Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Turn Yourself Into A Comic Book Character

If you have a comic book lover in your life they might enjoy a piece of artwork with them as a comic book character!  This effect can be used to blow up any image though so you can use this for any style of artwork.   I thought about putting this one in Jer's superhero room but I came up with different artwork instead so this is now decorating the "Man Cave".  

Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Link Party 52

You guys never fail to link up awesome and inspiring projects each week.  :)  You can check out all of last week's links but first here are a few of my favorites:

How stinking cute is this Monster Gift Card Holder from Rae Gun Ramblings?!  I wouldn't even care if I got a gift card - the monster itself is a great gift.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Twice-Baked Potato Casserole

It is really difficult to get a picture of this dish that does it justice.  Just trust me when I tell you that it is delicious!  Normal people might have this as a side dish but we often eat it for dinner...and lunch...and maybe breakfast.  :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Superman's Telephone Booth Closet

Instead of just going with a Batman theme in Jer's new room, I decided to mix and match designs from all of his favorite superheroes.  So after completing the Gotham City Skyline Headboard I moved on to Superman's Telephone Booth Closet Door.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Link Party 51

Thank you all so much for your support and kind words on my post about our drive-by shooting.  I haven't felt up to responding yet but I have read each and every comment and they really meant a lot to me.  I was numb the first couple of days before I finally broke down and sobbed for awhile on Saturday.  We still aren't entirely sure how we are going to proceed but we are considering a few different options.  The insurance adjuster is coming by this afternoon so after his visit we will at least be able to patch up the door and wall.  It hasn't helped that when we are in the living room watching tv all I can see are those holes reminding me of that terrible day.

Anyway, I am trying my best to put the pieces back together and return to normal life.  Which means it is time to get on to the link party.  :)  There were some great projects last week.  A few of my favorites were:

This delicious Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread from Crumbs and Chaos.  Yum!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Hug Your Loved Ones!

I cannot express how important it is to tell people how much you love them, hug them every day and spend as much quality time together as possible.  The people we care about are the most important things in this world.  In the end nothing else matters.  It doesn't matter if the dishes are done or if you were able to buy the newest coolest electronic, or whatever else it is that seems important in the moment.  All that really matters is having people in your life that you love and who love you back and making sure that they know how much you care.  We were reminded of this yesterday afternoon when a bullet passed through our front door:

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

I'm sure most of you already have a peanut butter cookie recipe but if you are on the search for a new one you should really try these!  They are full of peanut butter flavor, soft, chewy and moist.  These are my favorite cookies and they turn out perfectly every time.  :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Gotham City Painted Headboard

If you follow me on Facebook you already know that I have been taking a break from our usual January purging and organizing tasks and started working on Jer's new Superhero Room!!!  It has been a lot of fun to see how excited he is when he gets home from school each day and runs upstairs to see the progress.  He is so proud of his "new" room and anytime someone comes over to the house he insists on taking them to see it.

After doing the basic repainting of the room, the first project I finished was his Gotham City Painted Headboard that I based off of one by Sugar Tot Designs.  I used a quilting ruler to trace the building shapes onto the wall then used a foam brush to paint the edges and a regular brush to fill it in.  For the Bat Signal I found a logo online and printed it out to make a stencil and traced it on the wall as well.  Then I used the quilting ruler to draw the lines leading back to the building top.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Link Party 50

There were some great projects linked up last week!  Check out a few of my favorites:

I LOVE these Starburst Pintuck Pillow Covers from Krista Sew Inspired!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Oven Baked Bacon

Cooking bacon in the oven is so much easier and less messy then cooking it in a skillet.  The best part is that you can make large batches at a time while cooking the rest of the meal so everything gets done about the same time and can be served hot.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday Link Party 49

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week!  I am still trying to get through the usual January cleaning, purging, and reorganizing tasks so I haven't had much time to craft.  It is fun to browse through all of your crafts and decorating endeavors to get my creative fix.  :)  Here are a few of my favorites from last week:

Decorate With A Little Bit shared a great way to add character to your home through the use of Interior Windows.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Guest Post from Lisa's Craft Blog

Hi there!! I'm the author of Lisa's Craft Blog and I bet you can guess my name!! hehehe  I just adore Megan and her awesome blog so I'm super excited to be guest posting here at Polish the Stars!!

Right now I'm excited to be celebrating the Grand Re-Launch of Lisa's Craft Blog!! I'm even having a great big Giveaway where I'm giving away a total of $175 in craft supplies!!  You should stop by Lisa's Craft Blog and enter and also take a look around at all of my inexpensive, crafty tutorials!!

Today, I'm sharing how to make the infamous Wire-Wrapped Tree of Life!!  This particular tutorial is for an ornament version, but at the end I'll explain how to use this same tutorial to make a pendant instead.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Chess Cake

This is Shelby's absolute favorite dessert.  His grandma used to make it for him and then his mom.  I was a little nervous the first time I made it because Grandma's cooking is always a lot to live up to!  It turns out that it is really easy to make; you just have to be careful not to over bake it.  Anyway, it is absolutely delicious and I understand why he used to polish off an entire tray of it in a day when he was younger.  :)  It is really rich and sweet so it is perfect alongside a cup of coffee.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday Link Party 48

Sorry I missed the party last week!  Both of my guys have been on vacation since the 23rd and I planned to continue blogging through the break but I decided to be lazy and spend hours watching Netflix with them instead.  :)  My husband made a little progress on the basement project and I was able to clear out a bit of clutter through Craigslist but other than that we have been lazy bums and it has been great!  Unfortunately Jer has been sick almost the entire time and decided to pass his cooties along to us but it hasn't seemed to bother him much.  Life begins to return to normal tomorrow and I am not looking forward to it.  I love spending time with my guys and wish they never had to leave me.  I guess I don't have a choice though.

It's time for things to return to normal around here too...starting with the link party!  Here are my favorites from the link party two weeks ago:

I love this Adult Dino Hoodie from At Home With Mrs H!  I just might need to make one for myself.  :)