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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mad Men Meets The Army Lounge


I just really quickly (like 40 minutes fast) made this idea board for a comfy mad men meets the army lounge.  The shiny accent table is a nod toward ammunition.   The mint table bottom and blockprint fabric lighten things up a bit.  It's really about the leather, the navy blue, and the military touches.


Thanks for reading and Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Comfy Clothes I've Been Wearing


I've mentioned before that I really like to be comfortable.

If my clothes aren't comfortable or if they don't feel like me then I feel edgy.  I've learned over the years it's better to dress the way you want to feel -  for my introverted self dressing to feel relaxed really helps.

Here are some of my favorite combinations I've been enjoying lately.


I pretty much wear jeans every day.  If not jeans then a dress quite possibly layered over jeans.  It's cold here in Michigan.  I did actually wear a dress with thick tights this week :)

The other item that I pretty much wear every single day of my life is this Old Navy tank.   Mini Mint and Peach Carnation are two of my favorite color's.   They are both very faint.  I have a neon pink from last summer that I love as well.  Other than that I wear the white, oatmeal, navy, charcoal, and black most often.  

The long sleeve T above is made by TNA.  I discovered it at a store called Aritzia.  First time shopping there this year - lots of choices.  I liked so much!  This is the softest T - looser fit - band at bottom, but it's a really relaxed band.  It doesn't make the shirt puff up at all.  There are lots of colors here.  I bought Heather White.  $35.00 each. 


Since this outfit is super simple I added pops of color with my Nixon watch (bought on Ebay) and locket from my Mom.  She was thinking I wouldn't like it.  I so like it!  The other side is silver and has my initial engraved into it.  I mostly wear it with the colorful side showing.  The locket is from Mark and Graham and they have lots of different colors here.  Mine is the Orange.


Can you see how comfy this fabric is?


Outfit #2 - Flannel shirt from Aritzia.  Anthropologie tank from 2 Summers ago.  Staple jewelry.  I would rather have a couple simple pieces of jewelry that I really like than a whole bunch of jewelry.  This necklace and rings pretty much go with everything.


This is my favorite tank ever.  So much detail.  I thought mixing it with flannel would be fun.  Pretty with the rough.


Detroit - Shinola - love how they are helping to make The Motor City shine.  Their shop is beautiful! 
You can find this watch here.


This is my most lived in top this Winter.  It is made of the most comfortable fabric on the planet.  The fit it loose.  It's great with skinny jeans.  LOVE-LOVE-LOVE!  I think it is sold out now.


Red crystal ring - have had for about 20 years.  It is from Baccaret.  Looking up their rings it doesn't look like they make them in full crystal anymore, but this ring is similar to mine.


So, Im no fashionista.  I think simple is better.  I don't think that things have to cost a lot to be good or look nice.  I have a J. Crew outlet necklace that I paid $9 for that is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry I have, and it gets compliments every time I wear it.

Hope you enjoyed seeing into a bit of my closet, and maybe you found a little inspiration here today.

Thank you for reading!

Monday, February 9, 2015

A House I Can Imagine Myself Living In


If I were moving - this is the style I would LOVE my house to have.   I'm quite smitten. The interior, and all the nature that is here as well.  The design choices made are all so ideal to me.  I grew up in the country on my horseshoe shaped lake, and I really miss the water, and all the peacefulness.


My eye loves all of the finishes this mudroom has.  The ceiling, wood walls, fancy chandelier, and that pretty green.  The animal head mount and photo's add even more character!   
  



The kitchen finishes - concrete counters, shaker cabinets, subway tile, faucet, and open shelving.  


In this house the kids have bunk rooms.  Drapes close on their beds, and they have a shared common space.  Kinda a neat idea.
  

My Noah would love this!  We have 8 foot high sofas, and he has a net on the back of our master bedroom door.  He goofs around with this like every day.  


This is a screened in porch on the upper level of their home.  Looks so fun - could sleep outdoors without the tent setup and the bugs!



Cheerful!


Wood walls - built in's.



Pretty outdoor dining space.



Farm animals - if I could have farm animals it would be chickens and goats.



I think the boat houses are adorable.  


Serenity!

Looks like my dream home life.  I found this on Style Me Pretty - all photo's are from Style Me Pretty - click here for more photo's, and while you are there check out their blog full of pretty.  So many good stories!


Friday, February 6, 2015

How I Keep My Duvet Comforters In Place


Duvet comforters.

I love them and I dislike them at the same time.  The one I have is a super comfy ball of fluff - I love that!  They can just be a bit much to handle.  This is what I do to make my duvet's a little easier to work with.


I sew ribbon into each corner of the duvet so that I can tie my down comforter onto the cover.  To do this choose a ribbon that there is no chance you will see through your duvet.    Also, pick a grosgrain. This ribbon holds up well in the wash, and also has good grip.  It won't easily come untied.  I have been doing this for years, and haven't had any problems.


Fold your ribbon in half, and then just hand sew.  It doesn't have to look pretty or be perfect.   Sew it up any way you like.  Just make sure it is secure, and you are good.


All that is left to do is tie your duvet to your comforter.  I usually just make one knot, and it stays, but you can always make a double knot to be sure.

Hope this little tip is helpful.  Anyone have any other tricks to making your duvet comforters easier to handle?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Bacon And Avocado Sandwich On Ezekiel Bread


All I can say is yum!


I seem to not be able to make this sandwich enough.  It was one of those creations that came about while rummaging through the fridge to try to find something to eat.  Sure, it is a simple idea - nothing revolutionary - but it is so-ooo good!  This is my fourth one in a week and a half's time.  Here is how I make it...

