December 1, 2010

Doily Necklace + Chicken Tortilla Soup

I went to Gas Lamp Antiques today in search of doilies for that Anthropologie-inspired doily necklace I told y'all I wanted to make. Gas Lamp Antiques is my favorite place in all of Nashville. I like it better than my own bed. I would sleep there if they'd let me. I gave myself a $10 doily allowance. Along the way, I tried on several spot-on vintage fur coats. Then there was a pile of colorful Pyrex cookware that stopped my heart, and a martini set that beckoned me. But Tessa was fussy, and I had a zillion doilies to rifle through. I got out of there with five doilies and 11 fewer dollars to my name.

I came right home, gladly put Tessa down for her nap, and made myself the necklace. I love this particular doily; it's cross stitched by hand. So sweet. This took 10 minutes, and I think it'll look great with a solid-colored tee-shirt or dress. Here's how to make it.

Then I made chicken tortilla soup. I tried to recreate the magic of Mas Tacos' chicken tortilla soup, which I seriously think is the best soup in the entire world. I did a pretty good job! I used this Food Network recipe, but simplified it like some people in the comments suggested by just shredding up a rotisserie chicken and using store-bought chicken broth. It took maybe 30 minutes from start to finish, I learned how to make my own tortilla chips, and it turned out so yum. I'm not really any kind of a cook and this isn't a cooking blog, but I'm proud of my soup.

Tessa helped make the soup. Not.


  1. it's so beautiful! love that doiliy. thanks for sharing! xo.

  2. Yay! Thanks for commenting, James. Obsessed with your blog. :)

  3. love it ellen!!! especially with the rose ... a sweet addition.

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