Wednesday, May 23, 2018

WHAT I'VE PAINTED LATELY

The spring is always incredibly busy for me at work. Closing out the school year is no joke! That makes it hard to dive into any major projects, but I'm never too busy for a can of spray paint. :-)


A few weeks ago I decided to clean out in the attic before the Alabama heat sets in, and I brought down this small mouth vase. I've had it for so long, I can't remember where it came from. If I had to guess, though, I'd say T J Maxx.


Most of my vases and jars have larger openings and require a good many more stems or flowers to make them look full.


But this one is easier to fill because of the small opening.


I decided I wanted a true white for the color, and this is what I ended up using. I picked mine up at Home Depot. Of course you can always get it from Amazon, too.


Before I started painting, I wiped down the vase really well with a damp paper towel. I then dried it off and started the transformation.


The paint went on great, and I didn't have any issues (other than the bugs that always show up when I'm trying to paint!).


I'm happy to report that I like it all over again. It feels brand new. The only problem I've had is that I like it in every room. :-) In the two pictures above, the vase is in a vignette in the living room atop a round skirted table. I rarely show this room. The lighting in there is not the best.

The picture below is the dining room.


Needless to say, it's no longer in the garage sale pile from the attic. A little spray paint goes a long way.

Here are a few of my other spray paint projects:







Two more days until summer... Are you as ready for it as I am??

Kathryn

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

EASY CHESS SQUARES

Chess squares are one of my very favorite desserts. But would you believe this is my first time to make them? 

I was walking by the break room in our office at school a couple of weeks ago, and from the corner of my eye, I thought I caught a glimpse of this favorite dessert of mine. And, because I have no shame when it comes to sweets, I casually mentioned to our registrar Mrs. Frith that I spied something delicious looking in the lounge. Without hesitation she offered me one. She brought them for the office staff, and after just one bite, I immediately wanted the recipe to share with you. 


Ingredients: 

Layer One

1 box yellow cake mix (without pudding in the mix)
1 stick of melted butter
1 egg, beaten

Layer Two:

1 - 8 oz bar of softened cream cheese
3 eggs
1 box of confectioners sugar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix the layer one ingredients and spread/press in a 13 x 9 baking dish. 

Mix the layer two ingredients well and pour over layer one. 

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Then, turn down the oven to 325 degrees and bake an additional 30 - 35 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting--although this will be extremely difficult. :-)



They took no time to make and were sooo easy. I hope you like them!

Kathryn

Friday, April 20, 2018

A CUTE STOOL PROJECT

A few months ago I did a major overhaul in my closet. It was refreshing and freeing. I was able to donate a good many things and just rid myself of lots of unused "stuff" of all kinds. I did some organizing and rearranging in the process also, and I was left with space I didn't realize I had. 

One thing I'd been wanting to add to the closet for some time was a spot for sitting. Of course, I don't mean for reading a book and sipping coffee; just a spot for putting on shoes, thinking about what to wear to work, or maybe just breathing for a minute and thinking a deep thought. 

A chair, a bench--I wasn't really sure. When I came across this small stool thrifting with my mom one Saturday, I decided it was perfect. It's just what I had in mind. The closet is not huge; it is a walk-in, but anything larger than this wouldn't work. 


It's in good condition and sturdy.




This flower print is on all four sides.



You can tell in this picture there must have been some type of trim with a circular form to it, or maybe there was a nail head finish. But I don't see any holes for nails.


I sanded off the flowers and the legs of the stool, and painted it last weekend. Now I'm trying to decide if I like any of the fabric scraps I have around the house, or if I want to look a little more.

This first piece is left over from a table skirt, but I think it's too creamy. That makes me sad, because this one is probably my favorite.


This one is the best match in color, but this navy print... It's just weird to me.


This is probably my next favorite. The back ground is more cream than white, but not as creamy as the one above.


I also ordered a sample of this cute fabric from Fabric.com.



This geometric fabric is fun and the whites match great. The green is even brighter in person.


And now, as you can probably guess, I have too many choices! Decisions, decisions...

I bought these at Lowe's thinking I would use nail head accents. I've never worked with them on a project, so that may or may not happen.


Okay. That's where I am in the process. I'll let you know how it turns out. :-) April and May are such busy months in high school who knows when I'll be done.

Feel free to leave your opinion in the comments. Do you like one better than the others? Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

DEAL ALERT: SUCCULENTS

Who knew you could buy succulents from Amazon?


My husband saw an ad in one of his feeds and said I should share these deals with you. So, that's what I'm doing. Nice of him to be on the lookout for good deals we might all be interested in. :-) 


I love the look of succulents in every type of container and in any room. On tables tops, in book shelves, in vignettes--succulents add character to any space. I've had a few over the years (the two above), and I guess I should confess that they didn't last too long. I'm going to attempt to grow them again this summer. I definitely learned the key to keeping them alive is not to over water. I've done a bit of reading and research since I lost the first few I had, so I feel up to the succulent-growing task again.  

Here's what I found on Amazon, and if you've priced these plants at all lately, you'll see why these are good deals.  

The plants come in assorted packs and in several different quantities. Here are just a few examples of the assortments Amazon has to offer. (Affiliate links)



















How cute is this idea for planters?

via Pinterest

This would be a great idea for a hostess gift or I know some teachers who would love this for an end-of-the-year gift. :-)

One Wed

Here's another idea. Pick up random tea cups and saucers at thrift stores and use them for planters.

DIY Spins

Look how pretty they are in milk glass.

via Pinterest

They're pleasing in just about anything. 


 Thanks for stopping by!