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!

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!

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. . .

Gourdy the Ghost by Freckles Crafts

Hello Scissors and Spatulas readers!My name is Rebecca, and I am the owner of FrecklesCrafts. I spend my days running my shop filled with fun craft kitsfor kids, and blogging about the daily ins and outs of being awork at home mom. I am so excited to be a guest at Jen’s blog todaywith a fun tutorial for Halloween!

October is one of my favoritemonths of the year! I love the weather, the pumpkins, and especiallyHalloween! Not only is it a really fun holiday, but it allows me toget really creative with my home decorations. Today I am going toshare with you one of my favorite crafts for Halloween that also makesa very cute decoration. Gourdy the Ghost is a simple little craftthat your kids will love helping you with!

Supplies:
  • Dried gourd (available here)
  • White craft paint (Deco Art paint works great)
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Drill with 3/32 or 1/8 drill bit
  • Black chenille stem or picture wire for hanging
  • Black permanent marker
  • Ribbon for embellishments
 Start by cleaning the gourd. Most dried gourds will have a film/cruston that will need to be removed. The above photo is of a gourd beforeit has been cleaned. A little Dawn dish soap on a rough sponge orsteel wool will clean it right up!
 See the difference? Muchbetter!
 Begin by painting the gourdwhite. I used two coats of paint to make sure the surface was niceand 
white.Next use your sharpie orpermanent marker to draw a face on your ghost. It is so much fun togive your ghost a personality! Make him scared, happy or silly!Anything goes!
 Drill a hole through the top ofyour gourd. The size of drill bit you use will depend on the materialyou will use for hanging. I used a 3/32 size drill bit for thistutorial, and a chenille stem fit through the hole
 perfectly.
Make sure you drill completelythrough to the other side so that it will hang straight.
 Thread your hanging wire throughthe holes and tie the ends together at the top. Add ribbon and otherembellishments and you are done! Isn’t he cute? Make several andhang them in a tree for a spooky 
outdoor decoration!
 
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!I would love for you to stop by my store and blog fora visit, or follow me on Facebook and Twitter! Here is a little snapshot of my craftkits for kids!

Thanks again Jen for having me as aguest today!

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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Guest Post: Cowbow Caviar from Colleen

Hi there, I am Colleen and my blog is So Much to Say.

I’m thrilled to be here today guest posting for Jen.  I stumbled upon Jen’s blog a few months ago and I have been a huge fan of her blog ever since.  Jen’s home is full of inspiration (totally love her kitchen cabinet make-over), she has great recipes and her boys are pretty cute too! I am very envious of her mad painting skills when it comes to furniture she has found.
A little about me . . . . . I’m a thirty-something mom of two and wife to my husband of almost nine years. I spend my days working as a lawyer which keeps me very busy! When I am not at work, you can find me with my two beautiful kids beside me.  I’m a wanna-be Martha Stewart (I could do without the jail stint), a compulsive organizer, list maker, and Pottery Barn lover.  I love to read blogs although admittedly they fill my head with ideas and crafts that I keep track of on Pinterest.  (I’ve been known to re-organize my boards on there!)  I blog about many things like our life experiences, our home, projects, crafts, and sometimes just our ordinary days at home.
Today I am sharing a simple side dish.  We recently had a Mexican theme get-together at our house and served the following side dish.  It’s easy (which is key for me!) and very tasty.  We served this with fajitas, black rice and beans, taco mac & cheese and a salad.  It was a huge hit (as was our themed night – so much fun)!  Oh, and you cannot forget the margaritas and/or sangria!

Cowboy Caviar
2 15 oz oz cans black beans, rinsed
1 17 oz can whole kernel corn, drained
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 large avocado, diced
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Dressing:
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
4 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix well.  Keep chilled until serving.

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I would love to have you pop on over to my blog and say hi.
Thanks so much for having me Jen!! 

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!

Guest Post: Jenny of Planner Perfect

A big thank you to Jen, for hosting me today on her fabulous blog! 

Hello, my name is Jenny, homeschooling mama of seven children, and  blog author of Planner Perfect and Planner Perfect Meals. I hope to inspire you today on some baking tips I have up my sleeve, and to share some of my yummy fall, dessert recipes!

One element to keeping organized with your meal planning for your family is to plan one baking day in each of your weeks. I love getting out my planner and looking though my favorite food magazines and write down all I’m going to bake on my baking day with all of the ingredients needed; along with my main meal planning and I’m set for the week, full of delicious meals and the ingredients needed to bake up some amazing baked goods.  These baked delights compliment all of my meals and snacks for my family and it is comforting to know that my family is eating well with foods I prepare for them using quality ingredients, and that I’m saving money not buying processed snacks and breads.

Here are just some of my favorite baking day, items, I like to bake-up. I’ll usually stick to 3-4 different baked goods/breads each week, changing it up each bake day.

