Mantle Wall Makeover – Part 2

stenciled cabinet

Remember way back, when I asked you all for some help with my mantle wall? Well I finally got around to doing something about it. You guys left some great feedback (check out the comments here) and for months I couldn’t make up my mind what to do. Finally, I bit the bullet and did something. My thought was that if it turned out terrible, I could always start over.

As a reminder, here’s the […]

Fall Leaf and Acorn Paper Craft Tutorial

fall craft collage

This whimsical fall leaf and acorn garland ornament was inspired by one of the craft books I picked up on our trip to Germany. It’s a simple project that will add charm to your space. You can hang it in a window or on a cabinet or door knob. I have one dangling from my fireplace mantle.

Here are some step by step directions for you to create your own fall ornament.

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Double Digits! 3 Birthday Gift Ideas

Clara's 10th birthday

I thought you might enjoy a little peak at our birthday celebrations yesterday. The teacher declared a school holiday, so we enjoyed a fun leisurely day together (which did include violin lessons and orchestra rehearsal).

We started the day out right with some birthday doughnuts.

Time to open presents.

A Ravensburger Disney Panoramic 1000 Piece Puzzle from Mimi and Pappy imported from Germany!

A new book! Redwall by Brian Jacques

And […]

Flower Bulb Tray

Flower Bulb Tray

I found this flower bulb tray at Aldi this week for $6.99.

I’ve never seen anything like it and can’t wait to see if and how it turns out. All you have to do is plant the tray 5″ deep.

Now I just need to decide where to plant them.

Have you ever planted anything like this before? I’d love to hear about it.

 

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Summer Garden ~ Update #1

summer flowers

This week may be the last hurrah of summer for us here in central Ohio. I was gone most of August and thanks to our wonderful neighbors our hanging baskets and pots still look beautiful.

The zinnias in the front have turned the walkway into a little jungle.

The bees are busy from sun up to sun down.

Beautiful, fragrant fall clematis framing the entrance to our “secret garden”.

I was happy […]

Steak Success

Steak Sauce

Yesterday, we tried out a new steak sauce – Smoky Montreal Steak Sauce by McCormick. #GrillMatesPack

I drizzled a little sauce on the steak.

Let it cook…

Finished!

Result

The steak turned out very good. The entire family was pleased with the taste of McCormick’s Smoky Montreal Steak Sauce. I’ll admit I was pleasantly surprised, since I like my usual way of grilling steak a lot. And all I usually […]

Stenciled Pillow Tutorial

Stenciled Pillow Tutorial

Over the last several months I have fallen in love with Martha Stewart Stencils. Every time I’m in a craft store I walk past them and admire their intricate designs. One of my couch pillows was in need of a make over and I just knew that Martha Stewart’s stencils were the answer.

Supplies needed:

pillow case multi-surface paint stencil {Martha Stewart 32931 Adhesive Silkscreens, Exotic Blossoms} Martha Stewart Foam Pouncer

1. Remove the […]