7.29.2011

Fave Friday


1. French Door Sign; Pottery Barn
2. EXPEDIT Shelving Unit; IKEA
3. Watercolor Flowers Printed Rug; Urban Outfitters
4. Large Kyoto Ikat Glass Tray; World Market
5. Bloom Storage Boxes Set of 4; The Container Store

Enjoy the weekend!


7.28.2011

Things I got over the weekend!

So this past weekend I was on the search for some new sheets and I came across some awesome finds. Of course I didn't really need to spend the extra money, but I couldn't pass them up. Here are two things I got and absolutely can't wait to use...

{Wire Flatware Caddy in Antique White; World Market} I got this with the intention of putting it on my desk and storing little notepads in the back section and pens, markers, and pencils in the front sectioned part. I am still working on the way I want it to look, but so far it looks great!

{Kyoto Ikat Shower Curtain; World Market} I saw this and had to have it for my bathroom. The colors are so pretty and will match my blue walls. I am so excited about this find.

So what you think? Great, huh?


7.27.2011

Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

Last Monday I made an excellent dish, my own version of Stuffed Zucchini! It is pretty healthy I would say and tastes absolutely delicious. So here is the recipe and I hope you all try it!


Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey
2 tbsp sour cream
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
3 roma tomatoes
2 tsp thyme
4 zucchinis
1 onion
cheese (of your choice)
pepper
parsley

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Give the zucchini a good scrub. Next slice the zucchini in half length-ways leaving the ends on. Spoon out the inside (leave about 1/2 inch in) until you end up with boat like shells. Now chop the zucchini pulp real well, an onion and 3 roma tomatoes. Sautee the ground turkey and onions in one tbsp oil or butter (I use butter). Add the cayenne pepper and paprika to it. When finished let it cool for a second and then add to a bowl. Then add 2 tsp dried thyme, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 heaping tbsp sour cream, pepper, the zucchini pulp, the tomatoes to the ground turkey mix. Lightly butter a baking dish and put the zucchini in (I use a glass pyrex casserole dish). Take a spoon and fill the zucchini with the mix. Sprinkle some cheese on top (you can use mozarella or sharp cheddar cheese, whatever your preference is) and fresh parsley.

Put them in a preheated oven, and cook for about 30 minutes (at 20 minutes I start to watch them closely to make sure they don't burn). When done, take them out and serve!

Note: You can also add more salt if you like. This recipe could also be done with ground beef, bacon, sausage or whatever...the skies the limit!

Hope you enjoy this recipe!


7.26.2011

Artsy Tuesday - Sass and Peril


I introduce to you Shannon from Sass and Peril on Etsy. She is a freelance graphic designer working out of her garage studio in Long Beach, California. She specializes in hand-pulled art prints, cards, pillows, pins, canvas bags, and journals. Every print is designed by her then burned to screens and screenprinted by hand (kudos to her since I hear screenprinting can be rather difficult to do).

Shannon's Sass and Peril shop is one of the first ones I came across when I first joined Etsy. Her art is so colorful and unique, it caught my eye right away. I love how cute her art is. It could be put anywhere in your home and look great, especially in little spaces that need a little character. Some pieces would even go well in a nursery. I am so in love with her animal prints, especially the owl and lion. Well take a look and I hope you love them as much as I do. I definately need to get on the ball and order some of her art soon.

I'll try not to post everything so you can look for yourself, but I can't promise because I literally love everything! Here are some of my favorite items from her store...











Cute, huh? Seriously, go take a look at her Sass and Peril shop on Etsy and Sass and Peril website and let me know what you think! Also, check out her blog.

Enjoy!


7.25.2011

It's my birthday and I'll do what I want to!

So yesterday was the big 25 for me and I spent it celebrating with friends and my wonderful family that I LOVE soooo much. I decided to take the day off from the blog world today so I can play with my new toys! I am typing this post from my new MacBook Pro which I am super excited about! I cried when I opened it (seriously I did) because it was a total surprise so I'll be back tomorrow with another Artsy Tuesday so check back!


