Thursday, September 5, 2013

Contoured Reclaimed Wood Frames

If you have been reading my blog you know that we recently started building frames as a business.  It has been a great experience.  We are still SUPER small and sell mostly to locals or customers who have found us through Oh Sweet Sadie Boutique.  We build every frame ourselves and I hand paint each frame myself.  And I love it! 

During our first show my husband stumbled upon some wood that was being thrown away in a job site dumpster.  He realized that the contoured wood was perfect to make our unique frames.  And since then we have been making both our regular 1x4 in., 1x6 in. frames and contoured frames. 

The contoured wood frames are very rustic.  The pieces don't always meet exactly and some have knots or uneven edges.  I love naturalness of the wood.

The striped frame is contoured and the lemon print is 1x4in wood.

Another close up.
That is just a few of the pictures of our contoured wood frames.  It is difficult to see in the picture.  But it is Gorgeous in person.  We can build these in any size picture frame up to a size 11x14.  We can design frames to match any color, fabric, or color combinations you would like and will be accepting orders through Etsy soon. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Settee

I recently reupholstered a small settee/couch for my small sitting room.  I found her at a local thrift store.  She had sat so long in the garage that my husband began threatening to take her back.  So I finally gathered my courage and set to work. 

 Here is the before...

The back cushions were shredded--probably by a pet?  I had to replace the back foam because of holes and stains.
I whitewashed the legs and wood trim. I am happy with the result. 
It was a great learning experience and hopefully my upholstery skills will keep improving!
Maybe I will take a class...
The pillows I whipped up to add a little drama, they are 26x26 pillows.  I found the fabric (both the upholstery and pillows) on the remnant table at Hancock Fabrics.  One of my favorite places to look for scrap fabric.
Without the pillows....
Thanks for visiting!  I will have some new posts soon.  My camera and computer are finally working again!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Service Meals--The Worlds Best Lasagna Recipe

Yesterday, I spent several hours in the kitchen cooking dinner for 3 different families.  They were my neighbors (a huge family of 11, who just had a baby), my husband's sister and her family (who recently moved), and my family, too.  I love cooking for other people and I love serving others with food.  Don't get me wrong, cooking for that many people is stressful and not easy.  But it gets easier the more you do it.
I love taking dinner to sick friends, or taking dinner to new moms!  This time, I decided to cook Lasagna.  I have been making "The Worlds Best Lasagna" from for several years now and it is my go-to Lasagna recipe.  I've tried many others but this is BY FAR my favorite. Here are a few tips and tricks...
  1.  I omit the fennel--I am not a big fan plus most Italian sausage already has plenty, why add more?
  2. Splurge on a good Sausage--mine was still only $2.99/lb at Harmon's, a local grocer who makes over 20 different kinds of sausage
  3. Try a Hot Italian sausage for a little SPICE and HEAT
  4.  Doubling the sauce recipe makes 3 generous Lasagnas-- I made four out of this but ran out before I could completely make the 4th Lasagna(ours) but lucky for me nobody noticed
  5. I substitute Sour cream for the Ricotta Cheese + Egg mixture.  I hate the texture of Ricotta, you can also substitute with Cottage Cheese but I like the creaminess and slightly tangy flavor of sour cream.  This is a secret from my Aunt Becky, who always made mouth watering Lasagnas.
  6. If you are not using fresh mozzarella cheese--Costco has the best price for pre-shredded mozzarella cheese, Sams Club is less expensive for Parmesan Cheese.
  7. This Lasagna can be made in advance, make a day ahead and store in the fridge or freeze it for another day.
In addition to the lasagna, I made a huge green salad with tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, and pepperoncini peppers and cheese, served with Olive Garden Salad Dressing ($6.98 for two bottles at Sams Club.) I also bought Several loaves of  French Bread, and Ice cream cookie sandwiches from Costco.  If I had more time I would have made the French Bread into Garlic Bread and made homemade cookies.  But who has time for all that on a weeknight?

So try making yourself some mouth watering Lasagna or better yet make 2 and take one to a family who needs it!  It really is easy, a little time consuming, but worth it! and SO much better than the store-bought versions!

What do you make when taking dinner to someone else's family?

"Until we meet again."