Monday, December 20, 2010

Eau de Homemade Orange Rolls

For the past two nights I've been making Pioneer Woman's famous homemade cinnamon roll recipe, except I used the modified version and turned mine into orange rolls.  This is probably one of the most complicated culinary procedures I've attempted in my 28 years.  Scalded milk, had to google that.  Active dry yeast, turns out has to be put in the milk at just the right temperature (learned that one the hard way). Then as if all that scientific stuff weren't enough, I had to roll out the dough and slather it and roll it back up and... Sheesh, you get the picture!  I'll never lie and say these were easy to make, but they sure do smell GOOD, like REALLY REALLY GOOD!!

The recipe made 7 pans of rolls so I'm going to freeze some, and give some away.  I actually made these early in preparation for Christmas morning.  It'll be so much easier just to pop these bad boys in the oven for 15 or 20 minutes then to try and make something from scratch that morning.

Here they are fresh out of the oven, smelling divine

And after I added the orange icing (which I did taste and it was delish)

I'm hoping they taste as good as they smell.  I'll be sure to let you know the reviews once they're in.  If you'd like to make them you can find the recipe by clicking here.

I love getting in the kitchen and making yummy stuff this time of year, with Christmas music blasting from my iPod.  Two of my favorite Christmas albums this year (and every year) are Christmas by Rebecca St James, and Wintersong by Sarah Mclachlan.  Do you  have any favorite holiday music?  How about recipes to share? 

Jingling all the way,

Hello Again!

So I think I've come to terms with the fact that my blogging is sporadic, at best.  If I could just squeeze an extra 3 or 4 hours into each day!  I'm sure so many people out there feel exactly the same way.  I don't even have children yet!  I know once that happens my available time will dwindle to near non-existence.  To all of the ladies (and guys) out there who manage to hold down jobs, keep the household running, put meals on the table,  AND raise children who turn out to be contributing members of society, my hat is off to you.  To take it a step further, those same folks who also find time to create beauty in their world, whether it be quilting, baking beautiful cakes, decorating spaces, painting, building, you name it-- you guys absolutely ROCK!  I hope to be just like you when I grow up (wink,wink-- get it? lol) 

So since we last met I've had a birthday, and turned 28.  It was a tough birthday for me.  I was kind of down-trodden and slightly emotional all day and couldn't really figure out why.  I mean, it isn't as if I was turning 30 (which will probably be a hard one for me). I finally figured it out towards the end of the day that deep down I had never pictured being 28 and not yet having children.  Turns out, it really bothered me.  I hate it when I let stuff like that get me down.  So many people out there have so much bigger problems, it seems petty to dwell on such insignificant things.  But dwell I did.  I had myself a good little cry about it and now I've resolved to move on and leave that behind.  However, if I find myself in the same predicament next year on my birthday, then I reserve the right to cry and stomp my feet and whatever other unreasonable actions I feel are deserved.

I've been exploring a lot of blogs out there lately and have come across some really beautiful lines of fabric that I'd never even heard of before.  I could look at fabric all day, every day and twice on Sunday I think.  Usually I gravitate towards some of the more well-known designers/manufacturers.  I like a lot of Moda fabrics.  Some of my favorite designers are Bonnie and Camille, Fig Tree, 3 Sisters, French General, Kate Spain, among others. I also like a lot of Free Spirit fabrics.  Tula Pink, Tanya Whelan, and Anna Maria Horner ( a fellow Tennessean!) are some of my faves.  And who doesn't like Amy Butler or Kaffe Fassett?? 

This past week I stumbled across this Japanese manufacturer called Lecien.  Two lines in particular really caught my eye.  One called Sweet Broderie is designed by an Aussie named Rosalie Quinlan and it is just adorable!

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The other fabric line was from an American designer who I had actually seen before on Moda Bakeshop.  Monica Solorio-Snow, aka Happy Zombie, designed Happy Holiday for Lecien fabrics.  I had never before considered a palette like this for Christmas, but I really do like it!

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Head over to the Happy Zombie blog to see some of the cute stuff made with this fabric.  Both lines can be purchased at, as well as other online retailers.  LOL, I swear I'm not trying to sell this stuff!!  I just hate it when I see something I like with no mention of where to buy it. Both of these are going on my Christmas wishlist. What did you ask Santa for??

I could keep rambling now, but I think I'll leave well enough alone and save some off whats in my head for another post.  And next post I promise to include some of my own photos!

