An Easter Bunny Pattern For You!

I know Easter is just around the corner, and you are probably Easter-crafted out, but I couldn’t resist the chance to share my chunky wood bunny with all of you! Many, many years ago, a dear friend of mine made this wooden Easter Bunny for me.

Pink Wood Easter BunnyFor all these years, he has been the center of my Easter decor, whether on the table, on the mantel or sitting on the buffet surrounded by yummy desserts. When Coach brought him down from the barn loft this year, I noticed that his pink coat had become dirty, worn and scratched. Not good for a bunny who needs to look his best while roaming the world delivering Easter baskets! I decided he was in dire need of a facelift. And, since I was taking him apart anyway, I thought I would trace the pattern and share it with all of you!  He was cut out of 1 1/2″ planks-very heavy and sturdy. But you could certainly use any width you would like. Here are the patterns (you just need to right-click and download them, then resize them to your specs)

The body is  14 3/4″ high by 8″ wide. You will need to cut one.

Wood Easter Bunny Pattern   The ears are  7″ long by 3 1/4″ wide. You will need to cut two of those, one for each side.

Wood Pattern Easter Bunny Ear

The arms are  7 1/2″ long by 3″ wide. You will need to cut two of those, one for each side.

Wood Pattern Easter Bunny Arm

The legs are  10″ wide by 6″ high.  You will need to cut two of those.

Wood Easter Bunny Leg

Once you have cut the pieces, you will need to cut three 3/8″ dowel pieces into 2 1/2″ lengths (assuming you are using the 1 1/2″ width wood for the bunny), one each for the arms, the ears and the legs. Using the proper size drill bit (it needs to be snug, so don’t use a larger one or else the extremities will just flop around!), drill the three hole completely through the bunny’s body. Tap the dowel through so there is 1/2″ protruding from either side.

With the same 3/8″ drill bit, drill 1/2″ deep holes into the extremities in the indicated spots on the patterns (the big black dot). Make sure you drill one on each side to create mirror images. Otherwise you’ll have a holy bunny!

The fun part: paint the bunny! Go nuts and make him polka dot or plaid or just plain and simple. He’s your bunny to keep, so have a ball. You can even have your kids give him the finger paint treatment : )If you do decide to make one, please share your pics!!

Painted Wood BunnyNow just gently twist the extremities onto the dowel sections of the body: Ears on top, arms in the middle, legs on the bottom. Or, you can mix it up and go all Picasso on him- that’s fine too. The fit should be snug so they stay in place and he stays upright. If you have made the holes too large, you will need to glue the pieces in place or add a little putty. And there you have it- a bunny that is ready to join in all the Easter fun! And my little guy? Well, he’s being painted right now, and he’s not quite ready to show off. But I wanted to get this pattern to you, just in case you need some last minute Easter fun. Have a warm and wonderful Wednesday, everyone! (I know I will : ) Susan

 

 

A Whale of a Sign from Nantucket!

Nantucket Brand Whale PaintingAs you all know, Coach and I are HUGE fans of all types of nautical decor, and especially anything with whales. Any time we come across a whale sign or carving (and tables, of course), we add them to our ever-growing collection for our nautical summer porch and family room. So, when I was presented with the opportunity to receive and review this hand-crafted Wooden Whale Sign from Nantucket Brand,

Nantucket Brand Logo

I jumped at the chance! This one is a beauty!! From the Nantucket Brand Emporium website,

The Emporium of Nantucketthe description reads: “Wooden sign featuring a painted black whale on a white background. This sign is handmade in the USA and makes for great nautical decor. Since each sign is handmade, colors and sizes will vary slightly. Sign measures approximately 10.5 x 30.”

Nantucket Brand Whale SignAll true, but, honestly, that description does not do this sign justice. The distressed, wooden hand-painted sign is hefty, quite large, and the design is bold but aged and weathered as if it had been sitting on a dock in the Nantucket sun for quite some time. Which fits in so nicely with our rustic, nautical summer porch decor! Nantucket Brand Whale SignThe Emporium of Nantucket also offers the inverse design: a black, distressed background with a white whale. Just as majestic and a perfect focal point for any nautical vignette.

