Monday, November 18, 2013

When life gives you lemons...

Hi all,
Wow, I have to say that I've really neglected my blog for the past several weeks. Things have been hectic around here, so I've just not taken the time to do any blogging.
With the Holidays around the corner, I'm sure it's going to get even busier but I'll try to do better on posting.

Although, I did want to share a photo of the lemons that our trees produced this year. Oh my, we got the most that we've ever had, the weather must of been just perfect. Remember my post HERE about all the blooms that were on the trees. Well, a lot of the time the intense heat does something to the trees or Spring time storms knock many of the blooms off but this year everything seemed to work out perfect for an abundance of lemons. Yay!!
Just look at those gorgeous beauties! In the photo, that's two bushel baskets FULL. 

Lemons fresh picked
We also have an Orange tree, we ended up getting 3 oranges. Can you see one of them sitting in the back basket? The Orange tree didn't do so well, but wow....look at those lemons. Now, I've got to get busy juicing them. If you lived closer, I would share some of the abundance with you. 
What's that saying? When life gives you lemons...make lemonade. Guess I'll be busy making plenty of lemonade for the next couple of days. I do make a fabulous lemon sauce to go over pasta, I think I'll make it this week. Hopefully, I'll remember to take photos to share with you all.


Thanks so much for stopping by
Hope you have a wonderful day!

From the Heart,
Jana

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Who's up for a Give a Way?

Give-a-ways are so much fun to enter and even more fun to win! Don't you think?
Molly over at 100% Molly Made is having one this week for a super cute hand painted sign. This girl loves to design, paint and cook up a storm. So if you're looking for some inspiration or some fabulous recipes then you will love her blog.

She creates and paints things like this.
Robert Frost quote sign
 And this

And this
Great message here don't you think?
Some great cookies like these
And oh my goodness, these too!

She is really trying to increase readership and followers for her blog. So I would be beyond thrilled and ever grateful if you would pop on over to see her. If you've been a reader of my blog for anytime, then you know that Molly is my daughter. She's such a sweetheart, I don't say this just because she's my daughter...I say it because it's true.
Hop on over to see for yourself. Thank you so much!!

From the Heart,
Jana

Monday, October 7, 2013

Painted Frames

I've sure had my hands full with redoing frames the last couple of weeks. I thought I'd show you a few of the ones that are completed. Some go to our little space at the Antique Mall and others are listed on Etsy.

This one reminds me of frames that my mam-maw used to have in her home, with the ornate details painted in different colors, also painting the little squiggles around the perimeter. It looks so old fashion to me.
hand painted ornate frame
When I started painting this one, I was going for a concrete/stone faux finish. It looks so chunky and heavy though it's all in the paint treatment that I gave it. What do you think-does it give you the feeling of stone?
hand painted frame
This last one I've used one of my favorite techniques of using layers of gesso for that Old World feel paying attention to the ornate areas to really give it some pop.
ornate frame hand painted
I have several more frames that I'm working on in our workshop. I'm really trying to get as much done before the cooler weather hits, it's always difficult to get any painting done when the temps drop. So I'd better get back to work!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


From the Heart,
Jana


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A new Kitchen Island

Our kitchen island project has been a long time in the making but it's finally done. Not that it took long to do, mainly it was finding the time and also deciding what I wanted for the top surface.


I went back and forth with..do we put granite or solid surface. We even thought about painting the top but gave that idea up after a couple of weeks. We sanded and primed the surface, then we thought. What kind of design would look good painted? After dealing with the primed surface for a couple of weeks, I decided that was not an option for us.
Altho, I loved our other island, we had this one built to be a little shorter, by 8" and also a somewhat wider. Something else was to have casters installed on the bottom. I love it. Now I can turn the island horizontal, vertical and even place it catty-corner in the kitchen.
In the end, we decided on tiling the top. Maybe not a choice of a lot of people but we went with the most affordable for us at this time. Plus the fact that we have quite a bit of counter tops in our kitchen that I want to redo soon. When I took that into consideration, doing it all in granite just does not fit our budget at this time. Maybe some day, but not now.
Here I am laying the tile out to decide on a pattern.
Alrighty, pattern decided and on to the work. Only have the center to finish. I really like how it's coming along, don't you?

 All done and grouted. I'm really loving it. So earthly looking.

The other tile in the kitchen is white. When we built our home 13 years ago, it looked great. Though over time I've come to not like the white tile and white grout so much. But this, I love! We went with a tan grout and earthly colored tile. It now looks homey to me. What do you think?

