Circle and Sprout (the jewelry line I design and create by hand, with my wonderful and talented business partner, Sarah Millis-Kujawa) was featured in the April issue of Rochester Magazine. Our Apple Branch Necklace is available via our website: www.circleandsprout.com
Thursday, March 29, 2012
With Easter and my oldest daughter's birthday coming up, I decided to experiment with fondant for decorating her cake. These are the very first things we made. We were having so much fun we didn't want to quit to eat dinner last night. I see many more fondant flowers in my future.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
When we moved in, I was loving the brick red accents in the house. Three years later, I am getting sick of red. The walls in our family room area and up our staircase are a light yellowish-off white and since the staircase has very high walls and ceilings, painting it would be really difficult right now. So, I decided to switch things up and paint just the doors and the space below the railing. These photos show the before and after results. What do you think?
|This is a photo of the bottom of our stairs before (taken when we looked at the house).|
|This picture shows the area under the staircase, where the previous owners kept their computer work area.|
|Bottom of our stairs after. This is the way it looked today. I really wanted "ink" blue doors. This color is called Blue Coal from Valspar at Lowes.|
|Another view of our blue doors and the closet under the stairs.|
Monday, March 26, 2012
|The previous owner must have had an abundance of rough cut/weathered wood to use in our house, because they used it everywhere. I think it really adds some rustic character. I store cookbooks and kitchen linens in the cupboard with the windows.|
|This is the dining area in our kitchen which opens up into our sitting room. The red door is the entrance from our mudroom. Above the dining area is a loft where I hang some quilts from my collection.|
|The doors in this photo hide our laundry center. Above them is a large shelf where we show off interesting objects from our collection, including a metal milk can that my 91 year old aunt used to carry milk when she was a child.|
|We attached old wooden cheese and fruit storage crates to the wall to hold our bills and other mail. They also serve as a shelf for my dog figurine collection. (Yes, we have a lot of collections).|
|An old ladder holds our pots and pans and keeps them in easy reach.|
|This old store cash register holds pens, pencils and note paper.|
We really like the "lived in" feel of our kitchen and we spend a lot of time here creating memories and good food!