Show and Tell

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Sprucing up a basement bathroom!

We moved out two oldest girls down to a larger room in the basement this last summer. They love it down there but still won’t use the bathroom down there! They would much rather trek all the way upstairs to use the bathroom then to as they would call it “Use the scary bathroom!”

Ok! I can’t blame them. The basement bathroom may have recently been remodeled (about 5 years ago) but it was far from warm and cozy and welcoming to young kids who are more afraid of spiders and cold tile!

*** Pardon my less then wonderful photos. Again, this is a basement bathroom with horrible lighting so I struggled to get good photos!

This bathroom has a really beautiful furniture piece but it was under accessorized for sure! To be honest this room was only used about 20 times a year when we had house guests so I never really put any thought into the decor. Shame on me!

Here’s an awesome decorating “No-No” example! What the heck, Becks! Now that I have to look at it here I am so embarrassed! I had all intentions to add a panel to the bottom of that curtain panel. Looks totally lame all short but 4 years later I never got around to it and let’s face it…it probably would not have made it look any better! Sigh!

See! Nothing about this space screams “Hey girls! Come on in and sit a while!” So when I had a chance to  spruce up a bathroom space I just had to start in the girls bathroom in hopes that they’d feel totally moved in down stairs!

Color!!!! I knew I had to start with fun color for this space! This darling paisley rug from Lowe’s was the perfect starting point! Pinks, yellows, greens, purples, blues, reds! It had it all! It’s whimsical and playful design helped make this space bright and fun and perfect for a set of sisters who will grow up curling their hair and putting on shades of pink lipstick that are way to bright for their own good!

It was high time I took advantage of this sink! Because it’s the focal piece in the room and an actual piece of furniture I thought I better treat it like  a piece of furniture! Take advantage of its countertop and play on the fact that it looks like a dresser! Cue the candle stick lamp and pitcher full of roses! This space is decorated just as I would had this space been not been in a bathroom. I created a vignette that added height and bulk.

Lowe’s carries a huge variety of Bathroom accessories! Tons of finished to chose from and I totally fell in love with the Allen and Roth line that matched my existing finishes perfectly! Towel Racks, tooth brush holder and this stylish soap dispenser, thank you very much!

Ahh yes! A much improved shower curtain! This shade of blue is for sure my signature color! It’s found in every, yes EVERY, room in my home so why not in the shower downstairs! Allen and Roth have done it again!

I also made sure to grab while at Lowe’s some organization tools for the space! These plastic trays are going to make organizing hair bands, tooth paste and other girly accessories a breeze!

Finally a space my girls are no longer afraid to go into! The last thing this space is begging for is a little art work for the walls! I smell a project coming on!

Thanks to Lowe’s for providing me with the means to create this new space! Be sure to check out all that Lowe’s has to offer when it comes to making your bathroom space fantastic!

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Cake Donuts by Grateful Pray, Thankful Heart!

Each trip to the craft store found me looking at an interesting pan designed for making perfectly shaped baked doughnuts.  Not wanting to purchase a pan that I  might not use very often, I usually slid it back onto the shelf.
Finally, I could resist no longer, so with my 40% off coupon we headed home to try a couple of recipes.
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This recipe makes 12 doughnuts. The pan has 6 cavities so after baking the first batch, I cooled, washed and resprayed before baking the second batch.
Baked Cake Doughnuts  
recipe found on Wilton Doughnut Pan package 
makes 12 regular-sized doughnuts                                                                  
2 cups cake flour, sifted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp butter, melted
Preparation:
1.  Preheat oven to 425°F.  Spray the 6-cavity donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2.  Sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Whisk in buttermilk, eggs, and butter and beat until just combined.  Fill each donut cup until about 2/3 full.
3.  Bake 7-9 minutes, or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched.  Cool in pan for about 4-5 minutes before removing from pan.  Complete donuts with either a dusting of powdered sugar, glaze, or cinnamon-sugar topping.  Best served fresh on the same day.

Cinnamon Sugar
2 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
2 Tbs. butter, melted

In a shallow bowl or plate, stir together the sugar and cinnamon.  Dip the baked doughnut in melted butter (I used a pastry brush to apply the butter so I could get a lighter coverage) and roll in the mixture to coat.

