Monday, August 30, 2010
It' been a little stormy here, and in weather like that, I love tomato soup. I have a few fancy and delicious recipes that require a bit of work, but a nice simple recipe is always good too (especially when you need to go to the store and are out of all fresh ingredients!)
1 can Campell's Tomato Soup
1 TB butter
1 1/2 c water (or milk or heavy whipping cream for creaminess)
dried basil (use fresh if you have it)
salt and pepper to taste
Serve with crackers and shredded cheese. A toasty grilled cheese sandwich and pickles make a perfect side.
How do you make your soup? Sour cream and chives? Crumbled crackers? Homemade from scratch? Do you like it smooth, or prefer it with lots of texture?
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Sachiko, the talent of Tea Rose Home has a beautiful ruffle shirt tutorial here. In fact, she has several different ruffle shirt tutorials, and many other tutorials on making wonderful things as well. They are much more sophisticated than my layered lace shirt tutorial. All are beautiful but this one with the horizontal ruffles, and the demure fabric roses is my favorite.
Maybe it's my favorite because how soft it looks, or the calm, grain color, or even how it is paired with this cardigan in the perfect shade of robin's egg blue. Do visit here to see the step by step instructions (with clear photos) on making this shirt. Then, find a nice, light, cardigan you can layer over it. How about one of these?
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I love this table cloth. But really, it's a nice cloth shower curtain I got on major sale. Perfect size, cute colors.
shabby candleabra that I painted a soft apple green, in one of my first blog posts ever.
former, pretty home and holds extra kitchen dishes and such. We couldn't find a place to put it, so I thought... how about in this here ugly spot? It's the best we could do since we are renting this here house.
Yeah, the fridge got banged up during the move. White spray paint made it look somewhat better. I am fully aware the counter tops are uneven, and a weird yellow color, and that horrid copper tinted tin tiles, improperly used as back splash are a nightmare, but we are stuck with them for now. Though, what Nester did with her renter kitchen back splash was wonderful, we just don't have the resources for that yet.
The Dreamy Giraffe's Eat Your Veggies Fairy print is trying to hide a poor patch job in the corner.
Here we have it, leading into the playroom. And yay! After a month, our oven was fixed today.
Monday, August 23, 2010
*new designs sneek peek*
Free Shipping Sale on all jewelry in my shop this week to make room for new designs! Just make your orders and I will refund your shipping through Paypal. Extra gift included for orders over $45!
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Sunday, August 22, 2010
Because our budget is limited, I am trying to find creative ways to garden. Considering the weird placement of plants, which looks even weirder with the blank spaces from all of the dead plants I pulled... I am considering pulling all of the plants around the trees and putting them in the garden area closer to the house. Screwed up Texan, I will be needing your advice, since you are familiar with the climate and plants and all ...
"I'm here!" ~miniscule rose
I thought those ornamental grasses shown above would look nice against this brick wall , where the two minuscule rose bushes and those three uneven smallish hedges dwell.
I got these moss rose little things. They are really pretty and my mil has some that are doing very well. I know they do well in containers, but I hope to put them in the garden. Trying to figure out a good spot. Suggestions?
Crazy, orange bugs like them apparently.
Speaking of the hedge... guess what I found under it and behind it? These succulent type things.
What are these? Weed things? Shoots from trees? What to do with them? Plant in the garden, or pull them?
(This here tree on the far right, the other half has a whole bunch of dead and barren branches)
Speaking of trees... what kind of pine tree is this with the crazy cones?
What kind of tree produces these crazy seed pod things that my kids like to smash?
Well, there you have it. My yard, you know it intimately now. Any suggestions on placement or what I can do to maximize what I have with little cost would be most appreciated. I would love to get some more plants, maybe some flowers to add color to the hedge area and the walkway in front of the brick wall, but I want to move plants around first to utilize what is there already and save some money.
The type of landscaping we love most, are cottage style gardens with tall ornamental grasses, rocks, wild flowers, lots of growth and herbs such as cilantro, basil, chives, rosemary and such interspersed throughout. I would love honeysuckle or hydrangea and full rose bushes, though trying to stay away anything that climbs or needs a trellis, since we are renting and I don't know if they would approve of that. Lots of white flowers, with some different colors throughout, but not placed in pristine rows, varying heights. Something, free and unscripted. Like me.