March 29, 2016

vintage freezer basket

a few weeks ago my mom took me to this amazing antique market out by them (aka out by hamilton).  she had been mentioning it for a while, but it is only open on sundays, which made getting there a little bit hard.

well, we finally made it.  and it was awesome!

it was a dreary, rainy day - the perfect type of day to hunt through stacks of old books and admire walls filled with beautiful pyrex.  she picked up a beautiful glass water jug, and i scored this adorable freezer basket.  it's so unique, and the snowflakes are adorable.

i am thinking it would look cute in the closet, with some chunky winter sweaters piled inside.

what do you think? what would you use a basket like this for?  i'd love to hear your suggestions.


March 25, 2016

[anything goes] citrus lemonade

happy long weekend!

i don't know about you, but i have been loving the bright sunny days we have been having lately (excluding the horrible, slushy, rainy weather we had yesterday!).  it is always hard to lose that hour of precious sleep, but it always ends up worth it when you leave your office at the end of the day and the sun is still out.  that brightness is the best reminder that warmer days are coming.

with spring always comes a renewed optimism for the year ahead.  at least in this house hold. all the positive vibes that come around new years get lost in the haze of snow and cold, and find their way back around this time of year.  and what screams sunny days and warmer weather more than lemonade.

this fun, zesty lemonade was more of a necessity to use up citrus fruits around the house.  our fruit and veggie stand was looking a little full, with aging blood oranges, clementines, limes and lemons.  i hate to throw food out, so i wanted to use up as many as i could before they were beyond use.  and any excuse to make lemonade is a good one in my books!

[anything goes] citrus lemonade
makes 3-4 servings

[what you need]

1 cup of juice, from whatever citrus fruits you have *
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups water

* the fun part about this is you can use any fruits you have: oranges, lemons, limes.  i love the pink tint the blood orange gave this batch of lemonade.

[to make]

strain your juice to remove any seeds or pulp.  combine with sugar in a small saucepan.  bring to a boil, until sugar dissolves.  let the mixture cool.

in a jug or large mason jar, combine the juice mixture with 3 cups of water.  give it a good stir to combine all the ingredients.

serve lemonade over ice, and garnish with slices of lemons and/or limes.



March 07, 2016

upcycled tin can planter

over the past few weeks b and i have been rooting some plant pieces that have fallen off plants we currently have.  and by fallen off i mean came in contact with our lovely cats who wanted to further explore the plants.  the little one especially loves plants.

my mom is a wiz with plants, and has rooted several for me in the past, so i thought i'd do the same.  it cannot be that hard, right?    

after a few weeks of patiently waiting, little roots began to grow.  and after a few more, it became time to pot them.  the only problem is that we had taken all of our little pots to storage in an effort to save space (ie: the weekend i spent purging after reading the magical art of tidying up).  

so we needed to get creative with how we were going to pot these cuties.

b actually came up with the idea to use one of the old tins we had.  and i have to say, i love the look of the tin as a planter.  the best part, the tin we used had a plastic lid, which works perfectly as a tray for any excess water.

upcycled tin plant holder

[what you need]

- an old tin, washed clean.  a tin with a plastic lid works well because the lid can become a tray to catch any excess water.
- screw driver
- small rocks
- soil
- plant

[to make]

take your screw driver and punch holes in the bottom of the tin.  this will allow the water to properly drain through the soil.

to assemble the planter, line the bottom with a few layers of rocks (at least 1").  this will (also) help with drainage when you water the plant.  next, add soil.  fill your tin up about 3/4 of the way.

add your plant.  be sure that the plant you have selected for your planter fits in comfortably, with a bit of room for growth.  pack down and top up the soil as needed.

and that's it. wasn't that simple!

now you have an adorable, upcycled tin planter.  i love the rustic, charming look the tin adds.

happy planting!