Keep Calm And….. Pie?

Keep Calm And….. Pie?

I haven’t blogged in a while, and that fact is the basis of today’s blog.  As I type, I am seeing a reflection in the computer screen, and there are lovely little lines between my eyes on my forehead…… because I am thinking.  It’s my thinking face.  I learned that thinking face from my Momma & my Granny.  I am smoothing it out now & trying to consciously get rid of them physically & emotionally – - – I must have a lot on my mind. This happens, doesn’t it?  Especially to women, I think.  (SEE!  THE THINKING!)  Thinking is obviously not a bad thing,  but I think it’s the “over-analyzing” that’s toxic.  I think the very definition of “Over-analyzing” is exactly...

Rabbit Salt Grinder: Ward off Evil On-the-Go!

Rabbit Salt Grinder: Ward off Evil On-the-Go!

A lot of the conversations and stories I recall from my time in Italy include the subject of superstition. What I learned: Basically, if you spill some salt – - Toss some more salt over your left shoulder, because you may have exposed yourself to bad omens. Italians aren’t the only ones that have some issues with salt…. Some Buddhists say you should toss some over your should when you come back home from a funeral, because evil spirits might be hanging on your back. Sumo Wrestlers use it to purify the ring before they compete – a shinto religion practice. In India, a gift of salt can be considered a great honor. The list goes on…. ‘Like to salt your food, have good luck, AND ward off evil spirits? These cute little rabbit-like...

“Ruler Top” Table (Ways to Spruce up a Table!)

“Ruler Top” Table (Ways to Spruce up a Table!)

Do you have a piece of furniture that has seen better days?  Have you recently come into a large amount of old rulers?   PERFECT! A quick way to make a funky surface on a desk, night stand, end table, kitchen table, kitchen island……. anything with a surface that needs a little TLC! What You Need: A bunch of rulers – all kinds, all colors – preferable wooden without the metal edge.  If you want to set dishes or things that would need a flatter surface – You’ll need to get flat rulers – not rulers with a slant on the edge. If it’s just decorative – don’t worry about it!   ‘Want colors, but the rulers your grandmother left you are all light brown? Dry brush some paint on there & then sand a...

Spruce Up Your Furniture By Making It Look Older Than It Already Is!

Spruce Up Your Furniture By Making It Look Older Than It Already Is!

Seriously, isn’t that a crazy idea?  It’s funny how we don’t do that to our face or bodies.  :)  The worn look is totally in, and it can be achieved quite easily.  It works to our advantage, too! This trick can even update un-stylish, worn out, or damaged furniture that doesn’t have much to offer in the way of uniqueness. What you need: Optional: Brown Paint (If you already have brown furniture, you won’t need this.  Also, it doesn’t matter what color this is.  It doesn’t have to be brown.  Black is nice, too. This is the color that is going to show through the top coat – that looks like the scuffs/old accents. Sandpaper:  Grade of 300+ ….. or be creative. Do you want more scuffs & marks?   Go for...

The Drummer’s Salt ‘n’ Pepper Shaker: “The Pump & Grind”

The Drummer’s Salt ‘n’ Pepper Shaker: “The Pump & Grind”

I know a woman that has collected salt & pepper shakers her entire life, and a lot of her collection is on display in the Museum of Salt & Pepper Shakers in Gatlinburg, TN.  (Yes, such a place exists. There’s a sister site in Spain.)  I have a feeling she would be quite bored with this variety.  They have a cool function, but they aren’t shaped like little “his & her” toilets. It impressed me, because I have a lot of Vic Firth Drumsticks, practice pads, and drumheads….. when I researched this product, found out VIC FIRTH has branched out from the percussion world & slapped his name on salt & pepper mills and rolling pins! They are the “Pump & Grind” Salt ‘n’ Pepper shakers from Vic...

Edible Frosted Rose Petals

Edible Frosted Rose Petals

Right up front, I want to tell you the reason I am blogging about this today.  If you decide to do this for Valentine’s Day, it’ll be too late to search for and/or order the petals. ****The only problem with this recipe that you will run into is acquiring ORGANIC ROSE petals.  (I hate it when I get to the end of an article, blog, recipe & I find out it requires something like “get a Cambodian goat to sit on it for 30 min.”  Then I have a ton of ingredients for nothing. ‘Want to know a secret?  I did try this on some roses once that  I didn’t have positive proof they were organic – - & they were fine – especially since it was one measly petal atop a cupcake.  HOWEVER, if you are going to make some for a...