Sunday, January 10, 2010

I’ve Got A Metamorphosis, Mosaic, and Recipe~Who could ask for anything more??

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Are you tired of the same old tablecloths…do you yearn for some colorful napkins?  :)

Yes?  Well, then make them..

I found these remnants at a designers fabric warehouse…they let me, the non designer, in..they let anyone with CASH in..  I spent FIVE whole dollars!!!  It is good double sided cotton from Portugal…

Each piece was a DOLLAR, and are big enough for the round table in my breakfast nook/kitchen area table.

There was an extra piece with the lime green plaid, so he threw that in..thank you!  I was able to get 7 regular napkins and a runt from it…

So my metamorphosis  from remnant to….

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I sewed a line then fringed them, but really I don‘t think it is much faster than doing a hem..and then you have threads all over the place.:(

I may have to rethink the fringe idea!

I hope to use each one in a future tablescape..

Please stop by Susan’s At Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday..


The Recipe..Rigatoni Pie…from Martha Stewart

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You can find the recipe here

My notes..

Make or use spaghetti sauce..Mike had made a pot of sauce and meatballs so I used homemade sauce..

I don’t think a can of crushed tomatoes would have good flavor…

I oiled my pan with olive oil...

Really stuff the meat, which I browned with finely chopped onions into each noodle…it makes them stand at attention..:)

I used a layer of ricotta/mozza mixture you would make for lasagna or baked ziti..

Spread it over the meat…then the layer of mozzarella..

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I know it sounds time consuming, but it wasn’t that bad…I would do this for an occasion..Like Super Bowl..or a family sure to have extra sauce to serve with it.

I am going to try it again, I have another idea I want to try…but we will be eating this for a few more days!


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And lastly, my  Mosaic..Please join Mary at Little Red House to see more entries…She’s having a give away..go see!



 Let’s Think Warm!mosaic181ad9abac4f26a7ce7ae66bb8f78af539673eb8


Don’t forget Laurie’s Party…♥♥♥♥

Thank you for visiting and spending some of your time here..I appreciate it!


  1. Kathleen, I hope your "let's think warm" works ... I'm already done with winter. Of course, my warm doesn't come with a beautiful bay and gorgeous blue sky.

    Love the fabrics ... beautiful plaids and the price IS right.

    Your rigatoni looks delicious. I love how they stand up. It does sound time consuming, but definitely worth it. Great pictures!

  2. Love the tablecloth and napkins..since I am a non-sewer I like the unfinished edge of the napkins!

    The rigatoni looks delicious - I chuckled at the part of the recipe that said " Stuffing the meat into the holes is a weirdly satisfying task. Enough said." !!

    From your lips to God's ear about getting warmer!! I,for one, am more the ready for Spring!

  3. I love your fabrics. I make my tablecloths all the time and I have also made the napkins. Such a savings, and you can get the pattern that you want. Your tablescape is just gorgeous. I love it. Your receipe sounds so good. I will have to give it a try. Hugs, Marty

  4. LOL, yes, keep thinking warm, Kathleen! At least it's sunny! You need a puppy to keep you warm and snuggly :) hahaha!

    That rigatoni looks fantastic! Have to make it, definitely with extra sauce on the side! Love how you lined up the sides!

    great idea with the fabrics! Very pretty!

  5. I behaved myself and did not make reference to stuffing holes :)

  6. So much to love in this post! I love the tablecloth and napkins (is that fabric warehouse local?) and I love that yummy looking dinner! and I really really love that warm weather mosaic! Have a great week and thanks as always for sharing.

  7. I love your frugal fix ups..I like the fringe too:)

    But that Rigatoni pie? Meenam,!

  8. Oh Kathleen,
    You always got my number on fabric! Love all your choices and I love making napkins and table runners, sew easy, hehe, and so much cheaper! I really like the fringed look, may try that next time. The food looks fabulous of course! Cindy

  9. I wish I had one of those fabric outlets! I used to collect rid of most of it when I moved to Washington. My Grandmother and Mother sewed for me so I was always on the lookout. The cheap places I used to buy from all stopped carrying fabric. Now everywhere I see fabric it ends up cheaper to just go buy the finished product!

    I wanted to try that Rigatoni pie too! Glad to hear its not as much trouble as it looks. Keep showing us those summer shots..

  10. Fabulous deals on the fabric Kathleen. They look to be of good quality too which makes all the difference between a good deal and a bad one.
    I feel for all you freezing cold people down south of me. Did you know it was warmer here in Vancouver, British Columbia than it was in Florida yesterday.
    I know? Canada warmer than the southern US. Would it be mean to snicker? Giggle.

