Thursday, October 31, 2013

That's Fresh Friday Link Up Party

That's Fresh Friday Link Up Party

Welcome back to another week of That’s Fresh Friday presented to you by myself and the wonderful blogging community, Southern Girl Blog Community!
If you haven’t heard of Southern Girl Blog Community, it’s an amazing community of Southern Bloggers from all over the Southern area that came together to connect, share and inspire each other through blogging and building connections.
If you haven’t stopped by, make sure to hop over and connect with some of the wonderful ladies, you know Southerners love to chat!
Now on to the link up. I am so excited to see what everyone has to share this week! If you don’t understand what That’s Fresh Friday is, well it’s a link up where you can share anything that your heart desires, we love it all!
We only ask that you do not link up other blog hops, reviews and giveaways
First let's start of by introducing you to our amazing host and co-host for this week. Some are back for a second time and some are new!
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Co-Host: Jenn @ Party of One :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest ::
Co-Host: Aleshea @ Glitz & Grits :: Twitter :: Facebook :: Instagram ::
Co-Host: Krayl @ An Appealing Plan :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest ::
Co-Host: Dawn @ Spatulas On Parade :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest ::
** All Co-Host are Southern Girl Blog Community members **
Now for the rules. There's not many but please make sure that read and follow each one.
:: Link up anything with the exceptions of reviews, giveaways and blog hops
:: Follow the Host and Co-Host via one of the methods listed above
:: Visit at least 1 link before yours and mingle with some of the other bloggers! I promise you won't be disappointed!
:: Display our Link Up Button somewhere on your site (Sidebar or in post)
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::Link up as many projects/post as you like (link directly to your post URL)
:: Share, Share, Share! Post about it on Facebook, Twitter, G+ or Instagram! The more the merrier, post and let your readers and friends know where the Freshest Link Up for Friday is! #thatsfreshfridaylinkup

Each week we will feature the Top 5 post from the following week. Those features will be pinned to our That’s Fresh Friday Feature board on Pinterest and shared via Facebook, Instagram and G+ and both Prototype Mama’s and Southern Girl Blog Community’s sites!

Life couldn’t get any sweeter than that, right?
Now let’s have some fun and be inspired! Happy sharing!

One Room Challenge - Week Five - Porch

It is week five of the six week One Room Challenge (ORC), and I am almost done. Almost.

If you want to catch up from the beginning go here for....

ORC - Week One
ORC - Week Two
ORC - Week Three
ORC - Week Four

Last week we made a headboard bench and we had some wood left over, and along with another small run to Home Depo, my husband made a cocktail table for the porch. The paint is Glidden, Satin Finish, True Turquoise.
While we had that paint out we also painted the two cafe chairs and table. What a difference a change of color can make.

We also hung the drop cloth drapes. I hoped the wrinkles would fall out, but no such luck, I will need to take them down and iron them. We took standard hooks and put them into the wood and then just hung them with clip-on hooks. I really love them!

I found a throw for the white wicker chair which I am thrilled about. I love the mix of the colors, white, brown and turquoise. And I love the fringe!

I also found a quilt for the bench. I had gone everywhere trying to find a cushion for the bench, but it is fall and going into the Christmas season and I couldn't find anything for outside, so I changed up and started looking for quilts. It is a Simply Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell, which I purchased at Target. I love all the subtle colors of this quilt and it is machine washable which was an absolute must. The throw is also machine washable.

Here is a close up of the round pots with the cherubs on them. I adore cherubs. I really wanted to put topiaries in them but I am concerned that there isn't enough natural light and that they won't survive. I went looking for artificial topiaries but they look so fake I can't bring myself to do that. I think some flowers will be nice.
I also found a large oval crochet tablecloth yesterday at High Street Antiques in Plano TX and I am going to attempt to make a pillow out of it for the bench. Wish me luck. Seriously I need all the luck I can get on this project. She fits on my dining room table. This would be so much easier if this tablecloth was damaged.
All I really have left, beside ruining a perfectly good crochet tablecloth is to find accessories to style my porch. Accessories can be critical in bringing the project together and making everything work, but it is also one of the most fun aspects of decorating a room. Until next week! Don't forget to visit all the other participants involved in this ORC, you can find them all right here.

If anyone has ever made a pillow from a crochet tablecloth I would love to hear from you. See you all next week.

For week six go Go here for Week Six - The Final Reveal

Linking to: Prototype Mama - That's Fresh Friday
Linking to My Romantic Home
Linking to: French Country Cottage
Linking to: Redoux Interiors 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY Headboard Bench - One Room Challenge - Week Four - Porch

It is now week four of a six week challenge. Only two weeks left to the final reveal. If you haven't seen the previous weeks then go here for week one, and here for week two, here for week three, so you can catch up.

This past Saturday I went to McKinney Trade Days, it runs one weekend a month in McKinney Texas. It is a flea market sort of place, with everything from new leather furniture and rugs to refurbished furniture, dishes and lots of bad good food. While I was there I saw a bunch of headboards that had been made into benches and I thought wouldn't one of those be great on my porch. The problem was I didn't have a headboard. Well, sometimes things really do just show up. The very next morning someone had tossed this mess beauty.
There was no footboard, no rails, just this headboard. I felt like they left it just for me. The piece on the top left had been broken off as was the decorative piece in the middle but the pieces were just laying there.

