brighten a rainy wednesday with fun deals

Ok, so I promise to stop bombarding you with crazy online deals, but these two were just two good to keep under wraps:

 PlumDistrict, the website I mentioned yesterday has a deal going on today for $25 for $50 worth of merchandise at Sugar and Spice Décor. Even though Sugar and Spice is mainly a website for adorable kids’ items, they are also a representative for Dash and Albert rugs. If you have seen our entryway, you know that I am a big fan of the Nimes Ticking runner, not to mention all of the other fun rugs the company has to offer (specifically, I’ve got my eye on the Blue Heron Stripe). The $50 credit is enough for a 2X3 rug (with $20 left over). It also would take a significant chunk out of the cost of a runner (it would end up being about $34 after the credit).

Deal #2 is from everyone’s favorite: Groupon. With this deal, you get a $15 ebay credit for $7. As I said to Zach, it’s a good deal on a good deal! We’re big fans of ebay for house stuff, books, clothes, cars from Connecticut, you know, the usual.

 Ok, I promise to come back soon with actual stuff going on in our actual lives. In the meantime, enjoy the sales!

a deal fit for a king

That’s right. Queen of puns over here.

Zach and I just got back from a long weekend getaway to the beach. It was cold and rainy pretty much the entire time, but we still managed to have a great trip. I’ll post a few details later, but while I’m busy getting back into the swing of things work-wise, digging through the mountain of laundry that we accumulated, and figuring out what to do about the pathetic contents of our fridge, I thought I’d share another fun online deal.

PlumDistrict is a site similar to Groupon, but with girly stuff. When my sister-in-law told me about it a few weeks ago, I put it on the back burner until I saw the fabulous One King’s Lane deal they have going on. I’ve posted about my love for OKL before, and through today’s deal you can get a $40 credit for $20 (unlike the last deal, this one’s for anyone, not just first-timers). The great thing is that for signing up and purchasing from PlumDistrict within the next 7 days, you can get a $5 credit. Hooray!

A few things I have my eye on (don’t worry, they all fit within the $40 budget):

Mini topiary basket with Euonymous, Lavender and Rosemary. Hello, spring!

Hurricanes with great woven bases. I feel a cookout coming on!

Copper watering can. So pretty- the fact that you can actually water things with it is just a bonus.

I got some fun pillows at a yard sale (four for $1) that I’m using on our porch, but since they’re not made to be outdoor pillows, they’re fading fast. I think these cuties would absolutely make a suitable replacement.

The site posts new deals each day (I think around 11?). Have fun browsing through the fresh picks!

secondhand finds: just my type

A couple of weeks ago, at the same sale where we found my fun box of fabric, my husband decided to have himself a little treasure hunt.
For this particular sale, the entire contents of the garage/carport were for sale. While I was busy standing guard over a cool old army trunk that looked just like one my grandpa had (didn’t end up buying it), Zach decided that it would be fun to dig around in a dark, dusty room in the back. He was channeling Mike and Frank big time.
I was getting a little impatient (I’m good at that) when he came out holding a totally cool, totally filthy old typewriter.
When we showed it to the man running things (who obviously just wanted to get rid of as much junk as possible), he said, “What is that, a typewriter? Umm..how about a dollar?”
The hilarious part to me is that at this point my husband asked me if I wanted it. Like I might not be so sure about a super cool old typewriter that costs less than gum.
When we brought it home, it was covered in a serious layer of grime and the leather handle broke when we first opened the case. But if you’ve been around this little blog for any length of time, you know that neither of those things really worried me. In fact, I may or may not have said to Zach on the way home, “Yeah, and now the exciting part is, I get to CLEAN it!” Yes, total loser. Can I help it if cleaning crazy nasty things gives me a super adrenaline rush? Except dog puke kind of nasty. That kind just makes me nauseous.
Here’s our new/old writing apparatus all spiffed up and enjoying its new spot in the living room:

spring switch

Happy spring! We rung in the season this weekend with beautiful weather (in the 80s) on Saturday, and lots of getting things done (I’m a huge fan of the second wind I always get around this time of year to start crossing things off the to-do list).

 
As we welcomed the change of seasons, I spent a little time springifying the house. I’m not one to add too many holiday-themed trinkets to our decorating, but I love how swapping out a few accessories can keep things fresh without feeling cluttered.
 
Here are a few “winter to spring” shots for your comparison:

secondhand finds: luck o’ the italian

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I have to confess- I completely forgot to wear green today. NOT a good thing in my profession. Thankfully, one of the girls let me borrow a green plastic heart bracelet, so I was safe.

In the spirit of St. Paddy’s I thought I’d share my most recent find, which just happens to be green!

I was super excited to get this box full of fabric for just $2. Going through it was like Christmas morning- so many fun surprises! I’m excited to put some of the pieces to use in upcoming projects. Even though there were a bunch that I liked, I love this green and white print:

I love the fresh contrast of the green and white, and that the print is so unique. Thankfully, there was a bunch of this in the box, so I have quite a few options. I might save it until the summer before I determine what to use it for, but in the meantime I’m having fun dreaming of options!

i’m not sure what’s more fun

image via Etsy seller retrostiletto

Having birthday money, or actually biting the bullet and spending it.

Delias

 I’m obviously still debating like crazy, and seeing this little number today didn’t help narrow things down.

Joules Posh wellies in Meadow Green

I came across these on another blog, and I have to say that, for me, they take the cake as far as wellies go. That’s pretty much how I work- slap a bow on something and I’m sold. Fortunately for my decision-making abilities, I don’t think they sell these anymore.

Urban Outfitters Labratory Flower Vase

Along with bows, I have a major weakness for flowers, things with flowers on them, or things I can put flowers in (like this cutie from Urban Outfitters).

I know. It’s rough being a tomboy.

next time won’t you sing with me?

One of the many things I love about my husband happens to be his first initial (you know, other than the fact that he loves Jesus, is my best friend, and all that stuff). In my mind, his ‘Z’ is just another reason that he’s so perfect for me. A and Z. Love it.

My love for our alphabet initials is just the tip of the iceberg. I also love monograms, typeogrpahy, and just letters and words in general. So, of course I’m a huge fan of these monorgrammed mugs from Anthropologie (plus, I’m a fan of the reasonable $6 price tag).

I found the A a long time ago, but since then it’s seemed like the Z is never in stock. Even though I could live with it because my first initial is conveniently the same as our last, I liked the idea of having something that represented each of us to add some pizzaz to our coffee/tea/hot chocolate “station”. Thankfully, during a recent trip to Southpoint,  Anthro had decided to round out their alphabet for once, and I was able to scoop one up. Here they are, happily hanging out in their new home: