Saturday, December 29, 2012

*** BEST OF 2012 ***



Since I am still new to the blogging world and have only been doing it a few months, finding my BEST OF 2012 seems a little odd. I did want to share some of  my favorite projects and most viewed. 



One of my favorites and newest completion was my wine bar pallet.
I love the way the stain and paint combination turned out.


My chalkboard received a lot of views both thru the blog and on Hometalk. This came from a purchase at  a Habitat ReStore which is a great source for materials.



My first attempt at re purposing something turned into a wine crate table. This also sold at the very first show we took it too!! 


My most viewed and commented on was the pallet coffee table. This was a combination of wood and metal and was also a feature on Roadkill Rescue.

I have really learned a lot in the past few months since starting this blog both about myself and all the wonderful, talented people out there. I have many plans for next year and improving my skills both as a DIYer and as a blogger.

If you are viewing for the first time or hopefully this is not your first visit, I invite you to join and follow along in 2013. I am also trying to grow on Facebook, Pinterest and Hometalk. Links are in the sidebar if you feel so inclined to click and follow. 



Wishing all a very healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year!!

SUSAN









Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wine Down Wednesday

With less then a week to go before the big day, let's take a little time to relax. I have the perfect spot.



This is a little sign created from three scrap boards. I just rough painted the bottom two and stained the top one. Painted on the lettering and after a few screws to hold together I wrapped the ends with twine to add a little something and create a way to hang.

It goes perfect with my pallet wine bottle bar.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

***** One For The Dogs *****

For today's post I have 2 special guests. Molly and Murphy. They are my crazy, cute pugs who want to share their "PUG CRUNCHIES" recipe with all their blog dog friends.  The following was written by them!!


We first made these along with a few other recipes 2 years ago since everyone in our family owns a dog or two or three!! That time our "cousin" COLBY joined us along with Melissa and Erin.  Oh yeah, I was just a puppy still and Molly wasn't part of our family yet...



Of all the recipes our crunchies were the easiest. Only 4 to 5 ingredients, so lets get started!!



The original recipe didn't have peanut butter, but since we are addicted to it we decided to add about 2 tablespoons to the recipe. If you do not like it just leave it out.

All the ingredients get dumped in the mixing bowl and you just mix until a ball is formed.





Then you just roll out the dough and cut it with your favorite cookie cutter shape. We picked a gingerbread man and a candy cane. Of course we get to lick the beater too!!!





Then you just put in the oven and wait for them to bake and get crunchy, about 45 - 60 minutes. Sometimes that's the hardest part.





While we were waiting to eat some treats we found a little time to play and work up more of an appetite.



Finally done and then just on a rack to cool. Store in a tight container.



So here is the recipe written out.

PUG CRUNCHIES:
1 large jar of baby food meat flavor
1 - 1 1/2 cup wheat flour
1 cup of wheat germ
1 egg
about 2 tablespoons peanut butter if you want.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix all ingredients until firm. Roll out on floured surface to 1/2" thick. Cut into your favorite shape and bake on ungreased cookie sheet  for 45 - 60 minutes depending on how crunchy you want them. Cool on rack and store in air tight container.

 That's it. Pretty simple right. Of course after all this work it was time for a nap!!



We hope you enjoyed our post and wishing all our dog ( and cat ) friends a Merry Christmas!!



MOLLY AND MURPHY




Monday, December 17, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mantel and Pallet Tree Update


Well I finally got around to putting up our pallet tree. I even acquired an awesome upgrade in the form of a little red wagon.


This little beauty was heading for the dumpster last weekend because the front wheels had broken off. Of course Mike grabbed it and he had it fixed in about 10 minutes!!

It is still like new but I plan on leaving it outside to become an old rusty beauty.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Flashback 2011



Last year at this time was the beginning  my adventures in DIY. We live in a really small space, so a real Christmas tree was not really an option. Since I had already acquired a few pallets ( to be used as wood for the fire pit ) I decided to make one. Yes, I had seen a few on other sites so the idea was not completely my own.

So one Saturday afternoon with the help of my daughter Erin ( Mike happened to be at work that day ) our pallet tree was born. I think it took us most of the day to get the pallet apart, we had no idea what we were doing!! But with a little determination and GIRL POWER we got the job done.


Then came the fun part of assembling and painting. This was probably the first time I used the circular saw that has now become so easy to use. I remember how challenging it was in the beginning.


As you can see Erin did most of the painting since she was more scared of power tools then I was. We used a fence board for the trunk and just painted it a dark brown. Then we cut the pallet boards to size, painted Hunter Green and assembled to look like a tree.





On the green branches we added nails so we could hang some ornaments, since they would all not fit on this tree our special ones were chosen.  All in all it came out pretty well for our first project.



We then added a pallet to the bottom when it was in the house to give it some height and stability. White lights were added around the pallet bottom and then I ran them up the center of the tree. I covered the bottom with a white sheet for a finished look.



The lights are a little hard to see but I'm glad I had a few pictures to share. Now I have learned to take pictures of everything for future reference and posts.

I will be getting out the Christmas decorations this weekend and can't wait to see our tree again. I might even be able to make a few more. We are still in our small space but with a few improvements it has become a cozy home. Looking forward to sharing the holidays with everyone. Thanks for stopping by.

