Friday Feature Thrifty and chic

This week’s Friday Feature is Alicia’s blog, Thrifty and Chic, creative, cheap and chic décor. She believes you can be thrifty and chic at the same time. That you CAN make a house a home no matter what your budget is! And she shows us how to do it!

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Because she loves the character of older homes, she’s on a mission to de-new her house. In her dining room, she created white cedar planked walls, by tearing apart a planked table and attaching the planks to the walls! dining room

The chunky framed mirrors are 5$ mirror makeovers.

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Don’t you just want to go pet that sweet dog? Tree stumps become a coffee table in her lovely living room.tree stump table

The soft colors and use of organic elements give her home a cozy and warm feeling.

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The fireplace went from ugly salmon colored tile to rustic beauty, and she tells you had she did it here.

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I could use a couple of these crates. She made them, of course! I think I’m going to use some of my pallet wood and give this a try.bedroom

The beautiful headboard in her bedroom…..she made that too, and a few more, for about 20 bucks each!

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In the guest room, she created the headboard and beautiful puckered duvet and pillows. I love that headboard!DSCN0light

She gave an old desk a new top, to lengthen it and recovered an old chair. The hanging light is made from coffee filters.

 

 

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There are so many more projects on her blog. Be sure to click on the Favorite Projects tab where she shares tutorials for her gorgeous projects.

 

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This is a gal who isn’t afraid to use power tools and knows how to look like a girl while using them. I’m inspired to actually get out of my pj’s and brush my teeth the next time I tackle a project. Thank you Alicia for inspiring us with your projects and allowing me to feature you blog.

Please go on over to say Hi and check out all the amazing projects at Thrifty and Chic.

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Spring Mantel 5 ways

Take a look at these different versions of the Spring mantel. I used the same pieces in each, just left out a few. Which version do you prefer?

Putting together a Spring mantel was not high priority this year. We were still painting, and things were pretty much a mess, but I finally got my mantel groove on.Spring mantel 12

For fresh greenery, I bought some outdoor plants at Lowe’s, figuring I’d plant them outside later and collected things from around the house and my hoard stash in the basement. I arranged and rearranged and felt pretty good about it, then the husband, Bill, said, “is that how you’re leaving it? It looks like too much stuff.” Really? I liked it, but was willing to make it less busy.

By moving the plants closer to the sign, removing and rearranging, I created a slightly different look in each version.

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I like the pink african violets and birds in the center.

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Do you have a favorite yet?

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The one that we liked was #4. Enough stuff for me but not too much for him.

 

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I had my first experience using a sawzall when I made the pallet sign  Smile  and won the cute ceramic birds in a blog giveaway.

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This curly plant is Big Twister Rush.

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You can see how the stems curl and twist. It’s a pretty and unique plant and looks good in the tureen.

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The color and freshness of the plants give the mantel a real Spring feel.

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This columbine is Winky Double Rose and White.

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The white chalkboard planter came from a thrift shop and all the silver pieces were collected from yardsales and thrift shops.

 

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Welcome Spring, even though it’s still a bit chilly, I’m glad you’re here!

 This new color in our family room is so easy to work with and I’m loving it!

On Saturday I’m going to an ASCP workshop! I’m so excited! 

I’ll soon be sharing how I made the pallet sign.

 

 

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CeCe caldwell chalk paint

My first paint project with real chalk paint was successful! I painted a laminate bombe chest in Seattle Mist, a soft taupey gray. Not knowing what to expect, watching the process unfold was interesting.

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There was no prepping the surface, I just dusted it off. The paint went on smoothly like butter, but was really streaky.

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As it dried, it became chalky and white. At this point I was worried about the color, where did the gray go? .

 

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It’s so different from latex paint. See what I’m talking about? The white parts are dry. But after 2 coats of paint, it no longer looked so white and chalky.  Phew, I was getting a little worried.  Next, it was time for the wax. I rubbed it in, let it dry a little and then buffed it up. Wax on wax off……..

