Thursday, August 30, 2012

DIY Topiary

Hey my friends! I have a DIY project to share with you today. This is quite possibly the easiest, cheapest and quickest project I've ever done!

Meet Mr. Topiary . . .

Isn't he the cutest little topiary you've ever seen!

Here is what you need to make your own topiary . . .

Faux Boxwood Ball - I found mine at Hobby Lobby last year. I used a coupon and it cost me around $2.00. You can find these at most craft stores and they are inexpensive.

Metal Container With Burlap Number - Head over to Michael's Craft Store and check out their clearance items. I picked this up for about $2.00 - it was 50% off the original price. If you can't find one like this you could make your own or use something you already have. 

Spanish Moss - You will only need a tiny bit for this project. I always keep a bag or two of moss in my craft supply. It's inexpensive, a little goes a long way and you can use it for all kinds of crafts.

Branches - Don't buy these at the craft store! Go outside and clip a few tiny branches off a tree or shrub. 

Styrofoam - This is another item I always keep in my craft supply. Just cut off a small piece to fit in the bottom of the container to hold the branches in place.

Are you ready for the very complicated tutorial?

Place styrofoam into bottom of container. Add branches. Place moss around branches to hide styrofoam. Stick branches into boxwood ball. That's it! Now you have a cute little topiary for about $5.

I love Mr. Topiary on my console table! 

Happy crafting!

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

For the week of August 27 - September 2

Pizza, Salad

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken, Roasted Red Potatoes

Fiesta Chicken Enchiladas, Rice


Ravioli Casserole, Salad

Grilled Steak, Parmesan Potato Wedges

Eat Out

Parmesan Potato Wedges

4 Russet Potatoes
2 Tbs Olive Oil or Melted Butter
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 1/2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Salt
2 Tbs Parsley
Dash of Cayenne Pepper

Preheat oven to 450ยบ. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with non-stick spray.

Combine parmesan cheese, garlic powder, paprika, salt, parsley and cayenne pepper in small bowl.

Cut potatoes in half the long way. Place each half flat on a cutting board and slice into wedges. Place wedges in a large bowl and toss with olive oil or butter to completely coat. Add the cheese mixture to wedges and toss to evenly coat.

Place potatoes on baking sheet. Sprinkle with leftover cheese mixture. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Organizing The Medicine Cabinet

Happy weekend everyone! I'm supposed to be working on the Master Bedroom Project but I keep getting side-tracked. While looking through some decorating and organizing magazines I came across this photo from Better Homes & Gardens . . .

Both of our bathroom medicine cabinets really needed a good cleaning and organizing help. I used some contact paper that I already had and covered the back of both cabinets. That was a huge improvement!

I looked everywhere for the razor/toothbrush holders with no luck. They are actually pen holders that attach to a clipboard. I tried Staples and some on-line stores but couldn't find them. I ended up ordering these from Amazon for $3.59 . . .

They are a cinch to install and can also be separated easily.

Here is the organized medicine cabinet in our 
Master Bathroom . . .

Kids Bathroom . . .

I divided the holder in the kids bathroom in half. I used the remaining half in the shower to hold my razor.

The biggest improvement was just cleaning out the cabinets. My kids are messy with the toothpaste so cleaning that up made a big difference! We even have extra space in both cabinets now!

Have an awesome weekend!!

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Do You Hear That?

Shhh . . . listen . . . do you hear that?

It's so quiet! 

Yep, my kiddos went back to school on Wednesday. Handyman Hubby and I are enjoying the quiet. No whining, complaining or begging for me to buy them something. I can also clean up the kitchen and get this . . . it stays clean! After 3PM it's a different story but I'll take what I can get!

Taylor is a Junior in High School. She is 16, will be driving soon and thinks she knows everything! I cannot believe I'm old enough to have a daughter that age! 

Hannah is my baby and she started Middle School this year. She is in the 6th grade and was very nervous about going to a different school. I can't believe she is 11, wearing make-up and acting all grown up!

Every year on the first day of school I take their picture on the front porch. It's so fun to look back and she how they've grown and changed.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Super Cool Storage

Today I'm sharing my super cool storage idea with you. See those vintage picnic baskets next to the TV? 

I use them to store my totally awesome and highly valuable Atari. I'm a total 80's girl and LOVE my Atari! 

Here are all the game cartridges . . .

Anyone up for a game of Space Invaders or Circus Atari?

The other basket holds the Atari and joy sticks . . .

I love having everything neatly stored away but easily accessible.

My kiddos and Handyman Hubby don't share my love and obsession with everything 80's. They have a Wii and an X-Box in the basement family room. Can you believe they make fun of my beloved Atari? 

So there is my super cool storage idea. Anyone else use vintage picnic baskets as storage? If you need me I'll be right here playing Air/Sea Battle or Missle Command.  : )

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