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girls night out

July 22, 2016

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Making Mason jar terrariums is a fun and easy summer activity.

For today’s Friday field trip, I am bringing you to an outdoor garden to share this activity on a stunningly gorgeous summer evening.  Cold drinks and interesting conversation are the perfect accompaniments for this fun outdoor get together.

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Why not add this activity to your next summer soiree?  A very basic terrarium can be easily created with Mason jars, potting soil, charcoal, and decorative pebbles.  All the materials needed are easily purchased at a local dollar store or discount store.

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To create the terrarium, a 1” layer of pebbles is added to the jar, followed by a thin layer of charcoal and 3” – 4” of potting soil.  From there, moss and/or small plants are added as well as any decorative items.  After a light watering, the terrarium is complete and the lid can be screwed on.

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Adding a decorative feature like a small mushroom or animal gives the terrarium some extra character.  (The owls used in these terrariums are actually beads that were attached to toothpicks.) Providing raffia to your guests to tie around the mouth of the jar of the finished terrarium is also a nice detail to include.

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As an option, cute little instruction cards can be created and printed on a home computer.  Instruct the new terrarium owners to mist the garden lightly occasionally and to remove the top for a while if too much moisture develops.

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I hope I have inspired you to have a little terrarium building activity at your next get together  – the perfect way to spend a beautiful summer evening!

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Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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corn on the cob butter

July 19, 2016

Delicious flavored corn butter pleasure in simple things blog

From pizza to fruit – everything finds its way to the grill at this time of year!

Today, I am sharing a really easy way to add some extra flavor to your grilled corn. It is as simple as adding a few ingredients to your butter!  By picking a few basil leaves from the garden and adding a little cheese, the traditional butter condiment can be instantly upgraded!

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It doesn’t get any easier!

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I included a recipe for you here, but using a little imagination, you can create your own flavor combinations based on your garden or leftover ingredients in your fridge.  (A little cayenne and lime juice is another great combo!)

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I hope I have inspired you to create a flavored butter for your next grilling session!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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99 cent diy table numbers

July 5, 2016

Wedding Table Number 99cent DIY pleasure in simple things blog

The cost of throwing parties, particularly weddings, has gotten crazy expensive.  The good news is that the little details that make events special can definitely be beautifully executed with very little cost.  Like my friend Phyllis says “it’s not what you have, but what you make of it.”

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These easy DIY table numbers are made from 99 cent plastic – yes, plastic – Ikea photo frames!  You may need to spend a little more than 99 cents to create one if spray paint and paint pens aren’t part of your craft supply repertoire.  I happen to have both of these items on hand.

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You can choose a color spray paint that best matches your party décor, but choose one with a label indicating adhesion to plastic.  I like metallic paints because they add an air of elegance to the final product.

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Purchase one frame for each party table.  Unwrap each frame, removing the two acrylic plastic inserts and place them aside.  Spray the 2 pieces of the frame(s) completely with 2-3 light coats of paint, following the directions on the spray paint can.

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While the paint is drying, you can add the desired table number to one of the 2 acrylic pieces using a white, (or whatever color you choose), paint pen.  Be sure to remove the protective plastic covering the acrylic before you begin.  If you aren’t comfortable drawing a number freehand, no worries!  Simply print out a number/type style you like from your home computer and trace it!  That is the beauty of the acrylic!  Once completed, you can put the second piece of acrylic carefully over the painted piece to protect it from scratching.

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Lastly, screw the bottom piece of the frame into the top section and slide in the acrylic pieces.

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Beautiful, right?  These table numbers coordinate well with many different party themes and decors.  I hope I have inspired you to give them a try!  Of course, you can always use your painted frame to display a photo!

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Note:  I used Rust-Oleum metallic spray paints in the colors – some photos are in pure gold and some in hammered rosemary.  The pure gold is a smooth finish.  The Rust-Oleum hammered metallics create a textured paint finish that you can see in my close-up photo above.

