Easter Egg-perimentation

Thanks for humoring my insane cheesy blog post titles sometimes.

:::bows:::

Today, I’ve got a guest post up over at Bourbon and Boots, where I’m sharing how to create marbleized Easter eggs. They turned out really well, but while I was making them, I experimented with a few other ways to dye eggs. I used water, vinegar and food coloring for all of these eggs, so they would be edible later on (when I definitely plan to make deviled eggs out of them).

For all the eggs here, I used this simple formula:

- Hardboiled eggs

- 1/2 cup water

- 1 Tbsp vinegar

- 10 drops food coloring in any color or combination of colors

Marbleized, Ombre, and Dark-dyed Easter Eggs | Rosemary on the TV #holiday #DIY

Aaron has been bringing home gorgeous farm-fresh eggs, thanks to one of his co-workers, so when I was hard boiling eggs, I included a few brown and light green eggs, which created really rich, beautiful hues.

Marbleized, Ombre, and Dark-dyed Easter Eggs | Rosemary on the TV #holiday #DIY

I’d seen ombre Easter egg tutorials online that involved six cups, labeled A-F, all with an assigned number of food coloring drops. Just FYI: that is totally not necessary. Make one cup for each color, and put each egg in for 30 seconds longer than the last one. Here, I started with a white egg in the dye for 30 seconds, then the second egg was in dye for a minute, then I switched to light green eggs, then brown.

Marbleized, Ombre, and Dark-dyed Easter Eggs | Rosemary on the TV #holiday #DIY

And finally, the marbleized eggs for Bourbon and Boots, which you can find out how to make over on their site today.

Are you dying eggs this year? Any fun ideas to share?

Currently Obsessed : Chateau Gudanes

Chateau de Gudanes | Rosemary on the TV

Chateau de Gudanes | Rosemary on the TV

 

Chateau de Gudanes | Rosemary on the TV

Now…there are fixer uppers, and then there are fixer uppers. Can you imagine buying a three hundred year old French chateau and restoring it? Because that’s exactly what one Australian family is doing in the south of France right now. A quick history lesson for you.

Chateau de Gudanes | Rosemary on the TV

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Built in the early 1700s, Chateau de Gudanes, located in the small village of Chateau Verdun, was designed by neoclassic French architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, known for designs like Petit Trianon – the small chateau at Versailles that Louis XVI gifted to Marie Antoinette. The Marquis de Gudanes threw lavish parties attended by the likes of Voltaire and Diderot.

Chateau de Gudanes | Rosemary on the TV

Chateau de Gudanes | Rosemary on the TV

Chateau de Gudanes | Rosemary on the TV

Much later, the chateau was purchased by a foreign investment company that planned to turn its 94 rooms into 17 luxury apartments. APARTMENTS. Can you believe that?! Of course, they were denied the permits to do so, since the chateau is a class 1 historical monument, so the company let the house sit and decay for years before finally putting it back on the market.

Chateau de Gudanes | Rosemary on the TV

Chateau de Gudanes | Rosemary on the TV

Chateau de Gudanes | Rosemary on the TV

Chateau de Gudanes | Rosemary on the TV

Then, after four years of sitting on the market, Karina and Craig Waters purchased it and embarked on a full restoration of the house and ‘le parc’ – the 12 acres of land surrounding the chateau.

And THANK GOD for them, they set up a website, Facebook page and Instagram so we can follow along too.

{ images via Chateau Gudanes }

Guest Blogging at Bourbon & Boots

Accessorizing the Midi Skirt and other Spring Trends | Rosemary on the TV #fashion #pastels #florals #accessories

 

I’m guest blogging over at Bourbon & Boots again today! We’re talking about accessorizing spring’s hottest trends – the midi skirt, pastels, floral prints and more! Read the post here.

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$50 DIY Floor Mirror

Honestly? This post should be titled “How NOT to make a DIY floor mirror” because I pretty much did everything you shouldn’t do when making a DIY floor mirror. But it’s a true testament to the ease and awesomeness of this project that – no matter how much you screw up – you can’t actually screw it up.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

(image via Live the Home Life)

I originally got the idea from my friend Cara’s blog, Live the Home Life. Cara is a DIY warrior and she threw this little project together so easily, that I thought, “Oh, I can totally do that! No problem!”

