summer travels

Our travels this summer have taken us to beautiful back country roads.  More often than not we’ve found ourselves without cell service which is welcomed.  The name of the game has been picking in uncharted territory.  The further from home, the better as far as I’m concerned.

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Typically there are more chickens than people.  Oh, there have been so many chickens. Caged, penned, free range.  You name it.  We need more chickens in our life. That’s for sure.

There have been creeks, peaks and rivers.  One gargling right by our back door at this cabin by the woods.  Glamping at its finest.

Barns and dilapidated out buildings too.

And one memorable barn-red, covered bridge.

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We’re getting ready for another adventure as we continue to check items off from our summer bucket list.  How is yours progressing?

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summer bucket list

It seems like we anticipate summer all year long living in Cape May.  All of the seasons are beautiful here in this quaint coastal town but summer takes the cake.  The town swells with visitors.  The locals are busy working their craft whether it be retail, hospitality or agriculture.  The energy in the southernmost point of New Jersey is amazing.  Yet there is still time for a sunset bike ride by the bay, an afternoon nap on the beach or an early morning walk in the garden.  The days are so long and full of possibility.

This year I don’t want to solely consume myself with work and miss out on what the season has to offer.  I may have been guilty of that last summer.  We put together a summer bucket list to keep ourselves motivated to enjoy all that life has to offer.  We may even spend a few days acting like tourists as we did prior to moving here on a full-time basis.

Here goes.

summer bucket list

With July rapidly approaching, I challenge you to make a summer bucket list too.  Keep track of your goals whether on a piece of paper, a chalkboard, email, whatever works for you.  Simply challenge yourself to fully enjoy the season without any regrets.

What’s on your summer bucket list?

While discussing bucket lists and goals, I should mention that I was interviewed in June’s issue of Cape May magazine. We talked lighting.  Of course, I was happy to discuss all of the upcycled lighting we’ve created and posted about over the years.

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Earlier this year, I made a goals list and included “contribute to a regional magazine” amongst what I wished to accomplish in 2015.  And wouldn’t you know I did just that two months in a row!  I am convinced that there is really something to putting your goals in writing and therefore releasing them into the world.  It holds you responsible for accomplishing the tasks, even if only as simple as doing yoga on the beach just once this summer.

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Oh, August!

This month has snuck up on me and it is moving way too fast.  I feel both a sense of panic and a sense of relief at this point in August.  Mostly just panic though.  The summer days are dwindling and there are far too many things I’d like to accomplish in the next two weeks.  It has been a busy summer nonetheless but there is still time to squeeze more in and try new things.  Cook new things.  Explore new places.  Take more pictures.

Please summer, don’t go!  We’re just getting acquainted…

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One of my friends dove into milk painting this week.  She is an experienced furniture painter but wasn’t into the notion of mixing her paint – a common objection with milk paint that can easily be overcome.  Well she decided to try new things and it has really paid off for her!

Check out this beautiful washstand done in Apron Strings.

Apron Strings Washstand

Apron Strings

This coffee table went from mid-century to farmhouse with Mustard Seed Yellow.

Mustard Seed Yellow Coffee Table

Musard Seed Yellow milk paint

This evening is the Petal Pushers floral design workshop at The Rhoads Garden in North Wales, PA.  We still have a few spots open and would love to have you if you’re local.  Come early so we’re sure to have a space set for you or send an email today letting us know you’ll be attending.  Try something new!

Petal Pushers Bike MS Fundraiser

 

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We’re still digging out from our trip, unpacking, preparing for Memorial Day at the shore and working on a number of other projects.  It seems you need a staycation after a vacation but there’s no time for that now!  So let me jump right in and share a few treasures & projects…

I have never seen a sewing table like this one before.  I suppose they were prevalent when it was more common for housewives to mend and make their families’ clothes.  It is very light weight.  At one time, the legs folded up underneath it for storing such a utilitarian table.  But it’s been doctored over the years for stability and the legs are now stationary for permanent use and display.

