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Fresh Picked Friday [Vol.74]

fresh picked friday

April 18, 2014 [Vol. 74]

Betcha’ didn’t know it was that simple…[DIY recycled plank table]

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Sweet & chic…[Handmade Maltese Slip Cover]

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I need these in my life [Mason Jar Measuring Cups]

mason jar measuring cups

The perfect Easter Treat [Mini Blueberry Pies]

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DIY décor for less [DIY Rope Coasters]

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Super simple appetizer idea…[Spinach Artichoke Bites]

spinach dip appetizer

 

Cheers, it’s Friday! [Raspberry Mint Cocktail]

raspberry mint cocktail

Have a wonderful weekend!

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DIY Chalky Finish Garden Markers

Lately, we’ve been busy getting our back yard & garden ready for Summer, which includes lots of new plantings.  Keeping track of what’s planted where can be a pain, so I knew I wanted to create some cute garden markers to keep things in check.  I was lucky to enough to have some assistance with today’s project from my lovely & talented sister, who happens to be an actual artist (unlike myself, as I couldn’t paint a picture to save my life!).  We decided to use chalky painted rocks with fun designs as markers so that we could erase and reuse them for different plants as need be.  Painting small, intricate designs on the rocks turned out to be much easier than I thought because we used a super simple ”toothpick painting” technique, which literally made me feel like an artist (at least for a minute).  Here’s how our Chalky Finish Garden Markers turned out…

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DIY Chalky Finish Garden Markers

MATERIALS

  • Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paint (we used, relic, innocence, new life, & heritage)
  • Americana Décor Matte Varnish
  • small, flat rocks
  • paint brush
  • toothpicks

METHOD

First, we painted the rocks in Relic, which is a dark slate color.

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Once the rocks were dry, we painted leaves and flowers on them using toothpicks!  Toothpick painting is super simple for small designs because you create shapes using tiny dots & lines, as opposed to trying to paint perfectly with a brush (which I certainly can not do!)…

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Once the rocks were dry, we brushed on a thin coat of the matte varnish sealer, which creates a protective coating.  When the varnish is dry, they’re ready to write on!

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I plan on making many more for my vegetable garden =)

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These adorable markers look great in the garden, and in potted plants too!

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Looking for some more inspiration?  Check out our post on dreamy backyard design ideas!

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DIY Vintage Industrial Desk [Ikea Hack]

99.9% of the time I look for antique & vintage furniture to revive…but I’m certainly not opposed to reviving new pieces of furniture if they have the right “bones”.  I recently snagged this great writing desk at an estate sale…I knew it was a newer piece, but I didn’t find out it was actually made by Ikea until I was midway through painting, which turns this revival into an Ikea Hack!  Although I’m not always a fan of the super straight lines and assembly processes, Ikea does makes some wonderfully functional pieces of furniture.  Writing desks tend to be pretty simple & basic in style, so I knew I just wanted to give this desk an improved look.  I figured I’d go with a vintage/industrial metal type look to compliment the clean lines…

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DIY Vintage Industrial Desk [Ikea Hack]

MATERIALS

  • CeCe Caldwell’s All Natural Chalk + Clay Paint in Pittsburgh Gray & Beckley Coal
  • CeCe Caldwell’s Clear Wax
  • Paint Brush
  • lint-free cloth or wax brush (for applying wax)

METHOD

I didn’t have a chance to snap a before photo of this desk, so I grabbed this one from Row House Nest, which looks exactly the same…

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To achieve the vintage dark metal look on this desk, I started by painting it with a solid coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Pittsburgh Gray.

After the first coat was dry to the touch, I lightly dry brushed CeCe Caldwell’s Beckly Coal on top, allowing some of the Pittsburgh Gray to show through…

About 30 minutes after applying the Beckly Coal it was pretty much dry to the touch.  I then used a 220 grit sanding block to lightly distress and blend the two colors.

Finally, I sealed the desk by buffing on a coat of clear wax!

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The dry brushing & sanding process gave the desk a perfectly distressed, pitted finish!

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Find more furniture flips here!

