Santa Baby 2019

Happy Holidays, aka The Craziest Time of the Yearrrrrrr!

I have literally been working on my wish list for the last few weeks and I’m just now getting it done.  Sigh.  This has seriously been the story of my life for 2019.  Will I be better next year?  Tune in to find out!

Anyway, even though this is SOOOO late I figured it would still be fun to share all the goodies I’ve been saving in my notes folder.  These are things I’ve seen in a magazine or online, coveted and now am begging Santa for.

Santa, don’t do me wrong.

This first batch is kinda the “fun” set… stuff I could use when I actually try to look nice or go somewhere where there are no kids.  For some unknown reason, I’m really, REALLY wanting faux leather paperbag/pleated pants.  I can’t explain it, I just want some.  The other things, I would definitely try… a heated curling iron??  Sounds very dangerous… but Danger is my middle name.

Michael Todd Sonic Eye Wrinkle Eraser, Karl Lagerfeld Heated Eyelash Curler, Lancome Holiday Shadows, NKD SKN Tanning Water, Bar III Faux Leather Pants, Colorblock Sweater, Clear Cat-Eye Sunglasses, Eyeliner Wing Stamp Pens

This 2nd Set is for the side of me that loves a power tool!  A cute measuring tape for the purse? YES PLEASE!  I used to have one that I loved but unfortunately I lost it.  A box cutter!!  You guys I want those scissors so badly… I need them desperately, said my way too muscular hands.  I cut an obscene amount of cardboard.  And the mini welder, sandblaster and routing table – my gosh, is there anything better?!

Mini Starter Welder Kit, Cardboard Cutting Scissors, Pretty Measuring Tape, Bosch Benchtop Routing Table, Handheld Sandblaster, Oversized Flannel, Dansko Berry Clogs, Lumberjack Cap, Tie-Belt Jeans

The 3rd and final episode (Are you dying to see Star Wars as much as I am?!?) is all about the lazy Sunday at home.  You know that item that you thought you invented, i.e. heated socks??  THEY EXIST!  I’m at the same time, kicking myself and jumping for joy.  I’ve wanted the Molekule for awhile and still probably won’t get it, so I’ll need to be appeased with more mules.  More Mules for the WIN!  And that blanket!  Can’t you even handle it?  I know we would all fight over it, but I’d be ok letting it stay all winter on the sofa for super cuddling sessions… all while I wear my new striped pajamas, looking like I have it together.

Molekule Air Purifier, Wool Blanket Etsy, Heated Socks, Stars Above Striped Pajamas, Humidifier, La Mer Moisturizer, Lily Ana Eye Cream, Clarks Cloudsteppers Clogs

And I think that’s pretty good for this year!  My boys have already told me they want to gift me the new iPhone, but of course I just need to find the 5 hours to get to the store and buy it.  So we’ll see… perhaps better photos are in both of our futures!  And some new projects!!  I really want to get back to DOING STUFF.

Ok!  Back to the jungle that is on-line gift buying.

Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Hello there ol’ buddies and pals!

Life is crazy, right?  I can’t believe how fast time flies … it’s like, life is normal and on track and then BOOM, someone says the word “Holidays” and you’re feeling the weight of the year ending and STRESS. Lots of stress.

Right now I’m trying to focus on clearing out some chairs in my living room so I can fit a Christmas tree in there.  And it’s October.  Oc-to-ber.  Sometimes I don’t even know who I am anymore.  I remember a simpler time when I would buy all the gifts 3 days before, slap up a tree and decor and damn if it wasn’t f’in amazing.  Now I’m thinking about this crap in October.

Just slap me.

Anyway, I forgot to tell you guys something truly magical and fantastical that happened to me!!!  A few months ago I sold something to…. (Guess!  Guess!!)

KELLY WEARSTLER!!

You guys, I tried to tell a few of my friends this news and you know when someone has no idea what the heck you’re saying, but they’re trying to sound interested?  (Kind of like what I do to my children every single night at the dinner table – Uhm, why are the beyblades made in Japan better and cost $200??!?)  That’s what I got from them!!  How do you live life not knowing who Kelly Wearstler is?  Just answer me that.

