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    March 10, 2009
    Hello Yellow

    It’s a pretty gloomy day here in Dallas. The sky is overcast and there’s a faint drizzle that makes you feel stupid for getting your umbrella out, but is just wet enough to mess up your hair.

    Luckily, Target’s shop by color feature cheered me up with a collection of great kitchen items in bright yellow.

    A girl can dream, can’t she?

    Cast Iron Teapot, $49.99

    Mayfair& Jackson Stoneware set, $29.99

    KitchenAid Stand Mixer, $299.99


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    March 10, 2009
    Forget Ebay, Let’s Bonanzle!

    I’ve been mourning the mess that Ebay has become for a couple of years now. Sure, there’s still Craigslist and Etsy, but I really missed Ebay. With the new Bonanzle, I don’t think I’ll have to miss Ebay anymore. The interface is clean and easy to use. Searching is much, much easier. And all that junk that infests Ebay isn’t there anymore.

    It’s not just better for buying, though, it appears to be better for selling as well- no listing fees until 2010 and the final offer fees are quite low, as well.

    All this awesomeness points to me being able to come out of mourning for Ebay! Go check out Bonanzle, if you were tired of Ebay as well. (Or even if you’re not. It’s pretty fab, really.)

    Photo: Pulled from this listing on Bonanzle


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    March 9, 2009
    Slider Cupcakes

    I was tipped off on these adorable Slider cupcakes by my friend, Tricia.

    The photo is courtesy of Smiley’s Sweets and this particular batch was part of a custom order. While no recipe was posted, I did find a very similar, if slightly less attractively constructed version with recipe here.


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    March 6, 2009
    Happy Weekend

    Come Monday morning, I’m going to wish my desk had one of these.

    Cloud Factory sculpture, $25


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    March 5, 2009
    Madison Love Seat

    The weather here in Dallas is back in the 80s. At least for the next few days. So, of course, I can’t help but be inspired to surf through the new patio furniture collections at all of my favorite stores.

    One of the coolest things I found was this Madison Love Seat and Ottoman from Target. It reminds me of the multi-person pool-side pieces that were so popular last summer, with the same dreamy Moroccan get-away vibe, and, of course, a much smaller price tag (just $799).


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    March 4, 2009
    Wordless Wednesday: Old Gas Station Signs

    Photo: SomeGeekInTN on Flickr


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    March 4, 2009
    Steal of the Week: Urbino Ottoman

    I wish that I was more diligent in my online sale-scavenging, because if I were, I would have been a lot quicker to order one of these Urbino Ottomans from the Company Store.

    If you’re digging on the turqouise one, sadly it’s sold out, but the rust and sand versions are still available and only $52 a piece.


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    March 3, 2009
    Oragami Pigeon Pillow

    I think this falls into the category of weird but cool. It’s a plain white pillow with folded fabric pigeons attached to the front.

    Why pigeons and not cranes or some other bird we actually appreciate? I’m not sure. But I have to admit, urban pests or not, this looks pretty cool.

    Pigeon pillow, $36


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    March 3, 2009
    Byron Reads Shakespeare

    I love art that tells a little story. Especially a whimsical one about a bear named Byron reading poetry while sipping tea on the settee.

    Byron print, $18.


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    March 3, 2009
    Etsy Find: Photo Blocks

    Here’s a neat idea- little blocks with photos. Use them as a way to add a little bit of art to your room without taking up wallspace. Buy them here.


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