Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tiny Cream Cheese Biscuits

Joanna at This Southern Girl's Nest is hosting a recipe sharing series, What's For Dinner Thursdays. I wanted to share this recipe with y'all. These little cream cheese biscuits are so good and only require 3 ingredients!! Woohoo!!

Tiny Cream Cheese Biscuits
1{8-ounce} package cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup self-rising flour
Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed of an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed just until blended.
Spoon dough into ungreased mini muffin pans, filling full. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden. Serve hot.
I love to serve these little biscuits with pear or strawberry perserves. Yum!!
Recipe from Southern Living Easy Weeknight Favorites.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tweet Mail to Jen: Part Two

This is part two of my birdie/nesty/Spring swap for Jen. Yeah, I take a long time. I hope it was worth the wait for her. Here are the goods...a ribboned journal, a metal G, a nest stamp, a birdcage charm, some speckled eggs, and a framed nest print. You can find the print at The Vintage Moth. They have lots of images you can save and print.

My photos are horrible!! You can see better pics at Jen's. I had to get the stamp for Jenny, cause they don't have Hobby Lobby in California.

Jen collects G's and I knew when I saw this one I had to get it.
Hope she loves it all!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Springtime Brown...

I love getting inspiration from other bloggers. Clarice, of Storybook Woods, has been doing a Spring color series and I love the idea!! So, I share my Springtime Brown. I got the itchin' to redo my mantle last night and this is what I came up with. Its a little sparse, but I love it!!
I kept the window from my Easter mantlescape and just added a cocoa brown pot with shamrocks, a framed crocheted R, books, and a plate.

I got this frame from a thrift shop. It was originally brass, but a little antique white spray paint took care of that. That idea was inspired by Cherry of Cherry's Jubilee. I am telling y'all, there is nothing that lady cannot do!! I am lovin' Michael's new paper line!! I wish I could find some fabric like that brown floral. Oh, love...

Me and my boys...Cory got that Willow Tree for me for Christmas. I love it!!

The plate on a stack of books. I thought I had died and gone to Heaven when I found those plates at Goodwill. I love the brown floral going on!! I have seen other sets which I snatch up quickly. The bird was a $1.50 find from Old Time Pottery. The thing is heavy!!
Thank you for checking out my Springtime Brown mantle!! Happy Tuesday!!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Kitchen Progress...

We are in the midst of painting the kitchen and I am sooo excited!! There's only so much "builder's beige" this girl can take...Here is the mini hall between the kitchen and dining room. The double doors you see are the pantry doors and right across from them is the laundry room.

Here is another shot. This is part of the breakfast area. Almost...
I love this green!! It is so fresh and pretty!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Motherload!!

I hesitated showing y'all all of this, lest y'all think I'm a shopaholic!! Jen told me about Wendy at The Shabby Nest and her Frugal Fridays and urged me to post my goods. So here they are!! Amy called me this morning to tell me about her neighborhood yard sale. Her neighborhood is HUGE!! I was originally going for a pew that she saw. I didn't care for the pew, but did find lots of other goodies!! The enamel topped table came from a local antique shop and was only $15!! I love it and it is going to be my new computer table. My current computer table will go to the craft/school room for my sewing machine.

Looking ahead to Fall...these scarecrows were only 75 cents apiece!!

Oh, my gosh!! I fell in love with this chandelier and it was only $3!! I am either going to use it as is in my kitchen or put it in Lilly's room. The only problem I foresee is that it plugs into an electrical outlet. Have y'all ever converted something like this??

This one house was a vintage wonderland. The couple that lived there were older than my parents and her aunt had made these Christmas decorations above. My photo doesn't capture just how special these items are, but trust me the handiwork is great.

On to the tabletop. Love this lantern!! The frames were a great deal as well. The doilies came from the vintage wonderland and I plan to frame them along with some others I already have. A metal embroidery still my heart!! I love the milkglass planter!! The little chair is just precious too, and I can see it in the Fall holding a pumpkin.

This game was only $1 and I thought it would be great for family game time and for social studies!! Fun and learning in one fell swoop!! Woohoo!!
Thank you for taking the time to look at all my goodies!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Opinion's needed!!

For the record, this is NOT my home!! It belongs to my friend, Amy. I show it to you cause this is the color I am planning to paint my kitchen.
You can also go to Amy's blog to see it better.

I got this chandelier a while ago for Lilly's bedroom. But then I was thinking how desperately bad I need, I mean, want, a new chandie for the kitchen/breakfast area and this would be so cute in there. Don't you think?? I need something totally different than the one in my actual kitchen so it doesn't compete or look like I was trying to make them the same but failed. You can see it here. Don't know if you can see it good or not, but if the milkglass globes are off you can see a little ruffle action going on on the candle cup. Also at the top. So cute. I really feel bad about not using this one in Lilly's room...I just love the vintage feel for her.

