{A Little Blue Workbench}

A simple little refresh for this little workbench

Adding some stripes brought it to life

Could be used as a little desk

a little carpenter’s assistant workbench

a mini potting table

an art desk!!

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Shabby Little White Pots


One of my recent crafty endeavors resulted in this:

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when I saw this I had to make some little embellished pots of my own so I tucked it away for future reference here


I started off with some thrifted teeny tiny little pots

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ahhh they’re so itty bitty cute!


The previous owners of these tiny pots had written contents on them so I just slathered them with
white terra cotta paint

I wasn’t looking for perfection – instead - going for a distressed shabby patina to them

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once dry, I added some tiny little rub-on number decals

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and added them to a lovely little
scrolled iron tea light holder

A cute fun little project



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Recipe for RELAXATION {…and $500 Spa Sweepstakes!}

Lazy days of summer?

Um not so much – seems busier than ever!

{I thought so!}

Did ya have a hard day at work? 

Been hanging with the kiddos all day?

Been crafting up a storm or cleaning/organizing the homestead?

Pulling weeds in the garden perhaps?

or maybe ALL OF THE ABOVE??


What do all these thing have in common?
They are rewarding and satisfying – yes…but the are also


So you know what?

You deserve an escape!!


I wish I could send you on a spa getaway
to a tropical island!!

{Sorry – umm can’t!}
But be sure to scroll down the bottom for a fun sweepstakes!!

I still think you deserve a getaway now!


How about one at home?  Here’s a…


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Recipe for Relaxation:

Light a candle

  Put on some relaxing music

Gather some fluffy towels, a loofah

and some

 NEW Dove® VisibleCare™ Toning Crème Body Wash with NutriumMoisture™

And then gently place yourself in a warm bath for a
good soak or a refreshing shower!  You pick!




C’mon – take a few minutes for yourself!! 
You deserve it! 

I’ve been setting a few minutes aside for myself
(literally just minutes is all it takes) and it is wonderful!

I’ve tried out this new body wash…And I’m in love!

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The new formula has all the things
a normal body wash does –
loads of yummy luxurious creamy bubbles,
skin softening results

but this one has a BONUS!

It is toning! 

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Who couldn’t use a little extra tone {am I right?} 

It contains NutriumMoisture & Vitamin E and using it daily makes your skin visibly softer and smoother and helps promote skin’s elasticity and strength!  yay!

We all know Dove® has been around forever taking care of our skin but they’re also on the cutting edge incorporating the newest technology
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I’ll take that toning bonus!
Especially with summer upon us – we’re shedding our heavy clothes and long pants
replacing them with more shorts and tanks.
This body wash can
help a girl out!!

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Who wouldn’t take visibly more beautiful skin
especially since it comes in the form of a great smelling, indulgent body wash?


It makes me feel good…it makes me feel pretty…and it makes me smell good to boot!


I deserve that, right? 
You deserve it, too!

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Okay so, again, I’m sorry I can’t send you to that tropical island but you CAN
Enter to win one of two $500 Spafinder
gift certificates!

Wouldn’t that be lovely?!  Here’s how:



You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Follow this link, and provide your email address and tell me
How do you reinvigorate and refresh your skin for the summer months?

b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: "#SweepstakesEntry"; and then visit this link to provide your email address and the URL to that Tweet.

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This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and NEW Dove® VisibleCare™ Toning Crème Body Wash with NutriumMoisture™  - all opinions are my own.

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Remember I’ve been clearing house lately?


I’ve been doing a pretty good job!!…
(patting myself on the back)

A big piece of that clearing process is

finishing projects

that have been umm…languishing
(or those being stored for future completion)

I’ve been ripping through them
and it feels…soooooo good!!

One of my recent project involved buttons

lots and lots of buttons

I have a huge collection of vintage buttons

(many sweetly passed down from my mom & grandma)

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I combed through them and selected out some of the creams and whites

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I decided to use some of them on a plain old magnet dry erase bulletin board

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adding them around the trim gives such a nice
softness to the piece…

that fits in so much better around a
cottage farmhouse

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Do y’all have business cards? 
What do they say about YOU?
I’ve been wanting to put together some business cards for awhile now
(like…ahhh… it’s been on my to-do list for months!)
So I was excited to receive an email about doing a review for UPrinting business cards – here was my chance to
  it was to get them delivered right here to
my little cottage!  You can view how on the review blog post here
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Tropical SLUSH Cake

Ready for a
fun and yummy recipe

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This one comes with a bonus!!
You can use stuff up from your pantry too!
Take 1 cake mix (yellow or white)
bake according to directions
While that’s baking, take 1 (20 oz) can pineapple (crushed or tidbits) – pour (with juice) in a saucepan, add 1 cup sugar, heat until sugar dissolves, bring to a boil and then remove from heat.
Take 2 small packages of pudding
{vanilla or banana, etc – again, whatever you have in the pantry}
and make according to directions, let set in the fridge.
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Spread  1 1/2 cups coconut on a baking tray
and toast in the oven
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tick tock tick tock…
okay - now your cake is done and out of the oven, right?
poke holes in it with a fork
{stab stab stab away!} - mmmwwhhhhahhhahh!!
Now that you’ve gotten your aggressions out on the cake…Pour the pineapple and juices over the cake
  Let the cake completely cool, then slather the pudding over the top and then spread whipped cream (cool whip or dream whip etc.) for the top layer
Sprinkle with the toasted coconut and
Chill for at least an hour
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This cake has tons of variations too!
sometimes I add raspberries or strawberries
sometimes a layer of banana,
sometimes a layer of hot fudge or hazelnut spread
(I know YUM right?)


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