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Sweet & Tangy Slow Cooker Pork Chops[recipe]

Happy Monday!  We’re kicking off the week with a SUPER simple & delicious slow cooker recipe.  Slow cooker recipes are amazing for weeknight meals…who doesn’t love coming home to a perfectly cooked meal!?  I’ve been trying out lots of yummy slow cooker recipes lately and today I’m sharing one of my absolute favorites, Sweet & Tangy Slow Cooker Pork Chops

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Sweet & Tangy Slow Cooker Pork Chops [recipe]
serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 boneless pork chops
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)

METHOD

Place all ingredients in the slow cooker & set to LOW for 6 hours.  Bon appetite!

Serve over rice with a side of veggies for a complete meal =)

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Fresh Picked Friday [Vol. 73]

fresh picked friday

April 11, 2014 [Vol. 73]

Repurpose old doilies…[sew them onto a linen table cloth]

doilies on table cloth

Why don’t you…[turn a pallet into a doormat]

pallet door mat

I want me some of that…[Mexican Street Corn Recipe]

mexican street corn

The most perfect Spring dessert [Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Recipe]

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Getting ready for Spring…[DIY herb garden markers]

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The easiest plant to keep…[All about succulents]

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Get the look… [DIY reclaimed wood how to]

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Have a wonderful weekend!

xo

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DIY Coastal Rope Coasters [tutorial]

It’s no secret that I love just about everything COASTAL, and what’s more coastal than décor made from nautical rope?  Well, I was surfing one of my favorite flash sale websites the other day when I came across an amazing set of handmade rope coasters.  One look at them, and knew I could DIY them for a fraction of the cost, so that’s exactly what I did!

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DIY Coastal Rope Coasters

MATERIALS

  • roll of 1/4″- 1/2″ rope
  • foam or cork for the base (I used foam squares I found at the craft store)
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

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METHOD

Cut the foam or cork base into a circle shape (mine were approx. 4″ around).

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Secure the rope in the center of the circle with a dab of hot glue.

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Continue adding more hot glue as you twist the rope around the center circle.

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Cut the rope and secure it with hot glue, once you reach the outside of the circle.

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Trim away any excess foam or cork.

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Your DIY Rope Coasters are now complete!

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Go ahead & use them while you sip on a refreshing skinny cocktail!

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Step-by-step!

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DIY Hand Rolled Beeswax Taper Candles

In addition to their natural air purification benefits, beeswax candles simply chic & fabulous.  I’ve always seen them at fancy boutiques, yet never made the purchase because they tend to be pretty pricy!  What I didn’t know was how simple it is to make beeswax candles at home!  So, I purchased sheets of beeswax online and began rolling my own beeswax candles, now I’m absolutely obsessed… diy-beeswax-taper-candles11

DIY Hand Rolled Beeswax Taper Candles

MATERIALS

  • 16″ sheets of natural beeswax, each sheet yields 4 candles (I purchased mine here)
  • candle wicks (comes with beeswax sheets if you purchase here)
  • scissors

METHOD

Use a pair of scissors to cut 4″ strips of beeswax.  If you purchase 16″ sheets, you should get four taper candles from each sheet.  I found that the 4″ width resulted in the perfect fit for standard tapper candle holders…

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Cut your wick to the correct length for the height of your candle.  I left approx. 1″ on the top for burning.  Place the wick on one side of the beeswax sheet and roll the beeswax on top of it, covering the wick. diy-beeswax-taper-candles6

Continue to roll the beeswax over the wick until you reach the end…

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Once you reach the end, lightly press the end of the beeswax sheet into the candle to secure it…

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That it!  Your DIY Beeswax Candles are now complete!

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I made three colors, green, yellow & sea foam =)

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I also cut smaller pieces of beeswax (approx. 3″) to make beeswax birthday candles!

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The beeswax birthday candles came out so sweet!

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I used them on top of the amazingly delicious Lemon Poppy Seed Ombre Cake I made for my mother’s birthday!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Ombre Cake

My mother recently celebrated a milestone birthday (she’ll kill me if I share her age ;) )  We threw her a fabulous surprise party, and I put myself in charge of baking her birthday cake!  I’m definitely NOT an expert baker, but I absolutely love baking, I find it sort of therapeutic.   I searched for weeks before I found the perfect cake recipe.  I decided on the most amazingly delicious lemon poppy seed cake from Always with Butter.  I’ve done a slightly different recipe for lemon poppy seed cupcakes before and they were very yummy, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong!  I also mixed up a chic yellow ombre frosting to make this cake even more fun.  The party was a great time & the cake with a HUGE HIT!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Ombre Cake
Recipe makes one large cake

