1. I found this dirty old headboard next to the dumpster.  Can you believe it?!  A perfect gem, just waiting for me.  It appeared to be broken and would no longer fit on a frame it once lived on... but with some paint, scrap wood and a few drill holes - Ta-dah!  I have a new headboard.  It was super easy to do.

    I just recently moved into a new apartment so I've been having fun redecorating.  It's refreshing moving into a new place.  However, life has been so crazy that I can't believe how long it's been since I blogged!  Where have I been?!  Well, now I've re-dedicated.  I actually miss my blog... but the break was well needed.

    Oh, and guess what - Happy Friday!!

    Ninth and Bird

  2. DIY Summer Scarf

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

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    A few months ago I found this beautiful flowery fabric at a thrift store.  I knew I wanted to make an infinity scarf out of it and I think it turned out really well!  It was so simple to make so I think I'll have to make a few more for the Summer.  What do you think?!

    If you end up making one - share pictures!  I'd love to see them!

    Ninth and Bird

  3. For Saturday // Breakfast Pizza

    Saturday, March 31, 2012

    Eggs over easy on a ham and asparagus pizza... umm, probably the best breakfast pizza I've ever had!  To top it off I got to sip on espresso while it was baking.  AND THEN I had a mimosa on the rooftop deck while the sun came up over Denver... this is why I love Saturdays!

    It's crazy how alive you feel when the Winter is fading and Spring hits you hard with beautiful weekends.    It only encourages you to plan great little rooftop breakfast menus that make you feel like you are on vacation!  It is Saturday after all - treat yourself to something special!  Here is the recipe:

    Breakfast Pizza //

    Preheat the oven to 425.

    Mince 4 - 5 cloves of garlic and saute in about 4 tablespoons of olive oil.  Cut asparagus in bite size pieces (about 2 inches long) and roast them in the oven with olive oil and salt + pepper.  Cook until tender.  Slice one whole mediums size tomato into pieces.

    Once the Garlic is slightly golden in color, pour all of the garlic and all of the oil evenly over your pizza crust (add more olive oil to crust if you feel the need - should be evenly coated).  Top the crust with prosciutto or ham, roasted asparagus, tomato pieces, and your desired layer of italian cheese.  Before pizza goes into the oven, crack 5 - 6 eggs carefully on top so they don't slide off (this is the best part!!).

    Bake for 15 - 20 minuets, or until the egg whites look done.  Then, cut into slices and enjoy!

    Happy Saturday!  Cheers!!

    Ninth and Bird

  4. Recycled T-Shirt Headbands

    Monday, March 19, 2012

    Old t-shirts serve so many purposes!  There is the recycled t-shirt scarf, the t-shirt rug, and now I've created the t-shirt headband!  I've been putting ideas together for the Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market that I'm a vendor at this May.  I'm thinking of having these at my booth.  What do you think?

    They are really good for: 

    1. Covering up your been-camping-for-a-few-days hair!
    2. Wearing under your bike helmet.
    3. Maintaining after-swimming beach hair!
    4. or, those days when you just feel like a headband!

    Is this a good product for the Spring Craft & Flea Market?!  I really appreciate your help!

    Ninth and Bird

  5. Craft & Flea Market

    Friday, March 2, 2012

    source: Urban Bird and Co
            I'm so excited right now!  I've been accepted to be a vendor at the Spring Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market in May!  I've never done anything like this before, but last year it was a blast to attend (I posted about it here)!  I'm trying to narrow down the things I should have at my booth...  I'd LOVE your help!

    There is a survey on my Facebook page that you can participate in!  And you can help by answering the question below:

    I really appreciate your help on this!  I have two months to get things together and I'd love to know your ideas for displays, business cards, or whatever else you can think of.  You rock!!

    Ninth and Bird

  6. The Pretty Package Swap!

    Sunday, February 26, 2012

    Last month I decided to participate in Oh So Lovely's "Pretty Package Swap" and it was so much fun!  Sherry matched me up with Dita from Handmade Nest - all the way from Indonesia!  The idea was to send your fellow swapper a 10 dollar package, whether it be something handmade, purchased, or just some new craft supplies -- But it had to be wrapped in a "pretty" way!

