Tag Archives: decorating

Gift Tags and Garland From Recycled Paper Bags – Love Trader Joe’s!

11 Dec

As you can see from the wrapped gifts in the background, we were in need of gift tags. I cut some out today for free from recylcled Trader Joes holiday bags. The sides are printed strip markations to cut and create your own decorative garland. I used most of the entire bags body for additional strips for a longer garland when I ran out of strips. The top of our mini tree has smaller loops, I cut some of the strips in half, and then continue to full strip loops, fastened with tape. Free tags and a holiday garland, made with love! We are also really enjoying the chocolate drizzled kettle corn they are offering now, skip to the end for that link, Yum! Enjoy!

“Sweet, salty and crunchy. Do we really need to say more? Well, if you insist. Trader Joe’s Cocoa Drizzled Kettle Corn. The name really says it all. What? You still want more? Of course, we‘re happy to oblige.
Our Cocoa Drizzled Kettle Corn is the result of tasting and re-tasting and tasting some more. (Yep, a tough job indeed.) Kettle Corn, in our humble opinions, is one of the great inventions in American history, dating back to the 18th century, with credit most commonly given to enterprising Dutch settlers in Pennsylvania. It’s tough to better what is already so close to perfect, so we set out not to “better” the kettle, but rather to “enhance” the experience.
And so we worked on this one until we found the absolute ideal balance of sweet, salty and crunchy. Too much salt threw off that balance. Too much sugar masked the salt. Too much cocoa drizzle and things got a little soggy. We wanted perfection to match that of the original creation. We got it right. And we did it without any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, much as those early Pennsylvania Dutch must have done (though we’ll admit to slightly more modern preparation facilities). Try a bag; you’ll see. We’re selling each five ounce bag for $1.99, the perfect price for this perfectly preeminent popcorn.”

Love this Chocolate Drizzle Kettle Corn – Trader Joe’s

Paint A Door Using Porch Floor Enamel

14 Nov
PHOTO SOURCE: Lucas Allen
I love the idea of painting a front door a vibrant color. I knew I had to share this helpful post from Stylist.com about the best paint to use for lasting beauty. Enjoy

 Porch & Floor Enamel:

  • Dries to a hard, colorfast, moisture- and mildew-resistant surface
  • No primer coat needed
  • Very glossy finish
or Try Oil-based Enamel:
  • Same benefits of porch and floor enamel
  • Comes in eggshell finishes
  • A slightly longer drying time.

Paint A Door Using Porch Floor Enamel

All That Authenticity May Be Getting Old – NYTimes.com

27 Oct
Unornamental aesthetic…

A deluge of vintage and artisanal products is now available online and through mass-market retailers. Has authenticity become just another fad?

Image: flickr/kitschydigitals

I like the approach:

As they began furnishing their new house from scratch, they found themselves choosing pieces with clean, modern lines that “could be a backdrop for whatever we were interested in at the moment,” Mr. Siegel said. In other words, he said, “not trying to express your personality and your total individuality with every single thing in your house.”

You must click over to this link rich article in the NYTimes, link below. I feel the same way after furnishing a home with vintage, I am inspired for clean, minimal, with pops of color per the season.

Enjoy this article by: EMILY WEINSTEIN

All That Authenticity May Be Getting Old – NYTimes.com

92103 Driveabout: Bankers Hill/Hillcrest (Video)

23 Oct
Following are three of my favorite weekend things to do:
  1. The Spruce St. Bridge
  2. The Juniper-Front Community Garden (Video)
  3. Seasonal shopping at Urban Outfitters in Hillcrest. 

Enjoy!

Towards Downtown

2220 Front Street, Juniper-Front Community Garden

2220 Front Street. The Juniper-Front Community Garden is perched on a hill on Front Street between Ivy and Juniper Street, and was established in 1981. The quarter block is divided into approximately sixty 10-by-12 foot plots. The Port Authority owns the land and rents the garden plots for approx. $100 per year. Juniper-Front Community Garden’s waiting list is long, often with prospective gardeners waiting a full year before an opening.
Matt Browne has a plot at the community garden and filmed this video.

Twilight Photos: West Lewis Street Shops Dressed for Halloween, Mission Hills – 92103 (Slideshow)

29 Sep

Enjoy these fall twilight photos of the West Lewis St. Shops located in the 1600 block of West Lewis St. in San Diego community of Mission Hills. Valerie and Jimmy from With Love have added so much spirit with over the top decorations. Burlap sacks on the community benches, warm orange glowing lights fill the windows, whimsically wonderful accessories, clothing, and hair products fill the displays at Le Bel Age, Salon Bella and With Love.

Welcome to twilight fall in the Hills decorated for Halloween.

Also see:

    From Mission Hills Life Blog pics

    Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture: Home And Play On The Range

    21 Sep

    I love porch swings and dreamcatchers. Rachel Ashell offers both in a recent blog post about her Prairie property housing Shabby Chic Couture. Custom made bedding and hand made appointments. Take a moment and refuel with Rachel on her blog.

     

    Here is a link to Cedar Hill Ranch’s Blog posts with many interior and exterior shots of her B&B property, a must see. 

    Last but not least here are some helpful Flea Market strategies from the Rachel and the latimes.com.

    SOUCE: RACHEL ASHWELL,latimes.com
    PHOTO SOURCE: Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture Blog

    Forever Changing Treasures: Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic Couture Re-Blog

    12 Sep

    Seems to me that the wonderful thing about treasures are their values and beauty are forever changing.

    I gave myself the treat to wander through my Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture™ store in New York, and just enjoy. Vintage pieces I had bought in the past. Some I clearly remembered. Some revealed details that had past me by previously.

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    While the initial search for treasures for my stores and my home is a sacred adventure, I never bore of the new qualities that are forever evolving. I don’t segregate this thought to just material treasures, but also people treasures and lesson treasures. As we spend more time discovering the many layers, there is always a new beauty to experience, seemingly never ending.

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    A beautiful Florentine table and purple porcelain flowers, visual symphony to my eyes.

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    The craft of balance and acceptance is a quality I am always striving for. Sometimes it is my aesthetic ability that teaches me how the unexpected opposites, balance each other, and bring out the best.

    abundance

    There are moments in our lives where accents of decadence finds a home. I like to welcome these in heirloom qualities, so they can be shared for many generations to come. Quality and classic needs to be part of a decadent recipe in my book.

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    When searching for treasures, often it is the patina that finds my attention. The most magnificent piece is without magic for me if the patina isn’t alive with texture.

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    These beauties were on a wallpaper trunk and porcelain umbrella stand in my store. Both are so beautiful and rare to the eye. Sometimes I question how I part with such treasures. For me discovering and acknowledging value and beauty, is often enough. Letting unique qualities pass thru my hands onto others is often enough for however long they last in my world.

    And that is why it is always such a treat for me to go to a store, to experience one more time, the treasure I found, and perhaps discover another layer I didn’t see before.

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    See these and other treasures at any of our Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture stores.