Monday, February 28, 2011

Ballard Design Knock-Off: Newspaper Dress from Sewing Patterns

                                 FACT OF THE DAY  Brontophobia:  The fear of thunderstorms (em has this)

I had this big old frame 28x34 and a Ballard Design Catalog in front of me.  I was ready to do my first knock-off.  I just love this cute dress, but not the price tag.

I painted the back of this very old frame.  It was originally a mirror that had broke.  I got this from my in-laws historic hotel in downtown KC called the Savoy.  If that only that old mirror could have talked...  All the faces and stories it had seen.  Back to my project.  I painted the backing "creamy" by sherwin williams.

I thought it would only be fitting to use some old patterns for the dresss.  On the skirt I used the actual pattern and the envelopes.

I cut all my pieces and glued down with waters down gem-tac.  I cut a big #3 for the belt buckle to add a little something different to my version.

Here they are side by side...What do you think?


              Ballard Designs $299                              VS.      Sisters of the Wild West - PRICELESS

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Got Nutella?

Notice the lovely Nutella mustache. 

Got Nutella?

Nutella where have you been all my life?  I have seen commercials...seen it on I decided to try this hazelnut spread.  First I tried it on some toast like the commercial says.  Let me just say..." its like turning TOAST into a CANDYBAR!!!"  Delish!!!  Can you tell who else likes it? 
I am going to make these cookies next since the nutella has been scientifically tested with a thumbs up!

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies
Source: Kirbie's Cravings Food Blog

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Nutella
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and prep baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, the sugar and the brown sugar. Add the eggs and the vanilla until combined.

4. Gradually add the flour until the mixture is combined.

5. Then mix Nutella. Finally add in the chocolate chips.

6. Use ice cream scoop and drop on baking sheets and bake for 9-11 minutes.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pineapple Table Redo: Before and After

I saw a awesome pineapple at the Paramount Antique Mall that I posted about yesterday.  That inspired this table.

I found the Pineapple Stencil in the back of "Do it Yourself" Magazine from September 2010.  I tried to see if they had a download of the stencil, but they didn't.  So if you would like a copy to make to own stencil then shoot me an email.  I blew it up a little and traced onto freezer paper.

I love freezer paper.  Did you know it works on wood too.  I cut out my stencil and ironed right onto the table top.  Make sure your get the edges GOOD!  I didn't and had a little bit of bleed through.

I peels off great too.

I started by staining the pineapple with a black stain.  I got so excited to see my end result I took off the freezer paper and forgot to take a pic.  The pineapple looked awesome.  I could see it perfectly.  I then was so excited I put on a coat of stain on the table top I forgot to take a pic.  It was a dark brown by minwax called Dark Walnut.  Guess pineapple disappeared.  The table was so dry it just soaked up all the brown.  I could barely see my pineapple.  Plan B.  I could still see the pineapple so I painted with a yellow mistint that I bought.  I love mistints.  THEY ARE CHEAP!    

Here is my glowing pinapple.

I toned it down by rubbing the stain over it. 

My son got too tired staying up waiting for mom!

I painted the base of the table "creamy" by sherwin williams.  This is the only pic I have before I put stain over it.

 Outdoor lighting.

Base of table after I rubbed stain over it.

Close up of Table Top.  I love how it turned out.

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Shopping Treasures at Paramount Antique Mall

I just had to do a little shopping today. Paramount Antique Mall is one of my favorite places to go.  Remember that magazine rack redo that I blogged about a while back.  I found it here.

This is one of my favorite booths.  They always have cool stuff.

This cabinet would be great for kids toys or cloths.  I can picture this a nice grey with labels on the front doors.  Unfortunately it is $135 and I only have $40 to spend.  son of a......

Easter Planter on SALE!!! YEAH  $3.95 is all mine!!

Large Silver water pitcher....Just add tulips!

Large bag of yo yos made out of vintage fabric $45. 

Love this bucket!

Vintage St. Paddy's day tablecloth

Wooden Cubby holder to put in a little boys room to hold all of the little treasures.  $65

This owl is saying BUY ME PLEASE!!!  LOVE IT
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