Sunday, March 30, 2014

From Free to Fab

By now I'm sure that most of you know how I obsess on things - home things, fashion things, all things. Well, one day I was driving to work and I saw a pair of chairs in a garbage pick up pile on someone's curb - obvious they didn't want them any more. I kept driving and stopped about a mile up the road and turned around, something about the detail on the chairs just caught my eye. 
They were a mess, dirty and covered in spider webs, and left out side for what seemed like forever.

SO I dusted off the webs and put them in the back on my car and contented on my way to work. 

As soon as I had the chance I hosed them off and let them dry in the sun. You can see from the closer up they were pretty beat up. Once they were full dry I used the vacuum to get out all the dust and degree from inside the cane on front and back of the chairs. That was a challenge and I may or may not have included picking some out with a skewer. I slightly sanded them down and filled in a few places with wood filler.

Oh, I should also mention that I kept them a secret from my husband for the duration of the project. He knew I was working on something but just not sure what. I had such a vision for them and I knew if he saw them in their "hot mess" state he would have that forever in his mind :) 

Once they were totally dry I went to the hard ware store and picked up some spray paint. LOTS of spray paint. 
I wanted to do a dark grey at first but I couldn't find a shade dark enough so decided that a high gloss black would work as well! [Sorry for the horrible glare - painting at sunset]

I patiently waited a whole day between each coat which I never do because I wanted them to look amazing! After about three or four coats they looked perfect. 
That's when I got a little crazy- to add a pop of color I taped off and painted the bottom six inches of the front two legs hot pink. Yep, hot pink. 

After two coats and another day of drying they were ready for their high gloss poly top coat! 

Don't you LOVE the difference!?

I moved them into our house, made a black velour seat cushion for each, and a faux sheepskin pillow to modern them up!

 I also wrapped a turquoise floss about an inch thick above the pink to tie them in with the turquoise rug that is in our family room. :)

I still love the detailing on each of the legs. What do you think - worth picking up off the side of the road!?

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Okay so a while back I went on a Martinelli's Apple Cider kick [yes, like I am five] and I was literally drinking a bottle a day. Living it up! And I started gathering quite the collection of those little white plastic caps that come with you can save for later, which I obviously didn't need so I would just toss them in the drawer. Then came the A-HA moment! 
Those handy little white caps fit most champagne and wine bottles. NOT all but most. And its way better than the cork and way cheaper than the fancy little gadgets you can buy. :)

Try it!

Back In Action

Its been WAY too long since I have been in the wonderful world of blogging but nonetheless I am SO happy to be back. In short we have gone under some major life changes in the past six months [all for the better I promise]. Even though life has been hectic I have still managed to find time for fun projects, new recipes, and LOTS of fashion. 
I can't wait to catch you all up on what I have been up to BUT in the mean time what have you been up to!? I'd love to hear <3

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Chanel Storage Bin

So a while back I feel in love with this photo on pinterest:

It led to a story on Yatzer featuring The House of DJ Pil Marques in Brazil. Pretty amazing house! 

Anyhoo I LOVED the industrial steel drum turned to chic Chanel side table- I knew that this was going to happen in our home!

I think that I forgot about it for a while, then we got this cool vintage hi fi stereo system for our entry way living room/dining room turned entry way and it replaced a little side table with storage basket that I used for all of our dog stuff. We have three dogs so there is a decent amount of leashes, collars, shirts, jackets, bandanas, and so on. I was at a loss for where to put all this stuff - I wanted something more stylish than just a basket and then the light bulb went off! 

I looked on line for a steel drum - the one in the picture is a 55 gallon drum which is HUGE! But they also make 10 gallon drums that was the perfect size. The cheapest price online was Amazon but surprisingly enough there is steel drum company only 10 miles from my house! AND their price beat Amazon's! Woo hoo!

I picked it up, used a can of flat black spray paint to pain the white lid and give the glossy black body a once over so it was matte too. 

I created a template on my Silhouette Machine using a font that was the closest I could find to the unique Chanel No 5 font:

Printed out on white vinyl and put it on my cute little drum!

