Wednesday, April 23, 2014

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?
Pink Abstract Pillow-Celestial Pink Decorative Pillow, Cushion, Throw Pillow
* That I'd picked up that vintage tufted couch I saw yesterday on the side of the road.

* This petite crossbody is a perfect springy eye-catcher.

* Eleanor would love this pillow in her room!

* Who wants to paint my bedroom? I'll make you a tasty detox dinner!

* I haven't had a pedicure since before my wedding in 2006. Who thinks it's time for an encore?

What's your wish?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

in the bag

Do please check out my post on The Lovely Bee this morning! This image makes an appearance:


Enjoy your Tuesday! And come back on Friday to see what's in the Lovely Laurel's bag, too!

Monday, April 21, 2014

detox - day one

Happy Monday! Christos Anesti!

How was your Easter? Our little family hosted some friends for lunch, and we all celebrated Resurrection Day by eating (too much) together and after that, taking naps in a clean, quiet house.

{image from here}
Down to business now. I've started the Arbonne 30-day detox program, and I'm really excited to clean my body of all the yuck building up since Eleanor was born. I never really committed to getting back into a healthy eating pattern, and the time has finally come. Yay!

The program lines out a lot of "avoid" foods, and that of course means you have to tweak a lot of recipes you currently use and look for new ones. So naturally, I started a Pinterest board of detox recipes. What else does a girl do in 2014?

I made this Quinoa Avocado Spinach Salad this weekend, and it's a keeper! Follow the recipe as-is, or sub lemon juice for the vinegar like I did.

Feel free to send strong, healthy vibes my way. I'll keep you updated on my progress and share recipes as I audition them.

Bon appetit, darlings!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* That I painted more. I need to make time to try some pieces from my Pinterest art board!

* These shoes make me wonder if I could pull off an ankle strap.

* I'm loving kelly green bottoms these days, especially this skirt!

* Ice cream. Right now. At my desk.

* The happiest of Easters to you all! Over two thousand years ago this Sunday, Everything Changed.

What's your wish?

Monday, April 14, 2014

thrift store terrariums

I love succulents.

LOVE them. Maybe it's because they're petite, maybe it's because of their fat little leaves... Who am I kidding? It's because they're basically fool-proof.

You may recall my post on Friday about my trip to Goodwill, but my real reason for going was to find some objects that could be upcycled as teeny terrariums for those precious, teeny succulents. I think I succeeded!
I snatched up a cocktail glass, a round vase and a little white cup or something. Still not sure what that one is, but I think it might be my favorite!

Making these your own is simple: stuff the plants into their new homes, add a little potting soil, and you're done! I like them grouped together, but they are pretty on their own on a desk or end table as well. In fact, the hardest part was keeping these chubby little "helping" hands from yanking the leaves off...
Do you love succulents? How do you display yours?

Friday, April 11, 2014

long time, no post...

So...

You've probably been wondering where I've been these past four months or so. Really? You have? Aww, you're just saying that...

Anyway, I'm back! I've got a new job now, and a refreshed sense of creativity and drive. Don't you love it when that happens? I don't really know what's sparked it, but I'm just really excited to be back on the ole blog again. Sometimes, certain things just disappear off your plate, making room for the treats you really loved to begin with.

My new office is near Goodwill, and I decided to take a swing by there today in hopes to find a few items for a weekend project. And I scored!


It may look like junk now, but I have big plans for the $6.96 I spent today. I can't wait to share the completed versions next week!

Have a crafty weekend, darlings. See you soon (I promise!).

Monday, December 16, 2013

Eleanor is one!

Holy shnikeys! I just noticed it's been TWO MONTHS since I last blogged! What up with that?

Well, I can't think of a better update than to tell you that our little cupcake is one year old today!


A friend of mine once told me that the days are long, but the years are short. I can vouch for that. Still wouldn't change a thing.


And what's a birthday without a party? I'd love to share with you some details of the big day!


I decided months ago on a balloon theme. Not sure why, but it entered my mind, and I ran (or blew) with it. Here's the invitation:

 
Very simple to make. Just blow up a balloon, write your message (carefully - I popped several) on it in Sharpie, and deflate. Tie it to the invitation of your choice, or just make one using some scrapbook paper and sparkly washi tape like I did. That's eat! Easy and inexpensive and really makes an impact.

And obviously there was food involved...


Pop Chips
Iced sugar cookies (just plain cookies and this recipe and tutorial for icing)
 
Can't forget the cake! I made it myself from a box mix (still just as good as scratch to me), some homemade frosting (kicks canned frosting booty), and a little fondant heffalump holding a paper balloon. Here's a tip for smoothing out the frosting: wet your offset spatula or bench scraper and smooth away all the parts you don't like. It works!
 


The decorations matched her room; pink and blue have kind of been the theme for her first year of life, you could say. This tassel garland was also really inexpensive, but it takes a little time. Still, you can make it to match your scheme perfectly.


But I think my favorite decoration was the party-hat-picture tree I made.


Print out some of your favorite pictures of your guest of honor, cut them out and give them little party hats with more scrapbook paper. Hot glue ornament hooks, and decorate a "tree" of spray-painted branches from your back yard. Ta-da!

Here's hoping all the pictures and DIY and recipe links will go a long way in you forgiving my absence. Is it working?

Have a great week, darlings.