Kolache Baking

Kolache Baking

In case you haven’t figured it out from the title of my blog, there’s a little Czech in this house.  With a little Czech heritage comes some awesome recipes.  One of our favorite is kolaches.  I don’t know if you have ever had them, but they are delicious!  You can do so many different fillings from fruit, to meat, to nuts, to whatever you can think of.  Today I want to share a recipe I learned at our church in a kolache making class.  I was short on time, so instead of making individual kolaches I made a braid.  This is usually what I do because I don’t have the time to do all the individual kolaches.  I would love to spend the day making all different kinds, but time just isn’t in abundance around here.

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Doesn’t this just make your mouth water!  Here is the recipe, but I want you to know that it does take a little time.

Dough…..  This is enough to make 2-3 braids depending on the size you roll them out to.

3 1/2 cups luke warm milk (you can use any kind, but I like to use 2%)

1 square packet of Rapid Rise Yeast

2/3 cup of sugar

4 cups of all-purpose flour

Make a paste and let rise until double in size.  I mix mine in my large Kitchen-Aid mixer, put a towel over it, and let it double in size.

Once the dough is double in size add the following:

6 egg yolks (keep your egg whites and I’ll be bringing you another idea on Wednesday to incorporate them)

1 tsp salt

1 cup of oil (I use canola but you can use vegetable or butter/margarine)

6 cups of all-purpose flour (Hold the last cup and add according to the feel of your dough.  You want your dough to be a little sticky, and not hard.)

Knead this for ~30 minutes by hand, or use the dough hook on a mixer until it pulls away from the sides.  (You want to break down the gluten)

Grease a large bowl, form a large round ball of dough and put it in.  Butter the top of the ball, cover with plastic wrap  or a towel and let it rise until it’s double in size.

While the dough is rising mix up your filling.

Filling:  Enough for 2-3 braids

3  8oz packages of cream cheese softened to room temperature

1 1/2 cup sugar

3 egg yolks

3 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cup of coconut

2 cups chopped pecans

Cream together the cream cheese, sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla until smooth.  Then stir in the coconut and pecans.  It usually takes 1 package of cream cheese per braid.

Once dough has doubled in size it’s time to make this treat.

Roll out a 1/3 of the dough on lightly floured parchment paper.  This makes it easier to move your braid to the pan when done. Your dough should be the shape of a rectangle.

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Cut slits in the dough with a pizza cutter or knife.  Make sure you have the same number on each side. Don’t cut all the way through because you need an uncut portion in the center for the filling.

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Add 1/3 of the filling and spread it down the center.

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Fold the ends up to seal each end so your filling doesn’t ooze out.

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Now take a section on each side and bring it to the center and twist the ends.

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Here it is all braided.

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Transfer the braid to your baking sheet using the parchment paper.  You will bake it on this parchment paper also. Brush the dough with melted butter.

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Bake at 325 degrees F until golden brown.  This time varies due to oven and the position from heating element in your oven.  Mine bakes approximately 20 minutes, and comes out looking like this.

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Brush again with melted butter, and let cool.  Slice and enjoy this tasty Czech treat!  You may or may not want to share.  Come back on Wednesday to see what else you can stuff this dough with.

 

 

 

 

Crap Room To Craft Room Reveal

Crap Room To Craft Room Reveal
Crap Room To Craft Room Reveal

Today is the day!  I’m finally ready to show you our Crap Room to Craft Room transformation!  I know I’ve really been dragging my feet, digging in my heels, and whatever other excuse I could find to not finish this room.  Why would I be that way?  Well, it’s because I have ALOT of craft stuff.  Like an overwhelming amount of stuff!  You name it, I probably have it.  So finding a place for all of this has been crazy to say the least.  Plus, I’m on a mission to add salvage and this room ending up being FULL of it!  It’s my salvage haven.  In my mission this year for my “one little word” CLEAR, I feel like I have really accomplished something.  It only took me 9 months to get it finished!  Slow and steady wins the race.  Good things come to those who wait (or should that be procrastinate), right?

You can follow along in this process from where I started, to the middle of the process, then you end up on this post today.CraptoCraftRoom

Truth be told, this salvage room all started with the purchase of this at a flea market.  I decided to organize some of my craft room stuff in it, and loved it so much that ended up buying a second one.RotobinClose

You can store a ton of stuff in one of these puppies, and it only takes up a small foot print.  Love it!  The second one was royal blue and didn’t match my military green and gray theme I had going on here.  So I had to have it sand blasted, was going to paint it, and then decided to leave it as bare metal.

