So, I bet y’all are thinking it’s been a while since my last post (or being thankful that I finally shut up for a week)… in actuality, I’ve been neglecting this blog because…




Also, a very belated (and overdue) thank you to all of you who left lovely comments on my #thankablogger post. I love you!

Thank a Blogger Day!

In P.E. class, I was always one of the last ones picked. Not because I was overweight (if anything, I was underweight), but because I was just an unathletic, shy klutzy kid. I didn’t get along with many girls, so I had guy friends, which made the girls hate me even more. I was bullied, I cried a lot. I was called a nerd on a regular basis, but luckily for me in the long run, I was good at school.

Now, that academic talent has somewhat dropped off, but it’s also manifested itself in something that I suppose I always knew I’d end up doing: writing. How does this all relate to thank a blogger day? Well through blogging, and meeting other bloggers, it’s like a whole new world has been opened up to me. Sure, I’m not married. I don’t have kids, and sometimes, I feel left out. But most of the time, I feel like I’m being picked first for something when someone comments on my blog. I have GIRLFRIENDS! (Hear that, mom? I’m not just palling around with the boys anymore!) I know that if someone were to bully me now, I’d have a whole army of kickass ladies to back me up.. plus Aunt Becky and her army of pranksters, who I sure as hell wouldn’t want to mess with. These bloggers support my crazyhairbrainedwhackass ideas and still love me for em. Thank god for that.

Things might have been a bit easier then if I’d known that the internet– which back in high school was the source of plenty of ridicule and torment– would help me to discover and start building my own, amazing, talented, kickass community. I’m going to try to thank everyone for being so incredible, but if I commit the unforgivable sin of leaving you out, TELL ME! (also, because this will later become my blogroll on the new site).

First and foremost, my mommy blogger friends. I hate the term, but so many of you have become both best friends and like second (third, fourth) mommies to me.  You’ve made me laugh, cry, want babies, and be terrified of having rugrats. These are my sister wives.

Next, my creatives. Y’all are amazing and inspiring and I don’t know how you have so many good ideas. It makes me jealous but it also kicks my behind into high gear!

And I hate to put you guys last but seriously, it’s cuz I had to save up extra love for you!… my categorically-ambiguous ladies 😉

::Deep breath:: I know I’m missing people, and I’m SORRYYYYYY. There, I said it. Now, if I left you out, tell me. Or give me a thousand lashes with a wet noodle, it’s your choice.

Patterned Owl Progress

Here’s how I spent my Saturday night (pre-pukey kitteh)- based on this tutorial.

patterned owl

Pretty cute, huh?

Boo-tiful Halloween, Round Two!

It’s definitely fall here in Boston. Actually, it’s a California winter already (oh god, someone save me before January!). That said, crunchy leaves and brisk winds are a daily reminder that Halloween, and soon Thanksgiving, are right around the corner!

Grab a pumpkin spice latte…

pumpkin spice latte

…and some cider donuts, an amazing New England delicacy,


…and enjoy the scary, the sexy, and the spectacular of Halloween diy & decor!


First, check out this amazing party feature from Pizzazzerie (you MUST click the picture to see more images!!)

vampire dinner pizzazzerie

Then, there’s Kim of TheTomKatStudio, who always has the most gorgeous party styling and printables, with GLAM HALLOWEEN!


tomkat halloween

Dear Kim, I love you. Please hire me. Or adopt/marry me.



Another perennial party-planning favorite, Jenn from Hostess With the Mostess, spotted this great Etsy tablescape:

hwtm halloween

Jenn? You can hire/adopt/marry me too. Sister wives, anyone?

Twig and Thistle made this wreath for a Bh&G contest, but can’t you see it in yellow/white/orange like a candy corn, or in gold/black/orange? So cute!


For a creeptastic party favor, Forkable Blog has a recipe for Dexter-inspired “bloodstained slide candy”!


Domestifluff made a 13 days of Halloween countdown and has been posting instructions for each day’s project:

13 days of halloween

Last but not least, check out these adorable vintage-styled “Witches Brew” labels from CraftyPagan on Etsy…



Work in Progress (part dos!)

So, I changed the color scheme to go along with my retro blog look (see bottom image in this post) and changed my header font to ChunkFive, at the suggestion of the lovely (and brilliant) Melissa.


Round Dos!


The page for my recent work


About me, version 2!


And the blog that's inspiring it all


Also, a main category page, in progress!

Lovely for Less: Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler is known for his amazing prints and his super-sexy white pottery.  Unfortunately, he’s also known to be completely out of my budget.  While browsing PlasticLand, though, I found some really great and almost identical alternatives at a fraction of the cost…love it!

Here are the originals from Jonathan Adler:



J.A. Fishie Salt/Pepper shakers for a mere $48 per set




J.A. whale pitcher for $95!




$150 for a tray? I love you Jonathan, but my wallet doesn't!


And here are the ones from PlasticLand:



Super cute blowfish salt/pepper shakers... $16!!




Pretty much died for this whale/seashell creamer set... and it's only $20!




Granted, it's lucite, but at $18, I'm totally ok with that!



I Need Opinions!

As you know, I’m in the (very sloooow) process of designing my new website and blahhhg. Below are screenshots of the designs thus far… what do you think? Comments, criticisms and praises welcome!

ETA: I’ll be using both designs (the peacock and the retro). The peacock theme will be for my more professional site at lindsaygoldner.com, and then the blog will be linked to from there but might eventually have its own domain. I like the retro design on the blog, since it’ll be more diy/decor/design focused!


My landing page


A level 2 page (version 1)


Another level 2 page--- different header (which do you prefer?)

birdsiviews redesign

The new birdsiviews (ignore the title!)

