Archives for November 2012

Homemade Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe

Homemade Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe

Happy Friday my friends. Hope your weekend is off to a wonderful start. I'll be working on some holiday prepping the next couple of days - as I am sure many will be doing the same. With all the hustle and bustle that comes along with this time of year, I love having a nice warm pot of soup prepared for the weekend ahead. Homemade Cream of Tomato soup will be helping us through these next couple of days. Once prepared it's quick and easy to reheat and makes a great compliment to some old fashioned grilled cheese Continue reading

Make Your Own Quick Change Wooden Shim Picture Frame

Make Your Own Quick Change Wooden Shim Picture Frame

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by DecoArt to see if I would be willing to contribute a project to their new catalog. I'm of course a fan {previous DecoArt projects} so I got to work and put together this Quick Change Wooden Shim Picture Frame.  I have worked with wooden shims in the past and love their versatility not to mention how inexpensive they are - you can pick up a whole pack for less than $3. The concept for this frame is actually a little twist on the previous Wooden Shim Picture Frame I made last year - just with some Continue reading

Creative Reader Projects {No. 181} Holiday Crafts, Decor, and Recipes

Creative Reader Projects {No. 181} Holiday Crafts, Decor, and Recipes

It's time again to showcase some creative reader projects...I love checking out the party links this time of year - there are so many fantastic ideas!Here are a few festive highlights to get you ready for the upcoming holidays. Hope you're as inspired as I am!Woven Burlap Christmas Stockings Submitted byAshley at Cherished Bliss Joy Ornament Wreath and Sign Submitted byAbbey at The Cards We DrewDollar Store Christmas Wreath Embellished with Yard Clippings Submitted byKatie at Creatively LivingRuffled Burlap Tree Wreath Submitted byLisa at Continue reading

Tips for Taking Care of Holiday Poinsettia Plants: Tuesday Ten

Tips for Taking Care of Holiday Poinsettia Plants: Tuesday Ten

The Christmas season has officially began once the most popular holiday decoration makes its debut - 'the most beautiful euphorbia' - the poinsettia . I couldn't resist picking up a few this past weekend and I am sure a couple more will make their may home with me this season. Whether you enjoy the beauty of the poinsettia in your own holiday decor or pass this traditional gift on to others - the charm of these potted plants can last well throughout the season and beyond with a little diligence. This week's Tuesday Ten details some Continue reading

Metallic Peacock Feather Plates: Spray Painted Glass Silhouette Decorative Plates

Metallic Peacock Feather Plates: Spray Painted Glass Silhouette Decorative Plates

Happy Monday. Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving. Gathering with the family, a delicious dinner and some shopping with the girls has left me anxiously awaiting the upcoming holiday season. Some decorations have been pulled out of storage, however I am actually looking forward to putting a few things together myself. While I'm fond of the traditional red and green this year I am seeking neutrals and metallics this year to carry through to New Years and beyond. I started with these peacock feather plates for my kitchen. They Continue reading

The Sunday Showcase Party {No. 128}

Welcome to The Sunday Showcase Party Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share your creations & ideas.  {source: Better Homes and Gardens} Just a Few Things Prior to Submitting Your Links *This Party is open to any project or idea you have made or created and would like to showcase this week. Please do not link up work that is not your own. *Please do not link to Etsy shops, selling sites or to a giveaway *Please add the party button to your post {code below} or a visible link back to the party so Continue reading

Easy Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Coffee Cake + 10 Simple Last Minute Dessert Recipes

For those hosting dinner tomorrow, I am sure most of you are already prepared and ready to go. I still have a last minute trip in the middle of the craze to look forward to later on today! If dessert is on the list and you're looking for an addition to those delicious traditional pies - here are a few last minute dessert recipes that are simple to prepare, easy to assemble and sure to delight. I shared a peek of this semi-homemade pumpkin coffee cake yesterday, in the sharpie decorated bowls . ~which I think would make adorable Continue reading

Sharpie® Your Season: Permanent Marker Embellished Dishes

This post brought to you by Sharpie®. All opinions are 100% mine. I really like to have a stash of extra gifts on hand during the holidays...just in case hostess gifts, delivery people, the mailman....they always come in handy Quick and easy projects always fit the bill and with a Sharpie® in hand 'the inexpensive plain and simple' can instantly be transformed into something much more The only materials needed for this incredibly easy project are Sharpie® fine point permanent markers or Metallic Sharpie® permanent markers and Continue reading

The Sunday Showcase Party {No. 127}

Welcome to The Sunday Showcase Party Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share your creations & ideas.  {source: Better Homes and Gardens} For 60 more stylish Thanksgiving Table Ideas click here & 50 Thanksgiving Place Card Ideas click here Just a Few Things Prior to Submitting Your Links *This Party is open to any project or idea you have made or created and would like to showcase this week. Please do not link up work that is not your own. *Please do not link to Etsy shops, selling sites or to a Continue reading

Four Simple and Savory Bread Recipes: to make in a bread machine or by hand

Four Simple and Savory Bread Recipes: to make in a bread machine or by hand

For the past couple of weeks I have been overindulging on daily loaves of fresh warm bread. It is one of my real weaknesses. I can't take credit for the baking, or even the preparation though, as my bread machine has done 98% of the work - all I have done is simply tossed in the ingredients and pressed the button. We have had our bread machine for several years and it has been producing flawless loaves since day one - effortlessly. If you do not have a machine these recipes can easily be made by hand as well. Just dissolve the Continue reading