Sale Sale Sale

May 23, 2009

Today from 10-5 Red Tree is having a warehouse sale at 3300 Clipper Mill Road.  I’ll be there, with my mom.  Look for 2 really small excited ladies.

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Love muffins

May 18, 2009

Katie and I got back from Montreal last week. Although we enjoyed our food there, we were both excited to have home-cooked meals.  It was hard eating out every day and not having very much say in our food preparation.  One of few souvenirs that I got was something I’ve been wanting for a long while, is a salt pig.  Just like in cooking shows, it makes that extra dash so much more country cooking feeling.  What a weidro, I know.  What I was looking for was a general, simple, porcelain type like this.

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Actually I was dying to get my hands on one from Emile Henry salt pig, I always drooled over it in William Sonoma.

TEH0201.33.jpgWhen we stopped in Burlington, VT there were a ton of cute kitchen shops.  I found the best thing ever.

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A salt PIG.  It’s made my the company RSVP International and was much much cheaper than, well, anything at William Sonoma.

Fun kitchen gadgets help to make cooking and learning to cook fun.  I decided I never bake, so I made muffins.

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Then I got some kind of delirious motive to cook dinner.  So why not roast a chicken?  Cause I’ve never done it before.  Katie kindly took me out to get ingredients and a chicken.  I started cooking at 8 pm and we didn’t eat til around 11, but I’m glad that we did it, cause it wasn’t easy.

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I lined the pan with onions, garlic, and potatoes.  And set some onions and garlic aside to stuff into the chicken.

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The chicken sat on the onions in the middle.

A little side note:  This was my first time handling a whole chicken.  I’m not going to lie, it’s extremely uncool.  It takes a lot of ignoring to keep yourself from going veggie when picking up a whole chicken.  It’s way easier when it’s cut up into happy little pieces for you.  I got through it, but I learned I’m not quite as tough as I thought.

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Also since it was my first time, I was afraid of course that it would taste bad and that we would have to throw it all away.  So I basted it with a little bit of butter.

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Then stuck the onions garlic, and a couple whole sprigs of rosemary from the herb window.  Also a couple splashes of dry white wine.  Popped it in for a couple of hours, and there it was.

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Next time I might use more vegetables, more colors.  Anyway, the leftovers are awesome.  Real home cooking by a really amateur cook.  Yum enough for me.

These are a bit out of order, basically it was amazing.

Philly Phun

April 14, 2009

This weekend was packed full of good times, starting with the Beirut show at the Electric Factory.  It was a wonderful show.  They did a great job of mixing the old with the new and I was able to find really good youtube videos of the show.

Basically, it was all I expected and more, and had great company to share it with.

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The next day we made plans to go visit Terrain where my friend Adam had worked when it was first opened.  Terrain is basically a home/garden/design mecca.  Although I am budgeting, I made a couple of plant purchases, which is always exciting.  The prices there are expensive in my taste, but no more than I expected.  We shopped, ate at the cafe, then shopped some more.  Very relaxing and inspiring.  A great little day trip.

Starfish

Starfish

Hothouse

Hothouse

Hothouse Terrarium Box

Hothouse Terrarium Box

Hothouse Arch

Hothouse Arch

Really Really Expensive Orchids

Really Really Expensive Orchids

Gourd Bird Houses In Back

Gourd Bird Houses In Back

Home And Bath Stuff

Home And Bath Stuff

Soap Table

Soap Table

Brunch At Cafe

Brunch At Cafe

Brunch In A Greenhouse

Brunch In A Greenhouse

Silly I know, but I loved the bathroom design

Silly I know, but I loved the bathroom design

Purchases

Purchases

Buckled Up For the Ride Home

Buckled Up For the Ride Home

Got home and immediately put our plants in their places.

Herb Garden

Herb Garden

Window Garden

Window Garden

Winter is really hard for me.  Aside from the obvious cold comes lethargy, apathy, hibernation, and hoarding.    Because of the newly planned trip to Montreal, I’ve been looking to perfect my wardrobe, and frankly it’s not going all that well.  I know what I want but can’t seem to find what I’m looking for.  Usually when I give up on fashion, I resort to recipes, DIY ideas, and especially home decorating.  I’ve found so many ideas for each room (as if they’re so separate) of my apartment that I’m so excited about.

The theme I guess I would be working towards is maybe a really old french biologist’s country home in the early 1900’s.  That may be a bit dreamy, but the basic idea is classic.

