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Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast

Last holiday season, I had some egg nog left over after Christmas.  I wanted to do something special for a New Year’s day breakfast and just thought eggs, french toast, why not try using the egg nog?  Of course, knowing that DH is a cinnamon hound, it wasn’t hard to figure out what to add.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

We like the light egg nog, a lower fat variety.  Buttermilk bread is wonderful here, or the Italian style is great too.  Either way, use a thicker sliced bread that can stand up to the egg nog mix.  Even a multi grain would be good, and maybe add a bit of texture to the toast and you could tell yourself it is more healthy, LOL!!

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Before you start mixing, set out the butter so it can soften, and warm up the syrup in the microwave.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Pour some egg nog in a bowl, add cinnamon and vanilla to taste. I used two teaspoons of cinnamon to one and a half cups of egg nog, with just a few drops of vanilla.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Quickly dip both sides of the bread and add to a medium high skillet.  Don’t move it around, let it cook. As the slices brown, they will release from the skillet.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

A larger skillet can handle two slices, just be sure they have room. For DH, two is better than one.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Flip over and let the other side cook.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Serve hot. I actually like mine with just a touch of butter.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

DH likes his with syrup.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

This year, I bought the egg nog earlier than usual just so I could make it Thanksgiving weekend. Easy and fast, but very special breakfast for holidays!

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast

1-2 cups of egg nog, light or regular
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4-8 slices bread, thick sliced buttermilk or your favorite

Mix egg nog with cinnamon and vanilla in a wide bowl. Preheat skillet on medium high heat and spray lightly with cooking spray or brush thinly with butter. Quickly dip bread slices in mixture, and place in hot skillet. Cook 1-2 minutes, until lightly browned, or darker as you prefer. Flip bread slices and cook other side. Repeat with additional slices of bread. Serve hot with softened butter and warmed syrup as desired. One cup of mixture will make about 4 slices of french toast, serving 2 people.

Breakfast always looks more festive on a Christmas plate, doesn’t it?

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Are you making a special breakfast this weekend?

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Happy Thanksgiving and Some Autumn Views

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers and friends!!  This morning, I will be enjoying parades and hot coffee in my flannel jammies with DH.  Breakfast is baking and filling the house with the aroma of sausage, eggs and cheese.  Later will be football games, and phone calls to family out of state.  Turkey will be baking, dressing to be made with sourdough bread and pie for dessert.  It is my favorite day of the year, and we enjoy it to the fullest.  I did a post on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade last year, if you’d like to read some history of the parade with some of the permanent floats.

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On this most Autumn of holidays, I thought it would be a perfect time to share some color from our mountain region. Recently, we went hiking on Fryingpan Mountain to see some autumn color and climb the tower for the views.  Driving up to the trailhead, we didn’t take any time to take pictures as we wanted to get there and start our hike.  On the way home, we had more time to stop at overlooks and really take in the colors of the trees. This part of the parkway is at a lower elevation than Fryingpan Mountain and its next neighbor Mount Pisgah, so the colors were at their peak.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Elevation here is closer to 4000 feet above sea level, and the colors are more vibrant.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

It was mostly gold in this part, just a hint of burgundy here and there.  The gold is more prominent as there are more varieties of trees turn that color in autumn.  American chestnut, hickory, black birch, elms, locust, walnut, hazel and poplar trees are all shades of gold in fall.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Through the trees on the left you can see the mountain behind.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

All along the parkway, there are areas that tuck between mountains, and some that go through.  This was the first of several tunnels on the parkway, all have the same look – stone entrances with curved openings.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Coming out the other side, the bright sunlight made the colors just sparkle.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

More color.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

It just kept going, so wonderful to see.  Cruising along the road, it is so relaxing to see nature in its Autumn glory.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The next tunnel is one of the longest on the parkway.  It is also curved inside, so it is pitch black in the middle.  Having your lights on is essential.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

There are rock faces on many parts of the mountains as you drive past.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

