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Made You Smile

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There are those days when you don’t know what you are supposed to do next.  You ponder your purpose. You are stuck.  I know.

So while I contemplate my purpose (or just have a glass or two of wine!), I found some pictures to share with you what really “stuck” looks like. Hope it made you smile!😉

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Made me smile.

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DIY Rope Towel Holder

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finished hangerMy son’s bathroom makeover has a beachy feel to it.  (You can see the makeover HERE.)  It’s not done with fish or shells or boats, but it does have white horizontal wall planks and blue/gray walls.  It has that beach cottage-ish look.   The bathroom is finished, except for a towel holder. I could have put the old one back up, but that would have been too easy! (And boring.)😉

I knew what I wanted to do for the towel holder, but I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for to make it.  I wanted the towel holder to be made of rope with nautical/metal looking hardware to attach it to the wall.  Finding the rope was easy.  The hardware, not so much.  Luckily for me, my Hubby came along on this quest and eventually we found what we needed.

Here’s how it was made…

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Hardware I picked up at Lowes

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The parts are called: 3/8 inch Galv. Floor Flange, 3/8 inch Galv. Tee, and 3/8 inch Galv. Steel Pipe Nipple

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Steel Pipe is screwed in to the Floor Flange

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The Tee is then screwed on to the Steel Pipe

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I cut a thin strip of tape to wrap around the ends of the rope so it would not fray. Then I added glue (E6000) to the openings of the Tee, and pushed the rope ends in.

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I used 4mm Craft Cord to wrap around the rope.

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I wrapped the craft cord around the rope a few times until I got the look I wanted.  The cord is knotted in the back. I cut most of the extra cord ends off, then glued the ends down with more E6000.

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The towel holder is attached to the wall with four screw in the Floor Flange.

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DIY Towel Holder – super easy! Cheap to make! Cost less than $20.00 to make two towel holders.

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Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

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Sew Red

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Sew RedI had the pleasure to review a brand new sewing and quilting book, Sew Red, that just hit shelves this month! It’s the 2nd in a 4 book Stitch Red series dedicated to raising awareness in the prevention of heart disease – the #1 killer of women in the US.

Thirty renowned designers are included in this beautiful book, including Ty Pennington, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink and Suede, to name a few.  Each project consists of easy to follow instructions, information about the designer, as well as their own experience with heart disease and/or heart healthy tips.

Here is an excerpt from the Press Release:

Reno, Nev. (February 13, 2013) – Sew Red, authored by Laura Zander, owner of leading online fabric and yarn retailer Jimmy Beans Wool, and with a foreword by designer and veteran journalist Deborah Norville, is the first sewing and quilting book to put a stylish twist on raising public awareness about heart disease in women. The book, published by Sixth&Spring Books, was just released to coincide with American Heart Month.

Part of the nationwide Stitch Red campaign to fight heart disease in women, Sew Red (Sixth&Spring, 2013) is a follow-up to the highly acclaimed Knit Red (Sixth&Spring, 2012), and offers the same level of excitement and inspiration, with projects from such fabric design, sewing, and quilting luminaries as Ty Pennington, Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Brett Bara, Anna Maria Horner, and Kaffe Fassett. From couture dresses to wearable skirts and tops, from fashionable accessories and home decor items to fresh, modern takes on traditional quilting designs, the red, heart health–inspired collection of projects in Sew Red will delight sewers of all tastes.

I love this book!  After looking over all the wonderful projects in Sew Red, I had to sew something!  I chose to make the Sonoma Purse, on page 109.  This purse is made from just three fat quarters!  I have a huge stash of fabric, but none were complete fat quarters.  So using what I had on hand, my purse was made with four different, very colorful fabrics.

The instructions for this purse pattern was easy to follow.  I have made a lot of purses in the past but this was the first purse I made with pleats and a gusset!  Love the look!

(The projects in this book would make awesome Christmas gifts!  Get started now, you’ll be ready for Christmas before Fall! ;)  Or, if you don’t sew, Sew Red would make a great gift for someone else.)

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My HEART HAPPY purse! Very colorful!

pocket instructions

All the projects needing patterns are in a pocket in the back of the book.

Sew Red is not only a project inspiring book, it comes with heart healthy recipes too!  Fabric, Fun, Food and Facts for healthy living.  Gotta love that!

Chicken Burger Recipe

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I have ANOTHER meat recipe to share with you!  I know you’re thinking… “but, Laurie, you don’t like meat”.  I know!  How crazy is that?!

This week my brother made the family chicken burgers.  He’s been talking about how good these are for quite some time, and I would just smile, nod and think yeah, right.  Ground chicken?  Yuck.   However… OMGoodness!  Chicken burgers really are delicious!  I mean really, really SUPER DELICIOUS!

