Archive for March 2014

You CAN Make a Birch Bark Vase!

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Don't you just love all the birch bark accessories you see out and about?  You can find birch bark on most anything from candles to vases to journals covers and I love it all!  What about birch beer?  Not such a fan. But birch bark?  For sure! But what's a girl to do if she can't keep buying new accessories?  Make some did you say? HOLLA!

Spring Cooking With Artichokes (12 Recipes!)

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A young man's fancy may turn towards love in spring but mine turns toward artichokes!

You CAN Make Easter Silhouette Wall Art!

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I mean it!  You can!  I did it and that means making this silhouette wall art is simple but with pretty results!

Easter Chalkboard Place Cards at Live Creatively Inspired

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Happy Wednesday!  I'm at Live Creatively Inspired today where I am sharing my easy Easter chalkboard place cards craft!  I hope you'll stop by!

I'm Blogging All Wrong

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So let's chat. I have been mulling some things over in my head for about a week  now and I feel like I have to put down into words what is keeping me up lately.  It occurred to me this week that I've been blogging all wrong.  And this is a long, rambling post without pictures so be forewarned.

Beadboard Wallpaper and Bargains!

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I have totally gotten one over on The Man this week. No one is getting richer from me...nope! I hit some bargains that made me practically walk on air.  Let's start with my daffodils from Trader Joe's. $1.46 a bunch. A BUNCH people!  I should have grabbed more but you get what you get and you don't get upset. They are making me stupid happy right now.

Blog Feature Friday: Our Fifth House

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This week's Blog Feature Friday star is Carmel from Our Fifth House!

Sometimes home design/decor/diy people can be a bit intense, don't you think?  Everything is so serious!  So many rules to follow!  But Carmel is the opposite of serious and full of rules. Her decor style is elegant but playful and I am so drawn to that!  Her personality completely comes through in all her little details from the ever changing neck-decor on her horse head to the chalkboard in the foyer which sports different messages all the time. I love that!  I can imagine walking into her home and finding something new and different every time. 

Not only does Carmel update her home with new and fresh projects, she follows a Paleo diet and her blog features Paleo recipes too.  She also shares her organization and photography tips!

So much inspiration to be had at Our Fifth House!

Please pin from the original source.

Happy St. Patrick's Day: Wish For A Friend

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!  

I hope you have a magical day!  We woke up to a little leprechaun mischief with green milk. 

Spring Craft: Faux Cherry Blossom Branch

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What is your best quality?  

Mine may be that I tend not to let life happen to me. I grab hold and make it happen. I won't go into details but my life mantra tends to be "move along" and when something isn't exactly how I envisioned, well, I work my tail off to change it. In a way, it is kind of bratty. I absolutely will not stand for not getting what I want! And right now, I want spring. I am stomping my foot and refusing to budge from my decision to have spring.

So when spring doesn't come and I have not one single forsythia branch to force like I did in my old house, what do I do?  I make my own darn spring flowering branch!   Say hello to a DIY cherry blossom branch.

spring cherry blossom

Blog Feature Friday: All Things Beautiful

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I didn't post a blog last week for which I am sorry. This week I'm back and I am so excited to share my Blog Feature Friday star!  

Meet Janis from All Things Beautiful!  I fell in love with Janis' style and anxiously await her new posts in my feed.  I find the word "elegant" running through my head when I look at her projects or decor. Her blog is pure eye candy for me!

Please pin from All Things Beautiful, please!
So without further adieu, here are some of Janis' projects that I think you'll love!

Love At First Sight (in a thrift store)

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Do you believe in love at first sight?  If you were to ask me that question I would say no.  Love comes from experiences, memories, years. But if you asked me if I believed in love at first sight IN A THRIFT STORE I would unequivocally, without any hesitation say "Absolutely."  

You know that feeling right?  

Spring Jar Decor at Live Creatively Inspired

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Hi friends!  Today I'm over at Live Creatively Inspired sharing my idea for simple spring decor using a jar and some thrifted/found objects!  Come meet my new "chocolate" bunny and see how the rest of my spring jar decor came together!



Have a great day!


Chicken with Goat Cheese and Spinach (easy recipe)

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This is going to be a drive by post today. I wanted to share a yummy and easy goat cheese and spinach chicken recipe I made up one day when I was scrounging for dinner ideas. But I have have have to go to Target and buy Molly leggings or the whole school is going to see her knickers under her dresses. 

And since I wasn't prepared to make this blog worthy, I didn't stage any shots, didn't dandy them up on pretty dishes, or with strategic lighting. I literally took out my camera and snapped a few pictures while it was cooking. So yay for keeping it real. And grainy. 

20 St. Patrick's Day Ideas

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2 years ago I rounded up 20 St. Patrick's Day ideas!  It included snacks, crafts, and party ideas. I thought I'd repost it since we're in March and getting ready for the leprechauns to come. I guess we can consider this an encore presentation!  Enjoy!

Mrs. Fox's Sweets

Powder Room Reveal: Vintage Schoolhouse Chalkboard

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I have been working on this powder room reveal since we moved into this house. It was one of the first rooms we tackled and I am so glad to say it is done.

Live Creatively Inspired: Artichoke Prep and Stuffing

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Happy Saturday!  I'm over at Live Creatively Inspired today, sharing a tutorial about how to prep and stuff artichokes. It is the perfect time of year since artichokes are best in early spring, and word has it, spring WILL come again.