Thursday, February 24, 2011

Framed Keys

I was in Michael's yesterday looking for some bling to use in my scrapbooking when I found these:

Aren't they beautiful?  Luckily I had a 40% coupon because these were a little pricey....$9.99.  I didn't know what I was going to do with them, but I did know that I had to have them.  Last weekend we painted our living room.  I'll do a post about that later.  I really had a mish-mash of framed photos.  Now, normally I like a mish-mash, but I decided I wanted to do all black frames.  Today I spent the morning spray painting the frames black.  While I was waiting for them to dry I started looking at these keys wondering what to do with them.  I found a frame that I had bought probably about a year ago at the Christmas Tree Shop (love that place!).  I hadn't yet found the right photo for it.  All of a sudden it hit me...........why not frame the keys?  This frame was perfect.  It has a rustic look.  I took some scrapbook paper that looked like newsprint and cut it 8 x 10.  I used glue dots to stick the keys to the paper.  If you have never used glue dots, give them a try.  They are so strong.  I use them a lot! 

The back of the frame wouldn't fit because of the thickness of the keys.  Since the hangy thing is on the frame itself I didn't need the back.  I cut a piece of kraft paper 9 x 11 and used some permanent adhesive to stick it to the back.

Here is the finished product.  I haven't decided if I want to hang it or leave it on the top of this cabinet leaning against the wall.

The next time you see this cabinet it will be white and distressed.  That's a post for another day.  I am however, keeping the black hammered hardware.  Oh, and the little country sign will be gone too.

I'm linking to:

Transformation Thursday

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bathroom Under the Sink and Drawer Reorganization

Okay it was finally time to reorganize the bathroom cabinet and drawers.  Ugh!  I've been thinking about it for sometime now and yes, I've been ignoring it.  Then I saw that Thrifty Decor Chick was having an Organizing party and the light bulb in my head went off.  This was just the nudge I needed.  So this afternoon with garbage bags and Mr. Clean Eraser in hand I jumped right in.  Wow!  What didn't I find?  

I have no idea why this toothbrush is in a Ziploc bag.  Toss!
Pumice rock in coffee can???  Oh yeah, now I remember.  I used it for cleaning the hard water stains out of the toilet.  I read that somewhere.  Toilet was replaced 10 years ago!

Can't have too many bottles of peroxide.
I also found a bag of cotton balls that got shoved behind the drawers.  See photo.

See it hiding?
This one is the replacement I bought last week.  I thought I had used them up!
Here are the before pictures:

Empty bottles of sunscreen.  Why?  I have no idea.

Notice 2, count 'em 2 water bottles.  One under the organizer basket and one on top!  Are you noticing a theme here?  Can't find it so buys a second and then............poof! there it is!

Toothpaste, razors, lint brush, chap stick, brush, lord only knows what else is in there.
Oh yeah,  why did I have an empty box?  Did I think it was going to magically replenish itself?

Enough suspense here is the after and I'm liking it!

Still have toothpaste and razors together, but in separate clear plastic trays.

I'm linking to Thrifty Decor Chick's Organize It Party

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Little Miss Momma's Purse Bling Giveaway

I just paid a visit to Little Miss Momma's blog and she is having a great giveaway.  You can win a Purse-To-Go organizer from the Purse Bling Shop.  Hurry because the winner will be announced on February 25th.  I couldn't wait and used the code that Little Miss Momma is offering on her blog to save 10% and bought one.  Can't wait to receive it and get my purse organized.  Click here to check it out!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thrifty Decor Chick Inspired Stairway

Ever since I saw how Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick decorated her staircase I knew that was what I wanted to do to mine.  Yes, I am a copy cat.  When I see a great idea that I instantly fall in love with I'm not happy until I incorporate it into my own home.  As the saying goes, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery".  Our stairway heading down to the family room was white and boring.  Something had to be done to it. To see Sarah's stairway click here.  Here is mine:

Here is how I got to that point.  First I bought my frames at Michael's for $4 each, on sale of course.  Beautiful black frames with white mats.  I used frames that hold 8x10 and 5x7 photos.  I traced the frames onto brown paper that was used for shipping material that I had saved.  I cut them out and taped them to the wall to figure out my layout.  

I used my Cricut and the following cartridges, Storybook, George Basic and Doodle Type to cut the quote
from black vinyl.  Oh.............before I did that I used scrap paper to get the size right and used a temporary adhesive to stick to the wall.  Since I used white scrap paper (what was I thinking), it's hard to see in the photo.

My wonderful husband had to rig self made scaffolding and then hung the frames that I couldn't reach from the stairs.  I was busy standing on the other end so didn't get any pictures of this.

Just have to show it one more time...............................

