Friday Favorites... (2/28/14)

Happy Friday to you..

I have gotten quite a bit done this week on my craft room/office overhaul.
I still have a few organization projects to get done, and hoping to get them done over the weekend.
We are suppose to have another winter storm come through, so it will be a good time to be indoors.

Here are my friday fave's for the week...


- A big flock of wild turkeys came wandering through the pasture...
(one of the horses wasn't sure what to think of that..)

-  Wallpaper done.. and I really like how it turned out.  I used a textured paintable wallpaper
 in my craft room/office.. it hides those little imperfections, which is what i was hoping for.
 (Although I remember why I am not a fan of putting up wallpaper)

-   Artwork for the craft space... washi tape + canvas = instant art.

-  Office space reveal... I am really enjoying having an office a lot more than I
  thought I would.

-  I picked up a new clock for the office, and I really like the look and function of it.
   However, this thing is rather noisy...tick/tock/tick/tock.    I debated on taking it back,
   but I am actually getting use to it by now, and a bonus to the noise -
   I should definitely notice when the battery needs changed..
   ya know? when the clock gets quiet.  Ha.. :0)

Hope you have a great weekend..








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The office move...

It happened.. 
I decided to move the office out of the master bedroom.

It will be the first time in about 7 years (at least) that I haven't had 
my computer in the bedroom.
I wasn't too sure I would like it and debated on it for a while,
but ultimately decided that if I didn't like it... I can always 
move it all back!  

So here it is... the new office.
(Or office side of my office / craft combo room.)

Washi Tape Artwork using canvas...

I wanted to make some new artwork for my craft space.

I decided to use 3 of  these canvas squares that I had, and picked out some
decorative washi tape...  instant art! :0)


Bringing the wallpaper back... what?

I have been working on giving my craft room a reorganization overhaul ya might say.
It has been a challenge.  (because I keep changing my mind kind of challenge)

I thought I had it how I wanted it.. and of course, changed my mind.
More than once.
More than twice.

I then thought I had it how I wanted it.. but decided maybe I should paint the room
a different color.
Hmm.. nothing like having to move furniture for a 3rd, or 4th, or 5th time aye?

Then I had the idea of: Oh hey, I wonder what textured wallpaper that is paintable
would look like?
What in the world was I thinking? 

So now I have started over for the 100th time!
I am exaggerating, although it definitely feels like the 100th time... :0)

Finally, I am done with the wallpaper!  It looks good and brightened up the room as
well as hid a few imperfections due to the texture.
However, I quickly remembered why I don't particularly like wallpapering an entire room
 from floor to ceiling - it is not much fun!
I am certainly relieved glad to be done with that part of the project.

So here is a sneak peek... at the wallpaper I chose to use.
(stucco  is the texture I went with)



and here is a sneak peek at it on the wall...


What color am I painting it?
Well... actually I am painting it white... :0)

I will be sharing more of the room makeover soon..




Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles...


How about some sugar cookies..?
Anyone?....



For this recipe:

Sprinkles
1 stick of butter (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 pkg. of 3.4 oz vanilla pudding mix
1 1/2 cups of flour

Now for the hard part... just kidding!
I just put it all in my mixer and mix it until it is combined.
That's it.



I roll the dough into small balls and bake on parchment paper on a cookie sheet...
350 degree's for about 8-10 minutes give or take, depending on your oven of course.




Let cool, and enjoy...



Get the Printable Recipe here--> Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles



Time for Friday Favorites...(2/21/14)

I must say I am kind of glad it is Friday.. what's not to like?
Nothing against the other 6 days of the week mind you, but there is just
something about Friday that seems to welcome in the weekend.

So I will jump right in and share the Friday Fave's...



-These super simple No Sew diy Placemats... for less than a couple bucks... and in less
than 5 minutes.  (and a fun color) :0)

-Cheesy Veggie Soup... yum.

-My craft room overhaul reorganization/makeover project has officially began.

-I reorganized the kitchen spices this week and took back that wasted space with a
easy diy project... love how this turned out!

