Wednesday, August 29, 2012

If it's WEDNESDAY - here's what I wore

I've been meaning to try this for months and months. I'm a newbie. This is my first stab - be kind!

How is this for a cool fashion accessory? I was sporting this baby for a day or two when a mysterious pain made itself at home in my wrist. Gotta say, this lovely wristband and a lot of ice made a real difference! Basic black goes with everything. And how about that logo to hit you right between the eyes?

Seriously...these are two of my finds that I rocked this week. Look at these shoes! I couldn't resist. Not only was the price right -- $8.00 at MARSHALLS -- they fit without any pain and hide my nasty bunions. Love, love, love!

And then, there is this little tidbit. I managed to get my 'boyfriend' to splurge for this bracelet. It's the end of the summer, it was a beach flea market, and it's got all the stuff I love from the shore:

Sweet? I think so. Not bad for $10, right?

Oops! Almost forgot! Here's the link where this post is going - What I Wore Wednesday @pleatedpoppy

This was fun. Maybe next week I can actually have photos of my clothing! :-) See ya!

Jane Coslick amazes me every time

She's my muse (not that she knows me...) My total inspiration. I admire her creativity and her vision. Jane Coslick, who singlehandedly brought Tybee Island into my life over 12 years ago. (Well, Jane and HGTV, that is!!)


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

It's what's for breakfast -- Cranberry Apple Oatmeal Cookies

I've tried to eliminate wheat from my diet, with good results. Gone is the bloating and gas (yes, I said it!) that usually followed from a meal which included bread. (Suggested reading: Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis). Also, my carb cravings have been greatly reduced, as I found that bread, crackers, and cereal made me want more, more, more. For sweetness, I use Truvia, which is stevia, instead of sugar.

I was alarmed to learn this formula…

  NET CARBS (total carbs), divided by 4 = teaspoons of sugar your body metabolizes.

Try it - it's frightening. That bowl of cereal, sliced banana, and milk -- calculate the amount of sugar you're taking in to start off your day. Eeek!

BUT there is hope!! Here is my latest experiment. My goal is to make healthy eating as enjoyable as possible, so I don't feel deprived. I love cookies.

Here's my recipe for Cranberry Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies:

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

handful of unsweetened cranberries, chopped or sliced

1 tsp Truvia, plus some for sprinkling

1 scoop vanilla whey protein

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp coconut oil

  * combine the oatmeal, salt, Truvia, and protein powder.

  *add the applesauce and coconut oil.

  *drop onto a greased/nonstick baking pan, making 4 cookies.

  *randomly add cranberries to cookie dough.

  *sprinkle with a small amount of Truvia (to offset the tart cranberries).

  *bake for 10 minutes at 375 (watch oven for overbrowning!)

Voila! - 2 cookies for breakfast - 2 for the freezer.

Carb, fat, protein. Love.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Elephant's Trunk Flea Market Treasures!

Yesterday was spent in New Milford, CT, at Elephant's Trunk Country Flea Market.

What a great day of finds. I had something specifically in mind for my search, but the first thing I saw was an Indian print dress that I just had to have. Add to that some jewelry. The rest of my money was saved for antiques and treasures!

Basket for my front door - $1.00

Bought this clock for my husband. He loves it. The face is very pretty. Priced at $3, mine for $2.

Had to add this bright green mini vase to my collection. Cost $2.00

This wooden box was painted green and was used as a planter, but as a holder for wine glasses (on my buffet), it suits me fine. Priced at $15, I got it for $10.
And then ... my find of the day. The thing that made me the happiest and got loads of compliments from everyone, as I dragged it with me all morning:

TA DA!!! I'm in love. Isn't it gorgeous?

The chair was my goal for the day. I leaped at the price tag - $10 - and then got the seller to give it to me - I mean GIVE it to me - for $8.00. I'm still giddy!

Next stop - BRIMFIELD !! I found a Little Tykes wagon on Craigslist today for $20. Perfect for toting around my finds next month!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A new alternative to artificial sweeteners?

