Alex and Ani – Favorite Things Friday

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I have seen them on Pinterest, copy cats on Etsy and they have a kiosk at the Denver airport–and I have to say I love love love them. I kept hesitating to buy one. They are pricey…and low and behold I received in the mail this holiday season from a very good friend two bracelets. Yes you heard me right – not one but 2 bracelets. I felt very humbled and grateful to say the least. Enjoy one of my favorite things…
Thanks P! Love ya! You shouldn’t have –but I am so glad you did.

 

Aren’t they amazing? They have the coolest expandable clasp. They are light and very comfortable to wear.

 

I love how you can wear one or two and they look amazing, but you can wear 30 and they look insanely stylish.

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Victoria Secret and DSW Makeover—Gift Bags- Thrifty Thursday

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Happy New Year- Dollar Store Treasure- A reminder for the New Year

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2013 Reminder
2013 Reminder

This reminder for the New Year was easily made from a frame at the dollar store!

The definition of Love on a very beautiful greeting card framed in a elegant silver dollar store frame.   It is placed appropriately on my letter desk in our bedroom.

What a great reminder to  myself of the importance of coming from a place of Love this year in 2013.

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Happy Birthday…New Year’s Slumber Party…and a C-section rant…

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11 years ago right at this moment I was at the hospital filling out paperwork, getting hooked up to an IV and getting ready to have my son via c- section.  (medically necessary – I state that because I can’t stand when people judge and act as if I am less of a mother because I had to have both of my children via c-section).  the first one was emergency and we almost lost my DD. (She was in ICU for 10 days). Not a I just don’t wanna do it the hard way situation. But there are close minded people that actually think they are “better” because their bodies were physically capable of giving birth naturally.   Hey I was into natural childbirth – with a mid wife and all …thank God for medicine and modern technology.  My midwife told me if born in an earlier era I would have died giving childbirth. That jerked me out of any pity party I was going to be in..and the fact that my DD’s pulmonary hypertension went away. (That is another roundabout story that would come back later in my life…for another post…I am emotional enough).

Wow that was a soap box that I thought had collapsed 11 years ago…guess not.  (I am mature enough to handle ignorant people’s views and feel sad for them that they aren’t educated enough to understand why some mother’s don’t have a choice…but, 17 years ago it was hard and people’s comments and bragging about their birthing experiences were hurtful.)  I know how blessed we are…

This post is not about trying to make others feel better about what saved my life and the life of my child, but about my DS.   So on with it…

I knew that face would change the mood of  this post….seriously he was a “tank”.  I was fortunate enough to nurse him a long time…and boy did he gain the weight…

Boy-Boy
Boy-Boy

 

What a gift to this world he is….we were so thrilled to be having another child.  I didn’t take birth control my entire marriage and had my DD in 1995 and was told we probably wouldn’t have any more children.  (TMI?) Then  after 10- yes, 10 -of my good friends/ some family members all were pregnant in 1999–I gave 4 of the baby showers.   I  so wanted another child…I found out I was pregnant with our son. What an awesome surprise!!!

My DD, who is 17 now, says thank God mom we had Garrett. You guys were suffocating me!  (She is my quiet silent barometer – that sweet girl of mine). I have to say she does have hours upon hours of video that she could submit into evidence to win at trial).  She was 6 when he was born…her reflection came later…(love the picture of them in backseat of car…road trip through Louisiana)

Well, enter stage left my DS…

Garrett's11 bday Collage final

So I am running about today working to get ready for his “friend” slumber party, and of course the DD can’t be left out and is having 23 of her closest friends over for a New Years Party. (My inner mother/entertaining Goddess is doing a happy dance). I am so excited to share with you what I will put together for my sweet boy…and his wonderful gang of friends… have you seen the movie GUILT TRIP?  I am just saying I get that lady….I will leave it at that.

Happy Birthday my sweet boy…and Happy New Year!

 

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Craft Room Chair Update

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It is no secret that I love to thrift. Love love love…most fun is taking something that is on “it’s last leg” and making it new again.

