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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hanging Driftwood

Hi everyone,

Several weeks ago, I purchased a hanging driftwood mobile made from predrilled pieces of driftwood that was hanging on two pieces of cross shaped wood .  When I received it in the mail it was broken :-(.  So, I contacted the shop I purchased it from and they gave me a credit and told me I didn't have to ship it back, just to keep it.  When I first pulled it out of the box, it was A LOT larger than I thought it would be but in the spirit of not wasting it, I decided to "repair" it.  Because it was soooo large, I decided to restring it and make it smaller so it wouldn't be so heavy.  It turned out fairly good but it was still extremely heavy.  After hanging it in the closet on a hanger until I could think my way around what else I could do with it, I had visited a blog where I saw driftwood pieces whitewashed and hung in a straight line instead of on a mobile. (I wish I could remember the name of that blog to give credit but it escapes my mind)  So, with that in mind, I decided to "repurpose it" AGAIN.  (I hate throwing things away and after all someone did take lot of pains and product to make the original mobile).

So, I unstrung it and took the driftwood pieces that were already predrilled and purchased some paint from Sherwin Williams called Eider White, diluted it 4 ounces of paint to 6 tablespoons of water and with a stiff brush painted each piece of driftwood with the paint and then immediately wiped it off with a lint free cotton cloth.  And while it took 2 and 1/2  hours to do this, it was well worth it.  I reused the ring that held it and left the string that had attached the two pieces of wood that was crossway and held the pieces of driftwood.  I added a starfish that was attached to the original mobile to the one I made and PRESTO, VOILA, a hanging strip of whitewashed driftwood pieces.  I love the way it turned out and I am so glad I didn't toss it.  Please excuse the photos as the room that I have this hanging in is quite dark and after taking photos with the light on, I didn't like the yellow cast it placed upon the driftwood.

This is approximately 5 ft. long and the perfect  length for the wall.
A close-up of the top of the hanging driftwood.

The middle section.
The end.

Full length.
So, I guess persistence does pay off cause I really like my new wall art!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Etsy Love

I am a huge fan of Etsy and whenever possible I make purchases from there.  There is always such a nice variety of shops to browse through and I am always amazed at the talent out there.  I've been reading in various magazines and on blogs about some really cool shops that I will be showing you today.

The first one is called Eye Poetry and as of late I've been looking at prints to hang on a long chain with clips in my office.  I usually like the 5 x 7 size and have found some gorgeous photos in this shop.  Here is the link to the shop:  Eye Poetry Photography.  Here is a sample of some of my favorites:

This one is on my list of favorites

I loved this one so much I purchased it.

I've never been a fan of horse pictures but I love this one!
Hmmm, I'm thinking of getting this one!

This is such a serene photo, ethereal.  It  has a heavenly look to it.

This is another one that I purchased...I have to stay away from this shop!  LOL

I hope that you will stop by and check out her prints.

Here is another shop, a ceramic shop that has the most charming and colorful pieces. A lovely lidded jar, bowls, and vases all so bright and cheery.  You can find it here: Owl Creek Ceramics.

Love these!
One of my favorites!

For all of you who knit or crochet, I think this is pretty nifty!

Rim Pasta Bowl ~ Blue and White Handpainted

When I am looking for crafting/paper supplies and other cool items this shop is one of my favorites:  I love the twine's in linen and in the raw for wrapping gifts.  She also has tags and an assortment of painted clothespins for hanging prints etc.
Olive Manna

Belgium Linen

Raw Twine

Textile Bobbins

Wooden Buttons

More Linen Thread
She has all sorts of bits and bobbins and a designated Website which you can also visit here Shop Olive Manna that carries vintage, handmade and sundries.  I've made several purchases from her and have always been very pleased with what I've ordered.

I'm sure most of you are well familiar with Etsy and I hope you have enjoyed viewing the items from these wonderful and talented people.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Almond Cake

Hello Everyone,

So sorry for not has been awhile.  I've been enjoying the summer here even though it has been extremely hot and humid with very little rain.  Needless to say watering the plants has been an all consuming task, among other things.

