Featuring You Friday {on Saturday}

Hi, my name is Taylor. I am a SAHM to two beautiful girls, Jayne (3) and Savannah (1) and wife to my wonderful hubby, Jared. In my former life I worked in both marketing and sales and still enjoy flexing those muscles helping out a few of my wonderful friends who run businesses out of their homes. But mostly, I’m on the go with my girls who keep me extremely busy!
 
In my {spare} time I enjoy reading (on my new Kindle Fire, eeek!), going to thrift stores & garage sales and crafting. I recently joined a stamp club and am obsessed with making paper cards. It’s a wonderful outlet and gets my creative juices flowing. Not to mention having this outlet allows me some much needed “me” time which makes me a better momma & wife.
On behalf of Jen I have been checking out the blogging world to see what you all have been up to. Here are a few of my fav’s this week…
This recipe caught my eye immediately. I love anything with cilantro in it. I can’t wait to try it!

A group of friends and I do a monthly freezer meal exchange and I’m always looking for new recipes. This one made my mouth water!

My parents have all my great-grandmother’s furniture and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I’m already gathering up ideas like this one!

It was so hard to pick my favorite crafts this week. But I finally narrowed it down to these…having two toddlers I am always looking for fun things to do with them. And my girls love anything they can use their hands {and feet} with =)

This sign caught my eye b/c I’ve been wanting to spice up my laundry room and something like this is just the ticket. Plus, it allows me to get crafty!

This was the first year I actually put a wreath on our front door other than Christmas time. And now I’m obsessed with having something there for every holiday/season (much to my husbands chargin)!! I love this wreath for birthday months!

Hope you enjoyed my picks of the week! If you were featured, grab a button on the sidebar and start bragging!

Featuring You Friday. . .on Thursday

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Hi Friends! Welcome to another Friday where I am featuring YOU! Yeah, I know, it’s not really Friday. But I have something else I want to share with you tomorrow so I thought I’d do FYF a day early. Last week I  made dinner for my parents and wanted to try some new recipes. So I headed over to my Pinterest boards to do some browsing. After just a few minutes I had my meal planned out. I called it my “Pinterest Dinner!” Those recipes turned out fabulous and they are the included in my FYF this week! But first I want to share with you a couple new products that I’m digging.

I recently had an opportunity to try out some products from Glade®. I received the new Glade® Expressions™ oil diffuser and new Glade® Expressions™ fragrance mist in the mail to review. I was excited when I opened the box and saw the new look of Glade®. The design of the products was trendy and modern, making it easy to display them among the other decor in the house. Definitely a step up from the  Glade® products I remember.

The new Glade® Expressions™ oil diffuser is spill-free and requires no electricity so you can put it in any room, any where!    I love that the diffuser actually looks like a decoration and will fit right in with my other home decor! I received the Pineapple & Mangosteen fragrance which I am loving! I’m not kidding when I say that I when walk in the room and get a whiff it makes me happy. Probably because it reminds me of a tropical place! And because the diffuser scents will last 30 days, the scent is still as strong as it was on day one!

The other product I received was the new Glade® Expressions™ fragrance mist in Cotton and Italian Mandarin. I love the sleek design of the easy to spray, refillable container. You simply squeeze the bottle to release the scent. I put mine in the bathroom to quickly cover up, well, you know what! The fragrance is clean and fresh, but not too overpowering for my tiny powder room. And the bottle is pretty enough that I don’t have to hide it!

Glade® Expressions are available in these fragrances:

  • Pineapple & Mangosteen {LOVE this one}
  • Cotton & Italian Mandarin {mist only}
  • Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice
  • Lavender & Juniper Berry

Glade® Expressions™ offers fragrance satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. Just mail the original UPC and receipt within 30 days. {Fill out form here if unsatisfied.}

Be sure to get your coupon for $1.50 off of any Glade® Expressions™ that can be used at Walmart to take advantage of their everyday low price! 

Okay, ready to see my Pinterest Dinner along with my other picks of the week? 

First course: Autumn Chopped Salad

I know it’s not Autumn, but this salad looked to good to pass up! The recipe can be found at Espresso & Cream. Two things I did differently: used blue cheese and champagne gorgonzola vinaigrette dressing.

Main course: Creamy White Chicken and Artichoke Lasagna

Yes, this tasted as good as it sounds {and looks}! For the recipe, visit One Good Thing.

And for dessert: Banana Coconut Upside Down Cake. Holy yumminess!

  

This cake tasted very similar to bananas foster! I served it warm with vanilla ice cream. YUM! You can find the recipe over at one of my NEW favorite recipe sites, The Girl Who Ate Everything. Everything I’ve made from her site so far has been fabulous! And I’ve found them all on Pinterest!

Okay, a few more things I’ve found around Blogland that I want to try!

I love these fabric-lined mason jars from Que Linda.

You know I love a good knock-off!  Check out the original versus this Anthro-inspired floral vase at It’s Overflowing. {Shhhh. I like the knock-off better than the original.}

painted kids table and chairs

Can you say, fabulous?! I adore what Lovely, Etc did to pull a mismatched table and chairs together to make an adorable set for the kids!

There you have it! My features of the week! If you were featured and you’d like to grab a button to share the love, you can find it on the right sidebar. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

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Feature Friday!

Happy Friday! Featuring You Friday is back and I’ve got some fantastic things to share! It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve had time to sit down and browse around Blogland. I was so excited to find so many cute, simple and inexpensive ideas this week. Here we go!

Fist up, I love these Foil Drawings.

