Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas

I know I have been gone for a while but I plan to be back after the first of the year posting again!

I hope your family has a very Merry Christmas.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Distress Ink :)

So many of you crafters out there have been using this stuff.
Some of you distress the edges of paper, use it to as paint, and for stamping.
All kinds of things.

 This past weekend I went here
and purchased some of my very own distress ink.

Sweet!  That makes me happy.  :)

Thanksgiving Dressing

Thanksgiving is a wonderful Holiday...my favorite to be exact. 
For the last 12 years, I have spent most of this day in my mother-in-laws kitchen.  We cook most of the morning, eat, veg out, and play games the rest of the day. 

She is a wonderful cook and she has taught me many things.  One of those things being how to make fantastic dressing!  Now granted, I have never made it all by myself.  I feel much better with her over my shoulder telling me what to do and that way I know I won't mess it up.

This is her mother's recipe and it is wonderful.

corn bread / old bread / biscuits
2 eggs
(2 tsp) sage
(2 Tbs) salt & pepper
apple (peeled & chopped)
chicken or turkey broth

Chop onion and celery, and saute in butter in a small pan until tender. Mix all the ingredients and then add the broth until it is nice and juicy. You can add meat at this point if you would like. Bake in the oven at 400 for 10-20 minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Little Encouragement

Most women struggle with loosing weight.
I never had to until this last year or two.
Chalk it up to getting older, body changes, medication...who knows.
All I know is, my jeans don't fit anymore.
I found this great website that is an encouragement to me.
Let's face it, we all need a little encouraging from time to time.
Maybe it will help you too.

Happy Tuesday to all.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Blog Design at The Painted Studio

I have re-designed my blog thanks to Mandi at Mandipidy!!!

Go to her blog and click on the DIY Blog Makeover tab...

I created a header, a blog button, and did a little resizing to my blog with the help of her tutorials. 

I have a few things in mind to "tweek" still but for now they will have to wait.  I do have other things I have to get done today. :)
What do you think?
Any suggestions?

Be Thankful

All the GREAT blogs out there have been very inspiring lately!
Over at Tatertots & Jello Jen made this very pretty sign out of an old cabinet door.  So...I made one for myself. 

Tatertots & Jello

 Here is my version.  I don't have circuit to cut out vinyl letters, nor did I have an old cabinet door.  But I did have full sheet clear labels and an old picture frame.  So I dry brushed my frame black and I printed out my Be Thankful sign on my clear label.  I stuck the label right to the glass and added some fabric behind it.  Now I have my very own Be Thankful sign as well.

**Sorry if the pics I blurry...I didn't notice that till I had put the disc in my computer.**

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Participating in a Gift Exchange


Thanks to Craftaholics Anonymous I will be participating in a gift exchange this month with Mandi from Mandipidy. 

Go check out Mandi's site.  She is young and creative.  I think you will enjoy looking around her blog.

I know I am looking forward to this exchange. 
Now...what to make, what to make?

My Take on UpCycled T-Shirt Dress

Over at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar she made this cute cute t-shirt dress.  I loved the idea and thought my very basic sewing skills could handle making one like it for my little girl. Here is my inspiration photo from her blog.  Go over to Cheri's blog and see all the other cool stuff she does.

Here is my version!!! (Isn't it cute?) 
I used two old pink and green t-shirts I had in my closet.  I didn't have a small t-shirt of my daughters to use for the top so instead I made it into a jumper/dress.

Here is a close up of the top. 
]I added a flower to it for some fun.

 This t-shirt jumper was very easy to make.
I made it in one evening. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Dining Room Plan

I now have ideas and I'm headed in the right direction with my dining room.  A couple of weeks ago I asked for help in my dining room.

Here are some ideas that I will be using in my own dining room very soon.






I plan on starting this weekend.  I will keep my camera handy and let you know how the progress is going.

:)  I love it when a plan comes together.  Thanks to all those who commented with your ideas.  They were a big help.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I have not been sitting here....
 because I have been sitting here three nights a week.

Not enough hours in the day to do all the things I love.

How about you?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I am in Mourning....

 This week I was planning on taking a girls trip to JAMAICA.
5 days, 4 nights at an all inclusive resort....how relaxing.  Right?

My trip to here.....
is now canceled because of this....
Thanks Hurricane Tomas.

So...I'm a little bummed today.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What I will be doing tonight...

No time like the present to get my kids Halloween costumes together.

I will be stitching together a Jessie Costume for my little girl
I will be embellishing a Buzz Lightyear Costume for my little boy.

I better get myself some caffeine and get to working on it tonight.

Wish me Luck!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Brass Lamps + Spray Paint = New Lamps

I had picked up two rusty brass lamps from a flea market for FREE.  I took them home not knowing if they worked or not.  To my delight when I plugged them up, the light bulb came on!  Sweet!  (that really is what I said)

I failed to take a before picture.  I wish you could have seen these lamps.  The bottom was rusted and by all means, they should have been headed to the dump.  I cleaned them up the best I could.  I used a wire brush to get the loose rust off.  I primed them and painted them a glossy black. 

I painted several things this day.  Stay tuned for the other stuff.

I LURVE the glossy black!
The finished product!  They are so sleek and pretty.  The lamp shades were only $5.00!!  You cannot beat that price either.

Now I just have to find a place for these two lamps. 
I don't really think that will be too much trouble.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dining Room Help

A couple of months back I painted my dining room a very pretty dark blue.  Since then, nothing else has happened in this room.  I am at a stand still of what to do.  I would like to get this room finished and have the look complete.

Posted a couple of pictures about what I don't like.  In this picture you can see my chandelier.  I think it is a beautiful chandelier, I just wish it wasn't brass.  I cannot take it down but I have even thought of taping paper to the ceiling and so I could spray paint it but I'm afraid to actually spray paint in the house.   What do I hang on the walls is another dilemma I have.

I am not loving these curtains but until I can find something I love that is in my budget, these will stay.  This dresser is what I am using for a buffet.  Should I take the mirror off?

We eat at this table 2-3 times a week.  So I don't want a fussy table that I have to clear everytime we want to eat in here.  So a simple tale decoration would be good too.  I would love something low that I do not have to even take off everytime we sit down.

Help Please



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