Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Framing Fabric and Master Bed & Bath Photos

The walls in the master bedroom and bath were still pretty bare, but I couldn't really find any wall art or pictures that I liked. I did, however, have numerous fabrics that looked fabulous with the wall color and originally thought I would be sewing lots and lots of throw pillows.
Instead, I decided to frame some of those pretty fabrics to use on the walls. A lot faster than sewing and it fills the empty space...a win-win!

But first, lets take a look at what this room looked like when we began...

And this is where its at now...(Ikea Pax closet, Olympic's Blue Shamrock paint on the walls) I purchased a couple of Ribba Frames from Ikea and taped squares of fabric to the matting. So easy! In here, I framed one of Amy Butler's fabrics above the chair.

Click here for a previous post to see more photos detailing how we removed the old closet wall and installed the Ikea wardrobes.

I also picked up the new green lamp on the dresser up there at Pier 1.

I made the pillow on the bed using a lovely orange leaf fabric by Vicki Payne. While it was on sale, I bought several more yards to use elsewhere in the room...maybe for a new slipcover for the blue chair. Or possibly to edge the curtain panels.

And in the master bath, I framed a graphic yellow fabric by Premier Prints. I love this fabric and have it in several colorways!
And here is a Before picture of this room. Not a lot of changes in this room, yet. But a new vanity and flooring will happen eventually. For the wall color in the bath I mixed the same Blue Shamrock as the bedroom, with equal parts of white. The room is so small, I wanted something just a touch lighter.

Oh, and the little curtain in the bathroom is about the only thing I've had time to sew lately. I used a fun and colorful Sandi Henderson Meadowsweet print, orange grosgrain ribbon, and the white fabric left over from the bedroom curtains after I hemmed them.
I'm sharing this transformation over at Between Naps on the Porch.

Hope to be able to do more sewing projects soon. Have a great week, everyone!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rustic Apple Tart and Blackberries

I know I should probably be making something with the fabulous peaches that are now available at the local orchard, but I was craving an apple dessert. I decided to keep it simple and throw together a rustic Apple Tart.

I used one of my favorite go-to ingredients, puff pastry (I always have some in the freezer). It makes a wonderful flakey crust. Remember the Cherry Cream cheese Danish?

Well this one was just as easy.

1. I just thawed the pastry and rolled it out a bit, placing it on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

2.Peeled, cored, and sliced 2 grannysmith apples and layed them in a pretty pattern.

3.Rolled up the outer edges of dough.

4.Then sprinkled the apples with a 1/4 cup of sugar and dotted with a 1/3 stick of butter. Because I had some beautiful blackberries from the garden, I added a few to the center.

5. Baked in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 45-50 minutes.

6. In a small pan, I heated a couple of tablespoons of apricot preserves thinned with a little water, and brushed the top of the tart when it came out of the oven. (you could also use orange marmalade).

We had ours with vanilla ice cream. Yum!

And here are those gorgeous blackberries. They were on the property when we bought the new house. There are so many, we've been freezing some of them.

I'm sharing this recipe over at The Shabby Creek Cottage link party.