Archive | December, 2010

Happy, sugary holidays!

23 Dec

christmas candy

From left to right: cashew nut brittle, rum marshmallows, chocolate-covered fudge, christmas crack, peppermint marshmallows, and maple-cinnamon nuts.

Paint chip galore

21 Dec

I moved out of the city in the summer and got an extra room: a glazed balcony almost the size of my bedroom. I wanted to have a low table to hold flower pots, slushy drinks, books, and the occasional dinner plate. I had a coffee table from Ikea that I’d since replaced but held onto, and I figured it might do the job.

But the table was white, and bruised, and in desperate need of color. Which color? I couldn’t decide, so…I stole almost all the paint sample chips at the local hardware store and went to town, inspired by some awesome creations.

midtable

A few layers of mod podge later I had this to show for my hacking:

balcony table and bench

The color range the chips came from features a descriptive name for each shade, written on top of the chip. My table includes, among others: cupcakes, llamas and sunrises. It has held up nicely, and the balcony was my favorite place during the hot summer, and still is – amidst all the snow – as an occasional hangout after the sauna. Just long enough for me to sit down on the bench and lay my apres sauna drink on the table!