April 20, 2015

How To Rejuvenate An Old Cutting Board

You all know how much I enjoy hunting for treasures at thrift stores!

It's such fun.

Every now and then you'll come across the exact thing you've been looking for.

It happened to me a couple weeks ago.

I stumbled across a thick, smallish sized footed cutting board,  Instantly it was the find of the day!




After a little TLC, my new-to-me cutting board is looking oh so pretty on the kitchen counter.




When I first brought it home the poor thing was in rough shape.




The wood was bleached a dried, faded color  - - the sides had a somewhat tacky feeling - - and one of it's feet liked to fall off.

The first step to rejuvenating this beauty was to give it a good washing and scrubbing.  I then allowed it to dry overnight.

The second step required my electric sander.   
I went to town, sanding every inch of the cutting board that I could reach with a coarse grit sandpaper on my sander.  Then I hand sanded all the little parts my electric sander couldn't reach.

Once that was completed, I repeated the whole process using a fine grit sandpaper until every things was nice and smooth.

Before moving on to step three, I made sure to wipe down every surface first with a dry rag followed by a damp rag to remove all traces of dust.

The third and final step is by far the easiest.

I picked up some Watco Butcher Block Oil and Finish from Menards.

Using a foam brush, I simple painted on the oil following the wood grain.




The difference is simple amazing!
Here you can see I have a thin coat on one half and the other half is still waiting patiently for it's coat of oil.




I ended up giving the cutting board the recommended two thin coats, allowing the first coat to dry completely before adding the second coat.










I love how it turned out!




Have a great day now and I will see you soon.

Robin

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April 8, 2015

A Hankering For . . . Fabulous Fabric

When the sewing bug bites I dream of having new stacks of cheerful fabric to create with.

With so many different options a girl like me can go a little crazy!

Here are just a few of the gorgeous fabrics I'm dreaming of . . . 


Princess Rose by Lecien
https://www.etsy.com/shop/NauvooQuiltCo


Flower Sugar 2013 by Lecien...LOVE the gingham floral!!
http://www.redpepperquilts.com/2013/06/Flower-Sugar-2013-Lecien.html


floral paisley vintage cotton eiderdown fabric....just yummy!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SonSu?ref=l2-shopheader-name





Tilda Fabric
https://www.facebook.com/suendenherz/photos_stream


red and aqua fabric
http://www.littlemissshabby.com/2010/05/another-fabric-stack-red-aqua/



MilkSugar&Flower_1253
http://nanacompany.typepad.com/nanacompany/2015/02/the-charm-milk-sugar-flower-fat-quarter-bundle-giveaway.html

Bee In My Bonnet: Milllie's Closet
http://beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com/2012/05/im-back.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+BeeInMyBonnet+(Bee+In+My+Bonnet)

Makes one want to break out the sewing machine doesn't it?

I think just might!

Have a great day,

Robin

April 7, 2015

How to Maximize Storage Space In a Small Bathroom


The main bathroom in our home is very small.

Much too small for three daughters.

So lately I have been trying to use whatever I have on hand to make the room function better for everyone.




Storage, as you can image, is at a premium so I have come up with a few way to maximize the storage we do have.

The first thing I did was build a simple shelf out of scrap wood to take advantage of the wasted space beneath the sink - our one and only cabinet.




The shelf took no more than five minutes to put together and doubled our storage space.




Labeled, clear plastic shoe boxes worked great to sort and organize hair accessories and tools.

Miscellaneous other baskets helped corral cleaning supplies, makeup and other bathroom items.




On the doors, I hung simple wire shelves to hold even more.  
Baby wipe container work perfectly to help items from falling through the cracks.




On the other door, I hung a metal basket to store my daughter #2's most used makeup items.




I few years ago I installed peel and stick tiles inside the cabinet and I still love how helpful they are.

It's easy to keep clean plus the baskets slide nicely across the surface.



Another way we added some storage to the room was by filling in an awkward alcove with shelves.  

I finished this project years ago and thought it gave the room some character. 

 Years later I'm loving the fact that it add extra space to store all the stuff my girls accumulate.

Now bins corral hair products, mouth wash, etc. and glass containers hold items like q-tips and cotton pads.

Not to mention, toilet paper is within easy reach - - looks pretty all stacked up - - and doesn't have to take up much needed space in our only cabinet.


These simple changes have made a world of difference.

  Nothing beats a well organized space!

