tassel necklaces. don’t you want one?

Here’s the skinny. I was the MOPS craft leader for a group near me. Right up my alley. So much fun. And, it gave me a chance to try some things that I have always wanted to diy.

First craft project? Tassel necklaces, otherwise known as the cutest thing ever. I’m not going to lie. I have about 5 different colors hanging in my closet. That is how much I love them.

Well, after the project was over I just couldn’t stop and went out to buy more leather for more necklaces. Then I was left with a pile of leftover leather. That’s where you come in. I guess you could call it your lucky day.

Just look at how cute they are.

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Don’t you want one? Pretty please? I am trying to clear some stuff out of my craft room and check some things off my list. It’s a win-win for both of us. Maybe one for you and one for a friend. Visit my shop and pick of a tassel necklace for yourself. Here’s a quick preview of what you can find {for now}.

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For now, I have a limited quantity {i’ve already sold some of the bronze, you’ve been warned} so snatch them up quick. Hopefully, I will add a few more when I have a little more free time. But, in the meantime, won’t you follow along and buy one?

Visit me over at Etsy and would you be oh so kind to… tell your friends, share on social media, and TELL YOUR FRIENDS.

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chalkboard wall. spring style.

Been awhile, huh? The chalkboard wall is still there, but I have been switching it up a little bit. This year, I am not doing a month-by-month board, instead just kind of rolling with it. For the record, this is hard for me. But, good for me at the same time.

For this month, joy. Just joy.

Our spring chalkboard wall. A place where we shout for JOY. 

The theme for this month? Memorizing a verse that is all about being joyful.


Just look at all the things we have to be JOYFUL for. {die. i heart kid writing.}

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Joyful is all on these kiddos’ minds. Sometimes I wish that I could be as joyful as the little ones. If anything, a daily reminder to be joyful always. 

May your spring be full of something JOY and a chance for you to find a little joy in everyday things.

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{If you missed it, learn how you can make your own {DIY Chalkboard and Magnetic Wall}. Take a quick peek {here} to find out just how easy it is to transform an empty space into something that will make you smile.}

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end of the year gifts. um, you da’ balm.

End of the year is coming. I repeat, the end of the year is coming. Now it is time to ask yourself, “What on earth am I going to get the teachers, bus drivers, assistants, office staff, friends, and everyone else in between?”

Well, here’s an idea for you. Simple. Sweet. Perfect.  Oh, and did I mention it won’t break the bank? A few dollars and cute little gift for someone you know.

The task is simple and will take you a little less than five minutes to get er’ done. You can thank me later.

{you will need}
scissors
hole punch
thick paper
you da’ balm printable template

{your task}

step 1. print the you da’ balm template by clicking {here}.

step 2. cut the gift tags out of the attached template.

step 3. have your kiddo write their name, or not. up to you.

step 4. hole punch the top.

step 5. add a colorful eos lip balm. tie. give.

Give a little extra love to those people in your lift and let them know they da‘ balm.

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{printable hope you likey tags.}

{diy notepad.}

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a new kind of nightly prayer. so worth it.

You know have that little thought that pesters you over and over again. You hear it and don’t listen. Then you think {if you’re dense like me}, I think God might be trying to tell me something. Indeed he did.

We have done the same prayer every night with all of the kids since grayson was just a few weeks old. It’s a twist on the prayer that the hub’s parents said to him. You know, a little something like this… now I lay me down to sleep... And, then we follow it up with all the family members and friends we want to bless. It had become some kind of a tradition, even other family members and friends started adding it to their own little nighttime diddy.

It was great, but I noticed the kids were getting restless. Ok, they were just plain goofing off and it was driving me craze-eee. It was turning our much needed prayer time into me scolding or telling them to stop goofing around. Not my finest moments. That’s when I heard it. Change it. 

And we did. It has since been changed. And it has made our evening prayers so much better, but more importantly so much more meaningful. It makes my heart smile each night we start. The things they say serious MELT MY HEAR. So, it was worth the practice it took to get us there.

It’s the same way we started before, but the boys {and us} get to choose what we are praying for that night. It goes a little something like this…

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A great new addition to our nighty-night time. And, a chance for the kids to really pray. Pray for what they are thankful for. Pray for others. Pray for them. Really, just pray.

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auction project. teepee time.

Don’t worry. I didn’t fall off the face of the earth. I know you were worried. Nope. It’s just that projects overtook my life and finding the time to blog didn’t happen. But I’m back, for now.

Most of you know, I’m a project girl. To my hub’s dismay I am usually either knee-deep in one project or have multiple projects going on at one time. This time, it was the latter. Too many projects and one little lady that seriously loves to “help”. A little trickier than when I got my sta-uff done during her naps. Oh well.

First project. Teepee. Tag it. Remind yourself for next year. You won’t regret it. Promise. The cutest darn teepee you will ever find. Don’t you think?

