Archives for February 2012

Welcome to Link Party #23 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Welcome to Link Party #23!
“Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

If you missed Link Party #22 Highlights,

I can’t wait to see what you are going to share this week!

Rules for the Party:

1.  Please no Etsy Shops, Businesses, or Giveaways.
2.  I’d love it if you followed me on Linky Follower! (Right hand column).  Leave me a comment so I know to follow you back.
3.  Grab a button please and post anywhere on your blog.
4.  Please link up something NEW that you have not shared before.  Link up only YOUR work and not someone else’s.
5.  Most important – please visit someone who has linked up and leave a kind comment.  Don’t you be a “hit and run” blogger  now :-).  It only takes a few minutes to say “hi” to someone new!  We all love comments!


Link Party #22 Highlights – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Goodness! Did we ever have some clever link ups this past week!  I love to see what people are doing between holiday decorating…. the REAL stuff, instead of holiday crafts.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the holiday crafts…. just like to get down to the “nitty-gritty” of DIY, every day stuff!

Thank you again everyone for sharing at “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able” Party!

Emily from 52 Mantels shared this amazing Butterfinger Trifle.

Oh goodness, this looks so YUMMY!
It doesn’t get any better than that does it?
Okay, if it was CALORIE FREE it would be the bee’s knee’s!

52 Mantels

Kim from Made In A Day created this beautiful Burlap Wreath.  She used the “rolled book page method”.

Beautiful!  Display technique on the chalkboard – A+!!

made in a day

Manuela from A Cultivated Nest has a tutorial on how she “pretty up’d” these Cardboard Magazine Holders.

What a GREAT idea!
Endless possibilities here!

Marilyn from 4 You With Love needed to re-do the flooring in her craft area of her 1888 house.  How did she do it?  With paper bags!  It’s a Paper Bag Floor!  She has an easy to follow tutorial explaining how she did it.

Love how this turned out.
Looks alot like an Acid Floor Wash, but with lots of cracks (which in my humble opinion is even better)

4 You With Love

Alyssa from What’s Cooking Love made these delicious Cinnamon Roll Donuts.

She made these out of Refrigerator Biscuits.
No need to work with YEAST!
Perfect for those church mornings when you’re running around
like a wild woman
trying to get the family out the door!

What's Cooking, Love?

Diane from In My Own Style made this amazing Faux Zinc Top Candy Jar from a Tuna Can.

Diane can do some amazing things with those Tuna Cans!!!
She also made an outdoor candle lantern with a tuna can that you can see here.

Suzy from Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom made these adorable Magnetic Mousetrap Clips.

Aren’t they cute?
I bet they hold that heavy stuff too!!
I can just see my grandson’s trying to get each other to put their finger’s in it.

Andrea from Decorating Cents shared these easy DIY Tile Coasters.

Great GIFT idea!


Last, but definitely not least…. I have to show you what Tami from Curb Alert’s Ladybug daughter did….

Duct Taped a pair of Tami’s old boots!!!
Tami, could you please tell Miss Ladybug that this got the most views this week?
Awesome job Ladybug!!!
Yup, I bet you will definitely make a fashion statement with these!

If you were featured, I’d love it if you grabbed a “feature” button and placed it on your blog.

Link Party #23 will be LIVE tonight!


Kitchen Silhouettes

Guess what??? I’m not scared of my Cameo Silhouette machine anymore!!!

Yay!!! I’m sooo proud of myself :-).

Here is a super easy project I did for my daughter when we updated her kitchen last week.

Kitchen Update – click HERE.

I found white plates in a box that was labeled “white plates” in the back of my closet that I had completely forgotten about!

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them… Kitchen Silhouettes for my daughter’s kitchen “up-do”.

I hooked up my Cameo Silhouette and chose the images I wanted and downloaded them to the Silhouette.

I measured the surface area on the plate where I wanted my image to go and then altered the image to fit.

I inserted my black glossy vinyl into the machine and pushed “send” and the Cameo Silhouette kicked into gear and cut out the images.

I then applied them to the plates.  Simple as that!

Here they are on the wall.

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I used Disc Hangers to hang them.  This is the first time that I have ever used this product.  I knew that I didn’t want to hang them with the usual plate hanging wire.  I purchased them at Hobby Lobby.  I love these and will definitely never hang a plate with a wire hanger again.

You can see in the picture where I cut them to fit the plates.   It worked perfectly.

Here is another one that hasn’t gotten hung yet.  Tracie’s looking for a special spot :-).

These plates were so much fun and I ♥ my Cameo Silhouette!

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Tracie’s Updated Kitchen

My daughter, Tracie, and her family (husband and 4 boys) moved into a new home a few weeks ago.  She wanted to do an update to her kitchen and of course I volunteered!

I headed to Sacramento for a little bit of DIY happiness… we had a great time.  A lot of work, but a lot of fun.

This is what it looked like when I arrived on Monday…

and this is what it looked like on Thursday evening…

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We had a chandelier in our garage that had been removed from one of our apartments.  I spray painted it black and purchased a ceiling medallion and spray painted that black  too. Curtains were made for the dining room and the kitchen.

