Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Crock-Pot Baked Potatoes

Crock Pots.

Most of us get them for wedding gifts or as graduation gifts. Many people use them around the holidays, or in the winter, or when they stumble across something cool on Pinterest they want to try.

I am admit that I am addicted to my crock pot. I used in on average 6 times a month.

This surprises many people. They wonder how I can use it so much and what in the world I make. Well this is why I use it:
  1. I'm busy 
  2. It saves money
  3. Its easy to clean up after (saves more time!)
  4. Makes the house smell sooooo good. 

I have decided to share with you some of my go-to Crock Pot Recipes.  These will help you save money and time - allowing you to do the things you love!

Today I want to share one of the easiest (and prehaps cheapest!).

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

  • Potatoes (get enough that will feed your crew or at least that will fit in your crock pot - mine fits about 6-8) 
  • Foil
  • 2 T water 

1. Wash and scrub the potatoes really well - leave them a little wet

2. Wrap them in foil.

3. Put the water in the bottom of an empty crock- pot.

4.Then place the foil wrapped potatoes in the crock pot. Close Lid

5. Cook in the crock-pot for 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.

6. Remove and serve with you favourite toppings!


This is great meal for the night after chili - because you can use the leftover chili as a topping.

Fall is in the air and there is nothing like some chili and baked potatoes!


Friday, September 21, 2012

Chalkboard & Vinyl

As many of you know, I got a lovely new toy over the summer - the Silhouette Cameo!

My love!
 Many projects you see around the web rave about the use of vinyl with the Cameo. I have never used it before with the Cameo. It seemed to hard and expensive - and partly addictive. It seems as if you start with one simple cute frame project with vinyl - and the next thing you know you are placing vinyl everywhere - clothing, windows, toilets, etc.

But when I was reading about the craft challenge of the week on CSI (the craft blog, not the show) - I knew it was time to get my hand dirty with this vinyl thing.

This week's CSI craft challenge was chalkboard.

This is the side of my fridge before:
And this is the side of the fridge now:

Yep - my project entry is a chalkboard & vinyl dinner board. This was a quick project. Take a piece of lauan, put two coats of chalkboard paint on it, hot glue some twine - slap the vinyl on - all done. 

But this was my first vinyl try. And I made a fatal error - I didn't use transfer tape. That is because I didn't have any. And its not like they sell it together - which they should - by the way! (Don't worry I will order some today!)

So enjoy the error and imperfections - next time, vinyl,  I'll be ready! And I won't have uneven lines or uneven lettering!

Any one have any vinyl tips? Or where to get it for cheap?

I'm entering this project here: 

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

DIY Sunburst Mirror

Back when I started blogging over a year ago, one of the first projects I saw was this one here:

from 320*sycamore

I loved the colors and the way those mirrors looked. When I found out that Melissa from 320*sycamore   had embellished those mirrors herself - I started my search - I wanted a sunburst mirror just like that teal one! 

Finding a round mirror with a thick frame was no easy task. A couple of months later I found this beauty at Goodwill. How much was it? $4 (a little higher than I would like - but i couldn't pass it up!).

I got a pack of skewers for $1 to complete this simple project.

So you want to make your own?

The Things You Need:

  • a mirror- with or without a frame (cheapest options are something like this or this)
  • a pack of skewers
  • hot glue 
  • spray paint 
The Directions: 

1. Print out this template (thanks to Under The Table & Dreaming for this!) - which will help you with spacing. Either trace or glue it on the back of your mirror.

2. Start adding skewers in a whatever pattern you want! Hot glue worked really well with this.

3. Cover the mirror part.

4. Spray paint (I used two coats on this). 

5. Add the hanger and viola - you have a $5 (or less) sunburst mirror! 

This was a perfect one hour project (including spray paint time). And these days - with being 33 weeks pregnant - I need easy one hour projects!

This beautiful project went right up in my living room - which is in progress of being updated with a new rug, decor, and furniture arrangement.

More picture updates to come!

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Broken Camera

Well, it finally happened.

My amazing Canon T3 - that I saved for months for... I dropped it.

And it broke.

This would be the time to show you the damage - which is minimal - I mean only cracked the glass OVER the LCD screen - but I don't have my camera. :-)

Anyway, I was in the middle of one awesome DIY project  before I broke the camera. You'll be happy to know its finished.

You'll just have to wait on it though!

So I won't be blogging any projects until I get my camera back - hopefully within a week or so. But fear not, nesting is in full swing and so are my projects!

P.s. Why is Canon the only place that will fix Canons? 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Discarded Crate to Piano Bench

At work, one of my new co-workers was getting rid of some things that the old employee left behind.

Among these things was this amazing looking military crate.

When I noticed she wanted to get rid of it, I immediately asked her if I could take it. She said yes, and the plans started forming in my head of where I could use this.

Then I knew the perfect place....

The piano bench.

So good by chair, hello sweet piano bench.

This was a simple project. I put felt feet on the bottom of the bench (got to protect those floors), bought hinges for $4, used some left over plywood, foam and batting, muslin - I stapled it and I was done!

I think it is perfect. On top of looking amazing - it has storage, now I have a place to put all those piano books - and maybe my knitting.

What a great one hour project!

I am in am organizing frenzy around here as I try to make room for a baby. More organizing to come!!

Have a great weekend!