Muffins. I’ll change it up each week: banana, blueberry, cinnamon sugar

Whole grain bread/muffins

Homemade white bread

Cinnamon rolls

French bread

Cookies

cupcakes

pizza crust

dinner rolls

What makes you organized with your baking day, is not only the fact you are setting a day aside each week to bake them, but you can bake extra and freeze; ready to pull-out for any meal. You’ve got muffins that freeze quite nicely for breakfast, my breads are to eat all week long for our sandwiches for lunch and the cookies are a treat that can be frozen and of course ready to eat straight from the oven!

Here are some of my all-time favorite fall recipes…

Chocolate Molasses Cookies

These are the most yummy, moist, fall cookies you’ll eat. When I found these in, Country Living Magazine, I knew that I’d love them! The molasses imparts such a wonderful flavor and creates such a moist cookie. They even have a dusting of brown sugar on top! I love making these every fall, pack them in wax paper sacks, along with a thermos full of hot apple cider and take them with me to the pumpkin patch with the kiddos.
Believe me, they’ll be your new fall favorite!

Click here for the Chocolate Molasses Cookie, printable recipe.

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streusel muffins
whole grain bread

Check out more over at Planner Perfect Meals full of my favorite tried-and-true recipes that are delicious and kid friendly! And for everything organized, check out Planner Perfect where you’ll find everything from spring cleaning to the ultimate organizing system. I look forward to meeting you…

Enjoy creating a baking day each week and enjoying the feeling the comes from being organized in your home and kitchen.
Sincerely,
Jenny

Guest Post: Fresh Trends for Fall Decor

Hey y’ll! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! 
Let me introduce you to my guest poster.
Christina Johnson works for Elliman Prudential and has written some articles on interior design and DIY tricks to increase the value of your home. Today she is sharing some upcoming fall trends in home decor. I’m a visual person so I added some photos that demonstrate her ideas and tips.

As summer gives way to autumn and the air turns crisp, it’s the perfect time to revamp your home decor. Bring some of the rich textures and colors of fall indoors, to create your own cool weather sanctuary. Take a peak at some of the fresh trends in fall decor.

A Splash of Color

Transforming a room does not need to involve construction and money. Imbue your home with fall’s popular warm, cozy colors. Whether you want to go bold or stick with neutrals, this season’s palette offers something for everyone. Among the trendiest paint colors are soft gold, burnt orange, mocha, creamy beige, asparagus green, earthy browns and tans, and shades of gray, ranging from peppercorn to a pale gray violet. In a neutral room, an accent wall in a bold color can add depth and interest. Some popular choices are creams and beige with a brown or red accent wall.

Wallpaper

Bold, neutral, solids, and patterns can all add texture to a space. Wallpaper has become easy to apply and remove, making it an affordable way to update a room from season to season. Metallics can add glamor to a room, while printable wallpaper allows home-owners to customize the design to their tastes.

Change it Up
These days anything goes, no need to match. Eclectic decor is one of the bigger trends of fall. Mix masculine and feminine, antique and modern, or combine artwork of different mediums and styles. Try pairing your antique coffee table with a modern sofa. Try adding a splash of pink, or vases full of flowers, to an otherwise masculine room.  Location no longer matters either, whether you live in a Manhattan Rental, or a country colonial, whatever you call home should be decorated based on your taste.

Recycled home goods

Take recycling to a whole new level by using up-cycled pieces. Whether you want to take on a craft project or browse Etsy; you’ll be amazed by the range of re-imagined materials. Recycled-content counters have seen an increase in popularity but are still unique enough to drum up some compliments. Accent items, like clocks made from old records or bowls made from magazines can be chic and functional as well.

Dress your Windows and Doors

Dark and dreary window/door treatments are out. Design aficionados are predicting that linen panels will be huge this fall. These window treatments can soften any room. The classic fabric comes in a variety of colors and patterns to complement the colors of the room. With lighter material, the fall days will not seem so dark and dreary.

Décor for the Wall

Throw pillows, candles, art, sheets, comforters, slipcovers, floral centerpieces, and knickknacks, can complement the color of the room and add a fun or sophisticated feel. While neutral furniture has been the standard, don’t be afraid to experiment and add a splash of color, as accessories can be easily swapped out with the change of seasons. Black, copper,red, chocolate brown, brass, wine, and funky patterns are popular this season. However, shades of orange have been stealing the show. Add some burnt orange pillows or a few pumpkin orange vases to give your home a fall feeling.

I hope you were able to get some inspiration to help update the look of your home this fall! 

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


Guest Post: Wine Cork Art from The V Spot

Hi all!   I’m Vivienne from The V Spot where I write about crafts, DIY projects and the wacky things my kids do.
   

