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Project!

December 29, 2008

The boy and I have been wanting to get a chair for the living room, but we can’t agree on a style for the life of us (I favor something like a Queen Ann, he wants a huge, ugly  Lazy Boy type thing).  I saw this chair at a yard sale this summer though and thought that it might be a good temporary placeholder if I fixed it up a bit. Well, guess what? We both love it! AND it was only 5 bucks! Can’t beat that! (Yes, it sat for like 4 months untouched. deal with it. I was busy.)

OK, I suck at remembering to take before pictures, but this thing was in pretty bad shape. The wood was painted this gross fake cherry color, and the seat had a big ole rip.

(I don’t know why this picture insists on posting sideways?)

So yeah, pretty bad shape. But only 5 bucks! I painted all the wood white, which brightened the whole look up a ton and did my best at stitching up the rip. Then I got a nice, cushy piece of upholstery foam from the craft store and made a new seat for it (it makes it way more comfortable and -bonus!- covers the rip). I covered the new seat with some fun fabric, and made a little pillow with what was left over. Yay! So much better now, right? (ignore the electrical tape, that was temporarily holding the fabric down until I could find the fining nails. It has been removed.)

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Let’s Make Croissants!

December 20, 2008

I apologize for taking so long to post this. I meant to post it a lot sooner, but life (namely winter and the grey sky that comes with it and makes me lose my motivation for doign anything) got in the way. But better late than never, right?

A word of warning: this recipe does require some advance planning. It takes a few days to make the dough. Don’t let that stave you off though! They are SUPER easy to make, and each step only takes a few minutes. It just means that if you want to eat croissants on Sunday, you need to start on Friday night (I’m experimenting with freezing the dough though, so if that works out I’ll let you know!). Also, if you have a stand mixer or food processor with a bread hook, I highly recommend that you use it. And if you want to flavor these at all, you can add a flavoring in with the original flour. I added orange zest to the batch I’m making this weekend.

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Quiet Mornings

November 30, 2008

Is there anything better than a quiet morning spent with your husband and dog, a cup of coffee, and a fresh out of the oven croissant (made by moi)? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Mad Mats!

November 14, 2008

So I found this store that sells the most random things. Awesome things, but totally random. Its like an old fashioned general store on speed, and fancy. I could spend an enitre day there and not get bored.

Anyway, they sell these rugs there that are awesome. At first, I was attracted to the patterns and bright colors. Then I realized the were outdoor rugs. THEN I found out that they’re made out of recycled soda bottles. I mean, how freaking awesome is that?? Recycled, and totally plastic so you can just hose them off and its good as new. And they’re reversable! To top it all off, the brand is called “Mad Mats” which I think it hysterical. Love it!

I want to get a huge one that will cover my entire back deck (ok maybe II’ll just have to buy a few). And then have a fabulous Gatsbyesque party on it. And since the price is right (the largest sizes are barely over $100) I just may be able to do that.

I love dresses

November 9, 2008

First off, I’m back and should be updating much more regularly now. Yay!

Now that I’m back to a semi-normal life, I’m really looking forward to dressign up again. I’m loving dresses right now. You know what I don’t love? The fact that its like 40 degrees out yet for some reason none of the dresses in the stores have any sort of sleeves. Also, my job’s dress code that says I have to have some sort of sleeve. And my body, because the “universally flattering” wrap dress is NOT flattering on me.  Plus, they make me feel like I’m wearing a bathrobe.

So, I set out to fine some cute, affordable dresses that aren’t a wrap style and that cover the shoulder. Not an easy task! But I did find a few that I can see myself living in this winter (andd beyond).

First up, this beauty from DAY Birger et Mikkelsen:

Marked down from over $500 to $252! This would be super cute with dark tights, on its own or under a chunky knit cardi. It will also be cute by itself in the warmer wather. I love the print on it.

Next up, this gorgeous white number from Le Train Bleu.

So sweet and floaty, and again could be great as a layering piece or on its own. And look- sleeves! Unfortunately only itty bitty sizes are left. So if you can wear a 0 or 2 please buy this so I can live vicariously through you. K?

LTB does it again with this dress that would be perfect for work.

Love.

Last but not least, there’s this one from Gap. Priced perfectly at $38, what more can you ask for? This has a sort of casual cool vibe to it, but is still totally office appropriate.

Thats all I got for now. Football is starting. Go Bills!

I’m still alive

October 5, 2008

If anyone’s been missing me, I’m still alive… just been working my ass off on a campaign. A few quick observations before I crash for the night…

-Sometimes I really hate being a woman in politics. I went to a fundraiser the other night, and the lobbyists were all being so freaking obnoxious to me. They weren’t trying to be dicks, but when you get a few drinks into middle aged men and then a young, somewhat attractive (if I do say so myself) woman walks into the room, they tend to get a little…inappropriate. Its sexual harassment, and unfortunately in this line of work I feel like I sometimes do have to take it,

-I am more of a hopeless romantic than I thought I was, or than I’d like to admit. Its been 2 weeks and I miss the hubby like whoa. Like, to the point of almost wanting to up and quit just so I can go home. I’ve done this whole campaign thing before, and I don’t remember it beign this bad. He’s coming to visit next weekend though, so hopefully that helps. If I can survive the next week.

-The city that I’m in is weird. The bar I went to the other day had no kitchen…they served cold sandwiches though. Everywhere seems obsessed with sandwiches. Especially egg salad and tuna…even nicer places have egg salad on the menu. So weird. I feel like I’m in a time warp to the 50s. Soup choices are also weird…it was cold out today and I wanted nothing more than a bowl of potato soup. Of course, all I could find was beef or turkey. We apparently don’t do vegetarians soups here. I did have an awesome pulled pork sandwich the other day, but that’s really not the kind of thing I normally eat. I would kill for soem nice fall squash.

-If McCain ends up winning this election and actually takes Palin to DC with him, I have to rethink my life plans. I refuse to live in the same city as that woman, and I was plannign on moving back in the nest 5 or so years. Nuh uh, not happening. Maybe I’ll brush up on my French and move ot Quebec. I love Quebec.

Summer Shoes

August 2, 2008

While you’re at Target buying shaving cream, you should also pick up a pair of these shoes:

They look better in person. They have quickly become my summer shoe staple- I wear them probably 4 times a week. For such a high heel, they’re surprisingly comfortable and they go with a lot since they’re neutral. But the best part is that I CONSTANTLY get compliments on them. From people at work that have seen them before (seriously, how many times are you going to compliment the same freaking pair of shoes?) to random people on the street telling me that they love them (this happens fairly often too). On second thought, if you don’t like attention don’t buy them.