Monday, January 31, 2011

Link Party Monday

Once again there were a bunch of great projects linked up to last week's party! If you missed it, you can check them all out here. It was really tough to narrow it down to my top five picks but here they are!


I love the color and patterns that Eye Spy DIY used for these Coordinating Accessories. She made a zippered pouch, checkbook cover, wallet, and rosette bobby pins! She even has tutorials for all of them!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Secure Curtain Rods

This tip is pretty simple but my husband convinced me that other people might be able to use it so here it is!
We have decorative curtain rods that look nice but don't want to stay put. After opening and closing them a few times, the rod slides out and the decorative end twists around like this:
I thought about asking my husband to drill holes in the hooks and rods so that I could put a screw in place but that would be a lot of work and it would be difficult to get them lined up correctly.
Then it hit me...

Friday, January 28, 2011

Blogger Commenting Basics

Most of you already know the ins and outs of commenting on blogger but there are a lot of new bloggers out there who I thought might find this helpful.
When I first started blogging I would get comments on posts and respond with a comment underneath theirs. Thinking that maybe it ran in a thread form that would alert earlier commentors to new comments like on facebook. I quickly realized that it didn't work this way though and learned how to respond to comments directly from my email.
However sometimes I get this:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My New Craft Room

I think you have all seen my old craft closet by now. About six months ago I mentioned that my crafting area had moved to another room and I am just now getting around to showing you the full reveal. It was often in a state of chaos and I kept hoping that I would find time to get it all organized and decorated. Well, it still needs some fun, colorful decor but at least it is organized! So here we go....
As you can see, this was originally the storage area. We went through everything, got rid of a bunch of stuff and moved the remaining items to another area.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

CSN Stores Review

As you may remember, CSN Stores recently contacted me about doing a review. There were a bunch of really cool items that would look great in our next house. I really wanted the Kit Cat Clock but since we are working hard to save money, I decided to go with something closer to the amount of the promotional code they gave me. I ended up choosing this adorable kitchen timer:

Monday, January 24, 2011

Link Party Monday

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to comment on each link. I've been sick all week and haven't spent much time on the computer. I did visit every link though and I loved all of your projects! Here are the top picks of the week:
Plan a romantic date night at home and download this Free Invite by My Digital Creations.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lemon Cookies

Once again I am pretending there aren't piles of snow outside my window. This time with some delicious Lemon Cookies that remind me of Spring. :)


I found this recipe in a magazine awhile back. They are super easy and so yummy!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Spirograph Art


I'm going old school today. Do any of you remember the Spirograph? I LOVED mine when I was a kid! The other day my husband found this knockoff Spiral Art Set at Walgreens in the clearance section!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Seven Layer Dip

I've seen many variations of the Seven Layer Taco Dip but this recipe that I got from my Grandma is by far my favorite!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Get Larger Pictures on Blogger

I have always hated how photos uploaded to blogger end up small even when you choose 'large'. I would take photos I was excited about only to see that a lot of the detail lost when I put it on blogger. Plus blogger's uploader would give me error codes half the time.
After searching for ways to get larger pictures on Blogger, I found a finally found a couple of tutorials but they were vague and didn't work with my photo uploader that I use. It gave me the basic idea though so I played around with it and finally got everything figured out.
It turns out that it is really easy so I thought I would share my own tutorial for those of you who would like to have larger pictures on your blog too!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Link Party Monday

Thank you all for linking up your awesome projects last week! You guys are making it really difficult to pick my favorites - they are all so great! Check out all of last week's links here.

It had to be done though. I finally narrowed it down to these projects:


These French Toast Cupcakes from Sourkraut Krafts make me wish computers had a scratch and sniff feature. Yum!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Coming Soon: CSN Stores Review

I was just contacted by CSN Stores and asked to do a review! They have over 200 online stores to shop from and I'm so excited that I can't decide what to pick!

I checked out their Modern Duvet Covers like this beautiful gray and white one:


But I'm also considering getting something that will fit in at our next house - which by the way will be going back to our retro roots. It's going to be fun, funky and blindingly colorful! :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Toy Organization

Alright, I know I haven't been keeping up with the organizing challenge the last few days. It's just that my home doesn't have some of the areas suggested and the ones I do have are already pretty organized. Since I don't have shocking before pictures or creative storage ideas, I decided not to participate in those challenges. So I'm not a organization challenge dropout, I just ditched class for a few days. :)

Today's challenge though - toy organization - is an area that I worked on just last week. I don't have any before pictures because only intended to help Jeremy find places to put his new toys that he received for Christmas. Then it turned into a 3 1/2 hour toy purge. The best "before" picture I have is one of everything that was removed from his room:


Two bags of trash (mainly broken toys and clothes with holes or stains), three bags of out grown clothes, and ten bags of toys that either: he no longer plays with or are out of season.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Link Party Monday

Thanks to everyone who linked up at last week's party! It was a lot of fun and I loved all the great projects you guys have been working on! Here are a few of my favorites:


Greenbean's Crafterole took a basic mason jar and made this adorable Pincushion Jar that can be filled with buttons or a sewing kit!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Living Room Makeover

In this post I told you that I didn't want to show you a full shot of our living room because it was so bad. Well the time has finally come.

This is what I was hiding from you:


As you can see, nothing matched. The photo actually makes it look better than it really was. Trust me, the colors were off. I had plans to reupholster the furniture and make pillows that coordinated. Yesterday I wrote about my failed attempt at upholstering the sofa.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Organization Challenge Day 3 - Tupperware Cabinet

Sooo...I didn't participate in the Challenge for Day 2. I know - two days in and I'm already slacking. Actually it was because the challenge was for the computer desk and I don't have one. Just my laptop on the coffee table, kitchen counter, dining table, etc.

I could have chosen a different surface but instead I spent the day going through every cabinet in my kitchen and I have a lot of them! So many in fact that most of them don't even hold cooking items.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Link Party Monday


Welcome to the first weekly link party at Polish The Stars! I'm really excited to see what you have all been up to! Since this is the first party and it was on late notice, don't worry about linking up recent posts. Just pick your all-time favorites and link them up!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Homemade Playdough

This is an old project that I am copying over from my kid's craft blog. I don't have the time to keep up with both blogs so I am considering deleting the other one and wanted to copy this post over before doing so.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Organization Challenge Day 1 - The Junk Drawer

Today is the first day of the organization challenge and it is all about the junk drawer. In part of our kitchen cabinets there is a desk area and both drawers get filled with junk. Here are the before photos: