Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
So, here are some frugerati party tips (which is really just an excuse to post a bunch of pics from my party) for hosting a fabulous cheap easy party.
Here it is in a nutshell:
- Find a fabulous place.
- Hold your party in the summer.
- Have people bring food.
Or you could do like these folks and hold your party in a public place - like the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge.
If the place is fabulous, you don't need much else. Skip the decorations, the fancy table settings, the crepe paper and the punch bowl. You don't need it.
Point 2, hold it in the summer. Why? Because you can add fabulous outdoor places to your list of possibilities. And, also, it makes point 3 easier. Summer food is easier to prepare and keep around. No re-heating required.
And it's so easy to keep kids happy when they can go outside.
Total cost to us for the party of the year: About $20.
Have you found a fabulous party place? Tell us about it.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis know that one thing it is not is a food blog. (It's more of a frugal home design/budget travel/Brooklyn neighborhood/squirrel stalking/oh look at the pretty (a. flower b. weed c. miscellaneous weird thing) I just noticed blog.)
However, this recipe is so easy even I can do it. In fact I make a batch of ice cream two or three times a week. It takes five minutes to mix and about 15 minutes to freeze.
1/2 to 2/3 cups sugar
3 cups milk
Dash of vanilla extract
Whiz the egg in a blender until fluffy. Add the sugar and whiz again. Add the milk and vanilla and whiz for about a minute.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
My latest variation of my tree parts obsession is root ball stools - the more squatty and gnarled the better.
Viva Terra's cool stool, which is out of stock
Viva Terra, $150
Viva Terra, $75
Friday, June 12, 2009
I don't usually post how-tos that I haven't personally tried myself. But, hey, I don't need a side table. However, in the interests of journalistic accuracy, I have gone to the CB2 store and actually touched the goods.
First I present to you the Platner side table. Nice, right? At $600 it should be. My knockoff will not be this nice, but if you can afford the real deal, what are you doing slumming on my blog anyway?
- a piece of mirrored glass
- a carpet remnant that matches your carpet
- a piece of hip fabric
- something small and interesting like aluminum balls (which CB2 also sells.)
- trash (it might read as ironic.)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I grew up where people shoot their ailing animals, and now I'm so urbanized I can't snip veggies.
Had no problem putting down the dill, though.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
My mom sent me a set of dishes she picked up at Goodwill. They are white with band of black and charcoal, the same colors as my entire apartment and wardrobe, and they are solid. You could probably knock a person out just with a dessert plate.
One of the things I love about this stoneware is that it was made by Arrowstone, a Japanese company that gave each set decidedly American names like Navajo Blue, Apache Gold, and my set, Black Foot. EBay sellers call the line "vintage " which could mean anything. (I probably qualify as 'vintage' myself.)
At any rate, the arrival of my retro set means retiring my current set of dishes, which are froufy with blue and pink flowers - completely not my style. However, I've had these dishes as long as I've been on my own, longer than I've had Mr. Bromeliad. It's hard to break up with a set of dishes, even when the coffee cups are so dainty that nobody will touch them, let alone drink from them. Fancy dishes lend a certain elan to the dumpiest of meals.
But I don't have space for two sets, so one must go.
How about you? Are your dishes minimalist or fancy? Do you have more than one set? Are you emotionally attached to your plates?
Monday, June 8, 2009
I went into the SoHo Room and Board a few weekends ago to browse sofas but got inspired by the cool photo frame displays. Here is one that could work with our many Hawaii photos.
This bedding caught my eye. Too many pillows for me, but I like the mix of white and charcoal grey. Below is my weak imitation using a free twin blanket I picked up recently. (The headboard, bedskirt and zebra rug were also free.) I got the coverlet for $25 last year.
Oh, yes, and the sofas. Room & Board has a big selection of modern-y sofas in the $800 to $1,200 price range. Here are a few I liked. Below are the Eugene, Loring and Westwood sofas.