Kitchen Dreaming

Since we just moved, it’s hard to not pin every kitchen picture I see on Pinterest. Our old apartment had way more space (including cupboard and counter space) so I’ve been looking for ways to organize all our kitchen stuff that just doesn’t fit. For now we’re using our black Ikea 2×4 cubed bookshelf to hold pots and the appliances that take up too much counter space! It works well but doesn’t fit in with the other colors in the kitchen. It’s just til we can find a pot rack and maybe some shelves… and a small enough island or narrow enough buffet piece. Since I don’t think I ever put up pictures of our kitchen in our last apartment, here it is!

kitchen

yes, you’re seeing that right… there really is a garden rake and pick-ax on top of our cabinets!

And the rest of this post contains things I’ve pinned on my “kitchenspiration’ board that I’ve been drooling over.

I’m very obsessed with coffee. We might even have space for something around this size:

 

 

Tall ceilings and glorious wood beams 🙂 = dream kitchen.

Source: houzz.com via Evangeline on Pinterest

 

 

Open & airy with a nice island and humongous stove! … and is that a tropical beach outside?!

 

Loving all the yellow with these shelves!

 

These bold stripes are perfect.

 

Great breakfast area with such an awesome table!

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Au jardin | A garden themed baby shower!

I’ve been looking forward to this post ever since my friend Kat (blogger @ Withywindle) and I decided to host a baby shower together for our friend Johanna! So I’m excited to finally share some pictures from the event.

Couple of things you should know:

  • We decided to make it garden themed partially because Johanna is vegetarian and super healthy…and because it was spring, and because it’s so darn cute!
  • Much of the credit for the way this shower turned out I owe to my friend. She gave up her beautiful house for the event, did most of the decorating and a great deal of the cooking!
  • Many of our ideas were from other blogs which we stumbled upon probably through Pinterest (I’ll credit them below the pics)
  • A classic children’s book can make a great guest book! Have the ladies sign the inside of the book and write a note to the baby
  • Cake Batter popcorn is really really addicting

Garden Baby shower

Credits & Links

Luscious Lemon Squares

My take on Mini Spinach Quiche

Mini Fruit Tarts

Mini Caprese Salad Bites

Inside Out Carrot Cake Muffins

 Garden Baby Shower

Credits & Links

Birthday Cake Batter Popcorn

Some garden inspiration gathered here

The best and easiest Tissue Paper Poms tutorial

Cute graphic design elements

I learned a lot throwing this little shower. It was so much fun, we had a great turn out, and the food was all delicious! We were pretty pleased, to say the least. Aside from all the baking, I really liked learning to make tissue poms! I hadn’t done any before but my green poms ended up looking like heads of lettuce, which was pretty perfect! 🙂

Check out Kat’s cute post of the same event with her beautiful pics here!

Here’s one more baby shower idea I had to share from Sea Kettle Diaries –a flowery onesie bouquet! One of the cleverest, prettiest gifts!

Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Here are a few of my favorite things I’ve been seeing on blogs lately.

Enjoy!

Going Green

 

1. Adorable garland

2. Irish Coffee in the morning 🙂

3. Green Sugar Cookies

4. Rag Wreath

5. Free party printables

6. Andes Mint Cupcakes … these look good any day!

7. Harpoon Celtic Ale

8. Stout Ice Cream Float! I’d like one now, Martha!

9. Etsy Kiss Me Banner

Trash and Treasures…. thrift stores & flea markets

I’ve always wanted to go to a flea market. I’ve heard many great things (and some bad):

  • You can bargain with people (definitely takes me back to my days in the Congo!)
  • You can find very random things you might not have known you were looking for
  • You can find great deals
  • You can people watch….
Those were enough reasons for me today!

I was on a shopping trip to Wal Mart today for a few Valentines-y things I wanted. In the parking lot next to my Wal Mart, there’s a  giant lot called the Lynnway Mart. They have an indoor area filled with lots of little shops (but I’ve never been inside to be honest… I’ve only heard about it!) and then they have a big parking lot (full every weekend) where people set up tables and set up shop.

Full parking lot:lynnway mart parking lot

Yes, they had boxes and boxes of junk…. of course I saw hundreds of pirated DVDs, knock-off fashion accessories, etc.

Now, I wasn’t very hopeful going in…. I left my wallet in the car, kept some cash in my pocket, and walked around. I was surprised to find quite a few things I would have liked to bring home. Some of the furniture looked decent enough, and I’m sure I could have bargained and gotten a better price than Zimman’s would have given me… 🙂 But I’m not gonna lie. I did see a lot of stuff that looks like someone found in a dumpster and brought it to the market. Most everything seemed covered in a layer of dust…. and there were bins and bins of just pure junk. There was even a guy selling tires!

Yes, it felt very developing world-ish, but I wasn’t bothered at all, … no one was pushy, which made me happy.

I found one friendly Boston man selling some stuff that almost looked vintage or antique. When I started picking things up and asking him for the price, everything I asked him got the answer “That’s five dollahs.”

“–and what about this?”

“Same thing, five dollahs for that one too.”

I was happy to leave his table with a little wooden art case and a rusty kettle. For 5 dollahs each.

This is a “Vintage ‘aht’ box” the guy explained:

art box

Haha, right… not sure if this can be considered “vintage” yet!artist box

On my way home, since I was on a “shop for junk” kick, I stopped at the tiny Salvation Army store in Central Square. I got lucky there too! I found a neat oil lantern for $6 and a dark metal lamp (without a shade but I’ll get one eventually) for $7.99!

kettle, art case, lantern

That’s what a good day feels like. 🙂

lantern