Nantucket Brand White Whale SignIf you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting their shop on the beautiful island of Nantucket, then luckily for you, they offer their home decor items online at nantucketbrand.com.  You can purchase the whale sign, along with all types of nautical decor, like these gorgeous brass door knockers

Nantucket Brand Door Knockers Emporium

or these 3D WoodCut Nautical Charts

3D Wood Cut Nautical Chart

at nantucketbrand.com/shop/emporium, the online store of the Emporium of Nantucket,

The Emporium of Nantucketa family-owned island retail store that was established in 1947.  Additionally, if you visit their website, nantucketbrand.com and either like them on Facebook, Tweet about them @NantucketBrand or add your email to their mailing list, you automatically receive a 15% discount on your first order! So shop ahoy!! But if you are interested in the whale sign like mine, you’d better move quickly- there are only a couple left in stock! And the next time you drop anchor at the Emporium of Nantucket, tell them Sue from Country Design Home sent you. Anchors away, everyone!! Susan

WoW! Wainscoting Wallpaper!

Coach and I recently purchased this country-style cupboard at auction for…wait for it…$10!!! It was pretty grimy and the front doors were missing, but I just fell in love with the detail in the top trim and base.

Country Cupboard Before PaintingThe color was a faded and chipped greenish-mustardy yellow with some sort of stenciling on it. So not country pretty, so time for a makeover. First step, clean it up! Second step, I had to remove the middle piece of wood where the now-MIA doors would have normally closed and latched. (If anyone knows what that piece is actually called, let me know : )

Country Cupboard Middle trim pieceIt was easy to pop out with a tap of a hammer, but there was a wood spindle at the base that needed removing, since I wasn’t planning on replacing the doors.

Removing Spindle from Door(This is the point when Bartlet the Frenchie was exiled into the hall closet, as he was none too pleased with the noise of the saw and kept trying to attack it!)

Bartlet the French BulldogEasily done with a small saw, then I patched up the holes and was good to go. The first coat, my go-to primer, Glidden Gripper. It covers lots of sins : )

Glidden Gripper PrimerAmazing how one coat of primer can change the entire look of a piece! See how the detail pops with the clean, white paint!?

Country Cupboard Primed DetailMy finish paint choice? A lovely shade of creamy white called Snowfall White by Benjamin Moore in a matte finish.

Benjamin Moore Snowfall White

If Linen White and White Dove were married and had painty children, this is the color they would be. Before I applied the top coat, I decided I wanted to add some sort of trim or wainscoting to the back panels to give the cupboard a bit more interest. I went searching through Lowes (well, first I scoured the basement workshop and the barn but came up empty handed there), where I perused all sorts of wood, metal and vinyl options. I wanted something simple and lightweight to install that would give a nice finished look. At Lowes I discovered this roll of faux paintable, pre-pasted wallpaper wainscoting by Allen & Roth. Score!

Allen & Roth Paintable Wallpaper WainscotingIt looks like a regular roll of paper, but It had the feel of foam, so it is very lightweight and easy to cut with scissors. No dragging out my saw and sanding down edges, then gluing and nailing in place. Just measure, cut, dip and paste. Perfect.

Measuring Faux Wainscoting

Simple to cut, just measured it out, marked with a pencil and used scissors.

Faux Wainscoting Measure and CutDipped it in a warm bath in the sink for 30 seconds, then removed it and allowed it to sit for 3 minutes to allow the glue to really gel up.

Dipping Wallpaper in Warm BathThis is some seriously sticky and gluey glue! The panels went on so easily over the primed surface, and since I had already premeasured and cut, no additional trimming was necessary. I just placed the paper into position and used a damp sponge to wipe it down and remove any excess glue.

Wiping Faux Wainscoting with damp spongeAccording to the instructions, I waited 24 hours prior to painting, then I painted the entire piece with the Snowfall White.

Painting Faux WainscotingAnd folks, this really does look like raised wood wainscoting!

Faux Wainscoting PrimedThis painted piece is so much better, BUT, I am not finished.

Country Cupboard Painted

I need to decide on an accent glazing color, and I am open for suggestions. Red, lavender, gray, blue, brown, what color would you choose to enhance the beautiful trim and the wainscoting without changing the overall feel of the cupboard? I am loving the white, but it needs just a touch of something!

Country Cupboard Trim Detail

And this needs to be completed quickly, as Easter is fast approaching, so time is of the essence. Help! Susan

Coronado Captured in Color

This past weekend I spent a little R & R in California to recharge my blogging soul and warm my freezing bones. Mission accomplished. Sharing just a few sights and sounds of colorful Coronado, a resort city that sits across the bay from San Diego, connected by the spectacular San Diego/Coronado Bridge.

