Bacon Wrapped Lil Smokies... Football Food and uninteresting stories

Happy Friday Ya'll...

I am sure ready for the weekend.. 
so did your team make it to the super bowl?
Ours didn't, but we picked one to root for anyhow.

Here is a quick last minute food idea for the big game..

Wrap some lil smokies with bacon.. secure with toothpick, and bake until done.
 (325 degree's for around 45 minutes give or take...
 this will vary depending on your oven of course)
 and then serve with your favorite sauce, or mix up your own.. 

Our dipping sauce is a mix of mayo, bbq sauce, a little brown sugar and the leftover
bacon pieces.

So do you have a favorite football food?
Watch football or don't watch football? 

Years ago I did not watch football, or even want to... but I ended up listening to and
somewhat watching it several times because of nothing else being on the television
while I worked on some projects,
and  it became a habit...  very uninteresting story I know. :0)

Same type of uninteresting story with basketball but more recently.
Not to long ago I watched a college basketball game when I saw it was on,
(because it was the college my son attends).
And I have watched all of the games since that one.

Yep, my DVR stays busy.

Have a great weekend...


Inexpensive personalized Wall Art

I decided I wanted something different on my wall above our headboard...
and was browsing the craft stores..

I came across some neat letters and so I picked up 2 of those in a small size, and a
large "&" sign that matched the style... but much bigger.

Then I found these 2 decorative ceramic pieces to use to finish the names out with...

Waaaahlaaaaa... Easy & inexpensive!

A Set of Candlestick holders get an amazing new look... makeover time diy style

Remember my flea market candlestick holders?

An interesting mix of wood, metal, and glass...  :0)
(and in need of a new look)

Vanity Mirror Updated... with a little Spray Paint

Remember this mirror that I bought to see if I liked it layered on my
new to me vanity?
(If you missed that post you can see all about the vanity and it's makeover HERE)

It worked perfect, with the exception of the color that is. :0)

So I taped it off..  and gave it a couple coats of spray paint.
The final color of choice - Metallic Silver.

Now it is perfect... :0)

I actually painted it a gloss black first... but didn't like it as much as I thought I would.
The beaded design didn't stand out at all.
So my daughter helped me decide on another color and we chose shiny metallic silver,
and the detail really pops now, and it looks much fancier than the black did.

I am still working on the accessories and decor for the vanity area... and I look forward
to sharing them with you as I get it all figured out. 

Flea Market finds... seeing potential in something

I mentioned last week that my husband and I got to go to on a craft store
restocking supplies trip... and that we stopped by a flea market on the way home.

We enjoy looking at flea markets..  especially the antique furniture, I think that has
to be my favorite part.  Although I really enjoy the glass pieces as well,
being a lampwork artist and working with glass... I guess I just enjoy seeing
 all the details and craftsmanship that some pieces consist of.

I have become somewhat particular on the items that I actually bring
 home however...
I want it to have a place.. (where will it go? what will it be used for? etc..)
Not always.. but for the most part that is how I make the decision.
(even if it is a deal that is almost too good to pass up) :0)

They had some great pieces... the antique hutches and dressers were beautiful,
and always some of my favorite pieces to look at...  but since we don't need
those things for our home...  I actually spent less than $3.00 total.
What did I get? You ask....

This beautiful (& heavy) clear glass ornate tray...

Which I knew immediately that I wanted to put it on my 'new to me vanity'
 for jewelry pieces, etc..

and lastly, this pair of candlesticks made from wood, metal, and glass...
which was interesting to me.
They definitely needed a makeover in my opinion, but I saw the potential in them.
Plus, I was actually looking for a set of candlestick holders... so they were perfect.

I will be sharing the new look soon...
 I think you will be surprised at how different they look.

Friday Favorites... (1/24/14)

Happy Friday to you..
I have so many things that could've made the 'Friday fave's' this week...
but since I didn't have pictures for each thing... I picked the following.

1).  This beautiful antique vanity that I was given..

2).  The weather cooperating long enough that I was able to give
       the vanity a makeover... (you can see that post Here )

3).  My husband had a day off,  and he took me shopping to restock a
      few supplies I needed from the craft stores, and we stopped by a flea market
      on the way home...  now that's a great day!
     (craft stores are over an hours drive away so I don't go too often) :0)

4).  Finally getting around to getting the huge donate pile dropped off! Yay!

5).  Freezer Cooking and this chips n chicken casserole...

My daughter gets the day off from school today,
 so we will be hanging out around the house...
Gotta love family time and a 3 day weekend... :0)

linking up at:
High Five For Friday

Antique Vanity gets a makeover using paint

I recently mentioned I had a new project...
a beautiful antique vanity.

My mother in-law and father in-law gave this beauty to me over the weekend,
and I was ready to get started on it as soon as we had a 50 degree+ weather for it.  
Monday we did! 
So I got to work on it outside and sanded it all down.

Then I wiped it down and got my white paint... after I had it painted white,
I brushed on black to make the details and edges stand out.
Then a couple coats of poly to protect it.. (especially the top)

It quickly got cold so I ended up finishing the mirror indoors.. :0)

and Here it is all together...