    This is the package I received from Dita this weekend.  Inside I found various pieces of jewelry and (my favorite) Batik!!  The traditional Indonesian fabric is going to be my new scarf!  I can't wait to share the final product!

    I had so much fun with this Pretty Package Swap I think I'll host my own!  If you would be interested in participating let me know in the comments and I'll organize one in the coming weeks.  I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

    Ninth and Bird

  7. Magic Bars & Coffee

    Monday, February 6, 2012

    Sometimes in the Winter, whether you should be at the gym or not, it's best to just stay at home and bake.  We all have those days.  These are my favorite bars in the whole world!  Magic Bars (also called 7 layer bars I believe) are really simple to make and they are SO DELICIOUS!  Take an hour, put on a pot of coffee, and enjoy!  You won't be disappointed.

    Magic Bars         recipe  no.  236

    1/2 C. butter, melted
    1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
    1 (14oz.) sweetened condensed milk
    2 C. semisweet chocolate chips
    1 1/3 C. flaked coconut
    1 C. chopped walnuts

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (325 for a glass dish).  Use a 13x9 pan and spray with a non-stick spray.

    2. Combine the melted butter and the graham cracker crumbs and press against the bottom of the pan evenly, forming the crust.  Pour half of the condensed milk over the crust.  Layer the crust with the chocolate chips, nuts, and then coconut on top.  Pour the rest of the sweetened condensed milk over the bars in a thin, even stream.

    3. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool, cut, and serve with the best cup of coffee you can find.  Enjoy! 

    Ninth and Bird

  8. Cozy Crochet & Winter Days

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

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    Do you ever feel like you spread yourself so thin with all of the things/projects you want to do/learn?!  I've been meaning to spice up my Etsy store, redesign the blog, get a few projects posted, and I can't seem to keep up with the other blog opportunities filling up my email.  There are worse things - I never used to get email!  I love when people write me...  (Now I'm getting way off track!)

    Anyway, over the holidays my mother taught me how to crochet and knit.  So I guess you could say that's my latest obsession.  Despite the fact that I feel like an old lady, carrying around my crochet bag everywhere - just in case there's the off chance that I'll have a moment to make a few stitches... I'm not worried about it.  I know everyone sitting at the DMV wishes they had something to keep them busy like me.  So I'll just keep being me - an old soul!

    That being said, you can see my creations added to my Etsy shop over the next few weeks!!  I'd love your feedback and feel free to make requests!

    Ninth and Bird

  9. One thing I've learned during my blogging adventures: You eat with your eyes first!  Photography is everything when trying to capture a tutorial for your readers, or make your products look desirable on Etsy.com.  And what's the most important part? Lighting!  

    Follow this little tutorial to make your own Photo Light Box for the perfect lighting.

    Cut a border of 2 inches on each side of the tri-fold display board (the two sides and the back).  Make the front of the box (the part you'll take photos from) have a one inch border.  Use the pieces you've cut out to add a bottom to the light box (or if you started with a cardboard box instead of a tri-fold display board, you won't need to do that).  

    Use a ruler and an exacto knife to make straight edges.  You should have two pieces that look similar to the photo below: 
    Use masking tape to attach the two pieces to form a box.  Create more support by attached extra pieces of cardboard to the joints (it also covers up the tape with white cardboard).  Cut white poster board to fit into the box, forming a curve at the back. You want the back of the box to appear seamless from the white poster board, like the image below:
    Finally, cover the two sides and the back with white muslin fabric, attaching it with masking tape.  Use a lamp with a "natural light" light bulb to prevent a yellow glow on the items you are taking photos of.  The final light box will look similar to the image below:  Ta-Dah!

    Ta-Dah!  And that's all it takes to a great close up photo!  The white background is a classic look and it really makes your item pop!  

    Ninth and Bird

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