Would you believe that they are made from tinfoil and craft glue? You have to stop by Art Club Blog to see just how easy this is to make!

Here is a cute idea for the kids.

Handmade alphabet soup with felt letters from Make the Best of Everything.

This Dollar Store pizza tin was transformed into a decorative mantle piece inspired by fresh modern fabrics.

Be sure to stop by The Stonybrook House for the tutorial.

You know how much I like sweets so I just had to share this one!

How yummy does this Funfetti Cake Batter Milkshake look? You can find the recipe at Mrs. Happy Homemaker.

March already? Check out this cute St. Patty’s Day wreath.

You can make this cute mini wreath from scraps! Check out the tutorial at Vixen Made.

And finally, my favorite find on Pinterest for the week.

rustic upcycled fence for the garden

I need to go junk shopping! And I’m def ready for my spring garden!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Featuring You Friday

It’s Friday again already! I hope you are enjoying yours! The boys and I spent this gorgeous Carolina day at the park. 65 degrees and lots of sunshine! It felt so good! Here are a couple things that caught my eye this week.

 I love these stuffed paper hearts by the Scrap Shoppe. They are cute, they are simple and they are perfect for Valentine’s Day! Be sure to stop by for the tutorial!

Oh my goodness, all my favorites in one single treat! Are you ready? Oreao Butterscotch Coconut Blondeis! Sounds like Heaven! Grab the recipe at BruCrew Life.

 It’s been awhile since I’ve featured a good furniture piece. This desk makeover fabulous! You have to stop by Shabby Loco to see how it was done! You might be surprised! Hint: Annie Sloan and hot sauce!

You all know that I am cheap. I love a good deal. Better yet, I love a good knock off. Five Days, Five Ways  created these Anthropologie candle sticks for hundreds of dollars less. Yes, I said hundreds. You gotta go look.

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I also love these cute hot chocolate dippers made by The Moody Fashionista. What a great idea for a gift or a pretty accompaniment for a hot chocolate bar!

 

I also wanted to share with you some great gift ideas available from Kodak Galleries. First, personalize your Valentine’s this year with Kodak Galleries photo cards. Find the one that’s just right for sending your loved ones!

If you are looking for something more than a card, take a look at their gift guide where you can create personalized items such as calendars, photo books, canvases and more! They even have a new purse charm perfect to share your photos with a loved one!

 

 

To learn more, visit http://www.kodak.com and follow their blog and more at http://www.kodak.com/go/followus.

Have a great weekend!

Featuring You Friday

It’s Friday and I’m featuring YOU! 

I love these adorable Mason Jar Cups from Jamielyn at I {heart} Naptime. She made the pink lemonade jars for her daughter’s birthday party.

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Ugly Duckling turned a thrift store find into a beautiful French Market Bag. You have to stop by for a look at her technique for transferring the image. I learned something new!

I LOVE these handwritten Love Note Pillows from Chalk and Chocolate. I would never be able to do this because I hate my handwriting, but good for her because hers looks fantastic!

Spruce Your Nest created a fabulous distressed chair while doing a “Chalkboard Paint Review.”  I love the look of white and black!

It’s breakfast time right now, but breakfast is not what I want after seeing this Crispy Baked  Falafel! Looks so good! Get the recipe from MD School Mrs.

And now, a couple things I love on this week. . .

Roasted Grape, Goat Cheese and Honey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Need I say more?

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Another idea for my “mudroom?”

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If you were featured today, I’d love for you to grab a button to share the love! You can find the link on my side bar. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

 

Feature You Friday Best of 2011

Being that it is the first Friday of the new year, I thought today that I would re-post some of my favorites from FYF 2011. Here ya go!


I’m so glad I went back and looked at all my previous FYF posts! It reminded me that I have got to make these buffalo chicken nachos! You want the recipe? Go over to Will Cook For Smiles.

I’m still drooling over this piece that I featured in June! Ella Boo & Co. took an old, forgotten dresser {that was free} and transformed it into a great storage buffet with chalkboard labels.

In July 2011, I fell in love! I spotted this vintage card catalog at Maple & Magnolia. I am, and I told her so, 100% envious and not ashamed at all. I’ve been on the lookout ever since.

I gotta give a shout out to my buddy Natalie for her spray painted sofa back in September. Yes, that’s what I said, spray painted sofa! I’m sure you’ve seen it all over Pinterest but be sure to stop by Johnny in a Dress to see how she did it. Creative genius!

This was, by far, the coolest gossip chair I’ve seen! The color and the curves of this chair are so great! I haven’t seen one with this shape since. I found it over at June & Bear back in September.

Thank you Landee See, Landy Do for sharing this delicious recipe for pumpkin crunch! I made it shortly after she posted it and it was so good that I replace my Thanksgiving pumpkin pie with this dessert! Must try! A couple of things I did differently {because I always do something different} was use 2 cans of pumpkin add cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
Peppermint Crunch Truffles
I found these Peppermint CrunchTruffle on Pinterest and made several batches over the holidays. They are fantastic! You can find the recipe at  Bakers Royale. The chocolate center of these are so silky and they just melt in your mouth! I used a combo of semi-sweet and 60% cocoa and used Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses instead of Ande’s. Delish!
And there you have it! My favorite features of 2011! Food and furniture, go figure! I hope you all have  fabulous weekend!

