Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Good Ole Southern Sweet TEA!

I thought I would share how I make my Sweet Tea.......I didn't really think of this being blog worthy, until a friend said, that she hadn't ever thought of making it this way.

 I don't pull out the staples either.

I use a 4 cup measuring cup to brew the tea.  I use to use a quart mason jar.  It will get really hot and you will need a towel to wrap around it.  My Nanny always used THIS measuring cup.  It a 4 cup and it doesn't get hot in microwave.  I use 5 Family size tea bags.  Put in the microwave 4 1/2 mins to 5 mins on High.  Then let seep for just a few more mins.

Done, Now strain into your Tea pitcher with 3/4 - 1 cup sugar and fill with water.  Enjoy!

No more boiling water on the stove top!  Go out and get you a large measuring cup!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hathorn Hall - MS State University

This post is about 4 months late, but I still wanted to share my daughters living arrangements this year.  Another year in a dorm, but this is a soriety dorm.  Her hall is all Delta Gamma Girls.  Kinda the same set up as last year, but having her friends on the same hall has made it a lot of fun!  The soriety girls moved in over week earlier than everyone else, because they  had to prepare for rush.  Someone really did not think this out well.  Move in was at 3pm for the entire dorm to move in.....all 5 floors.  Guess what floor we had to move stuff to?  Yes, floor 5!  Thank goodness for the volunteers, about 4 of them hit the stairs with their arms full.  We took the elevator with full arms and someone still had to make another trip down.

She had about 1 hour to help and then she had to be back at the Soriety house for a meeting......That is all I have to say about that.  Basically, I did everything, but she didn't want me to hang any pictures...Get the picture?  LOL!  This is why the post is so LATE!

 Sorry....I didn't take a picture of the whole room.  But we turned the beds, so the girls could sit and lean against the wall. The chest and Refrigerator are between the beds.  We raised her bed almost the maximum height and used a sheet for a bed shirt.  She can hide lots of stuff under there.  She has one of those 3 drawer plastic storage containers for snacks, first aid, medicine, and etc under the bed and out the way....and who knows what else.  Last year, both girls had the same bedding, but a new roommate this year.  The new roommate has grey bedding and used pops of coral and blue, so it works!

 This is how I left it......

I did arrange some things on her desk and got the pictures out....Who knows how long it stayed just like this.  The first couple of weeks for the soriety girls is crazy and exhausting.

Room layout
 The TV is set in one the upper cabinets and then the cords are snaked down.  The other mom was going to take care of getting cords attached and hooked up to the cable.

 She wanted more pillows for the bed....I wonder how often it really gets made up and looks cute with the pillows, but moms usually try to please.  We couldn't find anything that we really liked, so I made some.  I am not a seamstress!  My mom is, but I never could get the hang of it.  I could cut out my own patterns for purses, but couldn't make those sew today and wear tomorrow patterns for dresses....LOL!  She needed some more color, besides, blue and corral.  She had a few yellow accessories, so we added yellow in pillows.
Delta Gamma's symbol is an Anchor

I think I did pretty good!  I printed an Anchor off the internet for a pattern.  I used the two sides fusible stuff to iron it onto the fabic and then used embroidery thread around the edges and for the rope.  I even put cording around the outside.

A small one with a painted on anchor.

SO, I finally got a picture of those pillows on the bed and some pictures hung.  She was hang her picture board at the head of her bed, guess it is hiding underneath.

For those of you getting ready to move into a dorm....I hope this post may help you.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Converting a Roll Top Desk....into a Bar......

How many of you own a roll top desk?  Meeee......It was one of the first pieces of furniture that I purchased.  Actually, I think I was maybe around 19 years old.   There was a solid oak store in town that carried finished and unfinished oak furniture.  I loved that store.  So, I have had this piece a very long time and it is a piece that I simply can't seem to part with......I was so proud of it.  I stained and finished by myself at such a young age.

It has been sitting in the same spot in this home (the barnominium) for 10 years and it has been a junk catcher.  The drawers were full and lots of stuff hidden under the roll top.  You and I know.... everyone has a place, a closet, something that seems to catch it all.  The desk sits in this kinda hall, but bigger than a hall between my office and the kitchen. I don't know what the heck the room was suppose to be...... 

Anyway, if you have read any of the previous post, I have been on the moving furniture binge.  I moved the living room furniture around, got rid of a couple of pieces, which allowed enough room to move the dining table into the den. Then I needed something in the kitchen, so I made an island bar out of pallets.  Now the imagination was on a roll.

I decided to turn this little unknown room into a drink station.  Backing up.......When we purchased this place and was doing the renovation, I had a hole cut in the wall between this room and the kitchen for a bar.  I purchased some really nice bars stools.  No one.....ever....sat over there!  Since, I made the island bar and moved the bar stools, it opened this little room up to be something else.  Thus, the idea, of a drink station and move traffic out of my little kitchen.

I decided to make the desk into a bar.  First, I had thought about taking the roll top off.  After further inspection, that was not possible, as it actually sits down into the top of the desk. OK, so I was leaving it alone..... I cleaned out the roll top, cleaned out the drawers, well most the drawers.  Some stuff had to stay.  My husband uses one for his wallet and such.

I decided to use some the paint that I had painted the island with and painted the back wall inside the roll top to brighten things up a bit.  I also, painted the sides of one of the drawers for a pop of color.  I was rolling......I used the same Turquoise paint on that Red wall behind the desk.  I love it!  On the wall I used the dry brush technique.

looking in from the kitchen
Looking thru pass thru
A trip to the winery to restock.

I used what I had...and that was a clear platter, a peice of scrapping paper and a D ran off on the computer.  At some point, I will get something to replace it.

 I've got other bar tools, but they didn't make it into the drawer before the picture.

 Stocked the lower drawer with Grapefruit, Pineapple and Apple juice...Well some extra wine as well.

And the best thing about the bar in the desk.....I can shut it down!

The OTHER side of the room:

That is the sofa table sitting below the counter, that came out of the Living Room.  It is being used here temporarily.  Over Christmas, I had two more coffee pots set up and of course the coffee.  I am thinking that I will look for a buffet or add cabinets here for more storage....or maybe nothing.  Any thoughts?

looking into the kitchen

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