There are a fair amount of evergreens as well.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Here is one of the smaller overlooks.  It was starting to rain so we made our stop quick.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The next tunnel had more gold around the entrance.  Raindrops are on our windshield.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Light rain was still coming down as we approached the next tunnel.  More reds and oranges in the trees are seen here.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

I like the reds and oranges, so I search out the trees with those colors.  The purple-red in this photo may be a sumac.  The vibrant orange is maple.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Maples, sourwood and dogwoods provide the most red colors.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Another overlook had the long views obscured by the low clouds, but the near mountains can be seen.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Looking in another direction, the colors are muted in the shade and mist of the clouds.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Leaving that overlook, going around another mountain.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

I wish the sun had been shining on this view, but the color is still evident.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Getting closer to the entrance, you can see the lovely stone work.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Stopping at a last overlook, some sunlight was peeking through.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

More reds were visible here.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Then it was time to head home.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Of course, Thanksgiving memories wouldn’t be complete without the funny stuff and the foibles that are the stuff of legends.  For some great stories, see my 2014 post, Thanksgiving 101, and be sure to read the stories in the comments.  Comments are still open, so feel free to add your own, I love reading them.

Craftsy LogoOne more time I wanted to let you in on a few good deals as Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are starting early.  I appreciate it when you use my links for your shopping and browsing!  If you have ever thought of taking a class at Craftsy, now is the time with their Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale!  Click the icon for new sales.  Craftsy is having a Sale on Classes and on Quilting Supplies !

The Etsy site is featuring shops having sales this weekend.  My shop is newly stocked with more fabric and notions, more handmade and vintage items, and it is all on sale at 15% off through Monday.  Click on Craftnuts Studio on Etsy.

Check out today’s Flash Sale at Fat Quarter Shop, it changes everyday at 10 am.

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

Get started on your holiday shopping for family and friends, or better yet, treat yourself with these links. If you want to get some of gorgeous fabrics for your holiday sewing, check out the Fat Quarter Shop’s Moda Line.  Get spools and cones of the fantastic Aurifil Threads at Fat Quarter Shop Aurifil Threads.  You’ll love the extra light with the Sewing Machine LED Lighting Kit.  If you would like to have a pair of wonderful serrated edge scissors, click on Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors to get your pair from Fat Quarter Shop.  Get your Olfa Splash Cutter at FQS too – Olfa Splash.

If you use a lot of Best Press, the price per ounce is the cheapest by the gallon, plus it will qualify for free shipping.  Click on my Amazon affiliate link – Best Press Unscented Gallon size.  Get the  Karen Kay Buckley 4-Inch Perfect Scissors while you are there.   Thank you for using my links!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!


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Pinwheel Quilt

This past week, I finished quilting a quilt destined for a family that has lost their home in the California fires in Santa Rosa. I was very happy to be a part of this project pieced by a friend, who knows the woman and her family.  The quilt is a scrappy delight, with pinwheels, four-patches and solid blocks with a colorful border.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

It is a lap size, so wouldn’t take long to finish quilting.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Yes, I did fold it up, because I know my friend and her piecing is precision done and the borders are always applied right.  No surprise here, the fold is straight.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

She chose a gold to brown variegated thread by King Tut called Sandstorm.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The batting she brought was by Pellon, a polyester batting with a higher loft than I usually use.  I have to say that I did like the nice definition it gave to the quilting.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

She chose a pantograph with a feather-like design called “Feelin’ Groovy” by Michelle Wyman for Heart and Soul Quilts.  It has curves and swirls to soften the many angles in the piecing design.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I wanted to show you how she did her pinwheel seams, as it greatly reduced the bulk in the corners.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

First of all, she pressed all the seams open.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Then she ‘spun’ the point center.  Do this by picking out the few stitches to the edge and pressing the four edges down in four directions.  Do you spin your seams like this?  Ever press seams open?

