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Here in Southern California I associate early spring with jasmine, one of my favorite scents. Looking back through my archives from last year, I found this in my February folder and realized that soon enough it’ll be about to pop again! My parents have a giant jasmine plant in their backyard that has really become more like a tree, and you know I’ll be stealing bunches of it for my own place.:)

I just love this quote from Will Rogers (another Southern California institution), because I think letting it’s something everybody has to tackle at least once in a while.

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Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!


P.S. Fonts are all lovely free ones that I find myself using over and over: Wisdom Script, SmallTypeWriting, Ostrich Sans, and Ribbon.

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fifth floor apartmentFebruary 6, 2012 - 6:24 am

love that quote. so often mantras about that are about staying in the present instead of looking too far ahead, but i like the sentiment of this one better :)

xo alison
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VickieFebruary 14, 2012 - 9:49 pm

such a gorgeous image, love the quote too

Happy Weekend!

Hope you enjoy your weekend as much as Dante enjoys sleeping in the sun. (That’s his I-just-woke-up face.)

Ellingsen Photography Dante Italian Greyhound Sleeping in the Sun

Some good reads this week:

  • I’m now jonesing for the wee digital Minox camera after seeing what the always-amazing Rachel Devine did with it.
  • Jacqueline’s gorgeous photos of gourmet hot chocolate made me immediately question my choice of Swiss Miss instant this morning.
  • Learning my Photoshop ABCs is one of the best things I ever did for my mouse hand. Katrina over at Pugly Pixel put together the prettiest cheat sheet for them that I’ve ever seen!
  • A wonderful tutorial on how the folks over at Yellow Brick Home frame using vintage frames they thrift. It never occurred to me you could get glass cut to size!

I’ll be hard at work on a blog/website redesign (ssshhh), finding a decent pair of jeans and taking a trip to the shelter. What are your plans?


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Greyhounds CAN SitFebruary 3, 2012 - 2:33 pm

What a stunning photo of Dante and I’m so jealous of your sunshine! It’s raining yet again here. So much for our summer! Sounds like you’re going to have a fun weekend:) Give the pups at the shelter a big pat for me!
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JacquelineFebruary 5, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Thanks for the shout out! :) The weekend was relaxing for me; no big trips or anything. Sometimes you just need some R&R!

Can’t wait to see your website redesign!
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fifth floor apartmentFebruary 8, 2012 - 10:08 am

love the tail :) and the site looks great!

xo alison

Etsy Loves :: February

Let’s not even talk about how it’s already February; I’m just blaming it on the madness of the Leap Year. Either way, it seems like every other day I’m finding a new Etsy shop to fall in love with. My favorites lately have all seemed to fall into a couple main categories – vintage decor, jewelry, indoor plants I can’t kill, inspirational artwork or cute greeting cards.

Because Something Besides A Bill in Your Mailbox is Awesome


 I’m Nuts About You, $3.95, by Button Empire

Send Some Love card, $3, by Mary Kate McDevitt
Otters (Best Friends)
, $5, by Little Bunny

Something Green That I Can’t Kill


 Air Plant Pod, $12.50, by Sea & Asters

Hand Blown Glass Air Plant Terrarium, $16, by Mothrnature
Elephant Animal Planter
, $18, by BloominHappy 2009

Vintage Pieces So You Can Recycle & Be Cool


 Vintage Initial Sign Letter E, $10, from Ethan Ollie

Pair of Vintage Berggren Tile Trivets, $22, from Gallivanting Girls
Vintage Small Deer Vase
, $28, from AMradio

Pretty Things For the Magpie in All of Us


 Arrow Ring, $24, by Miju and You

White Druzy Teardrop Ring, $62, by Oh Kuol
Alain in Blue Necklace
, $35, by Elephantine

Artwork That Keeps Me Grinnin’ and Workin’


 Get Back On 8×10 Print, $20, by Laura George

If You Think You Can, You Can, $30, by I Love Doodle
The Luckier I Get Letterpress 14×20 Print, $60, by Lilco Letterpress

So what lovely things have you been sighing over, friends? If it’s one thing the internet has shown us, it’s all the heaps of amazing talent out there.


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‘Sup, Ladies?

