Sunday, March 9, 2014

Pinterest Project of the Week (POW) - Denim (Fabric) Flower Corsage

First let me start off with --- As much as I love Petal Porcelain, it did not help my Denim Flower look prettier -- it had the opposite affect, in fact...and of course, I forgot to take a picture of the Flower before I covered it in the porcelain medium...oooppps



Gather your supplies
  • Unwanted Denim, worn, faded.  (I personally have a stash of denim that I am dying to "do something with", so there will be several Pinterest POWs featuring .... Denim). It has a nice affect if you alternate a lighter denim with a darker denim.
  • A tape measure
  • Cutting tool - scissors or rotary cutter


Cut Denim Into Squares -
  • (2) 3 1/2" square
  • (1) 3" square
  • (1) 1 3/4" square
  • (1) 2 1/2" square


 Cut Flower Shapes -

  • As TeaRoseHome mentioned, using the corners to guide your flower shape is a great idea.
  • I could not cut the shapes free style, so I used a somewhat light colored marker to draw my flowers and then cut them.
  • Perfection is not necessary!  YAY
Because I plan to make more of these floewrs, I cut and cut
and cut squares, labled them, then put them in envelopes for
future flower making days

Stitch Around the Edge of the Flower Shapes - 

  • This will prevent the flowers from fraying away.
  • Again, I don't think perfection is key, although I would have liked mine to be a little neater

Layer the Flowers -
  • With the larger flower shapes on the bottom, layer the flowers.
  • Be or  sure to layer the flowers so the petals do not overlap
Of course I do not have pictures of this part, or the finished part, but TeaRoseHome has plenty of great pictures, and also gives a good description of how to add a bead in the middle.

This is a Definite KEEPER!  I enjoyed the whole process.  It was simple enough to do while I was watching TV or visiting with family.  Each step was somewhat quick and is easy to put down to attend to .. Answering telephones, doing dishes, cooking dinner, etc.

I plan on doing many more of these and to try mixing in other types of fabric.

Be sure to check out TeaRoseHome.blogspot.com for more pictures and other great projects!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Cheese Tortellini With Spinach, Peas, and Brown Butter

This recipe is courtesy of Realsimple.com.  Go there directly at
Cheese Tortellini With Spinach, Peas and Brown Butter



*Feel free to use meat tortellini     *6 People: 3 picky eaters, 4 people Loved it! 1 Tolerated it and 1 didn't even try it (LOL)  (I tripled recipe)   Tastes good cold!   * Hubby would add garlic (we are garlic lovers!)

1 pound fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
1 Cup frozen peas
4 tablespoons (1/2) stick of butter
1 Small bunch flat-leaf spinach, thick stems removed (about 6 cups - I used a bag of "fresh spinach")
1 medium Beefsteak tomato (I used two "vine ripened" ~ they looked better mid winter)
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice (I cheated, and skipped the lemon zest...I don't care for it...and used lemon juice from the bottle)
Salt and Pepper

Directions:


  1. Cook the tortellini according to the package directions, adding the peas during the last minute of cooking.  (I was leaving some plain tortellini out for the picky eaters, so I just put the frozen peas in with the spinach and tomato in step 2)
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until golden; 2-3 minutes.  (I don't think mine really browned up, and I didn't think until afterwards that I would have put 1/2 butter and 1/2 olive oil to make it a little more healthy)
  3. Add the spinach and tomato (and peas) and cook, tossing occasionally,  until the spinach is wilted and the tomato begins to soften, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the tortellini, peas, lemon zest, juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to skillet and toss to combine.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pinterest POW (Project Of the Week) - Silverplated Tray to Chalkboard Sign

First on the list is:

Silverplated Tray to Chalkboard Sign:

     See Blog Posting "The Stash I Couldn't Part With" (February 2014) for step by steps.  Here is the finished project with some thoughts ...

Ok...  don't laugh :)  Not bad for my first one, AND I'm not a full time crafter.  I don't get to craft much at all.  I'm hoping to change that.

So this is what I learned:

1.  Enjoy the process -- I did!  
2.  Don't stop; keep the process moving.  It took me several days to complete this simple project (life, fibro, grandkids, procrastination), but I kept on moving.  

3.  The more I moved along, the more I began enjoying the process.
4.  If you make a mistake, it's ok.  I'm not completely happy with the end result, but I had fun, and I learned along the way.


