Thursday, April 29, 2010

K&C Friday-Cabinet Tops

It's Kit and Caboodle Friday,
anything goes!

I wish I had something more
exciting than cabinet tops for the
last day of the work-week.
Unfortunately, I've had so
many other things to do today and
the cabinets just happen to be a spot in
the house that is semi-camera
worthy without additional tweaking!

I haven't posted about my cabinet re-do yet.
They were medium oak, I used a wipe-on wipe-off
technique with black paint and added a new coat
of polyurethane.

Oops, I think the tray must have scraped the wall.

No, I didn't drink that all at one time!
It has taken many, many, many years...
ok, maybe two-three years.

The largest colander ever made!
It came in a set of 4. I couldn't resist
the red but unless I'll be feeding the Navy,
it will stay in this corner.

"In a house which loves you, all things are possible."

Another shot of the "new" cabinets.

The dreadful popcorn ceilings, horrid be thy name!

Ok, That's good 'nuf.
I think I can live with this
arrangement a little while longer!


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fiesta de Mayo!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo,
I'm having a Fiesta! Ole'!

I bought the bandanas turned napkins 2 for $1
and the colored felt design cut-outs
 5 per pkg at Dollar Tree.

The cactus stem tequila glasses and black salsa
bowls also came from Dollar Tree,
purchases made a while ago.

Christmas candle-holders, the perfect Fiesta color!

The "tablecloth" is a blanket I bought years ago that
now lives in the trunk of my car.
Ever at the ready for impromptu picnics
or outdoor concerts!

The hand-painted dishes are actually a
"french country" collection.
I mixed the patterns up a bit more than I
normally would. Added to the other
elements they seem to shout Mexico! 

Okay, I'm off with sombrero in hand for a little Siesta!

Sharing with the two awesome ladies at:
Between Naps on the Porch
A Stroll Thru Life

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rave Reviews Wednesday! #1

Hey Ya'll!
Did you notice the new button on the right?
That will be part of my new Wednesday posts -
Rave Reviews Wednesday!

I will be spotlighting the posts from
a few awesome, creative and
talented bloggers every Wednesday!
And...there is a link above to keep
all rave review posts
permanently on review!
If you get Rave Reviews at
Sweet Pickles and Chocolate,
shout it out, take the button
and display it!

There were just so many to choose from,
I wanted to feature them all!
Luckily, I'll get to do this again next
Wednesday! Suuweeet!
Without further ado, the talented ladies
this week are...

Sarah at Harrigan Howdy ,
an extra creative, home-schooling mother of three
came up with this clever way
to showcase her children's art work!

I love it!
Sarah used paper, paint chips and
clothespins to create her
"Mama's Brag Board"!
Every Mama should have one of these!

Melanie's blog is all about one-of-
a-kind furniture. She and her husband
have a knack for finding, repairing,
refinishing and redesigning furniture.
Extra Bonus:
She shares lots of before and after photos!

see more at  The Frosted Gardner

Brittany aka BJ Mama at For What it's Worth - Or Not
has come up with her own colorful versions
of Koasters, Koozies and Key Chains!

I'm all about these colorful, creative designs!

Myra redid her foyer on a budget by
adding this awesome
"nap-time=design-time" painted desk.

Check it out and get inspired by this interior
designer turned stay at home Mom at

Kathy, also an interior designer,
recycled a metal sign to make this
too cute magnet board at
Useful and decorative! Always a PLUS!
Kathy has a knack for daily inspiration!

And last but far from least!
Another mother named Sarah, this time at 

has painted this awesome three-canvas tree
silhouette for her family room for under $10!

Rave Reviews to all!
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Totally Tute-ular Tuesday! Freecycle Pillows

Yippeee! My second Totally Tute-ular Tuesday!

As some of you know I've been doing a
spring redesign on my deck. 
Yesterday I posted my new outdoor
coffee table with "unusual" legs!
I failed to mention the complete shock
registered by hubby that it actually worked!
LOL! Score for female ingenuity Ladies!

Today's deck sprucing post is a
freecycle tutorial on pillows.
I'm going to tell you right off, the pillows, as-of-yet,
are not hand-stitched closed at the bottom!

I took three pillows that I was no longer using
and a soft shade curtain that I never used 
to do this project.

I started with the soft shade.

I cut it in half lengthwise and removed the fabric ties.
I plan to use half of the curtain for a table runner later.
I then had enough fabric to cut 3 squares
the size of the pillows.

I  put two of the squares face to face and
stitched 3 sides closed.
Turned inside-out, ironed and stuffed.

Easy, peasy, done...except for the hand-stitching.

For the next pillow I used the third toile square
and an identical sized square of burlap that
I had left from another project. I had a small
swatch of toile left too and decided to sew it to
the front of the burlap

and fray the edges.

I put the front and back face to face and sewed
three sides together, repeat above.

For the third pillow I used two more squares
of burlap and a dish towel I had.


I stitched the dish towel to the front of a burlap
square, put the two pieces of burlap face to face
and stitched 3 sides. You know the rest!

They will look so much better when the
bottoms are stitched...and I'm thinking
about edging the frayed square with
some black ribbon.
Total cost: zero (0) dollars!

I hope you will all visit tomorrow for
the very first
"Rave Reviews Wednesday"
at Sweet Pickles and Chocolate!