PICK YOUR POISON: DESIGN INSPIRATION

I’m particularly fond of the strange and unusual.

With furniture, that means I like it to ‘pop’. When I walk into a room, I’d like it tell me a story. The genre of story, doesn’t necessarily have to be specific, but  knowing a story exists …now that’s the holy grail of design.

My usual method of inspiration (being the age of technology), is the internet. Specifically, the image selection on the search engine. When I need a muse, I surf!

Today’s search started off with #coffee furniture.

 


This of course led into retro, contemporary and future furniture. Some of these designs are still in the ‘concept’ mode.

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For the designs that are still stuck in concept mode, I’d like to think a little hard-work, determination and a credit line at Home Depot will correct the issue at hand.

The issue being: I want said furniture. Solution: Make my own. (Or at least get close to it).

Of course if I make my own, I can’t sell it. The concept wouldn’t mine. But I’m not a furniture dealer…so who cares? And the futuristic items are just that…in the future. I can’t buy them!  But the overall design or theme, already exists.

Hmmmm….where will I go from here?

Who knows?! It could all just be wishful thinking.

But damn…it sure is fun to dream!

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COCKTAILS, SHOTS AND SHOOTERS

At this point most of my readers are aware of my obsession with food. At least, the creation and ‘design’ process of a new recipe.

So today I’ve decided to travel off my well worn ‘food’ path and delve into beverages. Specifically, cocktails!

 

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USA Disclaimer


READ FIRST-

*Up=With Ice

 *Straight=No Ice

*You can chill the glass by adding ice and letting it sit.  (Empty the ice prior to adding the strained ingredients.)

*All of these recipes can and have been modified based on the bar, personal preference or bartender. 

*All glasses used can and have been determined based on preference of the bar, personal preference and bartender.

*All shot measurements can and have been modified based on the bar, personal preference and bartender.

-Basically…to each his/her own.


The Long Island Ice Tea

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Tall glass with ice

  • 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Rum
  • 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • Sweet & Sour Mix
  • Splash of Coke
  • Lemon or Lime Squeeze

 

Apple Martini or Appletini

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Chilled cocktail glass

To a shaker with ice add:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 3/4 oz Apple Pucker

Shake and strain into cocktail glass.

Add an apple slice garnish.


Cosmopolitan

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Chilled cocktail glass

To a shaker with ice add:

  • 1 oz Citron Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • Dash of Rose Lime Juice
  • Splash Cranberry Juice

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with lime


B 52 Shot

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Shot glass or Shooter glass

1/3 Kahlua

1/3 Irish Creme (over a the back of a spoon to layer)

1/3 Grand Marnier (over the back of a spoon to layer)


 

Midori Sour Cocktail

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Chilled Cocktail Glass

To a shaker with ice add:

  • 2 oz Sweet & Sour Mix
  • 1 oz Melon Pucker

Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Add cherry garnish


Bahama Mama

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Tall glass with ice

  • 1 oz Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
  • 1/2 part Orange Juice
  • 1/2 part Cranberry Juice

Garnish with Lemon, Orange and Cherry (not required to use all three)


Amaretto Sour 

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Chilled cocktail glass

To a shaker with ice add:

  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • 2 oz Sour Mix

Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass

Garnish


Manhattan

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Rock glass with ice

  • Dash of Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 oz Whiskey (ie: Seagram’s 7)

Add cherry garnish


Black Russian

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Rock glass with ice

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Kahlua

Cherry Garnish


Margarita

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Salted cocktail glass (Rub rim with lime, dip in Kosher salt

To shaker with ice add:

  • 2 oz Margarita Mix
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz Tequila

Strain into cocktail glass (can be served straight or up)

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Lime Garnish


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Shooter or Shot glass

Layer:

  • 1/2 Kahlua
  • Irish Creme (Float using the back of a spoon)
  • Top with Whipped Cream

Jager Bomb

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Rock glass

Shot glass

  • Put Jagermeister into shot glass
  • Fill rock glass partially with Red Bull
  • Drop shot into rock glass

