I think my favorite part of owning vintage cast iron frying pans is the fact they connect us to the past. For me, they bring back memories, especially of my dad cooking bacon and eggs for everyone in a big ol’ cast iron frying pan whenever we visited the cabin. He still has that pan and he still uses it.
We scored this rusty cast iron frying pan at an auction not long ago for a song because most people thought it wasn’t worth anything. The hubs knew he could revive it 🙂
I was a little disappointed with myself this year as I didn’t get as many of my outdoor summer projects done as I would have liked to but that’s ok because I either took notes, took pictures or bookmarked anything that caught my eye or interested me.
I want to share the top five summer projects that ended up on my “to do someday” list.
Wire Whisk Butterfly- the tutorial can be found on dollar store crafts blog – it’s not only inexpensive, it’s quite an easy project – just the way I like them.
2. The next two things on this list are totally inspired by the blog Organized Clutter and her 2015 Junk Garden Tour – I just love this idea and was lucky enough to score some of these cast iron shoe molds at a vintage sale – happy, happy, joy, joy!!!
3. Being a vintage collector and a true blue junker, this soooo appeals to me. The only piece I have so far is the antique washing agitator, but it sure is going to be fun to source the rest of what I will need – luckily I will have three seasons to hunt!
4. Insulated Mason Jar Bag by Sew Mama Sew. The tutorial is very well written and the pictures look like it will be easy to follow. I know these could be made and used any time of the year but I like the thought of using them on a picnic.
5. I like the idea of upcycling an old light fixture into a bird feeder. Easy, simple and few supplies needed. This could be hung on a fence or a deck if you don’t have any big trees in your yard.
Last month, Amelia from the blog You Can Always Start Now sent me a link to a post she read on the blog Centsational Girl regarding answers to 10 questions that would allow others to know a bit more about her. In turn she challenged other bloggers to answer 10 questions. Amelia and I decided to challenge each other. Below are the questions and my answers. Be sure to click over to read Amelia’s answers and you’ll probably discover a little bit more about both of us.
If you are interested in what started it all, here is the link to the Centsational Girl post.
Do you prefer summer or winter?
I definitely prefer summer. I love when the earth starts to come alive and plants begin to bloom and all the dark and coldness of winter goes away.
We love to BBQ and it’s just so much easier in the summer ,we still BBQ in winter but you can spend time sitting on the patio and eating al fresco. I usually always take my vacation in summer so I get to travel and spend time with my family and my travels usually coincide with lobster season :).
One of my favorite things (as you know if you follow this blog) is to vintage hunt at outdoor antique and estate sales and garage and yard sales and of course these “outdoor” sales only happen in the summer (where I live, anyway).I admit I am not as productive in the summer as far as projects go but I figure that’s what the colder months of winter are for, lol!
2. What is on your bucket list that you have done?
Start my own vintage sales business and thus far I LOVE it.
and I have been in a live audience and have seen Dr. Wayne Dyer speak (more on that below).
3. What is your favorite room in your house and why?
This changes from time to time but my favorite room in my house right now is my office/craft/studio area. I have a small loft area at the top of my stairs which leads into the only bedroom in our house. It took me a long time to figure out how to use this space. I thought it might make a nice big closet, then I thought it would be a great area for putting on my makeup and as a reading/sewing room.
Now that I have been blogging for a while and since I started selling vintage trinkets, treasures and other interesting things, I needed an area that I could go to when I needed to write, create, take pictures and sew (on occasion) instead of always taking over the kitchen table. It still has some finishing touches to go but I really enjoy being in this space.
4. Share something you have pinned or bookmarked and tell us why you love it?
Click here for the pinterest view. This bench really resonated with me as it was clean and crisp and a wonderful example of repurposing something that might have ended up in the garbage . I have a headboard/footboard that I rescued from the roadside and I am hoping to turn it into something similar to this.
