30.3.08

I want this!!




These wonderful wall panels are from B+N. I saw these a while ago...don't ask me where, a magazine, a photo...and I thought "I want those!" When my husband & I build our dream home {it will be soon} I want to incorporate many different textures, mostly because I'm slightly A.D.D. but also because different elements be it a stone, a cork, a wallpapered wall or finished wood that extends up a wall and onto the ceiling is way more interesting than just plain old painted walls!

B+N is a great designer & manufacturer who provides products for residential, retail & commercial projects. These panels come in a variety of designs & colors. I would definitely recommend that you check out their site!

28.3.08

Low-carb recipe! {lettuce wraps}




This recipe is a result of my husband's no-carb diet...& we basically just pulled out everything from the fridge that he can eat and made lettuce wraps from it. I thought they turned out surprisingly well so I wanted to share!

Ingredients:
1/2 lb. lean ground turkey
1 zucchini
1 can sliced water chestnuts
1/4 cp. soy sauce
2 tlb. parmesan cheese
1 head butter lettuce
1/4 cp. salsa
olive oil or grapeseed oil

1} finely chop your zucchini and water chestnuts & set aside
2} wash butter lettuce
3} combine turkey, parmesan cheese, & salsa in a bowl
4} once combined, brown turkey slightly
5} add zucchini and chestnuts, also soy sauce
{it's important to have the salsa and soy sauce in the turkey, not just for flavor but because lean turkey tends to get really dry when cooked}
6} once meat is cooked thoroughly and veggies are tender remove from heat and let cool just for a few minutes {the hot meat tends to really wilt the lettuce}

And...that's it! Easy, quick, healthy & yummy! I top mine off with a little more salsa {Los Pastores is my favorite!}

What I've been up to...



For those of you who have noticed, I haven't added anything to my etsy store for quite some time...it's not because I haven't been working on anything, though. Basically I just need to take the time to upload some things, but here's what I've been doing as of late.
These are photos of some child's dresses I'm making. Each are in a different stage of being finished but I hope to have them finished this weekend and up in my shoppe! I'll keep you updated!

25.3.08

DIY::How to make a Roman shade...my way!

So here is the short cut to making your own Roman shades...
Tools::
pre-made Roman shades
glue gun & glue sticks
fabric
scissors
iron
hardware to hang your shades{should already come with the pre-made shades}

1} start with an existing roman blind...I just bought a neutral, inexpensive version from Target...and make sure you have enough fabric to cover the entire shade {leaving an inch allowance around the entire piece} as well as for the velcro piece that goes across the top..
2} use clean, pressed fabric...mine was a cotton blend...and lay your opened blinds on top {remove the decorative strip, you'll cover that later}
3} making sure your fabric is wrinkle free under your shade, wrap the edges of the fabric over the back of the shade...almost like your wrapping a gift. Hot glue the fabric all the way around the edge.
4} do the same for your smaller decorative piece that velcros to the top, making sure to press the edges for a clean line
5} once you finish gluing around all the edges of the shades, fold them like they would be drawn all the way up, and press the edges


In case that seemed overwhelming...
{you're basically wrapping your shades like a gift and hot-gluing the edges}

and...Voila! Your very own custom Roman shades!

21.3.08

Powdered sugar & cinnamon french toast...

Yummy!





I wanted to post this {childhood favorite} recipe. First let me say it is in no way nutritious...just to be forewarned!

Ingredients...
powdered sugar
cinnamon
butter
sliced bread


First you take a few slices of bread and fry them on low in butter, making sure to coat all sides so they're shiny and moist.

Then you'll take a plastic storage bag filled with 1 cp. powdred sugar and about 1 tlb. cinnamon {you can add more if you want} Toss your fried slices, one at a time, until both sides are covered in mixture.

That's it! It's like a dessert breakfast so I usually only have one piece and with a cup of milk!
Enjoy!

19.3.08

Yum!

Paulette sells these gorgeous French macaroons...they're so pretty I don't think I could actually eat them!

18.3.08

Renting really sucks!

Today, I found this wonderful wall lamp, which only serves as a reminder that I can't have it! Oh well, I can still look!!

13.3.08

Ikea Friday...Yeah!

More fabric, I might make roman shades for the office out of the black & white fabric
Some fabric and trellis for the yard
The chair on the left is for our office and the Poang chair to the right comes in several different wood-stain and fabric combos
I love buying storage boxes...and the vases are only $1 each!

My husband & I are leaving tomorrow for a trip to Ikea. The nearest one is about five hours away so this will be an all day outing. I've mapped out what I intend to buy {you definitely have to map out these things!} and here they are...