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

You can see the puffiness in the quilting here from the higher loft batting.  The variegated color of the thread adds a bit of fun and dimension.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Quilting completed.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I hope that the recipient enjoys it, and that her home is restored soon.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

My sincerest wishes go to the families that have lost everything in the terrible fires.  I hope this gift from her friend will help her healing.  Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and a time to be grateful for our home, family, friends and many blessings.

Craftsy LogoOf course, the holiday frenzy begins this weekend, so I wanted to let you in on a few good deals. I appreciate it when you use my links for your shopping and browsing!

Craftsy is having sale on Quilting Fabrics and Precuts now!  More sales begin tomorrow.

Get started on your holiday shopping for family and friends, or better yet, treat yourself with these links. If you want to get some of gorgeous fabrics for your holiday sewing, check out the Fat Quarter Shop’s Moda Line. Get spools and cones of the fantastic Aurifil Threads at Fat Quarter Shop Aurifil Threads. You’ll love the extra light with the Sewing Machine LED Lighting Kit. If you would like to have a pair of wonderful serrated edge scissors, click on Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors to get your pair from Fat Quarter Shop. Get your Olfa Splash Cutter at FQS too – Olfa Splash.

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

If you use a lot of Best Press, the price per ounce is the cheapest by the gallon, plus it will qualify for free shipping. Click on my Amazon affiliate link – Best Press Unscented Gallon size. Get the Karen Kay Buckley 4-Inch Perfect Scissors while you are there. Thank you for using my links!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

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Cheekwood Mansion

Our visit to the Cheekwood Estate included a tour of the mansion, at least the parts open for visitors.  The 55-room mansion construction began in 1929, and took until 1932 before the family could move in.  The architecture is simply wonderful if you like details like I do.  Sadly, only 9 rooms are restored from the huge mansion, and available for view.  For some reason, I didn’t get a view of the whole front of the house, I think because we came through the gardens to get to it and I missed the overall view.  But you can see a picture of the three story mansion and read the entire history of the construction HERE.  I did get a picture of the stonework and lovely wrought iron on the left side.  Note the ornate cement work too on the decorative urn along with the curved windows and details.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

According to our guide, the family had an affinity for eagles and angels, and these can be found in a lot of the architecture and furnishings.  In many rooms, large posters of reprints of an article from a decorating magazine published in 1932 showing how it looked at that time.  The restoration is attempting to find original pieces to restore to the space, or something of the time frame that has a similar look.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The eagles are seen in the staircase ironwork.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Also in the foyer, this fireplace mantle, intricately carved with a working clock with angels on either side.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The architect was Bryant Fleming, and he put a cornerstone behind the front door with his name and the date 1929.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Much of the upper floors is devoted to offices instead of restoration.  But the tour was good, with lots of little details, and I should have taken notes, LOL!! This is the upper hallway leading to the library, with the loggia to the right.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The story on this marble urn is the family saw one in Rome at the Vatican, and had it made to match the design they saw.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Along the upper hallway, trompe l’oeil alcoves with in ‘gilded’ frames are actually wallpaper.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Here is the large, ornate mirror of fun family legend.  Apparently Mabel Cheek was a strong willed woman with a mind of her own far ahead of her time.  She purchased the mirror, and it didn’t fit in their home in the town.  So it was said that her husband joked that she needed to sell the mirror or build a bigger house, and she took him up on the bigger house.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Angels dance on the top of the exquisitely detailed mirror.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The main living parlor was huge, full of light from the windows, furnished with elaborately detailed furniture and lamps.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The fireplace had a gold eagle at the top of the detailed columns.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

This portrait is one of the family, but I cannot remember which Cheek family members these are.  I really should have taken notes, but I was enjoying the day too much.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Lovely wood work in the library.  The guide noted that there is no ladder to get to the upper shelves, and we speculated that this room too was built more for making an impression on guests than to actually get to the upper shelves.  But, it is known that the Cheeks were readers, and one of the gardens is has a literary theme.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Just look at the ornate detail in this woodwork and clock.  Marvelous craftsmanship.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Back to the loggia, this room is available for events, connected to the outdoor patio.  There was a set up going on for an event so we couldn’t go out the doors.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

A table in the long hallway to the dining area had a large eagle base.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The dining room was all done in blues to complement the fireplace.  Note the eagles on the mirror over the fireplace.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The ornate valences over the curtains were gilded.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

That is actual lapis lazuli stone on the fireplace.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Around the next corner in the butler’s pantry, was a display of glassware.  Sadly, the kitchen has long been converted to other use and the original construction is gone.  I think the kitchens in old homes are one of the most interesting rooms, but seldom are they open to view even if they are still in existence.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

They loved ornate things didn’t they!

