Mad About You

Somehow I ended up the luckiest girl in the world.  I get to spend every day with the love of my life; my best friend, Mike.  He’s very adored by me and the pooches, and that love carries over into our home.

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Even though our house is still too rough-looking to give you a video tour (hopefully coming soon!), we’re beginning to fill the place up with fun and sweet momentos.  A perfect case in point is our TV console: we have absolutely no idea where we should put the TV, since the living/dining/kitchen is all too open.  So it just sits awkwardly in a tiny space between the living room and the dining room.

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See how close that leather couch is to the TV?  It definitely makes for difficult viewing!  But that console is holding some serious love!

In the back right corner is the Himalayan Salt Lamp that Mike bought me for our 6-month anniversary.  I’d been wanting one for a while since I had read that they improve the air quality in your home.  And look how beautiful this lamp is, to boot!  There are a whole bunch for sale at varying prices on the internet, but I think Amazon carries them pretty reasonably at around $24.

You might also notice our beaver skull.  I spotted that this past weekend at a sidewalk sale in the town of Chassell, up in the Keweenaw Peninsula, and just knew I had to have it.  I have a future project in mind, but for now, our $15 head is resting on top of two books.  I found “Blind Date” for $1 in an antique store in the Keweenaw, and knew it was perfect for our collection, since Mike and I met on a blind date of sorts.  I found “Laura” for $3, and am still looking for a book called “Mike” to complete our collection.

And then you have our Bete Grise jar.  It’s just a random jar that I picked up for $5 at an antique store called The Yard Sale, in Laurium, MI.  I stuffed it with anything pretty that I found while wandering the beach in Bete Grise, which is famous for its Singing Sands.  The sticks, pink rock, and rock-shaped wood chunks have no particular meaning; they are just from a special place.

For now, I’ve placed them on the ever-evolving fireplace mantle, next to a big picture of the Mendota Lighthouse in Bete Grise.  You can tell that nothing on the rock mantle is set in stone (pun intended!), since there’s an abundance of random frames sporting anything from birds cut from a 2013 calendar to a 5-year old Laura in a hammock to one that is completely empty.

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So there you have it.  Decorating love.  <3



Lovey-Dovey Coffee

I’m a sucker for a 50% off sale, and when I saw design-your-own travel mugs on sale at Starbucks, I snatched up two.  I had a lovey-dovey vision for them, but Mike was a little bewildered by my seemingly random gift.

Bewildered Mike

(And yes, that is last night’s Mad Men in the background)

So while Mike stewed over what I could possibly have up my sleeve, I gathered up the pile of post-its that we gave each other for Valentine’s Day.  The orange ones are from me to Mike, and the hot pink ones are from Mike to me.



We each picked our favorites and laid them out on some white paper, cut to fit inside the mugs.  We even added in our favorite photo strips of us.  I tried really hard, but for some reason, mine was just not good.  If this was elementary-school art class, I would have earned a C- at best.  But Mike’s turned out amazing.  The perfect layout on an expertly-cut piece of paper.  Can’t you just see Mike’s quality art specimen on the right mocking my silly attempt on the right?


And I apologize profusely for the quality of the above photo… These mugs are so dang shiny that the only way I could take a semi-decent picture was with the travel mugs laying down in semi-darkness without any flash.  If anyone is wondering what to get me for my birthday next month, a camera would definitely be a good bet… **hint hint**

So there you have it.  Our love for each other, epitomized forever in a design-your-own travel coffee mug.  <3