Soooo… what do you think so far?

Grilled Cheesus & Only The Good Die Young

It’s been too long since I’ve written about GLEE! This week looks like it’ll be much better than last week… the music in the Britany/Brittney episode was great, but the rest of it pretty much sucked.

Tonight, talking about Grilled Cheesus, family, faith, and of course, Sue’s snark. Oh, and the music!

  • “He’s my #1 Heeb…I see God every time I make out with a new chick!” -Puck
  • Aw, poor Kurt ❤ So sad!
  • As always, Mercedes (Amber Riley) is rockin the vocals. This song is gorgeous.
  • LOVE this line by Kurt about how God made him gay, and then God’s followers tell him it’s wrong to be who he is.
  • “They should totally go to Jew church and wear those hats and eat that salty orange stuff with their bagels”

((These Burger King breakfast commercials are so annoying.))

  • Wow, Sue getting emotional. Interesting.
  • “Now I know how Miley feels.” -Britney
  • Interesting views on God in this episode… wonder how long it’ll take for people to freak out.
  • This better be a good rendition of Papa Can you Hear Me…
  • Yes. Musicals are Lea Michele‘s forte. Yente FTW.
  • Forgot how much I love “Papa Can You Hear Me.” (Runs to download the Michael Crawford version)
  • Ha, Coach called Finn “Lurch.”
  • Wow, Kurt singing “I wanna hold your hand” is so lovely. And the montage of him and Burt is so sweet. Tearjerker!
  • Kurt (Chris Colfer) has the most BEAUTIFUL voice. Holy moley cheesus is right.

((Hilarious Planet Fitness commercial of a dude trying to make a bunny from his shoelaces!))

  • Great version of REM’s “Losing My Religion” by Finn (Cory Monteith). Takes me back to the 90’s!
  • Kurt in church is ADORABLE. Plus, that hat is totally rockin.
  • As mah mommy says, “If they played music like that, I’d go to church!” Have to agree with her on that one. Amber Riley has the best voice for gospel. Ever. I want to marry her.

((Just threatened to link mom’s quote to her email… she said she’ll kill me, disown me, and close her email acct. Might be worth it, eh?))

((Seriously hating these BK commercials. So dumb. Advertising fail.))

  • Aw, Sue with her sister… it’s touching. More nice Sue!
  • I totally have a sweater just like Kurt’s. In other news, this scene with his dad is amazing. I’m glad Mom is here for this episode 🙂
  • “I don’t believe in God, Dad, but I believe in you. I believe in us” -Kurt
  • Another great redo… “What If God Was One of Us”… super 90’s night tonight! Can’t wait to download all of these songs.
  • Wait a second… Finn just ate CHEESUS!

Glee next week looks like fun. Ashley Parker Angel-lookalike (aka ladylips) is very cute. Looking forward to seeing more of him!

Also, I’d love it if you guys checked out lovely Miss Aunt Becky’s (of the John C Mayer fame) post on Toy With Me (another kickass site) about cancer, and how much it totally.fucking.sucks!!

DIY Halloween Roundup!

Even though we’ve had a bit of an Indian summer the last few days here in Boston, I can’t help thinking ahead to my first post-college Halloween.  I’m eagerly looking forward to crunchy leaves, more pumpkin lattes, searching for a fun costume, and hopefully a trip or two to Salem!

To get into the spirit of all things Halloween-y, here are some of my favorite DIY projects that I’ve come across lately. If you have a project to add, link up in the comments!

For spooky glassware, How About Orange has a great tutorial on using packing tape to make image transfers!


Keeping with the spooky theme, check out these Eat At Your Own Risk toppers via Etsy:


All Things Thrifty has a Woman’s Day Mag-inspired Candy Corn Wreath:

candy corn wreath

If the idea of gluing all those candy corns is too much for you (or for more wreathy inspiration), there’s a similar version on Etsy:

candy corn wreath 2

My Paper Crane has a tutorial and template for adorable felt ghost cozies, which you could also string up into a garland or hang from doorknobs too!


Calamity Anne has a fun tutorial on redoing an old clock to give it a Halloween feel… trip to Goodwill or Ikea for clocks, anyone?

spooky clock

My friend Daniela from Berkeley has a great shop, The Art Life, where she’s selling a kit to make your own mini-chipboard Halloween album, complete with embellishments and papers… and it’s on sale! Also, check out the rest of her shop– great stuff!

something wicked scrapbook

If you love pumpkins but not the mess of carving them, Calamity Anne also has a tutorial on painting decorative pumpkins:


At The Crafty Cupboard, Melanie has an easy-to-follow tutorial for this wonderful & inexpensive spiderweb table runner:


Yet another project from Brooke at All Things Thrifty: an easy and temporary way to “trick” out your existing decor! (Yes, I love her stuff!)


Last but certainly not least, Boston-based Papercrave has a tutorial and printables for a lovely paper garland. For fun variations on this, you can alternate the cutouts with candy corn, add some glitter, sub printed halloween paper, or string it on colored ribbon!


Visual Inspiration- The Bold and The Beautiful

Part of the reason my blog has been relatively sparsely populated is that I’m attempting to design my own website (omgwtfbbq!) It’s almost as cool as when Mommy Wants Vodka pulled a John C. Mayer… only more on par with my pulling a Glee, which doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, sad.

In the–lengthy and somewhat painful–process of designing, I’ve put together some gorgeous inspiration photos. If you know whose these are (or they’re yours), please do speak up… can’t take credit for any of these, damnit! In the meantime, here’s part one of my inspiration file…


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