9.18.2014

Thrifting Thursday - Tag And Tibby Guest Post

Today, I have another great blogger guest posting for me. Someday the two of us will get to thrift or flea market together. Julia has a great eye and also can find treasures at really great prices. You'll be impressed with her Thrifting Thursday scores today. 


Hi! My name is Julia Fain. I am a wife and mom to two kiddos. Last year I founded Tag & Tibby: a blog about vintage collecting, design, and family. In addition to the blog I run an etsy shop with vintage goods. I have known Jeran for a few years through blogging, and we finally got to meet at Alt Summit last summer! I was thrilled when she asked me to share a few things for Thrifty Thursday.


Our family recently moved from Minnesota to North Carolina. I had three favorite thrift stores in Minnesota, and it has been a big adjustment finding good thrift stores in our new area! But I found a gem on Monday. The storefront was unassuming (the best kind). The space was an old grocery store and afghan blankets were literally displayed in freezer chests. 

We are in the middle of decorating our new home and I am on the lookout for accessories to personalize our space. Three pieces caught my eye. The milk glass bowl has a pretty wedding lace design and was a steal at $3.95. I added a few succulents I had on hand. The teak cheese plate was made by Goodwood and cost $5. I added a few old photographs I had on hand from a previous Goodwill visit. And I purchased a Hemingray insulator (aqua is my favorite color!) for $3. Insulators were originally used on telephone lines, I plan to repurpose it as a book end.



Did you score any great thrifted treasures this week?  


9.16.2014

Geometric Deer Antler Printable

You guys, I'm so happy to share Amy's amazing DIY today. She gets me, just look at this gorgeous peach and green color combo. 

Hello Oleander + Palm readers!  It's Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling, a creative DIY blog.  I have been following Jeran for some time and it was such fun when I was able to meet her in person at this past summer's Alt Summit.  I'm so thrilled to be guest posting today, sharing this fun Geometric Deer Antler Printable with you.


My supplies for this project were quite simple.  I designed this geometric deer antler printable (downloadable at the bottom of the post).  It's available in portrait or landscape and also comes in a black and white option.  And then I pulled a few scraps of felt out, my scissors and hot glue.

The felt flowers needed to fit this printable proportionately, so I made them fairly small.  I cut rough 3"x4" rectangles and then cut them into a spiral.  Starting in the center, wind the felt onto itself, adding hot glue as necessary to secure.


After all my flowers were completed, I added a few leaves and placed them onto the printable.


I love the juxtaposition of the soft flowers and the hard geometry of the deer.


The portrait styled print fits in so nicely with my clipboard wall in our dining room.  


These Geometric Deer Antler prints are available to download in portrait or landscape, colored or black and white! 

DOWNLOAD HERE:


If you like this project, be sure to stop by Delineate Your Dwelling and say hello.  You can also follow me on Instagram or Facebook.

9.15.2014

Rosemary, Goat Cheese and Fig Galette

This week I'm out of town for the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemakers Event in NYC, lucky me. And to change it up a bit, I'm asked some of my favorite bloggers to guest post for me. I'm pretty picky and like to create my own content, so I'm only bringing you top notch, quality bloggers here guys.

I'm so pleased to introduce you to a blogger you need to know. Today Julianne is going to bring you a gorgeous recipe for a Rosemary, Goat Cheese and Fig Galette, sounds amazing, right? 



Hello Oleander and Palm readers! I am so honored that I was asked to share a recipe here. My name is Julianne and I write over on Fern and Fog, where I try to highlight the beautiful, everyday moments in our lives: a lively family meal, quiet moments of retrospect or artful endeavors.  

Cooking in my home can be lively or quiet, artful or just messy, but all-in-all, an adventure which my whole family must partake in. Usually I can create something edible. In this case, I cooked up something truly delicious.

I have recently given figs a chance. Growing up I never ate a fig, if I did I had no clue what it was. Now I see figs everywhere and in the town where I live people eat them as nonchalantly as a basket of strawberries. I was told by a sweet persuader who thought I might be irked by the way they look, “take a bite, but don’t look at the center.”  I followed those directions and was pleasantly surprised at how mild and subtly sweet they were, and the center only looks slightly like a brain.

I am now completely curious about how to cook with them. Upon research I discovered some pairings that complimented these sweet little fruits: honey, earthy prosciutto or a little goat cheese. Thus came the rosemary, goat cheese and fig galette.

Sometimes I impress myself. It’s crazy. A galette is a free-form crusty cake, basically a really rustic pie. I appreciate making something that is a little less than perfect and calling it “rustic”.

