Heirloom Recipe Wall

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I love old things. Whether it be old barn wood, old fabric, old furniture, old country music or even old people; I love all things old. China… who wants new china? Slap the word vintage on the front of it and I am all over it like white on rice. Yes, I’m one of THOSE people. Sorry not Sorry. Whats even better than just old things, are old things that used to belong to family members. JACKPOT.

I bring you our heirloom recipe wall!

From top to bottom:
Homemade Sign – Made from 100-year-old barn wood from my Aunt Kathy’s farm in Illinois; Myrkwood Farm. Hawaiian Sheet Cake – Top left; My husband’s late grandma Pat’s recipe in her handwriting. German Potato Salad  – Top right; My Nonnie’s recipe in her hand writing. If you haven’t had german potato salad it is WONDERFUL. Date Pin Wheels – Bottom left; My Nana’s famous date pinwheel  recipe. THE recipe she was known for, in her handwriting (always cursive because she thought that her print was ugly). Peanut Butter Cookies –  Bottom right; Also, Wes’s grandma Pat’s recipe in her handwriting.

I think its important to keep (and display) reminders of where you came from. Not only to honor those who impacted us so deeply and molded us into who we are… but also to remind us of the things and people who really matter in this busy world that we live in.

Till next time.

Faux French Grain Sack Fabric

I’ve been obsessing over vintage grain sack fabric for a while now. It is the epitome of shabby chic farmhouse amazingness. Look at it… Just look at it!

AMAZEBALLS! I just want to stare at it! Apparently everyone is obsessed with grain sack fabric like I am because when looking to buy some online, the prices are quite hefty. Personally, my budget does not include any type of fabric that is anywhere from $17-$35 per yard. No Way. Sooooo, in true high cotton fashion, I figured out how to make some faux grain sack fabric! As they say, necessity is the mother of invention!

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Originally I was wanting to make some pillows out of the grain sack fabric… but then I got to thinking, HOW COOL would french grain sack curtains be!?! I needed new curtains for my kitchen anyways… bing, bang, boom – I had a plan.

<<< I always pinterest my ideas before I do them for inspiration

 

Let’s get started!

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Heres what you need:

  • (2) off white canvas curtain panels– I found mine at Old Time Pottery. If you’ve never been there you HAVE TO GO. It is the holy grail of all affordable home decor. BOTH panels together were $12.99. You cant beat that.
  • A Ruler– 24 inch works best so you don’t have to pick it up and move it.
  • Fabric paintThe Folk Art Multi-Surface Paint is really neat; glass, fabric, ceramic, it paints it all!
  • Paint brush
  • 1 inch Masking tape– The regular old masking tape works better than the painter’s tape for this project.

First, let me tell you, I had to seriously fight the urge to iron these curtains. Its in my genes to iron, everything. My great-grandmother, Nana, ironed everything… From the curtains, to the bedsheets, underwear and I even remember her ironing money every once in a while. For this project I decided to go against my deep seeded need to iron, and leave them wrinkly because wrinkly better fits the style I am going for.

Okay, now lets begin, measure out your pattern with the ruler. I marked where I wanted my tape on both sides and then just stretched the masking tape between the tick marks. Leave a little bit of tape overhang on both sides because having the curtain taped to the table while painting is very helpful.

My measurements from the bottom of the curtains were:
Tape 1: Between 7.5-8.5
Tape 2&3: Between 9.25-11.25
Tape 3&4: Between 14-16
Tape 5: Between 16.75-17.75

 

After everything is taped off and pressed down really well, paint messily between the tape. I didn’t make any of my paint even because I wanted it to look worn. Remove the tape once the paint is dry to the touch.

For my pattern I wanted 2 more small lines in the empty space. So, after the first lines were completely dry I taped down the second set of lines and painted them the same way. The first small lines are .75inches wide so I centered the second set of small lines and made them .75inches wide also.

Once the curtains are dry, repeat all of the same steps with your second panel.

