Month: July 2014

Teacup Saucers DIY

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I recently was given/borrowed from my parents their espresso maker, and have become completely into having a shot of espresso in the morning. I finally purchased little white espresso mugs (you can find them here), but the saucers that accompanied them were a little too plain. I wanted something I could switch them out for with a little bit more personality – so instead of hunting them down online, I figured out a way to make them. Here’s how you can create your own teacup saucers at home.

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Gather supplies. You’ll need: a block of white Sculpey clay, a cookie cutter in desired size, mugs you’ll be fitting saucers to, and Scupley glass glaze.

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Flatten out Sculpey until about 1/4″ thick. Make sure surface is flat with no cracks, and nice and clean.

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Stamp cookie cutter onto rolled out clay and tear off outside edges. Lift up cookie cutter carefully, making sure not to touch the molded clay. Stamp the cup down onto the middle of the saucer to create an imprint where the cup will sit. Make sure to press down evenly and firmly, so the ring will be the same depth all the way around. If the saucers don’t automatically pop up on the sides, very gently fold them up around the saucer using your hands. Smooth out any imperfections this step may have created.

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Bake at 275 degrees F for 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely, and then cover both sides with glaze.

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Once covered with the glaze, saucers can get wet, but I suggest not submerging them in water. If beverage does spill onto them, simply wipe them off with a damp cloth to clean. Brew some espresso, and enjoy!

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Summer Beauty

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Summer beauty is always a challenge for me. Between the humidity which makes my hair go crazy, and the temperatures that practically melt make up right off of my face, it’s always easier to throw my hair up into a bun and go sans-make up. Shocking as it may be (or not shocking at all), this isn’t typically my best look. Luckily, I’ve picked up a few products lately that have made my beauty routine a million times easier, and have helped me survive the last couple of months.

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Paul Mitchell ‘Super Skinny’ Hair Serum – This has been a lifesaver this summer. My hairdresser introduced me to it a couple months back, and I’ve been using it non-stop. It’s part de-frizz, part shine, but basically – it’s magic in a bottle. A little dab is all I need, and it turns my thick, frizz prone mane into something that can actually hold up to the humidity.

Stila ‘Stay All Day’ Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – On days that I actually consider myself some-what pulled together, eyeliner is a must. I like to apply just a thin line on the outer half of my upper eyelid, just for a little pop and definition. This eyeliner by Stila is perfect for summer – the marker tip makes for easy and quick application, and the waterproof black liner stays in place all day and is dramatic enough that I sometimes don’t even have to pair it with mascara.

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Maybelline ‘Baby Lips’ Lip Balm in Cherry Me – I’d read about the wonder behind this simple lip balm so many places, and didn’t believe that a chap stick that was so inexpensive would be so magical. But I was wrong. Baby Lips is now my go-to lip balm – it’s soft and light, with just a perfect hint of color. It’s not sticky, it moisturizes my lips, and it stays on for a surprisingly long time. In the summer when minimal makeup is absolutely necessary, this balm and some blush is just about all I need.

Springs Eden Bar Soap in ‘Amber Bergamot‘ – When I’m all hot and sticky in the summertime, the last thing I want to do is drench myself in a heavy perfume. I’ve had this bar of soap sitting on my bathroom counter for months (it was much too pretty to unwrap), saving it for just the right time. My sister gave me an extra bar of it as a bridesmaid gift, so I started using it, and it is the perfect summer scent. It’s light and floral and not too stuffy, and stays with me throughout the day after I wash my hands, allowing me to skip the perfume and still smell flowery-fresh.

Sweet Summertime

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I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again – working in fashion is entirely to blame for my tendency to rush through the seasons. We aren’t even halfway through summer, and we are already setting out chunky sweaters and boots for fall. Although it’s always tempting for me to rush through this time of year and start dressing like there’s a chill in the air, I’ve decided to embrace the heat and resist the urge to start daydreaming about my jackets and lightweight scarves. Slipping into delicate and lacy little crop tops like these makes the humidity so much more bearable, and makes me not mind having summertime stick around a little bit longer.

