I am not a woman who spends a lot of (or any, really) time in the kitchen. Cooking is not one of my favorite things, although when I have the time I do enjoy it on occasion. What I do enjoy, though, is baking. It could be that baking is so detailed and regimented, it could be that I just love me some baked goods. Anyway, due to the whole baking thing, I am also a sucker for baking accoutrements. Enter: Williams-Sonoma. A few years ago I fell in love with their Sand Castle bundt cake pan. I loved the idea of making this for a summer party (perhaps my own birthday cake?).
The cake itself was accented with brown sugar for the sand and chocolate shells. It was love at first sight.
Ok, so I haven’t actually used my cute cake pan yet. But, yesterday I received an email from another lovely company, Sur la Table. And what are they featuring? The same Nordic cake pan, but decorated for Halloween! Love. It.
They’ve used icing, sunflower seeds and licorice to decorate the windows, added gumdrops and fondant bats and pumpkins to make a Haunted Castle.
And, while I’m thinking about cute cake pans, I can’t help but think back to these that were featured in the Martha Stewart catalog once upon a time…
Does it get any cuter? I think not.
My mother gifted me with some money for my birthday last month and told me to use it for something special. I’ve been mulling over the idea of buying myself a nice pair of sunglasses. I’ve never really had anything other than something in the $14-20 range. So, after my birthday I decided that was what I wanted to spend my gift money on. Saturday I went over to Brighton and tried on every pair they had. I finally chose this pair, called A Scroll in the Park. I love that they are black on the outside and cream on the inside. Plus the silver detailing on the arms is lovely. They are a little bigger than what I’m used to, but they fit my face well. I am thrilled with them! Thanks, Mom!
Dilemma: Our lovely and considerate neighbors have a light over their back door that they love to flip on and leave on for day’s on end. That light is bright, yellow, and shines right in our master bedroom window. Although we do have mini blinds in this window, it just doesn’t quite cut out the light. We are also renting this house, so I did not want to invest a large amount of money in a solution to the problem.
Solution: Although Eric was voting for the climb over the fence and deal with the light ourselves solution, I chose to go the route that was less likely to involve the police. Are ya with me on this? So, after careful measurements, we took ourselves to the mecca of inexpensive problem solutions – Target. I bought two panels in this gorgeous gray “raw silk”, that are lined. They were on sale for about $14 each. We bought a tension rod to use in the window by the bed. I felt this was the easiest way to get the curtain as close to the mini blinds as possible and cut out as much light as we could. We purchased a regular curtain rod for the other window (also on sale).
I took the two panels and cut the length down to fit the wide window and then hemmed them. With the remnant fabric, I was able to make a panel for the small arched window. I hated to lose the architecture of that great arched window, but sleep won out. We just hung that panel high enough to cover both the arched portion of the window and the lower portion that is covered by a mini blind.
I love how these turned out, and I am thrilled to not have to attempt to sleep with a spotlight in my eyes!
I’ve made some other changes in this room, as well as in the living room and entry which I hope to show soon! I’m really pleased with my changes!