Top Five Posts of 2011

It’s Friday again and today instead of featuring you, I am featuring ME!
I wanted to share with you the top five posts of 2011.
#1: The most popular post, by far was my Mod Podge summer clutch tutorial

I took an old patent leather clutch that I purchased at a garage sale for $1 and transformed it into a cute summery bag with fun fabric and rosettes. I didn’t know if my idea of adhering the fabric to the purse with Mod Podge would actually work, but as you can see, my attempt paid off!
I knew these boxes were cute when I bought them, but I had no idea how popular they would be on my blog! I have had so many inquiries that I am now making and selling them. I hope that soon (like, really soon) my shop will be up and running, but for now I am taking orders by email. {jen at scissorsandspatulas dot com}
#3: This is my favorite project. I took my hubby’s old childhood bed and transformed it into a headboard bench.

I busted my butt to finish this project for the first round of American Crafter, “Trash to Treasure.” It turned out exactly how I had envisioned it though. What I love best is the history behind it.

#4: After what seemed like an eternity, I finally revealed my painted kitchen cabinets!

The project from hell that took entirely too long was finally complete! Would I do it again, yes. The outcome was worth it. However, there are many things I would do differently knowing what I know now!
#5:  I had no idea what a big hit my simple kitchen canister labels would be!

A digital cutting machine and some vinyl was all I needed to transform inexpensive Wal-mart canisters into these lovelies. This is another item that will be available in my shop. I am currently taking orders and can customize the labels to suit your needs. {jen at scissorsandspatulas dot com}
Don’t miss out on $200 worth of giveaways that end tomorrow! 
AMEX Serve (the newest way to transfer, exchange, and spend money) is giving one lucky reader $100! 

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Kodak Gallery is giving away $100!

Be sure to stop by those posts and leave a comment for your chance to win!

FYF and a winner!

I’m kinda sad that this will be the last Christmas FYF of 2011! How can it be Christmas already? Do you feel like time just keeps going faster and faster? Slow down!!!!! Please! 
I sure have enjoyed all the holiday projects I’ve seen this year. I’m sad that it’s almost over. This is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it. The warm, fuzzy feeling the Christmas season brings. The lights. The music. The joy and happiness. The gratitude. The decorations, baking and delicious food. The excitement for my kids. The excitement of my kids. Family, friends and neighbors. Most importantly, the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. 
I love it all. There is something about Christmas that just seems to make everyone happier. I just wish this time wouldn’t flash by us so quickly. Here’s to Christmas 2011!
Need I say more? What a powerful statement! Thanks Vivienne from The V Spot for sharing!
I love this simple DIY tree skirt by Ten-sixty Bliss. I especially like that it only cost $7!!
My boys love the movie and these Polar Express Inspired Ornament from Tutus & Tea Parties are so cute!
How cute is this acorn tree from Johnny in a Dress? Stop by to see her tutorial.
If you were featured today, I’d love for you to grab a brag button! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome ideas!
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And now, the winner of the My Memories giveaway. . . 

keomic said…
I like “scissors and spatulas” on FB already!
Congratulations! That’s a nice early Christmas present! Please email me (jen at scissorsandspatulas dot com) by the end of the weekend to claim your prize! 
If you didn’t win, I still have good news! Use the code below to receive $10 off the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and an additional $10 off anything else in the MyMemories.com store. That’s $20 in savings! 

at checkout, be sure to enter: STMMMS55110

I pray that you all have a safe and happy holiday!
I’m taking the next couple of days off with the exception of a few fabulous gifts to you! That’s right, over the next few days I’ll have some really great giveaways (two are worth $100 each)! So stop back by and be sure to enter! 

Another FYF with Pinterest

That’s right friends, it’s Friday again already! Today I’ve decided to share with you some great holiday ideas I’ve found on the totally fabulous Pinterest! If you haven’t signed up yet, you really are missing out! Here’s a few things I’ve pinned this week.
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Love this simple porch decor. The distressed JOY board is fabulous!

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Serve up some Holiday Sangria at your next gathering. It looks so pretty and refreshing!

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I love the natural, rustic look of this tablescape! The plaid blanket for a table runner is perfect!

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I’m making one of these for next year! It’s and Advent tree! So clever!

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Doesn’t this Guinness Stew look yummy! It sounds so comforting on a chilly winter day.

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 I love this no-sew pillow so much I bought it at the auction! {My friend Angie made it.}

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Last, but not least, this very cute, very simple ruffled tree skirt. Love it!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my picks this week! To see more of what I’ve been “pinning,” check out my boards here. Have a great weekend! 

Feature You Friday (plus a winner)

Welcome to another edition of Feature You Friday!
I love these monogrammed ornaments from the Creative Exchange! What a great idea for a holiday place card! You must stop by to see how simple these are to make! 
I made these Peppermint CrunchTruffles, from Bakers Royale, last night to give to the ladies at my MOPS table this morning. YUM! The chocolate center of these are so silky and they just melt in your mouth! I used a combo of semi-sweet and 60% cocoa and used Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses instead of Ande’s. 
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There are Advent Calendars everywhere right now! I really like this “Countdown to Christmas Tree” over at Creative Juice. It’s a perfect centerpiece!

You know I love a great furniture makeover. This Mod Podge desk is no exception! Aren’t the colors fabulous? Stop by Too Much Time on My Hands to see how she did it.

Okay, I know that was just a few this week. But they were a few great ones, heh? I hope at least one of them gave you some inspiration! 
If you were featured today, I’d love for you to grab a button and share the love!
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Now, the winner of the Fish Foam window cleaner is. . .

Maury said…
I know my husband would love this stuff! He’s kind of in charge of the window cleaning and just did all of the downstairs windows yesterday!

Congratulations Maury! You are one lucky gal! You’re really gonna like this stuff! It makes washing windows so much easier and so much more worth it! {Especially when your hubs is the one doing it!} Email me ASAP to claim your prize!