The walls were painted with Valspar’s Bella Mint.  Gorgeous color!  So fresh and clean looking.

A new mat was purchased for the kitchen sink and I found the fork, knife and spoon at Hobby Lobby – 50% off.

  I had some plates that I have had for years.  I made some fun silhouettes using my Cameo Silhouette and put them on the plates.

I need to insert here… I’m not afraid of it anymore!!!!

Here’s a close up of the silhouette plates.  These were so much fun to make.

We hung the plates using the Disc Hangers.  These are amazing.  I was able to cut them to fit the plates and “go around the bumps”.  They are very easy to apply to the plates and hang.  I purchased the Disc Hangers at Hobby Lobby.  I found them in the picture hanging department

Here is a close up of the medallion.  It really made an impact in the room.

This picture makes the chandelier look crooked, but I promise you it’s not!!!

I made her a big bulletin board.  See the chalk holder on the bottom right hand corner? Just an upside down handle pull.
We didn’t have any chalk at the time to put in it!
A small detail that was forgotten :-).

We also made a bulletin board that we put in the  hallway.  Ugh, looks like a ribbon slipped on the right hand side…. that stuff drives me crazy to look at.  I guess I’ll head back to Sacramento (3 hour drive) to fix it ASAP!!! ha!  You have know idea how tempting it is for me to do that in order to make this bulletin board perfect.  I’m a sick woman…..

I repainted and distressed their old kitchen bench.  I didn’t even sand it down OR prime it.  I used a paint called “Caromal Colours” in Peppercorn, with their toner over the top and then waxed it.  Love this stuff.  Perfect shade of black and SO easy to use.

So what do you think?  Tracie and Brandon love it and the boys say, “It starting to look like Nana’s house”… which I’m taking as a compliment!

Here are some pics that were going on in the sidelines all week…..


 Be sure you come back tomorrow night  – I’ll have Highlights from #22 Link Party posted and #23 Link Party will begin!

Amy Jean from Obsessive Craft Disorder won the Nest of Posies Monogrammed Bag!

Until tomorrow….



Winner of the Nest Of Posies Monogrammed Bag

We have a winner of the Nest of Posies Monogrammed Bag….

Amy Jean


Obsessive Creative Disorder

is #34!!!

Congratulations Amy Jean!!!

Thank you everyone for entering the giveaway.

Come back tomorrow to see Tracie’s fabulous kitchen that we have been working on all week.

I’ve had a great time with my sweet grandson’s…

I’m heading home tomorrow… missing my hubby and my dog :-).

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Chocolate Pudding Cake

I’m working very hard in Sacramento getting my daughter’s kitchen in shape and decorated!!! I’m also enjoying my four grandsons while I’m painting, sanding, and sewing.  Doesn’t get much better than that.  I’ll be here for a few more days…. I’ll have a post soon to show you what I’ve been doing.

In the mean time, Tracie (my daughter) made a quick and yummy cake.  It is so simple you can even make it when your kitchen is torn apart!

Chocolate Pudding Cake


1 box Yellow Cake Mix
(2) 4oz Cook and Serve Chocolate Pudding (not the instant)
1 cup Powered Sugar
4 cups milk
2 Tbl Butter

Step 1:  Bake Yellow Cake according to directions on the box.

Step 2:  When cake comes out of the oven, poke holes in the cake with the end of a wooden spoon.

Step 3: In a sauce pan, melt butter.  Add milk and mix in pudding and the powered sugar.  Bring to a boil.

Step 4: Pour pudding over warm cake.

Step 5: Smooth pudding over the cake.

Step 6: Refrigerate cake for at least 4 hours before serving.

Up close and personal…. see how the pudding fills the holes in the cake?


Serve with a dollop of whip cream.


Don’t forget there is a GIVEAWAY GOING on until Friday!!!
CLICK HERE to enter

There is also a link party going on until Monday!!!
CLICK HERE to enter


Welcome To Link Party #22 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Welcome to Link Party #22!
“Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

If you missed Link Party #21 Highlights,

If you want to enter the Nest Of Posies Giveaway I have going on you can click HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you are going to share this week!

Rules for the Party:

1.  Please no Etsy Shops, Businesses, or Giveaways.
2.  I’d love it if you followed me on Linky Follower! Leave me a comment so I know to follow you back.
3.  Grab a button please and post anywhere on your blog.
4.  Please link up something NEW that you have not shared before.
5.  Most important – please visit someone else who has linked up and leave a kind comment.  Don’t you be a “hit and run” blogger  now :-).  It only takes a few minutes to say “hi” to someone new!  We all love comments!



Link Party #21 Highlights – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Here we are folks! I’m posting Link Party #21 Highlights early… a whole day early!!! I’m heading to my daughter’s tomorrow to help her paint her kitchen and to see my sweet grandsons. My car is loaded down with a chalkboard I made, a chandelier I refurbished, material for curtains… it’s going to be a fun and crazy next couple of days. I will be sure and take lots of pictures so you can follow along with me.

Update on Baby Giata’s Nursery will be in a post next week!

