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Farmhouse style wreath easel

Hey friends! Today, I am sharing my farmhouse style wreath easel DIY.

Home decor doesn’t have to be expensive or what everyone has from a big box store. I love simple sweet decorating around the house. This farmhouse style craft is something I really enjoyed putting together. I am drawn to neutral decor. So, this means white, wood, black, and pops of green are what I enjoy the most. The pops of greenery around the house really make the house come alive, even if it is fake greenery.

DIY farmhouse style wreath easel

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Supplies you need for your farmhouse style wreath easel project:

DIY farmhouse style wreath easel

 

Tutorial for creating this farmhouse style wreath easel:

  • Cut a scrap piece of wood to fit within the back of the laser cut frame.
  • Glue it down.

 

farmhouse style wreath easel

  • Once previous two pieces are dry, glue to the chalkboard easel. This will give the piece some depth.
  • Stain all wood. I used Minwax golden oak. I used a Q-tip to stain the smaller sections of the easel.

 

farmhouse style wreath easel

  • Using E6000 again, attach one of the curio knobs to the wood plaque. This will need to set for several hours. Be sure to follow the directions on the tube for best results. I love this stuff. It is my go to adhesive any time I need to make sure there is a good adhesion for a long term bond. Again, love this stuff.

 

farmhouse style wreath easel

There you are.  All done.  Attach some ribbon to your mini wreath (tutorial coming) and hang.

You have created a simple, inexpensive wreath easel.

One of the best parts of this project is that this farmhouse style wreath easel can be used year long just by changing out the wreaths.

Such a sweet little farmhouse style DIY.

 

farmhouse style wreath easel DIY

 

farmhouse style seasonal wreath easel

 

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farmhouse style wreath easel

 

Other farmhouse style crafts you may enjoy:

How to make mason jar pedestal vases

 

ARE YOU A LOVER OF BURLAP? This is an amazing project! Combine burlap, lace, and a white tablecloth to create this unique rustic and feminine wreath for your home decor. Project via dandelionpatina.com

 

Enjoy your day,

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Fresh Peach Berry Cobbler

Hey friends! Today I am sharing our recipe for fresh peach berry cobbler.

Our family made this and the cobbler was gone in an hour. It. Was. That. Good.

peach berry cobbler recipe

I was so delighted that this recipe went over like hot cakes with the family. I really don’t even think my husband got to have his own dish because the girls went crazy for it. And, yes…I do feed them on a regular basis.

The recipe is pretty simple to make which is what I am all about when it comes to baking and cooking. Simple and easy.

This cobbler is full of fresh peaches and blueberries. The blueberries were frozen from when we went blueberry picking. That was a fun family event.

Peach berry cobbler recipe

We have had amazing luck this season with our peach selection. They have been so sweet and juicy.

I always add some lemon juice over the top of my sliced peaches to keep them from browning.

If you were wondering what kitchen gadgets I used to make this cobbler, let me give you the list. Because I just can’t go without these items in the kitchen.

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recipe for this melt in your mouth peach berry cobbler:

Fresh Peach Berry Cobbler by Dandelion Patina

Fresh Peach Berry Cobbler by Dandelion Patina

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • dash of vanilla
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted to sprinkle over batter
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan, combine sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, and water.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick.
  3. Remove from heat
  4. Add the lemon juice, peach slices and blueberries along with a dash of vanilla.
  5. Turn the peach mixture into a greased 2 quart glass baking dish.
  6. Topping:
  7. Mix sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  8. Beat in milk and butter until smooth.
  9. Spoon the topping over fruit mixture. This will rise and spread as it bakes.
  10. Mix sugar and nutmeg
  11. Sprinkle over entire cobbler.
  12. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and serve in small dishes with a scoop of ice cream.
  14. Makes 6-8 servings.
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This peach berry cobbler recipe will melt in your mouth

This peach berry cobbler recipe is the perfect weekend dish for those cooler mornings. The house smelled heavenly. Plus, the kids can easily participate in the prep and baking process.

easy peach berry cobbler recipe

Doesn’t it look delicious? All that crispy sugar coating on the outside with the warm sweetness of the berries on the inside. Then, top off your bowl with vanilla ice cream and you have a winning dessert for the entire family!

peach berry cobbler with ice cream

 

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Other recipes you may want to try that I love:

Garden fresh bruschetta with basil and cilantro

 

super soup recipes

 

Enjoy,

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Simple Raised Garden Farmhouse Style

Ready to get those hands dirty once you learn how to create our farmhouse style simple raised garden in your backyard?

