Another light week - We've been such bad bloggers! I promise I'll have some DIYs posted soon, and hopefully J will be done with her moving mania so she can regain her sanity. The pins posted here are linked to original sources where available, but dont forget you can keep up with us on Pinterest too!
Pardon my abrupt absence but between moving and working 2 jobs I haven't had much time to think about anything else. Until the move is over I'm afraid I won't be posting much on this blog. Beck should be around and i'm sure she will keep you guys occupied. Though she may be absent from time to time to be present in her own life. It won't be long till we are back to our sarcastic witty posts! See you soon!
If you are like me, you are always trying to find fun and easy DIY projects to spruce up your home and wardrobe. In fact I'm also pretty confident that you have probably seen this scarf more than once on the internet. I promise though that this t-Shirt scarf is so easy that you will never throw away an old t-shirt again.
Cut the bottom hem off your shirt. As a side note cotton or jersey fabrics are the materials that work best. Put the hem aside for later.
Cut the t-shirt into one inch strips. You will cut all the way up to the armpit of the shirt.
Once you have all your strips cut gather them up and start stretching the fabric. Once you do this the fabric will start to curl. The more you stretch the more the fabric will curl.
Now you have one of two options you can either leave them separated or combine them on one end.
To combine them all you will have to do is cut the hem that you saved from the beginning and wrap it around the strips. Tie it in a knot around the strips then keep twisting it around until you are done. To finish it you will tie up the other end to one of the strips and you're done!
I have done quite a few of these and I like to keep them separated so I can mix and match if I want to. It's all about preference though! See, I told you it would be easy!
It might be cliche to want corned beef and cabbage for St Patricks Day, but to be honest I could eat this for every meal. I've never made it before myself though, and since I wasn't going anywhere and nobody I know was making it I had to tighten my apron strings and get busy in the kitchen.
To be honest, it turns out that it was not that intimidating to make. I only had 5 ingredients - Cabbage, Carrots, Red Potatoes, a 3 - 4 lb. corned beef brisket, and a bottle of lager beer.
The one thing that you do need a lot of, is time. Once this really got cooking, it was hard for me to not try pulling it out of the oven early and digging in.
I used 1 small head of cabbage, cut in 8 wedges ( I obviously didn't use all of it - I'll save the rest for coleslaw). 6-7 red potatoes, and 6 or 7 chopped carrots.
Put the brisket in a roasting dish, cover with spices and about an inch of water in the pan, then add the vegetables and give it all a beer shower.
Preheat the oven to 350 (as shown in the photo), cover the dish in tin foil and pop it in for about 3 1/2 hours (see, I told you - you need to be patient. This is not a last minute supper).
Check the temperature of your meat and pull it out of the oven just a little early - the heat will finish the cooking without over-doing the meat. Let it rest and then slice the corned beef across the grain. Best served with more beer and lots of friends to share it with. I don't blame you for wanting to eat it all yourself, though.
As you well know, I'm moving. These pictures are of my new place before the previous tenant moved out. There is gonna be some fixing up done and a LOT of painting but I wanted to share with you guys some before pictures of the place.
Once we get all moved in and things are settled I will try to remember to take some more pictures for you. Also I will probably take some pictures of the front of the house and our massive back yard (thank god my husband likes to work out, he's got a lot to mow).
The kitchen is not my favorite but I'm gonna do my best to make it nicer. I eventually want to paint the kitchen cabinets white but for now I will probably just paint the paneled backsplash white. Hopefully that will do enough of a trick to make it look better.
(2nd bedroom/my walk-in closet)
Also, technically there is a second bedroom but for now it's going to become my walk-in closet/office. We may put a sofa bed or something in there eventually but not right away.
It's actually going to be nice to have an actual laundry room instead of a laundry closet but unfortunately the nice washer and dryer didn't stay. Again more painting in here and some shelves will be put up.
So now if I'm missing for a couple days you will know why.
To continue the previous post on 2012 trends I thought I'd go over a few more.
If, like me, you are not a fan of the color of the year (orange), fear not - Other fluorescent hues are also de mode, such as Neon Pink, Yellow or turquoise (among others)
An easy way of taking part in this trend is to pair it with neutrals
Or incorporate the color through use of accessories
Bright bags are especially popular right now, especially satchels and other clean lined styles like clutches and totes
Or you can go all out with the highlighter colors-
In some cases I think colorblocking is an excuse for people to put whatever two colors they want together, but in others it adds a pleasant and graphic punch to an outfit. I especially like color-blocked shoes (no surprise), because even if you live in black or neutral clothes, its an easy way to bring in an accent hue for some contrast.
This trend and the next two have a lot of crossovers in my mind - but as for the urban jungle, this has less to do with safari wear and more along the lines of cleaner lines, utility features (cargo pockets, structured jackets, etc).Itappeals to me personally because I'm essentially a country girl and this lets me get the edgy style of more city-fied pieces but still being completely functional for my lifestyle.
When I think of asymmetry the first thing that comes to mind is my black leather motorcycle jacket (similar to the one below Slanting hems, uneven layers, and even a contrast of materials could be considered asymmetry.
Akin to the Urban Jungle trend, but I see this as being a sleeker, more modern silhouette. Sharp shouldered blazers, skinny pants, straight lines, and lots of leather
Flat Loafers and Oxfords
When it comes to shoes I'm generally of the "higher the heel the better" variety, but I can get behind this look. Flats need not be frumpy or frou frou.