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Homemaking

October

Salvaged rusted trunk turned coffee table

The past couple of months I have been frequenting thrift stores looking for furniture and things we can use for our house.  I am learning the art of  “thrifting” and have had some recent success.  The biggest rule: patience pays. You have to be willing to go often and be content to leave with nothing, 90 percent of the time.

One of my recent and favorite finds was this old, antique, rusted trunk found at our local Salvation Army for $14.

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I was so excited when I found it, I ripped the sticker off and may have jumped up and down a little.

First, I tried to remove the rust with soap and hot water. Then I decided I would just try to paint over it with some chalk paint because I was too lazy to sand it all off  (also, the lady at the store told me that Annie Sloan chalk paint adheres to everything including rust and that I shouldn’t have a problem-false.)  A few coats later and the rust was still coming through the paint.  We made a trip to home depot and bought some water-based Kilz and applied that over the chalk paint (cringe) and after it dried applied another 2 coats of Annie Sloan’s Old White followed by clear wax then dark wax.  A weeks worth of naptimes and 6 coats later we have a coffee table that I love.

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If you are interested in using Annie Sloan paint and wax- I spent some time researching beforehand and found this video especially helpful for applying the dark wax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz9Bem69Wb0

Thrifty

Recently, I have really enjoyed popping into different thrift stores, making small purchases and essentially figuring out how to make something beautiful out of nothing.  Below I reused an old flower vase given to us to make a terrarium with the addition of some inexpensive succulents.

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I bought some small succulents from Lowes, lined the bottom with rocks and filled it up with some cactus/citrus soil.  I am notorious for killing all things green, whether by over watering or neglecting but this guy has held up nicely for almost a month now!

Another cheap find from the thrift store was this tray at .50 cents.

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Although, not terrible, I figured with the addition of some pretty fabric and burlap this guy would make a great centerpiece for our coffee table.

Supplies:

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Tutorial: http://www.marthastewart.com/287716/handmade-decorative-tray

And the finished project-

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 Also, if you don’t have a tray in mind, you could easily do this with an aluminum baking sheet!

Fall

Farmer’s Market

 

 

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Recipe coming soon!

Whole Wheat Rosemary Olive Oil Bread

This is was my first time making homemade bread by myself and I don’t think I could have picked a better recipe- this loaf was phenomenal!  This bread is kneaded by hand so I am really thankful that the lady I nanny for has baked bread with me before and taught me how to knead and ‘throw’ the dough by hand (if you don’t have experience doing this I am happy to show you :)). The recipe calls for a wood pizza peel and some cornmeal to keep the bread from sticking.  Because I didn’t have either I lined a baking sheet with aluminum rubbed with some olive oil and it worked just fine!  The only other adaptations I made were to make the egg wash with a tablespoon of olive oil instead of water and to sprinkle salt on top along with the Rosemary.  It was wonderful hot out of the oven by itself or served with olive oil and black pepper for dipping.  I estimated the total cost for this loaf to be approximately 1 dollar (using dried Rosemary).  The cost could be further reduced by buying the yeast in bulk.

Here’s where you can find the recipe:

http://www.ahintofhoney.com/2011/04/rosemary-olive-oil-bread.html

Hope you will try it!

 

 

September highlights

1. Our nephew Silas was born!- 10 days early.   We got to go visit our brother and sister and meet Silas this past weekend.  He is so precious and we are praising God for his life!

2. Discovered that the radio program “Revive our hearts” posts all of its programming for downloading/listening online.  I am so encouraged by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and have been devouring the series ‘The Counter-Cultural Woman: A Fresh Look at Proverbs 31’.

http://www.reviveourhearts.com/resource-library/Programs/p/Revive%20Our%20Hearts/series/The%2520Counter-Cultural%2520Woman%253A%2520A%2520Fresh%2520Look%2520at%2520Proverbs%252031/

3. I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of two books I ordered-

There’s no place like home by Mary Larmoyeux and Ethan Pope and

Biblical Womanhood in the home by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

4. Tried several recipes this month the best being this easy Oatmeal Apple Crisp- http://allrecipes.com/recipe/apple-oatmeal-crisp/

& Pioneer Woman’s Restaurant style Salsa- http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/01/restaurant-style-salsa/. So delicious and so cheap- 6$ for over 6 cups of Salsa and whatever you don’t use you can just freeze!

5.) I finally made a framed chalkboard for our kitchen with the help and input of my sweet husband.  I purchased a large picture frame at Michael’s when they were 55% off (score!) and the Martha Stewart brand chalkboard paint- which I would not recommend for bigger surfaces like the 20×24 inch surface I was trying to paint.

Nick’s artistry 🙂

Frame painted with Behr’s Spa

6. Got to go on a day trip to the zoo with the family I nanny for today- complete  with 1 minivan, 3 adults, 3 children, lots of caffeine, 1 Bojangles run, 1 trip to Chick-fil- a, 1 stop at Hobby Lobby, minimal grumbling, and lots of animals! Some favorites from the day:

Angry bird.

blurry but he got so close to us!

that face.

Mama gorilla carrying baby on her back. 🙂

Second family 🙂

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It’s taken me almost a year but I finally decided on some bedding I like in our room.  Sadly, I have absolutely no inspiration for how to decorate the rest of the room– just trying to keep the laundry off the floor for now 🙂 

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