Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Lavender Shortbread for Easter



Hello! Does it feel like spring where you are? Wellll, our daffodils are up, but they currently have snow on them. Sigh. But nevertheless, Easter's on its way. So the littlest and I made this lavender shortbread to celebrate spring and it is dee-licious. With the addition of the colored sugar edges, they are perfect as an Easter treat.



Lavender Shortbread
1 c. unsalted butter, softened
2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. dried lavender
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
2 c. flour

Cream the butter, powdered sugar, lavender, vanilla and salt until smooth. Beat in the flour.
Divide dough into thirds and wrap in plastic, similar to the shape and size of a toilet paper tube. Chill for about an hour.
Unwrap one log at a time, roll in colored sugar, and slice into 1/4-inch rounds.
Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.
Let cool slightly before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Hope you have some fun plans for Easter! Until next time...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vintage Utility Cart Turned Chic Industrial Bar Cart



Guys, I'm in love. My latest project--turning a vintage utility cart into a bar cart--could be one of my favorite projects to date. This cart was in my grandma's farmhouse, and when she moved "into town," it was one of the things I said I wanted. I loved it's cheery yellow color, and figured I could use it someday. Wellll, my tastes changed. Although I still really like vintage pieces, I no longer strive to fill our house with them. The little cart has been in our basement for years now, collecting dust, rust, and grime but not much else. When I started obsessing over bar carts, however, I knew how I could finally use this piece.

Check out the bar cart before and after on my About.com site. And yes, those are curtains in our dining room. Yep, we're making progress, people!

Until next time...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Craft of the Week: DIY Dish Towels



Hey there, friends! What'd you do this weekend? It was b-e-a-utiful here, so we spent lots of time outside. Well, the girls and I did. My poor husband's back is out, so he spent a lot of time inside watching the Masters Tournament and feeling grumpy and frustrated. Can't say I blamed him. I also had a little time to finish a project, and found some great curtains for our dining room. I hope to show you the progress we're making in a lot of rooms soon...if only I could find the time to take the pictures. It'll happen.

Speaking of "someday," I'm still dreaming up ways to accessorize our kitchen. Guys, you shoulda seen my dishtowels and oven mitts before my sister-in-law took pity on me and bought me some for Christmas. They were so gross. I wish I had a picture. Stained? That doesn't begin to describe. I'm not sure why I let it go so long. I think I just figured why bother? Our kitchen has been such a disaster for so long. Anyway, I just love these DIY dish towel ideas:


Dish towels made from vintage tablecloths--The Farm Chicks


Rainbow stitched dish towels--A Pretty Cool Life


Confetti painted dish towels--Dandee


Dish towels with printed recipe--Spoonflower


Dish towels with fruit motif--Rust & Sunshine


Cute ideas, huh? Yeah...you can buy dish towels. And maybe that's what I'll end up doin' to supplement the ones I received for Christmas. But these might be fun to make on a day when I'm in the mood to make something for myself or for a friend. Great Mother's Day gift, too. Until next time...
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