Friday, August 1, 2014

Spray Painted Monograms - Fast, Fun, & Fabulous

Sometimes I want to add a little WOW to my space without all the fuss - are you with me?  I mean, I like to sew and craft properly, but sometimes I just want to make a statement without getting out my sewing machine........cutting the fabric straight.......shopping for all the right materials........     So, when I needed a little focal interest for my outdoor spaces this summer, I just decided to spray paint some.

 
I cut out monograms with my cutting machine - and spray painted on the pillows I already had.  You wouldn't have to have a cutting machine - just freehand cut any design out of paper, or use a ready-made stencil.


I carefully pinned the stencil to my pillows, and spray painted.


Lavender Tub Tip:  Prop the pillow so that you are spraying directly on the stencil.  You do not want to spray at an angle at all.  Do light coats and stay about 15 inches from the pillow surface.  Also, tape newspaper around the edges of the stencil to prevent overspray on your pillow.  Should you end up with a little overspray - let it dry completely, then lightly sand with sandpaper (depending on the fabric), or rub with alcohol on a Q-tip (test fabric first).


What a difference!  I call that Fast, Fun, & Fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by the Tub!

Ellie

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jewels Traded For a Jewel - China Cabinet

I'm not really in the market for new furniture, because Edward (my hubby) and I need to move within 2 years........but then I'm always in the market.......you know what I mean?  I don't paint furniture to sell per se, but I know I want to improve my painting skills - so I'm always on the lookout for something I like that I can get pretty cheap.
 

 Like this piece I found on Craigslist.  It is not an antique or fine furniture, but it is mostly wood and I thought I could Country French it up enough to look nice in my Dining Room.   The price was reasonable enough, but when I asked the lovely lady who was selling it if she would like to trade for some jewelry I had for sale......She Did!  What a fun way to acquire furniture!!!



First I added some decorative embellishments from Doityourselfchic.com



Then, I Annie Sloan-ed the cabinet in Old White,

Distressed the edges with a wet cloth,


And finally waxed with Clear Wax, followed by Dark Wax.



It was missing one of it's glass shelves, but I'm fine with that because I was looking for something to hold large platters.


I don't know that I want to keep the original hardware, but I'm using it until I find something I like better. 


I think I might still add black chicken wire to the doors, but I want to live with it a bit first.  What do you think?  Chicken wire or no?


I now have a lovely place to store my china and fancy silverware in the Dining Room, which has freed up some much needed space in the Kitchen.  Yay, for Craigslist finds!!!


Thanks for stopping by the Tub,

Ellie


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Naked Ladies!!!

Here in the South we have the most amazing flower.  It is the Belladonna Lily, but everyone in these parts just calls them Naked Ladies.


The reason we affectionately call them Naked Ladies is because of how they grow.  In the spring, the first greenery many of us see comes in the form of long, slender-leaved fountains, similar to those of daffodils - only larger.  They pop up from the ground all over town and seem to bring about spring almost instantly.  



But then the greenery all withers away....
and you forget all about them......


Until late July, when like magic the entire town is covered in the most gorgeous, pink bouquets!  The funny thing is though, the flowers have no leaves.  No leaves at all!  Just tall naked stems.....


And thus, we call them Naked Ladies.


Have you seen these lilies before?
Aren't they interesting and fantastic?

These particular lilies are growing in my backyard.
I want to bring them in the house, but I so love looking
out my windows and seeing them - I just can't.

Thanks for stopping by the Tub,

Ellie

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stromboli With Marinara Dipping Sauce




Stromboli (From Southern Living)

1 16 Oz. Loaf Frozen Bread Dough, thawed
1/2 lb of Meat (I use any combination of Pepperoni, 
            Hard Salami, Sliced Ham, Turkey Pastrami - 
            whatever you have on hand.)
1/2 tsp. Dried Basil, divided
1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano, divided
3 Oz. Provolone, sliced
1 Cup Mozzarella, shredded
2 Tbs. Butter, melted
1 tsp. Cornmeal

Place bread dough on a lightly greased baking sheet; pat to a 15 x 10 inch rectangle.  Arrange the meat slices lengthwise down the center.  Sprinkle with half of the dried spices.  Arrange the cheese on top of the meats.  Sprinkle with the remaining herbs.

Moisten all edges of dough with water.  Bring each long edge of dough to the center; press edges together securely to seal.  Seal the ends.

Brush dough with 1 Tbs. butter.  Sprinkle with cornmeal, and carefully invert.  Brush top remaining butter.  Bake at 375* for 20-22 minutes.

Marinara Dipping Sauce

2 Cans Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
2-3 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 tsp. Sugar (optional)

In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil briefly; then add the garlic.  You only wish to sweat the garlic, not brown it, so only cook it in the oil for about 10 seconds.  Add the tomatoes and the sugar.  Let the sauce cook down until thickened.  If you are in a hurry or if you want a less chunky sauce, use a hand blender to puree the tomatoes.

The wonderful thing about this meal is you can make the sauce ahead of time, and you can thaw the bread loaf in the refrigerator  for 1-2 days.  Once the bread loaf is thawed, this is a pretty quick meal to make.  


This is definitely a family favorite.  I hope you enjoy!

Ellie
 



Friday, March 28, 2014

Postcard - Easter Bunnies Stole the Eggs

I didn't plan to post this many postcards in a row, but it is tax season and I am married to a CPA.  It is also soccer season and my behind is logging some time on the bleachers watching my oldest boy play for his team.  And so, the time to take pics for the blog is escaping me, and I am left with sharing another postcard.  However, it is Easter time and these turn of the last century graphics are very lovely.



 
Thanks for stopping by the Tub!

Ellie

Postcard - Chicks and Violas

 Happy Friday!

I hope you don't mind the little chick 
Easter cards I've been sharing.
They're so cute!


I'm going to add some to a spring wreath I made, 
so wanted you to have them too.


Thanks for stopping by the Tub!

Ellie









Thursday, March 27, 2014

Postcard - Easter Chick

Here is another Easter postcard with a cute little chick.




Enjoy!

Ellie