Happy Halloween!

31 October 2009


{Image c/o Amy Atlas. See more here.}

Happy Halloween, gals + ghouls! Fingers crossed that some trick-or-treaters actually show up on our doorstep. J has been trying to gently lower my expectations for the last week or so, but I’m holding out hope.

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DIY Friday: Dictionary Art

30 October 2009

I’m actually juggling quite a few projects myself right now (that will debut in future DIY Friday posts, promise!), so today I’m featuring the project of someone else: Mrs. Limestone of Adventures in Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone.

As a wordy sort of person, I love her idea for “dictionary art.” Definitely a project I will have to tackle in the future! See the full instructions here. And happy Friday!

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Alterna-Bedding

29 October 2009

Y’all know about my well-documented love affair with this bedding (see more here). Yes, yes, it is beautiful. It is also, unfortunately, VERY expensive. We’re talking $129 for a king-sized Classic Bed Skirt, $229 for a king-sized Classic Sheet Set, and $44 for ONE Classic Standard Sham.

Behold:

What can I say? I’m a sucker for that beautiful black embroidery.

But clearly I’m not in a position to be buying a $129 bed skirt. Clearly. And even though Christmas is coming, I really have no desire to ask someone else to buy me a $129 bed skirt.

For someone who is proficient with a sewing machine, embroidering a double row of black thread probably wouldn’t be all that difficult. After buying a less-expensive skirt I could take it to a seamstress and pay for him or her to embroider it.

And this tailored cotton bed skirt from Garnet Hill is a nice stand-in for the Rubie Green version, don’t you think? It’s $68 for a king size with a 14″ drop (an 18″ drop would be $78). Add $15 for embroidery and I’m still saving $46.

I also like the Signature Hemstitched Percale Sheets from Garnet Hill (highly recommended by the dearly departed Domino!). If I bought a king-sized pillowcase set ($38), fitted sheet ($60), and flat sheet ($65), plus paid another $15 for embroidery, I would still be saving $51 over the Rubie Green pieces.

So what do you think? Still too expensive, or palatable? And for those of you who have experience with hiring out embroidery: am I budgeting too little? What would be a reasonable price for what I want done?

Dreamy

28 October 2009

Yes… this might be my dream dress. It’s got polka dots and a bow, just like the dress in my all-time favorite wedding, it’s got a sweetheart neckline, and it’s got a soft tulle skirt. Love. All photos by Jasmine Star; see more of this wedding here.

P.S. It’s the Melissa Sweet “Dora.” According to the MS website, it retails between $3,001 and $5,000. Ouch.

Veggie Week

27 October 2009


{Image from Everyday Food}

This past week was Veggie Week in the Peach & Pearl household! As promised, the recipes we tried, as well as our ratings.

Monday: Grilled Pita with Greek Salad from Gourmet (found on Epicurious)
3 stars

Tuesday: Grilled Bread and Tomato Salad (we mashed two recipes together, one from Epicurious and one from Everyday Food) with Herbed Bean Salad (found on Epicurious)
4 stars

Wednesday: Grilled Tomato Linguine (from Everyday Food) and Crusty Bread
3 stars

Thursday: Chickpea Pasta with Almonds (from Real Simple), Green Beans with Sweet Onion Vinaigrette (from Epicurious), and Crusty Bread
2 stars

Friday: out

Saturday: Black Bean and Rice Soup (from Rachel Ray) and Crusty Bread
4 stars

Sunday: Black Bean Quesadillas with Salsa
3 stars

Monday: California Grilled Veggie Sandwiches (from All Recipes)
5 stars

As you can see, the Grilled Veggie Sandwiches were the hit of the week! They will definitely be added in to our regular repertoire.

Side note: Can you tell we like bread? Seriously. We buy it loaves at a time, then slice and freeze it in plastic bags so that we always have some on hand. Bread is very important to us.

Overall, I think this goal did exactly what I was hoping it would: we looked up some new recipes, tried them out, and found a few to add to our regular roster. Success!

P.S. Curious about how I’m doing with my 101 in 1001? Check out my progress here — I update the list regularly, and I’ve got less than a year left!

*We rate on the Netflix scale, which is as follows:
One star: Hated it
Two stars: Didn’t like it
Three stars: Liked it
Four stars: Really liked it
Five stars: Loved it

Also, we don’t believe in rating inflation.

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