I admit it. I'm hooked on this season of HGTV's Design Star.
Yes, this is in spite of the fact that the contestants are (for the most part) annoying and the designs somewhat uninspiring. So why do I watch? Because this season was taped in NASHVILLE!
Finally, I'm getting a clue into where to shop in the city. It's definitely hilarious to see the posh NYC/LA designers struggle with what the rest of us have to choose from, but the good news is that I've discovered a new place that may be a great resource!
In Episode 2, Stephanie and Jennifer used their "assets" to score this amazingly gorgeous wood slab table for $500! Really. They subsequently ruined it by painting it gloss white, which caused a brief drop in the Earth's oxygen levels as everyone watching collectively gasped:
What? Wait! NO!!!!
After recovering from that trauma I became obsessed with discovering where they had found a table like that in Nashville. I searched blogs and message boards with little success then realized that, duh, the sources for all the products were listed on the HGTV Marketplace.
And that is how I discovered Southeastern Salvage.
I popped over there this weekend and was intrigued. This was obviously one of those stores that you have to stop by often, somewhat like an overstock place for furnishings and larger household objects.
They had plenty of wood tree root tables, but none as gorgeous at the one on Design Star.
Some nifty benches, if you're into that kind of design.
I fell in love with this rustic looking table (I was on a dining room table hunt that day), but it was wobbly and the store was too busy to try to track down a manager for a discount.
This pendant lamp for $70 caught my eye as well--too bad I don't have anywhere to put it!
So thanks, Design Star, for introducing me to another cool place in my own backyard!
Monday, June 30, 2008
I admit it. I'm hooked on this season of HGTV's Design Star.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I'm on a quest--for a lamp.
Not just any lamp. No, it's all complicated (of course). See, when I bought our new couch it fit perfectly in our space which is not easy to do. But I neglected to take into account the need for lamps. Thus we are currently left with three options 1) the entry lamps WAY across the room that are impossible to read by, 2) the icky overhead light that make everything all glare-y, or 3) darkness (or the glow of the TV).
And then I saw this:
I'm all about spending money on high quality products that will last a lifetime, hence the sofa. But this is a LAMP and I was hoping to not spend my whole government bribe check in one place (cause I really really want a KitchenAid too!).
Now I'm out searching for substitutions for this lamp.
Option 1: Architect Sectional Lamp at Pottery Barn
Ahem. Pardon me, back to lamps.
Option 2: Double Dip floor lamp from CB2
Option 3: Architect Floor Lamp
Ugh. Maybe I should just look for something else. None of these options light my fire, and this post on Apartment Therapy pointed out the benefits of buying the original piece. Don't think I'm there yet. But is it really worth it to get a cheap lamp if it is an environmental and human right faux pais that will be replaced in a year??
It's Flea Market weekend here, so maybe I'll find something vintage...HAHAHA! That'll be a quest for sure!
Help!?! Any suggestions?
Update: See what I ended up with here!
Friday, June 20, 2008
A few weekends ago we realized that it was the middle of strawberry season AND there was a pick your own strawberry field just outside of town. Fresh strawberries? Um, yes please!
We fell in love with the cute little farm and went a little overboard with the picking...2 gallons overboard! It was only $20 and a bit of our time, and it was nice to get out in the field and out of the city for a bit.
Nonetheless, we had a LOT of berries. That means it's JAM TIME!
Now here's the rub. Neither the boy nor myself have ever made jam. So it was bound to get interesting.
First we discovered that pectin, the stuff you need to make jam all jam-like and not soupy, requires a ton of sugar. The stuff we had was about 7 cups/batch. Ick. I can't stand overly sweet strawberry jam....I like it to have a little bite to it! Fortunately we ran across this article from the UT agriculture school and discovered low-sugar pectin. And being the scientist that I am, we decided to do an unofficial test of two brands: Ball and Sure Jell.
And then the fun began.
First, the decapitation
Monday, June 16, 2008
Summer is officially here and I find my closet sadly short on summer tops. Seriously, I'm still wearing sweaters (short sleeved) some days!
I grabbed another Amy Butler patter so I could whip up something quickly. This time, the Anna Tunic:
One small change. When hemming, I first turned up the hem the total 2 inches, then turned the raw edge down 1/2 inch. This ends up giving the same hem but helps ensure it is straighter...if you are like me, that 1/2 inch is hard to make perfect which could lead to a wonky hem. Oh, and every sewer needs this and this to save your fingers from a hot iron!
Overall I like how it turned out. The fit is good, but I'm not positive it's the right style for my body type. I saw a similar style as a dress on my much much more diminutive friend and it looked fabulous, so you thin or petite gals can eat this one up. I might not make another one, but I'll definitely wear this proudly on a hot summer day!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Who in their right mind would put this into cupcake batter?
And make frosting out of this?
And create something as disgusting as this?
Who would eat this mess?
MMMMMM, that'd be me!
Original recipe here. My changes included making 24 cupcakes and baking for only 15 min. I used one 10.5 oz bag of "snack size" peanut butter cups in the batter (the original size to me) and about half of a bag of mini's for the topping. Yummmmmm.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Finally, after much patient waiting on your part, dear friends, I can announce that I've actually finished the Tremendous Totes!
1. The totes will be listed on my etsy site TOMORROW, Tuesday June 10th at (almost) exactly 7:00 pm Central Daylight Time. You can translate that to your local time here (I'm in GMT-6, the same as Chicago).
2. There are only five totes available in this color combo--I'm calling it "Georgia Peach", as I think it fits! There will be other colors (and maybe even a custom option soon), but if you've got your heart set on this exact one you better act fast cause I really really really can't make any more!
3. I'm throwing in a matching mini stuff stasher! They are just too cute and too useful not to be included :)
4. Okay, okay, the price. $147.00 US.
5. Shipping will be stated on the etsy site (check my shop policies later tonight--I should have it updated by then). In short, I'll be shipping USPS Priority with confirmation to US customers, and I will ship internationally as well. I'll figure out international shipping by USPS Priority International zones and spell that out. Please note that you'll have to be responsible for any duties or fees that your country imposes, so check that out before you buy.
Phew. I think that covers it. I'm so excited to get these out to you all. I'm hard at work at other colors, the pattern, and figuring out how I can handle custom orders, so stay tuned for much more excitement. Happy Toteing!