Sunday, January 25, 2015

Vintage TV Tray Makeover & Arctic Boy Water Cooler Find

Remember my metal TV tray that I wanted to paint after finishing my aqua bar cart?  I had every intention of refinishing this tray a lot sooner than this, but it is finally done!  Here it is before.  I found only one similar online but there was no price.  It has been sitting outside all winter and was a rusty mess.
 Cody and I went to his shop and got to work yesterday.  My first job was to get all the rust scrubbed off.  Can you believe the rust that was pouring off this thing with every spray of the degreaser?  It was crazy.  There was even more than that after I sanded it.  
 In to the paint booth it went to get a coat of primer.  Cody even let me spray it!  Here we are all decked out in our spray masks in the paint booth.  Those masks are no fun and the paint booth gets really makes me admire Cody even more for the hard work he does everyday.
After the primer was dry we mixed up this sweet pink color.  We painted it white first because I wanted to adhere this doily onto it and spray the pink over it so it would look like it had a doily on it at all times.  Unfortunately, the air pressure was too high and it didn't work so we just painted the whole thing pink.  I still want to put a fake doily on it though...somehow! 
 Right now it is inside with some pretty Valentine's Day decorations on it, but soon enough it will be out on the patio being put to good use.  I am sure it will still be a few more months until it is warm enough to be enjoyed outside, so this will work for now.
 I have to say, being in on the whole process from start to finish makes me want to do even more projects like this with Cody at work.  I want to buy all the metal things and paint them!
Here is another fun vintage treasure that needs no refinishing whatsoever.  We found this in an old abandoned shed.  Why would anyone leave this?  I wasn't sure if it was really old or not because it has a plastic lining, but sure enough, it is vintage! 
Arctic Boy water coolers were used in the 50's and 60's.  The outside is a lovely galvanized metal and the inside is white plastic.  I won't be using it to cool any water, but I do think it would make a lovely planter.  As soon as the warm weather gets here, I can't wait to add some pretty bright flowers to put in it.   
Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Vintage Meets Work & Save Family Photos

It is fantastic when your love of vintage can come into play with your job.  We are exactly one month away from our Scholarship Gala and my centerpieces are ready to be assembled and put on display for everyone to see.  I can't show you yet what they will look like, but here are a few of the things that will be used in them.

 Seam binding!  It was so exciting when I got the go-ahead to order and use seam binding in my centerpieces.  My manager had never heard of it and when I showed it to her she said "How have I never heard of this stuff before?"  It will really "tie" all of our centerpieces together, if you know what I mean!
Vintage paper medallions!  We needed a way to incorporate book pages into our centerpieces as well as something to make table numbers.  This medallion was the perfect solution.  After 3 different attempts, I finally made one that was the perfect size.  And now I have to make 50 more! 
And vintage books!  I love book bundles but that isn't what we will be doing with them.  There are many little libraries on campus and instead of going out and buying a bunch, we will just borrow what we need.  I think we will be using around 175 books total.  Sounds like a heavy job to me!  I can't wait to show you the venue after we get it all set up.  I am really excited for my first gala and hope that it is a big success! 
I have shared this picture before of my dad, my aunt and my grandparents and now I am sharing it again.  I wanted to tell you about Save Family Photos.  It is this amazing site on Instagram and Facebook that shares vintage photos for others to see.  Today, this photo was featured and it means so much to me.  If you don't already follow them on Instagram or Facebook, I suggest you do.  They post vintage photos daily and they are so much fun to look at and hear the story behind them.  Go give them a like right now!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dog Birthday Party