For example:

  • Don't use gloss paint as a primer (LOL)
  • If there are swirls in the tray (as in this one), cover with some type of medium that will fill in the design -- I'm thinking maybe spackle?  I'll be checking with the husband on this.
  • Keep in mind what you want to use the chalkboard for.  I LOVE the colors and the flowers that I stamped on, but it really limited the writing space.
  • Work on another way to hang - my shabby bow doesn't quite have the "chic-ness" I'd like it to have.

All in All, this is a Thumbs Up Project.  I will definitely be making more of these.

Pinterest POW (Project Of the Week) - Braided Fabric Bracelets

** I am having a little timing troubles with my Pinterest POWs** LOL, so you get 2 this week!

These are so much fun to make and they look great!



I'm still trying to figure out how long to cut the strips of fabric; that's one of this weeks "to do's".

But you start off with three strips of fabric in matching fabric colors.  



Of course I HAD to have a piece of lace in there.  These are just ends that were trimmed.  I think the lengths I used were about 12" long.


  • I fanned/layered the three strips of fabric at one end and sewed them together on my sewing machine.
  • It was easier for me to "nail" the sewn end into a board so I could braid the pieces tightly and evenly.
  • When I got to the length that I wanted, I stopped, trimmed the ends a little, stitched width-wise to keep the braid in place.
  • Then I wrapped the loose end around the "top" part of the braid, trying to keep it neat and lined up a bit.
  • Last step was to stitch the two ends together as neatly as possible.



Thoughts:  

  • Many of the directions show jewelry "end caps" that you clamp on to the ends of the bracelet, and use a toggle or whatever clasp you like.  I was so excited to make these and couldn't find the right end cap, so I decided to sew the ends.  My girls #2, 2A, and 5 liked the sewn ends idea better.
  • Use whatever fabric scraps you have in the colors you love and have fun!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The "Stash" I Couldn't Part With

So you saw how I couldn't get rid of some of my stash.  Even though I did put some stuff on Etsy All About Vintage Chic , there were a few things I couldn't get rid of.

Like:  This Bird Cage!  
I Love it, and have a really neat idea, so I dragged it out to the kitchen table so I can work on it this week.  Perfect timing with the Nor'Easter we're getting hit with tomorrow!








And ... the lovely vintage earrings...a few red ones ... some gorgeous glass, multi-faceted earrings and the adjustable ring blanks I bought months ago.  Time to start making these beautiful rings!

And this silverplated serving tray.  I've been wanting to make a chalk message board for months.  I finally got started:

All I could find was packing tape to cover the edges... LOL

After lightly sanding the tray, it was spray painted with Rustoleum White paint.  When working with any type of metal, I personally like to spray it with a Rustolem paint to help protect from rust.




In it's primed glory .. love the open work along the rim!
I'm trying to do with what I have, so I was stuck with a gloss black spray paint.  I felt the need to give a darker coat of paint before the "chalk" paint.  **Tip:  if at all possible, don't use gloss paint for this.  





Do you notice the two pieces of wood in the picture?
 Gloss black spray paint, fine grit sand paper, a rag.  Two coats of the "gloss" black spray paint, with a light sanding in between each coat and wiped with the rag.  The Flourish of swirls is showing through the paint, but I'm hoping that just adds to the "Vintage Chic" charm.


What do you think?




Wednesday, February 19, 2014

There's a New Gem In Town....Everybody's Talking ...

There's a New Gem In Town ... Everybody's Talkin' Bout'...

At least I'm talkin' about this new gem.  Newly opened January 2014 is the Main Street Flea Market in Agawam, MA. 

We weren't sure what to expect after the last three we had in the area.  Holyoke, JJ's in Agawam, and the Town Line in West Springfield.

Due to the crazy winter snow we've had, parking was not the greatest on the lot, but police were there directing traffic to a lot across the street and stopping traffic to let people cross over.  Huge shout out to them for doing this on this cold, cold day!

But on to the good stuff!  When we walked in, shaking the cold off, there were several vendors set up with old "stuff", and an area set up with boxes of new "stuff".  All neatly done with nicely marked isles.

We moseyed along through the booths and wound our way around to the "Snack Shack".  Tables, chairs, a line of comfy chairs and couches with TV's on the wall featuring the Olympics.  I'll "edit" this in the near future with input on the Shack's Food.

My fabulous other half told me there was a whole other section beyond the "Snack Shack", so we ventured over there. That is where the real fun began...


