Monthly Archives: August 2012

Happy Friday! ;-)



Let’s talk about the Room!

Wednesday is here again, and it’s time to ‘Let’s talk about the Room!’ It’s a new series of discussion that started last week.

It’s easy to take part. Just have a look at the room photo below and leave a comment with your answers to these two questions:

One thing I like most about this room is…

One thing I like least about this room is…

Movie for Tonight: The Adjustment Bureau

On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas – a woman like none he’s ever known. But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself – the men of The Adjustment Bureau – who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path… or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.

Cast: Read the rest of this entry

Design idea for ‘Fortune cookies’

What a great idea to make your own ‘Fortune cookies’! Could be one of those things you can add to your get-together  nights with friends! 😉 Enjoy!

Anything Good to Read?

I l-o-v-e books! I love to read them, collect them, browse through them, and share my thoughts about them. And today, I wanted to let you know of a good web site I came across ‘Goodreads‘. You can organize the books you have, check the ones you’ve read and the ones to-read. You can comment on them, and review the books you’ve read. And best of all, you can link you social sites to it, so that your friends and loved ones can ‘follow’ you and share their favorite books as well.

So what is everyone reading these days? I’ve got hooked on the Chloe Neill‘s series of the ‘Chicagoland Vampires’. 🙂


How to paint your walls with Ombre effect

To create:  Chose three paint colors in a light, medium, and darker shade that hail from the same color family.  As image shows, it’s got Valspar’s Ultra Green (light), Beach Blanket (medium), and Sea Treasure (dark).   

STEP 1: Trim wall with painter’s tape and use a roller to paint entire wall the lightest hue.

STEP 2: Paint a bottom panel with the darkest hue. 

STEP 3: Mix your medium and dark shade together to create the 2nd darkest color and paint a section.

Next, move up on the wall and paint the 3rd section the middle color only. 

STEP 4: Blend the colors together using a smaller paint brush that is DRY, until areas and lines bleed together.

You may need to touch up with mixed paint as you go, as it takes on an amazing ombré effect.

(Source: ps-imadethis, via slinkyorange)

Let’s talk about the Room!

‘Let’s talk about the Room!’ is a new series here at Xenia Nova – a bit of Wednesday fun in the name of constructive criticism!

It’s easy to take part. Just have a look at the room photo below and leave a comment with your answers to these two questions:

One thing I like most about this room is…

One thing I like least about this room is…

Artist Recognition: Marina Dieul

Marina Dieul was born in France. She showed great interest in painting and drawing from an early age, and her family encouraged her vocation. In early 2000, she moved to Montreal, Canada, where she now lives. She has since studied with Tim Stotz and Michelle Tully, former students of Ted Seth Jacobs. Her work has received numerous awards and honors, including the Kingston Prize, Salon International ( Greenhouse Gallery), the Artist Magazine, and has been extensively profiled in International Artist Magazine, among others. “Stroke of Genius ” #2 and #3 (published by North Light Books) also features her work. Most recently she won the William Bouguereau Best of Show Award, and first place in the drawing category at the Art Renewal Center Salon, and the Best of Show in the “Inspiring Figures” exhibition (Butler Institute of American Art). She is a member of the Portrait Society of Canada, the Portrait Society of America, and the International Guild of Realism. Read the rest of this entry

Buttermilk-Brined Fried Chicken Recipe

Servings: Makes 6 servings.
Prep Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 42 mins
3  cups buttermilk
1/3  cup coarse salt
2  tablespoons sugar
2-1/2  to 3 pounds meaty chicken pieces (breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks)
2  cups all-purpose flour
1/4  teaspoon salt
1/4  teaspoon black pepper
3/4  cup buttermilk
Cooking oil

1. For brine, in a resealable plastic bag set in a bowl combine the 3 cups buttermilk, the coarse salt, and sugar. Cut chicken breasts in half crosswise. Add all chicken pieces to the brine; seal bag. Chill for 2 to 4 hours; remove chicken from brine. Drain chicken; pat dry with paper towels. Discard brine. Read the rest of this entry

One for Two: Bedroom for kids

Here’s a nice idea to get a small room working for two kids! Organized, clean and full of light!