Bramble Patch: October 2012

Here are some of my favorite distractions from over the last month.

Who is up for an adventure? Sixteen cities you are not supposed to visit. 

One of the best tutorials I have seen in a long time: Old box + $10 in plexi glass + masking tape = a whole new way to DIY a shadow box frame. And the prize-winning ribbon is pretty darn nifty!

Katy Perry used to really annoy me. First with the music, then with ruining the Smurfs movie, then with the shacking up with John Mayer…now she’s singing with kids with autism and making me ugly cry on the subway while watching this video on my phone. Smurf you, Katy. 

For everyone who reads this blog but never comments: Listen, it’s OK.

Turn the holes in your jeans into little monsters. Cute!

I’m dreaming of this rainbow dry mop.

Take 90 seconds to identify who you side with. I was shocked at my results.

Benedict Cumberbatch dancing. Benedict Cumberbatch art.  Did I mention I like Benedict Cumberbatch?

In case you need a reminder, remember that exhaustion is not a status symbol.

Brush up your resume, the Queen is hiring an elf. No really.

20 Vintage costumes that will put you to shame (the eyeballs are amazing).

Speaking of costumes, Little Frida cracks me up!

My favorite Non-Halloween book to read at Halloween time. It’s also a great Jim Henson movie.

Do you have a “don’t buy” word? For those of us with “eclectic” style, who can find something fabulous to lust after everywhere we go, this post is a must read. It’s written in reference to home decor but the principal applies to every corner of consumption — from personal style to nutrition, to child rearing and relationships. Everyone needs a don’t buy word. I have several.  

In case you missed it, 13 Halloween Movies (most of which you probably never heard of) that you need to see!


…In other news, I am hanging out with Barbra Streisand tonight. In person. Just us. Yes, okay, there might be ten thousand other people there too, but we — Barbra and I — will be together. She had been retired from performing live so this day is nearly twenty years in the making. I fully expect her to pull me up on stage so I can entertain her with my Judy Garland impression. Everyone is going to love it.

You hear me?  Love. It.

Happy Weekend. Happy Days are here again!


  1. Stacy Saathoff says

    I am guilty! I read your blog on a daily basis and do not comment…please forgive me for I am in LOVE with this blog! Keep doing what you do! As for the 90 second test…I’m right where I thought I would be! Split pretty much 50/50 between the two big guys. UGH!

  2. PeachesFreund says

    No worries about the comments! Pinky swear — it’s OK 🙂

  3. G Johnson says

    I love how your leopard spot shoes are color coordinated to the leaves & how the pebbles almost look like glitter. Very lovely!

  4. Amy Castillo says

    eeps! i tool the 90 second test and was shocked, too! maybe I haven’t done my due diligence in understanding the issues…

  5. PeachesFreund says

    Right? Me too. I wish they had this for local candidates — Not just Senate and Congress, but local state reps and so on. I live in a state where my presidential vote won’t swing anything, but I would like to know where people stand. Even if you do your homework, there is so much rhetorical BS out there. Politicians are so good at telling us what we want to hear.

    I think I’m going to donate my lunch money to this place. This is a great service.

  6. Zombie Leah says

    Can I just say how much I love that photo?

  7. PeachesFreund says

    Thanks Zombie Leah! I took it on my phone yesterday morning. Oak leaves — got to love them. I doctored it up using the snapseed ap — much more flexible than Instram.

  8. AnnasBananas says

    The vintage costume slideshow is great! Halloween has always been my favorite – especially Vintage Halloween things. I think I’ve found next years costume. Makes me glad I have an old rotary phone. 🙂

  9. PeachesFreund says

    YES! That rotary phone would be so fun! When I saw that, I was thinking it would be fun to buy a bunch and do it as a group outfit: “The Telephone Game” (I have a thing for group costumes. ‘Cuz I’m weirdz.)

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