Coronado Bridge ViewView From The Bridge Color Capture

Colorful Coronado Bridge ViewWhenever I go walking to explore my surroundings, I always have my iPhone at the ready to take photos. And, with my Benjamin Moore Color Capture App, I can replicate those exact colors of nature in paint-to add a touch of sunny California to my home! Hmmm, I wonder if they have an EARTHQUAKE app?!?

San Diego Harbor-A View From Coronado

San Diego View From Coronado

San Diego Harbor Color Capture

Colorful Coronado San Diego Skyline

Coronado Brick Walkway

Brick Walkway Coronado

Brick Walkway Color Capture

Colorful Coronado Brick WalkwayPurple Flower Color Capture

Colorful Coronado Lavender Floral WalkwayGreen Grass and White Picket Fences

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Green Grass Color Capture

Colorful Coronado Green Grass

Coronado Flower Gardens

Malibu Beach Photo

Lavender Daisies Color Capture

Colorful Coronado Daisies

 

Fresh From the Farm

Famer's Market Produce

Luscious Red Tomato Color Capture

Red Tomato Color Capture

Boney’s Bayside Farmer’s Market

Boneys Farmers Market

Fresh From the Farm Color Capture

Colorful Coronado Farmers MarketCoronado Bicycle Weathervane

Bicycle Windmill CoronadoWeathervane Color Capture

Weathervane Color Capture

If you haven’t downloaded the Color Capture App to your smartphone, do it now! You will be amazed at all of the colors available in each picture frame that you can’t see with the naked eye. Have a spring-in-your-step kind of Thursday, everyone!! Warmer temps will be here soon… maybe. Susan

 

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy 3 Giveaway!!

So, I’m back from Cali and happy to share this fabulous giveaway hosted by So Simply Stephanie and 4 other bloggers, including me, Country Design Home!  I know, this typically isn’t my type of blog post, but I thought, who wouldn’t want to win a Samsung Galaxy 3 Tablet-perfect for blogging on the go!!  So here’s the info:Title Poster Galaxy 3

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Pretty Pasadena

Since the winter has been so reluctant to release its icy clutches in the Northeast, I figured a little R & R in sunshiny California might boost my spirits and get my creative juices flowing again! Luckily we have relatives living up and down the California coastline, so first stop, Pasadena!

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Not quite as warm as I had hoped, but by Boston standards, a relative heat wave!! Yesterday we took a drive down to Malibu to catch the Pacific Ocean-breathtaking…

Malibu Beach Pacific Ocean

Today, I took a walk around the neighborhood where we are staying in the historic Orange Heights District of Pasadena.

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Quaint little bungalows and cacti line the streets,

Pasadena Welcome Sign

and everywhere there are palm trees,

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bright green grass

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and beautiful flower gardens.

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Makes me long for springtime to finally arrive in Boston.

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This historic area has a Spanish influence that is reflected in the architecture, loving these steps and wrought iron gate.

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Nearing my walk’s end, I spotted this box, which I initially thought to be a bird house. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a little neighborhood free lending library!

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This is the view from the front porch where we are staying. Palm trees and grapefruits

Grapefruit Trees

and white picket fences.

Pasadena Porch Yard

Sweet. Tomorrow its onto San Diego! And don’t worry, Coach is at home digging up new treasures for me to DIY once we get back home. Hope things are warming up on the east coast!! But for now, haste la vista, baby!! Susan

Anchors Away Vintage Cabinet

summer porch nautical themeAnother DIY project for the summer porch (if it ever gets above freezing around here so we can actually use the porch). This is the before, one of those old tin wall cabinets that someone had painted an awful shade of mustard neon yellow.

Nautical Cabinet Mustard Yellow Before

And this is the now: an Anchors Away Rolling Cabinet!

Nautical Cabinet Side view Stripes

A pretty dramatic transformation, yes? Here is the how-I-did-it:

1. Attached wheels to the base of the cabinet so it can roll easily

Nautical Cabinet Wheels

2. Painted with Glidden Gripper primer. This stuff works on wood or metal. Painted a coat of Benjamin Moore Snowfall white over the primer.

Antique Table Gripper Primer

3. For the sides, I decided to add a nautical stripe effect, so I taped the 2″ stripes over the white and painted with a custom (by me!) deep blue.

