Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Every year I have Thanksgiving at my house. My entire family comes to my house to eat. We have the biggest house so I'm able to put up tables and everyone can actually sit at a table. I usually assign different things for people to make but still end up cooking a lot of the dinner myself. Well this year I decided to try to make my own cranberry sauce and I am totally happy with the results. I realize Thanksgiving is over but maybe you can use this recipe for your Christmas dinner. Sorry, I don't have pictures to share.
2 12 oz packages of fresh cranberries
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 cup diced apple
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Juice of 1/2 an orange
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
(I also added the zest of the orange)
Heat the sugar and water in a sauce pan until all of the sugar is dissolved. Add the cranberries and heat until boiling. Add the remaining ingredients and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.
That's it! It is incredibly easy and so delicious too! Everyone raved over it.
I hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving and you are gearing up for Christmas now. Enjoy the season!
Monday, November 22, 2010
So, here's a quick list of what you will need:
Styrofoam cone shape (whatever size you want)
Ribbon or fabric
A sewing machine...or not perhaps
A wooden candle stick - purchased at Hobby Lobby in a bag of 6 for $3.47
A wooden finial - purchased at Hobby Lobby in a bag of 3 for $1.47
Wooden bases - purchased at Hobby Lobby for $.99
Hemp or twine or some sort of tieing type stuff
Glue gun with glue sticks
Step 1: Spray paint the wooden bases, candle sticks, and finials in a color of your choice. I stuck with an Ivory White. I liked the look of it and I really think it makes it a little bit country chic.
Step 2: While the paint is drying, take the ribbon and sew a single line down the edge of it. I really didn't measure how much I did, I just kind of guessed at it and sewed it. If I were to guess now I would say I probably did 2-3 yards.
Step 3: Gather the ribbon. You do this by grabbing one of the loose threads at one end of the sewed line and pull gently. You will only grab one, not both of the loose threads. Just continue to pull and gently move the fabric until you get the desired look. If you have a ruffling foot for your sewing machine alls the better, but I don't have one of them. :( I kind of doubt they make such a thing for the cheapy sewing machine I have either. I was thinking though that you could maybe do this tree without sewing, just by gathering wired ribbon yourself. It would be a little harder but I think it could be done. I'm going to stick with the sewing to make it easier on myself though.
Behold, the gathered ribbon. For this tree I chose 2 different colors of ribbon in a coordinating color palate. I gathered each one.
Step 4: Glue ribbon to tree form. Start at the bottom with one of the colors of ribbon and start by putting a line of glue on the bottom of the cone. Glue the fabric to the cone. At the end, cut the ribbon and then glue the loose end to the beginning.
Step 5: Repeat this process with the other ribbon. Then alternate all the way up the tree.
The tree will look like this when it's completely wrapped. The top gets a little tricky but just be patient and it will work out. Remember this is a "work of art"...mistakes add character right?
Step 6: Glue the candle stick to the base. Then glue the candle stick to the tree. I actually ended up cutting a dowel rod that fit in the candle sticks, glued that inside the candle stick and then stuck the dowel rod into the tree and glued it there as well. I wanted to make sure it was more secure
Thursday, November 18, 2010
So to set the stage...like I said we live in a very old house. The original house was built in the early 50's I believe. It was a typical farm house, 2 bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen. Sometime in the 60's I think they added on to the house and added a room in front of the living room. After that, they added on again and added a very large extension. I'm not sure how the original owners used the rooms but for us the original living room is now our master bedroom. The room next to that has been serving as our closet since about 1991 or so. The room itself used to have the front door to the house and windows in it. Those were boarded up when the large extension went in. It's hard to explain so I hope you can get the idea from my explanation.
Anyway, the room next to our master bedroom is just basically a blank empty room. I had put up rods all around the room for our clothes. The windows of the original outside of the house were boarded up as was the door. Outside that wall is now the entry room to the house. We did add the octogon windows.
So, I hope you noticed in the original description of the house that I said the house had one bathroom. Yep, that's right...3700 square feet and ONE bathroom. However horrible that may sound the good news was that one bathroom is HUGE and we just learned to deal with it. With 2 daughters and myself we all had vanity's in our rooms. All make-up and hair was done in your rooms. The bathroom was for "necessity" usage only. But, it was time to do something about this...room...outside of our master bedroom. We had always envisioned it to be a master bathroom and closet. Well this year that vision became reality! I'm completely happy with the transformation so I thought I would share. I hope you can realize that you can take a really trashy space and transform it into something beautiful. Behold...
This is the room pre-makeover. Actually, this picture below was taken after I had taken down one set of the rods. I had taken it down and then snapped...oh yeah...get some pictures. So, there was actually a set of rods over there on that wall of old windows. My husbands suits are all custom made and putting them on this rack even temporarily freaked him out! ha ha ha And, yes, those are my shoes on the shelves there. I freely admit I have a serious shoe addiction.
All of my purses are in those decorative boxes on the top shelves which I also purchased at Ikea. I also have a key which lists what purse is in what box so I can just reference my list when I want a specific purse.
So, that is our new bathroom and closet. We did not do all of the tile, electrical, or plumbing ourselves. We contracted that out and frankly I'm glad. We have done quite a few project ourselves in our house including all of those things but this time we just didn't have the time to spend on it so we paid to have that done. I'm so glad we did too. However, don't let that deter you. If you have the time and the patience, you could do it. The internet is a wonderful source of "how-tos'.
Monday, November 15, 2010
So, it was time to change it up a little. I started by getting the paper cut. I put it on the back of the shadow box with straight pins. The back has got a black velvet material over some batting so the straight pins work great to just temporarily attach the paper to the back.
The turkey had to be put facing outward of course.
Here it is with the entire wall grouping. I know, I know...whoever put that plug there in the middle of the wall should be shot! Oh well, the joys of owning an old farm house! ha ha ha