Mosaic Stained Glass Windows

Just wanted to stop in and show you what I have been up to lately ….
Anbur & FlowersThis is one of the most relaxing hobbies I have done I took an old window did some repairs to it and then started making my design. My sister in-law taught me the art and I simply adore it. Its kind of like working a jig saw puzzle that’s how relaxing it is . photo 1This is a larger window I did  for a friend.  I love the blue background I tried to do my first humming bird (can you see it ?). Each window I have used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint to paint the frames. I hope you enjoyed this quick little post !!!!

Updating My Dining Room

OK, I know its been a long time since I have blogged. I will try and do better, I have recently updated my dining room furniture. There is this guy (Bill Penney) that lives around me and he is a talented woodworker his farm tables, hutches and other pieces are amazing so I was excited when he got my table done just in time for our Thanksgiving dinner (yay us ), but then came the BIG problem of finding chairs to go with this gorgeous farm table and let me tell you I didn’t want just any chairs I wanted “The Chairs” You know the ones that your friends and family come over & say “Wow I love your chairs where did you get them ” chairs and then I can joyfully reply ” Oh those chairs, I re-did them thanks ” Yep I found them,  ( 2 of them we did BUY) and the other 4  are “those chairs” I re-did. And I must say I am in love with them at least for right now. And the hubs says to try and hold on to them for a couple of years OK  honey? Well all I can say is I will do my best but I don’t see me getting tired of this combo anytime soon. When I found these little jewels they were nothing but a brown shell. photo (11)So I did what any other re-purpose queen would do I painted them all with an antique white flat paint, added some stain mixture, and little distressing and look what happens a beautiful chair. photo (13) Like I said I have four of these beauties and then for the captain chairs we decided (well the hubs just agreed) on these jewels photo (10) Thanks so much to World Market (love love that store but who doesn’t)  and just to think this is what started this all was this  farm table the top came from a barn in Fillmore MO and the legs are old porch post from a farm house right outside of Princeton MO. I just love the history of this table. photo (14)And look who tried his hardest to make his debut ” Lenny Bonz ” he is a rescue dog when we  got him he was so skinny but now he is such a little tank Image-1He is a Scodoodle (Scottish Terrier and Poodle) and he brings us such joy …….

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint X 5

It was a snowy day in May (yes I said May)  I needed something to do so what does a girl like me do when she is bored, she pulls into the Goodwill and looks for something to rescue and low an be hold this little jewel is waiting on me to take her home and that is just want I did.

dresser2Doesn’t she look terrible ? I washed her down Murphy s Oil Soap and that helped a bunch.Then I painted the sides, top and front in Typewriter.dresser1 2

For the  drawers I wanted something fun so I thought just make them fun colors ( those of some of my favorite colors) in the MMS Milk Paint Line  drawer No: 1 is Tricycle  No: 2  Mustard Seed Yellow  No: 3 Flow Blue and  No: 4 is Lucketts Green. I decided to change knobs because I was missing a few of them to start with (and you guessed it),I find Hobby Lobby is the best place to get them. I put our antiquing wax on the drawers then I lightly rubbed Hemp oil on the whole piece. My new love is  Hemp Oil & it is amazing and super easy to use it acts just like the waxes for a great seal if you haven’t tried this you need to asap. It is also a great tool to use for the chippy effect you just paint a color (I wait for my first layer of paint to dry) on as a base coat then brush on some Hemp Oil and then use another color and watch for the magic to begin. If you just want the wood to show through your first layer of paint then use the hemp oil first.

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Now who doesn’t love a good rescue and re-purpose story ?

Miss Blonde Linen Hutch

The other day when I was waiting patiently for my paint shipment to arrive, which can I tell you its like Christmas morning every time it comes in & I know that its all for sale but its still like Christmas morning for me I don’t know why but it does, so anyways back to the other day when my sister called and wanted to change her 1970′s blonde beauty hutch into a nice Miss Mustard  Seeds Milk Paint Linen color with red under tones.

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photo (91) 1So I just decided to roll with it when the red under tones didn’t happen. It all turned out for the best because as you can tell she turned out great.
photo (94) 1There was just a little of the chippy going on & my sister did a great job of picking out the handles at you guessed it the ole Hobs (Hobby Lobby)

DSC_0007 1I love these pulls they never get old for me I did a old dresser for a client and used those pulls and when it all was said and done here is how she turned out.
DSC_0004 1I love all the fiesta wear she has, it adds such good color.

