Sunday, January 31, 2010

Esty + FedEx + Snapfish = Major Heart Thumpage

Well this post's contents is pretty predictable from the title...

Let's work through this equation backwards shall we??

Snapfish:  Because I'm a member of Snapfish, Shutterfly, Phanfare, Kodak Gallery, and lord knows what else, I get multiple emails throughout the week with a variety of photo offers and coupon codes.  Last week, I was offered 100 4x6" pictures FREE with any purchase.  I ordered a few 8x10s to try out in the frame in the bedroom (also known as the "Creepy Child Frame")... and ordered 48 prints free, because let's face it finding 48 was a stretch...

moving on...

FedEx:  Yup.  Delivery man came today as scheduled, kind of felt bad for the poor chap since its like 15degrees out.... bbbuttttt not bad enough to not get my package on time....

EtsyA few months back I rambled on about wanting a custom Quote Frame.  After reading lots of mooshy quotes, the lyrics to our first dance song, and even our vows, the Husband and I decided we liked the sample quote best - go figure.  I messaged Renee at Nestlings and a week later we have our custom frame...

It's a beaut!

... in a weak attempt to get your heart thumping (for something you didn't order), here's the anticipatory reveal...

is that even a word??

Time to slice you open....
you look like a bird... or a spaceship
everyone knows I don't care for hot pink, but I do like polka dots...
extra freebies!! such cute chalkboard labels! (and chalk, natch!)
here we go
The frame is hand cut and hand painted, I love that Renee aged the edges...

So after picking a picture from my Snapfish order and cutting it to size, it was time to hang the frame.
(I'm still working on re-decorating the ledge.  Its the home of MANY snowmen during the holidays, now its soo bare...)

And because last time I raved about my Sugarboo Frame I never showed a picture of it hanging in our entryway...

And just because it's worth noting, a 20x20 Sugarboo Frame will run you $250.  My 16x16 (handmade) Nestlings Frame (with my choice of quote, color, and font type) was $65.  --insert heart thumpage here--

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Painting the town Grey... or, Blue: Part Deux

As I mentioned in my impulsive buying husband post, we had a LONG list of To-Dos for the past weekend.  The most obvious, was to finish painting our bedroom... since when we last left off it was only here...

So as the Husband went to get a new/old TV, I was left to tackle the rest of the edging and trim myself... I did everything I could so the husband could easily roll out some paint - like he does best - when he got home and we could be finished with the Master Makeover...

Even though I wish there was a bit more grey to the grey-blue ratio, we are both super stoked with the new color.  The whole room just has a different vibe...

And yeah, painting the offwhite/yellow/dingy/dirty looking baseboards, trim, and doors really made a refreshing difference...  Look!

So dingy!!! It's like the Cheer commercial, you know with the Swedish maid, ya, no.. ok nevermind...

Well, here are some "After" shots.  The curtains are scheduled to arrive today, but I have yet to put in the order for the Pottery Barn curtain rod, maybe I'll do that now....  I'm hoping the curtains will 'pull' the room together a little more as it seems like it's still missing something to me....

It's B-Boy approved!

I'll see if I can get a no-flash picture of these, because I think they look great against the new wall color
(as opposed to the old peach/makeup... bleggghh)

(...and we lowered them - I blame Husband for a bad eye when I was holding these to measure 1st time around)

while I wish our furniture was a dark espresso as opposed to cherry, I gotta say, I think it looks pretty damn good against the new lighter walls...

Soo much better bright white
... except now its obvious we need to add a hardware change to our To-Do list...
~the brass makes me wanna vom~

I think this is the bare spot that is bothering me... I know it'll help when the window panels are up....

See, it is a heavenly retreat!...The tranquility of it all soothed Baxter right to sleep (...or our super smoosh down comforter - which is neither here nor there)....

Can any of you decorating savvy readers suggest something that will help pull the room together a bit more??

Sunday, January 24, 2010

[the impulsive] Shopaholic: Husband Edition

Yup, still here playing Home Improvement....