I can't take credit for any of the work, well except for picking out the tile, grout color and the design of how the tile would lay. My sweet hubby did all the work. What a guy!
Now we have the REST of the kitchen to do. I told my hubs that that's what I want for Christmas, to finish the kitchen counters. I think it will look fantastic when it's all complete. Time to decide what I want for the back-splash. Hubby is thinking stone...I'm thinking glass tile. I've seen some that will match our tile just perfect. I'll let you know when it's decided.

From the Heart,
Jana

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Time Keeps Marching On

This week it seems that I've done a lot of thinking...

About time that is and how quickly it keeps marching on.

You see, Tuesday was my birthday, yet again it seems. It didn't feel like very long ago I had a birthday and here I am with yet another one. 365 days pass before you know it!

What did I do in the last three-hundred and sixty-five days? I don't really know, it all seems a blur these days. Is it because I'm getting older?? The saying is "Time flies when you're having fun" Maybe that's it, I'm just having too much fun. ha! Not sure that that's it either. Something to ponder for sure.
All I know is, I have so much that I want to do but it seems as though so little time. Do you feel like that too??
I spent the better part of my birthday reminiscing about where has my life gone. Not in a bad way mind you. Just thinking about what I've done with my life. Where has it gone. Every little thought included my kiddos, that's where my life has gone. Being a Mama to them. It seems like they were all just born, not the 21, 19, 17 and almost 15 year olds that they are today. I bet that I said it at least two dozen times this week to each of my kids, to enjoy their life, make wise choices and don't try to rush things, because before they know it they'll be sitting at my age wondering what happened to their life and how on earth did it fly by so quickly.

Speaking of time, you want to know what I got for my Big day? A very appropriate gift for the way that I've felt this week. My hubby got a 1888 Elgin woman's pocket watch for me. It's beautiful, I love it! Such a great piece of history. I can only imagine the woman who happened to have owned it. I wonder if she felt her life flying by.
Here's some quick pics I took of my new/very old watch
What do you think? Beautiful,right?
1888 elgin watch
Here's another very, very special gift that my sweet girl, Molly gave me. She hand painted me my very own Birthday card sign. Molly told me that there just wasn't a card that said what she felt, so she painted me one herself. Is she not the sweetest girl ever??
hand painted sign
When I read it for the first and second and third time, (with tears in my eyes) it sure makes me realize where my life has gone.... My kiddos, they own my heart and I'm so very proud that I am their Mama.

Well, I'm another year older and hopefully wiser. Though here's hoping that the next 365 days Do Not pass by as quickly as the last!

From the Heart,
Jana

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Old World Frame Love

I thought I'd show you a few items that I've been working on and completed in the last couple of days.
Over the last year or so, I've come to love giving an Old World treatment to so many things. I've given it to concrete statues, iron shelving, clay pottery and mirror frames.

 It gives such a romantic, old fashion look to just about any item you put it on.
 This was one of my favorite projects in the last several days.
When you add an old world treatment to a vintage inspired frame and add a chalkboard, it just makes me want to swoon. I love how this framed chalkboard turned out. Isn't she pretty?
It can be hung horizontal.
Framed Chalkboard
Or vertical
Vintage Inspired Chalkboard
Why is it when you take photos of an item in horizontal and then one in vertical it just doesn't look like the same item?? Drives me bonkers! But I can assure you it is the same chalkboard. I really love how this turned out. It was hard for me to list it in our Etsy Shop but I know that I can make another one for our home too.

Here's another frame that I completed. Went with a Rustic Red and then a glazing technique for this one. See how it really brings the crevices out and lets a peek of the gold shine thru.
 Here's the vertical
 and horizontal thing going on again.
Well, that's what I've been up to pretty much the last week or so. I've got more than these two framed chalkboards painted. Listing some in our Etsy shop and taking some to our Antique Booth.

Speaking of the Antique Booth, today is my day to work there. Still feeling under the weather but I signed up several weeks ago, so I must go and get ready.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!


Thanks so much for stopping by
I appreciate each and every visit!

From the Heart,
Jana

Monday, September 16, 2013

Old wood for new projects

Good Monday morning,

I've been ill the last couple of days, caught some kind of bug. It came on suddenly and I sure wish that it would leave suddenly too. Feeling a little better today but oh the cough that I've had sure makes me feel like a horse has just trampled all over my ribs and back. Let's not even talk about my throat.

Enough whining for now.