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

A large part of the Cheek fortune came from the sale of the Maxwell House coffee brand to what was then Postum Foods for $45 million dollars in 1929 before the stock market crash.  No wonder the depression didn’t touch them.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

This view from the front of the house shows the art museum built later along with other outbuildings and the stunning view.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

This view from the left side of the house is beautiful.  There is a covered stone patio there.  The trees had not yet begun their leaf turning.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Looking down from that same patio, the reflecting pool can be reached by the stone stairs.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

This patio is near the art museum, down the small stairs to the right side as you face the front of the mansion.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

One of the sculptures at the beginning of the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail, we had to skip this as we were out of time.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The Cheekwood Estate is just outside of Nashville, Tenneessee.  I highly recommend the visit if you are in the area.

I think our home is ready for the long holiday weekend.  We are having our usual Thanksgiving day plan, with another dinner on Saturday night.  The turkey is defrosting, and will be put in the brine on Wednesday for baking on Thursday and leftovers all weekend.  We plan to have a spiral sliced ham for Saturday with my cheddar onion potatoes.  I think I need to share that recipe!  Oh, I have a wonderful breakfast recipe to share soon too.  Are you ready for the holidays to start?


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Cheekwood Gardens

Last month, I accompanied DH on a trip to Nashville for a few days.  He had an open afternoon one day, so we went to visit Cheekwood Mansion and Cheekwood Botannical Gardens during the Harvest exhibition.  This is a huge estate with an American Country mansion and 55 acres of gardens built in 1929.  We only got to a small fraction of the gardens, taking the Harvest tour walk and getting to a couple of the specialty gardens, but we had to skip the Sculpture gardens because we ran out of time. Visiting in the fall, they had a wonderful array of autumn color gardens. This orange gerbera daisy attracted one of the many butterflies in the Bradford Robertson Color Garden.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

The entrance was inviting us to keep walking, with pumpkins, gourds and autumn squash lining the walkway.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Walking paths were accented with pumpkins, and full of autumn blooming flowers.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

They do a fun pumpkin house every year. The frame of the house has small hoops of metal that cradle the pumpkins without damaging them.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

It is surrounded by bales of hay to define a ‘yard’.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Inside the bales, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins available for purchase.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

In the meadow next to the bar, a ‘tree’ made of potted chrysanthemums made a beautiful autumn display.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Next to that was a tower with orange and white pumpkins, so festive for the season.  Workers were still arranging more pumpkins under the trees for an event later in the week.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Autumn color abounded in the flower gardens as well.  This area is part of the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Orange impatiens were profusely blooming near the visitor center.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

All along the walking path out from the visitor center, lanterns were placed for an upcoming evening event.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

On the other side of the visitor center, more autumn pumpkins and gourds on display.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Rows of small yellow chrysanthemums in front of tall dark elephant ears had surprise pumpkins placed here and there.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

This was the first time I ever saw a ‘black’ elephant ear, never knew they came in this color.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Monarch butterflies sporting autumn color wings were everywhere, feasting on the bounty of nectar.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

These flowers and butterflies were in the Wills Perennial Garden.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Stunning color, rows of flowers, it was gorgeous in every direction and every path.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Again, a surprise of pumpkins tucked into the floral displays.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

Coming back around after several hours of walking and seeing the mansion, we came upon the pumpkin house again.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

I should mention here that the entrance fee to see the gardens, mansion, art museum and the rest of the estate was $20 per person, but when I told the gatekeeper that we were members of our local arboretum, we got in free just by showing our membership card.  Many arboretums have reciprocal agreements like this, so if you are a member of your local arboretum, be sure to ask when you go elsewhere.  I took over 100 pictures of the gardens, but will stop here.  I’ll save some of the others for another post.  Tomorrow, we’ll visit the mansion.  It is gorgeous!