It is the perfect storage for our dog accessories, the lid just sits on top of it so it is super easy to open, and is the perfect place for Z's backpack when he gets home from work! :)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Mini Boston Cream Pies

My absolute new favorite dessert to make is Mini Boston Cream Pies - not only are they incredibly yummy, they are actually fairly easy to make, and a great dessert for a party or barbecue because they are already in individual proportions! 

I have tested a few different recipes and my favorite is actually using the cake recipe from Martha Stewart, the cream filling from Six Sisters' Stuff, and the chocolate glaze is my own adaptation. They turn out so light and fluffy and decadent. 

This recipe yeilds about 18-20 Mini Boston Cream Pies 

The First Step:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole milk
6 tablespoons unsalted butter - softened
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter or grease and flour the cupcake tins. 
-Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. 
-Warm the milk and the butter in a sauce pan over low heat.
-Next, best eggs and sugar in a mixer on high speed until thick and pale [about 4 to 5 minutes]
- Beat in the dry ingredients - I turned the mixer down otherwise the flour will fly everywhere :)

Once the milk and butter have melted and started to boil add to the batter on low speed and beat until smooth. Add the vanilla. 

The batter will be lighter and thicker than a normal cake batter - put in muffin tins, filling halfway. 

Bake the cupcakes 12-15 minutes until golden brown. I find around 13 minutes tends to be perfect as if cooked for the full 15 they tend to be a bit dry. 

I run a butter knife around the edges of the cakes to help pop them out of the pan as they do stick a little bit. 
Once they are cool cut in half - I like to cut closer to the top so the larger portion is on the bottom (More like a 2/3 to 1/3 ratio). 

The Second Step:

This step is super easy (and yummy)!

1 (3.4oz) box of Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream

Mix all of the ingredients, pudding, cream, powdered sugar, milk and sour cream, in the mixer on medium until stiff peak forms- usually 2-3 minutes. 

Put the filling in a plastic bag and cut off the end (or use a pastry bag) and pipe the filling on to the bottom half of the cupcake. This works WAY easier than trying to spoon on (as I did the first time around - hence the picture)

Put the tops on:

The Third Step:
Chocolate Glaze/Ganache

1/2 cup heavy cream
4-6 oz of chocolate - I mix semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat the milk on low/medium heat until right before it boils. 
Remove from heat and add the chocolate. Mix together slowly until the chocolate is all melted and then add the vanilla. 

I let sit for about 5-10 minutes before I spoon on the top of the cakes.

And then voila: 

These beauties are ready to serve!

I usually make day of but they could be made the day before. 
If transporting be sure to use a cupcake tote as they are messy and hard to move. 
Finally, I do not recommend putting them in the fridge- they are best served at room temperature!

Enjoy :)

Friday, August 30, 2013

Leopard, Camo, Dots.. Oh my!

So prints are MAJOR this season. Every magazine and store has all sorts of leopard, camo, polka dots, chevron, and my favorite - aztec/southwestern. I am literally obsessed with it. All of the fun colors and designs makes the sweaters so versatile. Don't get me wrong - I still have my fair share of camo and leopard print jackets but I cannot seem to get enough of the aztec! 
How do you feel about prints? 

I love this sweater from - It sold out but my fingers crossed it will come back:
This is the Capitana Caridgan from Sparrow (at Anthropologie)
It was featured on the Cotton - Fabric of our lives with Hayden Panettiere.

This is a Ruana- a new term to me :) - from Target.
It is even more beautiful on than featured on the website. I found it on sale yesterday for just under $18.00! Woo! 

Are you big on prints this season too - or not a fan? 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Movin to Bloglovin

Helllllo!! It has been forever. As usual life is crazy and I seem to have a few posts in the works but haven't been able to get them finished. So to be totally honest I'm not even sure how the GFC/Google Reader going away will affect my blog BUT I am switching to blog lovin as well. I want to be able to stay in touch with all of you, read your blogs, and stay inspired by all of the great ideas out there!!

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See you all soon! <3