Thursday, January 28, 2010
I love the windows throughout the room as well as the fireplace and bookshelf nooks. The colors are just right, not harsh, and they work with the sunlight to create the ultimate suite. The room is nothing short of splendid, even George Banks agrees!
I must say if a queen bed was moved in I would happily push the toys aside and move right on in myself!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Spaniels and Terriers take on names like Blenheim and Windsor while bulldogs are named after the very best generals the world ever saw (Winston or Churchill, MacArthur). Labs take after US Presidents (Washington, Lincoln, Eisenhower) and great Danes stand tall as Dukes or Barons. There is of course often the children's little dog (that becomes mother's lap dog as soon as everyone is sent off to school) which tends to have a more dainty name like Pearl or Gingham.
"If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around."
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Another set of the famed Murfy Scarves are hitting stores.
Stock on up, these are perfect for travel as well as everyday (even evening too!)!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
8 tablespoons (1 stick) chilled salted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
1/3 cup pecan halves
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
FOR THE FILLING
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs
Whipped cream, for serving
Chocolate curls, for serving
Make the crust: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9-inch pie plate; set aside. Grind pecans in a food processor, or chop very finely with a knife. In a medium bowl, combine flour, pecans, sugar, and salt. Cut in cold butter with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press firmly into prepared pie plate. Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Make the filling: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. With machine running, gradually add melted chocolate and the vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating at medium speed for five minutes after each addition. Pour filling into cooled pie crust. Cover with plastic wrap, and transfer to the refrigerator to cool for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
Just before serving, top pie with whipped cream, and decorate with chocolate curls.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Staffordshire Lamp ($160)
This would be a classic touch to any room in your home! I would love it on an entry table so it would greet each and every guest that walked in.
I have been eyeing this coverlet for months as it matches my bedroom. The pink and white reversible combination and scallops are so feminine and classic. It would be perfect all year round!
Laddington Pet Bed ($35)
Dainty dog beds are hard to come by, but even the pooch loves the classic Draper/Varney look!
Upholstered Vanity Chair ($250)
Fudge Apron is one of the most famed fabrics to ever be made. Sitting in this chair would make you feel as if you were always at the Greenbrier!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Sadly, as we know Carolyne Roehm is no longer selling through her site (though there are still some FABULOUS things to be found in her Fin de Serie collection) so I thought my chance had come and gone to purchase said fabulous Valentine's day ribbon. Nothing is impossible in today's day and age!! While ribbon shopping today I was beyond thrilled to find the same ribbon at BB Crafts. I just adore this ribbon SO much that I had to share this find with you! Now, we can all give our gifts and treats "the effect of sprinkling tiny hearts all over"
Below is an excerpt from the Crane website (a staple at any WASP's desk!)
The steps to writing a proper thank you note are as follows:
Greet the giver.
Express your thanks.
Say something nice about the gift or its intended use.
Mention the past, allude to the future.
Repeat your thanks.
While thank you notes tend to be the most common form of a hand written notes, they are not the only reason to write someone! Consider writing more congratulatory notes to friends when they accept a new position or try something new or simply write a letter on your best stationary to say hello!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Please look over the list BUT ALSO read the comment section to double check your partner's email (it is very late and there may be typos on my list). If your name is not on the list you did not leave an email when you signed up for the swap (as was required) and your comment was not published. Due to there being such a large number of participants and a number of people not following through in the past all rules had to be followed. You are welcome to leave a comment on this post and look for a partner, but I will not be pairing anyone else together. Below is a rules refresher. If you do not hear from your partner by the end of the day on Wednesday you can be paired with someone else. Please contact me with questions about this!
*The budget for the PINK SWAP is $30, but this does not include shipping costs.
*Packages must be shipped by Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010. Please follow through with your commitment and of course only send items you would also like to receive. The items can range from paper products to small trinkets to kitchen supplies to homemade items (if you have a talent in this area!). Stock up on cute, pink things (and if you feel so inclined even throw a little green in there)!!
** You need to email your partner by Wednesday, January 20th, 2010. If you do not follow through by this date your partner can be paired with someone new.
HAPPY SWAP and THINK ANYTHING PINK!!!
Nautical by Nature - pinkgrace
peeptoespumpsandpearls (Jill) - email@example.com
ELH - Prep-E Girl
Recession is the New Blonde - GP Cupcake
paintedpreppy - JMK
Vineyard Jenna - firstname.lastname@example.org
cutiepie - BLC:o
Frugal Diva - Mrs. Fabulous
email@example.com - Pleasant as Punch
The Caretaker - The Pink Tutu
emcr1229 - Mama24Monkeys
firstname.lastname@example.org - Samanthahub
The Hayden Family - 3 Peanuts
email@example.com - pennythequeen
pink champagne - princess M
kp - Falchas
Little Pink Magnolia - KMW
Pink Maple - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiss My Tiara - Landlocked Mermaid
email@example.com - MKP
tintarose - firstname.lastname@example.org
Worthington - KatyandClay@gmail.com
Ruby's Fairy Godmother - Whitney and the Preppy Puppy
Guardian of Gimcrack/Oyster Girl - MMS (Southern Vogue)
Susan and the City - Katie S Perk
Take Your Sweet Time - cdiaz
Hillcrest Acres - abbeach bum
email@example.com - Mrs. Jones
Anne E. - The Redhead and Her Pooch
pammycakes - firstname.lastname@example.org
bevysblog - Wila (aka Ali)
Amanda Auchter - Good Gals Inc
a.H.I.T - email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org - Betty in NC
KAG - Miss A
Beantown Prepster -email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org - iheartboys
preppyinnewengland - email@example.com
I am - Miss Muddy Paws
Anita K - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jarvis Noelle - LL Kays
Sessilia (Jean) - email@example.com
Grove Gals - mFw
Prep in the Big Apple - firstname.lastname@example.org
Wallys Mama - email@example.com
Short Southern Momma - Flamingos and Flip Flops
A Preppy Princess - firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com - Royaltygirl
Southern Living: Preppy Style - firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Dunn - email@example.com
Southern BelleJM - Preppy in Pink
Seersucker Scraper - firstname.lastname@example.org
glitterista - Town and Country
howimetyourfather - email@example.com
uncoolmom17 - eleanorL.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Lang - Ashley B
email@example.com -Bama Girl
And I thought, you want it, you’ve got it, baby.
This Valentine’s Day, free yourself from the stress of cooking an over-the-top gourmet feast. No more chewy chicken and sunken soufflés as you attempt to change the CD, stoke the fire, or ooh and ahh over his token of love. Instead of performing culinary gymnastics, charm your Valentine by creating a simple meal made unforgettable with whimsical hearts.
Here I used cookie cutters to turn out heart-shaped crudités, cheeseburgers, cottage fries, and brownies—a simple dusting of powdered sugar makes them look as sweet as they taste.
What a FABULOUS idea from the one and only Carolyne Roehm! The possibilities for cookie cutters are endless. The above ideas could carry over to any theme party or birthday and they will certainly make you look like the hostess with the mostest any day of the year!!!
PINK SWAP UPDATE: Partners will be posted this evening. Sign up is now closed for the swap. Check back this evening to see who you are paired with!!
Friday, January 15, 2010
" They're a cheerful touch on cozy pajamas-just in time for Valentine's Day."
Small makeup bags $45, Large makeup bag $55Add a charming touch to your makeup bags, the perfect birthday, Valentine's or Easter present for you and your friends. Tote $175