Archive | January, 2011

Designer Crush :: Jonathan Adler

31 Jan

Designer Crush :: Jonathan Adler

I flipped through ELLE magazine today while getting my hair colored.

Example below:

I might have laughed out loud when I saw this canister:

I promptly googled Jonathan Adler and discovered his Vice Jars:

I might need a few…but I am not telling which ones.

I spent way too much time crushing on Mr. Adler and I am officially in love.

Check out these pillows…guess which one Angie needs for her room re-do:

A few of his designs are completely politically incorrect…but funny anyway.

And I have totally been on the hunt for unique salt and pepper shakers…

I could go on and on with pictures but I’ll let you check him out here…what are your favorites?

Now I am off to fill my Prozac jar…

Dear Bella…

28 Jan

Dear Bella…

This letter is to you…one I know you’ll read some day because you might just be the smartest dog on this planet.

And to think not a soul wanted you because you didn’t have that beloved ‘English Blaze’ running up your nose and between your eyes.  Even your owners told us that we probably wouldn’t want you and they had resolved to keeping you.

Once we saw your precious little face, we knew you were the one.  The one that might be able to fill the hole left in our hearts when sweet, little Josie had kidney failure at 13 years old.  The one who Sweet P wanted so badly because she couldn’t stand not having Josie anymore.

We wanted to rescue an English Springer because of the simple fact…there are too many displaced animals in this world.

And, we tried to foster…but Bubbie was just too young for an adult doggie to understand.

It was a hard decision and we were devastated.

And then we found you in Crawford, Texas.

And you have rocked our world.

You might just be the cutest thing alive…

Especially when you give me those puppy dog eyes…

You bury your brand new bones in the backyard…find them a month later…then track a dirty, wet one through the house…

And ransack our bathrooms for toilet paper…over..and over…

And over again.  We’ve nicknamed you “ratfink”…you ratfink.

You stand watch over Bubbie while he takes his baths…and get pelted with bubbles in return…

And then get him back by taking his beloved blue #4 car…

But then you are BFF’s again…and Bubbie teaches you math facts on the back door.

You love your little penguin, which I have no clue where it came from…

but it entertains you in my office while I work.

You get endless amount of snuggles from Sweet P…

How dare someone say we wouldn’t want you…

What you talkin’ about, Willis?

What a lucky family we are to have you…little Belly Welly Doodle Bug.

Love you Bella!

DIY :: Get Mossy

27 Jan

DIY :: Get Mossy

Remember these moss inspired wreaths?  I loved the freshness of the green moss and haven’t stopped thinking about incorporating some into my home.

This was the inspiration especially since I just so happened to have an antique bread bowl sitting in my closet:

A trip to Hobby Lobby for:

Reindeer Moss

reindeer moss hobby lobby

2 packages of foam balls:

foam balls hobby lobby floral

My hot glue gun:

hot glue gun

The help of a sweet 8 year old and off we went…

moss ball

Hi!

Ahhh…much better…

I used to different shades of green for added depth:

antique bread bowl moss ball

Now the bread bowl sits in my kitchen…and the moss is fresh and vibrant…just what we needed to brighten up our mornings.

And for less than $10 thanks to Hobby Lobby’s fabulous 50% sale.

And I think a few bags of moss were mailed to Angie…can’t wait to see what she makes!

Happy Almost-Friday, friends!  Go say HI to our friend Jane at Finding Fabulous and Wendy at The Shabby Nest…you can find our Mossy tutorial over there too!

 

What’s for Dinner Wednesday? – Cooking with Coconut Milk

26 Jan

What’s for Dinner Wednesday? – Cooking with Coconut Milk

Ever heard of coconut milk?  It’s not the same as coconut juice.  I discovered it a few months ago and have been addicted.  Main reason being that coconut milk is very nutritious.

Coconut milk is not the juice found inside a coconut, but the diluted cream pressed out from the thick, white flesh of a well-matured coconut. It looks clumpy like this:

Good brands of coconut milk will have thick cream floating on top of the can while the milk on the bottom will be much more watery.