Until next time, Be Good For Goodness Sake!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Something Old, Something Blue

A few months ago I mentioned that I was looking for a  cabinet to keep sewing supplies in so that my dining room didn’t look like a disaster area when I want to sew.  My parents were at an antique store around that time and found a great antique dresser with one long drawer on top, and a large cabinet with two doors on bottom.  The color of the wood was ugly, and the hardware was hideous but the piece was just the right size and had great lines.  I decided to paint it blue to go in my blue and brown living room and then picked out some really beautiful antiqued mercury glass knobs at Anthropologie.  I couldn't be happier with the finished product.  It is just what I needed and gives me much needed storage, and what household couldn't use a little more storage space?

Unfortunately we didn't get any before pictures.

I LOVE these mercury glass knobs.  I really love mercury glass in general.  I wish it was easier to find.  All I come across seem to be candleholders and you can only have so many of those.  I did find some stuff at Pottery Barn, but really don't want to pay their prices.  I'm hoping to have the chance to go to a few antique stores before the holidays and maybe I'll find some there.  Oh, and milk glass too, love that milk glass!

Steven is getting annoyed with me because my birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I can't think of anything I want him to get me.  For some odd reason I just can't think of anything that I can't live without right now, and if I can live without it, then I don't want to waste a birthday present on it!  I told him I'd rather just wait until I come across something that I REALLY want but I'm not sure he's going to let that one fly.  If I could have anything I'd probably wish there was some way I could stay 27 instead of turning 28.  28 is practically 30... too close for comfort!

I had my last (and most painful!) diagnostic test today and we finally were able to meet with the doctor and develop a treatment plan.  The doctor was very optimistic which really helped.  Looks like its Clomid and IUI for us.  Hopefully this works!

Later Gators!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Long Time No See ...

It’s been so long since I last posted here that I don’t even know where to begin. Truth be told I’ve started to post several times, but I’d let it go for so long that I couldn’t find a good starting point. Do you ever get so behind on something that getting back into the swing seems a little overwhelming? That’s what happens to me.

So, where to begin… last time I was here it was August. After my work load increased we undertook a moving/combining of two offices which was really a big mess but seems to finally be settling back down to normal. At the same time, my Mom turned one room in her house into probably one of the cutest sewing rooms I’ve ever seen and I helped her with that also. I’ll try to get a picture sometime this week.

I can’t believe that it’s fall already! The leaves here are changing and some trees have gone faster than others. There’s one huge beautiful old tree that I pass on my way to and from work every day that looked like it was on fire when the sun hit it. Tens of thousands of golden orange leaves, sometimes I had to stop my car and stare. I took a picture with my cell phone and the quality isn’t very good (not to mention my windshield is in the way) but you get the point.

I only wish it would get a little cooler. Even today we got up to 80 degrees. It’s staying very mild and even slightly warm most days. I’m ready for cool crisp weather that warrants sweaters and boots and the smell of people burning wood in their fireplaces. Fall really is my favorite time of year. I’d love to be able to have fall/harvest touches in my house but that will probably take years of slowly buying up little odds and ends and crafting. In the mean time, I did score a few things at Wal-mart the other day that I like.

These yellowish orange glass pumpkin jars were on clearance for $3 each. They would be great to put cookies or candy in. I got one and snagged three for Mom, but she may find herself missing one pretty soon because I think I’ve decided that I need another.

I also found these pumpkin and leave vase fillers for $6. The pumpkins have kind of a candied texture to them that I really like. Right now I have them in this little black wire bowl that I found and loved, but I also think they may look good in one of my clear glass hurricane vases.

Another thing that’s been occupying my time and thoughts lately is something that I was hesitant to mention here. While I want this blog to be an open and honest little window into our lives, I also don’t feel comfortable putting everything about our lives onto the internet. I’m sure many people out there probably feel the same way. The question is where do you draw the line?? Since this looks like it’s going to be a BIG chapter of our lives in the coming months, I’ve decided that I’ll be talking about it some here because this was intended to be something we can look back at over time.

I’m talking about infertility. I never ever EVER thought this would be something I’d have to deal with. Steven and I married in 2007 and decided to take some time for ourselves before we started a family. It never occurred to me that once we were ready to start a family, we wouldn’t be able to. We decided we were ready in early 2009. Fast-forward to summer of this year and still nothing, nada, zero. We knew something must be wrong so I saw my GP in July and was referred to a fertility specialist. Since then we have been doing extensive testing and have discovered that we both have fertility problems and the possibility of us ever becoming pregnant on our own was about as low as it gets… it would take a miracle. Now we’re finally nearing the end of the diagnostic testing phase and soon will find out what our treatment plan and costs are. So beginning next year we will be going full speed ahead and by the grace of God, hopefully become parents.

