February 27, 2009
Next week there will be some more fun craft links and projects to share. Until then have a great one everybody!
Thought I would leave you with (once again) some randomness for the weekend.
The Many Uses of Vodka
Fold your shirt in 2 seconds
Fun with Jello shots
Sorry - You lost sound effects
Image above courtesy of Edward Gorey. It is one of my favorites and hangs by my desk at work.
February 25, 2009
Empty Your Fridge Stir Fry
2 cloves garlic sliced
6 cups of veggies such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, mushrooms, green beans, eggplant, onions
2 tablespoons canola oil
¼ cup rice cooking wine (optional)
1 tablespoons brown rice vinegar (can sub apple cider or white wine vinegar)
2 tablespoons shoyu or soy sauce
1 tablespoon hot or toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Prepare veggies by chopping into bite‐sized pieces (make sure all are prepped in advance of starting recipe). Heat canola oil in sauté pan over high heat. When pan is hot (not smoking) sauté garlic for about one minute and then add onion for another
minute if using.
February 23, 2009
My favorite part of the show was the Seth Rogan and James Franco skit based on Pineapple Express - I thought it was hysterical that they were laughing at all the dramas. The second funniest was Tina Fey and Steve Martin handing out an award. I nominate them to host next year - shirts on.
What did you guys think? Does anyone know why most of the montages were set to Coldplay? Did the academy get a discount through Gwenyth? Who looked better -Jen or Angelina (I say Angie)? Is Adrien Brody always that greasy? And why oh why does Beyonce have to be in everything? Is she shows up at my cookout this summer I am going to be really annoyed. Hugh Jackman is always welcome....sans shirt.
February 22, 2009
I am lucky to live near one of the few Walmart stores that still sells fabric. I found this adorable bumble bee print - my daughter's room colors are green, yellow, black and white and there are little bees on the walls - so it worked perfectly.
It took me about 2 days to finish with a staple gun, fiberfill, and many hours on my sewing machine. I made the buttons from some left over black and white polka dot fabric I had and the ribbon was left over from our wedding. The total cost of the chair redo was only $15. I also had enough fabric left over to make some pillows for her bedroom! Most importantly she loves it and will sit there for hours and read her books.
February 20, 2009
The Oscars are on Sunday. I already have my duck dress ready. Now - I used to look forward to the Oscars but for the past few years I have just been like , "ehh." I don't really care. I think it stems from when Shakespeare in Love beat out Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture - I never really got over it. It was my hatred for Gwenyth Paltrow that pushed it over the edge. I mean really - Best Actress over Cate Blanchett - I don't think so.
Anyway I have not seen any of this years nominated films - I am totally slacking. I really only watch at this point to A) see what everyone is wearing, B) see what hilarity Will Ferrell will contribute and C) understand what everyone will be discussing on Monday.
Jessica over at How About Orange is hosting an Oscar party and made up a hysterical card for Oscar Bingo. I may print one out just see how many squares I can actually fill in.
So, do you have any bets on who will take it all on Oscar night? Will Slumdog Millionaire sweep it? Will Mikey Rourke bring his dogs? Will Brad Pitt announce his love for me in is acceptance speech? Will Jen and Angelina go at it on the red carpet? Will Hugh Jackman bring it as host?
We'll be back to discuss on Monday! Be sure to post your favorite moments and who you thought was the best and worst dressed here!
February 19, 2009
The official title of the line is McQ Alexander McQueen and you can plan on picking up a black trench for $79.99 and a swimsuit for $39.99. High fashion at Target prices. Love it! This one is going to sell out fast! I already have my eye on the high-waist Gore skirt in black.
February 18, 2009
Found this adorable cookie cutter online. It is sold by Cox & Cox which is based in England. I think it is so fun - really encourages you to play with your food.
This is my other must have baking item. I bake brownies pretty much every week and they would be so cute if they came out like little chocolate bars. I love it! This is available at Williams and Sonoma.
Are there any cooking items you are dying to get - Pots? Pans? Mixers? Or is there a gadget or utensil you have that you cannot imagine living without? Share in the comment section.
Image courtesy of Cox & Cox
Anyway, I can't grow plants to save my life. My mother is a garden fanatic when I was younger yard work was a weekend activity. I did not do it then so I took responsibility for making lunch and checking that everyone was properly hydrated. So - now I have a yard of my own and I have been thinking what to plant in it. I have to tell you - I don't like spending too much money on plants because, well, I usually wind up killing them. That's why I thought I would give this book a try.