Chocolate Glaze (John’s Favorite)
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 Tbs. melted butter
1 Tbs. corn syrup
1 tsp, hot water

In medium bowl, microwave chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup on 50% power for 1 minute, stirring frequently until completely melted.  Stir in1 tsp. hot water, until the glaze is thick and smooth.  Add another tsp. hot water if the glaze is too thick.  Use immediately to glaze doughnuts.

Confectioners’ Sugar Doughnuts
Put 2/3 cup of confectioners’ Sugar in a resealable plastic bag.  Add a doughnut, close the bag, and shake to coat.  Repeat with remaining doughnuts.

My personal favorite way to eat doughnuts…
Slice plain, cinnamon or confectioners sugar doughnut in half.  Lightly butter and toast until golden brown.  Top with cinnamon sugar. I especially love the slightly crispy edges!

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You may also be interested in my Baked Cider Doughnuts.
NOTES:  Baked doughnuts are not like traditional doughnuts that you would get from your favorite bakery.  These are not like the light, cruller kind made with yeast.  I prefer a cake-like doughnut and these are similar to that type.  We really liked the Wilton recipe and though I don’t know the calories, I think they must be a little less unhealthy than fried doughnuts. 
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Mantel Makeover


I’ve always loved my fireplace with it’s detailed mantel and moldings but have always hated its dark tones and heavy feel. The previous owners paid a lot of money to have this fireplace hand painted, textured and glazed and we finally had had enough!

So it went from this…

To this….

“Ahhhhhhh!” sings the angelic choir! Much better!

Thanks to my ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape with Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector this painting project went off without a hitch! This new tape is awesome! The tape works on a variety of surfaces, UV resistant for 14 days – even in direct sunlight, clean removal without residue, is ideal for hanging film and features Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector for super sharp paint lines!

After lining all my edges it was time to get started! I started off with KILZ oil based primer and then followed it up with two coats of Sherwin Williams “ALABASTER” paint, the same paint color that was used on my kitchen cabinet makeover! Because of all the intricate detail this took me about 7 hours total but was so worth it after we saw how lightening it up made it look like a true focal piece!

This tape was so great to work with and when it came time to peel it off at the end of the project it peeled up with ease and left behind sharp paint lines with no bleed!

A much needed change for a space in our home that is so adored and used by our family! It literally feels like a new room!

Check out this great video HERE showing how ScotchBlue tape has incorporated an amazing new technology to help give you the cleanest paint lines ever.

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This post was brought to you in partnership with 3M and ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape. I was compensated by the advertiser to write this post, but my thoughts, opinions and words are my own.

 

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Show and Tell

Time to get your link on! Have you created a fab project you want to show off!?! Link it here and get seen by thousands. I’ll often feature favorite links on Facebook and twitter and on my site so by linking you give me full permission to shout your praises and feature you and your post! Consider it FREE publicity!



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Card making by Catherine Pooler

My video series where I choose a specific set of supplies and make a series of different projects with them have been quite popular, so today we start a new one!

Over the next couple of weeks we will be looking at my favorite Sale-a-bration products you can get for FREE by ordering Stampin’ Up products in my online store.

So, stay tuned…today we begin the series with a Clean and Simple card showing some basic stamping techniques, then we’ll move on from there.  We’ll throw in more supplies, maybe punches, the Big Shot, some techniques, etc. over the next couple of weeks.  The items I’ll be using for this series are:

  • Elementary Elegance Stamp Set
  • Fresh Vintage Stamp Set
  • Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper
  • Ribbon and Brads Bundle

Be sure to view the video so you can see from start to finish how to make this Clean and Simple Card!

To learn more about paper crafting, be sure you are on my newsletter list.  Click here to view my first video in the My Friend series, learn how to tie a flat bow and put your deets in the box next to the video to subscribe and receive the additional 3 videos!

Stampin’ Up Supplies:

  • Elementary Elegance Stamp Set
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride
  • Accessories:  Rhinestones, Curly Label Punch, Everyday Elegance Designer Series Paper

Catherine Pooler

For more great how to’s and to buy Stampin Up products please visit Catherine Pooler.com!

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Hand stitched Cards by ” Teal and Lime”

This year I wanted to start a tradition of the boys exchanging handmade gifts. Of course I helped considerably with my youngest’s gift for his brother. My older son was able to offer a lot more help with his little brother’s gift.  First up was lacing cards for Jax (<2 years old) to give Pepé (4 years old).  This project is so easy, but has the power to keep little hands busy for a while.

