Friday, October 28, 2011

How to- Garlic Salt Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

So last night was a good, busy night.  Brendan started a month of night rotations last night, so I will be doing a lot of projects to keep myself busy in the next month since he mostly wont be home with me & I'll be bored.  Ha!  I finally got around to carving my Halloween pumpkin... and I randomly decided to roast the pumpkin seeds when I was done!  Roasted pumpkins seeds are so easy to make & you can flavor them however you wish.  Mine are garlic salty pumpkin seeds.  Here's my carved pumpkin.


Ghosty!  It makes me smile.  So, anyway, I collected all of my seeds while I was gutting the pumpkin & put them in a little tiny storage dish for later.  Once I was done carving, I washed all of my seeds in the kitchen sink.



I set my oven for 170 & laid out the washed seeds on a cookie tray & stuck them in.  You're not roasting them right now, you're just drying them.  This will take probably 10 min (take them out of the over to check & stir at about 5 though).

Then take them out & heat your oven up to 275.  While it's warming up, melt some butter to mix in with your seeds, then toss in some garlic salt.  Mmmmmm!  Then spread them back out again & pop 'em in the oven when it's ready.  You can also use other spices if garlic's not your thing.  Anything you like will do really.

I set my timer for 5 minutes after I put them in.  So every 5 minutes I'd take them out & give them a little check & a stir.  It took 20 minutes total for them to come out looking like this-


Mmmm salty garlicy goodness!  Scoop them up & throw them in a new storage container for consumption!


Yummy!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Treasure Hunting Thursday!

Yesterday I went to the Treasure Mart on my lunch break again, as I do at least twice a week.  I love hunting for treasures there & I love that it's within walking distance from my office.  This time one of the cool pieces I came across was this awesome dome pot rack!


Actually, that rug it's on is pretty cool too.  Anyway, isn't it pretty?  At first I thought it was a chandelier of some sort, then I was confused & didn't know what it was 'till I looked at the price tag, which had an item description on it identifying it as a pot rack.  I have no idea how old this thing is, but it looked pretty old & it was priced at $30.

I have never really had a big enough kitchen that would be able to handle a pot rack.  If I bought this pot rack & put it in my kitchen now I feel like it would be very visually cluttering.  My kitchen is a small galley kitchen that is very closed off from the rest of the house.  It just wouldn't work I think.  However, if you have a big kitchen, pot racks can be very beautiful... see!!!

This one is a pot rack & a chandelier in one!

Better Homes & Gardens

I really like this next one. A re-purposed child's sled as a pot rack? Yes please!  Not to mention the ceiling, how pretty is this?

Better Homes & Gardens

I love everything about this one. That beam!  The island?  Are you kidding?  So cool!

Country Sampler Magazine
 I've always thought pot racks were fun & an interesting addition to larger kitchens.  You could even decorate them according to the seasons or holidays!  Dress them up in ribbon or fabric.  Make them out of random objects like they did above.

Do you have a pot rack in your kitchen?  Do you have one in a small kitchen & if so how do you make it work?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Transformed Lamp with Drop Cloth Flowers

I have this lamp in our office that used to sit out in our living room, but the red lampshade just didn't go with our new light green & navy blue color scheme anymore.  I moved it into the office around the time we got our new sectional from Ikea.  I like having a little lamp on my desk to turn on when I don't want the big lamp on & just want a little "office mood lighting".  Ha!

However, it was getting to feel a little boring to me.  I've had this lamp for a long time... I don't even remember when I got it, but my guess would be around 2004.  I've never done anything to it, so it was just in its original state.

I had a ton of drop cloth fabric leftover from my Bathroom Hooks project, so I thought it'd be the perfect thing to update my lamp with.  I originally wanted to cover the whole lamp shade in the fabric, but after playing around with it, it seemed like it would be very difficult to do, since the lampshade is a square-ish tapered one.  Bummer.  So I decided I'd use the material to make some flowers to update it with instead.



My flowers were all made by just cutting a strip of material, and twisting & turning the material into itself, using hot glue periodically to hold each flower together, then once I got to the end, I would tuck it under the flower & hot glue it to the bottom.  Then I hot glued each flower to the top boarder of the lampshade.


I thought about covering the whole thing, but that would have taken a TON of flowers & those things take some time to make.  I decided to do the top rim for now, and I can fill in more later if I so choose.  I think it looks pretty good like this though.


Pretty easy little project, just took a bit of time.  I like that it's a bit jazzed up now though & not so boring.  Cute & free, yea those are the best!


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Monday, October 24, 2011

My Favorite Build- Our New Coffee Table

A few weeks ago, I got fed up with our glass-top tables in our living room.  They were just so hard to keep clean & they didn't really work with our new decor.  I showed you here how I painted some old TV trays to temporarily use as side tables in the room to replace the glass top side tables.  I also went ahead & built us a more permanent coffee table.  Very permanent.  This thing should last us a good long time.

