'Tis the weather, at least around here, for some yummy Hot Cocoa.
As soon as the first snowfalls my kids are hitting me up for some cocoa in our Cocomotion machine. Tell me you have one of these, if not run out and get one! They usually carry them at Costco in the winter, but Target and Walmart have them too for around $20. It heats and whips the hot chocolate to perfection.
OK, now that we all have a Cocomotion machine,
lets make some cocoa.
Meet my friend Kara from Talkin' Chow Playin' House.
Kara is an amazing chef, yep its official, she went to culinary school! She says to put away the Swiss Miss (yuck!)
and make room for her family recipe (mmm).
Kara's Momma's Hot Chocolate
1/2 gallon whole milk
2 cans evaporated milk
1/4-1/2 cup dry, unsweetened cocoa
1/2-1 cup granulated Read more [...]
I'm excited to introduce you to Burlap & Denim's first guest blogger! Meet my sister, Amy Felin and follow along as she makes a beautiful Ruffled Dust Ruffle.
So I finally got the bedding of my dreams,
the Urban Outfitters Waterfall duvet cover in white.
I am redoing my bedroom and have had my eye on this particular duvet for a few years and they decided to finally make it for a King size bed.
Urban Outfitters, Waterfall Ruffle Duvet
I only ordered the duvet and not the dust ruffle because I already had a pretty, white one that I really like. But when the duvet came, it was much more cream than white. They really didn’t match
(and I love to mix creams and whites, but it was just too far off).
I liked what Urban Outfitters had to match the duvet, but it just seemed a little too much and expensive. Read more [...]
Hopefully you were able to read Part 1 of this mural series before you landed here. OK, now that we are all on the same page, here is Part 2.
Is that a mural? Well yes, to me it is. When I first moved into my house I had two boys that would be sharing a room. I knew I wanted something totally boy. We had visited a U.S. Air Force museum with my husband's family earlier that year and I was in love with the old graphics found on the airplanes. This one especially.
It was so clean, crisp and vintage. I later found out they put this symbol on the airplanes to make sure our allies didn't shoot us down at war. I decided on a vintage airplane theme. Yes, I do theme kids rooms. Why not? After all, I have four boys, they can switch rooms and have a whole new feeling. It drives me crazy when a TV designer says, Read more [...]
Seven years ago when my husband and I built our house,
I was in love with this chandelier.
It is a Kathy Ireland entry chandelier from Lamps Plus. Well, seven years is a long time in my design eyes and the love has faded. Even my husband was ready for a change. I decided that what I really wanted was a barrel shade over a chandelier. Maybe I could buy a shade and slip it over the existing chandelier. I searched the internet high and low but the largest shade I could find was 18" in diameter. My chandelier is 30"! That was not going to work. Even if there was one that was large enough, with the standard top X it would be too high to expose a little iron above and below the shade like I had imagined.
I'd have to make my own. What would I use for my stiff circle for the top and bottom? I drug my sweetie Read more [...]
There is nothing like a mural or accent wall to give life to a stale box bedroom. I am kind of obsessed with them, partly for their drama and partly because they can be so easy and cheap! I currently, as of this post, have 4 murals in my humble abode. I have painted each one. Now, don't get the wrong idea. I am not some fabulously talented artist, painter or magician. What I have learned over time is how to make murals simple, funky, and dramatic. Anyone can do this, seriously, anyone. I am going to do a 4 post tutorial, one post for each mural I have done. I will start with the easiest and they will progressively get more difficult. Ready for round 1? Here we go.
The Pottery Barn Kids World Map Outline Mural
I love opening my Pottery Barn Kids catalog and seeing what their set geniuses have come Read more [...]
One of my best friends, growing up in San Diego, was Jennifer. From sleepovers, first days with drivers licences, playing Nancy Drew, to knowing all the thrift shops in a thirty mile radius! She taught me all the ins and outs of thrifting and decorating with vintage finds. Fast forward twenty years and she is still thrifting and crafting. She opened up an adorable shop on Etsy called Dot & Army. She named the shop after her amazing grandmother Dot and grandfather Army, so cute! She has incorporated her sewing skills from a childrens clothing business she started where she upcycled clothing and fabric into childrens wear.
