Above the Cabinets OR not?

I left the space above my cabinets bare for the first year we lived here…..I actually enjoyed the clean lines but decided to spice it up for awhile.
I just adore the mix of aqua, red and white.  
So I shopped the house to find items to plug up there:
Enamelware is one of my fav finds!
Vintage kitchenware with red or aqua handles
Coke and 7 Up crates
Glass jars
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The picture below shows an AWESOME wire basket which is the perfect shade of aqua! 
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On the counter I’ve got some vintage tins which actually instead of holding sugar & coffee hold bubble gum & puppy treats.
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~This post inspired by the Nester
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My first Ruffle – oohh la la

I wanted to lighten up our living room sofa table…so decided to make
a little creamy table runner.
This is my first attempt at sewing a ruffle – so I was a little scared.
Scared of….a ruffle…how crazy is that??
So took deep breath & went for it -
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These are very precise directions that you’ll have to follow directly in order to replicate --- not!
Although I think it turned out pretty darn cute…if I do say so myself.
Especially since I really had no idea what I was doing…
shhhhh…don’t tell anyone.
Here’s how I made it:
I cut a rectangle of cotton linen that I thought would fit my table – totally eyeballed it.
Brought it to the big scary sewing machine – wwoooooohahaha
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Hemmed the long sides
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Cut two strips of fabric about 1 1/2 times the length of the short sides of the runner (the ends)
Folded them in half the long way & pressed
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Pinned the right sides of the runner & the ruffle together
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This next one is an important step in the creative process --
Yell at the sewing machine when thread gets stuck & wadded into a big messy ball (not quite the look I was going for) so just cut the mess off & proceeded – what’s the phrase?…
Keep Calm & Carry On!
ok sorry for that little diversion but remember I’m just putting this together as I go along (I don’t actually know what I’m doing! For all you real seamstresses out there – close your eyes!) --
Stitched the ruffle to the runner ends
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Yippeee!! I did it!
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I just adore it – every time I walk by – it just makes me smile & it met my intention of lightening up the room both in color & whimsy!!
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mmmm – making cupcakes

Is there ever a time when a cupcake doesn’t hit the spot?






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And the kids ALWAYS have so much fun decorating them!

Started of with plain old chocolate cupcakes (which are good all on their own!)

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but then…

add white butter cream frosting…yum!

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and have the kids decorate to their hearts desire with --

mini marshmallows

mini chocolate chips


andes mints


peanut butter chips

we got some pretty cool designs!

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and the end result? 

Eaten up quickly when friends came over to play in the snow…cocoa & cupcakes – anything better?  I had to save ONE for dad to see when he got home from work as proof!

Enjoy your day!

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Making Contact with Chalkboard Platters

So I really like the idea of unusual chalkboards

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I had these platters - dontcha just love the scalloped edge of this square platter? {Snagged this one at the good old goodwill!}

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I knew I’d like to try to use it as a chalkboard…


I like the platters & didn’t know that I’d ALWAYS want them to be

(new word – like that?)

So I decided to do a temporary chalkboard addition.

Here’s how I did it:

1. I took CLEAR contact paper (from Target)

2. Spray painted it with a couple coats of chalkboard paint

3. Created a template out of newspaper the size of the inner portion of the platter

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4. Traced the template on the back of the spray painted contact paper

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5. Cut it out, removed the backing & placed on the platter.

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When I’m done with my chalkboard phase – I’ll still have my lovely platter – just peel & toss!

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inspiration a la Pottery Barn:

and I just love, love this image!

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Got some aches?

Got some pains?

Got friends or relatives with aches and pains?  (No I'm not asking if your relatives ARE aches and pains!)

Whip up a little something to share and add some comfort to the healing.

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I took a new sock and cut off the ends, turned inside out and sewed one of the ends closed.

Then flipped right side out.

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I mixed several cups of uncooked rice (not instant rice!) with a couple opened chamomile tea bags.

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Added the rice to sock and then sewed the other end closed.

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I then took a strip of leftover fabric cut to the size that would fit over the sock. Make a little hem for where the opening will be and sew down for the finished opening.

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Fold the bag in half the long way and right sides together, sew the bottom and long side closed to make a little bag.

Slip the rice filled bag into this fabric bag and close with a coordinating ribbon (make sure there is no metal on the ribbon).

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Add a little gift tag noting that they can heat in the microwave for approx 30 secs (I do it more for 45 seconds cuz I like it HOT) to soothe aching muscles.


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Ice Luminary

A welcome sight on a cold winter’s night on the front porch -
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You can make an ice lantern or ice luminary & set it out on the front porch or your front step or driveway.
Adds some sparkle to the bleak cold winter!
Day 1
  • Start off by filling the bottom of a plastic container with water a couple inches high – this will be the bottom of the luminary
  • Set it outside & let it freeze solid
Day 2
  • Add an inner bucket (which when complete will be the place you hold your candle in) – here I’ve used a pitcher (which I wouldn’t use again because it was hard to get the handle out of the frozen ice block!)
  • Add water in between the two containers to form the walls of the luminary
  • Fill the inner bucket with rocks or other heavy objects to hold it down in the center of the outer bucket (I had to use a log because all of my rocks are covered by 3 feet of snow! I’ll reserve special luminary rocks for next year & have them ready before winter sets in)
  • Freeze solid
Day 3
  • Take out your rocks/logs, etc. & fill the inner container with hot water to remove the inner bucket
  • Dunk your whole container in hot water to loosen the luminary from the outer bucket
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You can make them all sizes & line them up or even add greenery, etc when you add the water to make the side walls
a little candlelight on the windowsill -
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