FYF Thanksgiving Ideas

Hi friends! It’s Friday again already! And on Fridays, I feature YOU! Today I thought I’d share a few ideas for Thanksgiving. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week? Jeez! Are you ready? If you are still searching for some last minute finishing touches, here are a few ideas for you.

Alright, I’ll start with the yummies! You know they are always my favorite!
I am a fan of anything with pumpkin. I love the flavors of pumpkin and spice!

So of course, these Pumpkin Pie Spice Buttercream Cupcakes look and sound amazing to me! Aren’t the little acorns cute too?! You can find the recipe over at Nothing But Country.

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And how ’bout these darling Two Bite Turkeys from the Seven Year Cottage? What a cute dessert for the kiddos!

If you want to create a few simple Thanksgiving decorations for your home to remind everyone of the occasion, here are some cute ideas.

I love this Thankful Banner  made by The Happy Scraps. It’s cute, simple and would add just the right touch to your dining room. Plus, it uses my favorite Stampin’ Up ribbon!

These Thanksgiving Place Cards  are darling! What an adorable way to decorate your table! Stop by Just Another Day in Paradise to see the tutorial.

I think this Thanksgiving subway art speaks for itself. You can download it for free at Summit Street Joy, print it and frame it for the Thanksgiving holiday.
And, to decorate the kids table, these Cornucopia Place Cards are cute and yummy! The trouble is, they may not want to eat anything else! Stop by Caramel Potatoes to see more.

Did you get a few ideas? I hope so!
A quick reminder. . .

How does Santa get into your house? If you don’t have a fireplace, explaining this to your kiddos might be kinda tricky! What if there was a special key designed just for Santa to get in on Christmas Eve? ON the back there is a poem that reads:
This key is very special, you see,

It will not work for you or me.
Hang is just outside your door,
And go to sleep, worry no more.
Close your eyes and close them tight!

‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!
I’m giving away one of these keys over at Tattered & Inked! Stop by to enter!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Featuring You Friday – Pinterest Style

Happy Friday y’all! 
By now I’m sure many of you have heard of and are probably already addicted to Pinterest
Hello, my name is Jen, and like Pinterest way too much! But it’s not a bad thing, right? I mean it’s like subscribing to hundreds of magazines without a price tag. And, if you’re like me and rip out the pages to save, this is so much more practical {and convenient} means of storing all those ideas! Anyway, I thought today I’d do FYF – Pinterest style to show you some of the things I’ve pinned lately. 
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I’ll start with a few pins that I’ve actually used this week!

This morning in MOPS we made a modified version of this Hot Cocoa Gift Jar

Here is the one I found on Pinterest.
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And the ones we made. {We gave the moms several choices of fabric, coordinating ribbons and different colored tags so they could personalize it.}
The other night I had some girls over and made this Brie En Croute. . .
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Both were delicious {or at least I thought so}!
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I also found the idea to use embroidery hoops as wall art on Pinterest.

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Here is a sneak peek at mine. I’ll have the tutorial for you soon!
Did I mention that I LOVE Pinterest? Here are a few ideas I’ve “pinned” recently.
Love this adorable North Pole Burlap Pillow!
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This Honeycrisp Apple Sangria sounds like a yummy seasonal cocktail!
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I’m drooling over this sink. . .
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and this vintage card catalog. . .

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and this entryway.

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My tummy is telling me to go make these Salted Caramel Brownie Bites. . .

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So if you are not yet on Pinterest, do you see how it could kinda suck you in? What are you waiting for? Sign up! I think it is still by invitation only, so if you want one, just let me know. I’d love for you to follow me on Pinterest so I can follow you too! The more members, the more ideas! 
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! 

Featuring You Friday!

Hi friends! Sorry for missing FYF last week! But, here we are again. . . it’s Friday, and I’m featuring YOU!

This week’s FYF is sponsored by Diamonds USA Coupons from My Coupons.

Diamonds-USA allows you to be the designer to ensure that you get exactly what you want for an affordable price. If that’s not enough, check out the online coupon codes, promotions and discounts that MyCoupons has mined and defined for you! Go on and buy it-she’ll love it! 

Okay on to the features!

I love, love, love this ottoman!

Would you believe that it was made from a table and a completely DIY project?! I’m not saying it looks easy, but it sure looks beautiful! Stop by Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss for the tutorial!

If I can get my hands on an old milk can, you’ll see me doing this soon.

Stop by Art is Beauty for the before and after photo. 
This is such a cute way to display a calendar.
Bye-bye paper calendar! You’re about to be replaces with this DIY dry erase calendar from The Diary of Dave’s Wife.

I’ve featured this gal a few times before.

Desiree from The 36th Avenue is so talented! You have to stop by to see her Mod Podge fabric suitcase tutorial.
And finally, this beauty. 

You gotta stop by Creative Outlets of a Thrifty Minded Mama to see this transformation. Amazing!

Grab a button if you were featured today!

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Well, that does it for this week! Be sure to stop by Naptime Crafters and cast your vote for the Amercian Crafter competition. Help your three favorites move to the final round!
I hope you have a fantastic weekend! I’ve got some surprises in store for you next week {and I promise I’ll share that apple recipe I promised}! Stay tuned. . .

A Yummylicious FYF!

After finding my first couple of picks for the week, I realized that I had {unintentionally} started a theme. All of my picks were sweets and treats. Not a bad theme, right? There were so many yummy fall treats out there this week, I figured, why not do a “Yummylicious Featuring You Friday?” So, here it is! Warning: You’re gonna be hungry after seeing this post!

