Are y’all on Pinterest?
It’s the site where “mommy bloggers” share their ideas.
And me? Well, yes, I have to admit that I’m also guilty of occasionally browsing Pinterest for occasional inspiration. (Or…….PIN-spiration as they call it.)
My latest find; These über charming Black Cat Cookies.
They are soft, cake-like, and super easy to make. The best part; you don’t even need a cookie cutter. (Finally found a decent reason to buy those waxy candy corns too.)
Here’s what ya need:
Mix the first 5 ingredients in a mixer on low untill blended. Sift the next 5 ingredients together and slowly add to the wet mixture 1 cup at a time, while continuing to mix on low. Once all the solids are well-combined, remove the dough from the bowl, wrap in wax paper, and chill for about 2 hours.
Roll the chilled dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and arrange on a Silpat covered baking sheet. I baked 6 at a time because I wasn’t sure how much they would spread. Not too much actually.
Use the bottom of a glass to press each ball flat.
You will ‘prolly wanna powder the glass bottom with a little cocoa to keep it from sticking.
Pinch the tops of the flattened dough circles into ears….
…and use a fork to press in whiskers,
’till they look something like this. Easy, right?
Bake – in a preheated 350 degree oven – for exactly 10 minutes.
When they come out of the oven, immediately press the candies into the warm cookies; 2 candy corn eyes and I used an M&M for the nose. (You could also add the candies before baking, but they will melt a little. It’s your choice…works either way)
Let the cookies cool on a baking rack and enjoy.
Like I said,
PUURRRRRfect with a glass of milk.
Do y’all know Andy Tuohy?
Even if his name isn’t familiar, his graphic design work should be….
Here’s my favorite: “Great Modern Artists from A to Z”
Each artist is drawn in their personal style.
Like Frida Kahlo with decorative flowers in her hair and Diego Rivera resting just above her unibrow;
or David Hockney with a lit cigarette and signature glasses emerging from a swimming pool;
How about surrealist Salvador Dali with marching ants and a melted clock;
And linear primary colored Piet Mondrian;
and Roy Lichtenstein (pronounced like Frankenstein) in all his pixelated glory;
I have to be honest,
most some of these other artists were new to me…..and I took an art history class once, 30 years ago…..but it’s occupied my afternoon learning about them.
Check out the rest of Andy’s work on his site.
It’s hard to write about a trip to Key West without some deja vu, after all we’ve been there (and I’ve written about it) several times. Like here, and here. But Key West is the one place where we both can completely unplug.
Shook thing up a little this time and stayed at The Southernmost Beach Resort. Highly recommend.
So without a lot of boring details, here’s a taste of our week on that weird little island…
Now doesn’t that look relaxing?
Now it is, anyway.
Ya know that single bar with a single shelf above it? I guess it was enough for a complete wardrobe during the depression. But now…Well, let’s just say that I’ve been buying/feverishly collecting clothes for about 35 years. (And I still have almost every piece. Let that sink in a bit) So naturally, I need to use every available inch of my closet.
Here’s where we started…
I call this shot…..”4 different flooring options”
This is what the master bedroom looked like before we moved in. That’s my current closet on the right. And there’s that single bar with the above shelf. Also, notice the scalloping detail above the sliding doors? That was the first to go. Also, also, notice the wood floor in the closet stops about 11 1/2 inches from the back wall? W. T. Heck is that about? (Shakes fist in the air at previous Cavender home owner)
Here’s what I was working with last week…
The scallop trim is long gone, yes. But I still need to maximize space and the access to that maximized new space.
I ripped off the doors, track, that sad little bar, the moldings, the newish UN-scalloped trim AND about 20 inches of drywall and 2X4 closet header…..taking the opening almost all the way to the ceiling.
Now to fix the half-assed floors. (Pardon my sailor talk, but, Come On, Seriously?)
I’ve always intended to peel up those 6 vinyl squares and finish installing the wood floor in the back of my closet…..and the other 2 closets in the other 2 bedrooms….That’s a no brainer. Of course, every product the previous owner used to “upgrade” this house is no longer in production (shakes fist at the previous owner’s bad decisions,…. yet again. Did he run out of money? Lose interest? Move? It boggles the mind)
I did find a similar flooring. That’s not really the issue….
