Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pottery Barn Knockoff...

...coming soon to a blog near you. Err, I mean here. Hint, it has something to do with $1.40 worth of glass jars from afore mentioned thrift store! See you Friday :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Value Village

As a kid I hated thrift stores, to me it just meant getting hand-me-down clothes that always seemed to smell funny at first. But now I understand the appeal, its like looking for diamonds in the rough, finding cool stuff that sometimes needs a little love. After going to the gym today, I felt like going shopping, so I hit up Value Village on the way home and found a few things. Here's a few pics...

Two hardback books, I remember reading "By the Sea" as a kid at my grandma's house and the other one "The Green Bough" I got because it has a cool cover. I'll read it though just for fun :) I finally read a Jane Austin book today -thats been on my "Want To Do List" since last summer. It was called "Lady Susan", it was pretty different than Pride and Prejudice - the leading lady was kind of a villainous sort of character.

 Decent sized wooden try for $2.99 that is going to get a paint job, planning on the same green color as the little wood box, then I might try decoupaging some patterned paper or maybe doilies on it. Should be fun to serving things this summer - maybe some mojitos or passion iced tea lemonade...

This candlestick is also getting a makeover - I really want to paint it gray but haven't decided yet. Then I'm thinking about adding some bling as well... we'll see. Oh, and in the background, you can see the Yogi Bear Picinik Basket I picked up recently! I'm really excited about that, can't wait for warmer weather :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Its Finally Spring!!

Spring has finally reached our neck of the woods and I am so glad, winter was getting old. That is why I love having four seasons though, its always changing.
Proof of spring - the 1st crocus (hopefully many more will be popping up soon)
I love these, they might be my favorites!

  Some more proof - finally have the sun roof open again.
On a totally unrelated note - I cooked 3 meals today (I know, I know... shocking). Anyways, we're trying to be more healthy around here, hence the brown rice and oatmeal on the counter. Hope everyone has a good week, heading underground, I mean to work for the next five days.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Chinese Breakfast

Joe's family and I went out for dim sum at Noble Court. Technically it was breakfast for us, since we hadn't eaten yet. (Sorry, kind of an inside joke.) Anyways, Joe has been trying to convince me to try Chinese food again for awhile. All the little ponds and waving kitties were a kick. The hum bao was pretty good, the outside was really nice and fluffy. We'll have to try and make some again, the dough was a complete flop last time but the barbeque pork he made was amazing.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Welcome Fernie

While browsing through the spring magazines that arrived recently, I decided that I needed to take down all the winter decorations and start getting ready for spring. While I have yet to take down said decorations, I  did go shopping - I found Fernie the Fern and brought him home with me. He adds some spring greenery nicely, helps clear the air and so far is getting along swimmingly with Malcolm. Hopefully Mal won't get jealous of our new house guest and try to eat him (he's tried that before on some of our less fortunate green friends). In honor of spring and Fernie's arrival, I decided a little photo shoot was in order.

Malcolm, this is Fernie. Fernie, this is Malcolm.

Fernie posing with Jane Austin, Mary Lennox and Lollia.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Family Photo

Picture from my birthday taken by Jenn. 

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Cheese Danish

Cheese danish are so yummy! Thank goodness for frozen puff pastries, otherwise these would be a lot of work. Recipe found in Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook or online here.

If you don't like scrapbooking ignore the following...
I'm always trying to figure out new ways to use up thickers, especially the numbers, its really frustrating throwing away perfectly good stuff that you spent perfectly good money on. Anways, the foam numbers bend really easily to make interesting shapes. I cut a bunch of 9s and 6s up and used the 3s sideways, all stretched out. 

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Trash to Treasure

I got this little box for free. Not the best picture but generally looking not so hot. I have been needing a new home for some of my garden gloves and other things that collect on the back porch. So I pried off the cracked little pot and plastic foliage, removed the handle and sanded the whole thing down. Then just repainted with some fun green paint, whitewashed a little over the top to give it some depth and put the handle back on with some new twine. Tada! First paint project complete! 
On another note, I got a new laptop that is compatible with my SD card for my camera so you may be seeing more posts with pictures! Happy weekend everyone!

Finally Some Powder....

Joe and I made it up to Silver Mountain recently. ...finally a powder day!! There is nothing quite like snowboarding in fresh powder. I was unfortunately babying my back, but we still got a bunch of good runs in. I had a patient recently who is a huge ski buff and he says March should be good for a few more powder days. So hopefully won't have to put away the board quite yet :)