Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Time-Saving Tip To Make Trail Mix Banana Bread

I love banana bread!!  There are so many versions and they are all good!  This one is special because...this is my husband's recipe!  Trail Mix Banana Bread....Mmmmmm!! 

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Trail Mix Banana Bread from Setting for Four

It's moist and hearty and full of yummy nuts, seeds, cranberries, chocolate and coconut!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

DIY Autumn Pillow

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Have you been to a fabric store recently?  I love walking through the isles and seeing all those bolts of home decor fabrics lined up row upon row begging to be touched and transformed into curtains, pillows or whatever you can dream of!

I found a beautiful autumn patterned fabric last year and bought a yard for a someday-project... do you do that too?

DIY Autumn Pillow from Setting for Four

Last week I pulled it out of my fabric stash and used it to recover two faded outdoor pillows that needed some refreshing!

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DIY Autumn Pillow from Setting for Four

These DIY Autumn Pillows are very quick and easy to make and are perfect to add a touch of  fall to your outdoor seating.

I used the tutorial found in this Ballard Inspired DIY Pillow post to make these removeable envelope pillow covers:


1 yard of outdoor fabric (or amount required to recover the size of pillows you want to recover)


See this post Ballard Inspired DIY Pillow for instructions to make an envelope pillow cover. 

Back of Pillow showing the Envelope Opening:

 DIY Autumn Pillow from Setting for Four

This is a really easy pillow cover to sew!  Try making just one and you will be recovering all the pillows you have to update your home for the seasons!

So share:  Do you buy fabric to 'stash' for  some-day projects too?
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Written by Heather at Setting for Four

Setting for Four is a home design, décor and lifestyle blog. Focus is on home renovations, crafts, DIYs, tutorials, recipes, as well as family friendly design and decorating ideas that won't break the bank or sacrifice style.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

DIY Rub 'n Buff Table with Compass Rose - Guest Post {NellieBellie}

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Today I have 2 special surprises! 
First: My adorable, clever and witty bloggy buddy Janel from {NellieBellie} is here today to guest post!
Second: She is sharing her amazing DIY Rub 'n Buff Table tutorial which includes instructions on how to add a gorgeous Compass Rose to the top!  I just love this table transformation and I have a similar table I scored at Goodwill this summer that would be perfect for this DIY treatment.

Hi all fabulous readers!! You must be fabulous if you are here at Heather's blog!
I'm Janel. I blog at NellieBellie.
I am crafty and crazy. It's a fun place to be!! If you are fabulous...stop by!
Today I am sharing one of Heather's favorite projects of mine. My Rub 'n Buff table with DIY compass rose. It's a good one!!
Recently I had this wonderful table that needed some loving. It really was quite pathetic. So I used Rub 'n Buff on the WHOLE thing. Yes…the WHOLE THING! And she looked like this…

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Leek and Potato Soup Recipe

The weather is turning cooler in our area, so this weekend I decided it was a perfect time to make homemade delicious Leek and Potato Soup.

Leek and Potato Soup
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Leek and Potato Soup from Setting for Four

This is a family favorite recipe and very easy to make; only 6 ingredients!

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Now You Can Have Black Interiors that are Bold not Bleak!

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With the autumn weather arriving in parts of the north and the daylight growing shorter with the approach of fall, adding black to our interior spaces is a great way to create a dramatic coccooning effect or a bold fresh update.

Black interiors fit many design styles...tradtional, contemporary, classic, vintage....

Lets take a look at how the color black can wow in these 5 spaces:

Vintage Black: love this black apothecary cabinet!

Setting for Four: Black with Vintage Style

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Bundle Up For Fall!

The cool fall weather has just here and now I am in the mood to bundle up with sweaters, riding boots, pretty scarfs, skinny jeans and leggings!
Bundleup for Fall. How to get this Comfy Cozy Fall Fashion Outfit from Setting for Four 
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

In the Bloglight

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This week I am super excited to be featured at Hometalk's Blogtalk community of super talented bloggers! 

On September 6th I will be featured 'In the Bloglight!" and what makes this so fun for me is that I get to share some details about myself and my blog, introduce myself to some of the Blogtalk members who don't know me as well as share my story with those that do!

So welcome to Setting for Four everyone!!

Here's a bit about me, my background and my blog:

I started blogging December 31st 2010....December 31st...Yes, I'm not kidding, the last day of the year!  Why that day?  I was feeling that I absolutley had to start something new in my life at the close of that year.  Frankly, 2010 was a year of not-so-great surprises for me, disorder and frustration.  I had moved to a new city where I had no family and didn't know a soul, with my military hubby and two sons.  This particular posting followed several years of my husband's extended deployments overseas, several family separations and to be honest several months of loneliness. 

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Why I'm Truncating my Blog Posts and Feeds.

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You may have heard a lot of buzz lately in the blogosphere about blog post stealing and scraping. 

Some of you may be asking 'What is scraping?'

Blog scraping is the process whereby individuals, known as scrapers,  use automated software to scan through a large number of blogs searching for and copying blog content.  The scraped content is then used on spam blogs or 'splogs'.  The scraper's site then benefits from the key words copied and stolen, benefiting their search engine ranking!

Also, and this is scary, the scraped content can appear on any splog or RSS fed spam site including those that promote pornography or other offensive content.  This of course damages the original author's reputation!  So not only do blog post scrapers benefit from our hard work for their financial gain, they can harm an unsuspecting blogger's character and offend their cherished readers.

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