The Princess Mansion aka Bassinet

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I recently completed a PINK Silk Shantung bassinet for my cousin’s 3rd baby within 5 years…finally a GIRL!  Although boys are awesome, sewing for little girls is just so much more fun, right?!

This was my first round bassinet.  All prior bassinets I’ve done were oval.  It presented many obstacles, but I got it done somehow.

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Instead of using the white Silk Shantung I had purchased for this project, I ended lining it with a white 600 count thread sheet….total luxury for a princess.  The white Silk fabric was not at all a crisp white like the sheet material I decided on.  It was too close in color to the pink Silk Shantung fabric.  Guess I’ll have enough white Silk for a Christening dress in the future.

Instead of doing several silk bows around the silk bassinet skirt, I opted for a matching sash with several crystal buckles.

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And of course, every princess needs a tiara.  I had thought I ordered a much smaller tiara from my supplier, but was a little shocked when I realized it was 10 inches high.  Oh well..

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I secured it to a wooden circle that I painted silver.  My brother drilled a hole through the wooden circle and the curved pole to secure it with a bolt.  To hide the bolt, I made a matching round pillow with topped with a big arse rhinestone on the top.

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I gathered the pink Silk curtain panels and stapled them to the outer edge of the silver wooden circle and trimmed it with rows of rhinestones.

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Enough about the bassinet.  Meet Princess Cali Rose!  Even though she’s technically my 2nd cousin, I’m Aunt Lisa.


and yes, I know, I haven’t blogged in ages, but I had to share this one with you.  I’ll try to be a better blogger…


Halloween Crafting in Diva Land


I was a Crafting Fool™ last week.  I couldn’t get enough of sparkly glitter and pumpkins.  Seriously.  This is only half of the madness…LOL!

I took an orange pumpkin from The Dollar Tree, spray painted it Silver first and then with silver glitter.  I added adhesive rhinestones, some cool black glittered metal spiders from HomeGoods and topped it off with a bow made out of sparkly orange tulle and black deco flex tubing.  It was my favorite, so of course, my daughter claimed it and brought it back upstate to her sorority house.  Ugh.


Then I bought a faux black pumpkin from Michael’s (using my 1/2 price coupon) and spray painted with my new favorite product, Krylon Glitter Blast in Black.  I then made an orange Deco Poly Mesh bow (found at A.C. Moore) with a diamond mesh ribbon wrap in the center.


Next up, I bought a Paper Mache hat from Michael’s for a mere $2.49.  I spray painted it black, added some diamond mesh ribbon wrap and some orange silk spider web roses (here’s my tutorial).


I found 3 cheap-looking white skulls at the Dollar Store and knew I needed to do something with them to make them look more authentic.  So I painted them light gray and then “dry brushed” them with some raw umber, dark gray and black craft paint.  I hot glued some cheap bugs, spiders, snakes and reindeer moss on them.


I painted one of my old faux pumpkins and used bright orange glitter.  What was I thinking?  What a mess.  Everywhere I look, there is glitter.  It’s even on my puppy.


After two failed attempts, I finally managed to get this Deco Mesh wreath to look half normal.  I used a 16” wire wreath, two rolls of glitter Deco Mesh, a bunch of bugs, snakes and spiders, a black feathered crow from the Dollar Store and an orange glittered “Trick or Treat” sign (also from the Dollar Store).  By the way, Deco Mesh is also the same thing as Sinamay.


This Summer I found an awesome vintage bird cage at HomeGoods.  I painted it white, added two rubber rats (from the Dollar Store), some reindeer moss and a big black crow on top (also from the Dollar Store).


I had these two gold ceramic urns laying around from last Christmas.  I spray painted them Gloss Black and added a thick band of rhinestones.  I purchased white faux pumpkins from Michael’s, added some cool glittered orange tape with a scroll design and then topped them off with bows made out of glittered orange Deco Poly Mesh, black Deco Flex tubing and chunky rhinestones from an old piece of jewelry.

I’m not 100% happy with them.  I’m thinking they need some orange foliage or flowers for the pumpkins to rest on.  Right?