While all this is going on, it seems like everyone we know is getting pregnant and having babies. While we are happy for our friends and family who have or are expecting babies, it is really hard for us to be around them. I’m actively boycotting baby showers at this moment. Even though I am currently about to start 1 baby quilt and have another to pick out fabric for as soon as the gender is known. One thing you never realize until you experience infertility yourself is how inadequate it makes you feel. Since we both have fertility issues, neither of us could really be objective and just be an active participant and cheerleader for the other. If anyone out there believes in the power of prayer, as we do, please pray for us during this time.

 Ok, enough about that!

Last month my aunt and uncle came to Nashville and stayed with us for a few days. Even though they weren’t here for long we had a blast. We introduced them to my favorite store, HomeGoods. I think my aunt really liked it and she ended up leaving with several things, including the cutest little white cabinet with sliding doors for her sewing room. We also hit a nearby outlet mall where everyone found something they liked and we drove home that day with my car so full of people and purchases that I’m surprised (and relieved) that a door or two didn’t pop open. I’m still not sure how they fit it all in their car to drive home to Oklahoma, but somehow they managed.

I haven’t been sewing much but I have managed to finish the zig-zag quilt top for my nephew’s Christmas present. If you remember, I was making identical quilts in different colors for my niece and nephew. Now that they are both done, I’m going to get them to the long-arm quilter hopefully in the next week and then pray that I get them back and get the binding on in time for Christmas. One of these days, I’m going to tackle machine quilting. I just don’t want my first time (which I’m sure will be wrought with mistakes) to be on a gift that I’m giving to someone.

Wow, how many directions did this post go in? Hope I didn’t lose anyone back there. I’d say that I’ve finally lost it, but to tell you the truth I’m not quite sure that I ever had it in the first place! lol

Que Sera, Sera!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Birthday Surprises

Monday was my beautiful, kind, thoughtful, caring, and generally all-around wonderful Mom's birthday.  We celebrated on Sunday night with the family by going out for Mexican food and Margaritas, both of which were muy bueno.  Mom doesn't care much for cake.  In fact, if there's a cake left around her for any length of time it will become a poor, bald version of its former self because she'll eat all of the icing off and leave the cake part behind.  That being said, she requested cookies for her birthday. Not just any cookies though.  She found a recipe for red velvet cookies (which happens to be one of only two flavors of cake that she likes) and dropped about a million hints that she wanted these cookies for her birthday, and would make them herself if she had to. So I obliged and made her Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies (click on the cookie name for the recipe).  They are by no means a pretty cookie to look at, but Mom said they tasted delicious, and even our waiter at the restaurant kept hinting around for more cookies after Mom gave him one.

After dinner we came back to my house so I could give Mom her birthday present.  She had been wanting rocking chairs for her front porch and I found 2 jumbo rockers at a local Thrift store.  We decided to paint them black to match the shutters.  Mom loves them and I'm so glad she does.  They're still sitting in my dining room now after receiving the last coat of paint on Sunday.  We're letting the paint cure for a week before we attempt to move them.  I can't wait to get my dining room back to normal!

Monday on Mom's actual birthday I showed up with Birthday Cookies Part II.  I had found a recipe for cookies similar to Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies and I couldn't resist.  These were so good!  I can't seem to get the site with the recipe to open right now so I'll post that later.  Again, these weren't the prettiest cookies, but very tasty.

To finish up the birthday festivities, my sister and I took Mom out to lunch and then we went shopping for a few hours.  We ended up at an accessories store taking silly pictures of ourselves in hats. We even got a great picture of Mom with a "Birthday Girl" sash and tiara on her head, but she's too chicken to let me put it on here (lol Mom).

 My mom's birthday is the start of the birthday season in my little family. Things are just going to get crazier and busier from now until the end of the year.  I seem to remember a time when it took FOREVER for my birthday or Christmas to roll around.  Now they seem to show up pretty quickly and always leave me wanting to scream, "Wait, I need more time!!!"  I guess it doesn't help that my birthday, wedding anniversary, and Thanksgiving are within two weeks of eachother.  What was I thinking?!

Tomorrow is my Aunt Ranette's birthday.  She too is a beautiful, kind, thoughtful, caring, and generally all-around wonderful lady.  Aunt Ranette I hope you have a great birthday and wish we could be there to help you celebrate.

