Saturday, June 27, 2009

Guest Bath

Hi girls, I thought I'd show you pictures of my guest bath. This is the vanity. It consists of an antique dresser that I found at a garage sale. We trimmed a little off the sides so it would fit in the space we had and ordered a cultured marble top for it. Then we mounted the beautiful mirrror on top of the splash back. I think it turned out really well. The dresser has a serpentine front (which you can't see very well in the picture. My DH cut out portions of the first and second row of drawers to accommodate the plumbing. Then I refinished the whole thing. The lights have beaded wine covers over the globes, which you can't see very well. To take this pic, guess where I'm sitting? You guessed it, on the toilet. ha. See the wall reflected in the mirror? I'm thinking of having a transfer made with a favorite verse on it, only backwards, so that when you turn to look in the mirror, you see the words, clearly. Does this sound corney? Of course, I have a verse in mind, but my Missy K suggested "The Lord is with you wherever you go." Wouldn't that be funny? Still thinking this over. I have a lot of collected and repainted scripture plagues on the side wall, so this is my scripture bathroom.

Hard to tell, but the walls, were painted a base of light gold tone and sponged over with areas of greens, browns, and corals. It turned out pretty well, but is not showing too good in this picture. The little lamp is a garage sale find. I finally found the perfect shade for it at Goodwill. Then I placed it on a flow blue plate on top of a candle bowl. I thought it looked really pretty.
Wild Black-eyed Susan from the flower bed in a thrifted amber glass.

One of my favorites. Can you guess why?

Hope you all have a great Sunday. It is supposed to cool off here for tomorrow. We have been roasting all this week!! Makes me want to stay in the house!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer side dish

Hi Friends, thought I would share a favorite green bean recipe with you all today. I took this to our son and daughter-in-love's house for a Birthday/Father's day celebration last week-end. It's easy and quick to fix and something different for green beans. It's called Garlic and tomato Green Beans.
To begin, seed and chop about 4 Roma tomatoes. Reserve until later.

Then slice about 4 pieces of thick bacon into about 1 inch pieces..

Brown the bacon in a skillet. Remove and save about 2 T. drippings.

Take out of the freezer 3 bags of steam-in-the-bag green beans.

Cook on high in the micro-wave about 2 and 1/2 minutes. This is about "half" of the recommended cooking time. You don't want them all the way done.

Add your beans to hot bacon drippings and cook until just crunchy tender or to your taste. You need to watch them closely and keep turning them with a spatula.

Season with seasoned salt to your taste and pepper if desired.

Add in the tomatoes and 2 Tablespoon of minced garlic . Cook, stirring constantly over medium high heat about 2 minutes or so.

Add in cooked bacon pieces and stir till blended.
Now they are ready to be served and enjoyed!
Great to serve with grilled chicken or steaks!!
Hope you are having a great Wednesday, Blessings

Monday, June 22, 2009

Today's Thrifty Treasures

Good morning everyone! Hope you all enjoyed a great Father's Day celebration with the special men in your lives. My father passed away many years ago and I miss him in my life. He left to me a love of singing and flowers. My husband is my handsome prince. What a guy and I love him so. He is a wonderful father and grandfather to our granddaughters.
For today, I am joining Rhoda's Todays Thrifty Treasures to share my recent finds while out thrifting. I have recently found some really neat items. Here are a few:
Sorry, you can't see this as well as I had hoped, this LARGE lantern was at the GW for a third of the regular price! The glass is all gone out of it, but I thought maybe a tall blue and white vase with greenery would look good. See the tiny lights? They are a recent gift for Mother's Day, they come on a stem like a flower bush and you spread out the stems which look like branches and put them inside another floral piece, or greenery. They plug in with a transformer. There are several types of bulbs, some bigger and frosted, but they look so neat! I can see lots of uses for my lantern, can't you?

This fairly large display cabinet was also at the GW for $10.00! I plan to paint it white and add maybe a shelf to house pretty things. I'll show it when I get it done. It has joined SEVERAL pieces in the garage in need of a facelift. I really have no excuse now that it is warm out there.

Also, I pick up silverplate trays when I find them at a good price. I want enough to use as chargers for place settings. The smaller one on top would be great with a cloche in it too. The gold cannisters were really cheap, $3 and $4.00! The crackled vase is really pretty and the silver cup shined up really nice for a future floral piece.

Remember, I said last post to pick up stray lids when you come across them? Look at this so cute lid!! Now to find it's companion! Have a great Monday my friends!
Blessings, Linda

Friday, June 19, 2009

What's in "YOUR" cloche?

Hi Girls, I decided to join Marty at a stroll thru life for her cloche party. Be sure and go look at all the participant's wonderful ideas for uses for our cloches and apothacary jars. They are so much fun to decorate with, aren't they? Most of mine have been thrifted, which makes them even better! he he My little chair of babies and bears.

This cloche is about 1 inch high! Its a bubble holder out of one of those trinket machines from long ago--a perfect cloche for my tiny bird's nest.

Sea shells in this jar. I got it at GW for $8.00!! Yea! I use it for all the seasons with eggs, Christmas bulbs, tall plants, etc.

Another "tiny"piece. It a silver tinsel 4th of July tree in a watch dome.

Miniature wedding cake under a small goblet.

Look for these at garage sales and thrift stores. They were candle holders for metal candle pieces serveral years back. This one is turned upside down. I glued an old glass doorknob on top.

Pretty with one of those fancy water bottles under it.

or a cobalt blue "Vicks" bottle with little zinnas.

This is one of those "floating candle" jars. I found the lid one day at the thrift store. I always buy interesting lids because you will always find a jar for it someday.

Mother-of-pearl buttons

Pretty postcard.

I promised to show the platters I got yesterday at a garage sale for $2.00 each. They are very crazed and stained, but that makes me like them even more!! They are the colors I plan to use when our basement is finished.

Hope you enjoyed peeking under my cloches, ha. Have a wonderful Friday,

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Junken Treasures

Found a treasure in my Mom's garage over the weekend. DH was hanging new garage doors for her and I went out to see how it was going when I spyed an old wallpaper book lying under a bunch of dirty screws, nails and other trash. I cleaned it off, opened it a crack and let a big spider crawl out of it, then bringing it to the light, I could see that some of the patterns were really cute and could be very useful in art pieces, etc. Bring out the razor blade!!!
I love the blue one with the little bouquets. It came in several colors too.

You just never know when a neat old treasure might be waiting to be discovered!

While out for the afternoon with 3 of my granddaughters, we stopped at a garage sale and I found some very neat old platters. I'll show you these tomorrow. I've been finding some pretty cool items of late. Our Goodwill just lowered their prices after much complaining by the public. I think when you can buy the item for less at Walmart, something is wrong, don't you? Hope you are all having a great week. Blessings, Linda