  11. Hi Kathleen! I love your table linens...great idea! And your Rigatoni Pie looks so yummy! I think my family would enjoy that! And yes...warm would be nice! It will be 48 by Thursday and I'm looking forward to it! lol Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  12. I love all your fabric..going to make some adorable cloths and napkins. You are such a great bargin hunter. I wanna go shopping with you you are heading out to the PB outlet, thank you very much!! :)

    The recipe sounds delicious. Must try it sometime...thanks!

    Your mosaic is lovely...

    I had lost who was having the Valentine party on the glad to see the button here. I have my sugar-sweet post all ready!! :)

  13. Cute table topper and napkins. The rigatoni looks delish, but sounds like too much work for this lazy old girl!

  14. I just told my hubby that there are more cool outlets in your area. I am outlet deprived!

    Love the fabrics! Warm weather is always a nice thought...I have fog...and the pie. Yum!

  15. You can tell from the picture that the fabric is very nice quality. I love the tablecloth looks with the coordinating napkins. Some day I will do the same, but first I need to retire!

    The recipe sounds good, and I like the way you lined up the pasta like soldiers.

    I can feel the warmth in your mosaic.

    Perhaps I can join the Valentine party on the 12th.

  16. I don't all. I do however do that iron-on stuff, so I am planning on making a few tablecloths. I just won't be able to wash them often!

    Love the mosaic...I long for warm weather.


  17. You've been busy, toots! Love the napkins- I might re-think the fringe, too. I don't like loose threads all over the place and they always clump. Who wants to comb napkin fringe? Not me- I already do it for my rugs! Love the mosaic, too. Warm beaches, aaahhh.... take me away. BTW, All the Christmas is down, finally! Now, to get it put away in the attic. :-)
    hugs, Sue

  18. Where is this place? The fabric is lovely and what you did with it is amazing. How fun and refreshing.

    That rigatoni pie looks de-lish! A nice twist on lasagna.

    - The Tablescaper

  19. Oh, I love this. You have great vision to use the fabric for napkins and tablecloths. The recipe is perfect for winter. All the mouthwatering layers are calling my name.

  20. I love the fabrics. Your tables always look so beautiful and your food always looks delicious. Your creativity inspires me. :)

  21. I love what you did with the green plaid fabric! Your table looks as fresh as springtime. How I'd love those temps right now or those in your mosaic. C-c-c-cold here!

    Oh my goodness, that rigatoni pie looks good!

  22. That pie looks delicious! I may have to try that one!!

  23. Just like Calgone-- you took me away!

    Boy do i need a warmer-upper!

    Great shots and I like the napkins alot!

    If you get a moment would love for you to stop by and say hi!

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  24. I think I have a linens addiction! LOL I buy them when I find them second hand at a great price and like you, I like to make them as well. Very pretty fabrics!

  25. Love your fabrics and your tablecloths and napkins. I try to think warm but the snow keeps coming!!

  26. Love the tablecloth and napkins. Spring can't get here soon enough for me!
    Have a beautiful new week...Kathy

  27. Love the fabric Kathleen.
    I'm a sewer so I can appreciate what a great deal you got.

    Your Rigatoni just like 'Mama's'.. and she 'Lived To Cook'... I never had that much patience for all that 'stuffing'.

    I'm with you on 'Let's Think Warm'
    Makes you wonder about 'Global Warming'!!

  28. Love the tablecloth and the fringe napkins. I am allergic to sewing:) Now the MS recipe looks wonderful. I will definitely try this one. I made homemade manicotti yesterday because I was sick of making soup. Let's just say the Goodyear tire company could hire me because I think I invented a flour/rubber product in my own kitchen with the recipe that was a disaster:) I think I will stick to making soup the rest of the week!

  29. You are a GREAT shopper, Kathleen. Maybe I've mentioned that before. Love your green and white tablecloth, and all the other fabrics too. The fringed edge on the napkins is a very nice touch.

    I'm making your rigatoni pie for sure! It looks soooo good.

  30. What a wonderful bargain, and OH how my mouth is watering! Thanks for sharing, Kathleen! :)

  31. Wow, you have been busy. Tablecloths, and a great rigatoni recipe. BTW it looks delicious. And beach photos are beautiful. I wish I could be there in the warm sun.

