Monday, January 31, 2011

Euro-Trash Style

IT's sort of a sickly, rainy day, so I am doing some bloggin and blog searchin, and look what I found...

Euro-trash style.  This is the home of Lizzie Carney.  She designs for Euro-trash style.  Love it!

Greystone Antiques and Marketplace

Come check out my booth and buy my scarves off of Hwy 280 across from Lee Branch shopping Center at Greystone!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

2011 Scarves...handmade by Brooklyn

My handmade by Brooklyn scarves are each made by hand, one of kind, and made to benefit local charities.  

They can be purchased in Birmingham, AL at Greystone Marketplace or directly by emailing me at

Below are my samples, but I can also custom make them with your chosen colors and styles.  
Orange Alpaca...$33.-

The Velvet Necklace $44.-

 Simone Cowel...$11.- 
 Green Grinch...$22.-

Salt & Pepper Chips...$55.-


Friday, January 28, 2011

What I fed my People last night...

Cabbage Stew
When Hubby returned from Alaska back in August, he brought us back a little inspiration in the form of a children's book called The Giant Cabbage.
Our family now enjoys the tradition of reading the book and then chowing down on some delicious Cabbage stew.

I begin, as I do most all my soups, with an onion and some olive oil in a pan.

While your onions carmelize, chop your potatoes. 

Carmelizing onions
Put the potatoes in with the onions and generously add salt and ground pepper 
Get your stew meat ready
(This is not in the recipe, but my boys won't eat a meal without some meat)

Drop in your meat and add carrots and more salt and pepper

Here's our very own Giant Cabbage
(I use only about half of it)

Here's the Wonderful Alaskan inspiration... 

This is what it looks like.  Then you let it cook down, add some chicken broth and a little water and Eat it up!  YUM!

A new and welcome Change...The Ceiling

Okay, so we have taken over a year off of major house projects, but it's time to begin again.  Mama has been very patient.  :)
I have been dreaming of doing something about these ugly, worn out, nasty popcorn ceilings for 6 years.  And the time is now.  
But, thank to the Frugal Farmhouse idea of giving basic plywood your beadboard plank look, the bedroom project is going to cost only about $100 in supplies (!).  Maybe a little more in physical therapy bills for Hubby's poor neck.
We are right smack in the middle now, but I couldn't wait.  Check out the process:
Hubby and I cut the plywood in to 4'' strips.

Then, of course, I painted them with your basic Valspar Builders-grade high-hiding tinted primer in my favorite white (one super thick coat and 30 minutes drying time), and Daddy and Little Man hung them for me.  

Here's a beginning 'after' photo.  Can't wait for the real reveal.  Stay tuned.  

And here's the sweetest thing about it all...

Gotta love those boys!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What I fed my people last night...

Brooklyn's Chicken Corn Chowder

Get ready for it...

Carmelize onion in your soup pot
Add cut up potatoes, let it live together until the potatoes soften
(it's an all afternoon process)
Add cut up rotisserie chicken, let it live together
Add 2 bags frozen corn, let it live together
Add heavy whipping cream (one big container) Bam! There it is! Let it live together for an hour or however long you have
Thicken with some corn starch. I have no idea how much. Just til it feels right. That's how I do it.
Oh, and you add some dill in there at some point.

There ya go.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Still catching up...

Hi all.  It was a crazy December.  I was undergoing a treatment on my feet that left pretty much sedentary for most off the fall, hence all the knitting and none of the shopping.  However, my brain still worked, and I still had some pretty lofty ideas about what I wanted to get crafted for Christmas.  So, instead of just letting reality be reality, I refused to give up.  So yesterday, January 14, I finally finished my Christmas decorating.  Better late than never.  Here's what went down:

We had more Christmas trees at our house than ever before: 4 downstairs and 3 upstairs = 7 total.  2 lived in the sunroom, and I took those down before I got a picture, but the two in the front of the house were quite pretty in their white and gold.  

You all saw the yarn wreaths I crafted in an earlier post, but these were my yarn trees.  I painted and hot glued the wooden balls on top and wrapped them to match my collection.  I found the Believe star at my favorite flea dive, Hamby Mill, in Jasper, AL.

These ball ornament were a simple, quick fix.  I used my Cricut Machine to cut out vellum dots and stick on clear ball ornaments purchased at Hobby Lobby.

This yarn garland took absolutely forever, but I think was quite worth it.  You can see where I started on it in an earlier post, but here's the finished product.  I wanted it to be mostly white, of course, but added some different plaids and fun sample fabric, even some old cut up shirts of the boys for touches of color.  

Here's the yarn scarf again.  With my trees I crafted from paper and glitter last year, and my silver dot wrapping paper.  It looks pretty cool next to the ball ornaments on the tree.

Finally, I crafted two of these wreaths to match my bedroom from left over coordinating fabric.  I love doing wreaths.  It's not quite as easy as it sounds, but it's basically just wrapping and wrapping and then attaching a bow, and they look great.  

Thanks for checking it out.  Here's to hoping we keep that Christmas spirit all year long.  Cheers!