Saturday, April 28, 2012

My Vintage Fire King Find

Hello, Dear Ones!
I'm so excited because I found a vintage Fire King bowl.
Guess what I paid for it? 
$1.50 ~ score!! :)

 Knowing nothing about vintage bowls and such, 
I did a little research on the computer to find out about my $1.50 bowl.

I found out the pattern is called 'Kitchen Aid'.
Wonder why? :)

 I saw some bowls on line that said "Spags" on the rolling pin and found out those bowls were given to celebrate the stores anniversary, I think.

 You can see all the different little baking things playing merry go round around the bowl.

 I think this bowl may have been a series of three bowls, possibly.
If you know anything about this pattern, I'd love to know.
I do believe it came out in the 1950s.

Well, no matter, I love my little Kitchen Aid Fire King bowl.
I'm going to put her to work.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

You Are The Sunshine of My Life

You are the sunshine of my life
That's why I'll always be around, 
You are the apple of my eye, 
Forever you'll stay in my heart 

I feel like this is the beginning, 
Though I've loved you for a million years, 
And if I thought our love was ending, 
I'd find myself drowning in my own tears 

You are the sunshine of my life, 
That's why I'll always stay around, 
You are the apple of my eye, 
Forever you'll stay in my heart 

You must have known that I was lonely, 
Because you came to my rescue, 
And I know that this must be heaven, 
How could so much love be inside of you? 

You are the sunshine of my life, yeah, 
That's why I'll always stay around, 
You are the apple of my eye, 
Forever you'll stay in my heart
~ sung by Stevie Wonder 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Debbiedoo's Copycat Party

Hello Dear Ones,
I'm so thrilled to be joining Debbie at Debbiedoo's for her Copy Cat Party.
If you visit me much you're going to remember this from last week!
But it fits for the party so here goes...

I wanted to repost a craft I did a few years ago.
So many of us love our dishes and I just know you're going to love this.
Even though this issue of Romantic Home is no longer around, 
I still think you can go to town with my tutorial if you want to do it. 

I just love this magazine and drool over every page, don't you? 

While flipping through the articles I saw this...Fashion Plates! 
Plates? Did I just read the word PLATES? Well, Dear Ones,
I was going to have to look more closely at this little article.
I was seeing the most gorgeous plate I'd ever seen?
I even dogeared the page so I would make sure I could find it again. I was so excited!!

Look at these! Aren't they so pretty?
Well, let me tell you, I was about to put on my craftiness. 
These plates are just clear glass plates that have been decoupaged with fabric on the back! 
Woo Hooness
I was about to go to town making fashion plates! :)

Popped in to WalMart and bought a set of these clear dishes for around $15! 
Do I need more plates? No! 
Then why am I about to decoupage these plates? 
Because I'm a Dishaholic and cannot help myself! :)

This is all you need to get started.
A clear plate, fabric, Mod Podge, Varnish and little spongy applicators.

Now I sew, so I have lots of fabric. But I needed to decide which pattern I would use.

Okay, I picked this pretty flowery fabric.
Let's get started:
You just set the plate down, right side up, on top of the fabric with the right side of the fabric facing up and draw around it adding about 1 1/2 - 2 ". I probably added more since this was my first time.

By the way, I'm using a large clear platter I already had for this Fashion Plate.

Oh, this was so much fun. I felt like a little kid playing in the glue. You just take the little sponge brush and start applying the decoupage glue. The instructions said to apply it liberally. I think I got a little too liberal with it. :) Then you place the plate, bum side down, on top of the glue smeared fabric. Flip the plate with the glued fabric over and place it food side down on a mixing bowl or something. I used an upside down plastic margarine tub and it worked very well. Now you just continue slapping on the glue to the wrong side of the fabric until you've covered the entire bottom of the plate. Here's the fun part - you use your dainty creamy fingers and starting in the middle of the plate's bottom, rub your fingers across the plate all the way to the end of the fabric. You're getting out the air bubbles and smoothing out the fabric. You do this over the entire plate's bum until you're fabric is looking smooth as a baby's bottom and you don't see any more air bubbles. I did pretty well, but by putting on so much glue there were places that lumped up a bit.
 But it turned out pretty good for my first time.

