Loving… Blush and Copper

October 20, 2016

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Welcome to the Craine’s Nest!

Lately, I’ve been loving… Blush and Copper.  This duo combines beautifully, to create a sweet effect in any room or vignette.  The sheen of the warm copper sitting beside the blush of the cool pink, is pretty, feminine, and relaxing.  Place these lovely mates alongside warm, rich wood, and you strike a peaceful and harmonious visual balance.

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Cocktails for Zelda

September 25, 2016

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Hi there and welcome to The Craine’s Nest!

A friend of mine recently invited me to join a book club, and I’m so glad she did!  I’ve never been part of a book club, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I’m happy to have found that it’s a great mix of girl talk, good food and drink, and an interesting discussion about the book that we’ve read.  The group is made up of creative, entrepreneurial women, which is my comfy little nook, and I like that I’m reading books that I wouldn’t necessarily choose for myself.

The first book that I read with the group, was Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler.  I’m not gonna lie… I was pretty bored for the first hundred pages or so and then, all at once, everything turned around.  The novel was suddenly brought to life with imagery and color when the dynamic duo, who were Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, moved to New York.  Through many different cities, countries, and surroundings, Fowler did a great job of capturing both their extraordinary personalities and their crazy, mixed-up love.  She recreated environments of the era in beautiful detail, making me feel like I was right there with Scott and Zelda at the many speakeasies, clubs, and hotels they frequented.  With vivid descriptions of the style, food, and drink of the day, Fowler created a lively backdrop for a vast array of colorful characters.

Fowler also included many a quintessential Jazz Era Cocktail (hint: most of them involved gin!), such as the Orange Blossom, which is one of the drinks I’ll be revamping here, today.  I jotted down all of the drinks as I read through the book, and I’ve put a modern spin on the ones that captured my imagination the most.

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Modern Gift Wrapping with Flowers, Plants, Succulents, and Seagulls

August 25, 2016

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Hi there and welcome to The Craine’s Nest!

Today, I’ll be showing you a modern take on an old favorite… gift wrapping!  My usual practice is to grab something right before a party, throw it in a bag with some tissue paper, and call it a day… but, I do love wrapping presents (especially if I’m not rushed!), and I had fun creating these packages.  Painting the wrap and making the boxes would be a great afternoon project to do with the kids, and if you’re an organized-planner-type, you can do it ahead of time.  It’s always nice to have things on hand when you need them.  Done in advance or on the spot, you’ll find that even the most practical person, really appreciates a beautifully wrapped gift!

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Giving a thoughtfully wrapped present also creates a bit of ceremony.  The person receiving the gift knows you took the  time to make it special, and in turn, takes just a little more time to appreciate it.  It’s a “stop and smell the roses” opportunity.  Also, having a beautiful package available for a gift to inhabit, might just inspire and motivate you to buy that present ahead of time, instead of rushing to get it at the very last minute!

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Loving… Chamomile Flowers

July 10, 2016

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Welcome to the Craine’s Nest!  Hoping your Summer has been full of travel, sandy beach days, and lazy afternoons in the sun (maybe, perusing new DIY blogs!).

This is the first in a series of posts I’ll be writing, about things that I love and adore.  These Chamomile Flowers are #1 on my list, since I stumbled upon them yesterday, brought them home, and fell in love!  I scattered these summery, little daisy-like flowers, all over our living room, in different containers: a milk bottle, a jam jar, a hanging vase, a copper washi tape vase, and another little bottle.  I bought a large bunch at Trader Joe’s for $3.99, that ended up filling all of the above, plus more to spare! They’re pretty and carefree little flowers, but they’re also very delicate, so… when you get ’em home, get them into water, right away.  Without it, their tender flowers and leaves begin to wilt VERY quickly.  The upside is, that once re-hydrated, they usually pop right back to life!

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Indian Chicken Curry with Lentils

June 3, 2016

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Hi there!  Welcome to The Craine’s Nest!

Today, I’m going to show you how to make a really delicious, really easy, and really healthy Indian Lentil Stew. I’ve been making this dish for years, and to tell you the truth, when I throw it together, it’s never the same as the time before. I have a VERY hard time following recipes… even my own! But, I’ve been asked for this one so many times, that I’ve had to figure out my best rendition… hopefully, that’s what you’re getting here, today.

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DIY Seagull Bottle Stoppers

May 5, 2016

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Welcome to the Craine’s Nest!

