Monday, March 29, 2010


I have a LOT of clothes. This isn't to say that I wear all of them, I live in Minnesota for crying out loud-I have to have seasonal items! But, I love fashion and my closet shows it.

Lately, I've been reading Already Pretty; it's been really fun to see her photos of her work attire. She has some seriously fabulous clothes! Sometimes when I read a fashion blog I wonder if these people are for real, well she is & I like it.

Feeling inspired by her posts, I thought I'd give it a try. Today's outfit:

Denim jacket: Value Village (I changed the buttons)
Dress: Target
Shoes: (sorry you can't see my purple ballet flats) Naturalizer
Beads: St Vincent De Paul Thrift

I really liked my hair today, the bed-head waves stuck around pretty much all day and I'm loving using Garnier Frutis Wonder Waves Wave Enhancing Spray.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

sewing basket

I'm not really in to sewing baskets. Somehow, they always seemed dorky. Or old-lady or just not me. I've known for a while that my life would be easier if I owned one. When ever I need to tote sewing stuff with me, I have to figure out what I can toss it into and how much other stuff will be displaced in the process.

This all changed yesterday, when I found this:It's so cool! I'm a huge Project Runway fan & I love black and white prints & it was on clearance! I can even put my Dritz E-Z Hem in it without having any problems! I'm so happy! Next time I have a Stitch-n-Bitch, packing everything will be a breeze!

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Friday, March 19, 2010


Well, it's clearly Spring here in Minnesota. 60 degrees yesterday, 34 today and 2 more bridges over the Minnesota River are closed tonight due to flooding. Yep, that's Spring alright. I crossed over one of the bridges on Wednesday and the water was pretty high already, so this isn't some big surprise but it's always kinda exciting.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Welcome to Plush Nest!

I'm Peggy & I'm the "p" in "plush". The rest comes from my married name. "Nest" is my idea of making a house a home. To me, a nest is where a person feels safe, a "happy place", if you will; something I strive to create in our home.

I think that good design inspires more good designs. That's why I like blogs. It gives us all a chance to inspire and be inspired by people we wouldn't otherwise get the chance to meet.

If we can all save a little money along the way, that's even better!

I'll be painting, sewing, thrifting, and yes, sometimes I'll pull out the power tools! So, thanks for stopping by Plush Nest, I hope you like what you see. Leave a comment, I'd like to know you visited.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

more bathroom renovation

On Sunday, I mentioned "purchases" and then only wrote about 1 purchase. Sooooo, without further adieu, here's the other bathroom purchase I made:

Yes, it's a sink. A used sink. 30 bucks at the Reuse Center. We had talked about reusing our current sink or buying a new under-mount sink, but as we were on our Saturday adventures, we spotted this one and decided that it was really cool and totally the right price.

It looks a little rough, but it's in great condition under all that dirt. & don't worry, we WILL NOT be using that lovely brass faucet that came with it. (notice the handles fell off?)

We have decided that we will turn around and donate our current sink back to the Reuse Center. So, who knows, some other blogger might get to buy it for her bathroom!

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

bathroom renovation, contiuned

I'm a naughty homeowner. I haven't done the budget for the bathroom yet. I also made a coupe of purchases before making the budget.

I'm totally excited about said purchases and they aren't going to break the bank, but I also know we really need to sit down, make a list and figure out what it's going to cost.

Yesterday, Joe and I went to a store that we recently heard about: Building Materials Outlet It's sort of a big thrift store for home improvement. It's a warehouse and there's lots of stuff & a lot of the prices are very good, but like any thrift store shopper knows, you have to know what you're looking at. I know to a certain extent what I was looking at and after that it was a good thing I had Joe.

**word to the wise-they require you to sign a waiver if you bring kids because there are forklifts moving things & it's a little cramped in some areas, leaving the kids at home is a good idea**

We had a lot of fun looking at all the building materials, but our goal was to see if they had anything we could use in the bathroom. Turns out, the answer was yes! Decorative tile! Affordable decorative tile!

Jeffrey Court 3X12 Random Block Mix:

It's sitting on a piece of out floor tile. Isn't is nice?

It's $3.99 a piece for the 3X12 plus a 12% mark up (charged on all their stuff), but we really only need 8 tiles for a backsplash, so that's not bad at all. About $36 to have a really pretty tile and a unifying design element seems like money well spent, but we didn't have any of our chips with us, (naughty once again) so we weren't sure how it would look.

We bought ONE.

I know what you're thinking. It's like a thrift store! It could be gone!

Before buying ONE tile, I asked how much they had. She said "lots". I explained the situation. I asked if "lots" meant 1 case or 1 pallet. Turns out it was more like 2 or 3 pallets, so I felt safe in buying ONE and since we like it, we can go back next weekend for more. (not open Sundays, bummer).

Just in case they sell all of it in the next week, I also have a back up plan:
I found it on line. The price is the "same" before the BMO 12% is calculated,but the shipping from the online source makes it almost identical. Either way, we have a tile choice!

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Monday, March 1, 2010

adventures in Ikea land

Saturday, despite not feeling well, I found myself being dragged to Ikea. Normally, I love going to Ikea, it's very inspiring.

Saturday, all I wanted was lunch and these LIMMAREN bottles:
I did end up coming home with both the set of three $7.99 and thanks to a missing glass in the set of four, which I couldn't picture us using anyway, I managed to get the other set for $2. Yes, $2. Regular price $9.99! They look beautiful and are really going to be great once the bathroom gets done (I know I promised a plan, it's coming, I swear)
Now, the disappointing part. Both sets come with all the items shown in the photos and ONLY those items. I really wanted 3 pumps total so I could use them for 1.hand soap, 2. face wash & 3. lotion. I even went so far as to email Ikea and ask if I could purchase 2 more pumps and they said "Unfortunately, the pumps are not offered separately from the bottles. We do apologize for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your inquiry." I sent a slightly curt email back to them & have received no reply.

The point is, yes, the bottles are as lovely as they appear, but if you want more than one pump and aren't willing to steal the sample ones like some people seem to have done, you're SOL & you're in good company (if I do say so myself).

Now, if anyone out there has a pump that they aren't going to use & wants to gift me with it, it'd be rude of me to say no.

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