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October 10, 2011

Glittered Skulls

As a kid growing up I had a bit of an odd family. 
I grew up watching my family build these elaborate Haunted Houses every October as an extra way of making money. 
I am talking ELABORATE!!! 
My family loved Halloween so much that they used to take us kids Trick Or Treating in the back of an actual hearse. 
So naturally I grew up loving scary movies, Halloween, and anything Halloween related. 
So much so that my husband and I have started a new tradition of throwing a Halloween Party every year (we are on our second year now) 
This year we are collaborating with our good friends in the hopes of making it bigger and better than ever. Yesterday, we did a lot of prepping and decorating of our house for the Festivities. 
I thought I would share one of the projects I worked on yesterday. 
Hope you like it!!

Glittered Skulls - 



What you'll need:

Cheap small skulls
Colored Glitter - Pumpkin/Orange, Green, Purple, Black
Tacky Glue
Paint brush
Sandwich Baggies
Paper towels
Glass jar or Apothecary Jar

First you'll need to place some paper towels or something underneath so you can catch the extra glitter. Because as we all know, glitter is the herpes of the crafting world. :)
I found these skulls at Walgreens (2 for $5.00) and bought the glitter from Hobby Lobby. 


I ended up using Modge Podge glue instead of Tacky Glue since I could not find the bottle.  I took a clean small painting brush and dipped it in the glue. 
I brushed on a generous coating, then placed the skull in the baggie of glitter. 
Shook vigorously to get good coverage, then placed on a paper plate to dry.

Now, I know these look more like Mardi Gras colors, but they also work wonderfully for Halloween. I found a clear glass jar that I had leftover from my wedding and placed them inside. 
Now I have a cute little center piece for a table or vignette.

I've Linked to the Following:
The Girl Creative





August 26, 2011

DIY - Super Hero Letters



My 3 1/2 year old son loves his superheroes. 
Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain Ameri-ma 
(That's what he used to call him...now he very proudly boasts Captain A-Mer-i-CA) 
Anyways, He loves pretty much all super hero's. 
So I found these super cute PARIS letter's on Pinterest and thought...
What if I did his name, but with comic book characters? 
Brilliance!!! 
Now, I know I am not the first to think of this, but I loved the idea 
and had a ton of fun making them.

These are what I made for my little man.

 This is an exceptionally easy project to do and requires very little in the way of supplies. 

You will need the following:
  • Modge Podge Glue
  • Foam applicator
  • Comic books (I paid a total of $5.00 for them)
  • Wooden letters
  • White spray paint 

My total cost for this project was under $20.00.

First I took his letters and spray painted them white,
so I wouldn't see any of the "wood" color showing through or around the edges.

Next, I cut out what felt like a bazillion pictures. 
I will say that I gave up on this half way through and just cut large sections of the comics out. 
 

I then laid glued them onto the letters in the way I thought they looked best. 
It was kind of like a puzzle.

 
I then gently covered each letter with a final coating of Mod-Podge and let dry completely. 
After it has dried I spray painted over it with a clear coat to give it kind of a glossy look. 
This is optional really.

 
 
Needless to say, He LOVES them!! 



August 25, 2011

Fall Fashion Must Haves for 2011

My favorite time of year is just around the corner. Yay!! 
This makes me so happy. 
I love the smell of warm apple cider and pumpkin spice. 
The changing of the leaves and the crisp air. 
And best of all...the boots I have sitting in my closet just waiting to be worn with the perfect pair of skinny jeans. 
I am talking about Fall of course. 

I put together some Fall Wardrobe Basics for those who are interested. 
This Fall is all about florals and plaid. 
Hello 90's anyone!!


Here are some KEY pieces to invest in for this upcoming fall:

Plaid = Whether in a jacket or a cute tunic.
Tweed Pencil skirt = This is so versatile. Think sexy librarian :)
Floral Dress = Pair with a cute pair of leggings/tights. (Go for something in a shade other than black or nude. Also a print on them to add an extra flash of pizazz)
Boots = I have a fetish with boots. I love them. Splurge a little on a good pair. I learned this the hard way.
Corduroy Jeans = Hot colors this fall...Plum, Cranberry, and Toffee.
Large Bag = I am lusting over this hand tooled messenger bag. How gorgeous is this??


Fall Must Haves




Well, there is my list of this Fall's Fashion Must Haves. If you have any that you would like to share...please leave a comment below! I love reading them!

Ciao!

August 23, 2011

Recipe Tuesday - Margherita Pizza

I normally post my recipes on Wednesday, but I was feeling anxious. 
Can you blame me though? Look what I made!!!

