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Guest room; pinterest craft

We all love Pinterest right?  I know I’ve got to be one of the last people to have found that wonderful site.  I’m always the last one to know about anything!  I haven’t been poking around too long there, but let me tell you something most of you already know……it’s completely addicting and easy to lose track of time while pinning through all the cool DIYs,  cute animals, gardening & just about any interest you can imagine.

I am a Wine drinker.  I love my sweet Reds and Whites! Not so much into the whole wine connoisseur thing (don’t know the lingo, the swirling, or the pairings etc.) I just like the taste, pure and simple.  And since I am being honest, I think the best tasting wines, are the cheapest wines  (I know, it’s shameful)!  Robertson Winery Sweet Red, Carlo Rossi Sangria, and Piemonte Moscato (my favorite Italian wine).  That being said, I collect a lot of wine bottles.  Thank you Pinterest for some cool ideas to put the bottles to use!

So, for my first wine bottle project, I made this cute inspirational bottle for my guest room decor.

Wine Bottle Craft~Some items I used

 

Finished Wine Bottle Craft

Finished Wine Bottle Craft

No instructions needed….just find some baubles & beads you want on your bottle.  I went to the craft supply section at Wal-mart, and picked up thin jewelry wire (several yrd spool for $1), a pkg of assorted beads for $2, 1 strand of silver word charms $2, (I had the jute twine, and burlap), a plastic ball (the kind found in gum machines or that pantyhose comes in) filled with 2 yrds lace trim $1, and a cross $1.99.  Since I have much leftover of beads and lace etc, I estimate total spent for this project, approx $3. (not including cost of actual wine needed for empty bottle 😀 )

I also needed a basket for my guest room to hold my new found hobby supplies. (Crochet) yarn & needles that are needed for my next project.  I wanted to add color to the basket as well, to fit the room.  I used several colors to give it an aged effect, which the lighting did not pick up….(I always pick the worst time of day to take photos!) The basket was picked up at Goodwill for $1.99. Not sure of it’s age, but it is made rather well.

Wicker Basket -before

Wicker Basket -before

Wicker Basket -after

Wicker Basket -after

So two simple little crafts to add a personal touch to my quaint vintage guest bedroom project.  Have you used wine bottles for a craft project? How do you use wicker in your home?

 

 

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Thrifty finds and guest room project

I am an empty Nester.  Sadly, to every mother’s dismay, our children must grow up, and move away.  Being the “Mother Hen” that I am, I have good days and bad.

I miss picking up after them.  Making them dinners.  Washing their clothes.   Shopping for school supplies or clothing throughout the year.  Even now that they have left home,  I still pick up a shirt or two here and there when I think it would look good on them….or perhaps a few essentials  I think they might need in their kitchens! Maybe cook them a meal or two to bring to them at their new abode,  to make sure they are eating well.   I can’t help myself!  I’m still their Mom!

The house is quite lonely without the noise of young men scrambling about.  With empty rooms only one or two good things can come out of them.  One…..an office for my hard working hubby! And 2…a guest bedroom.

For the past few weeks, we have been busy putting together a quaint, vintage style, little room.  Nothing over the top or elaborate.  We wanted something reminiscent of  the years from the 1930-60’s.  A mish mosh of things we have crafted, collected, and  also two or three things from loved one’s.  It’s not quite finished yet, but I wanted to share a few pics of it’s progress so far.

My youngest son had to endure 7 tough years of starring at John Deere wallpaper border and a sleepy yellow wall paint.  He hated it, but every  time I went in his room, I felt like I could just go to sleep.  The yellow was very relaxing.

Bedroom Walls, Before

It also had a green carpet that when combined with the J. Deere paper, reminded us all of grass fields! (Not a good thing)

We painted the walls in a beautiful minty green  SW 6750 Waterfall by Sherwin Williams, a paint and primer in one, which saved us tons of time.  The boarder came off incredibly easy and all traces of it were covered by the paint.  Only a few rough spots needed sanding.