Despite the bad reputation of saturated fat, whole coconut, coconut milk and cold pressed coconut oil are good for you.  Coconut milk is close to human breast milk in its pH, and fat and nutrient content. Coconut milk is a good source of calcium, manganese, selenium, zinc and iron.  Even with its heavy fat content, coconut oil appears to promote weight loss.  Coconut oil has not been found to increase body fat and it actually decreases white fat stores.  It also contains lauric acid which is considered antiviral, antibacterial and antiprotozoal and converts by the body into monolaurin, which is believed to cause the disintegration of viruses.

That was a lot of rambling about the benefits of coconut milk, but I only shared with you a small bit.  There are actually many more benefits from using coconut milk.

I’ve used it in curry, coffee creamer, milk and cream replacement, cooking in soups and baking in breads, cakes and other pastries. Some people use it in cereal or drink it alone but I don’t care for drinking the coconut milk straight.  It tastes amazing when used in cooking but alone it’s a little strange and clumpy.

You can make a very simple (and vegan) curry by simmering vegetables (such as onions, peppers, carrots, potatoes, and garlic) in coconut milk with curry powder.

And my favorite…rice!

I am trying to cut our my white carbs but making rice with coconut is something I love to do every once in a while.  It’s easy to make  – just substitue 1/2 the water with coconut milk.   I also throw in 1 cup of corn and 1 cup of peas.  It’s YUM!

It’s not inherently sweet, not too creamy or rich and not intensely coconut flavored. A very intriguing flavor.  It’s just perfect.

Even though coconut is the perfect nutritional substance, don’t overload on it.  One cup of coconut can have over 400 calories so watch serving portions and use in moderation.

This link was also published on the blog Peas and Crayons.   To check it out or other amazing recipes from Jenn @ Peas and Crayons, click on the link below.

Making Exceptions – Ornate Chair with Claw Feet

25 Jan

Making Exceptions – Ornate Chair with Claw Feet

After spending 3 hours Saturday – and another 3 hours Sunday delicately sanding all the detailed lines on this vanity (not to mention a million other prior weekends also dedicated to sanding this)….

and it’s claw feet….

I swore to myself I would never ever restore another piece of detailed or ornate piece of furniture again.

It had to be completely sanded because most of the paint was either cemented on or flaking off. It was a lumpy mess.  I rarely use paint remover.  I’m not sure what I do wrong but it just never works well for me. And it wasn’t possible to use my orbital sander due to the risk of damaging the detailed features.

So all the sanding took a toll on my manicure!  And my patience.  I was so adamant about only refinishing simple and FLAT projects in the future…

And then along came this chair. Detailed, carved, and lots of design.

I saw it on craigslist for $20 and bought it immediately.  Claw feet. I just couldn’t resist! It will match my desk so well.

And then of course I got a little more than I bargained for.  When I went to pick it up, I realized one of the arms and legs were loose.

And the entire chair is dented and chipped.

The fabric appears to have tire tread marks and bird poop.  WTH?  Oh well, the fabric will be replaced anyway!

Overall, I am pretty excited about this chair.  For $20, I am still happy with the purchase.  The chips and dents can easily be fixed with wood filler. It is a heavy solid chair made with high quality wood. The other things that need repairing will just give me more experience.  I’ve never repaired loose legs or arms before…and this will be my first upholstery experience! Woot!

And there is more good news….I finally finished all the sanding on my desk! I worked long and hard Monday after work with the final necessary sanding. I was so pumped, I stayed up late last night priming it.  All the hand sanding really paid off because the desk is smooth and flawless!

Right now, it has one thin layer of primer on it.  Today I plan to sand and prime more, and repeat…with more thin layers of primer. Can’t wait until I can actually paint it!

It will be still be painted red.  Rojo baby!

in love.

24 Jan

in love.

With this piece.

Don’t know where I found.

But I was cleaning up my ‘design files’ and there she was…

How can I recreate it?

Knock, knock?

Anyone home?

Hello??