Washington Irving House (as highlighted in The House in Good Taste)

Washington Irving House (as highlighted in The House in Good Taste)

In my searches, I found my next reading endeavor: The House in Good Taste, by Elsie De Wolfe.  I’m not exactly sure how well known she is…I’ve never heard of her.  As far as I’ve read, it’s exactly the classic attitude of  decorating that I’ve been pushing for.  In my search for the perfect things to fit the apartment, I’ve learned that above all, it takes time and of course many many many many trips to so many thrift stores.

**Note:  Some things, however, are ok to splurge for.  Once I feel that I am deserving, I will treat myself to these beautiful tumblers from Anthropologie.

Fleur de lys yellow tumblers

Fleur de lys yellow tumblers

It’s funny, because I just got my tax return, but I think that I need to get something accomplished first in order to get them.**

It’s important for me to get out of this winter funk.  Rather than hoarding everything that I like in the moment, my attitude needs to change towards being simple and selective.

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“How can we develop taste?  Some of us, alas, can never develop it, because we can never let go of shams.  We must learn to recognize suitability, simplicity and proportion, and apply our knowledge to our needs.”

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“What is the main goal?
A house that is like the life that goes on with it,
a house that gives us beauty as we understand it –
and beauty of a nobler kind that we may grow to understand,
a house that looks refined.”

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~Elsie De Wolfe
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(I should probably go ahead and get some accessory pets while I’m at it.)

Christmas time is here

December 8, 2008

It’s getting to be that time.  Shopping is a nightmare everywhere you go, no matter the time or day of the week.  Snow and ice are terrifying for those of us devoid of any sort of grace.  And then there’s the pressure of impressing the family that you see once or twice a year.  Argh!!!

But yet…….. this year is different.  I love Christmas no matter the headache.  This year I’m sending out a few Christmas cards, I’m decorating a little, and I’m getting my shopping done as soon as possible.  I really want to enjoy this season, because it will be special if you allow it to be.  I’m trying to start it out right.  

***First of all, it was my first time seeing the Mount Vernon monument lighting.  (I probably wouldn’t have gone if I couldn’t walk to it.)  Of course it drizzled for the first hour that we were waiting for fireworks, but it was pretty spectacular when it stopped and they started.  

Well it’s not at all easy to take pictures of fireworks.

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Here’s what the Baltimore Sun saw:

We noticed that the fireworks knocked out a good bit of the lights during the show.  That’s some intense fireworkin.

 

 

***I wrapped the two Christmas presents I have bought.  I’m sure you can guess they’re for my mother and father. I got my mom some pretty tan gloves, and my dad a book and an NPR map.  I would pretty much suggest it as a gift for anyone who travels across the country.  

You know, like a road map that show all of the NPR stations nationwide.

 

***I got mine from Red Tree in Hampden.  Which reminds me, I loooooove store Christmas.

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***So my decorating has been slim.  Our sad little fake Christmas tree lost life in the top half of it’s light string, so I made a yellow and white construction paper chain.  I think it kind of made it look a little sadder, unfortunately.  So I put the wrapped presents under them.  And that made it look sad too, cause we only have two wrapped presents.  Thank god for reversible wrapping paper.  

I also thought, “well we have a mantle, we ought to have some stockings.”  So I used some white scrap felt and the acrylic paint to make a couple of monogrammed stockings.  Ah well…

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We didn’t have hooks and managed to affix them carefully to a little ledge in the detail of the mantle.  I wonder if there’s an attractive, easy, sturdy way to keep those actually hanging from the top ledge.

***We went to the craft mart today at the Lyric and hopefully that will give me some more ideas for future gifts and decoration before Christmas.  What we were really looking for was a really nice 2009 calender, but didn’t find anything that quite fit our taste.  Til we do, we’ll be printing out ical calenders monthly.  (Cause I don’t currently have a large collection of paint chips)

 

***Anyway~I hope to continue to be inspired to make this month run smoothly and festively. I’m going to try to continue to be excited as well, because otherwise, it will be just another long and cold December.***

 

 

P.s.~ We bought these today and I love them:

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I’ll hang them when i have time, surely awake neighbors, and a really good level.

Treasure Find!

November 29, 2008

Rather than braving the malls or 4 am Kohl’s massacres on black Friday, Katie and I finished a few home projects and went to the Value Village.  There we discovered  a table we liked was not just a table, but a sewing machine cabinet.  For $15 it was worth the haul.  

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come inside..

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It works.  I’ve tested it and I think I have it pretty much all figured out.  But I haven’t had the chance yet to actually sit down and give it a shot.  Maybe later today or tomorrow.

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The thing about taking in new furniture into our apartment right now is that all of our furnishings must be as functional as possible.  So for now the table will have to be a table as well as a sewing machine. 

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