Sunday, March 27, 2022

Homemade Pillowcases, Sneak Peek Easter Decor and Weird Blasts from the Past

 A Little Bit Of This And That

Hi everyone! Today, in true "this and that" fashion, I am sharing a lot of different things that I've been doing, working on and decorating with. First off, let me give you a little "sneak peek" into my Easter decorating. I won't show you everything today as I plan to join in a blog hop later in April but I can show you a couple of things. My little light up tree has turned into an "Easter Egg Tree" with the addition of some very colorful Easter eggs. The tree is flanked with a pretty faux potted plant and a cute bunny in pink. Notice that all three of these items have burlap in common and all three are boasting pastel colors. 

And speaking of pastel colors, how gorgeous are these colorful eggs that I have stacked in a wire mesh candle holder?! I think one of my favorite things about Easter/Spring decor are the lovely colors! The items I'm showing you are all part of a larger "theme" and I can't wait for you to see it all put together!

I can't seem to get enough of green these days and when I spied this pretty fabric at Walmart I knew it was destined to turn into pillow cases. My friend, Sharon, gave me an easy to follow directions sheet for making pillowcases and I adapted the directions to make a solid color set. I did decide to add yellow ribbon to the pillowcases for an extra pop of color. The green is much brighter than it shows in this picture. I can't wait to see them on our bed and will try to remember to take a picture so you can see how it looks. This is the fourth pillow case set I have sewn and I always feel accomplished when I "create" something handmade for our home. 

And here's a weird "blast from the past" that I'm sharing just because I think it's interesting. Last Sunday, The Mr. and I were driving to Appalachian State University for a concert and along the way we stopped off at the now closed "Beam's Restaurant" and hotel. The Mr. has seen this several times driving to hike and told me about it and then we read a little about this place online. 

Evidently at one time Beam's was a very popular place to eat and the attached hotel was equally popular for travelers. Now, it looks like it has been used to deposit lots of trash. We haven't been able to figure out where all of this "stuff" came from but there is a lot of just garbage laying on the property.

This was the office from the days when the hotel was open and operational. It was interesting to see but also kind of sad to see something that used to be open and thriving looking so poorly. If you look up Beam's Chinese Restaurant in Spruce Pine, NC you can see lots more photos including what it looked like in its heyday. We love Chinese food so it's too bad we missed eating here when it was open. 

And, finally, I'll close with a very simple meal that we enjoyed this evening. I'm sharing this because, if you're like me, I enjoy hearing about tasty meals that are easy and don't involve a lot of prep or following a big recipe. And this one certainly fits that description! We enjoyed a Morningstar Farms Original Griller which is the vegetarian version of a hamburger patty. I nuked the patties for one minute forty five seconds and then browned them in a skillet with a smidgen of olive oil. The green beans are salt free and I heated them with the addition of onion powder and salt free garlic and herb seasoning. And the noodles are buttered. That's it. With a side of applesauce it made a nutritious and delicious meal. 

I've got a busy week ahead. How about you? Let me know in the comments what you are doing this week and we can all share in a little bit of this and that!

Until Next Time,


Sharon said...

I enjoy your "this and that" posts! Your Easter decorations are so cheery, and I look forward to another post showing them in April. Your meal looked so good. It's always nice to see what you're cooking. I seem to get stuck in a rut with preparing meals, so it's always good to get some ideas. I'm getting ready to make a pot of soup and then painting what I hope is the last coat of paint to a fireplace surround. We have workers in our basement this week replacing a shower and some flooring, so there is plenty of noise and occasional water shut-offs. That limits what I can do (like no laundry for a while), but the result will be worth it.

Sharon said...

Any by the way, I meant to say in my previous comments that you did a great job on those pillowcases! They are so pretty and the colors are perfect for spring.

Debbie Styles Life said...

Awww, thank you Sharon. The pillowcase "recipe" you gave me works beautifully every time! Good luck with the rest of your painting!

Joy said...

Such lovely Easter decorations, thanks for sharing them. xx

Iris said...

LOVE the bunny in the first picture. Made me smile. The colored eggs are always a pleaser.

I've made a few pillowcases and need to do more. I need some 'spring colors'