Think Pink!

After an unsuccessful search for the perfect dog-friendly apartment with wood floors, high ceilings, and bay windows (I know in my heart that such a place exists), my sister and I decided to give el Murder House another go-round. I can deal with this house another year for the price and sheer location. Since Gare Bear loves me (even more now that he knows I want to be Jewish) he has granted us permission to do whatever we want to the house. First things first: a door that designates our gender!

P I N K

You may know that all black everything dominates my fashion choices, but sometimes I like to add color. Other times I just like to match my house! Besides our new front door, other things I am loving right now are kimonos kimonos kimonos, hats hats hats (duh!), and only washing my hair once a week (see hats) x beachy waves! Throw in some cutoffs, Birks, or even boots and you have my summer wardrobe in a nutshell.

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“Nothing says bitches live here quite like a pink door.” -my sister.

Over the Weekend: Beer Me!

I ended up taking Friday off of work. It was nice to spend the entire day baking and not blogging, oops! I know I have been really bad about this as of late, but I have been so busy! I’ll tell ya all about  my reasoning once plans are set into action.

I’m trying to be elusive!

Friday was for baking. Saturday was for beer. Sunday was for recovering from baking and beer (mainly the beer). If you live under a rock or hate German people, you may not have know that Oktoberfest celebrations have been and will continue to be happening all around. I am not a beer fan, really in the least, but I will drink it if the occasion presents itself. Throw in some free sausage and polka music, and I’ll have a good time.

Saturday started of on an innocent foot. Just another morning at the farmers market, followed by a sudden downpour and a few bottles of champagne. After jamming some Shannon and the Clams, we pretty much swam down the street to Fry. My poor suede booties will never be the same! Steins overflowed with fall brews, and soon enough everyone was talking in a German accent. Or maybe it sounded that way to me? Image

Oktoberfest is one of my favorite drinking holidays, coming in second to Cinco de Mayo. Although I am German and Irish, I identify more with tequila. Giving credit my San Antonio blood,  I ended my night with queso and a very large margarita.

Sunday was for recovering. I said that already. I wasn’t just sleeping off a hangover, but I was also prepping myself for the Breaking Bad finale and the start of an incredibly busy week.

Have you guys done any Oktoberfest celebrating? I wish I knew where my lederhosen was hiding!

Happy Monday!

Wednesday Wishlist 7.31

Just because I haven’t posted any new kitchen creations or DIY attemps does not mean I plan on leaving y’all hangin’! I swear, These days my life has been consumed with cardboard, basically the new floor covering in my room.

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Here are the more recent things I have been wanting/wishing for:

1. July to be over with. Come on August 1st! Good thing this wish will actually be coming true, and much sooner rather than later. 16 more hours to go! Then only 34 more days til my birthday and the -er months!

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2. A fancy shmancy juicer that won’t break on me. So in an attempt to eat better, my cousin and her husband have embarked on a 15 day juicing cleanse detox journey. I know I know, She’s jumping on the whole #juice4life #eatingclean #organicordie bandwagon. I can hear myself making fun of me now, but after all the pizza and takeout I have eaten over the past week (it must be an unwritten rule of moving) a 15 day lifestyle of eating only fruits & veggies and other good things sounds really nice.

Oh yeah, Brandon decided to start up a blog. His sense of humor may be dry, but his posts will leave your taste buds feeling otherwise! Everything they make sounds really good! I just wish there were more pictures.

Beside the point. I want this juicer.

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But with my budget, I should probably go for the 850 Watt juicer instead.

3. A Dream Work Space. One of TxSC’s sponsors this year is Squarespace, a website design company. So of course with any creative conference, there is going to be a contest hosted by the sponsor.

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This contest calls for an Instagram or Tweet of your workspace…. Sadly this made me realize that I do not have an actual work space! And my surplus desk at my real job is in no way pleasing to the eye.

I started a Pinterest Inspiration Board yesterday to gather ideas and visualize how I would like my space to look (though much of my work is done in the kitchen). I can’t wait to slowly piece together this dream! The following are the just a few from my board.

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Man, I really love chalkboards!

Only a few more days til Austin! So excited!!

Friday Favorites 7.12

Tomorrow morning, my roommate and best friend will be moving out of the Pearl House. Though she will only be an hour down the road, I will miss her dearly. As I get older, friends have come and gone, but the best ones always remain close no matter the literal mileage between our locations. Kate and several of my other close friends are all beginning new chapters in their lives, why not give them something to commemorate the turning of a new, blank page? One could trace the history of housewarming gifts to way back when. From pineapples to bread and wine to baskets and brooms, housewarming gifts symbolize a variety of ideas from health and luck to freedom and security. I want to give my friends something that symbolizes our friendship and our history, but I also want it to serve a purpose.

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I am a huge fan of the DIY movement. I like to exert a little more effort creating something, choosing a gift, and overall cater a selection or purchase to a specific personality. In this week’s Friday Favorites post, I will tell you some of my favorite DIY housewarming gifts. I think special touches are more appreciated.

Plants

I like plants because they serve a decorative and symbolic purpose, representing health and prosperity. Succulents and terrariums seem to be very popular right now. They are also great starters for novice plant owners, though I have known a few ladies to kill a cactus or two or three. Here are some of my plant favorites:

Egg cup or really any kind of cup planters with either succulents or maybe a small herb plant. Using a craft pen, you can customize the ceramic! Also, how cute would vintage teacups or tin cans be as planters?

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Succulent initial gardens are also another cute customized plant gift. You could even get super fancy and spell out an entire word or name!

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If you feel like being even craftier, decorate the pot you are planting in!

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If you are not much a gardener or crafter, I think fresh or dried flowers in a mason jar are nice, too. Or, you could always let them DIY with this kit!

