Monthly Archives: August 2012

Fresh Find Friday

August 31, 2012

woven chain necklace

photo by HonestlyWTF

Hey guys. Today is an awesome day. Why? Because my family is in town. All of them except my cute and pregnant older sister – but she’s forgiven. :) I have lots planned for the day so I best be jetting off. I do plan to hit up a flea market in the morning so tune in to Instagram to follow along! I may need you to talk me out of some purchases.

I died a little inside when I saw the photo above. HonestlyWTF always has the best DIYs! They pull stuff out of their hat that makes me want to make jewelry out the wazoo. If I saw this chain necklace in a store, I would buy it. But here are the instructions to make it! Money saved. Everyone’s happy.

los finds:

i am just amazed at how lovely this wedding is.

i really just want to go to central park.

those curls. i die.

i still have a few more camping trips left this year.

tagg needs to have some of these.

the bolo tie has been taken to a whole new level.

spray paint is my best friend.

i need a job here. asap.

**happy weekend**

Flea Market Finds

August 29, 2012

Growing up, I loved going to flea markets. Every time we visited California, I made plans to hit up the local swap meet and peruse for hours. There aren’t too many flea markets to choose from here in Denver. We’ve got a few staples, but nothing that really blows my mind. Who wants to fly me out to Cali for this one?

A few weeks ago, I spent an early Saturday morning at one of our flea markets and found these:

rosaline

photo via Bleuets on Etsy

All sorts of fun plates and bowls. I bought some new dishes at a sale at Anthro and have been slowly collecting things to match. These rosaline dishes matched the coral perfectly. The best part about flea markets is that you can bargain. These were an absolute for me and I had to have them. The dealer was kind enough to lower the price and all I had to do was ask! Don’t you just love ‘em?

I’m so stoked it hurts. Aren’t they beautiful? The bowl is my fave. It has a gorgeous ring of silver underneath. It was super tarnished and not-so-prettay, but it shined right up with a little baking soda and water. My family is coming into town and I think a big Sunday dinner is in order. Can’t wait to show you the tablescape. :)

 Are you a flea marketer? Where do you go? Got any tips for us?

Tut Tuesday: DIY Ombre Dipped Birthday Candles

August 28, 2012

So I just LOVE birthdays. They’re a great excuse to throw a party! I love birthdays so much that I celebrate my half-birthday. And Logan’s. And the neighbor’s. They’re that awesome. One of my favorite parts? The cake. I love cake. And I love to decorate the cake. Ombre is just so trendy these days and I thought it could be totally awesome to incorporate the trend with the candles! These seriously take 30 seconds once the wax is melted. Read the how-to below.

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Fresh Find Friday

August 24, 2012

photos via SF Girl By Bay

So this has been one crazy week! And it’s been filled with crazy awesomeness. That’s the best way to put it. I won two giveaways. Not one, but TWO! I entered a giveaway over on Chris Loves Julia and I won! Julia is a good friend of mine so we were cracking up over how crazy it is that I won. And then?!? I get a twitter notification from Victoria over at SF Girl By Bay saying I won her giveaway! I swear, since I won the Sweet Paul Giveaway, things have really been looking up. I should probably buy a lottery ticket next, right? Try my luck?

The photos above were spotted on SF Girl By Bay (that girl has photog skill) and they are some of my favorites this week. The Curiosity Shoppe in San Fran teamed up and collaborated with Target and they are going to sell some super cool/retro/i’m obsessed with it all stuff in The Shops At Target starting on September 9th. It’s like that time Missoni came and the site crashed for the day. It’s pure bliss, people. There is some seriously fun stuff that I am going to beat down anyone in my way to get. I’m competitive. There was even a big ole’ party at Stable Cafe to give a little preview. Read more and see more here, here, and here.

The goods:

this is some seriously good wedding stationery.

i’ve always loved a good lamp.

these envelopes are the shiz.

Jenny and Hellobee know what’s up.

Instagrams from Alt NYC. Martha showed up. I watched virtually. I died.

pretty necklace DIY.

these pies, i tell you!

i love blue & white together.

i think i could do this.

**happy weekend**

The Instagram Jam

August 23, 2012

I’ve been busy. Busy eating. Busy smelling soaps and bath bombs at a cool store called Lush Cosmetics. Those last few pics? Oh yeah, they’re from there. I was walking by like some innocent person and was sucked in because the packaging was UH-mazing. Bottom left pic: le bath bomb. Bottom right pic: what it does in the water! Explode my heart.

