Archives for April 2009

Quick & Easy Makeovers: The Chair Scarf

Quick & Easy Makeovers: The Chair Scarf

I seem to collect a lot of chairs. Sometimes, during a change of seasons, a move to a new house or when I am trying to get a new look,  I just wish they looked a little different.

Or sometimes they have a little stain (not that mine does…oh, ok, it does) or whatever and I want to cover it up in a hurry.

So, what do I do? I head to Ethan Allen and buy a new one!

No, I don’t. Just kidding. I don’t even head to Pottery Barn or the thrift store. I head to my fabric stash.

Quick & Easy Makeovers: The Chair Scarf

Behold, the chair scarf. Now I know these things probably have a fancy-pants designer name (and I am guessing it is French), but I have just always referred to them by their unscientific not chic or sophisticated name: chair scarf.  A chair scarf is just a long, tw0-sided piece of  fabric sewed up and trimmed. Kind of like a table runner for your chair.

A chair scarf is an easy way to change the look of your chair easily, in a few different ways! One side could be your spring look, the other side could be your winter look!

I’m not using any of these chair scarves in my new house, but I just needed them to be a model for today. I’ve got some new looks planned so I need a new chair scarf.

Quick & Easy Makeovers: The Chair Scarf

Wrap a chair scarf over the seat of the chair and yet again, another look! A chair scarf is special because it looks kind of custom and fancy. And I like to be fancy, in a non-fancy sort of way.

Quick & Easy Makeovers: The Chair Scarf

It is easy, you could make dozens of these, and have endless looks for your chair. And, it will even work if you have a patterned chair — just make your chair scarf a solid or coordinating pattern. It can totally change the look of any chair.

If you want to be super simple and change your look with no sewing, go ahead and just fold up some fabric on the back of your chair!  If you don’t sew (like me) you could glue some trim on or some tassels to fancy it up. You can do similar things with a blanket, throw or quilt.

Quick & Easy Makeovers: The Chair Scarf
Or, use a real scarf! You don’t even have to reinvent the wheel to be fancy.

These are all simple, frugal and easy ways to fix up, mix up or brighten up an old chair in a hurry.

Quick & Easy Makeovers: The Chair Scarf

Quick & Easy Makeovers: The Chair Scarf

Have a great day!

PS. Check out Meredith’s lovely chair scarf!!!

Easter Recipe, Decorating and Traditions

Easter Recipe, Decorating and Traditions

I am way behind on my Easter plans. I can use moving as an excuse, though. I think. But my son and I did work on some Easter eggs today so I’m trying to catch up with the holiday! It made me so happy to see his smile when we sat down to make the eggs. Kids love traditions like that!

Easter Recipe, Decorating and Traditions

Every season on my blog I like to take a look around Williams Sonoma for some holiday inspiration. I usually look a bit earlier than the week of, but oh well. Better late than never. I saw these sweet little straw bunnies and I LOVE them! I would put those in my kids’ Easter baskets if I had more time to get them. I’ll have to pass on them this time since I don’t have a WS near me anymore.

Easter Recipe, Decorating and Traditions

The last couple of years I’ve seen Easter egg TREES. I’m thinking it is cool to leave branches out all year round seasonal decorating. I’ve always had spring twigs, fall twigs and winter twigs that I change out, but some simple white branches work year round. My son would love this, so I think this is a doable project for this week. I don’t have white branches but any branches would do.

Easter Recipe, Decorating and Traditions

Here is another use for all that leftover moss I had from my moss balls…stuffing it under a bell jar filled with twigs, nests, feathers and eggs! I’m going to fix up my apothecary jar with the eggs my son and I just did and the leftover moss.

Tell me, do you put together Easter baskets? What do you put in them? What do you eat for Easter brunch? What are your Easter/Good Friday traditions?

I try to keep my holidays fairly simple so even if life is crazy {as mine tends to be all the time} I can pull off a holiday without undue stress. One way I do that it to use some traditional recipes year after year. I’ll share my Easter Spinach Sausage Brunch casserole recipe with you all. I’ve used this one for probably 20 years. It is always a hit.

Here is our Easter Recipe!

Spinach Sausage Brunch Casserole

1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
1 cup chopped onion
1 lg bell pepper, roasted and chopped (I broil a couple of them them in the oven until the skin turns black, then I steam them in a baggie for about 10 minutes and then remove the skin)
9 oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach thawed and well drained
1 cup flour
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 T. chopped fresh basil
8 eggs
2 cups of milk
4 oz (1 cup) Provolone cheese (shredded or even sliced is fine)

Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
Grease 13 x 9 inch pan.

In large skillet, brown sausage and onions. Remove from skillet; drain on paper towels.
Arrange sausage mixture in greased pan.
Sprinkle half of chopped pepper over sausage mixture; top with spinach.

Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off.
In large bowl, combine flour, Parmesan cheese, salt and basil. In another large bowl, combine eggs and milk; beat until smooth. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; beat until well blended. Pour over spinach.  (you can cover it and put in fridge for 2 hours at this point—in fact, I put it in the fridge over night).

Bake at 425 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until knife in center comes out clean. Sprinkle casserole with remaining red pepper and Provolone cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for additional 1 to 2 minutes until cheese is melted. Let stand about 5 minutes. Cut into squares. Serves 8 to 10.

Easter Recipe, Decorating and Traditions

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