Sherwin Williams SW 6750 Paint & Primer

Son 2 left behind a dresser that wouldn’t fit into his decor at his new apartment, so we painted that in a crisp white gloss.  My dear hubby painted that, while I had the easy task of painting the twelve knobs in black.  We make such a great team!  I don’t have a before photo because we both dove right in without thinking!

We purchased an old, antique iron bed from golsn.com a local shopping site similar to the popular Craigslist.

Bed before

We had it sandblasted and powder coated in an amazing winter white with clear coat.  I scoured eBay until I found just the right antique Bates Hobnail or Popcorn Chenille bedspread, and made frequent Goodwill visits for an assortment of vintage flat and fitted sheets and pillow cases.  I got bargains galore! I picked up a queen sized floral bed skirt for a piddly $2.99 and it fit exactly how I wanted-no tucking or pinning or hemming as I expected on my full sized bed.  I went through some storage boxes in my closet and pulled out an old crochet tablecloth that I bought many years ago, and I had always  planned on using it for a bed.  On the full size bed it has lots of overhang on both sides.

Crochet Tablecloth,blanket

It is so country…..doesn’t it look fabulous?  It makes the bed feel so cozy and it’s not heavy; it can be used during spring, summer, winter or fall.  The quilt is another ebay find I bought about 10 yrs ago, when I was on a antique/vintage quilt purchasing phase!  It’s tattered and stained from years of love from previous owners.  I didn’t want to fix it.   I love it just the way it is! It’s priceless to me.

I picked up so many pillow cases and unmatched sheets for that mixed up penny pinching, old time look n feel.  I’ll be stocked for years to come! My hubby and I have each tried out the new bed and it is a comfy retreat.  Now we’re just waiting on our first house guests.

Antique Iron Bed with assorted vintage and antique linens

I have a few more things to do before the guest room is complete.  I will post more as we go. Till next time……

 

 

 

 

 

End of Season Tomatoes

Window Sill Ripening Tomatoes. Last Harvest 2014

I gathered my remaining Tomatoes from the vine at the end of October. We were expecting our first frost, and  I just couldn’t see them going to waste.  We got several dozen tomatoes from that single plant….my first  vegetable in my TN garden.

I placed them on my windowsill in my sun room which has sun light on three sides throughout the day.   The sun room doesn’t get as hot in the fall and at night we keep the room at a cool  60˚.

I read somewhere, that it can take 1-2 weeks to ripen tomatoes wrapped in brown paper bags or newspaper, but I liked being able to see my pretty tomatoes.  They make me smile,  almost as much as flowers do… (almost)!

Having not given the thought that they actually “would” ripen, I just assumed they would take at least the full two weeks.  I had hoped to share them with my Mother who is coming for a visit this Thanksgiving.

Long story short, most of my Tomatoes are just about fully ripened, after only one week. Unless I make Salsa  or another recipe, I will not be able to share my fresh tomatoes with my Mother.

In the meantime, I have heard so many people talk about a Southern staple of Fried Green Tomatoes.  I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  I did an online search for them and found so many varying recipes.  Some had ingredients I didn’t like (such as Cajun spice) and others used more or less ingredients etc.  Here’s what I came up with.

Ingrediants 4FGT

Fried Green Tomatoes

-1 large beaten egg
-1/2 cup buttermilk
-1/2 cup general all purpose flour
-1/2 cup cornmeal
-1 tsp. Salt (optional)
-1/2 tsp black pepper
-3 medium-sized green tomatoes (cut into 1/3 inch slices)
-Enough vegetable oil for half inch depth in frying pan. (I used a non stick pan)

In small bowl combine egg and buttermilk, set aside
In separate bowl mix 1/4 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of cornmeal, pepper and (optional) salt~ I try not to use salt when cooking, but rather use the shaker at the table if desired).