First up. . . 

Look at these cute skeleton cupcakes from Cookies and Cups. What a perfect Halloween treat for the kids to take to school!

These little boogers look so good! I can almost smell Blue-Eyed Bakers‘ petite pumpkin spice donuts.

Another cute little snack for the kiddos! Midwestern Sewing Girl shared how to make these cute mummy pretzel treats.

These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins in a jar from Nest of Posies would make a perfect fall gift {or snack}!

Oh my! Thank you Landee See, Landy Do for sharing this delicious recipe for pumpkin crunch!

I could lick my computer screen to get a taste of that brown sugar cream cheese icing! Check out the recipe for applesauce spice cupcakes over at Simple Girl.

I bet you’re craving something sweet, aren’t you? I told you so!
If you were featured today, I hope you’ll grab a button!

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Have a fantastic weekend! Get outdoors and enjoy the fantastic fall weather! Or stay indoors and make some of these yummy treats!

Featuring You Friday

How can it be Friday again already?! They seem to come faster and faster every week. But, since it is Friday, that means I’m featuring YOU! Fall and Halloween projects are everywhere right now! There were so many great ideas it was hard to choose! Here are a few of my faves.
My first feature comes from one talented lady!

Desiree, from The 36th Avenue created this fantastic fabric-wrapped wreath for her fall door. Stop by to see her tutorial (and be sure to do a lot of browsing while you’re there!}.
I have a minor obsession with pumpkins in the fall. Particularly this year. I’ve found myself buying all sorts of pumpkins to use in fall decorating. 
When I saw this yarn-wrapped rosette pumpkin, from Two Shades of Pink, I decided I needed yet another! Stop by to find out how to make your own.
Speaking of my pumpkin obsession, I did use a few white ones in my decorating this year, a first for me.

I love this white pumpkin and pinecone display by Shanty 2 Chic. It’s so simple, so fresh, yet so elegant. Be sure to stop by to see the full display.
Another thing I love? Burlap wreaths. 
This ball burlap wreath, from Today’s Fabulous Finds, is no exception! I love the entire display. 
I love making fun holiday snacks with my kiddos. 
Check out this cute spider web snack made over at Mom Endeavors. Stop by to see how this creative mama made them!

If you were featured today, I hope you’ll grab a button!

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Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Oh yeah, and I still haven’t heard from the lucky winner of the UPrinting giveaway. If you were comment #2 (Amber) please email me so I can get you your prize! I’ll be picking a new winner Sunday if I haven’t heard from you. 

Featuring You Friday

Happy Friday y’all! 
So much great stuff in Blogland this week! 
Up first. . .

This playroom is so fun even I want to play in it! Stop by Everyday Blessings for more photos, tutorials and where to shop.
Remember that IKEA shelf I bought for my craft room that ended up being the wrong shelf?

Thanks to Crafty Scrappy Happy, I know what to do with it! You gotta check out her tutorial for how shed turned hers into storage “lockers.”

If you read my FYF posts, you know I love sweets!

So of course my mouth was watering when I saw this Moose Munch! Get the Harry and David knock-off recipe at Something Swanky.

Okay, it’s not just sweets. I love food. I love to eat.

Especially fried food! Stop by Chameleon Girls to check out this fried mac-n-cheese recipe!

Is your garden giving you so many tomatoes you don’t know what to do with them?

Try this tomato and goat cheese tarts from La Petite Vie. Yum-O!

Many of you know that I’m dying to get my hands on a vintage card catalog. Well, I may have just found my new true love.

I’m drooling over this surveryor’s cabinet {found on Craig’s List} at Maple and Magnolia. Stop by to see the full transformation.

Holy cow, check out this cool piece!

Aren’t the color and curves of this “gossip chair” great? Stop by June & Bear to check it out.

There was so much great stuff out there this week! I hope you enjoyed my picks! If you were featured today, I hope you’ll grab a button! Oh, and don’t forget to enter the UPrinting giveaway! The winner will be announced Monday! Have a great weekend!

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Featuring You Fridays

Friday again already? That’s okay, I’ve been looking forward to this Friday! Guess where I’m headed tonight? I’m going to see Jason Aldean! 


Mmmmm-mmmm! We got good seats too! {Remember, I’m a Southern girl!}

There is one thing of mine that I want to show you before I start showing off your stuff this week.

My craft room! I know, it’s not quite done yet. I also know, it’s been forever, but just about everything in this room is either handmade, sewn, painted or refinished, so it’s taking some time. Not to mention there were boxes and tubs of supplies that had to be organized. But, it’s getting there. And at least I have a space to work!

Alright, on with the show!

The first fabulous find this week. . .

I love, love, love this darling Clean and Sensible.

Okay, this next room is so cool and eclectic! 

I love all the different colors, fabrics and styles in this room! See those cool, colorful candlesticks in the center of the table? Head over to Life as a Thrifter to check out the tutorial.
Now this is simple yet brilliant creativity.
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Recycle old light bulbs by turning them into decorative vases! What a cool idea from In His Grip.

I have yet to create a gallery wall in my home. I Pinned this one for inspiration.

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You have to go take a closer peek at this gallery wall from A Thoughtful Place. The balance of color is perfect and the hand print piece is darling!

I’ve been dying to try this stuff known as “milk paint.”

Saving 4 Six transformed a fouth-generation dresser into something really special using milk paint. This dresser has a great story to go along with it as well.

You know a Scissors & Spatulas’ FYF isn’t complete without a yummy treat!

