December 14, 2009

Pencils of Promise

I'd like to share with you one of my favorite school memories. When I was in second grade, my teacher, Mrs. Plonsky, gave everyone in my class a Christmas present. Each child in my class received personalized pencils. A packet of red, blue and green pencils with our names on them, engraved in gold. They were so special. I remember thinking that those pencils were the greatest gift ever, they were my most prized possession. Mrs. Plonsky gave them to us for writing in cursive. All spring we mastered our cursive penmanship using our individual pencils. I will forever remember the excitement of receiving those pencils, and now, reflecting back, I appreciate the joy of learning that they symbolized. Today I come together with an incredible community of design bloggers, lead by Paloma of La Dolce Vita, to spread awareness about a special charity which creates education opportunities for 75 million children around the globe. In the Christmas spirit of giving, I ask you to help children. I ask you to help children receive the simple gift of learning.
Pencils of Promise raises money to build schools for children living in impoverished conditions, for children who do not have an opportunity to go to school. The goal of this Christmas is to raise enough money to build dormitories for a large high school in rural Laos, where there are only two secondary schools in a large geographic area. Children travel long distances from their villages just to attend school. Let's help them have a safer and cleaner accommodation. Let's help them have a better chance at an education.
All you have to do is donate $1. You can do it by clicking right here. Your donation will make a difference, specifically helping Laotian highschool girls. I want to thank you for reading this and for learning more about Pencils of Promise. Thank you for your donation and for learning more about this great opportunity to help others in need.
December 11, 2009

Dreaming of Africa

Traveling to Africa is on my bucket list. These photos are heavenly. I love the earth tones: golds, browns, charcoal and olive green, just lovely. The following photos are taken at the Xaranna camp in Botswana in the Okavango Delta and Jack's camp in Makgadikgadi Pans.

Images: here

December 10, 2009

DIY Headboard

My sister is moving into a cute one bedroom apartment smack dab in the middle of Houston in Montrose. I think she should do one of these cool headboards, perhaps finding something at The Bank.

Carolers Welcome

these iphone pics have got to go!

December 8, 2009

O Christmas Tree

Welcome to the Lonergan's first Christmas in our first house. We are loving it. We got our first tree. An almost 9 footer from here, that was only $20 (um, and yes it is real and smells delish). kept secret in town! We don't have many ornaments, but we have the length of a marriage and lifetime to collect them so I'm in no rush. We also have no tree skirt... something else that will come with time. Literally, I have no time to find/make/rummage up a skirt, finish painting our trim nor to put up our blinds. But, focusing on the positive, I'm just proud we have a tree, and lights outside our house!
I thought I'd show you my wrapping this year. It's pretty simple; brown paper, burlap string and preserved juniper. I only have two presents wrapped so far, one to my Mom and one to my Dad. They are the best, they've helped us out so much this year (hosting us for 6 months while we bought a house and found jobs in Houston), so I'm glad theirs are the first presents wrapped under our first tree.
Oh, and another sweet thing my parents did for us this week, was pass this little baby down. Arrived from Louisiana today, it belonged to my great grandmother, Mary Louise Foley LeSueur.

How's your tree coming along?

December 5, 2009

Circa Lighting Warehouse Sale

Treasures found:

Venetian 6 arm Chandelier: in hand rubbed antique brass

Elkins Clamp on Table Lamp: in hand rubbed antique brass

Dixon Table Lamp: base in hand rubbed antique brass

I have a slight obsession with antiqued brass right now. I'm not sure if they are for me or for clients. Inventory for now until they find a home!
December 3, 2009

Come On In

I love an entry that says, 'Come on In!'Ours needs a little work right now...I am looking for the perfect console.
Images: here

December 2, 2009

Elfster - Secret Santa Website

Do you do Secret Santa? Tim's family has an annual Secret Santa with their best family friends. It's always a hoot. Last year Tim got a cowboy costume because we were moving to Texas. We were dying laughing as he pulled out spurs, a gun, bandanna and hat! Tim's Dad Leo got a 'superhero in a box'. It's always hilarious, and a lot of fun. I think it was last year when we were in the midst of opening our Secret Santa gifts, and after a whole day of champagne, that we thought we should invent the website that draws your Secret Santa name for you. You know, so someone doesn't have to be in charge of making sure no one drew themselves and someone doesn't have to mail little pieces of paper with names on them all over the country. Oh yeah, we're a whole group of entrepreneurs aren't we?!

Well, who knows how many years Elfster has been around, but this year we used it, and no, we didn't invent it. The first question, "Have you been naughty or nice?". Naughty? Check! Nice? Sometimes!

We just got our names emailed to us this week, I already bought my present for my little elf. It's a blast. If you're into S.S, check out this website and happy shopping!

December 1, 2009

Christmas Cards

Have you started on yours yet? I went all arts & craftsey this year on my cards, I'll give you the details after they've been sent. Next year I think I'm going the OKL route, they've had the cutest ones this year!

Bells Will Be Ringing

I'm so getting in the mood about you?

Images: here, here, here, here, here, here

Under the Weather

The LeSueurs hit Thanksgiving '09 pretty hard this year...and now I'm feeling under the weather....
How cute is this Umbrella from MoMA? I love everything they sell...great Christmas presents!


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