Last week TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS almost hit 100 participants and it is only 10 weeks old! While that is great... and I so appreciate everyone who shares...what I love the most is all the things you can learn to do from these creative people who share their how-to's, tips and tidbits!
A great example is the kitchen above...A PROGRESSION OF A KITCHEN from GOLD COUNTRY COTTAGE was the most viewed post last week. And no wonder you should see the transformation!!!!
Here are a few more (more than usual) features from last weeks TTT bloggers...
Before we begin... a great BIG thank you to everyone who left a comment on my blog last week. I had eye surgery and was recovering...I did not visit or comment much! I appreciate every sweet comment and every one who participated in ON THE MENU MONDAY and TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS! I'm much better and can see great... back to normal...ready to visit... thanks everyone for your prayers and good thoughts!
Are you capturing the last ounce of summer? Even though I can't wait for fall... I am giving summer it's last hurrah by hosting a Labor Day family weekend... so we will be celebrating the remains of summer in a big way...
Maybe the better question is... what do you want your story to BE?
My son, Christopher, is a youth pastor at Otterbein Church in Waynesboro Pa.
He has quite a story for a young 25 year old pastor.
Last week Christopher preached before the whole congregation... being part of a series call "STORIES". To see his message... clickHERE... find the sermon AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY... A LOOK AT THE LIFE OF PETER, and click WATCH.
The service starts with a brief story by a brave young woman who shares HER story.
My garden is bursting with tomatoes... the Roma tomatoes are literally dripping off off the vine. And I'm grateful for that... many of my veggies did not do well this year!
I'm saving the bulk of the Romas to freeze and make into sauce, but when I saw this fabulous recipe for a grown up tomato soup... some of those ripe summer tomatoes were destined for Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup.
This is a beautiful and flavorful soup! Especially perfect with fresh garden tomatoes!
Welcome to TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS #10! A HUGE thank you goes out to all of last weeks participants! Your tutorials, tips, tidbits and every thing you brought to show off was just fabulous and so so creative!
What makes TTT wonderfully interesting is the wide variety of topics and range of subject mattered brought to the party!
Here are just a few inspirations from last week...
Let me introduce you to the Paula Deen Sweet Tea Tall Dresser in Tobacco... it is finally in it's new home.... that is being transformed from the bedroom belonging to my daughter as she grew up, all girly and frilly... to a tailored and serene guest room... where my twenty-something daughter and husband can feel loved and welcomed when they come home to StoneGable.
As many of you know, I have been pining away for the gorgeous Paula Deen Sweet Tea Dresser in tobacco for quite some time. I searched high and low for a substitute... but EVERYTHING I hunted down fell so short!!! You can read about all my whining and fussing in "DRESSER DREAMING" by clickingHERE
I can hardly believe this beauty, the Paula Deen Sweet Tea Dresser in tobacco, ( I just have to call it by it's full name!) came to live with us...
As you read this I am probably on the beach, or in a pool or walking the boardwalk or looking for shells. Getting away with a few fun girl friends is medicinal!
Don't you love having friends that will laugh with you until midnight ... or to cry with you until you can't cry anymore? Or friends that are part of a big collective memory making adventure?
My little getaway is a perfect diversion... remember the eye surgery I had scheduled a couple of weeks ago?
It was canceled and it is now scheduled for this Tuesday. I am a little anxious for it... I have had too long to think about it! Hopefully I'll be home to serve up the soup from the slow cooker Tuesday evening. Please say a little prayer for me.. again! Thanks!
Welcome to TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS! All of you have been very busy! You have been painting and rearranging and baking and updating and planting and gluing and sewing and stacking and getting ready for fall! There is so much creativity going on in blogland!
Here are just a couple featured blogs from last week's TTT ...
I recently attended an Annie Sloan Chalk Painting class at CATFISH CREATIVE FURNISHINGS and came home with a great little painted piece and a head full of FABULOUS techniques, tips and ideas! This hands on class was invaluable and our teacher, Celeste, was fun and informative and so so creative!
It was a day of ASCP total immersion! I learned so many interesting techniques! But there was one thing I thing I took away that will make a HUGE difference in the way I paint EVERY piece of furniture...
I think it is the best tip I will ever get and I want to share it with you...
