tv

January 30, 2013

inspiration

so i’m about seven years too late – but we just finished watching all of six feet under.

oh. my. god. i thought it was the funniest and sweetest while darkest show ever. please go watch if you haven’t. if you have, can we talk about it for a while? thanks.

 

a cute little dress for valentines day

January 29, 2013

holiday / style

want to be festive on v-day? me too. well then we need an easy and inexpensive little red dress!

THE DRESSES (clockwise from top left)
ONE staring at the stars crepe studded dress from urban outfitters TWO knit dress in macaw from american apparel THREE free people beach cruise town dress FOUR surplus back bandana dress from forever21 FIVE slammin bodycon dress from tobi SIX dahlia shift dress from asos

…but you could also just wear these heart studs by han cholo with any color.

eating this: butter cake

January 28, 2013

dessert

most people would shy away from baking something called butter cake. wouldn’t you? ok well i wouldn’t. and didn’t. and would never again. you shouldn’t either.

true to form, this recipe requires VERY VERY VERY little effort and time. i made two batches for a friends birthday. people liked it. a lot.

you mix the crust.

you mix the filling.

and then you gorge.

BUTTER CAKE
(from paula deen)

for the CRUST
1 18 1/4 ounce package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted

for the FILLING
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar

*a little more powdered sugar to garnish

preheat oven to 350 degrees F. combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together.

add the powdered sugar and mix well. spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. i baked mine for about 43 minutes. make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.

payday wishlist

January 25, 2013

wish list

ONE for the man in your life, this flax pocket square from fox and brie is so simple and handsome / TWO i would happily give up my vintage steelcase chair for two saddle office chairs from west elm / THREE coasters seem stuck up. when you have guests over and you’re on coaster radar, you feel like a nerd. right? well these leather theorem coasters by molly m designs (glad we didn’t go to school together) are so gorgeous and laid back, you can be like use these coasters for the sole purpose that they’re awesome / FOUR the time teller acetate watch by nixon. swoon. / FIVE a really charming little hand glazed hanging cactus planter by smallspells

making this : diy leather cabinet pulls

January 22, 2013

diy / the apartment

if you’re on pinterest, you may have seen these things before. the original leather cabinet pull was by horton rower.

the first time i laid eyes on them, i was like oh shit where will i be putting these?

good news. i found a place.

behold this behemoth piece of furniture for $129 at ikea. the ikea dombas wardrobe. why is it called that? it comes with awful, cheap plastic handles.

i have a TON of stuff i need stored, so we got this for the office. it’s not as pretty as the pax wardrobe, but it’s cheaper, and i thought with the right handles, it’d look just as good. hopes.

LEATHER CABINET PULLS

each pull i made was about an inch thick. the original was done with roofing nails, but i was going through existing holes and wanted it to be safe for my hands on the back, so i went with screws and nuts. teehee.

STUFF YOU NEED
a chunk of leather *
screws *
nuts *
an awl
an exacto knife
sharp scissors
ruler
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* i got a page cut out from the fun leather book at the shoe repair shop
* i used machine flat head brass screws (8-32 x 1 1/4″)
* make sure they’re the matching size! (8-32)

step one – decide on the size you’re going with and loosely measure them out with your leather.
start cutting with a razor and ruler or do it the easy, less exact way, with scissors. i did a combo.

step two – once you have your leather pieces uniformly cut, fold one and pick a place for the screw. punch the hole with the awl as deep as you can through both sides. this seemed easier in theory. in order to really get a large hole cut, i then went in with an exacto and cut a small square on both sides.

step two point five – drill holes if you don’t have them. hopefully you already have them.

step three – make sure you can now fit your hardware through both holes of the leather. stick them into the drawer or cabinet holes, and turn the nut on the backside until it’s tight and your strap is straight and perfect.

i made mine pretty long because of the ridiculous height of the wardrobe, but these would look pretty good shorter on some drawers.

also, if you’re working with a piece of furniture like mine, where there are TWO hardware holes, you may be able to kinda see that i have not yet successfully filled those holes. i’ve tried wood putty and spackle, but they’re not great yet. i will report back on how to properly do that.