Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I'm a Valentine s-MOOCH

If you're as sick of my long winded posts as I am, you'll be happy to know that this one will be short and sweet, mainly because that's all I have time to do right now.

I'm hosting our luncheon club this weekend so I'm busy working on that. Add to that the fact that I managed to start some larger home projects right smack dab in the middle of my luncheon planning, and you get a little crazy pants Debbie going on.  Crazy pants Debbie generally deploys the mooch option.

I mooched my Valentine wreath off of the Duchess.

I told her that I wanted something winter-y, yet still Valentine-y. I wanted it to be a little unconventional, and oh yeah... I also wanted it to be white and taupe. 

White and taupe?

Yeah. White and taupe.  Taupe is the color of the year, after all, and I wanted a nod to it on the front door. It might seem oddball to your way of thinking, but the Duchess raised me. She stopped being surprised by the stuff I do about four decades ago.  She just goes with my flow.

I loved it.

 It was exactly what I had in my head, right on down to the lovey dovey.  

Actually, even better...
Thanks, Mom.

And while I'm at it, I'll shout out some thanks to the Farm Sister as well. I've been mooching off her too. This one has nothing really to do with luncheon club, but it does have something to do with winter. You see, I had my heart set on making some sweater pillows to cozy up the den for the season. I even found the perfect sweaters  for $3.00 each at Goodwill to use for them.  I found them a month ago.

I just sorta  don't like to sew.

It's not really the sewing so much; it's the sewing machine. Machines and I don't have a good working relationship. That's why I procrastinated the great sweater pillow  project until winter was nearly over in this neck of the woods. I kind of whined about that over the weekend.

So she made them for me.

I'm not actually placing them like that on the sofa.
 I'm just trying to get artsy with the pictures.

Notice how I frost everything these days?
It's just a kick I'm on.

Blame winter.

I actually did contribute something to this project.  I sewed on those buttons. I figure she won't mind me telling you that since they're a little crooked and all. Well, oops.

And that's all I've got for now. 

I'm trying to finish my table in time for Laurie's Valentine Par-tay on Friday.  Plus, I have a meal to plan. I'll be mooching off the husband for that since he's going to be making some of his awesome tortellini alfredo. I just have to make the salad and the dessert.

Oh yes, and the chicken. 

Which brings me to two questions:

 Does anyone have a awesome-never-fail-parmesan chicken recipe?


Would you like to come and make it for me?



Creations By Cindy said...

Love the wreath and the pillows!!!! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Debbie said...

I just LOVE that wreath! Soo cute and festive and pretty, and in taupe! lol Love the sweater pillows too. Seen that done a couple times now, and I really like the look. Dinner sounds good, sorry no recipes over here. Looking forward to seeing your table! Enjoy the rest of your day!

Sue said...

Those sweater pillows are so cute and perfect for this never ending winter we are in! Your wreath is pretty perfect too ~ taupe and all. {It would look great in my family room btw}
Sorry, no recipes from me, but I'd love to come to your party anyway:-)

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i do have a recipe ... now how to get it to you? you use Good Seasons Italian dressing seasoning ... it is heavenly ... email or how? it is on the back of the dressing packet? ( :

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I adore the wreath AND the pillows!

I wish I could mooch off of the , too, or off of you!

Have fun getting ready for the party!



Linda W said...

I absolutely love the wreathe! Stunning! And, your pillows, are fantastic. Love the look.

Unfortunately, can't help with the recipe, but I'd love to come for lunch.


Elizabeth Dianne said...

Debbie, your creative talents astound me--even if you didn't make them, the ideas behind them are great. Hey, tell the duchess I love the wreath.

I know I'm out of the loop but I've never seen the sweater ideas--one of the coolest ideas I've seen in a long time.

I know you're busy so thanks bunches for sharing this with us.

Sure wish I was joining you for the luncheon!

Elizabeth Dianne said...

Oh, I meant to tell you--Honor One Another was probably my favorite post you've ever done.

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Oh Debbie, I love, love that wreath and those pillows!! Did someone in your family make that gorgeous bow on the wreath? So pretty!

I love sweater pillows and I took a sewing class at Hancock Fabrics last spring just so I could learn to make throw pillows. I never learned how to sew when I was growing up. I did like using the sewing machine, but I still haven't made any throw pillows. Once I finish getting this house re-organized (nope, still not finished) I'm going to start sewing. I'll probably have to take a refresher class by then. :)

Enjoy your luncheon; I'm sure it will be wonderful!



Kim @ Stuff could... said...

You always surprise me with your pretty. Sounds like a nice party

Barbara F. said...

I would love to come down and cook for you, Debbie. currently I am iced in, and that gives me great pause! chicken parm is easy, just pound the cutlets thin, make your own seasoned bread crumbs, way better than store bought commercial, a nice marinara, homemade preferably, and a good mozzarella. Fry the cutlets or bake, then add sauce and mozzie til it melts. There may be crockpot versions on Ponterest, too, so you fix it and forget, but I cant't vouch for those. Have a great time! xo

Barbara F. said...

BTW, the wreath is stunning, and the colors are gorgeous. the Duchess did a wonderful job. xo

Knitty said...

I never think of you as long winded. I feel like you're here with me over my coffee and we're just chatting. Except your head is a rectangle and sometimes there is a glare if the overhead light is on and ...oh never mind. ;) {talk about long winded! [moi]}

I absolutely love that wreath! I am going to save that idea for next year.

