vintage anchor hocking vases

by Lara on September 9, 2010

in decor

These are my favorite vases for flower arrangements. They date from the 40s to the 60s and they’re pretty cheap and easy to find on eBay. Here’s some history on the company.

6.5″ tall

9″ tall

8.5″ tall

6.5″ tall

These are from Anchor Hocking’s art deco inspired Fire King line. Technically, they’re oven-safe!

From wiki: “Fire-King was originally produced in the 1940s for everyday use, rather than display. It was often sold in bags of flour as a promotional item or was given away at gas stations. Fire-King could also be purchased at local grocery and hardware stores.”

7.5″ tall

5.25″ tall

I have a few and they sit in a tall windowsill in the hallway when not in use, with my other colored glass.


+ & -

by Lara on June 15, 2010

in + & -


  • Putting some more color in my life. My wardrobe mainly consists of black, white and grey. I’ve been making a concentrated effort to choose the colorful version of something cute I see, instead of the standard neutral. It can always be paired up with a neutral I already have. Still can’t get into prints though.
  • I finally went to u-fab, a fabric discounter in the city, this past weekend and holy cow it’s awesome! There is no other store in Richmond that has so many contemporary prints at such great prices. The $2.99 remnants in the back were very basic. Most of the gorgeous prints (in all types of weights) were about $10-$15 a yard. I bought 2 yards of heavy duty fabric for two large floor cushions for my livingroom. The mod print for the bf and the floral for me. I think they coordinate pretty well, in a funky kinda way. $24!!! All I need is some patience to cut it, a few easy swipes through the sewing machine, and hopefully I can get my hands on a heavier natural fiber filler so they have some weight. I will post pics of the finished product soon! Washed out phone pic:

  • Rediscovering DnB. A looong time ago in a land far far away, I dabbled in the rave scene here in Richmond. The first big party I went to, I wandered around to the different rooms until I found music that hit me. That was Drum & Bass. A local DJ was spinning and I was mesmerized, watching the subtle movements on the records and mixer, feeling the build-ups, being blown away. I became friends with that DJ and all his other friends and for a while, Richmond was  a lot of fun for me. Then as my circle of friends got bigger, drama and drugs got a bit too much for my liking and I had to move on. Either way, the music is still important to me, even though I don’t listen to it as often as I should. I would much rather go to a DnB night to dance than a hipster dance night. I forgot all about BassDrive. Click on the “web player” and listen to DJs spinning sets from all over the world!
  • I really enjoy Sarah Von’s blog Yes and Yes. She has recently shared two awesome things. First, THIS BLOG of Japanese cats. Second, is this great reminder to keep things in perspective:

  • Removable/repositionable wallpaper! Transform a wall in your rental without your landlord having a fit! Check it out!


  • I had been putting off getting my car inspected 10 days past the end of the month, because I had a bad feeling I was going to have some expensive repairs. I was noticing some subtle changes and they didn’t feel good. So of course, this past Thursday, I got a ticket for an expired inspection sticker. Two hours later, I was at the mechanics and sat there for over 3 hours as they collected $700 from me. In addition to a lot of minor maintainance things, a ball joint was cracked and it was pretty major. (Thank you Richmond pot holes!) Trying to look on the bright side, the car is over 8 years old and this is the first real repair I’ve had to perform. I always wanted to take a class in auto mechanics and have done quite a bit of car repair in my lifetime and I’m good about taking care of my car so, I’m counting my lucky stars and knocking on wood that it wasn’t worse.
  • I came about 3″ from catching a wee kitten last Friday. I was driving through my parents’ neighborhood and saw a tiny kitten sitting on the side of the road. I stopped and started walking towards it. It mewed a few times then took off to a house and hid under shrubs. After about 10 minutes of crawling around on my hands and knees under bug filled bushes with the kitten darting from one bush to another, it took off again and I didn’t see where it went. It was one of those brown stripey wild kitties and that’s exactly the kind I’ve wanted! Kinda like this:




by Lara on May 29, 2010

in art,crafty,decor,fashion

For a while now, I’ve been escaping into this dreamy world of soft focus pictures and an ultra-feminine aesthetic. I love my clean minimal apartment with all my heart but; there is another side of me that would be just as happy in a little country cottage, growing my own vegetables and making art.

I posted about the image bookmarking site called We Heart It a while back. Every few days, I peruse the pics and add a few more to my collection of these fantasy images. This is my latest favorite picture:

Outdoor party in the country anyone?

Yesterday, shoppher tweeted about this post which ended up turning into one of those internet perusing explosions where I discovered a few new blogs I think I’m going to love. You might too!


Dreamcats – if you love dreamy cats. I submitted some pictures of Nibbles when she was a kitten. Here’s one:

The Snail and the Cyclops – love this girl’s style

Fieldguided – a nice little life

Any recommendations?


Liberty of London

by Lara on February 18, 2010

in decor,fashion

I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m really excited about Liberty of London coming to Target on March 14th. You can check out the preview here. You can also purchase their fabrics online for your own crafty endeavors. Here’s one collection.

I’m not a big fan of florals but I do enjoy the occasional print that has a retro feel. The kind that’s outlined in black, as if hand drawn, and filled in with bright colors is my kind of floral. It all feels perfect for Spring and I’m soooo ready to be done with Winter!

The line will feature over 300 inexpensive items including home decor and fashion for all in 25 different prints. Preview pictures are being removed left and right from the internet but the March issue of InStyle had a full page and I’ve scanned it! (Oh, they’re also doing a colab with MAC to be released in the US on March 11 with packaging that us suckers for cute fall for.)

Click for the larger version. (sorry about the quality)

I am loving the lamp base ($20) and shade ($18), flip flops ($10), planter ($10), halter dress ($30), and ties for him ($20)! I think the most expensive item is that adorable $200 bike! The dishes on the online preview look sweet as well!

I think the MAC Blue India nail polish is going to be interesting too!



by Lara on November 26, 2009

in life

In the spirit of the Secret Society of List Addicts, I’ll share with you some jobs I’ve considered over the course of my life.

  • Veterinarian – first job I said when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up… until we had to take the sick beagle to the vet and I saw how they took temperatures. I was done.
  • Animal cop – maybe I’ve been watching too much Animal Planet but I think I would actually do better as a vigilante because the red tape of the job ticks me off.

Watch – The Sick Kitten

  • Astrophysics – I adore math and thought I had the potential to be one of those math geniuses… until I had the worst physics teacher known to man in high school and was ruined on the physics side. The fact that almost everything in life can be explained with an elegant equation is something I can really sink my teeth into. My bf thinks I’m a freak.  Let’s do this.

  • Statistician – my psych major exposed me to data collection, manipulation, and analysis with delicious SPSS software, which pretty much taught me to never trust any stats you hear on the news. In all seriousness though, it’s a tangible and pretty reliable way to learn about the world.

CHECK! THIS! OUT! and THIS. (I promise, it’s worth your time.)

  • Florist – super green thumb here, think I have a good aesthetic eye… currently working on bonsai, would love to learn Ikebana. Who wouldn’t love to play with flowers all day?

  • Fleeting thoughts – architectural artist, cupcake baker (but Richmond already has a few), line cook (been there, done that for every station, miss it), blogger (yeah right), RN (horrible decision, bad school choice, dropped out), any type of psych research (will be trying to get my foot in the door eventually)…