April 23, 2012

a little (chest)y......

Hey there! How are you all on this fine day?

The hubby's great grandmother recently moved to a retirement community because she was having trouble living alone. In the process of this move, the family all got together and helped move her to her new home, as well as helped empty the house. We were told if we wanted anything, to ask and throw our names on it.

Well, lookie what I found.....

I found this beauty and asked for her really quick. I can't believe no one else wanted her!!! How about a closer look? I think so....

I just love her so much! I have wanted a cedar chest for about 10 years now, and I never thought I would get one. Can you see the two toned wood on the top and front? And the gorgeous inlaid pine in the front? Gorg!!

And this old girl is, well, old.

There is a button on the front that you need to push in order to open the chest - great to keep little fingers out! It also came with the original key that still works!

Now for what I found inside. This chest was made in Hanover, Ontario. Lets here it for something made in my province! (In case you didn't know, it's not a common thing for us to see)

So pretty! The inside is in great condition!

It's the original moth insurance form from 1940!
How cool is that!

And there was even a patent stamped into the lid, so I am not sure how old she really is, but i am guessing old enough. A lady never tells anyway, right?

All in all, a pretty good find.

This house needed to get a little chesty. Now, what to put in her? I feel like I need to put silk in there.

What do you guys think?


Linking to:
HOH #97 

April 19, 2012

one cool dude

Hey guys!

Remember here when I showed you the corduroy pillows I made, and the shorts on the dog result? Well, I couldn't resist!

Motley loves to be dressed up in shirts, doesn't matter what kind - small, large, tank tops, tube tops. Loves 'em.
So how could I resist dressing him up a little bit more?  Look at that face - can you even blame me?

So does anyone else dress their animals up? I would absolutely love to see them!

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April 17, 2012

quick pillows

Hi guys.

Today is just a quick post that I am sure everyone has done. Use pant legs to make pillows!
The hubby had a pair of cords that were toast, instead of tossing them I turned them into little accent pillows.

 Now be kind, this was my first time using a sewing machine or making pillows! Please don't be fooled, I did not make the gorgeous front pillow - I wish I did though!

No, I took these worn old corduroy pants:

 Chopped the legs off to make these beauties:

April 16, 2012

shepherd's pie

Howdy people.

I pinned a shepherd's pie a few weeks ago from Cambell's Kitchen. I know shepherd's pie is a pretty easy thing to make, but I thought I would try something different.

I made some changes to the recipe, like using real potatoes instead of instant. Instant potatoes freak me out - no idea why. They just do.

Cambell's Kitchen - Shepherd's Pie (with additions)

1 pound ground beef                                                              1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 tbsp ketchup                                                                       1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup frozen peas and carrots                                                1 cup milk
 2 tbsp butter                                                                          4 lg potatoes, boiled & mashed
1 can Campbell's®  Cream of Mushroom Soup                   
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Heat the oven to 400°F.
  • Cook the beef and onion in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the beef is well browned, stirring to separate meat. Pour off any fat.
  • Stir the soup, ketchup, black pepper and peas and carrots in the skillet.  Spoon the beef mixture into a 9-inch pie plate.
  • Stir 1/2 cup shredded cheese into already prepared mashed potatoes; Spoon over the beef mixture.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are lightly browned. Add remaining cheese to top of dish, bake 10 minutes. Broil until cheese is browned.
 That's it. Serve and enjoy.
Any shepherd's pie recipes you guys recommend?

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HOH #96

April 14, 2012

carrot cake cupcakes - BHG

Hi there!

The hubby's birthday was a few weeks a month ago (sorry so late!) and he LOVES carrot cake - with all capitol letters! So while browsing Better Homes and Gardens one day I came across a great recipe and pinned it. I knew I could use it for his birthday cake/cupcakes. I always ask him which he feels like - this year, cupcakes. 

April 12, 2012

scrabble anyone??

Hi guys.

Whew! What a weekend, hope you all had a great Easter!

Today I am going to show you a great idea I saw over at The Twice Remembered Cottage . It's a magnetic scrabble board!

I know, I know. I am a little late on the chevron train, but I don't care. I have been waiting for the right decor item to use it with. I thought that this would be an ideal use of it.