Monthly Archives: August 2011

Decorating Ideas….Small Offices

We just finished painting the living room (photos coming soon), so now it’s on to the office for organization & beautifying…If you live in a small space & have a lot of stuff (like me), here are some great ideas to help organize & fit it all in there…

Layout & Desks…


Double Sided Bookcase/Desk

DIY with these instructions:
http://www.diyideas.com/images/pdf/pp_doubledesk.pdf
http://www.homemadesimple.com/en-us/homeorganization/pages/dual-purpose-desk.aspx

Corner Desk Office

Closet Office

Creative use of small space from AZCentral

Storage Ideas…

DIY Gift Wrap Storage Idea from HomeMadeSimple

Or purchase at The Container Store


Drawer Organizer
Purchase dividers @ Container Store 

Wall Organizers…


Franklin Covey

Amazon.com

PBTeen

Pottery Barn


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Local (artist) Spotlight…Dug Nap

If you are in Burlington, Vermont TODAY (August 25), Dug Nap is outside Frog Hollow on Church St signing his prints.  Unframed prints are just $18 (includes signing)!  

My boyfriend and I love his work – it’s fresh, funky & funny (and Vermonty).

Since we love his work, it was a real treat meeting & talking to him.  He even came out from behind his booth to pet my chocolate lab.  From his images, you can see he loves labs, so we chatted about her for a little while & he showed me a few prints he’s done of chocolate labs.

He has a quirky sense of humor that isn’t for everyone, but I get a kick out of him.

If you aren’t in the Burlington, VT area & want to buy his prints, check out his website: http://dugnap.com/

p.s. He’s also signing & selling prints outside the Fire House Gallery Art Market in Burlington on Saturdays 9am-2:30pm through October. 

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Fun with Fruit Friday… Rainbow of Fruit!

Today I’m posting a great idea for a rainbow fruit platter by a fellow blogger, Homemade Serenity.

How cute is this idea?!

Mmmmm taste the rainbow…

Click HERE to get tips on how to make this fruit rainbow

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Quick Appetizer…Baked Brie Goodness!

This is an old favorite of mine that I actually had for the first time years ago at a dinner party.  I went to the dinner party with a friend, not actually knowing the hostess (nor do I still today), so I can’t really give them credit (sorry)… I serve it often at dinner parties and served it the other night when I was doing a special showing of my jewelry to friends.  There wasn’t any left at the end of the night, so I think it was enjoyed by all!

Ingredients: 1 pound wheel of Brie, 1/4 package of Craisins (or any dried cranberries), a few tables spoons of brown sugar & 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Serves: Approx 8

Directions:

Preheat oven for 350 degrees.

Slice the wheel of Brie horizontally through the middle with a long sharp knife.

Sprinkle brown sugar on the bottom of the Brie slice, fully covering it.

Sprinkle almonds and dried cranberries over the brown sugar.

Carefully place the top half of the Brie slice back on the bottom (it’ll all look like a giant sandwich).

Place the Brie “sandwich” on a slice of wax paper on a cookie sheet or in a small casserole dish (warning: it may melt out sides a bit & that’s okay).

Sprinkle a few sliced almonds & dried cranberries on the top for decoration (I forgot w/this one, but usually do..oops!)

Put the brie in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the Brie has melted a bit & brown sugar has lightly caramelized.

Serve hot/warm with crackers or toasted slices of French bread.

YUM!

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Fun Find… Herb Scissors!

Have the Monday Blues?  Hopefully this will put a smile on your face… Herb Scissors!!

I don’t know about you, but chopping herbs isn’t my favorite thing.  We have an herb garden out on our patio, where we’re growing parsley, chives, basil & oregano.  Only problem is that it isn’t fun to chop up a handful of herbs…seems to take a while for me to chop them into the small pieces I like!  Here’s a great find AND solution to a pesky problem: Herb Scissors!

Only $9.95 on UsefulThings.com: Herb Scissors

Hmmm…I bet they would be great for shredding another pesky thing: Junk mail!! 

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Fun with Fruit Friday…Basil Ice Cream on Grilled Peaches

An extended family member of mine recently posted on her blog that they had made this & it sounded VERY intriguing!

If you are interested in making this recipe, here is the link:

Grilled Peaches with Basil Ice Cream


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Living Room Feng Shui Before & After

As a follow-up to my post yesterday, Living Room Decorating Tips & Feng Shui, I am posting my own Before and After photos of the reorganization of my living room per my research.  Besides, who doesn’t like a good Before and After pic?!

Feng Shui tips I incorporated into how we rearranged the room:

  • Not having the TV be the main focus of the room or how the couches were arranged
  • Opening the room up to have a good flow of chi (energy)
  • Keep the windows open and unobstructed – the windows represent your “eyes”
  • Place the furniture to be inviting, especially to encourage conversation
  • Light dark corners
Living Room BEFORE:

Living Room AFTER:
Next-up: Painting & getting some artwork on the walls!

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