Archives for January 2012

Welcome to Link Party #19 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Welcome to Project Queen’s #19 Link Party !

Rules for the Party:

1.  Please no Etsy Shops, Businesses, or Giveaways.
2.  Grab a button please and post anywhere on your blog.
3.  Most important – please visit someone else who has linked up and leave a kind comment.

Let’s get this party started! Show us how you turned something daunting into something DO-ABLE!



Link Party #18 Highlights – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the Highlights for #18 Link Party – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”!  We had some great link ups this week.

First, I want to thank the people who left the sweet and thoughtful comments regarding the death of my dear, sweet mother-in-law.  We had a beautiful celebration of her life on Saturday.  She would have been pleased.  We will miss her so very much, but we know that we will one day see her again.

Now let’s check out some amazing link ups!

Diane from In My Own Style added some pom poms to a throw she already had.

She has a wonderful tutorial on making the pom poms
(she makes them the way my mother does).
I love the way this turned out.
I keep looking at throws and haven’t found the perfect one to add pom poms to yet!

Decorating with Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane made this adorable Sweetheart Paper Garland.

Barbara says that she’s NOT a craft person…hmmm
she had all of the items on hand
to make this V-Day Banner….and it’s ADORABLE!!
I think you would make a GREAT CRAFT PERSON Barbara!

Beth from Alyssa Beth’s made this cute, cute V-Day Wreath.  Guess what part came from the Dollar Store?

You’ll have to head to her blog to find out!
Love the presentation Beth.

I love these blocks that Sabrina from Customized Creations made.

She has a very easy tutorial to make them!

Check out this Blue Bookcase Painting that Ann from Make the Best Of Things painted!

I just love this.  It’s so different and the colors are amazing.
Head over to her blog and check out where she hung it.
I’ll give you a hint… it fits right in!

This next one that I’m featuring blows my mind.  Kristy from 4 the Love of Wood knocked herself out on this piece of furniture that she BUILT and put into her foyer.

Pretty cool huh? What’s so amazing about this piece of furniture?
It’s made with a curtain finial, a chandelier part, a foot board,
a picture frame, stair spindles and drawer faces.
Now that’s what I call AMAZING!!!!

Rachel from My Vintage Verve was a lucky girl when she got this buffet for $25!

Gorgeous after a few coats of Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue.
Love the detail on the door fronts.

Ready for your mouth to water??? Mrs. Happy Homemaker shared these copy cat Olive Garden Bread Sticks.

Oh goodness, I know I’m not the only one who loves
Olive Garden Bread Sticks.
Head over to her blog for the recipe!!!

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This next one is gonna make you wanna slap your mama!!! (as Paula Dean says).  Whitney from Keeping Up With the Cyberts made this YUMMY
Ultimate Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie.

This one is definitely going into my recipe box!
By the way, if I ever even thought about “slappin’ my Momma”,
I’d be pickin’ myself up off the ground!

Kirsten from The Sweet Swiper shares this wonderful Boeuf Bourguignon Soup.

This is a Martha Stewart Recipe and she says it’s delicious.
I’ll need to give it a try.
I have made Boef Bourguignon for the last few years on Christmas Eve.
I’ve never thought about making it into a soup.

This next feature is just plain CLEVER!!! Kinda like the Post-It… you’ll say, “Now, why didn’t I think of that?”
Take a look at what Wendy from Her Ballistic Garden came up with!

A way to accessorize your pillow! She uses one neutral pillow and changes up the front of it.  SOOOO clever!

Head on over to her blog to check out what other interchangeable designs Wendy has made.

Ashley from It’s Rustic Living shared this chest of drawers…..

I love the green and the simplicity of it.

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Thank you so much everyone for linking up all of your wonderful projects!!!!

If you were featured, I’d love it if you grabbed a “featured” button!


Beautiful Woman’s Version of 1 Corinthians 13:1-8

I downloaded an ebook called Beauty and the Beast Within written by Denise Grove.  The ebook sells for $5.  Denise’s description of the book is simple, “Think Marilyn Monroe meets Mother Theresa.”  The journey is not about achieving perfection but finding peace.

 “The Beautiful Woman’s Version of 1 Corinthians 13:1-8

Written By: Denise Grove

And now I will show you the most excellent way,

If I speak of calorie content and fat grams, but do not have love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of eating carrots instead of cake and can fathom all diet and exercise mantras,
and if I have enough muscle mass that can move mountains,
but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give all my snacks to the poor and give over my body to the elliptical that I may boast,
but do not have love, I gain nothing (ain’t that the truth).