Don’t forget to enter the AMAZING NEST OF POSIES GIVEAWAY I have going on!!! The winner will receive a jute tote bag, monogrammed (winner’s choice) and 6-8 felt flowers (they are adorable). Easy to enter! You can check it out HERE.

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I will be posting the party tomorrow night! Oh heck, I might as well do it tonight. Scroll to the bottom and link up!

I’m lovin’ this first project. Never in a million years would I have thought to do this….

Monica from Store House Wife did a Ceiling Fan Upcycle!
This inspires me to do a few fans in our house!

Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box upholstered this beautiful Black and White Chair.

Actually, I should say Loren and her HUSBAND did this project together!
Yes, they are still married :-).

Shannon from Vintage Re-Styled turned a dresser into a Media Console.

LOVE the vintage blue!

Crystal from Mrs. Happy Homemaker made these delicious Blueberries and Cream Oat Bars.

Add a nice cup of java and life couldn’t be sweeter.

Gwen from The Bold Adobe put together this adorable Curly Swirly Fleur De Lis Coat Rack.

Turned out awesome Gwen!!!

Julie from Knot All That I Seam made her own DIY NO COST Wire Cutlery Holder.

I see these everywhere.
Love how Julie put this one together.

Jill from Jillify It did a Table Makeover on the brown tables in her craft room.

LOVE the polka dots!

Stephanie from the Lady With the Red Rocker made this YUMMY, gorgeous cake with 2 ingredients!

You’ll have to head over to Julie’s blog to find out what they are!!!

If you were featured tonight, I’d love it if you grabbed a feature button.

Ready to share a daunting job and show us how you made it do-able?  Well, we would LOVE to see it.

Click HERE for Link Party #22



A Wonderful Giveway You Don’t Want To Miss!!!

Oh Ya, Baby…. I’m so excited to share with all of you what the giveaway is this week!!!!


Kellie from Nest of Posies has graciously allowed me to offer my readers a giveaway with an item from her store! 

Right before Christmas, I ordered one of Kellie’s Jute bag’s for my daughter’s birthday.  India is a teacher and it is perfect for her school books.  I had it embroidered “Mrs. D” (that’s what the kids call her) and then Kellie embellished the bag with flowers and colors that I had chosen.   India loves the bag and receives numerous compliments every day she carries it!  Wish I had taken a picture of it. It turned out really cute.

1.  The winner may choose 1 of these bags.


Image of Maple Tree felt embellished jute bagImage of Cherry Tree Fall embellished felt jute bagImage of Mulberry felt embellished jute bag Image of embroiderd BLOG NAME BAG with 8 felt flowers in your blog  colors

2.  The winner will be able to pick 6-8 flowers (rosettes or felt flowers)

Image of Felt Scallop Posie Pin

  3.  The winner will choose what they would like to have

embroidered on the bag.

(Please keep in mind, depending on how much room the emrboidery takes up, 6-8 flowers might not fit.)

So here is how you enter:

1 ENTRY:    Mandatory: Visit Nest Of Posies and leave me a comment on what your favorite item is.

1 ENTRY:   “Like” Nest of Posies on Facebook.  Be sure and leave a message that Project Queen sent you!

1 ENTRY:    Leave me a comment telling me what you would like embroidered on your bag..

1 ENTRY:  “Like” Project Queen on Facebook (click the “F” button on the top right corner of the blog under “Connect With Me).  You can leave me a comment here that you liked me :-).

That gives you 4 entries!!!!

That’s it! That’s all you have to do.  I will announce the winner next Friday!

Thanks so much for playing!!!!






Quick Bulletin Board Project

My daughter, Madison, called last week and said, “Mom I need to come home this weekend because I have some crafts to make for my Sorority Sister…. and since you have a glue gun and stuff…” Yea, I knew how it was going to go… I was going to be making crafts and Madison was going to be watching me!

One of the items she wanted to make was a bulletin board.  We made a quick trip to Joanne’s for some fabric, batting, nail heads, ribbon, bulletin board and “things we glued to the top of the tack” (I have no idea what you call them!) ha!


This was so simple… I forgot to take pictures as we were making it.

1.  Lay out your fabric and your batting (face down). Fabric first, then batting.
2.  Lay your board over the fabric and batting (front face down).
3.  Pull tightly and staple fabric and batting to the back of the bulletin board.
4.  Trim fabric and batting on the back of the board.
5.  Lay out ribbons and staple them to the back of the board.
6.  Stable where ribbons cross.
7.  Push in a nail head right next to the staple so the staple does not show.
8.  Add a ribbon to the top to hang.
9.  Using a hot glue gun, glue an “imbellishment” (is that what you call them???) to the top of a tack.

That’s it!

Up Close and Personal

My “embellishments” that I hot glued to the top of the tacks.

Miss Madison did help :-).

Guess what else is going on??? I’m having another giveaway starting this week!!!!

You will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!

Be sure to stop back by because you definitely won’t want to miss it!!!!

Don’t forget there is a LINKY PARTY going on …


I’d love it if you followed me on Linky Followers.

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