Yesterday was a big day.... and while we had a lot on the To-Do list, the husband did what he does best and made an impulsive purchase.  We are now the owners (again) of a 57" Sony Projection screen TV.   I suppose this warrants a short back story....

Once upon a time, Husband was TV Sitting for a friend who moved in with his girlfriend and had no room or reason to bring along his 57" Projection Screen TV.  Instead of paying for expensive storage or selling it, he loaned it to my husband to watch (pun not entirely intended).  Well, when we bought our house in Summer 2008, the TV was still being babysat, so that gigantic sucker came with to our house - and totes made the best basement TV ever!  I mean it's big and old, what else would you want for a Man Cave that is also the home of two pups... not something new or fragile, that's for sure.

(about a month after we moved in - Aug 2008)

(was in the process of painting all the trim and doors white, but see how The B loves his comfy Man Cave chairs)

Enter Spring 2009, said friend decides his girlfriend's parents could really use a TV that isn't wood paneled and equipped with rabbit ears, so the U-Haul shows up and the TV be gone... 

(Good Bye foster child tv, you were a perfect fit- literally)

While you'd think we wouldn't have minded (and we really didn't) since it wasn't OURS, it was just perfect for Wii and for watching endless hours of netflix while training Penny that the house is NOT her potty.

Look at the little Peanut.. so wittle...

Well, we've mentioned it'd be nice to get another TV down there, no cable box, but strictly for Wii and movies (since we have these super comfy recliners -see B chillaxin above - that are now getting 0 use) and let's face it, there is no room for bowling in our living room (or an inconspicous hiding spot for the Rock Band drum set)... so, for whatever random reason, Husband was perusing Craigslist yesterday morning, he found a 57" Sony Projection screen TV listed for sale... 5 hours, a Budget rent a truck, and $300 later... we are back to where we started....


Again, just for a recap...



Recipe Share Sunday: 'Awesome Baked Sea Scallops'

This recipe is courtesy the Husband... well, actually it's courtesy if you want to get all technical on me, but let's let him have his shining moment in the sun, mmmkay? Knew you guys would understand...

We had these on Friday night, and I hadn't thought to evidence it until I was about to take my first bite, so the pics aren't overly 'artsy' (read: appetizing)... just TRUST that they were delicious...

16 sea scallops, rinsed and drained
5 tablespoons butter, melted
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, chopped
3 pinches ground nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup bread crumbs
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup chopped parsley
lemon wedges for garnish (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).  
  • Place scallops, melted butter, garlic, and shallots in a bowl. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Stir gently to combine. Transfer to a casserole dish.
  • In a separate bowl, combine bread crumbs and olive oil. Sprinkle on top of scallops.  
  • Bake in preheated oven until crumbs are brown and scallops are done, about 11 to 14 minutes. Top with parsley, and serve with lemon wedges on the side.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Decor Challenge!

Ok readers, since it seems you guys like the home decor posts, I'm going to solicit some opinions...

Sooo, now that we are almost done painting, I'm looking to finally add some curtains to warm the bedroom up a little.  And no, we haven't been putting on a show for the neighbors for a year and a half, we have a bump out bay window (no seat) so the 3 windows have these gorgeous mini blinds *sarcasm- for those of you who skipped the coffee*, but I'd love to add floor to ceiling curtains in front...

This is a two part CHALLENGE for you readers... first up, a VOTE.

I'd like to go with an antique bronze curtain rod since it will 'go' with the hardware on our furniture and the ceiling fan.  The part I'm not sure about is the finials...

Do we go with the "old Hollywood glamour" of glass ball finials?

Or simplicity and clean lines of  square finial?

To give you some more reference - our bedding is fairly manlyish,  its just a plain duvet and the euro shams and throw pillows have 'trees' (seriously, its West Elm).   I want the room to be a balance between masculine and feminine, so my 'girlier' or 'softer' touches are coming in the form of my shabby chic white picture frames other decorative vases, etc.  The glass ball (option 1) will play off the 'softer' side, the bronze square (option 2) off the 'manly'.....

