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June 2020

The New Bench Table

So I mentioned a couple weeks ago after Jeff finished my Country Farm Table for the studio, that he was working on project #2. Just like the table I told him what I had in mind, he took some measurements and then his brilliant mind and awesome woodworking skills made it happen. I am so blessed and lucky to have this man as my husband. He is so cute, when he comes home every day and I am in my studio working he always comes in and sees how I am doing, but now he has to rub his hands on the tables...ha!

Glued bench table base and top

So here are the pieces starting to get glued together. Can you figure it out? OK I just realized I put the answer in the title of the post...ha!

Bench table base

Well this a weird angle for the picture, but here is the what Jeff is calling a bench table. This is the base.

Stained bench table

He did the same as he did for the farm table, he stained it first before painting it.

Painted bench table

Here it is all painted and drying before he moved it into the studio.

Bench table in studio no top

So here you can see how long it is and how super cute it is. It is 9 feet by 18 inches. I let it sit a couple days before I shabby'd it up like the farm table.

Bench table top pieces

So then he got working on the top, laying out the pieces. Like the farm table, lots of glueing and dowel rodding. It is basically a skinny version of the farm table top.

Gluing bench table top

He has lots of clamps, that is a good thing.

Stained bench table top

Here it is all stained and ready for the polyurethane, I love this part cause it means it will be done soon.

Installing top on bench table

Then he got it all measured and put on. He used the same wooden button doohickies to install the bench table top that he did for the farm table top. I let it sit for 24 hours so it was really dry before I decorated it.

Decorated bench table front

Here it is from the front. I have my light table, my postage scale and tape, envelopes, team cards/vouchers, customer post it's, inspiration binders, catalogs etc. Other stuff I use regularly hid in some cute accessories. I asked Jeff if the bench table looked too busy and he said no it's not doing anything...ha! Such humor.  I am sure like my whole studio things will get moved around over time, but for now. I am so excited and love how it turned out. I have always loved my studio but this has just finished it amazingly for how I am taking my business to be totally virtual and online.

Two tables together

Here you can see the two tables together, and my super cute hutch as well. I am planning to do a studio tour for my Teach Me Tuesdays FaceBook Live today so I need to bet busy and tidy up the other side behind the camera...ha!

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Chocolate & Caramel...oh my!

Baked chocolate cakes

I had these little cake pans in my cupboard forever and I got a bug up my butt and wanted to use them. I had a chocolate cake mix in the cupboard and some fresh duck eggs just quacking to be used.  I was not too sure how much batter to put in them and I was a little too heavy handed as they baked up too tall, but at least did not spill over. I had enough to do a round cake too.

Cut off cake

I trimmed the bottoms of the mini cakes so they would sit flat...I may or may not have eaten the evidence...Ok I did..but I just wanted to make sure it was edible for my dear sweet husband.

Chocolate ganache

I wanted to make a chocolate ganache to drizzle on the mini cakes, they are not really a bundt cake cause it is just a divot in the center not a hole.

Ganache on cake

I also should have poured the ganache on the cakes while they were on the wire rack with a cookie sheet to collect the rest, but hey this was my first time.

Mini cakes in dish

So after they set up a bit I put them in the cake dish and they looked so good.  I also did cut me a piece of the round cake with the ganache...again to test it before Jeff got home. So I was gabbing to Jeff on his drive home and I was like you will never believe what I then I said what would you like with whatever I made..would you like me to add homemade whipped cream or homemade caramel sauce...and of course he said caramel. 

Caramel sauce

So I whipped up a caramel sauce that is so delicious it is hard to wait to eat some before it cools...I usually pour it in a container so the pot can cool down and I can lick it clean. Here I am stirring it really good one last time. Ususally I add salt at the end but since I made it to go over the cake I didn't.

Caprese salad skewer

So on the way home Jeff stopped and picked up the groceries I had ordered online...boy I can't wait to shop on my own again, (I just can't bring myself to go in anywhere, my anxiety level goes through the roof) some of the fresh produce that gets picked should be thrown in the fact the mushrooms we got were rotten, they stunk to high heaven and were slimy and moldy.  Back to the other grocery store we go. Grrr.... so while the caramel was cooling I made a quick balsalmic vinegar glaze to put on the caprese skewers. We finally got mozzarella balls!!! Jeff has basil growing in the backyard so that was awesome and fresh. We always get these when we would go to Sauce so I wanted to make them myself, they were really good.

We made personal pizzas, cause I had some pizza dough thawed from when I made it a couple weeks ago.  Jeff says he is not a fan of homemade pizzas, so we won't do that anymore, but I wanted to use up the pizza dough.

Mini cake with caramel sauce

Then we got to finally eat our mini cakes. Amazing.

So I was down a few pounds when I got up this morning...I don't think that will be the case tomorrow.

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Teach Me Tuesdays Episode 34

Gorgeous Posies Kit

I showed a couple new kits on my Teach Me Tuesdays with Diana Gibbs the other day, and I chose this one to play with.

Isn't it gorgeous? It has the best name right?  What should I do for next week's video?

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More Organization

Organized dies

I love being organized...and sometimes I even have organized chaos...ha!

Yesterday I showed ink pads, blends etc. organization in my studio. I thought I would share how I store my dies and embossing folders. I love this big heavy wire basket, I think it is from a locker or something, I got it antiquing. I leave my dies in their original envelopes, and usually add a piece of magnet sheet, I have shown that before on my blog here.

Organized Embossing Folders

We used to have these tins in the catalog and they are great for the embossing folders. I just use a label maker to put names on everything to make it be easier to find...and they are sorted alphabetically.  

Organized cupboard

They fit perfectly on the shelf beside the basket. The shelf holds some of my embossing plates and other doodads.

I will share more of the studio as I get it more put back together and sorted after Jeff finishes his last project.

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ROYGBIV Organization with Storage by Stampin' Up!

Storage by stampin up

Every year with the beginning of a new catalog I need to re-organize my ROYGBIV pads and blends with the change of the In Colors. The cardstock I just organize alphabetically. Plus the cardstock is put away in a file cabinet and cupboard and I can't really see it anyway. But I love looking at ROYGBIV coloring tools. I think it was Granny that originally taught me about ROYGBIV, heck I even love saying it.  It stands for Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. 

I am so bad when it comes to knowing which colors are in the Color families of Stampin' Up!, cause pretty much I don't. Ha!


I love the Storage by Stampin' Up! cause it all just goes so well together, and you can arrange it any way you want really. I love the white color too because it will compliment any color home or studio. I just decorate with stuff with similar colors.  Red seems to be what I have a pop of here and there in my studio without even realizing I was doing it.

My ink pads, markers, pencil crayons and ink refills sit behind me on my cupboard. They are easy to get to when I need them.

ROYGBIV Blends4 (1)

My Stampin' Blends, Memento Ink Pad and refills,Wink of Stella, Water Painters etc. and  are on my desk as I use them all. the. time! I recently did a little rearranging so I got an extra cube and lid so that my Blends were in three tiers into of 2 tall ones. I like this better and I can see over them better too.

Here is a word document I use that I print out so that I can reference back to it when I pull stuff out to stamp with and then forget where they need to go. I hope it helps.

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