Saturday, November 16, 2013

CS Painting Tip

When tossing out your old clothes... always cut out your cotton pockets to buff your furniture after waxing!  So handy ;)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Red Velvet Cheese Ball

Yes, You read that right!  Here is the recipe that I made for the Poquoson Art Gallery opening... Had many requests for the recipe so here it is! This make a very different and festive presentation for the holidays!
8oz block Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1/2 c butter
1 1/2 c red velvet cake mix
2 T brown sugar
1/2 c powdered sugar
1/2 c mini-choc chips

 Allow cream cheese and butter to come to room temperature.  In a bowl, cream butter and cream cheese together.  Gradually add dry ingredients, mix well.  Using spatula or back of spoon form mixture into a ball.  Roll in mini choc chips.  Wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.  Serve with graham cracker sticks/squares or vanilla wafers.  ENJOY!

Love At First Sight

She was a drop off.  One of my pickers had found her and brought her to my house immediately... 
so when I pulled in my driveway that day...she was there waiting for me.  
And... it was love at first sight.  
She was missing four knobs, had an injury to her left front paw... 
but I knew I was going to adopt her myself. 
But what to do with her?  I had so many colors sitting on her while I decided.  
She was going to be Nantucket for a few days... but I settled on Dede, Driftwood, and Seaspray.  
What a combination that turned out to be!
Driftwood going on...

I used Driftwood on Juliet's base... and Dede for the secondary color... and Seaspray for accent on the hardware and trim.  I wet distressed the whole piece, but lightly.  
Added some new knobs and Juliet is ready to serve in my dining room.

I finished Juliet off with wax for the body, but used Liquid Steel from the Coastal Colors Beach Chic Paint line for the top.  We LIVE in my house, and I need good protection for my painted pieces.  Liquid Steel offers that for sure.  
I just love how the wax turns Coastal Colors paint to a deep rich color that feels like butter. 
 Not sure I will ever use latex on a piece of furniture again, you just can't reach this look with it.   
Hope you enjoyed meeting Juliet!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

CS Painting Tip

When painting large pieces of furniture that cannot be lifted unto a work surface - place "lifters" under your piece to be able to paint the bottom of your piece cleanly...makes a world of difference!!  Create something today!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

DIY Tutorial for Scrap Wood Christmas Tree

Scrap wood has taken over my yard.  Not just in a "Oh, Look, here are some scraps we can use"  type of way but in a "OH MY STARS WHERE IS YOUR GRASS?!" type of way... so here is a solution to use up some of this odd shaped wood pieces that were scattered EVERYWHERE!  
Let's make Christmas Trees!  
First I sorted the wood scraps into sizes
Then I took one of the longer scraps for my tree base and then lined up wood on top of it according to size

 Nail them in - using two nails for each board to keep them level.

 Although I love the look of the natural wood, for these I decided to paint them white.

 A couple of them I decided to add some text.

 I added lights to one of the larger trees.  This picture doesn't do it justice, it was gorgeous in my house! 
 Of course there is a obligatory dog ear in one of these pictures.  Frisco loves the camera.
You can paint these anyway you like, add decorations, or leave scrappy.  The sky is the limit. 
 It is a great solution for small spaces where you might like a tree as well!
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