Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving ideas

With Thanksgiving only a few days away I thought I'd share some fun ideas and a yummy recipe~

I love centerpieces and pretty tables. Here are a few I found on Pinterest that I adore.







Do you go all out for the kids and make crafts and fun food platters?









How about a Thankful Tree. Start with a empty tree and at dinner have everyone write things they are thankful for and fill the tree afterwards.


How about a fun printable each guest can fill out?



Do you need ideas for  place cards? Check out these cute ones~




Here is one of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving~

Sweet Potato happiness

Ingredients
  • 5 sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Bake sweet potatoes 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until they begin to soften. Cool slightly, peel, and mash.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the mashed sweet potatoes, salt, 1/4 cup butter, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, sugar, and heavy cream. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup butter, flour, brown sugar, and chopped pecans. Mix with a pastry blender or your fingers to the consistency of course meal. Sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture.
  5. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until topping is crisp and lightly browned. 


Thanksgiving to me is Family. Gathering with those you love and being thankful for all the blessings we each have. I hope you each have a very Happy Thanksgiving! ~Jodi





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Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving.. in all things

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As we head into this next week of Thanksgiving I am compelled to express my feelings of thanks for so many wonderful things in this world. I like so many others have had many struggles in this life, and sometimes it is really hard to find thanks, but no matter how trying and hard life gets there is always something that we can be thankful for.
For instance, after a Horrible day of fighting kids, piles of bills, and laundry, recently received bad news, life's anxiety.... nearly every evening we can find some peace in the heavenly skies.  The peaceful calm of the warm bright colors of the sunset, reassure us that we have made it through yet another day.. and bring a sense of peace to our soul.
 
The ever changing world, can wrap us in up in a whirlwind, and passes us by what seems to be faster and faster as the years roll on, the seasons come and the seasons go quickly and as they do I try to stop and take them all in, for we have been blessed with four seasons, each of which bring that certain feeling as they approach, spring with it's warmth, and hope of a new beginning for so many things, summer and it's memories, the hot days, the warm nights, the sound of children everywhere, fall with its cozy crispness, and scenic views, winter and the bitter cold, that brings hot chocolate, and bright lights, and the excitement of Christmas. I am so thankful for all the seasons, and that each one lasts just long enough.
 
 
 I am also so thankful for things that are available to us that are from the past, things that hold memories of people that we love and have lost, that we can restore them and make them new again, I love it when someone sees something of mine and makes a comment like "oh look that is just like Grandma's" ... I love that material things can hold memories to the past, and that we can make them new again.

I am also very thankful that I have had the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful group where I have built everlasting friendships, and knowledge that has helped me grow, and blessed my family in so many ways, The talent in this group is so incredible, the men and woman that bring such creativity, and dedication to our page to help it all work as a team is amazing. I have also had the opportunity to work with two of the MOST AMAZING woman I know.. Shannon, and Jodi,  I appreciate you more than I could ever express to you in words, these woman are so very smart, and intivative, creative, beautiful, and ever thinking about how to make this fun business successful not only for them but for the whole group, hours of selfless work go into this amazing page.
 
I think we should all try and be THANKFUL for at least one thing a day, not only for the month of November, but everyday of the year.... I am going to start to write down in a small notebook that will fit in my purse one thing each day that I am thankful for.. and that way when I am having a bad day, and I don't really feel like being thankful, I will have the proof right in front of me that everyday no matter how much bad or sadness we face, there is also good in the world.
 

 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Milk Paint Marathon

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Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Marathon

Hi this is Debbi from Tattered Butterfly Design.  A few months back I ordered Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on in it.  Oh, I loved the packaging.  I loved the colors.  I spent 2 days in my paint studio.  I had a blast! 

I used Kitchen Scale and a bit of Ironstone for knobs and the stool below.

This was a plain child's oak chair.  It was spruced up with one coat of Kitchen Scale.
I then ran my paint scraper along the edges and it gave it a distressed look. 
An old and pretty ugly stool.


A vintage silverware box. 
One of a kind end table. 
The stool has a crackle finish without any crackle medium. 