Okay, now that we’re both hyperventilating (since YOU get me), she purchased a vintage piece for the Santa Monica Proper Hotel.  Something I picked is literally hanging on a wall in something SHE designed.

I die.

So here are all the delicious photos I could find – feast your eyes!

So, which picture has my piece in it??  The wall sculptures made with volcanic clay in New Zealand in the 1970’s…

None of them!!  Which literally, amuses me so much… because I think I would literally go nuts if it were.  (Kiss the ring b!tches, I’ve MADE IT!!!)  But since I did not make the publicity shots, it just means that I must stay there to search every crevice and report back.

I will add it to my holiday to-do list.  Hahahahhaaa!

Needless to say, that I came a few clicks from one of my idols.  And you know what?  It felt good.  Real good.  

 

Boys Bath Photos and Calling it Done!

Hi!!

We’ve come a long way my friends and I think it’s time I call it on this one.  I’ve filled the bathroom with lots of fun finds and things I had stored around the house for just this moment.  There are two things  I wanted to do that I just haven’t gotten to, (sealing the stone and caulking the sink) but my patience in this space has waned and my attention is slowly turning to other projects I’ve got marinating in the ye ol’ cranium.

Now I can look in here and feel good about it, so I AM HAPPY!

Since the last post, I’ve really only purchased 3 things and they were all from Ikea.  I bought this rug, this flip top trash can (since I was sick of seeing what was in the trash – usually tissue from bloody noses) and this over the door hat rack.  I originally really wanted an antique rug in here, but then I remembered, Oh ya, I have 4 goys and that would be the stupidest thing ever.  This rug gives me the look I was after for $30.

The wall mounted porcelain hand is one of my favorite things.  I just love it so much.  I think it’s weird and cool and creepy.  I found it at the Pasadena flea market for $8 and have been hoarding it for 2 years.  The bamboo plant stand is something I picked up at the Goodwill for around $10 and I’ve been debating whether I should keep it or sell it.  I think it looks pretty good in here, so it’ll stay for now, but it’s also maybe a little too big… I just really like the deeper brown color and the texture.

My other die for item??  Guess!

Of course, the monkey that sits on his fancy, lucite shelf … he’s the spy watching my kids accidentally miss the toilet on purpose.  I originally bought him to sell, but I JUST. CAN’T.  I can’t do it, people.  The painting looks really pretty in here and I’m pretty sure I picked it up from a garage somewhere for a few bucks.  I usually buy any seascapes that I come across… because again, I love them and I’m a crazy person.  (Enter theme of all my blog posts.)  The ladder was free from an estate sale, not because I’m great or anything, but because I bought these fantastic Grouse-Hinds light fixtures and he took lots of money from me.  The rosary is made of coconut shells that I’ve had forever and it’s massive!  I think I paid $45 for it at the Rose Bowl.  What else?  The pottery is handmade and sold at a veteran shop ($10, I think), the rhino is hand carved jade from China (I can’t remember, $60 perhaps), the cricket is brass and was $1, the painting was a buck too (I think), from the Salvation Army and the vintage silver calendar was $3 at a flea market. I’ll share more on the hanging plant, but I did make the wall hook, and the pot is Japanese from the 1960’s.  I’m hoping that the plant will grow into long tendrils and freak my kids out at night look really jungalicious in here.

Honestly though, $1 or $1,000, who cares?!?!  I have things that were so cheap but that I would never, EVER sell, I love them so much.

The art is kinda fun… they are original pencil drawings of total boy stuff.  One is of a freaking canon!  I found them at a thrift store for $3.95 each.  They are awesome and pretty perfect in here.  I may add one more art piece below them, but I’m still thinking.

What do you think?  Do I have too much stuff in here?  It’s a thought that runs through my mind looking at the photos, but when I’m in there… I’m like More, MORE!  Hahaha!!

So, that’s it!  For my friends that are diy fiends, you know how much work actually goes into a quick refresh.  It seems easy, but then you’re like, “Maybe I should spray paint the toilet valves?” (which I did) and “F-me!”, the moulding needs sanding and patching.  It took longer than I planned, it always does, but YAY, another room I can feel proud of!  At least for a year or two =)