Monday, November 24, 2014

MY CRANBERRY SAUCE RECIPE

MY CRANBERRY SAUCE RECIPE

1/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup orange juice
one lb. fresh cranberries
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
one apple, finely chopped
Cook til the cranberries stop popping

It's so delicious! 
My friend Ruth gave it to me years ago.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

REPAINTING ROBIN'S DINING ROOM WALLS AN ELEGANT CHARTREUSE GREEN

REPAINTING ROBIN'S DINING ROOM WALLS AN ELEGANT CHARTREUSE GREEN

A few months ago, Robin asked me to paint her dining room an off white and brown.
I painted over a beautiful deep burgundy that I painted when she first bought her home.
The new off white walls with brown ceiling and brown below the chair rail looked so elegant and nice.  But,


the off white was just too boring for her taste.  She found some new fabric to recover her chairs and asked me to paint her walls this LOVELY chartreuse green.  It looks sooo good with the brown and  the metallic gold trim.  Years ago when I painted the burgundy, I painted the crown molding and baseboards a crackled metallic gold.  It looked really fancy and fine in her beautiful dining room.  Now, it still looks really good with her new chartreuse and brown.


  It's wonderful and happens to be in the tones of my very favorite colors.  
I love  chartreuse and yellow greens.


This is the elegant off white and there's Robin holding her little cat Mitzi.  Mitzi loves her mommy and one of her big sisters, but NOBODY else!!  


Earlier, I had embossed and painted some scrollies around the room.  To save time, Robin said she would paint around all the scrollies for me.  I gave her a tiny brush and she went to work.  She did a really good job, too!


This is her living room.  I textured and faux painted those walls.
Those walls are really high!


Isn't it beautiful!
I've worked for Robin for many years and love working with her.  She loves her home and is always finding ways for me to spruce it up for her.
Robin,
Thank you for letting me be a small part of your beautiful home.

VEGAN HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PIE RECIPE FROM "YOGA WITH LIZ"

VEGAN HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PIE FROM "YOGA WITH LIZ"

Just want to share this recipe from
YOGA WITH LIZ

(click on link)

It looks delicious!!
Maybe, not so many calories??

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LOOK AT MY SMALL FOLDING LIGHTWEIGHT DOLLY

LOOK AT  MY SMALL FOLDING LIGHTWEIGHT DOLLY


Found it at Lowes's.


It was 25.99.  and holds 150 lbs.
When it's folded, I can store it almost anywhere, even carry it in my car.
It will certainly come in handy in my work.


See how it folds?
I have two other dollies, but they don't fold  like this one.
Great find for me!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

ANOTHER PAINT TOUCH UP FOR TUSCAN/OLD WORLD KITCHEN CABINET SPECIAL FINISH

ANOTHER PAINT TOUCH UP FOR TUSCAN/OLD WORLD KITCHEN CABINET SPECIAL FINISH

Then, another client called and told me she had just replaced her microwave oven and needed me to come by and touch up around the edges.  
That's two in a month!
I'm thinking everybody is getting ready to do some heavy holiday cooking.


This picture is "after" I touched up around the microwave oven.
This is a kitchen/cabinet finish that I painted last year.
I try to always keep the formulas for the finishes, so I'll know the  tones for touch ups.  But, when I have to touch up these finishes that I paint, I don't start from the beginning.  I use craft and other paints, mix them to the exact color the cabinets are now.  And, then I use the same clear coat sealer and seal them really well. 


This is a close up of the tiny bit of the original dark cabinet finish showing around the edges.  When they are so small and close to the appliance, it's easy to hide the new paint.  Touching up a scratch in the very middle would be a lot harder to hide.
I love this kithcen!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

TOUCHING UP PAINT IN JACKIE'S TUSCAN KITCHEN

TOUCHING UP PAINT IN JACKIE'S TUSCAN KITCHEN

The post on me painting a tuscan finish on Jackie's kitchen cabinets is one of the most popular posts  and most viewed on my blog.  Recently, she replaced her oven and microwave oven and needed me to touch up the paint around the edges.


As I was leaving and talking to her, I said you look so pretty standing there, may I please take a picture of you and put it on my blog??  She said "ohhh, ok". 
Doesn't she look so pretty standing there!  She's in the medical field and very, very bright.


A tiny bit of the old cabinet color was exposed when they replaced the ovens.  All I had to do was darken and rough up about 1/2" around the area.  It matched the other distressed and aged finish and you really couldn't tell it was new paint.  
When I have to touch up any of the cabinets that I've painted, I don't go through the several layer paint process that I did in the very beginning.  That would never work and would look very different.  I use craft and other paint and mix until I get the exact color and touch up with that.  Then, I seal it really well, again.


Isn't her kitchen beautiful!  It's so warm and cozy.  
It looks like it's ready for Thanksgiving and the holidays.  I can just smell the cornbread dressing...oh wait, that's what I do.  I 'm hungry for it right now!!

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