Friday, August 26, 2011

"best of blogland" fridays!

welcome to another edition of:


adorable dressed up buckets!  my life and kids

awesome banquette and basement makeover!  dixie delights


stunning chair redo!  two thirty-five designs


stenciled magnet board - LOVE!  craftionary

those were a few highlights!


and, on a personal note, my husband, youngest babe, and i are off to new york on monday for a mini holiday!  i've never been, so i'm super excited and will come back and show you lots of pics! :)






Wednesday, August 24, 2011

sangria....yes please!

wine + fruits + summer =  sangria!



recipe:

1 bottle of red wine (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, rioja, zinfandel, shiraz)
1 lemon cut into wedges
1 orange cut into wedges
1 lime cut into wedges
2 tbsp sugar
splash of orange juice or lemonade
2 shots of gin or triple sec (optional)
1 cup of raspberries or strawberries (may use thawed or frozen)
1 small can of diced pineapples (with juice)
4 cups gingerale

pour wine into large pitcher and squeeze the juices from the wedges and toss them into the wine.  add pineapple, sugar, oj, and gin.  chill overnight.  add gingerale, berries and ice just before serving.  
 you could skip the gingerale, if you wanted it to be richer and less fizzy.

enjoy!




Tuesday, August 23, 2011

our new pet coco!

i'm truly allergic to almost every animal :(
unfortunately for my kids - that has meant, no dogs....
however we recently got a hedgehog, b/c there's little to no dander/fur.
when she was home for only 6 days, i peeked into her cage and saw she had a little baby?!!!  what the heck??!!
she labored, and eventually had 4 in total.
1 little one didn't make it past the 4th day and the others are now doing really well at a whopping 1 week.
here's a little sneak peek at how teeny tiny these little creatures are!
enjoy!


i know the quality is kinda horrible, but you get the idea!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

pretty flowers

i have completely neglected my lil blog for the past week and was only hit and miss for the week prior to that!  yikes!  so sorry!  
i really love blogging.....i just am so busy this summer with work and kids and a million other little things!  aaaahhhh!  so bare with me!  september will be better, i promise!

anyways, thought i'd share the easiest, foul proof flower in my backyard....good ol' petunias!
i pick one color, in different shades and put each single color in a pot.  really simple.  but when it's all full and lush, it's quite pretty!





and my favorite perennial, hands down:  delphiniums!  pretty shades of blue....lovely!


and they make gorgeous cut flowers for indoors!



hope you're all enjoying your backyards/balconies/pots... this summer!



Tuesday, August 02, 2011

ashley + jp

we all know i'm a fan of the show.....and i was routing for jp from the beginning!
so woo hoo!  she picked him!
yay....love it!








Monday, August 01, 2011

sun-print pillows diy

how gorgeous are these!?


i LOVE em!

Tools and materials
  • Light-sensitive fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Foam board
  • Botanical cuttings
  • Plexiglas (optional)
How-to
1. Working indoors, out of direct light, cut fabric to desired size. Return unused fabric to package. Pin fabric, slightly taut, to a piece of foam board.
2. Make sure all botanical cuttings are dry (check ends of stems), and avoid touching fabric with wet hands since water and sap spot the fabric. Arrange cuttings on fabric, pinning each (if cuttings are somewhat flat, such as ferns, you could lay Plexiglas on top instead of pinning). Use short pins without large heads, and arrange pins along cuttings to prevent casting a shadow on fabric.
3. Take prepared fabric outside, and lay flat in bright, direct light. Let fabric sit for the amount of time specified by fabric's directions. Timing can vary based on the strength of the sun and the season; you may wish to try a test strip first to test exposure time.
4. Take fabric indoors, and remove cuttings; there will be only a faint image at this point.
5. Rinse fabric under running water, agitating gently, until water runs clear.
6. Lay fabric flat, out of direct light, to dry. If using velvet, run your hand over the fabric to separate the fibers and restore the nap. Once dry, the color and contrast of the print will deepen. If you wish to iron the fabric, use a velvet ironing mat and a cool setting on the iron.

i will definately be trying this little diy out this summer!

instructions and photos courtesy of martha stewart