Monthly Archives: February 2010

Thanks for the Thanks, Boden!

Have you ever had a customer service experience that you had to tell someone about? Usually it’s a bad experience that makes me want to tell the whole world, but this time it’s a good one – a simple unexpected gesture that really put a smile on my face.

Here’s what happened. I bought a great jacket and a couple camis from Boden not too long ago. After receiving my order, I got an email from Boden asking me to take an online survey about my order. Easy enough. I took the survey and was honest about having a bit of trouble entering a coupon code but said I was impressed at the speed of response to my email inquiry about the situation – which I really was.

About two weeks after taking the survey, I went to mailbox and pulled out a postcard of a couple cute girls in front of a windmill. “Who went on a trip and sent me a postcard,” I thought to myself. I flipped it over and saw that it was Boden, thanking me for taking the survey. A handwritten note from Nicole. Handwritten. Whaaaat? Boden actually appreciated the survey results enough to have their employees write thank yous. Unbelieveable.

I will definitely be buying from Boden again – I probably would have anyway, but I certainly wouldn’t have written about it! Good job, Boden!

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Blowin’ in the Junk Love

So this week, I’d like to share my Westinghouse fan to the Junk Love Club. Though not a total piece of junk since it is in working condition and not all that unique, I do love it! We’ve (I use we as my husband is as much a lover of Junk as I am) come across many an old fan during our junk finding excursions, but this one is in the best shape as any we’ve found.

We don’t use this fan much even though it works because of an incident we had a while back with another vintage fan. Back in our Minneapolis days, we lived in a great 1910 home that quite predictably did not have air conditioning. After finding a fan at an antique store, we thought it would be cool (pun intended) to use it, as it still worked.

We used the fan pretty much every night during the summer, that is, until one night I woke up to the smell of smoke. We both burst out of bed and ran out of the room to see where the fire was. We didn’t see anything until I returned to room to see the fan motor in small blue flames. Yikes! We put the fire out and both thanked our stars that the fan hadn’t been sitting next to the window with curtains. And from that night on we vowed to only use our vintage fans for decoration. Lesson learned.

Anyhow…beside the fact that vintage fans are fire hazards and potential finger-cutter-offers, I love the industrial look of them. Junky Fans Rule!

Do you have Junk you want to share? Join the Junk Love Club over at Emmaroseart, and we’ll come see every Wednesday!

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It’s Spring in Oregon

Having grown up in the Midwest, I have a real appreciation for the coming of Spring. Saying goodbye to the nasty cold, snowy winters and saying hello to Robin Redbreast and the first crocuses – that sometimes popped up through the melting snow – was always a joyous celebration. I’ve lived lots of places – from cold Minneapolis to HOT Phoenix – but this spring I am truly grateful for living in Oregon.

It’s February 22, and the spring flowers are blooming, buds are on the trees, and we’ve even mowed the lawn twice already. It’s been a pretty crappy winter for you brave souls in the Midwest and East, but this winter has been the BEST in Oregon since we’ve moved in…and it’s been 6 years since we set roots here. We’ve only had one day of snow. Yes, one day. It started snowing at about 2 in the afternoon. We got about 4 inches, and by morning, it was all gone. (Of course, I probably just jinxed us.)

I got out this weekend and took a few photos of “springness.” I hope these give you a little hope that spring is on its way!

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Who Loves Junk? I Do!

I’m so excited to be a part of the JUNK Love revolution! In my first installment I’d like to share some “junk” that was actually found by my junk-lovin’ hubby.

My husband was the one who actually turned me onto antiquing – I use the term loosely since our idea of makes an old thing valuable is probably different than what some true antiquers think. I (and the hubby too) look for things that are sometimes functional, sometimes out of the ordinary, but always pretty in some way.

My hubby found this travel chest in Peoria, Illinois – which happens to be one of the best towns for affordable antiquing that I’ve ever been to. I love how the trunk has history with the initials painted on the side and the return address label.

We’ve used the trunk for storage – mainly blankets and the like. But sometimes for more intriguing objects…A friend of our 6-year-old-son’s came into the house one day and said, “What do you keep in the trunk?” My husband looked at me and said, “That’s where we keep Emerson’s brother.” The boy looked at him and then at me with a horrified expression. “Really?” “Yes,” I said. More stares. We let it linger for a an excruciating long 30 or so seconds. Then, “No, Emerson doesn’t have a brother. But if he did, we’d keep him in there,” hubby said. C’mon, get a sense of humor, kid!

Hope you like my JUNK! To see more junk, click on the links on the right for more Junk Lovers. If you want to be added to the Junk Love Club, just leave a comment, and I’ll add you to my list.

Happy Wednesday!

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Join the Junk Revolution!

Join the movement, be part of the club! Every Wednesday find a little time to indulge in a little junk luvin and share your photographs with us of your favorite secondhand pieces, your preloved treasures that fill your homes. Join me, emmaroseartwild things of noosa, and others and tell the world how in love with second hand style you really are.

If you too want to share your junk with the world, leave a comment, and I’ll add your link to my “club” list on the right. I can’t wait to see everyone’s treasures!

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Starbucks Makes Me Happy!

I went to the Starbucks (yes, I love the corporate behemoth) in Wilsonville, Oregon, the other day with my daughter, and we saw this. So cute!

I guess that’s what a little creativity and too much caffeine will do for you!

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This Baby Stuff is Too Stinkin’ Cute

I was going through all my crafty magazines today and doing a little organizing when I ran across some old Martha Stewart Baby magazines. I remember buying the first one  when we decided that we were ready to have a baby and the other two after I found out I was pregnant. It still makes me giddy to see all the adorable baby things – even after I am so over having babies.

Martha Stewart Baby (Spring 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003)

Looking back through these Martha Stewart Special Issues, my love for Martha Stewart is renewed. She and her awesome staff have such a way of creating timeless projects. The decorating ideas in these issues are as stylish today as they were eight years ago. I don’t know if it’s even possible to obtain the back issues (Spring 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003), but there are lots of great baby projects on MarthaStewart.com.

Martha Stewart Baby (Fall 2002)

If you or anyone you know is having a baby soon, Martha has some great birth announcement ideas. You may think that it’s just a big pain in the butt, especially after just having a baby, to make your own announcements, but with a little planning ahead before the baby is born, it can easily be done. I found it quite gratifying to make my own for both my kids. I felt like I was putting my special touch on the announcements and adding a little personality to them. These magazines gave me the inspiration for my kids announcements.

Martha Stewart Baby (Spring 2002)

Martha Stewart Baby (Spring 2002)

For my son’s announcement, I made “business cards” with all his vital statistics and used brads to attach them to cardstock which I had printed my son’s footprint on (I scanned in the footprint that the hospital had made right after he was born). I had pictures of him printed out, punched a hole in the top of each, and attached it to the back of the card with the brad. My son kept the nickname “Big Baby” for a long time  – that was his “title” on his business card.

My son's birth announcement

For my daughter’s announcement, I went for a little more girly. I bought precut square paper that I think is made for scrapbooking. It came in a pack that had about six different patterns, all in pink and brown motifs. I used a punch to make the holes for the ribbon that I used to attach the vital statistics card on the front and a picture of her on the back. The pink paper I used had a bit of a sparkly shine to it that made printing on it a bit tricky. The paper went through the printer just fine, but it took a few minutes for the ink to dry. I had to lay each page out individually to dry so that ink wouldn’t smudge. In the end, I really liked the way it turned out.

My daughter's birth announcement

My baby days are over, but I don’t know if I can bear to give these issues up. There will always be gifts to be made, right?!

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