I am really happy to be guest posting here at Scissors & Spatulas today! I adore Jen and I love, love, LOVE her projects.

While Jen is on vacation, I thought I’d share one of my favorite projects:
Distressed Artwork with a Wine Cork Frame.

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A few years ago I bought a friend a birthday card that said “Always carry a corkscrew and the wine will provide itself”. As much as it was the perfect card for her, it also resonated with me for a couple of reasons…
  1. I really like wine
  2. It reminds me to be ready for opportunity when it knocks on my door
  3. It reminds me to have faith that things will fall into place
  4. I really, really like wine
The first step in this project is to drink a lot of wine and save the corks. I have been saving wine corks for quite a while in order to get enough of to do this project. I also had my friends save them for me, but I have heard it is possible to buy corks in bulk at some craft stores. (But I’ve never needed to do buy them, so I can’t confirm that.  :) Don’t you judge me!)

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1.) Starting with a $5 thrift store frame, I had it fitted with a piece of 1/4 inch plywood and then primed it using a basic brush on primer like Kilz.

2.) Using acrylic paint I had on hand, it was painted a golden-taupe color. You can use any color that you like on this step. Whatever color you choose is the color your letters will end up being.
3.) Next I used my Cricut to cut the letters out of contact paper. If you don’t have a Cricut or a Silhouette you can use pre-cut scrapbook stickers. You can buy them at Michael’s or JoAnn’s. The next step is to arrange them how you want them and adhere them to the board. I am a big fan of the “just eyeball it” Letter Placement Technique, especially if you’re using a script-style font.
4.) Once the letters were adhered to the board, I covered the entire board with sage green acrylic paint went. While the green paint was still slightly wet, I free-hand painted a wine bottle right over the top of it all (and like a dork, did not take a photo of this part.) I used black paint to do this and it blended a bit with the still slightly wet green. I also got a little bit of gold paint and put little streaks of gold over the bottle.
5.) While it was still wet, I peeled off the letters. If you wait until everything is dry to pull the letters off, there is a very good chance that the paint will peel up with it. While this can still happen while it’s wet, at least if it’s still wet you can blend the paint to “fix” the problem areas. Once it’s dry, you’re kinda screwed. (That’s a technical artist term, by the way.)
I painted a black border around the perimeter of the bard. My thinking was that there would probably be gaps between the corks and that black showing through would be better that the green.


6.) I allow these distressed art pieces to dry overnight. Once completely dry, I use a light to medium grit sandpaper and go over it with the hand sander until I achieve the distressed look I wanted.
7.) Wipe down the board. I usually put a metallic wash over these pieces. It softens the look of the piece and adds to the distressed look. In this case, I just water down a little gold paint and brush it over the top. Once this dried, I place the board into the frame. There was a gap between the board and the back of the frame that was just the right space for the corks.
8.) Figuring out the placement of the corks was quite a puzzle. They are all just a little bit different. Some are slightly shorter than others, some are a little fatter, etc. Once I got them in the pattern I wanted, they were wedged and glued into place one at a time. DO NOT USE HOT GLUE FOR THIS. Use an epoxy of some kind. Hot glue dries too quickly and you will most likely need to wiggle them around or re-position some of them. A strong, but slow drying epoxy works best.


9.) Then to make sure they were really secure, whatever was handy and heavy was used to weigh them down while they dried. (In this case, Mexican Train Dominoes and ceramic candle holders.)
I hung it against a green wall in a funny little niche that is always tricky to decorate because it is small and rather dark. This feels like it works here because this art seems to add more texture than it does color, and it has created sort of a layered look.

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I’m really happy with how it turned out. I hope you all like it too!
Come see me at The V Spot!
Cheers!!

Guest Post: DIY Play Kitchen from The Family Connection

Hello fellow crafters!  My name is Bonnie, I am a SAHM and a DIY crafter.  I blog over at The Family Connection where you’ll often find me blogging about my family, crafts and photography.  I’m very excited to be here at Scissors and Spatulas!  I’m going to share my latest creation today and I’ll start by giving you a before and after shot of this “re-purposed entertainment center.”

I brought home an entertainment center that someone “junked” and got to work!  I first sanded down the entire unit (with my daughter’s help of course) and removed the cardboard backing.

I went to the lumbar yard and bought a sheet of particle board for the shelves, backing, and doors.  I measured everything out, twice!

My pop was kind enough to help me with some of my cuts, and YES I did do some of the cuts myself!

Next, using my jig saw I cut a hole out for the sink, attached the back, and primed the entire unit.
I applied many coats to the kitchen with some left-over paint we had from repainting our house two years ago, and began the assembly!  I attched the doors and shelves first and installed the faucet and sink (which is just a stainless steel mixing bowl), handles (Lowe’s), utensil rack (Ikea), stovetop dials (which I failed to take a close up of, but also from Ikea), and an apron hanger on the left side (not visible, also from Ikea).

