"Back in the day" my dad was a wild man. He did demolition derby and drove a stock car, he even managed to get a huge trophy for himself. I have been living between two homes for the past couple weeks. Yes, I do visit my parents quite often, but the past two weeks I was making sure to take care of my dad before his surgery, and now afterwards as well. Here I am sitting on my folks bed next to my dad recovering from his hip replacement surgery, watching a little college football (don't get the wrong idea I DON'T understand football at all). My dad got in bad demolition accident about 40 years ago and now hes had to pay the price by getting a new hip. Thank goodness for modern medicine. Get well dad, Wolfie is ready to run around with you and the pup.
Originally we had planned on staying in town for Thanksgiving, since my dad just had surgery we didn't know how he we would be recovering. My dad had been feeling great, and started to get the itch to move around more and be a little more social. So, my husband thought it would be a swell idea to head up to the suburbs and give my family a proper Thanksgiving.
Since we always think of these grand ideas last minute, we were at the grocery store last minute with everyone else in town scurrying to find a turkey.
In the end, it all worked out and dinner was yummy in my tummy!
Another week has passed by once again and so it was time for another adventure. This time Wolfgang and I headed to Champaign, about 50 miles away from Bloomington. We left at morning nap time and when we arrived into town Wolfie was wide-eyed, bushy tailed, and ready to thrift! This trip I was on a mission to find a couple key peices: vintage kitchen play set, new kitchen chairs, little dresses for my shop, and a play table. I was able to score a lil' kitchen thing for Wolfie and little dresses, but the rest was left for other adventures. This doesn't mean I left Champaign empty handed; Au Contraire, twenty dollars goes along way at the thrifts in that town.
A play kitchen hutch for Wolfie, more later on how I am tweaking it up!
Fall is here and winter will be here before we know it . With Wolfgang officially on the move in the walking department, the urge to keep him and and myself entertained is now a main priority. Since we live in central Illinois our town is the main hub for all the little towns that surround us. Well, since it was the end of the week and the weather was "blah" and we already had been to our local Target and Starbucks 100 times. It was time to branch out.
I packed up Wolfie in the car, and we headed to the little town of Clinton, to do our normal errand running in not so familiar surroundings. I know this seems really lame, but since I work from home and am the main care taker of the kiddo it is the smalls things in life that freshin' things up!
Today was a true fall day, extra windy and chilly. So today my favorite blogger mommy Meredith suggested we have some good soup. So I warmed up the chicken barley soup I made on Monday(recipe can be found here) ran to Panera Bread to buy two bread bowls, and POOF! Insta-soup date!
My two new favorite colors, brown and orange, seem to be popping up a lot lately in the blog world. These two colors defined a decade, and left many homes scarred with their bold past. Maybe it's your grandma's kitchen, once brand new when she retired in 1978 with the latest "neutral"color pallet adorning every inch of her mobile home. Maybe it was that local donut shop that thought the dark brown woodgrain formica booths would be a timeless look for customers through the generations. Or possibly, your living in that apartment your landlord calls vintage, but really it looks like an old truck stop. Well, however you view the color combo of brown and orange it's here to stay and its better than ever! Personally, I can't get enough of wearing orangish-dress with brown-ish tights and my orange wellies (yes all in one outfit mishmashed together maybe, a little over the top?) Never the less brown and orange is a classic combo. Here are some design bloopers from the past.
What better colors to bring out Mrs. Brady's natural beauty?
Looking for decorating ideas? Look no further! With these dark tones your sure to turn any room in your home into a sultry lounge.
A perfectly preserved 70's apartment for that new college grad looking to branch out from nest of mother's and father's home. Those orange counter tops would go swimmingly with my lime green fondue set.
Okay, so I've made my point of showing some of the less attractive orange and brown combos, here are some new modern takes on the blunders from the past.
Pilgrim of Draw Pilgrim 's personal house tour. She always knows how to blend things of the past and present perfectly.
Of course I would own this Sputnik style high chair for lil' Wolfie.
I've started on a new fashion obsession, plaid. I am not sure how this new fondness for it has come about, but I seem to be hoarding it a lot lately. Maybe it is the change of seasons, or my yearning for always wanting to have a school uniform, or the fact it is a vintage style staple. None the less, I am loving it and want it in all forms. I especially get extra giddy when I pick up a plaid piece of clothing at a thrift and realize it had a Pendleton Wool Mills tag. ZOINKS!
Okay sorry for the geeking out just a moment ago, here are some of my favorite plaid inspirations, obsessions, and styles.