Next, Dip cut slices of green tomatoes in bowl of 1/4 flour to coat, lightly shake off excess, then dip into egg mixture and then coat in cornmeal mixture.

fryingGreenTomatoes

In a frying pan, heat oil.  Carefully place tomatoes in single layer in hot oil and Cook for 2 minutes on each side until you reach a nice golden color.  Do not burn.  Remove from oil and place on paper towel to soak up any extra grease and then cool.   Season to taste with salt & additional pepper if desired.

Fried Green Tomatoes

My hubby liked them.  After trying however, I personally couldn’t get past the whole “not ripe” tomato thing!  I thought it was just strange.  So…….I made myself a normal, everyday Tomato sandwich on a Toasted Whole Wheat bun with oodles of Hellman’s Mayo and black pepper!  Yum….nothing tastes as good as simplicity!

Fresh sill ripened Tomato Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bunwith loads of Hellman's Mayo, Black Pepper and fresh from the garden Lemon Thyme Sprig for garnish! Yum....nothing tastes as good as simplicity!

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.  ~Lewis Grizzard

Thrifty Vintage Finds ~ Dormeyer Blender

After a brief trip to Florida, I Had a chance to do some junk marketing when I got back to TN.  We Picked up this cool vintage Dormeyer Blender at my favorite Goodwill store.

Antique Dormeyer Blender  Model 5902

Antique Dormeyer Blender Model 5902

It was Made in the U.S.A. (in Chicago) around 1950. This Model, 5902 still has it’s original white enameled paint on it’s heavy weighted and sturdy Metal base.  The thick, heavy glass container is in perfect condition, without any chips or cracks. They don’t make glass like that any more.  It has a light grey rubber lid with a raised chef imprint/logo.

  The generous length of cord is cracking with age and needs replacing, but since I am planning for the most part, on simply displaying this piece, I will leave it in it’s original condition.  I did plug it in and the motor sounds great and the super sharp blades work like new.  I believe they called this machine, the “Meal Maker”.  I love the old-fashioned on/off (one speed) Toggle switch; it’s very vintage and Industrial looking.

This gem was a mere $5.99 and after searching online, I found it has a resale value of at least $62.  Though I don’t have any plans on reselling it, it would look awesome in an old fashioned soda parlor!  This Blender will have a prominent and nostalgic place on my counter top as it does in history.

Have you done any antiquing or thrift store shopping lately? What cool things  have you found?

Happy Thrifting ya’ll! 😀

Hydrate your skin with Kroger Body Wash

      Kroger Hydrate Shea Butter Body Wash rates right up there with Olay, at half the cost. I was surprised. After using Kroger Hydrate in the shower for a few weeks, I read the label and found that it contained no soap. I felt clean, soft, and smooth and my skin had the pleasing scent of Shea butter. I Love it when my husband complements me after hugging me, that I smell good! He always follows his comment up with “Mmmmm” and when he asks what I am wearing, I tell him it’s just my body wash.

Although I have used Olay Moisture body wash in the past, it is not my usual brand.  Kroger Hydrate Shea Butter Body Wash is identical to the name brand Olay, but, it’s 24 ounce pump bottle is about half the cost, making it very economical.  In today’s high cost living, thrift doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality.  With Kroger you no longer have to pay more to get the same results. Their Hydrate body wash lathers into a bubbly, fresh scented cleanser. It didn’t dry my skin at all.   I #GotItFree as a BzzAgent @Kroger.

Hydrate Shea Butter Body Wash at Kroger

Hydrate Shea Butter Body Wash at Kroger

Kroger Cocoa Butter Lotion takes me to the beach!

Oh beauty isle, here I come! I headed straight for my local @Kroger a few days after getting home from a recent Florida trip. It rained while I was there, and I wasn’t able to enjoy the beach or outdoors like we had planned.

