September 19, 2017

September 17, 2017

Pasta & Veggie Salad

I want to share an easy fix recipe that you can make and use for a few days.
Side salad. Lunch at work. Take to a neighbor who is under the weather. You decide! 😊
I plan to make a large bowl this week and thought I would share. You may regulate how much you want by the amount of ingredients.

 I like to make a large amount, since I am making a mess in the kitchen anyway. Ha ha.

I thought I would share a yummy pasta salad recipe with you today. I do not cook as much as I used to, since we have an empty nest. But when I do cook, I prefer simple recipes with easy ingredients. I venture to say that you may have most of these ingredients in your pantry or refrigerator. If you do need to go grocery shopping, the ingredients are easy to find! Nothing exotic in this dish. :-)

September 10, 2017

A Surprise Basket

Surprises are so much fun!

Cute surprises are even more fun.

And for a basket lover from way back
...this surprise was extra extra fun.

Let me back up...

A week or so ago I purchased some of the prettiest green yarn imho. I love greens you know! 

I thought of knitting something...but after more thought and given that this yarn is a scratchy wool I am thinking I will make some pompoms. I bought the yarn at Tuesday Morning on markdown. (I bought it for the color!)

I had my skeins of yarn in a green plastic bag...that is until this little surprise was handed to me. 

When I took the basket out of the gift bag I knew how I would use it, ...though there are now several ideas swirling in my head. 

I needed a basket to hold my yarn and supplies for my project.


There are extra large versions of this basket that could hold a large knitting or crochet blanket project. But this smaller size is exactly what I like. 

And I guess you noticed the black polka dots! Cute.

I have considered making some black pompoms for around the top edge...but they might get in the way if I fold the top down to make a bowl. 

The sides of the basket are flexible which lets the handles flex for carrying. Yay! 

It could be a quilter's basket...for holding fabrics, scissors, thread, etc. 

I guess my basket could be a beach basket... for a towel and lotion and an afternoon at the beach. 

It could be a picnic basket...for snacks and beverages.

It could be a basket for small toys...children or pet's toys. 

I could go on and on. You get my point. It's a useful basket. :-)

But there is more magic! 

The sides fold in to make a sort of bowl.

It is too large for a hat. I tried. :-)

Line the basket with tea towels and put bread, chips, or crackers in it. 

Or, load the bowl area with found fall objects. Pine cones. Gourds. Small pumpkins. Nuts. Pine sprigs. 

I helped my mother and father with something last week and I think they wanted to thank me...though not necessary... and now I am the proud owner of a very useful basket. 

Then I heard my mother say..."they had an extra large one and it would be good to hold my large knitting/crocheting projects." (Mother likes to make afghans.) 

I will have to check to see if she went back to get a basket for herself. :-) 

Nanwood Market, Columbia, KY.  
The cutest little shop...owned by a mother and daughter.
They are on Instagram  @nanwoodmarket #nanwoodmarket 

A Pretty Little Pitcher

I guess you noticed that I was missing in action last week. I needed to rest. I needed a break. 

I had tons of things going on and I decided to take a mini break from the blog. Going here and there. Family stuff! Etc. Anyway...

I am trying to get into the swing of fall decorating! Time to dig into my fall decorating bins in the basement. :-)

I have a fun event coming up on Saturday, Sept 16th at Pottery Barn in Lexington, Ky. If you are in Lex on Sept 16th try to drop by Pottery Barn at The Summit on Nicholasville Road. I will be there "meeting and greeting" from 12-4. I would love to meet you! 

I will be demonstrating how to set a pretty table using new fall items from the store. Imagine designing a table and not having to look at the price tag.( Oh la la!)

September 2, 2017

One More Way to Style a Pumpkin

Another title might be, How to use a garland in making a centerpiece. I just could not decide. Let's see what you think.

I hope you are not tired of seeing my pumpkin projects, but you probably know me well enough to know that I love to change things up and try this and that.  Well, welcome to today's quick little post. 

(I took the photos with my cellphone, as I was not planning on a photo shoot. Then I decided you all might like to see this little ditty.) 

I came home with a set of "faux" tobacco baskets a week or so ago when Hobby Lobby had them on sale. 

I have a few ideas on how I planned to use them...and this is not one of my original ideas. ha!

This idea was spur of the are many of my "ideas." They just pop into my head! :-)

For this project I stacked the middle and small sized tobacco baskets. 

I needed a bit more height for my pumpkin so I added a couple of hubby's old books. 

The books put my pumpkin high enough to to be visible for the rest of the project. 

This next step is my big idea! (I was so proud of myself for thinking to do this. ha ha.)

Big idea: I wrapped a rustic/twiggy garland around the pumpkin. Ta da!

I tucked the branches here and there to hide the books. 

Then I shaped the tendrils to twist this way and that. 

It's all trial and error. 

Once I decide I like the way it looks...I stop. :-)

I could still see the books and needed to hide them. 

Pine cones to the rescue! I thought of adding some faux fruit for color...but then I thought it might get busy looking. 

I tucked pine cones around the base of the pumpkin. (So many in fact that It looks like I have a wreath around the base.) 

This arrangement was essentially a layering project.

Mr. Fox, a fixture on my great grandmother's old table,  has agreed to keep an eye on things.

And an overhead view for you. 

I hope my little project inspires you to create something similar. 

I love to use garlands in arrangements. They can be twisted to any shape you need and add just enough base greenery to a floral or twiggy arrangement. 

Until the next time...Sheila

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