-College basketball of course.. :0)



Well I am off to work on the craft room...  Have a great weekend.










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Worse before it gets better.. the craft room makeover begins.


So you know those projects that you start and almost kind of...
overwhelm you... for a moment at least.

or maybe several moments...

or possibly even for days! :0)



Well, I started one of those projects.
Craft room project = chaos!


I started my Craft room re-organization/makeover yesterday...
and hopefully I don't get lost in that mess that I got going on in there right now.

The "worse before it gets better" kind of mess. 

Organizing Kitchen Spices and my fix for that wasted space

My spices..
I had them as organized as I thought I could have them in their designated space...
but it was still not what I wanted.  So it was time to do something about it... somehow!






Cheesy Veggie Soup recipe


I had a freezer cooking session yesterday and got quite a bit accomplished.
One of the items I made was this yummy "comfort food" - Cheesy Veggie Soup.

My mother in law gave me this recipe and it is one of my favorites...
 In fact the picky eaters at my house that don't really like a lot of the veggies that are
used in this recipe... actually like this soup.  :0)

It is sooooooooo good.
So I thought I would share it with you today.


Ingredients...


  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 qt. water
  • 2 ½ cups diced potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • ½ cup chopped onion



  • 1 20 oz bag frozen veggies (cauliflower/broccoli/carrots)
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can water
  • 1 lb. velveeta (cubed)




Directions:



Place the first 6 items into a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Boil for approximately
20 minutes.  Add in the frozen veggies and cook until tender. (mash with fork or potato
masher if don’t want the bigger chunks)   Then add in the soup, a soup can of water, and
velveeta.   Cook over low-medium heat (stirring often) until cheese melts.  

Serve and enjoy...






Get the Printable Recipe here:--> Cheesy Veggie Soup Recipe






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DIY No Sew Placemats in under 5 minutes...



I picked up some fun turquoise shelf liner recently (for $1.00 a roll)...
and I decided I wanted to see if it would work out for Placemats.

and this diy project... well, it could'nt be more simple. :0)



Friday Favorites and a Happy Valentines Day (2/14/2014)

Happy Friday to you...
and Happy Valentines Day as well.


It's that time again..
Time for a few favorite things from the week....
Here we go:



~ This DIY Jewelry Organizer... nice to have jewelry on display,
   instead of forgotten in a drawer.

~ A beautiful sunrise in the early morning on my drive home.
  (was on a country road with no traffic.. so had to pull over and take
   a picture with my iphone of course, lol...)

~ My Spruced Up Mixer”...   just adds a touch of fun to the kitchen.

~ I made some whole wheat sugar cookies for Valentines day and they are
   surprisingly very good...
  
~ Valentines Day of course... :o)


Hope you have a wonderful weekend! (and wonderful Valentines Day)









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Sprucing up my kitchenaid mixer with vinyl...


I use to always put my mixer away when I wasn't using it...
However, I tend to use it often,
so I decided to just leave it out instead of lugging it
in and out of the cabinet.
(this is no lightweight piece of equipment after all)

Well, I actually really like the clean white mixer.. but there was
this little thought that I had...
' I wonder what it would look like spruced up a bit with a little color?' hmm...
Do you have those little thoughts too?

I had seen decals made for decorating mixers in the past...
and since I actually have colored vinyl on hand...
and I own a diecutting machine...  
I decided why not?  
I knew if I didn't like it all I had to do was peel it off and toss it.

So I got my cricut expression machine set up, picked out a colored vinyl, & picked out a design..
and within a few minutes my mixer went from this:



to this....

Valentines Day Round up... a simple heart to simple and fun gifts

Today I am sharing a roundup of a few of my favorite
previous Valentines Day posts...


Starting with this simple Nail Polish Heart design tutorial...
You can see the full post HERE.
Add a hint of Valentines Day flavor and a little fun touch of whimsy
to one of your fingernails...



