Yesterday, I attempted an old school DIY creation – a berry pie.
But let’s get back to the real reason – these adorable ceramic berry crates! Just look at them! They are so cute that I bought several of them and I would like to give two away. That’s right – MSD very first give away, we’ll give it a whirl.
All you have to do, is follow Munrosheadesigns on Instagram and like one of the berry/pie images – boom, easy as pie… (hardy har har) Then I’ll get your email and contact info to send two of these bad boys along.
And as for the DIY aspect of this post – Here is how I made this lovely dessert. After consulting a few Pinterest recipes I went with this one:
1. Buy pre-made pie crust (ain’t nobody got time fo that)
2. Buy assortment of berries (even if they are not on sale)
3. Put berries in adorable ceramic holders (I have extra berries, that I did not put in the pie and they are looking delish in the fridge in all their ceramic glory)
4. Cut up the berries (I used four ceramic containers full), add 1/4 cup sugar, squeeze 2 teaspoons of lemon
5. Dump berry concoction into pie crust – try to gently peel second pie crust for the top layer, fail miserably and decide to go with a ‘flakey’ top look
6. Put in the oven at 400 degrees for 25-30 mins, or until your BF comes home and yell at him, “OMG I MADE A PIE”
*** Couple disclaimers – I will not be shipping out ceramic berry crates that I actually used – don’t worry. And I can only ship to USA, sorry I am a girl on a budget as my Dad would say!
My BF and I took a little weekend getaway to New York City! WOO HOO – a vacation in a weekend, gotta love that. I booked us a room at the Lexington in Midtown. It was so beautiful inside! Apparently they are still in the process of renovating the space, but you couldn’t tell. I want to live there….
My BF has never been to NYC so we did it up in true touristy style fashion. We walked to lower manhattan and along the way went to Wall Street, 9/11 Memorial, Times Square and obviously as many irish pubs we could fit in.
New York was magical! I definitely will be going back soon!
I already have some antlers and animal art hanging on the walls – so I figured why not go with it?
Ikea sheepskins, Ikea linen curtains, SpoonFlower + print for the valances, Ikea office organizers, Sandra Dieckmann Print, Reupholster chair in worn leather (in my dreams!) and Natural Chunky Woven Rug!
Or what was formally the dining room… Yes, while my boyfriend was away for work, I decided to rearrange the dining room, for several reasons – I will explain.
It has two openings, two low windows and a built in the corner… what’s a girl to do? What I think is kinda funny, is that for my interior design class this was considered a ‘problematic’ dining space – I thought “pssshh betch please, this is mauh life.“
So since I had that little DIY coffee table hiccup – I have a lot of tables in here. And my BF and I never, ever eat at that huge table that I insisted my Dad and I make prior to moving in. (It’s a pretty sweet sawhorse legged table though!) Here it is in all its pre-christmas party glory:
And then it was time, last night after watching all the Bravo shows I DVRed, it was time to rearrange.
- First step was taking apart the large dining room table and I leaned one of the planks onto both office storage places to create a tall skinny desk (where I am typing this right now)!!
- I shifted over both side tables, ‘side table’ is now in sight line of the couch, which is great because I made it and I love staring at it.
- The DIY Fail Table is lower than the windows, so it actually lets light into the room, whereas the big-ass dining table blocked out quite a bit.
- Brought out the wicker ottoman that used to be in the living room (before I replaced it with my sweet black leather mid century one.)
- And the upholstered chair is hanging in the corner, for staring out longingly into my neighbors windows…
But… now that everything feels right in this room. Still a little disheveled but right. And my BF approves, as he said, “Ooohhh look at all the space.” Poor guy, surrounded by my bric-a-brac.
If you want to know how to grow succulents like a pro – than look no further, blogger Tawni of Needles + Leaves, has the best tips.
(Her sister is her portrait photographer! Family of talented ladies)
As you may of seen from my Instagrams – I am a bit of succulent hoarder on my windowsill in the kitchen… so when I was having some trouble with a couple of them getting as Tawni says, ‘leggy’ I turned to her blog for help! See Tawni’s example below:
This means that the plants are not getting enough light – as she says in her post here. (Doesn’t Tawni take such beautiful photographs of her plants?)
“If your plants are not getting enough light they may become leggy and stretch toward the light. If your plants are stretching out or bending toward the light, you can move them to a brighter spot or rotate the pot from time to time to keep them growing straight up.”
Here is a little tid bit of Needle + Leaves, ” 1. Soil. What kind of soil should I plant my succulents in? Succulents love well draining soil. I’ve been buying a palm/cactus mix from Home Depot for sometime now and it has been great. In the dryer summer months, I’ve found that my soil drys a little too quickly. If you feel like your soil is just not retaining water long enough, you can mix your cactus soil with a bit of regular potting soil to increase the water retention to your liking. Sometimes, I like to keep my plants in containers without drainage holes, such as tea cups, mason jars and baby food jars. In this case, I will either layer the bottom of the container with pebbles or add sand to the soil to help with drainage issues.“
To find out the rest of her tips – check out her blog here!
(Thanks Needles + Leaves for sharing your beautiful tips & photography with MSD)!
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Or I am about to! Remember when I made that WAY to tall coffee table? Well I am going to try again.
Instead of trying to bid on legs from Ebay (they’re all going for around $40-60 bucks). And that doesn’t include shipping. For some reason while I’m bidding on ebay – the shipping costs magically don’t seem to matter while trying to win the ‘fill-in-the-blank-probably-mid-century-modern-related’ item. I also end up with something that’s not exactly the right size or they are wobbly so – buying REAL vintage for table legs is not the route I’m going for.
I researched for an alternative. And I found this great website Modern Legs, and there are so many more options of a ‘modern leg’ on this site. There are tapered, (my new favorite), hair pin, bench supports and custom flatbar legs. It’s awesome! Aren’t these a beauty?
Here is the iron tapered leg, I am so into. Visualize a poplar wood coffee table with these legs, resting on my new (yet-to-be-purchased) faux cow hide rug…. with a small black dog trying to creep on my table, but she can’t reach it…. all my stars would be aligned.
For more information about Modern Legs check out their blog here!