Thursday, October 4, 2012

Side of the road dresser find, painted with ASCP

I haven't been able to blog in ages, I finally diagnosed my problem, I wasn't using google chrome.  So, now that I have worked that out I can play catch up.

This is my first ASCP project, part of a bedroom suite that some fool threw out!  I also picked up the armoire,  dressing table and mirror and head and foot board.  Hopefully, I'll be getting to the head and footboard soon, it's the only piece I'm keeping for myself.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Craig's list bonnet top bookcase

I've been going through a drought on CL, nothing striking my fancy till I found this beauty.  She is in the process of being re-incarnated with ASCP...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Another side of the road find

I found this lovely lamp on the side of the road during bulk pickup days, it's seen better days but I knew I could make it shine again.

A few coats of Oil rubbed bronze paint, a new 20$ shade and I have a new lamp! 

Linking up with Southern Hospitality's Thrifty Treasures.

Monday, April 16, 2012

More bulk pickup side of the road finds.

Cute little table in great shape, the two sides lift up and it's in perfect working condition. Pretty embossed leather top that just needs cleaning.

Neat desk, the top folds down and lies flat, neat little cubbies too. Chair in perfect shape...

And I can't wait to use Annie Sloan chalk paint on this cement statue.

I drove around with my sister yesterday and we filled my truck twice...these are just some of the goodies I brought home!

Linking up to Rhoda's Southern Hospitality treasure party.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

It's Bulk Pick up Time!!

This cute little coffee table is for my sister, she has a small home that she is doing in the shabby chic style and this will be perfect painted. It's a nice small size.

This is a neat condiment set that was never even taken out of the box!! My sister will love this too.....I love roadside shopping for my family..

Lots more goodies to share this week, be sure to stop by for more bulk pick up finds!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The joy of Spring..

Happy Dog running free.

Hiking to beautiful views.

Discovering new springtime flowers.

It's been a wonderful Spring!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Very productive day! .

I buy all my plants at a little roadside stand on the honor system. You put your money into a little hole in the barn, I love that there are so many vegetable stands and flower vendors that operate like that around here.

Today I bought 14 bushes. 5 boxwoods, two redbud and the rest evergreens. I also bought some pansies. Total 180$ that I slid into the little hole in the barn!

Here are the boxwoods planted. Only two for 25$!!! Amazing price for the size.

I'm joining Feathered Nest Friday for the first time. Lots of eye candy there!
This little chair was a garage sale purchase at 4$.

2$ can of paint, 2$ worth of pansies and a little Christmas tree store birdie for 1$. I love how it came out!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Fleur Stained Glass

I finished this piece last week and I'm very happy with how it turned out. Love the colors and the texture of the glass I used.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A wee bit of St. Patrick's Day decor

Friends gave me this little leprechaun many years ago and I bring him out every year. I added some moss and beading and a tag that Dee from Alapinlife blog sent me.

I use this basket each seaon in my mudroom, just change out the flowers.

I picked up this little glitter tag this year and added the little leprechaun that I had on hand. Quick and easy decorating.

Friday, March 9, 2012

My new "antique" mirror!

It's big!!!

Love the detail of even the rosettes.

I adore the basket and etching. I love it!

I put this on layaway 2 weeks ago and picked it up today. It's old and weighs a ton...that's why it's not up yet, but I had to snap some pictures...I love it!! It was a spur of the moment buy...just browsing and it was 225$, very high for an impulse buy for me but I learned if you love something to buy it right away because it won't be there when you go back.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Crafting ideas from the Philadelphia Flower Show

I have a favorite vendor at the show that I always buy from, not this year though, there was nothing I had to have. These candles were attached to the tray. Too many candles on the tray for my liking but I can see a bunch of mismathed candles painted and used this way outdoors.

I had to laugh when I saw these. I had a bunch of these bags left from my nieces wedding, I filled them with lavender, attached another ribbon and tag and tried to sell them for 1$ at a craft fair...I think I sold one...Good luck on getting 2.50 each!