Nautical Cabinet Taping Stripes

Nautical Cabinet Blue Striping on Sides

4. For the front doors, I painted two layers of blue paint, a solid base and then a dry-brushed topcoat to create more depth of color.

5. For the anchor stencil. I needed to look no further than my HomeGoods shopping bag!

Nautical Cabinet Anchor Stencil Home Goods Bag

I buy these all the time, and for 99 cents they can’t be beat. I usually use them for toting stuff around, but since the anchor was the perfect size, I figured why not? I’ve got plenty more where those came from! So I used the cut-out anchor for the stencil, affixing it to the cabinet with some temporary craft adhesive,

Nautical Cabinet Spray Adhesive for Stencilthen sponging paint on with a regular sponge.

Nautical Cabinet Stencil Removed

The roping I created from my PicMonkey Photo Editor. This anchor design is very similar to the one I used, so I’m sharing that in case you would like to create one of these too!

Nautical Anchor and Roping Design6. I printed the design on regular printer paper, then affixed a sheet of freezer paper to it with some spray adhesive, just to give it more strength. Cut out the stencil with an exacto knife.

Nautical Cabinet Cutting Stencil

7. Affixed the stencil to the cabinet with painter’s tape, dabbed the white with a piece of sponge until the white was deep against the dark blue.

Nautical Cabinet Completed Anchor and Rope Stencil

For the twisted rope, I cut the pattern from the HomeGoods bag (it has two sides : )

Nautical Cabinet Cutting Rope Pattern

and taped that to the cabinet.

Nautical Cabinet Taping Rope Pattern

Nautical Cabinet Chalk Outline Roping

Outlined with chalk, then took a small, tapered sponge piece

Nautical Cabinet Trimmed Sponge

and followed along the lines, dabbing with the white paint to create the rope effect.

Nautical Cabinet Sponging between lines

The great part about using chalk is that once the paint is dried, the chalk just wipes away with a damp sponge.

Nautical Cabinet Rope Completed

For the top, I used some light balsa wood pieces that I affixed with glue.

Nautical Cabinet Balsa for top

I wanted that beachy, weathered appearance, so I added some blues mixed with water just to give it an aged effect.

Nautical Cabinet Swirled Paint and Water

Nautical Cabinet Glazing Supplies for Top

Then I glazed the top with a mixture of Martha Stewart Glaze and 2 paints, one white, one metallic silver to create that aged, driftwoody look I was going for.

Nautical Cabinet Weathered Top

With the glaze, you just paint it on, then wipe off what you don’t want

Nautical Cabinet Wiping Glaze off Top

The original handles were 1950′s chrome, which would have been perfectly fine.

Nautical Cabinet Chrome Handles

Instead, I used some brass grommets, one in each hole. I had do do a bit of drilling to make the holes larger, and then glued them into place.

Nautical Cabinet Grommets in Place Added some nautical roping to create the handles. Plus, it mimics the roping in the stenciled design. Perfect!

Nautical Cabinet Rope Handles in place

A bit of DIY FYI: when you are cutting twisted rope, tape the end before you cut, otherwise it will untwist!

Nautical Cabinet Cutting Rope Taped Ends

For the inside, I just painted it to match, then decopaged the shelves with some pretty blue tile paper I picked up at Michaels-4 for $1!

Nautical Cabinet DecPage and paper

Then I added a Martha Stewart Gloss finish just to waterproof the paper.

Nautical Cabinet Martha Stewart Gloss Finish

This cabinet is plenty big enough to hold cups, plates and glasses and an ice bucket for the porch.

Nautical Cabinet Interior Storage

The finished cabinet is perfect on our Nautical Summer porch, right at home with our white wicker seating and the Whale Coffee Table!

summer porch nautical theme

And. perhaps someday soon, we will be able to sit out on the porch and enjoy some much-anticipated warm weather! But for now, I hope you enjoyed my DIY Anchors Away Cabinet Project! Have a warm Wednesday, everyone! I know I will because I am headed to sunny California!!!  Susan

 

Pillowtex Pillow Giveaway!!

And just like that, it’s Monday, and what better way to start off a week that may include a springtime Nor’Easter!?! How about with a giveaway of a Pillowtex Duck Down and Feather Pillow to help you sleep through those stormy nights!?!