It is soooo good. Such a light and refreshing pizza. 
Well, by light I mean it tastes light instead of having it feel heavy in your tummy.

Ingredients: 

Premade pizza crust - I used Freschetta Artisan Thin Crust
Can of diced tomatoes (with or without basil and oregano)
Garlic Powder
Red Pepper Flakes
Salt
Pepper
Oregano
Italian seasoning
Parmesan Cheese 
Fresh mozzarella - 6 or 7 thin slices
fresh basil
Little grape tomatoes or Roma...whichever you prefer
Black olives
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar - 2-3 Table Spoons

Take the grape tomatoes and slice in half length-wise, open the can of diced black olives and drain the liquid. Set these aside. Next, take your crust out and place on an upside down cookie sheet. Preheat oven to the temperature marked on the back of your crust. Also, make sure the sheet is big enough for the pizza :)
Lightly drizzle some olive oil on the crust and spread using a basting brush making sure to cover well. Place in the oven and let it turn a nice light golden brown. This keeps the crust from becoming soggy from the sauce.

While the pizza is getting nice and golden brown...take your blender and add the can of DRAINED diced tomatoes, the balsamic vinegar, oregano, and italian seasoning and about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Blend until your desired consistency. Remove the crust from the oven and ladle the sauce up close to the edges of the crust. Lay the fresh mozzarella, sliced grape tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and diced black olives all over the pizza. Sprinkle lightly with garlic powder, salt, red pepper flakes (optional), and pepper. Then sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and place in the oven until the cheese has become melt y and bubbly and the tomatoes have a nice roasted look. 

Buon Appetito!

 


August 17, 2011

Best Web Sites for 2011 - Time Magazine

Time Magazine has published their list of "The 50 Best Websites of 2011" today. I was super pumped to see that they had two of my favorite websites on their list, as well as some new ones I've never heard of. I thought maybe for my first post back since June that this would be a good way to start.

First I have to say, seeing Polyvore.com and Pinterest.com on there was awesome. I am seriously addicted to those sites... horribly, irrevocably, and undeniably addicted. Much like I am with coffee. It's ugly people, just ask my husband. Running gag in our house is when I run out of coffee I stomp around in my best "Hulk Angry, Hulk Smash" attitude until I get some in me. Anyways, that's a whole other story! You can click on the link up at the top of my post to see the list in its entirety. I just wanted to highlight some of the ones that peeked my interest. Hmmm....is that where they came up with Pinterest? Sorry, random thoughts often pop into my addled brain.

1. Hipmunk - SUPER fabulous site to ease the burden of slogging through endless pages of flight and hotel searches. I know there is Expedia, Hotels.com, Cheaptickets, etc. but, this one is really smart. You type in your destination and dates...it pops up with a easy to read "visual timeline" with every major airline on the internet. You can see the prices and times offered. Try it out. I did and I loved it.

2. 8tracks - Here's a direct quote from their About page -  "8tracks is handcrafted internet radio. It offers a simple way for people to share and discover music through an online mix, a short playlist containing at least 8 tracks....8tracks believes handcrafted music programming trumps algorithms. Think radio in the 1970s, mixtapes in the 1980s, and DJ culture of the 1990s through today. DJ's share their talent in taste making, providing exposure for artists. Listeners get a unique blend of word-of-mouth sharing and radio programming — long the trusted means for music discovery — on a global scale." Sounds pretty awesome!!

3. Howcast - Want to know how to do it?....look it up on Howcast. This rapidly growing video channel shows you everything from "How to Flirt Online" & "How to Prevent Skin Spots".  Some are funny and cheesy, and some are extremely informative. Just be prepared to spend a couple of hours there.

4. Wonderopolis - GREAT site for children...and adults. Want to know how to do an ollie? How about "Why Doesn't the Glue Stick to the Inside of the Bottle?" This site is like the proverbial 4/5 year old with their endless questions of Why and How. I swear this site has all of them but the great thing is...they have the answers. So if your child asks you  "How Does an Eraser Work", put them on this site. You'll enjoy finding out too.

So there is just a few of the ones that I found fascinating and informative. You should give it a read and check some of the sites out. You might happen upon some amazing new site you never would have otherwise. Happy Reading and God Bless!!!

July 1, 2011

Some Like it Hot....I am not one of those people!!!

No matter how many pieces of clothing you remove from your body...
you still feel like you smothered yourself in vaseline and an elephant is sitting on your chest.
at least that's how I feel here in the midwest. 

I totally did not mean to make that rhyme. 

I miss dry desert heat. 
This sticky wet heat is for the birds!!