Then came the revealing of the kitchen to my girls, can you tell they were excited??

I had my mother teach me how to sew some curtains and hung a mirror above the sink (per my oldest’s request).
*Please excuse the clutter of toys around the kitchen, I interrupted playtime for this shot* 

This was an extremely inexpensive gift to make, but very time consuming for me (especially the painting!).  The only things I spent money on were the handles, utensil rack, apron hanger, and a sheet of particle board.  I had the paint, faucet, and “sink” already.  Total coast?  Around $30!  Hopefully this will last the girls a long time.
Thanks for reading, happy crafting! Be sure to stop by my blog, The Family Connection!


Guest Post: Custom Gift Box from Gwenny Penny

Hey, everybody! I’m so excited to be posting here on Jen’s blog today. I’m Gwen, and I blog over at Gwenny Penny. I’m a full-time mom of two little girls, and I love sewing, crafting, and just about everything creative. I blog in order to make sure that I carve out some creative time just for me each week. These are some of my favorite projects
Today I’m going to show you how to make a simple custom gift box. Shouldn’t you wrap a handmade gift in a handmade box? Yes! I was searching high and low for a little gift box in my basement a few weeks ago, but all I could find were enormous gift bags. I finally decided to take matters into my own hands and make a cute little gift box of my own…

Adorable, no? These are so easy… I used to make this style box when I was a kid. And you can customize the gift box for the recipient by choosing the right rubber stamps, colors, and embellishments. Now you really want to make one, right? Here’s the how-to…
Materials:
  • 2 pieces of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock
  • rubber stamp(s)
  • ink
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • butter knife
  • scissors
  • glue
  • embellishments

Instructions:

Step 1: Chose a piece of cardstock to use for the top of your gift box. We are going to stamp the paper first. You can stamp however you like, but I like to use the following method so that I don’t end up with any gaps. Lay your ruler out from one corner of your paper to the opposite corner. Start stamping along the ruler every couple of inches (depending on the size of your stamp).

When you get to the edge of your paper, place a piece of scrap paper along the edge and continue to stamp so that you get the partial pieces of your pattern on your cardstock.

Step 2: Once you complete the first row, move the ruler down a few inches, keeping the same angle along the paper. Start stamping the next row, staggering your stamps between the stamped images in the row above.

Continue until you’ve filled the paper above and below that first row that your created in Step 1. Let the ink dry before moving on to Step 3.

Step 3: Now it’s time to assemble your box top. Flip your paper over so that the stamped images are facing down. My finished box is 7″ x 4.5″ x 2″, so these measurements will result in a box of that size, but you can make any size you want. You need to start by creating four lines on your paper. Each line will be 2″ long and will be located 2″ from the adjacent edge of the paper. The lines drawn from the short edges of the paper will be horizontal. The lines drawn from the long edges of the paper will be vertical.

Please see the picture below for more detailed information…

Using scissors, cut along each of these four lines.

Step 4: You will need to score your paper to make it easier to fold. With your stamped images still facing down and using the blunt edge of a butter knife (upside down), score the entire length and width of your cardstock, 2″ from each edge. See the picture below for more detailed information…

Step 5: Time to start folding. With your stamped images still facing down, fold along the score lines on all four sides, folding the edges toward the center of your paper.

Take the four small squares formed by your cuts and score lines and fold them into the middle of the box top.

Glue these squares to the inside of the box at all four corners.

When you are done, it should look like this on the inside…

Step 6: Take your second piece of cardstock and trim 1/8″ from one short side and one long side. This will make it easier to fit the top piece over the bottom piece when you are done. Repeat Steps 3, 4 and 5 to create the bottom for your box. When you are done, you will have a cute little gift box!

But what is a handmade gift box without embellishments? Time to decorate!

I took a piece of fabric bias tape and looped it around one end of my box, securing it with glue. I made a little bow with the bias tape and glued that on top, followed by a small white button.

This is a quick and cute project that really adds a nice touch to a gift. There are so many options here. You could stamp the recipient’s name somewhere on the box, stamp the cardstock used for the bottom piece of the box, wrap it up with some ric rac or baker’s twine… the possibilities are endless. Use your imagination and creativity :)

I hope you’ll come visit soon over at Gwenny Penny. I would love to have you stop by. Thanks so much for having me here today, Jen!