Have a wonderful lunch and share the recipe when you find one you like.

Maryann said...

Love the wreath and the pillows. I'm with you on the sewing thing, and for the very same reason...the machine and I just don't play well together. I just chalk it up to not being one of my talents. Sorry no recipe for you here, but looking forward to the photos.

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

Check for Chef John's baked chicken parm or his reg chicken parm.
YOU GOT A KITTEN???!!! *squeal!*

Ann said...

Cute idea for pillows and I LOVE the wreath! Who would have thought it would still look "Valentine-y" in taupe and white!
I can't put wreaths on my door in maybe I'll throw together a valentine-y one for now! The wrens aren't nesting around here...yet.


Chatty Crone said...

Ah no thank you - if I could sew for you then I could sew for me! lol

And I love taupe and white - although I will have to tell you that I would never thought of putting them together. Very pretty.

Love, sandie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Good luck with your luncheon! I love the wreath you mooched and the pillows a great..Can't believe you talked SIS into doing them lol!


Gayle said...

Love the wreath!

Vee said...

Your mom made that wreath? it is gorgeous! Elegant, sophisticated, and even amazing. I must pin.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh. my. goodness!!! That wreath is perfection! If it goes missing from your front door... please don't come to Texas looking to get it back. LOL! And, the sweater pillows are great!

I don't have a perfect recipe, but if I did and I were close enough, I'd be happy to cook it for you! blessings and hugs ~ tanna
ps did I mention I LOVE that wreath?!

Denise said...

Don't mind you s-mooching on me occasionally. I was happy to give you a hand. I'm pretty sure I s-mooch on you sometimes, too. LOVE the way that wreath turned out. Who would have thought of taupe on a Valentine's wreath and have it look awesome? Why Debbie, of course.

Sorry I don't have any chicken recipes for you but I'm pretty sure you wouldn't take one from me for this occasion anyway. Maybe your not-so-newlywed-anymore niece has one.

BTW, can't wait until Saturday! I've done my hard cut, eyebrows, nails...

Amy Kinser said...

Love the wreath, love the pillows, love your sMoochy post.

Shelia said...

Your wreath looks so pretty and elegant - great job! You sound like me when in the middle of something big I get sidetracked and start a project. Maybe that's a southern gal thang! :) Thanks for much for popping in to see me and I hope you'll come back for another visit sometime.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Red Couch Recipes said...

The bird is such a great element in the wreath. Love those plump sweater pillows, and what a dear to make them for you! My chicken recipe is not a recipe. I just add about equal parts of bread and parmesan cheese to the blender. Then I add some garlic. I dip the chicken breasts in the butter then in the cheese and bread mixture. We love it. I like to use a good whole wheat bread too. Joni

Alycia Nichols said...

You and me both on the sewing thing, sister!!! I whine until my niece or sister caves. I just can't sit still that doggone long!!!

Your wreath is perfect! What a pretty treat for the front door! I hesitate to use anything red on our front door since the door IS red. You've chosen colors that would stand out beautifully, work for the wintry season we're still deep into, and still evoke feelings of love with the hearts and dove. So pretty!

I have a great chicken parm recipe, but I'm feeling lazy in the kitchen this week, too, so no way I'm makin' it for you OR me! Sorry 'bout that! :-)

Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous pillow idea, I'm loving the texture and warmth they give to the sofa!
The wreath is gorgeous, I found myself enlarging it so I could try and duplicate!!


Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Tan and white Valentine wreath???!!! OMG, it's BEAUTIFUL! ~Zuni

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

PS/A little more yakkin' from me to you :) -- thanks for your sweet comments on my winter china cabinet! ~Zuni

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

cute wreath..oh my, all I can think about Valentines is the 2nd grade party I am doing at Ben's school. The rest of my family may have to wait.
Enjoy...all your creative juices are having fun.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Firstofall, your last post made me cry. You have to love a Godly man.
Hooray for the Duchess, I love the wreath. And how blessed you are to have such wonderful help.
WARM regards, (heh)

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Both the wreath and pillows turned out great Debbie! I love the one with the buttons:@)

Sharon said...

The sweater pillows are really cute. Such a clever idea - they would fit just perfectly into our cabin decor, don't you know...

Though I won't be cooking your chicken for you, I will send you a big ol' s-moooch!


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

The wreath is beautiful and the sweater covered pillows look great!


Kathy Moreland said...

OMG!!! Loooooove the wreath, and those pillows are beautiful! Great post!!

Dianne said...

Love the wreath, love the pillows and love your writing style! Best chicken every: 2-4 boneless, skinless breasts. Mis 3/4 c Hellman's with 1/2 finely grated parmesan. cover that with Italian breadcrumbs and bake at 350 for exactly 20 min. Moist, juicy, tender and tasty! Dianne

Mary said...

I love your long-winded posts Debbie, they're always filled with such thought and humor :) Your sweater pillows and frosty photos add the perfect wintery accents. Sewing machines and I don't have a great working relationship either :)

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

She did a fabulous job on the wreath! Love that it's Valentiney but not tradtional. Great pillows too. I wanted to make some sweater pillows this winter but I wasn't able to find any sweaters at Goodwill that I liked this year.

Sharlotte said...

I love your wreath, it's so pretty. The colors too are so soft and warm. I might just have to copy it for my front door!
I also love those pillows, perfect for winter and your snowy pictures!


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