So now just let me jump in and show a picture and explain all the salvage to ya.  I tried to not add a lot of color for these two reasons: 1) I have a ton of stuff in here (Can you say busy, busy, busy), and 2) I used lots of salvage pieces and wanted them to all hang out and party in here comfortably.  I have one small window in here, so I have spent all week trying to get the best pictures.  We’ve had several cloudy days, and during some sunshine the other evening I got the best pictures I could.  The pains of not having enough natural light (or photography skills)!

Here is an overview of the room.  CraftRoomRevealRoom

I added a couch in here in case anyone wanted to hang out while I was getting my craft on!  Salvage pieces are all over in this photo.  Where do I start?  First, the couch is from my mom (thanks mom!), since she was getting new furniture.  Maybe she will be the one hanging out on it while I’m getting my craft on.  I’ll even supply her with a bag of microwave popcorn and a Coke.  The drafting table (with the Marburger Lane sign) behind the couch is something my husband got 17 years ago when he worked for the junior college here in town.  It’s an old school drafting table with the tilting top.  I just sanded down the pinkish colored top to reveal the wood and added some poly urethane to seal it.CraftRoomRevealSewingMachines

This is the sewing area!  The sewing machine table is a door that was painted as a runway.  I just stripped that bad boy down and added some poly urethane.  For the base I used this military cabinet we bought at a flea market, and then we made 2 legs from galvanized pipe and pipe caps.  The desk chair was another $25 flea market find.  Above the sewing machines is a big board that already had the hanging chain and metal trough on it.  It was a $30 flea market score.  The  “Danger” signs are an addition from my sweet hubby.  I like them by the sewing machines because I  think it adds a little humor.  The rotobin in the far left was the second one we bought that was royal blue before we had it sandblasted.  The rug was an end of summer score from Target.  It is an outdoor rug that was marked down from $149 to $45.  The stars were aligned that day in Target as the lights from above shone down on it.  This 7×10 rug was on clearance at the exact time when I was looking for something to go with the colors in here.  Lucky me!CraftRoomRevealJelloMolds

If you follow me on Instagram you saw these vintage Jello molds.  They were my grandmothers, and I’ve had them stored not really knowing what I wanted to do with them.  Then I got my Fresh Style Magazine and saw something that my friend Lucy Inspired used them for.  So with that inspiration they now hold bobbins, pins, needles, a seam ripper, etc.  I love how they keep all these small things in order.CraftRoomRevealShelfCubby

I bought this IKEA shelf and we added the drawers and crates to store a huge amount of stuff.  And now I have that sucker busting at the seams with stuff.  I couldn’t have a shelving unit with no styling in a few cubbies.  I needed all the storage, so I had to fancy up a few with some craft supplies.  Here are a few of those shelves and how I tried to pretty up some storage.

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That Singer book was my grandmothers, and the trophy was from Chapel Market.CraftRoomRevealShelfCubbyRibbonScraps

These large Ball jars store some yo-yo’s I bought at a flea market, and my scrap pieces of ribbon.CraftRoomRevealShelfCubbyPearls

Here is how I store my pearls for projects, and my pearly pins.  Sorry these pictures are a little washed out, but I could not get the lighting right to capture everything.  My photography skills need to improve.  I need to get it off auto and into manual!CraftRoomRevealMoonPIe

I use cupcake liners for lots of projects so this is how I decided to store them.  I just tossed them in an old floral vase I had.  Plus I’m using mason jars to store all sorts of things!  One of my favorite things in here is that Moon Pie sign I picked up on clearance at TSC.  I saw this and had to have it because it immediately brought back memories of my dad.  We would run errands with him on the weekends and he would stop and get us a moon pie and coke.  So when I look at this sign I think of him.

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On top of the IKEA shelving unit is a chicken feeder from a flea market that holds my Cricut cartridges.  The two things on each end are just some storage things that caught my eye at flea markets.  The one on the left stores 6×6 pads and crayons, and the one of the right stores ribbon and lace I’ve bought from the dollar bin at Michael’s.  The faith sign is something Revyn made for me when I was at Haven.  It reminds me to keep the faith in what I am doing.  That girl always knows what I need.

This area stores my ink, stamps, and paint.

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The wooden barrel to the right of the lockers was a “use what you got” remake. The lockers and paper cutter were flea market finds.  We go and see our fair share of Texas Country Music artist, so one day we started collecting stickers from them.  Once I put these lockers in place I decided to start putting on the stack of stickers we had accumulated.  I also added in a few others that are my favorite.  The big “F” was one I got when we were in France 17 years ago.  Then there are a few we have collected from our trips to Tybee.  Here is a close up of them.CraftRoomRevealLockers

Here is a close up of my stamp storage.CraftRoomRevealStampShelf

I bought this cubby shelf from the Pottery Barn Outlet clearance section for $45.  I’ve had it awhile but finally found the perfect use for it.  Now I can actually see all my stamps!  Under the paper cutter is a doily maker board (that’s what it says on the other side) we found at a flea market.  The paper cutter came from a flea market as well.  Yes, we are flea markets addicts.  I’m confident enough in my addiction to admit it.  I wonder if there is a 12 step program for us!