Let your glued up plate rest and dry over night. The next day carefully cut away the excess fabric from your plate round the rim.
Like I said, I haven't put the varnish on the back, but I'm sure this would seal any loose edges of the fabric!

Lookee!! Isn't it beautiful! I just love it! You're supposed to paint on the liquid varnish to the backside of the plate. Well, I haven't done that yet! But you can actually use this platter, just wipe off the surface. You surely wouldn't put it into your sudsy sink or your dishwasher. 

No no Nannette!

Forgive me, you can see the plastic tablecloth I used! I had to protect my work table!! :)

Now I'm on to the four dinner plates and the salad plates. Again it was hard choosing the right fabric - but I'm thinking 'spring' so I went with this sweet little yellow rosey print!

Isn't it just the sweetest dinner plate you've ever seen? 
By this time, honey, I was getting really good at this! I'm so creative! :)

Now I was on a roll...time to play in the glue and fashion my little salad plates! 
Ta Dah!!

Oh, be still my heart! Is this not the cutest little plate you've ever seen? You can even see my crocheted runner through it. This little plate is so very light and fluffy!! :)

See how they look together? Oh, I am truly loving this! I've made Fashion Plates and you can to!!

I am just so amazing, don't you think? :) You know I'm kidding! 
This was so much fun and I'm sure I'm going to do it again.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my revisited tutorial.
If you make a dish or two like this, please let me know! :)

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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

The Great Pretender

Oh yes, I'm the great pretender
Pretending that I'm doing well
My need is such; I pretend too much
I'm lonely but no one can tell.

Oh yes, I'm the great pretender
A drift in a world of my own
I play the game; but to my real shame
You've let me to dream all alone.

Too real is this feeling of make believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can't conceal.

Oh yes I'm the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I'm not; you see
I'm wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you're still around.

Too real is this feeling of make believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can't conceal

Yes I'm the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I'm not you see
I'm wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you're still around
~ sung by The Platters

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Little Newness of Kitchen

Hello, Dear Ones!
I showed you a nasty snap a few posts back and told you we were doing some things to our little kitchen.
You may want to grab a cup of tea cuz I got a looooooooooong post here.

It probably doesn't look much different to you who visit me often
but there are a few little changes.

This is how the kitchen looked a little over a year ago when we got granite countertops and a beadboard backsplash.

This is a bad snap, but this is how the kitchen looked after we moved in over 16 years ago.
A dirty cream color on the cabinets and on the walls. 
Formica, the real shabang, on the counters.
Now I was so smart and stenciled the little plate border. 
Did you know I was a rockin' stenciler? Well, I am! :)

Then a few years down the road I got all smarty pants like and painted all my walls and in the adjoining breakfast room - blood red! 
Except the wainscoting, kept it white.
Loved it to death. Blood red/Death  
(how do you like my pun? I'm so creative like this you know)  :)
Well, for six years I loved it! 
Those red walls just screamed "REDRUM! REDRUM"
Tired of the blood red, I went to a sweet soft creamy yellow! 
Took two coats of primer and three coats of yellow! Whew!
Then Mr. Precious and I painted the cabinets a nice bright white a couple of years ago.

Pop on up to today. Our home is not a new home. It's olden and was built in 1970.
We decided to have new doors made for our olden cabinets and the interior of the cabinets all painted up nicely with oil based paint.
I'm loving them.

There was just a teeny little trim on our olden doors. Some of the doors where hung a tad crooked. Some wouldn't close all the way. Olden! Kinda like me! :)
So new doors were made with a wider outline. I don't know what you call it - border, rim?
Anyway, you can see the difference here.

Here's a last year snap of the corner cabinets. 
The bottom cabinet contains a lazy Susan so not an inch of space is wasted. I love that!