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. ground chicken (We used Perdue.  One pound made 4 burgers.)
1/8 cup red pepper – finely chopped
1/8 cup yellow pepper – finely chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs or Planko (We used Planko)  This helps hold the chicken together.
Sprinkle garlic powder, onion powder, Lawry seasoning, pepper to taste.  (or your favorite seasonings)

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients together and make into patties.  Grill as you would hamburgers.
Optional: add cheese of choice

We topped our burgers with American cheese and ranch dressing.  Yum!!

Kitchen Island Ideas

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I’m in the process of updating the kitchen island. (I’ll have pictures soon.) The thing that is keeping me from finishing completely is color. I don’t know what color to paint it. While white would look clean and fresh, the kids sit there and the wall ends up with marks on it.

Now I’m thinking I want to repaint the sunroom and kitchen while I’m at it.  Amazing how one thing leads to another!  The island is seen from both rooms, so if I repaint the walls, then I may have more color options for the island. 😉

Here are some pictures I found for inspiration.  My cabinets are a honey color.  Any suggestions???

Painted Kitchen Island

Custom Designed Stove Hood Doubles as Pot Rack

Country Combination

Timeless Traditional Island

Arts and Crafts Kitchen

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Chandeliers Add Glamour to Classic White Kitchen

Kitchen with Triple Tier Island

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don't give in to fear....

Downton Abbey Downer

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I’m a huge Downton Abbey fan.  Or was.  Still pondering how I feel about the show now.  What a shock!!

Those of you who watch Downton Abbey know what I’m talking about.  Matthew died!  The same day his son was born!  I’m still reeling from the shock that Sybil died during childbirth.  What the heck?  Downton is my happy, I can’t wait til Sunday night, show.  There is no room for tragedy!

After the season finale was over last night, I started Googling information about the show, including the actor who plays Matthew, and found out that it was the actor’s choice to leave after Season 3.  Somehow it made me feel a little better knowing that Matthew, while driving in his convertible with no seat belt, paying little attention as he whistled in the wind, ended up with his car sitting on top of him.  He wanted out.  His choice.  Knowing that helped the crushing pain (no pun intended!) I was feeling about his death.

Still, my heart is sad.  My BFF, however, is almost inconsolable.  We’ve talked all day.  I must be strong for her.  Will we watch Season Four?  To be continued…😉

Framed Puzzle

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Our family gift for Christmas from my In-Laws was a beautiful 2000 piece puzzle.  We spent the next two weeks working on it, some days non-stop!  After all that effort and time, there was no way it was going back in the box.  It was going to be framed!

We had a piece of ply wood cut just slightly larger than the picture, then used some puzzle glue to glue the pieces in place on top of the plywood board.  No wanting to buy a frame and glass, I used a frame from a picture I no longer liked.  The frame, unfortunately was too big.  After pondering for a bit, (and honestly the solution should have been instantaneous, but wasn’t!  It’s so embarrassing.) I thought of adding trim to the frame to cover the gaps.

Once my brain started functioning again, it also occurred to me that trim could be added to any frame you wanted to repaint.  Some frames have wimpy moulding for the picture it holds, so adding trim would make the frame look more substantial.  Brilliant I tell you!

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Here is the picture before the trim was added. You can see on the left and right where the gaps are.

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Close up of the problem.

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Went to Lowes, and for $10.00, bought two pieces of small decorative trim. I used silicon adhesive to attached the wood to the glass and frame.

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The plan was to paint it white and leave it all white. But after several coats, It just look flat and boring.  I ended up sanding it a bit and adding some walnut stain to it.  Much happier now.😀

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The sun wouldn’t let me take a good picture (yes, it is the sun’s fault, not the operator of the camera.), but here is the finished picture. Now that the picture is hung with anchors and screws, I think I’m moving it to another location in the house. Thank goodness I’m an expert spackle-er!

 

Chicken Parmesan Recipe

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Happy Friday!

I have a recipe for Chicken Parmesan to share with you.  It’s my family’s very favorite thing I make.  And it involves meat, which is a shocker if you know me.  (I’m not a vegetarian, I just think meat is generally yucky.)  But this recipe is FABULOUS!😀

CHICKEN PARMESAN

Ingredients
3 chicken breasts
salt and pepper
2 beaten eggs
1 cup or flour
1 1/2 -2 cups of seasoned croutons (use food processor to crush)
2 TBSP olive oil (add more if needed)
mozzarella, sliced
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 large jar of spaghetti sauce.

Directions
Flatten chicken.  Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.  Put beaten eggs, flour and crushed croutons in separate shallow bowls. Dip chicken in flour, then the eggs, then the croutons.  Make sure the chicken is completely covered on both sides.  Brown slowly in the heated oil til golden brown.  (Heat oil on medium-medium high.)