Love is patient, love is kind.  It doesn’t have perfectly manicured nails, it does not wear concealer, it is not a size 0.
It does not deprive itself, it is not self-destructive,
it is not easily angered when its roots show,
it keeps no record of food intake.

Love does not delight in Botox but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.

But where there are skinny jeans, they will cease;
where there are spinning classes, they will be stilled;
where there is deprivation, it will pass away
(and so might you)…

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.

But the greatest of these is love.

I pray you have a wonderful week!

I’ll have Link Party Highlights up tomorrow (Monday night).

See you then!

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A Sad Day To Celebrate

My heart aches for a special woman, my mother-in-law, who treated me like I was her own daughter.   My heart aches for my children who called her Muvie, who baked their favorite chocolate chip cookies, sewed their clothes and loved reading them books when they were children.   My heart aches for my husband who will miss his mother terribly.  She believed in her son and was so proud of what he had accomplished in life.

Constance Read Walter was truly an amazing woman.  A woman who was raised in a very wealthy family.  Who spent her summer’s in Capitola and San Francisco at the Sir Frances Drake Hotel.  A woman who graduated from UC Berkeley.  A woman who married an uneducated farmer’s son against the wishes of her father.  A woman who married for love and not for the acceptance of her family.  A woman who raised 6 children and was a grade school teacher.  A woman who loved her children, encouraged them to be whoever they wanted to be.  She was a woman who never judged and never had a bad thing to say about another human being. A woman with a sense of humor, a woman with the patience of a saint. A woman with wonderful stories and a song or poem always ready to be sung or told.  A woman with a love for animals.  A woman of faith.

Life will go on for us Muvie.  You’re laughter, smile and keds that matched every outfit will be missed.  Our life will never be the same and yet we will go on with re-telling your stories, singing your songs and remembering your smile.  We love you Muvie and know that you are dancing in heaven with the love of your life who has patiently been waiting for you.

Rest in peace Muvie.

Constance Read Walter

March 27, 1922 – January 22, 2012



Welcome to Link Party #18 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Welcome to Project Queen’s #18 Link Party !

I’m feeling a little more creative this week thanks to all of you!!!!

I’m so thankful for all of you and your awesome blogs!

You are an amazing bunch of women!

Rules for the Party:
1.  Please no Etsy Shops, Businesses, or Giveaways.
2.  Grab a button please and post anywhere on your blog.
3.  Most important – please visit someone else who has linked up and leave a kind comment.

Let’s get this party started! Show us how you turned something daunting into something DO-ABLE!



Link Party #17 Highlights – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

I hope everyone is having an awesome week!  We have finally got some rain here in California.  Love seeing the snow on so many blogs!  I’m jealous.  I lived in Illinois when I was a kid and I still remember the snow in the morning and how quiet everything was…plus we had a snow day!

Ready to see some great features?  If you are looking for Valentine’s Day features, they had their own special day.  You can see them here.

Let’s start out this week with some YUMMY sweets!  I must be craving sugar because ALL of these look so good.

Alyssa from What’s Cooking Love shared this amazing Cinnamon French Toast Bake.

Delicious and so easy!

Jenna from Delighting In Today linked up this amazing “Best Ever” Brownie Trifle.

This is soooo pretty.  I plan on making this for an event that we will be attending next week.

Theresa from Dan and Tes shared these Brownie Mallow Bars.

I’m going to have to try making these.   This is new to me! Haven’t seen a recipe like this one.

Next up are these adorable Shabby Chic Napkin Rings from the Crafting Rebellion.

She has an easy to follow tutorial that shows how to make these.
Another project on my list.  I’m a sucker for anything sparkly.

Jen from Fish Sticks and Tiddly Winks made these Ballard knockoff Vintage Spoon Magnets.

Aren’t they great?
Eat your heart out Ballards!!!!

Trisha from Re-Made Just Right made this awesome Chalkboard Frame Meal Planner.

Ya’ll know how much I love chalkboards!
I like the way Trisha added the days with vinyl letters.

Rasha from My Champagne Taste set the bar VERY HIGH with this silver leaf dresser.

Absolutely Beautiful!!!!

Laura from Whimsical Perspective shared this great bookshelf that she refurbished.

Love the Annie Sloan colors she used!

Cyndi from Blue Star Antiques bought an ugly chest from Craig’s List and turned it into this!