Here the chandelier is in all its glory. I may or may not use the globes. Depends on which way the wind is blowing that day. ;)

Okay, so here is the color of the paint I am wanting to do. Do I go for the green, which is called Seaweed and not at all hunter green looking in person, or the sunny yellow?? I love the green so much, but I am afraid it will not go with the wall color. I don't want to paint the chandie black because the other one in the kitchen is black. I am open to other color options, too. You can click here and here to get a better feel for the room. Sorry the photos are stinky.

So, what do you think?? Thank you in advance!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

JoyFULL Mail

When Lori hosted the birdie swap, she had Joy of Joyfullness as one of her partners. Joy made her a super cute little "tweet" that I just fell in love with. I commented to Joy that she needed to make those, cause I had to have one. Well, would you know, Sweet Joy, asked for my address because she was sending me one of my very own. Oh happy day!! My little tweet arrived yesterday. Love, love, love her!! I was telling my mom how sweet my blog friends were and she said, "Its easy to be friends when you're just typing." Oh yeah? I am telling y'all, my blog friends, most of whom I've never met, are the kindest, most giving people I know. I appreciate all of y'all that come to visit here and wish I could meet you in real life.

Thank you so much again, Joy, I love my little tweety girl!!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

What I've been up to...

Been wondering where I've been?? Didn't think so...Just kidding!! I cannot believe its been over a week since I last posted. I wanted to post photos of Fisher's first birthday party, but since my camera hates me and my mom can't seem to upload her pictures, it'll have to wait.
Sooo, Hadley came to visit this weekend. I had so much fun meeting her the first time and couldn't wait for her to come here. She, I mean, we, had intended to craft, but when she saw our craft/school room and then the garage, she said that we would work on that. Hadley is AMAZING!! Everybody needs a little Hadley in their life!! Seriously...see the photo below. Scary, right??

This is basically what I have been living with since we moved in. Give or take. I know some of you are cringing and rocking in the corner just looking at it. ;)

Here is another angle for your viewing pleasure.

Hadley and I stayed up until 3 am working on it and then again in the morning up through this afternoon. It looks so much better!! The bookshelf holds a small portion of the children's books. My craft/decorating books are on another shelf along with some craft supplies. The two doors lead to one long closet. In it is fabric, seasonal decor, and some other necessary junk.

I plan to bring in the kid's wooden picnic table and hang the chalkboard on this wall. I also have these bird flashcards{I guess that's what they are...they are 8x10} that I am going to hang on the wall.

In this old cabinet I have some more sewing stuff. Eventually, I want to get a table to put in its place for my sewing machine.

This is the view from the doorway. The black cabinet was in Lilly's room previously. I think it works great in here to hold my ribbon and other crafty necessities. I am lovin' the clean new space and cannot wait to create in here!! Thank you, Hadley, for coming and helping out with this monstrosity!! Can't wait to come work on your playroom next!!
These photos are really blurry if you try to enlarge them. I need to get the camera fixed.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Go Fish!!

Happy Good Friday, y'all!! When we were pregnant a year ago, we didn't know what we were having. I mean, we knew we were having a baby, just not the sex of the baby!! We did know, however, that if our baby was a boy, we would name him Fisher. At first, we just thought it was a really cool name and hopefully NOT in the top eleven like our other two!! We also like the idea that he would be a fisher of men. We are called, as Christians, to share the Good News of Jesus. Of His death and resurrection and how we are not hopeless, but rather, can be forgiven of our sins and have eternal life through Jesus and His ultimate gift, His death. It is not by works or anything that we constantly have to work for, we just have to believe.
Okay, I am sure you are wondering about the banner above. Our little Fishy boy is about to be one year old. We are having a little party at my mom's home tomorrow. I was originally going to go with a typical boy's one year party. I knew I wanted to make a banner, but Jen, my West Coast BF, and I came up with it being a Go Fish, Goldfish party. I already knew I was putting snack size Goldfish packets in the goodie bags, and we are going to serve them at the party. Then Jen suggested that I make the orange parts of the banner fish shape{which she so kindly drew and emailed to me-Heart you!!}. I loved the idea!! I think it looks so cute. Then, she said that I should make a banner with Go Fish cards. I am going to look for them at Wal-Mart today and maybe even stamp Happy Birthday on them. If I get a wild hair, I will make those jello aquariums with the fish in them. We will have cupcakes with blue frosting and blue sugar crystals topped with a gummy fish. I am going to look for fish shaped cheese also. I know I have seen them before. I love party planning and am so excited to see this one come together. I cannot wait to share pictures next week!!

