Thursday, May 27, 2010

Framed Pictures

Remember these flower prints I found at the Flea Market?
I picked out 6 prints with mostly blue and green colors in them for $1 a piece.
Then I found some frames at Michael's for $7 for a 2-pack.
And here is what they look like hung on my dining room wall.
I love how they look flanked on each side of the mirror. Now I'm on the hunt for 2 matching table lamps for the sideboard and to get rid of that floor lamp.

Linking up to the Inspired By Party by The Inspired Room and to Metamorphosis Monday by Between Naps on the Porch.

Summer is here!

Memorial Day weekend is here and summer is upon us.

Here is my Memorial Day tablescape.
All the colors were pulled from my tablecloths (rugs from Ikea- only $2.99!)

Add in WalMart chargers, Crate & Barrel white plates and red plates from HomeGoods. The napkins are from Target and Crate & Barrel silverware sits on top.
Each person's seat is labeled on their drinking glass. These are so cute and were given to me as a wedding shower gift.
Here are my burlap ribbon candles I made last week. And some flowers bought at Trader Joe's.
A pitcher sits in my old pie tin I found a few weeks ago at the flea market.
Have a great weekend everyone! And happy summer!!

Linking up to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Burlap Ribbon: A Craft Project

My mom found this burlap ribbon at Hobby Lobby a few months ago and I finally came up with something to use it for.

I bought some candles at Ikea for $8 and some upholstery thumbtacks from Home Depot for $1.

...and voila!

Cute little ribbon-wrapped candles!

So quick, simple and cheap.

Happy weekend crafting to you :)

Linking to Metamorphosis Mondays at Between Naps on the Porch

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Flea Market Finds

My mom and I went to Elkhorn, WI this past weekend for their HUGE flea market.

We found lots of awesome finds but walked away with only a handful gems.

Here's what I got:

Flower prints for $1 apiece.
I bought six and plan on framing them and hanging them around my dining room mirror (stay tuned for that!)
I found this beauty in the first 5 minutes!
A big tart pan. I love love love it! It will look great with a few candles in it or even turned upside down as a pedestal.
And lastly, a few printer's block letters. I see many people with these and just love them!
Luckily my last name is short so these only cost me $9!
Not bad for our first flea market of the season. Can't wait to see what we find at our next one!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ooooh! My New Favorite Time Waster!

I was reading Our Suburban Cottage today and came across a recent post she did on how to use the website Polyvore. This site allows you to create your own virtual inspiration board with pictures of your choice. You can put together an outfit using any clothing item from any store you can think of. Or put together your dream bedroom using items from Crate & Barrel and Ikea. Whatever your mind can come up with! It's so fun! Here is the room that AnnNicole put together:

And since I'm obsessed with shopping for clothes this was totally up my alley!

Here's my first attempt at using Polyvore:

I titled this outfit "Saturday Errands In Style"
The clothing items are from Forever 21, the jewelry from H&M and the clutch from Target.

Check it out for yourself and have fun! And be prepared to see about a million of these in my future posts :)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

These flowers were the color palette for my tablescape this week. Lots and lots of bright colors.

More color in the tablecloth.
Basic white plates on rattan chargers.
Add in some drinking glasses from Ikea.
A bright yellow tray holds a cutting board for my limes, a silver tray for some utensils and mini candle votives for some soft light.
Yellow bowls from Ikea and a pink vase from HomeGoods.

A vintage plate I found at an antique store. I'm actually on the lookout for several plates in similar colors to make a collage on my dining room wall :)
The plate matches my glasses perfectly!

And there you have it! A bright colorful table for all your Cinco de Mayo festivities!

And the perfect meal to serve at this table...Tyler Florence's Ultimate Fish Tacos! I just made this recipe last week after returning from my trip to San Diego and I think it's my new favorite dish. It's absolutely to die for!!

Here's the recipe for you to try:


  • 2 pounds mahi mahi (skinned, boned and cleaned) cut into 1-ounce strips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/2 head savoy cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 bunch cilantro, leaves picked
  • 1 bunch chives, chopped
  • 3 limes, cut into wedges for garnish

Pink Chile Mayonnaise:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 chipotles in adobo, plus 2 tablespoons of adobo sauce
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Prepare the fish. Cut the pieces of fish into 1-ounce strips. Set up a breading station of flour, lightly beaten eggs with water, and seasoned panko bread crumbs. Season all with salt and pepper. Dredge the pieces of fish in flour, egg then bread crumbs. Once all the fish is breaded deep-fry in small batches in (375 degrees F) oil. Drain on paper towels and season with salt. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Prepare the pink chile mayonnaise. Put the chipotles in a blender and puree until smooth. Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, adobo sauce and lemon juice and continue to process until the mixture is consistent and creamy. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate until ready to use.

To serve, set up the tacos "family-style". Assemble the fish in a pile on a plate and the pink chile mayonnaise in a bowl. Set a pile of shredded savoy cabbage, cilantro leaves, chopped chives and lime wedges next to the fish. Toast the corn tortillas lightly over an open flame (on your stove top) and serve.

Tablescape Thursday hosted by Between Naps on the Porch