Painted mirror frame

April 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

On Thursday I helped a friend of mine paint a mirror frame. It was a fun, easy little project. She was kind of enough to send me the photos she took. Here’s our process:

The mirror “before”.

Taped.

Lightly sanded.

First coat painted…a nice minty blue.

Unfortunately the lighting was pretty bad as it was a dark rainy day…but we lightly dry brushed a milky white over the blue.

Close up.

All set, on the wall!

I’m glad she let me help…it was a fun little project that took up just a few hours in an afternoon. It’s always more fun doing projects with friends :)

Getting ready

April 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

I feel like I haven’t been on here in so long. We’ve been working really hard getting our house ready to put it on the market. This means finishing up painting projects, packing and decluttering, and making our tiny backyard presentable.

It’s been fun, but it’s been very time consuming. It doesn’t help that baby is all over the place and in everything. Just the other morning I heard his little giggles (the ones that say “this is fun and I am proud of myself for doing something I shouldn’t be doing”) in the bathroom and went to see what was up. He was playing in the toilet with a plastic hammer, splashing toilet water everywhere. That’s a pretty typical scenario around here these days.

But even though we’ve been saying this for weeks, we really are finishing up our lists and wrapping things up house-wise. We’re not sure where exactly we’ll end up when our house sells, though we’ll probably concentrate our searches in Falls Church, Arlington, and possibly DC. It all depends on how much we can get for our house (a foreclosure we purchased at a near-bottom market price).

It’s always sad how you finally get your house just the way you want it when you are getting ready to leave. Hopefully I’ll remember this and get our new house (wherever, whenever that is) into shape more quickly than I did this one. I’ll miss our first home.

Just to recap on some progress we’ve made over the past two weeks:

-My mom came over Saturday morning and helped me spruce up the backyard. Unfortunately I don’t have a “before” photo, but believe me…it wasn’t worth looking at. Here’s are some “after” photos:

-Also, I have only two small painting projects left, both in the main living area.

-I reused old curtains and set them up in the basement to make room for more light and added staging.

-I purchased simple white curtains and put them up in our bedroom. (It’s amazing what new curtains can do for a room!)

-I’ve started decluttering the guest bedroom and am going through all the boxes in that closet to decide what to keep and what needs to go.

-I’ve decided to purchase this inexpensive ottoman/coffee table to store baby’s toys while showing the house. It’ll look much better than this:

And this:

We’ve taken a bunch of baby steps…now it’s almost time for us to take some big steps. I’ll keep you updated on our progress…have a lovely week!

Our life lately, according to photos

April 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Baby has figured out how to climb on the couch all by himself. He’s obviously quite proud.

Alfredo hair.

Rafe at Frying Pan Farm.

Little Miss Natalie.

We went to a wedding in the country yesterday (at Rosemont Manor). It was an all afternoon and evening affair, and it was absolutely beautiful…warm breezes, yummy food and bevys, lawn chairs, and a view to die for. It was probably one of the most relaxing weddings I’ve ever had the privilege to attend (maybe that was partially because we were baby-free? ;). Best wishes, e&a!

April 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Is it Wednesday already? I meant to post our Easter photo on Monday…oh well. How was your Easter? We had a lovely lunch with my extended family, went to church, and then came home for pancakes and TV watching. It was a fun, full day. Oh, and Rafe did great on his first Easter egg hunt…he even figured out how to open the eggs with candy in them!

We have been so busy and the days have just been flying by. We’ve been little bees working on our house trying to get it ready for the market. All the big things are finished (bye bye turquoise living room walls), and we have just a few small things to complete…aside from de-cluttering and getting rid of stuff that we don’t need.

I’ve been using this quote from William Morris I found in Tsh Oxenreider’s Organized SimplicityHave nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. It’s been so helpful, and really pushes me to get rid of things that truly serve no major purpose in my home.

Enough sitting around, I need to do my dishes, laundry, and clean the bedrooms and bathrooms. Wish me luck!

Pintrest and other fun findings

April 6, 2012 § 1 Comment

Hello everyone, how’s your week been? Tonight my parents are going to be watching the baby, so Johnny and I are going to have a nice long date night and sleep in tomorrow morning. I’m really looking forward to it, and am trying to decide what to wear! I wish I had something like the above to put together…I’ll figure something out, and hopefully shopping won’t be an option ;)

By the way, I’ve been finding a lot of neat things around on Pintrest and the internet this week and just wanted to share. Let me know what you think!

Found this cute blog.

Perfect dress for a spring/summer wedding.

I would love to own this shirt (in parchment color).

Who could say no to strawberry basil sangria?

I’m generally not a fan of rompers for women, but I would totally wear this.

If I ever have a girl, I would use these colors as nursery inspiration.

Cutest baby girl “beach” shoes ever?

I’d love some of these sunglasses.

Boy fish tank tee.

A beachy dress I’m drooling over. Wonder if I could make something similar?

Brownstones tea towels. Loving this shop in general.

Fun salt and pepper mills.

Have a lovely weekend!

Earl Grey tea scones

April 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Photo credit: Jim B.

As promised, here is my Earl Grey tea scones recipe. It’s really quite simple, and they have a nice hint of Earl Grey…perfect for a brunch, a baby or bridal shower, or afternoon tea!

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup milk or heavy cream
  • ¼ cup brewed Earl Grey tea
  • 4 Earl Grey tea bags
  • Additional sugar for sprinkling
  • Additional milk for brushing

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400° F.

2. Heat ¼ cup of water to a boil. Add two Earl Grey tea bags and let seep for 5 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.

3. Empty remaining 2 Earl Grey tea bags into a coffee grinder and mix until the tea resembles a semi-fine dust.

4. In a large bowl combine flour, the 2 tablespoons sugar, the baking powder, salt, and ground up tea (about 1½ tsp). Using a food processor, add in butter and combine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour mixture into a large bowl and make a well in center of flour mixture. Set aside.

5. In a medium bowl combine eggs and ½ cup milk or heavy cream. Slowly whisk in ¼ cup brewed tea, a bit at a time.

6. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Using a fork, stir until just moistened.

7. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough (about 10 to 12 strokes) by folding and gently pressing until nearly smooth. Divide dough in half. Pat or lightly roll half of the dough into a 6-inch circle. Cut into 8 wedges and repeat with remaining dough.

8. Place scones on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush scones with milk or heavy cream or milk and sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden. Remove scones from baking sheet; best when served warm.

Yields 16 small scones.

*Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook scones recipe

 

A few things arriving from my scattered mind

April 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Life has been pretty crazy around here. I was sick for three days last week with a stomach bug something-or-other, and then had my sister-in-law’s baby shower on Saturday in addition to hosting a dinner party for Johnny’s birthday that night as well. Here a few things I want to share:

1. As you may have guessed, there is no menu plan posted for this coming week. I just thought I would enjoy the weather and make whatever comes to mind. There’s freedom in that. Yesterday we had homemade pizza, and it was delicious.

2. I made some lovely Earl Grey scones for the baby shower, and I’ll post the recipe in the next few days, hopefully. I thought they were quite good, if I do say so myself :)

3. We’re having work done on our house, which primarily includes painting the main living area…so things are a mess (photos below). It’s a happy mess, though. This is getting us one step closer to putting our house on the market and moving in closer to the city!

4. When I was sick I took the opportunity to read Kinfolk Magazine. If you haven’t ever checked it out, you should. It’s a calming read full of articles, essays, photo essays, interviews and documentation of social gatherings. If you pick it up, check out my friend Carissa’s beautiful words Becoming a Home, near the back of the magazine. It’s well worth your time!

Here are a few scattered photos from our recent life:

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