5. What is your guilty pleasure?
A really cold glass bottle of Coca Cola and dark chocolate, any variety of dark chocolate will do but Breton Brittle is one of my favorites -( a secret family recipe…) and yes, on occasion I do enjoy them at the same time.
6. What is your favorite color and where do you use it?
My favorite color has always been red. Yellow is a close second along with black and white. There is a touch of red in almost every room in my house. I use red mostly as accent colors, in rugs, throw cushions, wall art, mugs and other subtle places. I don’t really think about it, it just seems to work.
7. What is your go to meal?
My go to meal is done in the slow cooker and I call it saucy meatballs. I like to make my own meatballs but you could easily buy frozen and that would work just as well. So three ingredients, a bottle of grape jelly, a bottle of chili sauce and meatballs – a few hours in the slow cooker and you’ve got supper. Sometimes I cook rice or mashed potatoes to go with them and if I have time I’ll make tea biscuits.
8. Is there a book or an author that has resonated with you over your life and why?
Anything written by Dr Wayne Dyer has always resonated with me. He always seems to pop into my life (via a book I pick up or a TV special I turn on) whenever I need him. I actually had the distinct honor to be in one of his audiences when he spoke about Wishes Fulfilled in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
My heart aches as I type this as I my mentor and favorite author passed away yesterday (August 30, 2015) – may he enjoy the next venture that awaits him. I hope he sends us all a sign to let us know what that is 🙂
9. How many items are on your project list and what are the top two you want to finish next or are working on?
I am almost embarrassed to tell you but I have at least 25 ++projects on the list. A great majority of these are painting projects…ugh! The top two to finish before October are Mylo’s cat bed, he is my infamous cat, who loves getting in the way when I am trying to take post pictures. I also want to paint the cabinet we found at auction that we plan on using in our almost complete bathroom …. a renovation we started but ran out of money and energy, oh yes, these things do happen and yes there are probably 10 projects to finish in that bathroom alone…sigh!
10. If you could rewind your life by 20 years what piece of advise would you follow?
I would make smarter money choices (ie: start a retirement fund early) and not put off til tomorrow what you can do or start today (like a blog or your own business).
I’d love to see your answers to some of these questions, it would be A Wandafulthing to get to know my readers better!!
It seems like forever since I shared some of my favorite DIY projects.
I must confess, working a full-time job, running a part-time vintage sale business and tying to squeeze in all those projects on my “to-do” list, I haven’t had much time to read my favorite blogs or check out some of my favorite sites and share what I’ve discovered.
I changed that up this week and got all caught up on my favorite blogs/bloggers and visited some of my favorite sites and I’m anxious and excited to share a few of my new favorite things. Continue reading DIY – Easy Projects I Love!!!
Our first challenge was to reclaim the dining room and I am proud to say that I still manage to have my table clutter free with a centrepiece on it one day per week – YAY!
Since it is summer and I enjoy being outside and I enjoy decorating my outdoor spaces, it was easy to decide on Challenge #14 Welcome Home. This is about what your front door says to you when you walk up to it each day, it should make you smile and say “welcome home”. Continue reading Summer Wreath – Simple and Inexpensive
I’ve been aware of tea tree oil for sometime. The only thing I ever used it on was a hang nail and I was amazed by the results. To be honest -I was turned off by the smell.
Recently, I found some type of insect bites on my leg that I could not explain. They became large welts that were very sore to the touch, red, itchy and painful. I found some tea tree oil in the bathroom cabinet and thought I’d give it a try…lo and behold the welts are almost gone.
It was time to do some research….I found this article – I have tried a number of these suggestions and am always impressed by the results.
Tea tree oil, or melaleuca oil, is an essential oil that is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.
Tea tree oil has been used for centuries to treat a variety of common ailments, and there are many practical uses for tea tree oil in our everyday lives! Keep reading to learn 20 uses for tea tree oil! Continue reading 20 uses for tea tree oil