May 31, 2011

Bedroom Details

I wanted to share a few details of my bedroom makeover. I found this adorable little light at Ikea - it's the MINUT and is only $19.99. I didn't really dig the brushed chrome finish though, so with a litle bit of black spray paint, it now matches perfectly. It also throws beautiful light with a low wattage bulb.

I also wanted new white cafe curtains, but plain white cotton would be wicked boring so I found this white cotton pintuck fabric at JoAnn's for I think about $8 a yard. The texture pairs well with the diamond pattern on my rug, and adds a subtle texture. I like sewing cafe curtains, because they let plenty of light in, while still maintaining privacy - not to mention being super fast to sew.

(This is one of the few non-solid fabrics from JoAnn's that actually looks sophisticated - they ususally have such awful quilty/cheesy fabrics!)

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May 23, 2011

Gray Beard in my Bedroom

I've always hated this blue. Other people have liked it and even asked me for the paint color, but I hated it. Dull country blah blah blue. My landlord painted it before I moved and I lazily left it for 4 years!

No more - it's now painted in a very light gray (Olympic's "Gray Beard") and I love it!!! I also swapped out the art down to a few select pieces, added a simple mirror over the dresser, swapped out the bedside light, picked up a vintage gray desk chair, sewed new white curtains and re-installed my closet doors. (detail posts to come)

My plan was to stick to a limited gray/black/white palette, but now I think I need something with a strong color. Maybe paint the bedside table yellow? Mustard color duvet? Gah, always a work in progress....

(anyone notice the cat bed is the same fabric as my duvet?)

I have a sneaking suspicion that some may prefer the before because it's more colorful, and part of me agrees, but the new gray just feels right - right now. There's enough color and pattern in the rest of the apt, I wanted a neutral respite in my bedroom. Also - these pics were taken during the neverending rain happening right now in Boston making it appear a tad gloomy, but it's super lovely!

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May 20, 2011

Smarts & Crafts: Quivver

Happy to see a post about Quivver over on Smarts & Crafts! A teriffic blog from Lauren and Derek of The Curiosity Shoppe. Their new baby boy is named Arrow! adorable.

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May 19, 2011

Singer Puzzle Box

So it has been a crazy weekend and week! Last weekend I want to Brimfield and had my own yard sale, plus work's been a bitch. One of the things I picked up at Brimfield was this little wood box for $3 - I cannot resist wood boxes! The great thing about this one is it's construction - it unfolds.

As it turns out, it's a Singer "Puzzle Box" that came with sewing machine accessories that was patented in 1889, and sold for many years! I was surprised that I hadn't heard of or seen one before. Since it's not complete, or valuable really, I think I may repurpose it for something else.....

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May 16, 2011

Fabric Paintings: Rebecca Roberts

I stumbled across Rebecca Roberts' fantastic geometric fabric pieces through her blog, dukebecky (specifically a review of Gather Here in Cambridge - which i need to visit!) and I love her work. It's always exciting for me to see fabric used in modern ways, I think that people forget that sewing can be just as contemporary and expressive as any other art medium.

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May 10, 2011

New Arrows in the Shop!

I recently added some new arrows to the Quivver Shop - these three are my first experiments with carving into the shafts! Yay!

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May 4, 2011

Houzz Tour!

I was contacted bu one of the writers for Houzz, Erin Lang Norris (her blog is operation paper cut) who invited me to share images and some of my ideas for a Houzz House Tour! It was a lot of fun to be "interviewed", she asked a lot of questions that forced me to try to articulate the choices I make!

Read it here: Houzz Tour: Comfortably Creative in Boston

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May 3, 2011

Sriracha Beer Bread

Okay, so RJW is in no way a food blog, but once in a while I like to share my (rare) cooking successes! After spotting this post on the ReadyMade blog about a Sriracha Cookbook with the recipe for Cheddar-Sriracha Swirl Bread - I needed to try it. Spicy bread!

However, I am too lazy and impatient to actually go through the proper bread making process, so much waiting, resting, kneading - too many steps! Enter my trusty Beer Bread recipe, and HELLO - Sriracha Swirl Beer Bread! E.A.S.Y.

Basic Beer Bread:
3 cups flour
1 ts salt
1 TB sugar
1 TB baking powder
12 oz. room temperature beer

Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl, add warm beer and stir until its a sticky dough. Grease a 9" loaf pan and bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

To make the Sriracha/Cheese Swirl - spread/shape the dough out on a floured surface into a rough 9" square. Squirt on enough Sriracha for a light coat, spread with brush or spoon and top with cheese (amounts are according to your taste - I just winged it) and roll into a log before putting into the loaf pan.

This came out really yummy and very spicy! I used a very light beer so it would be closer to a white bread without any noticeable beer taste. Dark beers make much more "beery" bread. I also make an awesome apple cinnamon version in the fall.

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