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4 Crushes & A Confession

This weather is really sucking the motivation out of me.  And I can tell that Ava is getting bored with playing inside.  It has been a long, cold winter and I am totally, completely, 100 percent over it.  I just want to stay at home, walk around in slipper boots (also leggings & a comfy oversized sweater), sip hot coffee, and do absolutely nothing.  Thank goodness Ava keeps me on my toes or I might turn into a hermit.

While I may not have felt like writing any posts this week, I did find the time to lolligag around on the internet looking for vintage area rugs on ebay, searching craigslist for planters and pots, and totally falling for my 4 new crushes…

CRUSH #1:  MOCIUN

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This ring.  I love it sooooo much.

And I think I’ve found a replacement for our scratched white IKEA bowls…

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(eric bonnin kam ice cream bowl @ mociun)

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CRUSH #2:  JERSEY ICE CREAM COMPANY

It was pure luck that I stumbled upon this instagram feed for @jerseyicecreamco .  I was instantly smitten with the beautiful travel pics and curious about the remodeling.

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A visit to their site lead me to some amazing “before & after” shots from their design & build work.  Here are two “afters”:

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The wood wall is gorgeous.  So is the rug.  And the bed.  Love it.

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Again, amazing wood walls … amazing use of wood all around.  This room has such a calming demeanor – like a permanent vacation.  I need to buy a house just to have this team go to work on it!

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CRUSH #3:  CAULIFLOWER SAUCE

Yes, you read that correctly.  I have a crush on cauliflower sauce.  It’s delicious.  My husband had no idea he was eating pasta drenched in cauliflower sauce when I  adapted the “alfredo” recipe from Oh She Glows (I left out the yeast and added a dash of nutmeg).  I can’t wait to try this variation from Pinch of Yum:

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CRUSH #4:  POLENTA FRIES

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I was inspired to try these when I saw the pics & recipe on Spoon Fork Bacon .  I shortcutted the recipe by using a roll of organic polenta I had in the fridge.  I cut it into fry shapes, rolled them around in a little bit of olive oil on a baking sheet and popped them into a 375 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes (depending on how crispy you want them).  After about 20 mins, I flipped them over.  I finished them off with a dash of salt & cracked pepper and we ate them just like that.  No condiment required.  My daughter did insist on ketchup for hers.  Of course.

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A CONFESSION

Why a confession?  Because they are fun … who doesn’t like hearing a little secret about someone?  So here is my confession (and moms, don’t hate.).  I do not like playing Barbies with my daughter.  Well, not just with my daughter, but in general.  I despise it.  Just hearing the words “Let’s play Barbies” makes me cringe.  Oh, I still do it but we put a time limit on it (if I didn’t, I would have to play Barbies all day.  every day.).  It never used to bother me.  Maybe I have reached my dollhouse limit.  I love doing everything else with the little miss and I’m always full of alternative suggestions, but The Barbies always win.  And why can’t they make pants that actually stay on Ken when he sits down?

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Have a Great Weekend, Everyone!  XO

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Keys To My Heart – Mini Garland

One of my Christmas gifts from my husband was an envelope filled with old keys (he knows me so well).

I picked out the heart shaped keys and strung them on some string.

They fit in quite nicely with our Portland ‘Walking Sticks’.

A nice hint of Valentine’s Day without screaming it.  Subtle enough to leave up all the time.  XO

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Review: MINTED

I’m always happy to do a review when I think the product or site is something my readers are into.  Minted carries a huge selection of greeting cards, birth announcements, wedding invitations, journals, art prints, decorations and more!  Many of their designs are customizable and there are lots of options to fit anyone’s style.

One of my favorite aspects of Minted is that they use the work of independent artists for many of their designs – which adds an originality and personal element to the products.  They hold Design Challenges where artists submit their work, fans vote, and the winners’ works get sold on the site!  Pretty cool.

The customization is super easy.  Just select a card, upload your photo, edit colors & text (if you want to), and you’re finished!  You even have options for changing the shape.

I thought this Classroom Valentine I started working on was super cute.  Great idea for handing out at school!

I had no idea they also had party decorations like these – I can’t resist the gold circles.

Some pretty stationery designs.

More party supplies!

Unique and large selection art prints.

So I guess I have nothing bad to say about Minted – They really do have a great selection, are easy to use, and support independent design.  Three cheers!!  XO

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DIY Wooden Stool Makeover

I found this plain wooden stool left behind in a closet when we moved into our new rental.  I figured that made it fair game for a little makeover.  I was inspired by a fur covered footstool I had seen in a magazine and thought to myself, “Hey, I could make something like that.”  And so I tried, and I’m pretty happy with the result!

First I sanded the bottoms of the legs to get them ready for painting.  Then I thought I would tape off the bottoms and dip them in white paint … which I did, but it didn’t turn out exactly as expected.  I forgot to take into consideration that they are slightly angled and the paint didn’t dry very evenly.  So, I sanded them down to look a little whitewashed/worn.  I also toyed around with the idea of wrapping the bottom portion with twine or rope, but so far I’ve just left them alone.  My husband suggested using leather or suede scraps, which might look cool if I can find the right shade.