 

How to create a simple farmhouse raised bed garden

It has been over 6 years since we have had a garden. And, we procrastinated and procrastinated. We knew the labor would be intensive on the front end to dig up all the sod. So, we knew we would be working on this project with a step-by-step approach in mind.

Simple Raised Garden-Last fall:

My husband measured out the area where we wanted our simple raised garden beds in the backyard. He then killed the grass.

Simple Raised Garden-Early spring:

In early spring we  he started digging out all the dead grass and plant material. We also had quite a bit of black dirt left over in this area. So, we needed to mound it up to later be used to fill the galvanized planters for our simple raised garden beds.

Here is a reality shot of the hard work and muscle it takes to get the land ready for this simple raised bed garden idea of mine. A bit of sweat equity on the front end and low maintenance for the rest of the growing season. Rest assured, I am not quite sure I had the hubs convinced at that moment. He is quite happy with my vision at the current date though.

creating a raised bed garden

This whole process took FOREVER, it seemed. Mostly, because life gets in the way. The house does need to be cleaned every now and again. Right? The girls had to have their special pet turtles Fe Fe and Foo Foo supervise the project, as you see below. They were supervising for a long time.

creating our raised bed garden area

Simple Raised Garden-Mid Spring Progress:

  • Once the debris and dead plant material was removed we began to pile up the dirt.
  • Weed fabric was placed throughout the square area of the garden.
  • The 48″ galvanized fire pit rings were put into place.
  • Crushed granite was spread throughout the walking space.
  • Weed fabric was placed inside of the rings and filled with soil.

how to create raised garden beds with galvanized fire pit rings

It was finally planting time! Yahoo!

 

farmhouse style garden beds created with galvanized fire pit rings

And, as you can see the simple raised garden beds are doing their job! They are producing like crazy this summer and they are pretty much maintenance free.

raised bed garden

Why the hubs needs so many hot peppers is beyond me. But, I was not going to argue with the muscle of the operation. I am so pleased that this phase is completed. This fall we will be adding a fence around the garden perimeter so that those little bunnies can’t chew off my carrot tops any longer!

What do you think? Would you give this a go in your backyard?

Have a lovely day,

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Vintage sign finds a new home

Hey friends! Today I am going to share my latest find: an antique mall vintage sign.  I was so lucky to have found it. The shop owner was ready to part with it and I was ready to purchase this amazing piece. It was fate in the making.

vintage antique mall sign and preserving finish

 

What’s new?

Lately, I have been doing some major decluttering and figuring out what I really love. After all, a home should be filled with pieces that you truly love and represent you, right? I have also been working towards a simple style of decorating. So, much of what I have in my home I like, but I do not truly love. And, when you have decor that you just like, you tend to never be content with those pieces. I find myself shuffling them around throughout the week wondering where the best spot is for them. Unfortunately, the frustration sets in and many pieces end up on shelves in the basement waiting. Waiting for what?

I know this can be part of the decorating process, but I feel if I would simplify with pieces that I truly love, decorating would be a much pleasant experience. The house would be represented as a home rather than a building full of stuff. Do any of you feel that way? Do you feel stuck with the pieces you have?

