Thursday, 3 February 2011

A Day Off

Yesterday, I had a day off.  It is not often that a full-time mom gets a day off.  A few hours off, maybe, usually in the evening or on the weekend.  But a whole weekday never happens.  Unless, of course, you happen to have such wonderful friends as mine.  My friend offered to take my kids all day.  Although I felt like I was taking advantage of her, I accepted the offer.  As a result, I would probably do anything for her that she needs, ever.

So, I had no specific appointments or anything that needed to get done on my day off.  I just wanted time to shop and browse without making sure I had enough granola bars along to keep the kids happy.  I decided to check out the Anthropologie store that recently opened here.  I've seen their stuff online and I love it, although I know most of it comes with a ridiculously high price tag ($300 for a pair of jeans?  $70 for a t-shirt?).  First had to stop at a friend's house to check out some things she wanted to give me.  Along with some clothes, she gave me this dresser!

THIS is what I have been ridiculously excited about ever since she told me she wanted to give it to me.  At first, I had no idea where I would put it, but I said yes any way.  I don't turn down free solid-wood furniture!  Then I remembered that the Nester has dressers in her living room!  The way my furniture is currently arranged, there was the perfect spot for it by the windows.  What got me really excited was the prospect of having a real junk drawer!  Our current junk drawer stuff is housed in an overflowing tray on top of the microwave.  Aside from the junk drawer, there are eight other drawers!  

I love how feminine this piece is, especially next to our manly dark leather furniture  I'm pretty sure it's from the 70s, based on the flower-shaped knobs that are the same as what my bedroom closet had when I was a kid (duplex built in 1978).  And look at the pretty legs:

I'm proud to say that I carried this dresser into the house by myself.  Carried, not dragged.  I had to or I wouldn't have been able to go pick up the kids!  I can't wait to paint it (the crackle and gold trim are a bit much) and fill it with important things that have no home.

After drinking latte and playing speed scrabble at my friend's house, we both headed to Anthropologie.  I saw lots to love there, but I didn't want to spend all my Christmas money in one place.  I did get this little aqua bowl.  I think I need to go back and get a green one too.

I also bought this little letterpress necklace.  I know it's technically a "b", but it looks like a "d", so it works.  The only other letters they had were "i", "w", and "F"

The book is from Goodwill, where I stopped on the way back to my end of the city.  It is the oldest book I have yet, by 6 years (published in 1896, as far as I can tell).  It's a women's occupational guidebook.  What Can a Woman Do; or Her Position in the Business and Literary World, by Mrs. M. L. Rayne.  If I ever write Victorian or Edwardian fiction, it will come in very handy.  Otherwise, it will just be interesting to read.  And it's so pretty!  The edges of the pages are printed with a pretty pattern too.  I love the detail that went into printing books 100 years ago.

Of course, after I came home, Kevin discovered that we had a screw in one of the van's tires, and I couldn't go to church.  I've volunteered to work in the nursery on Wednesday nights, and I haven't made it once yet.

But in spite of that, I highly recommend that stay-at-home moms take a day off.  It's definitely worth the guilt.

Edited to add:  Kevin doesn't think I should paint the dresser.  He likes it as it is.


  1. What a fun day!! And what a beautiful dresser - have fun filling it up :)

  2. Hi Joanna - I saw this blog post and had to respond. I have the same dresser in the studio. It came with some other pieces but so far I have only painted one end table. (It was my "test" for the AS chalk paint colour "Provence".) I've included a link to the gallery it is displayed in: Thought you might want to see it painted since you were considering doing the same :)


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