INGREDIENTS

for the cake…

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 2 sticks butter (softened)
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • zest on large lemon
  • 5 egg whites

for the lemon cream cheese frosting…

  • zest one large lemon
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • yellow food coloring

METHOD

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter & flour two round baking pans (or three if you want thinner layers)
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt & poppy seeds in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add butter, zest & 1 cup of buttermilk.  Mix thoroughly.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites and remaining buttermilk together. Gradually blend into batter.
  • Pour into baking pans and bake for 28 minutes.

for the cream cheese lemon frosting…

  • Blend all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Once thoroughly blended, separate frosting into three smaller bowls, two bowls should have a bit more frosting (one for the bottom and middle of the cake & one for the top of the cake).
  • To make the ombre yellow frosting, start by adding a approximately 5 drops in the of the smaller bowl of frosting, then appox. 15 drops in one of the large bowls of frosting, the remaining large bowl of frosting will have no yellow coloring (it will be used to frost the base of the cake and between layers.  Continue adding drops of yellow to the two bowls until you reach the desired shades of yellow.
  • When frosting your cake, start with the large bowl of cream colored frosting (without the yellowing coloring).  Use that to frost in between the cakes, be sure to leave a bit for the outer base of the cake too!
  • Using a frosting knife, apply the remaining colorless frosting to the base of the cake.  Next, apply the small bowl of medium colored yellow around the middle section of the cake.  Finally, frost the remaining top area of the cake with the large bowl of dark yellow.

Note: I doubled this recipe when I made it because I wanted an even larger cake & some mini cupcakes too.  The doubled recipe served over 50 people!

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You can really see the ombre yellow frosting here!

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Look at those poppy seeds, and those creamy layers of cream cheese frosting!  This image makes my mouth water…

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Here are the mini cupcakes I made!  I used polka dot paper cups along with toothpicks & fabric flags!

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Find more sweet baking recipes here!

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Fresh Picked Friday [Vol.72]

fresh picked friday

April 4, 2014 [Vol. 71]

Healthy & delicious…[Crispy Baked Shoestring Sweet Potatoes]

shoestring sweet potatoes

Re-purposed fashion at it’s best…[DIY Vintage Button Necklace]

vintage button necklace

Fresh Spring Hair…[Easy Twist Braid Bun]

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Beautify your back yard…[DIY Rustic Patio Table]

diy-patio-table

Problem solved…[How to Remove Plate Scratches]

remove plate scratches

Easter Art [DIY Pallet Bunny Art]

bunny pallet art

Everyone should know…[How to Achieve the Perfect Distressed Finish]

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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DIY Rope Hardware Hack [tutorial]

Who doesn’t love flipping a good “flea market find”?  Flea market finds usually come old, dirty, and dirt cheap, which always makes for the BEST transformations… but what do you do when your flea market find is missing all or some of it’s hardware?  Usually, if it’s missing a knob or two, it’s a simple fix.  We can always find a replacement knob, or purchase a set of all new knobs…no big deal.  The real kicker is when you’re piece is missing very specific handle pulls.  Replacing handle pulls can get sticky because this leaves you searching out new hardware with the exact same hole spacing.  When this isn’t an option for you, there’s a perfect solution!  DIY Rope Hardware can be customized to fit ANY spacing on an old piece, AND it’s super simple & inexpensive!

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DIY Rope Hardware Hack [tutorial]

For this project, all you’ll need is a roll of woven rope.  Hit up the local hardware store and pick your favorite color & size, there’s usually a few different options!

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The nice thing about woven rope is that you can twist off separate sections as you need them.  The rope I chose was a little too thick for the existing holes on my dresser, so I simply unraveled one of the pieces to reduce the thickness of my handles…

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After cutting my handles to size, I taped off the ends of the rope to make it easier to insert into the holes on my dresser.  I found that the rope frayed quite a bit if I didn’t tape it off before inserting it…

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Once the rope was through the holes on the dresser, I simply tied them into a small knot on the backside…

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It’s as simple as that!  Our flea market dresser now looks super chic & nautical with it’s fabulous new DIY rope hardware!

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One more close up…

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Find more flea market find projects here!

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