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Monday, January 31, 2011

Tabletop Tuesday

I'm joing Marty for her Tabletop Tuesday. She always has amazing things to share, be sure to drop by to visit her and the other participants, you won't be disappointed!

After Christmas, I was ready for a bit of quiet neutrals so I brought out a few pieces of my aluminum and thrifted silver.  Enjoy!

The little stack of books was a gift from my mother, the books were my grandmother's.

Those pages looks so loved, don't they?

I used the sugar and creamer as pincushions.

Thanks for dropping by...enjoy your day!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Still a little droopy...

I was cleaning out my refrigerator today and noticed that my cilantro needed a little help, it was kinda droopy...kinda the way I feel today. But at least I had the energy to clean a bit.

Is anyone else out there sick? I was reading a bit tonight and someone said that their son had type B flu...was that what I had? I had the flu shot, and was testing for flu...was it type A or B? both? Who knows.

One piece of advice to all out there in blogland, wash your hands frequently!


Friday, January 28, 2011

in a fog...

i'm writing this post mainly for if you're reading this, just skip it. not much here. i'm in a fog.

i've been sick with flu like symptoms for about 3 weeks...however, it's not the flu, doctor confirmation...still have headache, stuffy head, cough, ugh.

can't concentrate

can't breathe very well

can't sleep very well

tired all the time

zero energy

zero creativity

i miss creativity...i miss blogging.

maybe tomorrow will be a better day.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Warming Up!

I'm sharing a table to warm up on this cold winter day, a table perfect for my husband's tasty chili!

Since it's a casual meal, I thought I'd use a simple setting: mix-matched vintage flatware, everyday place-setting, and jars for drinking glasses.

The blue bottle with porcelain cap is vintage and the fabric is actually a skirt that I picked up while thrift shopping.

Come on in and warm yourself up!

I highly recommend his recipe, it's the perfect dish for a cold winter day!

Tasty Turkey Chili

Prep Time: 10 min - Cook Time: 20 min

Ingredients: 1 large onion, 2 tablespoons corn oil, 1-1 1/4 pounds fresh ground turkey, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 - 15oz can pinto beans, 1 - 15oz can black beans, 1 - 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes in juice, undrained, 1 - 6oz can tomato paste, 1 - 14.5 oz can chicken broth, 1 cup frozen corn kernels, 4-5 green onions


Peel and chop onion. Pour oil into large saucepan and heat over medium heat for one minute. Add onions to oil. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until onion is almost clear. Add ground turkey breaking up large pieces and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in garlic, chili powder, black pepper, and cumin until well combined. Strain pinto and black beans, rinsing thoroughly and drain. Stir beans, diced tomatoes and their juice, tomato paste, chicken broth, and corn into pot. Heat 5-6 minutes stirring often. Rinse and slice green onions, add to pot. Add rice if desired.

Yield: 8 one cup servings.

I'm joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday and Michael Lee over at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday. Drop by for a vist, won't you?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Change of Scenery

I believe a change of scenery always does me good, however, sometimes I kick and scream thinking I have way too much to do to take time off from work and my regular routines.

But then, as we hit the road, I begin to unwind and breathe in the fresh air.

I'm a Texas girl, born and raised. However, I don't own a pair of cowboy boots or hat and I don't camp. period.

On the other hand, my husband is an outdoorsman. Loves it all. Done it all.

So, when we travel to places like this, with manly outdoor activities, we compromise. He does his thing and I go shopping! Yippee, my favorite! We meet back at camp and enjoy time around the campfire with friends and family and then head back to the hotel where I can take a warm shower and sleep in a super comfy bed. Aww, the life.

When my husband and I make this particular trip, we go with my sister and her husband. My sister is way tougher than me, she likes roughing it. {I'm a pansy. There...I'll admit it.} She and I hook up in the morning and get to spend the day together, scouting out the little towns with their precious shops. We hit every store/shop/hole in the wall  we want ~ we're great shopping partners. I call it therapy.

We found this neat store called "Material Things". It was a combination of local art and antiques. fun. It was housed in a historic building right off the square in the middle of town. We spoke with the owner and he said that the building was originally his grandfather's building and now he has a part of it. neat. As we were checking out with our treasures, he bagged things in a material bag, get it? "Material Things" ~ material bag. cute.

So, to all your shop owners out there, presentation does matter!

I found this piece to add to my aluminum collection.

And this plate for my never ending desire for pretty dishes. sigh.

Then we trekked off to a few more stores and I ran across these fabrics:

Actually they are skirts, but I just fell in love with the prints!

Hm...I think I need a pair of cowboy boots, gosh, throw in a hat too! 

Yee Haw!

These pictures are from the hill country, Llano, Texas.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Little Something Extra!

I picked up this fabric at a thrift store, well it was actually a valance. I loved the charm of it and decided I'd turn it into napkins. No problem...a little seam ripping, a few cuts and new hems, they were ready to go. Then I thought about making one of them into a bread cover and adding something a little extra to the corners.

Simple little beads to add a little extra.

While looking at all the bead choices, I decided to make a few more bread covers.

These will be fun to add to tablescapes.

I'm linking to Show and Share Friday over at Just a Girl. Drop by for loads of inspiration!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A New Friend...

