Weekend kitchen goals

By | October 5, 2012

This weekend I am planning on baking sone sweets for Grandma Bev and Grandpa Bill. I have three recipes I found on Pinterest. If all goes well I will post after pictures.

Flourless Oatmeal Cookies


Amish Caramel


Brownies from Scratch


My new rug, rearranged hobnail, and Halloween

By | October 5, 2012

I already started with Halloween decorations. I imagine I will add to what I have put up since October just started. I rearranged some of my dishes to coordinate with my rug and Halloween decorations.





My new black and white chevron rug from Overstock.


A “Pinny” weekend, inspirations from Pinterest

By | September 22, 2012

This weekend I plan on doing things that I found on Pinterest. I just organized the cleaning products I had under my sink. I am sharing honest before pictures, they are gross so beware but I am far from perfect and I want this blog to represent my real life.



Here is where I found the inspiration. http://pinterest.com/pin/185843922094251620/

Estate Sale: I found flow blue

By | September 9, 2012

I went to a local estate sale this weekend and came across a small lonely flow blue plate.

I am not sure of the pattern but the price was pretty steep. Normally estate sales mark down prices by 50% on Sundays. This sale did not do it. I probably would have paid $15 for it but not more. Grandma Bev has a lot of pieces already so I am looking for more unique pieces. I wonder if anyone bought the plate or if I might end up seeing it in a local thrift store.

Future Project: DIY cake stand and cookie stands

By | September 9, 2012

This weekend I hung around the house and continued working on painting the buffet. I am having some problems with it but I am trying not to give up.

Through random browsing I came across a really cute project that I am planning on trying. This one seems simple, quick, and inexpensive. I am going to try and make a cookie stand. My inspiration came mainly from here.

Here are some inspirations:


This afternoon I went down the road to pick up a newspaper because I am attempting to coupon again. I could not help checking out the Goodwill that is in the same parking lot of the newspaper stand. I think I experienced DIY destiny because I found two of the three pieces I will need.



I posted the prices I paid because I normally end up spending more than the prices I see other people spend on their projects so I decided to start documenting what I pay for things.

What’s on Craigslist today?

By | August 28, 2012

I love shopping at estate sales but craigslist is always an interesting place to search for dishes. Sometimes you can find great deals and other times you come across people trying to pull a fast one.

Here is what I found today:

I searched “flow blue” and found this expensive platter. It seems overpriced but that is just my guess. I have not tried to identify the manufacturer so I am not sure what the going rate is. Does anyone recognize this piece?


I also search for “milk glass” and found this white hobnail pitcher. The price seems reasonable to me. I have a similar pitcher in blue.


This weekend: baking, foreign exchange student potluck, estate sales, buffet project, and the fabric store

By | August 27, 2012


This weekend we were invited to a welcome potluck for the foreign exchange student program. My daughter has been begging us to host a German girl so I have been communicating with some people at AFS. They kindly invited us to their welcome potluck. It was a lot of fun. I am hoping that we can work out hosting a student next year.

I made a quick dessert tray to bring to the potluck. I made candy coated strawberries, pretzels and chocolate chip cookies. I highly recommend keeping a package or two of Candiquick  in the house so you can make quick and easy treats on short notice.

The Welcome sign did not make it to the potluck

This weekend I got pretty lucky at some local estate sales. I went on Sunday which is a gamble, usually everything is marked down half price but the selection is limited. This weekend I got:

A set of six monogrammed glasses for only $2.50! They are in perfect condition, no chips, scratches, or any visible signs of being used. I have a feeling that they were never used because they were in the garage and all dusty, not in the kitchen with the rest of the dishes and miscellaneous kitchen items. I had to think a bit about buying second hand drinking glasses. I have my limits with what I will buy secondhand, furniture, tools, art…yes; underwear, pillows, no way. I came to the conclusion that I was comfortable buying these glasses for two reasons, they appeared unused and even if they were slightly used I am sure they were used way less that any of the glasses I have drank of at restaurants.

Hooray for cheap monogrammed drinking glasses!

A hardcover German edition of The Little Prince Der Kleine Prinz” for $1.00. My daughter loves Germany and has taught herself a lot of German. She also loves the English edition of this book so the purchase was a no-brainer.

I love finding unique books at estate sales.

Vintage British airways playing cards for $1.00. My daughter collects playing cards. I am guessing she has around 100 decks. This deck caught my eye because of the design and the fact that they are about 1/3 the size of a traditional deck of cards.

I wish airlines still gave these out.

1:72 Scale Grumman Gosling Model for $2.00. I bought this for my husband because he loves anything that flies. The model came sealed in the packaging, it looked old, and it looked like something that would make him smile.

Grumman Goslind scale model

It is rare that I find something at an estate sale that my husband likes.

