Monday, August 31, 2015
Hi everyone! Boy, these Mondays sure do roll around fast after a weekend! Especially now that we're fully back in the swing of a school routine, those lazy Saturday mornings where no one has to set an alarm pass by much too quickly.
During the school year, my husband and I enjoy "day" dates on Fridays (his day off) while the kids are in school. It's nice to be out during the day when shops, restaurants, and movie theaters aren't very crowded. Last week while the kids slaved away at school we spent the day at play, enjoying lunch and poking around a new to us shop. Usually, he's my driver ;) and chauffeurs me to whatever store I want to run in to while he waits in the car, but I had a feeling he would enjoy this one. When two different friends recommended it to me in one week, I knew we had to get by to check it out!
I know I have a lot of local friends that read the blog, so I thought I'd give you a little preview if you'd like to go check this store out too. For those of you who aren't close by, I know you'll enjoy the beautiful styling and accessories displayed, and maybe get a few ideas of something new you can try in your home. And, if you're ever visiting OKC, this is definitely one stop you'll want to make!
Urban Farmhouse Designs is located in Downtown Oklahoma City, at 400 S. Western Avenue. It's a two story old warehouse that serves as their showroom and also houses their workshop where they make all kinds of unique, custom furnishings from reclaimed wood as well as unusual and repurposed accessories.
This was my very favorite set-up in the whole store, the mix of rustic, glam, and modern elements is perfection. Those crystal globe lights...be still my heart!!!
I really, really loved the natural finish on this table, as well as the shape and size.
Someday I need to get my hands on one of these cute Oklahoma faux grass mats!
Was there a favorite piece that caught your eye? You can also follow Urban Farmhouse Designs on Facebook for a look at even more of their selection and custom accessory and furniture pieces. Happy Shopping!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
With our patio makeover that we're in the midst of, I've had outdoor furniture on the brain. (Catch up on Part 1 of the patio project here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.) We're kind-of starting over out there so I've been hunting for some new pieces. We have a great iron set that will last forever, but it only seats 4 and I'm looking for something bigger. Today I thought I'd show you some pieces that I've come across in my search that caught my eye. Some of these might have even come to live at my house, so stayed tuned next week when I'll share the design plan for the patio with you.
More and more I'm liking a little touch of modern mixed in with my design, and what's more modern that a ghost chair?
Classic farmhouse style- This table is actually aluminum but is finished to look like wood. Love that it has the look of wood but not the maintenance, and will be able to withstand any outdoor weather.
The table and clear chair in the next one aren't marketed as outdoor furniture, but I don't think I'd have any problem using them in a well covered area or screened in porch. I couldn't decide which chair I like better with it, the left gives a more tradition feel and the right mixes things up with a rustic/modern feel. I'd also love the ghost chair from above with this table!
Once again, this table isn't outdoor, but I'd still use it in a covered area after making sure that the top is sealed well if it wasn't previously.
I like this table so much, I included it twice. However, this one is a different color and larger size that the gray one above. I think at 60" you could squeeze in 6 chairs around this one.
Most of the time I like to mix and match and not use a "set", but I'm including this one because I really like both pieces together. It doesn't look too matchy matchy. Like the farmhouse style one above, this one is actually a metal table, also.
I'm definitely ready for lots of patio sitting this Fall, now we just need our temperatures to cooperate!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Don't you love yummy restaurant dishes that you can replicate at home? I've been making this one for years and thought you might want to try it, too!
I don't eat out terribly often, so when I do I'm usually guilty of sticking with what I know I'll like and not branching out and trying something new so I won't be disappointed, but my husband is better at trying new things. One day he came home from a lunch meeting at work and raved about the Italian Nachos at Johnny Carino's, and I tried them too the next time we were there. They were an instant new favorite! Here's how to make your own:
12 oz. package of won ton wraps
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Cooked, shredded chicken
Cooked, crumbled Italian sausage (could substitute cooked, crumbled breakfast sausage)
Alfredo sauce (jar or home-made)
Sliced jalapeño peppers
Sliced pepperocini peppers
Sliced black olives
Shredded parmesan cheese
Now, if you have a Johnny Carino's locally, you can make this recipe even easier by purchasing the chips there. If you call in they will sell a bag of them for a few dollars. When I have purchased the chips in the past, one bag is usually enough for about 2 servings.
If you don't have a Johnny Carino's near you, no worries! You can easily make your own chips. If you're like I was when I first made this recipe and have never made anything with won ton wraps, here's what they look like in the package. They are usually found chilled in the produce section.
Begin by slicing each section of won tons into thirds. Cut this way, this package makes enough dinner plate sized servings for 6 people.
Heat up an inch or two of oil in a deep pot. You'll want it hot enough to brown the won tons fairly quickly. Drop each piece in one by one and let brown on one side before flipping over to brown the other side. It nice to have a helper, one dropping the strips in and the other frying, but you can do it by yourself if you work quickly. We worked with around 10 at a time.
Remove from oil after golden brown and drain onto paper towels. Check out that pile of golden, crunchy goodness!
From here on out, the recipe can be made to your liking. I didn't include amounts of the other ingredients, because you just load everything onto the chips according to what or how much you want like any nacho recipe.
Using an oven-proof plate, spread chips out then start layering the other ingredients. I usually start with the mozzarella cheese, then the meats (all chicken, all sausage, or combo), then drizzle with warm alfredo sauce. Then I add the rest of the ingredients (I was out of tomatoes for the photos but they're a good addition too!) and top it off with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
Place your plate in a 350 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes or until everything is nice and hot and melted together. You could also just make a big portion on a cookie sheet if you don't want to make individual servings.
