Children Thankful Journals

This week, a very thoughtful friend emailed me some ideas that she thought I might like to do with the boys. One of those was a “Thankful Journal”.  I loved it and thought it was a great idea.  The boys have loved their “Mommy and me journals”, so I knew they would love this idea.

As a mother, I am always trying to teach my children to be grateful. In a world of give me, give me, give me, it is not always easy. So anything that will help serve as a reminder is always appreciated. I know for myself, having done a thankful  journal, really opened my eyes to be more appreciative of all the wonderful blessings I have in my life.

These journals were so simple to put together.  I went to Target and picked up some smaller spiral notebooks, used my digital scrapbook software and made covers for the notebook.  Next, I printed the covers on cardstock and glued them on.

The boys, as expected, loved their journals! My 4 year old was very excited to put his first entry in the journal. I asked him, “Ok, what are you thankful for today?”  He said, “I am thankful, for my brother’s fish!” That was not the answer I was expecting. I started laughing and then realized that was the perfect answer! I think these journals are going to be good for everyone (including the fish) :-).

 Thank you Carrie for the great idea and thank you Mandy for having me!

The 36th AVENUE
Leave a Comment

Link Party #24 Highlights – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Hi Friends! Thanks so much for linking up your awesome projects this past week.  I hope that you enjoy the highlights and find something that will inspire you.  Try and visit a few and tell them you are coming from Project Queen! 🙂

Trisha from Re-Made Just Right made this amazing Farmhouse Table for her sister.

What an accomplishment…
I can paint and sand and stain with the best of them,
but actually drilling and sawing and nailing is a whole new ball game for me.
I had to laugh because Trisha mentioned that
she only had ONE MELT DOWN!

Audra from The Kurtz Corner made this adorable Little Girl Diaper Cake.

Audra shows you what materials/items you need and how to do it.

Crystal from Mrs. Happy Homemaker made this amazing, yummy looking Butterfinger Caramel Chocolate Cake.

I LOVE Butterfingers and caramel.
She has the easy to follow recipe on her blog.

Cathy from My 1929 Charmer made this St. Patrick’s Day Pillow.

Cathy has a 7 Day Pillow Challenge going on and
demonstrates how to make some adorable pillows.
You should see her hydrangea pillow!

Jen from The Consigner Designer painted and did a lovely transfer on this Queen Ann, Queen Bee, Side Table.

She did a great job with this transfer from The Graphics Fairy.
You would never know that it was Jenn’s
first time to use a transfer!

Rebekah from Accidently Wonderful turned a simple frame into a beautiful French Chalkboard.

Great  job Rebekah!

 Bethany from Pitter and Glink was inspired by a Pottery Barn Etched Mercury Glass Lamp.

Her lamp turned out amazing!!!
You have to head on over to Pitter and Glink  to see how she made this.
You will be

to see how easy it is and what she made it out of.

Judy from Diy By Design re-did her husband’s Master Bedroom Closet.

The shelf that you see in this picture was white.
Can I tell you she did not paint it OR stain it?
You’ll have to see for yourself how she did this!
It turned out beautiful.

Leslie, a contributing writer for  Inspired By Family Magazine, shared this oh, so yummy looking Baked Brownie Pudding.

Easy, Peasy to make!

Andrea from The Cottage Market shared a cute way to use a saucer for a jewelry hanger.

I love this idea.
Do you ever see those cute little saucers without the cup when you are thrift shopping?
Now WE know what do with them!
Great idea Andrea!

Lori from Thrifty Decor Mom put an extra kitchen cupboard to good use and made some great Kitchen Artwork.

Guess what?
She found the vinyl images at a thrift store!!!!
You should see all the images she got!!!

Yes, there are lotsa’ !!!!, but I can’t help it on this one!!!!!

My husband just cracks up at how excited I get over stuff at the thrift store.
It’s all about the hunt!!!!

So what do you think?  Pretty good stuff, huh?

I hope that you are inspired and you are ready to
make something, bake something, cook something, paint something…


Perhaps you have something that is a bit daunting?
If you do, just GO FOR IT!!!!
Then, come back to Project Queen and show us what  you did!!!
Ready to Link Up to Party #25?


