Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Roy's Rathskeller

I'm excited to finally make a run at the basement of our new casa.  Roy's manCave happens to be on this level and I've heard him talk about having a bar of some sort, possibly in one of the two closets located in there.  I've been on the hunt for something to redo and in the meantime, I let these remarkable bar carts spark my imagination.  It won't be long now, I can feel the perfect find approaching shortly, stay tuned for before and after pics!

Internet Imitation

I saw this shot last month while browsing the interwebs and immediately noted the jacket on this chic.  Instantly obsessed, I frantically headed to my collection of still-not-unpacked-from-moving boxes.  I knew that somewhere amongst them, I undoubtedly had one of these unaltered jackets in my possession.  Now, let's get this party started.
I bought this jacket at an army/navy store many yesteryear's ago, I've worn it a few times and found that the bulky arms and boxy fit was more than unflattering, so it got shoved to the back of my closet and forgotten about on numerous occasions.  Until now!
My first move was to remove the seam from the hem of the jacket,  I love the way an unfinished hem looks once it's been washed.  I found that a steak knife worked best for this step.  I then chopped off the sleeves and tossed it into the wash.  Make sure you use the heavy duty setting on your machine, so all the hems fray up nicely.  Honestly that's it,  less than fifteen minutes and I must admit, I'm really sad it's already over!  Here's my finished replica:

Friday, January 6, 2012

Scrumptious Schnitzel

 Who doesn't love a perfect Schnitzel?
Find this manageable (and quite tasty) recipe here.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mirror Collage Inspiration

I've been toying with the idea of hanging a gang of blinged out mirrors, it's something I've always wanted to do.  Now that I've erased all traces of Christmukkah from our house, you really notice how naked the wall is in our family room. We  have a perfect wall for this project, I've posted a picture of it below. I'm thrilled to start the hunt for this collection, let's see what I can come up with! 

Blooming Bubbly

"Let's have a toast for the douchebags,
Let's have a toast for the assholes,
Let's have a toast for the scumbags,
Every one of them that I know..."

Resolution Revival

1. Send more mail
 2. Get healthy
3. No matter what!


Christmukkah Collision

It made me SO happy that Chanukkah fell on Christmas this year, I loved seeing all the decorations mixed in together!
This time of year is my husbands fav, he gets so giddy and is literally still singing Christmas Carols. That being said, when I packed up every last piece of holiday decor  yesterday, he was a little depressed when he got home from work. I thought I'd post some pics from our big soiree, he can now deck the halls anytime he wants. 3.
I searched for weeks to find the perfect table centerpiece, you can always count on the home section (normally upstairs) at Kohls, this turned out to be 50% off. It was originally $29.99, so with my coupon and credit card discount, it was under $10, such a score!
Is that a beer bottle or is Swan flipping Sally the bird?!?  I'm so darn proud of my table setup.
Sally's favorite ornament:)
My favorite candle holders, thanks Ma!  Recognize the surface they're sitting on?
A peek at our yummy new kitchen, remember our backsplash quandary? And the faucet? And my breadbox!
I told you I'd be trying this, it totally jazzed up our backyard. I actually left the kitchen blinds open some nights just to see them!
Yummmmm. I spy a Brinley Gold Rum Cake!!
And our Charlie Brown Poinsettia, LOL
Our twelve person feast was deeeeericious.
The FAKE fireplace...
And the REAL fireplace!
Time to put it all away, now where do I begin?
Some self-timer action, I barely made it in!
Best. Christmukkah. Yet.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Mirror, Mirror

I totally misplaced the memory stick to my camera, hence the lack of recent posts. I recovered it yesterday from the pocket of some sweats I was about to toss in the wash! In light of my discovery, I thought I'd finally share this simple project I did a few weeks back. 
Mom gave me this mirror a few years ago, I've inherited lots of great items from her neighbors that are getting rid of stuff. I've used it AS-IS since I got it, but when I found the perfect spot for it at the bottom of our stairs, I knew it was in need of a change.
Before the fun began, I had to protect the mirror from any mishaps. I thought this part would be difficult, but once I started messing around with the paper, I found you could literally slide it behind the frame, no tape needed at all!
Now, bring on the spray paint! I used a glossy black, I love how it turned out and it looks perfect against the greige walls in our foyer.