I have been doing some baking lately.  Last week I made a homemade peach cobbler which was delicious even if I do say so myself and today I decided to make an Almond Cake.  While this recipe is time consuming, it is well worth the time spent making it.  Here are a few photos of how it turned out:

I added the slivered almonds in the center of the cake to satisfy husbands desire for "nuts"  Hah

Here is a copy of the recipe from Provision 52, a website I wrote about here: Provision 52 along with another great recipe I found from their website.

I hope all of you who try this will like it, I sure did.  With summer slowly coming to an end, I am awaiting much cooler temperatures and less tourists (I haven't been to the beach or Pier since July)so that I can stroll down the Pier and window shop once again without a rush of people and long lines.

I will be writing about several new Etsy shops I have scouted out this week, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A New Website to Check-out

Hi everyone,

I have found a great website with some very cool items called Cachette, it is a French website that does ship internationally very reasonably.  You can view it here:  Cachette.  Here are a few things I think are pretty neat.

Basket with small handles

Handmade Stoneware Jug
Handmade in Provence, South of France by a Manufacturer who has been firing clay into objects since 1857.  It is a contrast between a chalky white and a glossy texture.  Because I collect creamers and jugs, this one fit in nicely with my collection so I purchased it.
Large galvanized S hooks
100% Linen Pillowcases that can be purchased in 18 different colors.
Oyster Baskets
Storage Bags in Painted Linen with three colors to choose from.
Wire Word of your Choice.
I'm thinking of getting this with letters that spell out OUI

I think this is a fun website with lots of interesting and different items to look at.

I hope everyone is staying cool in this hot humid weather.  Just walking around outside this time of year in Florida will make you sweat!  LOL

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lazy June Days

Hi Everyone,

It's sure been H~O~T here.  For the past couple mornings, around 6:00 a.m. we awake to a 2-3 minute downpour and then sunshine and H~E~A~T the rest of the day.  Not enough water to give the plants a good drink. So, we water, and water, and water.  Already my plants could use a good pruning and some have already had that done. They are almost top heavy!!  But I take pride in the colors of the garden that is in the front of the house and also pride in the garden in the back which receives morning sun and shade the rest of the day.  I've taken a few photos of the back garden that has my ferns, gardenias, and hydrangeas.  I've added a few annuals to give the garden some pops of color.

Hydrangeas, and my Jasmine that I just transplanted and tied to the white trellis

My Asparagus and Boston Ferns

Another shot from the opposite end of the garden

I am truly amazed that the ferns even grew back because of the two freezes we had this winter but they surprised me with their hardiness.  Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me!

I did manage to make a batch of dark chocolate Brownies for Husband today to celebrate Fathers Day.  I hope all the dads out there were remembered and had a special day with their children!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Summer has arrived!

Happy Memorial Day and a big thank you to all of our veterans who have served our country throughout the years.  As we enjoy this three day weekend, we should pause to remember their sacrifices which has ensured our freedom.

I don't know about you, but it has been really H~O~T here!  It has already been in the low 90's and the humidity is at 100%.  It makes for a most uncomfortable morning and evening walk!

I've been working in my garden doing the usual weeding and cutting back some of my plants that have grown so large they are taking over the garden.  I spent the better part of yesterday washing the front porch down while husband edged around our flower garden (we like a natural edge and that means that at least once a month we have to show the weeds who's boss LOL).  While husband was edging,  I took a tumble off the ladder and ended up in my flower garden.  Thankfully, I was  lucky and escaped with only a few minor scratches and bruises on my arm.  The fact that I didn't break any bones is amazing to me!  LOL  I did have to remove some damaged stalks from my flowers though which made me extremely unhappy!  :-(.

