Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ring Around the Rosy

Made of high quality resin, these little rings are the icing on the cake at only $5 each.  They feature an adjustable band  and come in a multitude of fun summer colors!

Top row: Cherry, Cotton Candy, Breezy White
Bottom row: Vanilla Ice Cream, Caribbean Sea, Lemon and Mango

Monday, June 20, 2011

Guest Blogging - Garbanzo Stew

It's Meatless Monday time over at Apples to Zucchini and I'm honored to be guest blogging.

Typically I make this Garbanzo Stew as a side dish and serve along with Indian-Style Chicken, however, it can easily be a hearty entree. Especially if served over basmati rice.  It's quick, packed with flavor and uses ingredients that are found in most pantries. It has become a standby recipe in our house.

Friday, June 17, 2011

How to Wear Your Petals

Since launching in January, I've seen Petal Pusher Accessories on everyone from 90 year old grandmothers to newborns.  They've been donned by elegant bridesmaids, popped in the messy buns of busy moms and clipped on clothing in the most darling ways.  

Everyone puts their own unique spin on how to wear their Petals and it's amazing how one simple Petal can change an entire look.

That's why it was such a treat working with the phenomenal Juanita Erickson of Trademark Photography to capture just some of the ways Petals can be worn.  Juanita has a genuine talent for choosing the right backdrop and guiding her subjects into effortless poses. 

As a person, she is a gem and such a pleasure to work with.  As a photography, she strikes just the right balance of getting the perfect shot while allowing your natural self to shine.  In essence, she captures you at your very best.

Take a peek at her work under the How to Wear Your Petals tab for a little inspiration!

I'm also happy to announce that Trademark Photography will be a vendor at our next Magnolia Market in August.  Check back or "Like" Petal Pusher Accessories on Facebook for Magnolia Market updates.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vintage Foot Stool Makeover

I've always loved antique shopping and estate sales.  Phoenix metro area has a few small antique "zones", but it's a relatively new and growing city so for the most part they're hard to come by.  However, a month or so ago our community had its annual garage sale and I hit the streets.  No real gems, although I did stumble across this footstool for $5 and have been spending a little time making it my own.

I have never reupholstered anything in my life, except covering simple chair bottoms with a staple gun.  I wasn't quite sure how to tackle the nailheads, but ended up removing them with a flathead screw driver and pliers. 

It took awhile and some were bent, but others I salvaged and are perfect on my bulletin board.  I love their patina against the light linen.

Next up, a good coat of black spray paint and some natural, nubby cotton fabric.  Maybe even a monogram or stripes?  Stay tuned...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lunch: Simple. Fresh. Healthy.

Lunch time.  Empty tank.  Open the fridge...Oooo what's this?

For a busy mom, opening the fridge and finding a healthy, satisfying, ready-made meal waiting is an instant mood-lifter.  Pasta salads are quick to whip up and eat for a couple of days.  An easy way to get in all major food groups too.

Today I made this pasta salad spur of the moment from what was in the fridge. A yummy combination of whole wheat penne, grilled chicken breast, toasted pine nuts, shredded mozzarella, baby spinach, shallots, garlic, champagne vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Simple. Fresh. Healthy.

Most likely you will have enough ingredients on hand to make a complete well-balanced salad.  Don't be afraid to experiment with flavors and measurements!  Let your taste buds guide you.  Here's a good starting point...

Mix any combo of the following in a large bowl:
pasta - whole wheat rotini, penne, bow tie
grain - Israeli couscous, wild rice, brown rice, quinoa 
beans - kidney, garbanzo, cannelli
meat - chicken breast, good canned tuna, bacon, turkey slices
nuts - toasted pine, walnut, almond
cheese - fresh mozzarella, parmesan, chevre, feta, sharp cheddar
veggies - spinach, arugula, avocado, sun-dried or fresh tomato, zucchini, edamame
fruit - dried apricot or cranberry, apple, strawberry, peach, plum

In smaller bowl mix a combo of the following and add to salad:
vinegar - champagne, red wine, white wine, balsamic, raspberry
olive oil

If your salad appears dry the second day just add a splash more of the vinaigrette or olive oil. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Guest Blogging - Spanakopitas

I'm a huge fan of Greek food. 
Who can resist savory cheese and spinach wrapped in a fluffy, flaky pastry!?

Check out my Meatless Monday guest post at Apples to Zucchini for step-by-step instructions and photos.  Easier than you think and worth the effort.  These little pockets of yumminess can be frozen too, which is perfect for busy weeknights.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

She's a Yankee Doodle Dandy - Petals for the Fourth

Every year we head back to my home state of Washington for the Fourth of July.  At that time of year there is no better place to be - the water, the trees, the grass, the cool temps.  A much-needed change from the 100+ degree weather we have during an Arizona summer.

My dad and his wife always host a Fourth of July party with family and friends.  We aim to wear red, white and blue, but, truth be told, I am not much for "themed" attire. 

This year my daughter and I will be sporting these Patriotic Petals.  They'll add festive flair to a simple white tank and denim without screaming Uncle Sam.  I think they'd be especially cute doubled up with a Cherry Red Itty Bitty, don't you?

Show your independent style this Fourth and march on over to my Etsy shop
I guarantee you'll set off fireworks!

Petals must be ordered by June 20 to arrive in time for the holiday.