Monday, November 24, 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Even  though today was warm, we had some cold weather last week, and, I'm pretty sure more is on the horizon!  
My hubby has been feeling a draft on his feet, so I decided to make some draft-stoppers.  This is one of the easiest projects to complete.  I used some leftover fabric and a couple of bags of rice.  Here's the "How-To":
First, cut your fabric a little longer than the width of your door & 8 inches wide.  
With right sides together, stitch around 3 sides.  I made 2 lines of stitching for a little extra security for all of that rice!
I clipped the corners and turned the tube right side out.
I filled it with about a bag and a half of rice.  The amount of rice needed will depend on the width of your door.
Filler up and stitch-up the end.  Don't forget to measure it by your door to get a perfect fit.  I also made a loop to hang it on the doorknob for when you needed to open the door!
That's it!   Just a few minutes to make and the draft was stopped!

 Did I mention how much I love the original doors in the Cottage?

Have a wonderful week and a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

The 1950's Bathroom Gets a 2014 Update!

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend. It's been pretty cold here and this morning we woke up to snow.  The schools had a 2 hour delay and now it's raining.  Yes, that snow is wet and HEAVY!!  So glad I don't have to go anywhere today! 

Last week we were able to complete one of the very important projects at the cottage - updating the electric.  We already upgraded to breakers from fuses and changed the old outlets to 3-prong. The last step was to add some outlets. One of the most important ones to add was the bathroom.  Let me tell you the story...

The cottage has a beautifully preserved 1950's pink-tiled bathroom.  The problem was that the outlet that was in it, didn't work.  So, for the past 4 months since we moved in, I've been running an extension cord from the bedroom into the bathroom so I could dry my hair.  On a side note....I burned through 2 extension cords and before the breaker box was installed, the fuses were blowing -- my 1850 watt blow dryer kicks some butt!
Here is where the old plug was:
Yes, right inside the medicine cabinet.  You will have to forgive me for not taking a picture of the old plug.  I was so excited to be getting a new one that I didn't get out the camera until the new one was installed.  So sorry - but here's the new one:
And did you notice, it's a GFI????  The old outlet no longer worked (it was one of those little brown ones, you've seen one of those, right?), but the wiring was still good.  When the electrician traced it back to the basement, he discovered that someone had disconnected it.  This made life SO much easier.  No chopping holes in walls and snaking wire!  
Now, I'm sure you've noticed that the outlet looks great, but the inside of the medicine cabinet, well, not so great.  That's where I come in!
The first thing I did was tear off the duct tape.  Yes, I know duct tape fixes everything, but it wasn't the look I was going for in this medicine cabinet.  

I vacuumed out the cabinet and it was ready for contact paper.  That's right, a measuring tape, a pair of scissors and a $1 roll of contact paper transformed this cabinet:

The mirrored doors go back in place, and the project is done!

How cool is that?  The outlet hidden in the cabinet, so when the door is closed, the 1950's bathroom still looks the same!
I am so happy with the way this project turned out and I'm even more happy that I have a real outlet in the bathroom now!
The vintage bathroom really is amazing.  I will post about it sometime soon so you can have the complete tour.  It has some truly innovative features.
Thanks for visiting the cottage.  Stay warm and have a great week!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Redhead Redo

Welcome back!  Today I want to show you a dresser redo that I recently completed.  Since we did not bring our bedroom furniture with us when we moved, we needed a place for clothes!
This little beauty was found in a local antique store at a reasonable price.  It had a lot going for it:
solid wood
in fairly decent shape
no SMELL!  That's a biggie for me!
Although, she was a redhead - not the color I was looking for, and the knobs?  Well, a little large for me.
So, what did I do???  I sanded and taped-off the top, the top decorative molding, and the piece around the middle (don't you love my technical terms?) and stained them a dark walnut.  The rest of the dresser and the drawers were scuffed and painted white.

Let me just share something with you.  I've read tons of posts on repainting furniture that sound quick and easy.  This project was easy, but not quick!  I used 2 coats of latex primer and 3 coats of white latex paint.  I also used a brush. Spending big bucks on a paint sprayer just is not in my budget!
Although I am very happy with the results, this is not a project that will completed in a day.  I don't want to mislead anyone!
Here she is, all done.  I purchased new knobs...they're not cheap either!  Have no fear, the old ones will be recycled into something new.
Now we have a place for clothes - No more crates!!!  It's the little things that make me happy.

I hope you're having a wonderful week.  Stay warm, winter seems to be here!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

The Autumn Lull

It's that time of year.  Halloween is over and we're gearing-up for the holidays.  I don't get carried away with decorating for Thanksgiving and I tend to like things simple anyway.  
Here's a peek at the dining room:
I keep the same centerpiece, just fill it with seasonal flowers.  The placemats have been around for a few years now.  They were a sale purchase!
My Pilgrim shelf sitters have been with me for 20+ years.  They were purchased at a craft fair.

That's all for today.  I've been busy with a few projects and recipes at the cottage so be sure to stop back to see what I've been up to!

Have a great week!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Crock Pot Lasagne


The weather is turning cooler and there's nothing like a delicious recipe that is easy to make.  Introducing......

 Crock Pot Lasagna

Here's the recipe:


1 pound ground beef
1 24 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce
1 cup water
1 15oz. container of ricotta cheese
1 8oz. package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, divided
1 egg
2 tbsp. chopped parsley
6 lasagne noodles, uncooked

BROWN meat in large skillet; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and water. In a bowl, mix ricotta, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella, 2 Tbsp. Parmesan, egg and parsley.

SPOON 1 cup meat sauce into slow cooker; top with layers of half each of the noodles (broken to fit) and cheese mixture. Cover with 2 cups meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles (broken to fit), cheese mixture and meat sauce. Cover with lid.

COOK on LOW 4 to 6 hours or until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; let stand, covered, 10 min. or until melted.



I have made this recipe a several times and it is a huge hit.  Add a salad and you have a fantastic dinner for your family.  
Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

The inspiration for this dinner comes from Kraft.  

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