My Pretty in Pink Office Conversion

20 Jan

My Pretty in Pink Office Conversion

A guest bedroom is a really convenient thing to have…when we actually have guests. But people really don’t come to visit often.  My family usually visits once a year but otherwise, the guest room sits empty the remaining 11.75 months of the year.

A complete waste of space!

So instead of having my sewing fabric stuffed in the closet with my clothes (geez it’s a miracle I can actually find clothes in there!)

and trying to make stencils on my kitchen counter….I am giving myself a big gift and creating my own office/crafty design super-mega workspace! I am so excited!  I will be a super crafter with my new found organization and design center.

So here is what is changing.

The bed in this room is going bye-bye. It’s large and hogs up the entire room.

After removing the bed, I am going to install my new vanity/desk. Well, it’s not new as in just created from the factory. It is actually an antique that was purchased at the Rose Bowl flea market.  I started stripping the old paint off but there is still a lot of work like repairing cracks and repainting.

I love modern design, especially contemporary designers like Jonathan Adler.  But I’m going to venture from of my comfort zone and bring out my inner “girly” on this room.  I want pink and lots of it.  I want so much pink, any man would cringe to enter.

Something like this room by designer Anna Spiro.

I not only love all the pink but the wall of art is a must.  I want to create a wall similar to this stuffed with inspirational pictures and a mood board.

And then what to do about this couch?  I have had this couch for years and can’t seem to part with it.  It isn’t that comfortable but I love the color.  It’s not really possible to tell from the picture – the color appears a little off… the actual shade is similar to Ferrari red with a hint of a dark pink hue.

It doesn’t quite match a pink motif.

But then I came across Anne’s New York Soho loft that was featured on Cococozy.  I love how the different shades of pink and red were used together.  Maybe I can incorporate my reddish couch into a pink and red masterpiece like this.

Another obstacle with the couch is that there might not be room for it.  Especially because the room isn’t that large and it might be necessary to add a second work table in it also.

The vanity/desk will be good multi purpose area for sewing, working on my computer and even doing my make up in the morning.  But I might need a bigger table.  Something that allows room for projects cutting out sewing patterns.

I am considering a drafting table – one that would fold flat against the wall.   It sounds great in theory because it wouldn’t take up that much space when folded against the wall. However told my husband warned me (since he studied architecture), most drafting tables don’t work well unless major money is spent on a nice one.  Well, I am NOT doing that so the drafting table idea is still a maybe.

Lastly, what to do with this chandelier?

I love chandeliers but this one looks a LOT better in pictures than it does in real life. Cheap fake brass and frosted light covers. Perhaps it could be kept and painted? Maybe white?

What do you think?

Book Review :: Crazy Love

20 Jan

Book Review :: Crazy Love

I love to read.  But I don’t read as much as I’d like because of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

And Beverly Hills.

And Jersey Shore.

And The Bachelor.

Reading also becomes somewhat of an addiction.  Once I start, I can’t stop.

I get so involved in the story the suspense kills me.

I read all four Twilight books in one week…with a 3 month old who did not sleep through the night.

I was a walking zombie.

But I love Edward and had no self control.

Sorry.  But its true.

I came across Crazy Love by Leslie Morgan Steiner while flipping through iBooks.

Looked interesting…downloaded a sample…wow.

I don’t want to give too much away but if you like emotional memoirs, you might like Crazy Love.

I finished it at 4:30am…with a few tears along the way.

Next on my reading list…Raising Happiness, Great Expectations, and Bringing Up Boys.

What are you reading? Maybe we can read together!

What’s for BREAKFAST Wednesday!

19 Jan

What’s for BREAKFAST Wednesday!

Sometimes mornings require quick…easy…simple breakfasts.

This past weekend needed easy food that the kids liked.  Everyone in our house has been sick in some shape or form…and I am tired.

Nothing beats hot, buttery blueberry muffins on a cold Saturday morning.

Since I had not been to the store…and all I had were packaged muffin mixes…Sweet P and I got our new kitchen tool I got at a Christmas party.

blueberry muffin Betty Crocker

Have you seen the mini muffin makers at Bed, Bath, & Beyond?  The one who claims to bake perfect mini muffins in 7 minutes?

muffin maker Bed, Bath, & Beyond

We put ours to the test…and let me just say, it worked!

