4/16/14

12 Pinterest Easter Ideas... that I will NEVER do

Yep you read that right. Today I am sharing ideas that I have no intention of ever doing. Don't get me wrong, I like all of these ideas. It's just that I won't actually ever do them. Time, effort, resources...Whatever the reason, none of these things will be happening at my house this weekend.


Isn't that what Pinterest is all about? Looking at pretty pictures, pinning, and knowing that you will never get around to doing any of them? (Kinda seems silly, but I really do enjoy browsing Pinterest.)

Anyway, instead of pretending any of these amazing ideas are really going to happen in my house, I thought today I would rather be honest. Easter for me will be celebrating Jesus, a few dozen plastic eggs and some Cadbury Eggs. We will go to church and then eat lunch at my mom's house. It will be perfectly imperfect. It will be focused on family and faith. And the amazing grace that Jesus gives us all.
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Since I pinned 262 photos to my Easter board on Pinterest, I felt I needed to do something with all those ideas. I won't be doing any of them, but I figured sharing them and admitting to you that I have no time and no desire to create any of these will count for something :)  So let's enjoy these pretty pictures and breathe a sigh of relief that we don't have to actually make any of them!

1. Felt Chocolate Bunnies 











What are your plans for Easter Sunday? Is there anything you have decided NOT to do this year? 

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4/14/14

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever--- the recipe

I posted this photo on Instagram last week and there was a lot of interest in the recipe ...

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I originally found it on Edie's blog "Life in Grace". I have written about her blog before (remember the brownies??!), it is one of those sites that has beautiful photos, yummy eats, and a great writer behind it all. Edie described these cookies with such passion, I just had to try them myself.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever 
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cream of tartar
1 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 t. vanilla
4 1/2 cups of flour
1 12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 T. milk

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes



What I personally like about the recipe is that these cookies don't fall flat. They look as delicious as they taste. I cooked mine for 12 minutes. Be sure not to 'over cook' them, cookies continue to bake on the pan even when they are removed from the oven. So pull them out when they are still light-colored, just a little golden brown on the tops.


Then get a cold glass of milk out and enjoy. The recipe makes a ton of cookies. So I froze half of it. Then a few days later I baked them. To keep myself from totally over-dosing on cookies, I packed up little bundles and gave some away.


Do yourself a favor-- try this recipe :) 

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4/10/14

DIY Floral Gardening Tools

Florals are 'in' this season, home decor, fashion and of course-- in the garden!  Olivia from DIY Mother is here today to share how to make your own contemporary gardening tools- who doesn't love a good "Anthropologie Inspired" craft?!


Anthropologie is one of those places I can go to and find about 80 DIY projects to do. The latest thing I saw was a printed gardening fork and trowel, for fifteen dollars a piece. I thought, that's a doable, totally cool way to customize a garden set. Even if it doesn’t turn out as adorable as these, it will still make me feel cute when I’m going out to garden.

 I knew the key was finding a similar “ditzy floral” print to decoupage onto the tools, so I headed to the nearest craft store and perused the scrapbook paper aisle. I ended up with a few sheets of floral sheets and a bottle of glue. You’ll see below that I use my own Mod Podge (I call it Fod Podge) using glue and water.
Here’s my step-by-step tutorial on how to decoupage your garden tools. A couple of months ago, I got a complete garden tool set, with a bag, from HD for about twenty bucks. So I think it's still an ongoing deal. I probably spent a total of 21 dollars on everything, including the cost of the tool set. I only decoupaged two pieces because with all of the nooks and crannies, it takes a while to get everything looking clean and even. Plan on devoting about an hour to this project if you want it to come out right.

Also, I chose not to decoupage the top of the gardening fork, because I didn't want it to get ripped or damaged while I was gardening. If I were to do this project again, I would probably just decoupage the handles on every single piece of equipment.


Materials:
Garden tools
Scrapbook paper, fabric, or printed medium of your choice
Mod Podge (or DIY version)
Foam brush
Sealant

1. Start by cutting (or tearing) pieces of the paper to decoupage the tools with. Coat the tools with the mod podge first, place the paper on, and add more mod podge. Work the paper around the curves of the tools using your hands, if possible.


2. As you move toward the handle of whichever tool you're using, use smaller pieces of your paper. The great thing about using small print paper is that it will look busy no matter how many pieces you use.


3. Work out any kinks in the paper with your hands, and use one final coat of mod podge to make sure everything is secure. When it's dry, use a sealant and spray over the tools liberally. And you are done!

Thank you to Olivia from DIY Mother for sharing her Floral Gardening Tools today! This project would make a great housewarming gift, teacher appreciation present, or an activity to do with the kiddos for Mother's Day. 


