It’s Memorial Day Weekend, A Birthday Celebration, Kickoff to Summer and Barbecue Season – – – so let’s have a Hamptons Theme Birthday Party. Class, Class Class! Check out how T.W.O. made our mom’s birthday special! From the barbecue ribs, summer salads, corn on the cob, cheese platters, DIY decorations, rose and bubbly we all had a great time! We even surprised our mom with a “Singing Flash Mob” – Say a Little Prayer like in the scene of My Best Friend’s Wedding. (That is the reason for 14 paper crabs!) If it wasn’t for the help of our family with the food and decorations, we couldn’t have pulled off such a fun celebration!
Decorating. Design. Deals! T.W.O. has been having a great time finding some great items for their home decorating project! This past weekend, we stumbled upon some fabulous items for our coffee table. The color scheme throughout our house is neutrals with some blue accent pieces. Most of our beautiful wood furniture (coffee table, media chest, dinner room table) are all on the darker side, so we needed to tie in some neutral accessories. To do so, we made our merry way down to HomeGoods and bought these wonderful tabletop pieces! We left the store with some lovely treasures – without emptying our wallets!
Thank you HomeGoods!
Move over Pottery Barn, West Elm and all those other fabulous furniture stores that sell quality, pricey pieces that make magazine covers – – – T.W.O. has competition for you! This past couple of months, T.W.O. designed and built a custom headboard. After looking through magazines and not finding exactly what we wanted, T.W.O. decided to make our own. With the help of a talented crew (Thanks Dad and Mom!), they made an original piece. Follow the pictures below to watch the progression of the DIY project. We can’t wait to finish the room off with shelves, accessories and frames. More to come in later posts on that!
It’s Lemon Week!!
This week, T.W.O. will be featuring some recipes and creative ideas that all include lemons! Every year, around this time, the famous family lemon tree is full of fruit! The tree produces so many lemons, so we like to come up with different ways to use them so they don’t go to waste! We look forward to sharing our ideas and hope that the next time you are given lemons, you think of T.W.O.’s lemon ideas!
Decorating with lemons is one of T.W.O.’s favorite things to do with the fruit. Just grab a vase, some fresh picked lemons, and bam- you have yourself a nice table centerpiece!
Use lemons as a table setting decoration. It’s the new napkin holder!
Another idea is to gift lemons! Add fresh lemons to a gift basket! It adds color and is a great filler between the other items in the basket.
Lemons make life so much brighter!
Now that the Holidays are over, it’s time to sit down and write those “Thank You” notes for the gifts received, the hosted parties you attended, the kind words you received or even a “Just Because” note! So instead of heading out to spend more money, why not make your own! T.W.O. has a great idea that will add a little personal touch to each note and can be used for a variety of occasions! And the best part is that you get to pick the colors, design and save money!
-Greeting cards, plain white
-Acrylic paint (or stamp pad)
*Treviso radicchio or any other leafy vegetable can be used
Begin by cutting off the end the stem of the cabbage or leafy vegetable. Secure the head of lettuce by tying a string around it.
Dip your cabbage into the paint and stamp onto the greeting card. (You might want to stamp it on a scratch piece of paper before you stamp the greeting card to get any extra paint off.)
Repeat process to create more flowers. Allow the paint to dry for about 30 minutes. Once dry, it’s time to start writing those notes!!
Tip #1: Saving a Cell Phone
If your phone accidentally ends up going for a dip in the water, don’t freak out right away. The old trick of rice does actually work if you use a mixture of brown rice and basmati rice. Uncle Ben’s doesn’t make the cut! The mixture of brown and basmati rice soaks up the water that is in your phone. NOTE – T.W.O. does not guarantee this will work for every phone, but its worth a try, right? Thank you to a special someone for the science experiment project!
Tip #2: Fast Track to Drying Painted Nails
Have you ever left the house with wet nails? Or too impatient to let your freshly painted nails to dry and decide to move onto something else that causes the polish to get ruined? This mostly likely has happened to all of us at least once or twice in our lives. But don’t worry, T.W.O. has a solution! Cold water! After painting your nails, place your fingers into a bowl of ice cold water for about 1-2 minutes. If you don’t have a bowl handy, run your hands underneath cold water from the faucet. Wah-lah! You are ready to walk out the door without messing up your nails!