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It also has a measuring tape engraved right into the top.  Oh that top!  It has two-tone wood inlay and shows just decades of wear and hard work.  There are even imprints from where patterns stuck to the table.  I love true timeworn pieces like this.  They seem to tell a story.

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I conditioned the top with hemp oil to let all of the scratches, patina and stories shine while also hydrating and reviving the wood.

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For those skinny, little legs, I applied two coats of boxwood milk paint (no bonding agent) and also topped with hemp oil.  This would make such a cute little console table.  It is definitely a conversation piece!  And it can be yours – available for sale at The West End Garage.

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As for this little mellow yellow nightstand, the secret ingredient is white wax.

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Let me start with this before picture.  I don’t normally go for Chippendale style.  Usually it has big, bulky feet and hardware that just isn’t appealing to me.

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Fortunately this one had turned and tapered legs and the hardware could easily be changed to a simple brass & ceramic Anthro pull.

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This was a very shiny/slick nightstand so I applied two coats of Mustard Seed Yellow with bonding agent mixed right into the paint to ensure it would adhere to the finished surface.

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Then I topped it with my new favorite product in the MMS milk paint line – white wax.  Move over hemp oil, white wax is taking the lead…for now.

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It washes out the color just-so which lends to a summery, beachy look.  The results of white wax remind me of a sun faded canvas beach bag at the end of the summer.  I can’t believe how much it can alter and mellow any color.

This sweet little piece sold in just a few hours!

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Which is your favorite?  Have you ever seen a sewing table like that?

 

summer peachza

I’ve never been much of a cook.  At all.
Until recently. I’ve suddenly tapped into this whole healthy eating thing, knowing where my food comes from, etc. and it’s made me incredibly interested in cooking. I’ve spent the better part of my adult life with a strong preference to eating out or at least having someone else cook for me.  I simply thought cooking was dull and that I was just too busy for the task.

Until recently when I had my aha moment.  Get creative in the kitchen.  Why not?  Do what I want.  Not follow a recipe per say but make it up as I go.  Creativity is something I’m into so if I can pull it off in the kitchen, I’m in.  I’m still focusing on simple recipes yet they’re totally interesting and tasty in my opinion.  I’m not onto, say, making dough from scratch or anything like that.  But I’m trying to keep it as healthy as possible.

But don’t worry, I’m not ready to jump ship from vintage and furniture into food blogging here.  However, when I reviewed the pics I took last week, I realized there were many more food photos than any of vintage treasures and furniture.  So without further adieu, I share with you my nearly famous Summer Peachza recipe.

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Yes, it’s a Peachza!

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This is so easy to make and my favorite dish of the moment.  Peaches are abundant this time of year.  I seriously can’t get enough of their juicy flavor.  We’ve had peach smoothies, peach sangria, warm peaches and ice cream and now Peachza.

To get started, take two peaches and cut them into thin slices.

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On a cookie sheet or pizza stone, roll out your secret ingredient…are you ready for it?

Crescent rolls.  Pop open a can of crescent rolls and arrange them in your best circle.  Don’t worry if the edges aren’t perfectly touching as they’ll bake together.

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Now arrange your peach slices on the pie sprinkling with blue cheese and rosemary as you go.  I also opted to drizzle some honey on top – can’t get enough of that.  Fold the edges up a little to create a crust.  You’re ready to bake your Peachza pie.

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Follow the instructions on the crescent roll package.

Boom.  You have 8 servings of Peachza in about 20 minutes.

peachza recipe: delicious seasonal fruit pizza

Enjoy!  This is a perfect for a late summer soiree appetizer or lunch.

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Now if anyone has an alternative to crescent rolls, I am all ears!  I haven’t been able to find a pre-made whole grain crescent roll at the very least.  Maybe I will have to venture into dough making after all…

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