Goodies from IKEA & Craft Room Inspiration

Last week I held my first link party to get inspiration for my new work-in-progress craft room. I didn’t have tons of people link up, but it was a success because I got some great inspiration! I told you last week that we said good-bye to the “baby poop yellow” walls {if you  missed that story, click here}. The room was brightened up with  a lovely neutral color {Valspar Waverly Home Classic Series – Dunes}.
So how ’bout some new news?! Today I went to IKEA! I’m lucky enough that IKEA {Charlotte} is less than 30 minutes from my house so it’s VERY accessible. Hubby may disagree! Unlucky for him! Haha!
So what did I get? Let me show you the goods!
More hanging buckets {yes, I did a tute for how to make your own, but these were just too perfect to pass up}, some storage baskets, a pretty plant and pot, and these great burlap storage boxes in navy and ivory. LOVE them! Just about all of these are “new” at IKEA. If you haven’t been in a while, you gotta go! Some GREAT new stuff! Oh, and the shelf brackets for these
Two unfinished, pine wood shelves for just seven bucks each! Of course I’m not leaving them this way. Like I always tell you, stay tuned!
A closer look. . .

Wait ’til you see these burlap boxes assembled. LOVE!
Oh, and there is one more thing. Except, it’s the wrong thing! Ugh!

We came home with this tall, single-shelf piece. IKEA has these awesome new storage system cubes. I’m sure you’ve seen them. Anyway, what I thought I was getting was this. . .
Oops, I wasn’t paying attention when hubby grabbed the box and I was upstairs when he was putting it together {not blaming you hun}. Oops, wrong one!
Guess we {well, he – love you hun} will take it apart and exchange it. Thank goodness IKEA is so close! 
Okay, ready for the inspiration? Here are a few that inspired my shelf/storage purchases today.
If you linked up and I didn’t feature you, DON”T WORRY! I’m not finished. This is just the start, more to come!
Shelves & Storage Ideas:
My pine shelves aren’t quite as long but thank you for the idea for shelves above my craft table!

And that IKEA cube shelf {mishap}. . .
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this Stampin’ Up Rep {aka Paper Cuties} has another version in her craft room.

Do you have a creative space/craft room? Do you have a room with super storage solutions? I want to see! Please link up here! I plan on featuring any ideas I use in my craft room.

Stay tuned for more updates!


Guest Post: Destiny from A Place for Us

Hi Scissors and Spatula Readers! My name is Destiny and I blog over at A Place for Us!

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Over there you’ll find me blogging about home décor,easy entertaining and whatever else I might be up to!  I’m so excited to be here today and busting out my spatula! I love to bake! I’ve spent weeks pinning up some gorgeous photos of desserts! So today I’m gonna share an easy Fourth of July dessert to share with your friends and family!
Frosting, Ice Cream and Cake!
Use these simple ingredients…

Follow the directions according to the box and then add red food coloring! I let my mix sit in the fridge for a bit to let the color get darker. Bake the cake as directed in a rectangle 13×9! I used a square shaped pan.

After the cake cools, remove it from the pan and wrapped the cooled cake in saran wrap. Let the cake freeze for a 2-3 hours or overnight. Use the same cake pan and wrapped in parchment paper. leaving about a 1 inch overhang.
Remove the cake from the saran wrap and level it out by cutting the top off …you should have scraps and little children may follow:0) Set the leveled cake in the pan of parchment paper.

Next empty a tub of vanilla ice cream into your Kitchen Aid mixer. With the paddle attachment starting on low, whip the ice cream to a creamy consistency.

Spread the whipped ice cream over the frozen cake. Freeze again for another 15 minutes or until firm. Add blue food coloring to your choice of frosting. Again to intensify the color, let the color sit. Spread the icing on the layer of ice cream. Refreeze  another 2 hours or until it’s ready to serve!

After the cake is frozen and firm…SERVE to your guest! I cut mine up in little squares and served them on a stick! One bite is definitely enough if you’re a frosting lover:0) If your not then a small layer of frosting will make you just as happy!
Happy Fourth of July!!!

Guest Post: 365 Days to Simplicity

Hi friends at scissors and spatulas! I’m Angela at 365 Days to Simplicity, a blog about aspiring and usually failing to live a more simple life! But that’s okay, the joy is in the journey dude.

Every morning I sit at the computer with a cup of coffee, like a lot of other people in Blogonia, and I’m searching, looking hard for the next kick A idea. I was doing just that the other morning when I found my next inspiration; drinking coffee and reading This Old House online. That’s when I stumbled upon a great article about re-purposing wall cabinets into window seats- GENIUS! I have a bunch of wall cabinets in the garage left over from our kitchen renovation!

Hold up! There’s something you should know about me- I have a lot of crap at my house, and I want to get rid of it AND I have a decent sized home, but with tiny rooms, so I need to make room! Most of 365 Days to Simplicity to me taking crap that I want to get rid of and re-purposing to make more room in the house. Okay back to my story.

I went to my garage, excited to pull out those wall cabinets and get started. In my mind I imagined the dinning room table pushed up to those window seats and the family sitting down for a meal…how romantic! But it always is, in our heads isn’t it? When I pulled the cabinets from the garage, reality set in as I tried to sit on the wall cabinets and instead of feeling like I was in a Louisa May Alcott novel I felt more like Norm from Cheers when I sat tall enough to reach a bar counter and have a beer!