My friend Justin recently had a big party to celebrate his dog's 14th Birthday!  I went to the party and took some pictures with my phone so that I could share this handsome fella's 14th year.
I went to college with Justin and now we work together at that same college.  He works in Residence Life as a Hall Director in one of the dorms and Ranger is the most loved dorm dog there ever was.  All the residents came to celebrate Ranger on his big day!
 Here is the spread: Puppy Chow, Chex Mix, Crescent Wrapped Dogs and Pizza Bites.  The snacks were served in brand new dog bowls that were gifted to Ranger after the party.
 To drink was this refreshing "Toilet Water" served in a fancy silver bowl.  I have to say it was the best toilet water I have ever!
Lot's of pictures of Ranger were all over so everyone could see what a handsome boy he is.  He was definitely loving all the attention and love that day! 
There was even a bone shaped cake for everyone to enjoy.  Ranger even got a tiny piece of his own cake to try.  He scarfed it up super quick. 
I made Ranger some PupCakes of his very own.  My dogs couldn't make it to the party but they were really happy that I made these for Rangers because that meant that they got all the extras! 
Ranger could hardly wait to try his PupCakes and he loved them.  I think I may have to go into the dog treat baking business!  That is my friend Justin, we both love to plan parties and this one was no exception! 
 Happy 14th Birthday Ranger!  I hope you enjoyed your special day and know how special you are to so many people!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Top 10 Posts of 2014

It's always fun to go back and see which post was the most popular among your followers!  So here is a recap of some of my favorite posts that just happen to be your favorites too!

It appears that I am a much better blogger in the first half of the year!  I hope to continue to post things that make you want to come take a look and leave a comment.  Thank you for another wonderful year of blogging and friendship!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Winter Survival Kit & gifts from friends

Winter is in full force here in Idaho.  We had an unusually warm November and December but  Old Man Winter made his way and it is cold!  Today's high is 18...if you ask me, if the temperature is  under freezing, it doesn't matter what the actual number is!  I decided to make some Winter Survival Kits for some special friends.  A quick trip to the Dollar Store and a few other stores and I was set.
I picked up this fun blue box that goes with my theme.  To it, I added warm socks, gloves, lotion, antibacterial gel and lip balm.  All things that will help you stay warm and keep your skin hydrated in this freezing cold weather.  This is such a fun gift to give someone in the month of January when there isn't too much exciting stuff going on. 
My sweet friend Jenny of Jenny's Heart and I had a little Christmas swap of our own.  We decided to do homemade treats and ornaments.  Here is what Jenny sent me.  I love the little snowmen and all the fun things she included.  What's missing is the delicious treats and the holiday velvet cake mix.  Cody always likes to see what I get and then take whatever he likes!  Thanks Jenny...I always love what you send and can't wait to swap with you again! 
My French loving friend Donna of My Shabby Chateau  sent me these sweet little Angel tags.  I just love these!  They have so many of my favorite things--angels, sheet music, French and glitter!  Thank you so much Donna, it was such a sweet surprise to receive these from you! 
I also wanted to share my simple winter mantle.  I love silver, white and aqua and my mantle looks gorgeous in these colors.  I will leave this up until the end of the month.   
I can't believe that 2015 is already here...time definitely flies when you are having fun.  Happy New Year everyone!

Monday, December 29, 2014

A Chinese Feast for your New Year's Party

My family has always been big fans of homemade Chinese food.  If we invite you over for a homemade Chinese feast, it means we really like you!  Christmas Eve was made even more special with this delicious dinner that Cody and I prepared together.  I think you should make this for New Year's Eve, I promise you won't regret it even if it is all fried and can work on that the next day!

First up--Mafa Chicken.  Have you ever heard of this before?  We have been making it for years and I don't know anyone who doesn't like it.  If you are making this meal for New Year's Eve, I suggest you start the chicken the day before because the longer it marinates, the better.  Here is what you need: 
*4 chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
*1/2 cup sugar
*1/2 cup soy sauce
*1 egg 
*5 cubes funyu or bean curd
 (found in the refrigerated section but 
you can omit this if you can't find it.)
*1 tsp ginger
*1 tsp garlic powder

