New life for an old Bench

We pulled out some old benches that were stored in the basement to use on the new patio.  There were a couple of old fashioned wooden benches and this one.
A real gem! It came from the Hershey factory where my husband and I worked collectively for 62 years. yikes! At one time, all wooden items, including the floors, were removed from the factory because of possible bug infestation and somehow we ended up with this much used break room bench. It’s a fixer upper with evidence of quite a history.
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If this bench could talk I’m sure it would have tons of interesting stories to tell.
IMG_1537 I could see carving on the seat, but it was only after some sanding that the word Jesus became clear. It made me wonder what the carver was thinking. Was it meant to be a praise or was that person hurting or grieving? Do you ever wonder about the previous lives of your old furniture?
So here it is, after sanding, repair and painting.  I still want to rough it up with a little more sanding, but I like this bench. In it’s own way it’s a part of history….a part of my personal history.
In a circular from ChristmasTreeShop, I saw these monogrammed pillows for $6.99. There weren’t many initials to pick from so I just grabbed these. They’re decent pillows and the price was good for a monogrammed pillow.
A coat of aqua spray paint and some sandpaper prettied up the little bench for use as a table.
I’m almost done working on the patio and will post about the finished project soon, there’s just one more thing I need to work on and it’s something I’ve always wanted….can’t wait!
I just realized that WPMT is a local tv station, Fox 43, I think I’ll send them this picture….lol

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Debbie (((xx)))

Those thrift store Flamenco Dancers


I visited sweet little Mia on her 2nd birthday. Here she is in her beautiful birthday dress from her favorite Aunt. It was the perfect dress for the birthday girl.

While I was there I stopped in at Volunteers of America thrift store and bought the Flamenco dancers in the pretty old frame.

I really only wanted the frame. What, you don’t believe me?



Anyway, Mia walked over to the picture and pointed to the man and said, “Dada,” then pointed to the lady and said “mama.”

Wasn’t that cute!

I hope she was just identifying the gender and didn’t really think that was Mama and Dada!



Parade of Bedrooms

Welcome to the Parade of Bedrooms.
Let’s get started, here’s our master bedroom.
In my effort to lighten up the bedroom I decided to use dropcloth panels on the windows.
047034510211xl Dropcloths come in different weights and a couple different sizes. The ceilings in our house are just 8’ so I bought two 9’ x 12’ cloths at Lowe’s for about $20.00 each.
I cut them in half directly down the center. That gave me four panels 4 1/2’ wide and 12’ long.  
If you bought smaller dropcloths and depending on the size of your windows, you might not even need to cut.


Here’s one panel I hung to see how they would look. I didn’t fuss much, just did a little folding on the top, clipped on the ring hooks and voila! I like!
I found the ugly white rod propped in the hall at my Dad’s. Someone gave it to him….he’ll take anything. So I claimed it, cut it in half,( it was just  long enough for the two windows),  and painted it. Free rod, that’s pretty thrifty! Since I had to buy the brackets to hold the rods and the ring clips, this whole project cost about $80.00. That’s not cheap but I got two windows done with nice heavy fabric…..the fabric alone would’ve cost that much, so I’m happy.

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Except, the dropcloths were not the same size. At one window they just kiss the floor and they’re hanging on the floor at the other window. I ironed and ironed but couldn’t press out all the wrinkles.curtain floor
I need to work on the hem…..I do like the way they look though and the rod turned out nice.acurtains
Here’s the old bedroom with gold lamps, botanicals above the bed and the ugly green wing chair. You can see the old window panels and red coverlet.
Here is the stripped down version. I’ll be removing the scrolly thing too.
Do you like my new piece of thrifted artwork?
Just the frame, I’m not hanging Flamenco dancers in my bedroom! But it is a perfectly good canvas that I could paint over.
I tried out the frame vertically and horizontally to see which looked better and I think I like horizontally, er….long ways.
Another project I want to do is to make something to hold my jewelry. I have a jewelry armoire but don’t like it. I think it would be much easier to hang it on the wall… a frame, maybe cover the back in burlap. I just lay it on my dresser now, and over lamp shades or anywhere actually.
The topiaries need to go too. I loved those  when I made them.
Some nice throw pillows like theseP12246694, new art work, new chair, and some accessories in a pretty aqua color is what I’m going for in here. Aqua and red seems to be a hot combination right now and since I’m not into tearing off wallpaper it will work for me.

Now Link up and start showing off your bedrooms, or at least a bedroom you love. I need lots of ideas, inspiration and suggestions.

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I want to see your bedroom.

