Monday, January 30, 2012

I Finally Did It This Weekend....

.........I *almost*  finished my craft room/office desk!

I think it is about as done as it is going to get for a while now.  I love having this space to sit down and work on the computer, to use my sewing machine, or to just work on a craft from this space. I have a feeling it is going to get a lot of use in the coming months. ( My husband has been using it almost as much as I have this past week .... this might become a problem ;-) )

So here are some before and progress shots:

And NOW here is the what it looks like TODAY!

Under the Plexiglas top of the desk I put a vinyl decal of the world, one of my favorite parts of the desk.

This is my Christmas present! It makes editing this blog so much nicer.

This is what the room looks like as a whole. Still some organizing to be done, but I am trying to keep it real with this shot.

I hope you had an amazing weekend, too! Happy Monday!

mop it up mondays

Friday, January 27, 2012

Foodie Fridays : Goals of 2012

Yesterday, I admit, I didn't cook. Its been that kind of week. You know the ones that are tiring and long - the last thing you want to do when you get home is chop and cook for an hour- then clean up for a half an hour after. But next week, I will be back on track!

Here are some dishes that I recently saw that I want to add to my To Cook list this year for the blog!

Skinny Coconut Shrimp.... mmmmmm these look so tasty!
Buffalo Chicken Bites - I love chicken and I love spicy!
Queso! This is another one I can't wait to try on our bi-monthly taco nights!
Coconut Chicken with a dipping sauce. Yummmmmy
THIS is what I am talking about. I seriously want to die every time I see this cake.
So after compliing all this, I realize that these aren't super healthy.... opps. I might have to make a healthy list next week and interchange them. What can I say? I really love food!

Have a great weekend, and if you are eating food like this for dinner, please have a salad for lunch :-)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Craft Goals of 2012

Ok, so I said that I would show you the new desk today. 

Well that isn't going to happen. I started a full time job this week, so the crafting and blogging have fallen behind this week. I need a break. But I seriously hope to have it done this weekend, by next Monday (pinkie promise).

So instead of a new desk, I thought I would share some recent projects that I saw that look amazing! I hope to try these all this year, adding them to my Craft Goals of 2012 List.

Magazine Coasters! What a great idea for all those Magazines I have around.

One-line-a-day Journal, this would be great for Christmas gifts this year!
These amazing bins are made from cardboard boxes. I could totally use this!
I really want to make a quilt this year. Maybe not this one, but a cute one that isn't a t-shirt quilt.
Some homemade wood art. I think this one is amazing, I would love to recreate something like this for our bedroom.
I must say that one of these projects is already in the works, and I can't wait to tell you how it went. I hope you have a great Wednesday!

And I really do promise to get my craft desk done this weekend!!!! (Here is Monday's Sneak Peak!)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sneak Peek

This weekend was a crazy one, so I still have lots of work to do on the desk. But it is starting to come together. I can't wait to show it off. Until then, check out this sneak peak!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wallpapering with Scrapbook Paper!

This week I am working on getting my new desk space operational (and cute of course ;-) ).

When I bought my cheap particle board desk, the back of the hutch was covered in a strong cardboard. So I painted that white too. In case you don't know this, cardboard doesn't absorb paint like particle board does. In fact, the white looks so very different.

So if you are looking to redo a desk or dresser or bookcase that has this same problem, I have a solution for you! Wallpaper with scrapbook paper and ribbon. This is so easy and takes maybe 15 minutes.

All done. My paper was just about an inch short from fitting, do I took some old ribbon I had and used the spray adhesive on it. Now it looks much better and a nice surprise every time I look at it.

I love the power and satisfaction a simple 15 minute project like this can bring.

What is your go-to project when you need that feeling of completing something creative?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Nothing But Trouble

When I looked at my blog schedule this morning, I knew immediately that I was in TROUBLE. Today was supposed to be the big craft room reveal. There was to be a new desk, curtains up, it was to be clean and organized. It was to be amazing, and totally blog and Pinterest worthy.

This is what the craft room looks like this morning as I write this post.


The good news:
  • One desk is painted (I'm putting two together to make a lovely corner desk)
  • Those boxes on the bed are the last things that need to be organized
  • The floors are swept
  • The next desk if 75% done! 
  • I have my new 23" monitor for editing pictures (see it next to bed! yay Christmas!)
  • I actually found the perfect desk for $21.50! (I forgot to take a picture of it before we disassembled it to fit into our Accord, but here it is just before being painted!)
The green desk is my old one (now white), and the wood-grain-looking-one is the $20 particle board desk, now painted white and drying!