Here's some Fashion Friday for ya!
Beat the heat wearing something small and sexy this summer.


It's Madness!

Or how about something tropical and exotic??

On Vacation

Bikini's aren't your style?? Then try a one piece!

Make Some Waves

No matter what your style is...
be sure to wear lots of sunscreen and take time to enjoy and relax.

June 22, 2011

House of Anne Chalk Paint Giveaway - Lucky 7 Designs

Hey...exciting news!!! 
Lucky 7 Designs is hosting a HUGE giveaway from House of Anne. 
You could win the following...

One Old WhiteTwo Color Choices, One Clear Wax, 
One Dark Wax, One Wax Brush, 
and one "quick and easy paint transformation"  book.
  (Retail cost $222.80)
 
Her chalk paint is to die for!!! 
Head over to Lucky 7 to enter!!!!!

June 8, 2011

Contest Winner Revealed! FINALLY



 I know that it has been eons since I posted this contest 
and I apologize from the deepest part of my heart 
that I have not posted who the winner is. 

So without further ado....

 

Congratulations: Evelyn S. 

She is lucky number 19!!!

She said "I liked your facebook page. bimbi9 at verizon dot net"

Thank you to all that entered. 
Keep following me to see my next contest that will be posted sometime this month. 
It could be next week or it could be two weeks from now. 
I like to keep you on your toes..cause that's how I roll.




May 26, 2011

Praise Him in good times and in bad!

The last 5 days here in Joplin have been something else...I tell you what. 
Here is what I realized though...
God is good! 
It may not seem like it when you look around and hear the heartbreaking stories 
of people that have lost their loved ones and homes,
but he is. 
And I have learned that the more you lean on him and trust him 
the more you can stop worrying about yourself and help others. 
Sure its a bumpy road and there will be times of testing and uncertainty and anger, 
but how can you be grateful for the good times if you never experience the bad ones?
Bad times build character and strength. 
They forge you into a working piece of art with scars that show everyone where you've been
and what you've survived through.



But I will say that I wouldn't mind if God would take a breather for a while Lol.

May 23, 2011

tragedy in Joplin MO

Hey everyone. I am going to be unable to post anything for a few days due to the fact that the city I am living in was hit by a tornado. My family and home are ok. unfortunately my really good friends lost their home along with a lot of other people. Pkease keep all of us in your thoughts and prayers.

May 19, 2011

Recipe Thursday - Spinach stuffed chicken with Golden Panko Parmesan Crust


I try to cook something yummy and easy to make on Tuesday nights so I will have a recipe to blog for my Recipe Wednesday Posts ...
however...
I have been off on my days of the week ...all week... and realized I missed Recipe Wednesday. 
So today will be recipe Thursday! Yay!! 
The other downside to this was that I realized that I had 
Zumba right after dinner.
Eating too close to Zumba is a bad idea. 
I felt wretched all night long.
Let's just say ...lesson learned.

On to the recipe!

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast w/ Golden Panko Parmesan crust



Ingredients:
  • 4 Chicken breasts
  •  1 1/2 cups of fresh chopped spinach (you can use frozen if you want)
  • 1 cup of Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 small container Feta Cheese (5 oz.)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Lime Juice
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • 1 cup of Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup of Panko
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 3 Eggs
  • Flour
  • Basil
  • Marinara Sauce

Take your chicken breasts and slice them open into a butterfly cut (think butterfly porkchops) 
take a meat tenderizer to thin it out for easier rolling..and it makes it more tender.


Mix together the 1 cup of Ricotta cheese, Feta Cheese, Lime juice, and 1 the chopped spinach. 
I use fresh because I think it is always best to use fresh vegetables whenever possible. 
If you want to use frozen make sure you thaw and drain it completely. 


After you mix the cheeses and spinach..season with a little bit of salt and pepper. 
Get three shallow dishes for the bread crumps/panko mix, the flour, and the eggs.
In a separate dish mix the bread crumbs, panko, basil, and parmesan cheese together. 


Season the chicken with salt and pepper. 
Take the spinach mixture and place on the chicken and roll it up nice and tight and pin with a toothpick. 
Dip chicken in flour, then in egg, and then coat with the panko crust mixture. 
Repeat with the rest of your chicken breasts and lay them in a baking dish. 
Drizzle olive oil over the chicken. 
Place in a preheated oven (375 degrees)
Bake for 45 to 60 minutes. 
It may take longer depending on size of the chicken and your oven. 
Just make sure it is cooked all the way through and the juices run clear. 
Serve with Pasta and Marinara sauce.

