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Mar 26 2012

Blog Moved

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Hi, just a quick note to let you know that the blog has moved here. If you’d like to subscribe to it in a feeder, click here for the link. Thanks and see you there!

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Mar 16 2012

Bookhou, End of Week Favorites

* Drop cloth pouches by bookhou * Live according to your values – Michelle Armas * Succulents in Easter Eggs – Roy Joy * Spring 2012 Magazine - Sweet Paul * Would you ever take a vacation by yourself – A Cup of Jo * L’amour Fou – Miss Moss

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Mar 15 2012

Patio Planters & Benches

Published by under Garden

We live in a townhouse and therefore have a very tiny backyard and limited space for growing plants. Still, I manage to grow quite a few vegetables, flowers and herbs. For the past few years I’ve dreamed about building planters/benches to expand my space. The bench above caught my eye outside of DaisyCakes.

** Image Credits: 1. Michelle Smith 2. flickr

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Mar 14 2012

indo, Window Display Designers

Published by under inspiration

Taking empty storefront windows and utilizing them to promote local art and beautify otherwise vacant downtown buildings is something I feel passionately about. Here is a project I envisioned and created a few years ago, and here is another in which I helped plant the seed for a friend. So when I came across indo, two girls based in Chicago who take recycled materials and make window installations out of them, I was enthralled.

I hope to one day be able to collaborate on and produce more window installations across North Carolina. For now, I’m excited to see other cool window display happenings in other parts of the country.

** Image Credits: indo

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Mar 13 2012

DaisyCakes Bakery, Durham, North Carolina

DaisyCakes is a bakery that just opened up in Durham, North Carolina. They began their business a few years ago by selling cupcakes out of a vintage airstream aptly named “Sugar”.

Their new location is spot on, just a few steps away from the bustling Farmers Market on Foster Street and next door to the Bull City Arts Collective.

Their location and offerings are so good that when we went for brunch this past weekend their small space was filled with a long line. We enjoyed a lovely meal and I especially liked the almond brioche and spicy homemade chai.

** Image Credits: Michelle Smith

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Mar 12 2012

Rosemary Popcorn

Popcorn is the go-to evening snack in our house. We pop our own kernels with this popcorn maker since microwaved popcorn has a lot of extra chemicals in the “butter” and packaging. This recipe for rosemary infused popcorn makes for a nice change from the ordinary plus the rosemary oil can be saved for a month and used on top of other dishes like pizza.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons Rosemary Infused Oil, recipe follows
  • Salt

Directions:

Stir the popcorn kernels and 1/2 cup of the oil in a heavy large pot. Cover and cook over medium heat until the kernels have popped, shaking the pot halfway through cooking, about 3 minutes. Immediately transfer the popcorn to a large serving bowl. Toss the popcorn with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle with salt, to taste, and serve.

Rosemary Infused Oil:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 5 to 6 fresh rosemary sprigs (each 5 inches long)

Combine the oil and rosemary in a heavy small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Transfer the sprigs to a 4-ounce bottle or cruet. Add the oil and seal the lid. Refrigerate for up to 1 month.

** Image Credits: Michelle Smith, Recipe via Food.com

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Mar 09 2012

Friday Favorites

* A stunning textile design by Scheurer, Lauth & Cie, 1899. * A sunny field * Film & television adaptations of famous literature * Harvest Hare wallpaper *

** Image Credits: The Fin de Siecle

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Mar 08 2012

Neal’s Deli – Carrboro, North Carolina

My husband and I have been wanting to try Neal’s Deli in Carrboro, North Carolina for a few years now. On our trips to that side of the Triangle, we’ve always ended up somewhere else because there are so many good options for eating.

This time however, we were in Carrboro for lunch and we made it happen. It was well worth the wait. The interior is cozy and covered in a loud green and yellow wallpaper which gives the interior a funky but not too modern vibe. Both sandwiches we ordered were excellent and on tasty homemade bread.

It reminds me of the type of eatery you might see in Charlottesville or Portland, Maine and I think they would do really well in downtown Raleigh.

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Mar 07 2012

Going Outside

Heading outdoors and seeing green growth on once dormant plants is so moving.

I don’t even have the words to explain the catharsis it brings.

** Image Credits: Michelle Smith

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Mar 06 2012

Patterns Out and About

For the past month I’ve been working on a new collection of textile patterns. As a result, my usually pattern obsessed mind has gone off the deep end and I’ve been reflecting even more on every pattern I see and the process the artist used in making them.

Here are some textile designs that I’ve seen out and about and snapped on my phone’s camera.

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