Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A few changes

We have done some changes in our little condo.

Our balcony came with a light like this when we bought the place. Yea very ugly!

After a year, we finally found the perfect light to go with this small outdoor area.
We got this from the Lowe clearance section, I don't remember the price exactly, but definitely less than $10, I think it was around $7. I am very happy with it.

We don't live close to any Ikea store, it takes us around 2 hours to get to one. The last trip we went, we found a very nice mirror (again in the clearance section) with a very good price tag ($40). We decided to put in the guest bathroom.

The before picture of our bathroom.

I would keep this mirror with me when we get a house in the future, I am hoping to put it in the entrance area.

Another lighting, and of cos I never remembered to take picture for the product before we change it.
This is the master sink area (Just don't look at the black water)

We bought a vanity light from Lowe clearance section (don't we just love clearance)! 

This light only cost us $5, you can't resist not buying it. As it today, we still missing the glasses.

Hopefully by the end of next month, all our lighting will be fixed. We are putting recessed light in out living room, changing the light fixtures in the kitchen and dinning room. Also putting ceiling light in the bedrooms too, its going to be interesting and lots of shopping ( in clearance section, Wohoo).

Here is a sneak peak

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Simply Pillow

Simply Pillow is offering some stylish covers at an amazing price. 

These 5 patterns are selling for $11 each only, it is a great way to freshen up your rooms


Please visit the Etsy store for more options.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Our handmade headboard

We finally finished our headboard, it took us months, but we did it finally

Over the last year I have been searching for headboard, but of course I cannot afford anything that I like and I just have to make my own one, and since I am not creative and 'craftive' enough, I can only made some simply design. 

This is how we started, we went to get 4 plywood from one of those home improvement stores (it has been that long I don't even remember which one), and some long wood sticks, it cost us about $30  for all that. Albert put them together in our living room, yes, we only live in an apartment we have no garage. 

Then I went to JoAnn and got some foam which cost about another $20, we didn't really measured the board, we just go for those 4 boards, even we measured, we have no where to cut it. However from the foam I purchased, it is just less than 3 yards.

Then we spent another few weeks to decide which fabric, I have a Waverly one, but I got it from our local JoAnn, and they discontinue that fabric so I have to pick something else. Another week gone, I wanted to do grey and yellow stripes, but Albert said no, so at the end we gone for...

Navy Blue and white, I did 2 white and 2 blue and sew them together, all these only cost me $15 (3 yards white and 3 yards blue)

This is the bedroom before 

and now

I love it

We also change our window shade to curtain, I bought 2 panels from Target when they were on sale, $15 each. 

This project is link to: Made By You, Family Ever After, Someday crafts, Somewhat Simple, Southern Lovely, Lil' Luna, 36th Avenue, Bear Rabbit Bear, The Shabby Creek Cottage, Funky Junk Interior, Whipper Berry, Five Days...5 Ways, The Shabby Nest , The CSI Project , Happy Go Lucky, Tatertots and Jello, Polkadots on Parade, Sew Much Ado, Family Home and Life , The ArtsyGirl Connection, Not Just A Housewife , House of Hepworths, Mommy by Day Crafter by Night, The D.I.Y Dreamer, Thirty Handmade Days, It's Overflowing 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Summer Fruit Tart

Fruit tart is my favorite dessert, me and my husband made one for my birthday early this year. Berries are in season now, and our closest supermarket have them on special, so he made me another one.
Recipe adopted from Joy of Baking.

Sweet Pastry Crust:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 large egg (lightly beaten)

Pastry Cream:
1 1/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 large egg yolks
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch 
1/2 tablespoon liqueur (Grand Marnier, Brandy, Kirsch) (Optional)

Apricot Glaze: (optional)
1/2 cup apricot jam or preserves 
1 tablespoon water 

Any fruit you like (we used strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and kiwi)

This fruit tart is link with 

 Lovely Crafty Home
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Anniversary Pictures

Our anniversary was in March, and we took some pictures with our wedding photograher Melissa in early April. Here are some of them, are you ready? They are GORGEOUS