The mirror is a little cloudy, but I like that it is original.. and it
definitely has a lot of character.
I did some searching online, and found that you can re silver mirrors,
either have them re silvered, or buy a kit and do it yourself.
So we might look into that one of these days, but I wouldn't want to
ruin this one, so I have debated on making a entire new back/mirror for it
possibly in the future if I happen to find a neat mirror design someday
that I think would suit it,
and then keep the original as is and just put it up.

However for now I decided to try something else...
and I happened to find a mirror that I liked. (and it was less than $10)
and I decided to get it and see if I liked it layered.
 (you can probably see the cardboard corner protectors
still on the mirror in the photo.. ooops!) ha..

It isn't the color I want, but I liked the beaded detail at the edge.
Which actually matches nicely to the neat wood detail in the original mirror.
And the color, well a little paint and that is an easy fix.. :0)

Not stopping there of course...

I also painted inside of the drawers...  peacock blue for an unexpected
pop of color and added a coat of poly.

When that dried well, I got a roll of non-adhesive drawer/shelf liner..

I cut it to size, and used a tape runner to add a little sticky here and there
around the edge to keep the liner in place. (but easily removed)

They are definitely much brighter so I can see what's inside easily.. and the liner has
some texture so things won't roll around when the drawers are opened.

All in all... I am thrilled with how it turned out...
Plus it has family history, it was my husbands grandma's,
which makes it even better.
Gotta love that!

(oh, and  yes - I did remove the cardboard corners off the new mirror)...
In fact, I gave it a makeover also... stay tuned! :0)

So have you ever had a mirror re silvered or redid one yourself?  if so how did it go?

linking up at:
Inspire me Tuesday, the scoop, Thrifty Décor Chick,
Work it Wednesday

Freezer Cooking... 6 meals from one package of chicken

Like I previously mentioned in this post: "Prep Ahead for 3 Meals at one time "
I enjoy cooking several meals at once.

It saves time,  saves clean up since you are dirtying the dishes at one time instead of several times.. (yay!), and saves time by having the meals done ahead of time so when you are in a pinch for time, you can get something out of the freezer and place it in the oven to warm it up..  so in my opinion can also be healthier because if you have something ready to go on the days you just don't want to cook or have the time... you can go to your freezer instead of to town for something.

The store was out of my usual chicken tenderloins purchase, and I saw this large
package of chicken breasts..   price was even better, and I decided that I could easily cut it up myself... no problem. 
(and I might also add, it tends to be quite a bit cheaper per pound this way)

Sneak Peek at my newest project...

What am I up to?

I have a new project...
so besides getting jewelry pieces done and shipped out.
(you can see my jewelry items Here )

I have been working on this...

an antique vanity that given to me that was my husbands grandma's..
It is taking on an entire new look.

I will be sharing it with you soon. :0)

Prep ahead for Three meals at one time...

I tend to be a multi-tasker..
I also enjoy cooking, and I particularly like to cook several meals at one time,
or prep for several meals at one time. 
(which is also a major time saver in my opinion)

So I thought I would share an example with you today of how I 'prep' for several meals and
how it saves a lot of time.

For this example I used ground beef, and here are the basics of what I used..

2 lbs. lean ground beef
2 cans refried beans
1 can diced tomato's with green Chile's
Cheddar cheese
1 Onion (diced)
1 pint jar of tomato sauce
seasonings to taste

I started by browning the ground beef, with the onion.
Then when it was finished, I simply separated it to be used for 3 different meals.
About a cup of the meat mixture went into a freezer container to be used for spaghetti sauce
later on.   Half of the remaining mixture was seasoned for Nacho's..  (tomato sauce/seasonings to taste) and the other half I made into bean dip (using: diced green chile's/refried beans/a little amount of the tomato sauce/seasonings/cheese.. and when it is time to eat, just add chips!   :0)

So I have 3 meals that I would guess will take less than 20 minutes each max,
to finish putting together, when it is time to have dinner ready.
So on those days when something comes up etc.. it won't take long to still have a
home cooked meal ready to go.

I will be sharing on freezer cooking and how I made 6 meals from one pkg of chicken
later in the week.. :0)

Have a great Monday!

Friday Favorites... (1/17/14)

It is that time again..
time to share my Friday Favorite's...

1). My polymer clay Valentines Conversation Hearts that I recently made.. so cute!

2). Updating my candelabra for a Valentines Day touch. (using the polymer clay hearts)

3). My Valentines Day gifts that I made for my kids.. (see my post on how to make one HERE )

4). My computer is fixed... yay!

5). I made a homemade Apple Crisp last night... just because! Yum!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

linking up at:
H54F (High Five for Friday)

A Sweet and Simple Handmade Valentines Gift for anyone...

I wanted to make a fun gift for my kids for Valentines Day and here is what I came up with
this year.

I picked up a couple valentines day balloons (the kind with sticks attached),
 and some clear plastic cups. (with lids/straws)  and some Candy of course. :0)

I also used scissors and curling ribbon for this project..