As of October 2011, these items are all for sale! Vintage napkins that look straight from Anthropologie. Beautiful antique hand made glass vases from the 60's. A faux bamboo frame with Read more [...]
Congratulations to Danielle Bernard for winning these awesome pillow shams!
Thanks to everyone that entered and made this a successful giveaway. It was so much fun you'd better check back later for another giveaway.
Yay! We've been online for one month! To celebrate I'm giving away 2 of my Bleached Out Pillow Shams. Click the link below to enter to win.
Enter through our Facebook page and get an extra entry by SHARING your entry!
The winner will be selected at random and notified via the email address provided.
USA residents, 18 years or older only.
Sweepstakes ends October 23, 2011 at 10pm MST.
The shams are labeled, packed and ready for shipment! Don't miss out, click the fb link above to enter!
In case you aren't sure what you are entering to win, check out my post Read more [...]
My friend Amy from Remember This Photography had a great Carnival party for her daughter's 9th birthday. This makes me wish I had a daughter, look at all the pink! So cute! Here are some great photos of that special day.
The Birthday Girl's Concessions.
Prize Patrol with fans, paddle ball, and more!
Carnival Cotton Candy for everyone!
Cute photo op for guests with cute props!
Pink Punch, Striped Straws,Prizes, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Cake and Peanuts. Who could ask for more?
Great party Amy! She also left a treat for you! Hop on over to Remember This Photography for more details and free pdf downloads for your own Carnival Party!
Amy is a fantastic photographer and creative in everything she does. Thanks for sharing your talents with us Amy.
Linked Up with: Tattor Tots & Read more [...]
This project, along with so many others, came about because I aquired random supplies years ago. I like to collect things that may become a project someday. That is why if you drive by my garage on any given day it is FULL of "supplies". Well this one started with six 18"X18"Pottery Barn denim pillow shams. A stencil design I found online would be the graphic design I would apply with a bleach spray.
First I searched for a stencil design. I found one at Royal Design Studio, but being the antsy person that I am, I couldn't wait for a stencil in the mail, so I made my own. I blew up the image on my computer and printed it out on 5 sheets of very heavy card stock with a shinny finish (if I was to do this again, I would buy the stencil plastic at a craft store since this barely lasted through the 6 pillows). Read more [...]
My little cowboy is turning 2 this month and I wanted to show off his Western Nursery. When we built this house I knew I wanted to do Ralph Lauren's Indigo Denim wall treatment.
Yep, that is paint, not wallpaper. It is a simple but time consuming process (totally worth it). My husband installed the white trim shelf and hooks around the room. We left the ceiling and upper wall the base sand color of the rest of the house. A sheep skin rug warms up the berber carpet.
The white crib in the corner of the nursery was purchased in '99 when I had my first boy. It came with a light wood finish. I had it sprayed white and scuffed it up a bit.
Shout out to my mom for letting me "borrow" her vintage ride on horse. Giddy up!
A few accessories help pull the look together. Baby Gap sold a t-shirt and bandanna blanket Read more [...]
This last spring my husband and I went on a trip to Hawaii. We visited beaches, LOST sites, a nature preserve, surfed Waikiki, ate at fun restaurants and even the famous went to the Aloha Stadium swap meet.
We took a lot of photos, but I wanted another way to remember the great time we had. I couldn't find anything at the swap meet I was willing to put out in my house, way too tacky tourist. I decided to collect nature from some of my favorite spots. I brought gallon Ziploc bags and loaded up. Sand from a romantic sunset at Sunset Beach. A small rock/sand mix from a river bed near our condo. Tiny bits of shells, rocks, sea glass and coral from a tiny island we walked through water to get to. Beautiful white coral chunks from a quite beach.
I packed my luggage and carry on full of sand, shells, and coral Read more [...]