Sunday, January 31, 2010

Thrift to Treasure



I finally finished my wall sconce project that I started HERE.  You can see how I started out with a plain decorative wood plaque and covered it in scrapbook paper.


After searching Goodwill for months I finally found this candle holder that I cut apart with a hacksaw, painted white and hot glued it to the back to make the sconce.


I’m linking to BNOP’s Metamorphosis Monday party………..


Snow Dog

This is Zoe’s second time seeing snow……. She loves it !


Thursday, January 28, 2010



It’s pillow time again !  I’ve been making pillows this week and I thought my study would be a good place to take pictures because they play so well with my pillows.


They are on their way to their new home today.  Zoe will be glad they are gone……..


Friday, January 22, 2010

Mantel Party



Beth at The Stories of A to Z is having a mantel party so I’m linking up over there.  Yes, my Eddie Ross wreath is still up.  I promise I won’t leave it up all year !

Thursday, January 21, 2010



There are many options when making decorative pillows. The first and most obvious is the fabric choice. It’s nice to repeat your main fabric from your windows and then have some in coordinating fabrics too.


The next step is to decide what you want to trim and finish the pillow with. Your choices are to make a self or contrast welt out of fabric, brush fringe, braided cord, bullion fringe and different styles of tassel fringe.

dads pillows2

dads pillows

There are many choices for the type of form to use. My favorite is 10/90, it is a blend of 10% goose down and 90% goose feathers. It’s good to use on heavier weight fabrics because the more down that is in a form the softer and more light weight it is as well as being more expensive. I like these forms because you can karate chop them and they will stay.

Polyester fiber fill is a very inexpensive alternative to feathers and down but most clump or flatten and do not hold up to use. I like to use the cluster fiber forms for bed shams because they maintain their shape.


These pillows I made for my Dad’s new room. He took the pics and sent them to me but I forgot to tell him about the “Karate Chop” !

What about you…. Do you karate chop your pillows ?

I'm linking to BNOP Metamorphosis Monday

and Cottage Instincts for Make it Monday

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Citrus Salmon Lollipuffs

Citrus Salmon Lollipuffs

  • 1 pound thawed frozen salmon fillets, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade


1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the salmon into a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce and toss to coat.

2. Unfold the pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. Cut each pastry sheet into 16 (1/2-inch wide) strips crosswise, making 32 in all. Cut each strip in half crosswise, making 64 in all. Place 2 strips on a baking sheet to form a cross shape. Repeat with remaining strips. Place 1 piece salmon in the center of each pastry cross. Fold the ends of the pastry cross over the filling and press to seal. Turn the pastries seam-side down on the bakingsheets.

3. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Stir the marmalade and remaining teriyaki sauce in a small bowl. Serve the pastries on 3-inch wooden skewers with the marmalade mixture for dipping.

I thought I would share a recipe that my Dad and StepMom brought over the holidays. That's Mr. Stitches and my StepMom posing with the Lollipuffs. It was yummy and we thought you could make it with anything inside like chicken or shrimp but the salmon was so good ! I don't normally post recipes but we love to cook (and eat) so much that I just had to pass this one along.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Year, New Door

Out with the old and in with the new.

Goodbye 2009 and hello 2010.

 DSC_0056Goodbye dark, dreary green door and hello new caramel latte BM 2166-20 yummy new door !



I wanted a new door color and it was either plum/purple or bronze/orange.  The caramel latte won !  It almost makes me want to park in the garage and walk around to the front door.  Or, I could paint the door inside the garage the same color !  The garage is my next big project, it needs to be painted and organized.

This is my first post using windows live writer and I’m not sure if I’m doing it right !

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