DIY Lacing Cards

I purchased card stock shapes from Michaels. Each shape comes in a package of 10 for $1.99.  We chose stars, houses, and two types of leaves.  You can also create your own shapes on heavy duty card stock.  To keep this project as quick as possible, I opted to buy pre-cut shapes.  We used some for lacing cards, others for gift tags, and saved the rest for future art projects. I punched holes with a 1/8″ hole punch around the perimeter of each card.

DIY Lacing Cards

We cut one yard lengths of yarn to lace with. To make them easier to thread through the holes I used white electrical tape to bind the ends like shoelaces.  We included a variety of fun colors from our yarn stash in the arts and crafts storage center.  The yarn scraps were lovingly donated by Grandma who crochets towels for her Etsy shop.

Lacing cards are great for fine motor skill development.  For my very active 4 year old, I know they can keep his little hands and mind busy.  He loves to have a project to do (just like his mama).  This is a great project for him while mama sews.  The lacing cards can also be reused over and over again.  He can even color the cards if he likes.

For more great ideas from Jackie please visit “Teal and Lime”

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Show and Tell

 

Time to get your link on! Have you created a fab project you want to show off!?! Link it here and get seen by thousands. I’ll often feature favorite links on Facebook and twitter and on my site so by linking you give me full permission to shout your praises and feature you and your post! Consider it FREE publicity!

and…..

I’m super excited to be guest posting over on “Mom it Forward!” Be sure to pop on over to take a look and see what I’ve been up to!



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Baby girl nursery by “Life as a Thrifter”

  Being a former kindergarten teacher, choosing an “old school” theme for this room seemed quite natural and ended up being more fun that I could have ever imagined.
This is our baby girl’s nursery.

(Wall color- Behr: Jamaica Bay)
For more amazing ideas be sure to visit Holly over at “Life as a Thrifter!”
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Harry Potter birthday invites by “Just another day in Paradise!”

I love a good party. Okay I am obsessed with good parties.

The next party in our house…you guessed it a Harry Potter party. A party perfect for any Witch or Wizard.

Before any party though has to come a fun party invite!

Today I am sharing with you a how-to on making this Harry Potter party invite.

What you need:

off-white cardstock
vellum paper
envelope template (found here)
you can use any template you want…this one opened like I wanted
and fit on a regular size of cardstock
brown ink
red clay
First you need to print off the names of your guest on the off-white cardstock. This will take some adjusting, finagling, some chocolate (for your patience), and some trial and error…so do some test runs on regular paper. I addressed mine like Harry’s letter to go to Hogwarts but I changed it to use each guests’ name (see below).Then you will print your invitations, 2 per page in landscape. Be creative on the wording…I tried to sound as Hogwarts official as I could. Another way too look official is to make sure to use Harry Potter fonts. These are the fonts I used and/or am using at the party.

all of the fonts can be downloaded HERE for free
After everything is printed out, it is time to cut out the envelope. Use the template. Make sure the envelope template is facing the right way to ensure the name will be the facing the right way on the back. My template was actually upside down.
Set the template over the name, aligning it in the center box. Trace around the outside. Then cut out.

Next, go crazy with the ink. Make it look old and all antique. When you are done, fold the envelope according to the directions on the template.

Almost done! Cut the invitations. Fold in half and make sure they fit inside the envelope.

Place the invite inside the envelope.

Now it is time to make your fake wax seal.

Take your red clay, break off a tiny bit and roll into a ball. Then smoosh…yes that is an official crafting term…the clay onto the point on the top flap of the envelope. Make is look like a melted circle. Then take a coin, any coin, and press it in the middle of the clay circle. This will help it look like a seal.

If you press hard enough, the clay should hold in place. However, if you find the clay seal lifting, you can hot glue it in place.

Now you have all of your official looking Harry Potter invitations.

Any Witch or Wizard would be thrilled to see his/her name on the invitation.

In true Potter fashion, of course the invitation will be delivered by OWL.

If you have a Harry Potter fan in your family and are planning any kind of Harry Potter party, these invites will be a sure hit!
I can’t wait to share with you the whole wizarding celebration!
Be sure to visit Larissa over on ” Just another day in Paradise” for even more amazing inspiration!
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