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December 31, 2012

Gallery Wall Extravaganzaaahhhh

I am sort of terrified of gallery walls. Not because I don’t find them gorgeous – they really are lovely – but because I know that someday I’ll look back and be like, “That was SO 2010s of me.” Tens? Tweens? What are we going to call this decade?

But since moving into our new place, with its eleven-foot ceilings, I’ve had the blessing-slash-head-scratcher dilemma of having to fill huge wall spaces without having to sell a kidney in order to do it. So now I’m the proud owner of not one, but two gallery walls. I know. First I say I’m scared of them and then I go and put two in my house. I’m only showing you one today because I was too lazy to fix the light settings on my camera and the second wall is in a dark hallway.

So here she is, as seen from my bed (that’s what the weird branches in the foreground are).

Bedroom Collage

My Canadian and I thought it would be nice to have the wall in our bedroom covered by pictures and images having to do with our relationship. Nothing you see here cost a ton of money. The wedding prints were actually the most expensive thing up there, but taken as a whole, this wall is priceless to me. I just ordered a canvas print of Baxter to mix in there, too.

Wiggs's Modern Life

You’ll have to excuse my new watermarking skillz. In the age of Pinterest, a girl can never be too careful.

So, clockwise from the far left, in case you’re interested (if not, skip the list):

  • A canvas painting we picked up at a market in France last summer on our post-grad-school trip
  • A wedding photo by the lovely Yvonne Wong
  • A photo of the Seattle waterfront taken by my dad (all three photos in that column there are Seattle images he took and framed for us)
  • A small image of us in an innertube at a family wedding
  • Another canvas painting from France by the same artist
  • Two small photos of us high-fiving the day after we got engaged
  • A larger photo of us being ADORABLE the day after we got engaged…le sigh
  • Wait…I’m confusing myself with this clockwise thing. Okay. I think we’re heading back to the left now.
  • A HUGE, amazing painting we found in a vintage store here in Chicago (Salvage One). We have its partner in our living room. You don’t even want to know how much we paid for it, framed and everything…okay, I’ll tell you. 75 bucks!
  • A pair of photos Yvonne Wong took of us on our wedding day
  • Um…I already told you about the column of Seattle photos
  • A gorgeous painting my uncle did for us for our wedding – seriously, you guys, hit up the artsy people in your family if you’re starved for some original work in your home
  • My grandfather’s handwritten speech that he read at our wedding. Sniff. I read it every day. He’s so awesome.


I was all anal at first about the wall, thinking the frames needed to match and everything, but honestly, it was too much work. I kind of like the assortment. Be sure to tell me in the comments if (a) you have a gallery wall of your own, and/or (b) you think my gallery wall is disgusting/awesome.

Here is my Pinterest with more amazing gallery walls (and other homely inspiration) (yes, I know what homely means but I love using it when talking about my home).

Happy New Year, friends!

December 13, 2012

How I know I’m good at interior design

Do you watch a little something called Million Dollar Decorators? I do. I call it “EM-DEE-DAYYY!” and I have a special dance I do during the theme song. I was watching last night’s episode when I caught a little glimpse of a little something:




Okay, it’s a little hard to see. Here, I took a crappy photo of my TV for you.

October 14, 2012

Death Cab…psychic


When I was a senior in college, I found myself single for the first time in a long time. I’d had a series of increasingly nasty breakups and I decided I was done playing dating roulette. I was so in love with love, though, that this was a really tough decision. I remember sitting in my dorm room, crying, feeling so alone. (I was totally the angsty drama queen type.)

September 12, 2012




Succulents. They’re everywhere.

You know who first told me about succulents and their awesomeness? This girl. Three years ago. Air ferns on her wedding tables. BOOM.

September 9, 2012

I’m baaa-aaaack!


…well, sort of. Dude. I spent so much time away from WordPress that I can’t even remember how it works anymore. 

