The Knob Snob

On the list of things I hate about furniture shopping, the factory knobs that come on cabinets, side tables, and dressers have to be in the top 5. I literally cannot comprehend why you would sell some beautiful refurbished old dresser that you have upcycled with the same nasty knobs that came on it when there are so many other options that you can find for cheap. Thats right, my name is Kristin, and I am a knob snob. When I come to your house I am probably checking out how fashion forward your drawer pulls are… ok maybe not in the kitchen but on other little accent pieces. I think knobs are such a fun way to spice up the furniture in your home and there are so many great options in a variety of price ranges, so no matter what your budget you can always afford a little facelift! So here are some pictures of different knobs I found bumming around at the mall. I always stop by Anthropologie to see if they are on sale, because they tend to be a little expensive. But they are always so awesome!

I really like these because they are a simple fun pop of color for any piece of furniture you want to jazz up and you don’t have to worry about some crazy shape or pattern, just a simple classic knob in a bright fun color, a great way to at some pizzaz to your drab!

I really like this one because its a great add on for a more toned down room. Something more classic. It was kind of a brushed gold with toned down spots of color on them. I liked that everything on it was kind of toned down and drowned out. It makes it more feasible in a lot of different spaces, as opposed to something more fun and exciting this one:

This one is great, I love the pattern, its such a statement piece! But, like I said, because of how busy it is and the pattern and colors it couldn’t go in any space, but like said, lots of options for lots of different things.

I really like this sparkly one with rhinestones great for a little girls room, or a boutique themed walk in closet. So fabulous! I love them, imagine it on a crisp black or white set of drawers, ugh! Gorgeous!

 

They also had some really cool floral drawer pulls, like the two above, which again would be awesome in a little girls room OR on an old antiqued wooden piece of furniture, to kind of make it soft and elegant ( I especially like the coral one!).

Another great add on to a piece of old wooden furniture would be this awesome rope knot knob. I almost bought these from hobby lobby when I was moving and redecorating back in April, but didnt have anything to put them on, so I guess I will just stick with putting them on my blog, haha! But they do give those perfect antique look, so if youre hunting for a way to take your refurb to the next level, this is it!

 

I also really like these, they are also from Anthropologie, I like that the shape is different and they are a little more metallic, they kind of remind me of the shiny christmas tree balls, and we all know how much I love Christmas!

 

I also thought this one was fun, and considering all the beading I have been doing lately, the thought did cross my mind that I could make something like this, but then it left as quickly as it came when I remembered the time commitment that comes with hand beading.

I have also used both of the drawer pulls below on my repainted dresser I have had since freshman year of college. It started white, then was painted black, and has sported several different knobs since its first appearance in my home decor options. Both of these are from Hobby Lobby and I snagged them when knobs were 50% off, which happens more often than you think!

 

 

These are on my dresser in my bed room right now, and I think they are fun, but I like that they are clear so its not some eye popping obnoxious color, just a classy accent item.

 

These are the pulls I took off my drawers when I moved into my apartment. I never realized that they were both kind of layered flowers, just different styles. But either way, it was nice to update the hardware for my new space!

Also, another great use for knobs are these really great wine stoppers that I have seen on pinterest and have every intention of making soon!

You just cut the screw off the bottom and attach the top of the drawer pull to an old wine cork from a previously opened bottle and, TA-DA! A great DIY gift for all your girlfriends at christmas, gift it with their favorite bottle of wine, and its sure to be a hit!

I found tons of other great knobs at World Market when I was perusing on line one day! So check some of these out if I have gotten you guys addicted to updating some of the knobs in your home! 

 

 

 

I think all of these are so fun! I like the animals and the splatters in the clear glass, and I like that the top two have kind of weird shapes, it makes them really unique, kind of like a statement piece in your home! Another plus for new drawer pulls! Its like art on your furniture.

