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frick and frack scrap

May 11, 2011

Posted by in home decor

i love the look of this shop. while trying to pull together the look for our new home, i’ve been on the lookout for character pieces. things that have been refurbished (or that i can refurbish) and things that will create a conversation. my favorite decor is when old is mixed with new, modern is mixed with rustic and comfort is mixed with style. throughout all my rummaging, if i had run across anything from frick and frack scraps, you can bet i’d be coming home with several of their pieces.

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honor system

May 10, 2011

Posted by in handmade

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in other small news, i have to share with you the organic veggie stand that opened yesterday! i attended solvang’s beautiful farmers market last week (that’s where I found the cherimoya, have you ever had some?) and after chatting with one of the organic farmers there, found out they were opening a roadside stand- using the honor system! i love this place. after picking out all my goodies, i slid some cash in a big ol’ barrel and was on my way! i grabbed fresh organic kale, onions, strawberries, lettuce, spinach, and since i could have held the happy chickens, even a few eggs! :)

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flowers

May 10, 2011

Posted by in lifestyle

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i’m used to having flowers in my yard. it was a long (and cold) 7 months in colorado without a single boom in my yard. to be greeted here by several dozen rose bushes, fresh herbs and a trailing vine that covers the house has been more than wonderful, its been rejuvenating. things are getting back to normal. things are green and colorful once again. i picked these a few days ago and love the soft brightness they bring into the room. today, i am thankful for blooms of all kinds. what are you thankful for?

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urban chicken coops

May 9, 2011

Posted by in simple living

urban chicken coops

you all know i love chickens. i used to have a dozen, and though i had to leave them behind in north carolina, i love hearing our neighbor’s in the morning. with small living on the mind, these coops seemed just right.

#1. this modern chicken coop is my favorite- the nogg transcends ideas of what a chicken house usually looks like. it is designed to encourage domestic farming while adding a touch of playful elegance, and would look just stunning next to a small house in the city (or any house, anywhere for that matter).

#2. the eglu classic is a coop for the 21st century, featuring spacious open plan living for 2 – 4 medium size chickens or up to 5 bantams, it is a stylish and practical addition to any garden. designed to be comfortable for the chickens and effortless for you, the eglu classic makes keeping chickens rewarding and fun.

#3. inspired for creating a world away from the battery hen factories, the cocorico would literally be heaven for any chick. with animal welfare first and foremost, maxime evrard created something to encourage domestic farming and support a more sustainable method of raising hens.

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Now that the weather is really getting warmer, it’s time to pull out my favorite weekend drink recipe: the mojito. Using fresh mint and limes, these refreshing drinks offer a unique combination of flavors that really hit the spot. Thanks to their rich ingredients, it is easy to omit the alcohol and drink one anytime.

ingredients

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

mint leaves

club soda

quartered limes

ice cubes

rum

lime slices and mint sprigs to garnish

directions

The first step to a delicious mojito is to make minty simple syrup.  Bring 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to boil together in a small pot. Once a boil is reached and the sugar has fully dissolved, remove pot from heat and add a handful of fresh mint leaves. Let steep in pot for 15 minutes or more.

Once the mint syrup has cooled, start on the drinks. Place about 6 mint leaves and a lime quarter in the bottom of a glass, and press the leaves with a muddler or spoon just enough so that the mint oil and lime juice are released. Top with one to two tablespoons of the minty simple syrup, and the juice from another lime quarter.

Fill the glass to the top with ice. Pour in a shot of rum, and top off with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.

If you would like to enjoy the flavor of a mojito without alcohol, simply omit the rum, and add in some extra lime juice and club soda.

Tip: have extra minty simple syrup? You can save it in an air tight container for another day, or add it to your morning coffee or hot chocolate!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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happy weekend!

May 6, 2011

Posted by in handmade

mother's day

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here is to sending love and light to mom’s everywhere. we are blessed to have you in our lives and thankful for all that you do for us. you are all beautiful. :)

have a lovely weekend! i’ll be working on several projects around the house, but will hopefully start showing you some things that i’ve been up to next week!

xox! bonnie

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the mom’s blog!

May 6, 2011

Posted by in lifestyle

speaking of quilting moms, is my mom. you’ve met her before, but just recently she started her very own blog! i think you’ll enjoy it.

a stitch in time is all about nurturing creativity and inspiration. she posts diy tutorials, videos, free patterns, reviews books and more! you can learn how to tie a quilter’s knot, meet her backyard chickens (some of them used to be mine!) and even see her beautiful pincushion collection. my all time favorite diy that she’s shared was this tutorial on how to cover furniture with fabric (like the stepping stool above). not to be biased, but i think my mom is pretty awesome. you can visit her new etsy shop, facebook fan page and even follow her on twitter. you go, mom. i love you!

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a wisconsin mom

May 6, 2011

Posted by in lifestyle

happy friday, friends! mother’s day is this weekend (don’t forget!) and so i’ve decided to dedicate today’s posts to mom’s everywhere. first up, i would like you to meet someone: a wisonsin mom.

it’s been my absolute pleasure to have my friend julia stay with me this week as she house hunts in the area. the mister has been gone for some bike races, so having company has been so lovely! soon after we got to talking, i found out that her mom is an avid reader of ghtr (cue melting heart) and that she’s also an avid quilter. so this is for you, lori- SURPRISE! aren’t her quilts beautiful? inspired by the earthy tones that surround her in the backwoods of wisconsin, her quilts take on a very natural feel that seems so cozy. so here’s to you lori, happy mother’s day from julia and i, and keep up the beautiful work!

 

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