Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day's real meaning

My thoughts go out to the families who have lost loved ones (including innocent civilians), and my deep gratitude to those who have suffered the ultimate sacrifice.
This is an excerpt from a fallen Marine's letter to his family.  He wrote this shortly before he was killed by a homemade bomb in Afghanistan:

"There will be a child who will live because men left the security they enjoyed in their home to come to his," Sgt. Stacey wrote in his letter. "He will have the gift of freedom which I have enjoyed for so long myself, and if my life brings the safety of a child who will one day change the world, then I know that it was all worth it."

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I'm so excited!

I'm thrilled to announce that I won a gorgeous cuff bracelet giveaway from Andrea at Gypsy Yaya!  Check out her blog and her cool Etsy shop for fun, boho gifts!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I can't wait to see this!  Fantastic cast (Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are my favorite actresses), Indian location, and bohemian fun galore.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

books as handbags!

I squealed with glee (yes, really) when I saw these amazing handbags.  Made by the talented Karen at Novel Creations on Etsy, these are actual books upcycled into fantastic bags.  They were going to be thrown away at the used bookstore where she works, so this clever girl made something wonderful with them.  Below are some of my favorites.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Shingle Style Lake Home

Over at ron brenner architects we have been working on a new shingle style lake home for a client of ours. You can see the you tube animation below.

The home features an L-shaped plan configuration with the 3 car garage on the front leg of the L.  This allows all the public living spaces and the 3 second floor bedrooms above to be arranged across the rear of the home; taking advantage of the beautiful lake views.