Porter-Cable ¼ sheet sander for $5.00!!! I saved the best for last. The back story on this is that I had been wanting an electric sander for a few years now but I have been too cheap to buy one. A few weeks ago I bought a cabinet and decided to refinish it which requires The Incredible Hulk’s arms to sand it by hand or the use of an electric sander. I checked out reviews online and compared them to what was at my local Home Depot. I wanted to stay in the $30 range and I ended up getting a Black & Decker Mouse Detail Sander. It works ok but the sand paper is more expansive than regular sheets and it is not the quarter sheet sander that I had originally wanted. Now back to my Porter-Cable, I was in the garage at an estate sale and found this sander. I am not 100% sure but I have a feeling that I made a huge smile with excitement. I took the sander, found an outlet and plugged it in. I was sure for $5.00 it would not work be in working order but I was wrong which almost never happens.  I quickly bought the sander and went home to put it to use which brings me to my next weekend activity…

Porter-Cable 1/4 sheet sander

This sander stole my heart.

The $25 Craigslist buffet refinishing project. I come across so many cool people with their cool blogs about their cool crafts and projects and I end up getting inspired and motivated. See some examples herehere,and here. Then reality sets in and I end up with a messy, half done, ugly project. Recently I had seen some pictures of some cool cabinets painted in bold colors and the instuctions I read made the project seems pretty manageable. I found my cabinet on Craigslist in a day or two, it was only $25 and exactly what I was looking for.


I bought the supplies and got busy. At first it seemed like things were going smoothly then I realized that my cabinet looked like poop. The paint was a mess, I was too lazy to tape and I also had a lot of ugly drips. I wanted to cry and throw it away or abandon it in the incomplete project graveyard aka my garage. Then I got the idea that I wanted to buy paint thinner, removing all of the paint, and start from scratch. My husband chuckled and watched as I pouted. Next I decided to put my Porter-Cable sander to use and I did a major sanding of the entire cabinet, my husband helped me out. After that we went to Home Depot and bought a sponge roller to use instead of the brushes that I had been using. Because he is a lot more patient than I am he started slowly and carefully painting the cabinet. It is looking much better but still needs a lot of work. More to come on this project…

Husband helping to sand off the ugly paint job I did.

And last but not least, my kitchen curtain experiment. My mom gave me her sewing machine so I wanted to make something. I decided to start with what I thought would be easy, kitchen curtains. I found a cool fabric on clearance for $3 per yard. The colors match our black, grey, and white counters and the print matches our tropical landscaping.

Close up of the fabric for my kitchen curtains.

Without a pattern I cut, pinned, and sewed some simple curtains and when I hung them up they did not quite look right. First off I did not buy enough fabric so they were only slightly gathered and second, the fabric was so thin that the pattern on it was hardly visible when they sun shined through. This resulted in a second trip to the fabric store to buy some fabric to line the curtains and hopefully add some width to them. I will post pictures of the finished project when they are done.

Here is what they look like now:

Phase 1 of kitchen curtains project.


Public Service Announcement

By | August 27, 2012


I have neglected this blog for a while because I have not been fortunate to come across any flow blue in the last few months.  Partly because I have been busy with other things but also the places that I have been looking have not had any.  Rather than continuing to neglect this blog I decided to blog about more non-flow blue topics in between.  Mostly the posts will be about projects at home, recipes, and other cool finds.

Super Bowl birthday party

By | February 10, 2012

Last weekend I hosted a Super Bowl birthday party for my mom.  Lucky for me red is her favorite color so I was able to incorporate my Valentine’s Day gingerbread house and my red place mats.  In addition to the birthday cake, we also had oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (I got the recipe from The Treats Truck cookbook), and rice crispy treats.

Mom's birthday Valentine's Day dining room

Mom's birthday Valentine's Day table close up

We also had chips, cheese & crackers and other snacks that I set out on the Astroturf football field tablecloth.  It was really simple to make. If you want directions just leave me a comment.

astroturf football tablecloth super bowl

Before I put the yard lines on the AstroTurf I measured everything out on a brown piece of paper that I had left over from painting my daughter’s room.  I flipped that paper over when I was done and drew up a football pool chart.  We split up the 100 squares evenly and wrote our names in them.  The winners got See’s candy.

football super bowl pool

Prizes for the winners, my one and a half year old nephew won the final score!

See's candy chocolate prizes for football pool

I am so lucky to have you as my daughter Snellen eye chart

By | February 9, 2012

I was browsing through Etsy and I stumbled upon a really cute idea. Somebody used the idea of a Snellen eye chart to display a message. The one that caught my attention said, “I am so lucky to have you as my daughter”.

I thought about ordering it for my daughter so I could give it to her on Valentine’s Day but I worried that I would not receive it in time. That is when Creative Trina (aka me) woke up and decided to try and make it on her own.

I started in Microsoft Word and looked through fonts until I found one that I liked. The font that I picked was “Killian”. I started out the “I” at 100 points and then decreased it in size from top to bottom. Once I got the phrase centered and on the page the way that I liked it I printed it on plain white printer paper. Then I used a 40% off Michaels coupon to buy a pink frame that matches her room and a coordinating mat board. In total this entire project cost me approximately $20 because the frame that I picked was kind of pricey. If I had more time I could have hunted for a cooler looking one from an estate sale and spray painted it a bold color.  To some simple and stylish spray painted picture frame ideas click here, here, and here.

Here is a picture of my inspiration:

I am so lucky to have you as my daughter - etsy version

You can buy this on Etsy by clicking here.

And here is my version:

I am so lucky to have you as my daughter - my version