Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thrifty Girls!

My best friend, Kelly, and I went thrifting again yesterday in downtown Seattle!

She walked away with several pairs of new jeans, a super cute jacket and various other items that were just too good to pass up, and I came away with these...


A hand carved wooden bowl..


...that has a twist to it...


...but I'm calling it "character"!

I rubbed it with Danish oil today and I really like how it turned out. I'll post pics tomorrow!


I was thrilled with that find, but I am

really,

really

excited

about these:



Vintage Shoe Forms!


A pair of them in great condition!


As soon as I picked them up I knew what I wanted to do with them...


...but you'll have to wait to see what I've got going on!


I should be done with the project tomorrow!


I think they're very cool!


The absolute BEST part about these finds were their prices...

*drumroll please*

I paid a whopping $1.99 for each!
My total was $4.00!
Nice!

I had spent time browsing the store, but decided to make another quick go-around through the "home decor" section before we left. These were on the bottom shelf (basically, on the floor!) and I had completely missed them the first time!

Lesson learned!
From now on, I'll get on my knees if I have to because the best finds may be hiding just out of sight!

Can't wait to show you the finished projects and how I am making them even better!
Check back tomorrow to see the "after" pictures!

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I think it's safe to say that Kelly and I are definitely Hooked On Thrifting!
To see what Julia is Hooked On this week, head over to Hooked On Houses and visit her weekly blog party!
What are you Hooked On?

Wise Words...

My new favorite mug...


LOVE it!

I found mine at Barnes & Noble, but it is from a company called Quotable Cards.
It is a "Quotable Mug". Cute!

Visit their website at:
QuotableCards.com

They have all kinds of products that come with really great and inspiring quotes on them!
You can even submit a quote if you don't see your favorite!

What is your favorite quote?

Have fun browsing their shop!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Urban Hardwoods...

Welcome to Urban Hardwoods!

If you haven't heard about this Seattle based company, then let me introduce you...

When I first heard about Urban Hardwoods, I was immediately drawn to their mission and commitment to it!

For more than ten years Seattle's Urban Hardwoods has been rescuing trees lost to disease and transforming them into beautiful furniture.

Urban Hardwoods has led the way in urban tree salvage.



Each piece of furniture is made in Seattle from massive slabs of pacific madrone, sycamore, walnut, elm, and other trees that spent their lifetimes in Seattle.
Each piece unique, each with a story to tell.





See that tree being taken down in front of this gorgeous Seattle home?

"During the summer of 2006 one of the oldest Elm trees in West Seattle died. Urban Hardwoods was there to save her for a second life. The dining room is waiting for a table from the tree that grew less than 20 feet away.

Had Urban Hardwoods not been involved, this Elm would have met the same fate too many historic trees in Seattle endure - the landfill. Instead, thoughtfully milled and carefully stacked in our 'green room,' the 130-year-old Elm dried slowly and naturally for two more years."


I would love to be able to see this process in action!

Do you see that man waaaaaay up there?




The trees that they save are massive!

I wonder how many pieces of furniture they are able to get out of one tree?

"Made in Seattle from trees that would have been discarded, each piece is unique. The color and figure of the wood, the touch of the craftsman's hand, the shape and size can never be duplicated. We know where the tree grew. We take responsibility for its second life and are proud of our work."

And they should be!




The following pieces of furniture were labeled with where the tree came from:

Maple Valley


Tacoma
(Where we live!)


Capitol Hill


Tukwila


I absolutely LOVE their furniture!
I am sure that a little of it has to do with the fact that they are rescuing trees from the place that we call home! Oh, how I would love to have a piece to call my own...
Adding to the Wish List!
(My husband will get a good chuckle out of that!)

I wonder if they would let us tour their Factory?
How cool would that be?

Check out their website at
UrbanHardwoods.com

You can see their full line of in-stock furniture.
And just in case you are wondering, they do ship to anywhere in the US and Canada!
You can also see a slide show filled with pictures of the process from start to finish.
Check it out - it's pretty darn cool, if you ask me!

In The Cookie Jar - Week Five...

This week we made Peanut Butter Cookies!


These were too easy!
Very simple!


Follow the recipe exactly and you can't go wrong!


My little Cookie Monster loved his job of adding the sugared lines to the balls!



They turned out wonderfully!

Another recipe that I am happy to recommend!

Yummy!
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To view past recipes from "In The Cookie Jar" click here!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Look At a Photo of Your Room...

...and you may be surprised by what you see.

I took this photo for the single purpose of capturing how small our little girl looks in this moment sitting up to the kitchen table...

She recently decided that she no longer needs to use her booster seat and is fully capable of sitting at the table just like her big brothers.

Of course, I see exactly what I had intended to. She's so little sitting there all alone, fully intent on eating her lunch.

But I also see what the little design-inspired voice in my head has been telling me for quite some time now...

That hutch needs a makeover!

We bought this hutch in 2000. It was one of our first "real furniture" purchases that we made after we bought our first home. I love this hutch! For sentimental reasons and because it's a great piece! Sturdy and good looking!

But I'll admit, I didn't buy it for its color. I've made it work and it has never looked bad - in fact, I still don't think that the color looks bad! I just think it could look better...

(I have to smile because I know all of you designer/DIY type's know exactly what I'm talking about!)

Here is my inspiration:

photo found on Auction Girl Vintage

How beautiful is that hutch?!
That's making its way right onto the "Someday Wish List"




photo courtesy of Country Living

This one is similar in a lot of ways to my hutch. I love the black!




photo courtesy of PotteryBarn.com

Black and White = the perfect pairing
I have an affinity for black and white kitchens!



photo courtesy of PotteryBarn.com


Finding those was inspiration enough, but then I remembered these:

Layla painted the inside of her hutch a spring green.
Love it!
She wrapped the black all the way around her kitchen by painting her cabinets black too.

Layla's is one of my favorite DIY kitchens!
Click here to see all of her posts on how she transformed her kitchen!
You've got to see the "before" to appreciate the "after"!

Look at this transformation:
You can see the whole makeover over at Chatting at the Sky!
She has fantastic "before and after" pictures!
Can you believe the change?
I think it looks great!


So...black it is!
I wish I could start on this project now, but it is still too darn cold out! I'll have to wait for spring, or maybe even summer for this one. I'll need lots of open windows and some warm weather.

Stay tuned though!
This one should be good!