Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Knitting, Art and Yarn Bombing...

Looped and The Phillips Gallery are joining forces for a super secret event!
My friends at Looped Yarn Works are joining forces with The Phillips Collection for a fun and  fashionable event!
Join fellow knitters and crocheters on Monday, February 13 at Looped Yarn Works between 5–9 pm to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the opening of Alyson Shotz’s "Intersections project" at The Phillips Collection.

Alyson Shotz: EclipticFebruary 16–May 27, 2012 - Brooklyn-based artist Alyson Shotz creates Ecliptic, three interrelated, monumental drawings made of yarn and nails that investigate spatial perception and engage the architecture of the gallery

To join the fun come to Looped and knit hearts, and then help yarn bomb Dupont at 9 pm! You bring the needles, they provide the patterns. Bring your own yarn, or get a 15% discount when you purchase yarn for the yarn bombing at Looped. All experience levels are welcome. Free and open to the public.

If you’re unable to come to the event, but would like to contribute, create as many hearts in the pattern of your choice as you please and drop them off or mail them to Looped (1732 Connecticut Avenue, NW #200, Washington, DC 20009) by February 13.

Below are some free pattern ideas from Ravelry!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Literary Dandy

The Dandy needs you!

I recently finished reading books about Marie Antoinette, a witch's daughter, and Catherine the Great. They were all fantastic reads, but now I find myself searching for something fun, chic and exciting to read; something along the lines of "A Devil Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger or "One Fifth Avenue" by Candace Bushnell.

Have you recently read a book that you would recommend? If you have a suggestion, let me know and I'll blog about your suggestion and what I thought of the book!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Not Your Mother's Stencils

Gone are the days of stenciling country hearts and ribbons on your walls...well at least it should be. But for those who enjoy putting a little creative and personal touch to their homes, don't fret.

These modern stencils from Brooklyn-based designer Ed Roth at Stencil1, can you give your home a modern personalized touch. Some favorites of mine include the...

 Six Foot Birch Tree Stencil...

 and the Houndstooth Stencil

Need an edgier vibe? Ed has you covered with stencils like this Turntable...

 or the Jolly Roger!

So if you want to create a space with personality take a look at Stencil1! Hurry, sale ends soon!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Dandy Idea

As the days turn colder, our thoughts turn to work that we can do inside the home.

This past weekend, my husband and I did just that as we tackled a creaky floor that has been bothering us for quite awhile. We were unsure how to fix it, other than calling a repairman, until I discovered this fantastic little kit in a catalogue.

The “Squeeeek no more” is an easy to use kit that eliminates annoying floor squeaks.

Containing a plastic molded alignment and depth control fixture, 50 specially scored 3-inch x 1/8-inch diameter screws, a customized driver bit to regulate the depth at which to drive the screw, and two joist-finding screws to help find the joist from above, the kit has everything you need!

Simply find your joist (this may take a couple of attempts…ok…maybe several) and then proceed per instructions.

The result in our house was a collective sigh of relief!
Purchase your kit here!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Beginning of A Dandy New Year

The Dandy likes to keep his figure fit and trim both for himself and his public. However, after all the wonderful sweets and treats he enjoyed this holiday season he wasn’t feeling…optimal.

Enter Timothy Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Body. Chock full of advice and an easy to follow slow-carb diet the new year is off to a dandy start!

Eating three meals a day, consisting of a protein, legumes and vegetables, one steers clear of carbs for 6 days a week. Thankfully…because the Dandy loves his cookies, brownies, chocolate, peanut butter…yum, ice cream, whoopee pies….oh, how I LOVE whoopee pies……oh…uh…sorry, I digress…one can eat to their heart’s content on the 7th day…..cheat day! So far it’s been a great way to eat and I’m feeling better already (It helps that one can have 2 glasses of red wine each evening. Smile)

However, a recipe that has become a favorite of mine is one given to me by a friend. I was lamenting the loss of a good pasta dish in the evening and so she introduced me to spaghetti squash.

Cut in half and baked in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 – 45 minutes (don’t forget to oil your pan), just scrape the inside of the squash with a big spoon and the meat of the squash comes out like spaghetti.

I didn’t believe how easy it was until I tried it, and now I’m a faithful follower. Once all the meat is removed one can add anything to the spaghetti squash including olive oil (or a fun light dressing of your choice), fresh vegetables, tuna, chicken or salmon; or take the easy route and add a jar of your favorite tomato based sauce. We used a jar of puttenesca sauce and loved it!

So the next time you’re craving a nice pasta dish, try spaghetti squash. It’s not only healthier, but it’s delicious as well!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Scents and Sensibility…

This past holiday weekend, my husband and I had a wonderful time in Rehoboth, DE. We spent time with friends, walked on the beach and returned to Baltimore Avenue for some retail therapy.

As we returned to a favorite boutique of mine, Boxwood Home, I revisited a candle that I had fallen in love with the last time we were in town.

The "Fedora"
Created by PATCHNYC the “Fedora” candle is described as a most stylish fragrance reminiscent of a Circa 1920’s debonair gent strolling the countryside. Imbued with aromas of citrus, vetiver, nutmeg, and patchouli, it is a perfect scent for these dark winter nights.

If you’re in Rehoboth, stop by Boxwood Home and pick up the “Fedora” or any of the other PATCHNYC candles including the brisk pine scented “Stag” candle or shop their online store at Boxwood Home. Tell them The Domestic Dandy sent you!

For more information on the PATCHNYC designers, Don Carney and John Ross, go to www.patchnyc.com!
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