Vintage planter diy

I have a thing for plants and succulents but I’m prone to killing them off. Aloe vera however, must like me back is seemingly really hard to kill.  So I picked one up at Home depot where I was buying some furniture stripper (I really kinda messed up a chair and now I’m trying to fix it! More on that later) and I was going to pot it into an old Ikea planter but then I saw this adorable guy I had found at the thrift store.  Using some cactus soil I already had I popped the little aloe in and now I have the cutest planter ever!  It reminds me of my step-mom’s son dog Congo, a sweet little cock-a-poo.  That’s it for today; make it a good one!DSC_0065 DSC_0064 DSC_0061


Corners in our home

bar DSC_0002 DSC_0044 DSC_0051A little glimpse into our home that is my ongoing project of furniture and art re-arrangment and not to mention cat arrangements everywhere i look!  Have a great day; I’m off to Dallas to visit a good friend and do some retail therapy!

Amelie. an artwork crush


I rediscovered the french film Amelie and fell in love with the mise en scene all the stuff on the sets that make up the environment. From the wallpapers in the character’s flats to the pictures, art, furniture, dish ware, lamps and all other knick-knacks.  There were 3 specific pieces I noticed Amelie had in her flat, 2 above her bed shown here:  and “bear” elsewhere that I just adore.

The German artist (Michael Sowa) was a favorite of the film directors Jean-Pierre Juenuet.

“kohler’s pig”// “fimlhound”// “bear”// “bunny dressing”// “fowl with pearl”// “pig in soup”//

“his master’s voice”// “autobahn pig”//

I also loved this one that the glass man re-painted each year for 20 years, “Luncheon of the  

boating party” by Renoir.  I’d love to have some of Sowa’s prints in my home; they’re on my list of art to buy!

Paint chip mosaic art

DSC_0126 DSC_0128 DSC_0129If you’re like me and can’t afford all the art you want now but do want something to adorn your walls then here’s an easy-peesy project that just might fill that artless void in  your heart home.  I cut up some paint chips into smaller squares in soothing colors that match our bedroom decor (light grey-blue walls, dark eggplant curtains, black statement wall, & white bedcovers–pretty neutral) and made a pretty mosaic using a thrifted frame.  Once you have the design you like glue or mod podge the squares to your background paper, let dry, frame and hang.  I’ve come to really love this piece I made especially since I ended up painting the frame white (not shown) to look a bit more modern.

Looking forward to going to the library this weekend (hello, free movie rentals! I totally forgot about this until 2 weeks ago after not visiting the library in several years–such a great resource) and taking it easy at  home.  Hope you have a great weekend!

Baked apples + cranberrys

IMG_4820 IMG_4821 IMG_4823 IMG_4824 IMG_4825 IMG_4827 IMG_4829 IMG_4830 IMG_4831 IMG_4846 IMG_4857 IMG_4860This is one of my favorite recipes and I’ve posted it before here but this time I added in some goodies: coconut, ginger and cranberries.  Kind of a weird combo but it turned out sooo goood, ha!  I can eat this everyday for breakfast or a quick afternoon snack.  There’s something so wintry (that is a word!) about eating a baked apple instead of an uncooked one.

Recipe (adapted from Terry Walter’s Clean Food): Preheat Oven to 375.

Filling: 12 apples cored and sliced (peeled or unpeeled), 1/4 C maple syrup, 2 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp ground ginger, 1/3 C cranberries, 1 tbs whole wheat pasty flour or brown rice flour. Add apples in large bowl, fold in syrup, cinnamon and cranberries. Sprinkle flour and fold into the mix. Spread into 9×12 baking casserole dish.

Topping: 2 C rolled oats, 1 C whole wheat flour, 1/2 C chopped almonds, 5 tbs flaked coconut, 1 tbs cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 C maple syrup, 1/2 C canola oil. Combine into the same mixing bowl: oats, flour, nuts, ginger and cinnamon. In a separate bowl whisk the syrup and oil and add to the dry ingredients; mix until crumbly. Spread over the apples, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake 20 more minutes.

I actually omitted the oats this time but they do add such a nice granola-y crunch to the top.  Enjoy!

Gold dipped barware

DSC_0015 DSC_0016 DSC_0017 DSC_0020 DSC_0043 DSC_0044 DSC_0048 DSC_0114 DSC_0119I’m obsessing over gold stuff lately which is weird because my whole life I’ve been drawn to silver.  There’s just something elegant about gold.  Once I found my cute little bar cart I wanted to style it right away. So off to the thrift store I went and found lots of goodies like the glass stir sticks (in the first picture), martini glasses, ice bucket, pitcher and candleholders ($16 total). The rest I had at home (the silverware and stemless wine glasses) and gold spray paint from Michaels.  I taped off with painter’s tape and newspaper the bits I didn’t want gold and laid everything out in the garage.  I used about 3 coats of spray paint to get everything adequately covered.  Now I have a super pretty mismatched barware set for my home bar!

Thanks for looking!  Do you have a bar cart or home bar?  I just love it.  See you soon!

Bar cart style

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DSC_0134 DSC_0135Hey, it’s monday! Hope you had a fabulous weekend like I did.  We had 2 coffee dates, a fajita dinner on the harbor and picked up some goodies at World market; I love world market!  I might have to do a post on some of the foods we found:)

I was pretty excited to find this bar cart at  a thrift store for $7! And then it just all came into place; I found the gold tray at pier 1 on sale and all the bar-ware I thrifted the same day! I was just meant to have a pretty little gold bar cart in the living room.  First thing I did was clean up the cart itself by wiping it down.  I may decide to paint it a more updated gold someday, but I’m definitely keeping the gold, I think.  Second thing I did was to paint the barware–I’ll do another post on that process later this week.  Third thing was to style the cart. I’m not the greatest at styling so the tray helps a lot to organize the barware, ice bucket and candle holders nicely.   I really love my little corner in the living room now; the cart adds a lot of character!  Thanks for stopping by today!