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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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Porch Trellis

Categories: Decor, DIY Projects, Frames, SpringTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

We love our front porch, and we have a beautiful Wisteria that sits right on the other side of the wall. We decided to build a trellis that will sit at that end of the porch to allow the Wisteria to climb in and around it. We’ll hopefully get to see the beautiful blooms through the summer, and it will create a natural privacy screen on that end of the porch. The trellis was designed so that it echoes the decorative arts and crafts beams we have on our house…perfect for our crafty home! Read more →

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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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Tufted Bench Redux

Categories: Benches, DIY Projects, FurnitureTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

We really do love our dogs, and they make us very happy…most of the time. Unfortunately, last Wednesday evening wasn’t one of those times. After letting them back in from outside that evening they all ran into our bedroom before we had a chance to stop them. They immediately jumped right on top of the bench that we did last September and completely covered it with mud. We tried cleaning it but the fabric was stained and thus, ruined.

Se la vie! At least we didn’t need to start from scratch. We only had to recover the top of the bench. One of the great things about doing these projects is that you can always redo it when something like this happens to you. Even if it doesn’t…it’s great to be able to change up the décor of a room without much cost! Read more →

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The Cocktail Tray

Categories: DIY Projects, Entertaining, Table, Top MenuTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

A few weeks ago our friend Jen invited us over to look at some old pieces that she liked but was having trouble finding a functional use for them. She was hoping that we could come up with something crafty instead of having to throw them out.  One of the things we found was a very old side table that was on its last legs (so to speak).  It was wobbly and the leg reinforcements were broken.  She liked the shape of the top, but the legs were too unstable and delicate to be of any use. Read more →

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Walnut Baluster Lamps

Categories: DIY Projects, LampsTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

Alberto and I went to a salvage yard in Barnegat, NJ a couple of weeks ago. I love salvage yards because you’re only limited by your imagination. They always have lots of great stuff, and the owners are usually willing to negotiate on the price. This time around we actually saw a big concrete relief of Daffy and Porky Pig dressed as Sherlock Holmes and Watson with a title of “Mystery.” I wish we had a yard big enough for a garden so that we could make that the centerpiece! (Alberto disagrees) Read more →

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Book Lamp

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While we were at the Goodwill last month, Alberto came up with a few other ideas.  I’ve been wanting to make a lamp, and so Alberto decided to use books as the base for one.  We love books, so it’s little wonder how Alberto came up with this idea.  We found some very old hardcover books selling for a few cents (no first editions, don’t worry!) which were all perfect for the base.  Read more →

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Wood Lath Headboard

Categories: Bed, DIY Projects, Furniture, HeadboardTags: , , , , , , , , , Author:

For a few months now, we’ve been wanting a headboard for one of the spare bedrooms, but we couldn’t find what we wanted.  Headboards are expensive, and we wanted something that was fun.  Read more →

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Winter Glass Tile Wreath

Categories: Decor, Featured, Top Menu, Winter, WreathsTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

Maplewood has been getting pummeled with snowstorms this year, and all we see out the window is snow and ice.  I remember a time where I thought it was pretty, but no more…and it’s only January!   Read more →

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