Tuesday, July 14, 2009

From The Bar…

I went to a Martini bar a few weeks ago and had the best drink! I’ve been searching for the recipe ever since  so I can make them at home instead of paying $9 a piece. I am so excited I finally found it so I have to share it with everyone!

Pink Lemonade Martini

2 1/2 oz Bacardi Limon

1 oz Cointreau

1/2 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 oz Cranberry juice

1/2 Lemon slice, for garnish

Granulated sugar to coat rim of glass

Moisten the rim of a cocktail glass with some of the Bacardi Limon; sprinkle lightly but evenly with the sugar.
Fill a large shaker glass 2/3 full of ice cubes.
Add Bacardi Limon, Cointreau, lemon juice and cranberry juice; shake until well-blended and chilled.
Strain into prepared glass; garnish with lemon slice and serve at once.

I’m Back

Hey Everyone! I’m back from Virginia…

The 8 hour car ride was actually 12 with traffic and stopping time. My kids were awesome! My 3 year old didn’t even sleep in the car and still did great.

I would have liked to have a camera with me but here are a couple I took with my phone.

Madison was the flower girl

McKenna, my other princess

The wedding was amazing. 2 Maid of Honors, 2 Best Men, 8 Bridesmaids, 8 Groomsmen. A beautiful church, a gorgeous country club for the reception, surf and turf for dinner (salmon and filet mignon), a beautiful cake, an open bar and a great DJ. The girls were a big hit especially on the dance floor. Madison would not leave willingly even when it was well past her bed time.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


I’m heading out on an 8 hour car ride to Virginia  for a family wedding with my kids, my mother-in-law and brother-in-law. Wish me luck! I’ll be back next week….

Bowerbird and Friends

This is the second of my new favorite stores. It’s right across the parking lot of Red Chair Antiques in Peterborough, NH. Things were also a little pricey for me but a lot of things were added to my wish list!

Monday, July 6, 2009


Errr CURTAINS! I’ve been having such an issue trying to decide on dining room curtains. Since I got new chairs I thought my old curtains didn’t go anymore, the competing patterns were really bothering me. First I bought some plain red panels to try to get more of my red in the room (I’m trying to make each room downstairs flow by putting red in each room) but that looked awful. Then I tried some white tie up shades I had. That didn’t work either so I tried tea staining the fabric. They came out good but still didn’t work. So I decided to make some. I went to Joann’s and looked through pattern books to pick out ones I liked and found some fabric that would coordinate well with the pattern on my new chairs. The pattern also matches a lampshade I have in the room so it all ties together. This is how the turned out…


I like them but I need more curtain for the dining room, a valance just doesn’t cut it. So finally I found these panels at Big Lots for $12 a pair and I’m happy.


I’m going to be changing the shade of the walls soon so the curtains will look even better.


Friday, July 3, 2009

Red Chair Antiques

I found two new stores to shop at (see the second next week)… As soon as I walked in this one became one of my favorites.

Swedish cabinet and Swedish trestle table

Weathered 19th cent. urn $450

Mid 1800

Assorted grain sacks

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The only issue is things are a little pricey for me. The only thing I bought was my starfish for my wall art project but I added a lot to my wish list. Check out their website here.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A Tree Has Grown

After looking at kid’s room on HGTV’s Rate My Space I saw quite a few rooms with tree or flower silhouettes on their walls. I really wanted to copy the idea for Madison’s wall  to break up some of the purple. I found a tree picture online, printed it out and sketched it onto the wall in pencil. It took awhile because I kept going back and changing a little here and adding a little there. When I thought I was happy I started painting it in with leftover white paint. Well the idea looked better in my head than it did on the wall. After one coat of paint I wasn’t sure if I wanted add a second probably third coat in hopes it would look better or scrap the whole idea and repaint the purple.


Then I saw this post on It’s the Little Things That Make a House A Home.

LOOK at that tree! The whiteboard idea is great but for my tree I’ll stick with regular white paint since the tree is behind her bed and just for decorate purposes. This would be a much easier idea and much easier to paint. And it was…


I cut leaves and a bird out of leftover fabric from when I made her crib bedding and ragamuffin garland and curtains (which are now in McKenna’s room) then I stiffened them with “Stiffy” and glued them on the wall. I love how it’s 3D (although kinda hard to tell from the picture)