I found this chair at a garage sale last summer, for a buck. I needed another chair for my craft studio and decided this would be a great choice.

 

I had fun editing this picture to focus on the print…isn’t it so 80’s?

Craftrm Chair redo

 

 

 

 

Supplies for the project:

staple gun

drill or screw driver

Material (left over from my pillow redo on our sectional).

scissors

craftrmchair redo 2

 

 

 

 

The most important on the list of supplies–talented -Art- major- niece to do the project for you.  I love to have her come over and do projects for me and she earns extra cash for college.  Isn’t she a doll…yeah and on a college dance team…hey when you have it you just have it right?  Okay enough braggy Aunt stuff…I am just saying’……No she is not for loan…she is already going to be mad I was bragging about her on here…okay not mad embarrassed…

Chair redo ali

 

(Oh and yes she is working on another redo or freshen up that I will blog about later…I had to use this picture because a niece can only take so much…I didn’t have a picture of her redoing the chair!

The masterpiece…

Final Chair

 

I may have to paint the wood.  But a great freshen up for now!  What are you working on?

 

 

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Happy New Year & Christmas “pieces”

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Merry Christmas...sad it is over!
Merry Christmas…sad it is over!

It was so hard this year to part with the Christmas decorations. I usually am so excited to start a New Year, get organized and start fresh and new. When I think about why it seemed different this year…I mean seriously I am usually working to strip the house of every stitch of the holidays the day after Christmas!  This year I finally got up this morning early and started to gather stuff to put it away…sniff sniff.

As I decorated this year, I had a different appreciation for our pieces of Christmas that we have gathered over the years.  Even the pieces that are literally in pieces!  You know how it is…things get broken and worn. Those seem to be the pieces that I cherish the most…in my younger years I would have worked hard to replace those pieces with fresh new ones.  Now I just realize the memories each of the pieces hold. I remember who and when they broke or chipped something.  Or how it suddenly was broken with no one claiming the incident. (smile).

Christmas Pieces...
Christmas Pieces…

I think Mary’s head was broken in a nerf football incident by my DH and DS when my son was about 5.  All I remember hearing from the other room, “Let’s get some glue…I know we can fix it.”  There is a nerf ball out there wearing a piece of Mary’s back and shoulder.  I can’t part with her and this set though.  It was the first set that we could afford during our first Christmas, my husband and I.  Now if I could only convince him to let me paint the set one solid color.  Have you seen those redo from Thirft store mangers? Adorable…who knew my DH was so sentimental?  He said honey look how neat the sheppard is holding the lamb on his shoulder and you want to make it one color? (sigh).

My snowman salt shaker suddenly has his stick arm missing, my tin soldier no longer has feet, and my sign that said “Snowmen gather here” is missing. That I can replace…but all in all how blessed we are to have such a wonderful home filled with Christmas cheer and “pieces” of Christmas.

Now I have to work to assemble a New Year’s Mantle….and welcome in the New Year.

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Thanksgiving Treat–Turkey Buddies that make everyone happy!

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Happy Thanksgiving. I have so much to be thankful for this wonderful day. First and foremost, I have my health, my loved ones are happy and healthy. I thank the Lord everyday for his guidance and support in my life. I am truly blessed. Though there was some special ones we didn’t get to see this year because our family is getting so big…we know everyone was safe and warm and fed. That is truly a lot to be thankful for…

Wanna cool treat to make for your next Thanksgiving?

It is made with:

Oreo cookies

Fudge striped cookies

candy corns

chocolate frosting

and any kind of chocolate you want I used chocolate covered cherries. I think truffles would be so yummy but I was going for a low budget hostess gift to bring over.

Hope you enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving.

I have to give credit where credit is due: I got this idea from YouTube from a great site called AustinWarrenDesign. He is no longer posting;0(, and he disabled his link to imbed, but if you search on you tube for Turkey buddies and AustinWarrenDesign you will find it.   He used white frosting but it showed up too much. The chocolate just blends in. They are wrapped for travel in the car…but aren’t they cute.

