Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Bathroom sink redo

We’ve been working hard on completing our addition.  It was once a carport, which we re-poured cement and put up walls on two sides to make the area between our house and an old carriage house into a useable space.  The main area is my piano studio.  We also added a full bathroom and laundry room.

The bathroom is generally put together, except for some tiling in the top of the shower.  For some reason, the sink kept backing up and leaking when we tried to get it going.  We went ahead and dry walled and tiled the bathroom, trying not to think about the sink area too much.  Finally, after inspecting the drainpipe, we realized that the drainpipe had opened while the cement was being poured - and voila!  Completely blocked the drain!

This last weekend, Mr. Right decided to attempt taking care of the drain pipe.  Instead of jack hammering our newly poured cement, we decided to put in a new drain through the wall, and under the house to the drain.

We decided it was easier to access the pipes by cutting along the drywall seam on the outside of the bathroom. It was in a nice flat area and we were having just tons of finger prints in this hallway area.
Mr. Right was able to get the entire sheet of drywall off as a whole piece, so we’ll be able to use it again.  The great thing is that we replaced the drywall with the shiplap that we got for free.  Let’s just say, I’m determined to shiplap every surface of our house!  
Here’s a view of the hallway that enters into our house.  I’m standing next to the door to the outside to the right.  That left side will keep the fingerprints to a minimum.

Finally - running water in the sink!  We even got a mirror and an Idaho cut out up!  So exciting!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Leftover Spaghetti

My 14yo son is doing a three year 4-H project where they raise funds and study the United States government and end with a three week trip to Washington DC.  One of the fundraisers that the group does each year is Spaghetti dinner.  It was a huge event where we served dinner for 500 people.

At the end of the night, there was a ginormous amount of spaghetti sauce and spaghetti left over.  (There were sausages, salad and bread too, but those were pretty easy to take care of.). Of course, I couldn’t turn down an industrial size pot of spaghetti sauce as well as several gallon bags of cooked spaghetti for free.

I made up dinners for my college kids and kids at home out of them.    I have two recipes that freeze very well with cooked spaghetti.  The first one is Spaghetti pie.  There are dozens of recipes on Pinterest for it, but this is what I did (I didn’t use any measurements, because I was using several different size containers):

Spaghetti Pie

  1. Spray the pan.  (I used disposable pie plates for this). I mixed an egg and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese into enough spaghetti to cover the bottom of the pan.  The put it in pan and spread it out in the bottom.
  2. I mixed together a big container of Sour Cream, 16 ounces of cream cheese and 32 ounces of Cottage cheese for all of my recipes and then layered this cheese mixture on to spaghetti pie.  I used around a cup or so on top.
  3. Next I layered a generous amount of spaghetti sauce on top.
  4. Top with shredded cheese.
  5. To freeze, I covered with 2 layers of foil and labeled them with directions for cooking.
  6. To bake: Thaw.  Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until completely warmed up.
I made 4 of these pies.  I figured these would be great to give to sick singles or couples as well as giving a couple to my college student son for meals.

The next recipe I made was my own version of Million Dollar Casserole, which you can get exact measurements from Pinterest.  The only thing I left out was the stick of butter.  The better makes it wonderful, but I just didn’t know where to put it for the freezer version.  Here’s what I did:

Million Dollar Casserole

  1. Spray pans.  I used a mixture of my own 9x13 metal pans and disposable pans for my college age son.
  2. Spread a layer of spaghetti in the bottom of the pan.  
  3. Layer in the cream cheese/ sour cream/ cottage cheese mixture.
  4. Layer generous amount of spaghetti sauce (keep in mind, I’m trying to use up a ginormous pot of sauce here!).
  5. Repeat these layers another time.
  6. Top with shredded cheese.
  7. To freeze: Put 2 layers of foil on them and label for baking.
  8. To Bake: Thaw.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. 
For this recipe, I made 3 single serving pans for my college student son, 3-8x8 pans for my kids that are home, and 2-9x13 pans for when everyone comes home to visit.  We found the small single serving pans at our local Family Dollar three for $1.
In addition to these 12 meals, I froze the rest of the spaghetti sauce in 16 quart ziplock freezer bags.  This we will use in meals as needed.  (Wasn’t that a ginormous pot?).  

This was a great used of free leftover spaghetti and sauce!  I love it when you get free food given to you and your an reuse them in freezer meals!  What sort of things have you made from leftovers?

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Vintage Truck Painted Old Saw

My newest project!

