Think Different

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Image via TRPrints Etsy shop

When faced with a challenge for which there is no foreseeable resolve, I transform myself into a front-row student of the Solution. I can’t help it. I have spent much of the summer reading reading READING my way through a file box full of titles– topics ranging from cutting-edge therapies, to specialized nutrition programs, and yes, the war cries of those who believe vaccinations are the root cause of both autism and Al Qaida terrorism. Yet, much like the bear cub that recently wandered into a suburban Sears department store, I have found myself roaming through volumes of doctoral theories in feeble attempts to understand this thing called ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Then, before I can help it, my amateur brain has trespassed on the property of experts who are way smarter than myself. Suddenly, I am barreling through aisles of fancy medical terms and brain foods and testimonials and toaster ovens and women’s lingerie until someone comes along and shoots me with a tranquilizer dart!

Today, I explored some Etsy therapy to avoid Certain Brain Implosion. It was a fast-acting reminder that pretty things make me happy, and BONUS when I stumbled on a pretty thing inspired by the late Apple Genius, Steve Jobs. In all of my mental-department-store-obliteration reading, I knocked over some interesting articles that discuss whether or not Steve Jobs was autistic. The Aspergians says he was (kettle?), and the more reputable blogs devoid of annoying pop-up ads say he wasn’t (although he was known to obsess over things like how many screws were in a lap top case). Perhaps this is not enough to label him ASD, but it is a cozy thought to consider that he saw the world different from the other 97% of human thinkers… not unlike my three-year-old. I have read so many words in recent weeks that it is no wonder if I develop blurry vision because of it. And yet, in all of my reading, only two have helped to make it more clear.

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…and so we will.

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Rainy Day Tea Towels

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Image via Loud Mouse Etsy Shop

I am registering Salem for preschool this week. Technically Mia is old enough to join a class as well, but I like the idea of having “Mommy & Mia” mornings while big brother goes to school. We rarely have time just the two of us, so I am already planning special things for us to do during our girl time. These Rainy Day Tea Towels are perfect for making memories on gloomy days. Do you have any special mother/daughter memories?

Create with Coffee Sacks

Whoever thought Daylight Savings Time was a great idea obviously never had children. My early-to-rise two year old is not only free from the confines of a crib as of last month, but ever since Sunday, he has been up and at ’em at FIVE. A.M. greeting me at my bedside. Needless to say, I have coffee on the brain these days. A girlfriend of mine recently snagged me a couple of burlap coffee sacks to reinvent into gifts and home decor. Have you ever thought of the many ways you can use a recycled coffee sack? Neither have I until I stumbled on these clever ideas.

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I’m sure you’ve noticed my affinity for interesting cork boards. I’ll have to add this to the list of great bulletin board ideas.

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I have these cream colored fabric foot stools floating around the house. You could say they’re pretty drab. They were a hand-me-down from a designer friend of mine who has way cooler hair than I do. After seeing this, I’m convinced there’s hope for my second hand cubes. If you’re like me and you don’t want to spend nearly $300 on this ottoman {gulp!}, you can always create your own version of this Burlap Coffee Sack Ottoman with this tutorial by Knock Off Decor.


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Coffee Bag Planter Pots… Brilliant!

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Oh, if I ever get my sunroom/craft space in my dream house, I will consider these coffee sack window treatments for sure!

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If you want to try making these yourself, you can purchase the sewing pattern pdf from Designs Maya Made Etsy Shop.

If you don’t have amazing friends like I have that will snag you coffee sacks whenever they stumble across them, consider contacting a nearby coffee roaster and ask if they have any for purchase. You may luck out and be able to take them off their hands for free! I’ve seen them at antique markets, architectual salvage yards, and of course you can always find them on ebay.

Thank you, Salem for the early morning inspiration. NOW GO BACK TO SLEEP!!!!!!

Like Father, Like Son

 

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We’re heading to the beach today! It isn’t exactly a vacation…. more of a work-ation. But we’re going to try to squeeze every ounce of fun and relaxation out of it. I should be packing, cleaning, wiping my children’s jelly toast faces, but instead I’m enjoying my second cup of PG Tips and “window” shopping on Etsy. Why didn’t I see these Daddy and Son Tie Shirts before Father’s Day? I know why. Because Clark wouldn’t be caught dead! Ha!

I’ll be sure post updates from our beach trip. Have a Happy Tuesday!

 

 

Teething Bling

Mia has yet to cut her first tooth, but no matter if it is my hair, her brother’s drum stick, or jewelry of any sort, it immediately goes into her mouth. I met the owner of Another Feather’s Etsy shop this weekend. She just so happened to notice Amelia mercilessly chomping on my chain necklace at church on Sunday, and suggested that I look into teething jewelry. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Here are a few of my favorite finds…

Gold Metallic Donut Teething Bling Necklace by Baby and Me Gifts– I think it looks like a giant lifesaver, but hey. Whatever works, right?

Oh Plah! Teething Cuff by Roundhouse

Organic Brown Heli Chomping Necklace by Tweet Baby Designs

While I thoroughly enjoy Mia’s gummy smiles, teething has been tough on baby, mama, and mama’s jewelry. If I can alleviate one out of the three of us from suffering, I’d say it is worth it.

Any teething tips you’d care to share? I’m all ears.

 

Wine Cork Place Card Holders

I am up to my eyeballs in wine corks today. I can’t wait to show you what’s cooking. In the meantime, I stumbled across these darling place card holders.