So, within each room I have been emptying it out, mostly. Then, making decisions on whether I like it or love it. Kinda like the HGTV show, Love It or List It, but with decorating pieces instead of homes.

antique sign with tons of vintage charm

This antique mall vintage sign stopped me dead in my tracks when I found it. I love typography, especially the freehand text. This vintage sign had so much character from the tilt and sway of each letter to the chippy background. I also like that little bit of history to it as well. The vintage sign tells a story. I love having pieces in my home that have a story to tell.

chippy vintage antique signTips on preserving the vintage sign finish:

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  • I have enough experience with chippy pieces to know that they need to be sealed before using in the home. I love using this sealer for keeping the chippy paint look without the hassle of flaking. This sealer also does an excellent job of sealing in any odor that could have formed with age. To apply, I use my favorite paint brush and just give it a few even coats.

 

  • I also want to keep this vintage sign out of the sun as much as possible to prevent fading. The sealer will protect it as well.

 

antique mall vintage sign

 

So, here is my vintage sign on my makeshift shelf that the hubby created out of old posts and some boards. I will be editing more pieces out of this room, adding a rug, and eventually purchasing two white IKEA slipcovered loveseats to make the room feel a bit more cozy and bright. I think it is the perfect spot for it don’t you? White, wood, and vintage finds are some of my favorite things these days! I was lucky enough to find those chunky wood candle holders awhile back. Recently, I found another that I absolutely love! I will be adding it to my collection.

And, I know that vintage signs like this can be difficult to find! Which is why I found a few signs that I thought had that handcrafted look and feel.

I think you will be excited to check these out!

Which is your favorite?

 

Here are a few other home decorating tips I have shared:

Are you stuck trying to figure out how to style your shelves? These simple tips will have you styling your shelves like a pro!

 

Create your own Potterybarn inspired decorative string of beads in just a few easy steps. By using this do-it-yourself method you can customize the string of beads to fit your personal decor for a fraction of the cost.

 

Be sure to follow me over on Instagram where I share more photos of our home and my vintage finds!

 

Have a wonderful day,

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Garden Fresh Bruschetta

Who doesn’t like garden fresh? Garden fresh bruschetta is a summer time staple in our home. This is the first year we have had a garden in 6 years! Let me repeat that… 6 years. So, I am just giddy about walking out the back door of our home and picking what I need for this delicious summer time favorite!

And did I mention it is simple and easy?

garden fresh bruschetta with basil and cilantro

Our garden has done fabulous this season! I am quite surprised because we tried a different kind of raised bed.  I’m just love having fresh vegetables on hand. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love going down to the farmers market and strolling through the vendor tents. It is such a relaxing, simple way to start a weekend.

But, when I can enjoy a good cup of coffee while strolling through my garden in the morning sunlight. It doesn’t get better than that! Nothing beats growing your own veggies. Well, maybe a bit of retail therapy, but that is a whole other post.

Garden fresh bruschetta

I picked up an oven fresh garlic artisan loaf from the grocery store for my bruschetta. It smells amazing with big chunks of garlic. Yum! It is a challenge at times finding good bread in the grocery store. Luckily, there is also a specialty bakery that vendors at the farmers market on the weekends. I lucked out checking the grocery store at the last minute.

Doesn’t it look delicious? All that golden crusty goodness on the outside and softness on this inside.

fresh baked artisan garlic loaf bruschetta

 

Garden fresh bruschetta

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And now, let’s get started with this easy peasy garden fresh recipe for bruschetta! Do I have you drooling yet?

Recipe:

Garden Fresh Bruschetta-Dandelion Patina

Garden Fresh Bruschetta-Dandelion Patina

Ingredients

  • Artisan garlic loaf or other specialty bread
  • Small Onion
  • Small bunch of Basil
  • Small bunch of Cilantro
  • Garden Fresh Tomatoes
  • Block of Parmesan Cheese
  • EVOO
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. Dice tomatoes
  2. Dice onion
  3. Chop basil
  4. Chop cilantro
  5. Mix fresh garden ingredients in a mixing bowl to taste with EVOO
  6. Cut and toast bread
  7. Place bruschetta mixture on toasted bread
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  9. Grate cheese over the top
  10. Enjoy!
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Garden fresh bruschetta

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Garden fresh bruschetta with basil and cilantro

Oh, and I also shared a few pictures of the garden over on Instagram. Be sure to check it out!

Enjoy,

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