Here's what I really want to tell you about. Last week we made a day trip out of town to go see about purchasing some old wood. When I say old, I'm talking about right at 100 years old. We met a man that was tearing down his old home place, the home that he was born in. This man is now 80 years old. Talk about the history in this place, the history in each and every board.
The man was still in the process of tearing down the old home place. I didn't take a lot of photos but here is the huge stacks of reclaimed wood that we purchased. We stacked our trailer with as much that we could possibly haul. Can you believe that I even got a few pieces that still had bits and pieces of old wallpaper still attached. This is a DIY'er dream. I can see all kinds of projects using these reclaimed boards, can't you? What's the first thing you would build?
reclaimed wood 100 years old
We also got to peek inside the old milk house/barn. Oh, can you just imagine the tells that went on in here. The man was telling us stories from his childhood. It was so nice to listen to him reminiscing about days gone by.
The old milk house/barn will also be torn down. We may go back to see if we want any of the wood from this also. Not sure yet since I have plenty to do projects with at the moment. Now all I need to do is to get busy.
I hope you have a wonderful day. Wish me luck on getting better because I don't have time to be ill.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

From the Heart,
Jana

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dragonflies and Plate Flowers~Early summer projects

I know that I haven't posted much during the summer, though remember when I said I was busy. I really was!
While going through some of my photos the other day, I ran across several that I never shared on my blog.
As usual, I didn't take photos while creating this creature. Meet one of my Dragonflies. I made several of them, such a fun project!

He's adorned with a couple of antique items, the eyes are antique porcelain knobs and his tail has an insulator. It is marked 1893. I collect antique glass insulators, have about 200 of them now.Yes, My husband just looks at me every time I buy a new one! :0)


Also during the early spring and summer months, I made a TON of plate flowers. Now they are my kind of flower. No watering, weeding or wilting! Here's just a sampling of some that were made.
Plate flowers
I had them in our booths at the Antique shops that we're in. Although I packed up what was left last week hoping to bring them back out in early spring next year. A girl only needs so many plate flowers and I have about 50 of these ready, with hundreds of plates still to do more.
Glass plate flowers
Well, I have a lot to get done today. I hope you enjoyed seeing just a few of the projects that I did over the summer months. I might have pictures of more, I'll have to look.


Thanks so much for stopping by
Your visits mean the world to me!

From the Heart,
Jana

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Friday, August 30, 2013

The Best Candied Jalapeno Peppers recipe ever

It's a yearly tradition with me to make these Candied Jalapeno Peppers at the end of Summer time. We love them! I normally make about 4 to 6 batches each year so that we have enough to last us until the next summer. Our favorite thing to do with them is to take some Club Crackers, spread some cream cheese on the crackers and then top with a few slices of these fantastic peppers. Yummo!!

I didn't take time to take pictures while I was preparing the peppers, to much is always going on when I make these to grab a camera but here they are sitting pretty as can be in the jars.

Sweet Jalapeno Peppers


I always make double batches of these peppers, if you decide to do the same just double all the ingredients below. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Exciting news for us- Etsy shop

I have some big news to share, My daughter and I opened up an Etsy shop a couple of weeks ago. So as you might think, we've been very busy creating items for it. Keeping up with the two Antique Shops that we are in locally, along with our new business adventure it is keeping us busy indeed. Lots of fun and creativity going on, so it's all good! I'm just having a hard time finding time to post or blog a lot lately. I hope that you'll stick with me though.

Here are a few items that I've made and  painted lately. My rustic signs were made from reclaimed wood. Luckily I have quite a stash of it so I'll be creating lots of new looks with the boards. My daughter, Molly is creating some great items too with them.

The one below has already found a new home.
I absolutely adore the rustic look to these signs, what do you think?

If you would like to check out our shop HERE'S the link. I would have loved to name it the same as my blog but no go, the name was too long which was such a bummer to me, since everything we create or transform is From The Heart.

Do you have an Etsy shop? Drop me a note, I'd love to see it.


Thanks so much for stopping by
Have a beautiful day!

From the Heart,
Jana




Monday, August 12, 2013

Old World Pillar Candle Holder

Gosh, I've taken a blogging break for a while now. Where does time go? It seems that I've been covered up in work for the Antique shops and just keeping things up around our home during the summer months that I just haven't taken the time until now to get back to blogging.
I've worked on tons of projects but didn't take many photos. Especially before photos, I'm so bad about that!
Here's something that I finished lately. I love this ornate pillar candle holder that I purchased at an Antique shop some time ago. She came to me solid white, I knew she would look much better with some color.

ornate candle holder 
 She looks much more beautiful with color than she did just plain white. Adding greens, blues, browns, pinks, gold and giving her a nice wash in watered down brown really changed her looks.
Making her look old world really sets off the details.
I feel like I've really stepped back in time looking at her.

I love how she turned out. Now she proudly sits in our Antique booth waiting for her new home. Or I may just bring her back home with me because I really do love her new look.
pillar candle holder
Have you tried doing any washes to add color to boring items? This was a fun project that really changed the original pillar candle holder. What do you think of her?

I purchase an adorable concrete cherub the other day with the hopes of doing something similar to it. I promise to take before photos when I start working on it.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit! 