For some reason unknown, he installed the hardwood floor AROUND the sliding door hardware. No kidding. Who does that kind of shit? And it looks like he cut it with a knife and fork…… While high.
There was honestly a moment, brief moment mind you, where I thought I might just “fill in” this hole with wood scraps. But my OCD got the better of me (Thank God)……and I just removed all of the offensive flooring and started fresh.
Glad I did too…
Even though the new wood is a slightly different color. Slightly. I think we can all agree that it looks tons better already.
I painted the interior side walls and the ceiling a fresh, crisp white. Ceiling paint actually.
Except for the back wall, because it will be cedar.
I started with cedar shiplap from the Lowe’s. Joanna Gains would be so proud.
Wise choice to repel moths…..
But not cheap. Not cheap like the fencing cedar we used in the garage. But hey, this is my 35 year clothing investment we’re protecting here.
I started at the bottom, and whipped this out in about 200 dollars. I mean, 2 hours.
Way, more, much better already.
And it smells just heavenly.
Now, on to fixturing. Plumbing pipe was a given. After all, I wrote the book about using industrial pipes around the house. DIY Industrial Pipe Furniture & Decor available for purchase now on Amazon. Not sure if I’ve pushed it hard enough this week.
I wanted something like all the dreamy pipe closets I see on Pinterest. Like this one…
I plotted the pipe layout using masking tape on the back wall, making sure there was plenty of room for everything. In fact the top bar will be about 2 inches from the ceiling.
Then, on grease-stained paper, I plotted all the pipe sizes.
I’m not going to sugar coat the rest, because it took me 5 trips to the Home Depot (and 1 trip to Lowe’s) to get the 3/4″ black pipes right. And I’m a pipe expert. Right?
But I think I finally got it down…..And I guarantee the pipe-cutting dude at the H. Depot will be avoiding me for the next couple of months.
The ladder looking part on the bottom will be wood shelves for jeans, sweaters and shorts. I simply used a 24″X48″, 3/4″ thick, sheet of plywood cut into three 24″ X 15″ rectangles that each rest on a cedar cleat I screwed to the back walls. (What are the odds? My neighbor Steve was tossing cedar scraps at the same time I was working on this.)
I notched the sides of my plywood shelves with a jig-saw to wrap snugly around the side pipes.
Not too thrilled with that raw plywood edge facing me, so I covered it in more scrap wood, 1 X 2’s this time.
Because I removed the doors, and don’t want them back…I hung a curtain. Imagine being able to see everything at once. No more choosing which side to dig in by sliding the doors back and forth.
These grey wool panels were a throwaway at work because there is some minor bug damage. Not entirely my style. But “FREE” certainly is…and there one for each big closet. But best of all, they have these groovy 1 1/2″ grommets across the top.
Perfect for threading…y’all guessed it…another pipe; like a 1 inch galvanized from Lowe’s.
I simply had the Lowe’s associate cut it to 58 1/2 ” allowing 1/4″ of flange on each side because my door opening is exactly 59″ wide.
Wanna see the results?
I know, the pic’s a little grainy…but ya’ll get the idea.
A place for everything….
…and everything in its place.
It might look a little tight…but this was all about maximizing every possible square inch.
And I’m pretty sure I did just that.
Best of all. I LOVE it!
Now on to tackle the other 3 closets in this house.
One of my absolute favorite pictures right here.
And trust me, I have a lot of absolute favorite pictures.
But there aren’t many that convey the sheer joy that this one does.
The Beatles, having just heard that they had reached number 1 on the American charts, celebrate in a Paris hotel room with a pillow fight…..and photographer Harry Benson just happened to be there to document it.
I didn’t know much more about Harry, or his unbelievable ability to be there (the right place at just the right time) with camera in hand, until I stumbled on his documentary; Shoot First.
Harry had intimate access to not only the Beatles,
But also a young Muhammad Ali,
Truman Capote’s black and white ball,
and the Bouvier Beales of East Hampton,
He was at the Ambassador Hotel the night Bobby Kennedy was shot,
And was one of the few photographers allowed to photograph Bobby Fisher,
Or Dolly Parton……becoming Dolly Parton,
At 87, Mr Benson has never slowed down. Nor does he have any plans to.