It is a gift, right. So now to get to work making this more than just a headboard left battered and damaged. It is going to have a new life. First I needed some front legs for my bench which I found at our local Home Depo store. I think these are going to look fabulous.

Did I tell you my husband is pretty handy with some wood and some tools. He built a frame for the bench and attached it to the headboard.

Then he added the slats across the top of the bench and attached the two pieces that had been broken. While he was doing that I went and got some Kilz and some plastic to start painting our new bench.

Now I need to get busy giving her a couple of coats of paint. I also need to find her a comfy pad so we can sit on her. I have painted my wicker chair, but she needs another coat of paint to complete her transformation. I am also looking for a cushion for her seat, which isn't easy because it is an irregular size seat.

To see the completed bench go here: Shabby Chic Porch - Final Reveal.
I purchased two 6x9 dropcloths which I am going to make into drapes to go on each side of the porch opening.
I wanted white hooks and drapery hooks but all I could find was black or gold, but that paint can was within reach, so white hooks I now have.
After I am done paining outside then I can hang up these beauties.

So I still need to:
Finish painting the wicker chair and the bench. 
Find padded seating for the wicker chair and for the new bench.
Hang drapes.
Find accessories.
Find some sort of hanging lights and hang them.

There are so many others participating in this event and you can go and see what they are all doing right here at  Calling It Home.  But right now I need to go fix my face and then go out into the world and find some cushions! See you next week.

Go Here For Week Five
Go Here For Week Six - The Final Reveal

Linking to: The Dedicated House
Linking to: Dwellings The Heart Of Your Home
Linking to: Savvy Southern Style
Linking to: Worthing Court
Linking to: Ivy And Elephants 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

One Room Challenge - Week Three - Porch

This is week three of the six week ORC (One Room Challenge) and so it is half over, and therefore I should be half done. I wish! You can start from the beginning by going to week one, and here for week two. So lets get to it!

My husband found this wicker chair that was in pitiful condition, but I adored the continuous curved back and arms of the chair and thought it had potential, so it was a keeper, and better yet I thought it would work great on my porch, but it needs some serious help. She has this dilapidated regalness with an attitude about her, as if she doesn't know how sad she is at the moment.
Literally someone had just discarded her. Well one's persons discards is another persons treasure, and a treasure she is, or will be. She had this plastic sort of seat. She had been left out in the rain, it was soaked all the way through.
My husband is helping me with this chair.  Beneath the top layer was a carved leather seat. It was all dried up and cracked and not the least bit salvageable. But it must have been beautiful once.
Also in the above picture, see that row of wicker around the edges of the leather, it too had to be torn off. The picture below shows what we were left with.
The cuts into the wood were ragged and uneven making me think that it was done by hand. The problem was now was getting a piece of wood to fit into these ragged cuts.
So some measuring was in order both for the depth of the seat and the width of the seat.

Because of the ragged edges the seat had to be cut again and again to get it closer to a snug fit. For the seat we used a 3/4" piece of  birch plywood that we already had.  He laid it on top of the seat and traced the shape from the underside of the chair.
He kept shaving it down just a little bit each time until it fit right inside.

So we have a seat! We also glued the seat around the edges and added a 1/4" fiberboard on the bottom to fill the 1" space of the actual depth of the seat. Now we need to do some sanding to the rough edges around the new seat to give it a smooth surface, and then we need to paint. You may have noticed some need in a few places for wicker repair, but I have no idea how to do that. If you have ever repaired wicker and have a tutorial on how to do that please comment below and direct me to your page.

Of course there is still much to do for my porch challenge.  I am thinking about paper lanterns and a painted drop cloth rug. Well I will leave something for next week to share with you. Thanks for following along.

There are many other bloggers participating in the ORC and you can go to Calling It Home to see all of the participants. See you next week.

Go Here For Week Four
Go Here For Week Five
Go Here For Week Six

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Flowers Just Because

Yesterday my husband brought home a bouquet of flowers....just because.
 A combination of roses and lilies.

 I have always loved roses..who doesn't?
 A lily just beginning to bloom.
 A lily in all its fragile beauty.
 I find lilies stunning and miraculous.

What are some of your favorite flowers? Do you ever give someone flowers, just because?

Linking to: From My Front Porch To Yours
Linking to: Ivy And Elephants 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fresh Tomatoes and Some Shrimp

Some fresh tomatoes, a little garlic, white kidney beans, cooked noodles, a little fresh parsley, and some shrimp and you have a meal.
A 1/4 cup of chopped parsley
About two cups of noodles.

Two cloves of garlic minced.
One can of white kidney beans, drained. 
I used about 10 small tomatoes cut up into quarters.
One pound of shrimp cleaned.
A bit of grated cheese if you like.
Heat up 3 tablespoons of olive oil with the minced garlic for about three minutes, and then add the parsley, beans and tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes and then add the cooked noodles and the shrimp, and cook until the shrimp are done - two to three minutes. Enjoy.
So easy and fresh.

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