Oh and I wanted to show you a little trick I do to make my glossy black Dollar Store roaches, snakes and scorpions look more believable.  I just dry brush or wipe a little white paint on them.  It gives them more dimension.

Now get those last minute Halloween crafts done!  Happy Halloween!

With friendship,



Embellishments for Sewn Hats and a GIVEAWAY!


My buddy, Carla Hegeman Crim (aka The Scientific Seamstress), has just published her new book, SEWN HATS!  It’s an awesome book which contains 35 different hat sewing patterns by 29 different sewing superstars.

For some reason, Carla asked me to contribute my Downtown Hat pattern…go figure.  It might have been, because Carla and I became fast friends as we are both pattern snobs.  She understands there is more to drawing a sewing pattern than cutesy designs.  It’s about MATH and SCIENCE.  You can have an adorable design, but if you don’t use the skills you learned in school, it doesn’t work.  Pattern pieces won’t fit together properly.


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Then you have the issue of grading (increasing/decreasing size).  You just can’t enlarge a pattern to make the next size.  This is especially true in children’s sizes.  And Carla has gotten it all right.  There’s a reason they call her, “The Scientific Seamstress.

No patterns are included in the book.  Nope.  Instead you download them from the internet as many times and as often as you want!!!  How cool is that?!  I wish all book publishers did this.


My Downtown Hat can be found on page 129.  Although it was originally created for boys, there’s no reason you can’t make it for girls.  There are so many ways you can embellish the Downtown Hat.  What about some leather trim with grommets?


Or perhaps some vintage velvet ribbon and an embroidered flower or a silk spider web rose?  (My tutorial is also included in the book.)


Or even some sequin trim.


You could simply add a sparkling rhinestone brooch or pin if you’re lazy.  The possibilities are endless!

Get your book on Amazon.  Better yet, I’m giving away a copy of the book, so just post a comment here!

Check out the Sewn Hats Blog Tour for more chances to win a copy of the book:

9/4 –  Scientific Seamstress

9/5 –  ModKid Boutique

9/6 – French General

9/10 – Pink Chalk Studio

9/11 –  Lulu Bliss

9/12 – The Domestic Diva’s Disasters

9/13 – Green Bee Patterns

9/14 – Goosie Girl Boutique

9/17 – Melissa Lilac Lane

9/19 – One Girl Circus

9/20 – Tie Dyed Diva Designs

9/21 – Figgy’s Patterns

9/25 – Craftiness is not Optional

9/26 – Bari J.

9/27 – Confessions of a Craft Addict

9/28 – Sis Boom

10/1 – Sew Mama Sew

10/2 – Aesthetic Nest

10/3 – Blue Nickel Studios

10/4 – Betz White

10/8 – Yummy Goods

10/10-  Wiley Craft


P.S. – I finally got to meet Clara this Summer at my big BBQ in NYC.  And she just informed me she’s moving to NY soon!!!  We are already planning our fabric shopping trips in the NYC Garment District!


Sew Glamorous Christmas Stocking Tutorial and Some Christmas Confessions

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Go check out my Glamorous Christmas Stocking Tutorial at Boutique Cafe.  It’s part of Boutique Cafe’s Christmas Festival Traditions and Tutorials.

Christmas Confessions


Christmas Confession #1:  I’ve never let my kids decorate MY tree.  They can put their handmade ornaments on their smaller trees in their room.  I know, I’m a bad mother.


Christmas Confession #2:  Even though your Santa may wear a RED suit, mine doesn’t.  I loathe RED.  There is not a speck of RED (or Christmas Green) in my house during the holidays or any other time.  My Santas have Gold, Cream, White, Silver, and Aqua robes…LOL!

Christmas Confession #3: I like getting Christmas cards with pictures of your adorable kids.  Except the ones that include those annual summaries of their overachievements.

Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas!


NYC Style Italian Sausage and Peppers


Nothing is better than some Italian Sausage and Peppers on a cold New York City Fall weekend!  I’ve had so much going on in my life, but I desperately needed to get back to my kitchen and share another one of my favorite recipes with you.  Thanks for pushing me!


