August 4, 2014
A couple weeks ago I spotted this Kate Spade tablecloth and just loved it so much. I mean, polka dots are kinda a neutral. They go with just about everything, they are perfect for pattern mixing and they are already a staple in our home (our guest bathroom is proof). So I looked around my office, grabbed a few supplies, and made my own version using supplies I had on hand.
I used some natural cotton twill fabric I’ve had for years to make my tablecloth but you can definitely use an already made white tablecloth or even a canvas dropcloth. If you’re using a drop cloth or making your own using cotton canvas fabric, you’ll want to hem the edges using a sewing machine or iron-on hem tape. I chose to sew the hem since I plan on using (and washing) my tablecloth a lot.
The polka dot pattern was created by dipping the eraser end of a new pencil in craft paint. I used the Martha Stewart craft paint in Deep Sea. It’s a deep grayish navy color and I thought it would be a good any-occasion polka dot color. If you’re using the same paint, I recommend letting the paint air dry completely then tossing the tablecloth in the dryer on high for one long cycle. The heat sets the paint and makes it washable.
Even though this project is simple the number of dots can seem a bit intimidating but the good news is that it took me less than an hour and a half to stamp a tablecloth that was about 52″ x 70″. I just put on some headphones and listened to NPR while I dotted away and before I knew it I was done!
August 1, 2014
Happy August and happy Friday! This week’s featured links all have something in common, can you guess what it is?
Brightly colored paint!
Here are some of my favorite projects, recipes, and tutorials from this week. They each would make a fun weekend project if you’re feeling crafty.
1. This painted infinity scarf by Make and Tell for Homey Oh My! is just so pretty and painterly. It reminds me of my Anthro-inspired painted napkins too.
2. I love the way the ladies at A Beautiful Mess dressed up a plain concrete slab with this painted geometric outdoor rug. If we didn’t spend a ton putting in a paver patio, I would be doing this ASAP.
3. Plain wooden boxes get a makeover over on Little White Whale. I just can’t get over how cute they are!
I’m also loving:
The simplicity of this video tutorial by West Elm on how to fold a fitted sheet. I don’t know about you but I always just smoosh them into a square-ish shape and place them in the closet and hope for the best.
This blackberry basil buttermilk ice cream recipe on Oleander & Palm sound heavenly.
I’m a big fan of the city guides over on Design Sponge and often using them when I’m visiting a city for the first time. So I’m really excited to see Asheville, one of my favorite cities, be added to the list.
July 31, 2014
My ice cream series continues today with a creamy version of one of my favorite drinks—chai! Chai is one of those drinks that I love year round. It’s perfect enjoyed warm on one of our rare cold days and it’s my favorite iced jut about anytime. This no-cook ice cream recipe is soon to be your new favorite way to enjoy the spiced drink.
The ice cream is based on the same vanilla recipe I used in the cookie butter ice cream but with a few changes. The first is that I cheat a little and use Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Tea Mix to give it all it’s flavoring. I really love this mix and since it already is sweetened you don’t need to add any additional sugar to the ice cream unless you want to.
No Cook Chai Ice Cream Recipe
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 6 scoops Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Tea Latte Mix
- half and half (about 1/2 cup)
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
Heat up the ½ cup whole milk in a microwave proof measuring cup (the flex-it ones are my favorite for liquids) until is warm and just before boiling. Add 6 scoops of the chai mix and stir until the mix completely dissolves. Top it off with half and half until there are 1 ½ cups of liquid. Place the mixture in the fridge for about 30 minutes so it can cool.
Whisk together the chai mixture, heavy cream and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Pour the mixture into a running ice cream maker and run it according to the manufacture’s directions. I recommend tasting the mixture before pouring it into the ice cream machine. Since the Trader Joe’s chai mix already has sugar in it, I chose not to add any, but you may want to add 2 tablespoons of sugar to make it a bit sweeter.
If you’re using the Cuisinart one, like mine, I recommend running it for 20-25 minutes. Any longer and the ice cream will overflow. Once it’s churned, spread the ice cream in an air tight ice cream container (this one is my favorite because you get perfectly round scoops) and put it in the freezer overnight. Then it’s ready to be enjoyed tomorrow!
Got a sweet tooth? Check out more of my ice cream recipes.
July 30, 2014
Just put a pineapple on it!
I’m loving how pineapples are popping up everywhere these days and now they can appear on your desktop too! Just download the wallpaper of your choice to add a bit of cheery, summer color to your device.
Download this month’s wallpaper for all your devices:
2560 x 1440 | 2560 x 1440 with calendar | 2560 x 1440 with quote
1440 x 900 | 1440 x 900 with calendar | 1440 x 900 with quote
2880 x 1800 Retina | 2880 x 1800 Retina with calendar | 2880 x 1800 Retina with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen wallpaper
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen wallpaper
Please note that the iPhone and iPad wallpapers are created to fit the screen without perspective zoom. When you set your wallpaper, simply turn perspective zoom off to view the entire design.
Love free wallpapers? Check out all my past wallpaper designs here.
July 29, 2014
I don’t know if I’ll ever get tired of the mint and coral blush color combination. The soft hues have just enough saturation to not be too neutral but yet still be soft and dreamy. When you add buttercream, this color palette would be perfect for a vintage-inspired garden wedding or even a little girl’s nursery.
How would you use this color palette?
Image via My Attic.