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 11, 2011

Blinded by the Light

I need a new hanging fixture for my living room, really I neeeeeeed one. OK, not really, but I would love this, since THIS IS THE MOST GENIUS THING EVER. It would look like it was born in the corner above my TV, it would be perfectly at home there.

Is it terrible that I'm sitting here trying to think of a DIY way to make this? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? yes?

via notcot.org, designed by Peter Bristol


via designheure



via moooi

I would also love either of these two lovelies - but alas, not enough cash.



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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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