Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Always One to Accessorize

Always One to Accessorize

Today's post is about a delicate issue...

My partner and I designed a small bathroom in our foyer coat closet...that was the easy part.

The hard part was trying to figure out what to do with the toilet paper supply for our quests. I disliked having a roll just sitting on the floor for emergencies, but I didn't want to use one of those ugly toilet roll covers. You know the one that is supposed to look like a Barbie doll dress or even the one covered in plastic flowers and fabric.

But what to do....

The solution came as I was "resting" in the bathroom of the Mitchell-Gold store on 14 street. They had the perfect simple solution.

To hold those emergency rolls, simply place them in a clear glass vase.

The vase is simple enough that it doesn't call attention, and yet keeps things nice and tidy at the same time.

Love it!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Always One to Accessorize

Always One to Accessorize

Now that the weather is getting warmer, I'm really starting to get spring fever. What better way to welcome spring than with flowers!

We had a set of old metal candlesticks that had cool shapes, but were a bit blah.

After looking around our stash to see what I could do, I came upon these metal flowers that we purchased at a cute boutique in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

I wrapped the metal "stems" around each of the candlesticks and whallah... a spring bouquet!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

There's a Bag for That!

There's a Bag for That!

Well, this entry is not about a bag per se...but it is about an organizational container!

My car came equipped with a large center console that can fit a laptop computer. It's great that there is so much room!

However, I was having a hard time using it because everything would pile up on the bottom and I could never find the right pair of sunglasses I was looking for (you know...a brown pair for when you're sporting earthtones...a black pair for when you're wearing darker colors....and then there is the funky white pair for those other times...) So, off I went to the Container Store to find something to use.

I didn't like the general car organizers they had, so I continued to look around in the different departments until I came upon this soft foam drawer organizer. They work perfectly for my space because they stack one on top of the other.

Results...a perfectly organized center console where everything I need is right there!!

Ps. Another great find while I was there were these little turtle cable holders. They are perfect for my ipod headphones (orange turtle in picture above) and the power cord to my GPS.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Always One to Accessorize!

Always One to Accessorize!

Today's post is about accessorizing with flowers. I learned this trick from a friend at work.

When putting flowers in a vase,
they tend to fall all over the place
if the lip is too wide.

Solution? Instead of purchasing a flower turtle, you can merely use some scotch tape. Place your scotch tape in a grid pattern across the top of the vase. When finished wrap another piece of tape around the rim to hold down the other pieces.

Perfectly placed flowers!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Knit Happens!

Knit Happens...My Latest Project

I finally decided to tackle a really big job and knit an afghan! I've been working on it for the past month or so, and it's really starting to come together. You can tell my pussy can't wait to cover up with it!

I love the basket weave pattern, and am surprised at how easy it is to do. 

E-mail me for the pattern if you are interested! Just make sure you buy a row counter before you begin. It's crucial!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wardrobe Malfunction

Here's a style tip for those wardrobe malfunctions that drive me insane. 

I bought this beautiful quilted coat with corduroy trim and love it, except that the collar would always dig into my neck...hey, even Ralph Lauren can't control everything.

My solution? I grabbed a piece of floral wire and strung it through the corduroy trim around the collar.

Once the wire was in, I sewed a little stitch at the ends to close it up. Now, I can mold the collar into any shape I want.

Problem solved!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Always One to Accessorize

Accessories can be added to any bland surface to spice things up!

When we first moved into our house, our fireplace mantel was a little blah. It had an empty section that was crying out for some embellishment. I didn't have an answer, until I was shopping in a local craft store and came upon this really cool decorative wood accent made out of balsa wood. They are meant to be used on picture frames, etc. However, it was the perfect size for our mantelpiece. 

With some installation help from my partner (he wielded the glue gun, I painted), it was a beautiful change for only $6!! Hint: Because of the small delicate design, I used an artist brush to enable me to get into the little nooks and cranies.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Knit Happens!

Knit Happens!

I learned to knit about 2 years ago and have enjoyed knitting new projects ever since. In fact, I've created a knitting club with the gaybors, where we knit, catch up with each other, and drink wine or martini's. It's a very relaxing way to begin the week!

