Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Best DIY Project of March - Dollar Tree Birds

Have you seen these birds at Dollar Tree? 

They really are cute just the way they are...

But I wanted to change them up.

So why not turn the into mercury glass birds?

First step, we gave each bird a base coat of Precious Metals but really you could use regular silver craft paint.

And then we laid on the silver leafing (I had this left over from when we guilded gourds.)

And here they are done..

I don't think anyone would ever think they came from Dollar Tree!

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

My Easter Wreath

I've been looking at all of the handmade Easter wreaths and decided to make my own. And if I can make one, trust me, anybody can make one.

I super glued a bunny I found at Goodwill for $1  to the middle of the wreath. I'm waiting for the glue to dry.

I used my glue gun and and glued the Easter eggs around the wreath, then I glued on moss around the edges to cover up the grapevine wreath. Then I glued the bunny on and a little ribbon so I could hang it up!

Have you ever seen such a messy place before? I spent yesterday cleaning it up and reorganizing the space. Just need to make a trip to Wal-Mart and get a few things to finally get things as they need to be. 

All done! It turned out very cute! I was too lazy to spray paint each egg, besides I like the shiny pastel color.

Hard to believe next Sunday will be Easter, we'll be off to spend the weekend with Crystal and family. And Crystal has been tasked with figuring out our craft project...


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Scalloped Cabbage

Last week at work, I ran out of my favorite perfume and went to Walgreens on my lunch hour to see if I could find a new perfume at a cheaper price. My favorite perfume is Beautiful by Estee Lauder and because I've been buying scrapbooking things, I thought it best to try to save money and find something a little cheaper.

Why is it that when you need a sales clerk no one is around? I ended up purchasing the imposter of Angel for around $15! I thought it smelled pretty wonderful. But, a gal at work, who has the most incredible sniffer (I use to think Jen was the best sniffer!) wrinkled her nose at my new cologne and said she had a perfume for me that she wasn't using.

Since I had never heard of it before, she brought it to work and gave it to me. She didn't want any money because she threw out the lid. The lid is really want makes the statement but I love the scent none the less.

I love this perfume and I got it for free!

So the reason for this post, she also shared with me her favorite recipe for scalloped cabbage. Yes, our conversations are very random. And I made it to DH last Saturday, I love cabbage - DH not so much but he said it was really good.
So if you love cabbage, I think you'll like this recipe.

Scalloped Cabbage

1 head of cabbage
6 T butter
3 T flour
1 c milk
1 c bread crumbs
1 c shredded cheese

Cook cabbage until tender. Drain and put in baking dish. Make white sauce with 3 T butter, flour and milk. Cook until smooth and pour over cabbage. mix 3 T melted butter with bread crumbs and sprinkle on top of cabbage. Top with shredded cheese and bake in 350 degree oven until cheese melts and crumbs are brown.

Simply delicious!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

For the love of Peeps!

Here's what I did last year at Easter time for my family...

I just happened to have blue canning jars from an auction that DH and I attended  and use them instead of the traditional Easter baskets for my kids.
(all are over 20 years old but still want the candy that comes with Easter.)
Crystal helped me put them together.


First we added the malted bird eggs...


Then the rolo's, jelly beans, M & M's and set up the peeps around the edge and then continued to fill up the jar with more candy!
and nothing says Easter more than peeps...

Talk about colorful!

It was a little bit of work..but we were up to the challenge...


Aren't they so dang cute!

And leftovers! I love Peeps!

And now they actually sell chocolate covered peeps....

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ashley's Blog about Japan

DH and I finally got to talk to Ashley on Monday night through Skype. It was a relief to be able to see her and hear her voice.

The unfortunate thing is she is there while the school is having spring break. So the campus is pretty empty and not much to do.

I hope she doesn't come home looking like this......

If you'd like to follow Ashley through her trip in Japan, click on her picture on the right side of my blog.

Monday, March 22, 2010

My Finds this weekend @ Goodwill

The weather is warming up and the snow is melting away and spring feels like it might really happen. And with the spring season, Rhoda at Southern Hospitality begins Today's Thrifty Treasures.

I'd like to share some of my finds this weekend....

I bought this English Garden cup and saucer awhile back. It's taken some time to find  a plant that I wanted to plant. I plan on putting this outside once the weather warms up.

Two popcorn crocks, I've got a big one on top of the kitchen cupboards with rolling pins in it. These are are smaller and we'll use them when we're eating cute and WHITE!

A true thrifter (shopper) is always really to buy something even if the season is a long time off. I couldn't pass on this Pilgrim, just wished I could have found the man to have a set..

Isn't this bunny couple so cute?

I found this birdhouse and grabbed it right away as I came in the door. Another tip, I've learned is to be there just before the door opens because they usually put out new things right before they open and it's not so picked over. This was just inside the door and another lady was right on my heels!

I'm trying to get my pantry organized and removed things out of boxes, so this container will come in handy.

This organizer will be used to organize some of my scrapbooking table is overflowing right now.

And my best find, was this cookie jar...I might have to break out the frozen cookie dough and do some baking and fill this one up.

Make sure to stop over to Rhoda's for more thrifty finds..

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Lamp Conversion

Awhile ago I found this bottom piece of a lamp at Goodwill and decided to turn it into a candle holder. I already had a hurricane jar so this was a pretty inexpensive project.

I spray painted it black and glued on the glass piece.

It turned out really nice, unfortunately it's too tall to have on the coffee table.

But for now here's where it's residing...

I'm sure it'll be moved around many times before it finds a permanent place.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Update on Ashley in Japan

Ashley's been in Japan a little over a week now and we've finally been able to communicate through emails and instant messaging. But with the time change, we haven't been able to set up a time to Skype with her.

Would be able to figure out that this is shampoo and conditioner? The packaging doesn't look like it would be very convenient in the shower.

Very interesting looking vehicle..wonder how it drives on ice??

Ashley said this was taken on the way shopping..

Here's her dorm room, more like a very cheap efficiency apartment. I'm guessing it came with the TV and DVD or VCR?

Funny story - Ashley said they went to a store to buy sheets and pillowcases and with the language barrier, they ended up buying a duvet. So Ashley is using a duvet as her sheet and doesn't have a pillow case.

Ashley(in the lavender coat) went with another girl from college,this is also Jamie's first time traveling abroad..Their both pretty brave..

They had to check in at the "Alien Registration" as soon as they arrived in Japan.

Picture of the city..Utaru.

This is a toilet paper sample that it handed out everywhere.. very interesting.

Ashley should be starting a blog very soon so that all of her family and friends can keep up with her. So as soon as I find out the name of the blog, I'll post it on my sidebar.

Have a great weekend!


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