Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Owl Love You Forever

Pardon the totally corny title for a minute, but allow me to indulge myself in my obsession with owls. Like this totally adorable lunch bag - which happens to hold my lunch on a daily basis...

From Amazon

Or this super cute guy to hold yummy cookies...

From Anthropologie

Unfortunately, Jon doesn't share my utter obsession and love of owls. He says the winking owl is a little creepy. I reminded him that the owl will hold homemade cookies, and I think we have come to an understanding about the owl now.

And I was completely smitten when I spotted this table lamp on West Elm's website. Can you say ah-dor-da-ble?! I've already told Jon he doesn't have to worry I won't try to bring this guy home with me one day.


I can't quite place where my love of owls sprouted, but I believe it was the day I received my great-grandmother's owl pendant. It's about 4" tall, gold, somewhat filigree style, and completely vintage fabulous. From that day forward, I've started noticing owls wherever I go and I oooh and ahhhh with a big smile on my face whenever I see one.


See? Even the real ones are cute too!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Current Favorite: Rope Bed

I tend to get stuck on one design element that I absolutely love. Then I look for ways to make it happen and a place to put it. I can totally see it in my mind where it will go and how it will be functional. My current favorite is a rope bed. I'm not sure what they are really called, but that's what I named it. Here it is:


Don't you just LOVE it?! It makes me just want to curl up with an excellent book and a cup of coffee (though I'm not sure how well a hot liquid and a moving bed would work for me). About a year ago, I saw a picture of one in an issue of Phoenix Home and Garden. I turned down the page then, and as I've recently started looking back through home magazines I came across it again. I just love how relaxed and chill it looks.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Stressors

A stressor is defined as, "An agent, condition, or other stimulus that causes stress to an organism." From the very definition of the word, we glean that stressors can be different stimuli for different people. While that may be true, there are certain common stress factors. I came across a list here that lists the results of a survey detailing the most stressful life events.
  1. Death of a spouse
  2. Divorce
  3. Marital separation
  4. In jail
  5. Death of close family member
  6. Personal injury or illness
  7. Marriage
  8. Fired at work
  9. Marital reconciliation
  10. Retirement
I've not experienced much at all on that list, so I can't speak to the level of stress each causes. However, I think I have my own list (in no particular order).
  1. Buying a house.
  2. Buying a bank-owned house.
  3. The first year of a new career.
  4. Planning a wedding.
While I have made it one of my resolutions to choose less stress, I've taken on some pretty huge things all within a short time span. And with any big life changes, there is a certain amount of stress that comes along with that. I've found myself a few times in the midst of a particularly stressful moment getting frustrated and short with those around me. In those times, I have to stop myself and just be grateful that I get to have these experiences. I am so blessed to be able to buy a home with Jon to make our own. I am so blessed to be in a career that I absolutely love. I am blessed to be marrying a wonderful man and that we get to join our lives together forever.

I have so much for which to be grateful. While it might seem odd, I am grateful for the stress that comes with buying a home because it means that I'm in a position to buy a home in the first place. I am thankful for the quirks of our new house because it's our house. The green countertops in the laundry room are going to be OUR green countertops. The stinky storage shed is going to be OUR stinky storage shed. The broken door to the fourth bedroom is OUR broken door to OUR fourth bedroom. All of these little things should be celebrated because ultimately they are a sign of blessing.

I'm still resolved to choose the least stressful option when available. But I'm also resolved to be grateful in the stressful situations for the opportunities I've been given and the doors that have been opened.