August 14, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
I’ve always been a big fan of blueberries but after my inaugural trip to Maine and my first taste of wild blueberries a few years back, it was all over for me. I am now certifiably outright obsessed with blueberries. In pies, cobblers, ice cream and even cocktails. Or maybe especially cocktails! Something about fresh blueberries pairs so well with vodka, gin and even beer. This time of year when blueberries are plentiful the season is perfect for sipping on a refreshing blueberry cocktail – think about adding fresh herbs, too! Mint, thyme and basil all taste amazing with blueberries. I usually like my blueberries served up with lemonade and vodka, but these other cocktails are catching my eye, too. With a splash of ginger beer? Sounds amazing!
[Blueberry cocktails | 1: Blueberry infused vodka lemonade from Keep It Simple Foods | 2: Blueberry buck from Beyond the Plate | 3: The Summer Storm from Smith & Ratliff.]
August 14, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
I’m sure by now you know I’m no stranger to crafty pursuits. I love taking the time to craft, whether it be trying something new or just adding a bit of paint to this or that to give it new life. B and my mom pick on me constantly for how frequently the words, “I am so going to paint this” or some variation thereof comes out of my mouth. It might honestly be daily. It should be noted that since my days in architecture school I’ve been hoarding craft and art supplies like it’s my job. (Although, in all fairness, I could argue that it actually is my job.) That said, I try to keep in mind when sharing DIY projects that not everyone has a craft room or office bursting with papers, punches, paints, brushes, markers, glitters and glues. So today I thought I’d share a handful of my most frequently used DIY essentials. Consider them the basic crafting supplies you’ll want to keep on hand if you’re feeling crafty!
For starters, gold spray paint is one of my must-have items. I usually keep at least a few cans handy in case inspiration strikes on a whim. (Which it often does.) I personally prefer Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic in Metallic Gold. It’s just my favorite color of metallic gold paint. It also comes in great brass, copper and silver colors. I literally could not live without my craft knife, either! I prefer X-Acto knives, generally with a #11 blade. A stash of paint brushes (both foam brushes and craft brushes) come in handy – I usually pick them up in bulk packages to keep the cost down. I generally have a couple rolls of kraft paper lying around so I don’t ruin my house when crafting and I literally could not live without my ModPodge. I keep it around in multiple finishes but I suggest the matte finish if you just want to have it handy without keeping an inventory akin to that of a craft store. Various widths of painter’s tape and great craft paints in a variety of finishes (satin and high gloss being my favorite) will come in handy more than you know.
I know all this may sound like a lot, but you’ll be surprised how often these basic supplies come in handy when you’re working on a project. Of course, depending on the type of projects you personally like, your list will vary, but I thought it might be helpful to see what I always have stocked in my craft closet. (To the extent that when we moved I was shocked at just how many tubs of ModPodge and bottles and cans of paint I actually own. Oops!)
[Shop: Gold spray paint | Martha Stewart Crafts paints | X-Acto knife | ModPodge | foam paint brushes | jute twine | kraft paper | painter’s tape | craft brushes.]
August 13, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
We’re gearing up for our big annual summer camping trip and, guys, I am so excited! I can’t even tell you how much I need this trip right now. We’re talking three days stranded on an island, cooking over a fire, sleeping in tents and lazing away the hours swimming and strolling the woods. Ok ok, so we’re not really stranded considering everyone is there with boats, but I like to pretend we’re on a completely deserted island with no way to get back to land. It’s more fun that way! As we get ready to head out (just over a week from today – yay!), I’m thinking about what we need to pack including what I’ll personally be wearing.
Need ideas for what to wear while camping? I’m a sucker for yoga pants, flip flops, cute tee shirts and an ample supply of zip-up hoodies. It’s my go-to camping uniform! I also suggest Bullfrog sunscreen – it’s broad spectrum and it includes bug repellant so you’ll be safe from those pesky little mosquitos in the woods. Win!
[Shop: Hoodie | tee shirt | yoga pants | bug repellant sunscreen | backpack | flip flops | bracelet | water bottle.]
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August 12, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
What I’m about to do to you isn’t very fair. It being a Monday and all, there’s a solid chance you’re thinking about things like vegetables and eating lots of greens following the weekend. But me? I’m that girl who wants to talk about s’mores. Last week it dawned on me that we should definitely be talking about all the ways you should be making s’mores and then I found out, coincidentally, it was something called National S’mores Day on Saturday (who knew?!) and it was settled. We officially have to talk about s’mores, lest I should be a negligent blogger.
What’s about to happen here is I am going to lay at your feet 10 of the most amazing s’mores recipes I could find. We’re talking s’mores brownies, s’mores cupcakes, s’mores in a jar, s’mores ice cream sandwiches, s’mores pancakes…it’s insanity at it’s best. Are you ready to dive in? Light up the campfire and click through for 10 of the best s’mores recipes!
August 12, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
Happy Monday, friends! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was pretty quiet. B was out of town working so on Friday night I spent the evening fireside with friends and then generally spent the rest of the weekend working. I can’t complain! Every once in a while a low key working weekend is just what I need to not feel like I’m totally frazzled. And this morning? This morning it’s all about this bright berry and lime color palette, because I’m feeling all kinds of peppy and ready to tackle the week this morning. It may help that my mom and I are sneaking off for a little spa date today! We’ve really been needing a little girls-only time so pedicures and massages it is. So we’re playing hooky for part of the day on a Monday. I honestly can’t wait. Here’s hoping your Monday is great, too!
[Photos, from top: Studio DIY | Somewhere Splendid | Better Recipes’ Daily Dish.]