This is exciting news. Thank you to Rhoda at for the information. I'm repeating her news here because this deeply effects me -- I've been on the hunt for healthy, natural foods in my diet. After over five years of telling myself that artificial sweeteners are better for me than sugar, I learned of the damage I was doing to my overall health, let alone my intestinal tract and my metabolism.

I've been using stevia as an alternative sweetener and have been quite happy. Seems that the people at Splenda have `received the memo'. This is their new product - Nectresse - made from monk fruit (yes, I know...I haven't heard of it until now, either!) At any rate, I've sent for my free sample.

I hope this is one of many improvements to our everyday diet, as I strive to eliminate processed and chemically laden foods. Take a look - order your free sample - and let's get to eating right.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Tristan Prettyman, my favorite singer, is living my decorating dream (and then some...)!

I just adore Tristan Prettyman. Not only does she have a smoky voice and songwriting talent that makes me die of jealousy, she's dropdead gorgeous and she's got style!  :-) Lucky for us all, she's sharing her music and is giving us a peek at her fabulous beach cottage in San Diego. Today she's featured in the Wall Street Journal and I just had to share.

Gorgeous, yes!?!

Cedar wood, beach decor, light and love. I just love it. Here's the link to the article: A Songwriter's Surf Hideaway

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Trying to beat the ho-hum of dieting - No sugar BBQ sauce

They say, ``Don't call it a diet. Call it a way of life."

I've been living the sugar-free, low-carb way of life for a while now. I use real fats, none of that processed stuff. I've even inflicted a self-imposed ban on gluten and wheat products. I eat very well. In fact, I eat EXTREMELY well, which is why I find it frustrating that my weight is sinking ever-so-slowly.

I'm told it can take up to 9 months (like a full-term baby, folks!) to repair the damage to your intestinal tract that yo-yo dieting, low-fat diets, artificial sweeteners, carb overload, and wheat has caused. And so, I am being the compliant subject. I make mistakes, I take a gazillion (I know, not a word, but you get what I mean) supplements, I walk, do yoga, love Pilates, and I do see a difference.

But I want that scale to spin around like a carousel and give me the brass ring. I want to see a drop.
Photo from

It's summer. I want summer foods and tasty grilled foods,  but I've avoided your typical fare, laden with sugary ketchup and BBQ sauces. So, today I made making this little treat  -- Sugar-free BBQ sauce. I faithfully followed this recipe from Nourishing Days:

who copied it from The Garden of Eating (credit where credit is due!) I'm hoping it satisfies my desires ... and that the scale does that spinning thing I mentioned before.

Fire up that grill!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Easy Lampshade Re-do

Today I just got antsy and needed to do something for my new workspace (reveal still coming...) Decided I needed to update the lampshade so it would coordinate with the rest of the room. I just adore this fabric - It's called PenPal by Waverly. I made some ruffled chair pads and a window drape out of it. I found the fabric at a church sale last year for a steal - about $1.00 for about a yard and a half.

I got the main idea from Pinterest. (Thank you to all the brave ladies that have done this before.) First I took some cotton batting and rolled the shade across while tracing so I got the curve and shape I needed. Then I cut out the fabric using the batting as a pattern.

Batting on top of my beloved fabric

I didn't do ANY sewing -- everything was glued using something called "Weldbond", which is a thick white glue, much like Tacky Glue. I started out using the hot glue gun, but this product was easier to use on fabric and my fingers were burned one too many times.

Whatever works for you.

This lacey placemat is a thrift store find. I cut off the crocheted edging and used it along the edges of the shade.
From the thrift store bin for about $1.00

I also added some ribbon for trim that I had left over from another project. It has little brown birds on a line, not really part of my French handwriting theme, but the colors matched perfectly. Everything is recycled and re-used, so this cost me nothing.

Voila! It matches the rest of the room! Such an improvement over the white, plastic-y looking shade that was on there!

I might want to add some more trim.  Maybe some rosette flowers? What do you think?