Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Candlestick Refashion

I had a little fun refashioning these candlesticks.

I bought them on clearance at Real Deals for dirt cheap. They were having a sale for an additional percentage off their clearance prices. They were cute to start with, but I wanted them to be a slightly different style. I actually decided that I was going to stack them, making 2 bigger, chunkier candles.

To start, I needed to find a way to stack them.
I removed the metal plate from the top of two of them and the felt pads from the bottom of the other two. I was happy when I stacked them and saw that they were perfectly flat and sat on top of each other well.

I put a thick bead of wood glue on the bottom candlesticks and stacked the other candlesticks on top. I made sure they had continuous pressure by stacking a couple of books on them until the wood glue dried.

I decided that I wanted them to be a pale olivey green with bits of the white and black original paint showing through. I decided to try to make my own chalk paint, so I used one of the methods I saw on Pinterest.

Chalk Paint Recipe
1 cup of flat paint
1 Tbs. unsanded tile grout

I mixed it well with a plastic fork and painted directly onto the candlesticks without priming them.
I AM IN LOVE!! It went on thick and barely needed two coats. 

Once dry, I distresed them using a combination of steel wool (my secret distressing weapon) and 80 and 120 grit sandpaper.

I really liked the paint job.... not sure that I love the shape of the candlesticks now; they might be a little masculine for my taste. I will have to live with them for a while. However, I am VERY happy with the results of the chalk paint and I will definitely use this recipe again.

I think they are a pretty color next to my sand dollars and starfish. My hunky hubby and I collected those sand dollars on our honeymoon.  It is one of my favorite memories.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Sweet Goodbye

This past weekend, I had the honor of arranging the funeral flowers for a 
very special person. My husband's grandmother passed away last week.
I love her and will miss her.

Velda Baumgartner Payne, 92
Beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother
A woman after my own heart in her love of crafting, decorating, and pretty things
Her giggle was infectious
I loved to visit with her
I loved her fiery personality 
I love how she loved my baby girl

{These roses with little papers attached were such a sweet touch by my mother-
in-law. They are notes from each of us to Granny.}

Someday I will tell Ella how much Granny loved her
Someday I will tell her that Granny couldn't wait to see her each time we visited
Someday I will tell her about how Granny would pull off her baby headbands, socks,
shoes, and anything else that was making her "uncomfortable"
Someday I will tell her how special she was to Granny

Someday I will tell her that she will see Granny again
and she will hear a little whisper in her heart telling her it's true

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Valentine for Daddy

For Valentine's Day, we made daddy a couple of gifts.
First, a Valentine picture of his favorite girl...
can you tell she kept grabbing the chalkboard? :)

this is what she looked like the majority of the time:
{what a sweetheart}

She loves her feet!

The second gift we have for daddy is a bag of goodies.

I'm {Nuts} about you
I like how you {Roll}
You are one {Hot Tamale}
How {Sweet} it is to be loved by you
I love you to the {mooooooon} and back
My {heart} belongs to you
I love the things you {Dew}
I have a {crush} on you

A little {cheesy} Valentine fun!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

I had a lot of fun putting together my Valentine tinsel tree!
 I love holiday decorating!

It is hard to get good shots of a tree, and unfortunately our week of overcast weather
didn't help. But, it was really fun to try.

Ella loves to sit and look at the lights while I feed her. How fun it must be for
 a baby to sit and look at lights and the pretty colors of a tree! 

Some of the ornaments are handmade, and some are store bought. I made these Xs
and Os using the tutorial found here. Then I painted a layer of black and a layer of
creamy white and distressed them with steel wool so the black would show through.

I got these vintage postcard images off of the graphics fairy blog {I LOVE her blog}.
 I just printed them off at Office Depot and glued them to paper-covered
cardboard rectangles. Then I embellished them with red glitter, pipe cleaners
and bookpage pinwheels.

In the background, you can see my chalkboard.  I am a little obsessed with
 "coloring" on my chalkboard! It is so fun to change it up.

Above is the close-up shot of the chalkboard that I posted yesterday.

I hope you have a Valentine's Day filled with love!
To all my family and friends,
I {LOVE} you dearly!

I thought I would link up to THIS fun party...

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Oh, how I love any excuse to celebrate!
I think that is why I get so excited to decorate for the holidays.
Or, maybe it is because I love any excuse to decorate...
Either way, I couldn't let this year pass by without decorating for
Valentine's Day... at least a little bit.

This is my entryway chalkboard. I will be posting about my Valentine
tree tomorrow.  Unfortunately, we have only had really overcast weather
lately... not optimal for picture taking. I was sick of waiting, so all of my
V-day pics are a little dark. Actually, my mom was more sick of me waiting
and lit a fire under my tooshie. :)

I hope your week is filled with Love...
and fun decorations.

Friday, February 3, 2012

A {Yummy} Healthy Cookie

I was messing around in the kitchen a couple of weeks ago, and I made
up this little recipe. I wanted this cookie to be as healthy as
 possible while still being, well... edible.
The nice thing about this recipe is it has no butter, no shortening, and no
 refined sugar... and surprisingly, it still has a lot of flavor.  

It is 100% healthy... unless you add the optional chocolate chips
{which I highly recommend}. They make it slightly less healthy,
and exponentially more delicious. 
There is nutritional value in chocolate, right?
This is what you will need:
3 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup honey
1 T. Vanilla
2 eggs
1 T. Olive Oil
 3 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
2 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
update: you can omit some of your flour if you wish and it will still turn out fine
1/2 Cup Almond Flour
 (can use 1/4 cup WW flour instead)
1 tsp. Baking Soda
3 tsp. Cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
2 Cups Walnuts, chopped
1 Heaping Cup Raisins
1/3-1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
 (optional, but highly recommended) 

Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl.  Add oats to wet mixture and let stand for about
5 minutes to soften. Add spices and baking soda, mixing well. Add Flours,
combining without over mixing. Add raisins, nuts, and chocolate chips (optional).


Drop heaping spoonfuls (don't roll into a ball) of dough onto a GREASED
 cookie sheet. Bake at 350` for 8 to 9 minutes.  Try not to over bake or the cookies will be dry.
After removing cookies from the oven, let stand on warm pan for 3 minutes to
finish cooking. Store in an air tight bag once cooled.

Recipe makes approximately 36 cookies.
Enjoy! These cookies should be moist and hearty... the perfect snack!

I like having a nice healthy snack I can throw in my purse for later. I would imagine that it would be yummy to add flax, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, etc. to this recipe. If I try it out, I will let you know!

In the past, I have made up various other recipes, but this is really my first attempt at making up my own baking recipe... and it actually turned out great! I was shocked pleasantly surprised.

If you make these cookies, let me know what you think!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Snow Angel

Here is our little snow angel.

This is my first attempt at photography with fancy editing...
I still have a long way to go!

She was having fun at her grandma and grandpa's house.
This is her very first experience out in the snow and all she wanted to
do was stare at it.  I don't think she knew exactly what to make of it.

At 6 months old she is curious about everything and I love to watch
her explore and learn.

I hope she never loses that curiosity for life. I hope those beautiful eyes
always appreciate the beauty around her.

What an angel.