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This little beauty was for G’s 1st grade auction project. I’m not going to lie, it had a huge learning curve, but I promise that it was worth it. It was in our front room for a few weeks and we were in it every night reading books and practicing our spelling. The kiddos loved it so much that I promised I would make one for them. Another thing to add to the list.

If you ever come across a need for an auction project and you can sew {even if just a little} I think you should tackle this one. I used this tutorial as a reference, but changed a few things along the way. Also, they are assuming you use a 45″ width for the top fabric. Remember that. I didn’t and mine was 54″. Had to do lots of recutting. Oops!

I am hoping it will be a real money maker. And, it is just too, too cute.

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Want to get the kids involved?

First, I went into the classroom and had them make tassels {they loved} for the garland out of colorful yarn. I also drilled small holes in birch circles which they wrote their name and favorite book on. The hope is that whatever lucky winner has some reading adventures while sitting in their new teepee.

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At the end, I brought in the teepee and had them stitch Xs on the bottom using the same cream yarn and upholstery needles. Canvas is pretty easy to poke a hope through, so my other half helped me to measure and mark where each kid was to sew. The kids seriously loved the “sewing” part and it add the perfect final touch.

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Crossing my fingers its a money maker. If not, at least someone has a cute place to play, read or just be. Are you thinking it might be a winner for your next auction project too?

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lamp makeover. less than $3. no commitment necessary.

You may have already heard… I have been {finally} getting around to decorating our dining room. It’s taken about forever. If you missed my big reveal you can find it here.

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It just might be one of my favorite places to now visit in our home. And, I did it on a budget. Doesn’t that make it even better?

Here’s the skinny. Home Goods is my fave place to find lamps. I found some little gems months ago and they have traveled from room to room looking for the perfect home. They have a metallic finish on the shades and are some kind of adorable, but once I put them in my room the linen blended in with the wall color. Oh boo. What is a girl to do?

Easy. A $3 {or less} transformation. All you need is…

{materials}
twine or ribbon
scissors

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Truly, it’s as easy as tie in a knot as a starting point, wrap in a criss cross fashion, and secure the ends. Say what? Yep, that’s it. No real rhyme or reason, except for getting those {X} shapes to be the same size.

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I mean, really, just look at these gorgeous {and unique} lamp shades. The good news is it adds a little something to your standard shade, costs virtually nothing and if you aren’t a fan of commitment {that’s me} you can change them at any time. Perfect, right?

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Are you sold? Are you going to try it? Who knows, you may have found just the thing that was needed with your own lamp shades at home. Give it a try, won’t you?

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dining room. finally done. reveal time.

Empty rooms. That has been our story for awhile. But, after a year and a half I thought it was time to really tackle one of the rooms. None other than the dining room, which is the room EVERYONE sees when they walk in the house.

It was calling my name. It was time. It is amaze-ing. I love it. In fact, it might be my {new} favorite room.

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I live for decorating. I heart it. But, I also am a girl who likes to do it in a cost effective way. Ok, if we are being honest, I am cheap and thrive on some bargain shopping. That’s the truth. With that said, here are a few ways I was able to outfit this dining room on a nickel, maybe a dime.

{trick no. 1}

I absolutely heart Restore the Habitat for Humanity store. You can’t believe how many treasures I find there. Case in point, this table shaped perfectly for the dining room, but a little sore on the eyes. Did I mention it was a laminate top? It looked like it came from an older dive of a diner. A little sanding on the top, crazy amounts of stain {i just couldn’t get that exact color i wanted}, a little elbow grease and voila. Admit it, a much better version, right?

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 {trick no. 2}

Stripes. Need I say more?  Truth be told, I thought through a million different versions of this room. Originally, I was going to do wallpaper. But, once I started pricing it out I wasn’t so into it any more. And, the reality is that my other half was not willing to put it up AND THEN take it down if I despised it. If I don’t love something it won’t stay that way, and my commitment issues came into play.

But, paint can always be changed and the stripes were the perfect way to add a little personality. Yes, it was tedious. Yes, I touched up each line with a small paintbrush. Yes, I would do it again. Maybe you should try too. Make an impact, stripe-style.

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 {trick no. 3}

Someone’s trash is another person’s treasure. This beauty was left at one of my other half’s projects. Some serious sanding {poor thing was used and abused} and about 10 cans of spray paint, a little pure white annie sloan chalk paint {to take away the cold/gray white of it} and it was good as new. Don’t you think so?

Seriously so in love. This might be the thing that ties it all together. Well, it truly is the thing that ties it all together because there have been two {maybe even three!} other pieces here already and none made my heart pitter patter like this one. A little gem.

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 {trick no. 4}

If you find a deal and you don’t love it, change it. I found this chandler on sale at Lowes for $60. It was silver and outfitted with green and gray beads. Not my color scheme. Not my favorite. But, could definitely be perfect in the room. Three different cans of spray paint {brushed gold, oil rubbed bronze, metallic} and some dark wax made the perfect piece.  Sometimes you just need to think a little outside of the box. Do you love it as much as I do?