Well, I pulled them out of the garage, I had to do something with them. Here’s just the something I did.

Look at this Beauty!!

I removed the door.
Then I flipped this bad boy upside-down.




Sanded up the surface.
Primed it.
Painted it grey.
Cut the center from the cabinet door, then primed, puttied and painted the frame.
I polyurethaned the table top that I cut and added hinges so that the top flip open for extra storage!
Screwing in the hinges.
Attached hinges on the other side of the cabinet door frame.

I used push pins to put fabric in the frame. Now I can switch it out when I want to change it up a little  bit.
Backside of the door.
Notice the gap between the fabric.
I used brown ribbon to cover the gap.

A wall cabinet happily situated on the floor!

What’s Cookin’ {Recipes for Cinco de Mayo Supper}

Thursday is Cinco de Mayo! Before kids we would go out to a local Mexican restaurant to celebrate. But things are a little different now with two little ones, so we stay home and I make one of my many Mexican recipes and a batch of margaritas.
If you are staying in, here are a few ideas for a Cinco de Mayo supper.

La Cina {Dinner}: I have two recipes for you.
1. Easy Chicken Enchiladas with Tomato-Avocado Toss

The name says it all. These cheesy chicken enchiladas are so easy and really yummy. But I have to admit that my favorite part is the salad. The tomatoes and avocado are tossed with fresh lime juice and cilantro, one of my favorite flavor combos. So fresh, tangy and delish! If you want to view these recipes click here.

2. Grilled Fish Tacos with Corn & Black Bean Salad


Made of marinated mahi-mahi, fresh lime, cilantro and a chipotle sauce, these tacos are THE BOMB! It’s partner is a chilled black bean and corn salad. Click here for both recipes.

Bebida {Beverage}: Sangria




Chrissy at Hoot Designs posted this the other day and I have been craving it since I saw it! Her recipe for Red Sangria sounds so refreshing! And there is fruit in it so it’s good for you, right? But watch out, this one will sneak up on you!


El Postre {Dessert}: Tres Leches Cake

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Courtesy of Ree Drummond {aka The Pioneer Woman}, this recipe for Tres Leches Cake is to die for! I haven’t actually tried it, but if it is as good as her other recipes it is sure to be a hit!

Did I make you hungry? I’m staring at that picture of the cake as I type this and drooling. Guess I better go find dessert to satisfy my craving!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Anthro Inspired Necklace Made at Creative Estates

While at Creative Estates I was fortunate enough to meet a lovely gal named Bev from Flamingo Toes. Bev led one of the craft sessions with her make and take Anthropologie inspired necklace
It was a really fun project which allowed us quality time with the girls at our table. I’m going to do my best to explain the procedure for making this necklace.  It’s really easy and the finished product is really cute. But first, let me introduce you to the original Potentilla Bib Necklace by Anthropology. . .
And now, let me introduce you to her price. $138! Nope, not a misprint, that’s one hundred thirty eight bucks! Say what????!!!!
And here is Bev’s knock-off version. . .
{photo courtesy of Flamingo Toes}

Didn’t she do a great job?! Her price tag? I don’t know, but it sure ain’t close to $138! 
Here is what you need:
{Please forgive me if I do not label these correctly. I’m not a jewelry maker – YET.}
Tools: needle and thread and a needle nose pliers. 

4 small flowers {3 petals each} and 4 large flowers {four petals each} cut from your basic cotton t-shirt. You also need a felt scrap {not shown} to sew your flowers on.

2 necklace chains {approximately 9 inches each}, a lobster clasp, 3 jump rings and a head pin.

A handful of small beads and one large bead.
Lay the four large flowers on top of one another, alternating the petal placement. Do the same with the small flowers using two for each set.

Starting with the large flowers, fold the layered petals and sew one stitch through the middle to secure the layers. String several beads onto the thread and sew in a cluster in the center of each flower.  Do the same for each of the small flower sets.

This is my new friend Holly from 504 Main. Actually, I’ve been reading her blog for awhile and was pretty excited about meeting her. We seem to have a lot in common and had a good time chatting while we made our necklaces. Look at the concentration!

After your beads are sewn onto your flowers, you’ll have to attach the chain to the felt. To do this open the jump rings using the pliers and poke them through each end of the felt. Attach the chains to the jump rings and squeeze closed using the pliers. Use the same technique to attach the lobster clasp. And I’m not really sure how to begin explaining attaching the large bead to the back with the clasp. I know we put the bead on the head pin and used the pliers to hold it tightly while we wrapped the headpin into a loop and attached it to the jump ring. Bev’s tutorial uses another piece of fabric rather than the bead. You might be better off listening to her!