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Urban Outfitters Top, Lily White Shorts (old, similar here), Madewell Necklace, Mix No. 6 Shoes (old, similar here), Ray Ban ‘Club Master’ Sunglasses, Madewell Rings, Essie’s ‘Power Clutch’ Nail Polish



Fresh Cherry Almond Scones

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I’ve mentioned an uncountable number of times that I never have enough options for breakfast in my house. I’ve wanted to make something with cherries all summer long – whether it was pie, dessert, or breakfast. I searched for cherry scones, and all that turned up were scones made with dried cherries. Then I searched for fresh cherry recipes, and this recipe by Table for Two Blog showed up. I gave it a try, and it is a must-have summer recipe. It’s one of the best scones I’ve ever made, and is so fresh and savory, that I’ve already had it for breakfast, lunch, and dessert.

Ingredients:

3 c all-purpose flour

1/4 c plus 2 tbsp granulated sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 stick cold, unsalted butter, cubed

1 1/4 c buttermilk, plus more for brushing

1 c halved fresh cherries

2 tbsp sanding sugar

For glaze:

2 c powdered sugar

3 tbsp buttermilk

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/2 c sliced almonds, for topping

Recipe

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut together the flour mixture with the stick of butter, until mixture resembles course cornmeal.

Add in cherries, and mix lightly. Using an ice-cream scooper, spoon out clumps of dough onto lined baking sheets (you should get about 18 mounds). Brush buttermilk onto mounds, and top with sanding sugar.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until bottoms appear golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack and cool completely.

While scones are cooling, mix together powdered sugar, buttermilk, and almond extract until well combined. Poor glaze over completely cooled scones, and then sprinkle sliced almonds on top.

Can be stored in air-tight container for up to five days.

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Currently

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(A bridge that belongs in Paris in the middle of Elizabethtown, Tennessee – Photo Credit: Ryan Sides)

After a long (but great) week this week, I couldn’t be more excited to have the day off tomorrow. I’m planning on waking up early to head to the farmer’s market, meet my dad for breakfast, and spend the rest of the day playing around town. Ryan surprised me one evening this week by knocking on my door and insisting on taking me out to ice cream – which reminded me of why I started this blog in the first place. To make sure I take advantage of every moment, pay attention to the little things, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Life’s been so busy lately, that I’m ready to take this weekend to slow down, and get back to moving at a slow pace and experiencing new things. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

P.S. You can follow along on The M.A. Time’s adventures through Instagram here.

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(Taking advantage of the cool misty weather and relaxing in the cabin hot tub on a lazy afternoon)

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(Enjoying a delicious BBQ dinner with the family while listening to live country music here)

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(Stopping to notice how pretty the backsides of the buildings in my hometown are)

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(Breath-taking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains just before the fog rolled in)

Blooming Black

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The weather this past weekend in Blowing Rock was absolutely perfect. It was misty with just a little bit of a chill first thing in the morning. Ryan and I ventured out into town for coffee extra early one morning, just as the fog was lifting, and it almost felt like fall had landed right in the middle of summer. The air was just crisp enough to need to slip on a sweater, and hold a warm cup of joe to keep your hands toasty. The best part of it all – we were in town early enough to have it almost all to ourselves. The streets were quiet and peaceful, and it was such a treat to see my favorite town with its beautiful morning glow.

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Parsons Desk Inspiration

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Up until recently, my ‘desk’ was one of those built into your kitchen counter, stuck in a dark corner, with absolutely no space to work areas. There was no light, no inspiration, and therefore, no productivity. This led to anything and everything else becoming my workspace – whether it be my couch, island, kitchen table, or even my bed. I finally invested in a parsons desk, which I have been eyeing for a while, and it’s already made such a difference in my work. I love coming home from my day job to sit at it and work, and never feel closed in or cramped for space. Now that I have a beautiful work space, I’m looking forward to decorating it just right. I posted this a while back on office gadgets that I loved, but here’s a few more images that inspire me to create a space that works just for me. Added to these images are the elements that I think would make up the perfect work space at my new desk.

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Images via: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5