Friday, January 29, 2010

Happy Weekend!

Wishing you the innovation and strength to make it through; and for those of you at work, wishing you a safe trip home ;)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

True Artistry

Thanks to Presurfer for the heads up on the Color Picker by Korean designer Jinsun Park. It's a pen that scans colors and converts into use for your drawing pleasure.

Pretty cool...

Monday, January 25, 2010

Tuesday in Bed

It's a cold and gloomy day and I'd love to be in bed with a remote right now.

I love the tones in this bedroom. Makes for a cozy sleep experience. Accent walls are a perfect way to use dark colors on your wall without it seeming too overbearing. If alot of light comes into your space, however, all 4 walls could be painted dark and it won't seem so daunting.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Happy Weekend!

This little boy was caught under the rubble caused by the earthquake in Haiti for eight days. If he can smile you most certainly can too.

Wishing you hope, joy and lots of smiles.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Happy Weekend!

Stay out of trouble.

Help Haiti

My heart is so heavy with sorrow for the people of Haiti who have endured so much in addition to this devastating earthquake.

Please donate to an organization to help disaster relief efforts . Here are some suggested organizations to donate to (beware of scams):

Catholic Relief Services: 93% of the donations go directly to programming while many other organizations give a lot of your donations to bureaucracy. They are already mobilized for operations on the ground.

Doctors Without Borders:

Red Cross: or text "Haiti" to 90999. Not all of your money goes directly to the cause but there operations on the ground are effective.
And please send your prayers and positive thoughts!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Arts and Crafts: Chalkboard for the Kitchen

Recently I posted about how expensive chalkboards are. I wanted one for my kitchen but didn't want to spend a lot of money. So I took some guidance from Aubrey + Lindsay's post on how to make a chalkboard for under $40.

Of course I went to none other than Home Goods to look for a frame. I splurged a little on the frame. It was $25. You can definitely find a cheaper frame for about $10-$15, but I really liked the frame I purchased. I bought chalkboard paint from Home Depot for about 11 bucks.

I was so embarrassed by the picture in the frame, I felt the need to tell the cashier I was buying it for the frame not the print. She said she wouldn't have judged me, but I could not have blamed her if she did.

I decided to paint the glass protecting the print with several coats of the chalkboard paint. 4-5 coats should be sufficient, but you can make the determination to add another coat if desired after the paint has dried.

Check out the results!

This took very little time and and very little money. If you're on a budget, always figure out cheaper alternatives like figuring out ways to do it yourself.

I think mine looks a lot better than that old Pottery Barn chalkboard for $150, don't you?

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Are You Ready?

Get the crew together, make dinner reservations, and buy your tickets in advance. Sex and the City 2 is coming! Well, not until the end of May. But here is the teaser trailer.

Need a pre-movie cocktail to serve before you and the crew hit the theater? Try the:

Grapefruit Basil Martini

Simple approach:

3oz Vodka
3oz grapefruit juice
3 basil leaves

Mix ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well to muddle basil and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a basil leaf.

Fresh approach:

2oz Vodka
2oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1-2tsp simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
2-3 basil leaves

Muddle a couple basil leaves with the simple syrup in the bottom of a mixing glass or shaker. Add the other ingredients plus ice. Shake well and garnish with a basil leaf.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

I Want to Work for Google (Part II)

Here are some more pics of the Google offices:

I Want to Work for Google (Part I)

Google has an amazing work environment with everything from accomplished in-house chefs, volleyball courts, slides to take you from floor to floor, personal masseuses, and so much more. How do they get any work done?

Check out the pics:

Friday, January 1, 2010

I Spy...

A fabulous pillow that I must have. If only I didn't already have so many other pillows and a budget.

Zgallerie Sunburst Pillow 18"