In a bowl with a lid, combine sugar, soy sauce, egg, funyu, ginger and garlic powder.  Add cubes of chicken and shake to coat.  Place in refrigerator and shake it every once in awhile.  Marinate at least 4 hours or overnight.  When ready to cook, drain marinade off of chicken and dredge in seasoned flour.  Heat oil and fry chicken in batches until golden brown.  This is amazing the next day eaten straight from the fridge!
Fried Rice
*3 cups cooked and cooled white rice
*Soy sauce
*4 pieces of bacon chopped and cooked
*6 sliced green onions
*2 eggs, scrambled

After frying the bacon, remove to paper towel but leave grease in the skillet.  Place cooled rice in skillet and warm through.  Add soy sauce until rice takes on brown color.  Add bacon back in.  Scamble the eggs and add to rice mixture.  Right before serving add green onions. 
Fried Shrimp:
*1/2 pound cooked, de-veined shrimp
*Package of Shrimp Fry

Follow package directions on Shrimp Fry to coat the shrimp.  Fry these last so that your other food doesn't take on the taste of shrimp. 
Sweet & Sour Sauce:
*1 TBS oil
*1 cup pineapple juice
*3 TBS cornstarch
*1/2 cup water
*2 TBS soy sauce
*2TBS vinegar
*1/2 cup sugar
*1 TBS ketchup

1. Heat and bring to a boil oil and pineapple juice.
2.Mix together cornstarch and water until dissolved.  Add to pineapple/oil mixture.
3.Mix soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and ketchup.  Add to other mixture.  Cook until sauce thickens making sure to stir constantly.  

*1/2 pound ground sausage
*6 sliced green onions
*Won-ton wrappers

Fry the sausage and drain grease.  Add in sliced green onions.  Place a teaspoon of sausage mixture into middle on won-ton wrapper and seal edges with water.  Fill as many won-ton wrappers as you have filling.  These can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator covered with a damp towel until ready to fry.  Fry these first in the oil and keep warm in the oven while you fry the rest of the food.
 I am telling you, make this meal and all of your friends will be super impressed!  It is the perfect meal for any special occasion or just when you feel like making an amazing meal.  Happy New Year!

Our Christmas

How was everyone's Christmas?  I didn't ever really get into the Christmas spirit this year for some reason.  But I still can't believe that it has come and gone already!  I have been off of work since the 19th and I am enjoying every last minute.  The Monday before Christmas I got to watch my handsome little nephew.  I love him soooooo much!
Here he is on Christmas day, posing in his new wagon.  When I watched him, we made ornaments for my brother and his wife as well as for my mom and dad.  Fischer wasn't too sure about having his hand pressed into the salt dough, but we got two good ornaments!  They all loved this special gift from this adorable little man. 
Speaking of ornaments, my mom made us all these tie angels.  My grandpa was a produce man and wore ties to work everyday.  My grandma gave all the ties to my dad but since my dad doesn't wear ties they didn't know what to do with them.  My mom wanted to find a way to use them and found this idea to make angel ornaments out of them.  She had enough ties to make one for grandpa's 3 kids, 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.  Now we can all have a piece of our grandpa on our Christmas trees every year! 
I was also commissioned to alter some playing cards for a Premier Design Jewelry consultant.  She had custom made cards that she wanted blinged up.  I did my best with the small budget I had and came up with these.  Hopefully all the consultants liked them! 
Cody and I decided to spend Christmas Eve by ourselves this year.  We made a delicious homemade Chinese food dinner, watched Christmas Vacation and opened presents.  I will be sharing the recipes for this amazing meal on my next post.
Cody got me a Kitchen Aid Mixer because he knows how much I have wanted one and that I would use it all the time!  The next day we went to my parent's house for Christmas and what do you think my parent's got me?  A Kitchen Aid mixer!  I go from not having one to having 2.  The one Cody got me is brand new.  The one my mom got me is used-she found it at an estate sale this summer for $10 and just had to buy the bowl and attachments.  I obviously can't return the one she got me but returning the one Cody got me means we will have all that money back.  I can't decide what I am going to do...maybe I will just have 2 now?!