Sunday, March 19, 2017

Doormat Makeover!

I LOVE having seasonal doormats to match my wreaths!  However, some seasons/holidays are easier to find them for than others!  I just started putting my Easter decorations out and I had not run across a matching mat anywhere, so I decided to makeover an old worn out doormat!

I started with this old worn out mat.  I loved it new, but it's well passed its prime.

I wanted it to be a lavender color with white writing. So I chose to spray paint it this color purple.

It took several coats to cover to mat really well.

Then I painted the word "hello" with white acrylic paint.

This was a super quick and easy project, that achieved exactly the look I was going for!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Best Soup Ever!

I'm kind of famous for my soup.  I love the stuff and make it at least once a week.  I literally can not go long without having soup to eat.  It's my absolute favorite!  This soup recipe however, isn't mine, but my Papaw's.  I quickly admit mine is not near as good as his as he would spend all day making a pot about 3 times this big and he used only the best ingredients!  EVERYONE loved when he made this or when he cooked anything really!  Here is my adapted recipe to Papaw's soup.  It's quicker and easier than what he used to make, and although it could never be as tasty as his, it is pretty darn close.  We miss you Papaw!

1 lb Stew meat
2-3 T cooking oil
About half a bunch of celery sliced up
1 bag of baby carrots
1 onion diced
2-3 potatoes diced
1 can of corn
1 can of green beans
1 large can of whole tomatoes
2 cans of tomato sauce
Half a bottle of Kitchen Accomplice Beef Broth Concentrate

Lawry's Red Seasoned Salt
Garlic Salt
Nature's Seasoning

Brown stew meat in the cooking oil and then add in all ingredients along with about 2 1/2 cans of water using the big can that the whole tomatoes were in.  Season with seasonings to taste and then bring to a boil.  Lower to a simmer and partially cover with a lid.  Allow to simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours.  I love to serve this with a hunk of extra sharp cheddar cheese and a piece of mexican corn bread!  Yum!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

DIY St. Patrick's Day Throw Pillows

I had no luck at all when I was searching for some St. Patrick's Day throw pillows for my front porch rockers.  So, what do you do when you can't find it?  Make it!

I started with some linen colored pillow covers from Hobby Lobby.  A lot of times you can find these on sale.  I already have the pillow inserts that I reuse for each holiday, but if you don't already have those, then don't forget to grab the.  You will also need a piece of cardboard cut a little smaller than your pillow cover so it will fit inside to keep the fabric from sticking together, a pencil, foam brush, a clover template (I suggest googling "clover template" and just print one out you like and cut it out.) OPTIONAL:  Green glitter, and Mod Podge or a clear fabric paint.

Start by tracing your clover shape onto the pillow cover using a pencil.

Get your paint ready and slide the cardboard inside your pillow cover.

Then paint in the clover with the green fabric paint.  It takes two coats.
Stop here if you want your pillow to remain washable.  If you don't mind not having a washable pillow, then proceed.
I knew I wanted glitter on my clover and I forgot to look for either clear fabric paint/gel to mix glitter into or fabric paint with glitter already in it.  So, I just mixed glitter into some Mod Podge I already had on hand.

I then sponged it onto the clover using the same brush.  I didn't even wash the green off of it.

This is the finished product!

I love them!