Once your chains and clasps are fastened you just sew the back petals of your flowers onto the felt piece. Easy peasy!
And there you have it! My Anthro inspired necklace for way less! 

Not sure why I’m not wearing mine {instead of the hideous yellow name tag strap} but Kathy and Brittany are. Aren’t they cute? Well yes, the necklaces too, but I was talking about the girls from Red, Blonde and Burlap! These girls launched their adorable little blog right after Creative Estates. Go check it out, I think it’s gonna be a good one!

Girls’ Night Out Arizona Style

I have another post for you from Creative Estates. On Friday we headed over to the Old Spaghetti Factory for Girls Night Out in Arizona! This was a small dinner event hosted by some amazing ladies!
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 I’m glad I snatched up my ticket for this event, because, from what I hear, it sold out FAST!
  The fabulous hostesses and special guests:
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And if you know any of these ladies {personally or from Blogland} then you know how disgustingly creative they are. Take a look at some of the decor and goodies from Girls Night Out.
The centerpieces:
{Asparagus Ferns with the cutest picks}
And check out our oh so cute name tags and menus:

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{courtesy of Jamie Lynn Photography}

These are handmade people!!!! And not just handmade, handmade by Supermom Kristyn who just had a baby a couple weeks ago!

And of course we got some amazing swag bags!

Yes, the outside is darling, but what was inside was even better!
I’m not kidding, top to bottom, bottom to top, every detail was perfectly and adorably creative!

So here’s some pics of us:

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My table of fabulous ladies!
Beverly, Becca, Ashlee, me, Rebecca, Holly, Tara and Holly.

The best roomies anyone could ever ask for! {Complete strangers to me upon arrival.} Tara from Denver & Holly from Montana.

I met Amy from the Idea Room, one of the first blogs I ever followed!

And of course there were cupcakes!

The best cupcake I’ve ever eaten from Modern Cupcake.
And another amazing display by Kim from Tomkat Studio.

And I got to meet her!! Isn’t she pretty? And she’s just as sweet!

My cupcake, red velvet. It was Heavenly! I think it even had a touch of spicy cinnamon in it!
{And I do heart blogging, by the way.}

Holly and me being silly. Becca told me I looked like I was making out with mine. I would have, it was that good!

Such a fun night!
They are planning another Girls Night Out in June. Don’t think I’ll be attending that one since a plane ticket to AZ is quite pricey. Boo!

These are some amazingly talented ladies with some amazing blogs and shops. I’ve linked to everyone I’ve mentioned. Please visit them! You won’t be disappointed!

A Little More of Creative Estates

Yesterday I gave y’all a little taste of my first day in Arizona for Creative Estates. 
I promised you more, so here it is. . .

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Day 2: Friday

Classes, Crafts and Connections

First up was a little game. All the ladies from Arizona and Utah {and there was A LOT of them} had to get up and move to another table. We got Becca from Blue Cricket Designs {she is the first on the left}. LOVE her and her blog! 
Then it was off to hear a few of my favorite bloggers speak about how to plan, perfect and post on a creative blog. Right up my alley! 
After, I got a photo with Jen from Tatertots and Jello. She was so sweet and even took my picture too! WOW!
Craft time!
I chose Letterpress demo and make & take craft session. 
We used the Letterpress tool to make an embossed thank you card.  
I want this machine! They gave several away, but not to me. :(  Boohoo!  ):
Shopping. . .
One of the highlights of the day was the opening of the Handmade Market!

These were some seriously talented ladies selling their handmade items. Above is my new buddy {the only other Carolina girl at Creative Estates}, Ilene from Much Love, Illy. Please go visit her shop, she has some darling jewelry and hair accessories! 
Becki’s shop {Whippy Cake} also had some stunning rosette accessories. 
Friday night was spent with some amazing ladies at Girls Night Out. But that’s a whole ‘nother story. I’ll share it with you later. For now. . .
Day 3: Saturday
More classes, crafts and connections 
Becki, from Whippy Cake woke everyone up with “the wave” before she, Becky {Becky Higgins, LLC}, Rachel {Brassy Apple} and  Melanie {Above All Fabrics} shared with us how they have learned to balance motherhood with a business. 
“Happy Chaos” they call it! 
“Family council” and PAPER calendars and lists are two tips I’m taking away from this session!
Then it was time to laugh my a$& off as I listened to Char {Crap I’ve Made}, Shelley {House of Smiths}and Stephanie {The Daily Blarg} share how to let your personality shine through while blogging. And trust me, these ladies GOT PERSONALITY! They were a riot!
 I laughed from start to finish and this is where Shelley broke out into song with her version of “Forget You.”
Shelley also taught Destiny {A Place for Us} and me her signature “photo yourself” technique. 
{Shelley has the photo of us. Maybe she will share it on her blog? Or just send it to me?}
Okay, I am starting to realize that this post is going on and on and on. I told you, I have SO much to share. We did a craft this day, which I planned on including in this post, but maybe I’ll just save that for another post. I hope you don’t mind. But, I’ll give you a hint. It’s knock-off jewelry! You don’t want to miss it! Until then. . .