I found out something and thought I'd share...and kudos to you who already knew about this! A friend shared with me that she cleaned some of her silver {or silverplate} with Bon Ami cleaner. I didn't know about using this all~purpose product, in fact, hadn't really thought about it before. I thought Wright's Silver Polish was the end all.

Until, I had this stubborn piece from a shopping trip...

...yes the dark one. I used my "trusty" polish but it wasn't doing the trick. So I pulled out the next best thing to Bon Ami {because I didn't have any}, Bar Keeper's Friend.

It worked like a charm!

I couldn't believe it! I don't think I would use it on my sterling silver, there were precautions on the back of the container.

But for this piece, it was perfect. I was curious of the markings on the back...

1847 Rogers is a division of International Silver

Just thought I'd let you know about this, just in case you're interested.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Grandma's Flatware

I'm writing about my sister's project, flatware from our paternal grandmother. I just love what she did with them and wanted to share with you. What a great way to display these treasures!

I love the jewels she added. Simple. Perfect.

Thanks Susie for being a special guest! I loved this project!

I'm joining Cindy over at My Romantic Home for her Show and Tell Friday. Drop in for a visit, won't you?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Quick and Easy...

I found this abandoned clock at a community thrift store for $1.00. I don't need any more clocks but for $1.00, I couldn't refuse a little project. So here it is in its before state:

I wanted to change its face to one with roman numerals so I went to the Graphics Fairy for help. As expected, she had just what I was looking for...thanks Karen!

Quick, easy, and a new little clock for my kitchen!

I'm linking to Linda's Thrifty Tuesday over at Coastal Charm. Be sure to drop in for a visit!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Kiss the Cook!

My sister and I dropped by one of our favorite antique shops and found this recipe holder.

It's simple but oh~so~cute! I'm always on the lookout for silver/silver-plate utensils and this caught my eye.

At the next stop, I found this poor little tray.

The size was perfect...all it needed was a little love...a back...and well, glass. We found it in the most unbelievable place. I would have taken a picture but it was cold and raining. It was an old gas station that was converted into a junk antique shop. There were things outside, getting wet, in the bays, and inside where things could be kept dry. Not much rhyme or reason, just stuff. Across the street was another place, a little neater. The neater side belonged to a woman, the abandoned gas station belonged to a man, her husband. We were told to make of pile of what we wanted and make a offer would be refused. Well, howdy doody, we were on a hunt! My sister found a load, I came away with more flatware ~ go figure.

It's the pattern that gets me every time!

With the recipe holder as our inspiration, we thought of a great idea for an empty spot in my kitchen...use the little tray with my newly acquired flatware and make a sign. " Kiss the Cook" is always a winner. Hm...the wheels were turning!

Wanting a simple monochromatic look, I chose two brown papers to cover a sturdy piece of cardboard. This would serve as the "back", then glued down a bit of jute to separate the two pieces of scrapbook paper.

Deciding on a font, printing in brown ink, and adding newly cut glass, I was set.

Back to the inspiration piece, I replicated the placement of the flatware and attached them to the top of the try.

She was finished, happy, and displaying a great little message.

Cooking does have its perks!

I'm linking to Susan's Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch, Stephanie Lynn's Sunday Showcase party over at Under the Table and Dreaming, Carrie at Dittle Dattle for her Amaze Me Monday, and Krista's Ready for Romance over at While He was Napping. Drop by for a visit, won't you?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I saved three!

While traveling, my sister and I made a stop at a community thrift store. It was so neat and orderly that we just had to go in and take a look. They had a "library" section that even had a sofa to sit while enjoying a good read!

They had a wide variety of books and these were arranged by genre. I found three that were surely destined for the trash. The covers were torn and tattered, just the kind I was looking for! SOLD... they were now mine to save.

I revived them by letting the pages breathe a bit...taking off the hard covers gave them room to stretch.

Aren't the pages beautiful? If only they could tell us who has enjoyed reading them.

I bundled them together with a bit of jute and added a family photo. I think these girls would have liked to sit and read a while with me.

But for now, I'll keep them in a mini library, tucked away, safe and sound.

I'm linking with Tam over at The Gypsy's Corner for her Three or More Tuesday and Leigh over at Bloggeritaville for her Thrifty Thursdays. Be sure to drop by for a visit!.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Do you sew?

I sew a bit, good enough for what I need done but by no means would I classify myself as a "seamstress".  I do have my grandmother's Singer sewing machine. I love it, but don't use it. {Well, I use it for a table.} However, I do use sewing machine drawers! Not where you thought I was going was it?

While out antiquing, I found a vintage sewing machine drawer. It was the front that caught my attention. I loved the carving and the pull.

It is perfect sitting on my vintage cabinet while it holds a few treasures.

I think I'll keep it!

Where have you been all my life?

Oh my goodness! I received the BEST tool for hot gluing! My sister found it online and not only bought one for me, but also for herself! She hasn't used hers yet, but I sure have! And I. LOVE. IT! I think you will too! You can order your own set here.

I took a few pictures so you'll know you're on the right link...

It says, "No Burns", "Easy Clean Up", "Heat Resistant" and it's all true! The mat can be rolled up for easy storage and there are other tools as well! The best part? The glue doesn't stick to any of it! It can simply be wiped off! {I was currently using an old bread board ~ it was such a mess, so much so that I would be too embarrassed to post a picture of it!} This kit is a bright flamingo pink, pliable, and super easy to use.

Just wanted to share!


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