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Whenever I walk into a room in my house I feel like I should smile. This dining room now makes me smile. I’m crossing my fingers you found a few ways to make the most of your empty rooms.

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oh yes, more lemons. idea three.

The lemon ideas keep a comin’. If you missed my earlier lemon ideas, you can find them below with links to each of the recipes.

I am still on a lemon mission. One that will use up my bowlfuls of that gorgeous fruit. For today, a dinner idea. And, I might add that ALL of my kids gobbled it up. That tells you something, right?

| idea three. |
{lemon pepper shrimp pasta.}
adapted from all recipes

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lemon pepper shrimp pasta.

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package pasta, such as angel hair or linguine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 large lemon or 2 small lemons, juiced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons chopped, fresh basil
  • parmesan for garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook based on packaging until al dente; drain.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, and saute garlic for 1 minute. Mix in chicken broth, wine, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, red pepper flakes and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is reduced by at least 1/2.
  3. Mix shrimp, butter, and basil into the saucepan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until shrimp is opaque. Stir in the cooked pasta, and continue cooking 2 minutes, until well coated.
  4. Sprinkle shaved parmesan on top and serve alongside crusty bread.
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No joke. A quick and unbelievably delicious dinner recipe. Perfect for those busy weeknights when you have just a little time and a lot of hungry mouths to feed. Oh, and did I mention that my little 7 year old helped the entire time? Kind of adorable and a perfect way to spend your evening with your little ones.

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{citrus infused water.}
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{lemon & orange bars.}
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lemons, oh lemons. idea two.

The lemons still overflow. If you missed it earlier this week, I was the grateful recipient of boxes {literally boxes!} of lemons and some mandarin oranges compliments of my sis-in-law.

One word. PRETTY. They are almost too pretty to eat, but a girls got to do what a girls got to do.

Yesterday, I shared a simple trick that is one of my favorites, {citrus infused water}. Put it on the counter and the kids {and husbands} will come running for glassfuls of water. If you missed it, you can find it here.

For today, a serious favorite. A twist on your traditional lemon bar. Think of it as a lemon bar with a twist of orange zest. Seriously, delish. Scouts honor. Try it. You will love it.

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| idea two |
{orange & lemon bars.}
adapted from a recipe from better homes & gardens, may 2013

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lemon and orange bars.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup butter, diced in small cubes
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup {fresh squeezed} lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/3 cup {fresh squeezed} orange juice
  • {note. i used mandarins for a sweeter taste}

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9x13x2 baking pan and line with parchment paper. Press the paper onto the bottom and sides of the pan. For crust, in a large bowl, combine the 2 cups flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Using blender {or hands}, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press firmly into bottom of pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, half and half, and 3 tablespoons flour. Divide equally into two separate bowls. To one bowl add lemon zest and lemon juice; to the other bowl add orange zest and orange juice. Pour lemon filling over crust hot crust {immediately pour after removing from oven} and bake 10-13 minutes until set. Remove from oven and quickly pour orange filling over lemon filling; bake additional 10-13 minutes until set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  3. Use paper to life uncut bars out of pan. Cut into bars {i like rectangular} and sift powdered sugar over the top. Refrigerate to store.
  4. Eat. Or, package up and deliver to some lucky friends and family.
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These treats are so good you just might need to box some up in pretty packaging for some friends or family. Just look at how cute they are?

Want the label for yourself? Well, you are in luck. Click below for an adorable way to share your hard work with others.

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Trust me. This lil’ sweet treat will leave nothing but smiles and second helpings. You have my word, it will be a crowd pleaser. Give it a try. You just might fall in love too.

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a bowl or two of lemons. what to do? idea one.

Lemons. Oh so many lemons. All the lemon talk? Well, my sis-in-law had a few citrus trees in her backyard that were calling her name. Or rather, calling her to cut some of the beauties off the tree.

Lucky me. She dropped off a box or two of the pretties. Seriously the prettiest fruit in the world. If you follow along on instagram you saw my gorgeous gift from her. An overflowing bowl of lemon and oranges. Delish.

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The real questions was, what to do with all those lemons and oranges? For you, a few tasty treats that you might want to try when you, too, have an overflowing bowl of lemons or oranges. For today, the lemons take center stage with one idea just for you.

| idea one |
{citrus infused water.}

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citrus infused water

Ingredients

  • lemons
  • oranges
  • water
  • beverage container

Instructions

  1. Fill container with water and {optional} ice
  2. Slice fruit
  3. Add to beverage container
  4. Let it sit and get relish
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So simple we sometimes forget about it. Try it today and impress those guests {or family} of yours. Tomorrow? More lemon ideas to come. Follow along, lemon style.

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