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Scratch Map: Updated

September 3, 2013 — Leave a comment

I got a scratch map last Christmas and I still love it. It is such a fun way to document the places in the world I have gone.

When I first got the map I tried to only scratch the states I have been to, but it just looks sort of silly since there is no state outlines on the map. Since I needed to add Switzerland and Italy, it was the perfect time to fill in the entire United States (I’ve been to over half of the states so I think that counts) and Canada.

Side tip: You know all those annoying little tabs on the back of cheap picture frames? Those things that kill your finger pads when you try to lift them? Yeah, those. I use a butter knife to lift those up to save my fingers. It will change your life!

Much better! My map has a little more color! Eleven countries down… uh, a lot more to go.

If you are wondering why there isn’t a pulled out ‘after’ shot of this area it’s because my room is a hot mess and nobody needs to see that. 

Yesterday, I posted out all the silly/quaint/fanciful items that I keep around my house to make me smile. Today, I’ve rounded up some awesomely hilarious/sweet/odd items that can be used to add a little whimsy to your home’s style. Here we go!

Holla! I love this doormat because in my head I just keep thinking “Holla atcha gurl!” It is way too expensive (in my opinion) at $50 but you should DIY this and send me a picture. (here)
I pinned this tissue box like a year ago and it still makes me laugh when I see it. The best part? It’s only $4.99! Amazingly cheap. Plus, if you have a tissue box cover you don’t have to worry about buying the cute expensive tissue boxes, you can just get the cheap ugly boxes. Win-win! (here)
I think faux animal heads are probably on their way out as far as trends go, but I still think they are pretty funny. The smaller ones are $28 and bigger ones are $58, but I bet you can find them even cheaper if you look hard enough. (here
This is also something I pinned a while ago that still makes me laugh. It’s toast coasters! Hilarious! Is $14 expensive for coasters? I don’t know but I think it may be worth it to have these lying around. (here)
I love this glass head from Pier 1. It is beautiful but also odd. I can picture her on a stack of books or on an open shelf. Here for $19.95.
These are hilarious. Probably too juvenile for a grown woman to have in her home but if you have kids or an immature boyfriend by all means, get these. Here for $29.00.
I love this for two reasons 1) its a glass Ziploc bag which is funny and 2) it’s a candy bowl and we should bring back candy dishes. In college my roommate and I had a candy bowl and it was awesome. Here for $17.50.
This bookends are so silly. I think it would be funny to have a row of very serious books and then cap them off with such a whimsical balloon animal. Here for $39.95.
Tea towels are another easy way to bring whimsy into your home. My personal favorite is this dog walker tea towel from Fishs Eddy for $12.95 here.
Skeptical about adding whimsy? These bird knobs are the perfect way to subtly add charm to a piece of traditional furniture. They are $7.98 here.
Happy Weekend!

Sometimes I just change things.

I love the piece of art I had over the dresser for the past few months. It was the first piece of art I ever bought. I was 22 and it cost $84 (which is a LOT of money to a college student). My friend created the print and I have loved having it in all my different homes for the past four plus years. But now that the walls are such a dark blue it didn’t really look so good. I switched it out for my Scratch Map. I love this map. Well, I love maps in general, but this map is special because you scratch off where you’ve been. Brilliant! It reminds me of a map that my Grandpa had where he put pins in all the places he had visited. Unfortunately, all the countries I’ve been to are small in size so my map looks relatively untouched. Oh well, I still have lots of traveling years before me!

It’s easy to get in a rut with things in our homes. Whenever I move into a place I immediately put pictures on the walls and place furniture in an arrangement. A few months go by and I realize I am comfortable with the way things are because that is how I put them at the start, not because it is the best arrangement. That is how it was with the print in my bedroom. As soon as I got the campaign chest I put the picture over it and it was like ‘end of story’ that is where that picture belongs. But then the other night I’m laying in bed and thinking “That picture would look so much better elsewhere.” And so I got up and changed it. Maybe you don’t have art lying around in spare bedrooms like me, but sometimes it just involves switching pieces out. I had a similar situation in my living room a few months ago.

When I moved in I had the Union Jack dresser and TV on one wall and then a few months ago I realized that that may not be the best place for them. Sometimes I try and imagine the room being empty and then mentally placing furniture where I think it would look good. I was doing this in my living room when I realized that moving the dresser/TV to the next wall would make all the difference. I love it so much more on the wall it is on now. It takes a lot of initiative to rearrange furniture because you might hate it and then have to move it all back which is annoying. BUT if it works out then it is totally worth it! So maybe if you’re not happy with a room a little rearranging could be all it needs… you never know until you try 🙂

Happy rearranging!