Now to 3 other favorite things in the room.  Actually, this whole room is my favorite!  I think I’m entitled to have a zillion favorite things.

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This $40 Craiglist table find is now the Cricut/Silhouette station.  This table was from a writer in Austin, TX.  The guys son said Ann Richards and Barry Switzer sat at this table as his dad interviewed them for the book he was writing.  The lighted arrow was a Warrenton purchase. Then I used a record that was my grandmothers to make a “Create Here” Sign.  Here is a close up of it.CraftRoomRevealArrowLight

Next up is a flea market find for the one and only window in here.  So that lonely window needed to be special.CraftRoomRevealAwningSide

Ummmm….yes, I am in love with this awning so much I decided to just plaster that across it.  I love these things and was determined to find one and then find a place to use it in our home.

This is one of my favorite things that G made up.CraftRoomRevealRibbonHldr

It’s ribbon storage on the side of the drafting table.  Isn’t this just the bees knees!  It holds so many spools of ribbon!  He is such a handy man and can make just about anything happen!

I hope you enjoyed my reveal of what was once our Crap Room to Craft Room.  I better go because I’m going to go set my creative spirit free!

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Italian Cream Cake

Italian Cream Cake
Italian Cream Cake

To start this post off I have to tell you that I am sooooo excited today!  I get to do my first guest post over at Refunk My Junk in October.  I have followed Allison for 2 years, and was intrigued because she actually did what I would love to do eventually.  Click over and read her About Me Page.  Secretly she my inspiration, because I hope I can be in that place one day.  Once God has the stars align just perfectly that leads me in that direction.  God has given me a talent and I just have to figure out how He wants me to use it.

Remember that it was G’s birthday last week?  We celebrated via face time with Bracken so he could participate in the family party.  Bracken sang Happy Birthday with us, watched G blow out his candles, and open his present.  Thank you Apple for Face Time!  The center of the party at our age is the cake!  G’s favorite cake is Italian Cream Cake.  I know your probably getting hungry now just knowing that, and thinking “Give me some of that”!ItalianCremeCakeCloseUp

This isn’t an ordinary Italian Cream Cake, this cake has a story.  The kids had a baby sitter named Mrs. Kathy when they were babies.  Not only was she a fantastic babysitter, she also baked the best cakes!  She did our wedding cake, and I always used her for birthday cakes.  She was so creative and always made what I had in my mind turn into the most awesome cake.  They were so moist and delicious.  Then she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to cut back on her cake baking.  At that time she passed along a copy of her recipe to me.  I started baking it myself for G from that point forward.  Mrs. Kathy passed away several years ago, so now every time I bake this cake I feel like it’s a piece of her living on.  So today I want to share this recipe with you.

Here is what you need…..  (I just realized I left out the package of cream cheese.  Sorry)ItalianCreamCakeIngredients

Here is the cake recipe…

1 c of buttermilk (or as in my picture I didn’t have buttermilk so I made my own with 1 cup milk and 1 tsp lemon juice mixed together)

1 tsp baking soda                                            1/2 c shortening

5 eggs, separated                                            1 tsp vanilla

2 c. sugar                                                         1 1/3 c chopped pecans

1 stick margarine                                              5 oz sweetened coconut flakes

2 c sifted all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Grease and flour three 9″ pans.

Combine the baking soda with the buttermilk (or with 1 c milk and 1 tsp lemon juice) and let it stand a few minutes.

Beat the egg whites until stiff and set aside.

Cream the sugar, margarine, and shortening until gets fluffy.

Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add the buttermilk mixture alternately with flour to the creamed mixture.

Stir in the vanilla.

Fold in the egg whites.

Gently stir in the pecans and coconut.

Divide batter evenly into the 3 pans.

Bake for 25 minutes or until the cake tests done.  I use a toothpick for this test.

While the cake is cooling make your frosting.

Here is the frosting recipe..

1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese

1 stick margarine

1 pound of powder sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Cream cheese and margarine together until well combined.

Add in the vanilla.

Beat in the powdered sugar a little at a time until it is of spreading consistency.

Frost the cooled cake.

I chose to do a rustic layered cake.  I trimmed the edges off each cake, and only frosted in between the layers rather than the entire sides of the cake.  I think Mrs. Kathy would be proud!