Do you think Nutella Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins sound too good to be true? You’re wrong! Stop by My Name is Snickerdoodle to get the recipe.

I hope you enjoyed my picks of the week! Have a great weekend!

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Featuring you Friday again! 
First up. . .

I’d like to give a quick shout-out to Michele from the Scrap Shoppe. She was the one who inspired me to create my burlap pincushion. Thank you Michele for the inspiration and thanks so much for reminding me! ;)
It’s so hard to believe that it’s time to start thinking about decorating for fall! I’ve started seeing pumpkins all over Blogland this week!
I love these jute-wrapped pumpkins Jaime made during the hurricane. Stop by her site, That’s My Letter, for the tute. 
All it took was one look at this photo to get me to this site for the recipe.

It reminds me of something my SIL, Ilke, would make. This recipe, for Chickpea Tabouli, Greek Meatballs & Pita, comes from 3 Pickles
Seriously, the food caught my eye this week! Oink, oink!
Look at this fresh Summer-ish Pasta Salad by Bev at Flamingo Toes. YUM! I kinda want to lick my screen right now. {TMI}

Because pink is my favorite color, I have to share this next one.

It’s a Pinkalicious party! I’ve heard little girls love this book! I love the adorable details of this party by Vixen Made!

I just had to share with you this adorable idea for the kiddos.

This Scrappy Color Book is a cute way to teach your little ones their colors! Stop by Oopsey Daisy to get the tutorial.

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I hope you enjoyed the features today! There are some seriously talented people out there! Everyone have a fun and safe holiday weekend! I’m headed to the lake for what will probably by our last boating weekend of the season. :( sad

Welcome to Another FYF!

It’s Friday again my friends! Hope y’all had a great week! 
A couple of things before we get onto the features. 
#1 – We have an exciting new announcement about Southern B.L.O.G.S today! Find out how you can attend for free!
#2 – Are you In the Looop? In the loop is a sharing place to give and get inspiration. What’s so great about ITL is that you can find numerous examples of one particular idea you are looking for. How? In the Looop is organized by tags. You want to find some ideas for using Mod Podge? Just click the Mod Podge tag to get pages full of the best Mod Podge ideas out there! New invitations were just given out. I’ve got a couple. Let me know if you are interested!
Are you ready already? It’s Friday and I’m featuring YOU!

First up. . . 

This super creative pie tin organizer by MaryJanes and Galoshes
I’m sure many of you have seen this around Blogland this week.

It’s Natalie’s spray paint sofa. Yes, that’s what I said, spray paint sofa! You have to stop by Johnny in a Dress to see how she did it. Genius!

I accidentally stumbled upon this next one. 

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It was so cute I just had to share it! It’s like a miniature version of a Shabby Apple dress! Stop by The Train to Crazy {and aren’t we all on it} to get the complete tutorial.
I think I must always veer toward the girly things because I don’t have a girl. But I will admit that my boys love digging in my make up drawer and pretending while I’m getting ready.

So maybe this felt make-up would be perfect for them! Just kidding, but isn’t it just the cutest? You can see more at Gluesticks.

I’m constantly on the lookout to update the decor on my deck.

I found some great inspiration from Tres Chere with this colorful outdoor

I found this clever party idea at In the Looop!

What a cute and clever way to serve drinks at a party! Stop by Liz Marie Blog to see more clever ideas for this party.

And of course FYF wouldn’t be complete without some delicious dessert!

Cranberry Orange Cupcake

We’ve all had the muffins, but what about Cranberry-Orange Cupcakes? Lady Behind the Curtain has the recipe for these mouth-watering treats!

That’s all folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed my picks for the week and please stop by both sites mentioned earlier.
{In the Looop}
{Southern B.L.O.G.S.}
Have a fantastic weekend!

FYF Sponsored by Handy Man, Crafty Woman

Today I want to give a shout out to one of my great sponsors:
Handy Man, Crafty Woman

 Laurie, aka Crafty Woman, and her husband Rob, the Handy Man, started their blog in 2009. Married for 13 years, they have one son and live in New England.  Their current home is the third house they have renovated. Laurie enjoys scrapbooking, reading, taking photos and blogging.  Rob likes woodworking and tools, enjoys taking care of the yard, and hunting for antiques.  Their son, Handy Boy, is 10 and helps us with yard work and some smaller projects.  He even visits antique shops and thrift stores and has a small collection of old keys and coins!  They also collect vintage Fiesta Ware dishes.

On the blog, you’ll find renovation projects, both large and small scale, along with tips for using thrift store items to keep the cost down. One of their favorite projects was renovating the stairway. Another large project shared on their blog was the kitchen renovation.These posts show the ugly “before” kitchen, photos during the construction project, and more “after” photos.  Rob also refinished a kitchen island as a scrapbook table.
Besides renovation projects, Laurie also shares simple recipes, easy-to-implement organization tips and crafting projects. 

I hope you’ll stop by Handy Man, Crafty Woman and pay Laurie and Rob a visit. There is a little something for everyone on their site!

Ugh, it’s been a rough week-after-vacation! Why does the week after always seem like we are being punished for indulging and taking a little R&R? Not fair! 
I did have a little time to look around this week. Here are a few of my favorites.

The telephone booth is awesome, but that’s not what caught my eye about this post.

Nope, it was Lucy’s Lampshades burlap and metal magazine boxes that I admired. I purchased the same cardboard IKEA boxes with the intention of wrapping them in burlap {to match the burlap boxes I bought from IKEA}. What I didn’t know was that you could buy the adorable metal labels! Could have saved me mucho dinero at IKEA! Grrrrr! 
I couldn’t decide which was cuter. . .

the shoes or the feet that are wearing them! You must stop by How to Nest for Less  to see how easy these adorable flops are to make!

