3.31.2014

Take me out to the ballgame!


 Hello baseball fans {and crafty DIY fans!}

Today is opening day for the Orioles! {who took down the Red Sox 2-1! Yay!}
So while I was watching the game this afternoon, I made this wreath!

 This is the first wreath I have ever made using power tools!
{I tried to just hot glue the baseballs to a wire wreath form but the glue wouldn't adhere to the leather.} So on to my next idea...
 I drilled through the balls. I choose a drill bit that was long enough to go threw the ball but thin enough that the wire didn't have too much room to wiggle around.
 I untwisted a hanger and threaded the baseballs on one at a time. 
I used twelve baseballs total, but you could use more or less to make a bigger or smaller wreath.
 Then I twisted the wire closed.
 And attached a simple bow I made out of red-striped webbing.
 I love how the red stitching on the ball and the red stripes on the bow go with our red front door.





I love baseball season!
{Go Os!}

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3.27.2014

DIY Camel Top Trunk Tray

Hello everyone!

Last night I shared our steamer trunk rehab! I was so excited to find such an old trunk with so much character and for a great price that I didn't even consider how I was going to make a camel-back trunk function as a coffee table. I refinished the trunk, moved it into our living room,and then had several people ask how I was going to be able to use it with the curved top. So I googled and pinterested and etsy-ed, and found nothing! No articles or tips or magic trays to fit the top of a curved trunk. So I grabbed my trusty hot glue gun and decided to wing it!


I broke out my hardware stash thinking I could use something as legs to help a tray balance on top.
I measured how far apart to attach the legs to make sure it was even and level.
I marked the area with chalk.
And tested to make sure it would {hopefully} work.
And roughly five minutes later...

Perfect!

I may give the knob/legs a coat of oil rubbed bronze spray paint so they don't stand out so much.

Now my steamer trunk coffee table is beautiful and functional!
{And the best part is the trunk and the tray cost less than $50 total!}


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3.26.2014

Steamer Trunk Rehab

Hello Readers!

I love rustic decor. Especially rusty, tarnished, authentically-aged pieces full of patina, and history and stories. I have been trying to find pieces that bring this feeling into our rooms and home. For a while I was lusting after factory cart coffee table. But they are so last year! {Unless you have one, then I am jealous. Especially if it actually transported crates in a factory at some point!}  But I have recently returned to my love of steamer trunks. My mom used one as a coffee table when I was little and she still has it in their guest room. I have been scouring Craigslist for a trunk {that didn't break the bank} and I found this treasure while we were on vacation last week. I couldn't email fast enough. It at least gave me something to look forward to during our 11-hour drive home. Last Saturday, we picked it up five minutes from our house and I could hardly wait to get working on it!


It was in rough shape, to say the least. It was covered in decaying flaking paper. I thought about trying to seal the paper to keep the remaining paper intact but it was way beyond saving.
So I scraped and sanded {for several hours} while being very careful not to damage to extremely dry wood. It definitely needed some love! {And a good coat of hemp oil!}
The wood absorbed the first coat of oil almost immediately. The oil deepened the tone and highlighted the patina of the old trunk. Look at the color difference above! No stain at all. Just good ole, all-natural, heavenly-smelling hemp oil! I even oiled the hardware to add a subtle sheen and richness to the old metal latches and trim.



I left the interior intact. Just a quick cleaning and it was in pretty good shape {considering it is probably over a century old!}. I love the old paper and the vintage picture on the lid.

Patina!

Check back tomorrow to see how I solved the camel back problem to make this trunk work as a functional coffee table!

Thanks for stopping by!

3.25.2014

Thai Quinoa Salad



Quinoa is my latest obsession. {It is hopefully balancing out my ongoing salted caramel addition...} Quinoa is delicious and super versatile. Breakfast, lunch or dinner. {and snacks!} We've been making a lot of quinoa lately. By itself, quinoa it kinda bland, but mixed with spices, seasoning, and veggies- Quinoa Salad. The perfect side dish, or even a meal, since quinoa is a complete protein. 

This Thai Quinoa Salad is easy and super nutritious! 
{Exactly what we need after last week's vacation eating!}

Ingredients:
1 cup of uncooked quinoa 
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of red chili paste
1 tablespoon of fish sauce
1-3 Thai chilies {I used 3 and it definitely had a kick!}
 1 teaspoon of Garam Masala
Assorted veggies {I used half a red onion, carrots, snow peas, red bell pepper, broccoli, and mushrooms-about a half to a cup of each. But you can used whatever like/have}
1 can of light coconut milk
Scallions and chopped peanuts for garnish

Instructions:
Combine one cup quinoa with 2 cups water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil them reduce to a simmer and cover. Quinoa takes about 10-15 min to cook. It is done when the grains open up and soften.

While quinoa is cooking, melt coconut oil in a large skillet. Add garlic, red chili paste and Thai chilies. Saute until aromatic. Add fish sauce, Garam Masala, and veggies. Lightly stir fry veggies until slightly tender. Add coconut mild and let simmer until slightly thickened. Add in cooked quinoa and mix to combine. Garnish with scallions and chopped peanuts. 

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Yum!

Now feel super healthy!
 {Not like you've been binging on leftover pralines from Savannah.. Oh is that just me?}

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3.23.2014

A little trip to Hilton Head, SC.

 Hi Everyone!

We are back from a very relaxing week in Hilton Head!
I wanted to share some pictures from our trip.
{since I don't have any projects to share from this week...}

Warning:This is a photo-heavy post!

 We stayed at the beautiful Disney Hilton Head Resort. It has a just the right amount of Disney touches with all the Disney charm and hospitality. It is located on the bay side of the island with a private beach front pool house about a mile away.
The property is full of live oaks hanging with Spanish moss.
 And breathtaking views of the water.


 We saw lots of local wildlife. 
{Although I was hoping to see some gators...}
 Check out the blue eyes on this pelican.



 The weather was in the mid-sixties to low seventies the whole week but we still ventured out onto the beach several times. {And we were the only people in the pool one afternoon. The lifeguards were in coats! Haha it felt like summer after the winter we have had!}




 At low tide the beach had almost like a stream down the center 
and the water in that portion was like bath water!

 Our last night, we had dinner at Hudson's on the docks.
 They served the freshest seafood we have ever had.
{Those shrimp were swimming earlier that day!}

 And our view during dinner was A-MAZING!


 That Sunset- Wow!
 The only thing better than the food and the view was the company!

I have some projects I'm planning for this week!
I'm ready to get working now that I am well-rested and inspired!

Thanks for stopping by!