These are just a few shots from my trip to Utah and my trip to the mountains. I don’t normally post a lot of pics of myself, but we hadn’t left and it was 7 AT NIGHT and I was feeling emotional and needed to vent. Shortly after I took those, Logan came home and threw me (it was playful) in the car and we headed West.

Have you ever been to Lush? We’re you as obsessed as I was? I spent a good 30 minutes testing out 70% of their products.

Want to see what I’m currently up to? Sneak peeks of projects and all. Follow me on Instagram! Username: @lexyjo

Spotlight: In Love With Home & Delicious

August 22, 2012

 

I am loving living in the online magazine era. I’m such a visual person and have boxes and BOXES of magazines that I just can’t part ways with. We’re talking Martha Stewart issues from my birth year, ok? Though my first love will always be the paper magazine (see the preview for Anthology here!), I’m really on board with online mags. Rue, Kinfolk, Sweet Paul. I have so much love for these and I am currently digging the newest issue of Home & Delicious. How pretty are these page layouts? Mmmmmm, those are some fabulous spreads, wouldn’t you say?

all photos via Home & Delicious

*Good news: to see a project of mine featured in the online issue of sisterMAGAZINE, click here! Page 219, baby!*

Tut Tuesday: DIY Printed Labels

August 21, 2012

I’m a jam snob. I am. It has to be homemade. And it has to be freezer jam. And it can only be, like, 15% 10% fruit chunks. I like the juice. And I love when it’s extra sugar-y. I’m a jam snob. I turn my nose up to store-bought jellies. Bleh. Gag me.

When I make jam, I like to label it. I also like to give labeled jam to friends. I feel like this act of service cancels out the fact that I’m a jam snob. I don’t have a label maker. I’d like to get one someday. That’s why I’m saving money by making my own jam. When I make labels, I just use regular old packing tape. It’s so simple. Read the how-to after the jump.

**i’m going to pretend that all of these photos have the same amount of white balance, ok? i’m learning**

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Fresh Find Friday

August 17, 2012

photo by shrimp salad circus

Another day. Another dollar. But I’m $50 in the hole so…

It feels like summer is ending over here. The days are getting cooler, and the sun is starting to go down a little earlier than usual. It’s bittersweet. Autumn is my favorite season, but I haven’t had the chance to enjoy the summer. We’ve only had a few outdoor adventures and our time is almost up. That’s why we’re heading to the mountains today. There will be streams. There will be hummingbirds. And there will be a hot tub. Win win win. I’ve also scouted out a few antique shops and flea markets on the way, so you can expect some crazy Instagram action. True story: yesterday my Instagram was down for the whole day. No joke. I was going through withdrawals and was super jittery all day. What’s happened to me?!?

The photo above is by the most perfect Lindsay of Shrimp Salad Circus. Her DIY incorporates two of my favorite trends right now: neon and ombre. Don’t you love the wood staining? It’s stunning AND weatherproof. Win win. I just love winning.  View the how-to here.

What I heart:

Rainbows and garlands. Excellent combo.

If you give a blog a makeover

More washi tape love.

I’ll always love pink and green.

Could you recycle your wedding? I’d have a hard time!

So excited for this fall line.

Summer ain’t over yet. Getting married soon?

Diggin’ these necklaces. A bunch clumped together is my fave.

Okay, nutella cupcakes. You’re coming with me.

**happy weekend**

Spotlight: In Love With Shelley Hesse

August 15, 2012

If I could die and come back as a super talented artist, I would want to come back as Shelley Hesse. The girl is skilled. You may recognize her work at Anthropologie and various other shops. I first fell in love with her work last year when a friend of mine used Shelley Hesse wallpaper in her little girl’s nursery. Her color choices are phenomenal. I mean, I was floored when I saw the Octopus above. It’s so beautiful. I am trying to figure out exactly how much plasma needs to be donated so that I can take that little gem home with me.

Just look at that beach art! Everybody needs a seaweed print. Everybody. Have you found any artists that you just know you could be one with?

See more of her artwork here.

