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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Swing into Spring - It's a Party #165

Welcome to this week's Swing into Spring party.
Last week's party was filed with so many great ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Beaux R'eves  updated her master bedroom with a new rug from One Kings Lane.  Love it.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
Fry Sauce and Grits gives a great tutorial on how she transformed her china cabinet using milk paint to create this beauty.

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
Jewelry Making Journal gives a great tutorial on how to create this stamped quote charm bracelet.

TASTY TREATS:
Looking for something yummy and sweet - how about these double chocolate covered marshmallows by Sweet Silly Sara.

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

-Judy



Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring in the Kitchen

It's been a rough week.  Last Tuesday we were scheduled to leave for  Phoenix and Colorado to visit the last two baseball stadiums and go to the Grand Canyon.  On Monday I got diagnosed with the flu (and yes, I did have a flu shot). The doctor put me on Tamiflu and antibiotics knowing we were leaving the next day for vacation.  When we got to the airport they cancelled our flight due to runway maintenance...seriously?? We spent the day at the airport trying to get on another flight, all the while I felt sicker and sicker.  After eight hours we threw in the towel and went home.  I then spent the next 48 hours sleeping.  It was the craziest thing.  Although I am feeling much better, I still don't have all of my energy back.  Imagine how bad it would have been without a flu shot.  
 The weather here is finally starting to become spring-like.  I thought I would add a bit of spring to my kitchen.  I found the pitcher at Home Goods and filled it with some faux flowers.  
Everything looks better on a tray.  This tray was bought at Pottery Barn a few years ago.  All I did was line it with wrapping paper to coordinate with my kitchen granite.  A basket filled with eggs and a few candles and voila...instant spring feeling.  Hopefully now that I am feeling better I can get back to some other projects.  

On a separate note, I 'd like to wish all those running in the Boston Marathon today good luck!  

-Judy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Swing into Spring - It's a Party # 164

Welcome to this week's Swing into Spring party.  
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Dixie Delights shared the before and after photos of her den renovation.  This is one of my favorite all time makeovers.  Be sure to check out the before photos to see just how far this room has come.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
A Stroll Thru Life transformed her chandelier by adding a little bling.  She found these magnetic prisms online.  What a great way to update a chandelier!

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
Blissful Sewing  shared a tutorial on how to sew fabric covered buttons.

TASTY TREATS:
The Pin Junkie shared her recipe for greek salad.  Yummy!


If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

-Judy



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Swing into Spring - It's a Party #163

Welcome to this week's Swing into Spring party.  
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration. 
 Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:

Beaux R'eves  shares some tips and tricks on how to stage the outside of your home when you are ready to sell.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:

Confessions of a Serial Diyer  shared a makeover of how she took a thrift store find and turned it into this glam table.  

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
Corner House Blog  gives a great tutorial on how to create these felt ball Easter eggs.  

TASTY TREATS:

Celebrate shared a tutorial on how to create these chocolate peanut butter eggs...my favorite.


If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

-Judy


Monday, April 7, 2014

DIY Fabric Checkbook Cover

This is a project that I put together out of necessity.  I still am a big checkbook user.  I know so many people do all of their business online, but for me I still write checks.  I carry my checkbook in my pocketbook.  My checkbook cover was the cheap-o plastic cover that comes with the checks.  Unfortunately over time these covers crack at the edges.  I went into my pocketbook the other day and noticed that the checkbook cover had completely pulled and frayed the lining of my bag.  Okay...that is really not cool.  It was time for a new checkbook cover.  I looked into buying a leather one but really had trouble finding one that I not only liked but was at a decent price point.  So instead, I turned my sites on making one.

I decided I should make one out of fabric.  This is an easy project that I made using scraps of fabric.  I was sure that I wasn't the first one to come up with the idea of a fabric checkbook cover, so I went onto Pinterest and found a great tutorial.   The tutorial gave step by step instructions that I followed exactly.
First I cut out all of the pieces I needed for the inside and outside of the cover and the inner pockets as well as fusible interfacing to add body.  
I sewed the two different pink fabrics together to form the inner pockets.  Then attached it to the main aqua fabric.  I then sewed the back and front together and left a few inches to turn it back to the right side.  Then I sewed all around to complete the checkbook cover.  


It took me longer to make a decision as to which fabrics I wanted to use from my stash than it took to actually sew it together.  No more sharp edges on my checkbook cover to wreak havoc in my pocketbook.  The possibilities are endless with this project depending on your fabric combinations and the best part is you need very little fabric.  

Can't wait to hear what you think.

-Judy

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY Easter Basket

I got the idea for this Easter basket after my kids had some friends over and they went through a new box of donuts in a matter of minutes.  

 Something about the box shape screamed Easter basket to me.  Go figure...


It's really a quick, fun project that you can customize in so many different ways.

The supplies you will need:

rectangular box
mod podge
two sheets of 12x12 scrapbook paper
foam brush
crochet or embroidery thread

 I cut off the lid and covered the outside of the box with a piece of scrapbook paper using mod podge.  I was able to cover the entire box and still have paper left to use for the handle.  I also attached the handle using mod podge.

 For the "Easter grass" I folded a coordinating piece of scrapbook paper accordion style.  Then I cut it into narrow strips and added it to the bottom of the basket.


To give it a little more style, I used a hole punch all around the basket edge and then crocheted all around.
 I just crocheted a basic scallop stitch all around.  

To finish it off I stitched using crochet thread on the handle.
I filled it with an assortment of Easter eggs including ones I decoupaged a few years ago.  
In just a few minutes I turned a donut box into a super cute Easter basket with things I already had on hand.  Can't wait to hear what you think.

-Judy

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Swing into Spring - It's a Party #162

Welcome to this week's Swing into Spring party.
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Attempts at Domestication revealed her living room makeover.  Be sure to stop by to check out all of the details.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
Gates of Crystal gives a wonderful tutorial on how she reupholstered this chair.  She did such a professional job!

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
My friend Kathy from Creative Home Expressions  created this super cute wood tote.  Love it with the hydrangeas.  

TASTY TREATS:
The Pin Junkie shared a recipe for chocolate peanut butter bars.  Yummy!

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

-Judy


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