Thanksgiving is coming fast, and just in case you want to try it, my post on Brining Turkey will show you how to brine and bake the most moist and succulent turkey you have ever eaten.  The meat is moist and tasty even after a day in the frig too!

Do you like to visit pumpkin patches and fall gardens?


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Reworking Artwork Frames

One of the things I really dislike about our home is the hideous mauvey pink color of the countertops and tub surround in the master bathroom. Personally, I don’t think things this expensive to replace should even be available in anything but neutral colors. This color was very dated and old when the bathroom was remodeled in the late 1990s before we purchased the house. It is unfortunately in good enough condition that is doesn’t make economic sense to replace it with the cream color I’d rather have. So, I do my best to make it look more like light burgundy by putting a lot of burgundy accessories in the space – towels, candles, and burgundy in the pictures on the walls. The picture I had over the large tub was one that constantly brought up bad memories because of who I bought it from. Every time I looked at it coming out of the shower it brought up feelings of betrayal and hurt, so it needed to go. But finding a replacement wasn’t easy because of the size.  So, when I saw this stunning magnolia at the thrift store, I had to buy it to replace the other one.

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I love the picture, and the burgundy background will fit nicely with my decor. But, the gold accent on the frame was not my cup of tea.  I am not a fan of metallics, and this wasn’t actually guilded, it was painted.  I wanted more burgundy, so I decided to paint it. I set up two sawhorses in the workroom in the basement, and put the picture on them.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

I taped off the creamy white part with green painter’s tape to keep it clean.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

One corner of the frame accent piece was broken, so I needed to fix that.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

I didn’t spend a great deal of time on this part. I used spackle to fill in the hole.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

Filling in the space with a putty knife, I let it dry and then added a bit more to make the corner appear the same as the rest of the frame.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

I allowed it to dry for a day, then painted the gold part with burgundy wall paint. This is the color of our guest room, so I have a small jar for touch ups.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

It didn’t seem dark enough on the frame, so I put a second coat on the next day.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

It still wasn’t the color I really wanted, so I mixed up a wash of acrylic paint in a darker shade, adding a bit of black to the burgundy. I brushed that over the top of the other coats which darkened the color and added a bit more depth.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

Peeling off the tape, the contrast is really good now, and it picks up the burgundy in the picture well.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

Compare that to the original gold accent, and it just looks so much more dramatic with the contrast in value.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

Plus, hanging in the bath, it helps tone down the awful countertop and tub surround color.  BTW, we’ve used this tub only a handful of times.  On the mountain with our well, it takes almost 30 minutes just to fill it with water.  Why the previous owners decided to put such a massive thing in the bathroom with our low water pressure is beyond comprehension.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

So what did I do with the other picture? Well, I put it out in a garage sale and didn’t get any interest, even when I lowered the price to just $25. The frame and glass was worth that much! Anyway, it didn’t sell, so it went to the basement to await donation. Then I got a re-print of my favorite all time painting, Andrew Wyeth’s Wind from the Sea after the original was donated to a museum for the Looking Out Looking In exhibition. I had this print my college days, and it hung on the wall in our home for a couple of years. My dad badgered me into giving it to him, then his idiot third wife threw it away instead of giving it back to me like I asked him to do if he ever decided not to hang it anymore.  I say idiot because that original print is now extremely valuable. I have wanted to replace it for years but it is rare and collectible now, not something I could afford until the re-print was issued. The print without the white edge would fit the frame, so I decided to cut it down and use the frame instead of buying a new one.  Careful measuring and cutting, measuring several times to be very sure it was correct, and using a paper designated blade on one of my rotary cutters, I got it cut to size.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

I mounted it in the frame, then set the whole thing on the sawhorses, preparing to paint over the silver marbled edge when I noticed that it was bubbling up in a corner. Pulling on it a bit, it was found to be an overlay, not even glued down, and underneath was a really nice creamy white!

