Sunday, March 27, 2011

My Favorite Projects of the Week

 Hi everyone!  Wow, I have seen some truly awesome projects out there in Bloggyland this week!  I think Spring is in the air.  I am loving all the colors I am seeing now that April is  nearly here!  Here are my faves for the week:         

A Thoughtful Place  knocked out a wall in her house and went to town on her amazing mudroom! {Love.}

Twice Lovely  is making me want to scour Craig's List in hopes of finding a dresser worthy of copying this gorgeous piece.

You can't miss this adorable peek-a-boo lamp over at All Things Belle

Check out this gorgeous Easter display over at It's Always a Party at the Parkers.  Those Parkers are welcome to cater a party anytime at my house!

What a cute idea to make these sweet Easter silhouettes. See for yourself at Keep it Simple, Sister.

Crafty Mama  makes me want a Kindle just so I can have an excuse to make one of these lovely cases!

I fell in love with this silhouette bunny pillow that was guest posted over at Sumo's Sweet Stuff by Sisters of the Wild West.

Great job, ladies!  What are you working on this week?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ballard Knock-off Wine Barrel Plaques

Don't you just love these wine barrel wall plaques from Ballard?

But for $69 to $169, I think not.

So, I found these:


I started off sanding by hand with some sand paper I had lying around.  It didn't take long to figure out this wasn't going to cut it.  So, after some reassurrance from my friend Joy, I broke out my little palm sander.  ( I'm not too handy with power tools.  I can handle the drill, but that's about it!)  Joy got the pleasure of getting a tour of my garage.  Let's just say, it wasn't pretty.  But, that's for another project...

This is not my sander. Not even close. Mine is way to ugly and old to photograph.  This is the one that's going on my Christmas list this year. Never thought I'd ask for one of these!

After sanding, I decided to add a little stain to the bigger one to give it the look I was aiming for.

  Time to break out the Cricut.  (You didn't think I get through a project without that, did you?)

This is what it looks like in SCAL.

I had to move things around for the bigger one, and lay it out the way I wanted it, once it was cut.

Then, I placed the stencils I cut out on the plaques.

After that, just give them a quick dap of paint, and you're done.  (I just did one coat, and wasn't really super careful about it, because I wanted it to look distressed.)

So, here they are!

Ballard's price:  $240
My knock-off: $4

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My Favorite Projects of the Week

 This adorable Easter Egg button art looks good enough to eat at Auntie Lolo Crafts.

Check out this cute little topiary The Autocrat whipped up using dollar store supplies and a little Pier One bunny. (Guess I'm going to Pier One today!)

Three Boys was lucky enough to have these lanterns on hand that just needed a little love. {Jealous}

You won't believe the lamp that House Revivals created using......Goodwill pants???  {Might have to find me some funky pants on my next trip to Goodwill!}

Madigan Made made this lovely wall art for her bathroom. So simple, yet so pretty!

I am swooning over this mud room redo over at Home Remedies. Seriously awesome.

Shop Girl baked these cookies that are, well....cute as a button!

I've heard of diaper cakes, but diaper cupcakes?  Why didn't I think of that?  Check it out over at Crafts and Such.

This little nightstand is to die for over at Elizabeth & Co.   LOVE the color! Awesome job, girl!

What are you working on this week?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

My Favorite Projects of the Week

Happy Saturday everyone! What a beautiful day it is here today!  Wow, there are some busy folks out there creating some beautiful stuff! Here are this week's highlights:

{Little Things Bright Smiles made this sweet little split pea wreath}

{Check out this cheerful dresser redo from Primitive and Proper}  Love.

{Make a gorgeous petal pillow out of linen with Burlap and Blue}  I am seriously gonna copy this one!

{This chair makeover is to die for at Adventures in Decorating}

{Learn how to make DIY silhouettes of your children over at The Mommy Diaries}

{And last, but certainly not least, come swoon over these chalkboard-backed open cabinets at Creatively Living Outside the Box}

Wow, you are some talented ladies!

What have you been working on this week?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Oreo Balls (Warning: Your thighs may never be the same!)

If you've never had oreo balls, you are so missing out.  My awesome friend Katie shared these with us over the holidays.  (She and her oreo balls have an open invitation in our home at any given time!)  Let me tell you, they are so decadent!  If you are even considering trying to make this into a lowfat recipe, forget it.  You are so missing the point!

For this recipe, you will need:

1 pack of oreos (Not 2, one makes plenty!)
1 pack of vanilla Candiquik
1 (8-oz) block of cream cheese (softened)
food coloring
cupcake wrappers (I ended up using big ones, not the little ones like in the picture, cuz of course I made my oreo balls like the size of tennis balls!)

This is so simple.  Just dump the entire bag of oreos and the entire block of cream cheese into the food processor and mix it all up until you have a smooth, glossy, doughy glob of yummy-ness.

Next, roll into balls and place onto waxed paper.  Pop into fridge for about an hour.  Melt the Candiquik, and using toothpicks, dip the balls into the melted candy.  (I colored half of it with green food coloring just for fun.) Add sprinkles if desired.  Let cool at room temp.  This ended up making about 40 for us, but it depends on how big you make them.

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