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CLEARing the Desk

CLEARing the Desk

I hope you all had a great weekend. Ours was busy with lots of little home projects.  I’m popping in to show you the area of our home that took most of the day Saturday. Remember back in January when I told you my “one little 2014 word” was Clear?  Then remember this picture I showed in my post last week about a tour through blogland?  Yep, I was keeping it real with ya!WorkingOnNowMessyDesk

 

Yes, this hot mess has been our desk for area for 2014.  I would clear off a small spot, pay bills, file them, then pile it up again.  This little area has STRESSED me out all year.  I don’t know why I kept putting off cleaning it, let’s go with lack of time rather than laziness.  Well, Saturday I got off my bum and conquered it.  It literally took me all day!  I know your thinking that is not that big of an area, but your only seeing half of it.  I wouldn’t let myself just move a pile, I had to put up EVERYTHING!  So I cleaned, helped Rev with pre-cal, cleaned, did more pre-cal tutoring, cleaned, then helped with dual credit history, and cleaned.  With all these homework help distractions, you can see why it took all day.  But I’m proud to say this is our desk today!DeskClean

Woohoo! You can see the top now!  Success!  I still have that one pile to go through, but I need to get a file basket to file all of it.  Target, here I come!

I also wanted to remind you about the blog tour today.  Remember last week when I introduced you to 3 other blogs?  Well, you have to pop over to their blogs today to see why they blog and what inspires their creativity!  Please go visit and show them some love!

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Vintage Coastal Bedroom

Vintage Coastal Bedroom
Vintage Coastal Bedroom

How are y’all doing?  I hope you’re ready for football Saturday.  Around here it’s College Gameday, then a full day of football.  If your like me, I do some web surfing and blog catch-up during the games.  So I hope you are like me and will enjoy this post of Bracken’s finished Vintage Coastal Bedroom.  First check out how we planned everything to come together for this room.  It involves some Pottery Barn inspiration, the vintage sign, and an album cover.  We really tried to personalize the room with lots of little details.

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The wave infinity was painted by a lady here in town who is absolutely amazing!   Didn’t it turn out fantastic!  It is perfect just like Jake Owen’s album cover that Bracken wanted to include in here.

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In this little area, he picked out the best pictures from our vacation and the trip to Little Tybee to frame.  They turned out perfect, and it has such a personal connection.  Plus I put the crate I had painted in here as well.

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See that little jar in the upper left corner.  Well, we collect bottle caps just cause we think they are cool.  Maybe one day I’ll find the perfect project to use them in on Pinterest.  Leave me a comment if you have any ideas.  I just added some twine and a starfish to it.  We really liked how the bottle caps pick up the colors in the infinity wave picture.

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For curtain rods we just used galvanized pipe.  If you followed me on Instagram you probably saw when we were making them.  I’ve always loved this look, and now I get to enjoy it everyday.

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Here is how his window vignette turned out.  It’s kind of hard to shoot with the sun coming in, but that was the best I could do on my limited photography skills.

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I used twine to attach starfish to the basket holding the quilts.  I think it’s so cute with those little accents.

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The truck in the window was actually G’s when he was a kid.  We took it and loaded ‘er down with the sand dollars we found on Little Tybee.  Then I threw in some starfish to add some more dimension.

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This bed is a 100-year old bed with wooden nails.  Totally awesome!  We are using it for a sitting couch, and it is super comfy.  I bought these suitcases on clearance at Hobby Lobby one day, and decided to use them as a trip to the beach theme.

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Then I made a luggage tag for each one.  On each luggage tag I stamped the name of the beaches Bracken enjoys.

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We had this red cart we inherited from Gary’s family, so I thought it would be great for Bracken to use as a place to empty his pockets.  I had these two rotating bins so we used one for his pocket goods, and one for shells we found in Tybee.

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Now here is the weird thing we did.  We couldn’t decide on what we wanted for closet doors even after we looked at lots of options.  Nothing screamed this is it until we came across these screen doors.  They give that beach vibe like when you have the doors open, screen closed, and the sea breeze blowing in.

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One of our favorite beach songs is “That Old Blue Chair” by Kenny Chesney, so of course we had to include one.  This is a chair I got from my grandmother and redid.  Just another touch of family vintage pass downs to include.

G had these porcelain insulators we used for knobs, and then we hung a string of starfish on them.  This gave them that coastal feel, but not with an over the top beachy theme.

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This room is PURE vintage coastal, and ended up like Bracken wanted.  It’s so relaxing in here.  It’s……BrackenBedroomPureSign

 

Remember, it’s all in the personal details that you add that make the room unique.BrackenVintageCoastalBedroom

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Handy Man G

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Handy Man G

Before I get into this post I would like to remember and pray for all those that were involved in the 9/11 incident.  Many years later it is still very real as if it just happened.  My heart and prayers still go out to those brave people.