7.22.2011

Fave Friday


1. Modern Knit Tank Dress in Dusty Orchid Dot; Garnet Hill
2. Cast Iron Heart Wall Hook in White; Ruche
3. OPI Nail Lacquer in Ski Teal We Drop; Drugstore
4. Lacquer Wood Tray in Gray, White, Peridot, and Clover; West Elm
5. TOMS Bottle Green Cord Women's Classic Shoe; TOMS

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! I know I will, it's my birthday!


7.21.2011

Have you heard about Pinterest??

Pinterest is a new (new to me at least) site that enables you to organize and share all of the wonderful things you find on the web. It's pretty much an inspirational pinboard. You can share everything you pin and also look at what other people have pinned. Its really great and you can find some really neat ideas and items. So hop on over the Pinterest and tell me what you think?

{via Pinterest}



7.20.2011

Ikats Anonymous

For those of you who don't know what ikat is, it is a dyeing technique, similar to tie-dye, used to pattern textiles. The ikat pattern is huge right now for the summer season. I see it everywhere from clothes to home decor. You either like it or you don't. I personally love the ikat pattern. It's very beautiful and with the right colors, can be stunning in your home. Here's for the ikat obsessed like me...



7.19.2011

Artsy Tuesday - Raw Art Letterpress

I liked doing Artsy Tuesday for the first time last week so I decided to continue doing them. Most featured artists will be from Etsy since it is my favorite site to find art! It can only benefit the artist in the end by featuring them and their art, right? Well here it goes...

I introduce to you Colette Urquhart from Raw Art Letterpress on Etsy. She is from Mt. Shasta, California and makes original prints, specializing in typography and quotes. She cuts all of her plates and individual letters from recycled materials (go green!). Her sister Sue makes her Raw Art prints into silver charms. Sue's charms can be found at her shop, Lulu Bug Jewelry on Etsy.

Colette's art is so colorful and inspirational. I recently bought my mother a mother's day postcard from her shop and she absolutely loved it. Instead of giving her just the card, I framed it in a little turquoise frame and it turned out beautiful. In the near future I hope to collect more of her art!

Here are some of my favorite items from her store...





So what do you think? Wonderful, right? Please go check out more of her art in her Raw Art Letterpress shop on Etsy! You won't be dissapointed!


7.18.2011

Aqua + Coral = ♥ ♥ ♥

I think aqua and coral compliment eachother so well that I decided to show you some fabulous examples. After looking around I think I may paint one of my rooms in my condo a light aqua and decorate with coral. The pictures below say it all... 

From Pinterest.  I absolutely adore the coral mirror, the aqua
pitcher with the coral flowers is absolutely stunning, and that
headboard...oh my! I want it!


From Etsy. They are Ocean Side Sterling Silver Earrings
by susidjewelry. I am in love with these earrings! 


From Martha Stewart. I love the aqua chairs! 


From Pinterest. Need I say more about this nursery? So sweet.


From Pinterest. Some more of the fabulous nursery!


From House Beautiful. The pillows are more on the
orange side, but it still looks great.


From HGTV. Love those curtains and bedding!


From DecorPad. So chic!


From DecorPad. Beautiful!



7.15.2011

Fave Friday


1. Striped Sleeveless Waist Dress; Ann Taylor Loft
2. Sleeveless Twist Strap Knit Dress in Pure Aqua; Ann Taylor Loft
3. Rocket Dog "Bond" Flats in Black; Dillards
4. Ironing Board Cover in Amalfi Riviera; The Macbeth Collection
5. All You Need is Love & Love is All You Need, Gift Set of 2 8x10 prints; Colorbee on Etsy

Have a good weekend!

7.14.2011

Home Office Inspiration

I am still in the process of trying to organize and decorate my office. It's been taking more time than expected of course because I have expensive taste on a small budget. I started looking around again for some more inspiration. I also have been taking the time to research DIY projects that can help reduce the cost, but still look nice. I want my office to be a well organized space for my computer, as well as some crafts, gift wrap, etc. I also need the space for when a guest comes to stay so I need to combine it all to look good. Here are some pictures of office spaces that I think are cute and functional.

 {HGTV}









Any suggestions?