What friends are for.

Friends tell friends about amazing DIY websites. You don’t horde it all for yourself. A dear friend and trusty commenter, Kara, did just that. She told me about Ana White. SERIOUSLY the best place to find online plans and designs for all sorts of furniture. It’s eye candy for sure. Her hubby made her a cute console table…and I knew I had to get my hands on something similar.

I retired our little, semi-adequate chest coffee table, leaving a vast nothingness in its wake. All this in hopes that my husband would get so annoyed with the lack of a coffee table that he’d make one. Well months went by where we used a chair as a coffee table. And I realized that I was married to a man who picks up dirty spoons and blows on them to make them clean and would never wash a towel or a single sock if I weren’t around. If it functions in any way, shape, or form…it’s adequate. So I printed out the plans for this table, placed them on his pillow, and wrote on the mirror with a dry-ease marker, “Get lumber at Lowes today.” Well, I had him at “lumber”.

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IMG_5954He skipped a few steps (an “X” at the end and some hardware on the corners) that I’ll advocate for later. For now, I’ll put my feet up and enjoy the beautiful table he created for us.

IMG_5945 IMG_5941 IMG_5949It’s a weekend project and was relatively inexpensive ($50). Boo yeah! Can’t beat it! If you know what’s good for you, you’ll check out ana-white.com. And if you’re a good friend, you’ll pass on the link.

Pinterest Fail – Coffee Filter Wreath

Whilst shopping for some back to school clothes for my Hubby (he’s a teacher) at our local thrift store (that’s how I roll) I, of course, made my way around to the “home goods” stuff. I had to check for Pyrex or some odd fascinating item. I wasn’t looking for a Pinterest fail. This one just sorta popped up.

Here is the Pinterest inspiration, the coffee filter wreath. If you are on Pinterest at all, this concept wont be new to you. It’s basically coffee filters bunched and glued onto a wreath to create a, well, bigger, fluffier, much brighter wreath.

And here is what I found for $5.99 at Goodwill:

Ha! So you got about a third of the way through and thought, “Nope. Not happening.” What’s more, you gave it to a thrift store…to resell. Which they are doing at an obscenely high price for something you have to tear apart to use.

What’s more funny is I’ve actually made one of these. So I can see exactly how this fail came into being. Not only did it take me three days to complete, but I don’t think I have fingerprints anymore. It used so much hot glue and when it was done it just looked, I dunno, cartoony. So I even spray painted it to see if it would look cooler. Kinda. It would be great for a party. But a LOT of painful work. I’m certain this Pinterest-er suffered the same fate, but they were smarter and gave up sooner.

See and/or commit a Pinterest Fail (remember the criteria from the original fail)? Email me!

Warm scones + coffee = a happy Haley.

Hot coffee with cream and sugar along with a warm, melty scone is the best morning snack in my opinion. You too can have warm scones in the morning…they are really rather simple to make.

This is a pretty basic recipe, which I find helpful because you change it however you like. You can mix it up a bit by adding cranberries, blueberries, chocolate chips or nuts. Or simply sprinkle sugar on top.

Simple Scones:

3 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 5 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup butter, 1 egg, beaten and 1 cup milk – I use almond milk…works wonderfully.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter. Mix the egg and milk in a small bowl, and stir into flour mixture until moistened.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly. Roll dough out into a 1/2 inch thick round. Cut into wedges, and place on the baking sheet. Eight wedges will create pretty large scones, like ones you find in a coffee shop. Feel free to cut them to whatever size you like or cut out different shapes with a cookie cutter.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Or, like I do, devour immediately.  Happy Mornings.