Archives for April 2012

Pink Chevron Frames


Finally finished with my Chevron Frames.  I’m lovin’ them… but they did take some work because I really had no idea what I was doing.  I’ve seen some beautiful Chevron Frames out there in Blogland, so I decided that I needed to make some for the baby nursery.  I will be showing the nursery off when the final touches are done in a few more weeks!  If you missed the posts on Giada’s nursery, you can catch up by going here, here and here.

I used three different kinds of trim for the frame.

This has to be the awfullest picture I have ever taken…
and I thought I was doing so well with my new camera.
PicMonkey couldn’t even fix it.
If you haven’t been to PicMonkey you have to give it a try!

Here is the 3rd trim.
Picture is a bit better!

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I can’t wait to get these hung in Giada’s nursery!

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How To Make A Succulent Wreath

 If you are looking for Link Party #29 CLICK HERE.

Last week after bible study, a group of us ladies got together and made a succulent wreath.  It was so much fun and very easy!  These wreaths are so simple to care for.  They do not require alot of water and they do well in the sun and shade – very low maintenance – my kind of plant.   You can hang them or use them as a table decoration (pretty with a candle in the middle).

Supplies Needed

2 Metal Wreaths (same size)
Planting Mix (Miracle Grow Moisture Control)
Fishing Line
Sphagnum Moss
Burlap Ribbon
Floral Pins
Sharpy Pen (or something to poke a hole into the moss)

My BFF, did a great job setting everything up for us!

Step 1:  Fill a bowl with water and add the moss, making sure that the moss is submerged all the way into the water.  Soak your moss for at least 1 hour.

We even had gloves!  The woman thinks of everything 🙂

Step 2: Begin by grabbing a handful of moss and squeezing out all of the water.

Step 3:  Begin attaching your moss to the front of a wreath.  Pack it tight and push it through the wires so that it stays.

Step 4:  Once you have the front of your wreath covered, turn it over and put your potting soil into the back of the wreath.

Step 5:  Place the 2nd wreath on top of the potting soil.

Step 6:  Attach moss to the 2nd side of the wreath.  Make sure that you add moss to the sides.

Step 7:    Cut a long piece of fishing line (about 3-4 ft) and wrap around your wreath (spacing widely) to hold it together.  I went around my twice (2nd time was the opposite way).   Tie off with a knot.

Step 8: Using a sharpie (or anything to poke a hole) poke a hole where you want to plant your succulent.

Step 9: As you plant your succulents, use the floral pins to hold them in.  Don’t put the pin through the actual plant, just try to  “catch” part of the plant to hold it down.

Step 9:  Be sure that you leave some room to put your bow on… You might want to do this before you start putting in your succulents!

You can learn from my mistakes 🙂

I love how they turned out!

Be sure to water your wreath regularly until the succulent’s roots get established.

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Welcome to Link Party #29 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Welcome to Link Party #29!
“Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

If you missed Link Party #28 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!

Let’s Party!



Link Party Highlights #28 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

 I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter.
We had gorgeous, perfect, warm weather here in California.
I can’t remember a day it has ever rained on Easter.
Seems like the sky just clears up and God shines on us!

Thank you everyone for your encouragement to continue the “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able” Party.  When I read the FB conversation and wrote my post, I REALLY wanted to make sure that everyone knew that I was having a party for the right reasons…. and it was NOT to increase followers on my blog.  I hope that I was able to get verbalize it properly and not confuse anyone!

Again, thank you for your comments and the private emails that I received.  They meant the world to me.  I really do have some wonderful friends out there in blog land!

Are you ready for the projects that caught my eye this week?  Here we go…

Rachael from House of Noise…I Mean Boys showed us her fabulous Gallery Wall.

She shares a secret on how she hung these so nicely.

 Karen from Somewhat Quirky Design made this beautiful sign.

Love the “All is well with my soul” from sheet music paper.
This song has some sweet memories for me.

Connie from Measured By the Heart shares a recipe for Banana Split Crepes.

These are so pretty and fancy and look delicious!

 Virginia from Inspired By Family Magazine wrote a great article on Favoritism In Blogging.

This is a “must read” for all of us bloggers.

Virginia from  Artsy VaVa painted a boring door and made it into an Amazing Old Door.

Fabulous job!
What a gift to be able to paint like this.