September 11th is a special day around here because it’s G’s birthday!  He’s the “I don’t need anything, don’t get me anything, it’s no big deal” kind of guy.  However, he is a big deal in our world!  So I just usually ignore what he says and try to still make his birthday special at home.

This guy is my soul mate, an amazing dad, and awesome hubby.  Plus, this dude has outstanding DIY skills.  If you can think of something, draw it on a napkin, this guy can build it.  The driving DIY force behind this blog is G, my own Czech Bohemian.  He loves to DIY, go to flea markets, trips to the beach, and the simple things in life.

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He literally amazes me at what he can build.  Plus, he is the best rigger I know.  He will figure out how to lift anything with a farm tractor or loader tractor.   G is a jack of all trades, master of none.  He prefers metal over wood, but is great with either one.

Let me show you how lucky I am because these are some amazing projects either he built or we built as a family.

Media Stand  (Bracken Helped Him on this.)

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Revyn’s Knock-off Pottery Barn Stratton Bed (They did this together).

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Tailgate Bench (He helped and taught Revyn on this project also.)

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Deck Roof Redo

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Our Bed

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Bracken’s Bed (Bracken and Him built this together)

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Revyn’s old bed from 2009.  Sorry the pic is bad but it was all I could find.

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Here is his handy skills repairing our old couch.

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These are just a few of the projects my Mr. Fix It can do.  I could go on and on about his skill, but we would be here awhile.  I’d like to leave you with “Happy Birthday G!  I’m so glad God put us together, old man.”  Yep, he is a keeper!

Tour Through Blogland

Tour Through Blogland
Tour Through Blogland

How are you all doing this Monday?  I’ve got the Monday Blues!  I don’t want to be back at work, because I want to be at home getting some projects done!  I’m in full on project mode and I can’t get’er done here at work.

Today is a fun post because I was asked to participate in a tour around blog land.  Fun!  I get to tell ya a little about me, and introduce you to a few other blogs. I’m so excited to share some blog love with these ladies.

First up is Christine from Let’s Get Crafty.  I met Christine when she became my roomie at Haven.  She was so much fun to get to know and become friends with.  Love this girl.  She is an army vet (yes you read that right) who has a crafty side!  Plus now she’s a road trippin’ gypsy like me.  Here’s to the open road!

This summer Christine and her hubby took a big road trip out west from the North Georgia to Seattle, Washington.  She filled my gypsy soul with lots of awesome pictures from her trip on instagram.  Follow her here on Instagram so you can see all the great pics!LetsGetCraftyTripOutWest

But this army girl has crafty side that you won’t believe.  Look what she did with this apothecary cabinet.  Ummmm….Love It!LetsGetCraftyApothecary-Before-After-750x400

So here are the questions Christine asked me to answer.

1.  What am I working on right now?

Tons of stuff!  I have projects sitting all over this house, shed, and land.  But let me keep it real for you.  Don’t judge me on these pics, remember they are BEFORE pictures.

Clean my desk!  Yes, many times a month that sucker looks like this.  I need some organizing help!WorkingOnNowMessyDesk

Yep, I know that is a HOT MESS!  The next “come on girl get this done” project is to finish my crap room to craft room. You follow this progress in the Part 1 and Part 2 posts.  My goal is to finish it so I can post about it next Monday!  Here is a sneak peek, plus if you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen some other sneak peeks.

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Then the next big project will be our master bedroom.  What was I thinking when I painted 4 walls red!  That sucker is getting planked on all 4 walls!  It’s going to be a big change from dark to brighter hopefully.  Maybe I can get it done by Christmas!  Boy am I optimistic.

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And finally I’m trying to go from this……

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To this……But it’s hard in this TX heat!

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Check out last years awesome fall decor….Fall Fantle, Fall Pumpkin Topiary,  Fall Porch, Fall Coffee Filter Wreath, Fall Bottles.  I’ve got some things in the works for this years decor because I’m trying to not do the traditional pumpkin, corn, orange and yellow type theme. I decided I wanted something totally different.  So keep checking back to see what I come up with, or follow me on Instagram for some sneak peeks.

2. How does my work differ from others in the same genre?

Heck if I know.  I just do what I love.  What do I love?  Junk, salvaged items with a story, things handed down through our family, cowhide, denim, rusty and chippy, fringe, flea markets, metal, making my what I’ve dreamed up in my head happen, and LOTS more.  Let me show ya some so you feel my love!

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This Vintage Bedroom of My Daughters.  We built this knock-off Pottery Barn Stratton bed and I love it!

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This 6-ft Vintage Gas Sign in our Son’s newly redecorated room!

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This Screen Door we bought at a Flea Market.

