Share Your Style Link Party #50

Hi everyone and welcome back to another Share Your Style Link Party. This one is number 50 and I am your host this week Barbara from 21 Rosemary Lane.

Over the past few weeks I shared with you all some of
the updates going on in our Kitchen. 

First there was the makeover of a ReStore hutch I purchased last spring. Right before the holidays I painted her black and then for the winter she was dressed in classic black and white.

Another ReStore Score was this simple iron chandy I picked up for only $15. Had to keep my fingers crossed the hard wire was still working. 

And finally for just under $10 I found these wonderfully worn Farmhouse style items at various thrift shops.

Now let's get on to this week's features!

The first link which caught my eye is from Pat over at the blog French Country Style From the Foot of the RockiesShe found this wonderful primitive table that simply stole her breath away. I can see why as I just love its worn features.

The next link I am featuring had me a the first picture. Kristen from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia shared her newly remodeled kitchen. It was a process almost two years in the making, but I think it was totally worth the wait! 

Another kitchen redo I loved was actually a kitchen cabinet and island makeover. Chelsea from Two Twenty One reused her existing old oak cabinets and transformed them into a true thing of beauty! (Psst that is a bookshelf added to the end of the island!)

And talk about transformations, I couldn't get over this one from Julie over at The Little Farmstead who was brave enough to paint...yes paint her piano! I have a piano I've been seriously thinking about painting and I think Julie has finally given me the courage to do so!!!

Angelina from the blog Peonies and Orange Blossoms shared her thoughts on a Barbour Bednell coat she received for Christmas. After reading her review of this beautiful outerwear I so want one of these fabulously designed coats.

And rounding out this week's picks are these super yummy looking Strawberry Jam Cupcakes from Bunny over at Bunny's Warm Oven.

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Thrifty Farmhouse Finds (For Under $10)

Hi everyone and happy Monday! How did any of you who had to deal with storm Jonas make out? I hope OK. We were fine despite the almost 30 inches of snow we had dumped on us. No power outages and by Sunday afternoon the main roads, for the most part, were dry and clear.

Over the weekend I shared with you a thrift store chandy I picked up last week at ReStore. She was only $15 and I just love the way she sparkles in my kitchen.

But what I didn't share with you were the other thrifty items I found while doing a little shopping with my sister Kim. You see it was her...ah...well big birthday last Tuesday and what she loves to do is thrift shop, so we were on a mission to seek out new places and to do just that! The first place we hit was 
located on Routes 202 and 263 in Buckingham Pa. This shop is absolutely adorable and is filled to the brim with tons of goodies. What I found there was a beautiful tableware service for 7. 

I fell in love with the pretty rose pattern, it is so different than anything else I own and the set was only $6! (They even threw is a cute basket for me to carry my new treasure home.)

Later in the week we stopped at the Holy Redeemer Thrift Store in Hatboro Pa. Neither of us had ever been there before so we had lots of fun milling around and checking out all of their goodies. I picked up this pretty teapot for a whopping $2. It is going on the shelf above the back slider going out to the screened-in porch.

Then on my way to the check out at ReStore to buy my pretty chandy, I picked up this rather weathered white and black enamel pot for one dollar.

I think the pot rounded out this week's Farmhouse inspired collection quite well.

So my total for all three items came out to just $9.  Needless to say I was a squealing!! How about you...have done any thrifting yet this year?

Stay warm and wishing you a great week!

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Baby it is Snowing Outside but My New Chandy is Hanging Inside

It has been cold and snowing here all of today so no one is going anywhere. I have been listening to the dismal weather reports as the meteorologist warnings to stay indoors couldn't be more serious. The reports are that this storm may well top the two big storms of 1993 and '96, and there has been complete radio silence with regard to snow totals in New York City since about one o'clock this afternoon. As of right now there is probably somewhere in the area of 2 feet on the ground, and it is still coming down! We are all cozied up indoors with a huge crockpot full of  my spicy chili all ready to go for tonight's meal.

Earlier today Mr. Rosemary Lane was kind enough (after a lot of begging and pleading on my part) to hang my new kitchen chandelier I scored this past Thursday at ReStore  for only $15. 

I had to keep my fingers crossed she was going to work as they don't test electrical items which are hard wired at ReStore. But she worked and I was thrilled!

You may remember the chandelier I had here before...

And while I do still like the old fixture it felt a little too clunky for the kitchen's new farmhouse vibe.

As for the conditions outside, the snow is suppose to end here sometime before midnight and tomorrow is going to be sunny and 34 degrees! Perfect for a full day of sledding for Mr. RL and the kiddos. As for me, I think I may begin to repaint my kitchen chairs and possibly, if the roads permit, try to hit a fabric store or two in search of new some material to cover my kitchen chair seats.

Wishing you all a safe, warm and wonderful rest of your weekend!


Share Your Style Link Party #49

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the 49th Share Your Style party!  I'm Kelly with The Essence of Home and will be your host this week.  

I'm always amazed at all the talent out there that I'm lucky enough to share on this blog each week.  I  selected a few that stood out to me from last weeks party.