White Russian

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Rock glass with ice

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 Kahlua

Top with cream


Tequila Sunrise

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Tall glass with ice

  • 1 oz Tequila
  • Fill glass with Orange Juice
  • Splash Grenadine (Float using the back of a spoon)

Garnish with orange and cherry

 


Jolly Rancher

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Rock Glass

*This drink can be straight or up

To a shaker with ice add:

  • 3/4 oz Apple Pucker
  • 3/4 oz Peach Schnapps
  • Splash of Cranberry Juice

Shake and strain into rocks glass


Vodka Martini

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Chilled cocktail glass

To a shaker with ice add:

  • Dash of Dry Vermouth
  • 2 oz Vodka

Stir the ingredients with a spoon within the shaker

Strain into chilled cocktail glass

Twist lemon, rub rim of glass with the lemon and drop into glass

Olive garnish


Mai Tai

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Tall glass with ice

  • 1 oz Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz Amaretto
  • Dash Grenadine
  • Equal Parts Orange Juice and Pineapple Juice
  • Splash of Dark Rum

Cherry and/or Pineapple Garnish


 

Sex On The Beach

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Tall glass with ice

  • 1 oz Vodka (Some prefer 1.5 oz)
  • 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
  • Two Parts Orange Juice (Some say 2 oz)
  • Two Parts Cranberry Juice (Some say 2 oz)

Garnish with cherry and orange slice


These are just some of the fun party favors that can be used at your next gathering. For a whole lot more, here’s a great site to visit: 1001 Cocktails

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Enjoy!

Peppered Pineapple Pork Chops

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INGREDIENTS


  • 6-8 Chops
  • 7-8 Sweet Peppers
  • 1 Large Pineapple
  • Seasoning

 

TOOLS


  • Veggie Knife
  • Large Glass Baking Dish

 

Preheat oven to 400

Peel, slice and add first layer of pineapple.

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Chop and add 1/2 of the sweet peppers.

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Layer on your pork chops. 

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Continue layering. Add more pineapple and sweet peppers.  Sprinkle with your favorite seasonings.15966183_1386030371431406_9034298656562141496_n

Bake at 425 for 1.15 hours. 

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Enjoy! 

Art And Empathy On The Younger Generations

 

I’ve used a lot of art mediums throughout my life’s journey. Honestly, I’ve scribbled…painted…glued…carved…molded…well, basically I’ve done it all. And I’ve come to the realization that my obsession isn’t with art, but more the freedom that it grants.

In any other avenue of life, there are rules and parameters.

How dull is that?

Rules and parameters mean…it’s been done before. Someone has claimed it. It’s theirs. They have shaped it to their liking, slapped a patent on it and now if you wish to re-create it…you are ‘borrowing’ an idea.

But with art there are no rules, regulations, parameters. Instead of a process void of thought and critical thinking, it’s the exact opposite.

People talk of the vanishing art programs. Education is slowly becoming strictly math, science, language arts and social studies. Such a strict focus on the ideas of others. Sadly, this is a mistake that will one day create a pit of regret.

The assumption is made that math creates a critical thinker. I propose that art creates critical thinking, enabling to use of math. It’s the reason why often time music=math minded individuals. It’s the ability the see the beauty in the numbers. Minus emotion, void of desire…who the hell actually wants to do all of those repetitive assignments created by minds past. If you love math…that’s an emotion. It’s a desire. Desire drives the art process. As well as the ability to calculate. These things take a sharpness. An ability to figure it out. As an artist can look at a blank sheet and envision a vast multitude of ways to give the paper a life of it’s own…So can too a mathematician, who views a series of random numbers and attempts to make sense of them.

Language arts, while teaching the works of others,  goes on the inclination that this will teach you how to create your own. True…Language arts does teach the necessary tools of the trade. But your creation comes from emotion. To grab the entire spectrum of emotion, you need to find the emotions first. You need empathy.

You need a trigger.

