Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Music Video Tuesday

A very personal tune for me, "The Air that I Breathe" is my song choice for when I need to sing loudly while driving in the car and have a cry. 
I don't cry often, but a friend once told me that in order to be emotionally healthy you should pick a day in the month and cry your eyes out. I try and do this, sometimes not intentionally, but almost every time this song starts the tears flowing. 
On a side note, the Hollies lead singers hair make me giggle a bit since my mom had the same hair style at one time!  Sorry Mom:)

Little Buddies

My little Gretta Beans is the love of my life (sorry TJ) and is a very funny girl, but not the friendliest of pooches to other animals. Starting fights for no reason, Gretta has created a lot of scuffles so it was a shock when my moms newest member of the family became Grettas most beloved friend. 

Kitty (yes, that's the cats name) was found in a ditch only a few weeks old. We fed her with a tiny bottle and my mom fell for her fast. The odd thing about Kitty is that she is the meanest of cats. She does what she wants, when she wants and is super temperamental and somehow Gretta found this appealing. Constantly chasing one another or taking a nap together is their routine and I think it is the cutest thing:) 
As a dog mama I am so happy for Gretta that someone actually wants to play with her! It is kinda like she is the kid on the playground that has self esteem issues and bully's everyone until another kid picks on her and they find out that they have more in common then they expected. The next day they are skipping together and happy. Well, that's how I pictured this situation:)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Yay....It's Friday!

I am soooo looking forward to a weekend of rest and reading a new book! Have a Happy Friday:)

Tzatziki Crostini Recipe

Yum Yum Yum! We decided to grill up some beautiful steaks the other day and I couldn't think of a better appetizer then a crostini topped with my favorite ingredients. I made my own batch of roasted red peppers so if you decide to go all out, please allow yourself some extra time (20-30 minutes). 
Below you will find the recipe.
Start by making tzatziki. You will be able to refrigerate the sauce while your peppers are cooking.

Tzatziki Sauce:
-1 (8 ounce) container of plain Greek yogurt
-1/4 of a cucumber- peeled, seeded and diced
-1 tablespoon of olive oil
-1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
-salt and pepper to taste
-1 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
-1 clove of garlic, minced

In a bowl or blender, combine yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, dill and garlic. Mix/blend until well combined. Transfer to dish and refrigerate (at least 1 hour for best taste).

Roasted Red Peppers:
-1 large red pepper, seeds removed
-1 tablespoon of olive oil

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut the pepper into four large sections and place on a sheet pan (skin side up) and place in the oven for 30 minutes, until the skins are completely wrinkled and peppers are charred. Remove from the pan and place peppers in a paper bag. Set aside for 20 minutes, or until the peppers are cool enough to handle.

Remove the peels and place the peppers in a bowl with the oil along with any juices that have collected from the pan.

I spread the tzatziki on the crostini bread, placed thin slices of roasted red peppers, an avocado slice (lightly salted), and garnished the top with some fresh feta cheese. 

Truthfully, it tasted really good. The flavors meshed well together and it only took 20 minutes for the plate to be cleared:)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Weeks Worth of Instagram

Crazy, crazy, crazy! This past week and a half has kicked my butt and I am constantly trying to gain sleep and strength. 
New products have arrived (yay) which means pictures, editing, writing descriptions, and loosing more sleep. I attacked an onion for making me cry, I took mini product buying trips, hoarded fabric for upcoming projects, and of course took some pictures of Gretta (she is too cute). 
What will next week bring me?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Music Video Tuesday

If everyone had to choose a soundtrack for the moods in their daily life, this tune would be my "need to get my ass moving" tune! If I am slumped over and have no energy or if I need to be inspired, Florence + The Machines song "Cosmic Love" pumps me up. 

I have to admit that her videos always leave me wondering if she is really as dramatic or theatrical in her daily life as she is on tape, but there is no arguing that her voice can move the soul. 
Please enjoy, and as always have a healthy and happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 21, 2013

New Items and Beautiful Light

Bird and Bloom Dress, Queen Victorias Secret Ring, Say Ahoy Vintage Cap
Editors Choice Pencil Skirt,  Cropped Lace Blouse in Ivory
Last week boxes of goodies arrived and we have been busy taking pictures, editing, and organizing. 

Always experimenting with photography we decided to do a mini photoshoot just as the sun was setting. I love soft, vintage inspired edited photos and when our clothing pieces arrived, we couldn't think of a better direction to take. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

DIY: Wood Block Pencil Holder

Always looking to be a more structured type of person (especially for my desk space) I am in constant search for ways/ideas on how to accomplish good organization with out being boring. 
 A found log equals new pencil holder. Genius? Well, no, but it is unique and adds a bit of nature to my space, so this gal is happy:) 
You will need these items: 
1. Wood log   2. Hammer   3.Decorative nails. I chose these nail strictly for their color and you can find them in any hardware store.    4. A 3/8" Spade Bit    5. A drill.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Music Video Tuesday.....Kind Of

I LOVE watching award shows! The dresses, the stars, the glamour and the speeches usually are enough to satisfy my sweet tooth but this year a favorite moment was had. Adele's win for Skyfall. 

The song by it's self is beautiful, but her unexpected win and sweet British accent added to her allure. 

