How fun is this heart shaped wire art piece? My sister sent it to my daughter a few years ago. I remembered it as Valentine's Day approached - and thought it would be a fun whimsical piece to add to the wall. It can stay for awhile or just be temporary. I haven't decided yet - but I thought it was cute.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I'm having my guacamole with carrots this afternoon to lighten up the snack - rather than the usual tortilla chips. Tastes just as good - and gets you two veggies for the price of one!! Did you know that the avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable - it is a berry. Has more protein than any other berries also - 4 grams! Why do I know this? My kids love avocados and will eat them above other foods so I wanted to know how much if any protein might lurk inside. Was I delighted and surprised when I found out!
Monday, March 3, 2014
I have a beautiful round copper table in a small-ish space. I decided to look for a bench that I could place along the wall for a couple of kids to sit on. It would ultimately allow me to move the table closer to the wall, and give me a bit more space in the room. I've had a hard time finding just the right thing.
And then, this: purchased for $40! Found on Craig's List, while doing a simple search for "wood bench". Turns out, it is a nesting bench. The two little tables fit snugly underneath the bench, by sliding into these special notched out areas. It is the coolest design, and my perfect dining bench!
The only hitch? I didn't like the wood finish, so I sprayed it with flat black paint. Didn't prep it at all. No sanding! Went on great and dried really quickly.
I ultimately did one more finish with a glossy black, and may sand a bit off along the edges to make it look more aged.
But for now, I'm thrilled with the result!
The table before:
It's much less clutter, visually -- with the added bonus of more space in the room. Win-win!
Friday, February 28, 2014
We had an old frame that made the beautiful image inside seem washed out. We decided to give it a shot of color with an aged look. It was remarkably easy with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, in Aubusson Blue.
I used a pretty dry brush and dabbed it on at first, then I started to brush on, and almost immediately wipe it down with a dry paper towel. The intent was not to have full coverage, but to give it an aged look with the color. We worked first on the four sides on the interior of the frame, and it dried very quickly. Then we worked on the outside edges.
We then lightly sanded along the corners and the edges, just to take a bit of paint off the wood. And here's the result:
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
We have discovered another great consignment shop right in the heart of McLean at 1355 Chain Bridge Road. It's called Betsy and Cornelia's Consignments. Owned by Betsy Flanagan, it has clothes, shoes, jewelry, bags and purses and even art! To consign clothes - or bags, jewelry and art - call and make an appointment :: 703-448-0881. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They set up an account for you, and help you price the items. Then after a month you come in and pick up your items that have not sold - or you let the staff sell them for whatever mark down they choose. A check will be sent to you after the 15th of the month if any of your things have sold. It's also a great place to shop - see for yourself!
Monday, February 24, 2014
I still find it amazing that I can find anything I want on the Internet - and this is as true of cooking recipes as anything else. I wanted a healthy morning muffin and found just that. I used a Martha Stewart recipe and found it easy and tasty! It has carrots, oats, raisins and olive oil. Here are all the steps :
Friday, February 21, 2014
My kids love squishing their hands into homemade playdough and I love the time they spend whipping up their creations! The easiest recipe I've found is below. I attempted to make green and purple batches ... the purple turned into a lovely shade of wet cement ... oh well. They still loved it!
Oh, and the fun mat beneath the playdough? I scored that at Ikea! It's non-stick and cleans up beautifully. One side has fun illustrations for the kids, and the other has metric conversions for the grownups:)
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 TBsp cream of tartar
1 cup flour
1 TBsp vegetable oil
Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and the oil into a saucepan. Add the water. Cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring well. The mixture will start to get dough-y, and will naturally form into a ball in the center of the pan. At that point, remove from heat and dump onto your countertop. I wait a few minutes until it's cool enough to handle, then separate into batches and dye with the food coloring. You will knead the color into the warm dough.
Store in an airtight container or a plastic Ziploc bag.