Please leave me your preference in the comments!

Next up, a real reader challenge... I need some help finding (you probably guessed it...)

Curtain Panels
 I LOVE these curtains from West Elm (in Ivory/Flax).

However, they are being discontinued and no longer have 96"L available online or at my local (Philadelphia) store.  I've tried to google for ebay finds and the like, but I'm not having any real luck. Can anyone find me a great lookalike???   Or if you've seen something recently that you think I'll swoon for leave me links in the comments!!


Painting the town Grey... or, Blue

As I alluded to in my Painting Playlist post, we finally got around to painting our Master Bedroom. I've also mentioned how after our bathroom remodel our bedroom (which was never really fully 'decorated' to begin with) was really feeling the decorating blahs....

We decided to go a shade lighter than our bathroom mainly because we didn't want to bedding to match the walls.  The bathroom is SW Argos, so we settled with SW Passive.  A light grey with blue undertones... well, actually, A LOT of blue undertones once that sucker gets on the wall... it's more like blue with grey... but seriously, it beats the old color of "makeup" so we still win....

SW Argos

SW Passive

We still need to do the wall behind our bed and probably won't get the chance until next weekend... (moving the bed is a major pain in the arse).... We also need to paint the trim, baseboards, and doors.  Right now they are this terrible off-white color that basically just looks dirty.  We will be sassing it up with true white so it 'pops' against the grey blue... blue grey?

Anywho... here's some before and during shots... clearly the "after" will come after we actually finish, hello?

The 360 view taken at our inspection (meaning, that sorry excuse of a mattress is NOT our bed)....

annnd a 360 of the 'during'....

Old meets new... and yeah, beat it old.. you're ugly.

Yup.. I avoided pictures of the unmade bed... I was washing the sheets and duvet... it's kinda a weekly thing- especially when the little Peanut girl has an eye infection and snots all over your duvet... this might be why people don't sleep with their dogs....

Finally got to hang my vintage-esque OBrien and Schridde Fleur frame from South Moon Under... but now we REALLY need to get a replacement picture so that creeper child can stop giving me nightmares....

Now that the room is almost painted I can finally go ahead with getting some curtains and other accessories... I feel a "Challenge" coming on.... stay tuned!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

What is that you hear???

Looks like this couple has been painting.....  

(more to come later...)    (erm, in photos... not music videos)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday.... BLERG!!

Like Liz Lemon, Monday's deserve the big fat blerg...... BLERG!

Who couldn't use some puppy love to brighten up their frosty monday morning...

Just wanted to share teh cuteness dat tis thee pups!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Recipe Share Sunday: Honey Mustard Salmon

Ok, ok.... I know I've kinda fallen off the Recipe Share Sunday wagon the last few weeks... but it was the holidays and shiz.... so I'm back and with a recipe that I found on my Genuardi's receipt... seriously.

I made this probably a month ago or so, but I was in the midst of sharing cookie recipes at the time so I put it on the back burner...  I took lots of pics for a step-by-step picture tutorial...

I'd give the dish a 3.5 out of 5... wasn't the best, and honestly probably won't make it again any time soon, but was definitely a welcome variation to making salmon.  There are so many ways to make salmon, but we rarely stray from steamed or broiled.... so it was nice to have some infused flavor.  Enjoy!

1/2 C mayo
2 tbsp deli mustard
2 green onions, chopped
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
pinch of salt
4 salmon fillets (approx 1lb)

1. In medium bowl, combine all ingredients except salmon

kinda gross looking... but tasty.. tasting?? yes.. tasty tasting.

2. Set aside 1/3 of mayo mixture in separate bowl. Brush salmon with 2/3 mixture in glass bottom pan.

3. Grill or Broil salmon, brushing with mixture. Turn once Cook until salmon flakes easily with fork
4. Serve with remaining mayo mixture, If desired garnish with chopped green onions.

To be like us, serve with Brown Rice and Veggies - for a balanced meal ;)

Prep Time 10 min, Cook Time 15 min Servings 4