A Taste of Creative Estates

Where do I begin to tell you about my first trip ever to Arizona for Creative Estates?

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I’ll start by saying it was an amazing experience.
I learned many valuable tips, met so many wonderful ladies and formed some amazing friendships. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to break this down into several posts.

I’ll start by saying that if it wasn’t for Shelley over at House of Smiths, I probably wouldn’t have made it to Creative Estates. I won my conference ticket from a giveaway on her site which made it much easier to convince hubby to let me go. I mean, I had to, right?!

Yes, that’s Shelley and me! I was so thrilled to meet her and it was probably one of the highlights of my trip. I just love her and if you have ever read her blog, she is exactly who you imagine. Stinkin’ cute and hilarious! One of the most memorable moments of the conference was Shelley breaking out into song with her own version of Cee Lo’s “Forget You.” Hysterical! So a  huge thank you to Shelley for this opportunity!

Welcome to Arizona!
I met some amazing gals almost immediately after I stepped off the plane.

The first is Cindy {aka Vitagirl} and she is my saving grace. I may have never made it out of the airport if this complete stranger wasn’t gracious enough to pick me {and several others} up when we arrived. She literally sacrificed her entire afternoon to make continuous circles around the Phoenix Airport to pick us all up!

Once I arrived at the hotel and got checked in, we headed over the Inspirador to register and to pick up our amazing swag bags which included a gorgeous necklace from The Vintage Pearl, a cute bookmark from Hoot Designs and these super cute business card holders from {my roommate} Taradara.

          {photos courtesy of Taradara and Hoot Designs}
Awesome!!
That evening was the Creative Estates kick-off party, Cocktails and Cupcakes. It was held at a fantastic local Mexican grille, El Zocalo. Ahi tuna tacos, margaritas, and cupcakes. Delish!
My roomie, Tara {who made the busi card holders}, and Lori from Chic Geek Designs enjoying dinner and drinks.
Inspire, Connect, Create.
A huge shout out to Kim at Tomkat Studios for creating an amazing display and Decadent Delights for making the yummy cupcakes that evening!
Check it out. . .

My butterscotch cupcake. Yummy!
And that was just the kick-off! I told you I had lots to share! I’ll be back tomorrow to share with you what I learned from Creative Estates. Until then. . .

A Few More Sending Love My Way

I have to send out a huge thank you to Jennifer at Social Salutations and Mary and her sister at The Crafty Gals. Both awarded me the Stylish Blogger Award! I am totally flattered ladies! I cannot tell you how surprised I have been over the last week at the wonderful comments, features and awards I have gotten from both readers and bloggers. I’m so glad that you are enjoying my blog. That’s why I do it, so that I can share my ideas and projects and (hopefully) inspire you.

Thank you again for this award. I think it’s great that this award is given to little blogs like us to remind us that people are reading and people do like us!

Since I also received this award last week from another blogger and wrote about it then, I’m going to send you over to that post. Please click here to check out the fantastic blogs I passed on the award to and to find out a few facts about me.
Also, be sure to check out Jennifer’s blog (as well as her Etsy shop) and Mary’s blog too! You’ll be inspired!

I Got An Award!


Wow, I’m so excited! I got an award from the writer of Blooming Homestead!! 
Little old me, got an award! Yes, she had to choose several blogs, but she found me, and liked me!


Please visit her her site, she has some really cute craft ideas!



Ok, so since I have been awarded this title, I have a few the duties to fulfill:


1. Thank and link back to the person who gave me this award.

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2. Share 7 things about yourself. 

Ugh, I hate talking about myself, but here we go. . .

1- I am a SAHM of two boys (whom I love dearly). I desperately want a girl, but secretly know I’ll have 3 boys (or more).
2- I MET my hubby in college at a bar by the pinball machine. I fell in LOVE with my hubby a few days later when he played his guitar and sang for me. 
3- I love decorating and crafting and am constantly looking for something to re-do, re-arrange, or renovate in my home.
4- One of my favorite tools is a can of spray paint.
5- I’m am SUPER girlie, but this year for my birthday I asked for a mouse sander and a gift certificate to Lowes (who on earth have I become?).
6- Before staying home with my boys, I taught kindergarten.
7- My dream is to be featured in Southern Living or Better Homes and Gardens one day.

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3. Award 15 bloggers
(15 seems a bit much to me, so I’m doing 5. That’s what others before me did also).
Take a look!






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4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

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