But look now! SQUEAL!!
I got a glass front door for the top cabinet! 
And it has little lights on the sides to light up my life! :)

I do realize this is not much of a big deal to most of you, 
but hey, don't take much to please me and I'm tellin' ya ~ 
I'm in kitchen cabinet glass door heaven! :)

I think I probably went overboard poking stuff in here.
This was the cabinet where I used to keep tea and doggie biscuits for Chloe and lots of glasses.
These shelves are pie slice shaped and are about two feet or more wide and that deep.
So I just kept poking and poking and poking dishes in here.

Oh, boy! Oh, joy! 
I'm loving my little over stuffed pie shaped glass front cabinet door!
Can you love all that? 
Well you bet your I didn't break that glass on the floor! Just sayin'!

Moving on...
This is my little pretend island. 
She really wants to be an island but she's just a peninsula.
I just keep telling her - no cabinet is an island! :)
She's painted a soft green and I love that. 
Her doors are so much prettier with the wider borders around them too.
I've got all kinds of stuff poked behind these doors too. 
Although I have to maneuver around the Jenn Air's innards.
Was that TMI? 

Got new hardware too that matches the faucet - 
kinda black with a little coppery color showing through.

One more time ~ SQUEALL!!
See what I found? 
I found a Jadite bowl! 
I've been looking for one ever since Christmas when I saw Debbie's from Debbie Dabble. 
Her Jadite bowl was filled with cookie cutters.
I drooled for weeks! I really did.
Felt plumb sorry for myself that I didn't have a Jadite bowl. :(

This spot above the ovens looks so much better too.
The cabinet door at the top had just been sliced off for the ovens to fit. 
Our cabinet guy made a real door for this space.
Now she is a 'real' cabinet!
See that little wooden squirrel? Do you know what that's used for?
You grab it's little tail and use his little front feet or the space behind his little ears to grab and pull out a hot oven rack and you will not burn your most precious dainty fingers.
It's cheesy. I know. 
But a sweet little friend made it for me many years ago and now he's home with Jesus.
So I'll always keep it.

Cabinet guy tried to talk me out of my little fronts here with the wooden pieces I added and painted green with my most talented fingers. He wanted to put in those drop downs so I could poke wet sponges and things in them. I didn't want that! I wanted my little olden fronts.
Got my way. See? They're old and a little bumped up, I don't care. So, he being the cabinet guy with his cabinet guy mind decided to make things flow better, he would make all of my top drawer fronts plain so my little fronts with the wooden green thingys could shine. I like how it turned out!

Then...are you ready for more? 
I went right out and bought four tiny little bitty corbels and had them put up under the cabinets. 
I am taking care of these myself and need to sand again and put the final coat on, but I couldn't wait to show you! A little bitty SQUEAL!!!

This is a very special cabinet too!
Guess what's behind those new doors...

See? Cookie sheets and trays and baking pans and such! 
Mr. Precious helped and cut some liner down as to not scratch the new paint! :)
Okay, I'll shut up now and let you look.

Well, shoot! That didn't last long, did it? :)
I took down my little valance over the sink and am liking all of the light coming in.
I just may not put it back up!
I would like to use the wooden blinds like I have on the windows on the front of the house, 
but they won't fit because of the raised faucet.
Okay, I'll shut up now. :)

Love my girls. I know...shhh.

Y'all come back, ya hear? :)

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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

You Light Up My Life

So many nights I sit by my window 
Waiting for someone to sing me his song
So many dreams I kept deep inside me
Alone in the dark but now
You've come along
You light up my life
You give me hope
To carry on
You light up my days
and fill my nights with song
Rollin' at sea, adrift on the water
Could it be finally I'm turning for home?
Finally, a chance to say hey,
I love You
Never again to be all alone
You light up my life
You give me hope
To carry on
You light up my days
and fill my nights with song
You light up my life
You give me hope
To carry on
You light up my days
and fill my nights with song
It can't be wrong
When it feels so right
'Cause You
You light up my life
~ sung by Debbie Boone