Friday, October 26, 2012

Measure and Label your Tablecloths with These Labels!

 I have wanted to organize my tablecloths for a long time. 

I buy tablecloths at thrift stores, estate sales and garage sales. I love vintage linens, they are usually high quality cotton and feel wonderful to the touch. Newer tablecloths have polyester added to help keep them wrinkle free but nothing feels like good cotton!

I looked for an iron-on label like the ones they used to use in dry cleaners to label peoples clothes. I'm sure you can get them, I couldn't seem find them in my local fabric store.

Then I found these labels from Martha Stewart Home Office at Staples. These are No Iron. Don't iron them! They melt onto your iron. I thought they said Iron-On instead of No Iron.

You use a sharpie to write the length and width on them, it dries super fast then you stick it to the back of the cloth. They are thin and flexible and you will not see them from the outside of the tablecloth. They are washer and dryer safe, just make sure to iron the opposite side of the cloth. :)

In fact if you buy anything from the Martha Stewart Avery Line at Staples before 12/31/12, use this coupon for 40% off.

Friday, October 19, 2012

ST. JOHN KNITS that I am so excited to have acquired!

Oh Happy Day!!!

I hit a St. John Wonderland last night and must share!

I have a thrift store in my town that I consistently find great things. The ladies who donate there buy and wear some really wonderful designer brands. It is my every Tuesday morning stop.
Well, starting last year they they decided to have a once a year sale where showcase all their best items. I go for the designer clothing. Last year I found arm loads of St. John and spent $650 on it. This year I bought even more, way, way more....
I really need to remember that with Ebay fees rising and postage getting ridiculous, I need to weigh the costs. Literally, St. John santana knits weigh A Lot. Anyway, I have some work to do. I plan to get these items listed this week and since I have the pics, thought I would share them with you and my excitement too. So pop on over to my listing and see what treasures you can't live without.

The lighting was not very desirable today so I didn't photograph all that I bought.

This Royal blue/ purple St. John Black Label outfit is one of my favorites. I just couldn't get the color to show up correctly on my camera. It is a royal blue with purple in it. More blue than purple, but a very vibrant and elegant color. The ruffles on the long duster jacket are silk and add such a feminine touch! There are matching pants and a lightweight moc turtleneck to complete the set. Size 14

This size 14 St. John Black label 3 piece suit is a gorgeous bright tweed! Navy with a plain navy shell and fitted jacket over it. 3 button jacket and he skirt is a flattering no waistband slightly A-line style. Looks much better worn by a fabulous woman than hanging on my size 4 bodyform. It is really had to get the shape to show up. Check my auctions, I will be listing this soon!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sheet Music Candle Centerpiece

Sheet music decor is quite a trend right now. It is easy to use sheet music to add decor to your next party.
To make these candles for my daugthers Paris themed party, I searched through stacks of vintage sheet music in thrift stores for french sheet music and found some Italian music but it was not the right look. So I settled on music with cute or romantic themes. I did find some french sheet music for free on the internet, I could have bought specialty copy paper with a slightly yellowed vintage look and printed it out, so that was an option. You could use white copy paper or a new sheet music book if that is the look you desire.
The supplies you will need;
  • Candles
  • Sheet Music
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge or brush applicator
  • Burlap or decorative stripes of paper or fabric
  • Ribbon or Twine cording
I found these tall skinny glasses with the candle inside at the Dollar Tree and bought 12 of them. You can also use pillar candles as mod podge is not flammable but the paper is, so you would need to cut the paper a half inch shorter than the candle

1. To apply the paper. Measure the length of the candle and trim your paper to the exact height or a half inch shorter. Measure around the candle and add a half inch then trim. Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge all over the back of the sheet music, flip it around and lay in on the candle, wrapping it around the candle and overlapping on the back side. Work quickly to make sure the edges even up where you want them to at the top of the candle. Since the outside is dry you can grip it to slide it a bit to even it up. Let it set for 30 min. while you work on your other candles.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Mini Lemon Tart Recipe

Last weekend I took lemon tarts to a baby shower that my friend hosted. I want to share that recipe here.

I searched high and low and tried several lemon tart recipes. I love them, but didn't want them to taste like dish soap (maybe it's just me, but I get that from some lemon desserts) or curdle when baked. I liked the idea of baking the lemon curd in the pie crust so I didn't have to worry about the crust getting misshapen-ed when it was baking. I combined and tweaked a couple recipes and this is what I came up with.
Makes 72 Tarts
  • 3 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 TB sugar
  • I tsp salt
  • 12 TB (1 1/2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter
  • 1/3 C cold shortening ( I buy the Crisco sticks and keep one in the fridge all the time)
  • 1/2 C ice water
  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 C. fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 2 lemons