and said every time someone buys one she thinks about her mama too. We talked for several minutes until both of us got too choked up to continue. It’s been a while since this happened. The Christmas after she died I collapsed on the floor sobbing in Kmart, blubbering over their Christmas display. My mama loved Christmas; decorating with so many lights our house could be mistaken for an alternate airport runway.

It’s been fourteen years y’all and it seems like just yesterday I could pick up the phone and call her anytime I wanted. It still hurts. I feel like a motherless child, because I am one.

 

New Tie

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Hellboy #2 is going to be Julian Bond in the school’s Black History Month program. I thought this costume would be easy-peasy for once. Not so much. Finding little boy ties is like finding hen’s teeth. Astonishing this close to Easter. I found some at Macy’s but they were $15 a piece! Given a better than 80% likelihood that said tie would NOT make it home, I decided to make it myself. Not bad, I’d say, especially for a first attempt. It took all of 20 minutes and probably would’ve taken less if I’d had the right kind of elastic.

Score!

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Look at the pretty I found last night for $35!! Once it stops raining I’m going to paint it Annie Sloan Napoleonic blue. I had thought about painting the hardware, but I like that it’s a bit distressed. I especially wanted it because the bottom two drawers are super deep and we can keep all our game boards  and serving bowls in there, and the upper drawers are small; perfect for napkins, and silverware. I’ll probably keep table cloths and serving platters in the middle drawers. Yay me!