Sunday, December 29, 2013

Great finds at Goodwill

Finding Tiffany's candlesticks and a great bar on wheels at Goodwill is considered a good bargain finding day, right?

Friday, December 20, 2013

F&F Fashion Fridays: Resort Wear: Ready for a hot Christmas

This is my fourth time spending Christmas season in the South Hemispheric. To be honest, not really my first option.
Growing up in a sub tropical Island, Christmas was never like the postcards: covered with snow!
Y family is traveling to Gramado, a beautiful city with Northern European traditions. At least, I will be able to get a bit of taste of the kind of the Christmas I really enjoy!
In the meantime, I dream with resort clothes that are not maternity wear... maybe next year!

Resort Wear: Ready for a hot Christmas

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Chairs update: a very long engagement...

I (ab)used my dear friend K to help me out with the spray painting the chairs I have been trying to tackle for a while.
I left Baltimore with them painted, just in need of a new fabric!
The before: great bones, fugly 70's fabric!

 The idea: spray paint in black and use leopard with a green/greyish velvet:

The prep work:

As soon I get back, the reupholstering of these chairs are top priority, together with another ton of to do's before the baby's arrival.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dining room wallpaper update: almost there!

I was in Baltimore for a quick visit, and with an extra pair of hands from my friend K, I was able to get the wallpaper in the dining room and almost finalized the roman shades. They just need to be hung! Yay!

The initial concept of using a striped wallpaper under the chair rail, together with an amazing fabric for the roman shades:

The "workstation": I covered the dining table with a paint drippings cloth, a sheet of MDF, and the wallpapering tools handy:

The before:

 And a preliminary after:

Using my wallpapering working station I was able to cut the fabric to be used as roman shades:

Watch this space for an upcoming reveal!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Quick dinner in less than 20 minutes!

My radio silence has many reasons, but not enough to keep me away any longer.
Being a mom of a tiny wannabe gourmet (my son has been smelling and tasting new food offerings before eating for a while, now...) forces me to take new approaches with basics.
I will call it M lasagna, it takes less than 20 minutes from preparing to putting on the table:

Step 1:
Boil 3 medium sweet potatoes, cut them in small pieces, add a pinch of sea salt to the cooking water
Cut 2 small/medium courgettes, and cooked them in olive oil and add some herbs
Cook 1/2 pound minced meat, with a drizzle of olive oil

Step 2:
Assemble the small oven bowl with butter, sweet potato puree, meat, courgette, and finally add shredded mozzarella cheese.

Step 3:
Put the bowls in small counter oven for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese melts.

Step 4:
Enjoy! Bom apetite!