7.05.2014

Yummy Red, White, and Blue Cookie Cake

Celebrate your pride and spirit all summer long with a red, white, and blue flag cookie cake. The 4th has passed but I know many will be having get-togethers all weekend long and we still have Labor Day coming up.  I think it's fun to show your national pride all through the warm months with bouquets of flags or red, white and blue fresh flowers such as hydrangeas and roses or sparkly wreaths as I do.   Here's a fun dessert I made with my grand-girls, who are visiting for a few weeks.   It's easy and fun for them to make, while giving them a little history lesson on the symbolism of  Old Glory .   I pretty much made up this recipe from several  old ones I have, so there are no strict measurements.

for the cookie dough crust/base, I used two packages of store brand refrigerated Sugar Cookie dough.  Using a small rectangular cookie sheet, greased,  spread the softened dough on the sheet with your fingers, as even as possible.  Bake at the temperature recommended on the package but for a longer time or until nicely browned.  Allow to cool completely.


for the icing, I combined two packages of cream cheese, softened, a teaspoon or two of vanilla and a touch of fresh lemon juice, along with enough powdered sugar to make the icing.   Spread a layer on the cookie cake.

Slice some fresh strawberries long wise.  And I used fresh blueberries, that had been picked earlier and frozen.   Let the little ones decorate the cake in a flag style.  Use your remaining icing to pipe around the stars and stripes and edges.  Don't stress if they don't get it even.  They are having fun!  Everyone loved this!  It taste so good and we like to pretend it's healthy with the added fruit.  Enjoy.

Hope your 4th was the Best! xoxo

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6.27.2014

Precious Moments

     With the long awaited visit from my grand-children here,  for a few weeks my life as a picker, antiquer, collector, hunter, painter, creator, and accidental artist is on hold.   Making primitive birdhouses, painting rocks, or designing jewelry from tiny wooden blocks will surely be saved over anything with a bar code on it.

     Stools turned askew, bunched up rugs, glass doors with little hand prints on them,  and tiny dolls in the birdbath, do not fit into the scheme of a magazine worthy photographed home but say that this home is a playground of fun.  Running for lightening bugs in the late evening, picking blackberries, and discovering a turtle under the hosta leaves  is the only partying I need.  

    Though original art hangs on the wall and expensive objects grace the shelves, the refrigerator art and found heart shaped rocks are more priceless than artifacts in a museum.   The delight of  finding a freshly laid egg or a beautiful red tomato puts a grin on their little faces and a sparkle in my eye.   Formal dinnerware is used regardless of the fact that we serve chicken nuggets over chicken cordon bleu. A trip to the farmer's market or ice cream store trumps the mall any time.  Breakfast on the deck, lunch by the pool, supper on the porch.....sweeter than a five star resort.............. Sweet summer and grand-children visits




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6.16.2014

Painting Upholstered Furniture ~ The Queen's Chair


I "sat" on this chair for nearly a year before I decided what to do with it :)


 Fit for a Queen
 and that would be YOU
 ornate heavy carving, curvy, romantic, pink, gold, shabby, chippy, tufted, and ruched 
with a feather filled squishy cushion

What's not too like?....  Right?
BUT
it had some problems....the pink wasn't the right color and the fabric had seen better days...way better days.
I painted it....everything....the wood and fabric
using Feathernester's fabulous new mineral chalk paints.
A creation of the owner, Tony.  Named  The Painted Nest Mineral Paints 
and
let me tell you, they are fabulous to work with, creamy, thick and go on smooth as lotion.
The paint is housed is these cute little jars, just under a quart and cost is $15.00. Right now, the colors are Robin's Egg, Herb Garden, Buttermilk, Dove Gray and Baby Powder

I chose Dove Gray for this project and after just the first few strokes fell in love with the color.
perfect painting day outside with glorious sunshine and a slight breeze....paint dries fast so I got two coats on in a couple of hours


 hint: painting on a dolly cart makes the work go even faster....instead of turning the chair, I just turn the dolly


 love love love that ruching on the side of the seat....a beautiful French touch

 painting the front side




Even the underside got the royal treatment with a new burlap cover

The Painted Nest mineral paints


the finished product with a settee to match  ~  absolutely gorgeous

 my space at Feathernester's.....refreshed and repoufed every two weeks....with an ever changing  array of vintage and antiques and the unique
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