 Barb from Turtles and Tail shows us how to make Painted Vases and wrap them with jute.

Amazing transformation and so simple.

 Paige from The Creative Paige shared some great information about other sites that will enhance your Pinterest account.

I now subscribe to Pin Reach.
You’ll have to check it out.  You will want to subscribe also!

 Maury from Life On Mars shares the “Lazy Girls Guide to Refinishing Wood”.

Definitely an easy way to beautify your wood.
Head over to her blog so you will be in on the secret.

Rebekah from Accidently Wonderful shows us how to make Mexican Chicken Tin Foil Packets.

Great summer idea!
Throw them on the BBQ and you don’t have to heat up the house.

 Nicole from Home Transformed made an incredible Sunburst Mirror. 

Beautiful job Nicole!
Her tutorial is very easy to follow .

Thanks everyone for sharing your amazing projects and recipes.

If you were featured, please grab a “featured” button.

I hope you come back again this week for Link Party #29

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Easter Highlights

I had some fabulous Easter Projects that were linked up to “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able” Party this passed week.  Because the Highlight Party will be posted after Easter I thought maybe I would do an Easter Highlight Party.

Inspired By Family Magazine

Easter Advent For the Busy Family

More Style Than Cash

Make Easter Egg Boxes

Inspired By Family Magazine

Carrot Shaped Calzones

Cookin’ Food

Kool-aid Dyed Eggs

Crafts Keep Me Sane

Easter Plate

Create With TLC

Free Printable

Mrs. Happy Homemaker

Edible Easter Basket

Cookin’ Food

Egg Dyeing Techniques

The Consigner Designer

DIY Faberge’ Eggs

Two Succulent Sisters

Marshmallow Bunny Puppets

The Greatfull Belly

Peep Cakes

Shabby Beach Nest

Restoration Hardware Knock Off Bunny Pillow

Artzy Creations

Tissue Paper Easter Eggs


Tons of free printables and projects!

Bella’s Crafty Mom

Hand Painted Easter Decorations

Kathe With An “E”

Easter Decor

The Dedicated House

Front Door Easter Wreath

Thanks ladies for sharing your Easter “goodies”!

I’d love it if you would post a “feature” button on your blog.

Have a fabulous weekend and a wonderful Easter.




Link Party Drama

I ran across this post on Facebook this morning that gave me a “knee-jerk” reaction… and when I have that kind of reaction to something, I’ve learned by LOTS OF MISTAKES to sit on it and think about why I’m having that particular reaction before I react!  I know that totally makes sense to you :-).

Wanna know what the conversation was about?  Linking Parties.  Yup, that party I hold every week. The party I DO spend a lot of time on and that I began in hopes to benefit myself, my blog, my readers and my blogging friends.

I’ve pondered long and hard today over this subject.  Lately, I have been feeling like there needs to be something more to the party  (I mentioned this here). But, I don’t know what it would be…. so, I’ll keep pondering on this one…and YES, I’m open to suggestions!

After reading the FB post/conversation, I feel a need to share with my readers and blogging friends my thoughts and feelings on why I host and why I started to host a party…(Can I also add that I don’t like what a few of my favorite bloggers added to the conversation?  I really had absolutely no idea that they felt that way about link parties).

My first and foremost reason for hosting a party was because I wanted to get to know more bloggers.  Yes, I wanted to have more visitors.  I wanted to network and not just “know” bloggers because of their blog… I also wanted something to carry my blog when I was too busy to have a project going on.  I have bonded with some amazing women because of  my party.  Was it about making my blog big, fancy and well known? Absolutely not, I like to think I blog from my heart and not my pocketbook.  Hence, the reason why you will never see a bunch of posts on advertising or a lot of adds on my blog.

Hosting a link party enables people to share their projects in ONE SPOT.  I love to visit parties (even if I don’t link up).  Where else can you see 100’s of projects without having to click from site to site?  If the picture of the project doesn’t “grab” you, you can move on to the next project that was linked up.

Do I invite people to my party? YES, if I run across a project that I feel is absolutely AMAZING and I think my readers and bloggers would like to see it, I most definitely will invite that person to the party.  Why wouldn’t I?  Am I doing this to get more readers?  To have the BEST party?  To have more links? No, I invite the blogger to link up because I’m excited for everyone to see the fabulous project!

Want to know what I DON’T like about hosting a Link Party?

