Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Some Things Just Don't Work Out

Remember the project I told you I was working on with these?

Well, the project just didn't work.....

In fact it was a big ole stinking mess!  I am not going to tell you what it was, because I might try it again, differently someday.

Anyway, I did create some fun things with the burlap coffee bags.
They are for sale at Lavender Hill Studio.
Welcome Home,
Penny
p.s.  We have 7 bloggers coming to the brunch so far!  For all of you that are coming.  I will send an email out Oct 1st with my address, Map Quest directions and my phone number.  So if your email is not in your profile, you are going to need to email me.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

You Are Cordially Invited....

Calling All Bloggers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and any other bloggers who might be in the Asheville, NC area on
Saturday, October 16th.

You are all cordially invited to a Saturday Brunch at 10:00AM, at my house.

Following the Brunch, we will go antiquing around Asheville.

Sound like fun?

RSVP to lavenderhillstudio@att.net by October 1st, 2010

I hope you all can come!

Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Katallic Shack Miracle Party and Amazing Giveaways!

Just to avoid confusion, I am turning comments off on this post. Remember to enter the giveaways for the custom made mosaic cross and all of the other giveaways, you need to visit Kelee at The Katallic Shack and leave a comment there.



Kelee Katillac from The Katillac Shack has something special going on.  Here is what she has to say:

A "MIRACLE PARTY" INVITATION FOR YOU--PLEASE JOIN US...Lets Celebrate Colette's Makeover Reveal Video & Story! Janome Sewing Machine GIVEAWAY! And Much More....




Colette Gauthier was suffering with cancer. She had moved into a tiny and dismal rental home. And, she was almost out of hope.


I decided to take a crew up to Michigan, in the middle of last winter, to create a healing room in which she could recover. Friends and volunteers became "Design Angels." A miracle resulted. The story is featured in the September issue of Guideposts Magazine.


The makeover video documenting Colette's project is deeply inspiring. A must see. And it all started with the comments, cards, thoughts, prayers, and actions of many of the blog community and readers like you.



That included The Pink Saturday & Country Wings in Phoenix bloggers. To name only a few. Now, Spiritual Sunday has become a part of the effort.


If you are just finding out about the project--join in now! Share in the joy and inspiration. Please tell folks about the event. There are plenty of great design ideas and the heart warming video should inspire many. It is amazing and Colette shines!


You have to see the room to believe the transformation. It brings HOPE. Colette was given a 5-15% chance of survival. God has given her different odds though! You can see her journey in the reveal video.

To find out more about the Miracle Party, visit Kelee at The Katillac Shack.  There you will be able to enter some wonderful giveaways.


I am giving away a Mosaic Cross like the one seen here.


 Except it will be custom made for the winner.  To win this cross - you need to visit Kelee's blog and leave a comment on HER blog, not mine.  Just click on her link, highlighted in purple.

I am also linking up with Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for Pink Saturday. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Projects Getting Checked Off The List

I have finished a couple of my projects so far this week.

The commissioned mosaic piece is finished. 

I made the Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and it is in the freezer.


Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

1 (8.5 ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
2 garlic gloves
1/2 (packed) fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

In the bowl of a food processor, blend the sun-dried tomatoes and their oil with the basil, parsley, salt, pepper and garlic just until the tomatoes are finely chopped.  Transfer the pesto to a medium bowl, and stir in the cheese.

This pesto will last one week if stored in an airtight container in the fridge.  I put mine in ice cube trays and freeze.  Then pop them out of the trays and store in a freezer bag.

This pesto is a great topping for sauteed or grilled fish and is perfect over penne pasta.

The big project seen in my last post, is still in the works.  Off to do some major sanding!
Welcome Home,
Penny

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Projects

I have a lot of projects that I am starting this week.  One of them involves these two pieces.


Plus I have a mosaic piece that was commissioned, that I have to have done by Friday.

I also want to make some more Pesto.  This time with sun dried tomatoes and basil.

So, I am going to be busy.  I love that busy feeling, don't you?

How is your week shaping up?  I would love to hear your plans.
Welcome Home,
Penny

P.S.  I have a new button on the top of my side bar, if you want to grab it.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Parlez-vous fran├žais ?

While out antiquing with my niece and great nephew this week, I found this.....
I have been looking for a vintage red covered French book and this is the closest thing I could find.

I think it looks great next to the other vintage books.

Ne fait pas vous ?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fun, Fun, Fun

I have been missing the last few days because I had special company!  My niece and great nephew (almost 3 years old) came to visit for a few days.

What did we do?
We did a little antiquing....

We did a little hiking....

We viewed some beautiful waterfalls.  This one above is at Chimney Rock, NC.  It is called Hickory Nut Falls and was in one of the movie scenes of the 1992 movie, The Last of The Mohicans.

The waterfall above is Looking Glass Falls in Pisgah National Forest, near Brevard, NC.

C and H.....We miss you already!  I wish we could have spent more time together.

I will show you what I bought while antiquing in my next post.

Welcome Home,
Penny

Monday, August 16, 2010

Company

Thank you all for saying such nice things about my vintage bird prints!! 

I have company visiting for the next few days, so I won't be around to visit you all.
Rabbit playing in my backyard yesterday.

Don't forget to enter the $60.00 CSN giveaway by leaving a comment on the giveaway post.  Click here to enter.