I've made these for parties in the past or for dinner and they're always a hit! What about you, have you had the privilege of eating Italian Nachos from Johnny Carino's? Are you hooked like me?
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
For a while I had a simple leopard table runner for the dining room, until I was down to the wire finishing up my bedroom for the One Room Challenge. I didn't want to make yet another run to Hobby Lobby, and the runner was the perfect size to make two lumbar pillows, so rather than purchasing new fabric it was sacrificed for the greater good.
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Meanwhile, my table has been seeming a little empty. I've had an eye out for a new runner, but nothing I could find ready-made was quite "me." The leopard really was a perfect "neutral" that added a touch of pattern to the space, so I decided to go for round 2, but step the design up a notch this time.
This was just about the easiest project ever, and didn't take much time at all.
I used 1/2 yard of fabric and turned the edges under with fusible hem tape. Then, I watched and episode of one of my favorite shows while I made 20 tassels, 2 each with 10 different colors of yarn. ;) If you don't know how to make a tassel, they are SO easy, and I've got a complete tutorial for you here.
Then, I simply used a small dot of of hot glue to attach each tassel to the wrong side of each end, covering that with a length of ribbon for a neater edge.
I did reverse the colors on each end for some variety.
Even if leopard and multi-colors aren't your style, this would be so cute with tassels all in one color (hot pink!), or even with any choice of fabric mixed with colors to complement your home. The possibilities are endless!
I love the little bit of whimsy the colored tassels add!
Let me know if you try this project, I'd love to know what combo you come up with!
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Hi friends! Today marks out last session of our DIY Summer School series. The assignment today from our fearless leader Beth of designPost Interiors was a project with something found in nature.
We recently went on a quick day trip to one of our favorite spots in Oklahoma. Through the day while hiking, swimming, and exploring, we picked up a few rocks that caught our eye. I love using natural elements for accessories in my home, and knew they would be a fun mementos from our day.
When thinking about today's project, those rocks came to mind. Long necklaces, especially if they include a tassel, are so hot right now! I decided to try to use one of our souvenier rocks to make into a piece of jewelry.
Now, I'm the first to admit, I'm no jewelry making pro. This project involved some trial and error. And, now that it's done, there are a few things I would do differently next time (I'll share those at the end of the tutorial). However, overall I think it turned out pretty cute!
Here's what you'll need if you want to make your own necklace with a rock. ;) I found all of my supplies at the craft store.
Necklace chain, jump rings, leather cord, gold wire, rock (not pictured- wooden craft stick and E-6000 glue) A tip on the rock- you'll want to try to find one with at least one side that's semi-smooth that will be the back, and remember, it will be around your neck so make sure it's not too heavy. Flat and broad works best.
First, I had to figure out a way to attach the chain above and the tassel below the rock. I came up with the thought of using some sort of backplate that I could drill into to attach the jump rings, then planned to glue the rock on top.
I planned to try a paint stick, but it was too wide for my rock. So, a craft stick was just right. You'll want your piece to be just smaller than your rock so that it doesn't show from the front. Drill a hole close to each end with a bit large enough for the size of your jump ring. The sticks do crack and splinter easily, though, when trying to drill through them. I found wrapping a piece of tape around the stick before drilling helped prevent that.
Next, open your jump rings and feed them through the holes. One of my holes was too far from the edge for the ring to fit, so I used a piece of wire through the hole, then attached a jump ring to the wire. Depending on how long your stick is, you might want 2-3 jump rings connected together so the tassel will hang in the right spot once it's attached.
Use the cording to make a tassel. I made this one quickly just by wrapping around my fingers. Click here for my step by step tutorial for making tassels. I used some of the gold wire to section off the top of the tassel, or you could just tie with with a small piece of your cord.
To assemble it all, I used E-6000 glue to secure the craft stick backplate to the back of the rock, clamping and leaving overnight to dry.
Lastly, I used the gold wire to wrap the rock several times in a pattern that I liked. I tucked the ends of the wire between the rock and the craft stick on the back where I could. I like how this finished it off and made it look a little more chic than just a rock on a chain. It's not pictured, but I finished off the back with a small piece of felt hot glued on to cover up everything and make the back a bit neater.
Now, about the things I'd do differently- they're minor. As I wore the necklace, it kept wanting to flip around backwards. With the shape and weight of my rock, I think the chain needed to be attached in two spots across the top, rather than just in the center. I think that would deter the twisting. I might have to tweak that! Once again, a flatter rock, more disc shaped might have worked better.
Secondly, the craft stick was a bit frustratrating just because it broke several times as I was working with it. Next time I need to try something a bit more durable that I can still poke or drill a hole through for the hardware. Maybe a small piece of leather? Who knows? There might even be a flat metal piece with the jewelry supplies at the store with holes already drilled in the ends that would be perfect, but I did need a specific size to fit my rock so I'm not sure that would work even if they had one.
Other than those two things, it came together pretty easily.
I can't wait to see what our other DIY Summer School friends came up with today. I know you'll want to take a peek, too!
If you missed any of my past DIY Summer School projects this summer, you can check them out here-
Ikea Hack: Patriotic Banner
Thrifted: Jewelry Embellished Vase
Wild Card: Candy Bar Pie
Craft Store: Cane Wrapped Vase
Tool Store: DIY Faux Marble Furniture Top