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I don’t always re-decorate my kitchen, but when I do I pretend I am Joanna Gaines 🙂
#MostInterestingWomanInTheWorld #FarmhouseFabulous

PS> If you like my  “Homemade” recipe wall thats hanging next to my curtains… I wrote a post about it HERE

Valet Parking for Amateurs

For some people, valet parking is a normal occurrence. For others (I am included in this category), valet parking is a luxury that is rarely taken advantage of. Looking back, I can only remember one other time that my car has been valet parked – my wedding night, so you get the picture.

This past weekend I topped my previous valet parking record and valet parked TWICE, in one day. It was quite an experience. I had appointments at 2 hotels downtown to do updos for the Cotton Ball. (I am also a hair stylist, in case you were wondering)

For those of you that don’t know what a Cotton Ball is, I’ll tell you all that I know. From what I gathered in my time listening to conversations during my updo appointments, it is a debutante ball. The girls wear all white dresses (they HAVE to be white, not ivory) and white gloves – the whole shebang. There’s a queen each year, but I am not completely sure how she’s chosen. The girls are introduced, and then I heard something about doing the waltz… That’s all I know. It sounds like something that happens in movies – I’m picturing the scene in Princess diaries where Michael shows up to surprise Mia and they dance the night away. Who knows if my fantasy is correct.

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Anyways, back to my valet parking story.

Have you ever done something where you don’t want to look like you have no idea what you are doing… so you try to fake it… but really, you have no idea what you are doing? That’s me with valet parking. I pull up to the first hotel, and get into the line of cars next to the sign that says “Valet Parking”… Do I stay in my car?… Do I get out and hand someone my keys?… Do I get out and leave the car running?… I opted for sitting in my car for a minute, until I saw the valet guy awkwardly looking at me. Staying in the car was apparently not the right choice out of my options, so I grabbed my purse and my hair equipment bag and hopped out – leaving the car running. The second choice was better (Mental note: when valet parking, pull up and get out instead of sitting in the car looking like a loser…GOT IT!)

I went about my hairstyling business. 3 updos and 2 down styles later it was time to go back down to the dreaded Valet. Valet ticket in hand, I made my way down the elevator to the parking booth. I handed the guy my ticket and he started walking towards the parking garage. I figured while he was gone I would get caught up on my social media on my phone. Then I hear from across the roundabout, Ma’am… (of course I am not paying attention)… louder, Ma’am…. (still not paying attention) … now, almost yelling, Hello Ma’am… Finally I looked up and the valet guy is standing there with my car. How embarrassing. I apologized, tipped and left.

I am a TERRIBLE valet parker. I’m sure everyone around was looking at me going “she sure doesn’t do this often”. Exactly what I was trying to avoid.

My last appointment for the day was at another fancy hotel… with valet parking (oh boy). I pull up, get out (leaving the car running), get my ticket, and make my way into the elevator like a pro. YES! I finish my last updo, head back down to the valet. I hand the guy my keys and he’s off to get my car. I make sure to leave the social media alone this time around- so he wont have to be yelling at me from across the drive like the last valet (#facepalm). He pulls up and I go to get in my car, almost home free without embarrassing myself at this hotel when the valet says, “Well, I emptied your… um, Car-Can, for you… that’s actually really smart to put a trash can in your car”. THHHANNNKKKSSS. Of course he had never seen a trash can in a car before, I’m sure people that drive Bentleys, BMWs, and Teslas don’t have “Car-cans”. Yet again, embarrassed by valet parking.

I have to say – if I have the choice again, although I appreciated the convenience of the valet, I’ll probably just park my own car 🙂

PS, as a side-note, how great an idea is a Car-can? You can throw your drive-through trash away, cans, cups, all the stuff that normally takes over the car… just throw it in the Car-can. For those of us who have children, it could also double as a puke bucket. Just saying. I think its a brilliant idea. All cars should really have them as standard equipment.