Over a year ago, I bought a full-length, beveled mirror from Target – one of the frameless ones that you mount on the back of your door. They’re super inexpensive, about $15. But thinking I’d eventually get around to doing this project, it sat in the box collecting dust. Fast forward a year, and I finally got my butt in gear.

What You’ll Need:

Three boards – I used 1″ x 10″ 6-foot long boards, but I’d recommend 1″x8″

Frameless door mirror

Miter saw

Staple gun and staples

Gorilla Glue

Wood Filler (for emergencies)

1 quart wood stain

LiquidNails

 

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Reading Cara’s instructions, I knew I needed three boards – two for the long sides, and one that I would cut in half and use for the top and bottom – a miter saw, a quart of stain, some staples and Liquid Nails. My mom had a miter saw and staple gun, so I went to Home Depot for the rest. Cara used 8″ boards to make her mirror, but I thought I’d beef mine up a little bit and use 10″ wide boards instead.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Mistake #1: Don’t assume your mom has a miter saw, because sometimes, moms’ miter saws break and they don’t have them anymore.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

So that was my first mistake, but since I’d already bought all the stuff, we decided to try with a skill saw instead. The longer boards on each side needed to be 48″ long with 45 degree cuts on either end. The shorter top and bottom boards would be 12″ long with 45 degree cuts on either end. Ideally, the four pieces would fit together perfectly, which meant those 45 degree cuts had to be perfect.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

We used a ruler to draw a 45 degree cut, cut it with the skill saw, then used the first piece as a stencil for the other pieces. If you aren’t power tool savvy, the difference between a miter saw and a skill saw is this: miter saws sit on a table and make near-perfect cuts. Skill saws are handheld and do not.

So let’s just consider this Mistake #2: don’t use a skill saw when you really need a miter saw.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Because once all the cuts were made, we weren’t even close to having four pieces that fit together. Distraught by this failure, and unable to stand not having a power tool when she needed it, my mom went off to buy a miter saw the next day. We made the cuts again, trimming off a little from the boards, which meant the four pieces would fit together a little more snuggly, and less of the mirror would show in the middle. But we were only losing about a 1/4 of an inch on all sides, so this was a minor problem.

However, this didn’t fix everything.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Mistake #3: Miter saws don’t cut anything as wide as a 10″ board.

Yup, my genius idea to “beef up” my mirror backfired in my face. Miter saws can only cut wood that’s about 6-8″ wide. And here I had four 10″ boards. By this point, I wasn’t going to look back. So we did the best we could making the cuts and laid out the four boards to see how close we’d gotten.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Um, not that close. Cara used a staple gun to staple the four pieces together, then filled in with a tiny bit of Gorilla Glue.  So I did the same.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

For extra support, I added brackets to the back. And then I put a little extra Gorilla Glue in the cracks.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

MISTAKE #4: DO NOT PUT EXTRA GORILLA GLUE IN THE CRACKS.

Some of the glue leaked through the crack to the front of the mirror and I spent 20 minutes trying to clean and sand the spots away. Even then, there were huge gaps in the cracks on the front of the mirror.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

So I ran to Sherwin Williams for some Wood Filler. This stuff is magic. It’s just putty that you swipe into the crack, then use a wet rag to wipe off the excess. Unlike caulk, it’s paintable and stainable.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Once that was dry, it was time to stain. I used Minwax Wood finish in Dark Walnut, for a really dark, rich finish.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Unfortch, I must not have gotten all the Gorilla Glue off, so there was some discoloration on those spots, but nothing too obvious.

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

Once the stain was dry, we laid the wood down on some newspaper and traced around the inside edge with LiquidNails, then gently laid the mirror down in place. I put some magazine  holders full of magazines on top of it over night, and the next morning:

$50 DIY Floor Mirror | Rosemary on the TV

I had a beautiful floor mirror that cost about $50. Despite the many mistakes I’d managed to make during the project, the mirror turned out beautifully. Which goes to show: it really can’t be screwed up.

