My Modern Inspired Rug

I am hand clapping at how excited I was about the whole Minimal Modernism I experienced with this week’s designer.  It made me take a look at some things again and see it in a new way. Things I usually would never consider can fit well and add that hint of modern that actually works very well.

For example, the following rug from eSaleRugs: Gabbeh 33006752 (Click on the name and you’ll be directed to the exact page!)

At first, the middle design threw me off, but now that I have seen possibilities, I like it. A LOT. It has that touch of modern without being so “AH HA” in my face about it. It’s something that easily compliments, but also could work for a guy as well. (That’s very important I think. *laughs*)

What a great rug, right? Or how about Modern Tibet 33006751?

Both VERY nice. I may just get into this whole minimum modern thing. *wink*

Here’s both the links, in case you want the links to the rugs (WORTH LOOKING!)

eSaleRugs.com/33006751
eSaleRugs.com/33006752

How did he inspire you?

Designer of the Week is….

Linton Kwok from Fixonic Design and Production hailing from Hong Kong! (We are international folks here on this blog!)

And I must admit, I LOVE what I’ve seen on his site. Classy chic with a modern hint without being extreme. Now here is what we talked about:

The Beginning:

Graduated from Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design/Interior Design at RMIT Melbourne, Australia, he started working for some of the biggest local architectural firms in Hong Kong. (For example: Wong & Ouyang and Rocco Design.) Then Linton started the business Fixonic in 2008.
(Here’s the site for the business!: fixonic.wordpress.com/)

Design Favorites:

And this makes so much sense. When I asked what was the favorite style design, he answered “Minimal or modern contemporary with lighting also being an integral part of the overall design.”

Does that NOT sound like what I was complimenting earlier? I love it. I completely agree with this and it fits so well.

Trends

When I asked about trends or that he prefers, he answered “Personally, I don’t believe in trends, and prefer to design interiors that are “timeless” so it at least lasts 10-15 years and still looks “fresh”. I do favor environmentally friendly materials and products.”

Now, I love the pictures he has on his site. Take look through his Flickriver Photos. Some of them are SO artistic as well! And now, I share more pictures for the rest of the blog… go visit him! Because he has GREAT taste. Love it love love love it!

Going to attempt…

Alright, I have always wanted to experiment with this, but I am always to scared I’ll mess it up, but people do it ALL THE TIME.

What if it ruins it?

What am I talking about?

Putting fruit in a cake mix and baking it. *laughs*

But this will be attempted tonight. I will cheat a little and use this mix:

Yes. Going to try. And the strawberries:

Except there are a LOT less. Must admit, me and my husband have been snacking and eating. But hey, there are still some to try!

I also have this:

Such a wonderful Combination.

And trust me, I’ll let you know how it turns out. ;P

Any recipes you tried? Did it work or did it fail? And for all those who cook with fruit IN the cake, any advise?

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Summer Reading! – For the kids?

So, it’s that time of year. I know everyone focuses on which activities we need to get our kids to do to keep them active and not on video games the entire time.

But I feel like this needs some attention as well! It helps the brain do some wondering and exercising as well, and that is just as important.

Now, here is the hard part…
Which books to have the kids read?

I remember back in the day when I was little-er I used to love these books:

But what’s out there today?

I started asking some other moms, and here are some books that they told me about:

Now I got excited because I recognized the Author!

Apparently this has been out for a while as well, I just haven’t seen it. *laughs*

I know they made a movie of this lately, and what’s interesting is that boys can enjoy this too!

A newer series I had to look up. I thought maybe it was older, but definitely a newer one. I had heard of it before because they made a movie from this as well!

Now, I have never heard of this one, but I will need to look into it for my daughter.

Another book a Boy can enjoy!

These are starters for younger kids, but it’s fantastic! I think it’s a good list to begin with, and if you are an “out of touch mom” like me, you’ll be glad for this list!

Designer’s Day Off

Usually this is where I do “Designer of the Week!” But today, for THIS week, I decided to focus on other things and see where it takes me..

Then do “Designers” NEXT week. ;P No, it has not been abandoned, just…

I need a breather. I have been doing decor and all this fun stuff that I have forgotten about other things.

And the other things are things we moms need to think about!

So This week will be my “SUMMER SERIES OF IDEAS FOR MOMS”

Now, here’s the debate, start a FULL out entry today, or just wait for tomorrow, and just give instructions about how to make your own play-doh! (Thank you to the wonderful instructables.com site for this fantastic “recipe”.)

Yup, just the play-doh instructions!

Basic ingredient ratios:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)

food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)
scented oils

Just mix and go! How fantastic is that? My daughter is turning Two soon… this may be PERFECT!~

(And the love the comments below on the original entry is AWESOME!)

Delicious, Here I Come!

Can you tell? I’m HUNGRY! And so I started looking at possible recipes. And would you know that FoodNetwork.com is the WORST place to look! Want to know why? They  have lists and catagories and recommendations and GAH! I am drooling just thinking about all that I have seen. Not fair, by the way. I am STARVING now.

So we’re going to do the same to you. I am going to have a BUNCH of pictures here to show recipes I found, and I’ll post some. In fact, let me do a few entries for different themes. Maybe. But for sure, here are the photos. O.O (And if you want the recipe, CLICK ON THE PICTURE! Or just wait for my entry on the recipe. Yum…)

Main Chicken Entrees:


Seafood and Snacks:


Deserts:




And the topper to my hunger (Now I have HUGE cravings!)

Ingredients

  • 14 graham cracker squares (7 full sheets)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 2/3 cup sugar, plus 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups 1 percent low-fat milk
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.

In a food processor, process the graham crackers until finely ground. Add butter and water and process until the crumbs clump together. Press the crumb mixture into bottom of pie plate and about 1-inch up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool.

In the meantime, make the pudding. Put the gelatin in a small bowl, add the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Set aside.

In a medium saucean mix the 2/3 cup of sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Gradually add half of the milk, whisking until smooth. Whisk in the rest of the milk. Turn the heat on to medium and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil, about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Stir in the vanilla and reserved gelatin. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and let set for 3 hours in the refrigerator.

Whip the cream and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Before serving, garnish the pie with the whipped cream.