Monday, January 30, 2012

#442...floating side table

We have had this hairpin side table by our couch for awhile now. I refurbished it here.
I really liked the pop of color, but ended up disliking how much dog hair got trapped in the hairpin legs and how annoying it was to clean around them. My solution to the leg/hair dilemma was to have Tyler build a floating side table for the space, which I painted and stained similarly to the old hairpin version. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

#441...fendi facelift

I got this vintage Fendi purse at a consignment shop for about $15.
It was in really good shape except for the trimming around the zipper, which was completely frayed.
I thought about taking it to a shoe/purse repair shop....(and I still may)....but I decided first to try giving it a quick fix so that I could use it. I got some 3/8ths inch bright blue velvet ribbon and simply glued it over the frayed trim. I thought about using a fabric/leather glue, but I wanted a less permanent solution in case I wanted to change the ribbon out. I opted to glue it on with hot glue, which rips off when you are done with it.

I tried to get an action shot with my new cross body beauty, but Mazie thought the photo shoot was about her and would not get out of the frame.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Here are a few room design e-boards that I've worked on over the past month or so. You can see more of my e-boards here, here, here, here, here.

master bedroom

modern nursery

dining room with sitting area

tween girl's room

living room decor


Monday, January 23, 2012

#439...sarah's chair

My sister Sarah got this cute high back wing back chair for her apartment at a consignment shop.
It was screaming out for some vibrant fabric. I decided to tackle the upholstery for Sarah's chair using some Thomas Paul "hedge" fabric. I am fairly amateur in my upholstery skills and tools. I use a regular sewing machine, hot glue, and a hand held craft staple gun. For clients, I prefer to leave upholstery jobs to the professionals, but for my little sister, I did this pro bono project myself. The finished chair has a few minor wrinkles and mis-cut pieces that I hid with glued on fabric patches, but overall I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Friday, January 20, 2012

#438...from my heart

I stitched up this heart pillow for a friend for her birthday. I hope I have time to make up some for Valentine's Day gifts.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

#437...i'm rebooted

Tyler and I just completed this reboot express program. We decided for the new year to challenge ourselves by doing the program, and thought it would be a good way to break ourselves from the burger and dessert binge we had been on since Thanksgiving. The program is only 5 days, so there was no drastic change in either of us, but I have to admit that I feel more energetic and my digestive track has never felt better. I'm not saying I feel energetic enough to run a marathon or anything, but I have not experienced my usual afternoon slump that I usually down coffee to get through. In preparation of the program we did give up caffeine and red meat a week before to get our bodies ready for five days of veggies.

There were several green juices we had to drink.

They were really hard for me to get down.

This Maple and Cinnamon Baked Apples and Pears recipe was one of my favorite of the program. (Probably because it involved maple syrup)

  • We spent a lot of time together.... shopping, chopping, juicing, blending, cooking
  • We used a lot of veggies that we have only previously walked past at the grocery
  • I kicked a cold that has been recycling in my head since Christmas
  • I feel more alert and overall better than I've felt in awhile

  • It's very time consuming
  • There is constant dish-washing of small juicer and blender parts

Monday, January 16, 2012 cushions

I came across some throw pillows made into the shape of clouds here and here and I knew I wanted some puffy pillows of my own. First, I made a small cloud out of this cashmere armless, turtleneck sweater that I never wear....(because I live in Texas)
Next, I made a bigger reversible cloud out of scraps from my stash. Here they are floating across my bed.

Friday, January 13, 2012

#435...tyler's desk

I got this old Ethan Allen hutch top at a consignment shop for about $30. I think it was so inexpensive because it had no base, as it was in pretty great shape.
After sitting in my garage most of last year, I finally decided to turn it into a desk for Tyler.
I ordered 28" steel hairpin legs from this website, and we cut a platform base for the hutch top to mount to.
Next, I painted the platform base and some of the interior boxes of the piece and we moved it into it's new home in our front entry room. (This required some rearranging of furniture of course.)

Tyler drilled a hole through the bottom of the cabinet so that it could have a plug inside for his laptop. It seems to be serving as a good office for him on days he works from home. The best part to me is being able to close his papers away from view.
It has some nice drawer space for storing office supplies. In the display cubbies I've arranged some of my hand made pottery collection. (The lighted snowflake atop is my one hold-out holiday decoration that I've not wanted to put away yet)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 salsa

We really love this mango salsa recipe. We like to put it on fish tacos. This week we forgot to buy tortillas, so we tried using iceberg lettuce leaves as a tortilla substitute. The crunchy lettuce added something really tasty to the taco, but it fell apart in two bites, and was pretty messy to eat.

Monday, January 9, 2012

#433...amy butler's pad

I really love the textile designs of fabric maven Amy Butler, and I really love her 1960's home. Seen here on Apartment Therapy.

Friday, January 6, 2012

#432...knitted potholder

Over the holidays, we took a short car trip to Dallas, and I decided that the ride would give me a good chance to pick up knitting again. I did not knit one thing during 2011, which is pretty sad. I found three random leftover balls of thin yarn in my yarn bin, and decided to practice knitting by turning them into a potholder. I reacquainted myself with the purl and knit stitches with the help of Knitting Pretty by Kris Percival.
Knitting three yarns as one may have not been the easiest or quickest knitting practice I could have chosen. It also gives your hands a good work-out and a cramp. But, I persevered and now have a pretty potholder/hot pad thing, and am ready to start a more advanced knitting project.....this time using only a single yarn though. I'm thinking something really pretty like thisHere's my potholder acting as a giant coaster for this tasty hot drink that I sipped all day yesterday. (Yes, I'm looking for any excuse to use this knitted masterpiece)

I'm really starting this year of blogging with a bang...books, weeds, now life is going to get more exciting I promise.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

#431...indoor weeds

There is a very prolific fern-like weed growing at the edge of our sidewalk. I have been meaning to cut it down all holiday season. 
While cutting it down, I decided to bring a few fronds inside and try the weed as a table-top arrangement.
As hearty and unwanted the weed is outside, after about a day indoors it started to wilt, even though I clipped it and gave it water. I guess the moral of this post is that weeds really do grow best in spots we don't want them.

Monday, January 2, 2012 year, new reads

"Read more" always lands near the top of my resolution list, as reading is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. The books I read in 2011 were good, but none made my "favorite books ever list". I've been lining up my reading list for 2012, and I made an effort to peruse book reviews, hoping to read some great fiction this year. I put a bunch of books on my Christmas list, and I'm excited to get started reading what Santa brought for me.
Read in 2011
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Snow Flower and The Secret Fan by Lisa See
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee
The Sweet Life In Paris by David Lebovitz
The Catwalk Cats by Grace Coddington
An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

To Read in 2012
Queenmaker by India Edghill
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
Catherine The Great by Robert K. Massie
The Wilder Years by Wendy McClure
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Wildwood by Colin Meloy