Creating a design on fabric with permanent marker

Using permanent fabric marker to create a design on fabric is such an easy project.  I made some cute towels to go with the re-purposed vintage kitchen cart to bar cart.

For this project I got a pack of 2 bar towels at Walmart. They’re 100 cotton, about 30’”x 30” and are fairly thin, which it great for this project. I washed, dried and ironed them and was surprised to see that they didn’t shrink. You can also find similar towels online.

Next, I printed out clipart from a program that’s on my computer, and now I was ready to trace the design with my permanent fabric marker.  tracing design on fabric with permanent marker
Before you start tracing, make sure the fabric is smooth and held tightly in place, I used large office clips and paper clips.  tracing design on fabric
There was just a little feathering from the ink but it didn’t bother me. After I was finished tracing, I ironed the design to help set it and then washed and dried it again.  permanent marker on fabric, holiday bar towel

And here is the finished towel. I was surprised that some of the feathering washed away but so happy that the design didn’t fade.  bar cart from vintage 3 tiered kitchen cart

It’s so ca-uute!  These towels are fairly large and if I make more I’ll cut them into smaller sizes before I trace on a design.   I‘ve seen designs made with sharpies on pillows, but for this project I was really concerned about the design washing away and it didn’t! Yeah!

permanent marker

The permanent marker I used has a fine tip on one end and a wider tip on the other.

What an easy project with so many possibilities! Think about tracing your child’s hands or their artwork on kitchen towels or making thanksgiving or Christmas napkins. Endless ideas for gifts too!

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

A retro inspired bar cart from a vintage kitchen cart

With the popularity of the series Mad Men, all things 60s are back in style. Bar carts are making a comeback. I had a vintage 3 tiered kitchen cart in my laundry room that I wasn’t using and decided to turn it into a bar cart. Not for us, but for my grandson who lives in Brooklyn. I know he likes to invite people to drop in on the holidays for a bit of cheer so I think he will like it.
retro inspired bar cart, the Bungalow blog
A few years ago I found the cart at a yard sales for only 2 bucks!
I don’t have a complete before picture but here’s what it looked like before I painted it, wood grain on metal. You can see it was in good shape.  wood grain on metal
After I took it apart and cleaned it well, I sprayed the shelves with Rustoleum’s metallic aluminum and the handles with Rustoleum’s metallic rich caramel.
bar cart from vintage 3 tiered kitchen cart
It’s so cute now! I love the way it turned out. I styled it with a vintage ice bucket and red napkins for a festive touch.
I’ll be posting how I made the cheers and martini bar towel next.
Growing up in the 60s, Mad Men’s mid century modern style furniture is not new to me. I remember my aunt Grace’s sprawling ranch home that was filled with brand new furniture. She had a long sofa with tall art behind it and kidney shaped tables that I thought were so cool back then. It was so different from today. No cell phones, internet or microwaves, imagine that!


Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))


Roasting a blue pumpkin, they’re not just for decorating.

Blue pumpkins are so popular these days but have you ever wondered what they look like inside or if you could eat them? The answers are about to be revealed! You can indeed eat them and they are as bright orange as any orange pumpkin I’ve seen.

I think these bluish pumpkins I bought are called Jarrahdale pumpkins. I’m not positive though. Anyway, there’s a predicted shortage of canned pumpkin this year and I noticed that a can costs $1.65 at the local grocery store. That was a regular sized can, about 2 cups. If you like to bake pumpkin recipes, that can add up.
Since I bought 5 of these pretty blue pumpkins for fall decorating,  I decided to use them for baking.
roasting a blue pumpkin
They’re bright orange!  inside of blue pumpkin

Be extra careful when cutting them apart because they are hard to get through! I mean these babies are tough. After cutting my pumpkin into quarters, I scooped out the seeds and placed the quarters on a baking sheet shin side up. I didn’t use any salt or oil.

pumpkin after roasting

They roasted at 350 until they were soft and then after they cooled, I pulled off the skin.  mashed pumpkin
I got a good 4 cups from a pumpkin that weighed about 5 pounds. I used 2 cups for a recipe and froze the rest for later and I still have 4 more blue pumpkins to use up! I never tried cooking with a white pumpkin or a Cinderellla pumpkin, have you?

Let the baking holiday begin!

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

A visit to the town of Rogersville TN

Recently I traveled the long road down route 81 to my daughter’s house in the little, historic town of Rogersville TN. It’s really a nice place to live with a homey feel. There are shops, restaurants and historic places downtown. It’s a great place to visit. Here’s a little of what makes Rogersville historic:

On each corner of the town square in the center od Rogersville is a historic site. The Hawkins County Courthouse, built in 1836, is the oldest original courthouse still in use in the state.

Just across Main Street is the Masonic Temple, site of the oldest continually operating lodge in Tennessee.  The building was built in 1839 as the first branch of the Bank of the State of Tennessee, failing just after the Civil War because all its assets were in Confederate bonds and money.

The Hale Springs Inn and Kyle House are on the other corners of the square. The Kyle House was built in 1837 as a twenty-two room mansion for William Simpson. During the Civil War, Confederate officers and soldiers were housed there. Just across Main Street, Union officers and soldiers were housed in the Hale Springs Inn.

The first Tennessee newspaper, the Knoxville Gazette, was printed in Rogersville on November 5, 1791

It was along a major stagecoach route leading to Kentucky and the Cumberland settlements which allowed Rogersville to prosper.

Davy Crockett’s grandparents had a cabin alongside Crockett Creek running through the town. They were massacred by Indians in 1777 and buried in what is now the Rogers Cemetery in Crockett Springs Park, along with Joseph Rogers, the founder of Rogersville. source      bless your heart
They say things like y’all and I’m fixin to, eat cornbread and biscuits and gravy. I have nothing against those foods or sweet tea it’s just that I eat too much of those foods when I’m there! And the sweet tea is SWEET! Pal’s has the best tea. There are no Pal’s up here so it’s always a special treat.  kenzie the dog
This is my granddog Kenzie, She’s the most nervous dog I ever met but she sure is cute with her ears going in the same direction. All she wants to do is curl up on your lap and sleep
cowboy Jake
My grandson Jake, wearing just one spur, is reluctantly allowing me to take his picture.
My granddaughter Tay is a beauty! She has a cosmetology license and did my hair. I got a color and trim and she did a great job.  pumpkins
We did a little pumpkin carving. I didn’t remember how much work it takes to carve a pumpkin. Mine was the owl.
Lamp post
Visiting Rogersville in the fall is always fun because of the fall festival and the beauty of the colorful leaves.
In this picture you can get a glimpse of the leaves just starting to turn a pretty golden color and some of the food available at the festival.  scarecrows in town
The town square is dressed out with some creative scarecrows.
Dancin Deb
You’ll find food and more food,
banana pudding
foods of all kinds!
And even a chili cook off. Do you put corn in your chili?  blacksmith
The amazing work of this blacksmith caught my eye.  art contest
We found out that Jake won 2nd place in the trash art contest. The art work was on display at the festival.  Jakes art 2nd place
It’s supposed to be an overview of the town with McDonalds at one end and the football field at the other. The rest of it…I’m not sure, but he got second place! Woohoo!  tara n me 2013
Later that day, my daughter and I doing a selfie at Amis mill restaurant.  Amis Mill
Built in an old mill, this place was so pretty. It rained on us while we were there and they were out of fried green tomatoes but it was still a nice experience. I tried fried okra instead and it was good! The place was packed because of the Heritage festival.
Amis Mill. waterfall JPG
Across from the restaurant is this pretty waterfall. It’s such a beautiful setting.

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))