March 4, 2015

Wdishlist Wednesday - Mirror Mirror

 A few lovely mirrors to pretty up your walls!



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March 3, 2015

Thrift Store Art

When I go to a thrift store there are usually two sections I zone in on. One is the home décor section which includes everything from vintage ceramics and vases to brass and small objects.  The other is art.  I make my way around the whole store and look at everything but since things like furniture or lighting require a "need" more than a "want" I focus most of my attention on things I can actually take home that day!

When I go through the piles of art at a thrift store I'm on the look out for original art. I really love buying paintings signed by the artist and googling them when I get home later.  I also don't pay more than $25 for a piece - at least I haven't so far - overpaying for anything at a thrift store kinda takes the fun and "thriftiness" out of it for me so I try to stick with that rule no matter how much I love something.  I have written about a few pieces I have found - here, here and here and today thought I'd share my latest finds.

The parrot painting above was done on wood - the colors are so pretty and the details are amazing!
 I bought this piece for $6.

This is probably my favorite thrift store art find - ever! 
The colors are so saturated and the landscape is so realistic it's almost like you could jump right into it.
 I spent $8 on this piece and with the frame - it was almost my biggest thrift store art "steal" ever too!

I was so excited to find this huge sunflower painting.  It hangs in the basement playroom and brightens this little corner perfectly.  I paid $10 for this one!

This painting was creating using dots and smudges and I was just in awe of the time it must have taken to paint it.  I hung it in our front living room for awhile but decided to replace it with this weaving.  It's now for sale in my Etsy shop!

Well there you have it!  I will probably continue to collect thrift store art until I run out of wall space!

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March 2, 2015

Roasted Chick Peas

Hi there and happy Monday!  Another day, another day off for the girls - this time a sheet of ice has covered every surface making walking nearly impossible.  These kids are going to be in school until the Fourth of July at the this rate! 

Today I'm sharing my favorite healthy snack, side dish and salad add-on that I haven't gotten sick of yet - even after eating it (in some form) a few times a week for the last two months.  Roasted chick peas!!  I have always loved them on salads and in hummus but until recently I had never cooked them.  Roasted chick peas become crunchy when roasted and the combo of that and salt is darn near perfect!  If you haven't tried them already you should - find out how below!

+1 Can Chick Peas (drained and rinsed well)
+2 TBSP Olive Oil (I actually don't measure this - I just drizzle it over until they seemed coated)
+Large pinch of Sea Salt (I love using this)
+Sprinkle of Pepper (optional)

Set your oven to 400.  Once you have drained and rinsed the chick peas lay them on a tea towel or paper towel for a few minutes to soak up the moisture.  Once they seem dry transfer them to a shallow baking dish and add the olive oil, salt and pepper.  Mix everything with your hands, making sure that the chick peas are evenly coated. 
Set your timer for 30 minutes stirring them half way through so they roast evenly.
I usually turn the oven off at 30 minutes and then leave them in the cooling oven for another 10-15 minutes. 

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February 27, 2015

Spinch Beef Barley Soup

Memories of my childhood ~ delicious smells from the Italian basement kitchen of my grandmother's house.  That large area was where pasta was made and hung to dry, pizzeles and bows were baked and fried, and soup was simmered.
I love when my husband walks into the kitchen and says, "Boy, something smells good in here!"
Today it was beef and barley soup with vegetables...


To me soup is a great day to deal with the cold.  A bowl with bread in front of the fireplace (with a glass of red wine) is perfect comfort food.

Many recipes suggest a cockpot, but I like to watch the ingredients blend together on top of the stove.

The result was perfectly satisfying!

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February 26, 2015

Snow Day

Hi! We have a yet another snow day here in MD and the girls, who are just getting over being sick and cooped up inside all day yesterday, are going a little stir crazy along with their mama: )  So I'm off to play bingo, memory and princesses with my two princesses.

Back tomorrow with a proper post!

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February 25, 2015

Wish List Wednesday ~ Beach House Decor

Just dreaming about the summer, warm weather, and the beach with today's special items....all from Etsy!

Nautical Sea Shell bowl

Raggedy Ocean nautical illustration

Shell tureen and serving tray

Octopus poster

A brass sailboat

Crab watercolor

Now, maybe I can WISH the cold weather away!! ♥

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February 24, 2015

Entry Update

Hi!  It's been a loooong time since I showed any updated spaces in our house, so today I'm starting with one of the easiest updates we made in the entry.

Here is what the entry looked like before.  At the time, I thought it was fun and light but after awhile I got tired of it and wanted something a bit more grown up.  I actually considered a bunch of simple/modern pendants (this one and this one were early contenders).  But of course, in the end, fun and color won out and this yellow pendant (no longer available but you can see it over the table) came to live with us.

We also needed a new runner here.  Our last one was getting dirty and it moved around a lot.  I was on the Flor site and feel in love with this pattern.  We have Flor tiles in the dining room so I knew these would stay put and be easy to clean.  So I ordered (8) tiles and cut (4) of them in half to create this pattern.

I'm happy with how it turned out but I'm sure there will be an other change at some point!  I moved the cute paper lantern into the kitchen where it fits in much better!

Have a great Tuesday!

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