Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Updated Stacking Tables

I bought these tables at a local garage sale.  I have been on the hunt for stacking tables because I had an idea in my mind of how I would paint them.

I cleaned them up...filled in all the scratches with MS gold paint...and primed only the tops:

Here are the finished tables in leopard, zebra and checks:

Off to Shabby Chic Boutique they go!

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Victorian Table Makeover

I bought this cute little table at the Flea Market.  The trim work is so unique and I could imagine it painted in pastels - WHAT? NO CHECKS?  That's right, no checks!

I primed the table in white....

....and then I painted the table in soft colors: gray, yellow, blue and salmon.  I glazed the whole table in a muted grey and then waxed the table to protect it:

These colors are not my personal style, but it came out so pretty that I hate to part with it!  It will be for sale in the Shabby Chic Boutique next week!

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Parchment Check Table - MacKenzie-Childs inspired

M-C calls this pattern "parchment check" and it has such a soft, pretty sand color, with gold and aqua accents.

This little table was stained brown and needed an update, so, using the couch as an inspiration, I painted the top in parchment checks and "doodled up" the rest:

I dragged through some aqua and gold, glazed the table in a warm tan and varnished it:

The base is smaller than the top and was painted in a coordinating design:

This little beauty is off to Shabby Chic Boutique in the morning!

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Life has been busy....

I started a new p/t job this week as a jewelry merchandiser...and there's a lot to learn...

(zucchini quiche)

...there hasn't been a lot of time for cooking..

(rhododendron in front yard)

...and there was not a lot of time for enjoying the blossoming plants in my yard or painting my favorite checks...

(my mirror for sale at Shabby Chic Boutique), blogging will be on the back burner for a few days...

(recycled tin cake lid)

...and I will have to re-organize my "ME-TIME"...

(flowers from girlfriends)

...but all is well - I'm just BUSY!

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Tandoori Rub

When I was in Guadeloupe in March, I bought a variety of whole and freshly ground spices.  I just made a bowlful of Tandoori Rub.  Tandoori is a marinade traditionally used in Indian cooking.  The dry spice mix is mixed with yogurt, which is perfect for a marinade because it has a natural acidity, and is thick enough to adhere well to the meat, which keeps the spices in place.  You can also just use the spices as a plain rub.  The color of the spice mix is often very red or very yellow.  

Here is the recipe I used:

I divided the spices into little zip bags:

I placed the zip bags into these cute orange polka dot parchment bags, and I bought coordinating washi tape to seal the bags:

I made a label, adding a variety of ways to use the mixed spices:

I am hosting a "girl's night out" on Friday and these will be little favors for each guest to take home:

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

A MacKenzie-Childs Knockoff Herb Garden

I have had an herb garden for years.  Each year I plant them in different containers (soda crates, wine crates, metal tins, wooden boxes) and this year I decided to try large cans.

My nephew has a pizza shop and I spied these large cans: 

I gave them a coat of spray primer:

Then I quickly added my favorite checks and sealed them with varnish:

This is the beginning of my "Herb Garden":

So far I have planted parsley...


...and chives...

I still have a few more to paint to hold rosemary, oregano and thyme!

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Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bathtub Beach, Hutchinson Island, Florida

Bathtub Beach is at the end of Hutchinson Island.

"Sometimes the name says it all. And with water as calm, and soothing as a soak in your home bathtub, Bathtub Beach on Hutchinson Island is, indeed, one of Central Florida's most gentle stretches of sands. And because the sun warmed, salty water gently laps at the sands in the most unthreatening way, Bathtub Beach is also one of the most rubber ducky-friendly shores on the Atlantic Ocean, a favorite seashore outing for children and their families. Protected by a wide band of rocky coral reefs, Bathtub Beach enjoys a low tide lagoon effect, creating shallow pools of water safe for even the toddler tourist. Not just for babies, Bathtub Beach also draws serious scuba divers and kite and windsurfers". source

BUT, last night it was not calm at all!  The waves were crashing, the surfers were in their glory and I walked and walked along the shoreline.

The rough waters washed up many shells:

As the waves rolled in....

...and the skies turned pink...

...and as the sun set behind me over the intracoastal...

....reality set in and reminded me that my vacation ends on Wednesday!

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