Yay! Shabby Apple wants to give one of you lucky readers a dress. The giveaway is for one of these lovelies:
To enter go visit the Shabby Apple site, then come back here and leave a comment listing which would be your choice. If you cannot decide (indecisives unite!) you can just leave a note letting me know you’ve take a look at the dresses or at the Shabby Apple blog.
Additionally Shabby Apple is offering Not Martha readers a 10% Off deal when you enter Notmartha10off. This code applies to everything on the site. Little tip: they also have a 20% off code for certain items so double check to see if your choice covered by that instead.
While you look around Shabby Apple please take note of the newly launched swimwear and fitness wear offerings. As somebody who still hasn’t gotten a decent bathing suit for this season I’ve been browsing the swimsuits, and I love the touches of vintage flair. And ruching is certainly something I’m all for. Also don’t miss the accessories they have. I’m a little bit in love with the looking glass pendant.
To recap: to enter the giveaway leave a comment here with a note about which dress listed above would be your choice (or just a note saying that you cannot decide). The Fine Print applies. This giveaway only applies to those living inside the US (sorry non-US peeps!). I’ll be letting the Random Number Generator pick a winner on Wed. Aug. 4th at 4 p.m. PST. Good luck! Winner chosen, thanks so much to everybody who entered!
· comments  · 07-29-2010 · categories:shopping ·
· comments  · 07-27-2010 · categories:links · misc ·
We have an empty space in our dining room that we’ve been meaning to fill with two chairs. We see ourselves sitting there in the morning sipping coffee and reading the paper (well, reading the morning news on various mobile devices). But it’s a small space and I cannot find chairs that I like and which would fit. Most chairs I find in the furniture stores I frequent (which is mostly limited to Ikea and Crate and Barrel) have too large a footprint, those that are small enough are like a mini version of an overstuffed chair and just aren’t comfortable. I’d like something bit a little bit of a cushion and with arms (no slipper chairs, unfortunately) but the space we have doesn’t allow for the boxy upholstered chairs I find everywhere.
I keep seeing chairs in lobbies and lounges that I like a lot. Above are some chairs at a bar in the Luxor in Vegas, and below are some spotted on an episode of Bones. (I’m glad nobody was home to see me gasp and rewind Tivo to take photographs of the screen.) But I cannot seem to figure out where one would buy chairs like these. Does anybody know? Or do you know what words I should be using to look for this kind of chair? If so pipe up before I start walking into hotel lobbies and demanding to speak with their decorator.
· comments  · 07-22-2010 · categories:the home ·
· comments  · 07-21-2010 · categories:food · links ·
Hi there. It’s been a while since I’ve posted much of substance here. Part is summer laziness, part is stuff I’m still working on, but mostly it’s because we finally got ourselves back to making our house a bit prettier. The intersection of houseguests and a plumbing emergency (nothing drastic) kick started us on the projects we’d been contemplating and we’ve been riding the momentum. Like, we bought a couch (Ikea, Karlstad, dark gray, with ottoman!) and we’re arranging the other bits of the living room that can now fall into place. I’m also excavating my sewing room and it’s, well, it’s a process. Not a pretty one. We’re back to the familiar cycle of going back and forth from the hardware store and having various surfaces in our house covered in paint chips and drywall anchors.
But I’m feeling lighter. Getting rid of things I no longer need, hauling things to donate, making room for a bicycle. A delayed spring cleaning, if you will. So that’s what I’m doing right now and I’ll hopefully emerge soon with some good information to share. Like how to not hit a kitchen sink pipe when hanging a curtain rod. For example.
· comments  · 07-19-2010 · categories:mumbling ·
What does it mean to be a “pastor’s wife,” anyway? | Ask MetaFilter. Interesting, I grew up Catholic so the experience of a church with pastors who have families of their own is very different from what I knew.
How can I help an autistic guy navigate “Facebook friends”? | Ask MetaFilter.
Seattle wants urban farms, but roosters need not apply, at the Seattle PI. Oh I do hope they ban roosters. We had two in our tightly packed neighborhood last summer and those, uh, nice birdies crowed all day long. It nearly drove me crazy, and it must have driven the owners crazy because none of the roosters stayed in the neighborhood for too long. The article mentions that some people claim it’s no more obtrusive than a dog barking but I can tell that it really, really is.
· comments  · 07-16-2010 · categories:links · misc ·
· comments  · 07-14-2010 · categories:links · shopping ·
· comments  · 07-13-2010 · categories:links · technology ·
Victoria and Albert Museum – Patchwork: Pattern Maker. You can upload a picture and it will translate it into a quilt, neat. Thanks to Carrie for pointing me towards this!
Bag making for newbies: part 3 – Machine Needle know-how – U-handblog. Really helpful walk through on how to pick machine needles, via Craftzine.
Paper Gift Topper « The Crafts Dept. I love how joyful this is.
Yes Paste – The Crafts Dept. Something to seek out.
· comments  · 07-12-2010 · categories:craft · links ·
Please help me figure out how to hang these curtains before I lose my mind. | Ask MetaFilter. Some good advice on dealing with the simple act of putting screws in walls. Glad I’m not the only one who finds this completely frustrating.
How To Make a Custom Knife Tray Out of Wood & Glue Reader Tips | The Kitchn.
angry chicken: outdoor art fun. She combined some sheets of plywood and chalkboard paint to make giant outdoor chalkboards, I want one for myself!
Backyard Dinner Parties: Pretty Things to Hang from Trees | The Kitchn. I like the candles in jars hanging from the underside of the porch umbrella.
Technological Green Garden Party Lights | Apartment Therapy Unplggd. Ikea also has a few good solar powered outdoor lights this year.
Will Room and Board’s Jasper slipcovers work on Crate and Barrel’s Petrie couches? | Ask MetaFilter. The answer? Yes!
Going Paper Towel Free : Juniper Moon Farm. This makes me think it might be possible to eliminate paper towels around here too.
· comments  · 07-9-2010 · categories:links · the home ·
I have one of those out of sight, out of mind things happening. I completely failed to mention our photo session with Mastin Studio a few months back. We were met by Kirk Mastin and his wife Robin (who happens to have a great food blog, A Chow Life) to have pictures taken at
Volunteer (oops) Discovery Park in Seattle. The day was was rainy and did bad things to my hair, Scott forgot to bring his suit jacket, I struggle to act natural in front of a camera, and despite all that it was a lot of fun. Kirk and Robin are charming and made us feel completely at ease. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in the Pacific Northwest I can recommend them.
(The heat is hitting us here and we’re having one of those rare 90-degree days so looking at these photos is nearly giving me nostalgia for cooler temperatures. Nearly.)
· comments  · 07-8-2010 · categories:mumbling ·
· comments  · 07-7-2010 · categories:links · travel ·
· comments  · 07-6-2010 · categories:food · links ·
This summer Urban Craft Uprising show here in Seattle is coming up on July 10th and 11th and this year I’m extra excited because on Saturday the 10th Mobile Chowdown will be nearby, also Seattle Center. Shopping from indie businesses and excellent food from trucks, it’s perfection.
· comments  · 07-2-2010 · categories:events · seattle ·
· comments  · 07-1-2010 · categories:beauty · links ·