Happy Friday, friends! Well, it’s happened: we’ve come to that time in the summer when the days are long, and my ambition is high. I have so many summer projects brewing in my tired little brain, it will be a real miracle if I can settle down long enough to make one or two of them happen. Specifically? I’m so glad you asked.
I’m in desperate need of some new storage solutions, and I’m ready to look outside the box. I’m thinking of picking up an antique apple-picking ladder to store and display my scarves. And yes, a few of my crossbody bags will probably find their way onto those top rungs as well.
Speaking of things I actually need, I have a blank-wall situation brewing in my house these days. Since I have a low budget and high standards, I’m thinking of getting a bit crafty. I have a photo canvas I’m sick of looking at that I think I’ll paint over, and possibly do a little Emily Henderson number on. Or, perhaps I’ll take a cue from Beth Hoeckel, who’s doing some really innovative things with collage. Managed expectations: that’s the key to success, I think.
I’ve been on a green tea binge lately, drinking multiple cups of this wonderful brew every day. If I can figure out how to brew those multiple cups in this beautiful teapot by Noda Horo without oversteeping them (I’m a hopeless oversteeper), I’m going to splurge on one immediately. It’s enamel-coated steel, so it can sit right on a burner, but it’s pretty enough to serve from. Any suggestions from you tea experts?
I don’t know what my obsession is with weekender bags lately, particularly since I have no travel plans to speak of. But here I am, craving one all the same. These from Everlane are particularly lovely, don’t you think? Simple, classic, and the price is definitely right. Perhaps I need to add “plan a summer trip” to my projects list.
I don’t mind saying that I make a pretty mean pie crust. It’s flaky and tender and not too dense, just like me. But fillings are another story. Pie fillings – specifically fruit pies – are my baking kryptonite. They’re my Mount Everest, my 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, my runny mess of fruit and sog that never seems to set up like all of those gorgeous pies in magazines. But this summer, I’m determined to get it right. I’m consulting all the experts, and it’s going to happen, friends. Stay tuned.
What projects do you have brewing this summer? Tell me all about it, and maybe I’ll see something I need to add to my list. (And, perhaps more importantly, do you have any pie filling secrets to share?)