 

Recipe: Custard-filled Donuts

August 14, 2012

Well, I’m back in Colorado, people. I spent most of yesterday flying, and driving, and grocery shopping and I’m tired! I’m beat, let me tell you! The flight from Denver to Provo and back is always full. This time, I had to sit in the back. I’m cool with that. This was a particularly difficult flight because I was surrounded by three little kids flying alone, and a mom with her two screaming children. She had a toddler who was almost two and he was in the WORST mood. I think he may have been a little sick. Before we even left the gate, the poor thing was screaming. Screaming. Bloody murder. Blood curdling. Screaming.

At first, I was thinking to myself, “I sure hope he stops.” “This better not last through the whole flight.” “My headphones are missing an earbud?!? Really?!?” But then I started to watch the mother. She was so frazzled. She didn’t know how to get him to stop and he could not be comforted. I was starting to feel for that mother and wishing there was a way I could help. I don’t have any children. And I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to travel with more than one. And she was doing it alone! I wasn’t upset that the little boy was screaming and crying. I was worried about the mother and how she was doing. I don’t know what came over me! About forty minutes into the flight, little man fell asleep. I’m sure he exhausted himself from all the diaphragm exercise. I chatted it up with the mom for a bit and just loved her.

Before the little boy fell asleep, the flight attendants were standing over the mother and lecturing her on how to calm him down. I don’t know, but I think that just makes it worse. What parent wants to be told by a stranger how to handle a situation like that?! I noticed that people were really quick to judge, and I totally get the irritation, but after taking a bigger look, I began to understand how mortified and upset the mother must have been feeling. Have you ever been in a situation like this? Were you the parent? Were you the onlooker? What would you do?

Ok – back to the purpose of this post. While I was in Utah, we decided to make a little treat. I’ve said it before, but my food board is my biggest board. I swear, my eyes are bigger than my stomach… maybe. We used this recipe for our little Sunday breakdown. The pictures look delicious, right? The recipe sounds easy enough, right? Well, it actually took a few hours (I’m slow), and only produced maybe two dozen little donut holes. I can eat three dozen by myself, sooooo…

I changed things up a little. The dough wasn’t really cooking all the way through and it was taking way too long to fry. I decided to try a churro dough that I love. (Costco churros, anyone?) The custard was great, but we don’t have caramel essence in the states so I substituted a little vanilla and it was perfection.

 

Donuts (Adapted from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey):

2 c.  sugar

2 Tbsp. cinnamon

1 c. water

¼ c. vegetable oil

½ tsp. salt

1 ¼ c. all purpose flour

4 large eggs

3 c. canola oil for frying

Mix sugar and cinnamon in a large and shallow dish. Set aside. To make the churros, combine the water, olive oil, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Remove from the heat and add the flour all at once. Stir like crazy with a wooden spoon until the dough pulls away from sides and forms a big clump. Place the pan over medium heat and stir for a minute longer.

Line the work surface with a piece of aluminum foil and turn the dough out onto the foil. Pat the dough into an 8-inch circle and let cool for 5-8 minutes. You can also leave the dough in bowl to cool, but it will take a little longer. Once cooled, return the dough to the pan. Beat the eggs, one at a time, into the dough, stirring briskly after each addition. The final dough should be smooth and just slightly sticky.

In a large stockpot, heat your canola oil to 365 Fahrenheit. We rolled the dough into little balls slightly smaller than a golf ball and dropped them into the oil. You can do this, or pipe them into the oil like a traditional churro. Let the dough fry for 2-3 minutes per side. Using a wire-mesh skimmer or slotted spoon, transfer dough to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture while still warm.

 

Caramel Custard Filling (Adapted from Lick The Spoon):

2 c. milk

4 large egg yolks

6 Tbsp. sugar

3 Tbsp. corn flour

2 ¾ Tbsp. unsalted butter

1 tsp. vanilla

To make the custard, bring the milk to a boil. At the same time, in a separate saucepan, combine yolks, corn flour, and sugar together and whisk over low heat until the milk is boiling. Add a splash of boiled milk to the yolk mixture and begin to whisk like crazy. Gradually add the rest of the milk, continuing to whisk constantly, until thick and smooth. Remember – keep this yolk mixture over low heat so it can thicken. Once thickened, remove from heat and immediately scrape the custard into a bowl and place in a basin containing a few inches of cold water. Add the butter in 3-4 installments. Add vanilla. Mix well and let cool.

After donuts are rolled in cinnamon and sugar, pierce each with a knife and pipe custard into the middle. If any spills, make sure you lick the counter. It’s that good. :)