Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
10 banana peppers
8 oz. Velveeta cheese
1 Cup cooked rice
1 can biscuits, 5 ct.
1 can Rotel, drained
Split banana peppers open and remove seeds & veins. I plan to parboil the peppers next time to make them just a bit more tender. I left them whole with a split down one side.
Cube cheese and microwave til melted. Stir rice into melted cheese. Stuff each pepper with the cheese/rice mixture.
Roll each biscuit very thin and cut in half. The recipe didn't say what to do with this, but I think they intended that you wrap each pepper with the dough. I placed the whole, thin biscuit across the top.
Place peppers into a greased baking dish. Spoon Rotel over peppers, keeping liquid to a minimum.
Bake 400 degrees until biscuits are flaky.
This was fast and easy and I'll make it again. Hope it turns out for you too.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
This little black cat just jumped into my shopping basket at Hobby Lobby last week. Look familiar?
I had found these mini buckets a few years ago and hang them
around filled with little treats for guests that pop in.
I have treat bags filled with goodies for each little goblin. Some are handpainted like my little batty bags.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
This is one SHINY mirror!! I like shine and sparkle, but this is too much for even me. I snagged it at the garage sale I was helping with this past week. They really didn't like it and didn't even think it would sell. I paid my dues and was rewarded with an awesome mirror. It is actually a very nice mirror frame...the kind all the others try to copy. It is gold leafed on plaster. Hmmm, could I have taken this to the bank and cashed it in? Too late, already painted!
I decided it needed to be toned down a bit. I glazed it first with burnt umber. That was happening around midnight last night.
Then this morning I put a coat of white acrylic over the entire frame.
It turned out just terrific. Now I can live with a little peek-a-boo gold. I picture this to be fabulous against a turquoise/aqua sorta color on the guest room wall.
I have been picking up the plastic versions of these mirrors this summer. I would have never looked twice at such baroque frillery in the past, but find them interesting in new, modern colors. I am in the process of converting one to a memo board and another will have something to do with screening. Check back for those soon.
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Monday, October 20, 2008
First, you need a pumpkin(s),paper printed with fav font,permanent marker pen, stylus or a dried up ball-point pen to trace design, carbon paper, pieces of tape to hold paper in place:
I copied the Parchment font and made it super large to fit my pumpkin. Tape a piece of carbon paper to the pumpkin. A NOTE: I found the old-fashioned carbon paper to be better than Saral or wax less paper. I had to do a lot of free hand drawing because I only had the wax less type and it was hardly visible. Tape the paper with the font and trace the basic outline of Letter/Design.
Remove the papers and use a permanent marker to draw the design. I had also used black acrylic on the larger B to fill in the larger areas. After the design is finished, I spray Krylon 1311 Matte Finish sealer over the face of the pumpkin completely. I found this is the ONLY spray that will seal permanent pens and not make them RUN all over the place. Very important to get the right number 1311!
The stem of the bottom pumpkin will need to be cut off. I used a hack saw. A sharp one is definitely preferred! I had a dull one to begin with....ugh. That was a workout until I searched for a sharp one and it cut like butta!
Stack and Enjoy. Only because I couldn't find my floral clay is mine dry stacked for now. I will add that when I find it just to make it more secure.
words to ponder - Imagination is just intelligence having fun.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Enjoy the fall weather and come back for an update post on decor. I am helping a dear sister-in-law get a garage sale together this week and won't be home very much. I hope we can uncover some interesting items. I'll share some soon.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
In the middle of projects yesterday, I was struck with the Halloween decorating spider. I have a few tubs of decor and I usually hold off til mid-Oct. for the Halloween goodies, but I couldn't stand it any longer. I LOVE Halloween. I started with the fireplace and it is still a work in progress. I hope to get a ghastly picture in place of the current one and something to fill in the gaps of white. I have thought I would put a long piece of wood with a wise saying of some sort, such as 'Beware'. Please post any suggestions, they are most welcome.
I love this little tree I made last year.
I salvaged the base from a trip to the dumpster and slapped the paint on it. It is hard to capture on the photo all the decorations. The ghost garland, ornaments tied onto the limbs with an assortment of ribbons and the purple lights. Love it. I have also assembled quite a group of pumpkins that hang around all season. Some of the white ones may even get to stay til Christmas....we'll see.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Then I find this great set of dishes for 4. These are primo condition. I look forward to setting all the place mats and napkins to show them off. I am a sucker for expandable trivets. This one is not an expensive one to start with, but sooooooo practical. It will handle a large casserole dish easily and that time of year is around the corner.
This nice meat slicer was the best buy of the day. I don't know that I really need it that often, but it was like new and I couldn't resist a great deal. It may be passed along eventuallyThe little silver container was such a cute shape and I know it will hold something that is so necessary on my worktable. The irresistible classic plastic frames....what can I say? I shunned them for years, but they now pose as a quest to redo them into a more dignified life. Paint and rub 'n buff and 'leafing' them have created some really nice results.
I have projects to complete today and I'll post some more of my finds later. Enjoy today.