Sunday, July 31, 2011

I love the quote below ...

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”. William Morris

But why not combine the two, both Useful and Beautiful?

I needed a kitchen timer.


Rather than get a utilitarian, run of the mill timer, I found this rooster timer at Sur La Table, while in Naples, Florida last week.


It might not be beautiful, but it is adorable, that counts, right?

Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, July 29, 2011

TOMATO ~ TOMATO

You say Tomato, I say Tomato....when you have an abundance you get creative!


I created a great appetizer with my cherry tomatoes!

After pre-heating the oven to 350 degrees, I roasted them with garlic, fresh thyme sprigs, olive oil, freshly ground salt and pepper.  They were in the oven about 1-1/2 hours.


Next, I toasted a sliced baguette in the same oven after drizzling it with olive oil for about 10 minutes, turning after 5 minutes.  When they are removed from the oven, I rubbed sliced fresh garlic over the hot baguette slices.

I topped the baguette slices with goat cheese, added a few of the roasted tomatoes and sprinkled with fresh basil.


Can I hear a YUMMY?

It is delicious!

What is your favorite tomato recipe?  I would love to know, because I have tons of tomatoes!
Welcome Home,
Penny


Thursday, July 28, 2011

I'm Back!

Hi!  I am back from Florida.  Did you miss me?  I missed all of you too!


I just spent the last week in Florida, helping my niece paint her kitchen cabinets and visiting with my sisters.

It wasn't all work.  There was a little bit of play too.  I went to the beach the first day there.


I saw a school of dolphins swimming.  I tried to get a picture but as soon as I raised my camera, they would go back under water.  Here are two photos of them.



Now on to the cabinet photos.  The cabinets were a light maple color and they were Formica.  So first we applied a bonding primer.  And then two coats of paint.



In the picture below, if you look close you can see a mocha glaze in the insets and around the edges of the cabinets and drawers.


I can't show you a finished picture, because all of the doors were not hung up when I left, and the new cabinet knobs were not on yet.

As soon as I get a picture from my niece, I will do an update.  The cabinet color is not showing true in my pictures.  It is really a lovely sagey grayish green in person.

I will be around to visit you all soon!
Welcome Home,
Penny


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summertime And The Living Is Easy

We had a tomato catastrophe the other day.  One of our tomato bushes got so big and heavy, that it pulled the tomato cage out of the ground and tomatoes flew everywhere!

Mr. Comforts staked the plant back up as best he could and we gathered the green and orange tomatoes up and set them on our outdoor table to ripen.

But we are not upset about it.  We are having a tomato explosion over here at the comforts of home!


I love, love, Love tomatoes, do you?

On another note, I am heading to Florida to spend a week helping my niece paint her kitchen cabinets.  I hope to get some good before and after pictures.  I will be back July 28.  See you then!

Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Roosters and Cookbooks

I have wanted a cookbook stand for quite some time now.  You know how it is when you are trying to cook and read the recipe and the pages keep closing?  In the past, I tried setting cans on top of the page, the corner of a bowl etc.  But the pages kept closing anyway.



I love to cook.  I have been struggling with cookbooks for 35 years.  Why did I wait so long?

I love my new cookbook stand with the rooster on top.

p.s. I have had company for a few days and am behind on my visits.  I will catch up soon!
Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pretty In Pink

This is what I see every morning when I open my bathroom blinds.


Here is a shot standing outside on my front porch looking at this pretty Crepe Myrtle.

While I was on the porch taking a picture, this little fellow landed on the feeder.  I was shooting into the sunlight, so it is more of a silhouette shot.

Welcome Home,
Penny

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mantel Fluffing


I love hydrangeas, but unfortunately I don't have any growing around my house.

I found a seller on eBay that has the most beautiful dried hydrangeas in many different colors.  I pick these, they have a little cream, green and burgundy.  Perfect colors for my French country home.


I bought some florist foam and stuck it inside my favorite yellow planter. Then I stuck the hydrangeas woody stems in the foam.  Easy peasy and no watering!


I love it!  It says summer to me.  Tell me, do you have hydrangeas growing at your home?

