Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Retro Ashtray Stand Table

Like I say, I am blessed to have friends and neighbors (you know who you are!) who give me their cast offs to repurpose.  A few weeks ago I saw this cool, retro ashtray stand on top of my neighbor's trash can.  After a quick text asking if I could have it, I snagged it because I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with it.
 I loved the whole retro feel to this piece so it was definitely going to be a table for my gazebo, and of course, it would HAVE to be red.  
 Another friend had given me a lot of 'stuff', and in that haul was this lazy susan.  So I removed the "rotating" part from the bottom by just removing a few screws.  A quick coat of white chalk paint and some distressing and this was ready for some artwork.
 Anyone who knows me knows how much I hate winter and how much I love summer.  I knew that I had to find a 'summery' quote for this piece and was so excited to find this quote by Lucy Maude Montgomery, (gosh I love that name!) author of the Anne of Green Gables series.
 In keeping with the 50's feel of this piece, I found this great retro font.  I printed it out using WordArt to get it to curve and then traced it onto the wood using graphite paper.
 Here it is, painted and with a few coats of wax. A little E6000 glue attached this nicely to the base that I had sprayed with a few coats of glossy red paint.
 I love red (did I say that already??) and I love summer (said that too??) and I LOVE spending as much time as possible in my gazebo on hot, summer nights so I am thrilled with how this turned out.
 Ava likes it too :)
I wonder what it WOULD be like to live in a world where it was always June!?

Linking to these parties this week:

The DIY Showoff   http://diyshowoff.com/ (Monday)

I Should Be Mopping the Floor http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/ (Monday)

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/ (Tuesday)

Cedar Hill Ranch The Scoop http://cedarhillfarmhouse.com (Tuesday)

Ivy and Elephants http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com/ (Wednesday)

The Thrifty Groove  http://www.thethriftygroove.com/

The Feathered Nest http://www.frenchcountrycottage.net/ (Friday)

The Charm of Home http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/ (Wednesday)

French Country Cottage http://www.frenchcountrycottage.net/

The Enchanting Rose http://theenchantingrose.blogspot.com/ (Tuesday)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Peach Pie Scones

 I love peaches -- especially when they're in something yummy like these peach scones! I found this recipe on alattefood blog and just had to try it -- WITH a few modifications to make it a bit 'healthier' for our diet.  Be sure to check out the original recipe!

A dear friend is moving (insert sad face here) and knowing my love for vintage teacups, she gifted me with some from her collection.  This is one of my favorites and it came with the matching dessert plate.

I love the gold detail and Royal Albert is definitely one of my favorite makers of china cups and saucers.

We are enjoying one of the FIRST hot days of the summer (FINALLY!) with a heat index near 105 -- perfectly logical day to heat the oven to 400 degrees and bake scones!
Below is the original recipe with my modifications.  Enjoy!
(Note: I DOUBLED the recipe 
so I could freeze some of these)
  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp all purpose flour (4 cups + 4 T flour)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (2/3 c brown sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder (2 T baking powder)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (1 t salt)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed and cold (still just 1/2 c butter - I used salted)
  • 1 egg (1/2 c egg substitute = 2 eggs)
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, plus more for brushing(1/2 c fat free half & half)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (3/4 c fat free Greek yogurt)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (4 t vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup fresh peaches, diced (1 c diced peaches)
  • Vanilla Glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (1 c powdered sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract (2 T vanilla0
  • 1-3 Tbsp heavy whipping cream (2-4 T fat free half & half)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Once combined, cut in the butter with a fork or pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Whisk together heavy cream, sour cream, egg, and vanilla extract. Slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.
  4. Stir in the peaches, and mix until just combined.
  5. On a well-floured surface, turn out the scone dough and pat into a small disk that's about a 1/2" thick. Cut into 6-8 slices, and transfer to the baking sheet. Brush each scone with just a bit of heavy cream.
  6. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or just until golden brown. Allow to cool.
  7. Glaze
  8. Whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and 1 Tbsp of heavy cream. If the glaze is too thick, continue adding in heavy cream, one 1 Tbsp at a time, until it has reached the desired consistency. Pour over warm scones and enjoy!
    Linking to these parties this week . . .
    The DIY Showoff   http://diyshowoff.com/

    I Should Be Mopping the Floor http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/

    The Thrifty Groove  http://www.thethriftygroove.com/

    French Country Cottage http://www.frenchcountrycottage.net/

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Birthday Rolodex

This was a fun project that I made for my future daughter-in-law as one of her shower gifts.  And honestly, the hardest part of this whole thing was FINDING A ROLODEX! Seriously -- does anyone actually USE these any more? Now they are easy (and a lot cheaper) to find online but by the time I decided to do this, I only had a few days to make it and get it shipped off to her in time for her shower.  I found this one at Office Depot for $12.00.  Online, you can easily get them for 5-6.00 and maybe even less.  
 There are lots of different ways to do this.  I didn't like the flimsy paper cards that came with it or the actual divider cards so all I ended up using was the plastic holder!
 I cut the dividers out of card stock, punched a square 'hole' and then hand cut the slits up to the square.  Now I know there is a die cut for this (and had I been more organized, believe me I would have bought it!) but again, time didn't allow me to do it.  I just used the papers that came with the rolodex as a template for punching and cutting the slits.

 Once the dividers were cut, I just went to town using any and all embellishments and stamps I had to create a birthday theme throughout.  You could also do things that reflect each particular month -- again -- time didn't allow me to do that but if I make this again, I think I'll do that.

 I printed out the names of the months on the computer and then used punches to frame them.  It was fun pulling out some of my stamps, tools, techniques that I hadn't used in awhile to create a unique divider for each month.

  In my rush to get this in the mail, I didn't photograph any of the actual birthday index cards!  All I did was type each person's name and their Month/Day of their birthday on my computer.  I spaced them so I could cut them to fit the rolodex.  Again, using the papers that came with it, I punched and cut the slits.  Each person has their own card.  I added 5-6 blank cards to each month so my son and daughter-in-law can add to this on their own.
 A fun project that can really be whatever you want it to be -- as simple or as detailed as you want -- and something that really lets you be creative!  Okay, now do ANY of you have a rolodex that you still use?
UPDATE:  It appears this was LOST IN THE MAIL to my future daughter-in-law!!  I am so sad.  And of ALL the things I have shipped for the wedding, I've kept every single receipt with tracking.  I can't find this receipt!! Please pray that it turns up .  . .

 Linking to these fabulously fun parties . . .

The DIY Showoff   http://diyshowoff.com/

I Should Be Mopping the Floor http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/

The Thrifty Groove  http://www.thethriftygroove.com/

French Country Cottage http://www.frenchcountrycottage.net/