I love the color of Kitchen Scale.  It's soft and warm.
Drop Leaf End table with high gloss finish.


Two coats of MMS Kitchen Scale.

 The MMS Milk Paint chipped immediately. 
Chip Love!

This is a new piece of furniture.  Solid Pine Dresser.

MMS Milk Paint soaked right in to the wood.  It gave it colored stained look.  Also liked there is a bit of variation of color. 


On the top of the dresser I used MMS Crackle Medium and then used MMS Ironstone on the top.
The crackle medium gave it a small crackles with a dry brush look.
All of the pieces I used MMS Wax.  I loved it.  It so pliable and easy to use.
Overall I enjoyed Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.  I like that you don't know how it will react with each piece of furniture.  I found it a bit more work to mix.  When it chipped it was messy.  Would I use it again.  Yes!  I really like the unpredictability of it.  
I've been painting furniture for almost 5 years now and it is important to try new things.  It keeps me wanting to create.  
I enjoy using Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint and Miss Mustard's Seed's Milk Paint.  I will use them as an addition to my repertoire.
I do high volume of painted furniture.  I will always rely on my latex paint.  It's great durability.  The price is right.  There is a lot you can do with it.  I typical use Valspar latex paint.  Valspar has come a long way.  It thick and creamy which helps with drips.  
Thanks Misss Mustard Seed for a quality product.   
Debbi  


Friday, November 15, 2013

Announcements Worth Making!

We have been working on some fabulous things
here at ROCC!

First guess what?  We are going to be hosting a monthly
craft night!  Wahoo finally we are getting around to it!
They will be held the second tuesday of each month at 
April James Interiors in Spanish Fork, UT. 
Our first one is next week on November 19th at 7 p.m.
We are so excited to have special guests 
Hazel and Ruby coming to teach the class!



We also now have limited ad space available as well as
looking for sponsors.  Space is available on our blog, 
facebook page and instagram. 
If you are interested please email us at reclaimologistsandocc@gmail.com


Last but certainly not least!!  We have our dates for our 
Spring Boutique!  March 28 & 29, 2014.
We have some vendor spots available.  Food, furniture, scentsy, it works and soaps are filled.  If you would like to inquire about being a vendor please email us at...
reclaimologistsandocc@gmail.com 


Hope to see you soon at one of our events!
Shannon 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Make Your Own {VINEGAR} Stain!


Hey All! It’s Kristin D. again from Navy Bean Lane!

Have you jumped on the “vinegar stain” bandwagon yet?? I have been seeing all sorts of fun things stained with said “vinegar stain” lately and decided it was time to give it a whirl!
I chose this changing table to try it out on. It’s solid wood, sturdy and was in desperate need of a makeover so it was an easy choice.

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The first step was to make some tea. I’m guessing any tea will do … I just used a cleansing Zija tea that I had on hand.

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I used two tea bags to about one cup of hot water and let it brew for about 5 minutes. Once it was cool enough to handle then I wiped it over the entire dresser. (Actually I didn’t wipe down the drawers because they were being painted, but you will want to wipe down any area that you will be staining)

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Once the tea has dried it is time to apply your vinegar stain. (you will want to make this 24 hours in advance by filling a glass jar with #0000 steel wool and vinegar, then putting the lid on and letting it sit for 24 hours)

***You can adjust the color of your stain by playing around with different vinegars. For this mixture I used 1/2 distilled white vinegar and 1/2 red wine vinegar.

You can see on the stir stick how it changes the color of the wood immediately. It will keep darkening over about a half an hour.

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After two coats of stain the dresser had a very matte, smoky grey look to it.

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But then imagine my shock when it turned this gorgeous warm brown after I spayed the poly on! It was one of those happy accidents and I was over the moon excited with the end results!

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I love that you can achieve multiple looks with the vinegar stain and can’t wait to experiment with it some more! It’s perfect for giving a smoky, weathered look or a completely opposite warm, rich look just by adding a wax or poly!
I hope this gets your wheels turning … there’s got to be something laying around that you can give it a go on, right?!?
Have a Happy Hump Day!
xxoo, Kristin
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