I used baby photos of my own children and more recent photos of my grandchildren.  I think I need one more photo at the top left.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Peaceful Winter

I thought I would share some pictures of a recent snowfall at my house.  I enjoy winter........mostly from the inside.  Looking at these pictures make me feel so peaceful.

My garden can't wait for Spring............nor can I!

Even the dreaded red squirrel that invades my bird feeder daily has to eat!
Hope you enjoy the pictures.  I've been working on the wall going downstairs to our family room.  Will show that off tomorrow.  Have a peaceful day!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine for my Husband

I saw this idea on a blog called Liberty Original.  I decided to make one for my husband for Valentine's since I thought it was really cute.  Our Hobby Lobby did not have the wooden puzzle pieces required to make this so I had to think of something else.  I used clip art in Microsoft Word.

clip art

I then proceeded to cut it out and adhered glued it to some cardstock to make it stiffer.  I ran some patterned scrapbook paper through my Zyron so it would stick to the cardstock.

I inked the edges, stamped the corny "You complete me" on the puzzle pieces, made a cute little tag and wrapped it in some valentine ribbon. It didn't cost me a dime.  I had all the supplies on hand.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to visit Liberty Original, she has some really cute ideas.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Funky Junk Interiors Copy Cat Challenge

Not much effort here, but I think it qualifies.  I purchased this at an auction at least 12 years ago.  I got it for 5 bucks!  It's the end of an old wooden box.  I absolutely love this piece. It hangs on a wall in my living room.

Or how about this old sap bucket I'm using to house these branches?

I'm linking up to:

Copy Me Challenge

My Signature Valentine Cookies

I have been making these cookies for my family since the 80's.  When my kids were in college I would continue to bake them and ship them off so they had plenty to share with friends.  My younger daughter actually told me that she wouldn't share because they are that good.  I continue to make them and ship them even now that they have their own families.  One year I was feeling too stressed with work, time, etc. so needless to say they didn't get made.  I never heard the end of it.  So since then I have not missed another year.  I will share the recipe with you at the end of this post.  

Gather your ingredients

Be careful when you add the cocoa or this will happen

What a mess!

This is my favorite tool when making cookies.  My dough disc that I bought from QVC many, many years ago.

Ready for the oven

Ready for frosting.  Actually they're sandwich cookies so I guess it's ready for filling.

Don't they look delicious?  Mmmmmmm.


1 cup sugar
1 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

In large bowl, beat sugar and margarine until light and fluffy.  Add milk, vanilla and egg; blend well. Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda.  Chill dough 1 hour for easier handling.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Roll out 1/3 of the dough on floured surface to 1/8 thickness.  Cut with 2-1/2 inch heart shaped cookie cutter.  Place half of the cutout hearts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Cut a 1 inch heart shape from the centers of remaining hearts.  Place on cookie sheets.  Bake  for 9 - 11 minutes or until set.  Immediately remove from cookie sheets, cool.  Continue until you have used all the dough.  Dough rolls best when chilled so keep excess in fridge until ready to use.


2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
2-3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice or milk
Red food coloring

In small bowl, beat frosting ingredients adding 1 tablespoon juice or milk at a time for desired consistency.  Tint with red food coloring to get pink frosting.  Frost bottom side of whole cookie, top with cutout cookie.  Makes approximately 4 dozen.

I use a large Ziploc bag to frost.  Fill bag with frosting, twist top, snip corner with scissors and frost away. 
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bedroom Reveal

I wanted to show you some pictures of my bedroom redo.  The upholstered headboard we made when we began this 5, yikes! 5 years ago.  The nightstands came from Target and the lamps from K-Mart.  I want to do something more with the shades, just haven't decided what yet.  I've thought about feathers or rosettes.  Any suggestions?

This chandy came from Lamps Plus.  It has that shabby chic distressed look that I love!

This the dresser that my VTH (very talented husband) built from the drawers that were under our water bed.  See the little stand holding the humidifier?  I picked that up at a garage sale for 2 bucks!  I'm going to paint it white.  The jewelry holder came from TJ Maxx for $10 bucks.

Here's a close up.  I bought the iron piece over the mirror from Hobby Lobby on sale 50% off.  The mirror came from Lowe's

There's my homemade rosette wreath.  The photos are of the tulips I took.  They grow in my garden.

I saved the best for last.  A little sarcasm here.  This is the ugly old dresser that my husband came into our marriage with 35 years ago.  It really has to be replaced.  The tv is going to go on the wall.  See my jewelry stand in the corner.........I have plans to paint it white and distress it.  Oops sorry you have to see the potty. I'm in the process of choosing paint for the bathroom.  Actually I've already picked it, husband says it's too dark.  It is not.  The room has a lot of natural light and can handle the color.  I've chosen Wal-Mart's Colorplace Cocoa Rose.  It's only paint, if it doesn't work I can paint over it.............right?  Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day.