 I want to see your bedroom because I can’t decide what to hang above our bed. I am in need of inspiration….. from you!
Bedroom-Decor-Gallery-18-fb Not my room, but it sure looks serene. Three pieces above the bed or two?
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One larger piece or a collection?
I love this red toile room. It looks like mine, but currently mine has nothing hanging above the bed.
img_toilesm_ss1 Above photos From Bedroom Decor Gallery
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how toAqua and red seems to be an IN color combination right now. I ♥ it.  bhg7 my home ideas2 Above photos from Better Homes and Gardens
 Couldn’t you crawl right in this bed for a nice long nap? It looks so cozy and comfy.
Do you prefer one piece with lots of impact, above the bed or a grouping? I’ve got a collection of photos here but want to see YOURS!  I need more inspiration.
So, lets have a link up next week on Thursday, that’s the 22nd. Untitled
Get your photos ready and showoff a bedroom you love or your bedroom, especially the headboard wall. Let’s inspire each other. I know there are plenty of talented and very creative decorators in blogland! So spread the word, Please and let’s have a party!


The lowliest of lowly casseroles

Tuna Noodle Casserole.
I can take it or leave it, but I can’t deny that it’s ageless and quick.
Without soups like cream of mushroom, or chicken, how could we just whip up dinner! Was there even tuna noodle casserole before condensed soup?
I did a little searching and found out the answer is Yes! This recipe from 1935 uses a cream sauce to make TNC. I really don’t have the desire to do that, guess I’m spoiled or just lucky.
1935, Tuna-Noodle Casserole

1 seven-ounce can tuna
2 cups cooked noodles
2 hard-boiled eggs
2 cups cream sauce
1 tablespoon diced onions
salt and pepper.
Butter bottom of baking dish. Put in one layer noodles, then one layer tuna and eggs. Cover with noodles and pour over the mixture the rich cream sauce with the onions in it. Bake in oven for thirty minutes.”
—“Let Can Opener Care for Unexpected Guests,” Los Angeles Times, October 23, 1935

And then, canned cream of mushroom soup was introduced in 1934,  right in the middle of the depression. It just happened to be in the right place at the right time because it took off. This recipe is thought to be the first TNC casserole recipe published by Campbells.

1941, Casserole dishes.

Learn how to use Campbell’s Soups in your casserole dishes. Discover what zestful flavor they give–what quick and easy substituted for cream sauce some of them are–the precious minutes they save you in preparation–they make meals so attractive! The following recipe is sure to become a family favorite.
Company Casserole.
1 package (6 oz) egg noodles
1 can Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup milk
1/4 pound pimiento cheese, sliced
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1 can (7 oz) tuna fish
6 tablespoons flaked cereal crumbs, buttered
Easy Way s to Good Meals: 99 Delicious Dishes Made With Campbell’s Soups, Campbell Soup Company [Campbell Soup Company:Camden NJ] 1941   From the Food Timeline

 70 years later and we still make TNC, well, I do. My version is pretty close to the original recipe., but I don’t use hard boiled eggs and I will admit to using generic brand soup and adding in different ingredients to jazz it up. A couple handfuls of frozen mixed veges or peas, sometimes a few dollops of sour cream or I’ll stir in some cream cheese or even mayonnaise. Condensed cheese soup makes a great TNC too.
This time I added grated Longhorn cheese and black olives (on half ) and topped it off with panko bread crumbs. 
Is TNC a dish you still make? Original recipe or your own version? Have you ever put hard boiled eggs in it?
Here’s dinner, Historic Tuna Noodle Casserole, my way, circa 2010. Doesn’t it look good?


New Life for a pretty old table


Remember this story from a previous post?
I spotted this neat table at a yardsale a couple of years ago and loved it instantly.  It wasn’t even for sale, just holding things to be sold. I asked if it was for sale and the sellers just shrugged their shoulders and said, “ahhhh, sure.” I came back later and picked it up after they carried the chairs out of their basement. $20 is what I paid for the table and 4 chairs!
Since our patio is much bigger now , the table will finally get a chance to show off. I happen to think she’s so pretty.
The weather was so nice for working outside, so I got to working on her. Her previous owner was quite enterprising in recovering the cushions……..they used an old towel and seat cushion and just wrapped the whole thing up in vinyl, which I discovered after removing a bazillion rusty staples.
Not to be outdone, I decided to use that same cushion. And I’m kinda cheap at times.
I tore off the blue fabric, spread out the fiber, filled up the holes where there was tufting in the cushion and filled those holes with more tufts of stuffing. Got that?
I had the wooden base, next a layer of foam, topped off with the guts of the old blue cushion and ended up with a sort of cushion sandwich.
IMG_1558 Next I stretched and stapled on some white fabric that I had on hand and the pretty fabric on top of that. I’d like to add that tools are a gals BFF. The right tools will make any DIYer’s project easier.IMG_1563
IMG_1565 Before, ugly grey vinyl. After, pretty lime green!
This set was in our basement for about 3 years. When I bought it I didn’t even know where I would use it. I just loved her cute curlicues, but here she is at last. I ♥ it!IMG_1594
IMG_1570  Here are the fabrics I chose to make some pillows and cushions for a bench and a swing. A swing we got in a very thrifty way. That’s another post.