Welcome Home
Penny

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Weekend Fun


So, over the weekend I went to a new Flea Market in town called Paris of The South.  It was opening weekend and I had high hopes for it.  I was a little disappointed in the amount of venders, but I will wait a few weeks and go back to see if it picks up.

On Sunday I went to a craft show downtown Asheville and then to the Biltmore Estate to see the gardens there.

There is a Tiffany Stained Glass Lamp exhibit going on now and the lamps are beautiful.  What is really fun is that they arranged their gardens to compliment Tiffany's stained glass designs.

See the dragonfly flower bed below?  Can you see the huge dragon fly?  Click on the picture to enlarge and you can read all about it on the sign.





The Biltmore Estate gardens are always beautiful.  Here are some of the flowers there.




We also went to Lowe's to get a rotiserrie attachment for our grill and some more mulch for the backyard.
So what did you do this weekend?  I would love to know!  Grab some coffee and let's chat.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, July 8, 2011

Landscape Paintings

I don't think I ever showed you close up pictures of the new art I got for my kitchen dining area.  It was one of those things on my List To Do on my sidebar.



I found them at a favorite antique place called the Screen Door.

I love the way they look in the kitchen dining area.  Perfect pops of color on the wall.


Speaking of the Screen Door.  I have a goal...one day I hope to have a booth in the Screen Door.  I would love to sell my mosaic pieces as well as my Flea Market Makeovers.  That is one reason, I started my Flea Market Makeovers blog.  It got me motivated to do something with all of the furniture that I picked up over the years.  It is hard to ship furniture, so I hesitated putting so many large things on my website, Lavender Hill Studio.  So, I figure if I can get a booth in a great store, I can sell it locally!

There is a waiting list for vendors at the Screen Door.  So, it might be a while.

In the meantime...if you have time come see my newest makeover, here and let me know what you think of it.

Welcome Home,
Penny

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Lions, Fountains, Pergolas, France, Italy

or Rome wasn't built in a day...

I love the old world look.  Country French, Tuscan, English Cottage.  So when I decorate inside, it is a mixture of all of the above.

Same goes with my landscaping.  Here is a couple of inspiration pictures.



I love the look of boxwood, with roses.  The formality of the boxwood, with the wildness of rose bushes.

I love focal points of water fountains.

We got our water fountain hooked up and running this past weekend.


We planted boxwood around it.


Now we just have to add tons more boxwood and roses.

Oh, and lavender and geraniums would be nice too.  Like I said, Rome (nor my garden) wasn't built in a day.  It could take years to finish the backyard, but what fun work it is!

Do you like gardening?

Welcome Home,
Penny

Monday, July 4, 2011

Wicker vs Cement

I was antiquing the other day and saw something that made my heart go pitter pat.



It was this fabulous planter, that looks like a wicker basket, but is is really made of cement!!

I mean seriously, does this not look like old weathered wicker?


I filled it with succulents, because that what it seemed to call for.


A little garden note....look at the very first picture again.  Look past the table to the garden.  See in the top left of the picture a little orange/red?  You can click on the picture to make it larger.


It is my first tomatoes, turning red!  I can't wait to have a Caprese salad, with my tomatoes and basil!
Welcome Home,
Penny

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy 4th Weekend All

Just a quick post to wish you all a Happy 4th Weekend.  Enjoy your barbeques and fireworks.
Dresses from Shabby Apple

I also wanted to pass on to you that Shabby Apple is having a huge summer sale!  20% off store wide.
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Click on the button above to check it out!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Well, That Is Not Going To Work

Well, my idea of painting my outdoor chair cushions is not going to work.  The fabric paint I bought came in a "little" smaller container than I thought.



Pictured above are the three teeny tiny bottles.  Not enough to do all of the cushions for sure.  So back it goes to the supplier.  It would cost a lot to buy enough paint to cover all 8 cushions.

In the meantime, because I was frustrated, I tried spray painting one cushion.


After three coats, it just kept sinking into the fabric and the fabric is all stiff and itchy now.  Not exactly what you want in a porch cushion.

So on to plan B.  Recovering them.  I don't know if I do it myself or find a reasonable seamstress.  I will let you know when I figure it all out.

In the mean time, Have a wonderful 4th of July Weekend.  I will see you all back here on Tuesday.
Welcome Home,
Penny