Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chalkboard Desk

This is one of my recent furniture projects.   I can't actually remember where I got this little desk, but garage sale for $5 comes to mind.

 I sanded it down and painted the chalboard paint on the top.  I should not have left the desk outside in the 700 degree weather because it caused the chalkboard paint to bubble a bit.  I used the Minwax Walnut stain for the rest of the desk!

How cute is that?

This was a quick project, too.  Waiting for the chalkboard paint to dry took the longest time.  I probably didn't have to wait but I am crazy like that.  I could not make myself do the next step until that chalkboard paint was dry!!

I still have some chalkboard paint left & a few projects in mind!!
What do ya think?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Come on Baby Light My Fire....or Not

I may be the only person alive who didn't think about this before, but if there is one other person like me who lives under a rock and didn't think of ya go:

I bought this candle at the Dollar General (one of the 3 fancy stores here in the boonies) because the container was really cute.  It was on sale for a couple of dollars and I was surprised to find it actually smells really good - like some of those fancy schmancy candles.  Anyway.....

I have this warm zone on my stove.  The warm zone not only keeps foods warm, but melts my candle and makes my house smell yummy!  I don't have to look around for the lighter or matches.  I love it!

It works the same as one of those candle warmers you see all the time, without the extra clutter!  There is no open flame, not soot, no trimming the wick, plus it is out of reach of little hands!

Had you already thought of this trick?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Homemade Pickles

Yesterday I made my own dill pickles & bread 'n' butter pickles.   I have made and canned jam (super yummy!), apple butter, and banana peppers.  That's pretty much it.  I haven't done very much canning, but what I have done was pretty simple.  You must try it!  

It makes you feel all... Martha!

I saw a recipe for 14 day sun pickles at Cookin With K's website.  I wanted to make them but couldn't find the fresh dill at the local grocery store, so I bought the Dill Pickle Mix and Bread and Butter Pickle Mix they had.  

You only need vinegar, pickling cucumbers, and Mrs. Wages Dill Pickle Mix!

I cut some spears and slices...

and packed them in the jars.  I mean PACKED them in.

Its about now that I start to feel fancy.  I mixed the vinegar, water, and dill mix and cooked it until it boiled.  I poured the dill mix to cover the pickles in the jar (leaving about a 1/2 inch space in the top), and put the lids on.

I put all the jars in a pot (I had to use a bigger pot than the one in the picture) and covered them with water.  I boiled them for about 10 minutes and took them out.  Canning tongs come in handy at this point.  I didn't have them and survived, but I won't mention how many times I burned myself!

*boo-boo* confession: I ran out of jars and used an old ragu jar and lid that I had.  While the jars were boiling, that lid popped off and water got in there! UGH!  I won't do that again!

As the jars cool, you start to hear the tops pop.  That's how you know they are sealed.  I like that "pop!".

I think the canning jars looks pretty all lined up with food.  I need an open canning pantry to store them in.  It's like art work!  
(or heart work)

I also got the Bread & Butter pickle mix to make some for my Manly Man.  That mix had alot more seasoning so they look even prettier!

What is your favorite thing to can (or favorite canned thing to eat)?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Who's Pinterested In Your Blog?

Do you know how to tell who is pinning your blog crafts and pictures to their Pinterest?  
You may be surprised at how many people are loving your stuff.

If you would like to find out who is pinterested in your blog, type:

(mine was - )

My wire bird nests tutorial was the most pinned from my blog.   

What was the favorite pin from your blog?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Desk Before/After

I got this desk to sell at the flea market.  I was originally going to paint it white, but thought the stain would cover more of the flaws.  Here is the before picture:

I brought it outside and sanded it.  The top is some kind of laminate which is amazingly easy to sand.  I was pleasantly surprised by that.  I am new to this furniture refinishing business.  I would surely pick up other laminate pieces to redo!

I used a Ryobi Corner Cat Sander.  He's my new best friend.

Then it was time to stain.  I used Minwax wood finish that I got at Wal-Mart and the minwax brush that was recommended.


 I took these so you could see the difference it made in a side by side comparison.  You brush it on & then wipe it off/rub it in.

In the picture below you can't even notice the piece of laminate that is missing on the right hand side!  the stain was very forgiving of flaws.