And Many More ...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Cupcakes and Coffee Rolls?

Hola Blogland!  Some changes at work have left me much busier there than usual this week.  These changes are most likely permanent so it looks like I'll be staying super busy, but that is great news to me.  Over these past two and a half years we've had more downs than ups it seems.  I'm hoping this is the start of better things for us.  One thing I think I've learned from this "Great Recession"  is to really be thankful for what we have and to appreciate the small stuff more.  But, enough about that.

Steven, like most men, doesn't really get into quilting.  He'll take a look at a finished top or have a fabric budget discussion every now and then, but thats about it.  Today we were talking about fabric and he starts talking about "cupcakes" and "coffee rolls", it took me a minute to figure out he was talking about pre-cuts such as layer cakes, honeybuns, and jelly rolls.  He just got the names wrong, but I thought it was kinda cute and made me laugh. A few months ago I got a quilting book by Carrie Nelson called Schnibbles Times Two.

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 I was looking at it one night and left it on the coffee table and the next day I couldn't find it any where.  After turning the house upside down I finally asked Steven if he had put it somewhere.  He told me to look in the cabinet where we keep the cookbooks and sure enough, there it was!  I asked  Steven why he put it with the cookbooks and he said Schnibbles sounds like something you eat. LOL

Today and tomorrow are being spent working on a few surprises for my Mom's birthday on Monday.  Hopefully everything comes out good and I'll have some pictures to share next week.

Until we meet again,

Monday, August 9, 2010

Fuzzy Wuzzy

Fuzzy Wuzzy lives at my house.  And he sheds constantly, as in all the time, as in on EVERYTHING.  The poor guy can't help that he's so furry.  Just look at these paws.  They kind of remind me of the the Grinch.

After not feeling so well on Saturday, on Sunday I had to spend the day cleaning and de-furring our lives. I'm always telling Steven we should buy stock in those little lint roller sheets. We use them all the time.  Another total lifesaver in the battle of the fur has been our Dyson vacuum.  We got it as a bridal shower gift from my parents and its one of my top 10 favorite things that I own.  I'm always amazed at the amount it picks up.  It keeps me sane.  This whole de-furring ritual we have going is a weekly thing, sometimes twice weekly, and always before company comes over.  It's a big job.  After I've been at it for hours and right around the time I'm ready to start locking all 3 cats in a closet and never let them out again, I see this face and I can't stay mad.

At least I got to start my week out with a nice clean house.  Today I got the chance to sew for a few hours with my Mom.  I've been needing to get a start on a quilt I'm making for my nephew for Christmas and today I finally got the ball rolling.  I started out with 111 five inch squares ...

And by the time we finished for the day I had 111 half-square triangle blocks.  Now I just have to square them up and then they'll be ready to start sewing into rows for a boy's version of the Zig-Zag quilt.

I wish I could sew all day every day.  But then I guess it wouldn't be as much fun as it is now.  Hope everyone enjoyed your weekends. 

That's all folks!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hexies and A Treat!

Wow this week has really flown by!  It's been another busy one here with work and appointments and, well just life in general.  You know how it goes.  It seems like this year just started, and its already August.  It's been another hot and sweltering week here.  Yesterday the temperature was in the triple digits, and the heat index was 118 degrees.  When I saw that number on the screen I had to look again to make sure my eyes weren't deceiving me.  We had a nice little rainstorm this afternoon that cooled things down a bit for a few hours at least.

On the sewing front all I have to show for myself this week are hexies.  They're so convenient to get out and work on.  I even got a cute little bag this week at Target to keep my little hexie kit together, and it fits into my purse so its easy to grab and go. I heart Target.  I'll take it over Walmart any day.


And with my little kit so handy I've been able to pop out more of these

Lately I've been drooling over a quilt called Swan Lake that a very talented lady over at Buddy and Me has been working on.  When I did a little research via the internet I saw that it was a version of an antique Australian quilt called Dancing Dollies.  I started looking for the pattern, but couldn't find anything until I came across one on Ebay, but the auction had already ended =(  I contacted the seller (who I later found out wrote replica pattern) and she had more (yay!!) So, when the mail arrived today I was in for a treat.  My Dancing Dollies pattern book arrived!! I know that it's waaaaaaaay beyond my skill level right now, but someday I'll definitely be making this quilt. 

