Saturday, June 30, 2012

The making of the kiddos gallery wall

We live in a 1941 bungalow.  It's cozy living, and we love it.  Iris and Sam have had their own little table in our dining room for the last few years and as they get older, my Mom box full of special art pieces that are meaningful to me has grown and grown.

Whether it is the first actual recognizable image Iris has drawn or a picture they've made that has a story they've created around it, these are just memories I don't only want to not forget, but would like up to remind me daily of the unique qualities both my kiddos have.  Plus, I've been wanting to do to show the kids how proud we are of their self expression and beautiful  artwork.



So, here it is!  

At first, I was going to buy more expensive art frames but, I wasn't sure how long the art wall would remain and I wanted to get the most pieces up in the smallish space so, I bought 6 very inexpensive $3.99 frames from Target all in white and did it like most of my DIY projects... meaning, it was spontaneous, not methodical or well planned out.  Measuring perfectly is great. Really.  I have nothing against perfect spacing.  It's just not so me.  I'm more of a look and feel type of girl.  So, that's what I did and I actually like how the imperfect spacing worked out.

I decided to make it more of a vertical space since the dining room is small and knew I wanted a few pieces that were multi-dimensional.  Sam's cracker making machine (on the left made out of a shoe box and all kinds of found objects), Iris's horse paint by numbers canvas and horse shadow box were just the pieces I was looking for.  

Each of the drawings have a story behind why I love them so much, so I decided to take some orange construction paper I had on hand and wrote the significance and age they were when they created their little masterpieces and placed them in the frame.

So, check out Kristin at The Hunted Interior's tutorial here on how to hang a gallery or art wall.  There are lots of different styles.  I love her advice:  Think first, nail later.  

That doesn't mean I take that advice but, looking at her examples, it was fun and fitting that my style was haphazard.   I kind of love that.  It's funny how in my work life, I'm extremely organized, but in my personal, much more loosey goosey.  

It just feels more like our family to just go with it, whatever it may be and to do it with a little joy :)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

My favorite summer salad: The Caprese!

At the beginning of every summer, I start getting an insatiable urge that can only be satisfied with huge plump home grown tomatoes and more specifically, the caprese salad!

I don't ordinarily eat very much dairy, but for the caprese salad, I make the exception and enjoy every bite of my mozarella.  I get the highest quality, softest mozarella I can find and then make the easiest, tastiest salad in the world.

I've really enjoyed my friend Kelly's tomatoes this year with a good handful of my own basil.

So, here you go.  My version of the easiest, tastiest salad ever:

a handful of spinach (I love bunch spinach)
tomatoes (home grown prefereably)
a big handful of yummy basil
big chunks of mozarella

Dressing:  olivie oil and vinegar
sprinkle with pepper

Wa-la my friends! 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Blueberry Kale Smoothie Yumminess!

Blueberry Kale Smoothie
I had kale that was looking a little less perky let's say, and I needed to get some vitamins to combat an evil virus that infiltrated our house last Monday and has lasted a full week taking my husband, Iris and Sam out of commission, or at least out of school and work.  So why not a kale smoothie?  And, five google seconds later, here is the WINNER!!!!
1 cup hemp milk
1 medium banana
6 strawberries
2 cups kale
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup ice
1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Blend everything together until it looks creamy and delicious, a light purple flecked with green.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Serves 2  (or 1 if you're hungry!)

Kids LOVED it, hubby LOVED it and everybody wanted seconds!!!  I did not have hemp milk but, some extra flax seed provides the extra omega-3 and I used almond milk.  It was delish!  And a SUPER easy quick meal, great for a treat, a snack, or breakfast..
Thanks Fettle Vegan!  According to Amber:  The hemp milk provides omega-3 & 6 fatty acids and 4 grams of protein, the bananas and strawberries are chock full of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber, the blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, and the kale is a leafy green filled with vitamins A, C, & K. Plus kale contains tons of flavonoids, which makes it rich in antioxidants and a good anti-inflammatory for your body inside and out!
Making smoothies...

The PROOF!!!  They LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  Like really really love it.  This is BIG people.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Target (Tarjay) Chic: La Deuxième Partie

You might remember my post a few weeks ago featuring the great Target finds with direct links so you can just click and buy.  Instant great decor for your home at uber cheap, um thrifty, um tres chic prices :)  Voila!

If you missed it, here you go - click and buy happily knowing your husband won't give a damn --- these prices are so great, he'll thank you for the instant house lift.

If you want to look over all my picks unedited, you can check out my Pinterest board here.

La Deuxième Partie:  The bedroom

These lamp shades scream style and are only $17 in store - one a modern gold and white chevron and the other traditional with the oh so very popular trellis.  I think the trellis shade looks like it is covered in Dupioni silk.  And...Don Draper loves to get it on with the lighting of these shades.  I spotted them weeks again in the newly married. M. Draper de chamber on Mad Men ;)

You can't have lamps without bases, and Target's got lots to choose from.  The white ceramic lamp you can get here for $28.  There's a clear glass turquoise base that is beautiful you should check out here.  Mercury glass is a great new trend that seems retro but fresh.  You can get the mercury glass lamp here for $40.

And, here's my other favorite lamp shade and base ($50) for a cool tropical feel.  This would make any room make you feel like you are in Bora Bora.  Here is the base, the shade is available in stores.

This has to be my favorite Target find so far.  It is wood, not MDF and such a sleek, good looking side table PLUS adjustable to any height and ONLY $109!  Buy here but P-LEAZE don't buy them all.  I want to get one for my friend Kevin who's bachelor pad I'm giving a makeover...for the ladies :)

These are swoop chairs and I think they lend themselves perfectly to a bedroom corner accent chair as well as a living room chair.  What a fun pop of color these chairs would give any room.  They range from $169 to $199.  My favorite is the slate velvet with nail head trim (sigh) and white here, beige and cream ornament here, orange and brown bird here, slate velvet here, and lavender and brown floral away loves!

My heart fluttered a little as I passed these pretty feminine florals for $30 each.  The colors are subtle and gorgeous.  Here is the blue and here is the ivory floral.  

Both would look cute with the turquoise lamp above and woven headboard below, which comes in a lighter or darker (shown) color for only $172 for the queen.  What a fun room!

Or, they would look great on a bed with this pretty gold tufted headboard for only $299.  The headboard also comes in black, white, and brown.
Love love love the Toulouse velvet headboard for only $329.  I'm really gaga about the shape and it comes in seven different colors including a rich aubergine (purple) and pool (light blue) which are gorgeous!  Click here and it can be yours!  Hee hee...I'm gonna be in trouble with some hubbies.  And, don't freak but, see this gorgeous settee... That's right...

Wouldn't it be great at the end of the bed?  With crisp white bedding?  How great would it be in a large master to have that paired with the settee in front of a reclaimed coffee table and a fireplace.  Then, you'd have a romantic sitting area in your bedroom for you and your honey or friends to sit and chat by the fire.  LOVE it!  Here it is for $549 (it was just $467 last week!!)

In parting, there are some really, like REALLY great deals on DwellStudio clearance bedding.  They are all under $25 for comforter and pillow cover sets which is pretty insane. They are all super cute, so go check 'em out!  Just search under DwellStudio on Target's site. I'll post some of them on Lived In's FB page too.

Enjoy!!  And, don't think this is the end.... I think a troisième partie might be on the way ;)