This has got to be the easiest DIY I have ever done. It involves my favorite ingredient, Design Masters 731 Gold spray paint (also seen here & here….and another gold spray paint DIY here.…). We started a record collection this year and I decided to store the records in a milk crate for easy access. I also loved the vintage industrial vibe of the crate, just not the simple blue color. I purchased an $11 crate from Office Max and you guessed it: painted it gold! Literally just one step….maybe two, if you include buying the actual crate. It never ceases to amaze me how drastic a simple coat o’ gold paint can be.
Wouldn’t you agree? Happy Wednesday!
These flats used to be pink and were purchased at Target probably 5 years ago for about 30 bucks. They have been an amazing pair of shoes; we sure have been through a lot together! One fateful walk home from work last summer, I got stuck in a serious torrential downpour which meant my favorite suede shoes died and went to shoe heaven. Kinda. Until I decided to spray paint them with leftover gold paint from other wedding DIYs. This is what happens with a short attention span and an affinity for painting anything gold. Now, I just wonder if I look like the crazy chic whose shoes are clearly spray painted OR the genius DIYer rockin’ a sweet pair of repurposed shoes. Hmm…good thing I don’t care because I get to wear my favorite shoes again!
1. Old shoes
2. Spray paint (I used Krylon Brilliant Gold).
3. Blue painters tape
4. Paper towels
5. Painters tarp or newspaper
Line interior of shoe with blue painters tape and fill with paper towels to protect the edges and interior sole.
Shake paint, spray at least 12″ away and don’t inhale!
Tape the exterior soles. Don’t forget the underside & double check to ensure all areas are sufficiently covered in paint.
As you can see, this is super easy. You just need some imagination and a well ventilated area; two crucial elements!
Life has been very busy lately and I like it! It amazes me how many photos I take a day on my iphone without even blinking an eye. I don’t look at a calendar anymore to reference events, I typically check my photos. Sometimes I wish this gadget wasn’t attached to my hip 24/7, but other times I am grateful that I can document my life so easily with technology. I’ve always loved having photographs & now I can have them with the click of 2 buttons photographing my entire day. Anyone else an avid Instagram user? Here are a few snapshots of inspirations & events lately. Enjoy!
Spring has officially sprung in Portland! Warm evenings, sunshine & people bustling about. Portland really is a wonderful city when the sun comes out. Myself & the rest of the population are crossing our fingers the weather will stick this time around.
I have accomplished one of my New Year’s resolutions of becoming a good wife: I perfected the chocolate chip cookie recipe! All you bakers can laugh at me, but refrigerating the dough is seriously the most important step. Chewy cookies for an entire week? Boom- wife points. Recipe found here.
I have many girlfriends who live all over the US right. This week, one was home from Chicago & another is in town temporarily after living in North Carolina before moving to San Francisco AND I had another surprise visit from a friend who used to live in New York and is now in Southern Oregon. Phew! Most of these fabulous ladies (and a few more) lived on the East Coast temporarily, which meant an East Coast adventure was due. Chicago, NYC, Boston & Charlotte in 10 days with a back-pack & this little lady. But more on that later!
Easter was spent enjoying 70 degree weather with some fresh flowers & mimosas (duh)! Not to mention, plenty of delicious food & some awesome quality time with the family.
After much debate mentioned here, I decided upon this gray/blue Moroccan Trellis rug for our living room. It finally arrived & boy am I glad I went with it! Our space needed some spice and this rug knocked it outta the park. It’s the little things in life, right?
Spotted this card and fell in love with this too-cute for words quote. Enjoy!
I feel indifferent about wedding favors. Too often, they seem pointless & unappreciated, not to mention a huge expense. In order to combat this predicament for our New Years Eve nuptials, we decided to make our favors booze. Yup, mini bottles of champagne. Consumed the night of or later by someone who had incredible self-will power. Plus, you can’t celebrate a wedding on New Years Eve without champagne!
