Friday, July 13, 2007

Deals and inspiration!

Target Alert! When I was in there today they were having one of their wonderful "clearing it out" sales and all kinds of pretties could be had for a song! If you have heard my singing you understand the great value of such a sale! Anyway, I picked up these absolutely adorable, gorgeous napkins. I think I am in love and am now contemplating the perfect use of such perfect napkins. What I wouldn't give to find a fabric like these paper napkings...oh, what a cute skirt they would make!!!! They were less that $1 a pack so I picked them all up (sorry, I am not big on sharing). I will definately use one pack as napkins for DD's lunches when school starts to lively up her lunchtime and I am thinking a brunch for the girlfriends would be the other perfect use...hmmm. I think they may become my inspiration pattern...pinks and greens AND paisley.....just gives me the shivers!

Speaking of inspiration, I picked up this really fantastic book last week: Nesting, It's a Chick Thing by Ame Mahler Beanland & Emily Miles Terry. These are the same gals who have that cute site It isn't a new book and has been out for a couple of years but it is just a great little book and would make a perfect wedding or graduation gift. Even though I have been "nesting" practically in an obsessive way for almost 19 years (wow...that is a long time when said like that) I still found it inspiring and motivational and really got some great tips from it.

I love the blurg on the front cover: "100 Tales, 1,000 Tips, and Endless Inspiration for women who seriously play house and garden (and hold pink poker nights)". Here is a great list of things "every chick should have..." in our kitchen according to the authors (Mahler 183):

  • "Luxurious hand lotion next to her kitchen sink"

  • "A stereo in the kitchen to play tunes that inspire, calm, and cheer"

  • "At least one delicious frozen entree' in the freezer--for afternoons or evenings too fun to stand in front of the stove"

  • "A well-worn recipe card with a favorite family dish from a grandmother or other cherished relative"

  • "Pictures of family and friends on the refrigerator door"

  • "Someone to call if you get into a culinary fix"

  • "A hidden box or bag of some wonderful junk food"

  • "A signature specialty that you can whip up with one arm tied behind your back"

  • "Something distinctly 'you' in your kitchen--a frilly apron, an oven mit, or a trivet from a memorable trip"

  • "A beautiful bottle or tin of something deliciously refined and gourmet--like a limited-run estate-bottled olive oil or balsamic vinegar, or English tea biscuits in a vintage tin"

  • "A neighbor who will lend you an emergency cup of sugar or an egg."


  1. Those napkins are too cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I will be checking yours out! Gorgeous homes on your walk, lucky girl!

  2. Hey, I have those SAME them...I'll be going now to Target! ;)
    Can't stay away from their markdowns on cute paper products!

  3. Loved the napkins. I found some gorgeous ones at Tuesday morning with blue hydrangeas...
    Love your blog,

  4. That book looks so fun! I've added it to my Amazon wish list :-)

  5. I have a thing for cute drink napkins~ Isn't that silly? Or maybe it is just a 'chick thing'.
    I love it!

  6. Love the book! And my Volvo is an 03 but the backseat (where the kids reside) hasn't aged so well.

  7. The napkins are almost too cute to use. Never heard of the book but looks like one I would like, so I must check it out.

    Have a great Sunday.


  8. I love the napkins...I would have snatched those right up, too! (gotta love Target!). I also love the sentiments you shared from the book...especially the one about the recipe cards. :)

    I love, love your header photo!

    xo, Andrea

  9. Love the napkins (and Target!). The first thing I thought when I saw them was, wouldn't that be neat fabric?

  10. This book sounds awesome. Your blog is wonderful. My parents were from GA, and I still have lots of relatives living there. xoxo

  11. Love those napkins...and that books sounds so fun! OK...maybe I need to make a run to Target now to look for all those deals!

    (love the picture below, cute!)

  12. I LOVE THOSE NAPKINS! I may have to run down to Target during lunch. That book looks super cute, too. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I've enjoyed reading your thoughts and seeing the picture of your little cowboy. You've impressed me with your photos! Good thing you don't advertise or you'd be busy. :)

  14. You and these books! Now there's one more I have to go out and buy!!!

  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I just loved that you purchased all of the napkins in Target - I always encourage the kids to share and hubby teases me about my lack thereof especially if it is a sale item. :-)

  16. PS...if you're interested, I'm having a book giveaway- and tomorrow I draw the name! :)

  17. Thanks for your thoughtful comment on my blog. Such pretty napkins and I agree that a skirt in the same pattern would be divine!

    I'm enjoying checking out your blog.

  18. Thos napkins are first I thought it was scrapbook paper.


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