First let’s talk about ingredients. It’s real simple—everything will taste better if you use FRESH ingredients.  Fresh pork sausage from your local butcher will ALWAYS taste better than some frozen sausage crap from the supermarket.  Peppers you roast yourself have a much better taste than those you get in a jar marinated in vinegar (yuk!).  Same goes for fresh herbs.  Now granted, I might not have fresh oregano on hand at all times, but I try to use fresh whenever possible…and you should, too.  Don’t be a loser.

Oh and on a side note…many Sausage and Pepper recipes use Tomatoes of some type (sauce, chopped, peeled, etc.).  I prefer mine without tomatoes.  The choice is yours.

Prep and Cooking Time:  35 minutes

Feeds about 6 Hungry People.


  • 8 – 12 Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 4 – 8 Bell Peppers (Red, Orange and/or Yellow—NO GREEN)
  • 1 Large Onion (I prefer the White Spanish variety)
  • 3 cloves of Fresh Garlic
  • Fresh Basil (5 leaves)
  • Fresh Parsley (10 leaves)
  • Fresh Oregano (pinch)
  • White Wine (big splash)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Butter
  • Olive Oil (big splash)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Hot Red Pepper Flakes to taste (optional)


Fire up your outdoor BBQ, indoor broiler or stovetop and burn the heck out of your peppers.  Don’t worry…you really can’t overcook them.


Once burnt, put them in a bowl of cold water to loosen their skins.  Remove the skins and seeds from the peppers.  Rinse.  Tear peppers into strips.  Set aside in a bowl.  (Note:  you can prepare your Roasted Peppers a day or two before to save time  Just keep them in the fridge until you are ready to use them.)


Brown your Sausage in a big frying pan with some Olive Oil over a medium to high flame.  Remove sausage and set aside.  DO NOT CLEAN FRYING PAN.


Add Butter to your frying pan and loosen up all of the brown caramelized gunk sausage fat in the pan.  Slice your Garlic and Onions.  Chop up your Parsley and Basil leaves.  Throw it all in the same frying pan you used to fry the Sausage.  Sautee until transparent.


Add roasted peppers, oregano, salt and pepper.

Stir in some White Wine.  And have yourself a glass or two while you’re at it.  You deserve it.

Cook until everything is tender.


Cut browned Sausages on the diagonal and add to frying pan.

Lower heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Make sure Sausage is fully cooked.

Serve with fresh Italian Semolina Bread!  Enjoy!

P.S. – Yes, you can double this recipe and freeze it if you’d like.  However, It doesn’t matter how much I make…there is NEVER enough left to freeze…LOL!

With friendship,


Sew Gifts for a new Baby Boy – Bibs, Burp Cloths, Blankets, Clothing and More


Sewing for a new girl is so much easier than a boy.  So I figured I’d share some ideas on simple sewing projects to put together a great baby boy gift basket.

Boy Fabrics

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Gone are the days of being limited to bright primary colors and clown prints for boys.  When making gifts for a new baby boy, I choose either a base color of black or brown and then pick fabric prints to coordinate.  Here are some great prints I ordered online at the recent children’s print sale.

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Black Color Base

 CX4867_Charcoal CX4871_Black geeksgonewildpacman geeksgonewildspaceinvaders  CX4061_Black CX4388_Spice MMDC3893_BlackPPKAHERGYEMMCX4061_LagoonMMCX4388_TurqMMCX4305_TurqMMCX4376_Lagoon  MMCX2897_LagoonMMCX2897_Gray MMCX4253_LagoonMMCX3137_LagoonMMCX3755_StoneMMDC4133_LimeMMDC3890_AquaPPMMDC4159_Blackpp MMDC4151_BlackPPMMDC4153_GrayPPMMDC4153_BlackPP MMCX3745_Clementine CX4759_Brown CX4767_Black CX4892_Haze CX4869_Haze gail-c8397-multi  ETK-11005-49