May 17, 2011

DIY Linky Party -

Thanks to all of you who linked up with my linky party last week. 
Hopefully the next one will be bigger!!!

I was very impressed with all of your projects, but two stood out the most to me. 


This elaborate door was converted into a formal dining table. 
How creative is that?? 
I think it is awesome!!

Click on the picture to be directed to her blog.


 This side table turned out beautifully! 
What a gorgeous color and paint job. 
Jenny from Marine to a Housewife did a marvelous job...
check out her blog by clicking on the picture.



Both of these women turned their pieces into works of art. 
I love seeing all of your amazing creations and magical transformations!
Thanks again for linking up. 
Let's spread the word to make it grow!!

May 16, 2011

Giveaway!!! - Clutch with A Special Surprise Inside


Don't forget about my giveaway!!! 
It ends May 20th...so only 4 more days left!!! 
Hurry and send the link out to your friends and enter yourself..
if you haven't already!

Here's what you can win....

Btw...the lucky winner not only gets this super adorable clutch...
but I've also hidden a special surprise inside of it. I will announce what it is on May 20th!

Here's how you can enter!

  1. Become a follower of my blog
  2. Like my Facebook page
  3. Tweet about the giveaway
  4. Blog about the giveaway (send me the link to your post)
  5. Post a status update on your Facebook page about the giveaway
  6. Add my button to your blog
  7. Refer a friend to the giveaway
7 ways for you to enter!! 
Good Luck!!

May 11, 2011

As Promised - Tutorial for Vintage Lace Flower

Bah! I am such a loser lol. 
I totally got caught up on cleaning my bedroom (which was looong overdue) 
and waiting for The Voice to start that I blanked on this. 
Sorry!!

Anyways, this is seriously the easiest tutorial ever. 

Vintage Lace "Flower"



Start with some lace (any color you like)
Vintage brooch or cool button
Thread to match your lace
needle
Piece of felt for backing (make sure it matches your lace)
Headband or alligator clip
Hot glue gun
scissors



Start by cutting out a circle of felt in the size of flower you want


Then cut your lace to about 15-17" long. 
It really depends on how big you want your "flower"
Then grab your needle and thread and do a running stitch down one side from end to end. 
When you have finished the stitch, grab one end and pull the string...
gathering your lace to make it start to curl up. 
Creating a ruffled affect. 


Grab your piece of felt and hot glue gun.
Start wrapping the lace around the edge of the felt and work your way 
towards the center... gluing as you go. 

It should look like this when done
Once you have it fluffed the way you like it. 
Add some hot glue to the center of it 
and then place your button or brooch in the center of the "flower". 

I made mine into a headband, but you could glue an alligator clip to the back
and use it as a hair clip or put a safety pin on the back to turn it into a fun brooch 
for your purse or on a blouse. 

Like I said...this was really easy to make! 
Hope you liked it!!!

May 9, 2011

~New Giveaway Contest ~

Here's the 411 on my giveaway!!

What:
This adorable zebra clutch with a surprise inside!!!

I bought this in a flea market. 
It has never been used and is in perfect condition.  
I thought it would make an excellent giveaway item.
I made and added the little flower to give it some extra zing.
When
Now through May 20th

How
  1. Become a follower of my blog
  2. Like my Facebook page
  3. Tweet about it
  4. Blog about the giveaway
  5. Post a status update on your Facebook page about the giveaway
  6. Add my button to your blog
          Make sure to leave a separate comment below for each thing you do.
You must comment on my blog...not facebook!! :D

I will use the random generator to pick the winner at 5 pm on May 20th. 
Good Luck!!!

Happy Monday ~ Before and After w/ Linky Party!!

Good Morning Ladies!! 
I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day... 
I got to hang with my little one's
so it was very wonderful for me.
However,
My weekend seemed to fly right by.
I did manage to get in some quality painting time which was long overdue! 

About a month ago, I had found a wood headboard and foot board for my son's room 
and after much debating (with my husband) on the proper color scheme for our son's room,
we decided to paint it a bright and cheery orange. 
His walls will be a wonderful shade of blue/aqua. 
to give it that tropical feel we were wanting to achieve.


Here's a shot of the bed before painting
 and here's the after...(pardon the Spongebob bedding. 
I am still on the lookout some new sheets for his room.)
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Did you do any painting this weekend...or perhaps some fun DIY ideas? 
I'd love to see!!


In order to post your projects, please make sure to include my button
(to the right) on your post somewhere...or at least on your blog.
Also, don't link to your giveaway.
Only the project.
I will pick 2 projects to feature on my blog that I feel were the best!!





I linked up at the following sites....


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