Pour 1/4 – 1/2 jar of spaghetti sauce to the bottom of a 9 x 13 dish.  Lay chicken on top of the sauce, then add slices of mozzarella cheese on top of the chicken.  Add more sauce to the top of the chicken and cheese, then top with Parmesan cheese.

Heat oven to 350.  Cook covered with tin foil for 20 minutes, then an additional 20 minutes uncovered.  Serve over spaghetti noodles.

I heat the remaining sauce in a pan to have if needed.  I always serve this dish with garlic bread and a fruit salad.  ENJOY!

Wednesday Wisdom

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Worrying

Proper Priorities

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Maybe it’s age, maybe it’s hormones, maybe I just think too much, but I don’t sleep.  I can get to sleep, I just don’t stay asleep.  And when I wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning, my mind is off and running!

I don’t know why I just can’t quiet my brain.  I tell myself to knock it off and go to sleep, but I don’t listen to me.  Very frustrating I tell ya!

https://i2.wp.com/media.heliohosted.com/plugins/Clipart/ClipartStock1/man%20carrying%20groceries%201.pngLast night I was remembering one of the first snow/ice storms we had in my neck of the woods.  I was pregnant with my first child and craving cantaloupe and honey-dew melon ALL the time.  My lovely Hubby stopped at the grocery store on his way home to get a few groceries, including the melons.  Our house at the time was at the bottom of the street and our house had the steepest driveway in the neighborhood.  So Hubby had to park his car at the top of our road (because of ice) and walk down to our house.  He managed to carry the grocery bags down the road without slipping and falling.  Once he got to our yard, he decided to walk up hill on the grass of our yard, so not to slip on our icy drive way.

Well, he did slip.  As soon as the grass ended and he had to step on the driveway, he lost his footing.  And as I watched, with horror, as he slid all the way down our driveway, all I was really seeing was the melons bouncing down the hill past him.  My poor cantaloupes!  I mean my poor Hubby!

It occurred to me, as I laid wide awake in the middle of the night, how our priorities change as we get older.  Because now I would most definitely be concerned about ALL the groceries tumbling down our driveway, not just the melons.😉

Fireplace Backsplash Updated

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Remember when I did the fireplace backsplash?  I updated it a bit.

I have a lot of wood wall planks left over from when I went crazy and bought all I could find because it was on clearance for $3.50.  I bought two different styles.  The planks I used in my son’s bathroom were plain tongue and groove, but I also purchased a couple of packages of the wide beadboard looking planks.

I add the beadboard planks to the fireplace backsplash.  (Nothing stays the same in my house for very long.  It’s a sickness.)

This DIY project was quick and simple! A little extra character for very little money.

This is a picture of the fireplace before and after the first time I did it.

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Here’s the now “Before”.

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I cut the planks to size, then added the first piece to the middle of the fireplace. That way the planks would end at the same place on both sides.  The boards were trimmed length-wise with a circular saw.  I used a nail gun to attach the wood planks to the wall. I just love that thing!

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A close up after it was caulked and painted.

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The after After! Not a huge difference, but  it looks more finished now. It took one package of wood planks, so it cost only $3.50!  Gotta love that!

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Cooking Craze

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Something amazing happened this week.  I made dinner TWO nights in a row!  AND the dinners were new recipes!  Yep.  It’s Ok.  I’ll wait while you catch your breath.

Are you breathing again?  Good.  My family is still in shock.😉

Maybe you do this too? – Pin a ton of yummy recipes to your Pinterest boards and never make anything.  That’s me.  You’d think I like to cook if you saw my food boards.  The truth is I hate to cook.  Hate it.  It’s not really the effort to cook, it’s thinking about what to cook.

So what did I cook you ask?  Sunday night I made this…

TWO TIMIN’ PASTA BAKE

1 box penne pasta

1 (15 oz.) jar Alfredo sauce

1 (24 oz.) jar Marinara sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

You can get the directions here.  It’s super easy and very yummy.

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Monday night I made this…

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup in a Slow Cooker

You can get the recipe and directions here.  (Please forgive me if this is not the original source.  I’ve seen this recipe in so many places.)

The soup was a definite hit because my son said “This is pretty good”.  A true miracle, believe me!

I know my friends and family are thinking right now “WHO ARE YOU?”  Well, I like to shake things up a bit.  I can be wild and crazy.  But I do think cooking for the third night in a row might be going a little too bonkers.  I will have to see if I think the family can handle it.😉

Apartment Therapy The Homies 2013

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I apologize if this is a repeat post for you. I woke up this morning to find my post gone.

homiescrop2113.jpgGuess what?  House of 34 is one of the nominees at Apartment Therapy’s The Homies 2013!  It’s listed in “Best Home Projects and DIY Blog” category.

I would love your vote, if you feel so inclined.  You can vote for House of 34 here.  :D  Thanks!