Welcome to Link Party #24 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Welcome to Link Party #24!
“Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

If you missed Link Party #23 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!



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!!!!






How Do You Like Your Day To Begin?

I read an article the other day that said,

“Every day we wake up is a gift from God…so be thankful.” 

I thought, “Wow, what an inspiring and insightful way to wake up to every morning!”

I woke up for 2 days in a row and prayed, “Oh Lord, thank you for the wonderful gift of TODAY.”  This morning?  Valentine’s morning?  I DID NOT THINK THIS.  First off, I didn’t sleep A WINK last night.  What is with menopause that makes us ladies do this?  I swear, it’s worse than when you first bring home that sweet baby who wakes you up every 1.5 hrs. (at least you are dead to the world for 1.5 hrs..) because their tummies are empty.

I’ve tried everything.

– Exercise √
– No flour, No sugar √
– Not eating before going to bed √
– Doing something relaxing before going to bed ie., hot bath, read, etc. √
– No caffeine √

Did I forget anything?

I woke up at 11am today (you have no idea how much I hate this) with 1/2 the day already gone (I have alot to do today), coughing a lung up (a bit of exaggeration..but it felt like it!), sore throat (yes, it’s baaaack) and a raging headache (Oh Lord, please help me be thankful for today).  Not a good way to start Valentine’s Day (or any day).

On the flip side… (here comes the PollyAnna in me)…  I had a lovely cup of coffee (from Startbuck’s) from my sweet baby girl, Morgan, on my nightstand (my hubby didn’t make coffee last night because I bought a Kuerig yesterday and I haven’t gotten it out of the box because we met my Mom and friends up at the casino last night, no I had no luck, and we didn’t get home until late….how’s this for a run-on sentence?), and my phone had a text from my other sweet daughter, Madison, wishing me a Happy Valentine’s Day.  All I can say is, it’s a good thing it was Valentine’s Day (and I don’t hold down a 9-5 job..because I would have been fired by now) or my morning would have been shot to H—!

I dragged myself out of bed, sat down to my laptop, with my Starbucks coffee (I heated up in the micro) and proceeded to check all 121 emails…. have I told you how much I my emails?  I  to see what all of you AMAZING bloggers are up too.  I  seeing all the projects you have shared at the linky party.  I  seeing all of the comments you have left me (yes, all 9 of them – I’ll take what I can get).   Without all of you, a Happy V-Day text, the Startbucks coffee and a kiss on the cheek from my hubby (at “O-Dark-Hundred… I forgot this one) my day would have sucked… BUT NOW, because of all of you bloggers and my family, I can say…

“Thank you Lord, for the gift of TODAY.”


If you want a good laugh …. check out The Pioneer Woman’s Post.
I don’t know what I would have done if my day had started out like her’s!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day to All of  YOU!!!!!


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!



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!

Image 1
Image 1
Image 1
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???


A Sweet Gingerbread House

Okay, I’ll confess… the gingerbread house isn’t the sweetest thing in this post…it’s my sweet, sweet grandson, Connor.

He made his first gingerbread house when he came for a visit and I (Nana) got to ooooo and ahhhhh over how darn cute he was and what a great job he did!

Karen, his mom mixed up the gingerbread (see recipe below), rolled it out, cut it out, baked it, made the frosting (see recipe below) and put the house together for Connor to decorate.

I’ve made gingerbread houses before and they didn’t turn out this well.  This recipe is a great recipe!

Okay…here is when the really sweet part begins!!!

Connor will be 2 in January and he has never had candy before.  When we put the bags of candy in front of him, he had no idea what it was.

When his Mom, Karen, (my wonderful d-in-law) put the gingerbread house in front of him, Connor knew we were going to have some fun.

Mom gave Connor instructions and Connor caught on very quickly!

The sweetest little fingers you ever did see!

He also caught on real quick, if you put the candy in your mouth it tasted really good!

After Connor placed a candy onto the house…

We would clap for him.  Pretty soon, he caught on and would clap too!

He is working very hard to make his sweet little house beautiful!

TADA!!!!! Good job Connor!


Gingerbread Recipe

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup light molasses or dark corn syrup
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water

Cream everything together except the flour until well blended and smooth. Slowly add flour and mix together. Place in fridge for around 30 minutes until dough is stiff.

