Archive for January, 2008

Purty Prezzies

We said we’d fill you in on all the fabulous booty that we scored, so here ya go…

From my newly engaged best-buddy-in-the-whole-wide-world (who’s marrying John’s cousin by the way!) we got this fantastic personalized planter. It’s perfect considering John and I were married in July of 07, and it’ll be something we’ll adore forever and a day. Now all we need is a plant with at least nine lives.

Petersik Planter

We also got a gift card to West Elm which we promptly spent about 20 hours after we unwrapped it. These shiny gold boxes were the first things that caught our eye (perfect for storing all the stuff we’d rather not see).

Gold boxes

Storage must have been a theme, because we also fell in love with this pretty partridge piggy bank that looks more like art than a nickel & dime receptacle. It’s also a huuuuge upgrade considering we used to keep our lose change in a plastic purple cup.

Piggy Bank

We also got a plethora of other amazing stuff, including a cute set of William’s Sonoma mugs accompanied by some tasty mulling spices, a gorgeous black & white hardcover book of NYC photography, and a thoughtful donation to Richmond’s Habitat For Humanity in our name. How cool is that?

Now it’s your turn. Tell us all about your favorite holiday scores (and your least favorite- those are always fun too). Only 358 days til next Christmas!



2008: The Year of the Kitchen

Happy ’08 everybody! We hope the new year brings you everything the old year hasn’t. As for us, we’re hoping it includes a finished kitchen.

To help celebrate our new year in our new kitchen, I snagged a perfect little gift off Etsy to be part of Sherry’s Christmas present. It’s a calendar called “A Year in the Kitchen” and it features 12 really cool illustrations of kitchen gear, each designed against a bold color that corresponds to the season. At 5.5″ x 17″ it looks good in several spots, but we’re waiting for the countertops to go in before we commit to a final location.

You can get your own from the Smack of Jellyfish store on Etsy for a mere $18. She’s got lots of other cool stuff there, including an alphabetic greeting card set full of animal groupings (an army of Ants, a flutter of Butterflies, a murder of Crows, etc.)

Sherry Claus was pretty darn good to me too. I was a little bit baffled when I first unwrapped these two little paper cut outs:

Crown Molding

It took me a couple of guesses (king bread? royal toast?), but I quickly figured out that crown molding was in my future. Sherry then explained the best part – I didn’t even have to install it! She’s arranged for our much loved kitchen installer to come back and put molding in the bedrooms and the living/dining room. Quite the royal treatment, eh?

So again, I’ll say that we hope 2008 brings you a kitchen, crown molding, a mess of iguana or whatever else you’re hoping for this year.