And the muffins were delicious!

And they really cooked in 7 minutes!  Holla!!

Sweet P loved the muffin maker so much, she has claimed it as her own.

I love her.

Have a happy Wednesday, friends!

My New DIY Dream Outdoor Bed Lounger

18 Jan

My New DIY Dream Outdoor Bed Lounger

I have lots of DIY projects on my list for 2011 and this is one of them.  I discovered these outdoor bed beauties at the place we were staying at while vacationing in Ixtapa.

I had a mild obsession with them.  I took lots and lots of pictures.  I am only torturing you with a few. I gazed at them all day, every day as I slurped on pina coladas.  Ok, maybe it was a strong obsession.

I really would like to try to make one of these this year.  I could sit it in our backyard patio and read my Real Simple and House Beautiful magazines all day protected from the sun.

Who needs a hammock when you have an outdoor bed?!  Rock on!

Making this bed would be a great feat for me considering I’ve never worked with wood or a saw.  But they look simple to make??  Right?

I didn’t have a tape measurer but it appeared to be 3×3 boards –  made into a platform with a square frame.  I am willing to give it a try.  I even have an extra full size mattress sitting in our garage that could be used for the cushion (if a cover was made for it).

These had a detachable roof made of vinyl.

If I get the courage to try to make this, I’ll let you know how it turns out!

Globe Trotting.

18 Jan

Globe Trotting.

Did you watch the Golden Globes?  I, like many people, only watch to see who is wearing what.

It was movie night in our house Sunday night.  The Goonies.  Can’t go wrong with that.

But I did record the Globes to watch after the kiddos were asleep.

I actually wanted to watch it this year because my husband and I, who finally found a babysitter so we can have a date night every once in a while, have seen all of the movies up for Best Picture except for The King’s Speech.

The Fighter was excellent.  I might have downloaded Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch when we left.

The Social Network was good, however not best picture worthy in my humble opinion.

Inception was mind blowing.

The King’s Speech we plan to see on our next date night.

and…

Black Swan was brilliant.  Natalie Portman, who is not a dancer by trade, was undeniably beautiful and terrifying at the same time.

The costumes.  The dancing.  The story line.

It should have won Best Picture.

And of course, the dresses were all gorgeous…especially Natalie.  I thought she looked beautiful…

I just watched The Other Boleyn Girl…she is an unbelievable actor.

Amy Adams from The Fighter.  Love the color of her dress!

Kyra Sedgwick…beautiful tangerine with the touch of green earrings…

Heidi in a funky Marc Jacobs…love…

really loved Claire Danes in pink…

And Nicole Kidman is just so pretty and lady like in white Prada…

Catherine Zeta Jones…gorgeous in green…

And for a few I didn’t like..

Halle…we know you have a killer body.  We know you are gorgeous.  We all want your boobs.

But do you have to wear the same kind of dress to each and every award show??  Sometimes a little modesty makes you more beautiful…

Tilda…I have no words.

A few jewels from the night…

I would die for this ring and these bangles…

And for the men…hubba, hubba.

Jake…scruffy…I like.

Hello Zac…I might have High School Musical earrings with your face on them…maybe…

I love Robert Downey Jr…and love his red tie.  I bought a red tie just like his for my husband for Christmas.  See, honey…I know what I am talking about.

And Ryan Gosling…The Notebook is one of my favorites…

And Javier…just because.

Hello.

Hope I didn’t keep you waiting long..

You’re cute.

Enough said.

Til we meet again….

A New Way to Give Kitchen Cabinets a Makeover

17 Jan

A New Way to Give Kitchen Cabinets a Makeover

Do your kitchen cabinets need a little sprucing up?  Replacing is expensive.  Are you considering other options? Well…forget repainting or upgrading the hardware.

Check out this new cabinet makeover!

Slats of wood were simply attached to the front of the cabinet.

As you can see from this picture, the original cheap particle cabinet door was left intact and just covered up with stained wood panels. Brilliant!

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