Have a great day,

Robin

April 6, 2015

Sewing Your Own IKEA Style Cushion Covers


If your a "Fabric Freak" like me you know how easy it is to fall in love with something you see at the fabric store.

No matter what, you just have to bring some home - - never mind the fact that you have no idea what you'll use it for.

This happens ALL the time to me.  
Not that I'm complaining, oh no, not one little bit.

Fresh new fabric make me one happy lady!

One of the easiest way I've found to use my new fabric is to sew cushion covers. 
 Envelop style covers are so simple and quick I don't have to wait long to enjoy my new fabric.

My latest "Fabric Obsession" is prefect for spring I think.



I jazzed up my pillow just a little by adding a simple edging much like Ikea does for their cushion covers.  

I think it gives the pillow a nice finished look to it.








For this project I wanted to use a 20"X20" Ikea pillow insert.  I like them because they are nice and plump and keep their shape well.

Follow along below to see how I accomplished it.

















Add a pillow form and your done!



The perfect way to use some gorgeous fabric and add a little something new to a room.



bye now, 

Robin


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April 2, 2015

Garlic Parmesan Noodles

When it comes to preparing meals for my family I find it very easy to get into a rut of making the same old things time after time, after time.  

To help keep things interesting, I like to try at least one new recipe each week.

  Not being a very good cook myself, I have to rely on the experts for quick, easy, somewhat kid friendly recipes that don't break the bank for a single meal!

One such expert and blogger I found over a month ago is 
Chungah from Damn Delicious!

Ever since discovering her blog I have tried at least a handful of her recipes and and had good results with all of them.

I really like the fact that she uses simple ingredients that are easy to find at any grocery store I go to and also the fact that most of her recipes are quick and easy to master.

One such recipe of hers that we have really been enjoying lately is the 
One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta - - it is AMAZING!

Creamy and flavorful, an instant hit and now one of my go-to quick and easy side dishes.


One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta - The easiest and creamiest pasta made in a single pot - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan! How easy is that?

I have been serving it with simple baked chicken and steamed vegetables - - 
The family loves it and I think you will too.

Just click on Chungah's beautiful photo above to get the low down on how to make this simple, oh so tasty dish.

Have a great day now,

Robin 

April 1, 2015

Little Lamb

With Easter Sunday right around the corner I thought it was time to dig out my collection of porcelain lambs.




Typically in the past I have not been one to decorate for Easter since the family and I always seem to be at Grandma and Grandpa's house for the occasion.  Instead I concentrate more on freshening the house and my decor to make the house seem more bright and cheerful.



One way or another, these sweet little ladies make an appearance somewhere around the house each spring.

This year I've tucked them in around my decor on my hutch that I am currently switching out for spring.

Not your typical Easter time decor of bunnies and eggs yet somehow it's very Easter and Springtime like to me.  Plus they just make me happy.




The newest addition to my collection is this pretty lady right here.

I think her pink, rosy cheeks and pretty pale blue flower is so adorable.




I haven't figured out what to add to her planter yet but I'm sure an idea will pop into my head soon enough.



How about you?

Any out of the ordinary Easter time decor in your home?

bye now,

Robin

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March 29, 2015

Springtime Bedroom


We all have a favorite room in the house to decorate don't we?

For me, that room in my bedroom.

And nothing makes me more excited than giving my favorite room a mini-makeover with the change of seasons.



It breathes new life into the space and makes me fall in love with all over again.




This time of the year I love to fill the room with a mix of blue and green.

The colors always looks so pretty with the creamy white of the walls and bedding.

For me it's the perfect way to usher in springtime.




It's always fun to sew new bedding items like the quilt and this pretty pillow cover.




And the headboard shelf is always a great spot to highlight some favorite items.




I adore the mini shutters that I painted a pretty blue . . . 




It's the perfect accent to a simple boxwood wreath and some vintage clocks.




Flowers of course are a springtime essential.




No matter if they are real or fake . . . 




They somehow make the space more special.




Of course we can't forget the power of adding something vintage to the room.




To me vintage items make any space just a little more creative and special.



It doesn't have to be grand or expensive to add character to the room either.

Take these curtains for example.
Crafted from a simple vintage sheet, they add a great pop of color and pattern to the room.




And then of course there are those items that you can find ready to add instant charm to your room like this vintage train case.




The mixing and matching . . . 




the re-purposing and updating . . . 




New and old,


It's all great fun to a person like me!




It makes a simple space like a bedroom an enjoyable place to look forward to spending some time in.




Bye now, 

Robin