Roll out dough and cut into piece for the house.
I used the Wilton gingerbread house cookie cutters that I found at Michaels. But you could cut your own piece with a knife if you wish. Do not seperate out the pieces of the house from the excess gingerbread. Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes until dough is firm. I overbaked mine until they were stiff so it would be easier to put together.

Trim around pattern of house again and separate the pieces from the rest of the dough.
Let cool completely.

Make royal icing.

To attach the house pieces together use the royal icing with egg white.

2 cups powdered sugar
1 large egg white
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla

Make the royal icing recipe again minus the egg white for decorating. This will allow the icing to be safe to eat in case any kids want to take a few licks 🙂:)


Holiday Boutique Was A Success!

Whew! My BFF and I have been painting and sanding and collecting, and moving, and arranging, and waxing…since July. We participated in a HUGE boutique yesterday at our church and Friday night we held a “Sneak Peek” Boutique for our friends…and I have to report, it was a HUGE success! We sold a TON of stuff! We sold about 3/4 of our inventory. People  were asking us if we had a store! It’s a definite dream…who knows.

Thought I’d share a few pictures with you so you can see all the good stuff!  Have to stress here also that EVERYTHING you see is from a thrift store or a garage sale (except the fabric on the chair and ottoman).

Here is a vignette we put together outside.  It was very random.  We were crazy with needing a break and doing something “fun”.  We thought it turned out pretty good!

The shade is a bit small on the lamp, but like I said, we were just grabbing things from the garage that were done.

This is just a fraction of our chalkboards!  We sold several BIG ones before the Sneak Peek Boutique even got started.
We sold some frames without a chalkboard and received several orders.

This bird cage turned out so nice, in fact it sold before the boutique also.

Wouldn’t you know it…I got a BLURRY picture.  Ugh.

These are some of our bowls that we did.  These are amazing in real life!

Love the black one.  I wanted to keep this, so I put a high price on it….it sold :-(.

We made a ton of these plates.  The cloche’s really dress them up!

I love cloches….love them so much I even did a whole post on them.  You can click here to read it.

This is all of our pink stuff.  BUT, you can’t tell they are a dark pink in this picture!

All of it sold, except for the lamp…which I wanted to paint black anyway!
The blue mason jars have rock salt in them with tea lights.
They turned out so cute.  Great gift idea!
The shade is not from a thrift store.  It would be very easy to make using burlap.

Here is Mia, our sidekick.  She was happy in her “bucket” watching all of the work going on!
Oh Miss Mia.  I ♥ you so much.

This picture doesn’t do these items justice.  They are a gorgeous red and vintage blue!

All of this sold.

A cozy vignette.  Vintage blue is the new black!

All was sold except the table.

Here is a picture of our booth all set up for the boutique at the church.  Doors hadn’t opened yet.

Wish I had thought to take a picture afterward.  Hardly anything was left.

Here I am in all my glory.  No make up and in paint clothes after a LOOONG day of working.

My BFF, had to safety pin my “to do list” to my shirt.
I kept losing it and forgetting
what I was suppose to bring and buy for the next day!!!

We had so much fun, but we are exhausted.  I feel like I was in a rock fight and I lost!!!!!

We still have some fun parties going on…please link up and spread the word.

“Turning the Daunting Into The Do-able” Click HERE.
Christmas Craft/Gift Tutorial Click HERE.
“Christmas Gift and Ornaments $10 or Less” Click HERE.





Bulbs – The Amazing Powerhouses

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done. for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed some cooler weather.  The trees here in the Central Valley of California have started turning color – I love the pistache trees we have here with their beautiful yellows, golds and reds.  Some of the reds look like they are on fire they are so brilliant! Beautiful!!

While having coffee this morning and looking out onto our backyard, I couldn’t help but think about the yard in the spring and how beautiful it is….right now there is no color as far as pinks, purples, white and reds.  Pretty much just browns from the crepe myrtles getting ready to shed their leaves.  The hydrangeas and lantana have all been cut back in anticipation of the freezes that will be coming this winter.