One of my projects, I am almost finished with is this dog sweater I knitted for my dog Maggie. I've knitted the sweater, and now only need to add some pink fun fur to the collar. The pattern is called a "Hounds Tooth" (get it...lol....so sorry) and is simple and fun to do using two complementary colored yarns! In Maggie's sweater I used a light pink and a dark brown.

I created a similar sweater for our friends dog and Maggie's boyfriend, Oscar, in more masculine brown tones with brown fun fur around the collar.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

There's a Bag for That!

Introducing a new section I'd like to call "There's a Bag for That!"

I love finding bags or products that help protect and transport my things in style.

My first fun find is my yoga mat bag.

I love walking to my yoga class at Tranquil Space Yoga in Dupont Circle with this fun little bag on my back.

I love the texture of it and it makes the journey to class that much more enjoyable.

I actually found this bag at Tranquil Space and kept an eye on it until it was on sale.

My yoga mat!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cakes I Make

In my spare time I enjoy baking and decorating interesting cakes for different events. Below are some cakes I've created.

I created this cute little cake for a friend's marathon. I used teddy grahams for the runners and their groupies and pretzel sticks and a fruit roll up for the finish line. The lead bear is him winning the race. I iced a pair of eyeglasses on the bears face....just like he wears!

Here's a birthday cake I made for another friend. I created the chocolate monogram by choosing a font I liked and printing it out on a sheet of paper. I then taped wax paper over his initial and drizzled melted chocolate using the initial as a template to create the monogram.

This is a cake I created for our annual Christmas Dessert Party. I used fruit roll ups for the bows and fondant for the icing. You can also use fondant for the bows as I did for another cake. Make sure when you are making the bows out of fondant that you lay them on their side so that they keep their shape while drying.

This is my favorite cake! I collected maple leaves in the fall, washed them off and then painted melted chocolate across the leaves. When cooled, peal the leaves off and you now have chocolate leaves to add to your cake. I bought the marzipan acorns at Balducci's.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Valentine's Day Place Cards

We held a dinner party close to Valentine's Day, and I was trying to come up with a way to celebrate it in an entertaining style. What I came up with were place cards made with those fun wax red lips we played with as kids. Here's how I did it.

What you'll need:
-Red wax lips (enough for everyone at your dinner party). I found mine at http://www.orientaltrading.com/
-Paper Clips
-Color Printer

First, create your place card. (I used printmaker plus to create my place cards.) After printing them out, cut them up and set them aside.

Next, take your paper clips and bend them so that they have a straight edge and a looped edge. After bending, take the straight edge of the paper clip and insert it into the wax lips near the back, being careful not to damage the lips. Take your place card and place it into the looped edge of the paper clip.

I used white dinnerware to really show off the red lips.

They were a big hit and provided hours of fun!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Always One to Accessorize

My partner gave me a kindle for Christmas and I found the perfect accessory for it. Decalgirl.com has decals for all your electronics. I found this dark burlwood for my kindle and while I was there found a fun decal for my phone as well. The cell phone decal also came with a matching downloadable pic to display as your wallpaper. Love it!

Repurposing an old but beautiful sweater

My partner, Brian, has two beautiful sweaters he bought in Ireland a long time ago. He hasn't worn them in awhile, so I had the idea of making them into pillows. It took me awhile to get to the project, but since winter is coming to an end (thank god!), I sat down and finished 2 of them. I'm an average sewer, so you should be able to do this as well!

Here's how I did it:
Materials used: 2 Irish wool sweaters, 2 pieces of wool felt, sewing machine, 1 needle, thread, a lot of patience

I measured the pillow forms that I was going to use and added 2" on each side so that I would have enough felt and sweater "fabric" to work with. Before cutting the sweater into pieces that I could work with, I sewed a zigzag stitch around the area I was going to use so that the sweater wouldn't unravel.

Once I sewed the stitches around the sweater, I cut the pieces I needed off of the sweater leaving the neck hole and sleaves behind.

I then pinned the pieces of felt and sweater together (wrong side out) and sewed them together leaving one side open to insert the pillow form.

Once both pillow covers were finished, I turned them outside in and inserted the pillow forms. I then whip stitched the open side closed using needle and thread.

Here are some pictures of the finished product!

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