Archive for January, 2010

Fab Freebie: Drink By Number

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By now you probably all know that I love numbers and typography and Sherry loves all things mirrored, glass or sparkly. So this week’s prize is practically perfect for us except for the tiny fact that we’re hardly winos these days (one of us is with child and I actually don’t drink- weird I know). But we were still super excited when Whitewash Sundries hooked us up with an 8-piece set of these (phew, no more being embarrassed when guests BYOB and we’ve only got juice glasses). And now one of you will be scoring a free set for yourself- or, if you’re like us- your guests’ numerical enjoyment. Aren’t they great? Plus you can always get fancy and drink everything from orange juice to chocolate milk from them just for fun…

These numbered wine glasses are just one of the cool, hand-etched glass creations that Whitewash Sundries sells. You can also get monogrammed mugs, wine glasses, canisters, dog treat containers and even salt and pepper shakers. Not to mention other vintage items like these zinc place cards that can be personalized for each of your guests with just a little bit of chalk. Did we mention Whitewash Sundries is throwing in eight of these as well for the lucky winner? Plus there will be a discount announced on Thursday for all the non winners out there. I know, a virtual overload of awesome.

Here’s how to enter for your chance to be this week’s lucky winner:

Pssst- Whitewash Sundries is also doing a giveaway for your four-legged family members over on Burger’s blog! Be sure to head over there for another shot at scoring some amazing hand-etched goodies.

Find more freebie info on our Giveaway FAQs page. Pics courtesy of Whitewash Sundries.



Budget Blooms: Take Two

Remember I shared my first of the year flowers a little while back (a sweet monthly gift from the hubs)? You may recall that they had a bit of New Year’s sparkle thanks to a cake stand full of gleaming silver ornaments…

… but I mentioned that in a week or so I’d retire those and fill the pedestal with something a bit less holiday-focused. In all honestly I figured it would be something naughty (cupcakes, cookies, brownies?) but somehow we resisted that tooth-rotting stuff (maybe it’s the whole we-regret-our-holiday-gluttony syndrome that hits each January) and filled our clam shell fruit bowl nearby to the brim with apples, oranges, pears, avocados and other healthy fare. Which freed up the cake stand for something else. So I’m back to share my remixed little $4 blooms (all of which are still going strong) with their new is-it-spring-yet? spin.

Actually the blooms are in the very same mercury glass votive holders but the pedestal is sporting a quirky little collection of faux fruit. From white ceramic pears (which were also there amid the ornaments) to a big glossy green one… and even a gleaming bunch of grapes and one non edible item just for a shot of pale purple (an urchin I got for 25 cents at the beach a while back)- we seemed to have a surprising abundance of non-edible fruit laying around. So I grouped it together on the pedestal and called it a day.

It certainly adds a shot of bright and cheerful color to our usually soft and subdued kitchen. And it’s the best kind of color- the no commitment kind. Instead of painting the walls a bright yellow tone, try plopping some punchy flowers/accessories on the counter and see how much of a room-brightener they can be! Now if only sunnier skies would blow in. Soon…

What are you guys whipping out to replace all of that holiday decor? Anyone reaching for cheerful spring stuff even though it’s still January? Do tell.

Wanna see our first grocery store bouquet from last January? Itching to check out February, March, April, May, June July, August, and September too? Just follow the links for some pretty sweet cheap-o (and even free) bouquets.