Linking this one up here:

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Creating In The Face of Fear


You guys, by now, know that I love creating things. I can't tell you how many times I have said - "I need to create something every day" (whether it be sewing, cooking, card making, or journaling). Something tangible of my thoughts, my ideas.. of me, out here for the world (or at least my little world). 

While on Vacation last week, I ran across this amazing post. It was entitled Why Everybody Needs to Make Art Everyday. I love that blog (A Holy Experience), and I follow it almost every day. First off, the music is relaxing and bring peace to my soul. And her words, which flow effortlessly and like I am there with her - bring me to my knees. They help me see Jesus in the simple and the everyday. If you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and lonely - her words will remind you of Someone greater who never leaves.

This post really spoke to me and I wanted to share it with you, I bet some of you can relate. So go on over here and read it.

Here are her 7 Keys to Creativity

What good things to keep in mind as I strive to create! Number 4 & 5 are hard for me - since the one thing I fear the most is failure.
Creating in the face of fear, it’s like that, a bit like flying right into freedom.
Remember that this week as you go about your day creating. :-)

Happy Monday!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Delaware Vacation 2012

Two weeks ago we got back from a wonderful and relaxing time spent in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  We had a wonderful time full of good food, beach, family, and sleeping.  Thanks to all of our who made our trip so wonderful!

Here are some highlights from our trip:

Bonfire & giant s'mores at the beach house

Moon Rises every night (no sunrises for this chica)

Fresh Seafood - Literally picked that morning!

Fourth of July fireworks (I can't figure out how to take good firework pictures!)

Our first baby shower & seeing friends and family we haven't seen since our wedding!

We also leave for our second vacation this summer tomorrow. We are on our way to Michigan for the week to have another family and food filled beach week! Pray for safe travel!

There will be no posts next week as we won't have much access to Internet. Consider this my blogging summer vacation, too!

Have a great week! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hammock Making

Last summer we got this amazing hammock for free from our wonderful in-laws. We enjoyed laying on it and hanging out during the fall and spring (because in TN the summers are way too humid).

Just kidding, this isn't our hammock, dog, lake, or kayak - but I sure wish all of those were ours!
Almost got you there didn't I? No that isn't our hammock - ours in smaller, like a lot smaller and not as sturdy. 

So, as a result of staying outside in the spring, summer & fall - during wind, rain, and sun - the hammock started to fall apart this year. There was some kind of pink and gray mold growing on th bottom, it was bleached out, and then a rip started forming right in the middle (where your but needs the most support!).

For the life of me I could not find a place (online or otherwise) that sold this type of hammock. It only needs a bar - no strings - and a shorter size. Thats it. Sounds easy enough, but I could find nothing.

So, as usual. I took things into my own hands. I went to Hancock Fabrics - found some outdoor canvas for $4.00 a yard - got a bunch and went to town.

I ended up just serging all the way around. I really like this look - and for something that will be sat on, pooped on (only by the birds and squirrels of course), and rained out - it does not need to be perfect. I did not add any padding in between the top and bottom layers (hopefully no mold this time around!).

I used the old hammock as the pattern but made it about 4 inches wider.

And after about an hour of sewing and hemming and measuring - I had a brand new hammock for under $20!

Now its already to be used when the weather and humidity goes back down to normal!!

Happy Summer Time Y'all!

P.S. It has literally rained EVERY DAY this week, so getting these pictures was really tough work! Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

One Day Bedroom Re-Do

Last week our bedroom looked something like this:

Very Gray and not very organized. It sure had lots of potential with those awesome ( & free) doors that we worked on last month. So last week - on Wednesday - I decided it was time to redo. I already knew what colors what I wanted all I need was new sheets, some pillows, and updated artwork.

So on Tuesday night I went to Ace and got spray paint to update some art work. I took some old art and painted over the canvas gray. Then I took some old lace I had laying around and taped it to the art - and sprayed my life away.

And then another homemade art work piece I made was using some scrap wood. I stained it a little bit brighter of a color - and then stenciled some flowers and 1 Corinthians 14 on to it. To create the 1 Corinthians 14 stencil, I used my Silhouette and card stock (although vinyl or contact paper would have been a  better choice.)

And finally after getting some new sheets from Target (these to be exact) and some fabric from Joanns - I had this room:

Isn't it wonderful? I think I just laid on the bed for like an hour after I was finished admiring all the work. Here are some more photos for you since I know you want more!

I made all the pillows except the back one. The back pillow is a body pillow with two pillow cases on it that came with the sheets from Target. I then used the bag the sheets came in to make the sqaure pillow in the front. The two gray pillows, the print pillow, and the smaller pillow with the white around it are made from fabric from Joanns. Making pillow cases was the best choice because I got to pick my fabric and no one out there will have them!

Here is the cost break down for this room re-do:
Sheets - $37
Spray Paint- $5
Fabric - $30
Paint - $1
Head Board - reused plywood & burlap - FREE
Art Work -reused plywood  & canvas - FREE
Total: $75

Not too bad. I would have liked to get under $50 - but the fabric put me over by a bit. I have lots leftover - so hopefully we'll be seeing some more projects on the other side of the room.

So what do you think? Good use of one day?

P.S. If you want to know what some the fabric is that I used - just leave me a comment below and I'll send you the links to Joann's website :-)
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