Saturday, October 9, 2010

Keeping Baby's Dressers Organized :)

 I have the baby clothes for our little guy divided into two little white dressers. With my husband, two grandmas, friends and aunts who will be coming and going once he arrives, not to mention my absent-minded pregnancy brain, I thought it would be helpful if I had a bit of a guide available for reference. The elementary school teacher in me likes the idea of keeping organized. :)

One of the dressers is located in the little guy's closet where the colors are bright blue and green. The other matches the room it's in. Wouldn't want you to think I was clashing THAT badly. :D

Friday, October 8, 2010

English Toffee, Anyone?

Well, I'm going to warn you from the very beginning of this blog...this is one dangerous recipe! It is delicious! 

A few weeks ago I got it in my head that I wanted to make English Toffee for the labor and delivery nurses and staff as well as the staff in postpartum. My mother-in-law sent me this recipe and, when she arrived in San Diego a week or so later, we sat to work making several batches. It was far yummier than I'd imagined and we had to make a few extra batches since there was no way I could make something this good and then not have any for friends and family  too.  :D 

With that said, here's the recipe. Try at your own risk. :)

1 cup sugar
2 sticks butter (must be butter)
5 T. water
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans (Note: I used far more :)
2 cups pecan halves
Hershey bars

Grease a large sheet of foil with butter and arrange 2 cups of pecan halves in a circle on the buttered foil. 

Cook the first three ingredients to the Hard Crack stage on a candy thermometer (302 degrees). 

Pour over the pecan halves immediately.

Crumble the Hershey bars over the hot mixture. 

After a few minutes, you can spread the chocolate to cover everything. 

Sprinkle 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans on top. 

Allow to cool and then break into pieces. 

Now, four days past our due date, we have the gifts for the nurses and staff all ready to go. We're just waiting on baby. :)

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Lamp Remodel

Well, we're 4 days past our due date and into overtime waiting for this baby. While I've been waiting, I've been working on projects here and there. One of my projects was this lamp. I really hate this lamp...always have. It's one my husband had before we were married. We Craigs Listed it, along with the matching floor lamp, several years ago. To my chagrin, the people who responded only wanted the floor lamp and not the pair. So......

Here's my attempt at making it a little more my style. 

One afternoon while blog hopping, I came across a cute little blog entitled On My Side of the Room. Kendra created an adorable little ribbon lamp which you can check out HERE. When I saw her post, I knew immediately what I wanted to do. I adapted her idea a bit to fit the supplies I already had. 
Below are the "BEFORE" pictures of my "ugly lamp." 

I went to the garage and dug out some fabric that I had used years ago for curtains in my little basement apartment in Richmond, VA. I LOVE it when I can recycle something that I've been holding on to for ages thinking, "I'll need this for something one day." :D Well, "one day" finally arrived for this fabric! 

My mom (who is visiting and waiting for baby's arrival too) and I went to work tearing it into different width strips. I was going for a very shabby chic look. Pictured below are two of the many, many strips we tore.
All I did was tie the strips directly around the lampshade, having the bows fall in different spots. Some strips I just knotted on the back so I wouldn't end up with too many bows and have major overkill. 

Below are the "AFTER" pictures.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I'm not sure if I'm finished or not. I still may want to do something with the base, but it's far more my style now than it was. :D YEA for recycled fabric/Richmond, VA curtains. :D

Here's a shot of the room it's in, just for kicks. 

Now we're back to just waiting for baby. :D

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