Friday, April 11, 2014

Fashion Friday: Summer Wishlist


Lately I've been into that "rocker meets fem" style, I love it when you pair a dark colors with feminine pieces such as floral or lace. My friend also introduced me to this site that makes scarf camera straps which I am pretty much obsessed with! What are some of your favorite trends this season?

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Furniture Makeovers

I have always been a fan of antique furniture, I think it's always better to buy a piece that has a story to tell. It's neat to think about what was going on during the time period which it was built. This love along with my avid HGTV watching has led to many DIY projects around our new place! We both have never had this much room to work with before, so we're doing our best to fill each space with unique pieces tailored to our tastes and style while still remaining on budget!


This was a table a snagged at a local yard sale. It wasn't in too bad of shape and I loved the detailing on the chairs and the fact that the table was on wheels (which makes for easy food photography convenience). While there was one dark stain on one of the chairs, the rest of the imperfections came out with a good sanding. Because of all the small nooks and crannies, I sanded all of it by hand using #120 to remove the old finish and then a fine grit of #220 to prep the wood for priming.


I'm not gonna lie, it took me a loooong time to sand this set but the results I feel were well worth it. Now we have an awesome table that's the perfect size for our dining room and costs us less than $50.

Cost of table and chairs $25
Minwax wood finish Ebony $5
Minwax fast drying polyurethane $5
Sandpaper $3
Brushes $2
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Total: $40



Above is a computer desk I've had for quite some time now, the backing was of simple bare wood and I felt it needed some spiffing up. At Walmart in the spray paint section they have both magnetic and chalk board paint. With some simple light sanding I was able to paint this in one day (despite having to do multiple coats). Even though I taped off the edges with painters tape, I ran into some trouble when it was time to take it off (is it just me or does this blue tape never does what it's supposed to?). As you can see by the corners it needed some touching up afterwards.


Chalkboard paint $6
Magnetic paint $7
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Total: $13

With just two products we now have a fun space to hang pictures and write messages.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

THE BEST Chocolate Frosting EVER!!


Well I'm gradually getting into the grove of things since the wedding madness and the big move! Everything is falling into place and slowly coming out of boxes. It's always weird when you know that one part of your life is over and a new phase is beginning but I guess it's a chance to start fresh and discover how you hold up outside of your comfort zone. Until then, I can only do what I do best: eat, and make this orgasmic chocolate frosting! (Did you like that tasty segway or what?)


In case you already couldn't tell by my excessive use of caps, this really is the BEST chocolate frosting ever. Not only is it suuuuper easy to make, it also spreads and pipes really well, which makes it ideal for decorating. Unlike your super dense cream cheese based frostings, this is heavy cream based which creates this rich chocolate whipped texture. One thing you might want to be cautious of is to not leave it out for more than two hours, it might start to separate (plus it's not good to leave dairy based foods out anyway). Other than that, good luck having enough reservation to not eat this entire batch directly from the mixing bowl.

THE BEST Chocolate Frosting... EVER!!

1 cup confectionery sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 pint whipping cream
Pinch of salt

Directions:

1.Place whipping cream in mixing bowl. Shift remaining ingredients together and add to cream.

2.Mix in gently, then beat on high until a thick, frosting-like consistency forms.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Catch Ups & Milestones

Hey everyone! I can't believe it's been over a month since I've been able to write, to say I've been busy would be a dreadfully understated statement. Many of you had a small insight into some of my rushed and semi all over the place wedding planning process and on March 9th, 2013 it somehow all managed to come together perfectly and I said "I do" to my very best friend. Since that day we went on a honey moon, got a job, and moved into a new apartment all while managing jobs and online classes. Yep, it's been fun (fun in a sleep deprived, stress inducing sorta way). We were so very blessed at all the love and support from both our friends and family, it will certainly be a day I will never forget.

These images are courtesy of the amazingly talented Soleil Boucher



Friday, February 14, 2014

Fashion Friday: Valentine's Day Faves


Hope everyone has some snazzy Valentines Day plans, I myself have decided to somehow squish massive amounts of homework along with blog postings, wedding errands, and a fancy dinner all in one day all without the consumption of caffeine (doctor's orders). Help me.

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