Next up...
How about a candybar bouquet instead of flowers... for a unique gift for that someone special.
(see the full post HERE)



and lastly,
How about another unique gift of candy inside of a gift...
Candy in a Cup (reusable) for your sweetheart, or in this example my sweet kids.
You can find that post HERE..



DIY a Jewelry Organizer.. a simple how to



I thought I would share how I made a Jewelry organizer recently,
to hold some of my bracelets and necklaces, and display them instead of
having them in a drawer and sort of forgotten about.. :0)

Organizing the makeup madness..


I decided to tackle the 'Makeup Madness'...
yep, it had became a little out of control.



So I emptied the drawers completely..
washed them out with a damp cloth to get rid of any makeup residue..
Got my plastic divider containers placed back inside and
sorted like items with like items, and tossed some stuff that I didn't use,
never liked, etc...

Ah, Plastic divider containers.. Yep, they are pretty much genius!
And certainly a necessity in my house... love using them for corralling
all the stuff... especially smaller items... and especially in drawers.
Almost all the drawers in my house have divider containers of some sort inside. :0)

For this particular drawer, I also chose to use some small mason jars
for the eye liners, mascara's and that sort of thing, and one for the lip pencils, gloss
and so on... the drawer is deep enough it all fits just fine that way,
and makes it easier to see them as well.


On to the other drawer...


Which is mostly odds/ends and hair stuff... hair ties, ponytail holders,
clarisonic extra's, and so on..   everything has it's place.  

So much neater..
and I also discovered I will not need to buy tweezers anytime soon...


Seriously.. ??
Ha..

Organizing Jewelry Design Supplies


We have another snow day today.. which is great with me! :0)

Yesterday my daughter and I spent the day watching some tv, baking some cookies,
and for supper... homemade pizza. Yum!

I have been working on organizing my craft room lately and decided
to organize a few of my jewelry making supplies while watching TV.

Because I make a lot of personalized jewelry, I have an assortment of
Swarovski birthstone crystals that I use.
I have been keeping them in separate area's by the style of the crystals...
but, I decided to change that up and store them by month instead, and
and have them in one contained area.

So I got my crystals out, and one of my plastic craft containers.. 
and started sorting.



After I had them sorted out, I used my label maker...


So neat and tidy... and I can see at one glance when I am getting low on any of the
styles of crystals, therefore I will know when I need to restock. So much easier to have
them all in one spot!

Oh and the cookies we made together...


They were good...
 I will probably share more about them in a future post! :0)

I am off to enjoy snow day #2... Have a good day!

Snow Day...



 
 
We are getting a snow day today...
We are suppose to get quite a bit of snow today in fact,
so it is definitely a good day to be indoors. Definitely!
 
The positive side of getting lots of snow,
besides it is beautiful to look at... I get to spend some extra time with
my daughter today.
So, I am off to enjoy the day at home with my daughter.
 
Hope you have a warm, & wonderful day.
 
 



Breakfast in a Biscuit... Super Simple

I have been trying out some new recipe's lately...  so far they have been good
or great... so I am glad about that!

I have also been trying new idea's.. like we recently made sloppy joe's baked
inside biscuits and they were a winner!
Then I decided to make a breakfast version, which makes even more sense. :0)

So I browned sausage on my stove top, mixed in some eggs, then added some cheese
and our favorite seasonings.
I got a baking sheet ready with parchment paper, and when the sausage mixture was thoroughly cooked...  I opened up a can of flaky biscuits...
(you could certainly make your own biscuit dough as well if you like)


Flattened each 'biscuit' out...


 Added some of the sausage/egg mixture to the inside of each biscuit and folded it over,
then simply crimped along the edge with a fork to seal it up.



Then placed them in the oven and baked to the time/temperature per instructions on
the biscuit dough container.



They look a little something like this when done...


Would also make a really good quick breakfast for on the go if you make them ahead
of time.

This will definitely be a new regular item on our menu around here! :0)


I imagine they would freeze well also, but we didn't have enough made to try that out. :0)
Maybe next time! ha..








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