Sunday, July 31, 2011
I started with the wooden white letters from Michael's Craft Store.
And an old cookbook that I never use.
A little Mod Podge
I just tore the dessert recipes out of the book with wavy edges and stuck them down on the letters. Once that was done I flipped them over on a mat and cut the edges off up next to the letter.
They finished up nicely and I love the result. I used the Satin finish Mod Podge and this gave a nice finish. I also love the recipe’s, this was an old home extension agency cookbook and my Mom had a few recipes in the book and I have one with her name on one of the letters :)
I wanted to hang these on a skinny wall vertically in my kitchen but since we have the house on the market I thought it best not to add any additional holes to the walls. So, here’s hoping I will find a perfect spot for these in our new home.
On that note…I’m going to take the month of August off from blogging. I hope you all will stay tuned for more projects and ideas come September and this Fall. I have a busy August a head while having to work the next two weekends and with the house being on the market it is hard to start big projects and decorate around here but I have lots of plans for the next home and we are hoping we get an offer soon! I also want to soak up as much of this summer as is left, I just love warm weather and I’m looking forward to long lazy days ahead :)
Thursday, July 21, 2011
First the squash died, squash bugs were the culprit. Some plants still looked somewhat healthy, but there were literally millions of squash bugs so they were doomed. I pulled them all up.
Thirdly the tomatoes are having issues. I have 5 varieties. I talked about those here. All of the larger variety have had issues, black spots on the bottom of some and the rest that have even gotten close to being ready to pick have been eaten by something, no idea what. The small ones, Black Cherry & Sweet Gold have done well and keep producing healthy fruit, I even had a caprice salad of sorts with these two that was great (see photo below).
Last, a glimmer of hope. The eggplants that I thought were stumped in growth are actually Bambino eggplants. I pulled out my seed pack to learn this (Duh!) even though the picture on the seed pack shows normal sized healthy eggplants. I lost half of these because I thought they were not growing and I didn’t pick quick enough. I did fry some last night and they were pretty good. I should have a few more of these over the next few weeks.
Hope any of you garden growers out there are having better luck than me. Did I mention, I am a farmers daughter ?!? I should be better at this!
Monday, July 18, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
I was able to restrain my self until I saw this...
I swear angels started singing, my heart raced and I started babbling something and Will turns his head and says, What the hell is wrong? So really I think I got a little crazy eyed!
You all know I love glass. And the simplicity of the fixture is so clean and neat. But really what grabbed my attention is I have a necklace pendant that was my great grandmothers and it is eerily similar in design to this pendant. Anything that reminds me of her makes me happy!
So here's hoping that I can save some quick money and get this bad boy in the new house when we move. I'm thinking Foyer.
Check out some more images over at Pottery Barn
We've had a few showings this week and one family has been back 3 times to see our house, so fingers crossed! I'm really tired of keeping everything neat as a pin!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Such pretty bottles, jars, and vases. I’m almost 100% sure I will amass a collection like this over time. But for now it inspired me to do this…
I bought these at a store in Portland OR about 4 years ago. I was there on a business trip and had a little free time. These were so cheap, between $2 & $5 each. They had so many colors but I had to narrow it down. I stuck to my favorite colors and I wrapped them up in my clothes, stuffed them in the suitcase and they arrived all the way back to Raleigh, NC with no breakage!!
I have these on the shelf in my guest bedroom now and I’m liking the change. What do you think?
Thursday, July 7, 2011
If I ever see another that I just can’t live with out I’ll sell this one and replace it.
However, I am quickly falling in love with this newly painted version.
I used chalk paint again for this piece in the color Paloma. It turned out much more lavender than I thought it would be, I was going for a dark grey with a hint of purple. But purple is my favorite color and it really is pretty.
Here is a look back
I ended up keeping the original hardware, which was my big issue with this piece. I say that because nothing in furniture painting ever goes exactly as planned for me. Good thing I love doing it! I bought this hardware from Target.
I tell you this saga because if you need hardware this was a great source for money savings. The pulls were $19.99 for 6 and the knobs were $10.99 for 4! I really liked the clean lines on both of these and felt like they would keep the buffet simple and clean and help match the style of my table and chairs better.
Problem #1, the pull on the drawer is a smaller width between the holes than the width on the cabinet fronts. So, I planned to use the Target pulls on the cabinet doors and the original pull (painted) on the drawers along with the knobs from Target because the buffet was missing one of the original knobs. So I proceeded to spray paint my hinges and 2 original pulls brushed nickel to match the new ones….
I used the Fusion first, just because this stuff really sticks to anything and that way I could be lazy and not clean any of the hardware. I sprayed with the brush nickel over the metallic shimmer.
Once the spray painting was done I started putting on the knobs from Target, creating Problem #2. They looked really big on those tiny drawer fronts. I didn’t take a picture, but they looked ridiculous and they were quickly removed. So even at a great price, all hardware is returning to Target.
Since I really loved the spray color and the hinges were done I sprayed all the hardware and used that. It’s not bad, but I will probably change it out eventually (there is a missing knob). Because the knobs need to be really small I think I will look at the flea market on my next trip and find some old pieces and spray those brushed nickel, who knows maybe I will find a match to the missing one :) I would be so LUCKY as Napoleon Dynamite would say.
I was also really really eager to finish and share this piece with you all….here are some more shots.
I am a light distresser, alot of that is fear that I will ruin it and I am not sure I love really chippy pieces. This color looked a lot better with a bit of distressing. Just sanded heavy around the corners and edges and little at the bottom.
So in conclusion, just want to share a few more notes about chalk paint in case you are still considering it.
#1. Every piece I’ve painted I’ve needed 2 coats of paint. If you were going to heavily distress a piece I think one coat is enough.
#2. I still LOVE the wax the best. I should have showed you but I thought about using the dark wax on this piece and I tried it on the inside of the cabinet doors. I really liked the color but it goes on heavy in some spots and you have to be careful. This piece doesn’t have a lot of detail and I didn’t want a dark spot on a flat section. If I tire of the color I will put the dark wax on. Tip, Use the dark wax only after you’ve applied the clear wax as not to stain the piece. This wax is so easy to work with and I love the finish.
So I hope you like it and if you have questions about chalk paint I will do my best to answer.
Now to brag a little :)
I LOVE these hydrangeas!! They are from my yard, from a bush I transplanted from my old childhood home that has been in our family for years! The blooms are blue in the spring but purple and green in the late summer.
p.s. I stopped the design inspiration on Thursday for now….my heart wasn’t in it and this blog is about my heart’s desires :) I felt like a lot of other bloggers were doing it and I didn’t want to copy. I will always try to share those inspiring finds that truly capture my heart!
I have been trying to finish my latest furniture project to write about but I ran in to a snag with the hardware and I really want to show it to you finished. I'm falling in love with the piece, it's my favorite color. And I can't wait to show you!!!
Just wanted to say Hi!
Monday, July 4, 2011
Happy Fourth of July! Hope you all have had a wonderful holiday weekend. Wanted to share with you my favorite Summer desert. It’s super easy to make!
1 c sugar
1 c self rising flour
1 c whole milk
2 tablespoons butter
2-2 1/2 c fruit (mix of blueberries and peaches)
Wash blueberries, peel and cut up peaches. Mix fruit in bowl and sugar these, let them sit for a few minutes. Mix sugar, flour, milk in baking dish. Slowly pour in fruit. Dot with butter.
Cook at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Let cool and enjoy!
Also, here is a sneak peak at what I’ve been working on this weekend.
Back to the daily grind tomorrow, have a great week!