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3.  Why do I create/write what I do?

Because we are cheap!  Because it makes me accountable in getting stuff done! Because I dream up a style in my head and I want it!  I won’t settle for nothing else.  I want others to just try to make what they want instead of buying everything.  To make others aware that it’s not always trash, it can continue it’s story somewhere else.  To show some love to unique decorating.  I could go on and on and on.  Take this TV/Media stand for example.  This is my first blog post.  I wanted to start a blog because so many have inspired me, so this was the starting point to get me off my butt.  We lived without a TV stand for 2 years until I could finalize what I wanted in my head.  I drew it up one day in a training session at work (I may have been a little bored).  Then G and Bracken made it come to life with some old windows, old wood, and rusty sheet metal.

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Then we lived without the “couch I wanted” and just made do because I couldn’t find what I wanted.  Finally I found the size couches I wanted at Pottery Barn Outlet for a steal of a price.  Then I thought about how I wanted them upholstered, and came up with these couches we LOVE!  Yes, we have two and they are fantastic.  Never pass on a good deal because you can create it into something fantastic.

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4. How does my writing/creative process work?

I can be a lifetime student because I enjoy learning new things all the time.  If something inspires me, I’m going to try to teach myself how to do it.  Thank you YouTube!  Usually, I can’t find what I want so I create it.  Like in Question #3, it takes me years sometimes.  I refuse to settle for something if it isn’t what I want. I’ll search and dig to create what I have in my heart.  Thanks to G and Bracken and Revyn for helping me make these things a reality.  I just go for what I feel, what inspires me, and what touches my soul.  In writing posts the hardest part for me is editing pictures.  I take crappy pictures and have to perform magic on them to get them to look decent.  Learning to take better pictures is on my list to do this year.  Then when I write a post, I just write like you were sitting here with me sharing a big ole’ glass of sweet tea.  Just friends chatting it up.

I hope this gives you a little more insight into what makes me tick!  Next Monday September 15th, visit these two bloggers I’m nominating and see what all they have to say.  I know I can’t wait to see how they answer these 4 questions!

First up is Maggie from MaggieVillamaria.  I found her through Instagram, from another person I follow and she was tagged in their pic.  I clicked over, she has AMAZING pictures, and then realized she was in our church HS group.  I had her sister in my small group last year, and remember Maggie from when my son was in there.  Plus I remember her and her family coming to church at the VA ever since she was just knee high to a grasshopper.  This cute lady is very talented, and get this she is a 19 year old sophomore in college!  She just started blogging this summer and I’m already addicted to her blog and what she does.  She is just the cutest thing.

She had me at fringe…… (Maggie, you have to let me know where you got that amazing purse!)

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Then at her sewing abilities.

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Ain’t she just the cutest thing!  Plus super talented!  Go show Maggie some love!

Next up is Jessica from 1-2-3 Neat & Tidy.  This girl has some great organizational ideas.  You can even follow her on Instagram.  You know I need some organizational ideas because you just saw my desk!  Take a tour through her blog and see all the great organizational tips she offers.  I’ve pinned several to get me rolling in that area.  Plus I found this post she did by sprucing up some old vintage doors.  You know I love giving something old a new story to continue on.   What better way to continue the story than at a wedding.  Isn’t it a cute idea!  I love how they left the original hardware and the glass.  Super cute.

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My kids are all driving themselves now, but I wish I had this little fun bag for them in the car when they were smaller.  Check out how she keeps her daughter entertained on car trips.  What kid wouldn’t love this?    This is one creative mom.

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So go over and gather you up some organizational ideas from Jessica at 1-2-3 Neat & Tidy.

And my last blogger is Teri from The Freshman Cook.  Don’t let the name fool ya, because she is actually a professional chef.  However, she blogs and provides recipes that are easy to follow for even the beginning cook.  Who doesn’t love easy recipes!

I mean check out this delicious fall recipe using waffles.  It’s her Waffle Crust Apple Pie Parfait.  And you know I love it in a mason jar!

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Now look at these absolutely adorable Chrysanthemum Cake Pops.  Wouldn’t they make the cutest party food.  My daughter Revyn loves flowers, so when I saw chrysanthemum I was all in.

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So follow Teri on Instagram for more yummy recipes.  Or just check out her blog at The Freshman Cook.

Maggie, Jessica and Teri will be posting next Monday, September 15th, so don’t forget to check them out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Coastal Bedroom – The Planning

Vintage Coastal Bedroom – The Planning
Vintage Coastal Bedroom – The Planning

Remember way way back when I was working on my craft room?  Yes I gave you part 1 and part 2 of crap room to craft room going on around here.  I know I owe you an update, but it kind of got put on hold because we took on a new project.  For some time we had been collecting stuff to redo Bracken’s room, but then we found several items we had been looking for.  So it was operation Bracken’s room before he returned to college.  I would have felt bad if we redecorated his room while he was gone, and he couldn’t enjoy it until Christmas.  Wouldn’t that be the bad mom of the year award.