Rosemary, Goat Cheese and Fig Galette

2 large onions (1 ½ pounds), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 sprig rosemary, more for garnish
Pinch sugar
1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
¼ cup milk
1 egg
Flour for dusting
¾ pound prepared puff pastry or pie dough
1 pint fresh figs (3/4 pound), stemmed and cut in half lengthwise
5 ounces goat cheese (I used Cypress Grove’s Truffle Tremor)
2 tablespoons pine nuts
Honey for drizzling (optional)



1. In a large skillet over low heat, melt butter with oil. Add onions, rosemary and sugar. Cook, tossing occasionally, until onions are limp and golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, scraping any browned bits from bottom of pan.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and egg until smooth. Stir in the onions that have just been caramelized and about 4 ounces of crumbled goat cheese. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line an 11 by 17-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to a 9 by 12-inch rectangle. Transfer to baking sheet.

3. Use a fork to spread onion mixture evenly over pastry (let excess egg mixture drip back into bowl), leaving a 1-inch border. Arrange figs, cut-side up, in even rows on onion mixture (if they don’t look perfect, that’s ok! It will add to the rustic theme). Scatter cheese and pine nuts over figs. Use a pastry brush to dab edges of tart with egg mixture. Gently fold over edges of tart to form a lip and brush with more egg mixture.

4. Bake until pastry is puffed and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve, sprinkled with rosemary needles and drizzled with honey, if desired. Cut into wedges and serve at hot, warm or at room temperature.
Yield: 8 servings.


9.12.2014

Wallums Wall Decals Giveaway

So many of you loved the Wallums World Map Decal, in the Global Backpacker Bedroom, that I'm excited to tell you that Wallums is generously going to giveaway a $50 Gift Certificate to one lucky winner. There have so many choices, you are sure to find one that fits your home and style.

Here's a few of my personal favorites.


The world map decal is so intricate and detailed, I can't image ever painting that on a wall. And the beauty of decals is that they are 100% removable. Perfect for rentals or for folks that have commitment issues.


We put up the map decal in very little time at all.  For a decal this size, I do recommend having 2 people. We started by taping the decal to the wall where we wanted it, then we taped down the center of the decal. We peeled back have the backing to the middle tape line, and working from the center  moving to the edges we adhered it to the wall by rubbing it.  We did the same to the other side and then removed the paper backing. So simple and such a dramatic focal point to the room.

Ya, that's my brother showing off his biceps as he rubs on the decal.

Enter to win a $50 Gift certificate to Wallums below. I've given you 3 chances to enter (leave a comment, follow Wallums on instagram and follow Oleander and Palm  on instagram).

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9.11.2014

5 Potty Training Tips

I'm not a mommy blogger and being a mom is not what I regularly write about here. But, the truth is, I am a mom and this topic of potty training has consumed A LOT of my time lately. Remember this scene, we've been at it for a while now. Yes, we are definitely potty training. So, if you aren't the mom of a toddler, please just check out Olivia's cute little legs and come back for my usual topics tomorrow.


You know, my first two where both potty trained by the time they were 2, through the night and everything. I really thought I was such a great parent until I had Olivia. This kid is a tough cookie. And as we approach 3 years old, I'm really wanting some potty success now more then ever.    

I don't think there is a magic system or a secret to potty training your kiddos. It's really just a lot of work. And every kid is different, so don't beat yourself up. But, I'll share with you what I think works. It's just my 2 cents worth on potty training. I'm definitely not an expert, but I am a mom of three kids.


Here's 5 tips that you might find helpful:

1. Be Consistent - This is the hardest one. But, you have to be consistent about using the potty regularly. This is easier at home, but you've got to be ready to see the inside of every Target, McDonald's and Mall bathroom. It's not convenient or fun, but you got to take them often. I love the Pull-Ups Time to Potty App on my iphone that gives a reminder of when to visit the potty. 

2. Make it fun - You've got to be positive and up beat. Kids are so good at reading your attitude and feeding off it. If you are frustrated or anxious, they know. They are so stinkin smart. Make potty time fun with songs, stories, even an iphone game if you need to.  Just smile and think happy thoughts.

3. Have the right tools - I've listed a few of our favorites in the image below. Underwear are a must. It's the best way for kids to feel when they go. Candy can be a reward, as far as I'm concerned. We have a jar in the bathroom and just one sweat can be a nice treat. You can find other rewards, but kids do like candy. A potty seat is a must, you don't want them to be afraid to go. They need to feel secure, I love this folding one, I keep it in the diaper bag and it goes everywhere with us. At home a stool is good to have. You want them doing it all by themselves. You don't want to be lifting them up of the potty everytime they go, they need some independence. And Pull-Ups are a lifesaver. They go on and off like underwear, but you don't have to panic through nap times and bed time.


