Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A New Project

See my porch furniture?  I have had this for about 5 year now.

It looks good from a distance, but the truth is that it has spent many season out in the weather.  Look closer below.

All of the seats have mold stains.  I have tried scrubbing, bleaching, laying in the sun etc and they don't come out.  I would replace the cushions, but they are an odd size.  I have never seen replacement cushions that would fit.

So what I am going to attempt is to paint a pattern on them with fabric paint.  I am think stripes....

I have fabric paint. Wish me luck!
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Come See!

My Flea Market Makeovers blog is up and running!  Come see the first of many makeovers.

Just click here, to visit Flea Market Makeovers.  Then come back here Saturday for a new Comforts of Home post that features a fantastic giveaway!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011


It seems like it takes forever for winter to be over, as you dream about fresh veggies from your garden.

Then BAM!  Summer is here and you have a bountiful abundance of veggies.

We eat fresh veggies from our garden every day, but there is always a larger harvest than we can eat.  I don't can, but I do freeze my extra veggies.  It is very simple to do.

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Plunge in fresh green beans and boil for 3 minutes.

Immediately plunge them into a large bowl of ice water and let set for 3 more minutes.

Drain on a kitchen towel and then place in a freezer bag.  Label and date and throw into the freezer.  This winter, you can pull them out and boil for a few minutes, top with butter and pine nuts and remember how lovely summer was.

Do you can or freeze veggies?

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Monday, June 20, 2011


Do you grow veggies?  How is your garden doing?  Mine is doing wonderfully at the moment.

I don't add pesticides to my garden.  My growing medium is soil, cow poo and blood meal. 

I try to be conscientious about what I eat. 

I try to eat organic if I can. 

I try to grow my own veggies, or shop at a local farmers market.

I am not into canning, but I do freeze excess veggies to savor in the winter in soups and stews.


French radishes, carrots and beets.
Rainbow Chard.

So tell me....do you have a great recipe for zucchini?  Would you share it here?  I have an over abundance of it this year....
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A Stencil Tutorial

I had some of you ask, how I did the harlequin pattern on my kitchen table, or how to stencil.  So I thought I would throw together this simple step by step tutorial.

Click on any picture to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge it further.

First I painted 3 coats of the base color I wanted on the table and chairs.  I used Masion Blanche by Sherwin Williams.

Next, I found the exact center of my table to start the pattern.  I table the stencil to the center of the table with blue painters tape.
The stencil has small holes in each corner (registration marks).  After taping the stencil in place, I took a pencil and marked those holes, so that when I lifted the stencil to start the next section, I had a place to align the stencil.

I used a regular paint brush to stencil with.  I put a small amount of paint (Apple a Day, by Olympic Paints)on the brush, then wiped or dabbed most of it off onto a paper towel.  Then making sure my stencil was down securely, I brush in one direction over the stencil.

I moved across the table.  Then I worked my way up and down.

I finished, by sanding the whole table, taking more paint off in some areas than others.

Then I covered the entire table and chairs with Raw Umber glaze by Valspar.

Here are two chairs, the one on the left has been sanded and glazed.  The one on the right has not.

Here is the finished table I showed you a few posts back.  Today I am going to apply wipe on poly in a satin finished, to the top to protect it.

There you have it!  If you have any questions, leave them in the comments here and I will come back here and edit this post to answer them.

Edited to add answers to questions:
1.  Yes Vee, I will paint again :-) in fact I am working on more projects right now for my Flea Market Makeovers Blog.

2.  Bonnie, I let the paint dry at least 24 hours before I distress it. 

3.  Jeanne, I will be posting my first Flea Market Makeover on my Flea Market Makeover blog this week, and will announce the winner of the French Rooster Giveaway on that blog.  Sign up as a follower on that blog, so you will know when it begins :-).
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Start Spreading The News....

New York, New York!

Thanks for hanging around waiting for my blog break to end.  I spent the last couple of days in New York.  I have always wanted to go there and as an early anniversary (June 30th) Mr. Comforts of Home took me there.

We walked and walked and walked all over Manhattan, from Central Park to the Empire State building.

We rode the Staten Island Ferry and I had a wonderful view of the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

We ate dinner at Bobby Flay's restaurant, Bar American one night and it was delicious.

After dinner, we went to the "Top of the Rock" at Rockefeller Center and watched the sun set over the city....

The moon to rise.....

and the city lights to come on....