Just because he’s almost six doesn’t mean Dante can’t still charm the ladies…

Ellingsen Photography Dante Window Slats Light

…except for when his genius mama doesn’t realize one of his ears is flipped back. So, naturally, we won’t be using this shot for his Match.com profile.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! I was down for about half of it with a migraine, but I’ve got too much to do this week so it’s just going to have to go bother someone else now.


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fifth floor apartmentJanuary 31, 2012 - 8:00 pm

oh the ear! this is beyond cute.

xo alison
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Shauna (Fido & Wino)February 2, 2012 - 8:53 am

Very handsome! :)
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Greyhounds CAN SitFebruary 3, 2012 - 4:40 pm

Hmm, I don’t know, who would notice a flipped ear? Those eyes are mesmerising!
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Reading, Watching, Listening

Finding new music and reading through the stack of new books I got for Christmas have been super helpful in keeping my energy and productivity up. Isn’t it amazing what a new playlist can do? Especially for all my peeps who are also constantly at the computer.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge bookworm (are you on Goodreads too?), and I always have a couple books that I’ll read concurrently.

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The bottom three in that stack are what’s coming up next, and as for what I’ve enjoyed lately…

  • The Scottish Prisoner ~ This was my Christmas book, it was really hard not to get it when it first came out but it was worth the wait! I tore right through it. Gabaldon can do no wrong. It’s unbelievable the amount of research she puts into each novel.
  • Cleopatra ~ I only just started it, but I love that it’s written by someone who actually did research and cites sources – the historian in me is very happy so far.:)
  • A Storm of Swords ~ It’s funny, I tore through the first two books in the series, but I’ve kind of stalled on this one for some reason. I’m sure I’ll circle back around to it eventually, it really is a brilliant series. Looking forward to season two of the show!

Last year and this year have had some really great movies, don’t you think?


My mom and I had a girly movie date to see the Iron Lady last weekend, and I’m so glad we did. Now I get why Meryl won the Golden Globe, because her portrayal of a woman suffering from the beginning stages of dementia is amazing. Let alone the whole Maggie Thatcher thing.

Also, who else is stoked for Downton Abbey’s new season? If you haven’t seen it yet, get on that. Older episodes are on Netflix and the new season is amaaaazing, although a bit sad for me because of the portrayal of WWI. My degree is in history, specifically European, and studying WWI was always the most heartbreaking for me. Yes, more people died in WWII, but the way in which soldiers suffered and countries came to grips with modern warfare was simply awful. But enough with Captain Bringdown! Maggie Smith plays a granny who says whatever she wants – that should be enough of a motivator to watch this show.:)

Awesome graphic found here.

I basically owe all my new favorite music to Kate Miss over at For Me, For You. Her taste is impeccable! Lately I can’t stop listening to Florence & The Machine, Feist’s new album, Gotye, Jonsi, and The Civil Wars. Also, these specific songs:

What about you guys? Share your current favorites, I’m always on the lookout! And have a lovely weekend, friends.


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KristineJanuary 27, 2012 - 12:16 pm

I didn’t know you also had a European history degree! Very cool. My preferred time period was 19th century Russia and France, but that’s mostly because I have a secret thing for Napoleon. (Shhh!)

When I heard that Meryl Streep was going to play Margaret Thatcher, I was not the least bit surprised. She was absolutely perfect for the role. Even though I haven’t seen it yet, I bet it’s amazing.
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JacquelineJanuary 29, 2012 - 10:48 pm

keep going on GOT! it’s such a good series. have you watched season 1 on hbo? soooo good.

my favorite lately — the new sherlock holmes series! it is amazing. and mad men. so many good tv shows!
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JennyFebruary 2, 2012 - 6:37 pm

I’m also really into The Civil Wars right now. I loved the album so I saw them at the Wiltern in November – so good live.

Greyhounds CAN SitFebruary 3, 2012 - 4:39 pm

You are one of the main reasons why I’m so far behind with reading blogs! You keep sending me off to check out links you’ve mentioned and before I know it the whole evening is gone:) I don’t get time to read books, rarely watch TV, hardly ever go to the movies … what on earth do I do with my time? I think I’ve heard of Florence and The Machine and Kimbra but I’ve got to watch the videos you posted to see if I like the music. Keep posting the links though, OK!
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