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Wood Shingle Christmas Tree

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We host Christmas dinner at our house every year. (Well, I host while Alberto cooks. You definitely don’t want to eat my cooking!) This year we wanted something special for the center of the table. We kept tossing around ideas, but nothing really seemed right. So to help us with our inspiration, we headed down to the basement to see what we could find. (Weird, I know, but it seems to work for us!)

We were rummaging through when we saw a bundle of wooden shingles left over from when we had the house painted a few years ago. Immediately, Alberto said “Christmas tree!” and just as quickly, I said “Of course!” (Don’t try to figure out how we do this, it just is…) Read more →

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Wooden Charger Clock

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A few weeks ago we found a great wooden dinner charger at a garage sale, but it was the only one they had. What to do with just one dinner charger? Well, how about a clock?!

We also bought a nice cabinet knob at Antropologie, which was perfect to mark the 12 o’clock space. Now we just needed to find the right markings for the 3, 6 and 9 spots and we found them at home. We like to collect old corks and a few of our favorites are the tops of the Woodford Reserve bottles. They have round wooden pieces on top of the cork. We took three of them, cut the cork in half, and added them to the clock. Then, we just painted the clock hands red and we now have a very unique clock! Read more →

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Recycled Children’s Rocker

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Saturday was a beautiful day in Maplewood so we decided to hit the local yard sales. There’s nothing better than stopping at a yard sale on the weekend! They’re always great for a treasure find, or two. And we really lucked out…we found six treasures that are sure to be featured on our blog soon! Read more →

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New Pillows for the Porch

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One of the easiest ways to add a little color to any room is by making covers for throw pillows. Now that it is warm out, we wanted to try it on the front porch. We like to do that every season! You only have to buy the fabric, and you can easily change the feel of a room or space. We made these pillows the same way we made the ones in our post A Toile Bed for the Puppies! Of course we scaled it down for the pillows that we had. Try it!!! You’ll end up changing your pillows with the seasons, just like we do!

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Pineapple Ginger Margarita

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Today is one of those days that calls for a margarita…sunny, warm, and just the right amount of sticky humidity — the perfect summer day! Here’s a recipe that’s going to help you cool off while enjoying the sun!

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 6 oz of Corzo tequila
  • 6 oz can of pineapple juice
  • 4 oz of diet ginger ale
  • 1 tbs of fresh ginger pulp
  • 1 lime

Mix all of the ingredients together, with the juice of half of the lime and stir well Serve over a tall glass of ice and garnish with the rest of the lime. Delicioso!

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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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Gin Martini

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There’s no better drink than a gin martini on Father’s Day. Our version is neither shaken, nor stirred, but chopped. It’s also very dry, cool and crisp. Here’s the recipe…

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 8 oz of Hendrick’s gin
  • a tiny splash of dry vermouth
  • cucumber peel for garnish

Pour the gin and vermouth into shaker filled with ice and chop it down using a long cocktail spoon, until half of the ice has melted into the gin (it helps to use crushed ice). Serve in a cocktail glass and garnish with the cucumber peel. Happy Father’s Day!

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Salvaged Copper Lamps

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We’re always going through yard sales to see what we can find to make over. Recently, we came across  a couple of GREAT exterior Arroyo Craftsman sconces. We didn’t need sconces on the outside of our house, but we did need lamps for the family room. Hmmmm… Read more →

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Strawberry Piña Colada

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Our lovely neighbors went strawberry picking this past weekend and brought us a big tub of the sweetest berries we’ve ever tasted. He suggested that we make a cocktail with them (he knows us well…most people would have suggested a pie or maybe a smoothie.) We listened and went old school this weekend and made Strawberry Piña Coladas!

The actual recipe calls for a lot of fruit juice which contains a lot of empty calories. To make it lighter, we used real fruit (strawberries, pineapples) and substituted the coconut milk with the beverage-kind, which we found in the dairy section of the market. We couldn’t find a substitute for the coconut cream, so we kept it in the recipe. It’s really a key ingredient and we couldn’t mess around with it…we just used half of what the recipe calls for, which was enough sweetness for us. Here’s the recipe:

Makes 4 cocktails

  • 1 cup of Malibu Rum (coconut flavored)
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  • 1/4 cup of Coconut Cream (Coco Lopez)
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Pineapple slices and tipsy cherries for garnish

Put the rum, fruit, cream and ice in a large blender and blend until smooth (I guess, this is an alcoholic smoothie after all!) Serve and garnish with the pineapple and cherries.

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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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