From the Heart,
Jana

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sprucing up the yard

The last week I've been busy, busy, busy in the yard doing some Spring cleaning, weeding and plantings. I so enjoy this time of year. Though it does keep me busy and hard working. At the end of each day, I'm exhausted but pleased to see the little and big accomplishments.
I won't show all the piles and piles of weeds that I've pulled. I'm sure it's not interesting to you in the least bit. It does amaze me how I can grow weeds so well but have to baby all my plants just to keep them alive. Am I the only one that has this problem??
I love container gardening, it makes it so easy to just dig out the old and in my case most of the time, the dead plant and replace it with new ones for the season.

  Love all our Adirondack chairs that we redone last year.
If you missed it, you can read about their transformation HERE.
I love the little pops of color around our backyard.
Hanging baskets are a must under our pavilion.
I had two Geraniums last year, one survived but the other didn't. So I bought a couple more for this year. Don't you love the vibrant red that they have? I sure do!

We had some major rain showers last night, so there will not be any work for me outside today. I do need to get on some painting projects for my Antique Booth though. Will share some of them with you soon.

Thanks so much for stopping by
I appreciate each and every visit!

From the Heart,
Jana

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sweet and Savory Onion Walnut Muffins

I thought I would share a recipe that I've made several times over the years. Each and every time that I make these Sweet Onion and Walnut Muffins they're devoured quickly by my family. (recipe at bottom)

sweet onion muffins

The name sounds a bit odd but believe me they have a sweet and savory flavor that goes with about any meal. I even like eating them without a meal too. One of my sons absolutely detest onions and even he enjoys these muffins.

The batter will be similar to cookie dough, fill mini muffin tins about 3/4 full.
sweet onion and walnut muffins

The meal pictured below was a wonderful and tasty meal. Doesn't it look delish!? I made the muffins and my daughter Molly, made the main dish. It's called Chicken Penne Pasta. If you would like the recipe, hop on over to her blog 100% Molly Made for it. Let me tell you, it's sure nice having a daughter that loves to cook. It makes cooking in the kitchen a fun experience with such great company!

sweet onion muffins, chicken penne pasta
 

Sweet Onion & Walnut Muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 to 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Directions:
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk eggs, onion and butter until combined, stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Then fold in walnuts.
Filled greased or paper-lined miniature muffin tins 3/4 of the way full. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool in pan for about 5 minutes then remove to wire rack Makes about 3 dozen mini muffins.

Even if you think this recipe sounds a bit on the odd side, give it a try. They're super simple to make and the flavor is surprisingly great!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by
Your visits mean the world to me!

From the Heart,
Jana
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Monday, May 13, 2013

My new yard art~worry free Rose Bush

Happy Monday everyone!
It's hard to believe that it's been a whole week since I last posted. I should really get better about that. Things have been hectic around our place with trying to beautify the yard, getting things ready for my booth and in general, just day to day living. I won't bore you with it all but I did want to finally show you one of the items that I got at Canton Trade Days.
I've finally found a plant that needs no watering, no weeding and it will never wilt!

It's not just one Rose
metal roses
Not just a bouquet of Roses
metal rose bush
It's an entire Rose Bush
Don't you just love it!
I do.
metal rose bush
I fell in love with it the second I seen it. The craftsmanship and design is wonderful and it looks so real to me.The intricate design of the metal petals, leaves and even the pokey thorns just amaze me. I don't know if you can tell by the photos but this thing is tall. I'm 5'3" and it's a little taller than me, and it's heavy too.
I told my husband, that these would be the last roses that he'd ever need to buy. I always feel guilty when he spends money on beautiful flowers that wilt in a matter of a couple of days. No more feeling guilty with my new Rose Bush!
metal rose bush
So, what do you think about my new yard art?
Can I just say again~~I LOVE IT!

Thanks so much for stopping by
Have a Beautiful Day!!

From the Heart,
Jana

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Good Monday Morning

Hi all,
I hope that you had a great weekend!
I had a busy one, it seemed like I turned around twice and it was already Sunday evening. When you're busy, that just seems like the way it is.
My family did however get to go to First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas. The weather was a bit odd for this time of year. Cold and breezy but the skies were beautiful.


Lots of folks and lots of shopping! Plus lots and lots of walking!!
As usual, I found too many items that I wanted. I'll share a few of them sometime this week when I get around to taking photos.
I didn't take many photos while at Trade Days, you know how it goes. Too busy having fun and shopping to remember to take them.

I did see this bedding and fell in love with the colors. So happy and cheerful don't you think??
So, how was your weekend? Did you get to do anything fun and exciting?
Can't wait to visit your blogs to see what you where up to.


Thanks so much for stopping by
Have a beautiful day!

From the Heart,
Jana