Brown Color Base

AAK-11270-237 AAK-11271-167 ACY-10753-169 ALP-10770-169 MMCX1500_SpaMMCX3295_SkyMMCX2732_AquaAAK-10392-167 RKAMN-9873-193Z RKAMN-9871-193Z  CI2897_Boy KNIT CX4528_Linen  AAK-11271-167 EIP-11018-215CX4529_Linen EIP-11174-167 AIT-11860-169 ALP-11341-192 AKQ-11539-16 AKQ-11547-16

So, let’s start by figuring out what type of items to put in your baby boy basket.  The possibilities are endless—you’re only limited by your fabric stash and your time.  Here’s some ideas:



There are a several different kinds of burp cloths you can make.  I’ve made them all.  However,  this tutorial is by far my favorite.

Bottom Band

Crap I’ve Made Boutique Burp Cloth Tutorial

Fabric Covered

Prudent Baby’s DIY Burp Cloths

Center Band

Chickpea Sewing Studio Burp Cloth Tutorial

Diary of a Quilter Burp Cloth Tutorial

Just Another Hang Up Easy Burp Cloths

Fat Quarter Burp Rags by Diamonds, Fur and Laundry


A while back, I came up with an idea for a better burp cloth.  I drew out the pattern, but never tried it.  I’m lazy like that.  Perhaps you can use it and then patent it.


Oh, and how clever is See Kate Sew’s Bucket O’ Burpees?  Love it!



Bib come in so many different shapes and styles.  There are small teething bibs, large square bibs, and appliqué bibs.  Also there are several ways to fasten bibs—tie strings, snaps, buttons, and Velcro.  Or you can simple make one that slips over the baby’s head with either ribbed knit fabric or enclosed elastic.  When I’m pressed for time, I just embroider cute sayings on purchased blank bibs I pick up at the discount children’s store.


However, when I have to do something for a special occasion (such as a Christening), I take out the silk shantung fabric…even if it’s for a boy…LOL!

Tipnut’s Baby Bib Patterns and Tutorials


Appliquéd Bibs from a Spoonful of Sugar


Lots of Pink Here’s Boutique Style Bib Tutorial


Sew She Sews Bib Tutorial

Zaaberry’s Scrappy Bib

Just Another Hang Up’s Pocket Bib

Catch-All Laminated Bib by Make It and Love It

Bapron (Baby Apron) from Craftiness is Not Optional

Easy Make – Easy Clean Bib from Sew Can Do

Fold n Go Travel Bib from B is for Boy


Three Blankets from Sew4Home

Simply Blanket from Feathered Nest

Monogrammed Baby Blanket with Mitered Corners from Pink Suede Shoe


Crap I’ve Made Appliqué Onesie

Baby Sleep Sack from Running with Scissors

Perfect Diaper Cover from MADE by Rae

Little Gentleman’s Faux Vest Onesie from B is for Boy

DIY Necktie Onesie from Haute Apple Pie

Newborn Overalls from Mad Quilter

Top Knot Baby Hat from Prudent Baby

DIY John John from Growing Home

Reversible John John from Growing Home

Baby Kimono Wrap from Bettsy Kingston


Binky Clip Tutorial from Baby Night Night Boutique

Binky Clip Tutorial from Creations by Kara

Binky Leash from Sew4Home

Pacifier Clip from MADE by Rae

Changing Pad Cover from Prudent Baby

Changing Pad and Wipes Holder from Cluck, Cluck, Sew

Simple Changing Pad from Blissfully Content

Infant Scratch Mittens from Home Sweet Homebodies


Hope this gives you some ideas for the boys!  Now get sewing!

With Friendship,


Sewing a Ruffled Bed Skirt aka Dust Ruffle


I had put off sewing this project for so long, because my Socialite Sister™ wanted to change my Godchild’s bed from a Queen size to a Twin Size.  That never ended up happening and in the meantime, I got distracted.  But it was now time to get cracking on this Queen Ruffled Bed Skirt.

Using this tutorial, I spent hours tackling this project.  Lots of yardage.  OMG.  I have a new respect for my Mom who always sewed Home Decor—everything from King Size circular bed skirts to ornate pillow shams.

