Shopping your own stuff

This is a little dark space by my coffee maker that I wanted to brighten up. So I went shopping out in my extra stuff shelves.IMG_0248-0

I have shelf’s where I keep my extra glass ware and nik-nacs, I have to much stuffIMG_0250

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Anyway in my search I found this picture that my Aunt Ruby had painted and TA DAIMG_0245.JPG

Tucked it back in the corner and I think it really cheered up the dead spot.IMG_0246.JPG

So my purpose of the story is to not run out and buy something, go shop your closets or garage for that something old turned to new.

Halloween Decor

I am up and running with my Halloween/Fall decor. I’m sharing it with you to help inspire you to go drag out those boxes from storage, dust off the witches and pumpkins and  bring them all to life again. I love the Halloween and Fall holidays, it brings out the “kid” in us and the warm feeling of family and the comfort of home.

This is the skeleton picture that my son drew for me last year, one of my favorite’s.IMG_0218.JPG

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Got the Candy on, the kids better hurry before Gramp’s and I eat it allIMG_0215.JPG

This spider picture was a idea from Pinterest. He is a real cutie. My son drew him for me and I colored him in with green chalk, black poster board from Hobby Lobby. Cheap, easy and one of a kind!IMG_0214.JPG

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Caught these guys trying to escape, they will be hanging around until Halloween is over or until my Mother comes over cause she gets creeped out.IMG_0225.JPG

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IMG_0227.JPGWhen Halloween is over I will pluck out the scary stuff and leave the fall thru Thanksgiving.

Happy Halloween, now go get your scary on!

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His & Hers 2014 Football Charts

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Couple more days until the official football season begins and I gotta add something about Football to my decor. Football season always reminds me of the beginning of Fall and back to school. In my day 1st day of school was always around the same time as Football season, now here in the Desert we start school beginning of August and Fall doesn’t really start until October, just not the same.

So for the football decor I once again made the “His & Hers” schedules. We enjoyed it last year and its easy, fun and cute:) Can you use the word “cute” in football decor?
Hope it inspires you to make your own schedules and by the way
“GO FORTY NINERS”!!!!!!

Corn Salad

Corn season is among us, but time will be running out soon to get that fresh from the crop Corn. Last week I saw it “10 for $1.00″ That’s almost FREE. So brings me back to this awesome Corn Salad. I discovered it this year and it’s now in my FAVS. If you make anything this weekend make this

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Ingredients:

2 TBS butter

3 cups corn (about 4 ears), cut from the cob

3 TBS Mayo

1 clove garlic, grated

2 green onion, sliced

1 handful cilantro,chopped

1 lime,juice

2 TBSP cotija cheese, crumbled (this stuff is the best)

Directions:

Melt the butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the corn, toss and let it sit cooking until charred, mix it up ad let it char aging, about 6-10 minutes ( mine took about 15- 20 minutes. Pour the corn into a bowl and mix all other ingredients, serve warm or at room temperature.

OPTIONS: Add fresh diced jalapeno to the charring process to add some heat, add chile powder or cayenne pepper to taste. Diced avocados would be amazing they say, I haven’t tried that one yet but I will.

This salad was easy to make, delicious and was liked by all. I served it with pulled pork sammies, and the next day we topped our Taco’s with it. Add it to your Salsa or fresh salad, quesadilla or throw into your soups. When I went to use the salad the next day I zapped it in the micro-wave for a minute to loosen it up and get the chill off.

Hope your family enjoys this salad as much as we did.

 

Summer Banner

Summer Banner

“Summer loving happens so fast”, remember that movie Grease. I loved it, love John Travolta :) Anyway I am always looking for things to decorate my mantle with and I saw this on Pinterest and I had made one of these for spring so one for summer will go with all the summer holidays.

Listed are the items I used, all purchased at Hobby Lobby.

1. Spray Adhesive

2. Sheet Moss

3. Chip Board letters

4. Glitter

5. Banner Template I made myself

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I traced my banner template onto the moss sheet and cut out. Traced my banner template onto cardstock, sprayed with the adhesive and glued the moss onto the cardstock. If you have never used to Moss Sheets they are really cool, you can cut it out to any shape and can glue it most anything.I saw it being used in a lot of Easter Decorating.

I placed my chipboard letters onto waxed paper, sprayed with adhesive and sprinkled the glitter onto them very heavily. When dry shake off excess and hot glue letters onto the moss covered banner pieces. You could always make the banner templates any shape you want, pendant shape, square, round, have fun and make it your own.

I took the mini clothespins (also available at Hobby) and pinned them to the twine. This is where you can change it up with some colorful ribbon or I think next time I might try some cloth strips.

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It was a fun & easy project to make and I think it will look great with my July 4th decor I am going to put up. Hope you enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird feeder Chandelier

 

 

 

Bird Feeder Chandelier
Bird Feeder Chandalier

This is what I crafted this weekend. My husband found this Chandelier in the DUMPSTER! Always amazing what people just throw away. This is evidence that dumpster diving can result in rewards. It even still had the lamp shades on it in perfect condition.