When I got to the Kroger beauty care isle, I searched for the scent that captured what I was missing on my trip to the beach. Cocoa butter! Kroger’s version, I #GotItFree  in Cocoa Butter is Ah-maze-ing!!!!! (compares equally to Vaseline brand lotion)

I love this stuff. The smell just took me to my towel on the beach. I closed my eyes and I was transported to my sandy spot alongside the ocean where seagulls gracefully fly overhead. Where waves splash against the surf and sand. Kroger Cocoa Butter Lotion took me there, and takes me there every single time I rub it into my skin. It glides on smooth as silk. It’s not heavily perfumed; it’s just the right amount. The lotion is not too thick- it doesn’t weigh you down or feel sticky. There’s no greasy feel either. And, did I mention the scent?

The price is almost half off top name brand lotions. Kroger Cocoa Butter skin care lotion makes S”cents” to me~It’s a keeper!

Kroger Cocoa Butter has me dreamin of the beach!

Kroger Cocoa Butter has me dreamin of the beach!

109 Years in the Palms of my hands

A hobby of mine in which I find much pleasure, is antiquing, flea marketing & thrift store shopping.  Lately, I seem to be doing more of the latter.  I have been finding such a wonderful array of treasures.

When I go bargain hunting, I usually head on in with no particular item in mind (although I am always on the prowl for white Ironstone pieces, to add to my collection). I typically walk straight to the back section that houses the dinnerware, glass trinkets or pottery.  I also hunt for anything garden related, anything old that catches my eye…generally items that have a history to them.

In my latest “Goodwill” trip, I found an amazing Revival Hymns book. This antique is 109 years old. The pages have a beautiful aged scent to them, and are so fragile. You can literally see them crumble in your hands if you are not too careful. 109 years in the palms of my hands.  I can only dream of all who held it in their hands while praising our Lord.  Who were they?  Where did they come from,  what kind of life did they live?  This old book makes me happy! Incredibly, it was marked at only $1.49. I LOVE it!

Revival  Hymns        109 years old

Revival Hymns Book ~ 109 years old

“The final aim and reason of all music is nothing other than the glorification of God and the refreshment of the spirit.”  ~ Johann Sebastian Bach

Little did I know it, but the tone was set for my shopping excursion. I spotted an employee pushing a cart full of freshly tagged goods, that she was preparing to stock the shelves with. Nonchalantly, I casually walked over and glanced into the cart. I eyed a wonderful garden Angel statue, beneath tons of china & stemware.  I patiently waited nearby, until she set it on the shelf.  It sat for only 3o seconds before I got my hands on it!  A new home for you my dear!  She was well worth her price of $7.99.

Garden Angel

Garden Angel

While rummaging through picture frames, I came across a wonderful diy; handwritten poem, entitled  “Love Letter from Jesus”. Read it here:  https://countrypkin.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/a-love-letter-from-jesus-words.jpg I felt inclined to nab this as well.  It was if it were speaking to me directly.  I just had to get it. The frame is tattered a bit, but I kind of enjoy it that way.  The love shines through just the same without being shiny and new.  I considered painting it, but Jesus was a carpenter, and I think the natural wood befits the letter.  The cost of this was $1.99.

Love Letter From JESUS.

Love Letter From JESUS.

I spent a small total of $11.47 on my purchase, but gained so much more.  I got a piece of History in that well worn, (109 yr) old book.  Some beautiful songs that I will try to sing and attempt to do the words justice.  I got a promise in that letter, that Jesus will be waiting for me one day.  And a gentle reminder, that I need to be careful of the things I say and do and all that I need to reflect upon in order to be worthy of him.  I also find a comfort in my garden Angel addition, who now watches over my garden.  With her hands pressed together, she blesses each day, each flower, each blade of grass, each bug and bird, to replenish and restore through all their works.  She blesses each cat & dog, each boy or girl, young and old…any living thing that passes her way.  She gives the promise of Gods Love in all things big and small; that is what I see in her as she now takes up home in my garden.

What have you found recently in your trip to the thrift store that gives you pleasure?

Thrift is not an affair of the pocket, but an affair of Character. ~S.W. Strauss

Happy Thrifting ya’ll! 😀