Lately, I’ve been dreaming about Summer.  Mostly, the cooler, younger summers of my teen years, spent on the Central Coast of California. I filled many an afternoon, hanging out with friends, getting beautifully bronzed via baby oil (it was the 80’s, what can I say?!!!), and swimming in the salty ocean water.  Not a care in the world… it was REALLY fun and sort of heavenly, looking back. You never realize that kind of freedom ’til it’s gone, do you?!  Soft warm sand, gentle ocean waves, birds flying free… I have sweet and happy memories of those sun-kissed days!

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Arugula, Mini Heirloom, and Burrata Bagel

April 5, 2016

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Good Morning and Welcome to The Craine’s Nest!

This year I’ve become a big fan of breakfast. I’m usually a go-without-breakfast sort of girl, but recently, everything changed.  I started feeling sick if I didn’t eat and mentally foggy, not to mention grumpy and starving!  Needless to say, I’ve started eating breakfast.  For most of my life, I was not hungry AT ALL in the morning. It was really convenient, because it was one less thing that I had to worry about at the beginning of the day! I’d have a little coffee, and be on my way. But now that everything has changed, and I’m ravenous by 9 am, I’m on a quest to find new and interesting breakfast foods.  I’ve been trying out some recipes and I really like this Arugula, Mini Heirloom, and Burrata Bagel that I came up with the other day.  Oh, and if you’re a non-breakfast-eater, you can whip this up for a light lunch!

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DIY Nest Egg Planters

March 12, 2016

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Welcome to the Craine’s Nest!

Spring is here!  It’s fresh, it’s clean, and even in Sunny San Diego, where it’s beautiful all year round, Spring feels different.  There’s no sign yet, of Summer’s hazy gray smog or 95 degree days.  Spring is blue skies and a relaxing breeze.  It’s comfort and renewal.

So, to celebrate flowers, green grass, and a breath of fresh air, here are some unique and adorable DIY Nest Egg Planters…  and just in time for Easter!

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Watermelon with 24K Gold

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Cadbury Milk Chocolate Tartine 5 Ways

February 9, 2016

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I LOVE Cadbury Chocolate. All of it. The gooey creme filled eggs. The white, milk, and dark chocolate. The mini eggs. It’s all ridiculously good, but their Dairy Milk Chocolate Bar is my absolute favorite. To me, there is no better chocolate on the planet. It’s smooth, it’s rich, and it’s crazy delicious. That’s why, when I decided to do a Chocolate Tartine, there was no question which chocolate I would use. I know dark chocolate has stolen the show as of late, but you know what?  I like milk chocolate better- still!  So… if you’re looking for a really yummy, really simple dessert, then you’ve come to the right place! Anyone can do this. You don’t have to be a baker. It’s a snap AND a crowd pleaser.

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Woodland Wreaths and Garland: Variations on a Theme

January 30, 2016

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It’s December again and the Holidays are going by at the speed of light!  I’m trying to enjoy every minute, but the Holidays = spending money, and spending money = STRESS. At least for me! There’s nothing like stress and feeling frazzled, to put a damper on this beautiful holiday. It can attack the best of us, so… in the spirit of trying to quell that beast, I like to take time to do some crafty fun projects AND save money while doing them!

Wreaths and garlands always seem outrageously overpriced to me, even at the most reasonable of stores, so I decided to make my own this year! I love the way all of these different options turned out.  You can decide which variation on a theme you want to go with. From very easy to involved, you can decide which wreath or garland you want to make, based on your time, money, and energy level!

I came up with these Woodland Wreaths and Garlands, after finding inspiration at Big Lots, Michael’s, and my own front yard.  I found this Deer Head Tree Topper at Big Lots for $12, and this Light-up Deer Head Silhouette at Michael’s for $15 (originally $30, but it was on sale at 50% off). They both fit perfectly into these Box Elder Wreaths that I found at Trader Joe’s for $10 each. All the succulents came from my garden. I know a lot of you don’t have succulents at your finger tips, so instead, you could use leaves, flowers, etc., or you could buy fake succulents. Leaves look great painted bright white and cream, and they would be much easier to glue onto the wreath than the time I had with these plants!  In retrospect, I think the light weight faux succulents you can buy at places like Target and Michael’s, would have been a better option.  I would also advise buying a faux wreath, as the live ones inevitably poop out pretty quickly!

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