Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer's Foods

I was going through my phone and saw a theme in some photos I've taken recently. I thought I would share.

Food photos. Summer food photos.

I'd just picked a gallon of blueberries from Mom and Dad's bush. I went inside and spread the berries out on a cookie sheet to sort. I think I probably ate half of what was on that sheet! Blueberries fresh from the bush are so good!

Going "home" always mean we will have fried catfish at some point in time. Dad is usually the fish fryer while Mom takes care of the coleslaw and hushpuppies.
Sometimes, Dad gets to brag that "These fish slept in the river last night!"

I came home with two 5-gallon buckets of fresh corn from their garden. I put half of it away on the cob and half of it away as cream corn. That'll be yummy this winter when there is no fresh produce in sight!
And finally, last night's dinner was country ribs with side of corn and Brussels Sprouts. I found a dry rub recipe on Pinterest: Memphis Style Country Ribs. I seared the meat in my grill pan, then finished it off in the oven. So yummy!

Between the seasoning on the ribs and the cracked pepper on my corn-on-the-cob, my lips tingled for hours last night!

Monday, July 21, 2014


I've been known to buy frames at yard sales and thrift shops with absolutely no intention or idea of what I'd do with them. Not just any frame, unique or "speak to me" frames in larger sizes. I've bought really ugly "artwork" just to get the frame. Hey, if you can find a 16x20 frame for $1.99, why not? You just might use it someday, right?

When we moved here last year and I was sorting through things to hang on the walls, I ran across my frame stash. It wasn't as large as I thought, but I did have several empty frames that I had no idea what would become of them.

Two of them wound up on top of my once entertainment center, now office supply storage cabinet. I thought they balanced out the display there. Yeah, that's what I kept telling myself anyway. (That display needs help!)
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Fast forward to this past Friday while out shopping with my friend, Margo. I spotted a pretty little acrylic painting or maybe oil? that someone had done once upon a time of the bluebonnets in Texas (or so said the tag). It reminded me of the times I've {never} seen the bluebonnets in Texas. LOL The Army has taken us many other places, but we've never landed in Texas for whatever reason. I've only BEEN to Texas twice in my lifetime. I didn't see the bluebonnets in bloom during those times and I didn't see mountains like in the painting. Nevertheless, something spoke to me about the painting and I decided to buy it. It was half off of $19.50, so a good little bargain!
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I came home and began to have second thoughts. I'm not the biggest fan of anything gold or brassy. This frame was glaringly gold and brassy! Then, it hit me. I'm crafty and a DIY addict (and I'm not afraid of much in the way of changing things!) I could do something about that brassy gold!

I decided the painting should hang in my freshly painted bedroom. (More on that later!) The gold was bad in there though! This morning, I decided to try a few of the frames I have around here to replace the gold frame. The one I really wanted to use was the smaller one in the photo above. Well, as luck would have it, that frame is too small. So, I tried the other one up there. Well, as luck would have it, that frame was too large! Before I went checking Michael's and Hobby Lobby ads for sales on frames this week, an idea hit me. Paint the existing frame and glue it into the too big frame.

Yeah, that would work, right? Why not?

I took a shortcut and used the paint from the bedroom walls on the frame. I distressed it a little with some walnut stain so it wouldn't be so wallish colored. Then, I used wood glue to glue the frames together. I did nothing to the larger frame though in some of these photos, it looks like I might have painted it. It is exactly how it was when I bought it a few years ago.
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The whole piece sticks out away from the wall more than it would with just one frame, but it almost makes it look like a framed canvas painting. Well, technically, it is a framed canvas painting! I don't mind it standing away from the wall though. It'll be even better once I hang curtains in there.
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My morning's work took me from liking my little painting to loving it!
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A tisket, A tasket, A...

fifty cent basket!

A few weeks ago, I was cleaning in my craft room and thinking that I need to find ways to disguise storage solutions. I have this ugly plastic toolbox where I store all of my spools of thread for sewing along with some sewing machine parts. I decided that it is time to move on to something else. Something more pretty. I filed that idea away in the dark corners of my mind.

When I stopped at a yard sale with my mother in law last weekend and picked up this little picnic (?) basket, the sewing kit was the last thing on my mind. I just liked the basket. Dark corners, remember?
The basket has such pretty details.

I opened it up to see what was inside. Usually, baskets like this hold a set of plates and silverware for a picnic. This one was empty from the feel of it, but I wanted to see how it was made inside. I opened it up and saw a single sewing machine bobbin lying in a corner. Bells and whistles went off and lights lit that dark corner of my mind where I had the idea of replacing the ugly plastic tool spoolbox. When I asked the seller how much and she said fifty cents, I knew one of my problems was solved!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Back porch table vignette

A while back I showed you my toolbox with begonias in it. I love that little box! The begonias have really grown. So, I snapped another pic.

While I was snapping, I snapped a photo of my little vignette on the table. I love my little cowboy because he reminds me of our time spent in Kansas. The horse feed scoop was a barn sale find in New Jersey. I don't have horses, thus no real need for this. But, I wanted it and it makes a perfect candle holder! The low planter was recycled from a Mother's Day arrangement when we lived in Alabama years ago. The pot that holds the ivy is from Korea. The driftwood has no special meaning other than I like it along with the little butterfly candle holder. I need to add a bit of Tennessee and Mississippi to this table and I'll cover all of our "homes".

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Cocoa, Kitty, Eliza Jane - Trouble!

A few weeks ago, we were outside working on a flowerbed when we heard the cries of a baby. Baby kitty to be exact.
We found the scared little Miss hiding in the shrubs, very leery of us and very hungry/thirsty.
Well... That was then. This is now. She has made herself at home.
She stays busy whining at the back door telling us when it's time to feed her. She traipses through the cobweb corners of the shop or under the shrubs and plants in search of anything that moves. She sits on the back steps waiting to smack the dogs with her paws as they pass her on their way into the house. She's a bundle of life and energy (and trouble!).