Happy Friday + a Few Random Thoughts

Friday, November 4, 2011

Wow!  Weeks are flying by these days.  Does anybody else feel this way?  I cannot believe it is Friday already - TGIF!

Prepare for a few random thoughts from me today...

I had quite a credit balance with Joss & Main and ordered this umbrella stand.  I am in love.  This is something I always wanted, but could never get over the price tag.

Speaking of umbrellas, I have fallen in love with the creations of Holli Zollinger on Spoonflower.  Take a look at her collection when you get the chance and you will see why.  I remember reading about Spoonflower in my local newspaper several years ago.  It makes me happy to see a local business become an international success.

The holiday issue of House of Fifty is live.  If you have not seen it, you are in for a treat.  Also, if you prefer holding a magazine in your hand, House of Fifty is now available in print.

Please stop by Monday for a fun little giveaway.  Have a great weekend!


  1. Love that umbrella stand! I've been on the hunt for a smart looking stand like that for ages, but haven't been able to reconcile the cost of the ones I really like with what it'd be used for. Ours would be for corralling lax sticks in the foyer, not umbrellas. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Your new umbrella stand is lovely, Rene, as are the Spoonflower fabrics you've highlighted! Is this fabric a hint of a new project in the works?

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Love the new umbrella stand - enjoy it!!

  4. Holli Zolinger's designs are my favorite too! I just ordered some chevron fabric in navy and white last week :)



  5. Great purchase! Happy weekend!

  6. Thank you for sharing our holiday issue of House of Fifty with your readers today!! Enjoy your weekend, Janell

  7. Rene, love the blue & white of the umbrella stand next to the greeny blue of the door. So pretty. And I love that the interior of your door is also painted that color btw! Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. What a pretty umbrella stand! Totally worth the slurge! I can't wait to virtually flip the pages of House of Fifty!

  9. I love that umbrella stand...today I could actually put it to use in SoCal. I love that House of Fifty has a print version...I still like to read magazine the old fashioned way...and books too, (from the library)...I would think I'm showing my age, but my 17 year old is the same way...except she prefers her books from Barnes and Noble.

  10. The umbrella stand is perfect!! Nice addition, and good timing weather wise too! ;) Have a great weekend Rene!

  11. That is a lovely umbrella stand! Love the elephant fabric! How fun! I am enjoying HOF and think I may order it in print to browse through. It's beautifully done. So much inspiration and fun for the holidays. Happy weekend to you, Rene!

  12. I bought the House of Fifty at the airport...a keeper. Pretty and useful umbrella stand!!!

  13. L*O*V*E your new
    umbrella stand.....I've
    been looking for one
    just like it. Guess I'd
    better start paying closer
    attention to my J&M e-mails!

    Hope you are enjoying
    your weekend, Rene.

    xx Suzanne

  14. I saw one similar last year at HomeSense and foolishly looked around the store before picking it up...and..of course it was gone! Love yours!

  15. Yup, the weeks are flying by here too! It is practically the holidays! As I was reminded getting the holiday issue of HOF, which is just awesome btw. Congrats on your umbrella stand. So pretty!

  16. The blue-and-white umbrella stand is gorgeous. I have a collection of blue-&-white and truly appreciate the color combo and the patterns. Enjoy it! Spoonflower is amazing!


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