We saw a Broadway Show, Chicago.  Christie Brinkley played the part of Roxie.  We were in the third row and it was fabulous!

We ate NY pizza, went to a deli for bagels, toured the "largest store on earth", Macy's and visited the South Seaport.  We rode a NY taxi (that was an experience!) and took the subway. We strolled through Grand Central Station,  and walked down 5th Avenue.  By the time we were finished we felt like honorary New Yorkers!

The entire time was wonderful.  New York is a fast paced, full of energy city, that just makes you feel alive.

So what have you been up to this week?  I would love to know! 
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Saturday, June 11, 2011

We Interupt This Blog...

....for a short blog break. 
picture taken in my garden this week

Bee back soon!

And when I get back, I will be launching my other blog, Flea Market Makeovers.  If you haven't signed up as a follower, to win the French Rooster, click on the rooster on my sidebar to enter.
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The Winners of The Honey Dipper

Thank you everyone for saying such nice things about my harlequin painted table!

The winners of the glass honey dippers are Ulrike from Lingering Shade and Miss Jean from In The Garden With Miss Jean.  Congrats!  I will be emailing you for your addresses.
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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Kitchen Table Redo and A Giveaway!

this giveaway is now over...thanks for entering!  winner announced in next post.
Warning....picture heavy post.  Giveaway announced at the end of the post.

I am finally finished with the kitchen table and chair redo.  We bought this table 9 years ago at a dent and damage sale.  It was stained mahogany.  The chairs were purchased at an unfinished wood furniture store and I originally stained them to match the table.  Here is a picture of them in a previous home in Tennessee.

Then a couple of years ago I painted the chairs black and the table yellow.

Loved the yellow, but it blended into the yellow walls too much.  So I painted the table black.

The black was nice, but I really wanted to lighten up this area of my home.  Even though it has a lot of windows, it faces north west and does not get a lot of light during the day. 

So here is the newly painted, stenciled, distressed and glazed table and chairs today.

Now for the GIVEAWAY - See the pretty crystal pear shaped honey jar below?  See the pretty glass honey DIPPER
Here is a close up of the glass honey dipper.

The honey dipper was made by artists who live in Tennessee.  They have an ETSY site, here.  I have TWO of these pretty hand made glass honey dippers (just the dipper, not the jar) to give away. 

Just leave a comment on this post to be entered. I will pick two winners via Random.org on Saturday.

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36th Avenue

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

And So It Begins


Want to know where I got my inspiration for this red harlquin pattern?  Look at the quilt in my header :-)

Back to painting....
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Monday, June 6, 2011

Bye Bye Black!

The black is all gone.  The table and chairs are a beautiful creamy white.

Are they going to stay this way - perfect, no flaws, like brand new?

No sireeee.

Tomorrow I am going to have some fun... and it starts with a harlequin stencil.

Speaking of stencils, you have to go read BJ at Sweet Nothings (laugh out loud) posts here and here about the trying time she had using a stencil.  In the end, she created something really beautiful!
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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Locally Grown Flower Bouquets

We have a grocery store not too far from me that sells mostly organic foods, locally grown veggies, locally raised beef, artisan cheeses, etc.

I love going there to pick up a special meal every so often.

They also sell locally grown flower bouquets.  This one was $4.99 for the bunch.  Isn't it pretty?
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Friday, June 3, 2011


I'm going for a walk around my potager, do you want to come with me and see what is growing?
Straight ahead you will find rainbow chard.  Beyond that green beans.  To the right zucchini.  In the far back, herbs, garlic, onions and leeks.
This is a garlic blossom.  I planted the garlic last fall and it will be ready to harvest late summer.
This is the rainbow chard.  See that white thing on the right?  A turnip seed must have been mixed in with the chard seeds!
Here in the front are peas, that are ready to be pulled out and something else planted.  To the left are tomatoes, carrots and beets.  We also have peppers and lettuce growing in the long bed in the back.
This is how my back yard looks now.  It is all torn up.  Mr. Comforts of Home dug this trench in order to get water and electric to the fountain and the pergola.
Someday soon, this fountain will be working and there will be flowers around it...

Do you grow a veggie garden?  What have you planted in it?
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p.s.  I should have the chairs and table painting by the end of the weekend or the beginning of next week.  When I do, we will celebrate with a giveaway.  Sound like fun?  

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Painting Away

I am painting away.....

...and I need a paint break.  Let's talk. What are you doing?
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