Thursday, January 12, 2012

{ Craft Room - lil chest of drawers re-do }

Starting out small on my craft room (formally my son's bedroom)re-do. Getting this room done is long long over due. He was been married for over a year and out of the house for two plus years. =) I guess I had to wait till my heart was ready to change his childhood bedroom.

So here is the project in all its ugliness. This little dresser was used as a baby dresser for my oldest sister (I'll be sweet and not post her age) and all the babies in the family since. Including her two grown sons, and mine. It was formally an odd shade of beige. Then when my son was young I gave it a "country" make-over.

I'm almost a shamed to post the photos, it looks so ugly. What was I thinking? The shade is a country burgundy. I think it is definately time for a re-do.

New knobs or not? That is the question. Is the little dresser worth purchasing ten new knobs? Maybe I can find some at the flea market come spring...

Here are the color swatches that I gathered from Lowes recently. I really can't decide if it should be green or blue. I am totally in love with spring/lime greens. Then I have seen some beautiful furniture done in sort of a Tiffany box blue... decisions, decisions.

Out of the batch of green I like two of the samples. I love yellow green, or spring green. Some are to light, one too dark especially for in the room where the dresser will be.

I love two of the shades of blue. But should it be light or dark... I'm never going to be able to decide.

Even MORE blues, this time from True Value...

Then last night I was thinking................... what about purple???

I need help... what color would you paint this lil dresser?


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

{ Winter Vignette }

In December my Honey and I stopped in an antique shop in a local mall, The Black Rose. We had so much fun going through each booth.

In one booth I spied two unique globes on an old harvest table. I had never seen anything like them before. They appeared to be lantern globes. I just loved the huge size of them. I could imagine using one of them for some pretty cloche like vignettes. All the while we were walking around the store I kept thinking about them. When we were ready to leave I stopped by the booth again. Unfortunately, I let my other half talk me out of buying one. It was Christmas time and I wasn't supposed to be buying stuff for myself.

I'll tell you, all week long I kept thinking about that globe. I just couldn't let it go. So, the next weekend we went back again and thankfully they were still there. My husband was lucky, because I would have really been mad at him. They were also on sale which made it even better. I picked out the one that was in the best condition and happily took it home.

After some investigation, I learned that it is a Dietz Pioneer Ham Street gas oil light lamp globe. They were made from 1880 to 1944. The globe has turned "sun purple" from long exposure to the sun. It has Dietz Pioneer stamped in the glass. It is 10 1/2 inches tall and 9 inches at the widest point. I'm sure you can see all the possibilities for this globe and why I fell in love with it.

I decided to use a winter theme for my vignette. I love snowmen. I have a huge collection. Some of the snowmen we made, as well as the wooden pine trees.

I added some pine branches and arborvitae branches from my garden. Also some huge pine cones my Honey found ages ago, that I have kept forever. I love the simple look of this display on my living room table.

What do you think my next vignette should be? I'd love to hear how you would use this globe in a display.


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Monday, January 9, 2012

{ Cherry Cream Cheese Cupcakes }

Cherry Cream Cheese Cupcakes

3 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
5 eggs
1C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream all ingredients together.
Add graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of the cupcake papers. Fill 3/4 full with batter. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

1 small sour cream
1/2 C. sugar
Beat together

210z can of cherry pie filling

When cupcakes are done place a tablespoon of sugar on top. Add a cherry on small cupcakes and three cherries on regular size cupcake. Bake for 5 more minutes.
MY TIP: I use a 1 1/2 quart plastic pitcher for the batter. It makes filling up the cupcake papers easier. Especially if you are making the mini cupcakes.

You can also use Vanilla waffers instead of gramcracker crumbs.