So I took off the lampshades, stripped the electrical stuff and removed the light bulb holders. Took all of 5 minutes. Spray painted it first with a dark brown exterior primer paint, then    sprayed several coats of this Teal colored exterior paint.

Shopped the thrift store for these little dishes @ .75 cents each which will hold the bird seed. Attached a chain purchased at Lowe’s and TaDa cute easy Bird Feeder.

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Ombre’ Easter Eggs

 

 

 
Ombre' Easter Eggs

 

 

This was my first attempt at these eggs and I used blue dye but they turned out kinda purple like. So with like anything else my second round will probably turn out even better. I got a teal color that I want to try next.

Here are the directions I followed:

Ombré Easter Eggs

You can create this dramatic display with just two 0.25-ounce vials of blue dye you may already have in the kitchen. Set out six 12-ounce glasses, labeled A through F. Add one cup of boiling water and two teaspoons of white vinegar to each and stir, using a separate spoon for each glass. Then, mix in the color as follows: A, two drops; B, six drops; C, 10 drops; D, 20 drops; E, 45 drops; F, 60 drops. Submerge a hard-boiled egg in each glass. Steep for five minutes, or until you’re happy with the hue, then remove and place in an empty egg carton to dry. Repeat with additional eggs (up to three dozen).

I followed these directions exactly using some gel food dye that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I didn’t put A-F on my jars cause I could figure that out on my own :) I also let mine soak for about 8 minutes. I let them dry on a rack before placing them into the egg cart.

I was happy with their out come, but next time I will try some of the dye from the grocery store type because I believe it is thinner and to make sure the dye water is mixed up well and try soaking up to 10 minutes.

Enjoy your Easter decorating

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Make-Up Tip

Make-Up Tip

I saw this somewhere, tried it and it worked! You know when your mascara starts getting lumpy and a little dry but you still have mascara left in that tube? Well get some of this saline solution if you don’t already have some and drop maybe 4-5 drops in and work that wand up and down and around to mix as good as you can. It should thin it out and make your mascara go a little farther.If your mascara is dryer then add a few more drops or less, use accordingly.

♥ I love it when something works!

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Lemon Ice Box Cake

Originally posted on Melina's Hangout:

I remember growing up and eating this cake, not sure who made it but probably my Noni (this was my Grandma). I’m sure it was made from scratch and we had it at our Family Reunion’s.I found this recipe and it taste like I remember and it’s made from a box mix and its delicious and easy to make.20140214-153405.jpg

It bakes usually in a 9×13 pan but I was sharing this cake so I made one  8×8 and one heart shape since it is Valentine’s Day. This cake remind’s me of summer but since today is 88 degree’s here in the Desert and we have a abundance of lemon’s it just seems appropriate.20140214-153414.jpg

Ingredients

  • 1 Duncan Hines moist deluxe lemon cake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 3oz.lemon instant pudding mix (dry) sugar-free can be used
  • Icing:
  • 4 cups powder sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh or bottled lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil

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Lemon Ice Box Cake

I remember growing up and eating this cake, not sure who made it but probably my Noni (this was my Grandma). I’m sure it was made from scratch and we had it at our Family Reunion’s.I found this recipe and it taste like I remember and it’s made from a box mix and its delicious and easy to make.20140214-153405.jpg

It bakes usually in a 9×13 pan but I was sharing this cake so I made one  8×8 and one heart shape since it is Valentine’s Day. This cake remind’s me of summer but since today is 88 degree’s here in the Desert and we have a abundance of lemon’s it just seems appropriate.20140214-153414.jpg

Ingredients

  • 1 Duncan Hines moist deluxe lemon cake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 3oz.lemon instant pudding mix (dry) sugar-free can be used
  • Icing:
  • 4 cups powder sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh or bottled lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp water

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir together dry cake mix and pudding mix. In another bowl, combine wet ingredients and eggs that the cake mix calls for plus the buttermilk.If your box mix reads 1 1/3 cup water substitute the 1/3 cup for lemon juice.If it calls for 1 cup water add that plus the 1/3 cup lemon juice.This will make the cake even more lemon puckering. Beat with mixer until blended. Add to dry mixture and beat until combined. Bake in a greased 9×13 baking pan in a preheated 350 degree oven for the time the cake mix box calls for. It will require a couple of minutes longer baking time than cake mix box calls for because of the extra moisture produced by the milk. Check with tooth pick for doneness.

Icing:

Combine water, oil, powdered sugar and lemon juice with a mixer until smooth. Add one more tablespoon of water if it seems to thick. Glaze the cake when it is just slightly cooled. Do not over glaze it because the icing is sweet. Apply just a thin layer . There will be icing left over for a few more cakes or donuts or anything you make in the next few weeks that would be great with this glaze drizzled over top. Store in the fridge and serve cold or room temp. This cake is rich so a small piece goes along way.20140214-153422.jpgEnjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day xoxoxoxo