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March 2, 2011

DIY Round-up

How to make a repeating pattern, designsponge.

Curtains on the cheap, Apartment Therapy.

Tassel Earrings, InStyle.

Headdress, You Me and a Skeleton Key.

Urban Outfitters duvet knock off, Kiki Creates.

Envelopes become Tote Bags, Orphaned.

$2 shoes, Aunt Peaches.

Hex-Nut Bracelet, Honestly WTF.

Driftwood hook, Semi Jewels.

Fbaric Prints with Tape, How About Orange.


March 1, 2011

DIY Antique Book Clutch

I’ve been lusting after these book clutches for some time now, and today at the flea market I picked out the perfect book to transform into my new purse.  I wanted something a little smaller, just to fit the essentials.  The Olympia Le-Tan clutches are beautifully embroidered, but at $1,330.00 I just don’t think I can afford it right now… or ever.

I’m not a huge fan of the Kate Spade version, and at $300 – still too steep for me.  I made my clutch in an afternoon, out of materials I had lying around the house.

Total cost: approx. $7.00.

How to:  Antique Book Clutch (under the cut)

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February 26, 2011

How to DIY Jackpot – Park & Cube

Park and Cube might just be my new favorite blog.  I have a short list of things to whip up before spring hits, and these amazing tutorials are very high on it.

February 18, 2011

Goodbye untucked shirt tails, hello wedgies!

I know what I’m doing tomorrow – after yoga, a bike ride, and soaking up as much sun as possible.  This tutorial via OutsaPop Trashion is … almost on the top of my to do list.

February 14, 2011

MmmMMMmm Sazerac

This is a quick and simple way to make delicious Sazeracs at your house.

  • Take a rocks glass, rinse it with water and place it in the freezer.
  • Whip up some simple syrup*
  • In a glass mix and stir
  1. 2 oz Bulliet Bourbon
  2. .25 Simple Syrup (a hair more than that)
  3. A tiny dash of Peychaud bitters (optional)
  • Stir to chill ingredients, as well as dilute it to your prefernce
  • Pour a bit of Absinthe, Herbsaint, or whatever into your chilled glass, roll it around the inner rim and the inside of the glass – shake out excess
  • Pour cocktail into glass, break lemon peel over glass, and insert.

Simple Syrup*

Simply mix one part sugar to one part cold (or room temp) water.  Stir and stir til clear.  TIP:  When 1 ounce of sugar is added to 1 ounce of water, it makes 1.5 ounces of simple syrup.

February 11, 2011


Admit it, you love McDonald’s french fries. And if you have any sense, you prefer a nice, crispy fry over a limp, lifeless potato stick. This is the perfect recipe for delicious tasting AND crunchy french fries AT HOME, without a deep fryer.

Step 1:  Cut potatoes up!  Preferably into thin pieces, unless you want mushy potato wedges, which, hey, to each thier own – but not recommended.  Approx. 1 potato per person will be plenty.

Step 2:  Place potato slices into a pot, cover with water (just enough so they float).  Squeeze one whole lemon into the pot, and then throw the whole rind in with it!  Bring to a boil for 10 minutes or so, or until soft, but keeping their shape.

Step 3:  Drain potatoes, and set aside.  Bring 2″ or so of vegetable oil (or other) to an almost boil.  Carefully drop in some potato slices with a metal spoon, or spatula.  Let them fry for 7 – 10 minutes.  They will NOT turn brown, so don’t wait for them to.

Step 4:  Carefully remove fries with said spoon, and let cool.

Step 5:  Wait for oil to heat back up, and place fries back into oil for 1 – 2 minutes.  Fries will start to brown quickly.

Step 6:  Toss some salt and pepper on them while they’re still hot!

Step 7:  eat.


I tested this recipe last night and it was.. um perfect.

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