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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Latestet Sewing Room Updates

I thought I would show
a few things I've been working on
before the 'big reveal'.
This shelf was in 
Justin's room
full of stickers
and trophy's and things.
(and I'm sorry...again..for the lopsided pics.
I have no idea why it does this)

And here is 
what it looks like 

And again...sorry for making you crank your head!

I painted it white and glued on some
decorative wood pieces to
kind of dress it up.
I sprayed the handles
with a silver metallic spray paint.
I think it turned out 

Here are a few close ups of the shelves.
The beautiful cross stitch was done
by my sweet sister, Sarah.

And here is another shelf.

Some close-ups
While I was cleaning out
containers and other goodies,
I came across the old thread
spools I got from my grandparents auction
a few years ago.  I put them in this 
jar...but I have to say, I am
loving the little pin that was in there.

When I went to JoAnn's a few weeks ago
I bought the letter "C".  Do you 
think I should have bought a vowel?  LOL

So...being so inspired by my
blogger friend, Melissa, to 
break out the Mod Podge, 
and a bit of glitter.
I turned my "C" into this:

This is my first attempt at
Mod Podge and I have
to say that I really enjoyed it!

I hope you've enjoyed the latest
tour!  And I hope it inspires to bring
out some creativity in your day.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sewing Room Upate

I thought I would let you know
that my room is finished.
But I'm thinking the fixing up part
is a whole lot easier
than the moving in part.
So these are the final photo's 
I'll show until I'm all
moved in and decorated.
And just to show what I've moved in....
It's always fun to redo something
in this house.
Our home was built in the 1870's,
so we keep hoping that someday
we'll find some awesome treasure.
You never know!

I also wanted to share this amazing 
pancake recipe with you.
Since my family has been good 
about helping me with my room,
I thought I would make them a 
hearty Sunday morning breakfast
.(Yes...I did skip church, but I did 
say my prayers!)

I found this in a magazine, however,
I don't remember which one!
It's Naomi Judd's blueberry pancakes.

2 eggs, separated
1-1/2 c sifted flour
2-1/4 baking powder
3 T sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 c buttermilk
3 T butter, melted
1 cup fresh, or frozen thawed blueberries

In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff; set aside.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder,
sugar and salt.
Beat egg yolks in a medium bowl;
add buttermilk and melted butter.
Stir egg mixture into dry ingredients; mix until batter is smooth,
and stir in blueberries.  Fold in beaten egg whites.
Bake on a hot greased griddle.  
Makes 12 pancakes

And of course, even though I'm trying hard
not to make a lot of processed foods,
you can have pancakes without:
Little Smokies are just a given.

Just so you know, the pancakes
are a bit time consuming,
however, they are very much worth the effort.
My husband normally eats
two pancakes at the most.
Today...he ate four!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sewing Room Update

We are almost done
with my new room.
But my husband reminded me
not to rush the finishing.
People get too excited for the finished product
and start to slack at the end.
So I will listen....ugh.
Here's another sneak peak of what's to come.
This is the old floor (that was underneath the carpet...YUCK!)
And here is what the new floor
is looking like.
I am completely in love
with everything that is taking place.
My sewing machine REALLY misses me.
But it will love it's new home.

So while the floor was bare
I thought I would go ahead and paint Justin's 
old, old dresser.

It went from this
To this
And I'm sorry if you have to look at this
 lop-sided.  I rotated the pictures
before I downloaded them,
but for some reason
they decided to 
fall over again.
Go figure....

But if you have any tidbits
on how to get this right side up,
I would sure appreciate it!

Hopefully by Monday
I'll have pictures of a finished room!
Keep your fingers crossed!

I promised you a recipe,
so here's one I think you will enjoy.
It's from Giada De Laurentis.
Photo and recipe are from

Picture of Sweet Potato Fries with Basil Salt and Garlic Mayonnaise Recipe

Sweet Potato Fries with Basil Salt and Garlic Mayonnaise


  • 5 sweet potatoes, cut into about 1 by 5-inch "fries"
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the sweet potato "fries" on a foil-lined baking sheet and toss with the olive oil. Bake until golden, about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile combine the basil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. In another small bowl combine the mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon juice, and stir to combine.

When the sweet potato fries come out of the oven, sprinkle with the basil salt. Serve with the garlic mayonnaise alongside for dipping.

Doesn't that sound delish?
Let me know if you try it!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Sewing Room Sneak Peak & Doll Quilt Swap

I'm sorry for the blurry picture here,
but remember this room?
At one time 
it belonged to 
my youngest son, Justin.
But he left for college.
It's now being transformed
into my new sewing room. 
Here's a sneak peak of the same area:
What do you think?
I am SO loving it!
Tonight I finished all the painting.
My husband and son did the electrical work
(put additional outlets in and
a new ceiling fan).
Now we just have to
take care of the floor
then I can start to move in!

Below is the fabric I
purchased for my curtains.
Oh yeah....
Total chic room!
No boys allowed!

Madison Poppy Pink

I also participated in a doll quilt swap
at Once Upon a Quilt.  Here's the quilt I made

my swap partner, Kris:

I was very happy with how this came out.
But when I got mine,
I just didn't have words
for how much I love it.
All hand stitched.
Absolutely beautiful!!
This will definitely have
a special place in my new
sewing room.
I know I said I would be posting 
a recipe, and one is coming.
I have just been driving 
myself crazy working on my new room.
But I have a good one for you
in the next couple days.
I hope this finds you well
and happy!