Archive | April, 2011

o.p.p. – ‘holiday’ sangria

this blog could not come at a better time for me… as just this past weekend i thought to myself  “hmmm… I’m going to make sangria one day this month” – and now i have no excuse! the blog this recipes hails from is a pretty damn good blog, so i’m trusting that this too is a pretty damn good recipe. (backstory: i made sangria 1x about 5 years ago… i must have i added a bit too much cinnamon because it was awful + chalky tasting. the experience scarred me from trying to concoct it again)

she calls this a ‘holiday sangria’ (the post is from december) – and with the Australian autumn in full force, this sounds exactly what ‘holiday’ food & bev in the U.S. mean to me = warm flavors. plus, it’s a 5 day ‘holiday’ weekend here in oz! (happy easter)

the recipe calls for:

1 bottle Zinfandel
1/3 Cup Cointreau
1/3 Cup Gran Marnier
1 Can Natural Ginger Ale
1/4 Cup Honey
1 Honeycrisp Apple
1 Large Orange
1 Fuyu Persimmon
1 Pear
2 inches of Peeled Ginger, in rough pieces
2 Sticks Cinnamon
Pinch of Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Dried Cloves
Fresh Mint for Garnish

found @ the sprouted kitchen
what: holiday sangria
where: http://sproutedkitchen.com/?p=2220

o.p.p. – découpaged light (plus a good book)

a good little light can make a BIG difference in any room. for example, we have a 3 bulb chandelier in our bedroom… it’s nothing special and recently we just switched the bulbs out.  Australia is on the energy efficiency wagon (which i am 100% for) though that means that most new light bulbs take about 30 seconds to get to desired brightness.  so, now – not only do we have a blah fixture, but we also have a room where it’s similar to a shower… you can’t go in right away (room=too dark/shower=too cold).

ok, so to you regular readers, it’s not much of a surprise that i love looking through the pages of country living for some vintage & earthy inspired crafts. so, keeping with the light theme of today’s broadcast – i bring you another c.l. favorite!

found @ country living
what: découpaged light
where: http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/10-practically-free-crafts#fbIndex2 (go to #2 of the list)

you can also pick up the book where this project originally hails from – Rediscovered Treasures by Ellen Dyrop & Hanna Kristinsdottir – it’s all about rediscovering & repurposing old vintage wares –  i just ordered my copy – only $9.99 from amazon!

 

 

 

put a bird on it

i’ve recently found a new tv love in the ifc original show ‘portlandia’. itunes offered the first episode as a freebie and now my apple tv is full of its comedic goodness.

while i’ve never been to portland, it’s a place high on my list of ‘places to visit when i get back to the us for an extended period of time’. i envision portland to be a bit similar to my beloved boulder, co where i’ve spent plenty of days soaking up the nature, food & culture… but back to portland & ‘portlandia’. this 22 minute show puts its best foot forward to capture the places, people & spirit of the city through improvised sketch comedy – and from what i know, they are doing a pretty good job.

so… why i am telling you this? because this sketch from episode #2 is full of laughs for lovers of handmade… and esp. handmade donning birds (i’m an offender… i even saw a couple things in the video that i own!). i think i’ve watched this 5x now today… it’s too good.

watch it here!

o.p.p. – paint chip garland


this year try your hand at making some easter eggs not intended for hiding…

i’m not a mom, nor do i typically decorate my home for the holidays (exception: christmas + in the fall i do love a good ‘harvesty’ feel full of pumpkin scents), BUT if i did – this project would be right up my alley… and hopefully it is up at least one of yours.

it’s cheap, creative & perfect for the holiday where pastels and eggs reign.

found @ modern parents messy kids
what: DIY Paint Chip Easter Garland
where: http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com/2011/03/diy-paint-chip-easter-garland.html

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