I start by frying up 4 pieces of bacon.  Has anyone else bought bacon in the last few months that just doesn't seem right?  A weird smell and cooks up horribly?  Sorry to my local specialty store bacon, sorry Trader Joe's too - I'm back to using good old Oscar Meyer hardwood smoked and/or center cut.  I haven't had any issues with this bacon.

Slice up 1/3 of a jumbo avocado.

When the bacon is getting close to being finished toast up 2 pieces of Ezekiel Sesame bread.  When it pops I let it sit in the toaster for a few minutes so it can cool a bit, and won't become soggy on my plate.  


When your toast is toasted and has sat to cool off you are ready to spread mayo on one side, and a grainy mustard on the other.  I picked this mustard up at Trader Joe's.  It is very tasty.


Next up - place your salad greens on one side of the bread, and your avocado slices on the other.


Finally, add the bacon!  Sandwich everything together and then hopefully you will enjoy this savory mix of flavors!



Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello February




Hello again.

Where to start?  

January became somewhat of a time for me to be silent.  Not that I wasn't active and participating in my life - just that I needed a break from blogging.  I needed time to reflect on where life might be taking me.  What do I really want to be doing?  What do I really enjoy?   What do I have to say? How can I use my gifts to help others?  I'm happy to say I'm somewhat closer to figuring that out.

January was filled with community service hours for school for my boys.  We were introduced to some new charities that we really like.  One's that we will go to and help even when we aren't counting it for hours.  We met a lot of really nice people.  We also have had lots of basketball games at school, and just the normal day's to do's.  We have also experienced great loss.

The day my boys went back to school after Christmas break we received a call that one of our longtime family friends 16 year old son had died.  That's a call you really don't think you are understanding right.  You just say NO - you want to fix it, and you can't.  Your mind just can't wrap around the idea of it.  I will say even now it doesn't seem real.  My boys lost Joey - one of their lifelong friends.  And the loss to Joeys parents, siblings, family - just so unfair.  In his Dad's words "this is just not right!"   Joey was a young man who worked so hard for all that he accomplished.  Things weren't just handed to him.  He was slated to be valedictorian of his class this year, he had recently completed a marathon under the time limit he had been working towards, and even when he didn't have much money he was a 16 year old thinking of others.  He performed random acts of kindness to those around him.  There is so much more, but you get the idea.  Sadly he had been to the hospital with massive back pain - he was misdiagnosed and sent home with pain killers.  He died of a heart aneurysm.  If it had been caught there would have at least been a chance at saving him.  So heartbreaking and hard to understand.  Josh wanted to know why someone so good as Joey isn't here anymore when there are so many crappy people.  We all need to emulate Joey's spirit and enthusiasm for life, and to be the good in this world.

So, that is what has been going on here.  I'm going to start posting again.  Hopefully at least a couple times a week.  I do enjoy this blog - I just sometimes don't really know where I am going with it or the whole why of it.   Thank you for reading along!




   

Thursday, December 18, 2014

How To Make Vintage Ornament "Sprigs"


Hello!


Today I am going to show you how I made the ornament "springs" that I added to this basket of branches.   I love when something comes about totally without a plan, and this is what happened here.  I ordered the large branch sampler from Balsam Hill.   The branches were spread out on the floor in our front room.  It was Thanksgiving morning, and I needed to find somewhere to put them.  Knowing that the branches wouldn't easily fit back in the box I searched my brain for something I had around the house that they could be put in.   This vintage basket seemed like a great choice.  After lining the inside of the basket with Target dollar polka dot kraft wrap things were looking much tidier, and I had the start of something special.  Of course, you could also use fresh greens of your choice for this project too!


Here we are in the beginning.  Basket ready.  Looks great, but soon after I felt like it needed a little something.  That is when I remembered  a project where something not working turned into something I thought was really neat.  My sprigs were really a paper tree fail.  I think I had tried to assemble one starting at the top to see how that would go.  It didn't go well.  I took apart what I had started, but the glue from attaching the ornament stuck to the first square of paper.  Hmmm...  I liked it!


I decided to make a bunch of sprigs to add to my branches.  This is what you will need.
Very small vintage ornaments
old dictionary pages cut into squares
(1 had 2 sizes of ornaments so I cut the papers in 1" squares and 1 1/2" squares)
12" bamboo skewers (mine are by everyday living 100ct. - don't use the super skinny skewers - too frail - I think World market has the heftier ones - and maybe a cooking store)
Elmer's school glue



Remove the hangers from the ornaments.


Holding a skewer in your hand poke the pointed end through the middle of a paper square.


After the skewer is through the paper you can either take the paper off the skewer and flip it over so that the ragged side of the paper isn't facing up or you can just leave it.  It is not something you will ever see anyway.


Dab a bit of glue on the end of your skewer.  You can also dab it in the end of the ornament.  It is also good to actually take the glue on the skewer, and push it down a little more with the end of your glue cap just so more of the skewer is covered.  That way the ornament will stick better.


Pop the ornament on top.  Wipe off excess glue with your finger, or also if it's just a little you can leave it.  The paper needs to stick to it, and it dries clear.


In no time you will have made a whole bunch of adorable sprigs to use as you please.  They even look cute in a vase all by themselves.  I have also tucked them into my pinwheel bouquets.






Just a few more photo's to leave you with.  

Basket - vintage vegetable
  Silver Orb - Home Goods
  White sweater vase - Jo-Ann Fabrics
  Branches - Balsam Hill.