I do have an exciting new website to share with all of you.  For all of you who love to cook and are interested in new and different recipes as well as in quirky and helpful kitchen tools Provisions 52 is wonderful!  This link is specifically for their shop   Food 52  and this one  Food 52 Recipes  for recipes.  You can send in your recipes to share and they have contests for the best recipes.  I recently tried one of their recipes for Cheddar & Black Pepper Cornbread by Vera Obias and it was wonderful.  You can find the recipe here:  Vera Obias' Cheddar and Black Pepper Cornbread.  It has a sweet and yet salty taste which complements the cornbread.  Sugar is added to the batter and sea salt and pepper sprinkled on top of the batter which has been brushed with heavy cream.  This is not a lo-cal recipe  LOL!

You can find the recipe here'
Vera Obis' Cheddar & Black Pepper Cornbread
I also found many great kitchen items in their shop and hope you enjoy the peek I offer through these images.

A wooden biscuit cutter that comes in different sizes

Beautiful Stoneware vases

Who doesn't love white linen napkins?

Great for adding your own hand soap and to give your kitchen a vintage look.

Salt and Pepper cellars ( I love the anchors inside)

Cake toppings for holidays

I purchased this print taken from a image that is over 100 years old.  It is dated 1890 and is attributed to the Cafe' Anglais in Versailles, France.  Among  the dishes offered on the menu, is Poulet Marengo, a chicken dish created in 1880 for Napoleon when he defeated the Austrians on the battle field at Marengo in Italy.   The Emperor of France then considered it his "lucky dish". 
Here it is framed and hanging in my kitchen.
If you have a chance, do check out this website, I found the recipe website full of interesting and different recipes, something a bit different than the usual fare.  

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Memory Lane

Gosh,  I'm so sorry that it's been such a long time since I did a post but I was busy preparing for a visit from my girlfriend from high school.  Yes, you heard me right, a girlfriend from high school.  It has been at least 40 years since we have seen each other and the excitement of seeing her again took precedent over anything else.

The two of us on the Pier

We could sure tell you some stories but girls gotta have some secrets.   We might have had a few secrets but not very many because we sure couldn't pull the wool over her mom's eyes. LOL  We had a curfew of 11:00 p.m. and her mom always waited up for us when we went out on Saturday night.  One interesting fact was that husband and I introduced them.  My husband and her husband grew up in the same neighborhood and her husband was in a class at college with my husband so my husband brought him home and I invited her to meet him.  They dated and married and have been married almost as long as we have!  So, her husband and mine have a lot in common just like my girlfriend and I had.

We did some "retail therapy" shopping at the outlet mall in Destin,  about an hour from here.  We spent most of the day there.  From there we went out to dinner at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville.
We started out the next morning with breakfast at The Egg and I (which served us the best breakfast ever). We also took a stroll along the Pier overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, and stopped by Starbucks just in time to hear a young jazz musician playing a saxophone ( my favorite instrument) outside.  It seems they had had a jazz festival last weekend and on Sunday he had set up in an area and was playing outside for all the world to hear (and I might add he was really good).

When we weren't talking in between trips to the various places we went , we stayed well up into the night...we had a lot of reminiscing to do and not a lot of time to get through it all (but try as we might, we didn't quite get through it all.  After all, it had been almost 40 years!!)  The husbands went to bed not the least bit interested in our conversation.  Hah   All in all,  even though our visit was a short one we had a wonderful time and vowed to continue to text, call and visit and I hope we see each other again real soon.  Below are a few photos we took while they were here:

Girlfriend and Husband  

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

The view from the Pier
The weather was picture perfect the whole weekend while they were here and they left just in time avoiding the torrential downpour we had for 4 days dumping 7 some odd inches of rain.  We were  fortunate but the people in Pensacola didn't fare well and were flooded.  They got 20" of rain within 26 hours.  (Pensacola is 2 hours from here).  The rain washed away entire streets, and houses were filled with mud and water.  My heart goes out to people there as it will be a long time before things become normal for them.

Well, that's it for this post.  The weather here for the next 6 days is supposed to be sunny and h~o~t a welcome change from all that rain!  Enjoy the weekend.  :-)
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