Here is a little close-up of the rag tag banner. I was inspired by the one Jen made for her and her husband's twenty year dating anniversary. I just ripped the fabrics, folded them over twine and sewed around three edges. Easy as pie!! Easier, really, because yesterday, I was watching Food Network and the people were in a contest for piemaking and I had no idea what all went into making a pie. I am all about a pre-made crust and some pudding mix!! :)

Here is another view. I used greens, blues, oranges, and burlap for a little texture. I am really pleased with how it came out!!
Okay, go spread the Good News!! Go Fish!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Best 50 cents I ever spent.

Yep, that's right, I got this beauty for fifty cents at a yard sale this past Saturday!! I knew immediately that I would clean it up, give it a makeover, and the jars will holding glitter. Not bad, huh?? Well, its nastier than it looks. I emptied out the spices and have the jars soaking. They are still sticky, and you don't even want to know about the wood holder. Yuck!! Any advice about how to de-grease this??
Stay tuned for its makeover!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Here comes Peter Cottontail...

I have been a little slack this Spring about getting my Easter stuff out, but had to do my mantle before Easter actually got here. Now, I know Easter is really about Jesus' death and resurrection, but I love me a bunny or two. I searched high and low Friday and Saturday for a gate or bit of fencing, but came up empty. I did happen to look in that scary garage and find this window. I cleaned the window, tied a grapevine wreath on it, and propped it up on the mantle and arranged some bunnies and a huge felt carrot around it. I think I like it!!
*If you click on the picture to make it bigger and its fuzzy, its not the photographer's lousy picture taking abilities, the camera needs to go to the shop. The auto focus is messed up. :(

Friday, April 3, 2009

Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup baby oil{I use equate Aloe Vera & Vitamin E Baby Oil}
10 or so drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Couple teaspoons vanilla extract
Mix all together in a bowl and store in an airtight container. Use a small amount and rub over your body for super soft and silky skin.

This makes a great gift. I gave it to my Mom and Mother in law for Christmas one year and they loved it. In fact, my Mother in law has been requesting it ever since. I gave this jar to her this morning along with some Ghiradelli dark chocolate{she loves dark chocolate} for her birthday. She will also be getting a framed photo of the kiddies, but that will be after Easter, when they are all dressed up and we aren't getting flooded. ;)

You can use any kind of container. I usually pick up the jars in the photo from Goodwill, but I haved also seen similar ones at Hobby Lobby and World Market. Truly, I don't measure the oil and vanilla, but just wanted to give y'all an idea of how much to use. I just shake it in until I like the scent. Y'all will have to let me know if you try it.

Look what came in the mail today!!

I finally bought one of the Cora Paige pins from Julie of Joy's Hope. I love the pin!! I love that Julie donated the proceeds of the sale to Cora's Playground. It is so huge and wonderful and I love the fresh colors!! Julie is no longer doing the Cora sale, but you can find other fun pins and headbands in her Etsy shoppe.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Dummercracks and Birdie Swaps

First the funny, then the pretty!! This morning Lilly found this Presidents and the First Ladies thing we got from Chick-Fil-A and wanted me to read it to her. We started with Woodrow Wilson. I said, "Woodrow Wilson was born in X date and passed in Y date, he was a democrat like Obama..." As soon as I said the part about democrat, Lilly said, "Ew, Jackson, he's a dummercrack like Bomer!!" I thought I would die laughing!! You just can't make that stuff up!! :)

Okay, on with prettyful things. Here is what I sent to Heidi, my partner for Lori's Birdie Swap. Heidi doesn't decorate in bright colors, just lots of white with touches of blue and brown. I made her a scrapbook papered D, for her last name's initial. That gorgeous paper came from Michael's and is new there. I then made yo-yo's in varying sizes and sewed them together making a brooch that she can either leave on the letter or wear. I made the sign, the bird silhouette, the tag, bought two birds, an embroidered tea towel, and some eggs.

The sign was made from a drawer front I rescued from an old home that was being torn down. I just stenciled the word NEST on it and shabbied it up a bit.

The eggs in their little nest of spanish moss and sheet music.

I loved this towel as soon as I saw it. I should have gotten myself one. Maybe they will be there when I go back??

I made the bird silhouette from my Storybook cricut cartridge and layered the images on top of toile scrapbook paper.

Here is a closer look at the D. I tied the yo-yo brooch on with light cocoa colored velvet ribbon.
Okay, thanks for looking!!
Oh, on a side note, my in-laws are moving to Chicago and are leaving tomorrow. If y'all would pray for safe travels for them that would be appreciated and also, my mother in law spilled hot coffee in her lap the other day and has 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns in areas you wouldn't want to be burned so if you would pray for her comfort on that long drive, that would be great too.
Happy Thursday!!