I once again used an Ana White design for our new coffee table.  We decided on the Tryde Coffee Table.  We liked that it actually didn't have a shelf on the bottom, because our dog, Mojo (who you see below highjacking my table photos) likes to lay under things, particularly the coffee table because it's close to us, sitting on the couch.



I followed Ana's plans pretty exactly.  The only difference is mine doesn't have quite as much overhang on the sides.  I once again found with this I really need to get a miter saw rather than using the table saw.  It's pretty hard to get an exact cut on a table saw, and I really needed to be pretty exact with this.  There's no way I could do anything with drawers with the table saw.  Must obtain miter saw... it's number 1 on my Christmas list :)

I was frankly amazed that my top planks fit as well as they did.  I was pretty worried that I'd put them on & they'd be hanging off the sides farther than the two end pieces were & I'd have to work 'em down a lot to fit right.  But amazingly they fit perfectly!



I used some pretty heavy duty screws on this thing too.  I kept saying I wanted Brendan to be able to tap dance on it & have it not break or fall apart.  (No, Brendan doesn't tap dance... but you know, just in case... can never be too careful.)  This thing is STURDY & it is HEAVY!


I sanded it for... probably a good few hours over the course of multiple days with the belt sander first on the top to make everything good & even, then with my hand sander everywhere, like 8 times over.  I wanted to make sure it was really smooth.  I stained it with a lovely DARK stain- Minwax in Dark Walnut.  I love dark stain & this is my favorite.  It didn't take very long for the stain to do its thing & I wiped off the remainder.  Then I sanded again before putting on 3 coats of spray poly.  I just used the spray 'cause it was easy, and I sanded some more between each of those coats.  This thing is smooth!!


This is my favorite build project so far for sure!  I LOVE it.  Love its top-space, and it's dark woodiness & pretty much just everything about it.  Mojo loves laying under it, Brendan loves putting his feet up on it, and I love gazing lovingly at it.  It's a perfect coffee table for us & it's sure to last a long time.  I have no idea what something like this would go for in the store, but I'm sure it's much more than I paid for mine, so I'm pretty proud of it.  I think it certainly looks professional or store bought.  I feel like I keep getting better at this stuff, which makes me happy!  Now we just need a rug to go under it.  (Finding a rug is soooo hard!!!!  Any suggestions?)


So do you like it?  Do you now want to break out the saw & drill & build one?  You should!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

DIY Clubs 31 Days of Paint

Have you heard about all of the 31-day competitions going on at the DIY Club?  You already know that I linked up my transformed tv trays to the DIY Club's 31 Days of Spray Paint competition, and my pretty yellow filing cabinet into the DIY Club's 31 Days of Paint Projects competition. 

I'm also going to list my magnetic chalk board into the Spray Paint competition.

And I'm also listing my blue-grey dresser into the Paint Projects competition.

Who knows if anything will come of it, but I feel like I might as well give it a shot!  It would be amazing if one of my projects could be in the top 10.  Cross your fingers for me!

If you want to enter the competition, today is the LAST DAY to upload your projects!  Head on over there & do it now!  The winner of the Paint Projects competition will get 2 gallons of Dutch Boy paint, and the winner of the Spray Paint Projects competition will get a 6 pack of Krylon Spray Paint!  Plus you get to be happy about how awesome you are... well, go ahead & do that anyway :)  Good luck friends!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Treasure Hunting Thursday!

For today's Treasure Hunting Thursday, I fount this old wooden toolbox at Treasure Mart for $25.  It's blue/grey & white chippy & lovely!  I do think the price is kind of steep though personally.  It has a little boxed off compartment inside that I didn't take a picture of because... *shrug* I guess I'm lame.





Anyway, there are tons of ways this little toolbox could be used!  I LOVE succulants, they are just too adorable in these tool boxes.

Matthew Levesque
I saw lots of pictures of tool boxes being used as planters.

French Larkspur
Confessions of a Curbshopaholic
Or it could hold pretty things like this one from Jennifer Rizzo, who is hosting pretty much the best giveaway EVER right now (seriously, check it out her stuff is amazing!)

Jennifer Rizzo
And I REALLY *heart* this idea... tool box as shelf:

Mamie Jane's
Pretty sure that one is my favorite!

What would you do with an old tool box like this one?  Any other fun ideas?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Best Caramels Ever!

I'm really not kidding, Nicole at The Caramel Jar makes the. best. caramels. ever.  Perfection.

Brendan & I first ordered from The Caramel Jar for our wedding.  We gave out her Fleur de Sel Old Fashioned Caramels as our wedding favors.

Picture by our photographer Pure Amour
They were amazing & a big hit!  Old fashioned salted caramels, big enough to eat them in a couple of bites to savor it, or you could stick the whole thing in your mouth if you really wanted.  I try to suck on mine to make it last as long as possible.

Because they were so good, I was craving some the other day & figured I'd put in a small order for her new autumn sampler & we could eat them as a "Sweetest Day" gift to each other.  With the sampler we got, we received 4 of the Fleur de Sel, 4 Vanilla, and 4 Harvest Spice.