I'll buy a lantern at hobby lobby with a 40% off coupon and recreate anything with birds...though I'll use a flameless candle!

This was nice, a print layered over burlap. Nice cheap update for an old frame. So, that's it for inspiration for crafts from the flower show.

Hawaii at the Philadelphia Flower Show

I love seeing all the dining and patio vignettes at the Flower Show. Love the green and pops of orange in this setting.

Loved the gazebo and water feature here.

All pictures can be enlarged. I'll be posting more pictures of the show this week. Visiting the flower show is my March Madness!! Love it.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Eat Green!!

And boy was this Green! My husband wouldn't try it, I guess the color turned him off but I thought it was delicious, but then again I love basil and the basil paste I bought for this recipe was surpisingly very fresh tasting.

I omitted the red pepper flakes, I didn't want any heat in this dish. I found the basil paste in the produce section of the supermarket.

1 lb. penne rigate pasta
10 oz. baby spinach
¼ cup whole milk
¼ cup + 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 oz. Pecorino Romano
1 tbsp. basil paste*
¼ cup + ¼ cup walnuts, toasted
½ tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
½ lb. crimini mushrooms
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
5 oz. low fat mozzarella cheese
* Basil paste is my new secret weapon in the kitchen since I don’t always have fresh basil laying around. If you have fresh basil, a few leaves should do the trick.
Putting them all together
Dice the mozzarella into ¼ in. cubes and set aside.
In a large sautee pan, toast the walnuts over medium heat and set aside (approx. 5-7 minutes).
Remove the stems from the mushrooms and quarter them into roughly equal sizes. Coat the same sautee pan with 3 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil and sauté mushrooms over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until tender. Season with salt and pepper. Deglaze the pan with the balsamic vinegar and set the mushrooms aside.
In a blender, blend baby spinach, milk, the rest of the olive oil, Pecorino Romano, basil paste, red pepper flakes and ¼ cup walnuts until smooth. (You might have to stop the blender and help it along a few times with a spoon)
Prepare your favorite pasta (I use penne rigate) and toss with the spinach pesto, mozzarella cheese and the remaining ¼ cup of the toasted walnuts.
Plate alongside some grilled chicken and enjoy!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

First Annie Sloan chalk paint project completed

If I knew how much I was going to like this I would have taken a before picture, simple unfinished bar stool. I painted the legs in old ocher and waxed with clear wax. I love the finish.

I stained the seat with Miniwax Dark Walnut.

Painted the bird with Folk Art Acrylic in Wrought Iron.

The stencil was from Plaid Folk art purchased at Micheals ( I just taped off the leaves, I wanted it simple)

And then gave the seat a few coats of briwax in clear.

And the best part was I had everything on hand!

Linking up to Wow us Wednesdays.

I purchased the paint at when I was there this past November. If your ever in the Tampa area you have to check out the store, it's a feast for the eyes! And they are extremly helpful with the chalk paints.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stained glass in progress

Two projects I'm working on right now, both cut, ground and ready to be foiled.

The fleur is for my kitchen window and the other will have a picture of a log home my Mom once owned on the orange glass and covered with clear glass. The log home will be surrounded by some of the orange glass, I'm loving orange stained glass.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Candy, cookies and flowers for Valentines Day..

Made 4 platefulls of these! My niece hard at working decorating heart shaped cookies I made.

I made 4 bouquet's of flowers from the 3 for 12$ bunches at my local supermarket.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Beneficial dog food...The dog loves it and so do I

For the containers!!! HA!!

I just cleaned out an office storage drawer that ended up being a dumping ground for all my husbands receipts. It's now an office supply drawer and once again I made good use of the Beneficial dog food containers. The tops lock securely and there is a nice little indent on the top where I put my labels.

The dog food is rather expensive but the dog loves it and I get great storage for my craft supplies and the husbands nuts, bolts ect.

What is your favorite repurpose storage container?