Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I took an unexpected little break from the blog this week. Sometimes I feel like I just need to totally unplug...can anyone relate? I did want to pop in today though to show you a few ideas if you are preparing to decorate a table for Easter this weekend.
True to form for me, I used mostly what I had and kept it simple. First up, option #1, sparkly and glam:
For the place settings, I pulled out my bird nests and eggs and used your favorite and mine...frog tape! to make name banners.
I lined the bottom of a mirrored tray with a fun piece of graphic wrapping paper to add some color.
I loaded the tray up with lots of candles and some clipped branches from the redbud tree in our yard.
Some smaller arrangements flank the mirrored tray with a pair of mossy garden birds.
Next, option #2, a colorful table for the kids (or those young at heart!):
For the centerpiece, I used a cute grapevine rabbit from the thrift store with an arrangement of grocery store tulips.
He's sitting on a grassy type runner and colorful fabric folded to size.
For the place settings here I used a mixture of crystal candle holders and small candlewick glasses, filled them with spanish moss and laid a colorful egg on top. Then, I used some scallop edged scissors to cut more pieces of frog tape, labeled with a paint pen, and just curled the strips on top of the egg.
I borrowed an idea from a page I had torn out of an old Better Homes and Gardens magazine and stapled the ends of paint strips together to make napkin rings. Paper napkins from Ikea tie the greens and blues together.
Are you having company for Easter dinner? We're actually celebrating at my sister's house. I'm taking the rest of the week off, too, but I have some great projects to show you next week!
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Since we're on Spring Break this week, yesterday we skipped town for a few days. We didn't go far and don't have big plans...staying in a hotel, flipping through cable (which we don't have at home), and eating out is enough to keep us happy.
However, you can bet I'm squeezing some shopping in! We just happen to be staying near Ikea, which I only get to visit about once a year, so I though I'd share with you what's been on my list.
#1- Lappljung Ruta pillows- Black and white aztec pillows. I tried to buy these on my last trip, but they were sold out! Hoping they are in stock this time. Because clearly I need more black and white pillows.
#2-The Expedit shelves. For my son's room that we're working on. Hoping these will provide a good balance of storage cubbies and display space for all of those Lego Star Wars ships. I know you moms of boys know what I mean.
#3-The Knappa light. Not sure where it's going yet, I just like it and it's very affordable.
#4-Ribba frames for these prints. Not completely sure if these will work but I'm going to check them out.
#5-The Rast dresser. I think. I know, not much to look at, but there are countless options of fabulous ways to transform this $35 solid wood little dresser.
I've searched Craig's List for over a year for matching nightstands, but these may be a good option since I haven't found anything else. These are what I really really want, but no luck yet.
#6-I'm itching for a new rug for my entry. Just going to check out options.
#7-And, I'm not sure if I'll find them at Ikea or Homegoods, but I need some good drum shades. I have a new pair of thrifted lamps and I'd love to do something like this with the shades-
The large drum shade at Target isn't quite big enough so I'm hoping to come across a good option.
Hopefully we'll be visiting the big blue store this afternoon or tomorrow. You can follow me on Instagram to keep up with all of the riveting details. By the way, Instagram has quickly become my favorite form of social media. Facebook, Twitter...I can take them or leave them but I'm addicted to my IG feed! Are you on Instagram?
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Happy First Day of SPRING!
We're off to enjoy the last half of our Spring Break. And, in true Oklahoma fashion, there's snow predicted in parts of the state by the end of the week. We're on a weather roller coaster! I will be back tomorrow though with a hint of what we're doing!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I've been looking for a garden stool (that didn't cost an arm and a leg) forever! So, when my sis sent me a picture of this one that she came across at Ross, I jumped at it. Although I think the blue is pretty, I didn't really like the brown glaze on it, and the color doesn't work in my house. That didn't really matter to me, though, because I knew painting it would be a breeze!
Even though ceramics have a smooth, glossy finish, they are simple to paint successfully. Here are a few tips that I think are key to getting a good result when painting ceramic items.
*Use a primer. I don't always use primer on items I'm spray painting, but on something with a smooth glossy finish it's essential. I used Rustoleum's spray primer for this project.
*Spray several very light coats. I'm always tempted to paint with a heavy hand and only do one coat, but it's so much better to do several coats of almost a mist.
