Wednesday, October 01, 2014

DIY Aged Cauldron Tutorial


If you've already seen my Halloween Mantle reveal chances are you've already spotted my funky cauldron. (If not be sure to click the link and check it out-- while your there don't forget to sign up for the Giveaway!) I wasn't planning on doing a tutorial on this but I was so happy with how it turned out I knew I had to share with you how easy it was to go from cheap plastic to awesomely old looking cauldron. The best part you ask? You already have the supplies in your house! 


Here's what you will need for this project: 
One package of oatmeal
glue
bowl for mixing
water
sand (optional)*
black spray paint
various acrylic paint: browns, tans, yellows and metallic

And of course your plastic cauldron, I picked this one up for around 8 bucks.


Create a work space for yourself where this can sit untouched for a day or two to dry. It can get messy so craft paper or newspaper is advised. 


Mix together a small amount of water into your oatmeal until it's the right consistency. 


Next add in your glue, I did around 3-4 tbsp. Again it really depends on what consistency you want. Mix well. Add sand for texture if you so please and mix again adding more glue as needed. 


Next using your hands, pat on the oatmeal all over your cauldron, be random it's not meant to be perfect. Once your finished leave it to dry for 1-2 days until the oatmeal is hard and dry. 


Once dry coat with a thick layer of flat black spray paint and allow to dry. 


Next begin by working in layers of color, I started with tan and yellow and then worked my way to darker colors like brown once they dried. I tried both a brush and rag and ended up liking the rag better but its up to you. Finish it off with touches of metallic paint and allow to dry. 

And your finished! You can add feet to it if you want or put it on a cool stand for added effect. I ended up putting mine on a bar stool I had and setting this wreath around the base with some orange twinkle lights. I love how it looks like embers in a fireplace. 


Here's the finished product again... 






How are your decorations coming along?
 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Halloween Mantle + Giveaway

 I am so excited to be sharing my Halloween Mantle project with you, not only because I am a huge fan of Halloween and all things creepy, but because this years decor reveal includes a give away graciously provided by the awesome people over at Moodies™. With any holiday set up lighting plays a big factor, but this rule is especially important when it comes to Halloween stuff. It's pretty hard to set a spooky mood when all the lights are on. 

When we moved last year, I ended up downsizing and getting rid of a lot of my Halloween stuff, which unbeknownst to me included a big box of colored light bulbs. It wasn't until I was rummaging for them a few weeks ago that I realized I got rid of every last one! At five bucks a pop I wasn't looking forward to buying them all over again.

 I was so excited when I was contacted by the awesome people over at Moodies to test out their solution to my colored light bulb problems. As soon as they arrived I tested them out and they really do create some pretty awesome color combinations that really set the mood for my spooky mantle. They are heat proof silicone caps that go on over the light bulbs you probably already have in your lamps. It doesn't get easier to install than that right?



 Honestly though, my favorite part is the fact that I can take 10 different color covers and put them in a small ziplock bag to store. No more boxes and padding for ten different light bulbs, just one little bag that can be stored with heavy items with out the worry of will it get broken. I'm going to send some of these to my nieces because I think they will get a kick out of having a multi-colored bedroom. Who knew colored light caps could make a person so happy.

Hopefully these photos attest to how cool these things really are... 





Ready to get started on your own Halloween Mantle? Enter to win your own Moodies™ package! There are 2 ways to enter, one leave a comment below letting us know how you would use your Moodies if you won, and for a bonus entry like Confessions of a New Old Home Owner on Facebook-- simple as that! The Winner will be announced October 3rd! Good Luck!



Monday, September 29, 2014

Pinterest Tested & Approved Week 6

Happy Monday! This weeks Pinterest Tested Pin’s are finally up and ready for your eager eyes, here on week 6 of my installment. Be sure to stop by their lovely blogs to send them some love! 



Like most bread recipes these pretzel buns are a little bit of work if your used to going to the local grocery and picking out a bag of bread, but there really is no comparison. These pretzel buns will make the party, and are oh so worth it. 

*Tips & Advice*
This recipe takes about an hour and half from start to finish and are best when pulled straight from the oven to your plate. 



