Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet

October 20, 2014

Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet

So a few weeks ago while glamping at Camp Wandawega, we ate at The Duck Inn, and I ordered a Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet. Unless you live in Wisconsin, it’s hard to find a bartender who can mix up a good one. So upon my return from Badger country, I took matters into my own hands.


Interior Styling – Front Room

October 15, 2014

Interior Design The Front Room

So a long, long, LONG time ago, I photographed my front room and posted it to the blog. This is when I had about 5 visitors a day and you guys probably hadn’t any idea of its existence. So this past weekend, I decided to rephotograph it (since it has change a bit…does that surprise anyone? Nope. Not one bit.) and repost. Y’all know my love for interior styling, #cantstopwontstop, am I right?

This room in particular is probably one of my most favorite in the house and coincidentally also closest to completion…if there really is such a thing? Yes, I keep moving small items like vases and antlers around, but for the most part, this room has not changed much. Oh, I did add into the mix that pretty little Katy Skelton hairpin end table a couple months ago. And yes, those are brass hairpin legs! I know we’ve all discussed that calling furniture sexy is super weird, but in this case, well that table is sex on a platter. (Although I must confess. See that brass planter all sad and empty? The one from Schoolhouse Electric? Umm, ya, I know, it’s in dire need of a nice leafy plant or succulent. I just haven’t found the right one as of yet.)


Estate Sales

October 13, 2014

Attending An Estate Sale

This past weekend for me was really weird. The boy goes on a duck hunting adventure in Wisconsin every year. Normally that means he drives the kiddos up a day early, drops them at grandpa and grandma’s house, and I follow Friday night after work. Well, this year was different. He kept saying to me, “Wow momma! You get 4 days off to yourself! What are you going to do with all that quiet time?” Huh, umm, well, I have to work and then I’ll be at my parents, with the kids, and you’ll be at some cabin. I don’t get it.

Surprise! Surprise! Some how my parents were finagled into watching the critters from Wednesday to Sunday, and I got to stay home! BY MYSELF! IN COMPLETE AND UTTER SILENCE! TO DO WHATEVER I WANTED TO DO! OMG! What the heck was I going to do with myself? Well, first I made a hair appointment. Then I perused the estates sales. Have you ever been to one? Read More

Grandma Pearl’s Zucchini Bread

October 13, 2014

It must be that time of year again because my parents keep showing up on my doorstep bearing zucchini by the armload. The neighbor lady brings it to their back door when she harvests extra. We like to make this casserole called Zucchini Italiano which has really no Italian ingredients in it except for tomatoes and possibly some oregano? But it makes for a hearty meal here at House Of Hipsters and resides in the church cookbook with my name beside it. I also make my grandmother’s Zucchini Bread recipe. A recipe I’ve eaten for years and years. A recipe I now make for my children that makes them squeal with glee. Today, I’ve decided to share that recipe with you.

Zucchini bread recipe



Let’s Talk About You!

October 9, 2014

Let's Talk About You!

There are so many new faces to this blog as of late, that I decided it was time to talk about you guys again. I’m always so curious about you! Who are you? What are your interests? How did you find this little spot I like to call my virtual home? And even if you’ve done it before, do it again! I’m always switching it up.

So here’s the drill. I put together this quick questionnaire. Leave your answers in the comment section. Easy peasy, right? And go!

1. What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

2. What was the last thing you put in your mouth?

3. What is the most favorite item in your house as of right now, this very instance?

4. What room in your house needs a makeover?

5. Last song you listened to?

6. Last book you read? Read More

Hanging Curtains

October 9, 2014

Do you guys remember how I make Emily Henderson cry? Remember my sad, sad, sad looking bedroom? If not, click here to read about it. Well, the makeover has started. I’ve had some backorder issues and a lot of wait time, but everything is starting to arrive and I’ve been dying to give you a tiny sneak peek. While I’m at it, I figured I’d give you a few tips on how we hung our rods from The Shade Store. BTDubs, I’m not getting paid for this post, I’m just crushing hard on this lovely brass hardware. If you could ever marry hardware, I’d marry these brackets! I mean look at this little lovely! Pretty dope, right?!?!

new curtains are hung Read More

11 Bargain Buys Under $100

October 7, 2014

Hey you guys! Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping! I don’t know what you have planned for the day, but mine is full of work, work, and more work. Boo, right? Well, I’m preparing to turn that frown upside down with this fun post! So, I have to be truthful with ya, remember that post of 10 Bargain Buys Under $100 here? I had to pare it down because it was outta control! There was too much goodness for just one post, so this is technically “Part Two of the Goodness”.

Are you ready for a shopping extravaganza because today’s list has an extra special yummy item. That tea towel WAAAAAY at the bottom. Laura found it while we were shopping over at the Renegade Fair in Chicago a couple weeks ago. She reluctantly walked away from it, since she was only living room shopping (girl’s got will power for days), but boy do I keep thinking about that little pretty pretty. Hey Laura, maybe you should have Ryan read this post? Hey Ryan, that tea towel down below, go buy it for your girl! She lurves it!

And BTDubs, there’s only 79 days ’til Christmas!

11 Bargain Buys Under $100


DIY – Candle Packaging

October 6, 2014


Free Printable Candle Label  Graphic

I have to admit, 100% of the time, if you were to place two identical items in front of me, one having spectacular packaging and the other with horrible type and all the crazy colors of a fruit bowl, I’d pick the pretty packaging hands down. Even if it was more money, I’d buy the pretty packaging. Materialistic, maybe? Vain, maybe? I’d like to think hope chalk it up to good taste. But one this is for sure, it’s the graphic designer in me. I crush on good typography. I live for it. I’m constantly judging magazines and billboards for their kerning. I just can’t help it. Read More

cocktail – wild indie mule

October 2, 2014

Wild Indie Mule

I suddenly realized that I haven’t shared any of my favorite boozy beverages with you guys! What kind of friend am I?!?! To make it up to you, today I’m going to share my most favorite of them all. The Wild Indie Mule. And I must be honest, I finally figured out how to make this little lovely from a restaurant we like to frequent. It pays to make friends with the bartender!

I had a plan to get this scrumptious cocktail in before the end of August, but I blinked, and now it’s mid September. Oh summer, where did you go? But, let’s be honest. Does it have to be 90° to have a cold beverage on the patio? Ummmm. No. Not. At. All. In fact, these are so tasty, I’d gladly have 2 in a polar vortex…ok, that might be pushing it. Read More

Elkhorn Flea Market

September 30, 2014

Happy Wednesday you guys! I have to tell ya, I didn’t think much could top my getaway weekend at Camp Wandawega, but let me tell you, I think I died and went to junk yard heaven when walked through the pearly gates of the Elkhorn Flea last Sunday morning. Now, I’ve been to many a flea, but I’d have to say this is one of THE best I’ve ever attended. We boogied out of camp a bit before 7AM and got on the road, stopped at an ATM and we were off! Thankfully, we got the inside scoop on a shortcut as to not sit in line on Hwy 11. That’s right, there was a line! A huge line! Like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Over 500 dealers and this was not your Kane County tube socks show. This was the real deal. Merchandise from furniture to glassware, linens to boxing gloves.

The Elkhorn Flea Market Read More

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