There is a little cupboard in my kitchen with interesting glass doors... and everything in it is white. I call it my little french cupboard, because of it's mullioned windows and sweet utilitarian size. It reminds me of a small cupboard in a french farmhouse.
It is not staged or perfectly appointed or filled with great design elements. My niece calls it "aesthetically useful".
But it does hold some of my favorite dishes... all white and interesting and well-loved!
If you look at my menu this week, you will see what is producing in my garden right now. We are eating great summer tomatoes everyday!!! This is such a treat! Tomatoes are at their peak and bursting with flavor! I just can't get enough of them... and they are free for the picking... and canning... and freezing!
My onions and leeks and eggplants are all ready to be harvest this week too! So much yumminess.. . and no weeds. Thank you Bobby!
ON THE MENU MONDAY hit a milestone last week... 108 bloggers stopped by with their scrumptious recipes and menus to join in! We passed the 100 mark! Oh, this was so exciting and encouraging to me!
You don't know how many times I had ALMOST retired OTMM... it had languished along for quite awhile and I often questioned it's worth. It was all the faithful bloggers that supported it and showed up every week that has kept it going! Thank you so so much!
As we strive together for the next 100~ I am so thankful for so many scrumptious recipes, organized menus, the few added pounds it has put on me, and great friendships because of it!
This scripture was part of a prayer that Jesus would have prayed everyday... probably in the morning and evening. It is part of a bigger prayer called the Shema (pronounced shmah).... a prayer to listen and take heed of the commitment to follow the Lord.
Jesus prayed these words and taught on them and called them the 'greatest commandment". But what does it mean to "love God with all of our soul'? If Jesus said that THIS was the greatest commandment isn't it important to know, really know what it MEANS...
As I work to finish the J & J Bedroom I have a mental vision for how the room should look. Click HERE to see the makeover progress.
In my vision, I see 2 small X ottomans at the bottom of the bed. They are wooden with a nice herringbone fabric and antiqued nailheads. I have been looking for them for several months. And I just could not find what I had envisioned!
While I was picking up a pole lamp at Pottery Barn Outlet on Wednesday I found these...
Let's talk food....If you have found ON THE MENU MONDAY you can't say you don't know what to cook for any and all occasions! There are so many talented cooks and enthusiastic foodies that participate each week. Some of my favorite recipes come from bloggers that are great home cooks!
This week I am trying three different recipes from blogging friends. Greek Orzo Salad from Alison at THE POLOHOUSE, Chicken With Garlic Wine from Mary at ONE PERFECT BITE and Pork Medallions With Sage Mustard Sauce from Pat at PAT'S PINK APRON.
Do you love the idea of eating hot sticky buns... right out of the oven... your OWN oven? Warm and gooey and delicious?
Me too... but they are just too much work... until now!
I found a scrumptious recipe for yummy sticky buns without all the work! That's right...no yeast dough...no kneeding... no rising... no punching down... no rolling... nothing time consuming! This recipe is a real impostor... a delicious fake!
PUFF PASTRY STICKY BUNS are part of the Fabulous Foodie Fake Out~ foods that are not necessarily what they appear to be! Check out the bottom of this post to visit other fakers... er, participants...
Happy August, everyone! What happened to JULY? I must admit that I am sooo ready for fall... but I don't want to get ahead of myself. There is still a month of great summer things to do!
Here are a few great things about August this year...a couple of my dearest friends are August babies... I 'm sure we will celebrate! I am going to the beach on a vacation with 4 of my very very favorite girlfriends... I hope to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in Philladelphia... I'm having eye surgery (not so fun!)...all of my children will be visiting this month...Bobby and I will be working in the gardens as the evenings cool in August... and we have 5 Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits this month! I hope you will all come and share, showcase and show-off what you've been doing!
Here are a few great entries from last week's TTT...
Welcome to my blog... and my life. I'm Yvonne... the mother of 3 beautiful twenty-something children and a recent empty nester. I live with Bobby, my wonderful husband, Scamp our spoiled (so cute) dog and Hobbes our rascally cat. I love all things HOME... well...except cleaning the garage and maybe ironing! I am a life-long learner on a constant quest to learn and do something new... especially when it concerns anything domestic !
Living by grace, I strive to be positive and purposeful. I want to live large and love life and all those who cross my path! It is my hope to inspire creative living here at StoneGable!