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Here’s a close up of how the finish looks after sanding. I used a sanding block on the whole piece and on the edges for some distressing.

 

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I might distress it a little more and add some dark wax on the detailed lower edge but I think it turned out pretty nice. You wouldn’t believe how smooth the surface feels!

Here’s my home made chalk paint project if you want to check it out.

I’m almost done with the room now. It looks and feels so different! This week the chairs will be going for out slipcovers, since I decided the price of having them reupholstered was ridiculous. Totally!  I just need some lamps and a coffee table and that’s it! Smile

The Spring mantle will be posted this week, it’s so pretty! I hope you’ll stop by to see it.

 

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friday feature, Eclectically Vintage

 

Friday feature this week is Kelly’s blog, Eclectically Vintage, vintage with a modern twist. You might find her perusing the aisles of thrift shops, cruising for curbside finds or even doing a dumpster dive searching for fun vintage pieces to personalize her 100 year old home. As a lover of junk myself, she’s a gal after my own heart. Check out her recently found treasures.

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She scores some fabulous finds and crafts too. I could not have this peep wreath in my house! No way…..it would be gone in a day! Peeps happen to be one of my favorite things.

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Collections decorate her house in unusual ways. Old door knobs displayed in milk glass, stand in for Easter eggs.

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Set for Spring, her mantel showcases a collection of green glass. I love the different shades of green.

Her kitchen is off the charts gorgeous! demijohn

From the demijohn pendant lights to her unique red stove, every element is perfection!

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I love the way she’s used this vintage paper cutter.

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Carrera marble runs all the way to the ceiling.

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In her dining room you’ll find more demijohns and eye catching wall of plates.

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She created the artwork from a coloring book, imagine that! I think her dining room is one of my most favorite rooms, ever!

I’m ending the tour here, but there is much more on her blog. Be sure to visit Eclectically Vintage to see how Kelly gives vintage finds her own modern twist and creates a beautiful and inviting home.

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Visiting antique Marketplace

Antique Marketplace is one of the nicest antique markets I’ve ever visited. The place didn’t smell musty and my allergies behaved, which made my visit so much more enjoyable. The place was clean and each vendor had their wares displayed so prettily. If you are ever in Lemoyne PA, stop in for a visit and there’s a fabric outlet right next door!

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Let’s take a little tour.

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Lime green vinyl table and chairs! Care for a cocktail?

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I spy Pantone’s color of the year, Tangerine Tango, alive and well in the 60’s and 70s.

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Here’s a rake that looked like it was carved from one piece of wood.

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This architectural salvage booth was one of my favorites. Can you spot the old fashioned bath tub?

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If you need a fire hydrant, I found one for you!

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I loved looking at these collections of beautiful old pottery. I think this was Shawnee.

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I think this collection is McCoy or Roseville…..not sure. They look so pretty all grouped together. I can see why collectors love them.

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This turquoise color is perfect for today’s decorating.

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Colorful vintage curtains caught my eye.

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I should have checked the price on this huge horse. It reminded me of a Trojan horse.

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Coca-Cola vending machines were so cool…..back in the good old days!

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These painted pieces were just gorgeous! The gray color paired with silver pieces was a pretty combination.

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I loved this china cabinet. Gorgeous!

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If you can identify these, you must be old, like me! If you don’t know, leave a guess in the comments.   Smile

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My purpose for visiting the Antique Marketplace was to purchase some CeCe Caldwell chalk paint. I did a search and found out that there are no ASCP chalk paint stockists near here, but I did find CeCe’s chalk paint.  woo hoo! I completed my first real chalk paint project, a small chest and will share that real soon. It turned out great!

 

Our new couch was delivered today. Smile Now that the couch is in the room it will be easier for me to finish decorating. More on that later.

 

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Pa Dutch style chicken pot pie

This dish is really popular in my area of the country. Lots of churches and fire halls have ‘all you can eat’ pot pie suppers. It’s called pot pie, but it’s not a pie at all. I think it’s called that because it consists mainly of flour dough, like pie dough and the PA Dutch are of German heritage and pronounce it bot boi. The Southern version would be chicken and dumplings.

