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Wednesday, May 21

The Reeds

Please note, whenever I find an artist or band that really catches my attention (and keeps my attention) I like to support them, so forgive me if I get carried away... 

image copyright The Reeds band

I discovered the fantastic, bluesy duo, The Reeds, about two years ago, and I have loved their music ever since. The first time I heard them live was at Hot Corner Coffee in Athens (for you Atlanta/Decatur natives, think Java Monkey-esque). These Athens-based gentlemen have captured my heart with their genuine acoustic soul guitar lines, violin harmonies, and incredible lyrics that produce a sound that is all their own. I was introduced to The Reeds with their album "Something for Sarah" which drew me in completely with songs like Heavy and #143. Their new album "Bleed Lust" has proven to continue the trend of amazing artistry. The intertwining of the blues guitar and the violin is absolutely beautiful, and the lyrics capture emotions so completely human, that one can't help but relate. Although I love every song on the album, Cold Georgia Night, Whiskey Eyes, and When We Touch have been on constant iPod replay lately. Still, no matter how many times I have heard the songs, old or new, I never get tired of them, and that says a lot to me. 

Another really cool thing about The Reeds is that they have their songs on their website available for free download. Some unsigned/independent artists do this because they need people to listen to their songs or in an effort to attract fans; I believe that The Reeds do it because its really about the music for them. That's why I decided to purchase "Bleed Lust" on iTunes and support them financially. I look forward to seeing these gentleman play sometime soon, and I will keep you posted for the date of their next show.

image copyright The Reeds band

We are in this for the music, and in that spirit you can download our songs here for free.  All we ask is that you support us by coming to shows. If you would like to support us financially, our music is available on and iTunes
*excerpt from The Reeds official website

Sunday, May 18

Sweetpea & Willow = Love

I found this website whilst perusing my daily blogs, and I am absolutely in love! The designs seem like they are made for me; I love everything I see! Sweetpea & Willow is a London-based company specializing in recreating vintage french designs. Their selection includes items for the bedroom, dining, living, garden, and accessories. Below are some of the items that I am currently wishing for... (each of them would look great with the pieces I already own!)

Strawberries and Cream Fuchsia Chair
Cream French 5 Drawer Tall Chest and Emmanuel Ribbon Armchair
Gold Gilt Button Bed
Colonial 2 Door Mirrored Armoire 
Pink Blush Chandelier and Globe Chandelier 

Cream French Mirrored Dressing Screen


Monday, May 12

pardon me while i gush a bit...

As promised, here are some pictures of precious little Cooper!

Getting into every basket he can find...

Facing off with the yellow ball...
Then playing with the yellow ball... 
Then befriending the yellow ball...

Sitting with daddy and reading the news...

And just being playful and cute.

Sunday, May 11

happy mother's day!

In honor of today's holiday I have decided to share with you all a wonderful surprise that happened into my life this past Wednesday. I was at work just minding my own business when a customer came to the pharmacy to find out who drove the Mini in the parking lot. At first I was terrified that she had run into my car, and I was about to get upset when she told me that there was a kitten stuck in the hood of my car! We went outside where you could hear him meowing in pain as he was stuck somewhere in the engine compartment. After about 45 minutes of crawling around under the car and coaxing him away from the hose he was stuck around, we got him out! One of his toes on his left back foot was cut off so he was bleeding and his fur was greasy from the engine oil. We took him into the pharmacy and bathed him, tended to his wound, fed him, and gave him an antibiotic. He slept away most of the day at work and came home with me that evening. Since then, he's adjusted completely normally and his foot is just fine. (I will post pics soon, but I'm having some camera issues.) He is as playful and precious as any kitten, and he is so incredibly sweet. I won't gush about with all the adorable stories and things he has done, but just know that he is absolutely perfect. Oh, and in honor of the traumatic "gotcha" day events, I named him Cooper. (I know, it's kinda corny, but I'm okay with that.)

Monday, May 5

sweet summertime

As I was driving home enjoying that lovely time just before dark as the sun is setting, I realized that summer has officially begun... because I smelled the faint scent of honeysuckles. Growing up in the south, honeysuckles were the definition of summer. I know it sounds cliche, but I spent my summers outside, often in the woods finding honeysuckles. For those who are not familiar with these dainty white flowers, at the base of the petals is a little green stem that you can pick off, allowing you to get the nectar from the flower. As crazy as this sounds, the nectar is so sweet and delicious! Maybe it's my southern-girl heritage that makes me gravitate towards the scent of honeysuckle in perfumes, lotions, and candles (wonder what Freud would say about that). Still, there is nothing better than driving along with the windows down just before dark having the scent of those little white flowers drifting through the air.
Pineapple Orchid candle from Bath and Body Works (I love that the candle is in a ceramic pineapple!)
Blush eau de toilette by Marc Jacobs
Wild Honeysuckle scent from Bath and Body Works
Capri Blue Volcano candles (available at Anthropologie)
Ginger Peach reed diffuser from Pier 1
Mistral soap in Tropical Fruit scent. Many others available at Anthropologie or at Mistral's website