Monday, November 21, 2011

New Again

My Grandpa was an antique collector.

So much so that when he passed away, my family held a auction sale.  5 days one week.  1 more day a little while later.

I was a poor college student at the time, so I didn't have the opportunity to acquire much.  I did however, get this chair

(it already had one seat recover ~ the covering it had when I purchased it, left something to be desired).

No, it isn't an expensive piece of furniture, but I love that it is a folding chair and while it probably was never in his house, it reminds me of my Grandpa whenever I walk past it.

Anyway, I was ready to give it another face lift.

I decided to paint it.  However I didn't want to paint the metal folding brackets.  Not that we fold it often, or ever really, but I didn't want them to chip if they did and I thought they created some interest.  So first things first.  I took it all apart ~ and said a little prayer that I would remember where all of the screws went  so I could put it back together.

I wiped it down.

Sprayed it with a coat of Kiltz primer.

Then with a few coats of satin white spray paint.

Recovered the seat.

And miraculously put it back together!

However, once it was together ~ minus the seat, I felt like it was too bright.... too white.

So, I pulled out my sandpaper.

Roughed it up a bit, to give it some signs of wear and tear.

Then added a bit of stain for a little depth.

Voila ~ My old chair with a bit of a face lift:

I love it!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Smoothie Time

After a really hard workout (a 797 calorie burn actually)  I was needing a protein pick me up.

So, when we got home from the health club ~ it was a fruity smoothie for her 
and a protein smoothie for me.  


Pass or Fail?

By now I assume all of you know what Pinterest is, so I'm not going to go into all of that.

I pinned this recipe (pinned here and original here) awhile ago, we tried it, and here's what we thought.

Tuscan Pasta with Tomato ~ Basil Cream


1 20oz package refrigerated four cheese ravioli
1 16oz jar sun dried tomato Alfredo sauce
2 Tbsp white wine
2 med. sized fresh tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/3 c grated Parmesan cheese
Optional ~ garnish with strips of fresh basil


1 Prepare pasta according to package directions.

2. Pour Alfredo sauce into a medium saucepan.  Pour wine into sauce jar; cover tightly and shake well (gets all the yummy left over Alfredo sauce out of the jar), then pour into the saucepan.  Str in tomatoes and basil.  Cook over med-low heat until heated through.

3.  Toss sauce with pasta and top evenly with grated parmesan cheese.

Sounds easy right?

It is, but how does it taste?


Tons of flavor.  I will admit the 2 littlest of the house were not big fans ~ although they did eat it.  But Hubby, Sassy and I all enjoyed it and in the end, it really is about me :) Ha!

I will definitely be remaking this one!

In the words of my friend ~ this Pin is a Pass!

Oh, and yes, my family loves it when I whip out the camera as we sit down to eat :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Yep, I'm buried in dirty clothes and responsibilities today.

Hopefully I'll have something insightful tomorrow!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Once in a lifetime ~ 11-11-11, 11:11

Theres a blog I like to read called Dear Lizzy.

She has a beautiful blog and today she has posed a photography challenge.

Since 11-11-11 doesn't come around too ever, 
I'm jumping on the bandwagon.

Take a picture of yourself today at 11:11 am

Blog about it or Facebook it

If you link up there, let me know via comments.

If you don't want to or didn't take a picture, I would still love to know what you were doing this morning at 11:11 on 11-11-11 ~ let me know in the comments

oh, and there is nothing in this for me, excepting quenching my curiosity


Today at 11:11am

Smiley and I were at the mall, returning a few items.
When we reached the car, I looked at my watch ~ it was 11:10.
I grabbed my camera, checked my watch ~ 11:11 and snapped this:

yep, this unposed, bad lighting, backseat of our vehicle picture.

Ah.... the memories :)

So where were you?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A night out

It started at about 6:30.

I wasn't leaving until 7:30.

What started you ask?

The hysterical crying from this little cutie.

Last night I went out with a fabulous bunch of women to see the movie "The Help".  We had a wonderful time.

And while I was waiting to get picked up (and while hiding from Smiley, who was NOT feeling so Smiley)  Sassy shot a few pictures of me.

(And no, I wasn't doing any reading ~ there was someone who wanted to get caught up on the Twilight series and I just happen to have the books)

Anyway, it was a fun, much needed night out.  I haven't read the book "The Help" but after seeing the movie, I would like to.  It was a good movie, sad and uplifting all at once.

And, in case you were wondering..... Smiley didn't cry the entire time I was gone :)  Wonder how traumatized she's going to be when she finds out I'm going to be gone ALL weekend!  Yikes!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Brown,Orange and Yellows ~ with a hint of coffee

It's beginning to look a lot like fall around here!
Actually, it has for a month now, but I'm finally just getting around to telling you about it :)

I don't really go to crazy.  Just some touches here and there.  Simple and not too busy.

First up, our entry.


Branches (can you tell what I used for filler?)

And a few leaves tied onto an empty frame with some clear fishing line.

Next, our Mantel.

A few fall leaf branches (same filler as in the entryway), our family pic and a reminder to "be thankful"

I have a string of white christmas lights (that I leave there all year long) behind the picture to help illuminate the dark corner.

And the other side of the room, with the awkward light. 

A few fall photo frames and a small wreath:

Now come along with me.  Down

For more branches.

These are branches that had fallen from a tree at the park behind our house.  And one morning when I was taking our dog

for a walk, I ended up back at home with an armful of branches :)

But this time for filler, I used some fake fall leaves (I have plenty of these ~ leftover from our wedding decor..........12 years ago)

Our media center:

And do you see the "little fall decor" labeled piece?  Well, I was inspired by pinterest.  This was what I saw:

This was my version:

Ok, not quite as cool, but I didn't feel like digging for a bigger vase, besides, my favorite one broke. :(
BUT.... I still like the simplicity of it and the small pop of fall colors it provides.

Well, there you have it  ~ a bit of fall from my house.

Oh, and that filler coffee beans.  Let me tell you, my house smelt so yummy for so long.  But, I do love the smell of coffee!  This was a inexpensive filler and like I said before I loved walking through the entryway just so I could get a whiff :)

So, do tell.... are you still in fall mode, or have you, like all of the stores, switched over to Christmas?