Thursday, October 27, 2011

DIY Silhouettes

This morning as I began my ritual of breaking out the computer and scrolling through Blogworld, I came across this awesome project tutorial, how to make silhouette prints using Piknik from Crafted Niche .  I thought to myself, hmmmmm, I totally need to do this.  For those of you who know me, you know I am a bit obsessed with my dogs, so any project involving the 'boys'...I'm there.  Check it out:

This is the sample of Oscar.  Of course I had to do the other two, my yorkies, Louie and Henry also. 

I printed the silhouette prints on some scrapbook paper and framed them in some inexpensive clip frames I already had.  Free art!  I just need to prepare myself for the grief my kids are going to give me...

Not sure yet where the pictures will land...


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Outside/Inside Project

I decided to make my way outside today and tackle the daunting task of raking.  The sun was shining and I was feeling quite motivated ...was that ever a joke!  As I raked the many leaves, a few thousand fell in their place.  Ok, ok I am exaggerating, but not by much.  I soon gave up.  I convinced myself that I will put it off til next weekend, because by then all the leaves will have for sure fallen... hahaha.  Wishful thinking.
So I headed inside to start an inside project I have been pondering for a while. We have a finished attic space but with unfinished, empty spaces under the eaves.  I want to make a quasi-closet space and built-in desk.  The challenge.... use what we have...

If budget wasn't an issue, I would love to have built in white cabinets with louvred doors...ahhh to dream.  Instead I hung two wooden dowels and tab topped curtains on one side.  The other I had Mr. B use an extra door we had and install it on the wall using a small shoe shelf as a 'leg'.

I still need to decorate the area, probably add some funky fabric to the bottom of the curtains (they are a little 'high-water'..). Not bad for an afternoon that started outside, eh?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cedar Slice Table

Over a year ago, we had the Forest Service come through the yard and thin out some trees.  We were left with quite a few stumps so the ole hubs decided to 'slice' a few pieces off the stumps along with stump grinding... we were left with quite a few of these:

I thought...hmmmmm... what could I do with these? 

Why make a table...of course!  We had to let the piece dry, then sand, and sand and more sanding..

Had Mr. B weld some table legs from rebar we had laying around.  I thought they would be fun to shape into chicken feet :)

So now we have a whimsical and unique end table for ....FREE!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Contacting the Fridge

I was cruising through Blog world this past weekend and got inspired by this wonderful project: Contact your Fridge, by Shoestring Pavilion.

I have a refrigerator that came with the house...that let's just say isn't what I would have picked. It works, so I can't justify buying a new one... So to help 'blend' it into my design scheme, I decided a few months ago to experiment by painting one of the side panels with chalk paint, which turned out fun... It's great for lists, or menus, or my daily motivational sayings..haha.

I purchased some black contact paper from Home Depot, then using a hearth rug as my pattern, I drew a template and began cutting them out. 

After getting quite a few pieces cut, I started at the top of the left panel and just 'eyeballed' the placement.  If you look closely, you will notice slight differences in size of the borders.... this is where my ADD won over my OCD.... this project is tedious!  But so worth it...

Of course looking back at this, it would have been smarter and easier to have contacted the side without the water dispenser. I'm not sure yet if I want to do the whole fridge yet, however I did wrap the pattern around the side of the door.  I am really digging the look.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thrifty Rug Swap

I have been drooling over this rug at West Elm for a while now:

Zigzag Rug, 3'x5', Iron/Ivory/Fez Red

At $109, not too shabby for a 3x5 wool/cotton rug.... and esp. with the coveted chevron design we see everywhere!  But because I am cheap, eh-hem thrifty, I found a less expensive version at

It's made of synthetic fiber (hence the $38.67 pricetag), but that's okay since it's going to live in my kitchen.  I absolutely love anything from west elm, but for now this will do...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Before and After Chairs


I found a pair of chairs at a thrift store recently that pretty much paid me to take 'em home. Granted they looked like something famed, horror hostess, Elvira would sit in...okay minus the red velvet.

I decided to reupholster them but keep the backs, since they were genuine leather and had a beautiful carved design. I purchased a matching, clearance fabric for $6, and spray painted them gloss white (which I had on hand).  Total cost for these lovelies: $16. Not too scary, right?

Monday, October 10, 2011


With all the bountiful Fall squash, cabbage, onions, potatoes.... I felt it was time to get into my warm, cozy cooking mode.  Being that it is October, I thought I'd bring out the ole German heritage and whip up some Rotkohl (rote-coal), german red-cabbage.

You can find a recipe here: German Rotkohl

Of course depending on what region you or your family is from, the recipe will vary. This recipe is from Bavaria, the southern region of Germany, where my mother hails.  I have made it so often that I usually wing it and add different ingredients depending on what I have on hand. Just by Google-ing(funny how this is now a word), the results are plentiful! Traditionally you would serve this side with Sauerbraten (type of German roast), but tonight I am feeling Bratwurst, fried potatoes and beer....yummy. Just right for the dip in temperature.