Thursday, August 30, 2012

Are Cows The New Roosters?

For many years, I had a passion for poultry.  Of course not just any poultry, but the fancy roosters used in French Country decorating.  One of  the first pieces I bought for my collection was this milk glass dish. I found it at a flea market in Manhattan about 8 years ago.  I carefully wrapped this baby up in our dirty laundry, brought it on the plane in a carry-on bag, and clung to it all the way from New York to Nashville.  It, and a ceramic pumpkin we found for $2 in a SoHo shop.

As often happens when you start a collection, your family members start collecting for you through birthday and Christmas gifts.  I amassed a pretty good collection of fancy rooster decor, until the point my son would periodically take count of all things rooster or hen in our home and then attempt to run some type of intervention.  But over the last year, my eye began to wander.  I began to notice that I was gasping at the sight of pretty cows, usually in a European type decor.  My love of roosters was clearly being tested.

Then one day, I was on my friend  Teresa's blog and read her post  Returning To My True Love .  Oh, how I could sympathize.  I admire Teresa for knowing herself well enough to make a choice.  I on the other hand, have been stuck in between.  My first cow acquisition (well, not counting the ones in the pasture) were these beautiful prints I found on Etsy.   

Sure, I'd occasionally  make a pillow or dishtowel with a cow print to integrate into my home decor.  But with the increased presence of cows in home furnishings lately, I'm finding temptation every where I turn.  For example, when Decor Steals featured these cows on canvas, I ordered right away.  Oh, and the cow head in the first picture above?  I ordered it too.

Here are more cows to admire, from listings I found on Etsy

You know how they say "40 is the new 30" or "50 is the new 40" (I'm hoping that one is still true next year). It seems the cow is certainly gaining popularity in home decorating these days. So I've been wondering, are cows the new roosters?

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Coffee And A New Farmhouse Print

I hesitated to even post these pictures.  This is a butler's pantry area between my kitchen and dining room, and it gets very little natural light.  These pictures were taken in the middle of a sunny day!  I set up this coffee/hot drink station a few months ago because we were having a traffic jam in the kitchen when I cooked breakfast on the weekends.  I originally had the coffee maker on the kitchen counter and I felt like I was running into someone getting their coffee every time I went back and forth from the cook top to the ovens.   This new set up has worked great.  When the weather is cooler, I also keep a basket of hot cider and cocoa mix out next to the Keurig.


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pumpkin Makeover

I'm trying to get an early start on my fall decorating.  After seeing all the decoupage pumpkins last year, I definitely wanted to give it a try.  I took a ceramic pumpkin from my existing decorations, and spray painted it white.  I let it dry overnight.  In hindsight, I realize I should have used an antique white, since the background of my tissue paper wasn't bright white.  I cut the individual images form my tissue paper and applied over a coat of Modge Podge.  I cut bits and pieces of tissue paper to fill in the gaps between images so bits of bright white wouldn't show through.  When I had the entire surface covered, I applied a top coat of Modge Podge.  I used a combination of black and gray paint to cover the stem.  I wanted to use what I had on hand, so the only thing I bought was the tissue paper.  Next time, I think I may buy some of the matte finish Modge Podge first.


Thanks for stopping by, and I hope all of you have a great week!  September is almost here!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Toile Pillow Case - Sew Easy

This is the ruffled pillow case my daughter requested for her dorm room.   

She opted for this style over a traditional pillow sham, after seeing the one I made for my bedroom below.

I made this king size ruffled cover from an up cycled Rachael Ashwell duvet cover.

To make the cover I placed the fabric on the top half of the pillow to see where to make my cut, and allowed about 1/2 inch on each side for the seam.  I like to take advantage of the fold.  For this case I used the fold for the closed end of the case.

Right sides together, I sewed the top side of the case.  I stuck the down pillow inside just to make sure the size was going to be correct.

The ruffle is a long strip of fabric folded lengthwise.  I like to fold it instead of hemming the edge, for cleaner look and less sewing.  Pin the strip of folded fabric, right sides together with the end of the case, gathering and pinning as  you go.

After the ruffle is sewn on, I take the little edge of solid color fabric showing on the seam, and fold over the raw edge and stitch, for a more finished look.

After the ruffle is finished, turn the case inside out again and sew up the bottom side of the case.

We are in full dorm room mode around here this week.  Now I've got to find my staple gun so 
we can cover the large leopard print memo board from last year.  

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Foil In A Spray Can

It's that time of year when we start planning my daughter's dorm room decor.  This year she decided she wanted to do a copy cat of Spencer's room from the ABC Family show, Pretty Little Liars.   The TV room uses a mirrored side table.  After shopping around, my daughter decided she didn't want to pay the price for a mirrored piece.  Instead, we decided to do something reflective, but not mirrored.  I've seen some great pieces in blog land using aluminum foil instead of silver leaf.  We kept this on our idea list, but also headed to Hobby Lobby to check out the spray paints.

Luckily we found Krylon Silver Foil Metallic paint, which was made for multi-surfaces including wood.

This table was painted turquoise last year for the dorm room, and lightly distressed.  We painted it with the foil metallic paint without any additional prep.  If you want a completely smooth surface I would suggest sanding the table with a fine grit paper before painting.    However, my daughter was pleased with how her table turned out.  You can see the reflection of the white pitcher in this picture above.  This is definitely a reflective finish and not just a silver color.

The paint went on very well with great coverage.  The can was much skinnier than the regular size spray paint cans so we bought 2.  Surprisingly 1 can was more than enough, with some left over for another project.  The paint was $5.49 per can and we used a 40% off coupon.

The table is a more "reflective" looking than the pictures show.

 We have several more dorm projects to show next week. Thanks for stopping by!