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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Super Bowl Party Ideas

We did have a party! I am so grateful to have a fabulous hubby to help out in the kitchen. He seriously makes some of the most amazing dishes. His famous are pulled pork and chicken wings (clearly the south left an impresison on us!)

Want to know what I made? 

Three o'clock welcomed a football cheese plate and buffalo chicken dip

At four we enjoyed a seven layer dip 

 At five we rolled out the chicken wings (sorry no pics!) and then the main event at six included pulled pork and chessy fries! 

Dessert was saved for half time, so we enjoyed some football brownies and Resurection bread with our Byonce. 

And here is our living room! I am really happy with it! It needs an area rug and some more wall art. (If we owned the place we would have those speakers mounted in the walls- but that's a big hastle if you are going to move)

Wow, I used a lot of cheese! What did you make for the Superbowl? 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Another $5 Gift: Hunger Games Tee for my sis!

Like most of the women in my life, my sisters and I devoured the Hunger Games series. We just couldn't get enough! Although the novelty of the story has come and gone, this Christmas I wanted to do something with the Mocking Jay for my sister Cait. I love personalized anything and didn't want to use puffy paint, iron-ons, or sharpies. Now that I live in Brooklyn, I am a little hipster =) and wanted to pass that on to my sister (who is a total hipster even though she lives in Massachusetts)  

You'll Need: 

Tee Shirt (doesn't need to be new but should be washed)
Spray Bottle
Scrap Cardboard (2 pieces around the size of the shirt)
Scissors and razor blade 
Printer to print stencil (or you could free hand it)

Step 1. Transfer image onto cardboard and cut out 
Step 2. Pour a mixture of bleach and water into the spray bottle. The more bleach you add the lighter color the effect will be. (Remember you probably won't get a white effect, the bleach turns black, brownish/purple. Brown turns reddish, blue turns orange)

Step 3. Place the cardboard inside your tee to avoid getting bleach on the back side of the shirt. 
Step 4. Place stencil where you would like it to go on the shirt. Once it has been sprayed you can't change it. 
Step 5. Spray bleach mixture on top of stencil. 
Step 6: Remove the stencil quickly and be prepared for drips (have a paper towel in one hand) and place directly into trash. Avoid touching it! 
Step 7: Let dry. 

Thoughts for when I do this again: I think I would use another piece of cardboard to frame the stencil. 

Cait loves it and she looks so darn cute it in it! I'll be making matching ones for me and my other sis. Photos soon! 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

No Sew Bed Skirt Tutorial

Love our bed! 
Last weekend I got a bad-ass ukulele from my dear friend Glenjamin. I also finished the bed skirt to match our No Sew (& practically no measure) Curtains. 
My sister says, "Uke wars, Kirby style"

Maybe it's obvious that I am not one to sew. It's not that I don't want to sew. It's not that I don't have a machine (thanks Karen!). It's really that I am just not good at it yet. So, while I practice sewing, I'll be sharing all my no-sew tips. 

This is a ridiculously simple project that can turn your bed from ordinary to lavish. There is just something about a pool of fabric that screams taste to me. 

Here's what you will need: 

  • Fabric
  • Duct Tape 
  • Measuring Tape 

First measure your fabric. I made two separate panels (one for each side of the bed that meet at either end of the bed) I didn't worry too much about where the panels meet, because I have both a head and a foot board. If you don't have a foot board, you may want to make one very long bed skirt. I measured two times the length of my bed. The width measurement was the height from the top of the box spring to the floor plus five inches. 

I used  Osnaburg Fabric Unbleached Muslin. No need to hem the ends, I love the unfinished look that match my curtains. Then found a work space large enough to lay the fabric long way. I used a long table with a tall stool on the end. 

Then you will make accordion folds about one inch wide. Then, simply cover the top with duct tape. Leave enough of the duct tape to fold it over. If you need to, attach another piece of duct tape on the backside of the fabric. 

Once you have completed folding and taping the entire length, easily slip the duct tape end between your box spring and mattress. You can play around with how much length you want by manipulating where the duct tape sets. Super easy and super gorgeous!