Be back Thursday to announce the winner!
Welcome Home,
Penny

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Birds of a Feather...Look Great On A Wall!

The living room wall art grouping is finished!  Some of you asked how we were planning on hanging them, so they would be level, straight and perfect.  So here is a Step By Step on how we did it.

You all ready know that I laid out the design on the floor first.
Then, Mr Comforts of Home (who is an engineer) did the calculations.
I dislike math...it gives me a head ache.  Thankfully, Mr. Comforts of Home loves figuring these things out.

Next, he got his laser level out.  See the red laser line on the wall?

Then he started marking the nail spots based on his figures.  Then he started, by hanging the top row all the way across.


Then the second row from the top, all the way across.
Finally we moved the TV back into place and then we hung the pictures on the two sides of the TV.  Here is is all finished.

I wanted to remind you of how this room started out, almost one year ago.  We closed on this house Aug. 28, 2009.  This is how it looked then.
The next picture is how it looked yesterday before we added the vintage bird prints.

An now, another shot of how it looks today.

Another view from the great room.

I like the way the vintage botanical prints in the great room look good with the vintage bird prints in the living room.

Now, the cost.  I bought the frames (18 total) from Michael's.  They were 50% off.  They included a mat. I paid $4.99 each.  Total cost of frames including tax $96.00.  The vintage prints came out of a vintage Audubon book I got on EBay.  It paid about $12.00 for it.  It has over 400 bird prints.  So basically the prints cost about 22 cents each.  So for about $100, I have a beautiful art wall.

The TV doesn't really disappear...but it does blend in a little now.  Besides, now when commercials are on, I have something pretty to look at!
This post was originally written by Penny Carlson and she blogs at The Comforts of Home.blogspot.  She can also be found on Facebook at penny.carlson.10.
 
Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, August 13, 2010

Birds.....Pictures....

I have picked all of the pictures and put them all in frames.

I have laid them out on the floor to figure out the layout.
The white square in the middle represents the TV.

Now to get them up on the wall.

Don't forget to enter the $60 CSN Gift Certificate Giveaway!  All you have to do is leave a comment (as many times as you want) on the giveaway post, just click here.

The giveaway ends Aug. 18th.  Winner announce Aug. 19th.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Birds, Frames and a Blank Wall

Take several of these...

And this published in 1941...

Which is filled with many pictures like this...


And turn this wall behind the TV into a focal wall.

And possibly make the TV blend in a little in the process.

That's what I am working on this week.  Stay tuned for the finished project.

What are you up to?

Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, August 6, 2010

Homemade Basil Pesto - It's Easy!

Today we are making homemade Basil Pesto

Ok, go on out into your potager and pick a big old basketful of basil and parsley.  You are going to need about 4 cups packed of basil and about 1/2 cup packed of parsley, so fill that basket up!

Now, I know how we all love our Caprese salads with fresh basil and home grown tomatoes, but what will we do in the middle of the winter, when we want that fresh garden taste?  That, is why we are making basil today.

We we finish making it, we are going to freeze itThen, in the middle of the cold winter, we are going to pull it out of the freezer and use it in a comforting pasta dish.

O.K....Ready?  Gather your ingredients.
You will need:

4 cups packed basil leaves
1/2 cup packed Italian parsley leaves
2-4 Cloves of garlic
Zest of a lemon
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
sea salt to taste
fresh cracked pepper to taste

Place the basil, parsley, peeled garlic cloves, toasted pine nuts, salt and pepper in a food processor.  Pulse until well blended.  It will look like the picture below.

Next, with lid on, drizzle olive oil in slowly while processor is running.  It will now look like the picture below.

Place the pesto into a large bowl and then add the Parmesan and Romano cheeses and fold them into the mixture. Note: You don't want to add the cheese into the processor, because the blades of the processor can heat up the cheese and start to melt it and you could end up with a gooey mess.

When thoroughly mixed, place by spoonful into ice cube trays.  Freeze until solid, then remove from trays and place in a Ziploc freezer bag and place back into the freezer.

This winter, you will be able to put out one or two cubes of pesto at a time and add to pasta, sauteed fish, put it under the skin of a chicken breast and roast, spread a toasted baguette with cream cheese and drizzle pesto on top.  Add to soups and so much more.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rooster Party!

I am joining Barb at Bella Vista for a Rooster Party! The actual party starts tomorrow the 6th but I saw a few of you starting early so I joined in the fun!  Everyone in blog land is or will be showing off their roosters!  So after visiting me, head over to Barb's blog to see all of the other blogger roosters!

I love French Country decor.  So, I have quite a few roosters inside and outside my home.  Here are some of them.
This is a decoupage rooster I created from vintage French letters and vintage French song books.  Available here.

The original rooster paintings I purchased from Donna at Mourning Dove Cottage.




Rooster Salt and Pepper in the kitchen hutch.

A pretty rooster apron from a blog friend.







The fabric above is on my kitchen chair cushions.


High on top of the book case is a metal rooster.


This red guy was a gift from Penny at Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen.  It is now outside by my front porch.



I have these wonderful rooster napkin rings....

These rooster plates sit on my dining room hutch.

I know I might have missed a few....Thank you for taking the time to visit me for the Rooster Party.  Have fun visiting all of the other blogs.  I am heading out visiting them right now!
Welcome Home,
Penny