Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Tisket, A Tasket, a Big, Thrifted Basket (and Bowl)

I found this huge basket at Goodwill the other day and just had to get it.  
I also spotted this bowl which happened to fit perfectly inside the basket.  
They look good together and apart.
Then I got the latest Pottery Barn catalogue.
Big baskets all over the cover!   Let's just say, someone was pretty impressed with herself.
What have you been thrifting lately?
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 1.29.12

I couldn't get any smile photos of the family so I had to settle for this one of me.
Stand Alone
The lumber for a project we're about to start.
Rusty or Something Old
Our cart at Lowe's.
We have a lot of 'artificial meat' in the freezer.
Repeating Pattern
A row of carts at Lowe's.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Look who's being featured over at Super Stalker Sunday Hop!!

Welcome to this week’s Super Stalker Sunday hop!
Super Stalk Sunday

This week's featured blogger is:

Hey, that's me!

What is Super Stalker Sunday?

Glad you asked! Super Stalker Sunday is a weekly blog hop hosted by
and Mariah of Formula Mom
As you know, blogs hops are a great way to meet other bloggers, socialize and gain more followers. We created this hop as away for you to connect with other bloggers via RSS Feed, Google Friend Connect, Email Subscribers, Facebook Fans, Twitter Followers, and the new Google+!

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Follow each host at least one way. Remember to leave a comment, as hostesses we’re committed to returning the follows. But please be patient as we are busy mamas and it may take us a few days to return the visit and follow. You will only have to link up on one of the host sites and your link will appear on all as we use the same linky. After you follow the hosts and the featured blogger, follow at least the four blogs listed above you on the linky. If your time permits, follow as many other blogs are you are willing!
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Friday Phone Dump Week 4

I'm getting more comfortable with my new phone and all of the options for taking pictures that it has.
I have a lot this week!
row 1 *dd 2's paintings for her room*Mexican hot chocolate*my Anthropologie dish towel that makes me happy!*
row 2 *my lonely toothbrush when hubs was away*dd 2 painting the above canvases*snow over the weekend
row 3 *sad, empty wine wrack*my first "selfie"*working on my scrapbooks*

row 1 *another beautiful morning*our friends' new puppy*my "son" (dd 1 had to dress up like "Mr Man" for school that day)
row 2 *baked potato bar for dinner-made them in the crock pot..my new favorite way to bake them!*more snow before it all got washed away*dd 2 using her microscope*
row 3 *making my candy heart wreath*some new additions to dd2's room(both)*

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Friday, January 27, 2012

{Getting Crafty} Conversation Heart Wreath

I teased you yesterday with an upcoming Valentine project o'mine using "The Official Candy of Love". I'm not making that up, it says it on the bag!
Have you figured it out yet? (well,it is in the title if you need to go back and look.)
{Don't mind all the backsides in the above photo.}
I pulled out my hot glue gun box. Check out that lid!
I also purchased some conversation hearts and a Styrofoam wreath form from Michael's (with a 50% off coupon).  I needed two bags of the candy.
I cranked up the Vampire Weekend Pandora station and got to work gluing those bad boys on.
I tried to create a random color pattern with the hearts.  I used a low temp hot glue gun but still had my trusty bowl of ice water at the ready in case I got some glue on my fingers.
I kept adding rows of hearts to the wreath form
until the whole thing was covered.  I had some extra candy so I layered a few more hearts around on top to give it more dimension.
Some of the sayings are quite silly.
What's your favorite?
Purdy cute, no?
I tried displaying it on my plate stand at first.

I also hung it up on the door with a Command adhesive hook.
I finally added some pink ribbon (from this past year's Christmas wrapping) and hung it up on the kitchen door.
Hey, I've got some color going on again in the house! I still need to pull out my Valentine's decorations but this is easing the transition.
Here's another Valentine's Wreath that I made last year out of candy canes.
and my daughter made these adorable

I'm Heather and I like to play craft with candy. You can see more candy wreaths here and here.

Happy Friday!!

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Winter Decor Pin-spiration

I was looking for winter decorating ideas and found some great ideas on Pinterest (where else?)
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I love this simple front porch.
Love the bottles, but I'd skip the ornaments after Christmas{natch}.
Pottery Barn hurricanes filled with pine cones,sheet music candles and glittery goodness.
Simple blue mason jars on a window filled with glass beads or salt and tea lights.
Cute winter printable!

Twig candle holders--looks like an easy rustic craft.
Lots of great pin-spiration!!
Here's how I've been decorating in the gap between Christmas and Valentine's Day.

{the family room, before I put up the snowy garland}
I'm ready to add a little more color back into my decorating as Valentine's Day approaches. I'll be back tomorrow with a new project!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Shabby Apple Necklace Winner!

We have a winner!!

The lucky winner of the Shabby Apple Lost in Wonderland Necklace is....
Commenter #6 Heather
who said she'd be searching for the Mad Hatter, as in Mr. Johnny Depp if she was lost in wonderland....
Congratulations Heather!!

Thank you to everyone who entered!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

{Recipe} Red Pepper Soup with Balsamic Reduction

I just started getting Vegetarian Times(thanks to a magazine fundraiser at my kid's school) and I'm really enjoying it. Love the recipe index in the back, I can quickly look up vegan recipes for my newly-Veganized daughter.
We all liked the sound of Red Pepper Soup with Balsamic Reduction so I gave it a whirl.
First you make the balsamic reduction by combining 1 cup of balsamic vinegar with 1/4 cup of agave nectar.  Bring to a boil in a small saucepan, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes until thickened. Let cool.
To make the soup you'll need:
3TBS olive oil
1 medium red onion, diced
1/2 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 medium Yukon gold potato, peeled and diced
1 large shallot, diced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, minced
6 cups vegetable broth
2 large red bell peppers, diced
Heat oil in large pot over medium heat.  Add red onion, sweet potato, Yukon gold potato and shallot.  Cook 5-7 minutes.  
Add cumin, pepper flakes garlic. Saute 3-5 minutes.
Add broth (I make mine with Better Than Bouillon and water).
and red peppers. Bring to a simmer.
Cook 30 minutes or until peppers and potatoes are soft.
Blend soup in batches until smooth (and immersion blender works nicely for this but I used my regular blender--very carefully).  Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon into bowls and drizzle each serving with the Balsamic Reduction.
I'm also participating in Debbiedoo's Magazine Copy Cat Challenge.
I was inspired by the photo in the magazine to make a fancy design on top of the soup.
I used a medicine dropper and a bamboo skewer, pretty fancy I tell ya!
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