Archive | October, 2011

Crossing the Finish Line: Benches Done!

31 Oct

We have done it.

The benches are done.

The frames are built. The cushions have piping and are sewn. The pillows are put together and fluffy! The extra storage space is used.  It is wonderful. I love my kitchen! It is now uncluttered and can seat more people. WINNING!

Lets start with the before.

And now today here are some picture showing off the amazing, DIY, kitchen benches.

The great this is the extra storage I gain. I can put my canning supplies, corningware, and cast iron all under there now! YAY!

Lets total the cost of the project:

Wood                  FREE (Shipping containers from local company)
Stain                   $ 2 (Habitat for Humanity ReStore)
Nails                   $ 3
Fabric                 $ 30
Pillows                 $ 5 (Scraps)
Rope (Pipping)  $ 5
Foam                    FREE (Thanks Mom- From her old benches!)
TOTAL                $ 45

What a great deal. Being on the lookout for Free stuff really does help!

I am so happy this project is done. I can now move on to other projects in the kitchen. Stay tuned, they are going to be awesome!

Where do you have extra storage in the kitchen? In a garage? Over the Fridge?

P.S. See the process in my previous posts Here, Here, and Here! (Yes it has taken awhile!)

Going Gluten Free

28 Oct

For a while now I have had psoriasis (an autoimmune disease, not contagious – read the literature!). A condition where my skin over produces cells creating “flakes” on some areas of my body. Over the past year, I also have developed Psoriasis Arthritis, common in 70% of people with psoriasis. Arthritis makes everyday hard, even getting out of bed to walking. This is something I have had now for ten years.

Recently there have been studies showing positive results between eating a gluten free diet and the condition of autoimmune disease.  So I am going to bite the bullet – the gluten free bread – and attempt to try going gluten free. This won’t be an easy task for a bread-pasta-and-all-things-wheat-lover like me. But if it will clear up my psoriasis and help my joint pain, I am willing to give it a try. Starting November 1st, 2011 until January 1st, 2012. (If it works then I’ll do it longer!).

To motivate myself and encourage others who are eating gluten free or wondering about trying it, I am starting a Gluten Free Fridays here on my blog. A place to share amazing recipes that are gluten free, and warn others what not to try. 🙂

Join me next week as I attempt this Gluten Free diet for the next two months!

Today was spent getting rid of all my beloved gluten – goodbye pasta, flour, cake mix and crackers (and tomato soup!)!

 

Apron Inspiration

27 Oct

With Fall here and Holidays on the way, I have been wanting a sweet apron to cook and host in! I know that I have been making a few aprons for other people (see here and here), but I have yet made one for myself! Crazy!

Here are some Aprons that I love that I found on Pinterest!

via Craftiness is Not Optional

via Luna and Chole Weddings

via Sew Liberated

via  The Spotlight Inspiration Room

via Anthropologie

All of this prompted my own apron design, I wanted something simple and full length!

And there you go! Now I can bake away this holiday season!

Project Fall

24 Oct

I’ve spent the last week working on getting the house clean, entertaining, and on a new bag project. You know, the usual fall things.

Here is my new bag project that I just finished this morning. 🙂

It is an adaptation of Butterick B5267 Tote Bag. I made mine slightly smaller and with different pockets and two-tone straps. This will be great to take to the beach, the coffee shop with my computer, or even to the gym. It is that big! It is now the biggest bag I own.

That fabric I used is from Fabric.com and Hancock.

Aviary 2 Sparrows Bark Cream

Aviary 2 Damask Saffron

Orange Cotton Canvas Fabric

I also was able to spend this past weekend with my lovely sister visiting the sights of Chattanooga! Yay for an amazing fall weekend.

 

The Game of Life

13 Oct

I know that it has been a while since I last posted.

Life has gotten in the way, as usual. We have been busy this past month with birthdays and parties, camping, and trying to get through life. I want everyone to know that my purpose for this blog isn’t for an income or fame or populairty. I want it to track all of my creative projects and dream projects. That is why I do it – for me!

Sorry if that means the posting on here  is sporadic and jumbled – but that is life!

Fall ReCap:

Chili Birthday Party!

 

Camping!

And what is camping without some Campfire Fajitas?