Monday, February 1, 2016

Easy Valentine or anytime project

Happy February!
Can you believe it...   we are that much closer to spring!!
I personally can not wait for those 90' Chesapeake days.
Paddle boarding,  lunches on the boat, sand in my.... 
Meanwhile,  Paul and I are keeping ourselves occupied by creating in the garage.  We always have plenty to drink, good music, friends and a nice toasty fire going.
This is a simple project that we made in the garage a few weeks ago.
I started out by painting a piece of wood with brown and black paint
(because I didn't have any stain)
and then I painted a big pink heart on it.
I embellished the heart with a white paint pen,
Painting a ruffle trim and our initials.
Then drilled two holes, sanded the whole thing to rough it up a bit and then threaded some raffia through the holes.
I ended up going back over some of the white to brighten it up before tying on the skeleton key.
Cute huh?
Ours is hanging in the dining room where it will stay all year long.
Wishing you all a fast and wonderful February!
Later dudes


Thursday, January 28, 2016

come on in to my new old house

Come on in to my new kitchen.
Shiplap wall, new curtains and wallpaper...
My new house has been a work in progress but it is finally coming together. 

Ive got the windows all dressed up for Valentines day

and the table is set with sweet little heart shaped treats.


I think you've figured out that these are miniature scenes from my little dollhouse.
A hobby that started last spring when I started rehabbing the dollhouse that once belonged to my old neighbor.   The neighbor,  Mrs Erica,  passed away about 20 years ago and the sweet little house that her husband built for her sat vacant and abused until her son  finally threw it out on the curb for  garbage pickup.   
Or Leslie pick up!

I spent many hours cleaning, painting and replacing broken parts.

 It's been fun finding and making little things to fill the house with.
Even my friends join in the fun finding little treasures.
Of course I had a great time during the holidays too.

 This week,  while my neighbors were preparing for the big blizzard by shopping for bread and milk,
I was out buying myself a small jig saw.
I had to perfect project to keep my busy while we were snowed in.
Since my family are convinced that I am out of control and that our house will be filled with dollhouses  ~  they said that I am not allowed to have more then 1.
Well...   then this one needs more room!!
I was planning to build an addition on the little old house.
I spent these snowy days cutting, measuring, gluing and painting.

There is even a roof top deck.

Once the addition was finished I had to make some little furniture to fill it.
What better then some nautical themed pillows and window seats. 

It turned out so nice!
I think Mrs Erica would be proud of all of the TLC her dollhouse is getting.
 There are still a few improvements that I want to make.
Upstairs, I put a tiny wall down the center to give me an extra room.
because all dollhouses need a craft studio!


Isn't it sweet!
I just want to move it!!!!
Creating and filling this house has been so much fun.
Plus,  I tend to leave the real house alone...  which makes my family happy!!!!
 Do any of you have a dollhouse?
Hope that you all enjoyed the tour.  I'll post more as I finish.
Have a wonderful day!!!!


Monday, January 4, 2016

the mom cave

Remember this mess?
I mean,  this mess?
(serious shithole!)
 This time last year I was upside-down in the center of this chaos.
I used to get the worst anxiety just thinking about walking up those stairs.
Now...   I can't tell you the pleasure that I get when I wake up
and open the little door to the 3rd floor.
It's like my very own secret garden.
Some mornings,  instead of going down to the kitchen, 
I head upstairs to the attic to brew my coffee and catch the morning news.
It is a quiet place to gather my thoughts for the day.
Or maybe to type up all of the ideas that have been generating through my head the night before.



 2016 will be the year that I finally finish a romance novel.

Perhaps I'll be more disciplined with a cozy convenient writing space.

However...   I've got to be careful. 
It is way too easy to take a nap up here.


It's such a comfy space...    I can't believe I waited so long to claim it. : )
Have a great day.    I'm gonna finish taking the last of the Christmas d├ęcor down and then I'll probably be upstairs writing taking a nap.  : )

Friday, January 1, 2016

Holiday Pantry Leftover Cake ~ Cranberry Almond with Orange glaze

The holiday season came and went so fast that my pantry and refrigerator are still filled with supplies to make Christmas goodies.   I am hoping for a few good snow/cookie baking days in the future, 
meanwhile..  there were things sitting around that are on their way to becoming stale.
I decided to gather up some things and start this 1st day of the new year out with a cake.
A cake that I am calling the Holiday Pantry Leftover Cake. 
First I grabbed one of the many boxes of yellow cake mixes and a box of instant pudding.
Then it was the cranberries that were about to get soft,  the oranges that were wilting and a half bag of sliced almonds that would be stale before too long.


 I basically just dumped everything in a bowl together and followed the directions on the cake box..
adding just a little less water then it called for since the cranberries would produce extra moisture.
For the glaze,  I squeezed the two oranges into a pot,  added 1/2 stick of butter ...   heated it until it melted and then added about 1/2 cup of sugar.
Pretty darn good!
And I don't feel guilty wasting food.  : )
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 package of vanilla pudding
about 3 cups of cranberries
1 cup of sliced almonds
3 eggs
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cups of water
1/2 stick of butter
juice of 2 squeezed oranges
1/2 cup sugar

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 in a nutshell

Wishing you all a blessed new year!

Happy 2016!!!


Friday, July 10, 2015

Happy Summer ~ a cheater post

Hello dear bloggy friends.
I hope that you are all doing well.
Miss you guys!!!
Life has been good and busy in the Spoonful house.
We've been having a great summer so far.
There is so much happening around here...  so many wonderful things that are keeping me very busy. 
Yes,  I will also admit that while being busy living this wonderful life,  I have become a very lazy blogger.
If it makes you feel better...  I've become a lazy cook too!!  
I'm going to give you the short version of the past two months...
stolen straight from my instagram and in no particular order are some photos to highlight some of the fun we've been having.  
Also...  since I do spend more time using instagram,   if you have an account,  please come visit me
 @ Ljwoz and make sure to let me know that you were there so that I can follow you.
See you soon,

Happy Summer!!!!!