Next, I cut out a foam circle (slightly larger than the seat itself), put some spray glue on the seat and stuck the circle to it.  I didn’t have any quilt batting on hand, but I did have a sheet of a fake snow blanket leftover from the holidays and figured that would do.  I laid it on the ground, put the stool on top and started tightly stapling all around (in doing this, I found that I really love using the staple gun – maybe a little too much).  Then I trimmed off any excess quilting.

For the cover, I used a faux sheepskin (Tejn from IKEA) that I had laying around.  I put it through the washer & dryer to get the shorter, curlier effect on the “fur”.  I then cut out my stool seat circle, leaving about 2 extra inches all around.  I attached it the same way I put the quilting on … pulling tight, lots of stapling, and trimming!

Voila!  New stool!  It makes for a super comfy seat at our counter & my daughter loves to pet it.  LOL

XO!

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Found These at Target Today!

Just got home from a quick trip to Target to pick up a few household supplies.

As I passed by the home goods section, a few newer items caught my eye.

Loving the bright orange on these stools / side tables!

These wooden and felted stools are pretty cool too.  If only I had a place to put them!

I thought this cork table lamp was pretty cute!  Might have to pick one up on my next trip.

And this side table … hexagons, metallic finish … not bad, Target, not bad.

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Macrame is Back!

I’m really excited to see macrame making a comeback.  When I was a kid we had a macrame owl with wooden bead eyes hanging in the living room.  I probably made fun of my mom for having it at some point and now I wish she still had it.  I recently spotted some really pretty and quite modern looking macrame pieces I thought I would share (I also included links to some simple knotting techniques.).  I think I know what DIY project I’m adding to my list!

White Owl via The Vintage Loop & Blue Wall Hanging via Warp & Weft

White & Neon Pink Plant Hanger via Pipni & Yellow Plant Hanger via The Vintage Loop

Natural Wall Hanging via Warp & Weft & Fringe Wall Hanging via Slow Down Productions (I heart fringe.)

Fringed Macrame Purse via True Rebel Clothing & Red Macrame Purse via Two Moxie (too cute!)

Macrame Dreamer (I LOVE THIS) via Ouch Flower (Check out their awesome tassels too!)

This macrame “curtain” is TO DIE FOR!  Image via The Brickhouse

And here are links to learn some macrame basics:

“How To Macrame” via Free People (This is the one I am going to try!!!)

“Macrame Lanyard Tutorial” by Jenny Doh

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Around The House

We are finally getting settled into our new house here in Portland.  I have yet to finish working on our art & music room and Ava’s playroom, but things are definitely coming along.

This cute little bunny hanging at the end of our entry hall makes me smile every time I walk through the door.  It’s a Debbie Carlos print (if you read design blogs, you have surely heard of her) hung with a Jørgen Møller Posterhänger.

Another favorite of mine is this vintage letter board we hung in the bathroom.  LOL  We obviously don’t take things very seriously here in the Shirley household.

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Bohemian, Baby!

Our new place has a partially converted garage that I want to turn into a Bohemian inspired art & music space for little miss.  Ava wants everything pink and I want it to be cozy and fun … layered rugs, floor cushions, lots of colors – organized chaos.

I am totally in love with the teepee on the left & found an easy DIY for the one on the right.  Ava and I hit some resale shops and picked out some fabrics (mostly pink, of course) and plan to start “construction” next week!

(right:  via 79 ideas)  (left:  via a cup of joe)

I’m also loving all of the plant life and natural elements in this studio space (of artist Fia Cielen):

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More inspiration pieces:

(top left:  via jayson home)  (bottom left:  via gypsy river)

(top right:  via the family love tree)  (bottom right:  via eyes of india)

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Gettin’ Spooky

This is the first year I have decorated for Halloween.  With Ava being almost four, she is really super into it and I just had to oblige.  My memories of Halloween decor are those cardboard cut-outs of jack-o-lanterns & witches stuck to our kitchen cabinets and front door.  Not my style (sorry, mom).

Thankfully I came across Dana Willard’s amazing blog – MADE .  (She is one of those super crafty supermoms that  can make ANYTHING – including more time in the day!  How else could she get all of this done?!!)  She posted some Halloween crafts that even I could do and so I did.

Ava helped me make our spiderwebs and spiders and we were really happy with how they came out!

I started making bats too, but so far I only have about 10 so I’m not sure if they will make it into the house before the 31st.

(Check out Dana’s bats … and enviously clean house!)

And thanks to sites like MADE that give us inspiration!  Happy Halloween!

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DIY Chalkboard House

Ava says she wants to be a city bus driver when she grows up (or a paleontologist) and now I think we can add interior designer to the list.  She has a recent love for her design apps that let her pick out wall coverings and furniture for little dollhouses – maybe from watching me constantly arranging and re-arranging things around the house.

She also just learned to draw an outline of a house and loves filling in the rooms – see below.

(And yes, that is someone sitting on the toilet upstairs – she also thinks p-o-o-p is quite hilarious).

And me, I’ve been wanting to do something with washi tape (paper craft tape).

I was really inspired by this cute little creation I saw on petitevanou .

I cut out chalkboard contact paper in the shape of a house, stuck it on a closet door, outlined it with washi tape & voila!

(And it doesn’t have to be a house – what does your kid la la love?)

A little house for Ava to decorate over and over again!

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