DIY Faux Porcelain Pottery
August 30, 2011, 1:58 am
Filed under: Craft, House

While looking for way to fill up my living room with stylish accessories with out spending my ENTIRE paycheck, I found a pretty simple tutorial from P.S. I made this on how to make a plain bottles, cans, vases, etc. look like porcelain pottery.

Okay, neat.  But the simple dot design was not doing it for me.   I wanted to take a step a little further.  Time to make something AWESOME!!!!  My inspiration came from cake piping and henna tattoos.  Take a look….

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Ingredients:

1 large ugly pink vase from Goodwill ($5)

1 bottle of white T-Shirt Puff Paint ($2)

1 can of white spray paint ($5)

A lot of patience and hand stretches.

 

 

 

 

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After finding a few patterns I was happy with, I used a fine tip permanent marker to draw the design on the vase, using a Goo Gone soaked wash rag for any miss ups.

Once the design was drawn, I then carefully “piped” with the Puff Paint leaving a lifted texture when dry.

I then lightly spray painted the entire vase with a satin finish white spray paint to give a more finished look.   Let it dry over night, and fill with beautiful floral pieces and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Porcelain Pebble Vase found on Etsy.com $155 <——

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———–>              Our Beautiful Masterpiece $12

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Crab Cakes
July 20, 2011, 1:49 am
Filed under: House, Kitchen

Welp, here it is.  The first dinner in the new house.  And by special request from my dear little brother, Benji, CRAB CAKES!

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Now I had never made these before, nor have I ever made any type of patty before, so this was quite an experiment for me.  What better time than we your house is filled with men with empty tummies??

I had some issues at first, but quickly got a hand of things once the first “cake” was done.  Also, I didn’t make any kind of sauce to top the patties with.  They were fine without, but would have been out to this world with a creamy lemon butter sauce on top.  Note made.

Recipe taken from FoodNetwork.com by Paula Deen’s Kitchen.

  • 20110720_91 pound crabmeat
  • 1/3 cup crushed crackers (Ritz)
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Flour, for dusting
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil
  • Favorite dipping sauce, for serving

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients, except for the flour and peanut oil. Shape into patties and dust with flour.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, carefully place crab cakes, in batches, in pan and fry until browned, about 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip crab cakes and fry on other side until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Serve warm with preferred sauce.

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Side note:  While at the market for the supplies for dinner, I came across the coolest thing!

MINI PINEAPPLES!! 

 

I will hug you and squeeze you and call you George.

 



I are ADULT!
July 19, 2011, 3:27 pm
Filed under: House

Hello, my name is Amanda and I am a home owner.  (WOOO HOOO!!)

20110719_5Every time I say it, a get that strange bubble filled with a rejoicing giggle like scream trapped in my throat.  I try to keep it down, but sometimes it wiggles it’s way out, and all you can hear are hysterical chuckles, “woots”, and “oh yeas” echoing across the neighborhood.  I know this joy will soon die once I get tired of all the maintenance and bills that come with ownership, but until then, I will glow in the pride of having my own house!

We’re still in the middle of unloading everything.  We have ordered new furniture that is scheduled to be delivered in two weeks, and I have finally finished putting together the new kitchen table and chairs.BUT, the very FIRST thing I had to do was paint our room!  If you have ever lived in an apartment, you know that you are not given the freedom to choose your own colors.  You are stuck with one of two evils.  White (eh) or Beige (oh god).  Time for so change.

Our room’s color scheme is GRAY, BLACK, WHITE, & RED

  • 20110719_9Wall Color: “Vintage Gray” by Valspar
  • Headboard: Black Tufted Faux Leather $99 at Garden Ridge
  • Mattress & Box Frame: King Size Plush Top $199 – King Size Box Frame $159
  • King Bed Frame: $30 at Heavenly Sleep Shoppe
  • Bedding: Red Jersey Sheets $30 – Reversible Comforter $40 at Target

Still have a long way to go.  Art to make and by, night stands to refinish, dresser on its way, shelves to hang, sockets to replace, window seat treatment, and need to still find a chair and truck/bench at a decent price.  And that’s just for our room. Yes.  A very long way to go.




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