Friday, July 30, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
I really pared everything down as far as how much schtuff she has in her room. She was at camp while I was doing the tear down and has noticed that much is missing-- love that! I did have a great time making drapes, moving furniture and making some new silhouettes for her walls. We'll be adding a Coco Chanel quote to her walls when the decal gets here. "A girl should be two things....classy and fabulous." Her room is all fun with a little fashion undertone...a few dress forms, a little glam and lots of Amy Butler Love!
I had a really hard time photographing her room, mostly because the light was not great and I wanted to get the photos right then..at the end of the day. Oh well. And if you are wondering what a 7 year old has on her dresser, here ya go-- loads of lip gloss, "pretty" eyeshadow and a bedazzled i-pod of course! All corraled nicelyin an acyylic tray lined with a little sisboom!
Her big sister is now on the prowl for a room make-over. I had loads of great ideas for her but her input-- "I really like peace signs."
Please someone, shoot me!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Perusing a few of my fave blogs this morning because the kids are at camp (aaaahhhhhhh) and I don't have ANY interruptions! None! Sasha's blog, Everything Fabulous is one of my fave's. It IS Everything Fabulous....fashion, decor, shopping, crafts-- It should be a daily read for you if it is not already. Today's post highlighted the The J.Crew Fall Lookbook. I.Die. Seriously.
I think this stuff is designed to taunt and tease ME. Yes, specifically me. And to drain my bank account. Ya know what,though...Why should J.Crew get to have all the fun?
I'm going to start offering some of my vintage jewelry finds in the shop along side my bags and clothing. All vintage brooches are amazing-- for the most part- but some are just beyond and need to be offered as solo pieces. So if you need something to spruce up your tweed jacket worn over your chambray button down, and I'm assuming some sort of sparkly heel, (thanks Jenna, for the inspiration) check the shop this evening. And please, buy one of everything because I don't think I can live another day without this jacket!
Friday, July 16, 2010
Flickr is the BEST place for inspiration, no? That dress should get us all up and sewing- instead of watchg 5 episodes of Keeping up with the Kardashians (which I did yesterday- no kidding-- I NEVER sit down and watch tv during the day.)
Happy Stylish Inspired Friday.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I have spent the last two days in the kitchen-- making jam, pickles and chutney. Brian, the kids and I hit the farmers market on Sunday morning and then went to pick apricots from a friends tree. We came home with probably 15 pounds of apricots and didn't even make a dent in her tree. The results are Apricot Jam, Apricot Riesling Jam, Apricot Brandy Jam, Apricot Chutney and Bread and Butter pickles from the 4lbs of Persian cucumbers we bought at the farmers market.
If you are looking for something to do with your bumber crop of cucumbers-- here's a fabulous recipe for Bread and Butter PicklesDirections:
In a bowl, gently toss the cucumber, salt and onions. Transfer to a colander set in an extra large bowl, layering cucumber mixture then ice and finishing with a layer of ice. Weight the top with a heavy plate and chill overnight.
Meanwhile, make the pickling syrup. In a large nonreactive saucepan, combine the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cool, cover and refrigerate until you are ready to proceed with the recipe.
After the cucumbers have chilled (which was overnight for me) remove and throw out any unmelted ice as well as the liquid that drained into the bowl then transfer cucumbers and onions to a large nonreactive pan. Pour the syrup over the cucumbers and bring the mixture to a low boil. Stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
With a large spoon, fill hot sterilized pint canning jars with cucumbers then ladle the syrup into the jar. Fill to about 1/4 to 1/8 inch below the rim. I used wide mouth jars and a canning funnel to make things easier. Put on the lids and screw band and then invert until they are cool-- or for at least 5 minutes.
One tip-- I find it much easier to put the jars in the over to sterilize them instead of boiling them in water. Here's what I do....load up a 9x11x2 pan with canning jars and lids (not the circle rims, just the lid part) preheat oven to 200 and pop the jars in there for 10 minutes. You can then very easily use oven mitts to pull the whole pan of jars out instead of having to fumble around with pulling hot jars out of boiling water. I use tongs to pull the lids off.
My head is no more clear than it was 2 days ago but hey, at least we have preserves!
Friday, July 9, 2010
I love mixing styles as much as I love mixing colors and have always loved dressing up more casual styles. I would wear jeans and sparkly shoes to every event if I thought I could get away with it.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
And sets of glass......PINK drinking glasses, 6 of them and green depression glass plates. Are you drooling yet?? Me too!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010