OK, obviously you can see how overboard these things get. I just love them!!!!! Its such a cheaper option than getting new furniture, I am of the opinion that any furniture can be improved with a new coat of paint or a quick refinish and some updated hardware. 50 bucks sounds a lot better than a few hundred if you ask me! And this is an awesome way to make the pieces your own, a one of a kind touch of your personal style, until you pin it or blog it and someone else copies you! So, join the club, every house deserves a knob snob to fight for the rights of your tired boring furniture!

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String ’em up!

I have been holding on to this post for quite some time to give myself enough time to catch up and include my own piece of DIY jewelry, but the task has taken much longer than I had anticipated, and mine, like many things I posted on here turned from the original project into something else. A few weeks ago when David and I were visiting my family in Augusta (also the same weekend we got engaged!!!) my aunt brought a craft project for us to tackle that weekend, little did we know it would be a marathon project. She came across a picture of this necklace from an accessories website with a tutorial attached for how you can try it at home.

Super cute, and SUPER expensive. So, this lady’s tutorial said she could teach us how to make it for $3. Well it was probably a little closer to $15, and it definitely took some time to master. But, I think we all ended up with the necklace we wanted and it was a fun project to do for the weekend and I am slowly working on mine to make it what I want haha!

So, lets start at the beginning. You can use beading string, or fishing line (which is what I am using for mine) You also need a beading needle, which is awesome for hand beading all these tiny little beads.

In order to figure out how long you want to make your necklace measure visually… I am such a visual person so this works best for me. Also remember if you decide to do the knot at the end you should add an extra few inches onto the length to give you the extra length to knot it up, then add  a little extra onto the ends for attaching it to the clasp at the end as well. Sorry I dont have an exact measurement. I literally stood in front of the mirror and measured and then cut all my strings the same length. After all the beads are on the strands you should have something like this!

After you bead all your strands you can either just attach the strands to the clasp, which is what I am doing or tie the knot. So, if you are wanting to tie the knot here is a visual but you basically need to separate your strands of beads into two stacks (we did 2 stacks of 8 strands, but if you want it thicker you can do more!) Here is picture tutorial of how to tie the carrick bend knot, which is the one used in the necklace pictured at the beginning of this post.

So, once you get the knot tied, we used little dots of super glue to get the beads to lady down a little more flat instead of clumping up everywhere, here is a picture of the one my sister did.

and my aunt did the same thing in red. I am going for more of a thick stacked look, which I have realized is going to mean I ahve to string a lot more beads than I had originally planned. I think I will end up doing between 30 and 40 strands to get the look I am going for. I am also mixing two shades of blue, just to kind of give it some more texture and color, but here is what I have so far.

But, this is more of the look I am going for, so to say I have a ways to go is KIND of an understatement, but since I have been attaching the beads as I finish them, I kind wear it as I work on it, which is always a plus. haha!

When I finally get mine all finished I will definitely share a picture of it with you guys! This is a great project to do at night a just work on it a little at a time, pretty tedious, but I just string while I am watching TV before I go to bed at night or when I am bored or its raining or whatever, so I am making steady progress without sitting around working on it for 48 hours straight. So, it just depends on how quickly you are looking to wear your creation, but you can pretty much pick up everything you need from your local michaels or hobby lobby so its a one stop shop for all the supplies you need. And by that I mean it will all even be on the same isle, which is my favorite trip to the craft store because it keeps me from spending any extra money on things I dont need! Happy beading, let me know if you guys have any tips or tricks for getting this look in less time or with ease, or let me know if you gave it a try and how it turned out for you!

All Scrambled Up!

Another breakfast treat for you to try! This one was inspired by our love of the omelets at The Flying Biscuit Cafe. They always have all the ingredients mixed into the shell of the omelet, but its more like a breakfast scramble than anything else, so David and I thought we would try our hand at making one of our own. I have to say it turned out much better than expected, we even managed to keep the eggs from turning a strange color, kind of like our sausage gravy did!

We tried to make it more of a veggie scramble, so no sausage, or bacon or anything like that, I don’t even think we used any type of cheese or anything, so it was relatively healthy, except for the fact that we made a HUGE portion and ate all of it. OOPS! Needless to say there was no lunch that day. But, here is what you need to recreate this tasty scramble in your kitchen.

