Friday, March 30, 2012

What I'm Reading Now - The Darlings

With a picture like that for the cover who doesn't want to read this book?!

This is a story of greed, betrayal, family and loyalty. There were quite a few characters - which always makes it hard to invest in them. But I wasn't sure who to like, who was lying and who to feel sorry for! Not to worry, it all comes together in the end. I found this book enjoyable as it looks at 2 families broadly, but also those families as units.

Quick & easy read!

Monday, March 26, 2012

A tribute to a wonderful woman!

I was given these chairs to recover a while ago. They where from a friend's Grandmother who was downsizing. They were sentimental pieces, connected to her with memories from childhood. While still in mostly good shape, they were somewhat outdated.

I really looked forward to the challenge. Simple upholstery is right up my alley...but these were not just slap it on and staple it down. These had cushions! Dreaded cushions. :-) With corners to kill.
To bring it into a more modern era, she asked me to paint and cover with a graphic fabric. Ok, no problemo. I did have some trouble with the paint actually sticking. I skipped sanding...BAD IDEA! It created more work for me to keep the paint on.
However, I finally finished up the frame with paint and upholstery. Then came out my sewing machine. Well, actually it is my MILs mostly. We had to put the two of ours together to make one work. I keep meaning to give her part back...and then I get projects!
Overall, they turned out pretty well! I was asked to put white piping on as an accent, and it came out really well.
We had gotten 7 yards of material to do these chairs, and ended up with about a yard left over. I did have to cut a bit more thank I normally would, because of the pattern. I had to make sure the large foils and flowers were somewhat centered on cushions and such.
Turned out nice and sharp and well loved by my friend! It will be a lovely memory for her to remember her Grandmother by. Hope I did you proud.

Friday, March 23, 2012

What I'm Reading Now

Have I written about The Hunger Games? Maybe, but in honor of the movie coming out I will write again!

This was a beach read for me...and I've been on the list for book 2 since August! I enjoyed the book, it was a quick read and held my attention. I'm looking forward to the movie...and at the same time I'm a little scared. Not my normal book to movie fear (that it will be bad) - I'm worried about the violence. This book was violent! I'm also expecting ROUS to make an appearance :-D

Monday, March 19, 2012


This is a quick post about a quick change artist: this large dresser.
It had great bones, but they buyer wanted it to be in a deeper and less flat black. Therefore, I painted it a richer black and polyed it to protect it. She also wanted different pulls. However, it would have been impossible to get the drawers out without pulls. So I rigged it with string so they could move it.
Here is a sneak peak for next week!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What's Cookin Wednesday

So I haven't been cooking....really. My parents were here for the weekend and in 5 days we ate at The Pullman six times. Yes, you read that right! We also fit in Krispy Kreme (dad & I can't figure out who ate how many donuts in the dozen), Chick-fil-A Dwarf House (we all agree that CFA should stick with chicken...but add the fried pies to the regular menu!) and Mexican (totally went to the place across the street from where I had the coupon to - oops!). But today I'll share with you a little gem that my friend Jen posted on her blog

Citrus Black Bean Soup
You decide how spicy it is; feel free to add red pepper flakes, cayenne, or hot sauce.

2 cloves garlic
4 15oz cans black beans, rinsed
1 15oz can fire roasted tomatoes w/chilies
1 tsp cumin
1 T herb & spice seasoning
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1 orange
Fresh cilantro, avocado, and/or sour cream for garnish

The Night Before: Mince the garlic and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

In the Morning: Combine the garlic, beans, tomatoes, seasoning, and fruit juices in the slow cooker. Cook on low for about 6-8 hours (depending on how hot your slow cooker runs).

Bam, that's that. I served this with some homemade pineapple salsa and corn chips. I don't have a recipe for that, but I'm pretty sure you can't screw it up. Just combine in a mason jar: canned crushed pineapple, chopped fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes (different colors!), teensy bit of diced red onion, minced garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper. Put a lid on it; shake it up; let it sit while the soup is cooking.

Link to the actual post is here. I'm pretty excited to try this!

Monday, March 12, 2012


I needed a quick project, amongst several bigger ones, so I opted for a cute wee bench. A quick paint, poly and recovering, and voila!

I have gotten three commissioned projects, so I am working on those amidst all the other fun stuff. Back to the grind!

Monday, March 5, 2012

GREEN Earrings

I got home the other day and found a lovely thank you letter. Inside where these turtle shell loops!
Bethaney and I met in college. Becoming friends despite the fact that I was an annoying freshman! Bethaney grew up in Papua New Guinea. After school, she decided to go back and serve with Pioneer Bible Translators. She is currently on her second term with them. I love getting updates from her!
I happened to be repairing several pieces of vintage jewelry, so I decided to add just a bit to the earrings Bethaney gave me from PNG.
Now, I can wear them as long earrings for a while. The great part about making your own jewelry? When you grow tired of it, you can recreate it into something else! Thanks B!