This is just a small selection of what she offers
    

 We ran into Deb who was set up at the Town Line with us many years ago.  She has her incense, incense burners, holders, dragons and fairies all set and ready to go.








   A new friend Sammy (who also has a shop on Ebay and in Chicopee, MA)was so nice to talk with. I love the goodies he has!

Lot's of spaces are left for new vendors to come in, but honestly, I didn't even finish this section before we had to head for home.  The Fibro got the best of me.  Tired and Dizzy ...But before that all started ...

I found myself walking down the isl turning my head from left to right, and back again, left to right, not really seeing anything.  Chuck had gone on to look at his "guy stuff"..  I finally had to get a hold of myself and only look on one side - go into a shop, take a picture, and move on ... slowly.

Chuck (finally) gave me the strategy that works for him.  Do the outside tract, and then start going up and down the inner isles...well, that sure makes sense!  He was off on his own (finally), and I (finally) had focus on my searching.

More and more old stuff, I was definitely in my element. and have in mind which shops I'll be going back to.

An Overview of the large variety of
rocks & minerals he offers

Chuck came back explaining something he found.  He was definitely excited, but I wasn't sure what he was talking about.  this is what I Heard (and I'm sure Not what he said.  "I found these pieces that make  (something) when there's lightning".  I had no clue what he was talking about, but the "shop" was just ahead.  I was pleasantly surprised when I saw what he was talking about:   Fulgrite:  When lightening strikes sand, the temperature of the sand gets very hot and the sand fuses together, forming Fulgrite, like in "Sweet Home Alabama"



Upper left corner is a water fountain
The young man who was selling the rocks, minerals, fulgrite and other "rock" related stuff was a charm.  We struck up a conversation with him, and loved his story.  He used to go to Flea Markets with his dad, and that's how he started his collection of rocks and minerals, and he hasn't stopped searching at yard sales, flea markets, etc.  

     Hearing the stories behind the "stuff" is one of the extra treasures for me.  He had all different sizes and shapes and price ranges for the rocks and minerals he had.  The fulgrite was from the F3 tornado that hit Springfield, MA, in 2011.

Springfield's Tornado Over the Connecticut River by Matt Trakker

My heart skipped a beat when I saw this...Along with
the next two shops, I was reliving my past.

Little did I know that I'd soon be walking into three shops that brought me back to my childhood, growing up in The Pines on Long Island.


Pretty much in the center, to the right'ish, you'll see
pink.  It is that "old pink plastic" cover (I have cake
topper / candle holders from that time).  Underneath
was a sewing kit!
Pink coat lower right; familiar
looking doll upper left
I knew right away that I would love just about everything in these shops, and I did! From the chrome/metal Canisters, to the little pink coat and hat!  I have a picture of me at Easter time in a coat so very similar!


ooooo I just noticed those lamps!
Along with the "clanging, banging monkey, and really warm looking fur coats -- plus alot of other things in the last of this three part section.  Can't wait to get back and browse some more.

We stopped at a few more shops ~ Chic & Antique and Penny Lane ~ before I had to give into the Fibro...hence no photos, but I'll get them next time!









Friday, February 7, 2014

I LOVE to Craft BUT It Just doesn't Come Together

The "Office" is filled with paint, glue, glitter, bottles, jars, fabric, gems, crystals, and all sorts of good crafting "stuff".

WARNING   Embarassing Photo!!!




The "Office" is also  the Keeper of our daily "paper work", office supplies, Vintage Chic goodies that we find at Auctions and Estate Sales, and all kinds of boxes and shipping supplies.  My hubby is afforded a small space for his desk and "his goodies" (computer gadgets, wires, keyboards etc.)




Why oh Why am I explaining this mess to you?  Because I have come to the conclusion that as much as I like to craft, I really need to focus on one thing -- maybe two -- with one main focus.








Anyone Else Have This Issue?
ADOS
(Attention Deficit ... 
Oooooooo Shiny!)

So Get ready for some GREAT "Stash" coming your way - Visit my Etsy Shop All About Vintage Chic



Editor's Note:  Sorry - not so much destash yet...but a few good lots.



My Main Focus is going to be bringing you Great Vintage Chic Finds -- secondary focus I am going to sew...sew and ... sew ... with the beautiful machine my husband bought me several years ago, which has hardly been used...


Editor's Note:  Again...I have yet to sew!  I think I'm procrastinating


And paper crafts - maybe...but there will be lots and lots of great ephemera coming your way!