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...


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.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

Adjustable Wrapping Pink Rose Gold Fox Ring* These leopard wedges complete me.

* Mirrored furniture may be on the outs, but I still love it.

* Been looking for a little fox ring in rose gold? Found.

* I'm crazy for the pom-pom trim on these stockings!

* Please write a letter or two to The Big Thank-You! Give some love to our brave troops!

What's your wish?

Monday, October 14, 2013

delicious dish

Happy Monday, Darlings!

It's been quite a while since I posted a Delicious Dish recipe. Too long, I think!

I made these lovelies for a football game this weekend. Fortunately, they were more enjoyable than the game itself.

baked black bean salsa rolls
image and recipe from Annie's Eats
Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls
Yield: about 2 dozen egg rolls

2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chiles, drained
4 green onions, chopped
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 package egg roll wrappers (about 24 total)

In a large bowl, combine everything but the egg roll wrappers. Mix well to blend. Lay an egg roll wrapper out on a work surface so that one of the corners is pointing toward you and place ¼ cup of the filling in the center. Fold the tip closest to you up over the filling, roll a bit, then take the points pointing outward and fold them in toward the center. Continue rolling into an egg roll shape until a small part of the remaining point is still free. Dip a finger in water or beaten egg and lightly brush on the edges of the free corner. Finish rolling and press to seal closed. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.
Preheat the oven to 425˚ F. Lightly oil a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the sealed egg rolls on the baking sheet seam side down and spray the tops of the egg rolls with cooking spray. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until lightly brown, turning halfway through baking. Serve warm with salsa.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

my favorite room on The Lovely Bee

Please visit The Hive today to see my post about Eleanor's nursery!

If you still want to know more, you can look back to this original post before the little nugget's arrival.

Happy Thursday, darlings.