Archive | October, 2011

Handmade area rugs from Company C

4 Oct

Lively color and pattern is the hallmark of Company C. I love their rugs but they also have great bedding and fabrics.  They have retail stores in Hingham, Massachusetts (Toni, have you been?), Concord, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine — I wish I would have known so that I could have visited on this past trip to Beantown! 

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Sustainable vase from Milk Design

3 Oct

This is pretty smart — take a used plastic bottle, remove the label, cut off the top and pop on the lace vase topper from Milk Design and voilà – a proper vase!  I love recycling stuff in clever ways.  My grandmother used to crochet little purses for us which transformed into a doll bed and they were crocheted on the top of an old plastic bleach container  — I’m sure that a similar approach could be taken to create a vase topper. Great Idea. 


The growing popularity of cake pops

2 Oct

Cake pops have hit Ireland with a vengeance. I’m seriously feeling like I’m out of touch lately — I was listening to one of my favorite programs on NPR, “This American Life” the other day (catching up from an old podcast from over the summer) and they were talking about how Bubble Tea and Vietnamese Sandwiches have swept the U.S. – whaaaat???  I felt so out of it!  Seriously, I track trends as a part of my daily job — how could I miss this?  Well, that’s how I feel about cake pops.  It seems like just in the past couple of weeks that they’re everywhere.  And now that I’m aware of them, I realize just how out of touch I’ve been! 

Anyway, loved the cake pops from “The Choux Box” – red velvet being my favorite.  And check out the Pop Stars post on Bakerella.com — so many creative ideas.  Makes me want to have a party just so I can make some Cake Pops!

Here’s a quick recipe to try if you haven’t made them yet – we can do this!

 

R.I.P. Shaun the Bichon

1 Oct


I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while now — it’s been two months since my four-legged friend, Shaun, passed away.  Tilly and I lived with Shaun and his people for a year so he was near and dear to my heart (and he totally had the hots for Tilly). 

 

He passed on while I was away this summer so I didn’t get to say a proper goodbye so I thought I’d do so here with a few photos of Shaun from our trip to “Norn Iron” back in July. As you can see, he was never far from Miss Tilly.