I love the dainty little hardware.  One of the little drawer pulls is missing.  I guess I will have to drag myself to Hobby Lobby.  You know how much crafters hate Hobby Lobby!

Lazy confession:  Do you see how many curves are on those legs??  I did not even try to sand them.  I wiped them down and stained over them.  Basically it just filled in where the original finish was missing.  That works for me!  *insert whistle*  Look at those legs!

And again, the finished product.  I am pleased that I went with the stain.  This whole project took an hour from start to finish (not including drying time).  I moved it in the house that evening.  It went much quicker than I imagined it would!

I think it would make a really pretty dressing table with a nice mirror on top.
What do you think?   

linked @  Savvy Southern Style

Tangled Lanterns

Do you remember the Festival of Lights in the movie Tangled?

I know it is JUST a cartoon, but didn't you think it was just so pretty?  I secretly wished that I could have seen it (lets just keep that between us), but since I am a real gal in a real world & not an animated one - that couldn't happen.  Right?

Wrong! Well, sort of. *grin*

At the fireworks stand, they had the lanterns!  I was thinking they would be pretty small but they are 2 1/2 - 3 ft tall!  My kids and their friends had a great time popping fireworks last week, but I was anxiously awaiting the lanterns.  I waited patiently on the porch with my feet propped up and a glass of iced tea (oh, and my camera!).

My daughter bought them.  I think she had a hard time letting go.




Well, that was fun!  I can't wait for the fireworks stand to open again!  If I get too anxious I can always order them from Amazon!

Am I the last to know about these?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sneaky Peaky

I have been busy working on a few projects.  I am almost finished with them but wanted to show you the befores.  I will be posting the afters this week!

I love the lines of this desk.  I love the legs of this desk.  I love the cute little knobs on this desk (one of which is missing so I may have to change them).  My first thought was to paint it white but I went with another option which you will see soon!

I have had this desk for several years.  I can't remember where I got it from.  Garage sale for $5 comes to mind, but I am really not sure.  I did something fun yet classy to this little desk.  I can't wait to show you!

I just bought this 70's wonder at a garage sale last week for $25!!  Yes, $25 bucks!  I am totally not liking the 70's glass panels nor the thick varnish.  The image that sprang to mind when I saw it was super cute, so I bought it.  This is a fun project that I hope to be finished with this week.  I haven't decided if I was gonna keep it or sell it at the flea market.

What would you do with these pieces?

Stay tuned...afters coming soon!!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Stuffed Pablano Peppers

Here is a recipe that my family loves!  I made it up when I was doing a low carb diet and got tired of eating plain meat & green beans or salad. 

Ingredients: chicken breast, pablano peppers, bacon, 1 bag cheddar cheese, 1 tub whipped cream cheese (or one block cream cheese).

These are pablano peppers.  They are available at most grocery stores.  They are not hot and they have a really good taste.  

When I got to the checkout, the teenage cashier picked the bag up and said, "What are these??"  He also charged me for cucumbers instead of zucchini.  My Mom would probably do the same thing!

First you cut your peppers in half.  Scrape the seeds out of them and rinse them off.

Mix together 1 bag of cheddar and 1 tub whipped cream cheese (sometimes I use an 8oz block of cream cheese).

Fill your pepper halves with the cheese/cream cheese mixture.

Cut small strips of chicken to fit on top of filled peppers.  I used a 3 lb pk of chicken tenders and had plenty left.  The chicken goes really far in this recipe.

After you have all of your peppers filled with the cheese mixture and have your chicken strips on top, its time for the last cooking step.

Wrap each pepper with a slice of bacon. 
Bake at 350 degrees till bacon is done.  I usually like my bacon a little more cooked than this, but my Manly Man can never wait and pulls them out ASAP.

I make stuffed jalapenos with the same recipe except I omit the chicken and cut each bacon slice in half.  
We make the stuffed jalapenos the most often.   If you make them, be careful because the seeds are HOT!  Make sure you get all of the seeds out before you proceed to the next step.  Also don't rinse them till the seeds are out.  I mistakenly thought cleaning the seeds under running water would be the best way.  IT IS NOT!!  Something about rinsing them makes the peppery stuff heavy in the air and will have the whole house choking!
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