Cost Breakdown:

1″ x 10″ x 6 ft boards: 3 at $9 each = $18

Liquid Nails: $2.50

1 Quart of Minwax Stain: $8

Wood Filler: $8

Frameless beveled mirror: $15

Gorilla Glue – already owned

Staple gun, staples and saws – already owned by Mom

Total cost: $51.50

Life Lately | March Instagram Update

Life Lately, March Instagram Update | Rosemary on the TV

March was a good month. I styled a spring fashion shoot for Sync, frequented The Fold with Aaron, had a long lunch with Hannah and Christie, went to IKEA with Brittany and was up to my ears in fresh flowers (and cocktails but that’s a normal occurrence).

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Cheers to Julibox!

I’m not a stuff person. I don’t like to have a lot of stuff around the house. I am constantly cleaning out closets and throwing things away. I’m the opposite of a hoarder, I frequently think, “Where’d I put that thing I need?” then remember that in a moment of  cleaning euphoria, I threw it away that one time. So as you can imagine, this whole subscription box craze is not for me. I tried Birchbox and realized about two months into it that I hate having piles of small things around. WHAT AM I DOING?! Cancelled immediately.

But it seems I’ve found the one subscription box I can fully get behind.

Julibox, a Cocktail Delivery Service | Rosemary on the TV

Julibox, a Cocktail Delivery Service | Rosemary on the TV

Me and four of my college friends are spread out all over the country, so we usually go in together for a flower or cupcake delivery on each other’s birthdays. But this year, knowing how much Aaron and I love a good cocktail, the girls sent me a Julibox, a cocktail delivery service. On my birthday, I received an email from Julibox letting me know that my box would ship middle of March. And around the middle of March, I received a second email letting me know which mixers I would need for the cocktails that would be arriving in just a few days.

Julibox, a Cocktail Delivery Service | Rosemary on the TV

And when it came, I was absolutely thrilled. Everything about this company – from the box to the packaging to the TINY LIQUOR BOTTLES – is well-designed and fun. And I am a sucker for good packaging.

Julibox, a Cocktail Delivery Service | Rosemary on the TV

 

Each Julibox contains recipe cards and spirits for two glasses each of two different cocktails. So you and a date can enjoy two different drinks. The recipes are created by Julibox and tell you everything you’ll need, how to make it, a toast, and space for tasting notes.

Julibox, a Cocktail Delivery Service | Rosemary on the TV

Julibox, a Cocktail Delivery Service | Rosemary on the TV

 

Since I received the March Julibox, my two cocktails were St. Patrick’s Day-themed – the Basilica and the Old Dublin Mule. Did I mention: TINY LIQUOR BOTTLES?!

Julibox, a Cocktail Delivery Service | Rosemary on the TV

 

Julibox, a Cocktail Delivery Service | Rosemary on the TV

We made the Basilica first. And just as the email from Julibox told me, they were sending the spirits (gin and Angostura bitters) and I would need sugar, basil and a lime.

Julibox, a Cocktail Delivery Service | Rosemary on the TV

Julibox, a Cocktail Delivery Service | Rosemary on the TV

And the next night, the Old Dublin Mule, which was definitely my favorite with whiskey, cardamom syrup and dry ginger ale from Julibox. Mint and lime provided by me.

I don’t think I need to tell you that I absolutely love this idea. Of course, because they are a small, growing company, there’s a wait list to get a Julibox subscription right now, but add me to it! Prices start at $36/month and I think it’s totally worth it, considering you’d pay $10-12 per cocktail at a restaurant.

If you like cocktails, check out our Summer Cocktail Series here, or my Autumn Cocktail Series at Bourbon and Boots here.

Cheers!