You can see more posts from Olivia over at DIY Mother, on Google +Olivia Glendale , or on Twitter

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4/8/14

Colorful Tween Room

First of all, that title must be wrong. There is no way I have a 'tween'. I really don't think 8 qualifies as  a 'tween'. But when I was putting together her room, well-- that word seemed to fit. The idea of our children growing up is frightening and exciting at the same time don't you think? But you can't hold back time, so I am trying to be brave and embrace the inevitable. And decorating always makes me feel better, so here we are. My baby wanted a more grown up room. She outgrew her 'shabby chic' pink room filled with soft florals and pastels. She wanted things like 'a reading chair' and colors like 'purple and turquiose'.


My only restrictions (besides a budget that my husband helped me follow :) ) were that the wall color and the curtains could not be changed. So with that in mind, we began adding color, texture and fun accessories. The thing about putting this room together was that all the pieces were collected over time. I bought them separately over a series of months or reused things we had in other places of our home.



Like the chandelier-- it was given to me by a friend over a year ago. It was bronzy, old-worldy-- but oh the crystals! This beauty waited patiently in the attic for months. Then when I began putting Afton's room together, I remembered her. A coat of gold spray paint made her the perfect piece for the room.



I love how the room sparkles when the chandelier is all lit up.


And the art, well few months back we were at Ikea and I found this clock decal and wall clock. I bought it on the spot, along with the 'striped swimming art' and furry faux 'sheep skin'. At that time, I didn't even have a color scheme or bedding for her room. But I knew these items would fit in perfectly somehow because who doesn't need a grandfather clock?!


That adorable chair is from Pottery Barn Teens online. So comfy! 
A plant stand from Hobby Lobby- just needed a coat of gold spray paint to be turned into a side table. 



Her bedding is from Target's Xhilaration line. The bright colors work so well with her pastel pink walls. The sheets are purple zebra print, also from Target.


Across the curtains I hung this sweet bunting that was given to me at blog conference by Lindsey over at "The Pleated Poppy".  The bunting used to hang in my craft room, but it is so much happier in my girl's tween room.


I made some art of my own, fabric stretch in embroidery hoops. (The lamp and shade are from Target!) The 'hello' was done using my Silhouette Cameo and a burlap canvas from Michael's. The framed 'you will do great things' is a free printable I put in a Target frame. You can find it at "Entirely Eventful Day".  And I made the 'cat eye glasses' also using my Silhouette and some scrapbook paper. 



My girl made that "A" herself at Sunshine Glaze. 
Probably the best part of this room is that I decorated it while Afton was away for the weekend at church camp with Jeff. When she came home  on Sunday, I got to surprise her "Extreme Makeover Style"!  It was a pretty awesome reveal. 




And that smile on her face... what can I even say??! This is why we decorate :) 
It is more than a pretty room. It is a gesture of caring and love to create a space, a little nest, for our loved ones. 

Hope you have a great week my friends. 

See Afton's "Shabby Chic" room here: 

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4/4/14

5 Creative Hairstyles for Girls

I love long hair on girls. It is so youthful and sweet, not to mention - fun to style! With the help of Pinterest and my daughters :) I have collected a few of our favorite creative hairstyles. Most of these can be done easily before school. Special hair makes the day more fun!

1. Braided Buns- Make two high pig tails and secure with elastics. Braid each pony tail and add an elastic at the end of each one. Then wrap the braid around the base of the pony tail and bobby pin into place.

2. Hippy Chic- Comb hair straight and part. Use 'apparel trim' from Hobby Lobby or JoAnns to make a hippy headband. Wrap around the forehead, cut to size and tie. Keep the ends of the trim from fraying by heat sealing with a lighter. Once it is tied, don't untie it-- if the headband comes off during the day (you know when you are hanging upside down on the monkey bars or something) just slip it back on!

3. Headband Braid- Make two high pig tails. Braid each pony tail and add an elastic at the end of each one. Cross braids over the top of the head, like a headband. Use bobby pins to hold into place.

4. Heart Braid- Divide hair in half, divide again to make two small pig tails and secure with an elastic. Braid each one and secure with another elastic. Using bobby pins, make a heart shape on the back the head, keep working and pinning as you go. Use another elastic at the bottom to 'close the heart'.

5. Crown Braid- Create a side part. As close to the part as possible, begin a french braid. Keep working around the head, french braiding as you go. When you get to the end, secure with an elastic. Bring the end of the braid back to the beginning and tuck it under where you started. Use bobby pins to hold it in place.

And although my models are kids-- some of these are cute on adults too! Try one out this weekend on yourself or your daughter.

- Want more fun hairstyles and fashion ideas? Follow my "Style Inspiration" board by clicking here.

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