If you’re going to make one, I strongly suggest you buy a cheap bed skirt and use the decking (base fabric that sits on the box spring) instead of buying wide width material.  For $13, it was more cost-effective than ordering oversized material online.

Rip off the cheap polyester bed skirt from the decking and serge the decking edges (or sew a zig zag stitch to keep it from fraying).


This one-way print was a nightmare.  I suggest you find an all-over pattern to cover up any mistakes you make.  I had to sew 14 panels together to get the required length for the ruffle panels.  And then I realized the fabric was off grain…UGH!  So I did what every good seamstress would do…I fudged it.  Hopefully, it won’t be noticeable.

The bed skirt requires 3 lengths of fabric:  2 long side panels and the bottom panel.  To help me keep track of which panel was which, I used quilter’s clips—one clip on panel one, 2 clips on panel 2 and 3 clips of panel 3.


Since I don’t have a gathering foot for my sewing machine and I can’t estimate the amount of ruffling needed using my ruffler foot, I opted for my 5 Groove Pintuck foot and did things the old fashioned way.  It’s times like this when a Cording foot would come in handy.


Anyway, the pintuck foot has a groove on both the top and bottom.


I used buttonhole thread (you could use any thick thread), placing the spool on the extra thread stand.


I then passed it through the groove in the front of the foot and pulled it through the back, leaving a long thread tail.


I lined up the top edge of my fabric panel and stitched a wide zig zag over the buttonhole thread.  Make sure you don’t catch the buttonhole thread in your zig zag stitch.


I then divided both my fabric panel and decking into quarters (mark with a water-soluble marking pen).  Match up the quarter marks and pin at each quarter.  Now pull the buttonhole thread at each quarter to gather up the fabric panel to the size of the decking.


Space out your gathers evenly and pin to the decking (right sides together).


I then used my Edge Stitching foot to sew the gathered fabric panel to the decking.


Then I ran it through my serger to give it a professional look.


Oh…and one thing I should mention:  Extend your fabric panels around the side if you have corner bed posts.


Overlap the fabric panels.  This allows the dust ruffle to hang nicely.

Done!  Another UFO crossed off my list!  Next up…two matching pillow shams.  But that will have to wait until next week.  I have a big BBQ this coming weekend!


Happy Sewing!

With friendship,


Deep Fryer Fun


I know…fried foods are bad for you.  But so is sugar, salt and a bunch of other things I love.

Ever since I got my Deep Fryer this year, I’ve been making Fried Shrimp, Fried Chicken, Biscuit Donuts and my favorite, French Fries.

French Fries in the deep fryer beat store-bought frozen French Fries hands down.  And they’re really easy to make.  Serves 4.

French Fries


  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 2 cups Warm Water
  • 3 Russet Potatoes
  • Vegetable Oil for Deep Fryer
  • Salt


In a big bowl, dissolve Sugar in Warm Water.

Peel Potatoes and slice into thin 1/4 inch strips. (Note:  I prefer NOT to peel them…the choice is yours.)

Soak sliced Potatoes in water mixture for 15 minutes.  Drain and dry potato strips. (Hint:  The better you dry the potato strips, the less steam you will have.)

Heat Vegetable Oil to 375 degrees.

Place in Deep Fryer Basket.  Fry for 1 minute.  Remove from oil.  Drain in deep fryer basket.  (This helps retain the moisture in the French Fries.)

Right before you’re ready to serve them, put them back in the Vegetable Oil and fry until golden brown.  Drain on paper towel.

Salt French Fries to taste.  Your family will think you’re the BOMB!


Buttermilk Biscuit Donuts

While I was at it, I also made some Glazed and Jelly Donuts.  These are so simple, yet delicious!  Just get a can of Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits, cut out the center to make a hole and put in the Deep Fryer at 375 degrees.  Fry for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Mix ingredients for your Glaze.  Dip your donuts and serve.

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar (Confectioner’s Sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon Melted Butter
  • 3 teaspoons Milk

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 teaspoons Milk

To make the Jelly Donuts, do the same as above (but don’t cut out the center).  After frying, use the end of a spoon to hollow out the inside.  Use a Ziploc bag with the bottom tip cut off to fill donuts with your favorite fruit preserves or jelly.  You could even fill them with Vanilla or Chocolate Pudding if you want to be fancy.  Sprinkle Sugar on them and serve.