Let me take you back to the beginning.  We started with this airplane theme room we did several years ago.  If your thinking that looks like a lot of work, you would be right.

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Needless to say he was getting tired of this because he needed something more “grown up”.  He is in college now, and even though he loves airplanes he thought he needed a more mature room.  So we had several brainstorming sessions, to decide on a direction.  We love us some vintage junkin’ finds, plus my goal in redecorating is to add something of salvaged vintage in every room!  Our other love is the beach, and he wanted something to go with this album cover from Jake Owen.

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Let me fill you in.  Bracken and I are total math nerds.  When we saw it, they had us at infinity!  Summer, waves, and a little math reference made this our favorite album/cd/iTunes cover EVER!  I mean it’s hitting three of our favorite things, no strike outs here.  This was our springboard.  Now I was on the hunt to plan a room around this.  Challenge accepted!

One day I was thumbing through the new Pottery Barn catalog and came across this bed.  I fell in LOVE.BrackenBedroomPotteryBarn

I totally fell for the ticking duvet and that circle quilt combo.  I thought the ticking is a subtle coastal vibe of ocean colors, and the circles in the quilt tied in with the circles on the wave infinity.  SOLD!  Then I saw the price…..UNSOLD!  My pocket-book couldn’t swing it.  I could only afford one or the other.  About 2-weeks after I saw this I had a work trip to San Antonio.  So I quickly planned a stop off at the Pottery Barn Outlet store in San Marcos on my way home.  I am so glad I did because I found this quilt for sale and it was cheaper than at their store.  To sweeten the deal even more, I had some Pottery Barn reward points from the furniture I bought here.  All said and done, I got this quilt for $70!  As I was driving home all excited about my bargain purchase, I was figuring out how I could afford the ticking bedding.  I passed through Austin and then decided to stop at IKEA.  You can’t just drive by there and not stop!  So glad I did because they sale ticking bedding, and they had it in blue!  Another Score!

In this one trip I went from having an album cover plan, to actually purchasing all the bedding.  That’s one huge step done on a budget!  Plus, I found a bed I liked there, so now I just needed to bring Bracken back for final approval.  We had built a Pottery Barn Knock-off Stratton bed for Revyn a year or so ago, and at that time G said he could build one out of metal.  Well, that never happened, and wasn’t going to happen anytime soon.  I had bedding and just needed a bed ASAP.  This IKEA Fjell bed is similar to the Pottery Barn Stratton Bed.  He liked it when we went back so we bought it.

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The only thing we weren’t sold on was the headboard.  We wanted something different that was a statement piece.  ‘We talked about building something but couldn’t really decide on anything that spoke to us.  One weekend we made a trip to the Junk Gypsies for a little inspiration, and they had a sign I that was what we were looking for.  It would look awesome with the circle quilt and wave infinity!  One problem though, it was $1100!  I am just a poor country girl doing this room on a budget.  So it was to the internet on the way home, and found this beauty.

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It’s not as clean and in mint condition like the one I saw at Junk Gypsies, but it was 1/4 of the price.  Same sign, lots more rust spots, but lots cheaper.  So we bought it!

Here is how I think it all ties together.  Kind of crazy, but it works for us.  Circles in the quilt, the Pure sign is a circle, and the infinity sign is made from two circles.  Plus the circle in the Pure signs with all the jagged edges would tie in with the waves making up the infinity sign.  Is that how professional decorators do this….probably not, but it makes sense to me.

So now we had enough to get the bed done and here is how it turned out.BrackenBedroomBed

It’s close to the Pottery Barn bed I showed you earlier, but was done on our budget.  I just love how the circles all tie in because it’s easier on the eyes.  This sign is 6-feet in diameter and makes the perfect headboard!  I might be in Pure love with it.

Now that you know how we got started, come back next week to see how we tied in the coastal theme with this piece of vintage salvage.  You have to see how that album cover makes a statement in this room!

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Vintage Screen Door, Antique Signs, and Tide Oxi Challenge

Vintage Screen Door, Antique Signs, and Tide Oxi Challenge
Vintage Screen Door, Antique Signs, and Tide Oxi Challenge

I’m back one more time to show you the how stinking awesome Tide Oxi Multi Purpose Stain Remover is.  This particular challenge has us totally amazed.  Actually this is G’s Tide Oxi Challenge that developed out of a “what the heck” moment.  Look out blog world, G took pictures and documented his process.  He’s stepping up into blogland technology.