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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family heirloom before & after

June 21, 2016

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I am excited to show you a finished piece I have been working on for quite some time.  You may have seen a little sneak peek of my progress a little while back, but today I am showing the completion of the project.  The piece is a special one because it is the only piece of furniture my friend Tracy kept from her mom’s home after she passed away.before & after with Annie Sloan Old Ochre pleasure in simple things blogI wanted to transform this old buffet into something a little more current for Tracy’s home.  First, I did some cleaning of the piece. Then, since the piece had been exposed to a lot of smoke and I was afraid the paint may not adhere properly, I took an extra step of starting with a coat of shellac.  Then, I painted the piece with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre, making sure to use visible brush strokes – I think that adds some character for an aged look.

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After I had the entire piece painted, I decided I should have kept the top of the piece in a natural wood!  So, I stripped off the paint I had already put on and gave it a really good sanding with an electric sander.  From there, I added three coats of stain and a clear sealer.  I had made the right choice…I loved the way the top came out!

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For the rest of the piece, I highlighted some areas with Annie Sloan Country Grey.  I love the subtle contrast between the Old Ochre and the Country Grey paint.  I also added a wash of Country Grey and water to add some depth of color.  Next, I added a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax. I did some light distressing before adding a second coat of wax and added some dark wax in areas.  I think the piece has a great aged look without being overly distressed.

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Next, I needed to update the furniture’s hardware.  The original knobs were very simple.  I decided to use something a little more ornate and found some knobs I loved for the piece at Anthropologie.  The pulls were a little harder to figure out.  You can see one of the old pulls above.  I wanted a more updated look, but nothing was available that appealed to me in the width of the old pull.  I ended up making a special order from Klaffs – a large bath and kitchen store in my area.  I would have to fill in the holes from the old pulls and drill new ones to accommodate a newer sized pull.  It took me a couple hours to look through a large selection of pulls before I made a decision, but ordering the new hardware was definitely the right decision…the new pulls are great for the piece!

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I think the new hardware is perfect!

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Don’t you agree?

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And, I think the decision to stain the top of the piece was a great one as well!  The piece is ready for its new home!  I hope it serves Tracy’s mom’s memory proud!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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creating white sea glass

June 14, 2016

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Last week, I showed you how easy it is to create a sea glass look to glass using the new Krylon spray paint.  I showed a couple of examples to get you inspired.

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I received so many emails asking why I didn’t include the ‘ice’ color in my post, I decided to dedicate today’s post to a demonstration of that particular color!

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The ‘ice’ color of the Krylon sea glass spray paint actually happens to be my favorite of all the colors!  I guess I should have included it in my post last week, but here goes!  As I mentioned last week, it takes mere seconds to complete a spray painting project!  Here you can see me spraying a cute little Weck jar.

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And here, the beautiful result!  Ready to use in minutes!

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Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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a redo becomes a buffet bar

June 10, 2016

before and after furniture Annie Sloan Napoleonic blue pleasure in simple things blog

Normally, once I post about a redo on a piece of furniture, I don’t ever show it again.  Today I am going against the norm.  For Friday field trip, I am giving you a glimpse of a past furniture redo in its new home.  It started as a paint project in October 2015, when I transformed an old buffet with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Napoleonic Blue.

(For the full, original post of before and after photos, click here.)

The owner of the buffet recently used it in her coastal home to set up a bar for a brunch with friends and today I am showing you how great the piece looks ‘in action!’

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Not only does the bar buffet look wonderful, but the brunch food does as well!  Let me share the menu!

Marinated tomato and Burrata salad…

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Broccoli and cheddar quiche…

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Crème brulee baked French toast…

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Chateaubriand roast with basil butter and rosemary…

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and, of course, Mimosas!

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Nice job styling the bar and creating the food, Ashley!  I am so glad the piece has a great home!  Thanks for sharing!

I hope I have inspired you to use a piece of your own furniture in a special way!  Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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sea glass spray paint

June 7, 2016

Krylon sea glass paint pleasure in simple things blog

We have all made sea glass looking jars from glue, water, and some food coloring – haven’t we?  If you haven’t, please don’t even try it!  There is a new sea glass spray paint that makes this process so much quicker and so much less of a mess!  The effect is created, literally, in seconds -and dries almost as fast.  It is possible to transform your entire recycling bin of bottles in mere minutes!

