January 28, 2010
January 27, 2010
The shirt reads, "Men anpil chay pa lou" which means "Many Hands Make the Load Lighter". The shirt was designed by Thomas De Santis and Ivan Tarrazo Sanchez and is being sold at Threadless Tees. As of January 25 over 7000 shirts have been ordered raising $70,000 for Haiti. They have agreed to print 15,000 more including kids sizes. Get your orders in now and help out this wonderful cause.
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January 26, 2010
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January 22, 2010
Last nights PR episode got right back to what I truly love about the show. Using interesting materials to make amazing fashion. The burlap sack challenge was a great idea and the things the designers turned out were beyond impressive. Jonathan (above) whipped up this lacy number. I was impressed that so many of the final dresses (or pants) looked nothing like potato sacks once they were dyed.
Speaking of Project Runway, did you catch the Golden Globes on Sunday? Two previous designers were showing on the red carpet. Chris March designed Meryl Streep's gown - not a human hair in site.
Christian Soriano designed the dress that Christina Hendricks wore. His trademark ruffles were certainly represented.
Have a great weekend everybody!
January 20, 2010
Craft Hope is a faith-based, love inspired project designed to share handmade crafts with those less fortunate. They have developed an Etsy shop in which 100% of the proceeds will go to Doctors without Borders in Haiti. All of the items for sale have been generously donated by the crafting community. So far they have raised over $10,000! If you are looking for a great gift (homemade baby items, jewelery, etc) please check out Craft Hope's shop before hitting the mall.
January 19, 2010
This is an easy, cheap and a sneaky way to add veggies into your diet. I had originally used a Rachael Ray recipe as inspiration (called "Christmas Pasta"), but her recipe called for too many different types of meat and it wound up being complicated and expensive to make. This is my easier (and healthier) version. No plagiarism... all of the amounts and ingredients are mine at this point...
Lightened Up Christmas Pasta Sauce
Recipe Serves 4-6
1 small sweet onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped (preferably from the heart)
10 mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
4 cloves garlic, minced
4-5 links chicken sausage removed from casings (any flavor)
2- 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes
2 cups red wine
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
1 Tbsp Trader Joe’s Pasta seasoning blend **
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh basil, torn into small pieces
Preheat a dutch oven over medium high heat.
Heat 2 tsp. of olive oil in the dutch oven and add the sausage. Cook the chicken sausage until browned, breaking it up into smaller pieces as it cooks. Once browned, remove the sausage with a slotted spoon to a plate covered with a few layers of paper towels. This will help to drain out some of the excess fat from the sausage.
Add the onions, garlic, carrots, celery and mushrooms to the dutch oven. Saute the vegetables in the leftover oil from the sausage until softened and opaque. Add the red wine to the dutch oven and deglaze the pan with the wine. (The red wine will loosen the browned bits of flavor stuck to the bottom of the pan. Working quickly, scrape up all of the browned bits with a wooden spoon to add that flavor into your sauce.) Return the sausage to the pot. Then add the crushed tomatoes and season the sauce with salt, pepper and pasta seasoning blend.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for as long as you can. This sauce benefits from a long cooking time, but will taste delicious if served after only 10 minutes of simmering as well.
Serve over your favorite pasta. Garnish with basil and parsley.
** If you don’t have this on hand you can use 1 tsp oregano, 2 tsp dried basil, and 1 tsp dried parsley instead.
January 18, 2010
I am loving Treasures for Tots! Angie comes up with great tutorials and projects that you can make for and with your kids. I am loving these socks she turned into sleeves on an inexpensive Target t-shirt. Adorable. Oh, and having a super cute supermodel daughter doesn't hurt either. Angie has some great projects already up for Valentine's Day that are on my list.
Keep up the good work Angie!
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January 15, 2010
The designers all seem to be pretty impressive. There are too many right now to choose a favorite but I thought Emilio's winning look was the best of last nights bunch. I actually like Anthony's dress that was in the bottom three and could see many women wearing it, well, minus the "champagne holder" on the side. While Ping's designs are a little out there for me, I am interested to see how she does in a challenge where she has more guidelines than "show us what your vision is."
My biggest hope for PR this season is that they explore some new challenges. One of my faves was from season 1 where they redesigned the post office uniform or the Barbie challenge from Season 2. My thought was to bring in a Girl Scout Troop and make the designers re-invent the classic GS uniform. This would force them to have to tame down the sexiness and work with in guidelines - a serious challenge for most.
What did you guys think? Any faves so far?
Image courtesy of Lifetime
January 14, 2010
You can read more about the contestants here.
Project Runway is on Lifetime at 10PM.
January 12, 2010
I was doing some research on decoupage for a project I am planning in the next couple of weeks and I came across this very cool project. It uses an art poster to decoupage a plain old plastic kitchen chair. Love it! My to do list just got a little longer! Blerg.
Image courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens
January 8, 2010
The king would have been 75 today or is 75 today if you read the National Enquirer. Graceland is number 2 on my top five places to visit in the US – Dollywood being number one. Don’t judge.
Elvis purchased the house in 1957 for $102,500. George Golden was hired to decorate and Elvis had requested dark purple walls and white corduroy drapes for the living, dining and sun rooms. In that same year the Welcome Wagon ladies arrived to welcome the King and his folks to the neighborhood. One of them was quoted as saying, What we saw of the Presley home was perfectly gorgeous, not gaudy as we had thought it would be from reading about the colors. The living room has red rug, blue walls and white draperies, and there’s gold trim on practically everything. Elvis’ music room is right off the living room, and it’s mostly white.
Elvis Presley created many lavishly decorated "theme" rooms at Graceland. In addition to the posh, mirrored living room, Elvis Presley designed, a Jungle Room with an indoor waterfall and a trophy room to display his awards and flashy clothing, and also to race slot cars . His parents had a vegetable garden and chicken coop on the property as well. Elvis redecorated the home many times and at the time of his death in 1977, the dominant color was red: red walls, red draperies, red carpets.
Graceland is the second most visited home in America, the White House being first. The house was named a National Historic Landmark in 2006.
January 6, 2010
January 5, 2010
As someone who a)doesn't like to cook and b) is scared to cook, I found this movie inspirational enough to try some new recipes as my new years resolution. Yup, I have been inspired by the queen of French cuisine and plan on tackling some new dishes in the next 12 months. I won't be making anything I can't pronounce but I am going to try. I will (hopefully) have some happy stories to share about the process.
Did you like J&J? I liked the Julia more than the Julie. She seemed whiny (although Amy Adams is adorable in anything).
Check out this weeks post of "Living In" over at Design* Sponge. Amy Merrick shows you exactly what you need to have a kitchen like Julia's. If anything I hope the film inspires us all to eat more butter!
January 4, 2010
Lots of plans for this new year! I have some rooms to redecorate and a whole garden to redesign once it thaws out from the snow. The last week has been spent looking into some new blogs that I will share and whole lot more. There will be some changes to the look of MaxxSilly in the next few months as well. Exciting stuff. Of course, I also need to squeeze in rehearsals for my debut in ice dance for the 201o winter games. So much to do - I'm already exhausted.
Looking forward to spending 2010 with you!