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These could also be used for holding photos, menu cards, and table numbers at dinner parties or wedding showers. The possibilities are endless!

MODGENES GIVEAWAY!!!!

In honor of this being my 100th post, I am excited to announce this very special giveaway. I’ve been chomping at the bit to share it with you for the last several weeks so consider this an early Valentine’s gift for being one of my adored readers. I am so enjoying this inspiration journey with you. Your presence and your comments mean more to me than you know…. tear… sniff…. sniff. Now on to the good stuff!!!

It all began a couple of months ago when I stumbled on this print by ModGenes on Project Nursery’s blog.

Wedding Song Custom Print

Clark and I wrote Salem’s name into Edelweiss from The Sound of Music when he was just an infant. We’ve sung it as a nursery rhyme to him ever since. This particular print matches perfectly with his nursery theme! Needless to say, I fell in love with their collection of customized prints. AND the best part is….

Drum roll please….

Modgenes is giving away an 8×10 of this print to one lucky subscriber to Lady Lullabuy’s blog! You can customize it with your wedding song or your favorite nursery rhyme, or you can select an 8×10 from one of these customizable featured items.

LOVE print

ABC-I Love you print

I love this Lots of Love print!

This would be a precious wedding or baby gift. You can customize it with your gift-ees name and special occasion date in a variety of vibrant colors!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This giveaway is open for ONE WEEK ONLY until midnight on Friday, February 4, 2011. This will give you enough time to choose and customize a print for someone you love this Valentine’s Day. Or, if you prefer to boycott the love holiday, choose a print for yourself as a way of showing yourself the love… just because you’re worth it!

ENTRY DETAILS:

Step 1. Make sure that you are subscribed to Lady Lullabuy’s blog.

Step 2. Comment on this post telling me who you want to share the ModGenes love with this Valentine’s Day…. even if it is yourself!

EXTRA ENTRIES:

Step 1. Update your Facebook and Twitter status to say:

“I’ve just entered the ModGenes Giveaway on Lady Lullabuy’s blog, and you should too!”

Step 2. Leave an additional comment for EACH status update.

Step 3. Follow ModGenes on Facebook and Twitter.

Step. 4 Follow Lady Lullbuy’s Blog on Facebook and Twitter.

Step 5. Leave an additional comment for EACH “follow” from Step 3 and 4.

Step 6. Look in the mirror and say, “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.”

Step 7. Comment back here admitting that you actually gave the above love to yourself.

That’s a total of EIGHT opportunities to win! Be sure to check out ModGenes Etsy shop for more unique prints and gift ideas!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!!!!!

 

Get Stuck

If you haven’t noticed, I am a rather big Etsy nerd. I cant help it. I saw this last night and I thought, if I was a bumper sticker kind of person (and it’s a good thing I’m not) I would put this on my car– right next to the Mac Apple, the stick family, the psychedelic peace frog, and, my personal favorite, “Are you following Jesus this close?”

La Vie En Rosettes- part deux

I got a little carried away with making fabric rosettes this holiday season, but, overall, I’m pretty pleased with the outcome.

I had some fabric left over from Amelia’s bedding, and voila! I made this Black Satin Pin Dot Rosette Bib Necklace for my mother. Almost every piece of clothing she owns is black and white, so I added a little color to liven things up. Love you, Mom!

I went shopping in my jewelry box and pulled out any partner-less earrings, stray beads, outdated strands, and unwearable baubles and simply recycled them. I gave this necklace to my sister. I love the look of pearls and denim. So feminine. That’s why I call this piece the Fedenim Rosette Bib Necklace . Ha!

Fabric rosettes are all the rage right now. You can purchase either of these necklaces thru my Etsy shop…

OR

You can enter to win the JANUARY GIVEAWAY!! One lucky reader will receive their choice of either of these fabric rosette bib necklaces.

To enter to win make sure you subscribe to my blog and leave a comment below.

For extra entries:

1. Update your Facebook and Twitter status linking back to this blog post.

2. “Like” Lady Lullabuy’s Blog on Facebook

3. Come back and leave a comment for each status update and Facebook “Like”.

Good luck, Everyone!

 

A Few of My Favorite Things

Every year, my mother asks me what I want for Christmas to which I reply the usual, “nothing”. In recent years, I’ve even taken the extreme approach of the advent conspiracy theorist, ranting about how grossly commercialized Christmas has become, how wild horses couldn’t drag me into a mall during the month of December, the tragic influence of Western consumer indulgence on the next generation, blah blah blah. Well, pride goeth….

Lady Lullabuy’s 2010 Holiday Wish List

That voice! Such passion. Such bitter affliction. I tear up every time I hear it!

I love all things London, including this London big print by Blanca Gomez. Check out her Cosas Minimas collection on Etsy. This one happens to be my favorite, but there are so many adorable prints to choose from.

 

Yes, I do love the movie, but what’s even better is the Paula Deen Signature Pantry Ware Rolling Pin featured in Julie & Julia! Last night I was actually trying to roll out a pastry crust with one of Salem’s plastic sippy cups. I need this rolling pin.

As I mentioned in my Cold Feet post, it is FREEZING in Charlotte, and you can never have enough warm socks.

I mentioned these to Christyn yesterday and she thought I was using profanity when I said I wanted some MUKLUKS for Christmas. Must have been a bad connection.

And finally….

Domino- the Book of Decorating

R.I.P. Domino magazine, but your spirit lives on!

So prosaic, I know…. but this week’s Getting to Know You question is…

What is the most memorable holiday gift you ever received? I can’t wait to hear the responses.

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