After vacationing to Hawaii in the middle of January, I’m convinced that traveling during the off season is the way to get a whole lot of bang for your buck. Heres why….
This headboard was a year and a half in the making. Yeah, I procrastinate. Back in summer of ’10 my former neighbor was having a yard sale and I spotted this formerly beat up headboard in the corner. She sold it to me for $25. The fabric was a hideous yellow, greenish exorcist puke type of color and it was plagued with chipped paint all over. I sanded it down and removed the old fabric. I chose a black high gloss paint for the frame and chose a black, silver, and grey fabric for it. Once I got the fabric home, I realized that the pattern would not flow in the right direction so I went back to the drawing board until I found new fabric that would fit it perfectly. My husband nagged me constantly about what I was going to do with it and I’d always reply, “I’ll get to it”.
Fast forward to January 2012….
Earlier this week I came home and the work on the headboard was already in session! Guess he’d gotten tired of it being propped up outside the house. He went with the black paint that I’d chosen but did something completely different than I would have done with the trim, which is apply black river rocks (rocks $6). I was skeptical when he told me about it but it worked really nicely.
We picked out the black floral fabric and 1″ foam backing from Joann’s Fabrics for a total of $75. Measuring, adjusting, and nailing the foam & fabric to the frame and enclosing it was a bit tricky because he had his way and I had mine, but 1 hour later it worked out perfectly. You don’t have to wonder who’s way won this battle! I don’t watch HGTV religiously for no reason. But, I must give credit where credit is due. Good job Mister!
♥ The Missus
I’ve always wanted a pair of shearwater boots but only if I could ‘girly’ them up and avoid looking like a fisherman or Paul Bunyan.
After playing around with this atypical combination, I think I might be ready to start shopping around for a pair…
TopShop long sleeve dress, £20
J Crew denim jacket, $98
Waterproof boots, $80
Oasis tote handbag, $48
Stretch ring, $13
Wrap bracelet, $7.99
Miss Selfridge cuff bangle, £8.50
Aviator sunglasses, $9.99
Southern Red Velvet Cake:
1 1/2 cup of sugar
2 1/2 cups of cake flour
1 tsp cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup of buttermilk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar (I use white distilled and its fine)
1 cup of Crisco vegetable oil
2 bottles of food coloring
*2 bottles for a deep red. For a brighter red, use 1 1/4 bottles like I used in the cupcakes pictured.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8 oz package of cream cheese (Philadelphia is great!)
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 box of confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
*sift dry ingredients together
*put all wet ingredients together in one bowl
*pour wet ingredients into dry and blend on medium for 2 1/2 minutes
*batter will look watery. this is normal
*add milk to thickness for icing. buttermilk or milk works
Bake @ 325 F for 25 minutes (9 in pans)
If your’e making cupcakes, bake for 20 minutes. The recipe will yield 2 dozen. I prefer to make cupcakes so I will know how it turned out before everyone else:-)
Garnish with 3 oz of crushed pecans
After toying around with the idea of having a blog for the past couple of years, I’ve finally decided to give it a go.