Friday, July 21, 2017

Laundry Sign on a Vintage Ironing Board + Free Printable!

Isn't it nice when you get something for free?  And if you've been looking, like I have been, for a vintage wood ironing board and it is offered to you for FREE?  Even better!  (Thank you nice couple in Georgetown, Texas!)

Oh, and if you stay with me to the end of this blog post, I'll share with you a Free Printable that I created especially for my readers, to make your laundry day a little more cheerful!

There was instantly an idea in my head from this sign I saw at Hobby Lobby:

Now, I just LOVE this sign, it's perfect, except for one's horizontal, and what I need to have is vertical, to go from the top of the ironing board to the bottom.

So, it I did a little easy "art" work on my ironing board.

First, I took off the wooden legs (just 3 screws), then it got wiped down with some mild soap & water, and after it was fully dry, I put a coat of Waverly Chalk Paint in Plaster color on it:

Those three holes on the bottom got filled with small wood plugs and painted, too.

Now, for the lettering....I went to both Michael's and Hobby Lobby and found the letters in all the different shapes and sizes.  (I could have just paint the letters on by hand, but I love the dimensional look the letters give to it.)

Next, I painted the letters, and after they were dry, I glued them on with wood glue:

What do you think of my new Vintage Ironing Board?  Even though no one will be ironing on it any more, I'm so glad I was able to re-purpose it, and keep it out of the landfill!

For all of you that would like it, I've made up a cute Free Printable for your laundry room:

Just click on the photo above, and you'll be able to download and print the adorable sign.  I recommend using card stock if you have it. (The gray lines on the PDF show where to trim for an 8 X 10" frame.)  I made a frame of sorts, and mounted mine to a vintage washboard that's in my laundry room. So cute!

Thanks for stopping by today! You guys really make my day, even if it's laundry day!
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Peanut Butter Nutty Granola - An Updated Family Favorite!

Ed and I really like granola! But, since we have a some food allergies in our family, I created a recipe a few years back, that I could easily modify.

This week, I added fresh ground peanut butter! It's the kind that you grind yourself in the bulk food department, so that there is no added sugar, only dry roasted peanuts. Perfect for those that are avoiding refined sugar. 
And yeah, it's good stuff. 

3½ cups rolled oats (old fashioned oatmeal)
1 cup chopped or sliced almonds
1 cup chopped pecans
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1½ teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup natural peanut butter <<<<<  the new ingredient I've added! 
6 tablespoons butter
½ cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
Also need – parchment paper and a rectangular baking sheet

1.       Preheat the oven to 250° F. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper.
2.       Mix the dry oats, almonds, pecans, and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
3.       Heat the peanut butter, butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat.
the butter melts stir in the vanilla and salt.
4.       Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until
    evenly coated.
5.       Spread mixture onto prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for 75 minutes at 250° F.
6.       Cool in pan, on the counter top.
The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break into pieces (if making bars) or break it up into small chunks (if making cereal). Store in air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Truth be told, this doesn't stay around in our house for 2 weeks.  Now that I've added Ed's favorite food group peanut butter, I'm sure it will disappear quickly!

Once you try this new version, let me know what you think!  You can always chat with me on Facebook, Instagram or right here in the comments below!
And if you like this recipe, please give it a Pin!  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Kitchen Pallet Wood Shelf - Easy Beginner Build!

A few years back, I used to wish for a house with an "open concept" floor plan.  Now that we've lived in one, I miss walls!  One place I'm especially missing walls is in my kitchen, because I'd love to hang this:

It's a kitchen shelf that I made out of leftover pieces from a pallet!  It was fairly straightforward, no special angled cuts or anything, and I just used my Ryobi Brad Nailer to put it together.

Here's what it looks like "au naturale":

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bud Vase Holder DIY - Perfect First Build

Hey Everyone!  So glad you stopped by today....I'm sharing something that's a little bit crafty, with a little bit of my "builder" side showing.  

What do you think of this cute little bud vase holder?  It's great as a centerpiece, on a side table, or on a shelf.  The size makes it pretty versatile, and of course you can use real flowers or faux!
The best part is, if you are wanting to try your hand at building a little something, this is a perfect beginner build project.