1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5.


4. Promise a Pony - Well, maybe not a pony, but the reward has got to be worth it. Not everyone is ok with candy for their kids. I think a little doesn't hurt, so Olivia got one M and M/Skittle like candy if she would pee on the potty. I'm a teacher, this might be called positive reinforcement or an incentive, I call it bribery. I WANT her to go potty and maybe I am bribing just a bit. :) But, when it came to pooping, stickers and candy just wasn't enough. I made BIG promises, like toys and even a trip to the Mall to ride the little train there. The reward had to be worth it to her. I only made promises that I could and wanted to keep. But, a couple $5 toys and 30 mins at the Mall was totally doable for me if we could be on the road to pooping in the pot. Figure out what your kid LOVES and use that to your advantage, maybe it's as simple as a little TV time. Each kids is different. 

5. Grow up kid - no more babies, no more baby talk. Use the big boy, big girl card as often as possible. Catch them doing things independently and tell them "You're so big, you can .......". They will love hearing it. Then when it comes time for the potty, you can say, "I know you're a big kid because you ........, so let's be big and use the potty".  


I hope this helps and good luck my friends.  May the odds always be in your favor. (Sorry for so many Olivia pics, but I think she's pretty cute and the Grandmas are going to be really happy that I posted so many).


This post is brought to you by Pull-Ups.  For more tips, advice and tools, check out the Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy.  

9.10.2014

Go Explore, Adventure Awaits Free Printable

I've got a little free printable for you today. I framed this little piece for my the global backpacker bedroom and sat it on the bedside table. I'm itching for some adventure. I want to go somewhere, move somewhere, do something different.  I don't know what that looks like yet, but I want to explore. Maybe I just need to go backpacking this weekend. But, it feels bigger, like I want a real change from our normal life right now. Maybe it's just because I've been stuck at this computer doing a lot of homework lately, I don't know. Do you ever feel that way? I think I like change, I definitely like adventure and the unknown.

I took this picture at Lassen Volcanic National Park last year with just my iphone.  The sky was so incredibly blue and I can almost taste the crisp, clean air.


The print is 5x7". So you can trim it to that size and frame it in a 5x7" frame. Or leave it with the white boarder and frame it as a 8x10" or hang it on an old wooden hanger like I did.  I just used my home printer, but it might be nice to have this printed on some photo paper at a professional lab.  


Click HERE to download and print a copy for yourself.

9.05.2014

How to Put Together Perfect Pillow Combinations

I have a pillow problem, well that's what my husband calls it. But, they're are such a great way to add and little color and pattern to a space. You just can't have too many, right?  


Pillows are a great way to break free of the matchy matchy sets of furniture and decorating of the past.  But, with so many choices out there, it can be hard to put a perfect pillow combination together. I recently discovered that Tiny Prints has AMAZING pillows that can be personalized with monograms, initials, names, dates and even photographs. The Happy Home pillow needed to be on my couch.  My pillow choices can sometimes look random, but here's how I usually put them together. I'm basing this on groups of 3, because odd numbers in design are so much better. So, here's what you need to look for when grouping pillows. 

1. A solid (or something very close to that).
2. A large scaled pattern.
3. A small scaled pattern.

And as far as color goes, pick one accent color.  That color should show up in each of the three pillows (unless the other pillows are completely neutrals - black, grey, white, tan, or brown).  So, if you look at my examples, in the first combo, green is the accent and the other two are neutrals.  In the second combo, gold/yellow is the accent color. And in the third combo, coral is the accent.  Other colors can appear in the pillows, but there needs to be one color that ties them together.  

I'm sure there are a lot of formulas that designers have put together before, but this usually works for me and seems like a plan others could try as well.  
1 + 2 + 3
1 + 2 + 3
1 + 2 + 3

I hope this makes sense. To clarify a little further (not because you're not smart), but because I might be stretching my own rules a bit, here's what I consider a solid, small pattern and large pattern in the combos above.

Solid + Large Pattern + Small Pattern
Small Pattern + Large Pattern + Solid
Large Pattern + Solid + Small Pattern

The beauty of this formula is you can take any pillow away and it still works.  Try it, take one of the pillows away from one of the combos and the pair remaining still look fabulous together. You can add more to the mix as well and you should be golden.