Sunday, May 16, 2010

GW lamp, GS shade

So after seeing sooo many good GW finds in everyone else's home in blog land, I've started to frequent the store more often. I've found some little glass dishes and candy bowls that I love, a framed canvas pictured that I bought just for the frame (I'll cover the canvas and do my own bit) but this lamp was my gem! Well, doesn't look like much to begin with, but for $4...I could risk it not working!

Here is my end table in the livingroom with the old lamp. Too spindle-y and not enough "GERTH" if ya know what I mean! Something chunky, something a little!

So because the wall behind my couch is chocolate brown, I knew I would need to paint it. I have alot of white and cream accents with my big lantern, newel post, ceiling tins on the wall and my shutter with the flower boxes in them. So it was only right to continue with the cream.

I roughed it up with some sandpaper, and used my Warm Scones sample from Ace Hardware and threw two sloppy coats on this baby! It already had some pits, cracks and knicks in it, so I just made ure that the paint did not fully cover those!

Um! Super happy with it...even without a shade. Gotta find a shade! So yesterday while out snooping around garage sales, I found this pretty little thing! Vintage, retro, original...LOVE HER! I prayed the whole way home hoping it would be the right size for the lamp! But at only $2 there was no way of passing her up!

So whatch think? Is it a right fit? Look at her details! I. love. her. Yes...Its a her! Just the right amount of whimsy with the vintage, rusty, chippy accents in my livingroom...and even the more modern couch!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pencil Holder & Note holder!

I had this super spectacular idea to come up with a crafty and cute, yet handy caddy for pencils to help my Mom organize her desktop for Mother's Day. She is super helpful and always helping my family and my sister to cart around kids before and after school, helping me while I recovered from knee surgery and getting herself, My dad, and me to Dr's appointments the last couple of months. With all the appointments and responsibilities it became difficult to keep track of all the schedules. This homemade gift would be a perfect compliment to the Day Planner that I also got her for Mother's Day!

I started with a clean jar, cork, jute, fast drying craft glue and for something a little extra, a little picket fence!

Now...I apologize, as I am horrible at taking "in progress" pictures. But the steps are pretty easy to follow.
Measure the height of your jar you are covering. Cut the cork to that measurement and roll the cork around the jar, glueing as you go. I did two layers to give plenty of depth for pins/tacks to stick into later.

I have to admit. I wanted to just leave it with the cork only. However, I was so excited to get going that where the lip of the jar was smaller than the rest, it left a void between the cork and the lip and looked funny. So...what to do next? How can I fix this flub up?

JUTE! Wrapped it all in jute, then Hot glued the little picket fence around the container. I'm including two pictures of the finished product. Plain, and with Mom's "REMINDERS" to help her keep track of her day! Pretty enough to set on the kitchen counter, desk top or next to her chair with her pens and paper!

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Banana Cream Sandwhich Cookies

First thing is first!
Happy Mother's Day to all the selfless, dedicated, and wonderfully perfect Mommas out there!

This year we decided to pass on the big elaborate meal and save some moola and eat treats instead after lunch! Eat...thats what we do best in my family!

I've been inspired by so many wonderful posts out there in blogland with tempting treats, and decided to make my own!

This particular recipe was inspired by the packaging of Bakerella's Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies and the melt in your mouth flavor of the Banana Cream Frosting recipe from Kara's Cupcakes! These two ladies have outstanding sites that share thier creativity and passion of all things sweet and fun! Check them out if you haven't already!

Now...I just hope I do the inspirations proud! Try out the recipe and share your successes...or flops for that matter! Cause I have more flops than I can list and would love to be comforted by yours! lol. Oops Did i just say that?

I'm starting off with the following ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboards...ok, maybe not the Banana Extract. But it was less than $2 Walmart.

1 yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp banana extract
powdered sugar for decoration

Combine and blend the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil and banana extract. (disclaimer..picture below shows lemon extract from a previous recipe with same steps. Saving space on my computer from uploading another pic)

Drop teaspoonsfuls of dough in to a bowl of powdered sugar. Roll around until they are lightly covered.

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 6-9 minutes in a preheated oven.

The bottoms will be slightly browned on the bottoms and slighlty chewy on the inside.

1/4 cup butter room temp
4 oz package of cream cheese room temp
1/2 of a 1 lb box of powdered sugar
1/2 box banana cream pudding mix

In a mixer, cream butter, cream cheese and vanilla.
*This is where my mixer died...sniff sniff!
Gradually add sugar and pudding mix until smooth

Turn one cookie upside down, and spread your frosting as thin or as thick as you like before the guilt sets in! Place another cookie on top!

This recipe is just enough for 10 sandwhich cookies. And actually, unless you are serving a ginormous crowd, that should be plenty, cause these little cookies are delicoulsy sweet. However, If you wanted to double the frosting recipe, it would be just enough to top all 20 of the cookies individuly rather than as sandwhiches!

Let me know if you try them!
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Monday, May 3, 2010

For the love of all things louvered and weathered!

First of all... Kudos to my mom for the idea and to my Super fab Dad that put it together!

Dad tore down a barn several years ago and salvaged these out of the rafters I believe! Not knowing what to do with them at the time, but being smart enough to know not to toss them...he keeped them in the rafters of his own rafters. They are now lining my fence on the side of our house giving extra texture, height and color to my most shaded spot! But wanting to do more than just lean them up against the fence Mom came up with this idea.

Dad used 2 shutters, and cut them each midway up. He nailed them together at the corners and used a small block on the inside of the frame.

This is so we could put a false floor in the bottom (we put 2 bricks in the bottom incase a strong wind threatened to blow the piece over) and again about 6 1/2" from the top rim. (that measurement is so that I could place the fern pot down inside without seeing it. You could change this measurement to fit your containers. Both floors have a hole drilled for drainage as shown.

This is the finished peice! the height is just right so that if I wanted to hang something above it I still can!

Yep...thats me in the reflection!

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