Friday, December 31, 2010

Best of 2010 Projects


I hope everyone is enjoying the last couple days of 2010!
I've been enjoying looking at all the top 10 and best projects of 2010 and can't believe how gifted you all are! You have been so inspiring and am so glad to have come across so many wonderful and generous people.
I've only been blogging for a few months  now but have a few of my own little projects to share!





This driftwood candle holder was one of the first  tutorial projects I did.





This is what it looked like before all the pretty lights. I also did this with my birch log I used on my Christmas mantel.
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This chair was the  first reupholstery job I've ever tried! The most difficult part was removing old staples...Ughh. But I think she turned out lovely.



This is what she looked like before I painted and reupholstered her using drop cloths.



I loved this little table that only needed a couple of coats of paint and a little sanding.




This is what she looked like before all the paint.



This was one of my favourites projects. I got this table with 6 chairs for $50.00 on kijiji.



This is what she looks like now and sits proudly in my little breakfast nook.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my little corner of the world and I look forward to sharing much more with you all in 2011!

I'll be partying with these ladies for the rest of the year! lol



Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Thank You to all!

These last few months have been a real roller coaster ride for me. It's been scary, busy and exciting!
I've met so many awesome ladies,  made some new friends and am so greatful and appreciative for you all.  Thank you for making my first few months in blogland so rewarding.
I pray that this Christmas season will be a time of faith, family and fun!


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Monday, December 20, 2010

Chair redo wrap up...



Hello everyone!
I bought this chair a couple of months ago and it took me that long to remove the staples from it!
Here it is! I still want to do a little "roughing up" to it but I hate sanding and have put it off for now.
I've added some of my Christmas wrapping to spruce it up.



Here is the before. I got it from the GW.

 

It was my first reupholstering job!  I had no directions but just took pics of each layer removed and how she was put together. I gave her a quick coat of primer and then painted her in Benjamin Moore's Cloud white. I covered her with drop cloth from the HD better known as "Poor man's linen".








I wrapped the gifts in white postal paper and simply added some jute twine and little bells. I stamped the names right on the package.



I love these little pinecones covered in scented wax. They are over a year old and still smell so nice!



Thanks so much for stopping by!

Ill be partying with these ladies this week!


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Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas baking and cheesecake fiasco...




Hello everyone! I decided to start some Christmas baking today and thought I would make a cheesecake. I usually use my aunt's recipe but it was lost when she moved recently. I thought I would get a recipe from one of the many sites online.



I got out my trusty old Kitchenaid mixer that I love!



I started with a graham cracker crust.



Then I mixed all 4 packages of cream cheese with sugar.



This is where it all went wrong!
I've seen on  cooking shows when using eggs that they are broken in a bowl first and then poured into a mixture, however...I was in a hurry and felt like an iron chef and decided to crack them over the mixer. That's  how one egg shell fell in the batter and was mixed up with all the wonderful cheese and sugar!
I quickly stopped the mixer and...held back the tears...all that wonderful  cream cheese, ten dollars worth!
After I regained my compsure, I proceeded to wade through the  batter and tried to pick out all the eggshells. I'm still hoping I got them all out.



Then I poured the batter into the crust.



Set upon a baking pan ( this is my old crusty trusty one)
Placed in a preheated oven for 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees




 I removed it from  the oven and let it cool and then  refrigerated overnight.
I won't bother you with the recipe because I used a combination of two!
Suffice it to say, it was pretty close to the recipe that comes on the package of Philadelphia cream cheese.

It looks great but I hope I got all those eggshells out!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

More Christmas...

Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the weekend. I have a little more Christmas decorating to show you but first I wanted  to take this opportunity to  thank you all!

I now have 100 Followers!

I know it's just a number but it shows that you all cared about and liked what you saw enough to take time out  to hit the follow button.  It means a lot to me and I'm very greatful to you all!


I managed to finish my Christmas decorating today and ended up in the dining room. I have a mantel in here and didn't digress too much from my theme in the family room. I continued using greens, pinecones and some sparkle which came from lights and candles.



At one end of the dining room I have the mantel and my montauk. The montauk is a beast of a chair or as some may know it... a chair and a half! It is all down filled and is so comfy!


I added some pointsettias in white!



I continued using birch as well and I made one of my little logs into a candle holder in the same way I did with my driftwood candle holder. The tutorial for that is here.http://bringrestoration.blogspot.com/2010/10/driftwood-candle-holder-tutorial.html



I added this lovely planter with greens, birch logs, pinecones and battery operated lights.



I have my harvest table in the middle of the room. I just draped it in a red toile PB table runner and placed some candles on it with a bit of greenery.



At the other end of the room, I have two armoires that I use for storage as my kitchen is really small and lacks a lot of space. You can see where I finally put my coffee filter wreath! I love draping greenery everywhere.


These are my paper whites in all their glory!



My tree is in the family room. It's all in whites, creams and some pale gold. I don't know if you can see but I used a burlap bow as a tree topper. I usually don't put one on.




I went for a walk yesterday in the park and manged to find all kinds of birch bark on the ground. It was everywhere! (No trees were harmed in the making of this candle craft)lol.

 





I simply wrapped the birch bark around the candles and attached with push pins.



Here is the tree all lit up.



I wanted to show you the tree unlit as it looks so pretty with the green and white. I love it both ways!



These little buckets flanked my fireplace in the family room which I photographed in my mantel post.



I draped both windows in a cedar mixed garland.



I hope you all enjoyed some more Christmas decorating!
I'll be partying with these ladies this week...



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