  32. Love the fabrics and that recipe looks DIVINE!!

  33. Well Ms. Kathleen, have you been looking in the window?? As we speak I have been making a couple of new table cloths and napkins. Our Joann Fabs had some lovely embroidered linen in the clearance section, so I will soon have a great (fringed) table cloth. If I had the patience, it would have been lovely to hemstitch, but that won't happen for a few more years!!
    I love you plaids and can't wait to see the tablescapes! The pasta dish and recipe look delish!! I will be trying it out next week!
    Thanks for posting,

  34. K:

    What a great idea for your table. I love the bargains you always get, I think THEY always find YOU! haha! Your mosaic looks great--ah, we need the warmth! In the meantime I cannot move frmo the fire and I cannot stop eating comfort food! :))

  35. Okay Kathleen, I'll get the fabric, and then I'll send it to you to make me some napkins and tablecloths (Sadly, I don't sew). I hate to tell you this, but I really like the fringe on the napkins! Yum, that rigatoni pie looks delicious. On second thought, I think I'll BRING the fabric to you, and I can eat your food while you make me some t.c. and napkins! Your mosaic made me feel a little warmer. Has your snow melted? It's getting warmer here, but still feels cold to me. Thank you so much for advertising my party! You're such a sweetie. laurie

  36. I like the fabric, Kathleen... and such a good deal. Oh, the rigatoni looks really good. Ah, beach/water know I like that!

  37. Very cool recipe! It looks so neat. Love the napkins/tablecloth. I like the fringe. It makes it different from your normal napkins.


  38. I too love making my own tablecloths and napkins, it is so easy...I used to make them from sheets with great designs and I could get the cloth and all the napkins out of one sheet i would always find the Ralph Lauren ones at ross on sale for 5.00, what a deal, love love your blog i am always visiting, thanks for the great posts I will sure try the pie it looks great, I love it when someone has actually tried a recipe and fixed the love it...Phyllis

  39. Hi, Kathleen.
    I'm just practicing leaving a comment.
    Love your blog.

  40. I love all the tablecloth colors you'll make with that fabric. The fringe ended napkins look pretty!

    Thanks for the rigatoni recipe --it is unique and would definitely be fun to bring ti a superbowl party!

    Ah .. the bearch in summer looks so good! I might be in the minority but I like winter! No hot

    Hugs, Pat

  41. Oh my goodness Kathleen!

    I don't think I have ever seen a recipe posted in blogland before that has made me hungier. It's all so yummy and delicious looking.

    Precious napkins as well!

    Many Blessings. ~Melissa :)

  42. I love how you find the bargains - even in fabric! The new tabletops will be gorgeous covered in these colors.

    I just think the rigatoni pie is so fun looking and will definitely try it for a special occasion.

    Your mosaic warms me up :)

  43. My goodness... that rigatoni pie looks wonderful!!

    Your fabrics are beautiful too BTW

  44. Hello Kathleen, WOW those fabrics are gorgeous and you made such pretty napkins and tablecloths with them, what a bargain, your rigatoni looks warm and delicious and your mosaic does too. Happy week to you, Kathy.

  45. How creative! Sounds really yummy!

  46. Yummy pasta! Your mosaic is gorgeous and what a lovely idea about the napkins and tablecloth. Probably cheaper too....Christine

  47. Hi Kathleen,
    Love the napkins and tablecloth...pretty fabric and colors. Your food looks yummy too. As for the warm girlfriends daughter is attending college in CT and is home for break. She laid out by her pool in her bikini yesterday, pretty good for Jan. Whats up with that?
    Have a great day.

  48. Ohh..that pasta looks delicious! I'd love to try that sometimes. Thanks for sharing.

  49. Beautiful pieces of fabic. Your recipe sounds so good and looks yummy.. thanks for sharing.
    hugs ~lynne~

  50. How long did it take you to stand up all that pasta?....No, I don't even want to know...but it looks pretty neat and I bet it tasted terrific....

  51. That recipe looks sooo good! Thanks for sharing!

  52. OMG - that rigatoni pie looks incredible - I hope it tasted as great as it looks! I need to do that one day, Ken won't appreciate it but hopefully I'll have some company soon!

    I love your fabrics - what a shopper you are - it scares Ken when I tell him but he would love that $5 price tag, LOL. I especially love the soft green color.

    Its a new year now, do you think M. will really ever get us together?

  53. OMG! Your Rigatoni is to die for! Not sure I'd have the patience to do all that stuffing but it sure turned out fantastic!

    Love you new header picture for Valentine's Day...gorgeous and so fun!


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