Happy New Year!

Like everyone else, the beginning of a new year represents a fresh start for me.  I reminisce on the past year, thinking fondly and sometimes not so fondly of moments that I hope to or hope to not remember forever.  It can be difficult to avoid dwelling on what was not accomplished.  The key is to remember that tomorrow is always a new day, and whether it is January 1st or August 15th, you can resolve to make positive changes in your life any time of the year.  That being said, I have a few of my own that I will be starting…today, though I may choose to tack on more throughout the year.  My goal: make it all 52 weeks without giving up.  Frequent gym goers are familiar with the “January Crowd” – The people that resolve to better themselves by working out, but come February, the gym, like-clockwork, slims down again (pun intended?) when people quit, get too busy and give up.  I challenge you this year to make time for your resolutions.  Don’t be a “January Crowd”.  Push yourself, so that next year, your resolution will not be the same as last year and the year before and the year before and the year before….. but positive additions to your lifestyle.

This year I gained new members to the family and lost some others.  For the family we gained, I love you with my heart.  It is hard to believe there was a time without you because you fit in as if you were always there.  For those we lost, I resolve to remember you everyday.  Remember how you touched our lives, but not dwelling on the last conversation I’d wished we had.

This was my best year yet, I hope 2014 is even better.  Cheers!





Sunday Dinner: Individual Tamale Pies

Sunday Dinner: Individual Tamale Pies

Hot damn. It’s been a minute. Christmas is over – and it was another fantastic one for the books.  Now, I’ve purged the house of all the sweets, and I’m ready to get back to clean eating.  We hosted a … Continue reading

Tuesday Shoesday: Zara Quilted Ankle Boot

The best part about clothes and shoes is that you can take on different styles and personas depending on what you wear.  Something about these Zara Quilted Ankle Boots just scream sexy to me.  Paired with all black everything, I’d be happy to circulate these into my closet.


Zara Quilted Ankle Boot Set


I started a new job about a month ago, which is why 1000 Wonderful Things has been a little quiet.  My schedule changed a lot, which I’m still adjusting to, but also, I’m having a hard time thinking of writing inspiration.  I’ve been cooking quite a bit the last few weeks but not taking photos, I’m still as ever obsessed with shoes, but I haven’t been pinning any of my faves, sometimes, the mind needs to quiet itself to find new creativity.

20101105_Hannah-Rory_Details_093photo: Erik Seo

Thinking of you.




Pendleton Chair Inspiration

Yesterday my sister-in-law posted this pic on instagram.



My response is pretty clear and warranted.  That chair is amazing.  Further stalking shows that is a fixture at Under the Needle Tattoo in Seattle.  I can’t get it out of my mind!  My love for Pendleton is deep.  A couple weeks ago my friend Lindsey picked up a couple of chairs for me at Goodwill. I need to get them from her soon, and now I’m thinking that this style could be a great way to go on the re-upholstery.



Taking inspiration from this image:


There are lots of Pendleton and Hudson blankets on ebay, but is it terrible to cut one up just to reupholster something?  I’m kicking myself for not buying a patched Hudson last year at a thrift shop in Port Townsend – it was only $25 and it would’ve been perfect for something like this!

What do you guys think? Worth using a blanket for or should I find a similar geometric pattern at the fabric store?





Craigslist Find: Brass/Glass Swivel Coffee Table

Just saw this brass/glass swivel coffee table on Craigslist for $250 after I saw the following images when I was blog perusing last night.


Lonny Mag living room –

That massive plant is a Fiddle Leaf Fig by the way, which sell for $12 at Fred Meyer or Ikea (in much smaller size of course).  I’ve been thinking about getting one and putting it in a cool basket.


One more inspiration photo with that brass coffee table from Live Creating Yourself.  The one on CL says it is smoked glass but you can get glass table tops at Bed, Bath, & Beyond for $9/each in different sizes if you wanted to get it switched to clear glass.

What do you think? Do you like the glam brass?



Our 3rd Anniversary!

Happy third anniversary to us! I can’t believe it has been 3 yeeeears since our wedding in Park City.


It was the most fun party I’ve ever been to. It was amazing to be surrounded by all of our closest friends and family.  I wish we could do it every year.

Our awesome photographer and friend, Erik Seo, posted a bunch of the photos on his blog recently.

Three years of ups and downs, moves, job changes, change, change, change.  Last year, we had just picked up Judge, we headed to Port Townsend to go camping.  We had so much fun exploring the beaches, shops, and walking around.


Our first anniversary we spent the weekend at Priest Lake celebrating a wedding and had an awesome dinner out.


Tonight we have a mellow date planned.  Drinks and dinner at a new place.

Cheers to 100 more!



Slow Motion Photo Booth

We’ve all seen the photo booth at weddings. Love them. Some of the best photos are taken when people are willing to let a little loose and get candid.  I just saw this video on a friend’s FB page featuring a slow motion photo booth at a wedding they had just gone to.  It’s awesome!

Slow Motion Photo Booth Rentals – Tamara and Brent’s Wedding from Classy Event Group on Vimeo.

Would you do a slow motion photo booth like this for an event?  I think it looks like a blast!



Watch “Shark Tank” tonight at 9/8c on ABC


I have a soft spot in my heart for local products, and an even softer spot in my heart for local products by people I know. A gal H and I went to high school with has gone from selling a family recipe at local farmers markets to selling to supermarkets across the country. Click here to see Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles’ official website.

Tonight, the pickles are going up against the sharks on ABC’s “Shark Tank”, a show where people present business concepts and strategies to high profile investors to try and gain financial backing.  See what the sharks have to say about Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles on tonight’s season premiere episode!  I can’t wait!  Good Luck, Aly!

Photo from Lynnae's Gourmet Pickles Facebook Page:

Photo from Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles Facebook Page:



Tuesday Shoesday: Cheetah Print and Plaid

Ugh, was knocked of my feet with some sort of stomach bug yesterday.  I’m back, feeling better, ready to tackle this fall season.  It feels like the start of a new school year.  I’m feeling motivated, excited, and refreshed.

I pinned this image from Sea of Shoes awhile ago.

When I saw the animal print loafers at Gap, I was knew I would have to recreate the look.  I love Gap jeans in general because they fit higher above the hips preventing the crack show when you bend over.  Plus they just fit right and are usually the perfect length for me which is saying something because I’m 5’5″.