She added library hardware, numbers and yard sticks to the top!
Love it! So different and unique.

I hope you enjoyed these features as much as I did!  If you were featured I’d love it if you grabbed a button on the side bar!

Thank you AGAIN to everyone who linked up their amazing projects.


Valentine Features – Link Party #17

Valentine’s Day decorations.  The colors make me HAPPY…and because I  V-Day…I’ve decided to do a separate feature for all the V-Day Link ups that were shared so far this week.  I love having a blog…I get to be the boss and do whatever I want to :-).  I highly recommend it!

Hani from Craftionary shared some free printables and some tutorials for 7 handmade gifts.

Sabrina from Superfluous shared this gorgeous clothespin wreath.  I love it!

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Jenn from Clean and Scentsible shared linked up 3 different projects.

This adorable wreath…

A chocolate count down made from a pill box (love this idea)

and a bucket of love!

She’s spending her V-day in Hawaii…… so  J E A L O U S.

Angie from Echoes of Laughter made these yummy Sweetheart Cupcakes.  Angie says these cupcakes take 5 minutes to whip up!

The recipe is on her blog!

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Jenny from Days of Chalk and Chocolate made these adorable Love Note Pillows

Just too cute!

Days of Chalk and Chocolate

Rain On A Tin Roof made this yarn Valentine wreath….

Love the colors she used.


Connie from Measured By the Heart shared a free printable.

Measured by the Heart

Renee’s Soirees linked up these cute Valentine’s Day Card Pockets.  School children hang them on the back of their chairs.

She has a wonderful tutorial for making these cute pockets!

Fifi from About Bloggin Time shared this adorable Valentine Rag Pillow!

I love this! I’ve never seen one like it.

Lauren from All Things Homie fixed up her Starbucks’ tumbler.  She made a cute decoration with her Silhouette!

I’ll have to make one of these with MY NEW Silhouette!

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Inspired By Family Mag linked up Acts of Love.
Head over to her blog where she’s got some great Valentine’s Day coupons to print off and some wonderful ways to show “Acts of Love” to others.
If you were featured, please grab a featured button in the right hand column.

Kitchen Aid Art

My daughter ran across this website that customizes your kitchen aid! I don’t know about all of you, but I ♥ my kitchen aid!  It sits on my kitchen counter front and center.  I never put it away.  I love the idea of having a custom painted kitchen aid.  Except… the price tag is a bit steep.  Maybe if I hit another jackpot I could splurge and not feel guilty!

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Vintage Floral design
You can check out the rest of the painted kitchen aids at
Un Amore by Nicole Dinardo
Which one is YOUR favorite???


Spicy Chicken Curry

Spicy Chicken Curry
(Adapted from Tyler Florence’s Recipe)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup cilantro (leaves chopped – plus more for garnish)
1 lemon (juiced)
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 yellow onions (cut into large chunks)
3 seeded jalapenos (chopped)
1 or 2 diced serano chili’s (this is optional because it makes it really spicy)
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 carrots (peeled, cut into large chunks – cook until just tender in the microwave)
2 Tablespoons tomato paste for red curry OR
1 cup of frozen peas with water blended until smooth for green curry
2 Tablespoons curry powder
1 cinnamon stick
1 Teaspoon red chili flakes
2 Teaspoons chicken bullion
2 (15 oz) cans coconut milk unsweetened
2 cups of chicken broth
Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Heat the butter in a large heavy bottomed skilled or dutch oven over medium heat.  Add onions, jalapenos, serranos (if desired) ginger and garlic.  Cook slowly until onions are very soft (about 15 minutes).  Add tomato paste OR pureed peas, curry powder, cinnamon stick and red chili flakes.  Stir.

Add coconut milk, chicken stock, chicken bullion, salt and pepper.  Stir well.

Bring back to a simmer.  Simmer until sauce has thickened (about 20 minutes).  Add 1/2 the lemon juice and the cut up chicken.  Simmer until chicken is cooked through (about 10-15 minutes). Add carrots.  Taste and adjust seasoning with remaining lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Serve over piping hot sticky rice.  Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Serves 4

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Amazing Stenciled Sub-Floors

I always enjoy seeing Carrie’s posts from Lovely Etc.  in my in-box.

This morning…. her post is nothing short of AMAZING.  Check out these stencil floors…. I’m tellin’ ya…. AMAZING!!!!


OMGoodness I love these!

Head on over to Lovely Etc. and give Carrie a BIG THUMBS UP!!

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