Triggers can be visual, heard, tasted, touched and smelled. And some people seem to feel an entirely new sense. A 6th sense. And in order to utilize these crucial senses, you must have an ‘artistic vision’. You need to become skilled at exploring your own mind. Unbutton the top button, so to speak. Basically…broaden your horizons. Be OF the world, don’t sit on the sidelines.

One of my most…if not the most, important lessons I’ve tried to instill in my kids is to keep an open mind. Experience the issue at hand, prior to casting judgement. And in some instances, it may not be possible to experience an event. Some events we truly wish to avoid! But we can relate out of empathy. Empathy can be awoken with art. It can bring tears and an understanding, as in these works by Bansky. His attempt to cast a light on the darkness that war brings to children, was sadly and  completely accomplished.

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Bansky

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While some argue that the photos are too graphic for children, I would argue that closing their eyes to history creates a path to repetition. Social Studies classes of today, are watered down ‘incomplete sentences’.  How about throw in some Bansky?  

Throw in truth…

Allow the future generation to visualize the consequences of their future actions. Allow them to empathize. It’s like the child who asks “Is the stove hot?” You say “Yes. Don’t touch it.” And of course, just to see if you’re jerking their chain, they touch it <—Insert screaming child here. 

They need to personally experience the sensation. Verbal or physical…they need a trigger.

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You know… if I were a government hell bent on creating a generation of  loyal, non-empathetic and  unquestioning followers….I’d remove the art….

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33 Amazing Sculptures From Around The World

33 Amazing Sculptures From Around The World

I’m smack in the middle of the biggest artist’s block known to man. I’ve got  canvas, acrylics, oils, brushes etc…and my mind is blank. This is typically when I Google search ‘madness’, so to to speak. Randomly typing in the first words that come to mind. The ‘images’ feature, by far, is my favorite Google feature. Today’s search was so fascinating, I feel the need to share. Maybe it’ll help you with your artist’s block, inspire a novel or just help you unwind. Today’s search : Odd Sculptures

Which ones are beacons of hope, fantasy and illusion? Which ones are the artist’s amazing rendering of their waking nightmare?  You decide. 

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’m either sleeping with the lights on tonight….or grabbing a bowl of popcorn and watching Stephen King movies…but I’m definitely inspired.

DIY Pottery Barn Hacks

As much as I’d love to toss aside $50 like it’s nothing, I would be doing myself a huge disservice. I like Pottery Barn and IKEA as much as anyone else, but money is money. You’ll get it away from me, when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

You know what they say: Necessity is the mother of invention…or in the this case, ‘wanting’ and ‘frugality’. But before we go any further, I want to be clear…decorative items are just that…DECORATIVE. They serve a visual purpose only. I’ve often shook my head in disbelief at the large sums of money that people throw away to essentially STARE AT AN OBJECT! Appliances, bedding etc…of course, buy new and with a warranty. But to look at something across the room?! What a waste.

Here are a couple of items directly from the Pottery Barn website….

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The vases above,  have the same appearance of candle holders glued to bowls. Obviously, their’s is one piece, but you can accomplish the same look for 2$ and some  hot glue. 

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Admittedly, they are lovely…but  I’m cheap!

So here’s what I did for a Valentine’s theme vase.

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Two Dollar Store vases

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Glue the two vases together with hot glue.

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Fill with Dollar Store fillers.

 


I also frequent local Thrift-Stores. Stay away from fabric items that can retain bed bugs. Everything else, you can scrub in the garage prior to entry. Bed bugs can also hide in the crevices of dressers. So be  wary. Those are items you have to bite the bullet on, but can often find fabulous sales if you do your homework.

Today’s find was just what I was looking for! Two tall candle sticks.

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A side note: These candle holders were $1.40  each at the Thrift-Store.

Here’s the average price on Google’s Shop Search:

(Remember, it’s about the ‘look’. These are decorative items.)

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I sincerely believe…Hot Glue is the answer to all the world’s problems.