Susan


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Bon Jour - Thanksgiving Week in France

My week in France is almost over- It went by way to fast, but it has been DELICIOUS...  I just wanted to share some of the wonderful food that I have enjoyed this week- some we made and some were at restaurants and some were Take Away...


Melissa made us some yummy appetizers of cheeses, bread and fruit. Of course we also had some wine. The black olives are very salty, and have pits in them. I brought my pilgrim salt and pepper shakers from home to celebrate the week.



We traveled to Florence, Italy on Tuesday and this was my lunch. It was the best pasta that I have ever eaten. The mushrooms and tomatoes were so fresh and the pasta was perfect.



Melissa and Erin each had a calzone. Look at the size of it!!! It was very good but different then the U.S. version because they don't give you sauce on the side. They were filled with ham and cheese.



On Wednesday we all had lunch in Antibes. These are the spring rolls that we had as an appetizer. Needless to say the presentation was beautiful. It was a bright sunny day and we were fortunate enough to be able to eat outside on the patio.



I ordered a salad for thinking it would be good to have a light lunch- but look at it!! It was so delicious.


Erin ordered a salad to. Hers had tuna on top and was just as beautiful. Melissa ordered chicken curry.  Hers was just as yummy.




And who can have a lunch without dessert. I purchased these " TAKE AWAY"- they say that instead of " TO GO"  in Antibes - plus they wrap it so lovely. One was an eclair, the other a chocolate, rasberry cake which melted in your mouth. The other was a cupcake from a cute shop names Choppy's.


The brown wrapping I saved to take home. Hopefully I can transfer this onto a tray to have it as a reminder.

And last but not least who can enjoy all this food without the wine. These wine racks were empty when we got here and this is a photo from Tuesday night, 3 days into our week vacation. We are off to a good start, and yes I am saving all the corks to bring home.



I hope everyone had a very happy and delicious Thanksgiving Day.  Thanks for joining me on a few of my eating adventures in France and Italy.

                                                      SUSAN

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Creations, Merry and Bright

The holiday season is here!! Ready or not. I will be traveling for Thanksgiving but I did manage to get in a few Merry and Bright creations recently. Of course they were made from my endless supply of scrap lumbar and pallets.



Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pallet Coffee Table

Well ,remember when I found the Perfect Pallet for a coffee table. I finally took the time to finish the project. With some sanding, staining and a few metal accents created by Mike it was completed in no time.

This was the pallet as we found it- straight from shipping and receiving department at Mike's work.




It was already the perfect size for a coffee table. All that was needed was legs. Since I always try to incorporate metal into my projects when I can, having metal legs for this table was the obvious choice.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Chalkboard- Large and In Charge

A few weeks ago I picked up several project pieces at our local Habitat for Humanity Restore. If you have not shopped there before it is a great place for DIYers and helps out a great cause.


The piece in the back round was a very large frame that I believe probably had a mirror in it. I loved the framework and it had a plywood backing already in place It measures 48" wide and 42" tall. Immediately I thought CHALKBOARD. With very little prep work it was ready for painting.



Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pallet Thankful Trays



I can't believe that another holiday season is upon us already, I know that for many it's all about Christmas but I have to say that Thanksgiving has always been my favorite day of the year. A day to just spend time with your family and friends and EAT!! What can be better then that!! So with that being said I made a few serving trays made from pallet and scrap lumbar boards.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Feeling Beachy



Today there is a hurricane of the coast of Florida- Frankenstorm Sandy-. Luckily we have not received much from it in Orlando and hoping all will be safe wherever the storm heads next. I have been busy lately with some beach inspired projects and thought I would share a few today.

This little beauty was created from a pallet. I paint it with white and a seaside blue color-  Words are painted in a coral pink color. Hooks were added for hanging your hats and towels. The bottom is open for storage of beachy things. I also spray painted the bottom with "STONE" spray paint, but if you do it lightly it looks like sand. Palm tree is made from metal and spray painted, it just adds a little something to the piece.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Walking On Sunday

This weekend we were vendors at The Cocoa Village Art and Craft Show. It was a great weekend both in sales and in the weather. This morning I took a walk around and would like to share some photos.


Our booth this morning- A little empty- thought I got a booth shot on Saturday.

The weather was just beautiful in Florida this weekend, in the 80's and not a cloud in the sky. It was actually a little chilly this morning but it felt great and suddenly fall had finally arrived. Mike makes bar/shop stools for the guys. These were great this weekend to go along with Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach.


Clear Blue Sky
Crowds were great all weekend. Lots of lookers and best of all lots of buyers!! It seemed to be a good weekend for all.



This was truly a craft show that we have enjoyed attending in the past. It did go through a transition period where vendors and patrons we down in numbers. Great to see that it is coming back to increased attendance by all.

Come along now for a walk by the river on a beautiful fall day in Florida.

Boats On The Water


What A View To Have

Bridge Over The Indian River


Flags And Blue Sky





Yes The kids can play in the water fountains all year long... It was a busy day there today!!


Walkways that go around the park. The park was filled with families having picnics, dogs playing, children playing and just everyone having an awesome day outside.

Some of the signs to the shops in the Cocoa Village. It is a great place to spend an afternoon checking them all out.



The Cocoa Village Playhouse


Murphy And Molly Hanging Out

It was a fabulous weekend filled with fun in the sun. Thanks for coming along.

SUSAN






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