November 12, 2012

mushroom frittata

Credit for the following delish dish goes to chef hubbie…

  • large non-stick saucepan:  saute onions in 2 T. olive oil, add sliced mushrooms & saute for a few minutes
  • add thyme, salt & pepper, & half-n-half (approx. 1/3 to 1/2 cup)
  • beat 5 eggs (or so) in bowl, temper eggs by slowly adding & stirring in saucepan mixture
  • add back into saucepan & cook on stove top until set
  • put under broiler to brown top

Enjoy with a piece of toast & fruit for breakfast, or with a salad for lunch or dinner.

“Cooking is at once child’s play & adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.”  ~ Craig Claiborne

November 5, 2012

corn door

A cute candy corn freath:

The $3 thrift store frame before:

  • paint one coat primer
  • paint upper white & lower yellow colors
  • use painter’s tape for orange color boundaries
  • remove tape & touch-up

“People always ask me, ‘Were you funny as a child?’  Well, no, I was an accountant.”  ~ Ellen DeGeneres

October 30, 2012

plate pedestal

Search & rescue forlorn small plates & candle holders at your favorite thrift store or home.  The following eight items cost $4.50.

To make a couple specimens dark & creepy, paint the candle holder (these were not glass or ceramic) a metallic gray.   Then, with an adhesive product, (make sure it works with the materials!) secure plate to pedestal.

Be patient during drying & curing!  Trust me.

The next two are anytime of the year cuties.  Use them to hold small items – keys, paper clips –  or display seasonal goodies.  Raised objects save linear space & lend visual interest.

Fun is… fake rodents & spiders on Halloween….one never knows where they may lurk around here…

October 16, 2012

mr. dresser

From $30 interesting vintage find…

to…’how you doin’?’

  • remove hardware (the lip pulls HAD to GO), remove brass feet covers, wood fill chipped spots, sand, label drawers, clean off all dust
  • paint interior drawers – used interior semi-gloss linen white
  • 2 coats Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – Graphite
  • Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax

Lower drawer with paint only, top drawer with paint + wax:

The wax was really frustrating until finally finding the rhythm & method by trial & error.  My method:

  1. lightly sand with SUPER FINE sand paper & wipe dust off
  2. have a bunch of white t-shirt rags handy
  3. cover 3 fingers with rag, dip in wax, work in small areas with progressive plan in mind
  4. circle the wax around like crazy, pressing & spreading even, end with a wipe following the grain

The final finish looks simultaneously fresh & old.  Dresser top:

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then  by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”  ~ Vincent Van Gogh

October 10, 2012

square scare

Last year, the wreath rotator adorned the front door.  This year, the same feather boa attached to a wooden frame (25 cents, thrift store).

The word “attach” used very loosely…

Black thread + scotch tape + feather boa = new wreath

It’s suppose to be scary…

October 4, 2012

farm hugger

An addition to the coffee cozy repertoire…(search “coffee hugger” or click on similar tag below to see history..)

A mini replica of a friend’s farm to enhance hot beverage enjoyment!  First step:  make a crafty plan

Initial materials:  felt, embroidery thread, linen, 1/8″ black grosgrain ribbon, sparkly corduroy, buttons, black & off white vinyl, ultra suede, bead

The cute cow ended up being too tiny to make….but the poppies are perfect.

“If it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.”  ~ David Letterman

September 21, 2012

nook nook

A cute, simple way to house an e-reader.

  • felt – wide enough for the e-reader, long enough for mattress weight to keep it in place
  • coordinating room fabric for front pocket
  • use iron-on interfacing to make fabric pocket sturdy
  • hem the top of pocket, fold under side & bottom edges, sew onto felt on hanging side
  • cut small slit in back for the charger to thread through

“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as  often.” ~ Mark Twain

August 22, 2012

meal strategy

A new, fresh way to decide what to have for dinner.  Ask yourself:

“What is going to go rotten first?”

For us yesterday it was the kale = ham n’ greens

Question #2:

“What is the oldest item in the freezer?”

I’m beginning to wonder how long we could be fed off those two questions…

Question #3:

“How can I reinvent _____________ ?”

Example:  left-over chicken meat transformed into pasta salad

Dressing:  dijon mustard, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper with romano sprinkles on top

“Fish is the only food that is considered spoiled once it smells like what it is.”  ~ P. J. O’Rourke

July 21, 2012

tomato salad

Someone get me a spoon.

  • home-grown tomatoes
  • tiny diced shallots* or purple onion
  • red* or white wine vinegar
  • olive oil
  • Dijon mustard
  • fresh thyme
  • kosher salt & ground black pepper

*preferred

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.”  ~ Lewis Grizzard
June 21, 2012

paper dolls

A creative, imaginative toy for over 200 years!  Several resources are available online for virtual play, or turn it into the real deal by printing doll templates on card stock.

Find outfit & accessory inspiration from magazines or fashion websites.  Materials include scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, foil, yarn, ribbon, thread, rhinestones, glitter, markers, & beads.  Make tabs to hold the clothes onto the doll or use scotch tape.

Additional ideas include making a closet with paper or cardboard for storing, opening “stores” with themes then buying & selling with friends, & giving as gifts for parties or to stay in touch with long distance friends.

“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.”
~ Frank Capra
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