 

Guest Blogging at Bourbon and Boots

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

"Basket" Flower Pot DIY | Rosemary on the TV

In Friday’s post about my new home office makeover, you might have noticed the lovely basket displaying my fern plant (or not, whatever). Well, I’m showing you how to make your own “basket” flower pot over at Bourbon and Boots! It’s a super simple and inexpensive project, and an easy way to decorate one of the bazillion terra cotta pots that most people having lying around the house.

 

My Home Office : RHC LLC Headquarters

As many of you know, back in September I quit my job and started my own business – Rosemary Hallmark Creative, LLC – and I now freelance full time from my home office.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

Um, the only problem is that this (^) is my “home office”. It’s actually half of our guest bedroom and mostly just a pile of junk. Until Christmas, I was spending every day in an uncomfortable dining chair. I upgraded when my mom got me the white leather office chair as a Christmas gift.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

But I was still sitting in a pile of junk with my printer propped up on a pile of boxes under my feet. This was not an inspiring workplace, that’s for sure. So a few weeks ago, my friend Brittany and I borrowed my dad’s truck and made a day trip to IKEA in Dallas. Brittany was moving into a new apartment and needed to load up on furniture. I needed to get my office in shape, so I made the following purchases:

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

VITTSJO Shelving Unit for $59 // KNIPSA baskets for $14.99 each  // KASSETT magazine file, a two-pack for $4.99

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

And suddenly, I had an office! I feel so much more organized (because I am!). The VITTSJO shelf is deep enough to hold my printer, which is wireless, and I use the baskets to hold camera equipment and things like cards, envelopes, etc. On the top shelf, I have inexpensive ($2 each) file boxes from Michaels that hold things like receipts, CDs, cords, and other small items. And now that everything is cleaned up, there’s space for Lula’s bed and she hangs out at my feet all day long.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

And of course, my magazines. Finally, for the first time, all sorted, organized and labeled. The metal magazine/file holder we hung on the wall was a yard sale purchase I got for $5.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

With Aaron’s help, I finally got the bulletin board hung up on the wall. It’s been leaned on the desk since I bought it. And if you’re wondering about my gorgeous desk, it’s a vintage sewing desk that my best friend gave me when he was moving and couldn’t take it with him. So: free. The best kind of desk.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

I’m so much happier now with my cleaned up work space!

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

The guest bedroom is almost finished, now that my office space is set up. Back around Christmas, I added a Nate Berkus for Target lamp since we had guests coming for the week and, you know, they needed light.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

And we replaced the closet doors in the fall! They used to look like this. The room still needs an area rug and some art here and there, and unfortunately…we still haven’t replaced this:

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

The world’s ugliest ceiling fan, which has haunted me since move-in day. But overall, I’d say it’s made quite a transformation from this:

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

 

 

Fiddle Me This

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree | Rosemary on the TV

I thought you might like a little green this St. Patty’s Day! Our newest addition arrived this weekend – a fiddle leaf fig tree! My mom got this for me for my birthday a few weeks ago, but since FLF trees aren’t exactly easy to come by in Arkansas, we had to special order it from The Good Earth Garden Center. Three weeks later, voila! She has arrived!

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree | Rosemary on the TV

FLF trees are native to west African rain forests, which means they can be tricky to keep alive as houseplants. They need lots of indirect light, not-too-much moisture, and you need to wipe dust from their huge leaves every once in awhile. I’m not exactly a green thumb, so I’m crossing my fingers that my tree will thrive on the right mix of internet gardening articles and my undying love for it.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree | Rosemary on the TV

I chose to keep my FLF tree in the container it came in, but I dropped the ugly black container down into a pretty basket from Target with a  clear, plastic tray in the bottom to catch excess water. Aaron gifted me the other two baskets from this Threshold set. They’re currently sitting on the other side of our media console, holding blankets and Super Nintendo games (because adulthood).

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree | Rosemary on the TV

I blogged about FLF trees here way back when, so check out all the pretty pictures in that post. The above photo is my favorite, because FLF trees not only grow to be pretty big if you let them, they grow toward light, which is so weird and cool and Suessical. Also, hopefully this marks my last FLF tree post, because I’m officially out of fiddle-related puns.

Now, everyone say it with me: “Thanks, Mom!”


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