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

So all that had to be done was to carefully pull it off, and use a box cutter to cut the edge where it went under the gold painted accent part of the frame.  There is still a tiny edge of silver inside the gold braid, but it doesn’t really draw attention, so I left it there.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

I may eventually paint that gold in a soft green to better match the print, but for now it is fine the way it is.  It isn’t a metallic gold, so I don’t mind it as much.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

It went on the fireplace wall in the dining room for now, but I think I’ll move it to over the bookshelves.  When we use the fireplace, the wall above it gets hot as these are ventless gas fireplaces.

Wyeth Wind From the Sea framed

One more look at the magnolia.

Frame DIY Projects at From My Carolina Home

Have you ever re-worked frames on your artwork?

 


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Sew Day with Friends and a Pretty Table

I am delighted to be joining a group of bloggers working with Fat Quarter Shop on their new Classic and Vintage quilt.  This will be a quilt along for readers in December.  It is fun to see the project in advance, and I began by pulling some fabrics.  I thought this would be a good time for a Quilt of Valor to support the local guild’s efforts, so out came some stars.

Secret Project for FQS at From My Carolina Home

The thing is, this is a secret project. It is all to get you excited to see what Fat Quarter Shop has in store for readers with a Classic and Vintage design.

Secret Project for FQS at From My Carolina Home

So, although I can tell you it is coming, and temp you with my fabric choices and chain piecing…

Secret Project for FQS at From My Carolina Home

I can’t yet show you the whole design yet.  But it will be fun!

In the meantime, I set up for the first of two sew days so I can see my friends and have some fun. I am lucky to have a huge amount of space in the basement to play. I need to use all my machines a bit more to keep them in good working order. My workhorse Kenmore machine had to go to the shop for service, as there are some things I just cannot do. I got it back, and DH found a replacement bolt to get it back in its cabinet, so it was ready to use. I put the Brother machine on the other side of the table so two could sit comfortably.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

Around the corner on the work table, I set up three more machines.  My Featherweight really needs service too, although it is sewing fine, it is sewing really slowly.  My Janome Gem and the Pfaff 7550 are ready for use.  In the space for the fourth person, I later set up a cutting/marking station with a small mat and some tools.  I had 80 squares to have diagonal lines marked to make 160 half square triangles.  You know I love my HSTs, LOL!! The pictures are a bit dark, there is more light in here as the track lights warm up.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

Just to give you some perspective, here is the table looking the other way, with the longarm in front of the windows.  So, six people and six machines to use, with space at the cutting table for squaring up and the ironing board for pressing available when needed.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

We worked most of the day on the units for the other new pattern I have done, and enjoyed a pot luck lunch. I have some good cooks in my quilting circles, just look at the feast, starting with two salads, one spinach and one layered.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

I got a pic of the two baked dishes before they went into the oven, a shrimp-bacon-onion-cheese quiche and a baked fruit compote.  That Pie Shield is a great thing to have when baking pies, as it prevents the edge of the crust from over-browning.  It is much easier to use than foil, and it has cut-outs on the edge for the handles on the pie plate.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

Fresh baked onion and cheese bread was sliced to serve.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

And a variety of desserts for after the meal, my goodness it was wonderful!!

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

I forgot to get a shot of the quiche right out of the oven, but did get a quick one of the last piece leftover after lunch. It was yummy!

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

I reset the table with everyday dishes, the leaf salad plates and everyday flatware for a less formal lunch.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

The turkey place card holders got their first use, I love these little guys.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

No, I didn’t show the ladies the secret project, we worked on another QOV with lots of bits to use up scraps. I need to come up with a name for it, and I’ll show it to you soon. Our first sew day was yesterday, and I am having more friends come over later in the month to finish up the top on this project and perhaps start another.

What are you working on now?