Wednesday, November 23, 2011

In The Oven....Simple Mango Bread Recipe For You

A simple post today with an updated version of my Mango Bread recipe that works so well for Thanksgiving or to wrap up with foil and ribbon to bring as a gift. Sorry that I have no photos, as it's currently in the oven baking and smells wonderful in my home....
My Mango Bread
Dry ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups white sugar
Wet ingredients:
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups mangos, peeled and chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup golden raisins
1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Beat eggs with oil and add to the dry ingredients. Add mangos, lemon and raisins and stir.
2. Pour into 2 greased (Pam spray) 8 x 4 loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hr or until toothpick comes out clean. Tastes best if refrigerated and eaten the next day when moist.
Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends....

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Faux Mercury Glass Tutorial And Giveaway Winner

In an earlier post a few weeks ago I explained my simple method of making mirrors look aged and giving them some patina, and today I am sharing a project that is sort of the opposite! What do I mean by that? Here you will be adding a painted finish rather than removing finish as on the mirror project. 

We have a boatload of old windows around here....not really a boatload, but enough to play around with some for various projects and looks. Lovin' the look of aged mercury glass, especially at holiday time...and am inspired to decorate in a French Nordic Jeanne d'Arc Living theme this year. I plan on putting a few nails in wood mullions of the finished "mercury glass window" and hanging some things on. Will show that, along with the finished room in another post.

This is a very easy method and can be used on any glass surface that you would like to have the old mercury look....vases, bowls, candleholders. Just be sure to work on the reverse side, as this is a mirror effect.

Very'll need just:
A can of Krylon's Looking Glass Spray Paint
Black acrylic craft paint
Sponge pieces
Flat cotton puffs (like you use for your make up removal)
Paper Towels
Gold and/silver acrylic craft paint
Spray bottle with mixture of 1/2 white vinegar to 1/2 water
Spray sealer
Apply the Krylon Looking Glass Paint in four to five even coats of spray to the BACK SIDE of the window (or inside of your vessel). Work outside if's stinky and messy! Allow to dry just for a minute or so in between thin coats of dries quickly!
Take your sponge and rub off areas of the paint where you want the piece of glass to look distressed. You should work quickly, as the Looking Glass Paint dries quickly and it's easier to remove portions when not fully dry.
Dab cotton puff into black acrylic craft paint and start sponging on the areas where paint was removed. Remember to look at the front side of your window or vase to see how it's going to look! I have also used gold and silver craft paint in the past to achieve a more mottled look of colors behind the this is an option if you want to try. You can use a spray mister mixed with equal parts of white vinegar to water....spray on the back and let dry. This will produce little droplets, if you like that look.

Once dry you should spray the side that you painted on with a clear sealer to protect it. you LOVE it?

The winner of the NOVICA Gift Card for $50 was just drawn by and is Bumblebeelane: Please email me and I'll send you the code to use on your prize.....

Thursday, November 10, 2011

$50 Giftcard Giveaway.....NOVICA

I have a GIVEAWAY for you today that is good don't be shy and leave a comment for a chance to win....

About a year ago I was asked to do a giveaway for a company called NOVICA and they contacted me to see if I was interested in participating again.  NOVICA, works in association with NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC to to give talented artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market, where otherwise they would not.

The winner will receive a $50 gift card to NOVICA that is good for anything on their website. This could really come in handy right now, since it's holiday gift shopping time and they offer a wide variety of items. They have lots of accessories for women and for men as well as home please take a look at their website. 

NOVICA has also started a HOME PARTY Division called NOVICA LIVE. If you want to make a little extra cash you can check into being a host, while helping the artistans as well. You can find the HOME PARTY division by clicking HERE. Remember....these are artist created items and not mass produced like many of the other home parties out there these days!

How to win?.....Choose one or all four below for extra entries:

1. Visit NOVICA.  then come back here and leave a comment and tell me what you would choose with your $50 NOVICA Gift Card
2. Join my Blog and leave another comment to let me know
3. Follow the Shabbyfufu Facebook FAN is on the sidebar. Come back and let me know
4. Post a Tweet to Twitter and let me know the URL

Winner will be drawn at random soon.....

Please note that I was compensated for this post and have ordered this lovely set of hand blown glasses:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

In The Mood.....

This seems to be the time of year that the custom orders waiting for me to create are the busiest! As an artist it's all about loving what I do and bringing other's visions to life for them. 

I finished this piece for a long time customer yesterday. It was based on what she explained to me she had in mind for a specific room in her new home, centered around a bridal theme.......
I have a custom order started for one of these. This photo is from several years ago... before they were all over the place on the internet, now I only make by order.....
All of this is getting me in the mood to decorate for the holiday about you?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November Shop Goods And Trips

I'm excited at the possibilities that November brings...slightly cooler weather here in Florida and with the cooling off here several buying trips planned to meet up with some of my favorite dealers headed south for the winter!

I've been posting some new shop goods at SHABBYFUFU and have more to come. Here are a few images that I just shot of some vintage pieces.....and then I need to get back at it. Enjoy your day.....and please come visit the shop at SHABBYFUFU, which if my math is correct is about to enter it's 14th year!!!