Model Home Decorating Ideas

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One of my most favorite ways to get decorating ideas is to go model home hopping.  That means I take my camera and my BFF and we find all the new construction model homes and take a tour.

The best thing to do, if you model home hop, is to be honest with the sales person there.  Don’t pretend to be a potential home buyer.  It’s a waste of their time.  Tell them you are just out looking at model homes for fun and they will leave you alone.  They are actually used to people looking a model homes for decorating ideas.

Here are some pictures I snapped yesterday.  Now I have even more ideas running through my head!😉

bar

The butler’s pantry in this home is also a bar area.

bathroom cabinet color

I took this picture because I liked the color of the cabinet. Notice the plain, boring mirror on the wall! Tisk Tisk!🙂

bedroom ceiling

I don’t need to say anything about this photo, but I will… Look at that ceiling!!! Love it.

bedroom wallpaper

The wall behind the bed is covered in wall paper. Makes a great accent wall!

dining room windows

Look at the arched windows in this photo.

dining room

The ceiling in this photo is covered in wallpaper. The back wall is painted a chocolate brown. I’m not a fan of dining rooms, but this is a pretty space.

framed bathroom mirror

This builder did frame out the mirror. Do you see how they added an extra horizontal board?

kitchen eating area

A cute kitchen eating area.

master bedroom

Bright and happy master bedroom.

pool room with wood beams

Beamed ceilings! Ahhh… someday.

red bedroom

In this bedroom, board and batten was used as a headboard effect. This has my head spinning with ideas!

staircase

Beautiful staircase. The dark wood against the white! Love.

upstairs hallway

I took this picture because I like the hallway floor. Although the different levels could be dangerous in the dark! (If you’re me!)

white kitchen

White/Cream cabinets.

hanging kitchen light

Love this lighting over the kitchen table.

island hanging lights

These gorgeous lights are hanging over a kitchen island. I wish I would have asked where they came from.

Have you ever model home hopped?

A Needed Message

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I saw this on Pinterest this morning. While my kids don’t have wee little hands anymore, it is the perfect prayer for this insomniac mom.

Thought I would share this with you.  It may be words you need to hear too.

Sweet

DIY Tiled Planter Box

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finished closeupWhat do you do with left over wood?  You make a planter box.  Then you let the planter box sit on your porch for a couple of months, completely out of mind.  Next you go to Habitat Restore and discover sheets of stone tile for only $2.50 and buy it just because it’s only $2.50.  After that, it dawns on you to add the tile to the planter box you just remembered you forgot, and then get excited to have a new project to work on.

This is how I operate.  Not always cohesive.  Not always with a plan.  Somehow it works out.😉

This planter/flower box cost less than $10.00.  I had the wood already.  I only bought the tile and the stencil.  Cheap Cheap Cheap.

And just a note:  My hope in sharing projects and ideas with you is to inspire you to try something new.  I’m not an expert at this crafting/DIY stuff.  I’m just a girl whose mind is always turning and thinking, and for whatever reason, thinks she can do what she sets her mind to.  I believe you can too. 😀

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Left over wood I had. I can’t remember how I decided on the size, but it must have been based on how much wood I had. I can’t be responsible for what I forget. LOL

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The finished box. Very easy. No mitering.

box plain

Apparently I painted it white. Wish I could remember what the original plan was!😉

box of tile

I bought the whole box of tile. It came four sheets to a box. The piece you see in the picture is actually folded in half.  A sheet and a half was enough to cover the whole box.

beginning tiling

I cut off rows of tile. The tile came pretty much butted against each other so I didn’t have to pull off one piece at a time to get them close. That made me happy because I didn’t want to mess with grout.

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Moving a long. Occasionally I had to pull off some individual pieces and trade it with a smaller or larger piece to make the row end neatly at the sides.

box tiled

I used silicon adhesive to adhere the tile to the wood. I would suggest something stronger though. The tile is not falling off, but I could pull it off if I wanted to. I just used what I had.

stencil

I picked up this template at Hobby Lobby.

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I used black acrylic craft paint to “stencil” with. Since I haven’t stenciled much before, I didn’t have the proper brush. I just gave an old, small paint brush a trim and made the bristles shorter. I worked pretty well for “pouncing”.

finished closeup

I need to get more flowers (hydrangea?). I picked these up at Michaels, but my mind couldn’t remember how big the box was. But you get the picture.
Also, I added trim to the top of the box and painted it white, to give it a finished look. I didn’t take a picture of that though. I used the trim left over from my latest Bathroom Makeover.

Linking up to:
Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesday
House on the Way – Twirl and Take a Bow
Made in a Day – Made U Look
Someday Crafts – Whatever Goes Wednesday
Coastal Charm – Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
DIY by Design – Winter Blues Wednesday
Finding Fabulous – Frugalicious Friday

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