I love everything about this next project! The colors, the fabric, the quote, all of it! 
Tattered & Inked created this adorable art by printing on linen. You must stop by, not only to see how she did it, but to see what is under the fabric!
One of my favorite things at P.F. Changs? Lettuce Wraps!

But I’ve never tried to make them myself! I found these at Hungry Homebody and cannot wait to try them!
And finally, no FYF would be complete without some kind of dessert.

Check out these snickerdoodle cupcakes from The Farm Girl. Don’t they look delish? Stop by to get the recipe.

If you were featured today, I’d love for you to grab a button to spread the love!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

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Guest Post: Featuring You Friday by Lolly Jane

Hey S&S readers!
We just love love love Jen and are thrilled to be taking over her cute site for the day :)

To introduce ourselves, we are twin sisters Kelli & Kristi from sunny Arizona who have a passion for all things crafty.

We run a busy little blog {Lolly Jane} that we enjoy showcasing our home improvement projects, before/after’s and simple everyday home decor crafts:

We would  for you to pop in and say hello sometime :)

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In traditional Scissors & Spatulas fashion, 
here are the Featuring You Friday faves
{taken from our Whatcha Got Weekend linky party we host Saturday & Sunday.}
Without further adieu…

This latitude & longitude pillow by Crafty Scrappy Happy is not only super cute but has meaning.
We are a sucker for personalized home decor…

…and personalized party decor!
This paper birthday crown by Social Salutations is simply CUTE.
What a lucky little 5 year old to sport this on her special day!

 Can this sock monkey baby shower by Giggles Galore be ANY cuter?!
Sock monkey + good eats + darling details = one lucky momma-to-be :)

 Speaking of good eats… oh.my.word!

Kelli is a freak about cheesecake and I  all things Oreo so this is a perfect Lolly Jane dessert- we immediately bookmarked the oreo cheesecakes by Joyful Baker.

 My mouth was salivating as I am looking at this Russian eggplant appetizer by Suburbs Mama!

Our older sis used to live in Russia so we’re going to make this and impress her ;)  
Muah ah ha!  We mean, thanks for the recipe Suburbs Mama!

Before we leave we have to show just one more tutorial because this one is simply creative!  We love to see people think outside of the box and this is one of those projects… the Sisal hanging lamp by Too Much Time on My Hands.

She created this out of a handful of household products lying around without measuring!  Showoff! ;)

Well we’re off to Lolly Land so be sure to snag Jen’s fab featured button or visit those cute featured blogs and let them know how much you also adore them!

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Happy weekend! 
xo


Featuring You Fridays

It’s Friday {again already} and that means I’m featuring YOU!
First I wanted to share a silly little picture with you. We went to buy some local peaches from Springs Farm and to eat their fresh, homemade peach ice cream. I happened to have my camera and took a picture of the boys at the table. They are both at that age now where you tell them to say cheese and they give you this
face. . .

Oh my word, they crack me up!

First up, yummy-liciousness! Yep, I just made up a word!

I think it describes these lemon raspberry cupcakes from Moments of Twenty perfectly!

Dang, the Tooth Fairy give dollars now? And more than one? I got jipped! 

The Crunchy Mamacita created this darling monster tooth pillow after being inspired by another blogger, Her Hobby. Darling! 

Colleen from So Much to Say used my summer wreath as inspiration to create her own version. I love her color choices.

We have all seen the old cheese plates with domes being transformed into cloches. Even I made one!

Look what I found at Cap Creations! It’s a dome turned upside down to make a pedestal bowl! Brilliant! 
I saw this piece at a link party and couldn’t help but take a closer look.

The awesome lines in the drawers reminded me of the dresser I just refinished. This one comes from Life We Live 4. I love it!

And finally, this amazing nursery.

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Stop by Five Days in Five Ways to see it in it’s entirety. It’s gorgeous!
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I’m headed to the beach tomorrow! I’m looking forward to sand, sun and relaxation! I’ve got a great line-up of guest posts for you while I’m gone! I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Featuring You Fridays

It’s Friday again already. 
Here are a few of my favorites from this week.

All I had to do was look at this photo to know I wanted some of these! 
YU-HUM-MY! These are Coconut Macaroon Brownie Bites from Inside Brucrew Life. Stop by to get the recipe.
After my craft room is finished I’m going to give Little man #1′s bedroom a makeover. I sure wish I could use these colors.

JUST KIDDING! That would be wrong! But isn’t the color combo fabulous?! Stop by Oak Ridge Revivals for the befores and afters of this little girl’s room makover.
Oh, my, word. I just added a new board on Pinterest the other night called “Things I Want.” The first item I pinned for this board. . .
a vintage card catalog. I want one sooooo badly for my new craft room. Then, last night, I found this one at Maple & Magnolia. I told her I was 100% envious and not ashamed at all. Love it!

Just the other day, on my contributor post at Somewhat Simple, I told y’all about gathering lots of paint chips and taking them home to check them in the light of your room. But once you’ve narrowed it down and finally picked a color, what do you do with those paint chips? 

The Crafty Scientist created this cool monogram art! 
I’ve got Little Man #2′s birthday coming up so I’ve been on the lookout for party ideas. 
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Check out some ideas for a cowboy party from It’s Always a Party at the Sparklers. Fun!

Well, those are a few of my faves of this week. If you were featured, I’d love for you to grab a button!