I have a hard time choosing what to highlight.  I try very hard not to highlight the same blogger every week.  I truly do want everyone to have a chance to be highlighted.   I agonize over what projects to choose… there are so many talented bloggers!  It’s probably why my highlight parties have gone from 6 highlights to 12!

Please know, that I appreciate every single blogger who takes the time to link their project.  I wish that I could email every single one of you and say, “Thank you!”  As it is, I spend 2 hours on Sunday evening going through all of the projects and another 2 hours on Monday to write my post.  I also like to comment on each and every project that I highlight.

Lately, I have been feeling like the party is getting redundant on my part.  I feel like I say the same thing weekly…. “Welcome to Project Queen’s….”  are you feeling it or is it just me?

I know that God has been feeling my “uneasiness” with hosting a party every week.  His timing is always perfect.  Why would I have come across the FB conversation this morning?  Yup, it got me thinking.  So, for the next few days I’m going to pray and ask God for His guidance on continuing to host a party.  I really do want to make sure that I’m hosting a party for the right reasons.





Welcome To Link Party #28 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Welcome to Link Party #28!
“Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

If you missed Link Party #27 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!

Let’s Party!


Link Party Highlights #27 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Happy April everyone!

I believe it’s Easter Break for many of you with your kids.
I bet you are enjoying some good, quality, family time this week.
I miss coloring Easter Eggs and getting excited for the Easter Bunny’s visit!
Enjoy those little ones because they grow up awfully fast.
I’m thankful that the memories of those special, magical times don’t fade…

Are you ready to see the highlights from last weeks Link Party #27?

Lauren from Totally Lauren Amber made this adorable Family Rules Sign.

I love the way she incorporated some “fun” rules in her sign
along with the “serious” ones.
“Sing silly, dance crazy, hug lots, snuggle often, say “I love you”.

Lori from Bleak 2 Unique shared this adorable Heart Bench that she made from an old piano bench.

Did you know she is decorating a house 3,000 miles away?
Her NEW house!
This bench will be going into her new master bedroom.

One of my favorite things about spring is ASPARAGUS being in season.  Zoe from Scouts Stitches shared this healthy recipe.

Her recipe is very easy!

Here is a little trivia for you.  Did you know that when you smell asparagus in your urine (some people do and some people don’t) it’s because you have the “asparagus receptor” in your nose??  Most people think it’s because the smell is in the urine… but it’s in your nose!!! That’s why some people smell it and some people don’t!  Now aren’t you glad I shared that with you?? 🙂

I’m lovin’ this sweet little Bunting that Debbie from On the Refrigerator Door shared.

So darn cute.

 Donata from DK’s Craft Cafe shared these beautiful Crochet Baskets.

I can think of all kinds of things to put in these baskets!
Definitely could be used in just about any style of home.

 Missy from Lookie What I Did shared this adorable decorated Digital Frame.

I, like Missy am not a digital picture frame fan….
they are always so B O R I N G.
Missy’s frame is FAR from boring!

McVick from Center Of Attention Deficit Disorder shared this amazing Tray Transformation.

Visit her blog to see what it looked like originally.
What a transformation!

 I’m lovin’ this Wood Sunflower that Karen from Somewhat Quirky Design made.

I’d love to see this hanging on my fence.

 Did you stash some Girl Scout Thin Mints in your freezer?  Jen from Jen’s Favorite Cookies shared this recipe for Thin Mint Krispie Treats.

These look delicious!

 Amanda from Burlap and Denim linked up a tutorial on how to use vaseline when refinishing a door and also how to antique a mirror.

Vaseline Method

 Mirror Antiquing

This door turned out amazing!
Thank you Amanda for the tutorials.

 Kim from Made In A Day shared a tutorial on how these fabulous Vintage Sea Pictures were created.

Great job Kim!

Jodi from Meaningful Mama showed us her baking talent….

This Rainbow Birthday Cake is UNBELIEVABLE!

 And last, but most definitely not the least is this printable that Kathleen from Inspired By Family Magazine shared.

I’m going to have to find a prominent spot in my house to display this verse.

Thank you everyone for sharing all of your amazing
projects, printables and recipes.

If you were featured, I’d appreciate it if you cut and paste a “featured” button on your blog so others can link to the party.

If you would like to link up to Party #28
“Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Hope to see you at the party!