Staying Stylish in Suburbia

Seven Years Strong

Monday, March 31, 2014

Seven years ago today I married the love of my life. It was an abnormally warm day full of forsythia and daffodils in the mountains we love, surrounded by the people we love. It's hard to explain how much this man means to me. He has seen me at my best and my worst, my most beautiful and my ugliest. He has comforted me in the moments of my deepest despair and delighted in my happiness. His quiet, constant support (no matter what) has never wavered, while allowing me the space to grow separately into myself. He is the most straight forward, honest person I have ever met. His selflessness is remarkable. His work ethic commendable. His intelligence turns me on. His humility teaches me. His sense of humor is so dry it drives me crazy...and then it makes me laugh. Becoming a parent with him and seeing the depth of love that he holds for our daughters has been the sweetest experience of my life. This is a man who challenges me to be better, to love myself, to strive for more. He is far from perfect, as am I. Sometimes I want to strangle him. I cuss and fuss and overreact. When I frustrate him he turns red and swallows his words. At the end of the day though I wouldn't want to walk through this world with anyone else by my side. He is my best friend and my family and he has my heart utterly and forever. 

I kin ye my B.B. xoxo


P.S. I loved this Rilke quote about marriage. 

“The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.”


Making art three ways

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Whether or not the temperature cares to admit it, the calendar says that it is officially springtime. I would beg to differ except that there is another sure sign that the season is in fact tipping her hat towards warmer days. My internal clock recognizes the subtle shift in mood and has awoken the spring cleaning, making, and interior designing beast that's been hibernating for months now. Suddenly I find myself wanting to actually do things again. Things like create an art wall for what we are now calling our, "sitting room." We already have an area that serves as our main living room with the telly, comfy couches and a play area for the girls. The sitting room is a bonus space. Our vision is to create a light filled room for relaxing, reading and making conversation and music. There will eventually be a piano in there along with my guitar which is already hanging on the wall. We have bookshelves and three large windows taking up the entire front wall. My idea is to make the other focal point of the room an eclectic gallery wall full of colorful artwork and photographs. I already have some of the pieces, most of which were collected from artist friends or found at thrift stores here and there. But working on a budget that's pretty much non existent, I'm filling in the gaps with some artwork of my own. 

Making your own art is actually really fun and simple. It can serve as a great form of self expression and a great conversation starter once the art is up on the wall. But what I really love about creating my own art is how easy it is tweak to my particular style and color pallet. 

Here are three different types of art I made recently that I think turned out great and that anyone could do. I promise to show you all the finished gallery wall once it's finally up. xoxo

Abstract Painting


MATERIALS: 
All you need for this project is an inexpensive canvas from the craft-store, a few paint brushes of assorted sizes, water and acrylic paint in whatever colors you choose.

TIPS:
I love how this painting turned out but it took a lot of layers and a lot of trial and error to get it to this point. That is the great thing about this type of painting though. The more layers the more interesting it ends up looking. Another thing to consider is balance with color and shapes. A lot of the paintings I do are instinctual but I also like to study other artists to try and understand what kind of proportions and color combos work well together. You can do that by looking up abstract art on Pinterest. Pick a few of your favorites and try to decipher what made them so successful. The most important thing is to start. Put a base color down and go from there. It's so exciting to see what emerges. One other thing to think about is knowing when to stop. This took a bit of learning on my part. It's easy to want to keep going and tweaking until the painting is overworked. Take a break now and then. Walk away and come back to it with fresh eyes. This will help you understand if it really needs more work or is best left the way it is.

Triangle Paper Collage



MATERIALS: 
For this project all you need is a sturdy piece of white construction paper and whatever kind of paper you want to use for your shapes. I used paint sample cards for the colored triangles and magazine cut-outs for the black and white pieces. You will also need a glue stick. 

TIPS: 
I cut out triangles of the same size in different colors. I then placed them on a sheet of white construction paper and started playing with the design. Once I got a combination I liked I started gluing the pieces in place. It was that simple and I really like the end result. Another thing to note is how much nicer a simple piece like this looks in a frame. It really elevates the artwork.

