Today’s Special: The Invention of Living

In two short weeks, we will be showcasing some of our creations and favorite finds at a trade show in New Braunfels, Texas.  Planning and organizing for this event has been loads of fun. We’ve been reading up on trade shows and finding ways to make our display attractive and unique.  We decided to create an A-frame sidewalk sign—just like the ones we stare down, tummies grumbling, deciding on lunch.  We designed it in our minds and made mental modifications– but because we are not licensed, professional sidewalk sign makers, we seemed to come across some complications almost every time.  Our answer came last month when Ingrid scored a Playskool easel at a yard sale for $5.00!  After a thorough clean up, we spray painted the entire piece in Valspar’s tropical foliage. Our initial plan was to screw the sheets of metal to the plastic, but reverting to our lack of training in sidewalk sign making, we decided on industrial strength Velcro instead—(hmmmm…wonder what else we can “fix” with industrial strength Velcro?!) We added our spray painted magnetic letters and– ta-dah! We love the end result and can’t wait to display it!

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Ingrid & Lucy

Farewell Summer Cocktail

As the country bids adieu to summer this Labor Day, we join the celebration with a refreshing watermelon martini.  We prepared our thirst-quenching drink with fresh watermelon juice, Dripping Springs vodka (a local distillery) and sugar.  To add some flair, we lined the rim of our martini glasses with a tangy chile powder–Tajín.  Fresh watermelon (or nearly any fruit) sprinkled with chile powder can be found at fruit stands all over town–and it’s absolutely delicious!  With our weather expected to be near triple digits later this week, we aren’t saying farewell to summer quite yet….In the meantime, we’ll enjoy another cocktail until it’s toddy time! Happy Labor Day!

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Watermelon Martini with Chile Powder

Roughly chop 2 cups of fresh watermelon.  In the blender, add watermelon, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and one cup of water.  Liquefy watermelon mixture.  Strain watermelon juice until you no longer have pulp. Prepare martini glass by lining the rim with lime juice, then dip the rim in Tajín. In a cocktail shaker with ice, add 3 parts juice to 1 part vodka. Shake thoroughly and pour into martini glass. Salud!

Ingrid & Lucy

Mexican Folk Art

Mexico is a beautiful country- rich with culture, history, and art.  Living in south Texas, we see Mexican influence everywhere–from food to décor.  The traditional bright colors and patterns used in pottery, clothing, and furniture have a way of cheering up even the gloomiest day.  We snatched up this “Virgen de Guadalupe” at a thrift store, and decided to dust off the acrylics.  The Virgen de Guadalupe image is seen all over Mexico, and is a huge part of the Mexican culture and Catholic faith.  The wood work is gorgeous and looks handmade; however, we decided the browns were entirely too drab!  She appears to be very pleased with her new bright colors and design….

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Ingrid & Lucy