Sunday, November 30, 2008

2008 Holiday Cards: Folky Reds

Hello! Lucky "Woodland Friends"

Tomorrow is December 1st and the beginning of the holiday season! The houses along my street are being decorated with lights and wreathes today. It's time to start thinking about cards before we get too busy and forget...I always do! Here are few I've found that all feel kinda folky and share the color red. All great choices. Stay tuned this week for more holiday cards, decorating ideas, and gift guides.

Sycamore Street Press "Merry Christmas"

Dutch Door Press "Two Turtle Doves"

La Familia Green "Holiday Menagerie"

New! State Bird Prints from Dutch Door Press

Today I am relaxing and recovering from thanksgiving festivities. I just want to stay home today and do nothing but maybe make some cranberry bread. I had to share these cute state bird prints from Dutch Door Press before I forgot. So cute! Would be sweet in a little girl's room. Just $15 for a 5 x 7 letterpress print. Buy now:

Saturday, November 29, 2008

New! Etro Pillows at Auto

In no way are these pillows budget-friendly. Prices start at $299 each. The colors and textures are totally beautiful. My favorite is the pillow above. Great inspiration to steal for our own diy projects! Maybe a quilt? I've always wanted to make a quilt. Maybe this is my chance? Check out more:

Recycled Wool Plaid Blankets


I just got the new dec/jan issue in the mail from domino! So good. I was checking out their new holiday gift guide when I came across these awesome recycled wool blankets. So cute and a total steal for just $29 each. I just ordered two! Purchase now:

Christmas Cookies On My Mind

Tis' the season for cookie recipes. Check out's new online cookie feature: Gourmet's Favorite Cookies 1941-2008. I was eyeing a few that I want to make right now. I'm too tired of being in the kitchen. Actually I'm more sick of doing dishes. Maybe next week. You should make some cookies tonight and send them to me! Check out the cookie recipes:

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey before it went in the oven
Just Out of Oven: Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a nice relaxing thanksgiving. We celebrated our first thanksgiving in our new house with family. I took a few shots of dinner in the oven and ready to serve (above and below). For lunch today we made turkey pot pies with the leftovers. So good! What did you make with your thanksgiving leftovers?

Everything in the oven cooking

Turkey Pot Pie

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

$1 holiday gifts ideas at domino

Be the first to go and check out my $1 holiday gifts story over at domino. With this $1 story I tried to concentrate on more handmade gifts and vintage finds. Many of the gifts were made from things I had lying around the house. As my boyfriend always reminds me, "You don't have to go out and buy everything new!" I remind myself in these tough economic times to spend less and really think about what I spend my money on. Check out the my $1 story for inspiration and budget saving gift ideas:

For more budget friendly decorating ideas including my first $1 design finds story click here.

p.s. I had a sweepstakes for budget holiday gift ideas. The winner: macaroni snowflake ornaments. Make them now!

I went crazy and painted the hallway a dark blue!

Dark Walls in Upstairs Hallway

So I went a little crazy yesterday afternoon and painted the upstairs hallway. I really didn't need to start another project but I just wanted the walls painted. Four rolls into the process I realized it was a bad idea. The walls have major dents, cracks, and dings. We probably need to put in all new wallboard. I got really frustrated because nothing in this house is as easy as painting a few walls. I was about to give up but then realized it looked worse with a few streaks of paint just left on wall. So I pretty much said, "fuck it" and just painted the whole thing.

I knew I would hear it from my boyfriend when he got home (which I did) and asked why I would even waste my time painting when the wallboard needed to be replaced? Oh well, for 30 bucks of paint and a few hours work it does look better. I hung up a few photos and drawings to cover the badly dented walls. I have to clean the floors and wipe down all the modeling which is full of dirt this afternoon. So I had a momentary "I just want to paint something" moment! At least I own the place.

New Dark wall in Hallway looking toward bedroom door

New Dark Walls

Looking Downstairs

Monday, November 24, 2008

DIY: string bangle bracelets

diy: string bracelets

I think most all of us can agree that we are probably not going to rush out and buy whatever we want for holiday gifts. I feel like majority of people that I give gifts too don't really need them anyway. It's more of nice gesture. So why does it have to be expensive to show how much I care?

