Eye Candy

What's making me smile today:

Braided Hex Nut Bracelet DIY at Honestly...WTF.  It's beautiful.

Historic Maps Become Animal Prints from Design*Sponge.  A way to use some of the many geographical survey maps at the I.D.E.A. store?

Online Guide to Growing Food in the City, via Re-Nest.  Getting excited about spring...

Chicken in a Bread Crust from Chocolate and Zucchini.  I'm intrigued by this, but doesn't a simple roasted chicken already look and taste amazing?  Not sure what to think.

Last but not least, a A Public Display of Chickpeas from Orangette.  We made the Chana Masala.  Then we made it again immediately, but this time a quadruple batch. 

Cheating Lemon Butter Bars

I'm all for doing things the hard way if the results are better, but with lemon bars I didn't have great results making them from scratch.  The Kitchn pointed me to an easier and tastier solution, based on a recipe by Rose Levy Berenbaum.  The crust is crumbly and crisp, and the lemon topping is thick and intensely lemony.

Home Purge: Week 1

I have a crazy plan to sell, give away or recycle one item every day until we move in July.  Crazy plans are sort of my M.O.

We are totally thrilled about living in Boston starting this summer, but not as excited about the process of moving there.  Actually, Nat practically breaks out in hives at the thought of moving.  It doesn't help that we tend to hang on to things that no one would want, including old tech items we've already replaced.  We need to reduce the amount of stuff that we own now if we want to move easily and maintain a more minimalistic home in Boston.

I will be thrilled if the money from selling items also covers new purchases like our portable scanner. We got it so that we can start making digital copies of our never-ending boxes of papers, acquired over a combined seventeen years in college and grad school, instead of moving them with us.   

See what we purged this week:

Kindle Pocket

So, Nat wanted a kindle cover that he could toss in his backpack when he felt like reading in style on the bus.  I attempted this project from Sara at the Spotted Fox because it mimics the shape of a pillowcase, which is about as simple as sewing gets.  

It's a great project for using up scrap fabric - I picked up some remnants of this checked material for basically pennies at the I.D.E.A. Store, which sells second-hand craft supplies to encourage recycling and donates the profit to local schools. 

Here's how to make your own:

Wingback Chair: Before and After

Before and....

Wingback Chair Reupholstery: Cushion Tutorial

Of all the steps in the this huge project I have been dreading this one the most, because it requires sewing and I couldn't find great directions.  Here's how I ended up putting the cushion together, with a heavy dose of eye-balling and guesstimating:

Wingback Chair Re-Upholstery Project: Recovering the Chair

The chair is done!  

Wait, you say I can't just leave the cushion like that?  And I should probably paint the legs black?  But look at this Samurai chair actually being sold for actual money at a posh pop-up store in New York... 

Wingback Chair Reupholstery: Stripping the Chair

Demolition is the plan – I am armed with pliers and some tool that has a small flat edge for getting under staples.  I start out confident that I am going to tackle this project in one week and get it done. 

Wingback Chair Reupholstery: Inspiration & Fabric

Anthropologie, Josef Wing-back in Orange Flower

My mom has been editing her furniture lately, so she has been encouraging us to take extra pieces off her hands.  A certain wing back chair had been already been kicked out of the house and was headed for the curb, but I am scouting for furniture for our first place, and a bit nostalgic about a chair that was around for a lot of my childhood.   So, full of DIY spirit, I am attempting to salvage it.