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Area Rug Inspiration

A new living room area rug is providing me with a fresh and fun combination of neutral colors to work with ... one that combines gray AND tan.

(Note:  I was not compensated in any way for this post -  the opinions expressed are my own and reflect personal experience.)
With a transitional design, the background is warm smoky gray, and the pattern is soft tan, creamy white, and deep charcoal.

The interior walls throughout our home are Sherwin Williams Softer Tan and this rug's subtle use of tan in the design ties our basic color palette in with gray --- a color I've not yet used in decor. 

I like that I don't have to choose between gray and tan, and can have both!

It comes in other size options as well, including a runner.

However, actually choosing an area rug posed a bit of a challenge thanks to these three loveable and furry family members:

While there are many beautiful area rugs available in unlimited textures, materials, patterns and colors, our rug has to be invincible.  

It …

Glazed Biscuit Beignets

These melt in your mouth pastries were a favorite childhood treat ... not health conscious by any means, but nostalgically tasty and frugal!

Can of refrigerated biscuits (I used Grands Homestyle)1/2 cup powdered sugar2 tablespoons milk1/8 teaspoon vanillaCooking oil (I used Canola)

The first and most important step in making these is to temporarily set aside all health-conscious thoughts cluttering your mind.  :)

While traditional beignets feature a final sprinkling of powdered sugar, our family's version is topped off with a drizzle glaze.

In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.  Set aside.  Remove biscuits from can and cut each into fourths.

Pour 1" oil in a skillet - preferably a cast iron skillet.   Place one of the biscuit fourths into the oil.  Heat oil.  

When oil is hot and biscuit begins to fry, carefully add more biscuits (using tongs) to fill pan, but without sides touching.  One can of Grands biscuits made 3 batches.

When golden brown, carefull…

What a Difference a Machine Makes

There's nothing better than a new toy, especially one that's hobby-related!   This little beauty came into my life six months ago and I'm having so much fun!

It's the Husqvarna Viking H Class 100Q.

(Note:  I was not compensated in any way for this post -  the opinions expressed are my own and reflect personal experience.)

A little background ...

For years I tolerated a super inexpensive (translation: cheaply made) sewing machine that I am fully convinced did not like me.  From the day we brought it home and took it out of the box, it went on strike.  

Everything was a struggle with it - so much so that once I finally got it threaded and the bobbin loaded, I cringed at the thought of having to change thread colors or having the original thread run out!  We won't even get into the stitch inconsistency issues.

I couldn't avoid feeling like a complete sewing failure because when it comes to sewing, I hail from a long line of seamstresses.  My paternal grandmother made be…

DIY Wood Plank Lighted Headboard

Our recent foyer console table build provided motivation to create a wood plank lighted headboard for our guest room.

Materials used for queen size headboard:

 Four 1"x10" boards cut to 5' long Two 1"x4" boards cut to 37" long Brad nailer and 2" brads 2" screws to attach support boards to wall studs Two wall lamps with wall plugs 2-1/2" hole saw  Two 1" wood screws (for mounting lamps to headboard) Level Wood stain Fine sandpaper

Four boards were found in our stash of scrap wood.  They were 1" x 10" and each had a totally different wood tone.  The shortest was actually a 1" piece of plywood (looked like a board to me!).  I was unsure if wood stain would unify these but took a chance that they would blend together once stained. 

LOTS of hand sanding and two coats of Minwax Dark Walnut stain resulted in a beautiful and smooth finish.  And, thankfully the stain looked even and uniform - or as close as possible.

For lighting, we …

Idea Organizing ... Before Pinterest

Before Pinterest, many of us had been collecting and organizing creative ideas for years ... in binders, photo albums and ... for me, on index cards!

My simple system was devoted mainly to home decor ideas gleaned online and in magazines (remember those?).  

My index cards were equivalent to Pinterest Pins ... it was easy to attach or jot down an idea (photo, sketch) on an index card, and add specific details ... paint color, materials used, etc. 

(If anyone knows the source of any of the decor ideas above, 
please let me know and I will link back.)
The index card topic dividers were the equivalent of Pinterest Boards. 

Pinterest has thankfully made this entire process so much easier, quicker and less cumbersome, but it's still fun to browse through these cards occasionally.  It brings back the excitement and joy of finding a neat new decor idea to try, or seeing an old idea in a totally different way and having it trigger another creative thought.

But who knows, perhaps I'll return…