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Kitchen Tools

The kitchen is my favorite room in the house. Combined, my friends have a very wide range of kitchen skills. Also many times when people move, they do not have everything they need. Aren’t roommates great? I think kitchen stuff, from the homemade to handmade, make great gifts! Here are some of my favorites:

Wooden kitchen tools are an inexpensive and very useful gift! If you know your friends’ favorite shades or future kitchen color scheme, try customizing these utensils with paint! Just make sure it is food safe! Try color blocking or a cool print like geometric shapes!

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Kitchen textiles are another inexpensive route. If you are one of those people who can work wonders with a sewing machine or a pair of knitting needles, how about making an apron or some potholders? I’ll just stick with purchasing tea towels or flour sacks and adding color and prints. Tie-dye, dip-dye, and ombre are all popular techniques. Using paint stamps, fabric paint, or embroidery techniques also are other fun methods. The towel is your canvas, and with cute designs like these, your friends wont want to get them dirty!

Here is a tutorial for hand drawn designs! Remeber, the towel is your canvas!

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Besides utensils, infused salts and sugars make perfect gifts for friends who like to cook. Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess experimented with infusing sugars. I want to try my hand at infusing salts with dried herbs straight from the garden. Rosemary and lemon salt? Jalapeno and lime? Those all sounds good to me!

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Decor

The fasted and most fun way to personalize a space is by decorating. Giving your friends a piece to hang in the new home not only helps them out  but also gives them something to remember you by whenever they look at it. My friend Rayne gave us a little baby horseshoe for good luck. I think I can honestly say that it is my favorite little piece in our house. It symbolizes luck and friendship though we are several states apart.

Photos are the easiest way to capture and share images. Now there are several apps that allow you to think outside the frame! Instagrams can easily be printed and turned into coasters, magnets, even a clock!

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Can we just take a moment to talk about chalkboard paint? I love it! If I could live in a world of black and white, I’d like chalkboard paint everywhere! Homemade boards or even a framed version with a cool font, I think these are everything they are chalked up to be!

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There you have it- some of my favorite ideas for DIY housewarming gifts. I didn’t even get to talk about my love of pegboard! Soon I will be posting my own tutorials for DIY gifts. Until then you can take a look at my DIY board on Pinterest.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

XOXOXO

Wednesday Wishlist

The middle of the week always leaves me sitting, waiting, and wishing. That being said, I thought it would be nice to add another weekly feature. Pretty soon I will be moving out of my house to a much smaller space. I finally will have my own kitchen again AND free range to decorate however I want. As my urge to cook and bake everyday continues, most credit due to my blog, I find myself wishing I had more kitchen accessories, canisters, and appliances.

The following items are affordable (except for that mixer) pieces I would like to add to my future home/kitchen.

This Cream Patisserie Cake Holder probably would not break on me as I am walking up to the library. Yeah that happened to me once. It was so sad.

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Lately I have had a thing for collecting glass jars. They seem to be my main purchases at estate sales. I love using them for storage and would like a set to store dry ingredients such as flour, salt and sugar. I love the clamp lids on these glass jars!

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I recently bought a vintage ceramic flower pot with your typical 1970s yellow and orange flowers accenting the middle. I think the original owners used it to store small garden tools since there was dirt on the bottom. I am going to use it to store kitchen utensils! I really want these ceramic measuring cups to sit on my counter right next to the pot. So cute! And I love the little mushrooms!

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A stand up KitchenAid mixer with a bowl lift is what my dreams are made of. I love the majestic yellow and green apple colors! That’s one expensive dream!

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These Venetian print letters are on sale. I think these letters among a collage of vintage prints and needlepoint would compliment any wall. Spell something cute! #YOLO

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This selection is just a drop in the bucket of items I have my eye on. Hope you all are having a good week! Tonight I am going to make pupusas!

Over the Weekend: DIY DIY DIY

Sometimes the best way to spruce up a space is by adding some color. In this weekend’s case, a bookshelf was painted.

As a post-grad still living on a college student paycheck, I don’t have the funds to go out and purchase brand new, matching furniture. The majority of my pieces have been acquired through family or friends, thrift stores, estate sales, and even the side of the road. Needless to say, almost everything is mismatched, but when put together, their color palettes and textures all give off that vintage vibe.

Next month, we will be moving into a 100+ year old 4-plex. Our Victorian mansion’s unit comes equipped with the original hardwood floors (swoon), a bay window (double swoon), and quite possibly one of the largest porches I have ever hung out on. I am already super stoked about decorating and have been combing Pinterest /sketching away designs in my notebook for the last couple weeks. As I said earlier, the majority of my pieces are vintage and go well together though technically mismatched. Most except for one.

I bought this sweet bookshelf/record holder from my cool roomie, Katrien, before she moved to Boston last summer. I absolutely love this piece! The only problem is that it’s black laminate Ikea wood doesn’t really go with anything else that I have. I decided to paint it! My mom spray painted my dresser as a kid, so if Shannon could do it, so could I!

I chose an avocado green and it turned out perfect! Gypsy approved!Image

This little DIY project took an entire day when you factor in dry time. Kate and I sat on the porch and watched the paint dry, which contrary to popular belief, was not that boring!

We took the easy and inexpensive route with this project: no sanding and ample aerosol can usage. It is important to keep yourself hydrated when working outside. We managed with a few game starting shots and cocktails.

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2 cans of primer. 3 hours of dry time. 3 cans of Valspar spray paint. 6 more hours of dry time.

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And voila! I had planned on leaving the shelf outside overnight to dry, but rain was suddenly in the forecast (crazy Texas Weather). After letting the paint set for 48 hours, I figured it was safe to put everything back in its place.

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I think I did a pretty good job. What do you think? I absolutely can’t wait to see it in the new place!