I wanted to keep our tables simple, elegant & sparkly, so the champagne logo didn’t fit the bill. Therefore, I resorted to my go-to solution for added flair: gold & glitter. Using glitter trim tape (purchased at Michaels Crafts), we wrapped the bottles in gold, glittery goodness.
I found the black & white tags online (free downloadable PDF) from the adorable blog, Jones Design Company & the “Cheers” stamp was from a NW favorite craft store, The Paper Zone.
Needless to say, the mini champagne favors were a huge hit.
Photography by Niki Rhodes.
With a Portland wedding on New Years Eve, we knew we needed coffee all night & preferably a few other warm drinks as well. This fact paired with inspiration from a Starbucks coffee sleeve I had saved from one of our first dates (creepy?), spawned the idea behind a “warming bar.” Coffee, Hot Cocoa & Cider would all be available as guests arrived & through out the night.
Continuing with our “Love” theme (Philly’s Robert Indiana style), I purchased this stamp from Etsy & bought coffee sleeves in bulk from an online vendor. Keeping with the black/white striped theme, I knew these straws would be the cherry on top.
Hot Cocoa requires marshmallows, so I recruited Miss Ruby Disko (mastermind behind my bouquet & owner of frosting guns) to home make some fun marshmallows. She whipped up Vanilla Bean Marshmallows & Toasted Coconut Marshmallows for topping flair. Alongside these edible clouds were raw sugar cubes & Hershey’s White Chocolate Peppermint Kisses.
Boom, there ya have it: a “Warming Bar”!
Photos by Niki Rhodes.
Holidays allow for over-indulgence. Maybe that’s why I love them so much. Either way, I’ll take any excuse to bake sugary treats! I headed over to a dear friends house who has a kitchen equipped with frosting guns…frosting guns, people!!
I’ll forgive you if you think these look like tiny butts & not hearts. Because I agree.
You may be wondering why we’re pouring Jack Daniels into the frosting, so here goes: While touring the Jack Daniels Distillery on a whirlwind Nashville weekend trip, our 80 year old tour guide named Betty, gave us her baking secret. Directly replace vanilla with Jack Daniels in all things baking & it tastes just as good, if not better. This may be a direct result from all employees receiving a bottle of Jack the first of every month…blame it on the booze!
Inspiration found here
and recipe found here.
With Valentine’s Day being on a Tuesday this year, we decided to indulge in a lazy Sunday morning breakfast instead (thanks for the inspiration, Camille!).
I added some twists to the recipe I found here (via Pinterest) & they were well worth it! We ended up with a Brioche Almond French Toast sandwich stuffed with Vanilla-Coconut, Blueberry Cream Cheese. Naturally paired with an Orange Mango Mimosa, of course. Living above a Starbucks means we start nearly every morning with some soy lattes & this special occasion was no different. Plus, those Valentine cups are just adorable…I can’t resist them!
3 eggs per 6 slices
Brioche loaf (Lovejoy Bakers is delicious!)
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 cup Almond Milk
The French Toast drill: Slice. Mix. Dip. Grill.
Cream Cheese Filling
12 oz. Whipped Cream Cheese
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/3 cup coconut
Pinch of granulated or powdered sugar*
Whipped is the-way-to-go for this recipe. It is beyond easy to mix up & even easier to spread. Don’t waste your time with regular cream cheese! Add ingredients, mix together & spread over the french toast. Garnish with additional blueberries & more coconut inside & out of the sandwich.
Drench with maple syrup & enjoy!
* The original recipe called for powdered sugar, which we did not have, so I mixed in vanilla & coconut for the sweetness.
Side note: I barely cook. I am a total beginner, so these directions are easy-peasy because that’s the way I like it!
As beautiful as this sandwich looks, it’s also ridiculously indulgent. I’d like to try the same recipe again, but use the cream cheese as a “frosting” rather than filling & keep the slices separate. Either way, it is a delicious breakfast!