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the weekender 6/17/2011

Have a bright and sunny weekend!


Hopefully it won’t get too hot. Links to keep you cool:

I love the idea of making your own chocolate chips. She flavors them with green tea and lavender.

If you’re traveling to a beach this weekend, collect some salt water and make your own sea salt. What a unique souvenir.

Loving this Father’s Day planter idea, mostly because it’s a dinosaur!

Everything about this loft is absolutely dreamy.

What are your thoughts on reverse French manicures? You can give yourself one with this tutorial.

I thought I was over the grey and yellow color combination until I saw them used in this vintage-inspired bridal shower party.

Benoit Vieubled’s globe chandelier

This is spectacular.

It’s Benoit Vieuble’s globe chandelier.

It’s practically breathtaking. I am often stupefied by any type of cartographic art. Maps and globes are dazzling.

Couldn’t you stare at it for hours? They’re such tiny renderings of our planet – our tremendous planet, with vast oceans, places I’ve never seen, cultures and environments I probably will never have the chance to visit.

It’s good to feel just a little small sometimes.

images from benoit vieubled, via black*eiffel & recyclart


decorated sugar for Christmas


I came across these in a tea shop while searching for some Christmas gifts.

They’re sugars. How adorable.

They’re made from Sugars by Sharon.

She has all sorts of really great colors and designs. I’ve featured some Christmas ones, but she also has Valentine’s, wedding, baby shower, Easter, and Fourth of July. She also have a variety of beautiful flowers and sea shells.

I think this would make an affordable, luxurious gift for friends, especially tea and coffee enthusiasts.

all photos from Sugars by Sharon



the weekender 10/15/10

via Epicute

Good Morning. I’ve had a great couple of weeks. How about you? This week there has been a lot of socializing, a lot of beer, a lot of decadent food, and a lot of cuddling with kittens and a good book.

I wanted to share some things that I have been adoring in the blogosphere.

Anastassia Elias has discovered a way to make left over toilet paper rolls into an artistic piece of decor. This is her Roulex line.








Anastassia Elias via Indie Fixx

Aren’t these lovely fiber optic lights?

via Apartment Therapy

Kiera over at A Pretty Penny did a D.I.Y. Natural Deodorant that seems pretty legit. I’ve tried quite a few handmade deodorants, but none of them seem to stick – literally. She might have figured it out with the coconut oil. She gave it a “platinum seal of approval.” I think I may try it.

via A Pretty Penny

If you’re like me and pretty much missed out on all of the important lessons of being a girl, Cubicle Chic’s d.i.y. manicure might help you out.

via Cubicle Chic

Do you like candy corn? I don’t. I think it’s disgusting, but there always seems to be a surplus of it around this time of year. Here’s an idea of what to do with that horrendous treat.

from Jamali Garden via The Coterie Blog

Also, where did candy corn get its name? It doesn’t really look or taste like corn.


the weekender: 10/01/10

via AnnilyGreen

It’s the weekend. I’m very excited and relieved. I’m going home this weekend to spend some time with my parents and the beau’s family. Perhaps most importantly, I’m going to see Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba show. His parents are taking us. It has been something I’ve wanted to see since I was sixteen. Seven years later, I’m finally getting my chance, and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to spend it with. Since I’ll be having a blast this weekend, I hope you will too. Here are a few fun things to remind you it’s the weekend. It’s time to have fun!

I absolutely adore these cute knitting-inspired cupcakes. It’s the time of the year to start knitting again. Also, any time of the year is the perfect time to have cupcakes.

The best part about these darlings? They’re vegan!
via Vegan Yum Yum

I’m certainly not claiming any originality on this next one, because these images have been all over the blogosphere. But you need to see the new ikea cookbook Homemade is Best.

Carl Kleiner is the photographer and Evelina Bratell is the stylist for this new style and design concept. Say goodbye to the text heavy books of the past.


makes this

I have a few gripes about this, because I’ve made cinnamon buns many times. My kitchen never looks like someone has set up my food for a photo shoot. It’s more like my food processor exploded. They’re gorgeous bits of food, sure. But the true test of any great cookbook is taste.

I stumbled across Helena Sundin’s paintings a while back and never mentioned them. How pretty, from her Antarctica Series.

via Helena Sundin

My friend Caitlin over at Hernando House made a cute lamp out of a vase she found at Target. It’s beautiful.

via Hernando House

Natural Design – Mushrooms

Life is just so hectic sometimes. How is it almost 9 o’clock? I’ve sat down on my couch for the first time today. It makes you wish for a place to relax. A place like this:

That was the view about twenty feet from my campsite. Some friends and I went to Torreya State Park for a birthday celebration hike. Oh yes, I hiked that. Well, some of it. It was quite intense. However, before the heavy, labored breathing kicked in, I did get some great snapshots of natural beauty. Since this blog focuses a little on design, I think it’s time to give Mother Nature some credit.


I really can’t offer any help in stating what type of mushroom this is. My gut told me oyster, and my stomach wanted to agree, but my brain was too frightened.

TurkeyTail Mushrooms

I think these are turkey mushrooms.


They look so tasty (but please don’t eat wild mushrooms)…

Mushroomsand so pretty.

Mushrooms are just like humans; they like to sunbathe too.

MushroomsThis little guy was my favorite. It was velvety and looked like it should be soft and squishy, but then it was very solid. It looks like something that belongs under the sea, right?