Wednesday, June 30, 2010

anniversary numero uno

i'm clearly behind in my blogging...haha. benji and i spent our first anniversery weekend in north myrtle beach. i was going to take him to one of my most favorite places in the whole world, folly beach, buuuut there was absolutely no availability seeing as how it was memorial day weekend. we went for plan b and it turned out to be just as fun! we found this amazing trio of restaurants tucked away on a side road somewhere in north myrtle. i don't remember the exact names of the other two, but we decided on river city cafe. it was soooo good. i was slightly obsessed with the decor. i all things eclectic.


so... as i have mentioned in an earlier blog, i was hired recently to design the summer storefront display for a gelato and chocolate shop in forsyth. after a lot of debate i finally decided to go with a 'carnival' theme for the shop. i thought it would be fun for the kids to look at while they are eating their treats and also i thought it would be easy to work gelato and candy into the theme. i was given a 120$ budget to work with. the shop owner requested everything be handmade. this is what i came up with:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

reduce, reuse, recycle!

Welp, if there's one thing you should know about me it's that I loooove to turn trash into treasure...especially when it comes to home goods. I dropped by a few thrift stores today just to see what I could find and left with this chair that I saw had a lot of potential. I sanded, painted, and reupholstered it. It's going to be used for my future craft table! Here are the results:
Now for the instructions! Alright, first things must gather the necessary supplies. For this project I used a can of white spray paint (preferably Valspar from Lowe's), a block of fine grain sand paper, upholstery fabric, and a staple gun.

When applying upholstery always make sure the fabric is wrinkle free. I had to iron mine as I had quite a few wrinkles to deal with.

Unscrew the seat of the chair and begin stapling the fabric from one corner and then pull from the opposite corner and staple there. Make sure the pattern on the fabric is in line with the seat or it will look messy.

Fold fabric according to what looks best and staple all around the seat until the fabric is tight and secure. Next, find a well ventihilated space to paint. Be sure to put a drop cloth if necessary. (Mine is an old shower curtain.) Then paint two to three coats depending on the lightness or darkness of the wood. For this project I did three coats. After the chair is dry you can either leave it as is or if you like a more distressed look like mine you can simply sand random areas of the paint until you like what you see. Always spray a layer of polyurethane on your furniture to help avoid scrapes and scratches. Screw the seat back on and whoopty doo, you're done with you're very own personilized desk chair! :]

Saturday, June 19, 2010

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act listen to stars and buds, to babes and sages, with open heart; await occasions, hurry never...this is my symphony.

-William Henry Channing

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


a few weeks ago our friend's ty and rachael were in town from jacksonville, fl. they were able to pay us a visit before they headed back to florida. benji and i threw on our aprons, fired up the grill and whipped up a dinner for all of us which consisted of steaks, salad with homemade blue cheese vinaigrette and rosmary garlic roasted potatoes (these have become a staple for me and my dinner planning). i used a recipe from real simple and put my own twist on it. i thought the salad seemed a little dry with the addition of the potatoes so i made them seperately and spiced them myself. bon appetit!