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How Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Wish to be Prepared

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)


If your grill cheese sandwiches could talk, well...they may have an extremely depressing monologue about how you're doing it wrong. 





Watch Alton Brown prepare an actual "grilled" grilled cheese sandwich (no, that wasn't a typo) the way the sandwich wishes to be grilled, and prepare yourself for shock and awe.  Oh, and you'll need a tray for when you begin to salivate...  I'm just sayin'.



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Also, take note at 2:01 into the video.  He creates a genius hack for this delicious grilled picnic summer treat: He turns a spatula into a grill tray! Omg, can't wait till my next grilling sesh!









Check out the rest of Alton Brown's awesome videos on YouTube

"I'm Watching You, Dad"

Posted on June 19, 2011 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)


This father's day, take a moment to contemplate the roles that dads play in their children's lives.  Our kids are watching to see if what we say matches our actions.

This is one young son's message to his father to challenge and uplift him acknowledging his importance.


"I'm Watching you, Dad."

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Happy Father's Day!

"...if You {Believe} in Yourself..."

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)


"Thumbs Up For Rock and Roll!"


I think we can all learn a thing or two from this little dude!


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Site I'm Soooo Lovin' Right Now...{Edie's Fashion Factory}

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:52 AM Comments comments (1)


The site I'm sooo lovin' right now is:

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In this unique site, you'll be "dying" to meet Edie, {I couldn't resist the pun} who has proclaimed herself the
"Junior Ambassador to Rit Dye".
She's very creative and her site is so colorful.
She doesn't limit dying to just shirts and pants.  She thinks beyond the borders and carries it on to sandals, bags, scarves, bangles, jewelry, accessories, and she even has a post on dying a bridesmaid's dress! 
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Here she is in all her vivid glory.
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{Orange Twisted Rope Scarf}
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{Denim Dip-dyed Fedora}
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{Here's her tutorial  for these jeans}
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{Batik Bangles}
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I've never seen someone so ambitious and fearless when it comes to dying fabrics.  I have to confess, I've never dyed fabrics in my life, but she makes me want to buy Rit Dye in every color with her witty videos and her endless blog of inspiration and tips to keep your fingers rainbow tinted for days.
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{Edie's Weapon of Choice}
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Here is a video from her Youtube page to give you an idea:
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Here she is on Flikr.com

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Burlap & Wire Lamp Re-vamp

Posted on September 6, 2010 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (1)



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Once upon a time, I was having a

"Tim-Gunn-Make-it-Work" moment {see video at bottom}

with a cylinder-shaped tabletop lamp I was fussing over.  I was thinking it was destined for the circular file for sure.  I didn't quite know what to do with it as it was not complimentary with the house any longer. {sorry, no 'before' pic} It was a color that had expired with me and had a base that wasn't necessary so I grabbed a pendant kit that I once used for a rice paper lamp that tore.Then I went rummaging through

my fabric box and went to town. 

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All you need is:

Lamp Shade

Pendant Lamp Kit

{Ikea... dirt cheap!}

A little bit of burlap

Scissors

Coiled wire or Floral Wire

{desired gauge}

Wire Cutters

Glue Gun or Spray Adhesive

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Step One:

My lamp shade had twine of complimentary colors wrapped around it so I stripped it down {cue burlesque music} to the shade base. 

If you have a traditional lamp shade then you will start with that.  However, this step is just as easy as purchasing a shade at a thrift

store or finding one in your garage... {you know? The one you wore it on your head at that unforgettable party?}

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Step Two:

Using the shade as a guide, roll it onto the burlap and cut to the desired size.  It's ok if it frays.  That's the beauty of the burlap.  It comes with it's imperfections.  You may even want to do this on purpose.  If so, take the scissors and play with the edges by snipping haphazardly to give it a natural look.  Or just ruffle it up with your fingers.

You can do this before gluing or after.

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Step Three:

Using glue gun, apply a line of glue lengthwise on one side of the shade and lay down the starting edge of the burlap and wrap around all the way and apply hot glue again at the end to finish.  Instead of hot glue, you may want to use spray-adhesive and just roll the shade up into the burlap. 

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Step Four:

Start wrapping the heck out of the wire and don't be to cute or try to be perfect because again, it is supposed to be rustic.  When the wire ends at your desired point, snip it off and loop the end piece around some of the coiled wire so it doesn't come loose.  I liked that because it was packaged round, when I was coiling it, it kinked sometimes. 

This gave it more of a abstract rustic look.

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Remember:

You are not limited to the materials listed here.  Instead of burlap you can use any fabric.  {Keeping special attention to the heat of the bulb in relation to the type of fabric for safety precautions}  Instead of wire you can wrap anything you want. 

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Good Luck and Have Fun!


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Just for fun, I thought I'd add a video of a classic scene on season 2 of one of my favorite shows, "Project Runway".  Designer Santino Rice does an impression of Tim Gunn...flawlessly, I might add.  Check it out. 

If you're a fan, you'll crack up. And If not, well... you need to be. 


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You can catch "Project Runway" Season 8, Thursday nights at 9:00p on Lifetime.


Secrets From a "Design Star"

Posted on August 28, 2010 at 7:29 PM Comments comments (0)
Congratulations to Emily Henderson for
winning season 5 of "Design Star"
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I've been a HUGE fan of "Design Star" on HGTV ever since the first season.  Season 5 just had their finale and

I watched {biting my nails} to see who would win: 

Emily or Michael?

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You won't believe me but I was rooting for Emily the whole time... ...well, when Courtland went home on the final four episode.  {I thought he had it in the bag untill they sent him home}



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In the week following her victorious moment,
she premiered her new show:
"Secrets From a Stylist" on August 29th.
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She totally made me proud when they aired the first episode. She made-over the home of co-creator of "Glee", Ian Brennan.
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Check out her new show here:
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This is Emily hard at work... planning her layout
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If you missed the premiere,
Watch her new show's encore episode:

Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 8:00 PM on HGTV

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Are you a fan of Emily? Tell me what you think.



How To Make a Bathmat out of Towels

Posted on November 1, 2009 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)




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These 5 {Designers} make me {Inspired}.

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 2:37 PM Comments comments (0)

I created a new segment called: "These  {blank}..." 

They'll feature several emotions determined by specific themes. In no random order. 

(yikes...that's really hard for me!)

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The theme for this installment is:

{DESIGNERS}

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1. Jonathan Adler

{no relation to Grace...lol}

Where you can find him? Top Design on Bravo 

(Check for listings for next season)

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2. Kim Myles

{HGTV's Myles of Style}

Where you can find her? On her show "Myles of Style" on HGTV 

Check your local listings. Here's the show index

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3. Todd Oldham

Where you can find him? Hosting (along with Adler)

Top Design on Bravo and his blog

You may remember when he hosted "House of Style"

on MTV from 1989-1996.  That was when I discovered his "upcycle" style.

And I love his use of wood grain in decor.

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4. Philippe Starck

You can visit starck.com to see his work

I discovered his amazing design when

he featured his work in Target.

I liked that he worked with a lot of white.

I love white.

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5. Todd Davis

{Runner up on Season one of Design Star on HGTV}

I have to say as much as I looove the winner, Kim Myles,

It was a very close race.  Kim certainly proved herself worthy

with the show she was granted but to turn the clocks

back and to see what Todd couldve produced... let's just say

with that talent I witnessed,

I wouldn't have missed a single episode!

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