This book teaches you how to use kitchen scraps and seeds to plant your own garden. Last year when mom came to visit she put together a beautiful pot of potato vines and other plants for our front porch. It was very pretty and vines are one of my favorite plants. This book says that I can take a sweet potato, start it in some water, and get some vines from it. Low and behold would you believe I have sweet potatoes at my house! What are the chances....
My only question is if I kill the vine is it a double murder because I killed the potato too?
I will keep you posted.
Image courtesy of Amazon
February 17, 2009
This week Target launches a limited-edition home collection with graphic designer Orla Kiely. The London-based designer, who is also a professor at the Royal College of Art, is known for bright colors and graphic patterns.
The color palette includes bright greens, clear light blues, chocolate browns and reds. Items featured in the collection: plates, cups, tablecloths, closet organizers, a laundry bag, kitchen canisters, serving trays and pitchers. Prices range from $2.49 to $21.99.
How I wish that apron was a dress! It would be adorable for the summer. I can already picture these cups and dishes at a backyard BBQ - fun stuff! Get it while you can - it is sure to go fast!
Orla Kiely Website
February 16, 2009
I just got this book out of the local library. I had reserved it 2 months ago and it finally came in. Anna Maria's fabrics are beautiful and they sure do increase the feeling of spring for me. I love the big, bold prints and her use of color is amazing. I saw her on Martha a few months ago doing a canvas / fabric project that seems super easy. I am hoping to do something for the little one's room with it.
February 13, 2009
Be sure to leave a comment in the previous post if you go check out "Confessions of a Shopaholic" this weekend. Of course don't forget you are always welcome to comment and share your ideas with us.
Next week we will talk fashion and home decor with a previews of Alexander McQueen and Orla Kiely's new lines for Tarjay! Exciting stuff!
Until then check this out.
Have a great Valentine's Day everyone!
The movie opens this weekend and if you can drag your significant other to see it than props to you. I think I am more excited to see the clothes that are featured in the movie more than anything else. It was styled by Patricia Field who styled Sex and the City - the television series and the movie. If you visit the film's official site you can preview some of Rebecca's looks and buy similar items via Bluefly.com
Image courtesy of Touchstone Pictures
February 12, 2009
So you know have you have lots of photos of yourself with ex-boyfriends but you can't bear to part with them because your hair looks really good in the photos (oh, umm, is that only me?). Well the folks at Scan Cafe are willing to help you out. For zero dollars you can email an image and they will replace your ex with your new significant other - Barack Obama. It's pretty cool. Any entries put on the site by February 13 are eligible for a $100 prize.
Click here to find out more and see the gallery. BTW - this is a great way to get your parents to think that you do not always date losers.
Disclaimer: If Michelle shows up at your house and beats you up for taking her man we take no responsibility.
Image courtesy of ScanCafe
February 11, 2009
We are taking a break from this weeks love fest because it is Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. Lincoln is one of my favorite presidents (coming in close to Millard Fillmore - first president with indoor plumbing). So I did some research and found some interesting facts about our 16th president. Just an FYI - it is also my sister's birthday but when I googled her name it was stuff that could get people arrested, so I thought it was best to stick with Abe.
Abraham Lincoln shares a birthday with Charles Darwin.
Lincoln was the first president to have a beard while in office.
Abe Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died when the family dairy cow ate poisonous mushrooms and she drank the milk.
A plot was developed to steal Lincoln's body, so a secret society to guard his tomb was formed.
Lincoln was the tallest president. He was 6 feet and four inches tall.
Lincoln had a cat named "Bob," a turkey named "Jack," and a dog named "Jib."
He was the first president to be photographed at his inauguration. John Wilkes Booth (his assassin) can be seen standing close to Lincoln in the picture.
Lincoln's favorite sport was wrestling.
Abraham Lincoln grew his beard out of the suggestion of an 11 year old girl.
Abe Lincoln is the U.S. president most frequently portrayed in films.
Lincoln and his wife held seances in the White House. They had great interest in psychic phenomena.
Lincoln loved the works of Edgar Allan Poe (who was born the same year).
Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be born outside of the original thirteen colonies. He was born in Kentucky.
Here are some fun crafts that you may want to try as last minute gifts - although if you can crochet a hat like the one posted here in a matter of days I want to meet you....and I want a hat.
Valentine Hat from The Hook and I
Heart Shaped Paper Clips from How About Orange
Fabric Window Cards from The Purl Bee
Heart Shaped Tea Bags from Martha
Candy Boxes from Inchmark
Photo courtesy of How About Orange