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

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Old Fashioned Chair Transformation

Sometimes you just have to look past the ugliness to see the potential when looking for furniture re-dos. That is surely what I did with this chair.
Just look at it.
It's seen better days for sure. It's been abused and used with scratches, stickers and paint splatters all over. It had joints that had to be reglued and there was even gum stuck to it.

This lonely chair has been sitting in the shop for about 7 months, I've put off re-doing it due to all the sanding that it required plus the joints had work that had to be done. But I finally took the plunge and transformed her.

What do you think now? I'd say she's 100 percent better. I was going for an old fashioned feel and I think that I captured it. I sanded, primed then painted it in white. Added multiple layers of pink and mauve paint to the darker areas that you see. The tips of the spindles, the chair back and even her little feet like she's wearing pretty shoes. Then on top of the pinks and mauve, I used a gold antiquing glaze. 
I really do love how it changed the bright pink color and toned it down. It turned out just how I was hoping.
old painted chair make over


 I think the roses give it the old fashion look that I was going for, don't you? I would love to take credit for painting them. Though, I'm no artist, my roses would never look so good. These are water-slide transfers that I applied then sealed with Polycrylic. I did the same technique on THIS chair.



No more old paint, scratches, stickers, weak joint or gum. Just a nice old fashioned make-over.

old painted chair with roses make over
She's sitting pretty now. 
Ready to go into my booth at the Antique Mall so she can go to a new home to be loved.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by
Your visits mean so much!
Have a beautiful day.

From the Heart,
Jana

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