 

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Do what, you can….Inspirational quote…

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I love this quote from Pinterest. It represents what I had to learn during the time I was laid up this summer. This fit perfectly.

 

 

Maybe TMI —-I herniated a disc in my neck. It was giving me trouble for 3 weeks before I finally had to see a neurosurgeon. Those of you who follow me know that I am not a great “sit around” person. I pushed myself  working,  traveling and not taking the time I needed to heal first go around and made my problem worse and it ruptured?   Unfortunately!  But I am back and excited to have life back to “normal”! Well…let’s say I am getting there….”Doing what I can with what I have with where I am”!

He took such good care of me while I was recovering from surgery. I am so fortunate.

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Honey Bun Cake – delicious cinnamon roll cake!

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This sunday I made a great old fashioned dinner- Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots. Sunday is the one night we have our family dinner. (Too many commitments during the week I am kinda bummed to say).

I just put everything in the crockpot, added a little Liptons Onion Soup with Beef stock  to potatoes, carrots, and the roast on top—and viola- a yummy smell penetrated our home all day.  It was so cold outside it was a yummy treat.   I felt like baking and did a search on the internet for a recipe using the Betty Crocker yellow cake mix. Boy did I hit the jackpot with this recipe.

Honey Bun Cake —It is like a cross between a coffee cake, cinnamon roll and really moist cake. Here is the link for the site. HONEY BUN CAKE.

You basically add sour cream, 4 eggs, and oil to the cake mix. Put half of the batter in the pan, then put down a layer of brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon. Then put down the rest of the batter on top of it. Bake for 44 minutes. Poke holes in the top when the cake is warm, and pour the glaze over and frost.

It is amazing:  Okay not low fat either. But it is a treat and you make it once a year….the neighbor boys ate two pieces each.  I knew my DH loved it cause I heard him yelling from upstairs hey who ate my cake!!! (“His” cake–laughing out loud!).

I dropped off dinner to my DH’s parents tonight, a full 4 course meal. They are so fun to feed because they really appreciate the food. His mom loved the cake. So it is grandma tested. I am not that nice-  Okay they are only a 1/4 mile away too. So it was not a hassle and their graciousness is payment alone.

Honey Bun Cake

 

 

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Rustoleum SprayPaint fix…Patio Iron decoration–

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I am catching up on summer posts that I never edited. My neck surgery put a big hiccup in my “projects” and blogging.

I found this metal decorative circle scroll at a yard sale ages ago.  I loved the shape and design.

It was two dollars!!! The color is screaming 80’s home decor…nothing a little black spray paint can’t solve…my inner spray paint goddess is jumping with joy!

 

It reminded me of this decorative Scroll. Of course the price of it is 111 dollars! I had the can of spray paint left over from a previous project.

 

Source: lnt.com via Beth on Pinterest

 

I love Rust oleum spray paint. It is very solid quality.   It is amazing what you can transform with spray paint. One of the tools that is a ‘spray paint goddess’ must is the plastic spray paint can adapter. It keeps you from getting a finger cramp from pressing on the uncomfortable small push nozzle.

It seriously cost a couple of bucks and can be used on any standard spray paint can. So worth every penny!! I use it and use it and use it and it has lasted.

A collage of my progress. I use a cardboard box flattened, and lay it on the back lawn. You don’t want it to be hot temperature outside or the paint will goop and cover poorly. I also used the opportunity to paint my bamboo plant I got at a sale, I wanted to get rid of the Asian design, and also painted my dear husband’s CAVEMAN letters I bought him for his shop.

It cost me less than one at the store that I loved for 1oo bucks and I love how simple it is and for a total of 4.oo dollars at the most! Not bad for a little personalization that makes the Khaki, white and black exterior house paint pop!
Next time you are at a garage sale think of what is possible not the 80’s iron work piece sitting there singing a old Madonna tune.

 

 

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