Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Craft Table Reveal

Greetings!  I hope you're staying warm in your part of the world.  It's been pretty chilly here and we've been planning/working on indoor projects at the cottage.  Today,  I want to show you my 'new' craft table.  
I try to use what I have before spending money on something new.  This old work table was sitting in the basement near the furnace.  My husband didn't want it, so I claimed it as my new craft table.  It was a little "rough around the edges":
If you're wondering about that angled piece on the right, it held a dowel for a roll of paper.  I decided not to turn it around and use it because I just KNEW I'd walk into it constantly!

You may recall seeing it in the White Is Bright post a couple of weeks ago:

That area is my new Craft "Room".  It's a great space, but it is far from finished.  I plan to give you glimpses into it as things are done, so let's get back to that table.  Here is a close-up of the top:
Pretty, huh?
The first step was to scrub the dirt and cobwebs off.  After that, it looked much better, except for the top - it looked pretty much the same.  On to Plan B:  Cover it!  I remembered something called oilcloth and thought it would be perfect for the top of this table, until I tried to find it.  The woman at the store knew what I was talking about, but did not have it.  What she did have was this:
It's basically a flocked tablecloth that you can buy by the yard.  Did I mention it was less expensive than buying a tablecloth?  I purchased enough to cover the top, went home and grabbed my staple gun.  I trimmed off the excess, folded the edges and stapled the cloth under the table edge.
You'll also notice I bought black fabric and stapled it around the sides.  This camoflaged the open area and gave me hidden storage.
You must admit this is a much prettier top!

Here it is from another angle:

That's the whole story.  Clean & Staple.  No painting required!  

The dimensions of this table are:  54" x 29" and it is 38" high.  Since I stand a lot when I craft, this is perfect.  Although, I am on the look-out for a stool  so I can rest my legs once in awhile!

Now, I know you want to know what's underneath and I will show you - on one condition.  You need to keep in mind the Craft Room is still a "work-in-progress" (as is everything else!  LOL) and everything hasn't found a place yet.

I hope this will inspire you to use something that you have sitting around the house.  It could be transformed into something new with very little time, effort, or money!  
Have a great week and stop back again soon!


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Friday, January 9, 2015

Cheesy Sausage Noodle Casserole

How about a nice casserole to warm you up on a cold winter day?  It seems like arctic weather has descended on the entire United States and there is nothing like a casserole to warm you up!
Hungry?
There are 3 reasons why I love this casserole - besides being delicious:
1.  It's easy to make.
2.  It has veggies in it.
3.  It makes enough for 2 meals...so you don't have to cook one night!  Isn't that always a bonus?

Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:
3 cups of egg noodles
1/4 cup butter
1 red pepper - chopped
2 stalks celery - chopped
1 small onion - chopped
1/4 cup flour
1 tbsp mustard
pepper - to taste - I just sprinkle!
2 1/4 cups milk
1 package of sweet Italian sausage - I bought links and removed the meat from the casings
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp melted butter

Directions:
 1. Spray a rectangular baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
 2.  Chop the pepper, celery, and onion.
 3.  Cook the egg noodles according to directions.
 4.  Cook sausage in skillet, drain on paper towels.
 5.  In a medium saucepan, melt the 1/4 cup of butter.  Add the chopped pepper, celery, & onion.  Cook for approximately 10 minutes, or until tender.  Stir occasionally.
 6.  Stir in flour, mustard, & pepper.  Slowly stir in milk.  Cook & stir until the mixture thickens.
 7.  Add the sauce, sausage, and cheddar cheese to the cooked noodles.  Mix and add to baking dish.
 8.  In a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.  Stir in melted butter.
 9.  Sprinkle over the noodle mixture.
10.  Cook in pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes.

ENJOY!  This casserole is guaranteed to warm you up on a cold day!  Give it a try and come back to let me know how your family liked it.

Stay warm, my friends!

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Monday, January 5, 2015

White is Bright

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  Life at the cottage is getting back to normal.  Christmas is packed away, we are healthy, and are now looking at the projects that need to be tackled. Today, I want to share one that was started before the holidays.

The cottage came with a fabulous space in the basement.  The walls were finished in 3/4 inch pine boards, it had a bar, and heat.  The only drawback...it was pretty dark and dated.  Take a look:
This space will be my Craft "Room".

Our neighbor told us that the original owners had many parties here!

Very 1950s, don't you think?


The first step in this project was washing the walls with a rag and Murphy's Oil Soap.  Yes, they needed a good cleaning!  Then came 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of white paint.  

This was a BIG job!  Don't let anyone fool you with a story like, "we painted the walls and it was great".  This took several days with two people working.  Here's a look at the "after":
See that table?  That is my new craft table - more to come on it's transformation.




We decided to leave the stairs and the bar alone, but I plan on updating the red.

We still have more work to do - like I said, "This is a BIG job!"  We are talking about the floor and how we want to style this space.  My Craft Room is unpacked, but, it's just not pretty enough to show you.....yet!

As  we continue to finish this space I'll post updates.  In the meantime, don't you think White is Bright?
Before

After