Funniest mommy moment of the week

So, my husband went back to school this morning (he's a teacher). As we were getting ready to leave for the day we told my daughter, "Daddy's going to work today. Mommy's going to work today." She started to fuss a bit and I was getting stuff together in the kitchen. Just as I was about to walk over to her I hear my husband say, "Daddy's going to work today. Now, why does daddy go to work?" And my fabulous two-year-old replies, "Get money." Hee hee! I had no idea he'd taught her that. Oh, how sad but true!


Danish lounge chair w/ new cushions

The fruit of my labor from this week's day off. Got this 50s era chair off eBay, but the cushions were quite foul. So, new cushions from this company that custom cuts medium density foam for a really reasonable price, batting from Joanne's, awesome Etsuka Furuya fabric from reprodepot, and ta da! Cute new chair for reading, lounging, chillin', etc.... The cushion covers I figured out how to do from an article in ReadyMade, but the corners were a bit of a headache/nightmare. Ugh, those really takes some sewing practice.

Picture book wall

A more stylish take on Jim Trelease's (the why-it's-important-to read-aloud-to-kids guru) suggestion of displaying books face out at home, low enough for small kid hands to reach. We used picture rail shelves from CB2. Above is a few magnet rails from Ikea to display the li'l one's artwork.


Okay, I'm not so crazy....

Hey, maybe I'm more home fashion-forward than I think. Check out this pic from Ty Pennington's (of Trading Spaces fame) new LA store, ADHD. As my 2 year old would say, "Same same!"


Vacation projects

I was on vacation this past week so I decided to try and finish up some long awaited home projects. We've lived in our townhouse for 4 years and only now am I getting to things like hanging pictures on the walls.

I love my hubby! Only a man truly secure in his manhood would allow his wife to hang crazy curtains like these! I was feeling like my living room was a bit staid, so I went off the deep end of quirkiness.... An added bonus was that I got to use my awesome semi-new Husqvarna Viking "Huskystar" (I love that name! Reminds me of the hubby.) sewing machine. I now present my Amy Butler Cherry Wall Flower curtains:

The print on the right was purchased years ago at the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture in San Pedro. On the left are first issue native orchid postage stamps from my Auntie Cathy who's a nun in the Philippines. She knows I'm all nationalista and she always sends me the coolest stuff. I mounted them on some cool Free Spirit fabric and put them in a shadow box.

Inspired by a painting hanging at a good friend's house, I bought a similar painting on eBay. And we finally got our giant spoons and forks on the wall -- essential in every Filipino household -- a gift from the hubby's aunt who just immigrated a couple years back.