Ingredients:
Eggs
Fresh Spinach
Mushrooms (sliced or chopped)
Tomatoes (diced)
Green Pepper (diced)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Olive Oil

Instructions: 

While you are prepping the veggies (washing and chopping) start sautéing the spinach in a skillet over medium high heat in olive oil, and once the spinach starts to wither add the mushrooms into the pan.

Once the mushrooms start to cook down, add the rest of your veggies to the pan and mix them up, then cover the pan and let them cook down for a few minutes while you prep the eggs!

scramble the eggs with salt, pepper, and a little bit of milk to make them taste better!

Dump all of the veggies into a strainer to let the extra grease/ juice drip off so it doesn’t make the eggs runny when you scramble it all together in a few minutes. Let this sit while you begin to heat the eggs in the pan.

Once the eggs start to thicken and look more like scrambled eggs and less like…. whatever they look like uncooked. Once you get the eggs to a semi-thick state, well, actually once they are almost finished, add in the veggies and scramble them into the mixture. I forgot to take a picture of this stage, sorry, but you get the idea, scramble. mix. scramble some more. serve!

I was actually impressed with how filling it was, and how easy it was to make. I mean there is a lot of standing over the stove involved but with two people working on it, it was a relatively simple breakfast to make, especially with Sous Chef David in the kitchen to chop and prep all my veggies! Always a plus. So, if you are ever looking for a way to jazz up your scrambled eggs, you can always substitute any of the ingredients to make it whatever you want. You could add more peppers and onions to make it more  of a southwest scramble or some bacon or sausage to do more of a southern scramble. Lots of options to try, so get to the kitchen and happy cooking!

Venue Shopping

I’ve decided that in my wedding planning endeavors, there is no such thing as too early. Last week I went home with a full agenda for my mom and I on my two days off and we hit some venues in Augusta to try to find the perfect place for David and I to have our reception. When the day started out David and I were pretty sure we wanted our wedding on August 24th of next year and we were UNSURE as to which event space would be the perfect one for us, but our list of questions would be sure to narrow it down for us, and it surely did. When planning a wedding where the preliminary guest list is teetering around 350, space was the biggest factor, because even if only 15-20% of those people come we will be around 300 guests, and someone always brings that plus one that wasn’t included on the invite, etc. Apart from that finding a space that would allow for all the things we wanted (a live band, an open bar, a late night party, and minimal space conversion to create the wow factor we were looking for). My mom and I started at 10am with our first appointment, packed lunches that we ate in the car, and the only break we had during the day we used to stop by our church to get the info we needed about the ceremony (here is a sneak peak at the outside of the church!)

I guess the easiest place to start is the beginning. I will try to be objective in talking about all the spaces we looked at, because I want to see if you can guess the one we actually selected! By the way, by the time the day was over, we had moved our wedding date up two weeks and have finally settled on August 10 of next year. EEK! Less than a year to plan, haha and if I ever need a play by play I have my trusty wedding planner, or the ever looming checklist on knot.com!

The first place we looked at was the River Room at St. Pauls in downtown Augusta, this would be conveniantly located for our out of town guests, its a large space and has that great entrance impact, and of course that ever so important outdoor space that David and I considered a must have for where ever we choose! Here are a few pictures I snapped during the tour so you can get a better idea of the space, tons and tons of space, inside outside, all over the place!

Next, we headed to The Richmond on Greene, which was an old converted hotel space. It is very ornate, so if it goes with the decor you are looking for, there wouldn’t be much conversion needed, there is also a large outdoor space and the dining chairs and some of the furniture included in the rental is really nice. Again, if it goes with what you are looking for.

Then we went to The Old Medical College, which is the original location for the medical college of georgia…. or whatever they are trying to call it these days. Anywho, the space has a lot of character, a large outdoor space, the original hardwood floors and a little rotunda, and that big impact when you drive up… after you get over the surrounding areas, oh Augusta, how I love thee! But, these are trivial things when considering the location for the biggest party you will ever throw!