March 2, 2011

Gettin’ my pose on

amy adams oscars 2011 red carpet

Okay, so normally I don’t like to post a ton of photos of me and what I wear because usually the answer to any question you might have about my outfit is “My workout clothes” or “Anthropologie.” But. You guys. Apparently I’m late to the ball here, but there’s this new-fangled thing called Rent the Runway and it has changed my life. Bachelorette parties, formals, appearances for my book tour, any other occasion where I need to wear a dress…it’s amazing.

March 2, 2011

Miss me?

ALERT!: I’ll be interviewed tomorrow morning on WGN Midday News between 11:35 and 11:40am, Central Time. For 3-4 minutes! It will be amazing. I will probably be peeing myself off camera. If you get WGN where you live, tune in!

From Lovely Package

Yes, yes, I fell off the face of the earth again. My schedule is cray-cray right now, mostly in a good way, but it means that if I need to spend an hour and a half doing battle with a roach in my bathroom, other stuff gets pushed aside. (As the resident Texan in our condo, I am responsible for roach warfare when they crawl up the drains – Dave grew up in Canada where there are no creepy crawlies and everyone poops rainbows and sunshine.) So! All of this is a long-winded introduction to my idea for you: follow my shared Google reader items! I read about a bazillion blogs and share the CRAP out of my favorite posts (which, I’m sorry to say, blow mine out of the water). This way, even if you can’t read my ramblings, you’ll at least get to see what I’m loving (and get your much-needed procrastination done for the day).

From Tom & Lorenzo, nee Project Rungay

The blogs I read pretty much mirror my interests: design, hilarity, makeup, weddings, interior decorating, cute things, cooking, and Mormons. About that last one: yes, I, a decidedly non-LDS person, have a deep love for all things Mormon (seriously, Dave and I honeymooned in St. George, Utah, and you bet your ASS I went to all of the LDS landmarks). Trust me, you will too when you see these blogs.

From House of Turquoise

From Marta Writes

Here’s the link. Click it. Own it. Love it.

February 18, 2011

Interview tiiiiiime!

You guys can listen to my lisp some more if you want.

*note: I LOVED Michael Bogar, the guy who married us – I said something about “missing out” on having Paul Sladkis at our wedding but it wasn’t a criticism of our officiant!

Here’s the email conversation between my mother and me during our morning of radio interviews last week. So, you know, consider this your “behind the scenes” look at being a writer on satellite radio tour.


From: Susan Wiggs
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 4:11 AM
To: Elizabeth Wiggs Maas
Subject: no plopping sounds

or piddling sounds


On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 4:12 AM, Elizabeth Wiggs Maas wrote:

it’s prime plopping time here


On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 4:13 AM, Susan Wiggs wrote:

do it silently
February 14, 2011

VD lips in action!

I almost forgot to show you guys the picture of my VD lips in action. Yeesh. I don’t like makeup posts when I can’t show you what it looks like in the real world. Here’s me and Baxter at a VD party over the weekend. Unfortunately, it’s the only photo of me from that night, so you’ll have to trust that my lips were poppin’. Gross. I won’t use that term again in the future.

February 7, 2011

This is what I wore

Actually, the title of this post should be “This is what my friends told me to wear.” The day before my book launch party, Aubrey, Lindsey, and Molly took me shopping so we could accessorize the blush-colored dress I got from Anthro last year. A pair of boots, necklace, belt, and navy blazer later, here I was:

Look at that determination, people! That’s an outfit right there. And you guys noticed! I got lots of compliments and I figured I’d share the outfit recipe with you so you could dress up as me for H-ween this year. Ha. Um. Right.

Annyhooo, since we all know I’m completely and totally addicted to Polyvore, I figured the best way to share my outfit with you would be to make a new set!!! And for everything except the belt, I tried to find inexpensive versions that wouldn’t put a dent in the ol’ wallet.

How I Planned Your Wedding