Thursday, September 30, 2010

I Highly Recommend.....

This week I highly recommend......

Using old album covers as wall art.

Painting your fingers and toes orange to celebrate fall.

Finding a sweet used book store who's proceeds benefit the local library.
Shop there.

Try something for dinner you never thought you would end up loving.
Find yourself looking forward to having it again.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

National Coffee Day

Did you know September 29th is National Coffee Day?

Go celebrate with a trip to your local coffee house.
I'm heading there now!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pottery Barn Knock Off

While browsing the web.......

I came across this lovely bit of inspiration via Pottery Barn.
So, I thought......

I have some of this.

A few of these.

My very own chalk board rocks were born.

Minus the Pottery Barn price tag.


Think smooth and medium when picking rocks.
I primed my rocks for a smoother chalk board finish.
Wash off the dirt first.
Get busy, October is days away!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Musical Monday

Turn Up your speakers.
Click the arrow.
Groove around.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cookie Dough Pie

When it comes to food, simple and sweet are my two favorite descriptive words. I came across this recipe in blogland via Big Red Kitchen and had to try it myself.

You will need:
Chips Ahoy Cookies, 1 package
Milk, about 1 cup
Cool Whip, 12oz(the big tub-o-fluff)

Most of the recipes I came across said to use a 9" pie plate. I say, Pfft. I brought out the 9x13 baking dish.

You will be dipping your cookies in milk. I used a bowl for this. Quick dip each cookie in the milk, shake off excess milk, place in dish. Once you have a layer of milky cookies spread a thin layer of Cool Whip, about half the container.

Do it again, so you have two layers of cookie and Cool Whip.

I topped with nuts and placed in the fridge for about 2 hours.
My super friend K and I tried it then. Hi K! I didn't tell her what was in it until she tried but I did mention cookie dough. She thought it tasted like cookie dough. I thought it tasted like cookies and cool whip! Then we both had seconds.

After being in the fridge all night it achieved more of a cookie dough like taste. Yes, I had a bowl full this morning with my coffee.

Here are my 2 cents:
It's super easy.
It would be great for a spur of the moment dessert.
It would be very easy to add your own twist. I'm thinking a layer of pudding!
Top with just about anything. Chocolate, caramel, crumbled cookies, sprinkles and so on.....



Friday, September 24, 2010

Fall "How-To" Re-Do

While I'm getting my caffeine fix this morning.......

I'm bumping this fall How-To. Dryer vent pumpkins that I did 2 years ago.
Go HERE for the tutorial, bad photos and all.
This would be a good kid craft with a little adult help.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

I Highly Recommend.....

So this is the third week of "I Highly Recommend" on Thursday. I think I'll run with it, this will be a Thursday regular. So here are the recommendations for this week........

Thrifting and making what you find your own.
Above is a coffee cup that obviously belonged to someone named Pilgrim one one point(the name tag tape is still there to prove it), a cool wooden checker board that looks hand made, and a picture frame that I over hauled by making it into a chalk board.

Edamame aka soybeans.
They are the best snack ever with lots of salt.

Writing an letter.
A letter with photos!

Bistro chalk!
A super cool water based chalk marker so you can write love notes to your loved ones on the mirror, window, or yeah the chalk board.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Chalk Board Love

I have a love of chalk board for some unknown reason.

While thrifting today I found this lovely piece of art that I picked up. Picked up for the frame, not the art printed on cardboard.

Then I tore it apart.

I primed the glass with Krylon Fusion paint that says it will adhere to glass. I wanted to use the glass instead of throw away. Then applied several coats of red chalkboard paint.

Applied the paint with a foam brush in a back and forth pattern. Going for non-perfect.
Once all dry I put it back in my sweet frame with a few small nails.

Then wrote some inspirational words. With only a few flubs from a kid bumping my elbow.

Cost of the art: $2
Chalk board paint, primer & foam brush: I had on hand



Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Good Old Days

This past weekend I went back to my home town and spent a girls weekend with my Grandma. I had not stayed a night at her house in years. We talked and talked some more between her trying to feed me every 15 minutes.
I'm still smiling from those two days spent with her.

We looked through old albums. She had me take photos that I wanted. The project ahead of me is getting copies of those and the info that goes with them together for my brother. Any great ideas from anyone that has done this before?
That is Grandma on the right end there, with her mother, brothers, and sisters.

This is my Great Grandma there in the back center, Mary Jane, with her siblings. Photo was taken in 1902

These are my Great Grandparents. May Jane, again, and Marcellous. He went by MC, Hmmmm I wonder why! The best part is the note on the back of the photo explaining that she took his hat from him because it was shading his face.

I love old photos and could not resist posting just a few.
My Grandma is not well, she says she wants to know where her things are going, it makes her happy. She sent me home with photos, a chair, a table, several other things that were important to her. I feel honored.

Here is the table that belonged to her mother since the 30's and the chair that has been in her house since the 60's. Now in my house, they make me smile.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Musical Monday

Turn up your speakers.
Click the arrow.
Dance around.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Brown Paper Bag Banner "How-To"

Super simple banner made from things you have around the house "How-To".

I made this BOO banner for the mantle.
I almost spelled out FALL but went with BOO in the end.

Brown paper bag
Distress ink
Black paint
Cute scrap book paper scraps
A little Glue
Clothes pins
Halloween Spider font

I cut 3" wide strips from my paper bag then folded it back and forth.

Make a circle, connecting the ends with a little glue.

I cut a circle to glue in the center for stability. Let it dry some.
I distressed the edges and splattered black paint.
Then attached my circles with "BOO".

Close up. Click on the picture for a better view.

I attached to the twine with clothes pins that I distressed.
Have fun, spelling out all kinds of messages, year round!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

I Highly Recommend.....

A few things that I highly recommend.....

Decorating for Halloween/Fall. It's time!

Making a cute Halloween banner from things you have around the house.
(super simple how-to tomorrow)

Purchasing a cute pair of rubber boots so you can splash in puddles when it rains.

Hipstamatic app for your IPhone.
The above photos were taken with my phone and the Hipstamatic app.