Sunday, March 7, 2010


Finally got around to covering this Thonet "Snodgrass" chair that I love because of the chrome and modern lines. It was originally covered in a nice rust fabric that was spotted and also wasn't quite the right color here. The original fabric is still underneath and slip covered. The neutral color will allow me to experiment with different pillows. This one adds a punch of color and is entirely from vintage fabrics.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Smile and Wave

Walking along the cliffs today there was an awful lot of giggling going on as passers by would unsuspectingly be pelted by a wave.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Keeping Fit

I haven't been exercising for a while and this morning I went on a little hike with my son. When other parts of the country are covered with snow, the sun came out today here after some rain. Although I've always been interested in nutrition I'm inspired lately by Tosca Reno and the "Eat Clean Diet", because she's just a little older than me and she super fit at fifty. I do a pretty good job of shopping healthy, but may do fast food for convenience. My other weakness is candy, and I'm going to try and knock that out. Back pack is a "Lolabag" by Ana of Rearranged Design
-light weight and perfect for walking

My post hike meal was this beautiful protein smoothie with almond milk, frozen blueberries and strawberries, half a banana, hemp/whey protein powder and some ground flax seed. The camelias were cut this morning from my yard.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Organized Linen Closet

Being absolutely fed up with my tiny linen closet and the fact that there never seems to be enough room I had to make some changes. As I pulled all the the linens from my closet I began to ruthlessly make decisions about what to keep and what could go. I do an ok job of folding, however I am not the only one that accesses the linen closet. Folding neatly is not enough to keep it orderly. Consistency of technique was going to be more important after taking into account the specific items stored and the size of not only the closet itself, but the individual shelves. Once I learned what would work for my specific situation I was going to have to transfer that information to the rest of my family to ensure it stayed that way.

I have towels that are roughly in two sizes. If I used the same technique for folding all the the towels, they wouldn't stack evenly. After some experimentation I figured out that the small towels should be folded in thirds and the larger towels could be folded in half (length wise) and then in half again for all towels to be relatively the same width. Now I can fit approximately 16 towels on one 17" by 36" shelf.
I also remembered that years ago I watched a segment of a Martha Stewart television show explaining how to fold fitted sheets. It was fascinating, but I didn't record it and it was impossible for me to remember all the steps. This was before the internet so I've continued on in frustration all these years folding my fitted sheets into puffy wads. Then I had a sudden realization that I might be able to find a reference to sheet folding by Martha on the internet. I was extremely amazed to find that Martha is not the only one to be skilled in the art of sheet folding. Click here to see one popular instructional video on You Tube called "How to Fold a Fitted Sheet Like a Pro" There are tons of videos on the subject.

Now fitted sheets are flatter and I go a step further and fold the fitted sheet inside of the flat to create a little package.

Now there is plenty of room and even added empty space.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Organizing After The Holidays

Happy 2010. I am still working on my paper filing system and have already cleaned up and packed away my Christmas items, removed gifts from their wrapping and flattened and recycled boxes, but wanted to share a post from Benita of Chez Larsson about how she stores her holiday stash.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Eve Resolutions

To get ready for the New Year I have resolved to spend the day weeding papers, shredding, recycling and reconfiguring my home "office" which happens to be an armoire in my kitchen. The holidays are kinda crazy. We also have three December birthdays in our family so I've had enough partying. If I feel like I've accomplished enough, I will make sure to have some champagne and chocolate.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Aebleskivers for Christmas

Yum. I remember dad making aebleskivers, a Danish dessert kind of like a cross between a doughnut and a popover, for the family years ago in that funny pan that was made just for making aebleskivers. He was the only one that cooked them, but I loved to eat them. This Christmas morning we got the old pan out of the depths of the cupboard and decided to give it a try. I whipped the egg whites into "soft peaks" while my mom mixed the rest of the ingredients. I decided to take over the cooking as I wanted to learn how to make these things. They look so complicated, but actually were kind of fun to make. We found this recipe on the internet. We did not add filling, but served with syrup and a dusted with sugar and cinnamon.

This particular recipe called for one tablespoon of oil in each cup, but I used one teaspoon and they turned out just fine. Our pan is probably 50 years old and cast iron, but I found this one over at William Sonoma in case you'd like to give it a try.