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Have fun with it. Every now and then grab a couple items. Keep in mind your overall theme. And never pay full price. You’re paying for a label. I’ve never gone into someones home and started looking at the labels on the bottoms of their decor. Nobody does that, unless of course…they lack manners. (Or it’s your best friend, then by all means…share you money saving tips!)


 

Here was a fun one I did last night….Clearly I have Valentine’s Day on the brain. With this many hints literally right in front of him,  hopefully  my husband will remember it!

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Recycled flower hanger

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Hot glue and Dollar Store ribben

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On a side note: Those adorable 3-D hearts, came from  Pat Catans. They were $2  and already had built in foam tape on their backs.


Most of us already own stuff that we can up-cycle or refurb. Take a look  around. What are you sick of looking?  Give it a fresh new look. And check out the Flea Markets, Thrift-Stores and Dollar Stores, before you spend your hard earned cash.

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While I enjoy the look of the ladder, paying $249-$429 to enjoy the look of the ladder…is nuts. Buy some wood at Home Depot and knock yourself out. Obviously, they don’t need to be sturdy. They are decorative.


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Top 20 Valentine’s Day DIY Projects

Top 20 Valentine’s Day DIY Projects

 

The Pinterest bug hit this morning with a vengeance! As a result, we’ve created a few things and surfed the net to keep our minds in the Valentine’s DIY spirit. Here are a few things we found. By ‘we’, I mean my daughter and I. Of course… one can only surmise at this point, that I yanked her into my crazy crafting hot glue obsession. At least…she liked the throw blanket that we picked up for a  whopping $5…. Go us!

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So we of course…hot glued a bunch of stuff. The best part about hot glue, is the fact that you can PEEL IT OFF! You can re-use all your dollar store goodies for other DIY projects.

And we went nuts on the fireplace…..

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So join us in all of our gluey, crafting, Pinterest obsessed glory! Here’s our Top 20 Valentine DIY ideas….

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Interior Design 2017 Color Trends

It’s that time of year. The New Year is upon us! For some of us, this means we’re buried neck deep in darkness, freezing temps and a strong need to create a positive atmosphere. The holidays are over (although we still have Valentines Day for all Pinterest lovers everywhere), and it’s time to settle in for the winter doom and gloom….or not.

Drawing on the Pantone Report, 2017 is guaranteed to be bright and vibrant. I sincerely hope that you  LOVE color!

*Links and credit included

Without further delay, here are the top picks for 2017 interior design and decor.


http://interiorzine.com/2016/09/15/interior-design-trends-2017/

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http://www.designmena.com/insight/trend-forecaster-milou-ket-reveals-colour-trends-for-20162017

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http://www.designmena.com/insight/trend-forecaster-milou-ket-reveals-colour-trends-for-20162017

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http://www.catherineandjasonbarry.com/interior-design-trends-coming-2017/

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http://www.bykoket.com/news/interior-design/elle-decor-predicts-color-trends-2017

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http://modern-homedesign.com/modern-vintage-interior-design-7402/modern-vintage-interior-design-2017-of-modern-home-interior-ign-home-interior-ign-for-home-gallery/

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http://joburgeastexpress.co.za/65332/5-interior-design-trends-for-2017/

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http://www.designmena.com/insight/trend-forecaster-milou-ket-reveals-colour-trends-for-20162017

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http://www.eclectictrends.com/category/trends/page/3/

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http://h0me.website/interior-design-colors/

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It doesn’t take a trained eye to notice the clean, eclectic, bright and yet classic pattern of 2017’s design trends.

I don’t know about you, my lovely reader, but I can craft and Pin with the best of them! Dollar stores, craft stores and thrift-stores can make this years interior design projects much less expensive. And when you create the design, it holds a much deeper meaning.  When you’re relaxing on the sofa enjoying your splendid handy-work, give yourself a pat on the back and stare in awe at your incredible artistic vision.

Currently I’m working on some Valentine’s goodies…that should keep me occupied for a while. Happy Bargain Hunting!