Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas cookies

Instead of buying Christmas cookie tins, I recycled the oatmeal containers we had been collecting.
A little wrapping paper (or scrap book paper), lettering, and a bow!
Joy, Faith, Peace & Love

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I heart...

My cousin, Bethany told me about two sites:

and I LOVE THEM!!!!!

My other cousin, Tara (can you tell we've got some money savers in the family) has been raving about the Grocery Game. She has saved so much and enjoys getting the deals at her local stores. I, on the other hand, am a Publix girl...only. We shop as a family, on Sunday, after church and I just don't go to mutliple stores.

And that is why www.iheatpblix.xom is so great. It tells me the BOGO offers and lets me print other applicable coupouns. I mean even I can handle that (seriously Leah you could do this too!)

So check it out!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Christmas name plaque

My mom found candy cane letters at Jo-Ann's last year. (I looked yesterday and they don't have them this year...yet?). So yesterday we went to Goodwill to find a frame, then to Jo-Ann's to get a background (scrapbook paper), and the process began!

Goodwill find:

Painted it:

Glued down the background:Glued the letters


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Halloween decorations

I saw this:

photo courtesy of Ladies Home Journal

and made this:

White pumpkin, black pipe cleaners, hot glue "ouch", and sparkly spiders!

Monday, June 29, 2009

I like to grommet, grommet...

You like to grommet, grommet...We like to GROMMET!

I like finding cheaper different ways to do a project. We are getting a pool and want to update our back lanai to a Cabana style area. I first thought about using curtains as decoration when Nester and A Soft Place to land showcased their use of curtains OUTSIDE!

And so the search began...I found
ONE PANEL ($49) of an "Outdoor Curtain" at Bed Bath & Beyond. Uh...No, especially when I need four panels to complete the look. I thought about getting fabric, but I don't sew and wasn't interested in finishing the edges with my no-sew glue.

So whats a girl to do?...USE A TABLECLOTH!

I found an outdoor tablecloth (one that wasn't plastic or vinyl) from Target for $14.99! My kind of price.

Next hurdle, How to hang it? Remembering my $49 find and loving how it had grommets at the top; I just needed to add grommets to my tablecloth curtain. I found a package of 8, 1 inch "bronze" grommets at Jo-Anns.

Here is a link from their website that I tried to follow
but I ultimately enlisted Hottie to help.Step 1: Measure panel and space an even amount of grommets out...evenlyStep 2: Trace circle stencil (provided in package) to cut outStep 3: Cut outStep 4: Snap grommets together! No tools needed.Step 5: Hang in awkward place, like breakfast nook, because pool is not close to being done and you don't want to stuff it away in some closet.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Say it isn't so...

Edited: If you read this post before Sunday June 28th, don't think you're going crazy; I added a few things to the room and took new pictures for this post. Nothing like blogland to get me motivated.

4 months, 22 days, and clears throat THREE paint colors's done! Well sort of...I still want to add a few things to the wall and I'm looking for the perfect lounge/chair. But for now it's done!

Paint: Behr "Oat Straw"
Curtains: Target
Chairs: Pier 1 via Craigs List

Looking into the bedroom:
Looking from the bathroom:

Looking from corner:Looking from other corner:

Here's the before...just because...

Next project:
Hand towels: Target

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy graduation!

Happy graduation from preschool, kindergarten, 8th grade, high get the picture.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hoppy Easter S'mores!

I saw these via Tip Junkie:

Linky Love

I followed Hilary's changes but smooshed my dry ingredient mixture behind the bunnies. I also used different colored peeps (only one's that matched the m&m's of course) AND had to try the recipe out before I gave it away ;-).



Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hello, Apothecary lovers!

Lillian Vernon. $24.98 for all 3!
So...can one give a St.Patrick's Day gift to one self? Hmmm...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009


A magnetic notepad, antibacterial cleaner, and a homemade banana bread muffin (in the shape of a heart, thank-you-very-much).

I bought some lettering that I thought had multiple sheets, but it ended up having only one. So I had to become pretty creative and think of sayings that used the limited letters I had. Oops!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I'm not Irish. I don't typically decorate for St.Patrick's day. BUT I saw this and thought I. MUST. BUY. Thank. you. Walmart.

Ok, so my picture doesn't really do this justice. It's shiny, and glittery, and fabulousy. And yes it was $7.84 a yard.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Love is in the air...

I did a little Target shopping yesterday (with two boys at 9:00 in the morning-Thank you very much!) and found some Valentine's Day goodies.

Gift boxes $1, magnetic note pads $1, and whimsical heart place mat $1. I don't know exactly what I'm going to do yet, but it's the start of a few teacher's gifts. I'm thinking about adding some cookies, stealing copying Chris's idea and VIOLA!

And see the heart thingy? That's mine. It's 5 wooden hearts strung together with fabric. I'm thinking Mod Podge and some old Valentine's day pics. Hmmm...

AND HOW CUTE ARE THESE? (Courtesy of Better Homes and Garden) Cute, cute, cute! Add alphabet cookies, sprinkled with colored sugar of course, to your ho-hum cupcakes.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

One is a lonely number

So, did you all see this little project from A Soft Place to Land?

Here's my attempt at the easy no-sew pillow cover. (I got the fabric at Michael's a while back. It was just two small squares that I really didn't have a plan for.)

I like how it turned out especially since I no sew . Here she is in her new home.

And what's that you ask...What is going on with your walls?

Well that is-the goodbye to Tiffany blue-supposed to be replaced with the perfect brown, that has not been found even after 1 gallon and 2 quarts-so we're priming all the walls white- even Hottie doesn't finish EVERY project in one day-walls!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Wood you?

Here is our New Year's day (I have a talented Hottie) work in progress.


Don't let the lighting fool you. With two labs, two projectile children, and four years; this carpet was as lovely as it looks!


The clicking of doggie nails will take some getting used to but is SO WORTH the dust bunnies instead of the NEVER-truly-hair-free-carpet!

We still have to change the paint color (goodbye Tiffany blue) and finish the molding but in this house that's as good as a finished project!