Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Breathing life into DUSTY OLD THINGS

Inspired by recycled old bicycles and a love for flowers, I began to look for one of my own. There were posts everywhere, people selling bikes, old ones, new ones, vintage, which I learned is different from old ones...the prices were insane. Prices ran into the hundreds! My husband and I went antiquing in Ohio's Amish Country and at the last stop,BOOM , there she was. Leaning on an old fence in the rain...with a broken chain. She was messy,  but not as much as the rust bucket leaning next to her. 
I was guessing that she had lived a productive life by her rickety chain, flattened tires, and rust spots. However her frame was in great shape! She cost me $24.00. 
Returning home, I ran to the hardware store for Rustoleum Cornflower Blue spray paint. After cleaning the rust, she was given 3 coats all over. 

I also picked up an old basket for the handle bars, sprayed it as well. The seat was sticky and breaking down from being outside. I covered it and the basket in blue gingham. Found a basket to for the back and she was ready to go.
 Leaving the chain adds something.
I decided to name her...JUDY,      JUDY THE BEAUTY! πŸ˜‰

There it is , another Dusty, Old Thing repurposed . 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Happy Fourth of July!

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I'd be in remiss if I didn't start by being grateful for this day, this celebration. Independence Day isn't just about fireworks, food, and fun. It is also the day to remember and be grateful for our Country's  freedoms. On this day we celebrate independence from the oppressive demands being made upon them from across the the sea. 
Happy Fourth of July to you and your family. 

Thoughtful family  and friends  contribute special surprises like the festive strawberries and mixed berry pie.

Mason jar root beer floats.

Two of the same macaroni salads?? The younger generation prefer it made with mayo , no onions...and the mature prefer Miracle Whip with onions. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Piggy Bread

Easter 2017 

Piggy Bread

Piggy Bread, my version of an idea featured on Stehanie's fun blog: Girl Vrs Dough.  Creators of the piggies are from blog PASS THE COCOA (Caroline and Monica)Very cute!
 Piggies are stuffed with breakfast sausage, kielbasa, or Italian sausage.

 My family and friends love these easy to make rolls!
Cook your fave sausage, allow to cool.

 Rhodes Dinner rolls (frozen dept of local store) Cooked sausage. Peppercorns for eyes. Egg white for wash. Toothpicks
Rise dough balls in greased muffin tins cover with sprayed plastic wrap, per pkg instructions. Make a round patty of dough in your palm. Place sausage inside and pull up ends of dough to seal. Save a small amout dough to make ears, curly tail, and snout.  Place snout on face area, use toothpics to hold .See pic below  Ears are small shaped triangles. They will stick to the body. Place peppercorns for the eyes, ans roll a tiny curly tail. Add to backside.  Gently egg wash the dough. Bake 350 apx  14 minutes. Cover and  Refrigerate any leftovers. Reheat 10-15 seconds in microwave. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Table Blues are gone!

 Hospital Volunteer Thank you Luncheon

First: Thank you everyone who so generously took the time to offer suggestions for the tablescape improvement. I printed each one and worked the table with them until I finally ended with this...I really loved all the ideas and as you can see, used most of them! 

I added the suggestion of vines and flowers, now everyone has something to look at.

Note how plain it is? What can I do?

After your suggestions:

The table: 
Mikasa French Countryside 
 Inexpensive hand painted water glasses

Gazing balls were placed in the center with a message that today love is reflected in each them.   The Bunny stopped by and left jelly beans discretely, giving everyone a chuckle. Handmade " tweeties" were a take away for each of them.

I found this tiny milk glass bunny last weekend in Amish country. In the background,  a cd of bird songs is playing softly .

I added the suggestion of vines and flowers, now everyone has something to look at.

Mixing chairs was necessary, but looks fine.

Night time with candles lit. Another view of the layered table cloths a bit easier in this light.  The bottom is a flat twin sheet and the top  is a an inexpensive sheer striped curtain fabric remnant found in a bin at a fabric shop. Really helps bring up the blues.

The menu : 
Mixed Greens with sliced strawberries and Poppyseed Dressing
Roasted Chicken Salad mini croissants
Lemon Pound Cake w/Strawberry Sauce
Fruity wines