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#tbt Photo Memory Cake

It’s #throwback thursday! I’m not certain who came up with this idea, but it’s kinda fun to see so many friends and family posting old photos of loved ones on social media. This week’s throwback is actually a post I penned back in 2012, when I first started blogging (boy, that seems like a lifetime ago…) Back then, I had about 5 followers, maybe a half dozen “likes” on Facebook and I had no idea what Instagram even was! Since hardly anyone actually saw this post, I thought I would re-share it. Hopefully it inspires you to try one too!.

So, in the spirit of #tbt, here is the Memory Cake that I created for my sister’s (ahem, milestone) birthday, using old photographs that I printed on icing sheets. And, if you have a faded photograph of someone you hold near and dear, don’t forget to share it!!

“Faded photographs, covered now with lines and creases”. When it’s time to celebrate a special family occasion, such as a milestone birthday, people often create videos or scrapbooks using old photographs. This year, for my sister’s (I am not going to divulge the year she was born, but let’s just say Elvis was in the building) birthday celebration, I decided to add a sweet twist to an old idea. A photo cake!!  I have made hundreds of cakes over the years for birthdays, anniversaries, even weddings, but I have to say that this particular cake was really special, as it touched my heart, as well as my sister’s.  I am not going to give you a full tutorial on how to create a cake like this. It is not simple, and you do need a basic understanding of cake decorating and using fondant. However, I will provide you with what I think are the most important things a cake artist needs in his/her “tool box” in order to create a memorable photo cake.  Let’s start with the cake. You need a good solid cake that will hold up to the heavy fondant and piped icings. I normally make mine from scratch, but when I am pressed for time, I sometimes us a box cake mix, doctored up. This is a great basic

Once you have all your layers baked, cooled and chilled, it’s time to start decorating!!  I used to freak out when my cakes weren’t level, or pieces pulled off around the edges, but then I started watching Ace of Cakes. Duff Goldman describes cake decorating as using”‘smoke and mirrors” to get the desired results. He, by the way, has a line of awesome cake decorating stuff at Michael’s Crafts. A little extra glob of frosting here, a bit of fondant there can make what initially looks like a disaster into a beautiful edible work of art. This handy tool, a cake leveler (I know, it looks like a hacksaw, right!?) levels each layer so that they stack properly. When cakes bake, they rise and end up with a “dome” in the middle which needs to be planed down. This leveler makes a perfectly even cut, and you can use it to cut exact layers as well. I use a basic buttercream frosting recipe, especially if the cake will be covered in fondant, which is actually just sugar and water cooked until it becomes a pliable sweet dough. You can find fondant pre-made in your local arts and crafts store, but this recipe is super easy, a lot cheaper and the fondant actually tastes really delicious! Rolling out the fondant smoothly can be tricky- you have to keep covering your work surface with confectioner’s sugar to prevent sticking.  Once it is rolled out to your desired thickness (it should be 1/8-1/4 inch thick) and size, you simply roll it right right onto your rolling pin and then transfer it to the cake. It is important that the frosting “crumb” layer of the cake be smooth, as you will see every bump and lump through the fondant! Unfortunately, they don’t make “spanx” for cakes!!

Stacking the layers is the next step. Place each layer on it’s own base! Stick dowels or sticks into the layer below, cut exactly at the level of the fondant.  Without this step, your cake could end up unintentionally looking like the Leaning Tower of Pisa,

Family holding up leaning tower of Pisaas the weight of the higher layers will eventually sink into the one below.  Next up, adding the photos.

On this cake, the photographs were “pasted” on using a watered-down buttercream frosting. “Now where did she get those photographs, and are they edible?!?” you ask. The photos were printed on my Canon IP3600 photo printer, using special frosting paper from Icing Images (yes, its actually frosting on a plastic back that you put in your printer!) with special food coloring inks,

which make for edible decorations. (Disclaimer: on this cake, some of the photos became non-edible, as I ran out of food coloring ink at the last minute and had to switch to regular ink instead. Luckily I was there to cut the cake and remove the pics prior to serving : ).  The final touch: the ribbons. I was going for a “movie reel” look, but couldn’t find ribbon or tape anywhere.

So I fused these two ribbons together to make one long continuous piece to wrap around the cake and give it a vintage look. The topper was just a sparkly plastic Happy Birthday from the dollar store. And, again, I am not going to divulge the actual number of candles on the cake, but there was enough heat to start it on fire-lol!!! 

So there you have it. Photo cake deconstructed. Now,  I think there is some leftover pound cake that should go well with my morning coffee!! Have a sweet day everyone!

And a very special happy birthday to my big sister. XOXOXO Susan

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