Christmas Door Bells


I was up for the challenge of copying a magazine picture. Sounds like fun! The picture I chose to copy for Debbiedoos Magazine Copy challenge... Simple, thank you very much! Ha…because it was Martha Stewart…it wasn’t so simple. Serves me right. Ironic, I think. Martha Stewart magazine I started out with these big plastic bells from Christmas past. They needed a new life anyways… This metallic paint just gets used for everything! I really should branch out! But, hey…if it ain’t broken… I painted the top of the bell the metallic paint. I was disappointed though of how grey it turned out. Another time ...

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Two Ingredient Cake

2 ingredient cake

Why spend a lot of time and energy putting together a completely homemade cake when you can make a two ingredient cake?  We think that is a valid question. Let's get something straight; we love homemade cake.  We have several recipes for homemade cake, including our favorite chocolate and white cakes.  And we encourage everyone who likes baking to try them.  Even people who don't like baking should try them, so they can see how easy baking really can be.  But sometimes, and for some people, spending a couple hours baking a cake just isn't worth it all the time. We have more ...

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DIY camera bag.

DIY camera bag

I am taking a bit of a break from the family room. I am getting bored with it so, thought I would do something else for a bit. I bought a new camera recently (in case you couldn't tell the pics around here were getting better). I am a klutz and that poor camera needed to be wrapped up snuggly so it would be safe and sound. But, camera bags are expensive. And ugly (at least the affordable ones are). And I don't believe in paying a lot for something I don't like. I was determined to come up with my own solution. My supplies: Handbag in the correct size and shape. This one was oh so cute but I just ...

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faux fireplace?

Is it faux if it has fake fire? Ha! Fake fire. I guess it is. I had an electric stove laying around ready to get thrown out. We had added a REAL woodstove and now I had a sliver of wall space in the family area that was screaming for something of it's very own. I have a chair in front of the fire! The chair was an IKEA chair that I made a slipcover for in the same fabric used in the office chair cover. The suitcase was mNate's Great Uncle's. I thought it works nicely has a little table. This little sliver of wall was sooo hard to get a proper picture. Cause my laundry room door is on one side, the ...

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butternut squash soup.

butternut squash soup

That title sounds weird! But, my friend is/was a Butternut Squash virgin. She had tried to make butternut squash and it was awful! Sorry, it really was! (Don't worry, I still love you! You make great bread! And tea!) I think it's a travesty of epic proportions! Okay, that's a bit dramatic but ...still! Good Butternut Squash soup is one of Fall's greatest pleasures. It is a must. must. must. This is the most basic recipe I know. I realize that for some it is too basic.  But, you can always jazz it up if you like. I don't peel and dice the squash. Instead, I have everything in one giant pot. ...

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DIY It: dresser turned t.v. cabinet


One of the reasons I loved this piece was the hardware. I added 2 coats of Zinzer White Primer to seal the wood and prepare it for painting. Great stuff! And, priming the piece will make it last longer, the paint hold better. To get the distressed, dirty look: Wipe a dark stain on to where you want to create the distressed look. Quickly wipe it off. Repeat until you create the desired look. The bottom part of the cabinet has been wiped on and then off again with the stain.  But, on the side you can see it has just been wiped on without being wiped off. It will need to be wiped off again. Quickly! After it ...

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Make it: skeleton bat costume!


Saturday in this house consisted of one thing..Halloween costumes. Not much else. My new sewing machine had come. Yay! The kids thought that a new sewing machine should be broken in properly, with something for them. We made a fairy costume for Katie and a skeleton bat costume for Levi. Here is the costume in all its glory... Pretty darn fabulous. I will have you know that we already had the shirt bought from Children's Place last year. Free! I had black felt bought on clearance at Wally World sometime back. Score! We only bought some black pants at Target. $8.00 And some puffy paint (like what we used HERE). ...

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DIY daily planner

DIY planner

I have been using a planner forever. Really, as long as I can remember. My favorite has been the Planner Pad these last few years. Mine is done. A couple of weeks ago the last day happened. But, I can't bring myself to spend the money for a new one. So, I thought I would make one. I have all the stuff. Why not? Here's what I ended up with...       I love the look of hand drawn planner pages. So I did my own on graphy paper and printed enough for the year. Of course, there are lots of printables online. A great resource is DIY Planner for loads of pages. I did include printables of mine if you are ...

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Manners matter!

Teaching manners to your children can be hard, but manners matter! This moment of discipline is just one of many ways I try to teach my children.

In my house, teaching manners is important.  Because I think manners matter. We eat nicely. We close our mouths when there is food in them. Most of the time.  We don't fart or burp... at the table.  And so, when one of my angelic children fake burped at the other, while at the supper table, consequences needed to come. Oh yeah, but it gets better. The other (that would be my smart, 13 year old, daughter Katie) showed him up. With the real burp. Loudly. At MY dinner table. Huh? Sometimes I think they were replaced with alien beings. So, their punishment... To ...

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tiered tin tower


Isn't she the cutest! My local antique store has scores of vintage tins for cheap, cheap, cheap so this was a no-brainer as to where to get my hands on some great tins. I got these... In hindsight, the bright Ritz tin wasn't such a great idea. works. The key was that the tins were varying sizes, but not too great of a difference. I also was going to use the black candlestick for the base tier. My trusty mini glue gun. I love me my glue gun. I took the lid off the tin, flipped it so the top was up then glued the candlestick to the top of the tin and bottom of the tin. So far so good. This ...

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Roomspiration: Kitchen

Seriously, one of my favorite rooms in the house is the kitchen. This post was one of the first in my blogging, I've left it in the archives to remind myself of how far I've come with photography. And, how far my kitchen has evolved. Here was the next phase in the Kitchen. This was done before my blogging days. When I didn't take before pictures. But...I can show you the after! I expect oohing and aahing at the proper times. Isn't she purdy! Those cabinets were built in oak by the previous owner. With a ridiculous spindle thingy on the top. My sister and I painted them with 7 coats of paint. The tops cream and the ...

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brownies in a mug.


(This post is the very first of Katie's Kitchen. For more from Katie's Kitchen go HERE) This recipe and all of the photo's of the Brownie in a Mug are from Katie. My 13 year old. That means they are easy! Although, she is a very good baker woman and would be offended if I made it sound otherwise. Sorry K! The ingredients. Brownie in a mug getting started! The finished product. Seriously, these were about 3 minutes. Including the cooking! Kinda like a glorified Easy Bake recipe...don't you think? Here is the linkup to the full recipe for the Two-Minute Brownie. Since this recipe Katie has been on this ...

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