nothing wrong with this view, nothing wrong at all. coming back to NH after a mini-vaca to this gorgeous beach on Anna Maria Island has got me thinking of all sorts of ways i can make a beach house my reality. in the mean time, i will decorate here so when the time comes, i will be ready!
being a fan of a neutral pallette with pops of color (throw pillows, flowers, painted furniture....) i would opt for a fairly plain and clean vibe.
it's been a while since i have shared a recipe, so here you go...
1 carrot peeled & sliced
1 medium beet peeled & diced
1 small bunch broccoli cut small
1 large handful kale leaves
two 1/2 inch slices extra firm tofu drained & diced
goddess dressing home made recipe
tamari or lightly salted almonds optional
prepare rice according to package. using steamer basket, separate in half using foil. place beets on one side, carrots on the other. set timer for 10 minutes and begin steaming. turn to medium-low after three minutes. at five minutes, add tofu and broccoli on carrot side (to avoid turnng red). at two minutes add kale on top.
add rice to bowl and dress. add remaining ingredients and more dressing. top with almonds if you wish.
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here was the inspiration: antropologie zinc letters. cost: 18$ each. i was assigned a studio project by Lisa Teague Studios, to recreate this look using...CARDBOARD! while i claim i can paint anything; this was going to be a stretch i thought to myself... here is what i started with:
cardboard letters i purchased at AC Moore for around 2$ each, and some left over paint from my living room: Green black from Sherwin Williams (yes, my living room is black, inspired by a J Crew retail store in austin, tx)....moving on: i painted each letter with two coats.
next i created a glaze using modern masters metallic paint. i used a latex extender and a little of my base color as the metallic had a slight gold tint to it, and we were looking for more of a silver. adding the black toned it down a bit. i dry brushed and blotted each letter as i saw fit. i let them dry and went back with my base coat to accent some edges for a worn look.
the letters were delivered to the studio, and hung. oh the power of paint! don't be afraid to try your own! you don't necessarily have to do the multi-step metallic either--you could do white or pink for a nursery (prime with a coat of white first), navy, red or orange for a childs bedroom... or use whatever color paint you have lying around the house. we hung the letters with scotch 3m velcro picture hanging strips, two on each letter.
plastic christmas ornaments covered in book pages. adhered with glue-- love them!
see the tutorial here
paper flowers to dress up any package
as soon as i get my next burst of creative energy, i will be making these for all of my christmas gifts. these are made from old urban outfitters catalogs. i have been saving u.o. and anthro catalogs since last year after i discovered the valentine cards made by the girls at freepeople. here
see the tutorial here
another cool paper flower
these are cute too! these would be great hanging from the ceiling in different sizes on fishing line in a childs bedroom--
out of their reach of course!!
view the tutorial here
christmas trees made from magazines or books
last year we made about 10 of these. they were so pretty and easy it was addicting! i think they are an original martha stewart project, but easy enough for any average gal--! i also got spray adhesive and sprinkled mine with glitter. there is still glitter in my house as i went a little nuts with it!
view turorial here