After that we headed over to the Marian Hatcher Center, another historical location in Augusta. Lots of rooms and layout options, an outdoor space, and ample parking, on-site, which is always a plus! Again, another space with a great facade! I mean how could you not dream of gorgeous pictures on these cascading staircases?!

Finally we headed to Enterprise Mill, again, another historical location in town, with that rustic interior we love and, a really great outdoor space as well, and it already comes with those lanterns we would use in the space (included decor is always a plus!) Not much to look at on the approach, but the inside is great and so is the little fire pit! Check it out!

So that was my whirlwind day! Those of you who have been following me for a while, OR know me personally, which one do you think we picked? I will say that I booked it for SURE yesterday so we are one step closer to realizing our (my) dream wedding, because David says the venue and the decor are unimportant, he cares about the food and beverages, haha! Make sure to take the poll below and I will post the results of what you guys thought and what we actually picked sometime next week!!!

Movement Mondays — SYTYCD Top 10

Ok, I have been trying to take Bollywood seriously, because I know they keep putting it on the show, and I can totally respect the ones where they do all the intense knee spins, but…. this one just kills me. Its about snake charming. Try not to LOL. Its pretty hard.  And I tried even harder because I really like Kathryn McCormick, but…. this snake charmer activity is just too much. Especially the beginning… and the biting motions. So heres to hopefully brightening your day!

 

Kitchen Improv

Do you ever start to make something for dinner or, dessert, or whatever, and nothing goes as planned, and it turns into something entirely different? Well, thats how I got from making a delicious pound cake to some kind of trifle-esque dessert last week. So when I was home the other weekend, someone gave me this all natural pound cake mix from a company called WildTree .

So, of course I needed to try it out immediately and the concept of making a pound cake that I could just slice up and eat for breakfast on the go seemed like the perfect option for me. Well, I bought the extra ingredients I needed to make the cake, but I forgot to buy a cake pan. Improvisation number 1: I decided I would make them in a muffin tin. The recipe said it made 12 servings about, so I figured if I split it up into 12 muffin cups then they would already be portioned and ready to go, AND save me the “hassle” of having to cut it up, etc every day. While they didn’t look super appetizing, I wasn’t too concerned because I wasn’t planning on blogging it and I was just going to have them t eat for breakfast, however, trouble was brewing in paradise. The instructions said to let them cool about 10 or 15 minutes and then remove them from the pan and let them cool on a drying rack. Well, when I went to remove the from the muffin tin (which to my defense I did grease heavily before placing the mix inside) I was only about to get a few out in their full muffin form…. the rest were a crumbly mess. Only these 6 came out whole.

Improvisation 2: I decided that I could just crumble it up and put it in a pan and serve it as a dessert option as opposed to a breakfast option. THEN, I thought, “who wants to sit around and eat crumbled up cake?” even if it tastes good, that is so annoying. So, that lead me to improvisation 3: I remembered these berry trifle cups that we made for the Masters party and told David to stop by the store and grab some blueberries and strawberries and some whipped cream, because this was going to be my “thinking on my feet” version of that dish. My thought was to cook down the berries over medium/ high heat with some sugar, and then layer cake, berries, whipped cream. Well…… David forgot the whipped cream, oops! So that leads us to improvisation 4: just go with what ya got. So it ended up being cake, berries, cake berries, It ddin’t look all that impressive, but the sweetened berries tasted good and so did the crumbled cake so I figured they had to be good together.
However, when I went to eat it, I was really bummed that it was missing that creamy element of the whipped cream, so improvisation 5: serve with ice cream, a legitimate cure all for any dessert crisis, at least in my book. And I think that did the trick.

That just looks more delicious than with the cake and berries in the pan together, and when the ice cream started to melt while I was eating, it was kind of like having the whipped cream in there…. right?!?

But I just thought I would send one of my semi-failures in the kitchen with you since I always talk about how delicious and wonderful and pretty easy everything I make is. To have been a box cake mix that I had planned to spend no more than an hour preparing for multiple breakfasts, it kind of turned into this whole other thing. But hey, it all came out in the wash, I think.