*After finishing priming, wipe your piece down lightly with very fine steel wool or sandpaper. This will smooth out any grit that may have formed with the primer. Usually, if you find the primer is gritty, it hasn't been shaken enough before you started spraying. Wipe dust clean.
*Spray 3-4 light coats of color. I used glossy paint hoping to achieve a finish that didn't LOOK like I had spray painted it! Glossy paint is the most durable, and after the paint has cured should hold up well to normal usage.
That's it! So, if you come across a great deal on a ceramic item, but the finish is not quite your taste, scoop it up anyway and paint it!
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I got a little happy with my can of glossy white with some more thrifted finds...
and my giant shell was a bit more yellow than I cared for, so it got a fresh coat as well.
How about you? Have you tried painting smooth ceramic items and had good results?
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Friday, March 15, 2013
This is probably one of the most common cookies around, but in my four decades of life and eating at countless church potluck meals, I've never had one until last month! My friend made these super easy, super yummy cookies on our ski trip, and today, in honor of our last day before Spring Break starts, I'm sharing them with you! Just in case you need something to keep little hands busy, they will love helping make these!
Here's what you need:
1 bag butterscotch chips
peanut butter (about a cup)
corn flakes (about 7 cups)
I know, the measurements aren't very exact. When I asked my friend about it she was like, "Oh, a couple of big spoonfuls of peanut butter and stir in the cornflakes until it looks right...". So, you can't really mess these up and I'm guessing on the measurements. You can adjust to your taste if needed.
First, pour the entire bag of chips into a microwave safe bowl. Add a few big dallops of peanut butter. I couldn't come up with a better word than "dallops"-but you know what I mean, right? If you have a "melt chocolate" feature, use it. If not, just warm the chips up good, but they should still be keeping their shape. The peanut butter will be runny. Then, stir for a minute or two until they are melted.
Now, pour in the cornflakes and mix well. Line a cookie sheet with a piece of waxed or parchment paper (I give it a quick spray of Pam just for fun) and dip your cookies out. You can use a spoon, a big scoop, or the 1/4 measuring cup works great for us.
Then, to make it even easier, when that layer is full I layer another sheet of paper on top and scoop out more cookies. Depending on the size of your scoops, this will make about 18-24 cookies.
After your cookies are all scooped out, put in them in the refrigerator to cool until the butterscotch hardens back up. We actually like ours in the freezer...they're ready to eat faster! After they harden if there are any left, keep them stored in the fridge or freezer until ready to eat. Betcha can't eat just one!
There are probably lots of variations of this recipe, including substituting crunchy Chinese noodles for the cornflakes. I thought it would be fun to stir in a few mini chocolate chips at the end, too. Or, see what creations the kids come up with! Gummy bears? Nuts? Sprinkles? The sky is the limit!
How have I missed out on these my whole life? I'm sheltered.
Have a happy, happy weekend, friends! I think there are plans for a camp out in the back yard tonight to kick off Spring Break. I will be here. Thank you so much for coming back again and again to read this blog...your encouragement keeps me going!
P.S. - If you're new around here and missed the original post, I'm over at Word Slingers sharing how I made my tree stump side tables. Come on over and check it out, along with lots of other inspiring articles too!
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
After the Christmas Tree came down, the corner where it had been needed some attention. I used my new chair,
and found an old carved frame at Goodwill that I put next to the painting that was already there. Then, I brought in a tall mirror that's been waiting in the wings and leaned it against the wall.
The little side table comes back and forth from the attic depending on where and when I need it, and the garden stool is a new find that I'll tell you about later. ***Updated-go here to read about the garden stool.
When I showed you all some possibilities for the chair, I couldn't get that last glossy green one with the leopard cushions out of my head. Since this is right across from the green china cabinet though, I didn't want another piece of green furniture there. I decided I wanted to keep the color as-is for now, and used some left over leopard fabric from my pillows for the seat cushion. My touch of green was added with the pillow. I like how the green ribbon ties in with the deep greens in the painting.
By the way, my sister did that painting for me about 5 years ago for my birthday. We took a photo at one of our favorite vacation spots in Red River, New Mexico, and she painted the landscape from the photo. I've told you that girl is talented!
A Reader's Digest off of the bookshelf adds a pop of pink on the side table.
I removed the print that came in the oval frame and am waiting to find just the right thing to put in it. I don't mind it open for now, it's pretty on it's own.
So, if you need me, I'll be in that chair over there with a good book!
(The sofa is obviously taken.)
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