Linking to

DIY Showoff

 Southern Hospitality, Thrifty Finds
Between Naps on the Porch, Met Monday
Sumo’s Sweet Stuff Sumo Sweet Stuff

Best DIY Projects for April at Beneath my Heart

New York City

 One Saturday I boarded Amtrak and headed to  Penn Station in New York City to spend the day with my grandson Dave.
I can’t even say the words, New York City, without thinking of this song by Stevie Wonder.
♫ His hair is long, his feet are hard and gritty
He spends his love walking the streets of New York City
He’s almost dead from breathing on air pollution
He tried to vote but to him there’s no solution
Living just enough, just enough for the city♫…yeah, yeah, yeah

From the train the view of the countryside is so diverse, with horse drawn plows and freshly washed clothes blowing in the wind, ugly urban areas and a very interesting array of people at the stations. Interesting indeed.

 I met up with Dave in Penn Station and we set off to enjoy the day.  That’s us on the subway (the boy knows how to get around the city), some street vendors, Pace University, where he’s a student and the Cafe Dalsace, where we had a delicious brunch.
Dave devoured eggs benedict, and I loved my goat cheese and sun dried tomato omelette. We both had roasted potatoes and fresh green salad and several cups of hot french roast.  Yeah, we’re coffee hounds! Our dessert was apple tart with cinnamon ice cream. It was ummmm, so good. 
Most of the day was spent rushing around looking at apartments, and I do mean rushing. A 5 story walk up was definitely not for me. Dragging groceries up those stairs, no way! Oh to be so young again.

We did manage to get in a little sight seeing. He gave me a mini tour of Pace and I saw his dorm room……..what a mess! But I’m glad I got to see it. Now I can understand a little better why he wants out of there.
On the  left, the Brooklyn bridge. Can you say traffic? Imagine driving in that everyday. The picture was taken from inside Pace.
In the center, the first Trinity Church which was destroyed by fire in 1776 and was rebuilt in 1846. It has an amazing history.
And  on the right, the impressive New York Stock exchange.

I got a few shots of the rebuilding of the twin Towers.
from wikipedia  September 11, 2001, Pace University, four blocks from Ground Zero, lost 4 students and over 40 alumni. On September 11, 2001, students were made to leave classes and evacuate to other locations in One Pace Plaza at 10:00 AM. The New York City EMT cleared out the Admissions Lobby and made it into a triage center for victims of the attack.

It was about 11:00pm when I got home, my feet were killing me and I was exhausted, but I loved being in the city with Dave..
Are you a country person?
♫Green acres is the place to be
Farm living is the life for me
Land spreading out,
so far and wide
Keep Manhattan,
just give me that countryside.

Are you a city person?
New York
is where I’d rather stay
I get allergic smelling hay
I just adore a penthouse view
Darling, I love you,
but give me Park Avenue

Just because I’m curious, take the poll in the sidebar. Come on, humor me, Please.


Don’t forget the giveaway, one post below.

A thrifty project and THE GIVEAWAY

Rain barrels,
I love them and wanted one for a long time. The water doesn’t have a fancy label, but it’s free for all your plants.
I did some searching online and found these.
$79. for this blue one seems like a lot for a plain blue barrel.
This one’s a little prettier for $159.
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For $219 there’s a white one that’s much prettier.

And there’s $699 for this monster. master_TG237
(Pictures from Rain barrel source)
It couldn’t be that difficult to make a rain barrel, could it? So I searched  online again to find directions on how to make your own.  I found this site, which we used as a guide to making our own for much less $$.
And here she is, I’ve named her Rainee.  She might not be so pretty to you, but she’s beautiful to me.  Because she’s a little shy, she stands beside the shed, behind a big arborvitae where people can’t stare at her.IMG_1515
We paid just $1.00 for the barrel at the salvage center and about $30. for the  hardware. That’s pretty thrifty, don’t you think? If you have a local salvage center, you should check it out, there’s all kinds of stuff for cheap!

This post is linked up with,
**Rhoda’s thrifty treasures, every Monday, Southern Hospitality  
**Susan’s Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
**DIY day at Kimba’s, A soft place to Land, tuesday
**just Something I whipped Monday up at The girl Creative
**It’s so Very Cheri’s, It’s so very creative, Monday, It’s so very renovated, Tuesday.
**2nd Time Around at A picture is worth 1000 words, tuesday
** Talented Tuesday at My frugal Family

There’s a giveaway going on over at Bungalow’s review page! It’s a good one. Don’t miss it!Zone 7160 Zebra Print Rug

And  it’s from a great website with stores where you can find tv stands, furniture, toys, home decor, and so much more. You’ll want to check it out.

Debbie (((xx)))

A Giveaway is coming soon

I’ve got a great giveaway coming up.

An awesome giveaway.

A most terrific giveaway.

A Wonderful, Amazing, Marvelous, Excellent, Splendid, and Incredible giveaway!

Come back on Monday Morning.  Ya don’t  wanna miss this one.  You will   it!

here’s a little hint 

Zone 7160 Zebra Print Rug


Debbie (((xx)))