Vacuum breakdown.

Just a quick post to share that while a broken vacuum can be a real inconvenience, it can also be a blessing. It’s quite freeing to not spend your time thinking about how you should be vacuuming or actually vacuuming. Ours conked out on us late last week and I don’t really miss it. (Don’t get it twisted – we borrowed one from family and took it for a spin around the house yesterday. Between us and our white cat shedding, we’d be buried if we didn’t.)

It’s just been kinda nice without the vacuum being too readily close by guilting me. Just one less thing to think/worry/stress/obsess about. More time to think about stuff that matters.


The Summer Market.


I’m looking forward to The Summer Market in Avon Lake next weekend. Friday and Saturday, July 27-28, 2012, to be exact. There will be plenty of quality vendors offering up their wares from furniture to jewelry, fresh produce to home decor and more. And some great food courtesy of Sweet Melissa, Sweet Basil, Sweet! ( a mobile cupcakery), Fahrenheit, Woolson Concessions and Humble Pie Bakery make the event even more irresistible. Extras include live music and a photographer to help you capture the moment. Oh, and did I mention the park is at the water’s edge of Lake Erie? Get there!


Route 83 & Lake Road at Veterans Park, Avon Lake, OH

July 27: 5-9 pm

July 28: 9 am-4 pm

story time

my husband and i recently inherited a couch that we owned originally and had given to my husband’s brother a few years ago. he no longer needs it so…it’s back. there isn’t space in the house for it so we are going to add casters and use it as some pretty amazing patio furniture that we can easily wheel from the garage outside when the weather permits.

it’s a whole new take on curling up on the couch with my little lady for story time.

sunday in july.

if there is one thing that having a baby forces you to do that is live in the moment and take it one day at a time. so, here’s my post about today, a sunday in july.

the day started off playing with lucy and all of her toys on the living room floor. some bad dane cook movie on in the background. little lucy was still battling her ear infection that was diagnosed yesterday at the ER (a great way to start the weekend, by the way) and the subsequent fever. but i could tell she was beginning to pull out of it by her interest in her bevy of toys!

hubby and i worked up the energy to go check out made in the 216 down on 4th street. it felt a little like the day after the party with things picked over and a bit bare. the photo booth was fun though and we took full advantage of it. felt great to get out of the house and lucy was a trooper and hung in there while we stopped by target afterward to grab socks.

after being back at home for a bit, we decided it was pool time! we scored a super cute little whale-shaped pool at target a few weeks back and were excited to test it out. it was lucy’s first time wearing her yellow polka dot bikini too. and…probably her last as it is snug. (i bought it when she was maybe 2 weeks old and boy is kids’ clothing sizing terribly off. can someone fix that already?)

then lucy napped (hooray) and joe worked on his scooter and i worked on some new mini cake stands that will soon be for sale at salty not sweet (@saltycleveland).

and now, with ohio city four cheese ravioli in our stomachs and showers had, things are winding down. lucy is asleep but not so sure for how long with her not feeling well.

today felt like a bit of a marathon (especially with a sick kiddo) and i know that it’s not over yet (again, kiddo) but if i step back for a moment i can see that it was a good one. i think i just need to remember to step back more often.

a different perspective on clutter.

clutter is the poetry of our homes. it is an intimate view that is not always perfect–a few dishes in the sink, books piled next to the bed. everything in its place may give a certain satisfaction, but a lived-in room exudes comfort and warmth.”

-mary randolph carter, author of “a perfectly kept house is the sign of a misspent life”

doesn’t this make you feel just a little better about things not always being in their place?

mindful eating.

mindful is probably a word we need to remember to put in front of most verbs these days. good examples would be mindful driving or mindful listening. but awareness is also a good thing when we’re talking about what you decide to put in your body.

this morning, i ran across a fun-to-read article on this topic that even includes some pretty simple recipes at the end and wanted to share: HOMEMADE CONDIMENTS: JUST LIKE GRANDMA MADE. i’m excited to try the homemade hummus recipe. i think i’ve finally hit a  point where i need to move on from trader joe’s hummus or at least take a break.

the article is on a new magazine’s site called shoestring: good for the wallet, good for the planet. it’s a cute, easy-to-navigate site with all kinds of thrifty and eco ideas. so check out the article. i’m off to explore the site some more!

cool clevelander 2010

if i had to vote for the coolest clevelander of 2010 it would be an easy vote for danielle deboe. google the girl and see for yourself. the list of her cool contributions to cleveland–from shop owner of Room Service to her unwaivering promotion of our city–could constitute an entire blog on its own. but what i will share with you in this post is her latest contribution–her participation at the TEDxCLE event. danielle charmingly shared her view on how one may go about “arriving at doing something”.

color your winter bright.

so sometimes it’s very small things that help us get through a dark time. ya know, a dark, dreary and COLD time like this winter.

and i’ve found one of those small things: a $5 bottle of nail polish from urban outfitters in a punchy purply pink that is the perfect pick-me-up. paired with dark clothing, this polish almost reads as a fluorescent. it’s very, shall we say, miami (pronounced mee-ah-mee).

and notice how cool the bottle is. very 80s meets 90s. and the cap is a matte texture which helps you keep a firm grip while you paint away.

so go crazy! get colorful! what else can you drop $5 on and enjoy so much!?

smaw things.

yep, small things. tiny things. little stuff. teeniny-ness. if you know me at all, you know that this is what i’m all about. in fact, i even invented a word to describe tiny, delicious, sometimes ridiculous things–smaw!

so here’s some smaw stuff that i made for you–irish pride dog tees. get one now so you have it well in advance of st. patty’s day. you can order at

what $14.14 gets you at goodwill.

i decided to hit up goodwill in avon lake today. uh, it was packed. it was insanity. apparently saturday is THE day to go to goodwill. i’m glad i faced the crowd though because i found a few gems. and i got them all for a grand total of $14.14.!

the bowls

i scored a set of two small bowls that are the perfect size for filling with a hearty helping of soup this winter. they are marked with “mancer” on the bottom. i tried to google this but couldn’t find much except that it is italian. the colors are great and i especially love the “drips” on the inside edges.

the plate

this is the mystery item i purchased. it is an approximately 9″ plate marked on the bottom with “the bailey-walker vitrified china 1929“. but that marking doesn’t explain the big “M” bannered with “OHIO” on the top of the plate. any ideas?

and a bassinet

after i purchased this, i texted my husband to inform him we were the proud owners of bassinet. i don’t think he believed me at first. but here’s the deal. this bassinet is in great shape and was only $6. and i’ve been looking for one to use at craft shows to display my lovely ruby alabama items. so, now i have one. and who knows–maybe it will come in handy some day for its real purpose.