So, it has gotten me thinking about planting some bulbs.  Bulbs you say?  How many people do you know who still plant bulbs?  I remember my grandmother and great aunt planting bulbs and I have done it occasionally when the kids were little.  Perhaps it’s becoming a “lost art”? 

So what am I going to do next weekend???? PLANTS BULBS!!!  Bulbs are these amazing little things… a self contained flower factory.  If you split one in half, you would see the baby flower bud, leaves, roots, stem and food supply.  All you have to do is place in the ground in the appropriate season, water it and let it do it’s magic.  That’s it! 

Dig Drop Done is an amazing website that has teamed up with a diverse and committed group of companies to promote the joy of bulb gardening and ensuring it’s future in North America.  I found EVERYTHING I need and more on the website.  It’s not one of those boring, eductional, blah, blah, blah websites.  They have 3 wonderful, funny women (Juliana, Marcy and Evelyn) who are full of all kinds of wonderful tips for growing your bulbs – from Macy (a stay at home Mom who wants her son to win the science contest to Juliana who lives in an apartment to Evelyn who wants to make a bird hanger out of some pesky animals!).  The website is so easy to navigate.  It’s a “happy” place to visit. 

I sat down to the computer this morning with a tablet in hand and clicked on Dig Drop Done’s Planting Chart.  It tells you all of the What, When’s, Why’s, and How’s to plant your bulbs.  It’s awesome! Then, I clicked on the Bulb Calendar and it tells you what to in preparation for growing, maintaining and preparing for the next year in a month by month schedule.  I can’t survive without a calendar so this month by month “what to do” is perfect for me.

Bulbs are also very versatile – you can plant them in just about anything.  Look around your house and see what you have.  I bet you would be surprised to see what kind of bulb you could grow in Grandma’s tea pot!  How about teaching the kids about bulbs? Let them plant their own, water them and wait for them to spring to life in all their glory.  

Dig Drop Done has some amazing ideas for planting in pots which I’m going to do!  I have so many pots, urns, and wire planters that I could fill up with bulbs!  Here are just a FEW ideas to show you how versatile these little power houses are.

There’s that old tea kettle you didn’t want to throw away!


They would make wonderful gifts

Wondered what to do with those old galoshes?

Wonderful pop of color in your kitchen.

How about a wedding favor?

Don’t all of these just make you want to look around and see what you can plant your bulbs in???

Now, I do have one little obstacle (actually several little obstacles) in my back yard….squirrels!  We all know how squirrels love to dig up the bulbs… Evelyn from DigDropDone had a wonderful tip!

Plant Frittillaria Imperial Bulbs!  She says they have a “skunky gym sock smell” Ewwww…..

Thanks Evelyn!!!

Now here is the really cool part about this website… they are featuring a contest called “Curbside Chaos”.  They will be picking a yard in desperate need of attention.  The winner will receive some one-on-one time with HGTV’s host, Taniya Najak.  She will come to your house and help you spend $5,000 on a yard make over!  $5,000!!! That’s a whole lot of bulbs!!!! 

So what do you have to do?  It’s easy.  Go to Curbside Chaos,  fill out an entry form and upload a picture of your yard and that’s it!

While you are at Curbside Chaos, be sure to try out the Garden Guru Tool located in the bottom left of the screen. This tool will help you figure out which bulb is perfect for your home depending upon where you live!

The Garden Guru Tool is very easy to use (especially for us who aren’t that computer savvy!) Here is all you do:
Step 1 – Pick your Country
Step 2 – Pick your location within that Country
Step 3 – Choose the type of bulb you want to grow
Step 4 – Check out the Planting Guide that shows you how to plant your bulbs.

It’s amazing!  Here is a screen shot of my choices of plants that will bloom in March.

Every time you share “Bulbs. Dig. Drop. Done” and it’s Curbside Chaos Contest on Twitter, $1 will be donated to Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit agency who rehabilitates homes for low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled.  As of this posting it was almost at $3,000 that Dig Drop Done is donating.  Now that is exciting!

I’m heading over there now to fill out the entry form and upload a picture of an area in my backyard. 

I hope that I have inspired you to plants some bulbs! Won’t you join me next weekend?

Curbside Chaos

visit to learn more

Visit Sponsor's Site

Leave a Comment