The Milk Paint Mixer

Not sure if you have been over to Miss Mustard Seeds Blog lately  (well who am I doubting of course you have) well just in case you haven’t I am sharing this awesome blog The Purple Paint Lady  ( http://www.thepurplepaintedlady.com/milk-paint-mixer/) oh my word its amazing I have already mixed up 2 different paint combo’s these two Steve and Tricia are so kind to share this paint mixer for all of us to use,  there are so many ways to mix your 12 Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paints now.  We always could do this but now we get to see what it will look like before. You will have the ability to mix 3 colors or mix just 2 colors. Late last night ( after 11:00 pm ok now come on that’s really late for me  ) I mixed up 3 parts typewriter and 2 parts flow blue  that makes a richcharo paint square char-coal gray it’s a great color combo (the  above picture is the paint only, I didn’t put any waxes on it ). I also have mixed this one so many times lately 2 parts Kitchen Scale and 2 parts Ironstone, I believe its such a good cottage blue color and its a hit when ever I show it off.

photo (100) 1So get on over to The Purple Paint Lady and have a blast being the mad scientist ( I felt just like that late last night lol ). Send me a picture of what great color combo you came up with  so we all can try it out. Thanks for stopping by and have a blast mixing it up …

Chicken Pot Pie

IMG_1301Hey all. My name is Tricia. I am Tami’s younger sister. It was cold out the other night and I wanted something warm. I love comfort food. And it shows.( Hopefully soon I will get my exercise program going). Anyway I decided on making some chicken potpies. I have these cute oval pyrex bowls that make an individual serving size. They worked perfect. Here is what I did to make these babies.

Bring 6 cups(48 oz) of chicken broth to boil in a stock pot. Add 1/2 of an onion, 3 large carrots chopped into cubes and 3-4 potatoes chopped into cubes. Boil for 10 minutes. Next add 1 can of green beans. (I used a pint of green beans I canned over the summer)Also add 3/4 cup of frozen corn and 1 cup of frozen broccoli.Boil for another 10 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups of cooked chicken. Next make a thickening of flour and water.(Make sure to whisk well to get all the lumps out. Nobody likes lumps). Add thickening to the boiling pot slowly, stirring constantly until the broth is thick. Turn heat off and let set.

Next it is time to make the crust. I know some might think it is hard to make your own. I also thought that, but my sister Tracy convinced me to try once again. And I did and really it wasn’t hard at all. I used the recipe for a double crust. It takes 2 cups of flour,1 teaspoon of salt,2/3 cup of shortening and 5 to 7 tablespoons of ice cold water. Mix flour and salt. next add in shortening. Cut shortening into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or two knives. Cut shortening until it is the size of peas. Next add ice cold water, mixing as you go. Use enough water to make into dough. Place dough on a well floured surface. Take small amount of the dough to make small crusts to cover the bowls unless you are using a large pan and the just use all the dough. Roll out dough and place over the bowls. You can crinkle the edges or just leave them plain. I did both. Now it is time to bake . Place bowls on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350′ oven for 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.IMG_3189Now it is time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Sit back and enjoy the warmth and comfort of your potpie. YUMBO!!

So here is the recipe

CHICKEN POT PIE (Tricia)

The cast of characters:

1 1/2 cups of cooked chicken,cubed

1/2 onion chopped

6 cups of chicken broth(48 oz) I use low sodium

3-4 potatoes peeled and cubed

3 large carrots peeled and cubed

1 can green beans

3/4 cup frozen corn

1 cup frozen  chopped broccoli

Double pie crust recipe (see below)

Bring chicken broth to a boil. Add onions, carrots and potatoes. Bring back to a boil for 10 minutes. Add remaining veggies and boil for 10 more minutes. Add cooked chicken. Make a thickening with flour and water. Slowly add to the pan stirring constantly. Once thickened remove from heat. Make a double crust recipe . Fill oven proof bowls with the chicken mixture. Top bowls with pie crust. Place bowls on a baking sheet. Bake at 350′ for 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Pie crust (Tracy)

Single crust

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shortening

4 to 5 tablespoons ice cold water

Double crust

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup shortening

5 to 7 tablespoons ice cold water

Mix flour and salt. Add shortening. Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter or two knives until pea size. Slowly add water, mixing as you add until dough is forming. Place dough on a floured surface and roll out with a well floured rolling pin.

The Little Cream Dream

This dresser started out as an ugly duckling and I mean U-G-L-Y ( she ain’t got no alibi she UGLY oh forgive me just an ole cheer lol ) if you look really hard you can see she has a two tone look to start out with

photo (39)She has really good bones on the inside but  just a little ugly on the outside, someone tried to SPRAY paint her. Now I was the Queen of spray paint so don’t get me wrong I am not a hater of spray paint but she just wasn’t spray paint material in my book. (Whew how many times can I use the words ” Spray paint ” in one sentence ?)photo (42)

So we ( myself and my friend April) decide to paint her a cream and then rub clear wax on the entire dresser and then I just hit and missed with dark wax, added some knobs from Hobby Lobby  and I must say she turned out like a dream hmmm a CREAM DREAM (I am killing myself).

IMG_0450What do you think ? She found her forever home at April’s house and  she has started a frieze at the April Casa, because now I will be doing 2 more dressers in the same color scheme ( I can’t wait). Stay tuned to see more of the Cream Dream Trio to come …

Look in the very first picture and see if you can find the duck ( not the UGLY duckling)  I didn’t even see that until  I was proofing the post things that make you go hmmmmm just thought I would share that funny.