I found this old saw at a local thrift store, and knew I wanted to try to paint it.  In fact, I found a whole pile of saws and figured I’d try one first and then go back for more if it worked like I wanted.  I actually thought it was a little speedy at $2.50, but bit the bullet and bought it. 

The first thing I did was wash and scrub this with vinegar.  It did clean it up a little, but not like I thought it would.  All the markings are character, right?

Next, I clear coated it with Clear Spray Paint by Krylon like this:

Next I used my Chalk Couture Transfers to put a Vintage Truck and “This is How We Roll” on the saw.

Finally, I used the Krylon Clear Coat to make the chalk paste permanent.

Here are the links to the Chalk Couture transfers and products I used for this project.  (I do make a small amount for all sales on my site.  Thank you for your support).

I love how this saw turned out.  Please let me know what you think in the comments!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Happy Camper Vintage Suitcase

I’ve been toting this cute Samsonite Vintage Suitcase around for quite some time.  I knew at some point, I’d use it for a project, but never really figured out what.  Since finding a new Reusable Silk Transfer Company I’ve been searching high and low for some vintage suitcase to put transfers on and sell at our craft booth.   They’re hard to find at a reasonable price right now!  Everyone wants them. When putting the Christmas decorations away, Mr. Right found this in storage and grabbed it out for me.

I figured it was time to get some creativity onto this suitcase! I used the Happy Camper Transfer with the Happy Camper Add-on to make the buffalo check on the camper.  I’m not going to lie -  I haven’t quite mastered making the pennants in multiple colors, but I think this is just the cutest little case to use in our vintage Airstreams.  In the winter, I plan to put it in our travel themed bathroom in the house.  It will be great to store things in, and still look cute!

One of the best things about this one is that because I used chalk paste, I can use water and a rag to wash it off and do a different transfer in the future.  Not only that, but I have another side to work with and plan to put a Christmas version of the Happy Camper on using that Add-on.

 Of course, this one isn’t going to make it to our craft booth, because I love it so much, but I found a vintage sewing machine case that I’m going to fix up and paint to sell.

Stay tuned for that upcoming project!  Want to feed your crafty side?  Check in after February 1 on my Website for a monthly subscription to exclusive transfers delivered right to your door every month!  This is so easy and so much fun! (Oh, and I make a little for my family with every purchase and subscription you make.)

Friday, January 4, 2019

DIY Ukulele Kit

My 14yo son loves to play ukulele, so for Christmas we got him a DIY Kit from Amazon here: 

  Feel free to watch our reveal video above and subscribe so you can see all the updates as we complete this project.

We used some of our Chalk Couture Transfers to decorate the ukulele.  We sort of jumped the directions with our paint and decorations, but it didn’t make sense to put it all together and then try to paint around everything.

What do you think?  I’d love to hear what your thoughts are!  Please know that I make a small amount on any purchase to my links.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Neighbor Christmas Gift Idea

We love to share with our neighbors and friends at Christmas time by giving them a gift.  Even better, is to make it homemade!  This year, I wanted to make an Eggnog Quick Bread, but soon realized that this would require a lot of Eggnog for the ingredients.   I decided to try this Cinnamon Bread Recipe and loved the taste and texture of it!  It turned out wonderfully (as long as you don’t overbake it!) and made a nice large batch.  

I love my mini loaf pans!  They are a must have for making quick breads.  My quick never get fully cooked in regular size pans, but the mini pans really work great!  You can get some on Amazon HERE.

This summer, I found a Pampered Chef Stoneware loaf pan at a rummage sale for $3.   Was a little worried about getting them out of the stone for sticky breads, especially in this case.  They came out wonderfully, so now I’m pretty excited about this stone pan!
I highly recommend contacting your local Pampered Chef lady to get one of these, or shop around at thrift stores and rummage sales to get one!

Here’s how they turned out once I wrapped them up! 
I used clear treat bags taped shut, to wrap them up with a piece of ribbon around it.  Added a tag with what it was and who it was from - and it’s ready to gift!  Yummy too!


Thursday, December 20, 2018

A Great Deal

This is so exciting!  What a great deal and it’s only available on my Website and gives you everything that you will need to finish this cute project for just under $35!  The Hexagon board and chalk paste colors aren’t even available to Designers. 

I’ve been loving how versitile the Chalk Couture transfers and chalk paint are!  Here are just a few of the projects I’ve been working on to sell at craft fairs this year!  Check out some of them here:

Each project takes just a few minutes to make and turns out just beautiful!  Please let me know if you have any questions or need help deciding what to start with first.