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I actually had an empty recycling bin when I decided to demonstrate this new Krylon spray paint, so I made a quick trip to the dollar store.  I found some great looking bottles for this exercise and sprayed some to use as table numbers – a fun way to dress up party tables!  After spraying, I just added numbers.before and after Krylon sea glass paint pleasure in simple things blogOf course, there are tons of ways to use the bottles once they are painted!  Like…making labels to add to a bottle – easy to do with a home computer!

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Because I ended up buying bottles from the dollar store, they are all the same size and shape, but the beauty of using this paint is that you can create a cohesive grouping of bottles by simply painting a variety of shapes and sizes all in the same color.

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This Krylon sea glass paint is available in more colors than you probably have sea glass!  They include lemon, aqua, ice, cornflower, rose, sea foam, ruby, and amber.  Of course, though I didn’t use it for this exercise, ice is probably my favorite!  Yes, white is my favorite color in sea glass!

Here is an example of the amber color paint.  I used it on a clear glass candlestick.  When I put some of my brown sea glass next to the painted candlestick, look how similar they appear!

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I hope I have inspired you to create something fun of your own in your favorite sea glass color using Krylon spray paint!

P.S.  For an evening party, battery operated lights in bottles are a nice addition. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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family heirloom redo

May 13, 2016

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I’m usually not one to post a painting project until I can share both the before and after photos.

I am breaking that practice today by showing you a couple ‘in process’ photos of a current project for today’s Friday field trip.before and after buffet pleasure in simple things blogFor a friend, I am painting the only piece of furniture she kept from her childhood home after her mom passed away.

The old buffet gave me some issues right from the start…take my advice, and don’t ever paint a piece that sustained constant smoke for 60+ years!  Anyway, I am getting down to the home stretch with this project .  Here is a little peek.  The photo below is the old and new hardware.  I special ordered new pulls.  Aren’t they nice?  And, I think the knobs I bought look great as well!

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The base color of the piece is Annie Sloan Old Ochre. After I had already painted a first coat on the entire piece, I decided I needed to strip and sand down the top of the piece.  Here is a peek of it with the new finish.  It felt great to get rid of that old orangey yellow finish!

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I will share all the ‘after’ photos soon – once I have the piece completely finished!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope I have inspired you to look at an old piece of furniture in a new  way!

Have a great weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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happy mother’s day

May 6, 2016

happy mothers day pleasure in simple things blog

It’s Mother’s Day weekend.  I was in a gift shop yesterday and I was amazed at those that buy something for their mom just to buy something.  That is so not in the spirit of Mother’s Day!  Mother’s Day is about recognizing a very special person. There is nothing wrong with buying a gift to give to that special person.  But, not knowing what your mom might like as a gift leads me to believe a better gift would be time spent with mom!

For Friday field trip today, I thought I would share three previous projects that might help you come up with a more personal gift for mom this Mother’s Day.

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First, a cool sentimental gift.  Make a sachet using a family heirloom!  See the full post by clicking here.

Second, a fun recipe that can be served in a teacup.  A great way to spend time with Mom is to avoid the crowded restaurants, and serve up something homemade.  Click here for the recipe for this crème brulee.

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And, third…the old stand-by…flowers!  IF your mom is into flowers – after all, you should know!  But, skip the overpriced cliché roses and give a potted plant personalized to your mom’s taste.  It’s so much more fun to receive something that can be planted in the ground and enjoyed all season!

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Have a wonderful Mother’s Day surrounded by those you love.  Thanks for stopping by.  Love you mom! :)

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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wine cork magnets diy

May 3, 2016

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A quick and easy DIY today.  A great way to repurpose wine corks is to turn them into refrigerator magnets!

You have probably seen me do this before if you follow me on Facebook, but since there are so many special occasions coming up soon, I thought this easy project was worth mentioning again today.

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Do you sometimes save a cork from a special occasion bottle of wine?  Well, here is a practical use for it.  Instead of putting it in a jar, make a magnet!  You can even make a notation on the back of the cork with a fine point permanent marker to remember a particular occasion associated with the corresponding cork.

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And, if you like all the magnets on your refrigerator to coordinate – which I am sure you do (!) – you should be able to salvage plenty!  Each cork makes two magnets.  Just cut each cork in half and use a glue gun to attach a strong magnet on the back of each.

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I particularly liked the cork I pictured here because it had an initial on it.  I gave it to someone who had a name starting with the letter B!  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by.  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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