Friday, September 21, 2012

DIY- Hollywood Regency Greyhound

As I have previously said, I am in love with anything Hollywood Regency style. I first spotted a ceramic greyhound on a blog a few months ago and I was in love. So naturally, I scoured the internet looking for one for my home. I came across a few but they were way out of my budget. Last month, I went to Tuesday Morning and found a greyhound in their garden department, he definitely wasn't the right color but he most certainly had potential. For $35 dollars he went home with me, for a glamor treatment was in his immediate future.

The Inspirations:
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What you'll need:

Greyhound- or dog of your choice (mine is from Tuesday Morning)
Fine grit sandpaper
Spray Paint- High Gloss White

This is how he looked from the store. He is made out of resin and was coated in some sort of varnish.

He was just dying to be something more glamorous than this!

 First thing I did was sand him down. Diva Darling keep telling me he was starting to look more like a giraffe than a greyhound.

After sanding him down, I gave him a few coats of primer. Some of the staining kept showing through so I had to make sure I had him good and primed. After that I used a high gloss white and gave him a few coats.

Here he is in all his glory, looking on guard and very regal next to my bar cart. He is kind of a mobile greyhound, as he has graced my fireplace, buffet and front door. This was a super simple and affordable way to add some Hollywood Regency style to my home. What do you think? I also love that he is virtually indestructible (resin, you are my friend) with my little Diva Darling around. 

♥ Jen

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hollywood Regency Inspiration

Hollywood Regency is one of my new lust after styles. I love how elegant the furnishing and home accessories look in a modern home. Gilded etageres and tufted furniture are probably my favorites. I am really careful not to invest in uber trendy pieces of furniture or clothing since my budget doesn't allow for new purchases when the trends change. I have incorporated a few Hollywood Regency inspired pieces to my home that make it feel modern and not stuck in another time period...a bar cart, glassware, and accessory pieces. Friday I will show you what Hollywood Regency inspired DIY I tackled over the weekend.

♥ Jen

Monday, September 17, 2012

Weekend in Pictures

Essie Smokin Hot, Essie Luxeffects As Gold As It Gets

Fall is in the air! The mornings have been quite cool (for me anyways) and the evening have been very nice. The last few weeks have been sooo busy around our house. I was finally able to spend some time at home this week and completed so many projects. I was able to catch up on my magazine reading and I even had time for a fall manicure.
My mother recently gave me an early birthday present.....A SEWING MACHINE! I have been wanting one for what feels like forever! I picked up some of these fun fabrics and can't wait to get sewing.
I'm starting to add new pieces to my wardrobe for fall. I found this chevron patterned scarf at Forever 21 over the weekend. For $8, it was a real steal! 
I have added a few new pieces to my etsy shop. I love the feel and look of this acrylic bracelet. It has a mixture of greys, browns and maybe even a hint of blue. You can find it here. 
I am obsessed with sugar skulls and crosses. I created this lovely bracelet out of white and turquoise magnesite and a silver sugar skull bead. Perfect for the upcoming Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. You can also find that here.
Friday I will posting a Hollywood Regency inspired DIY so be on the look out for that. Have a great week!
♥ Jen

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Labor Day Crab Fest

The end of Summer just wouldn't be complete around our house without a blue crab fest. There is nothing like sitting for a few hours with friends and family, cracking crab and enjoying every ones company. You can purchase crab either steamed or live in whatever quantity you choose. Typically in the past we have always had our crab prepared and steamed before we pick it up. This year, we decided to purchase live crab and steam them ourselves and the results were amazing. Here is a super simple way to steam your own crab.  
We purchased a bushel and this is how they will come. They are usually cold so the crab will actually appear as if they are dead. Do not cook the dead ones! The cold kind of makes them lethargic and they won't move very much until they warm up a bit. Just tap them with your tongs and they will start to move.
What you'll need:

Old Bay
Steam Pot with Basket
Crab Hammers
Fill your pot with equal part of vinegar and water. Make sure your steamer basket does not touch the liquid.
Crab waiting to be steamed.
Now, for us this was a team effort. Hubby grabbed the crab out of the basket and I was in charge of holding the lid down on the pot. ***Note, they will become much more sprightly after they have begun to warm up. We may have had some that tried to make a break for it off the deck. But have no fear, once you get a system down the process goes much smoother.  
Put as many as will fit in the pot once you put the lid on. Between each layer of crab we added the Old Bay. You can add as much or as little as you like....we prefer our to be completely doused.

 The amount that will fit will depend on the size of your pot and the size of your crab.  
Steam the crab for approx 20-25 minutes and they will be ready to enjoy. We steamed our whole bushel in about 2 hours. Your neighbors will be able to smell your yummy delicious crab about 4 blocks away!
Heat up some butter and grab your crab hammers, its time to eat. Some people, my son in particular, like to eat their crab with vinegar.
Typically beer is our go to beverage with crab, but drink whatever you would like.
Even Diva Darling enjoyed the crabs. 
Cheers! You did it!

♥ Jen