The bad news:
  • I started a painting project on a cold day in January (the paint is taking forever to dry) 
  • I still have to complete the following
    • Cork Board the hutch of the big desk
    • Finish painting chalkboard on the side of the other desk
    • Need Plexiglas tops 
    • Bins for the drawers 
    • Find curtains for the closet and the craft table space 
  • All of this will take at least another week.... 
So I am rescheduling for big reveal for.... next Wednesday.  I would try to get it done by next Monday but this weekend is already booked, so I won't get a lot of time to work on it.

But lets remember where we started here in last week's post.

So I did make some progress. However, I hope that your weekend was more productive that mine!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Chicken with Walnuts

Its Friday! YAY! I don't know about you, but this week flew by for me. But I am so grateful for the weekend coming up. It will be nice to relax, and stay inside- its a cold one this weekend.

Just in time for the weekend, I have a classic simple stir fry recipe for you today. This was found in a unique wedding present I got - a 1980 Better Homes Cook Book. There is some good stuff in there. I really love it because it uses classic, cheap, make your own ingredients. This recipe is one that we had this week. It was was so good! I highly recommend it (and this is Gluten Free!!).


1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts , diced into one-inch pieces
2 large green bell peppers , diced into one-inch pieces
¼ cup onion chopped
1 cup walnuts , chopped
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons dry sherry
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon fresh ginger , chopped finely
1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sugar (use more if you like sweet)
2 -4 tablespoons vegetable oil

Chop chicken, walnuts, bell peppers, onions and ginger. 

For sauce, put cornstarch into bowl. Stir in soy sauce. Stir in dry sherry, ginger, water, red pepper flakes and sugar. Set aside.Do all cooking in a wok if you can.

Saute bell peppers and onions in two tablespoons oil for two minutes. Stir frequently. Remove from heat, and set aside.

Saute walnuts in same pan for one minute (don't add more oil yet). Stir frequently. Remove from heat, and set aside.

Saute the chicken pieces in same pan until cooked (first add two tablespoons of oil). Stir frequently. Remove from heat, and set aside.

When chicken is cooked push to sides of wok, add soy sauce mixture right in the middle of the pan.Stir well.

When mixture thickens (just a bit) add vegetables. Stir thoroughly and warm through. Serve over hot rice.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Recovered Toms Tutorial

I like to think that I was one of the early adopters of the Toms movement (as I like to call it). I got my first (and only) pair just about 5 years ago on sale for $30. I loved them. I wore them a lot. I happened to get a white pair- bad decision. Very quickly they got dirty - and even in the wash they didn't clean up. A year ago a hole appeared, and since then I haven't put them on. So there they sat in my closet.

Until.... about a month ago I saw a recovered pair of Toms on Pinterest. And this awesome Etsy store the re-covers new Toms. Genius! I knew it was something that I needed to do with my dirty, holey, outdated Toms!

Many other tutorials I found used a waterproof flexible glue. Well I didn't have any of that, and I wanted something less sticky. So I used Stitch Witchery. Stitch Witchery is a fusible adhesive that semi-permanently fuses two pieces of fabric together. It is washable too, so I don't have to worry about my Toms getting wet and falling apart.

 Stuff you need:
  • Old Toms
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Stitch Witchery 
  • Iron (on cotton setting)
  • Scissors
  • Crumbled Paper to put into shoe while ironing 
First step- put that crumbled piece of paper into the toe. It help keep the shoe top firm and keeps your hands from burning while using a hot iron .

Next plan out fabric scraps. You need a piece of stitch witchery on each end of each scrap. Cut those to match, too. 

Then carefully, starting with the toe of the shoe- place a piece of stitch witchery down and then the fabric scrap. Using you iron and your hand (inside the shoe to push the toe toward the iron) iron together the shoe and the fabric.  Fold top edge of toe down, because thats what normal Toms look like anyway. 

Then continue adding scraps on the top of the toe. For small sections, only one piece of stitch witchery will be needed.

Work your away around the back. (Optional, remove Toms flag from shoe and re-sew or fuse onto new fabric!)

And then, you are done! Check seams. Or if you want a more finished look, add ribbon around the bottom edge.

So fun. They are far from perfect, but now I can wear them again. At least until they get dirty - then I'll just put some new fabric on them again!

***I am not sure how these will hold up. But I hope that they will stay good for at least a season. I'll keep this blog updated if anything bad happens to it! :-) 

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