Word Bubble Painting


MATERIALS: 
White drawing paper and acrylic paint

TIPS: 
This was by far the easiest piece of artwork I've ever done. All you have to do is paint the shape of a word bubble and whatever word you want to go inside. Practice the way you want your handwriting to look a couple times before putting it down on the final painting. Simple and again really nice in a frame.


It's officially springtime y'all!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Despite what I said before about her being a tease, I wanted to take a moment and celebrate the fact that it is officially the first day of spring! YAY!!!!



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Foodie Friday- Personal Naan Pizza

Friday, March 14, 2014

I had leftover naan from making Indian food the other day and I decided to make personal pizzas with it. It was super easy and perfect for a week night recipe.You can get really creative with it too and use whatever kind of sauce, cheese or toppings you choose. This time around I stayed pretty traditional, opting for a simple pepperoni pizza. It turned out so good though. I can't wait to keep experimenting with different combos. Another great thing about these pizza is how easy it is to individualize them. Notice I left the mushrooms off one of them for my three year old. Give it a try this weekend and tell me what you think! xoxo

Ingredients 

Naan Bread (however many you choose to make)
Pizza Sauce
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Pepperoni 
Mushrooms
Red Bell Peppers

Recipe

Preheat oven to 400
Spread Pizza sauce (or any kind of marinara (red sauce) over naan
Sprinkle on cheese
Lay on pepperoni, mushrooms ( I sautéed my mushrooms a little first) and bell peppers
Pop in the oven for 15-20 min. 





Craft Hack- Hanging Geometric Brass Hemmeli Planter

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ever since I saw these gorgeous geometric brass himmeli mobiles by HRUSKAA, I've been dying to make something similar. I figured out where to get brass tubes on amazon and that was all I needed to give it a try! I love how it turned out and how it looks hanging in our living room. I even got an air plant to go along. So lovely!

How it's done

I put together a quick video with easy instructions. Here's all you need to know to get this easy DIY done.



Materials

12 Pieces of brass tubing (1/8 x 12)
Approx 15ft of stiff chord or string
Scissors
Air plant (optional)

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Indian Meatballs in Coconut Curry

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Back in San Diego we had an amazing Indian place that delivered to our doorstep. Needless to say they were on speed dial. I haven't found anything comparable in deliciousness or proximity around here yet. I've been craving Indian though, and while perusing Pinterest the other day, I came across a recipe of Indian meatballs. I decided to take that idea and tweak it to our taste. What I came up with was not too hot because of the kiddos but packed with spice and flavor nonetheless. Even the baby loved it. Give it a try this weekend and tell me what you think. xoxo



Meatballs 


1 pound ground beef,chicken or turkey
2 tbsp ginger paste

1 tsp garlic powder  
1 tsp red chili powder (optional)
2 tbsp finely chopped mint (optional)
1/4 tsp turmeric 

1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tsp salt 


Preheat oven to 400
Mix ingredients together and form into meatballs, placing them on a greased baking sheet
Bake for 17-20 minutes


Coconut Curry


2 tbs Patak's concentrated curry paste
2 cans of coconut milk. (scoop cream off top and discard the extra liquid or it will be too runny.) 
1tsp sugar
salt to taste
Combine ingredients and simmer on low heat

Rice


Cook multi grain sticky rice as directed
Add tbs of butter 
Squeeze a slice of lemon or lime over the rice and mix

Combine



Once the meatballs are done baking add them to the curry and pour over rice to enjoy!!! P.S. I served mine with Naan. You could also easily add veggies to the mix which is what I'll probably do the next time I make this. 





Update

Monday, March 3, 2014

A change of pace 

I've taken a short break from blogging over the past couple of weeks. My posts might continue to be slow for a while as I concentrate on a few other things. For those of you who choose to stick around, I am honored to have you as my readers. I look forward to sharing with you whenever I can. xoxo

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