September 11, 2014

Transform Your Vintage Flour Sack Into A No-Sew Pillow Cover


I love pillows.

I love grain sacks and flour sacks.

Match made in heaven, right?

Perhaps you remember when I made a faux grainsack pillow with a Target dish towel a few years ago.

 I still love it and use it every day on the family room couch.

But there's always room for one more grain or flour sack pillow, now isn't there?
 
 




I've had this vintage flour sack for years and can't believe
that I just realized it's potential as a pillow cover!
 I used two regular bed pillows to fill it. 
It's so big that even a  king size pillow didn't fill it up completely.


I didn't even bother to sew the side closed since I want to be able to remove the pillow inserts in the event I actually need them for our bed. That and the fact that I'm a terrible seamstress and I avoid sewing like the plague! I just took one of my oversized vintage crocheted table runners and wrapped it around the pillow inside on the open end. It looks quite pretty, actually.


I believe I bought the flour sack at our local Kane County Flea Market a few years ago for less than $25.00. Which in the world of vintage flour sacks is a pretty good price. I saw a similar one selling for $135.00 on Etsy. The only difference is that they sewed a zipper on the side for closure. I'm ok without that, and with an extra $110.00 in my pocket! 
 
 
Oh, and look. The new puppy approves!
I have a feeling that this is not the last of Miss Riley's photobombs.
It's hard to keep a puppy under wraps while you're moving furniture around
and fluffing the nest. She wants to be involved in everything!
 

I'm really loving my milk glass pitcher. It makes a wonderful vase for my hydrangeas.
 
 
I still have my DIY monogram welcome sign chalkboard on the wall.
I haven't come up with another saying yet, so it stays as is for now.

 
And some of you may remember my DIY French burlap storage ottoman.
It's great as a side table or to stash extra books and newspapers in
when I want to clean up in a flash.
. 
 It has my Goodwill ironstone pitcher and basket on top.

I also still have my Shabby Chic Dollar Store Valentine d├ęcor on the side table.

 
Even though I originally created it for Valentine's Day, I think it has a timeless,
romantic vibe about it that I love.



So.
I really love the look of this flour sack on the white slipcovered love seat.
I believe I have another similar flour sack,
but it's been stored away who knows where somewhere
in light of the move.
Once I find it I can use it to throw together
a matching pillow for the other couch.
Yay, me!
 
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September 7, 2014

Easy Peasy Homemade Sun Tea

 
Okay, I know all of blogland has gone bee-wees for fall, but let's be honest.

In some parts of the country, no matter what the calendar says,
it's still going to FEEL like summer.

If this sounds even vaguely familiar to you, then read on.


I've always been a tea drinker, plain and simple. Earl Grey, if you must know. And in winter I love a mean vanilla caramel tea.  But in the summer, I love plain old sun tea. That's right. Just throw some tea bags into a pitcher of water, set it outside in the morning to heat up, and enjoy it's deep tea flavor just a few hours later. I love it so much that I thought I'd share my recipe with you today!

Charm Bracelet Diva{at Home}'s
Sun Tea Recipe

INGREDIENTS

 
one large Luzianne (or your favorite) FAMILY SIZE tea bag
one regular sized Earl Grey tea bag
one Lipton Bavarian Wild Berry tea bag

Optional: lemon, sugar or sugar substitute

 


Place all three tea bags into a 2 quart pitcher full of water.
 
Make sure there's a lid and/or saran wrap over the top of the pitcher,
to avoid attracting bees and other flying vermin.
 
Set the pitcher outside, on your patio or deck or back porch steps
IN THE SUN. 

Let it steep until it's the perfect color for your taste.
 Then pour over ice with some sugar and a slice of lemon
and
ENJOY.
 

along with modern milk glass 
(that matches the milk glass pitcher I wrote about here
make the perfect serveware.
 
Don't you think?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isn't the spoon darling?
 
 
 I always use lemons and a little Splenda.



Perfection.

What's your favorite warm weather drink?
 
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September 4, 2014

Hanging on to Summer: Southern Living's One Step Raspberry Beer Cocktail



Even though fall is my favorite season, hands down, I do love summer, too. And as much as I can't wait to start wearing comfy leggings with boots and warm, cozy sweaters, I'm a realist. I know that here in the Midwest we're going to experience an Indian summer for at least another month, if not longer. So why fight it?
 
That's why I wanted to share with you this quintessentially summer beverage called a Raspberry Beer Cocktail.

It's not too late to make a pitcher and enjoy!


I've never been one to drink hard liquor, or even wine. But I do love me some beer. As long as it's light beer, that is. I'd never mixed beer with anything before so I was intrigued by this recipe. It just sounded like it would be refreshing on a hot summer day. I think Mr. CBD thought I was a bit nuts, but he went along with me anyway.


Okay, don't these raspberries look delicious?

Here's the recipe from Southern Living:

Raspberry Beer Cocktail

Ingredients:

3/4 c. frozen raspberries*
3 1/2 (12 oz.) bottles beer, chilled
1 (12 oz.) can frozen strawberry lemonade
1/2 cup vodka
Garnish (optional): lemon and lime slices

Preparations:
 
1. Stir together first four ingredients. Serve over ice.
Garnish if desired.

*Fresh raspberries may be substituted.


I just mixed it all up and poured it into two vintage blue Ball Mason jars.
 
Then I threw in some extra frozen raspberries for good measure. Yum.
 
Next up will be my secret recipe for home brewed sun tea. 
 
Well I hope you're enjoying those last warm and (hopefully) lazy days of Indian summer wherever you are. I know I'll be enjoying them with our kids and the new puppy!
 
Alert: Gratuitous puppy picture ahead.
 
  
 
I hope that makes you smile!
  
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August 29, 2014

Vintage Ironstone China: Wedgewood Pearl

I shared a great thrifting venue with you a few weeks ago but I never showed you what I got there!
 
Cece's is a darling thrift boutique in the quaint lakeside town of New Buffalo, Michigan. My daughters and I had a great time there.
 
And when I saw this vintage Wedgwood ironstone china bowl I knew I had to add it to my collection. 
 

It's much bigger than it looks in the photo. The inside of the bowl measures 12x10 inches.
 
I believe that it's original lid was missing, but that didn't deter me from buying it anyway.
 
I still thought it would make a lovely addition to my ironstone collection.


I tried to get a shot of some of the details. The fluting on the base is one of the things that drew me to it.
 
That, and the rather intricate handles.

 
You can see some dark age spots here and there.
 
But I don't mind the patina that comes with age.
 
Here it is empty, sans lid.
 
 
It's likely that this Pearl patterned piece was made somewhere in the mid to late 1800's. 
 

Based on it's pedigree and some preliminary research, with the lid
it's probably worth over $250.00.

Granted, I didn't get the lid.
 
But I paid only $28.00.
 
Works for me.


And of course I just had to get in MORE hydrangeas. There's been a bumper crop again this year and I couldn't be happier.
 
What would you put in here? With fall on it's way, my gears are turning in anticipation of what else I can do with this beautiful find.
 
Have a great weekend, friends!

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