Bust My Stash Photo Challenge


Now since I’ve shared my Deep Fryer recipes with you, the least you could is VOTE for me in the AccuQuilt Contest.  Just scroll down to PAGE 7, and I’m the 4th photo (black metal cabinets).  You can vote once a day!  Thanks!


Diva’s Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation


Every year for the last 17 years, I look at my fugly oak kitchen cabinets (pictured above) and fantasize about calling the cabinet guy to have a new fancy smancy kitchen installed.  And every year, I get sidetracked (as does my budget).

To redo a kitchen here in NYC, I was looking at $35,000 to $45,000…that’s not chump change!  So after searching the web for instructions on how to redo my kitchen cabinets, I came across Rustoleum’s Cabinet Transformations.  I played around with their Virtual Tool to see what would look best in my kitchen.  The kit claims there is NO STRIPPING, NO SANDING, and NO PRIMING!  Sounded too good to be true.


I tried to do my research about this product earlier this year, but all I could find were reviews from bloggers who were given a trip to New Orleans by Rustoleum to try out both the Cabinet and Countertop Transformation kits.  Here are their reviews:

Apartment Therapy

Retro Renovation


It’s a four step process.  First you “degloss” your cabinets.  Then you paint two coats of the primer/base color.  After that you can glaze it (basically brush it on and then wipe it off) to give it a more detailed look.  Finally, you paint on a sealer.  But the best thing about it is it’s a WATER-BASED product!  No fumes, easy clean-up!  So if I totally screwed it up, at least I would be able to clean it up easily.


I headed over to my local Home Depot where the staff knew absolutely nothing about this product.  Great.  So I through caution to the wind and picked up two Light colored kits.  I probably could get away with just one kit, but was not taking any chances of not having enough for finish my kitchen.  A small kit will cost you $80.  They have a large kit, but it wasn’t available at the store.  Had my kits mixed for the Pure White base color (the first color on the chart below).


There are two types of Cabinet Transformation Kits.  You choose either Light or Dark depending on what color you’d like.  Then the nice paint guy at the store mixes your base color.


It’s times like this I wish Mr. Diva was handy.  But no such luck.  However, he has no problem with me hiring help.  So, I paid my housekeeper an extra $20 to scrub the cabinets down first with the Deglosser. You wouldn’t want me ruining my manicure, right?


I then gave my daughter’s boyfriend $40 to remove the kitchen cabinet doors and drawers, tape the walls, and empty most of the contents.

Of course, the Knucklehead broke one of the 20-year-old discontinued European hinges.  But not to worry…I found USA Cabinet Hardware on the web!  I just sent them photos of the hinge and hope they find me a replacement.  Fingers crossed.


Then I gave Marielle’s boyfriend another $40 to put the first coat of Base paint on.  And I soon realized he was no painter.  So I took over.


When painting the cabinet doors, get yourself a few 2” x 4”s.  Put a few nails in them to rest the doors on.  I placed the 2” x 4”s on a large table spacing them to accommodate the doors.  This raises them off the table so you can paint the sides easily.


Be prepared to live in chaos for a while.  But the good thing is you have an excuse not to cook.  Be sure to have lots of food delivery menus on hand…LOL!


2 coats of Base paint/primer?  Nope…I know paint and it definitely was not enough coverage.  Glad I bought that extra kit (even though the online calculator said I wouldn’t need it).


My cabinet frames needed 3 coats and my cabinet doors needed 4 coats of base paint.


Next up was the Glazing process.  This was the easiest for me.  But then again, I’ve glazed so many surfaces over the years that is was second nature to me.


My suggestion is to work in small sections at a time and use as little glaze as possible.  You can always add more glaze if you want it darker.  When Glazing, you need to work quickly as the longer you keep it on, the harder it is to wipe off.


After the Glaze has dried a day or two, you can paint on the Sealer.  I used two coats of Sealer to ensure I got good coverage.



