27 September 2008

DIY: Before-n-After Table Top

Our first before-n-after! Really, just an after, but that's okay! Just close your eyes and imagine what it would have looked like before it's makeover. Thanks to Kelly for bringing this to the blog!

"My mom’s neighbor, Kathy, found this table at a garage sale, added trim around the top (my dad cut the wood for her), painted it white, got some glass and broke it into pieces and laid it in the grout….I thought it turned out pretty cool. The picture is not the best angle to see it..but you get the idea…she had this picture of it…it was pretty cool to see in their house. I thought of your blog and had to share!"

20 September 2008

Funky Felted Friend

Off to Eastown today for the annual Street Fair. Great local music, people watching and a street full of artist tents. Loads of jewelry vendors this year, but then I stumbled upon Mary Jane at Trailer Studio and her funky felted friends called "Sidekicks." Isn't she a sweetheart? She's a one-of-a-kind knitted with 100% wool, felted and bejeweled...and kind of reminds me of a doll I used to have that I don't remember having!

And how about that chair? The Eastown Antique Shop was full of goodies too, and this lovely children's chair called our name. The layers of colorful peeled paint are perfect...look for her in future kid pics.

14 September 2008

Design Sponge

Sharing with you a website I frequent that gets me inspired!

Design Sponge is a great place to peruse when you need creative ideas as it's packed with design trends, makeovers, podcasts and the like.

As I listen to a news report saying it's time to start thinking about Christmas and what you will spend (what the heck!), I'm surfing the "before and after" section and thinking...a garage sale or Goodwill goodie–transformed, would make a fine (and inexpensive) creative gift for yourself or special someone! In fact, if you find yourself doing just that, send me your before and after photos and I'll post them here. Hmmm, I think a trip to Second Time Around is in order. Let's see...night table, stool, chair, or maybe a picture frame?...oh the possibilities!

11 September 2008

Ooh La Salsa!

Yummy, yum yum yum! I made Salsa for the first time and oh, my goodness was it delish! It helps to have "Walsh Street Tomatoes" compliments of my hubby's grandparents who have the tomato garden to end all tomato gardens!

Below is the recipe. I found it online and it had 200-some-odd glowing reviews...and for good reason! It's fool-proof; I eyeballed everything. It makes 2+ quarts and the two of us downed it in two sittings (ohmygosh I just admitted that outloud!).

Avocado, Tomato and Mango Salsa
Serves 6
1 mango - peeled, seeded and diced
1 avocado - peeled, pitted and diced
4 medium tomatoes - diced (I removed the seeds)
1 jalapeno - seeded and minced (no thankyou!)
1/2 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced (just one for me, and none next time)
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 c. red onion, chopped
3 tbsp. olive oil (I used one, who needs the calories)

I added 1 ear of corn, boiled and cut from the cob
You could also add a can of black beans, rinsed

In a medium bowl, combine the mango, avocado, tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro (corn/beans) and garlic. Stir in the salt, lime juice, red onion and oil (I mixed these together in a separate dish and then stirred it in). Refrigerate for 30 minutes to blend flavors. Serve with tortilla chips.

07 September 2008

Lil' K., 12 month Photoshoot

Recently we had the pleasure of photographing this lil' sweetheart in celebration of her 1st birthday!

Her family was delightful, and helpful as you can see (three cheers for Dad and the duck!). She was very good––happy for a full 90 minutes and as a result, there were many fabulous images from the session. Check out a few of our favorites, here at the new and improved Photography section of our website.

01 September 2008

Art Giveaway #3 - Tweet, Tweet!

Meet Rosey!

Made from cotton fabric, cream floss and a variety of beads, her body is 7 inches from nose to tail with a total height of 8 inches (from loop to dangely-dohickey). She's looking forward to adorning your space and reminding you of this wonderful summer.

As per usual, first one to post or email, claims Miss Rosey!