The Golden Ticket

I like to consider wedding invitations like a golden ticket. As a guest it gets you an all access pass to what is sure to be an evening of food, fun, and merriment. AND, as a bride-to-be, it gets you one more chance to find some ideas you might not have thought of to include in your big day. I was especially excited to receive the invitation suite for my friend Laura’s wedding the other day. For multiple reasons. One, I am actually her day of wedding coordinator, so, I am really excited to be able to take on as much of her weekend of wedding burden as possible to make sure she gets to enjoy herself. Two, its in the upstate so I will probably get to see some of my Clemson folk while I am in town for the wedding, even if it might only be for a few hours on Sunday, after the festivities have ended. Three, I spent a few weeks helping her perfect her wedding invites, on the side of the graphic designer, which I always enjoy!

 

So, to see it all come to life, and be printed on pretty paper and arrive in my mailbox in a perfect little bundle of wonderfulness was a great way to start my week!

Its a fall weddings so I loved all the burlap, and craft paper envelopes, and the orange, of course!!! Again, I also liked the presentation a lot. iN my organized life, I enjoy things to be nicely stacked, and for everything to have a place. So that was great, and had nothing to do with me, haha! I was also glad I got to design these, and didn’t have to stuff and address the envelopes, although, I am sure my time is coming soon enough (EEEK!).

We started with their wedding logo, which took some time to nail down, and all the swirlys took some effort to get just right, and I eventually had to enlist the help of David to perfect them. Thank goodness for men with patience and some design skills, but I think it turned out pretty good.
So, after nailing this part down, the rest sort of fell into place. We used this logo on the top of the invite and on the back of the response card, and then they dropped it on to their directions sheet they sent out with the invites. Also, there are a lot of specifics as to wording, and layout etc, depending on who is hosting the wedding, and formality, and whether or not you are having it at a church? Who knew!? Not I. But we also got the wording nailed down after a few tries, and got to the final product.

 

Then, the response card was the easy part, you respond by this date with the number of guests, please make a song request. Thanks.

 

 

I also got to design their rehearsal evening invites, which I also loved! I will show you a little snap shot of them since we are still making small edits and trying to get the final product nailed down, but I really like this one as well!

Now that I have this wedding invitation packet complete, I guess soon it will be time to start thinking about ours, and how we want it to look and feel, etc. Which could be quite an undertaking, since David and I both have that design eye, and I like things that are elegant, and upscale, and he likes things that are letter pressed, and I am looking for some out of control presentation. I think things could get pretty intense with our invites. But I will most certainly keep you all up to date on that task as it develops. Our goal is to have a final version nailed down and perfect to a T before Christmas this year.

Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

After our weekend at home David and I returned to Charlotte, with lots of left overs, so when we got together to cook dinner one night, we had most of the meal set and just needed to add a good side dish to complete the meal. My Dad had made a ribeye on the green egg that weekend so we had that as meat, then I sautéed up some veggies, so we could do something different than a salad, and I was then on the hunt for some kind of starch dish that would go well with the meal. I mean obviously when you think red meat, you think potatoes, so I remembered this roasted potato recipe I found from Paula Deen a few weeks ago, and thought I would give it a try. It was super easy, and probably the best roasted potatoes I have made to date, probably because I actually had time to roast them for the entire amount of time that they needed. 

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb small new red potatoes (about 15), scrubbed and dried
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4-6   cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
kosher salt
pepper

Instructions:


After washing the potatoes, pare a narrow strip of peel from the middle of each potato.

In a large bowl mix the oil, garlic, and rosemary; add the potatoes and toss well.  Then season vegetables with kosher salt and pepper, then transfer the potatoes to a shallow baking pan.

