Dry my eyes

Well, today was the day. I finally got my letter from the University of Illinois School of Social work. I've been checking the mail since January. The envelope was thin. I don't even know why I opened it. Anyway, someone at the United States Postal Service loves me: I also got a new Ballard Designs catalog. I guess it was enough to distract me, at least from my (temporarily) shattered grad school dreams.

Now, I'm on a mission. There's a lot of inspiration in there that I need to translate into my own home.
Ok. So maybe I don't need THREE burlap pieces in one room. But, they could all live comfortably under the same roof.

Husband doesn't quite understand how I see the ottoman in HIS living room. Silly boy.
It would be a nod to our love of boating. Granted, our boat has never needed anything quite as large as the original inspiration for this piece.

Oh my. I VERY much love this plaque. But, if I'm truthful with myself, I believe I will one day be "over" these kinds of pieces.

I probably really only need one of these lamps at this moment. Not that I am in love with the quality and quantity of the lighting we already have; but, I'm showing restraint in my day-dreaming. Really!!?? What is wrong with me?

Sweet little birdy. My new greige bedroom NEEDS this guy. Oh. By the way...I will post pictures of my bedroom transformation soon. Just need to get it put back together. Which means, I should probably quit living in it for a week. My mere presence just makes a mess, I swear.

Umm. Yeah. I've never been much of a fountain kind of gal, but I need this.

I think I may have convinced Husband that he would be most helpful and supportive by taking me somewhere tomorrow to buy me some happiness. We'll see how that goes.