Archive for February, 2009

I am deep in the pages of Moby Dick and can’t seem to get my head out of the sea, whales and all other such nautical imagery. So obviously, this is what has been catching my eye, my ear & my brain as of late. Here is a small sample of what has been inspiring me this week.

…a laugh’s the wisest, easiest answer to all that’s queer, and can what will, one comfort’s always left—that unfailing comfort is, it’s all predestinated.

Moby Dick: Chapter 39—First Night-Watch

6000 Shipwrecks from Where is the Glow?
by Kite Flying Society (who are sadly no more)


March Into the Sea from We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
by Modest Mouse


Queen of the Fishermen from Oh Beatrice
by Tacks, the Boy Disaster


The Boy With An Anchor from Dmitrij Dmitrij
by Oh No Oh My (Full disclosure, that is my brother & his band)


Island’s Gone Bad by Shapes and Sizes (debut album)


Shipwrecked from The Tragic Treasury
by Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields>

I really want a whale brooch, but I can’t decide between the insanely happy whale or the melancholy one. I just might have to spring for both.


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One of my favorite blogs, Bits & Bobbins, used to highlight some amazing finds under the heading “If money was no object.” This entry is going to be something akin to that, but a more apt title would be “If I Didn’t Have to Spend My Tax Refund to Fix the Brakes on My Car I Might Purchase…”

15849235_12_b1This NYC Pillow from Matte Stephens

freaksgeeks_yearbooked_rThe Complete Freaks & Geeks on DVD. I can’t believe I still don’t own this.

il_fullxfull48212611Call Me Ismael block print from Lizzy House, the designer behind the fantastic Lizzy Dish fabric. Maybe I’ll just pick up this print instead.

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These whale pieces from Imogene and Annie would make a great addition to my cork board. Whales have been catching my eye as of late, I think due in part to the book I’m reading.

sweaterI’m really close to buying this sweater from Anthropologie. I’ve had my eye on it for quite some time and it’s now in the sale section. Hmmm….what is a girl to do?

So what has been striking your fancy lately, dear readers? For those of you in the USA, are you planning on spending, saving or paying the bills with your tax refund?

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Happy Presidents Day, everyone! Although I really don’t know what we’re suppossed to be celebrating today—our past Presidents birthdays? That fact that we have a President? All I know is the banks are closed and we didn’t get any mail but I still had to work. Oh well. In honor of this “holiday”, here is a quick peek at the fashion of Jackie Kennedy before she was the First Lady.


This is a really sweet photo of Jackie Kennedy with a young Caroline Kennedy. I love that she is reading “I CAN FLY”, illustrated by the brilliant Mary Blair.

The original dress image is courtesy of the JFK Presidential library. No other information is listed, other than “fuchsia dress with ruffle”. Thanks guys—like we couldn’t figure that out on our own.


Now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, life is back to it’s normal pace and so MMFM will return to its usual format next week. Thanks for putting up with my sporadic posting, “special editions” and flower shop ramblings. I’ll try to be more prepared when Mother’s Day rolls around…but no promises. :-)

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Up Close at the Flower Shop

Yesterday was a very eventful day at the flower shop. The car rental company didn’t have our extra vans for all our drivers in the morning. Some guy in a truck ran through the porch railings and nearly ran through the front of the shop (no one was hurt and the porch roof is still up, somehow). Also, every guy wanted either tulips or lilies and we sold out of those days ago. Thanks, Friday the 13th. You are so not awesome.

I brought my camera to the shop yesterday intending to take pictures of some of my favorite arrangements early in morning before the rush started—but the weather was ugly and cloudy and totally against me. So instead, I bring you some up close & personal snapshots of a few of the flowers floating around the shop. These pictures make my job look so much prettier than it actually is.


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I quickly snapped these photos before leaving for work yesterday morning. Why hello, beautiful blue Texas sky—have I told you yet how I much I love you? And what is that there…could it be hints of Spring? The trees in my front yard seem to think so.

Because I’ve been living at the flower shop for the past two weeks, it completely slipped my mind to mention that I was running a little sale in my shop! Everything is marked 10% off through February 15th. And now you know.

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Don’t Fence Me In

Oh, give me land, lots of land
Under starry skies above,
Don’t fence me in.

Hutto Water Tower

Let me ride through the wild open
Country that I love,
Don’t fence me in.


Let me be by myself in the evening breeze-
Listen to the murmer of the cottonwood trees,
Send me off forever, but I ask you please…

County Road

….don’t fence me in.

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(Image via Millie Motts)

Did anyone else hear or read about this amazing little house for sale in Missouri?

This awesome 50’s bungalow, located on a quiet, cul-de-sac street on the Hill, has seriously never been lived in… at least on the main level. This ONE-OWNER home was resided only in the lower level during their stay here, so the main level has been frozen in time and perfectly preserved.

Check out the website for photos of the house and its perfect 1950’s furnishings. The kitchen is perfect.

*’Cause calling something special automatically makes it so…right?

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