Monday, May 27, 2013

Some Blog Love

One of my friends nominated me for the Liebster award! I guess the point is to get the word out about unknown bloggers... I'm not sure I follow a ton of small bloggers, but I will nominate up to 11 just to spread the love!

- Name your nominator and provide a link to that persons blog.
- Post 11 facts about yourself.
- Answer 11 questions from your nominator.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers.
- Ask 11 questions for your chosen bloggers.
I was nominated by Hannah of xxkrustee.
11 Facts about me:
I love having fresh flowers in my apartment at all times... I almost can't walk out of Trader Joe's without buying a bouquet.
I love rainy, supposedly dreary, days. (It's the Seattle Girl in me.)
I was born in Montana, but raised in Washington, and have lived in CT for the past 6 years, and now we are prepping to move to NJ. Who knows where I will plant my roots.
I love all animals & nature, I hug trees and will stop to snap a picture of any baby animal.
I cry at weddings. 
I love sending people cards for no reason.
Road trips & camping are my idea of a perfect vacation. 
I have been to 34 states.
I love birthdays, I think they are such a great way to really celebrate the person they are for. 
I am a knitter, but in the past 6 months, I have lost my knitting juju...if you find it, let me know... I would love to get it back.
I love shopping, and especially finding a good bargain.. for me, for home stuff, for gifts.. it doesn't matter.
Hannah's 11 Questions to me:
1. Do you or did you play any instruments? I played trumpet, cello and piano in my youth.
2. Which animal best represents your personality? Probably a dog... they are kind and loving, but energetic and enthusiastic.
3. How do you like your coffee or tea? Coffee...(again the Seattle girl in me), with a splash of flavored creamer.
4. What is your ideal Sunday afternoon? Relaxing with P, taking a walk, and organizing the house.
5. What is the meaning behind your name? The spelling was my mom's pick... everyone compliments it's uniqueness.
6. Favorite dessert? Probably ice cream!
7. What type of organization is your favorite to donate time/money to? I will donate to disaster relief without a second thought. I would love to donated time to a food bank or an organization like habitat for humanity.
8. Favorite social media site? Professionally, Twitter; Personally, Facebook or Instagram.
9. You’ve just won a $5,000 dollar shopping spree to ONE store (clothing, furniture…), where are you going? Crate & Barrel 
10. Explain in detail your dream car. I drive a Hyundai Elantra Touring.. it is white with gray cloth interior.. it is simple, but has nice features, bluetooth & satelite radio, it has great trunk space and it gets amazing gas mileage. I LOVE it!
11. If you could choose the sex of your child, would you? Boy or girl? I would like to think that when I am ready I will feel blessed with either, but if I had to choose, I would choose a boy.
Okay now, I nominate:
11 questions:
1. How did you get started blogging?
2. What is your favorite place to blog?
3. Where do you seek inspiration?
4. Vacation, the destination, or the journey?
5. Favorite Holiday?
6. City or Country?
7. Country or Rock & roll?
8. What meal are you known for?
9. Favorite Flower?
10. Are you afraid of color?
11. What's your guilty pleasure?

Happy Blog Reading, and Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 13, 2013

How important is the Thread Count?

I have to say, while working at the linen shop, one of the most common things we would discuss with customers was the thread count.

People want the best of the best. The cream of the crop.

When P & I bought our sheets, that was something our friends asked too--so, how high is the thread count.

But, the thread count is not the only thing that matters!

There is a lot that matters in your sheeting.

  • The fiber content.
  • The finish.
  • The weight.
  • And where they are made.
The fiber content is important, because that is what you feel. A cotton really is best for your sheets. It breathes, which is important, and it is a natural fiber. You can then specify that further...and Egyptian Cotton is going to give you a smoother fabric because it is a longer fiber, so you won't have as many connection points. You can also look for an organic cotton if you care about all things organic and good for the earth.

The finish of the sheeting is typically going to be either a sateen or a percale. The sateen will have a sheen to it, and more of a slick surface feeling, while the percale is a bit more structured and crisp. This is completely a personal preference--there is no right or wrong here. Some people cringe at sateen, and some people cringe at percale.

The weight, again, is a matter of personal preference. In the summer months, you might change to a lighter-weight sheet with your lighter-weight duvet, or you might choose a heavier sheet and just sleep with that on a hot summer's night.

Where it's made is important, because you want to make sure it is manufactured with quality and care. This is something that you can do by choosing a reputable brand. A lot of the companies that we work with at Fig, weave their sheets in Italy, and have the fabric cut and assembled here in the states. 

What do you look for in your sheets? Are you a sheeting snob? Do you believe thread count matters, or will you now start looking with these other important factors in mind?

Happy Dreaming!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Welcome to May! The flowers are in full bloom here, and I couldn't be happier! (Well except maybe if the sneezing would subside.)

But if you follow my blog, you know I love having fresh flowers around, and I try to keep them in the house at all times. I also thoroughly look forward to a time when I will have my own garden and can go right outside and create my own bouquets.

In the meantime, I will just enjoy the beauty that nature provides us with throughout the season.

Adding an outdoor space, like a patio or deck, can add great appeal to your home. It gives you a way to enjoy your garden, a place to chat with friends and get to know your neighbors. It will allow you to be the host of the family barbecue or the garden parties that benchmark our summer season (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day).

So with Memorial Day right around the corner, and all this gorgeous weather flooding in, let's take advantage and spruce up our outdoor spaces! Get those flowers and veggies planted. Wheel those grills out. Get prepped to soak up the sun all season long. And don't forget to stop and smell the roses!

Happy May!