Archive | April 2013

Upcycled Mirror Frame

I have had this mirror for 20 years!  I bought it at an unfinished furniture store and stained it light oak.  I was going to repaint my entry and wanted a mirror that had a bigger statement. I discovered this dark gel stain that I have been painting everything with and wanted to restain this light oak to a darker oak, but wanted a thicker frame, and that would cost me hundreds of dollars.  Hmm??  What to do?   I researched the internet and found this website for ceiling tiles, and faux ceiling tiles.   My mind got to thinking why not cut them up and stain them the same color as my frame and glue them to the wall and that’s what I did!!   For a very minimal cost I have a new upcycled mirror frame, check it out!

Excuse the kids in the picture, this is the only BEFORE pic I have of my entry mirror.

mirror before

AFTER STAINING AND GLUEING THE STYROFOAM TILES!!

Oak mirror after

This is the stain I used and the Styrofoam ceiling tiles came in 20 x 20 pieces, I stained on one side, then cut them and glued to the wall.

I lightly sanded down the wood, put a clear polyurethane over the old stain and then one coat of lighter brown and one coat of darker brown with streaks with my paint brush to look like wood grain.   SUPER EASY!!  I love the final result and have been gel staining everything 🙂

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What do you think of the final result?

Glazed Chocolate Chip Scones

chocolate chip scones

Glazed Chocolate Chip Scones             Serves 8

1.5 C all purpose flour

1/4 C sugar

3 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 C butter

1/2 C chocolate chips

1/2 C buttermilk

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 C powdered sugar

2-3 T orange juice

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix together flour, 1/4 C sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.  Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. In a small bowl, mix buttermilk, egg and vanilla.   Add to dry ingredients all at once, stirring until mixture is moist.
  5. On a floured board, knead gently a few times, but not too much.
  6. Form into a 8″ round patty on an ungreased cookie sheet, cut into 8 wedges with a knife.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  8. Whisk together powdered sugar, and orange juice into a glaze; drizzle over warm scones.
  9. Separate scones and serve warm.

DIY glass beaded and wire wrapped serving spoon

beaded spoons

If you’ve read my blog, you know that I like to repurpose things around the house.  Call me frugal, thrifty or cheap, that’s just me.  Today, I want to show you how to easily decorate a serving spoon as a hostess gift or for your special table.   First, you need some glass beads like the ones here on my mantel.

g;ass beaded spoon

Supplies you will need:  Some aluminum craft wire.  This is #8 gauge.  With wire, the smaller the number, the bigger the wire is. You want to use E6000 craft glue.  This is strongest for these beads, and they will stay in place as long as you hand wash spoon and don’t place in dishwasher. You will also need a pair of needle nose pliers.

bead materials

Look for some spoons to bling out, and create a pattern with your beads on the handle of spoon, leaving space in between each bead for the wire.  Drop some glue on bead and let them sit for at least 2 hours.  You will be tempted to finish this project now, but it’s very important to give them time to dry completely.  Some times I let them dry overnight.

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Now that your beads have completely dried, cut yourself some wire.  Like I’ve said before, I like using what I have around the house. and here I’ve used the line on my table.  From end of table to line measures 22″, this way I don’t need to pull out the measuring tape each time, haha.  Wire is very pliable and can be bent back and forth to break, or choose to use wire cutters.

Beaded spoons     wire cutting

With needle nose pliers, turn the end in and continue turning.  At this point, you can place the curled end center of pliers and slowly wrap the end of wire to form a spiral.  You can even grasp it with your thumb and forefinger and turn into a spiral.

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Now place your spiral on the bottom of your spoon handle and hold your thumb on the spiral.  Start wrapping your wire up the spoon handle in between each bead.  This is the fun part, it’s very secure and doesn’t need to be glued down.  When you get to the end of the spoon, wrap 3 or 4 times around the top and finish with another spiral, wrap so the spiral ends on the front part and lay flat.   That’s it, you’ve made a beautiful beaded spoon!

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beaded spoons

Scalloped Potatoes

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Scalloped Potatoes

serves 4-6 

Ingredients

1-1/2 C half and half

1 tsp italian seasonings

2 garlic cloves minced

1/4 tsp chile powder

1/4 tsp paprika

2 lbs russet potatoes (or 5 large ones), peeled, cut into 1/8″ slices

salt and fresh ground pepper

1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

*  NOTE:  I precooked potatoes for 15 min in boiled water, then put in a bowl of ice water to stop cooking while I peeled.  This helped them come out fully cooked out of the oven.  You could also microwave them for 6-8 min, then peel. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  In a saucepan, heat up the cream with seasonings and garlic.   

While the cream is heating up, butter or spray a casserole dish.   Place sliced potatoes in an overlapping pattern and season with salt and pepper.   Remove the cream from the heat, then pour some over the potatoes.  Top with Parmesan cheese, repeat two more layers.  Bake uncovered for 45-50 min. 

How To Display Your Kids Artwork

Do you ever wonder what to do with your kids artwork they bring home from school?  My boys are teenagers now, but I still have a wall in my home with some of my favorite artwork pieces from when they were kids.  Here’s a simple way to hang them up on a wall.  All you need are some frames, any kind will work.   I have frames that were meant for documents, and frames that are metal and some that are wood.  They work together because they are all black.  I’ve even spray painted some to keep the cohesive color theme together.   No need for spending money on fancy mats to go around the artwork, because the kids art is usually odd shapes and sizes.  I just use black construction paper behind all the pieces that don’t fit the frame.  Take a peek:

kids artwork

kids artwork gallery wall                    kids artwork gallery wall

kids artwork                    kids artwork

kids artwork gallery wall                  kids artwork gallery

I know, my kids have mad skills 🙂 Find a frame that will fit the artwork, and a piece of construction paper, I like using black for all the artwork. (Ignore the ugly black stain on my coffee table).   Cut the construction paper to fit the frame, and using double stick tape,  attach artwork to construction paper.  Make sure you date the back of the artwork!!!

how to frame kids artwork

READY TO HANG!   Now, that was easy and very inexpensive 🙂   that’s how I roll !

kids artwork

Repurpose Silk Flowers In a Vase

My girlfriend asked for my help in making centerpieces for her daughters upcoming rehearsal dinner.  She already spray painted clear glass vases she had around her house in a looking glass paint.  This paint gives the vase a silver mirrored effect.  The brides colors are silver and purple, so this was perfect for color scheme.  We walked around her home grabbing silk flowers off walls and pulling from behind closets gathering all the silk flowers we could in the same color scheme of purple. Good thing that happens to be colors in her home as well,    We were able to make 8 centerpieces from all the silk flowers she had around the house, and use all the glass vases from her home.  Great repurpose job and the final result is so pretty, she just might have to use them for the wedding as well! 

 

If you start by taping a criss cross pattern across the top of the vase, this will help your flowers stay in place and end result look much more professional.

 

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Using wire cutters, separate all the stems and cut them individually.

 

silk flower arranging

 

flower arranging

Final results !

 

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variety of silk flower arrangements