Sunday, May 29, 2011

Blue Eggs

One of the many things I love about living in Connecticut are the local farms. This morning I drove to Flamig Farm in West Simsbury to buy these gorgeous blue eggs for my daughter, Ariel.

She is totally into the whole organic, eating locally grown produce craze. The typical Connecticut farm eggs are brown, and often have blood spots in the yolk. Since kosher law prohibits eating eggs with spots of blood in them, we tried the blue eggs. Happily, we found that most blue eggs are free of blood.

Ariel says the blue eggs taste better. Although I don't find a difference in the taste, it's the color that I'm so excited about!  That blue would be a great color for my next painting project.

Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

What can you do with a placemat?

I picked up a few of these Beaded Bamboo Place mats at Pier One for 8 bucks a piece. I've seen them at Bed Bath and Beyond as well. 

These place mats are really interesting and add texture to a table setting but they also can be used for so much more.  I bought a "tray top" coffee table on Craig's List for my sun room. After painting it brown, I popped the bamboo pieces in the tray, topped it with glass, and voila--a much more interesting table.

Sorry, I don't have a before picture but trust me, the after is much better!

My daughter wanted a new mirror in her bedroom.  I wanted to make her one that had a modern organic look. I had the lumberyard cut four pieces of wood 4 inches wide. I put them together as a frame, painted the frame brown and started gluing. The next day I had this.

She loves the finished piece!

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Ribboned Wall

Since the bed in a master bedroom has the leading role, the wall behind that bed is the supporting actor.

Here is a super easy, inexpensive way to enhance that wall using nothing but grosgrain ribbon and thumbtacks. I must admit it took a while, but because there's no mess or chemical smell, it can be done over a period of days while still sleeping in the room.

The first step was to draw light pencil lines to form the pattern. I used a level and ruler to do this. Next, I started from the top of the wall and ran the ribbon down to the floor, using a bit of double backed tape to hold things in place before I was able to criscross and insert a thumbtack. I did a diamond pattern but squares would also work.

I didn't want my thumbtacks the silver color they came in, so I pushed them into a piece of styrofoam and spraypainted them in a bronze color.

The paint color is Cappuccino from Restoration Hardware.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Children's Table and Chairs

I found this set on Craig's List for $25! Very sturdy, but ho-hum wood. I went to my local lumberyard and asked the guy to cut down all the legs since the grandkids are so young...three and sixteen months old. I wanted them to be able to easily get on and off the chairs themselves.


The first step, after a light sanding was a coat of white primer to seal everything.

Next, I made the chair cushions from foam and the cute alphabet fabric I showed you in my I (heart) Type post (see below).  I don't like to sew very much but this was pretty simple.

A few coats of paint and it's ready to bring over to the kids this week!

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