So I’ve mentioned Pinterest a lot lately – I kind of love it. It’s such a guilty pleasure. Pinning places that I want to visit, things I could never afford for my imaginary home, and clothes that cost more than my rent each month is highly enjoyable. I also love the fact that the site has lots of DIY ideas for things around the house and innovative recipes! I came across one a month ago for pumpkin cupcakes. It’s extremely simple, just two ingredients. A box of yellow cake mix and an 8 oz. can of pumpkin pie mix, combined in a large mixing bowl and beaten for a few minutes until fluffy. Go-GO KitchenAid Mixer, whipped these up in no time! I used storebought vanilla frosting for them, but they would also be great with cream cheese frosting. Also used Halloween cupcake wrappers to make them more festive! YUM!
The kitchen is said to be the heart of the house, as this seems to be where the most traffic is. Meals are prepared, families gather to talk about events of the day, pets gravitate towards this room when they are hungry and in need of social interaction. Some of the best conversations I’ve had with my mom have been while sitting at the oak table that has seen my sisters and me grow up.
I’ve been on a table kick lately. My week has been slammed and I haven’t had a chance to finish my sewing table project, but I did come across this pretty vintage cast aluminum table on Pinterest that I love. I don’t know if I’d paint it periwinkle, though. I’d probably stick with something neutral since I am already painting the sewing table this same color! I love the detail in this table though, and how beautifully simple it is. This would be an eye-catching addition to any kitchen or patio, regardless of what color paint was used. The plan now is to scour the local antique stores in search of something similar, since I already have the glass and have wanted to find a cool base to go with it!
That’s all for now… time to get ready for Chris’ family reunion!
There’s something rewarding about taking an old object and reinventing it. Sometimes it’s as simple as painting an end table a new color. The worn out arm chair from an antique shop suddenly looks modern and chic once recovered in grey burlap with metal rivets. Suddenly you’re ready to redecorate the whole apartment, metal rivets on everything!
Maybe it is a little more involved, maybe you have to actually reinvent the object and upcycle it to give it a new life. One of my favorites on Pinterest is a picture of a recycled pallet. Some creative mastermind turned it into a shelf for pictures… it is perfect, and has an earthy but polished look. I love the black frames, and how different they all are. Different designs, different shapes. You could vary your pictures like they do – black and white, colorful, new, old. What has been created is an easy photo wall that invites guests to look at some treasured photos without pretention.
Another thing that I love are these bird-shaped gift tags (also found on Pinterest)! Perfect for gifts and absolutely adorable! Another use for these would be some homemade ornaments for a tree. If you have some extra fabric scraps sitting around, this is a great way to use them and will add a little extra festivity to the gift. Or if you are not a fabric hoarder like me, you can always buy some swatches of fabric for cheap. With the holidays coming up, I like to keep an eye out for slightly different, interesting wrappings!
I found this music stand at a yard sale, and bought it for a dollar. It is now a great cookbook holder in my kitchen! This wasn’t a huge stretch, since it is meant to hold a book while you do something else with your hands, but I think that makes it all the better. The stand has placeholders so you can flip back to your recipe if you have to look up another quickly. It’s lightweight but holds a decently heavy book (although my Julia Child cookbooks are decidedly too large), and the apple adds to a more kitchen-like vibe.
Now, off for a run and then out to eat fajitas!