Weekend Inspiration

It's ok to make mistakes

This week, I made a lot of mistakes, and while they were all potentially avoidable, I was doing what I thought was best at the time! I started to get down about it, and then I realized that unless you never try anything new, you’ll make rookie mistakes. And that’s ok. In fact, screwing up is the best way to learn how to do better. I’ll be doing my best to remember that as I no doubt make even more mistakes this weekend 🙂

Another reminder: Even professional designer and internet-darling Emily Henderson makes mistakes.

I’m feeling the need for a dance party in my living room, so I’ll be spinning some records on my DIY suitcase record player this weekend.

I’m lucky that I live within walking distance of a couple of great plant shops (including Pistils), but if you are looking for certain tough-to-find specimens, Pistils Nursery will mail them to you. (OMG, this just made me think of a plant-of-the-month club. Does that exist? If not, it should!)

It’s supposed to be hot here this weekend, but these cucumber mint gin coolers look like the perfect summer drink.


Roasted Asparagus with Hazelnuts and Mint

When we moved into our house 3 years ago, I planted two asparagus plants in my raised garden beds. Asparagus is a perennial plant that can live for decades, but you do need to let it build up its strength before you start harvesting, so you’re not supposed to harvest until at least 2 years after planting. So this year, for the first time, I ate asparagus that I grew myself. It was marvelous, so fresh and springy, and I highly recommend that you plant your own. Grow some mint while you’re at it, and then you can make this roasted asparagus with hazelnuts and mint. (Growing your own hazelnuts can be a long-term stretch goal.)

Roasted Asparagus with Hazelnuts and Mint



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Pantry Makeover in 4 Easy Steps

The pantry in my house is where I store all of my baking supplies, plus canned goods, nuts, oils, and lots of other random ingredients. It’s not the kind of pantry you walk into, it’s basically a cross between a closet, and a large cabinet. The problem is, when we moved in, it was really inefficiently laid out, wasting a lot of space that I needed to put to better use. Aka, I ran out of space. So for the past week or so, I’ve been giving it a long-overdue makeover.

Here’s the before:

Of course, things quickly got more complicated than I had originally planned…. Continue reading

The Final Reveal of My Closet Makeover

Nearly two months ago now, I started my bedroom walk-in closet renovation. It has actually been 99% finished for the last month, but I have a bad habit of procrastination when it comes to finishing the last 1%. (Anybody else have that problem?) It’s much more fun to move onto the next project (like um, tearing apart my kitchen pantry and cutting a hole in my wall, which is what I did this week. More on that in a later post.)
DIY walk-in closet makeover
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