Sunday, November 28, 2010

Belated Thanks....

I've been thinking over this restful holiday weekend that I really should post some of the things I'm thankful for.  It's been a fabulous time to reflect while being with my family, eating great food, and creating new memories.  So here are some random things that I'm grateful for.

Family (Sorry so blurry)
Good Memories
My hair products
 Did I mention my straightener?
A baby's kiss
 Chocolate Cake
Great Design Blogs!
My Couch
The Gym
Good Health
My Religion
A Job
My home (Nope that's not my actual house, but my dream home)
Good Food
 Cuddles from my Husband
My Health
The Ability to Have Children
 A Considerate and Loving Spouse
Good Friends
and this blog which I love so much, to name a few.  Thanks for giving me so much joy and satisfaction.  I hope you all had as good a Thanksgiving as I did!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Birthday and Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is my birthday!  After a weekend of celebrating with birthday dinners, today is the day my husband and I actually get to celebrate with just the two of us.  My mother made me a delicious spice cake with penuche frosting yesterday that was out of this world. 

I guess I could skip another day of cake since Thanksgiving is this weekend, but why ruin the fun!  The hubs and I are headed out to a movie and dinner. I probably won't make it back to the computer until the holiday is over....

I hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving!  
Eat too much, laugh too loud, and take too long of a nap!
Images via My Recipes and Domino Magazine

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Inspiration Photos For Distressed Dressers.....

I mentioned in the previous post that I had a file saved on my computer consisting of my inspirations for painting my dresser.  Here they are: 

Click on Image for Source

hmmm....Maybe I SHOULD do the brown glaze to antique my dresser.  These pictures always make me change my mind!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Distressed Dresser

When my husband and I got married, we inherited some of his childhood furniture.  This dresser was old.  I mean peeling wood, broken drawers, dull stain and varnish kind-of-OLD! It's been sitting in the garage because I have procrastinated facing this Ugly.
It has horrendous hardware that somehow suggested an obsession of a Texas sports team....which The Hubs isn't even a fan!

 I sanded the entire dresser with a pretty rough grade.  After I re-sanded with a finer grade just to smooth it out.
 I used a Gripper primer.  This primer can go on pre-stained or painted woods without the need of sanding.  I chose to sand the dresser just in case!
 I chose "Garden Sage" from Sherwin-Williams as my paint color.  As shown here, it's in my empty, but finished basement.  I'm going to put it in the guest room where the walls are a buttery/golden yellow.
I spackled the holes where the old hardware had been before.  I sanded down the spackle and then painted the drawers. 
The hardware is from Home Depot.  Easy as pie.

I chose not to use a brown glaze to antique it at the last minute.  I decided I liked the clean green look.  Funny, because I really wanted to antique this "distressed dresser" due to some very inspirational dresser photos.  (To be shared later...)  Hopefully, I made the right decision!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veterans' Day!

I'm so sorry I've been MIA lately.  My son has had a cough for over two months and finally I decided it was time to fork over the moolah and head to the doctor's.  They said that because of having RSV earlier in the year, he'll struggle to completely get rid of any cough.  So back on the nebulizer he goes and my frustration only continues!  I decided that I needed a treat that night.  I made No-Bake Cookies!  They were absolutely delicious and totally out of character for me to crave..hmmm.  Anyways, I made some changes to the recipe viewed in red.
 Image via blisstree
2 cups sugar
4 Tb cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter (I didn't add any)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 Tb vanilla
3 cups oatmeal
In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for one minute and add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. (Or if you were me, add coconut and no peanut butter) Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper or aluminum foil until cooled and hardened.
NOTE:  I waited for the mixture to cool a tad and then added some leftover, frozen, chopped candybars and some chocolate chips.  This way they didn't melt and I had a delicious chew to my mounds!

Last weekend I was able to experiment with a new recipe I found on Brown Eyed Baker's blog!  It was for Pumpkin blondies/brownies.
She said they had the textrue of a gooey, dense brownie but with the pumpkin flavor.  Of course I had to try it!  I did have chocolate chips to the batter and I can tell you, it was the perfect addition!
 Images and Recipe via Brown Eyed Baker

Check out her recipe here.  I guarantee you won't regret it!  I think my hubs and I ate almost an entire pan!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Miss Selfridge Obsessed!

I might have spent some serious time on this site....and might have even sent a letter asking if they thought about adding the option of international prices on their site.....Yeah, I'm that serious.
Cream Long Sleeved Beaded Top

Dark Wash Bootcut Jeans

Peter Pan Crochet Top

Frill Mini Skirt

Pink Ruffle Top

Dark Wash Wide Leg Jeans

Green PU Biker Jacket

Petites Bow Sleeve Blouse

Grey Hitched Bow Skirt

Red Victorian Top

Yellow Bow Top
Pleated Tipped Tiered Skirt

Stone Ruffle Mac

Guncheck Skirt

Apparel from Miss Selfridge

Thus far this is my wish list....for my birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day,...ummm Fourth of July?  Okay, you can see I'm in love.  Are you?!


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