Steven always gets to the mail before me and he was so funny, "Um, honey... why do you have mail from AUSTRALIA?!"  We don't get out much. lol


Monday, August 2, 2010

First Time For Everything

My Madeline quilt is completely finished!  This wasn't my first quilt, but it was a lot of other firsts for me in quilting.  First time making flying geese, first time making star blocks, and the first time completely putting a binding on by myself (thanks to some good instruction from Mom and YouTube).  I just love this little quilt and I'll definitely  be making another one someday to keep for myself.  This one gets to go live at my bestie's house now.

Steven and I both had the weekend off of work which is very rare, so we enjoyed spending the time together and I didn't get much sewing done.  I did however learn how to make little 1" hexies with paper hexagon pieces and I got about 100 of those made.  I'm finding with doing the binding and then the hexies that I think I like hand sewing.  These little hexies will be a great project to keep around and work on while watching tv or waiting in doctors office waiting rooms, etc. After making 100 this weekend, my hands are a little sore, but I'm sure once I get used to hand-sewing more often they'll be fine.  I hope everyone had a great weekend, and I'm wishing you all a happy Monday as well!

See ya later!

Friday, July 30, 2010

I think my camera is mad at me.

We bought a little Fuji Finepix point and shoot camera a few months ago to replace our huge Kodak monstrosity that was really just too much camera for us.  Since we've had the new camera, I can't get a single picture to turn out right. Either the flash is waaaay to bright, or if I turn it off the picture is fuzzy/blurry. So I've resigned the camera to a drawer until I figure out what the problem is.  Either its some magical skill that the rest of the world possesses and I seem to be lacking, or my new camera is as I suspect, a piece of crap.

I do have a finish to show you, but I'll have to borrow my mom's camera to get the pics.  It's my Madeline quilt, I finally got the binding on!  I'm probably the slowest quilter I know.  Part of the problem is no real space to dedicate to quilting.  When I do quilt I take up the entire dining room and the kitchen island and its still a pretty tight fit.  When I'm done I have to pack everything up neatly and then it still takes up the better part of my dining room table.  So if I want my house to appear put together, or to have dinner at the table, or company over then I have to find somewhere else to shove everything at the last minute.  I've decided to find and armoire or a cabinet of some type on Craigslist that I can easily put everything in while I'm not using it.  I've got my eye on one already, but it will have to be painted before I'm truly happy with it  Wish me luck!

Photo Credit: Food Network

Finally, I promised the recipe earlier this week for Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes.  Its a recipe from Paula Deen and its probably my favorite summer dish. I usually serve it it with garlic bread. It's light and yummy, great for these oppressively hot evenings. 

*You can even roast the tomatoes first for a slightly different flavor, I've done it both ways.
* I always add a little bit of honey mustard too, just to taste.

6 large tomatoes
2 cups cooked and cubed chicken (Paula Deen recommends using a rotisserie chicken and I concur!)
1/2 cup minced red bell pepper
1/2 cup corn, drained
1 1/2 tablespoons minced red onion
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Leaf lettuce or spinach leaves

Cut 1/2-inch off top of each tomato. Scoop out pulp from tomatoes. Lightly salt inside tomatoes and turn tomatoes upside down on paper towels to drain.
In a medium bowl, combine chicken, bell pepper, corn, and onion.
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and next 6 ingredients. Pour over chicken, tossing gently to coat.
Line tomatoes with leaf lettuce or spinach leaves. Spoon chicken salad evenly into tomatoes. Refrigerate or serve immediately.

Tata for now,

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Baaaaad Blogger!

I'm such a bad blogger.  It's been 6 days since my last post.  But in all fairness, there were two posts last Sunday, so that should count in my favor shouldn't it?  It's just been a busy week for me here. With work and appointments all week I didn't get anything else done.  Nothing, nada, zilch, you get the point.  My laundry is piled high, my house is filthy, and my husband doesn't remember the last time I cooked something that didn't start out in a box or a jar.  My quilting took a hit too, nothing has been touched since last week.  It doesn't help that temperatures here have literally hit the triple digits the last few days and the heat index has been well over 105 most days.  This kind of heat just zaps the energy right out of you.

I intend to remedy all of that this weekend though.  The house WILL be clean, laundry completed, and some cutting prep work for the boys zig-zag quilt done by Sunday night, come hell or high water!  And I'm actually cooking dinner tonight.  It's called Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes and its one of my favorite summer recipes. I'll share the recipe and pictures here within the next few days. 