I start out with the broth I made in the crockpot, from the day before.

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I put all the broth in a big pot and add water to make it about 2/3 full. Then I add parsley and about 2 carrots and some celery, cut into small pieces. You could add a couple potatoes too .Let that come to a boil while you make the dough. This dough recipe was my grandmother’s and doesn’t use butter or lard, but some recipes do.

Mix together 5 cups flour, 4 eggs, a teaspoon of salt and 1 cup milk. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky. It should feel dry. Now you’re ready to rock and roll!

Flour your work area and roll out about 1/3 of the dough.

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Cut the rolled dough into squares and add them to the boiling pot, one square at a time.You can see from the pictures, the size and thickness of the dough, but it’s really your preference. Roll out the rest of the dough and keep adding to the pot.

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I can remember my grandmother and mother, piling up squares of dough in their floury hands and dropping the squares into the pot.

Each time you add dough, give the pot a good stir.

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I always add in the chicken from the crockpot last. After I’ve cooked the chicken in the crockpot, I let it cool and then pull the meat from the bones. I usually do this the day before.

I add the chicken to the pot last, because I prefer pieces of meat, not overcooked stringy chicken.

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You can throw in some more parsley for color and add salt to your liking. If you think your broth needs more flavor add a couple bouillon cubes.

Chicken pot pie is usually served with a side dish that’s sweet like Harvard beets, pepper cabbage or a salad of lettuce with hot bacon dressing. It’s simple, good old fashioned comfort food and it’s so delicious!

I have never tasted southern chicken and dumplings, but it must be similar to this, right? What’s your favorite old fashioned recipe?

 

 

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Cook a whole chicken in your crockpot

There’s nothing much easier than cooking a whole chicken in your crockpot. You just throw it in there and you will end up with moist chicken and the most flavorful broth.

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Did you know that you can used crumpled up balls of foil to keep the chicken up and out of that rich broth that magically appears in the bottom of the pot? Yes, you can, and I’ve cooked a chicken like that for my Dad. That way, it’s easier to remove the chicken without it falling apart.

Put several in the bottom of the crockpot.

 

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I seasoned up my little chicken with lots of celery, peppercorns, parsley, onion and salt. Be generous with the salt. You don’t even have to peel the onion, but this time I didn’t have any whole onions. You could use rosemary, chervil, carrots, parsnips or anything you like for flavor.

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Here she is all seasoned up and ready to cook.

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Put the lid on, press the on button and go paint something. The wonderful smell will remind you that it’s in there. I hate the smell of boiling chicken, that’s why I like to cook it like this.

 

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Remove the chicken, strain the drippings and look at that dark delicious broth! You just created your own concentrated chicken broth. At this point, I like to refrigerate it over night, then skim off the fat. You could freeze it in ice cube trays and drop the cubes in sauces and soups. I used this broth in an old fashioned recipe that I don’t make too often.

That’s coming up next!

 Have you ever cooked chicken this way and made your own broth?

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A child’s umbrella becomes a Spring door Decoration

 

Welcome Spring! Inspired by a pin from Pinterest and the warmer weather, I made a pretty new door decoration for Spring.  On our front door, a child’s umbrella now welcomes Spring to our house. I found the child size umbrella at Dollar General and used things I had from old wreaths and arrangements. It turned out pretty cute.

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To give the bottom end a little pouf, I stuffed in some newspaper before I added the ribbon.

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Next, I loosely arranged the flowers in a small piece of floral foam and then stuffed that in the left side of the umbrella and put more newspaper around it to hold it in place.

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For shaping, I put more newspaper in the other side of the umbrella and added lots of moss on top of that and in the folds.

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I glued a little nest and eggs on top of the moss.

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Here’s the inspiration and mine.

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The scale of my tulips is a bit too big and the handle is turned but it’s still cute and colorful.

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Pansies were planted in the urns and are looking pretty sparse right now but they’ll fill in.

