Tuesday, September 27, 2011

How to Decorate a Mantle for Fall. It doesn’t have to be Orange! :)



I decided to decorate my mantle for fall this year in greens, blues and vintage ironstone.…who said you have to use brown and orange?! :0)

how to decorate your mantle

See the old lantern?  That was my great grandfather’s barn lantern….he would use it every morning to go to the barn and check on what was going on around the farm.  I love using things from my family!  The ironstone bowl was a purchase from a friend after they dissolved her mother in laws estate…it’s so old and I adore it!

vintage ironstone

The old windows behind the ironstone pots came from the old 1916 house I got to go through and glean things from.  They were the old transom windows above the doors…I grabbed three of them! (ok..I didn’t grab them, I took a ladder and had to painstakingly remove them with a screwdriver…but it was SO worth it!) 

The old window that’s behind the wreath was a gift from my mom. She was in line at the bank and a guy had a truck bed full of old windows.  Oh YES SHE DID…she rolled down her window and asked him what he was going to do with them…he was going to throw them away!  She took 10! 

how to decorate your mantel

The old platter was my grandma’s….my mom gave it to me.

how to decorate your mantel

I got the little wooden box and milk bottle from a tag sale…I think I paid  a buck a piece for them.   I got the old blue ball jar from my mom…it’s filled with vintage buttons.  Oh how I love old buttons!

how to decorate your mantel


how to decorate your mantel


how to decorate your mantel

I just love my fall mantle!

How to decorate your mantle

How are you decorating for fall?

I’m linking up with Layla’s Mantle linky party over at The Lettered Cottage!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Best Banana Bread Recipe

I figured while you waited for me to work on my chairs,  I’d at least give you a great recipe for a snack!  :0)
Banana Bread
This is a really good recipe for a nice, moist banana Bread…

2 cups all-purpose flour
½  tsp. baking soda
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
5 tablespoons milk
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½  cup margarine
1 cup mashed bananas
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional, but why would you leave them out! yummy!)

1.Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
2. In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter or margarine. Beat the egg slightly, and mix into the creamed mixture with the bananas and vanilla. Mix in sifted ingredients until just combined. Stir in milk and nuts. Spread batter into one greased and floured 9x5 inch loaf pan.
3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until top is brown and cracks along the top.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

New Kitchen Chairs…

I have been wanting new kitchen chairs for a LONG time, but couldn’t find what I was looking for that didn’t cost a blooming fortune! 
I have lived with these for over 20 years and think it’s time for a change…
oak table and chairs

You see, I want something that looks like these…minus the burlap, it doesn’t quite fit in my d├ęcor, but I LOVE the shape of these chairs!
louis chairs

My hubby knew what I wanted, and for Christmas (yes LAST Christmas) he bought me four of these. (they’ve been in our garage since last year waiting on me!!)
target dining chair

We found them at Target and got two for $139.00 with free shipping.  The only problem is they don’t go with our house, so I decided to re-do them.  Yes…I know, they’re new.  I’ve gotten so much flack from people telling me I shouldn’t reupholster NEW chairs!  Well why not I say?!  It’s the shape of the chair I was going after, not the fabric! lol 
So stay tuned to my next post to see what I dared to do to these babies!
Have you ever done anything quite as crazy as “messing” with a new piece of furniture to make it into what you want it to be? Please let me know I’m not crazy!!
(Sorry I haven’t posted in a little bit, but I’ve been crazy busy around here trying to teach school to my little guy, help my hubby with getting stuff ready for leading music at church, (he’s the worship leader) and getting ready to have 30 people over for a cookout!  Yes, I said 30!  We’re having a cookout this coming weekend for all of the band, choir and audio people at our church.  I’ll be honest…I’m a little freaked out with everything that still needs to be done before Saturday…ya’ll know how many projects I get going at once….and lets just say I have a lot of clean up to do before they all come over! lol )
Surprised smile
Hope you all have a blessed week!
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