I hope you followed my last two posts about this amazing product.  Because this stuff has knocked my socks off on what it has been able to do.  TideThatOxiFirst we cleaned the bathroom floor, then made a little tone-on-tone pumpkin.  Now G is taking it to the max.  About a year ago we bought this awesome screen door for our pantry door.  You can read about our junkin’ trip to Warrenton that day here.

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See how someone had painted over all these awesome antique signs.  Well, we knew there was some glory under all that paint if we could just figure out how to get there.  It has sat in our shed as we have tried so many different things to remove the paint and not ruin the signs.  I reached my frustration limit, decided to live with painted signs, and then remembered we have some friends who are sign experts (one day I’m going to see if they will let me blog about their collection because it’s AWESOME! Hint Hint Vicki!).  They gave us some advice to use some automotive products, which we finally figured would work.  Sad to say it didn’t touch the paint on these metal signs.  Ugh!!!!  I had given up.

After all the Tide Oxi Challenge projects going on around here, G decided to work on it again today.  I had left the Tide Oxi on the counter and he decided “what the heck, let’s see how this will work”.  He mixed up the solution NOT following the directions.  He made a water solution but still had undissolved Tide Oxi.  So it was a gritty water solution adding more tide than called for on hard surface cleaning.  He took a rag and wetted it in the solution grabbing some of the undissolved Tide Oxi and went to wiping.  Hold onto your boots because you aren’t going to believe this.  Here are the before and after of these signs.ScreenDoorBarTideThatScreenDoorHandleTideThatAnd the most impressive one…….Can you believe it?  We can’t!  ScreenDoorToePlateTideThatThis stuff rocks!  Thank you Tide and Home Depot for ending the 12-month cycle of frustration on the pantry door.  We have gone from this for the past 8 years.  Yes, you read that correctly….8 years.  Why so long you ask?  Because I was waiting for the “perfect” door!

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To this awesome pantry door!

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It’s a big happy dance up in here!  Pure excitement today, because what was in my mind became reality.

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Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge Pumpkin

Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge Pumpkin
Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge Pumpkin

I’m back with another post for the Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge that is “out of the box and rule breaking”.  You can see how amazing this product is my first use of it in the bathroom where I used it for its intended purpose.  Here is my disclaimer because I don’t want you to judge using the product in your laundry based on this post.  Tide Oxi is an awesome product!  This project is a total rule breaker from the usage directions on the package.  I just roll that way and want to try things in a way that they are not meant to be used.  If you follow the usage directions you will have no issues, because that’s what directions are for.  This was a challenge after all, so I had to think what is an unexpected use for Tide Multi Purpose Oxi Stain Remover.  TideThatOxiThank you Tide and Home Depot for providing the products I used for this project.  Tide states that there are 225+ uses for this product, so this is definitely in that “+” category!TideThatPumpkinFinished1This is my first fall post as I’m trying to get into that gear.  I think I’m barely grinding into 1st gear because I don’t want to let summer go.  The first thing I did was to take some orange cotton fabric and put it on top of a bowl.  Next I made a really thick paste with Tide Oxi and hot water.  (This is where I break the rule!) I mixed this stuff in a ratio greater that 3 times what it states on the directions.  It was VERY Tide Oxi heavy.  I put this paste on the cotton fabric in the shape of a pumpkin and let it sit for 2-3 days.TideThatPumpkinOxiWhile this was hanging out, I worked on a frame.  I wanted to stretch the fabric over the frame like a canvas.  Bracken helped me cut a 1×2 piece of pine from Home Depot into a frame.  The good thing about this project is that you can make it any size you want!  DSC_5071After the pieces were cut, we laid out the frame and squared it up.  As a side note, I love the texture of G’s welding worktable.TideThatPumpkinFrameLayoutNext we used a finished nailer to complete the frame.TideThatPumpkinFrameNailingAfter a few days, I rinsed off the Tide Oxi paste and threw the fabric in the dryer.  Once it was dried I stretched it around the frame like a canvas and stapled it on.  Look at this awesome tone-on-tone pumpkin I ended up with.  It’s so subtle and I love it.TideThatPumpkinFabricStapledNow I spruced up the pumpkin by adding all the details with some twine.  I just cut pieces and glued them on there.TideThatPumpkinTwine

I let the glued on twine dry, and then added a piece of tree bark for the stem, and twisted a little curly vine from some brown wire I found in the floral department at Hobby Lobby.  Look how cute this rustic pumpkin turned out to be.TideThatPumpkinFinished2

I hope this project isn’t too out of the box for the Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge, because it will be appearing on our Fall Fantle (my faux mantle) when I jump into 2nd gear for fall.

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