My husband is as Irish as they come, from his red hair to his Guinness loving tummy. Personally, I've never been a fan of this dish but it's my husbands favorite so I figured I would try this homemade version and see if I liked it any better than the pub samples I had tried from my husband. Surprisingly I did end up liking it more, so my very Irish husband was overjoyed when this recipe was added to our big book. 

*Tips & Advice*
Season generously and use a slotted spoon when serving. 



I made these late one night when my husband was working and well, it seemed like the nice thing to do. When they were baking my husband was so excited thinking I was making a dessert because they smelt amazing. Much to my dogs delight they were for him. These were super easy to make, and made a ton! They managed to help me teach my pup a new trick (video is up on instagram) in less than three days. A new record, that I wholly attribute to these cookies, so for any of you that have pups out there this recipes a keeper. 

*Tips & Advice*
Bake for an additional 5-15 minutes for more firm crunchy treats. 

So there you have it--
My tested recipes from last week. 
Got a project or recipe you want me to test out and review? 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Instagram Weekly Round Up

Time again for the weekly round up-- feel free to join in on the Confessions Facebook page. I'd love to see what you've been up to this week!

Have a wonderful weekend!


{ From Left to Right }

1. Testing out a Pretzel bun recipe
2. Moodies package arrives
3. Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
4. Homemade dog treats
5. Emily Bronte Quote
6. Black eyed susans along the road side
8. Cookie Monster looking for more treats

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tortilla Soup


I think everyone has that one type of food they could survive on for the rest of their life, for me I think it would be soup. I haven't really found a type of soup I didn't like, but if I had to choose one I think this Tortilla Soup might be a winner. Not only does it have 20 yum factors that go into it, but it's actually incredibly easy to make and requires less effort than you think. So long as you have a crock-pot and a couple of cans your good to go. 




{ Tortilla Soup Recipe }

Uncooked chicken, sliced into 1 inch pieces
1 can of Mexican style corn and peppers
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
1 can of pinto beans
1 can of cream of chicken soup
2 cups of chicken broth
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 medium diced onion
1/3 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
sour cream*
tortilla chips*
Mexican style cheese*

Turn your crock pot on high, and lightly spray the sides and bottom with olive oil. Next place your uncooked chicken in the bottom. Layer the onions on top, before layering your taco seasoning, cilantro, beans, tomatoes, corn, chicken soup, enchilada sauce, and chicken broth on top. Don't stir! Leave lid on and cook on low for 6 hours. Stir well before serving hot. Top off with a bit of sour cream, cheese and tortilla chips. 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Chairish Design Board Inspiration

My love for chairs is probably the one thing my husband does complain about-- mainly because I see a chair and I take it home and before you know it we have six mismatched chairs with no place to put them. Needless to say, our move helped me reel it back in on the chair front but still, I think if I were a crazy old lady with a need to hoard, I would pick chairs not cats. 

Luckily it hasn't come to that... yet!

The awesome people over at Chairish asked me to create a design board based off of one of their awesome designer chairs. Being the lover of chairs that I am of course I agreed! After flipping through their dozens of beautiful chairs I kept coming back to this designer flame chair, for two reasons; one it was unlike any chair I have ever designed for, and two; it's soft coral color reminded me of my Sister's Travel Wedding.


So with those two things in my mind I decided to design a Modern Beach room in honor of her funky coral and aqua wedding, and her love of all things Nautical. 


Ta-Da! So there you have it, my funky take on a Modern Beach room. I ended up having a lot of fun putting this board together, and even fell in love with that compass table and tripod spot light accent pieces. Having designed all the rooms in my own home, I think designing a room around a statement chair is the way to go, I think once you find the right piece all of the puzzle pieces just fall into place design-wise. Chairish I think your on to something awesome! 

If your in the market for a beautiful accent chair or just want to kill some time looking at their chair eye candy be sure to stop by and check out Chairish.com 


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn Porch Reveal



"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree." ~ Emily Bronte

Happy first day of Autumn everyone! It certainly has started off with a blast here in North Carolina, I actually had to put on a sweater to go outside this morning! I figured I would start the season off right this year by sharing with you my Autumn porch set up. 

How's your front porch coming along?





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