The Caramel Jar
Um... we ate them all in less than 48 hours... and that was WITH using a LOT of restraint not to just dig our faces into the bag & eat them all at once.  The Autumn Spice was really nice, caramelly with a little extra spicy-somethin'.  Like pumpkin pie spicy in caramel form?  I'm great at describing this.... obviously.

The Caramel Jar
The Vanilla ones tasted similar to the Fleur de Sel ones to me, only without the salt.  I loved trying some different flavors, but the salted Fleur de Sel ones are still my favorite.  I'm not kidding, they are amazing & you MUST try them.

Nicole offers a variety of different packaging options for her caramels.  You can get them just individually wrapped so that you can package them yourself (that's what we did for our wedding) or you can order them lots of various ways like:

Goldfish Baby Shower Favors

Spooky Ghost Mason Jars
Packaged Wedding Favors

You really should check her out.  She didn't ask me to write this, but I just wanted to share because they really are so amazing & totally worth getting every once in a while.  If you have a big event coming up, I can attest to them making great, unexpected favors, and I'm certain they'd make excellent holiday gifts too for teachers or friends.  If you try some, be sure to let me know what you think!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Frame Reuse- Pretty Bathroom Hooks

I just finished this project this morning- yea, at like 6:30am before work- & I luuuuuv it & couldn't wait to show you all.  We've been needing hooks in the bathroom for our bathrobes for some time.  We actually bought some to put up not long after we moved in almost 3 years ago, but they never were installed & I have no idea what ended up happening to them.  Our robes always just lay in a pile next to our bed.  Really pretty-like you know?  Mmm-hum.  So, I was looking for a way to hang up our robes in the bathroom in a way that wasn't boring, and I was also looking for things to do with the excessive amount of plain wooden frames that we have leftover from our wedding table numbers.  I thought I'd put the two together & make a nice way to hang our stuff!



This is what I started with.  Two of the table numbers (each frame was $1, and each number was $1 too, from Michaels) a 5x5 drop cloth (I think it was $9) and my glue gun.

I took the frames apart & took the numbers out of them.  These frames are just plain wood.  They didn't come with a glass or anything, just a piece of cardboard, so I left the cardboard there.  I used a frame as a guide, and cut my drop cloth to fit around the frames.



I then glued the fabric onto the frames with my hot glue gun.  I did the two opposite ends of the frame first, then folded the sides to make nice straight creases in the corners.



From there, I glued on some of the numbers I had taken out of the frames, a 1 and a 2, since numbers seem to be going on tons of furniture & household items right now.  I thought about painting these with my ORB spray paint, but decided they'd look better with the regular wood this time.  I also drilled holes through the fabric & frames to add hooks from Home Depot to the bottom.



Then it was time to embellish my little frames-turned-hooks.  I got three squares of felt and some lace ribbon from JoAnn Fabric.  The lace I just circled around just above the hook & hot glued it there.  The felt I cut into quarters & made a couple cute flowers using this & this tutorial & a few leaves for each frame.  There's literally TONS of tutorials for how to make felt flowers out there, I pretty much picked the two that looked the easiest, since this was my first time making felt flowers.  I think they turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.



So anyway, I glued the flowers on too, and I was done!  I let them sit overnight just to make sure everything was good & secure, then this morning I broke out my drill bright & early, got some anchors in the wall & put 'em up!  Don't they look lovely!?



I really like the way these turned out, and I'm really glad that I was able to find a way to use a couple of those frames.  I still have more, but it's nice to use some of them rather than let them go to waste.  I saw a lot of ideas for hooks on Pinterest that I really liked, like this, this, or this, but I really wanted to come up with an idea on my own that was a little different.  I like that they are pretty simple, but really pretty, and they fit into our little bathroom space really well.



Plus, now I have more drop cloth material for use in another project... hum... what else should I use this on?



What do you think of my new hooks?  What kinds of projects have you used a drop cloth for?  What objects do you have laying around the house that you are looking for creative ways to reuse?  I'll help you brainstorm!

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall "Mantel"

We don't have a mantel in our home.  No fireplace.  But I have plans for one soon... yep, gonna build a mantel without a fireplace eventually.  Probably not 'till 2012, but it's swimmin' in my head as one of those things to do...

So, my fall "mantel" is just on the table.  Everything I used in mine was free and/or leftover from another project and/or something I had in the house.  I'd love for it to be fuller, but for now, it's good.



I received three pumpkins from an event I worked at my job.  Two were regular orange pumpkins & one was green.  I left the green one as is, and spray painted the two orange ones antique white.  Then I used some green acrylic paint to dress them up a little bit freehand.  One with dots & one with stripes.  The green one went up on a cake plate that I got from Treasure Mart a few months ago.



Then I used some leaves leftover from my fall wreath project to scatter around the table, and some tiny dollar store sparkle leaves from the leafy candle holder on the cake plate with the green pumpkin.  Ta-da!  Done :)



I'll probably add to this in the next month or so, we're having Thanksgiving at our house this year, so it should look pretty for that.  But I think this looks pretty good for a free display!

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