My $1 flower arrangement for spring

It was bad enough when I told the checkout guy at Trader Joe’s that I loved the TJ’s frozen lemon bars because they were pretty. “Pretty doesn’t matter,” he said. ” I like them because they taste good.”

Uh-huh, sure, whatever you say, I mumbled. But I think this might be a higher achievement in nuttiness: at the Old Town Farmers Market on Saturday, I spent a good long while picking out the two prettiest pots of wheatgrass to bring home — not to drink (but i should), not for the pets (don’t have any), but because they were gorgeous and the best $1 flower arrangement I can imagine.

That’s right. This happy little piece of spring was $1.

I tucked mine into my new treasure:  vintage trophies I scored at a Phoenix antique shop — a coup, as I’ve been lusting after the idea of vintage trophies ever since I saw them in a California shop for $400. Mine didn’t cost $400, not anywhere near it. (I now can pretend my imaginary grandfather the track star swept the high jump in Boston in 1917 and 1922. Go gramps.)

Rhibafarms also sells the wheatgrass in awesome square flats for $10 (seen below in a pic from Rhibarms’ blog) that would make gorgeous centerpieces for a spring party. I told the very kind woman in charge that I’d be back for some just as soon as I found the right size vase. She smiled and nodded and looked at me like that made perfect sense, which was kind of her, you know.

By |2012-01-15T20:19:07-07:00January 15th, 2012|Style|0 Comments

Cheap Striped Thrills: an Ikea find and D-I-Y Goyard (!)

A new arrival at Little Sweden in Tempe: this $20 striped throw, which made me quite pleased when I threw it over the arm of our loveseat. It’s not on IKEA’s website yet, so take yourself to the store. I want a set of eight now, to hang over the backs of chairs during outdoor autumn dinners. (Pretty please let it cool off soon. I can’t take wearing summer clothes much longer.)

And . . .I love this D-I-Y painted American Apparel clutch bag created by Blair at Atlantic-Pacific — yet another fantastic fashion blog that is eating my morning computer time alive.

She was inspired by Just B, whose American Apparel pouch started life like this:

Ended like this.

One more madeover pouch from Vehemently Vesper:

The basic American Apparel leather pouch is $68, comes in a few sizes and about a thousand colors — even metallics, suede and patent leather now. ((Full line here.) Painting instructions are  here, and I’ve seen that paint they’re using at Arizona Art Supply.

I’m supposed to paint my office/craft room this weekend. (Blech.) I’m thinking handbags instead.

The bags seem Goyard-inspired to me. See below:

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By |2011-08-17T16:02:52-07:00August 17th, 2011|Style|3 Comments


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