This week I decided to join in on the Golden Globe buzz and showcase my favorite moment as well as her song (below). Enjoy!


This month has been filled with shopping for new products and preparing for upcoming events. Only a week left of our 25% off everything Sale! 
(click on pic)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Desk Re-do

Our paint process was simple for this vintage drafters desk but took some patience and muscle.

1.We first took a wire brush to scrape the rusted metal until we felt it was smooth and clean enough to spray. 
2. We covered and taped all areas that we did not want the paint to reach. In this case, only the wood top was covered with plastic as well as the metal knobs. 
3. We generously covered the desk with the spray paint. 
4. After we where positive that the paint is dry, we took sand paper and roughly sanded down areas for a worn effect. Note: It helps to sand a spot and then stand back to assess where the next area might be best. 
5. We wiped on a coat of dark wood stain on all areas that we had painted then would lightly wipe it off. Not all of the stain will be removed. This creates a antiqued look. 
6. The last and final step was to apply a clear tongue oil for the wood top. This will protect the top from further damage and/or discoloration.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

FT: Mixed Metals

A rule I live by is to NEVER try to match your metals. Our reason:
This can look as if the person has a lack of creativity. Matching color to color/ metal to metal lacks dimension and can make a person seem bland.

You can mix metals in a jewelry piece or on a table scape or wherever you choose, but the end result is that this fashion tip will add depth to your overall look.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Music Video Tuesday

I HEART this band! I truly do. 

Week after week I honestly try and find not only a band that I really love but a video I am smitten with. I am finding this to be a difficult task. I sometimes question if Music Video Tuesday should continue but then I think back to the simple days of MTV and how much a visual to a good song seemed so ever important  (think Pop Up Video) and how these days music videos are dying and I feel someone must keep this music/video marriage alive. Can that person be me? 

Aside from my wandering thoughts, i hope you enjoy the soothing sound of Radical Face. Please check out their other tunes for they are awesome!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Ring Box DIY

This DIY was one that I was waiting to do ever since I lit the wick on this candle (see below). The tin was so cute (how could I ever discard such a little beauty) and I was in need of a trinket box next to my bed. You can say that I have been thinking about this project for quite some time. 
Before & After 
Supplies Needed: Glue Gun, Glue Stick, Scissors, Fabric of choice, Trinket Box, and Filling (I used pillow fill from a old pillow)
Ok, so I can only write about a trinket box so long before it seems weird, but this project was near and dear to my heart. When I got engaged, it was a odd feeling to all of the sudden start wearing a ring especially when I am not typically a ring type of gal. I was so worried that I would damage it or loose it. I would be paranoid to take it off at night in case I knock it down and it rolls into a floor vent (did I say I was paranoid) or something. So, this is why I was really excited for my ring box. Safe and tucked in every night:)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Options w/ Baubles

I remember exploring my grandmothers jewelry box and how excited I was when I pulled the next piece out and it was brighter and bigger then the last. This got me thinking.... 
Every gal needs options (good ones atleast) and we are always working toward bringing you many fun, colorful pieces! 

Its Saturday and it's snowing....Have a great rest of your weekend!
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Friday, January 4, 2013

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Salad

serves 4-6
1 medium-sized spaghetti squash
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
1 small red onion, diced
1 banana pepper (or bell pepper), diced
1/2 cup kalamata olives (or black olives), chopped
1/4 cup fresh herbs, roughly chopped – I used a blend of oregano, mint and parsley
4 oz feta cheese (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Cut the squash in half and place face down on a baking sheet (with a lip). Add some water to the baking sheet to help soften the squash at a higher pace.
Bake for 45 min or until the flesh is soft (if you can easily stick a knife through the skin, then it is ready). Allow to cool until you can easily handle it. Remove the seeds and fibrous strings from the center of the cooked spaghetti squash. Using a fork around the edge of the spaghetti squash, gently scrape to shred the pulp into strands. It will happen very easily.  Place the spaghetti squash in a large serving bowl, and place in the fridge to cool.
Meanwhile, whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Once the squash has cooled to about room temperature, add all of the other ingredients to the squash and toss well to combine. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to combine.
Serve topped with additional fresh herbs and some crumbled feta cheese, if you wish!

P.S. this makes a great leftover dish!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Some Words

A little fact about me: I am a huge dreamer. When I was a child my parents where advised that I might have a learning disability and that I would need extra attention or a tutor to help me get through my classes. They claimed that I was not motivated and could not concentrate.  I was not a very active child, I did not play sports or even care to play games with all the other kids in class (I was very shy), but I loved to sit and daydream. I would look out the big windows and dream of how lovely it would be to climb the maple tree where the squirrels chased one another and how sunny the sky was, a perfect day for flying a kite or how much fun it would be to make a fort in the woods with my sister. 

There was nothing wrong with me and yet I was punished for being a dreamer. I am so glad that as an adult I am able to use my dreams as a way to push myself creatively. I think all of my years as being a professional daydreamer made me seem odd to the outside world, but it also formed who I am as a person. 

Below are some of my favorite quotes and saying that helps me to stay positive, and feel good about who I am and where my dreams/thoughts are taking me. I am getting excited for 2013 and to the many thoughts and dreams that will be made! I hope one of these quotes brightens your day!