Bloom Designs shared how to give your friends decorated donuts for Valentines Day.  I love how sweet these look with the pretty packaging.  

A Cultivated Nest shared a recipe for slow cooker tomato basil parmesan soup.  It looks so good and since I just got a new crock pot, I will likely try this out!

Designthusiasm shared this incredible closet makeover!  It was once a walk in storage closet, but was transformed into a beautiful butlers pantry.  I can't get over the before and after!  

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Kitchen Hutch in Her Winter Glory

Old man winter finally arrived and has been keeping us pretty dang cold up here in the northeast corridor. Temps for the week are predicted to be in the teens to low twenties at night, and maybe just getting up into the low to mid 30's during the day. We currently have about an 1/2 an inch of snow on the ground with a little more on tap for the rest of this week. With that being said it is certainly time to get cozy inside and settle into the winter. 

As you may remember, our kitchen now has a big beautiful hutch which I had painted black just before the holidays. She was a Restore score last spring for only $40. 

Here is her "Before" shot...

I had filled her with lots of white ironstone and pretty pops of red and green for the Christmas season. But now it is time to edit out the bright colors and give her a much less vibrant more serene look for winter.

I decided to switch out some of the plain white dishes with my black and white rooster dishes to create more visual interest.

The berry filled Christmas wreaths which hung from the black and white checked ribbon were replaced with simple winter green wreaths.

My pretty measuring spoons purchased in New Orleans a couple years ago remain hanging from the chicken wire door. (I think it is the perfect spot to display them)

A few items are added to the top of the hutch to give her a little more height.

Then the other day while in my local grocery store I was excited to find tulips in the floral section. Tulips are my absolute favorite flower and I just couldn't resist buying a bunch! They add a pretty touch of color to the kitchen island.

 So all in all I am absolutely thrilled with how my lovely hutch looks against the long wall in our kitchen. She has added tons of warmth and farmhouse charm to this rather large space. And moving some of my favorite seasonal things around her beautiful shelves has been a lot of fun as well. Ahhh to me she is a true stunner!

How about you? Have you done any post Christmas "Winter" decorating yet?

Wishing you a happy and warm week!
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Fabulous Shrimp & Pasta Toss

Ever try making a new dish using nothing but leftovers? Well this pasta dish came about a few years ago when I was stuck with what to make for dinner. Rummaging through my frig and freezer I came up with fresh garlic, cherry tomatoes, some frozen shrimp and a container of leftover spaghetti from a previous night's meal. So I began putting these ingredients together with a can of cannellini beans from my pantry. Then I finished off the dish with some fresh parsley I happened to have on hand, and this pasta entree was born. The dish can also be served as a lovely appetizer!

The Ingredients:

3-4 T. extra virgin olive oil 
2 large cloves of garlic minced 
3-4 whole ripe tomatoes or cherry tomatoes diced (can also use canned diced tomatoes) 
Small white beans, I used about a cup 
1/4 cup fresh parsley plus some for garnish (fresh basil will work well too) 
10-15 large white shrimp shelled and deveined (you can also cut them in half if serving as an appetizer) 
Leftover or freshly cooked spaghetti about 3 cups (whole wheat works fine...that us what I typically use) 
Shredded Parmesan cheese, about 1/4 cup
Some crushed red pepper to your liking (optional) 
Fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt to season

Heat olive oil in medium sized pan and add the garlic, let simmer on low to medium heat just until garlic is soft and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, parsley and beans and saute for another two minutes. Add the cooked spaghetti and heat then toss in the shrimp and heat through until they turn light pink. Remove from heat and season the crushed red pepper, black pepper and sea salt. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Makes 4 healthy entree servings. 

This is wonderful served with crusty bread and a glass of Pinot Grigio.

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Share Your Style Link Party #48

Welcome to the 48th "Share Your Style" party.  It's always a pleasure to be your hostess for the party.  My blog is The Vintage Nest and my name is Lynn.  So far, for me, January has come roaring in.  Since the New Year, I have opened a second retail spot, started some renovations in the our kitchen and booked a trip to Austin, Texas, Warrenton for Antique Weekend and Magnolia Market.  Plus my up-cycled vintage plaid and flannel Boho shirts have been selling like hot cakes and I have been "sew" busy at the sewing machine.  :) Oh.....and one more thing.....I have a feature in Women's World magazine this month showing a tutorial on sachet Valentine's....pretty exciting stuff. 

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Simply Vintageous cracked me up with her blog post on her newly decorated front door.  And I would so love to do this.

After a warmer than usual December here, colder weather has finally settled in and that means comfort food.  Cincy Shopper shares her slow cooker meatballs.....an easy recipe and perfect for supper and that Super Bowl party coming up.

January is all about white sales, organizing and cleaning
 and maybe adding something new to your home after all the holiday decor comes down.  And our friend, Bobbie, of the blog AVision to Remember , shares with us many ways to use plain ol' white vinegar in cleaning our homes.  So good for the environment.

And on a decor note, Cheryl, of Ruffles and Rifles, transformed a worn out old coffee table with sexy legs, into a gorgeous tufted ottoman.  This piece is perfectly fabulous......don't you think?  


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