Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wonderful Wednesday

Marble cupcake recipe from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes

Monday, January 17, 2011

Big Soft Ginger Cookies

I was hoping to show you a home decorating project that I am working on, but I am not quite ready to reveal it!  In the meantime, I would like to share with you these wonderful big soft ginger cookies.  These cookies truly live up to their name!  You can find the recipe here.  I think that I might go eat one now! 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wool Flower Pin

Feeling rather crafty the other night, I got on the internet and found a tutorial for these wool fabric flowers.  This is my favorite type of craft project: quick, inexpensive, and easy!  At first I was a bit hesitant about this gray flower, but then my seventeen year old fashionista daughter said, "Will you make me one too?" and then I knew it couldn't be all that bad!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Gettin' Krafty With It

Monday, January 10, 2011

TJ Maxx Finds

Now that the holidays are over and the kids are back at school, I really should be cleaning the house.  Oh well, instead I decided to take a quick trip to one of my favorite stores: TJ Maxx.  This is a very evil place, along with Home Goods, Marshalls, and Target.  I originally went to Tuesday Morning, but the store was closed for inventory!  Anyway, of course I didn't leave TJ Maxx empty handed.  Here's what a found:

 I  just couldn't resist this small silver tray with a little bird.  And then on my way out, I spotted this very pretty top in my new favorite color.

I really should have more will power.  Oh well, tomorrow I will clean!  Have a wonderful week!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Oatmeal Cookies for MacGyver

MacGyver husband's favorite oatmeal cookies

This afternoon,  I baked MacGyver husband's favorite oatmeal cookies in hopes of "buttering him up".  You see, I have some decorating projects I need help with this weekend!  Perhaps these cookies will do the trick?   Have a wonderful weekend!  

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Dining Room Table

After the holidays, I realized that the dining room table at Love and Life at Leadora was looking a little bare.  Luckily, Michael's is having a 50% sale on all their basic greenery.  I  was so excited when I found these cute ivy topiaries.

My mom, from la vie quotidienne, also alerted me about the artificial apples.  Don't these apples look real?  They weren't on sale, so I used a 40% off coupon.

I put the apples in a wooden box that I found at Home Goods.  Then, I added a lace edged napkin and a glass of old silver spoons that my mother-in-law gave to me.  This tablescape really peps up my table.  Enjoy!

I joined all these fabulous link parties:

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Bathroom Update

You may remember that before the holidays, MacGyver husband and I were working on the guest/kids' bathroom.  Here was my inspiration board:

As with most our home renovation projects, we usually have a few hiccups along the way.   First, our floor tile was on back order.   Fortunately, the subway tile for the shower was available, but later we discovered that the size of many of the subway tiles was off.   Due to MacGyver husband's busy work schedule, we decided to hire a tile installer.   Unfortunately, the tile installer didn't do a very good job (using the defective tile pieces probably didn't help).  In the end, MacGyver husband ended up removing a portion of the tile work and replacing it.

The hexagon tile finally arrived.  The floor hasn't been installed yet, but I wanted to show you the pattern I have chosen.  It is a simple border with rosettes in the middle.

In the meantime, the sconces, pendant lighting, and shower fixture have arrived too.  I was also able to go to Anthropologie and purchase the monogrammed towel hooks.  So things are coming along. 

In the above photo, you see a bit of blue paint in the corner.  After much trial and tribulation, I was able to find Martha Stewart's Artesian Well.  Most of the wall will be covered in white bead board, and then there will be a border of this blue as well as a blue ceiling.

There is still so much to do in this bathroom.  Hopefully we'll get the floor done soon and then start hanging beadboard.  I will keep you posted!