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If you were just browsing, I hope you were inspired!
I hope you all have a great weekend!

Featuring You Fridays

Helloooooo Friday! I’m so glad the weekend is here! This Friday, like every Friday, I’m featuring YOU!
Here are my picks of the week. . .

You all know how much I love wreaths! 

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This paper cone wreath is no exception! Stop by Corner House for a tutorial.

I don’t know about where you live, but here in SC it is H-O-T!

Cool off with nectarine slushies by Sparkle. Yummy!
One word for this one – fun!

Check out this coffee filter lamp made by Kitty from A Law Student’s Journey. Love it!
I love it when readers/fans come by to tell me about a project that they have created, inspired by me.
That’s why I do this! I love to inspire!

Ricochet and Away saw my Mod Podge clutch tutorial and created her own!

I love ‘em all, but I have to admit, this is my favorite!
{You might not “get” this if you’re not from the South}
You might be a redneck if. . . 

Your wine glasses are made from mason jars! Get the tutorial for redneck wine glasses from White Water Crafting
And finally, I had to share these adorable books.

You have to stop by Oopsey Daisy to look inside these adorable quiet books. Trust me, you’ll want one for road trips, restaurants, church, or just five minutes peace and quiet!
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I hope you enjoyed my picks of the week and I hope you have a fantastic weekend! We are heading out of town for some family fun! Don’t forget to enter the Johnny in a Dress giveaway! Winner gets to choose any item from her shop! Oh, and if you already stopped by, go back because Natalie just added some fabulous new items to her shop!

Like the Bloomin’ Bobbies:

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Or the travel chalkcloth placemat:

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There is much more adorableness over at JIAD the shop! Click here to enter to win the item of your choice!

Featuring You Friday Sponsored by Imperia 13

This week’s FYF is sponsored by Imperia 13: The Card Game.

Imperia 13 Card Game

What is it? It’s a game that encourages creativity and the use of imagination. The purpose of the game? To have fun! Games like this are hard to come by now-a-days.

Imperia 13: The Card Game

The Epic Battle made by kids, just for kids Imperia 13 is a two-person card game, designed by kids, tested by kids, and made specifically for kids! The eye-catching artwork and action packed cards will keep kids entertained- they won’t even notice that it’s full of educational benefits! With so many different cards in each player’s deck, no battle is the same! A player can build an Army and conduct a strategy as unique as they are. Best of all, the battle is not won through single, over-powering cards, but through the strategy each player uses. 

About the game:
Each player starts with an arsenal of 100 items but can only bring 70 of these to battle. Decide if you want more offense or defense and choose items to match your strategy. Will you go for a quick revolution to seize power or try wearing down your opponent slowly instead? Command your soldiers and direct your attacks skillfully… the fate of the Empire rests on you!With multiple ways to win, every game is unique. Encourage creativity and imagination today with Imperia 13: The Card Game! visit www.imperia13.com

Now on to the features of the week!

Look at this cute little bum. . .

Head over to Daydream Believers to see the tutorial for these ruffled bloomer (cute booty not included).

Speaking of cute. . . 

Isn’t this handmade play kitchen darling?! Stop by Shanty 2 Chic to see how she did it.

That’s a lot of cuteness, but I have one more that I couldn’t resist sharing.

The only thing I love better than baby feet are baby shoes! Stop by Becoming Martha for the {seems simple} tutorial on how to make these darling ruby red slippers.

Okay, so lanterns are HUGE right now. I’ve been scooping them up at garage sales and thrift stores to re-finish.

Never in 100 million years would have thought to make one. You have to stop by The Country Chic Cottage to see how it was done. Genius!

And because I heart furniture makeovers. . .

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Here is another set of chairs transformed into a bench. Stop by Frou-Frou Gals to see ow it was done.

Warning: your mouth is about to water.

Holy German Chocolate Cream Pie! Be sure to grab this recipe from The Gaines Gang.

I’m a huge fan of adorable homemade cupcakes! So of course, I love these!

Check out how these cute piggie cupcakes are made at Craptastic {why couldn’t I have thought of that blog name?}.

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I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Featuring You Fridays

The weekend is {almost} here! Welcome to another edition of FYF. It’s Friday and I’m featuring you!

There were tons of ideas out there this week for the Fourth of July. Since I featured several of them last week, I picked my favorite.
Check out this porch decor for the Fourth of July! 

II love that chair! This photo is just a small corner of the porch be sure to stop by Second Chances by Susan to see the rest.

This salad caught my eye immediately. I LOVE avocado. 

Is your mouth watering yet? Doesn’t this look so fresh and yummy? Head over to Mushki Loves to see how to make it.

 I don’t know why, but I’ve been scoping out a lot of food lately! No, not pregnant, just hungry, I guess!

Sonoran Hot Dogs

Check out this Sonoran Hotdog by Lady Behind the Curtain. Last summer I had my first Chicago dog and now I’m hooked! I’m trying this one next!
Again, more food. . .

Everything is being put on a stick these days. It just makes it cuter! This ice cream cookie pop is a sweet little treat shared by Pen ‘n’ Paper Flowers.

Furniture. Ahhh, how I love furniture. 

Isn’t this desk gorgeous?! Not just the desk, but the accessories that accompany it! Head over to Living Beautifully to see this junk to jewel desk transformation at .
Last, but not least. . .

Check out these adorable calendar blocks {with a great tutorial} by The Big Green Blog.

I hope you all have a SAFE and happy holiday weekend! I’m looking forward to food, friends and family and fireworks!!