But I had eyes only for the rich colors, so I brought it home. I mean, really, fifty cents.
After about two years of closing the drawer wistfully on the tapestry, I bargained with my husband: he could hang his three Roman soldiers and I could hang my tapestry. Both of us tolerate the other's picture. But at least mine is cheap! I got the frame with a coupon at AC Moore for something under $5 - I think the frame gives it an elegant, minimalist edge.
|An oil painting by a local artist who is also our friend; I do clean up the mantel sometimes, but I rarely "decorate" it.|
Are you really thinking of pink in the living room? I hope it goes smoothly.
The tapestry is beautiful. My husband and I both have pictures that the other tolerates!
Margo, I've finally dug out my 'everyday' fruitcake recipe. It's a boiled fruitcake, recipe submitted to the Hairy Bikers (British TV cooks- not sure if they've made it across the Atlantic?) by a lady called Helen. We all love it, so if you still don't like fruitcake I think we must put it down to genetically and culturally inherited/acquired tastes! (And I won't be offended!)
6oz caster sugar (I use granulated or Demerara)
2oz mixed candied peel*
1 level tsp baking soda
1 heaped tsp mixed spice (similar to pumpkin pie spice)
2 large eggs, beaten
4oz plain flour
4oz self raising flour
* I often substitute different fruits or change proportions. In the UK you can buy bags of mixed fruit- currants, raisins, sultanas and mixed peel, so I'd use 14oz of that. Feel free to add a few glace cherries in place of some of the fruit. Figs, dates or of course raisins would be ok, but I'd avoid dried apricots or tropical fruits, I think.
Put butter, sugar, dried fruits, peel, water, baking soda and spice in a large pan. Bring to a rolling boil and cook for 1 minute.
Cool for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, before gradually adding eggs, flours and salt.
Turn into greased and lined 2lb loaf tin (or a 23cm-ish round tin) and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes at 140C (280F). Don't overcook as it can become dry.
I would eat this with a cup of tea and in parts of the UK, fruitcake is accompanied by a slice of cheese- cheddar or Wensleydale perhaps, a hard cheese with a slightly acidic aftertaste, anyway. I have been known to do that for breakfast...
New paint!How exciting!we just painted our livingroom a different color. At first,it was so different I was sure id run back to get new paint. However,after a few days,and pulling colors together via blankets wall hangings& china,it now looks very nice.
Good luck with the paint!
Absolutely beautiful..What a great find.. I love all the bright colors in it. and you are right, the frame is just perfect..
so proud you and hubby, both get to hang a picture ,that you like..
[Secret..don't tell hubby... I like yours best,lol]
Can't wait to see what color you choose to paint your living room..That will be fun.
I like the tapestry as well; it's warm and vibrant and full of life. What colour did you choose for your living room? Will there be pictures? :)
Hazel, you're a doll to type that all in. Thank you!
As for the queries on color, we are painting our living room pink. I'll do my best to document with photos!
I like pink. They're not Romans.
Margo, your blog has been infiltrated! LOL
oh, pffft. Like I care what kind of soldiers they are. They're SOLDIERS.
I can't think where this mantle is in your house. I mean, I guess it's in the front sitting room, but I don't see it in my mind's eye.
DB, it's on the wall facing you when you come in the front door, in the living room. You'll just have to come again if you can't picture it!
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