My cabinet knobs and drawer pulls were as ancient as my cabinets.  They were an antique gold cover and worn from use over the last 17 years.  However, I still liked the style of them.  After pricing replacement hardware, it seemed silly not to just paint them!


I love the rusted iron look, so I went with my tried and true method:  Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Primer and Satin Chestnut Brown (#7774).


First, I got a big piece of Styrofoam, covered it with plastic sheeting and stuck the hardware in it (using the screws on the back of the hardware).  I then spray painted them with the Rusty Metal Primer.


Once that dried, I lightly sprayed a little of the Brown Chestnut Satin.  Finally, I sealed them with some clear gloss sealer spray paint.  And there you have it—new kitchen cabinet hardware for under $10!  Genius.

Lastly, I ripped off the old mint green vinyl wall base (aka kick plate, cove base) that no longer matched my decor.  I bought new Chocolate Brown Vinyl Wall Base for a mere $1.67 a piece.  I only needed 6 to redo the base of my cabinets.  To do the job properly, I also purchased the appropriate adhesive and spreader tool.  Total cost for new vinyl wall base…$21.00!  This should be pretty easy.  All you need is a utility knife and a blow dryer (to heat the vinyl so it easily bends).  Still haven’t gotten to this job, but hopefully before the big BBQ.

Even though I need to go pick out the brown granite for my new countertops and some Travertine marble tiles for the backsplash, I thought I’d show you the progress to date…



I absolutely love it!!! (Don’t mind the cabinet door on the bottom left…need to have someone figure out how to attach the tricky replacement hinge.)


Yes, it’s a lot of work for someone lazy like me.  But the results are well worth it.


Mr. Diva loves it—he thinks I’m amazing.  He certainly had his doubts throughout the process…often making snide remarks on how I was destroying “his” kitchen cabinets.


Even my professional painter friends were impressed with my results.


But I think the best compliment came from the kitchen remodeling guy who came to measure for the new countertops and backsplash.  He asked me where I purchased my “custom” kitchen cabinets…adding that they probably cost me some big bucks.


When I told him about the Cabinet Transformations product, he was amazed!  He said that in order to get this type of custom finish, he has to send out the factory “custom” cabinets and his customers can easily spend upwards of $40,000 for a full kitchen.


And then he asked me if I wanted a job doing this for him.  Um, NO.  LOL!


Vintage Lace Lust


When asked, “What would be the one thing you would grab if your house was burning down?”…most people would automatically say, “photographs.”  Not me.  Oh no.  I’ve made it clear to my family they are to take my two drawers of vintage lace and tatting.  Seriously.  (Not to worry, all important photographs are archived off-premises.)

Since I started sewing almost 10 years ago, I’ve amassed a nice “collection” of some of the yummiest lace—needlerun, Alencon, Bucks Point, Valenciennes, Point de Paris, etc. and vintage tatting.  I only use these on special occasions—when making a Christening Dress or something over the top.


But yesterday, I found Marielle checking out my lace stash as I was reorganizing my sewing studio.  She begged me to make her a lace headband to wear out at night.  So, being the wonderful mother I am, I whipped up a quick headband for her.


Simply measure a piece of lace to go around the head minus 5 or so inches.  Fold each end of the lace into a “V” (aka point).  Stitch to secure.  Then all you have to do is add some elastic to it.  Pretty simple, huh?


I’m in the middle of expanding my sewing studio.  I’ve been at it for almost a week now and probably have another 2 weeks or so until it’s useable.  I’ve managed to fold and put away all my fabric and trims.  That alone took 4 days! 

If I ever think about buying more flannel fabric at Joann’s Black Friday 99 cents sale, please smack me upside the head. I just realized I have more than 200 yards.


Yesterday, I moved my big filing cabinets.  Today I’ll be moving my black metal fabric storage cabinets to another area.  Thank goodness for those nifty furniture sliders.

Moving stuff around is not really the problem.  It’s trying to figure out how to supply electric and internet connections to my office area on the other side of the basement where there is none.  Wish me luck…I need it!


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