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I used moss from the back yard to fill in around the pansies.

We had the most gorgeous weather last week, but this week it’s back to cold and windy with frost warnings at night! Come on Spring!

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friday Feature, Twinkling Moments

This weeks feature comes all the way from India. We’re visiting  Niru’s blog, Twinkling Moments. In her words,  we live in a rented two bedroom apartment in Nashik, Maharashtra, India. So, what you might not find in our home are beautifully painted walls and a bespoke structure. No gorgeous furniture either, only hand-me-downs and a few others that were bought second-hand. But, it’s lovingly decorated with… whites [lots of them], flowers [lots of them too], some old things and something’s new [mostly bought at thrift stores and craft bazaars].

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A peek into the living room reveals a space that’s soft and serene.

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White flowers and hand made pillows add to it’s charm.

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Her love of flowers is evident.

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. Elachi Shrikhand [Indian hung yogurt desert] with oranges.

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Homemade black grape jam looks delicious.

Incorporating old and new in her kitchen are cherished cookbooks, journals and a vintage paper bunting.

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She describes her bedroom as a sweet mess of linen with whispering curtains. The iron bed was a gift from friends.

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The nightstand is a lovely old trunk, I’m sure, a cherished piece.

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That completes the tour of Niru’s home. Visit Twinkling Moments to get a further look into her apartment In India. I’m sure your visit will be delightful.

With so many great blogs all over the blog-o-sphere, Friday Feature is a way to showcase other bloggers while gaining lots of decorating inspiration. If you have a project or makeover that you think is feature worthy, please email me or leave a comment.

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Cutting edge Stencils Review and Giveaway

Stencils are a quick way to liven up a space or create a focal point.  Cutting Edge Stencils offers stencil designs for every room. There are so many designs that you’ll have a hard time deciding which you like best!       Wall-art-Stencils-syc-branc_1

Whether you want to add some branches, vines or birds, stencils are a quick way to add interest to a room.

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This bright space became even prettier by stenciling some zinnias on the walls!

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You can even stencil on fabric to create pretty pillows or window panels.

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Inspired by popular geometric patterns, like the one above, I chose the Casablanca stencil to create a focal wall in our entry.

 

Before attempting to use a large design like this, it’s important to read all the instructions and helpful videos on their site.  The stencil itself is sturdy and easy to work with. The hardest part for me was having just the right amount of paint on the foam roller. I’ve stenciled before but always by pouncing with a stencil brush. This was my first time using a roller but after I got the feel for it there was no stopping me.

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There were a few times I wanted another hand, but it turned out great.

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The leveling tool was helpful to keep everything straight and lining it up was so simple.

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Nutella-Peanut butter rolls

The recipe is quick and easy and starts with frozen bread dough.  It originally called for peanut butter, but I experimented and added Nutella! These days I can’t get enough of that stuff.

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To make the buns or rolls, first push the thawed dough out into a rectangular shape and spread with peanut butter and powdered sugar or brown sugar. Just eye it up, I don’t know the exact amounts, but I used a little too much peanut butter.

I had 3 loaves of bread dough thawed, so I made 3 batches and have tons to give away. I hope we give them away and don’t scarf them down by ourselves, but sweets don’t last too long around here.

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I sprinkled on the powdered sugar, but I think I like the taste of brown sugar better, so next time I’ll use that.

Next, roll it up jellyroll style and cut into 1 inch slices. Using dental floss to cut the dough is easier and neater than trying to slice it with a knife.

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Place the rolls in a 9 x 13 inch pan, cover with a kitchen towel or greased plastic wrap and let rise for about 30 minutes.  Don’t pack them in too tightly because they will rise more while baking.  Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.

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Some rolls had peanut butter, some had Nutella and some had a combination of both.

After they cool, spread some cream cheese icing on top, or any icing you prefer. I used canned icing.

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Pull them apart and enjoy. My favorites are the ones with Nutella.                         I♥Nutella.

