shutters, stars, dress form, white and soft blue

I work in international health. I get to travel about nine weeks a year to far off lands to manage and develop health projects for the poor. I truly love my job. Not a day goes by that I don’t find myself truly thankful for being in this line of work. I’m very lucky.
This past weekend I was in charge of a giant fundraiser. It was the first time I’ve been responsible for this sort of event and it took about six months of work to pull together. We had 500-plus people attend and early estimates show we raised about $100,000. Thankfully, it was a huge success. I am even happier that I’ve got nearly a year until we do it again.

blue and white quilts

Needless to say, I haven’t been crafting or baking as much as usual. Last night was the first time I’ve been able to sit down and really sew in about a month. No photographs of my CAOK projects yet — they need some final touches before their Kodak moment.

yellow and white room

However, I did manage to find time last week for a haircut. While waiting for my trim, I browsed a new magazine, Country Home. Have you read this? The March 2007 issue was the first time I’d even seen this magazine and like I’d been struck by cupid, I fell head over heels in love. The cover photo is ugly, but once you get past the chartreuse, the interior photos and information really speak to my style and current love of all things shabby chic. {French shabby chic is even better!}

dreamy kitchen table and setting

I cannot believe that I’m finding myself loving the country-farm-shabby style, but I am. Why fight it? Instead, I drooled over these photos and am making plans to incorporate more of these colors, textures and styles into my home.

just my type indeed

If you are looking for a design magazine with great decorating tips and well-written articles, I highly recommend this issue.

I'm going to find this table for my living room


dress form, stars, turquoise table, purple flowers

P.S. I very well may have to file an extension for my February entry to the In Stitches Sew Along. What a flake I am! To be an organizer and to not have my project completed. C’est la vie.

P.P.S. I got quite a laugh from my stylist when during my haircut we were discussing art. She mentioned that while she loved Frida Kahlo, she still really wishes she’d had time to wax those brows and mustache.

lovely country dining room table