Winter Lip Therapy


The best exfoliation treatment for dry winter lips: mix a small amount of vaseline (or any moisturizer you don’t mind putting on your lips) with some regular refined sugar, rub on your lips and then rinse off. Result: smooth and sweet lips!


Phone Photo Friday


I took a sick day on Monday. It was so nice of my hubby and my doggie to help me take it easy all day by joining in the relaxation!

Observations on Working from Home


Last week one day my boss let me work from home for the first time. I LOVED it. Here are some reflections from throughout the day:

8:06 am
No shower, no make-up.
Holey jeans, zip-up hoodie, fuzzy socks that don’t match & my winter hat.
Sunlight is pouring in the window.
I’ve got a pot of my favorite tea, a bowl of cocoa pebbles and a clementine for breakfast.
I’m getting started an hour earlier than usual.

2:13 pm
Having a more productive day than yesterday and the day before.
Maybe combined.
But I set the bar pretty low the past 2 days.
Nonetheless, I’m feeling pretty good about this arrangement.
Thinking of taking the dog for a brisk walk before it gets dark.

I’m praying that this is a new arrangement I’ll be able to do at least once a week. I LOVE saving 1 hour a day (drive time) and gas money and most of all getting to work in a quiet sunny office 10 steps away from my bed.

Peddling Together into Marriage


Between Christmas parties, cookie making, work, present wrapping and working on CCM, I’ve been finishing up two sets of Bicycle Built for Two wedding stationery this week. This is just one of several sets of wedding invitations available through my shop Light Hand Design. It may not have anything to do with mid-century modern homes and housewares but I love designing wedding invitations! (Shameless self-promotion.)

Front of invitation, RSVP card & thank you card:


Salem Biscayne China {a MCM thrift store find}


I’ll never forget the first mid-century modern treasure Jason and I bought. We debated about whether or not we should pay $2 for a random platter and were surprised months later when we discover it was worth $50 and a legitimate collectible. A few months later we hit the mid-century antique furniture jackpot with our American by Martinsville end tables and coffee table.

A couple of weeks ago we struck gold again. Out on a leisurely thrift store stroll, we came across a set of mid-century modern dishes. What made this lightly used china so special was the size of the set. We couldn’t believe it: 9 teacups, 9 saucers, salt & pepper shakers, creamer, sugar bowl, gravy bowl, serving platter, serving bowl (not pictured), 6 dinner plates, 6 dessert plates, 6 cereal bowls and 6 small bowls.

Even though the price was amazing, I wasn’t sure I liked the pattern enough to own these so we walked out. (Not a big flower pattern fan.) As I suspected, after some googling a couple days later I regretted my decision and my wonderful husband went back to the place and scooped them up.

I can’t believe we almost missed out on these. Thank God for second chances. We’re thrilled with this Salem Biscayne china, especially after discovering it’s worth 6-10x what we paid for it—not that we plan on selling.

Metabolic Frolic in the Morning


Every morning I sit down at my cubicle to check my e-mails and google reader while I sip a cup of tea. The past several months I’ve been delighted to have my absolute favorite tea.

Republic of Tea – Mango Ceylon
Metabolic Frolic Tea
Fruity Black Tea Blended with Blossoms

I am a tea lover but I prefer black tea (especially ceylon). Please don’t bother telling me about your favorite green tea or herbal tea. If you’ve never had Republic, give it a chance. They’re my all time favorite tea maker and they’ve got 100s of varieties. It’s a little bit hard to find. You can get it by the cup at Panera Bread or buy the canisters (50 bags for around $10) from Fresh Market, Books-a-Million, Whole Foods, Wegmans or online.

Phone Photo Friday


Pretty, colorful, vintage dishes are worth washing by hand.