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Nutella-Peanut butter rolls

The recipe is quick and easy and starts with frozen bread dough.  It originally called for peanut butter, but I experimented and added Nutella! These days I can’t get enough of that stuff.

peanut butter

To make the buns or rolls, first push the thawed dough out into a rectangular shape and spread with peanut butter and powdered sugar or brown sugar. Just eye it up, I don’t know the exact amounts, but I used a little too much peanut butter.

I had 3 loaves of bread dough thawed, so I made 3 batches and have tons to give away. I hope we give them away and don’t scarf them down by ourselves, but sweets don’t last too long around here.

sugar peanutbutter

I sprinkled on the powdered sugar, but I think I like the taste of brown sugar better, so next time I’ll use that.

Next, roll it up jellyroll style and cut into 1 inch slices. Using dental floss to cut the dough is easier and neater than trying to slice it with a knife.

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Place the rolls in a 9 x 13 inch pan, cover with a kitchen towel or greased plastic wrap and let rise for about 30 minutes.  Don’t pack them in too tightly because they will rise more while baking.  Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.

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Some rolls had peanut butter, some had Nutella and some had a combination of both.

After they cool, spread some cream cheese icing on top, or any icing you prefer. I used canned icing.

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Pull them apart and enjoy. My favorites are the ones with Nutella.                         I♥Nutella.

 

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Friday Feature, reFresh reStyle

This week’s Friday feature is reFresh reStyle, a practical guide, written by Debbie, who loves recycling décor and making things new again.  After looking at her home, I think you’ll agree. She has created a comfortable and beautiful home with yardsales finds, thrift shop bargains and a ton of creativity.

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Let’s start with this table makeover.

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It didn’t look anything like this when she bought it. She took it apart, drove 10 hours to get it home and just look at how pretty it is now. Love it!

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That table is now used in her kitchen. The wall color contrasts beautifully with the white hutch. Debbie, what color is that? Tell us please.  These gray and blue-green colors are so popular now.

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Her kitchen island went from red to blue with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Duck Egg blue and old ochre.

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In her welcoming foyer, a mirror got a makeover and the dresser turned foyer table got a unique new design.

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Here’s a little look into the living room with a glimpse of the foyer and gallery wall. I love the black and white fabric on the chair and the touches of black throughout her home.

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More black in the bedroom, is this lovely black bed.

 

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A serene reading nook was created with yardsale finds, including the 20$ screen.  I could definitely get comfy in this space.

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I’ve started collecting silver trays because I love the way they look displayed  in a grouping like this and their color pairs nicely with the popular grays and blues. Be sure to read Debbie’s method for hanging things on walls in her home.

tree stump table

This tree stump transformed into a side table really caught my eye. Because I have a crazy affection for trees, I have a Pinterest board dedicated to tree branches, logs and sticks and this is one of the pins.

One last picture, just look at this. Check out these wire cloches made from $1 baskets from the Dollar store. Amazing!

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I hope you spend some time at reFresh reStyle and enjoy Debbie’s lovely home and projects as much as I do. She shares lots more projects and you’ll  leave inspired, reFreshed and ready to reStyle!

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Painting the powder room and decorating updates

Remember the harlequin pattern in the powder room? It’s gone! It’s been replaced with Benjamin Moore’s Wythe blue from the same color strip as Palladian blue in their historical colors.

Harlequin powder room circa 2007. Even though painting this pattern was a lot of work, after 5 years I need a change.

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I’d describe Wythe blue as green-blue-grayish. 

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Palladian blue is in the little hallway off the kitchen, the kitchen and family room. I’d describe it as blue-green. It looks grayish in the pictures, but it’s really not. I’m adding bead board wallpaper and chair rail in there too.

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We have been painting fools around here. The ceiling in the kitchen is not done yet, but when it is, this paint party will be over for a while.

I’m waiting to get the new couch before I add much to the family room. Right now there are just a few things on the mantle.

The price for reupholstering our chairs was ridiculous, so I’m thinking about plan B, which is probably slipcovers. It’s getting there.

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