Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Magic of Matelasse

Art in Background By Mary Maki Rae (c) 2012
We've just finished the new upholstery on this Elegant Vintage Bench for clients.
The Fabric: A soft Red Matelasse - intricately woven in a subtle floral pattern.
This material proved to be so flexible and as easy to the hand - as to the eye-!  A real pleasure to work with.

We decided to just fold the Fabric under at the edges next to the wood frame.
Then finish with French Nails - leaving a precisely measured space between each one.
The results were most pleasing - Simple and Elegant-!

I thought the "Tambourine" Print (c)2012
would look so beautiful with this piece-!
(more info See:here)
For more about Matelasse & more sample of the type of fabric See my post from 2009 below:

Images of Matelasse fabric samples from:
"World of Interiors" - June-2009

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Stuffed Mushrooms & Tomatoes

The Chef Doll with another Recipe (c)2012
12-16 Large Fresh Plump Mushrooms
Or Three Large Tomatoes
16-20 Fresh Shrimp, Sauted in Butter
8-oz Pkg. Cream Cheese, (Remove Pkg. from fridge
1/2 hour before - to soften)
Parmesan Cheese,finely grated
Mini Peppers, finely chopped
Green Onions, finely chopped
Orange Zest, finely chopped
Mushroom stems, finely chopped
Parmesan Cheese, finely grated

1. Lightly saute shrimp in butter - set aside.
2. Remove stems from mushrooms and finely chop.
3. Chop finely: mini peppers, green onions, and orange zest
And grate the Parmesan cheese.
4. Mix all of the above together in a bowl
with softened cream cheese.
5. Fill each mushroom and tomato with the cream cheese
mixture - Top with one or two shrimp & Parmesan cheese.
6. Place on large baking sheet or skillet and
Bake for 20 Minutes in 350 oven.
(We served the stuffed mushrooms with Baked Ham
and Green Salad & ate some for Hors d' Oeuves
before dinner too-!)
Lettuce of your choice
A lot of chopped fresh Basil
Mini Pepper (Yellow & Orange) Sliced in rounds.
Cherry Tomatoes
Black Olives
Pepper Jack Cheese, grated.

1/2 Cup Good Mayonnaise
1/2 Sour Cream
2-3 Tbls. Apple Cider Vinegar
3 Tbls. Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
2 Tbls. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Fresh Basil, chopped mixed in
and on Top for Decoration.
(maybe some Sugar, if needed)