Then, roast at 350 degrees until potatoes are tender when tested with the tip of a knife and serve hot

Movement Mondays – Interpretation

Sorry for the brief olympics hiatus from this series, but were back in full force, and luckily so was So You Think You Can Dance this week! So here is your dose of dance love to kick off your Monday morning right. If you caught the show this week, it was definitely one for the books. The producers basically created an homage to Mia Michaels, for the first time dedicating all the pieces on the show to the work of one choreographer. And it was pretty awesome, because I have to admit I have been missing my Mia. Although, some of it was hard to swallow because I kept remembering the original routines, I think each dancer brought something new to each routine as well. However, one particular routine stood out more than the others, and I completely agree with the judges that this was the best recreation. Each of the dancers in the restaging took their characters into their own place, and Cole was straight creepy. It was kind of awesome, because I think his interpretation of the addiction was much better that Kupono’s was originally. Cole was very demonic and haunting, while Kupono was originally very stoic, and unemotional. I mean I thought Kupono was creepy the first time I saw this dance, but yeah Cole just took it to this whole other level. I actually found this side my side comparison of the number from the two different performances. I think its awesome! I love how different dancers interpret different movement and story lines and can make it their own! Its definitely one of my favorite things about dance. I mean you are performing for other people, of course, but you are in this character, and special place with the movement, a lot of times, for yourself. Love it!

So check out this comparison of the two performances of Mia Michales Addiction to the song Gravity by Sara Bareilles.

Ugh, don’t you just love Mia Michaels, I do! And I think both performances are amazing in their own right. Its hard to pick a favorite. Its almost like the interpretation of the characters and the movement made them two completely different numbers. Amazing! Happy Movement Monday, dance lovers!

Black Bean and Veggie Fritters

This past week we decided to try something new in the kitchen. I feel like we make a lot of variations of the same thing, so this week, something new was definitely in order. Previously I have overwhelmed you with dishes with lots of chicken or pasta, or something of the sort, so this one is completely off the radar for things I’m comfortable trying to cook with, but surprisingly it was a super easy meal, apart from having to individually fry up all the little cakes. I found the recipe on pinterest, as usual, and decided from the picture and list of ingredients that it looked like something worth trying, and it was! We made this black bean and veggie fritters, and you can really add any type of veggies you want into the mix and it would work, so I am thinking on some different variations now, because they were such a hit after all. I think it was the shock to the system that we were eating something that was not comprised of pasta OR chicken for either portion of the meal that made it so awesome! And we made these sweet potato fries, which were DELICIOUS! More on that in a later post, I promise! For now, let me just give you the breakdown on the fritters, which were surprisingly filling as a main course, but could probably be downsized and served as an appetizer as well.

Ingredients:
3 cups black bean, cooked
1 large yellow pepper, remove seed, chop into small pieces
1 small white onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 large tomato, chopped into small pieces
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 cup all purpose unbleached flour
2 eggs, room temperature
Sea salt and black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil (for frying)

Instructions:

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until all the beans, and veggies are well coated in the flour and egg mixture (also, make sure you drain the black beans, obviously!)

Then drizzle some olive oil in the bottom of a non-stick pan and place a large spoonful of the mixture into the pan, as it cooks kind of flatten it out. You want to cook them about 3 minutes on each side, and that should get them that pretty golden brown color and haven them all stuck together.

Also, with our fritters, the blog that originally posted this recipe recommended making a cilantro dipping sauce, I will post the recipe for that here as well, if you’d like to try it, but in true CPandB fashion I didn’t have everything I needed to make it so we improvised our sauce, and I have to admit it turned out pretty well. We just used things we already had in the fridge to make it happen, so, give it a try if you like, it had a little kick to it, but it was a good mix with the black beans, peppers, and onions!

Yep, this is all we used for our makeshift sauce. Blue cheese dressing (a lot) and then some sriracha, which we had because David is addicted to hot sauce, and then some honey to lighten things up a little bit, just kind of mix them together until you get the taste you want. If you prefer a sweeter sauce, more honey, if you prefer spicy more sriracha, its all up to you!

Here is the sauce that the original recipe recommended to make, so if you would like to give this one a whirl, have at it, but I have no tips for you or anything, since I didn’t make it! Next time though!

Cilantro Dipping Sauce:

1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
1/2 small green chili, seeded and finely chopped
1 small garlic clove, crushed
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon sugar
Sea salt and black pepper
Blend all the ingredients for a smooth consistency. Season with sea salt and black pepper.