I've been gathering some budget friendly diy gifts that I will continue to share throughout the holiday season. I love these simple stripe string bracelets from Martha Stewart. You can buy the bracelets from places like Claire's for just $2.50 each. I want to make a few to give to my sister. Who doesn't love having a gift that is totally original and made by your sister?

New! John Robshaw Pillows

A little midday pillow love...John Robshaw one of my favorite textile brands just added a few new pillows to there fall 2008 collection. Check them out now:

Casey Watson

Now that I am done with my dark green walls idea. (I mean I will try a little area but I do feel over it). I need to pick out some lighter more ethereal art. I love these rock collection pieces by Casey Watson. The colors are totally what I am going for in the room. Check out more of Casey's work on:

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pretty Roman Shade Fabric Ideas

O.k. I can't sleep. I can't stop thinking about how I am totally over that whole dark green wall thing. It just seems too severe. My first inspiration for the house was Harriet's Maxwell house which I spotted in domino. All the room's are super soothing and light. Color is definitely my strong suit when it comes to design but I am still having major doubts and problems. Aaah!

So I turn to these light airy "meadow" prints by Seven Islands. I imagine them as roman blind fabric in a hallway. There are just too many choices! I should go to bed...

Second Thoughts on Green Room

All weekend Greg and I worked really hard stripping the paint off all the woodwork in the den. I feel like it's going to take a year to get it all done. The process is painstaking! I'll share more pictures of what we got done tomorrow morning.

While I was slowly cleaning out the cracks and crevices tonight I was having second thoughts on the green walls. I came across the room above which from a hotel in Savannah. I love the green with the white trim. Is it too green?? My green is darker and not so kelly green. I am realizing there is going to be a lot of woodwork that will be painted white in the room. I think a dark green might just be too much of a contrast with so much white. I think I need something lighter like the image below...

Paint removed from wood

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

We all have Thanksgiving on the mind. Some of us can't wait for a few days off, others lie awake in anticipation of the feast. Then there are those of us who plan the meals, dress the table, and do the dishes after everyone leaves. The few days before the big day we quietly gather our recipes, clean our fridges, and wash the linens as we wait for our guests to arrive.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays to cook for. My recipes are full of seasonal favorites and classic unfussy staples. I can't really say I ever use recipes on Thanksgiving. I just go with what I know. They are recipes that are standbys and past down traditions. I usually incorporate a new recipe into the mix each year. Below are a few recipes I have been eyeing to add to my repertoire. I'm thinking I might try Herbed Potato Gratin with Roasted Garlic and Manchego rather then regular mashed potatoes. I always make a pumpkin pie but it's nice to have another option. How about Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Praline Topping? Ok it's still pumpkin but it sounds so good. Maybe we will cancel the pie and go for the cheesecake!

Goat Cheese–Stuffed Mushrooms with Bread Crumbs

Pumpkin Dip

Dried Cranberry, Apricot, and Fig Stuffing

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Praline Topping

Sherried Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Black Velvet Cocktail: Champagne and Stout

Herbed Potato Gratin with Roasted Garlic and Manchego

Sautéed Carrots with Lemon and Marjoram

Baked Brie with Pecans
Brussels Sprouts with Vinegar-Glazed Red Onions

Butternut Squash-Polenta Gratin

Mini Cranberry Meringue Pie

Pear and Sour Cherry Flat Pie

Friday, November 21, 2008

Cardboard Gingerbread Houses

Cardboard Gingerbread Houses

This is great new way to recycle old boxes and make them into reusable cute gingerbread houses. I found this this fun diy project in the recent issue of Craft: magazine. The mag suggest you use the gingerbread houses as gift boxes. Or you could work on the projects with you little ones. I am sure they will love playing with the homemade houses all winter long.

Cardboard Gingerbread Houses

Bookcase: Gray and Black

I just spotted this bookcase on the aero studios site. If you look in the back left hand corner there is a bookcase that is black on the outside and painted gray on the inside. Maybe I will try this for my bookcase? I kinda like the accent. I was thinking about painting the whole bookcase a black gloss. I think I might like this accent idea better...

p.s. there are shelves that go inside the bookcase but they are just down at the bottom right now and need to be fixed.


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