Jul 29, 2011

Cloche Madness

I shared with you yesterday my new cheese dome.  So simple and classic.

When looking up info on cheese domes I came across the term cloche.  I had no idea what that was and never even heard of it before.

A glass cloche is a bell jar.  Developed by the French it is glass shaped into a bell and was used to cover a plant and protect it from frost.

So, instead of using a cheese dome for cheese or other food, I am inspired to use
mine as decoration. 

Others were inspired too and I found all kind of great examples online.

This idea is from Restoration Hardware.

Here are some from West Elm shown on Apartment Therapy. 

I LOVE the shells.

Now you know how I love wine.  Isn't this one a great idea?  Fill it up with wine corks. 

Glad I found it on the blog, Our Life In A Click.

And for my favorite...

I love the naturalness of this one.  So earthy.  Check out The Cellar Door Stories for the story behind this lovely one in making.

Now in no way am I the first to blog about cheese domes and cloches. 
This info is all over blogland. 

There are even cloche parties.  Crazy!

I had to show my appreciation though!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend. 

Again we have a ton going on so probably won't be back until next week!

Jul 28, 2011

Cheese Dome At A Steal

I see cheese domes all over the place. 

Pottery Barn has a fancy one for $69.  Tools come along too
so makes the cost not so bad.

Crate and Barrel for $29.

West Elm for $24.

See the theme?  Little costly but super cute.

Ready for the exciting part?  I got one from my favorite thrift store for $0.75.

No joke!

Yes it reads $1.50.  But it was half off day.  Cha-ching!  That is why I only paid a whopping $0.75.

I cleaned it all up and set it out on my dining table.

Doesn't end there.

More on this tomorrow.

Linked To:

Somewhat Simple Chic on a Shoestring Decorating The Shabby Nest HOG The DIY Show Off Beyond The Picket Fence

Jul 27, 2011

Help A Doggie Out!

My friend Paulina got her beloved Harry from Chicago Canine Rescue
a year and a half ago.

Isn't Harry a cutie?

He and Kona are friends but odd ones.  They walk so well together but then when not walking we have to keep them on leases to avoid fights.  Harry teases Kona to get her to play but Kona wants nothing to do with playing.  We get a kick though out of watching Harry run in circles and Kona chasing him.

If you are a local in Chicago please go and take the time to help out Chicago Canine Rescue.  They need volunteers to come in and help walk the doggies.  You can visit them between 9:30 am and 7:00 pm, bring a photo ID and you must be at least 18.

Here is their website for more info.

There are also many other ways listed that you can help them out.

Now, one thing I love about Paulina is that she always is the first to help out in any way she can.  On her day off yesterday she and her fiance, Mario took time out of their busy lives and went over to help.

They helped out a cutie named Bumblebee.

Please try and help in any way you can and pass the info on.  You will feel good
about what you've done!

Thanks for reading!

Jul 26, 2011

Bon Appetit!

Doesn't last night's dinner look yummy?

My friend Paulina came over to hang out with me and Bub.  We ate dinner and watched the Bachelorette.  Have to admit this is not my favorite season.  I like Ashley but feel terrible for her.  The guys are aweful.  And J.P.?  He is just creepy and Mr. Jealous. 

So, back to dinner.  We grilled chicken, carrots and yellow squash.  Paulina whipped up a cucumber dill salad.  Oops and just like last night almost forgot about the
heirloom tomatoes.

It was yummy!

Have you made anything yummy yourself? 

Linked To:

Somewhat Simple

Jul 25, 2011

The Spotlight: Stonifying A Fireplace

I'm SO excited and I just can't hide it.  I'm about to lose control and I think I like it.  OK, sorry.  Got side tracked...

I have another Spotlight to share with you.  Whoop, whoop!

Our friends April and Ed stonified their fireplace.  Wow. 


And I'm sure a lot of hard work was put into it.

From this.

Ed working hard.  Nice of him to take a break and show off his progress.

To this beauty!

Can I have one?

What a great DIY job!!!

Thanks April and Ed for sharing!

Jul 22, 2011

Plain and Simple

One of my favorite things we bought for the bungalow is our dining table.  We got it handmade from a small Amish store in Evanston, Illinois called Plain and Simple.  It was made from scratch by an Amish family in Indiana.

From the design to the color, we knew from the moment we walked in we wanted it.  The Mr. and I didn't even need to tell each other what we were thinking.  We knew it was the one since it was just like what we always imagined.  The first time we saw it, though, we walked out without buying it.  Since it seemed so easy and these do not come cheap, we felt we had to shop around to make sure it was, you know, "the one".

Well, it was cause after looking around nothing made us feel all giddy
as that first one had.

So back we went and this is what we bought.

When picking out the style we wanted an arts and crafts set that would fit in with the look of the bungalow.  Our set includes the Aspen table and six Hartford chairs all in quarter sewn oak.  We debated over regular oak and quarter sewn because of the price difference.  We knew we would regret it if we didn't go with quarter sewn so that settled it.  It was well worth the extra money! 

One of the things I love about this set is how study and solid it is. I knew it would last forever and we could someday pass it down to our children.

He he little Kona butt.

If you'd like to see more from Plain and Simple here is their website link.

Plain and Simple

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  We have a ton going on.

Jul 21, 2011

Can I have This Cottage Please? Pretty Please?

I have a girl crush. 

One of my favorite designers is Sarah Richardson.  I cannot get enough of her designs and I always make sure my DVR is set to record episodes of her HGTV show,
Sarah's House.

Well, this summer she had a special that ran about her own cottage.  Sarah's Summer House.  OK, if I could have one of my own this would be it.  I loved every single room and all the gorgeous design details.  She has such a knack too at finding awesome antiques.

Now all the episodes have aired and at the time I was watching it I wanted to do a post about it.  Well, time got away and I forgot. 

I think it was meant to be, though.  Today I was scrolling over Country Living's website and there it was.  That amazing summer house of hers.  I will share with you my favorite parts but to see more you'll just have to mosey on over to Country Living or HGTV.

Isn't it gorgeous?  I at least thought so.

Enjoy your day.  It is a hot one here in Chi-town again!