First I cut a few pieces of curling ribbon and I added it to the bottom of each cup for
a fancier look..

Simple Valentines Day Update to my candleabra

The Christmas decorations are put away and it is time to change up a few things...
I don't go all out decorating for Valentines Day, but I do like
to add a touch of Valentines Day flavor here and there... :0)

My candelabra centerpiece was previously looking very holiday for Christmas...

but without the greens and flowers...

beautiful but plain.. so time to change that...

I decided simple was good...
so I simply folded my table runner so that it does not run all the way across
the table...
(see photo above)

I then got some burgundy ribbon and my scissors.. and tied a simple bow around
the center of the candelabra.

Then I decided to add a piece of ribbon underneath the candelabra, and I folded it in
along with the table runner to add a little more to it.

To add a touch of Valentines Day... I added some polymer clay Valentines day
 conversation hearts that I recently made, and placed them around the base
of the center candle. 
(you could use the actual candy if you wanted to)

We don't light these candles so I had no problem dressing them up with ribbon and accents... I would never suggest or recommend that you burn candles that have ribbon around them or near them. :0)
So there is my first little touch of Valentines Day décor... 
How about you.. do you decorate for Valentines Day? 

A friendly reminder for the New Year...

Hello all..
So what is the 'friendly reminder' you ask?

Well, recently my computer decided to freeze up...
and to make this blog post short...
it logged me out of my profile and wouldn't let me back in.

I had no access to my files, but even worse than that - my photo's.. sooooo not good!
I spent quite some time being 'miss fix it'... or attempting to. :0)

With prayer, patience, a lot of searching on another computer to try to find solutions to try on it..
and several hours later...
I finally found my photo's, and then finally was able to get them burned onto a disc... happy dance!

Then I also found my files and was able to get them onto a disc as well... Yay!

Feeling like a few years of files and photo's were just all the sudden gone was not a good feeling...
Yes, I definitely have my original photo's saved on sd cards, so I was glad I had that for sure!
but not having the photo's that I had spent quite a bit of time editing and had saved for blogging, for logo's,
for my jewelry, and on and on and on...   not good, so I was so thankful to finally find them and get them saved.

 So my friendly reminder for this first month of the New Year.....
and because I have not been so great at doing it.. :0)

Is.... to save your photo's from time to time, and maybe your files too.
(somewhere besides just on your computer)

You may already keep up with that, if so... that is Awesome!
 I didn't and so I thought I would just send out a friendly reminder just in case someone
else out there hasn't saved theirs in a while.. (or years)  Oooops!  :0)

Have a great day.

Quite a week... and my friday fave's (1/10/14)

Hello to my blog friends...

I know I haven't posted much this week...
but thank you for checking in anyway.. :0)
It has been quite a week around here.

Monday morning I got a call that something was wrong with my dad... very wrong.
He actually ended up taking 3 ambulance rides on Monday,  so it has been quite a week
to say the least.
He was dismissed as of last night and doing better...  and I am so thankful for that.
God is good!

So with that extremely condensed, very short version of the week..
 here are my Friday fave's...  (I narrowed them down a bit this week)

1).   My dad is doing better, and out of the hospital... Yay!


2).   I had a surprise in the mail yesterday..
       a very sweet and thoughtful gift and card from a dear blog friend.
       Thank you Vicky, you are so kind and I love the banner that you made!
       (Vicky blogs at: Life on Willie Mae Lane so if you haven't visited her blog, check it out!)

        And because I know you would like to see it... here is a photo!
        Isn't is adorable?   Such a creative gal she is!   Even the packaging was beautiful.. :0)

       I hope you all have a great weekend...

2013... a quick recap, my favorite thing, and a tshirt quilt

A random this and that post... :0)


My favorite thing of 2013...
My family all together at any time of the year... that is my absolute favorite thing!


A lot of changes took place in the year 2013 in our household...

Our son graduated high school, and moved off for college... which actually changed so many
things that I don't think I even thought of before hand.   I thought I was somewhat
prepared for it, but 'thinking you are prepared' and then living it...  Well, they
are 2 very different things.

Our daughter also graduated from junior high, and started high school... new school,
new teachers, and lots of new friends... 
and I am so glad that she is enjoying it for the most part. 

I had a goal after my son moved for college... to get a quilt made for him by Christmas... and Yay! I got it done!
I had been saving some of his t-shirts from junior high and then from high school after we went through his closet before he moved out.. T-shirts that meant something, or were his
old favorites.. and that he no longer wanted/wore... because I had a plan... to make a T-shirt Quilt for him someday.    (and then "someday" arrived) :0)

T shirts from sports, classes he took, his friends, church, his college of choice, video games.. and so on..   a kind of memory quilt/keepsake.   It wasn't perfect by any means, afterall it was the first quilt I made... ever!  But I was real happy with how it turned out... and what a unique and meaningful gift it made.

I will be keeping my daughters t-shirts as well.. and definitely plan to make her
one when she graduates. 

We are getting a Snow Day today... we had snow over the weekend, and today is extremely cold.
Wind chill as low as Negative 24... It is definitely a good day to be indoors!