Monday, February 16, 2015

Spring Dreamin'

For the last couple of weeks I have been completely over winter and ready for spring to come along! I'm typically excited for winter before Christmas and then once Christmas is over, I'm done with winter and the cold weather. Thank goodness I live in the south where spring comes relatively quickly! But even down here in Birmingham it's still cold and I'm getting cabin fever!!

I recently moved into a studio apartment and the only downside is not having an outdoor space. All of my homes until now have had porches or yards where I can keep plants, have gardens, etc. I LOVE flowers, plants, growing veggies, and I am going to struggle a little this year without a space of my own to do that.

So due to my love for plants and my desire to force spring along, I decided to start bringing the outside in to my place this weekend and visited my local nurseries (Hanna's Garden Shop particularly) to find some ways to do that!

I had this beautiful gold bowl/planter that really could be used for many things. I really wanted to use it as a planter though because I thought the gold would look amazing with some green contrast.
Paperwhites (Narcissus papyraceus)
My first thought was to put paperwhites (Narcissus bulbs) in it because I love long green stalks and the white flowers. I thought it would look so clean and pretty in the gold container. Paperwhites are really more of a winter/Christmastime flower and wouldn't last as long as I'd want at this point. So I changed gears a bit.
My other thought was planting some hyacinths in it because the green stalks with beautiful flowers would look great. Plus, hyacinths are some of my favorite flowers and they smell heavenly! Unfortunately, because I'm ahead of Mother Nature's schedule though, hyacinths have been harder to find.
Alas, thanks to one of my awesome local nurseries, Hanna's Garden Shop, I found all these awesome plants and put them together in this pot for this amazing mini forest!!  I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out and it's already brightening up my kitchen!

The back left plant is a Fern Maidenhair. The back center is a Fern Lemon Button. The back right is a Fern Plumosa. The front center is Selaginella. And the green and white leafed one on the sides is Fittonia.

I'll keep you updated with all the other greenery and flowers I bring into my home :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pillow Party Part 2

I've been continuing with my pillows out of old clothing and used pillows. Part 1 (found here) has the beginning of my adventures into pillows. I've been finding old clothing with really cool fabrics but less than attractive fashion designs. Then I make pillows and fill them with the stuffing from old, torn, or otherwise unusable pillows to recreate new pillows for my Worldly Cottage!!

Here's the continuation of my Pillow Party! (sorry for the grainy pics!)
I made this navy blue pillow with the shirt from below. I added this beautiful trim with gold detailing as well. Now I know what you're thinking. Meghan, how did you not want to wear that beautiful navy shirt with shoulder pads??? As horrible as this shirt was before, the fabric was really nice and I knew it would make a great pillow.

Here's one of the corners in my studio apartment. The front pillow is another one I worked on made out of a long, denim skirt. The skirt was really nice (I got too excited and forgot to take a picture before cutting it up!!). I tried it on but it was a weird shape unfortunately. But the pattern was an amazing Southwestern design. So here is one of the pillows I made out of it.

Here's a close-up of the chair in the corner and the pillows.

This is the other pillow - a closer view of the Southwestern design. 

Here's my bed with all my pillows :) I love this stack of pillows and all the colors and patterns!!

More pillows!!!!!

Here's a close up of the pillows I made out of a dashiki. I used the fabric for other pillows. This one I utilized the gold embroidery that was on the front of the dashiki. It is an absolutely stunning fabric and I knew it had to be used for something. I could not bring myself to throw out the embroidery piece so I made this pillow, which I LOVE. 


Thanks for tuning in to another Pillow Party with Meghan....  ;)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Baked Apple Chips...Mmmmm

This weekend I made baked apple chips to eat with my granola and snack on during the day. I am a big snacker so I have got to find some healthier alternatives to snacking than what I usually find. They turned out so well and are delicious! Here's how it went!
You can core the apples before slicing them if you want but it really doesn't matter. Plus if you don't core them the center is a really cool star shape that looks neat when you bake it!
Slice the apples thinly for baking. I put them in a bath of water and lemon juice after slicing in order to prevent some browning. Then you pat them dry before putting them on the baking sheet.
Place them on a baking pan (parchment paper is a better option than tin foil because they don't stick as much to the parchment paper). The oven should be heated to WARM or around 200 degrees. The apples bake at a low temperature for a long time - it dehydrates them and slightly bakes them.
Sprinkle the slices with cinnamon if you want (tastes perfectly fine without anything, too). Bake for about 1 hour (2 hours if the slices are thicker). Remove the slices, flip over, and bake again for another 1-2 hours. Turn off the oven and let the chips stay in and fully cool. They will be crisp only once fully cooled.
Here's the finished product!! Delicious!! Perfect as a snack alone, with yogurt, cereals, and granolas!!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Pillow Party!!

I've dubbed my interior style "Worldly Cottage" and have recently been working on achieving that feel in my new studio apartment. I found some old clothing that was either donated or I had been saving up to do something cool with it and turned them into pillows for an awesome pillow corner that fits perfectly with my Worldly Cottage feel :)

This was an old pillow I had that had ripped corners and was in bad shape - so I recycled the stuffing for my new pillows! 

I gave new life to an old button up shirt and the old ripped pillow and this is how it turned out!

I reused the gold buttons from the shirt.

 This mustard yellow shirt became a new pillow, too! I also had a dashiki that I made into a pillow and used a strip of it on the yellow pillow.



I found these cream, linen shorts that are not very attractive but are made from an attractive fabric!! Perfect for an upcycled pillow!!!

Once again, this cream, linen blazer (complete with shoulder pads), with an embroidered green, tropical plant pattern was not a very attractive fashion item anymore, but I knew would certainly make an attractive pillow that would fit perfectly into my Worldly Cottage!!

So snip, snip, sew, sew, and here we are!! 

 Stay tuned, folks! More to come.....!