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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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)
Wednesday: Grilled Tomato Linguine (from Everyday Food) and Crusty Bread
Saturday: Black Bean and Rice Soup (from Rachel Ray) and Crusty Bread
Sunday: Black Bean Quesadillas with Salsa
Monday: California Grilled Veggie Sandwiches (from All Recipes)
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.