Monday, February 23, 2015

A Little This and a Little That: Tulsa Vintage Show

Good morning! I hope you had a fun and restful weekend. On Saturday my pal, Robbi R., and I attended the Vintage Tulsa Show at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Exchange Center. WOW! There were sooooo many cool things to see there! Robbi purchased a cabinet for her cookbook collection, as well as some lovely vintage fabric and tablecloths. I bought some pretty silver spoons, which I'll be using to make some cool jewelry, so I'll be sharing pics of that project here in the future! I also bought a wooden bowl and some distressed metal stars that I've got plans for on a July 4th wreath. ;)

There were so many amazing things to see...fabulous antique books and furniture, dishes, signage...the list goes on and on! Here are a few pics of some of the things that caught my eye...

First off, check out this ADORABLE child-sized rickshaw...LOVE it! (I thought of my dear friend Linda H. when I saw this...she, Mike and I have an on-going inside joke about rickshaws, so when you see this Linda, I know you'll get a chuckle!!)

I know that my sweet hubby would have loved to have had this matted/framed Winchester calendar page from 1917 to hang on one of the walls in his "man-room", but with a price tag of $4,750.00 it was not meant to be. It's UBER-COOL though...just think, WWI was going on when it hung on a wall in someone's home or business...

Next up is a fantastic kitchen island that was made from reclaimed windows, a farmhouse bead-board ceiling, and a butcher block top! I really love this piece! Hinges were attached to the windows to create doors on both sides of the island. Think how unique it would be in someone's kitchen, decorated inside for the seasons or highlighting their beloved collection:

Last, but not by any means least, for giggles I snapped a pic of this mounted water buffalo head...I can't help but think how funny it would be to decorate it for the seasons. (Santa hat at Christmas, bunny ears at Easter, Mardi Gras beads...oh my!!)

On that silly note, I'll sign off for today. Wishing you a great week ahead!! :)



Monday, February 16, 2015

Another Pretty Monogrammed Frame Message Board...

Good morning! My friend and co-worker, Belinda E., had a birthday yesterday and we are having a little party for her at work today. I made a batch of Pirate Stew for our lunch, and we ordered a special cake for her from Merritt's Bakery. (I'm not really sure why it's called Pirate Stew...maybe because you just raid your pantry for most of the ingredients?? can click HERE for the recipe.)

If you remember, last month I made a fun message board for my friend/co-worker Christi's birthday. (Click HERE to see it.) She hung it in her office, and it looks really  cute there, so I decided to make one for Belinda too! Here's a photo of Belinda's message board:

After attaching chicken wire to the backside of a blue painted frame, I covered a wooden "E" with two different pieces of patterned paper to coordinate with the clothespins and frame:

I used the same patterned papers on the clothespins...striped on one side and floral on the other so that they would be reversible:

Thanks for dropping by today - I hope you have a great week!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Silly Saturday...Happy Valentine's Day!!

Enjoy the day with the people that you love the most...Happy Valentine's Day!! :)


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day Cards

Hi, friends! It's been a busy week, but I wanted to get a quick post up for you this evening. Last weekend I spent some time in my craft room making Valentine's Day cards, so I thought I'd show you what I came up with before I pop them in the mail tomorrow:

I hope that you're inspired to create some cards for the special folks in your life as well, to let them know how much they mean to you!


Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine Door Pocket

Good morning and happy Monday! It was a GORGEOUS weekend here in Oklahoma...the temps were in the 70's, which is unseasonably warm for us this time of year. Although the sunshine is great, we could really use some rain here, as things are VERY dry!

Considering the warm weather we've been having, my winter wreath, with snowflakes and a snowman, looked a bit out of place on the front door. I found a cute heart-shaped tin door pocket at Hobby Lobby, and knew it would be perfect to decorate and fill with flowers and ivy. (Oh! Even better...the door pocket was 30% off and the ivy and flowers were 50% off - SCORE!!) I really love how it looks on my door:

This door decoration should carry me through until spring...I've been thinking about making a wreath specifically for Easter, so I'm on the lookout for a cute rabbit to use as an embellishment. :)

Have a FANTASTIC week!


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Silly Saturday...

Nothing like a big 'ole steak to proclaim your love!! ;) Have a TERRIFIC weekend!


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Simple Valentine's Table Decor...

Can you believe how fast January flew by and that February is already here? I've been working on a few Valentine's Day projects, but today I wanted to show you a quick and simple table-scape that I set up on our dining room table. I like to change out the decorations on our table every few weeks, so for a Valentine's Day look I came up with this:

I had the red vase in a cabinet in my laundry room, so I simply tied a pretty lace bow around the neck of the vase and then filled it with pearly berry stems that I picked up on the Christmas clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby. A while back, during one of my treasure hunts at a local antique shop, I discovered the lacy table runner in a bin for only $5.00, so I snapped it up to have on hand to add to my rotation of table decorations. I moved the concrete bird from my craft room to the table and added a little teapot, a red and white doily and an antique cookbook to complete the table-scape. I really love how it turned out...not too complicated, just simple and pretty. :)

Be sure to drop back by in a few days to see the other Valentine's projects that I'm working on!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Recipe of the Week: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

My sweetie loooooves chocolate chip banana bread, so since I had a couple of really ripe bananas laying on the kitchen counter, I decided to make a loaf for him this weekend:

Just look at that oooey-gooey warm chocolate and those big pieces of pecans...DELISH! If your mouth is watering, here's my recipe...

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (milk chocolate is my sweetie's fave, but you can use semi-sweet if that's what you have on hand!)
  • Extra sugar to sprinkle on top of warm loaf (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease loaf pan. Combine bananas and eggs, mixing until blended. Add salt, soda, flour and sugar to banana mixture and beat on medium speed. Using a rubber spatula, fold in chopped pecans and chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour, laying a piece of foil over the loaf after 30 minutes to keep from over-browning. Remove from oven and sprinkle additional sugar over the top of the warm loaf. (The sugar on top melts a little to give the bread a pretty sheen, but you can skip this step if you want.) Remove bread from loaf pan after 15 minutes and allow to cool before slicing. (Or...if you are like us and can't wait to dive into it after smelling it bake for the past hour - LOL! - you can slice it while it's warm so that the chocolate chips are all melty and gooey while you're eating it - YUMMMMMY!!) Store cooled slices in an air-tight container.

Have a FANTASTIC week!!


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Quote Sunday...

I spotted this terrific quote on Pinterest and fell in love with it! Wishing you a blessed week ahead, friends!