Yesterday we acquired a used Nintendo Wii and Steven and I have been having a ball ever since.  We've been battling it out in Golf, Tennis, Bowling, and boxing.  It's so much fun and it really does get you up and moving around.  Steven really likes the tennis and he is so funny to watch while he's playing it because he does little victory dances, and trash talks the Wii opponents.  I snuck and used my phone to record a short video of him playing Wii tennis and we both watched it and were laughing so hard we had tears coming to our eyes. I told him we should put it on YouTube and see if it goes viral and he was actually OK with that idea.  That boy has no shame!  In all honesty he's just really easy going and laid back and isn't afraid to laugh at himself.  I love that about him.

So along with my looong list of quilting projects that I have yet to start, I've added another.  The Sexy Hexy Love Quilt by Amy Butler is going right to the top of my to do list.  This pattern is a free printable one.  I saw it months ago and showed it to my mom.  She loved it too and got the fabric and started it at Quilt Camp 2 with my Aunt Ranette and cousin Kara, who are both making the quilt as well.  I was in a serious state of quilt envy and then I found a great coupon for who carries Amy Butler's Love fabric.  I ended up getting fabric for around $4.50 per yard which is awesome so then I knew that I just had to make this quilt.  So hopefully I'll get that started some time in the next few weeks and have some pictures to show.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Rainbow Around The Block

I was checking out this quilting blog today and saw a button that caught my interest.  Rainbow Around the Block is a quilting project for families in Middle Tennessee who lost their homes to flooding.  I live right outside of Nashville and I think this is just a great way to help all the poor people who lost their homes in the flood we had here in May.  Here are a few pictures my husband took near his work during the flood.

So all of you quilters out there, here is your chance to help out and have fun making a few blocks at the same time!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Caylee's B&B

We moved into our new town home last November and for the first time ever, I had a nice large guest room to decorate.  On an unlimited budget this would be a breeze. However on my strictly limited budget it was still fun, but a much slower process.  I'm by no means a skilled decorator, so when I approach a room I usually start with the color I want to use in the room, and then try to build around that.  I know some people use themes in their decor, but that would involve a lot of theme-related purchases, and that just won't do for me. 

I love the color combination of red and white, so I decided to use this in my guest room.  I found a great Better Homes & Gardens striped red and off-white comforter for sale at K-Mart, and that was my jumping off point for the room.  I also picked up some really cute mirrored lamps on clearance for $15 each.

 I used the iron scroll headboard and bed that was mine all through high school and into my twenties, and also a dresser that has been in my room since I was about 8 years old.  The only problem was that the dresser was a deep honey colored wood, and that didn't go well at all with the red and white look I was going for.  So we had the dresser painted a nice white semi-gloss, and changed out the dated early-nineties hardware for pretty glass pulls and knobs that we got at Lowe's.  I really like the overall look now.

The room still needed another shot of red, and some help with the bare wall that the bed is on.  I looked every where and couldn't find anything big enough to fill up that wall that I really liked.  Right around this time a new line of fabric from French General for Moda called Lumiere de Noel was about to be released.  These fabrics were inspired by 19th century french textiles, and I just love them.  The red and white go really well with the creams and taupes.  I was lucky enough to find an online seller who had some early release layer cakes from this line and I knew that this was what I needed to fill up the blank wall.

I decided to pick my favorite 10 prints and frame them in white distressed frames and hang them on the wall over the bed.  Sounds easy, right?  Turns out white distressed frames are not so easy to find at a reasonable price.  The best price I could find was $18 per frame from an eBay seller and there's NO WAY I was paying $180 for my little project.  My mom suggested I try Dollar Tree, and while they didn't have white distressed frames, they did have plain wooden frames for just $1 each.  I bought these and with my dad's help stained them a dark rich walnut, sprayed them with a white spray paint, and then distressed them with a sanding sponge.  After that I cut and framed the selected fabrics, recruited my masterful dad again to hang them on the wall evenly, and VOILA!  This project cost me around $40 and most of that was the fabric, of which I only used a few pieces and will be able to use the rest later on other projects.

So now my guest room is complete and ready for guests. It even has its own en suite bathroom which is also decked out in red and white.  At least I'm consistent if nothing else.  So far only my mother-in-law has come to stay with us for a few days, but I'm hoping that more family will make it our way soon and the room will be put to good use. When the time comes, this room will be converted into a nursery, and then we'll need an entirely new game plan!

If you enjoy transformations with paint, then you should definitely stop by Life In the Fun Lane and check out some of the amazing things Holly does.  I check her blog daily, and I'm always inspired to hop on craigslist and buy the first banged up old piece of furniture I see and try my hand at revamping it with paint.  If I ever get around to actually doing it, you'll be the first to know.

Hasta la vista, baby