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Tree Craft by Chris Lubkemann

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Our friends at Fox Chapel recently sent us a copy of Tree Craft: 35 Rustic Wood Projects that Bring the Outdoors In, a terrific new book by Chris Lubkemann. The book is a fun collection of wood carving projects that are as approachable as they are easy to make. Read more →

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Sunburst Mirror

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A couple of weeks ago, we made a party wreath inspired by a mirror that we saw in Madrid. We really liked the mirror and wanted to recreate it at home, but weren’t sure what we’d use to make it. But last Saturday, it all came together in (where else) Home Depot!

We were walking through the plumbing section, and Alberto saw decorative metal panels that are generally used for home radiator covers. We immediately thought about using them for the outside border. All we needed now was the small mirror for the center and we found it at Target, as part of an inexpensive set of round mirrors. This project was much easier than we thought it was gonna be, and it makes a GREAT addition to our house! Read more →

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Summer Party Wreath

Categories: Crafts, Decor, Entertaining, Spring, Summer, WreathsTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

On our recent visit to Spain, we saw a lot of design ideas while shopping through home and interior design shops. One shop in particular had a mirror that really inspired us. We loved the circular diamond lattice design, but it was very expensive and we didn’t really want to deal with bringing it back home. On closer inspection, I told Alberto that I could make that easily. (Famous last words!) We weren’t sure how we would use the design, but we knew that we wanted to find a place for it somewhere in our home. Read more →

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Kitchen Chair Cushions

Categories: Chairs, Crafts, Cushions, DIY Projects, PillowsTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

The cushions for our kitchen island chairs have seen better days. We have been wanting to change them, but it’s been one of those things that goes on the “to do at some point in the future” lists. We didn’t really give it much thought until we found this great fabric in the remnant pile of our favorite fabric store. It has everything we wanted for the kitchen:  lots of color and bright prints! They came out great, and it gave the kitchen a new look. Read more →

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Sparkling Watermelon Sangria

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It’s a gloomy spring Sunday in the Northeast, and we need something fun and fruity to cheer us up. Since we’re still in our Spanish kick, we decided to do this very tasty low-cal sangria drink.

Makes 1 pitcher

  • 1 bottle of Spanish cava (or your favorite sparkling wine, Prosecco or Champagne)
  • 2- 12 oz bottles of IZZE low-calorie watermelon soda
  • 8 oz of Triple Sec
  • 1 small seedless watermelon

Split the watermelon in half and using a melon baller, scoop out one half of the fruit into a pitcher. Carve out the pulp from the rest of the fruit, saving a couple of slices for garnish, and strain out as much water as possible (we used a very fine strainer). Add the water from the fruit to the pitcher with the rest of the ingredients. Let it rest in the refrigerator for an hour before serving to let the flavors come together. Salud!

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From Garden to Table

Categories: Decor, Entertaining, Spring, Summer, Table, Tables, UncategorizedTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

    

After such a terrible winter, we were very worried that some of our bushes were going to be too damaged to come back this year. Fortunately, we have some very hardy ones! Every year we prune them to help the growth, but it seemed a shame to throw out their beautiful leaves. So Alberto brought in some of the clippings, and now we have a couple of bright spring arrangements for the house. Read more →

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Salvage Yard Side Table

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While we were at the salvage yard a couple of months ago, we saw a great wrought iron table frame. It was missing a leg, but we really liked the way it looked. How should we transform it? Well…we are thinking of adding another frame as the missing fourth leg, this one made out of wood, which also gives it a more updated look. Read more →

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Gimlet

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A sunny Sunday afternoon calls for a good drink. It’s so warm today that the weather actually reminds us of Fire Island, where our friend Terry introduced us to the Gimlet, a very classy drink. And despite being mostly vodka this recipe is very light and tasty. Enjoy!

Makes two cocktails

  • 8 oz of Kettle One vodka
  • 4 tbsp of lime juice
  • 4 tbsp of Rose’s Lime juice

Pour all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Garnish with a couple of very long lime twists. This drink is so good, that you’ll want another one!

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Tree Trunk Tables

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We were looking through a magazine this weekend, and we saw these great side tables that looked like they were simply tree trunks that have been sanded and sealed. (And they were going for about $200 each!) Alberto immediately thought of the wood blocks sitting in the back yard from several trees that we had cut down last Spring. Read more →

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Jelly Bean Wreath

Categories: Crafts, Decor, Easter, Holidays, Spring, WreathsTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

Okay! Call me superstitious, but I think our Winter Glass Tile Wreath was just courting Mother Nature to bring even more snow and ice to our area. And after snow last Friday, we were done and took it down.

Now, being that Easter is only a couple of weeks away, we wanted to entice the warm weather to hurry it along a little…so we’re making a sweet wreath made out of jelly beans.

Yes, jelly beans. We had wanted to use something different to make the wreath interesting and the pastel beans we found at the local grocery store were perfect for our project! Read more →

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