refashion a blazer


I am not a seamstress. My sewing machine ALWAYS wins a battle. I always lose. It’s not fair…but there it is. And lately we have been fighting. And, as usual, I am losing. My sewing machine has decided to take a timeout. Darn thing. But, I had this cute jacket that I wanted to make pretty… So, I set out to do so without my sewing machine. Take that! I used vintage collar lace, fabric scraps, buttons, and…stich wizard!! And I made this… Little strips of fabric on the sleeve hem and pocket were attached with stitch wizardry. Same with those lace collars…stitch wizardry. Gosh, I wish there was something with wizardry in ...

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Cork Tic Tac Toe board-quick craft


Cork Tic Tac Toe board--quick craft If you came to the impromptu Pity Party last night...thank you! You made my night. That...and winning the CeCe Caldwell paint from Refresh/Restyle! I really was fine,  more dramatic then I intended. Typical of me. I don't realize how much my mood comes through on a post. There had been one too many people I heard have a bad day. I thought to myself "You have a can actually throw a pity party!" So I did! and you came! Thank you! You all look like you need an itty bitty craft. I do! So, I can oblige. There here craft is made from cork. Therefore, it is eco friendly ...

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What a difference some skincare makes #EclosBeauty!


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of éclos Skin Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Ack!! I had to cover this picture with my hand while I was writing this post. It's tinted sunscreen...just dried hair. Sad. And, I apologize for making you go through the horror of seeing that (and don't I look tired!). But, it's for a good cause! I want to talk to you about a skin care line I was introduced to recently... éclos Skin Care These are the items that they sent me to test on my lackluster skin... • Facial Cleanser Skin Prep • Cellular Activator Face Serum • Moisture ...

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tutorial-Book Page Wreath AND Cupcake Liner Wreath


off topic…have you read this blog…Thistlewood Farms? I do. So, it’s cool. The way she writes about boring, everyday things. Tutorials, crafts…salamanders? Is…exceptional. And…challenging? And so, I set out to write this post about…wreaths… with all the beautiful, wonderfulness that I possess. Like her. Yeah, I’m not that cool. She’s a pro. But…I do have 2 20 minute wreaths with tutorials for you today! Two!! Over-achiever that I am. And so, I am not posting tomorrow. Well, maybe I will just repost this same post. So, you get it again tomorrow. And the next day too. Ha! That would be fun! Wreath #1. This takes less ...

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Owl Art…Who Loves You?


Sometimes there are cute things that simply need to be created because they are adorable.  This owl art is one such thing.  Does it serve a purpose?  No, not really.  Does it need to be created?  Nope.  Does it have an important place in our lives?  Not exactly.  Is it something we wanted to make?  Yes. And sometimes, that one yes is all it takes to be worth making.  This owl art is also a perfect gift to give someone you care about.  We aren't giving you a full tutorial, because that just doesn't seem necessary.   Keep the basic idea in mind, ...

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Casey the Chalkboard Retro Set


I’m excited about this here project. It’s one of my fav’s! I love, love retro sets! The chrome…the vinyl…the oldness. It’s just lovely! Sadly, it’s rare to find a set in great condition AND suitable for modern homes. I mean, that’s the nature of oldness! Recently a friend picked this set up for me. $25…wow! It was in decent shape. Some rust on the chrome, knicks and cracks in the vinyl, and just a bit tired. But, I swear I heard it sigh deeply because it knew it was in good hands. I removed the seats of the chairs… And used black spray paint made specifically for vinyl. This project took 3 cans. I also cleaned and ...

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Upholstery Paint…huh?


Do you live in the backwoods of WI like me and don’t know that there is now paint that paints upholstery? Well fine…maybe you knew. I didn’t. I just found out. I put my discovery of upholstery paint up there near the discovery of the hot glue gun. Near, I said…near. It is oh so very cool. The possibilities!! I got the opportunity to try this lovely product from Sunshine Joy out… in Caribbean Blue. Hello…what a cool name! I decided to give it a try on this chair… This IKEA chair is perfectly fine. I just wanted change and I wanted this chair to jive with the rest of the room. But, I surely didn’t want to invest too ...

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guest bloggy friend…Kim from Tiaras and Bowties


Hey readers!! So glad you are here! Meet Kim...she has a great project to share with you all today! She also has a great blog full of tips, DIY, and real life. Happy Monday to all you Hating Martha Fans! I'm uber excited to be here... really, I'm thrilled I was asked to come out and play!  Who am I? Well, I'm Kim from Tiaras and Bowties.  I am the crafty queen of my castle simply painting, DIYing and living the fairy tale.  You know the one; where princess meets the handsome prince, falls madly in love, has two lovely children - one of which has a rare genetic syndrome and ...

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Bloggy Olympics…I get the torch!


(if you are here to enter for the giveaway or for Bloggy Olympics HERE!) Janel: Torch passer extraordinaire!!! (has a nice ring to it...doesn't it!) Here’s a real, honest to goodness picture of me. Not a silly one. I had my husband take one…he did pretty good, I think. Here’s my info. My what-for. My biography. Cause I am an athlete participating in the Bloggy Olympics. I hope you join me!! Birthdate: Shucks, darn. Who asks a girl that? February, 1978 (you better remember that cause I am not telling you ever again). Birthplace: a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Hometown: I live in the backwoods of ...

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Let the Games begin!!!


So………… ANNOUNCEMENT #1 I have exciting news. Of epic proportions. (imagine drum rolls, swinging people, loud music, and colorful flags) This summer Hating Martha is joining 16 other blogs to host… The Bloggy Olympics!!! The 2012 Summer Olympics are coming soon and we are so excited! To help get in the spirit of the Olympics and to add a bloggy spin of our own we will be hosting a 6 week Bloggy Olympics! There will be 17 different blogs participating over 6 weeks and 6 events from June 9th- July 21st. Each week 3 blogs will share a simple tutorial that you can copy or will get you thinking about that event’s theme. At ...

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blueberry pancake cupcakes.

This Pancake Batter and Blueberry Cupcake recipe is absolutely delicious, and definitely unique!

This blueberry cupcake recipe is on the ridiculous side of recipes. Not necessarily simple, plain blueberry would be simple.  Blueberry pancake, not so much. Not healthy. But, sometimes...sometimes you just want to make a cupcake. Sometimes it is your happy place. The place where stress moves aside for a bit. What's your happy place? These cupcakes taste like the real thing. Like blueberry pancakes. It's amazing! They are amazing. Worth every non-stressful cupcake moment. (truthfully, I've made many a blueberry cupcake that didn't taste amazing that was STILL worth every moment. Every. Moment.) Tip:watch ...

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a family POWOW!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of POWOW Messenger for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Hello lovelies... I rarely do product reviews. But, I will if the product is something I want in my life anyways. Then...doh...of course I will review it for you! And you know this girl is honest...good or bad :). I will tell you if the product stinks...or doesn't stink! I have an Android. It's wonderful. It doesn't stink. I would like to kiss the person that invented such a lovely device. But, with a 14 year old daughter and an endless number of siblings...texting can feel like a job!! When ...

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