Monday, January 31, 2011

Girls Bathroom Redo

I have been working on the girls' bathroom for the last few weeks. It is also the guest bathroom, so I wanted it to be girly but not over the top...... in other words, no cartoons or Hannah Montana shower curtains.

This is what it looked like before:

It was fine, just a little bright!

Here it is now:

I like it so much better!
It is calmer and more grown up for two 7 year old girls who think they're 15:) 

Shower Curtain: TARGET
Towels: TARGET
Towel Hooks/Rod: Home Goods
Hand Towels: TARGET Shabby Chic
Pink & White Caddy's: Michael's
Black & White Photo: Taken by me at the beach
Art work behind the door: Scrap book paper - Michael's

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Friday, January 28, 2011

I am heartbroken.....

I overheard a conversation between my girls today as they put on their PJ's.......

Olivia: I don't believe in princesses and fairies. They're just people that look like the princesses and fairies.

Mia: Yeah, me too.

How has this day come?? I am SO sad!!! Weren't they just babies??

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Silly String

Just a boring day at home.......

Thank goodness I had 2 cans of silly string!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Easy Recipe ~ Prosciutto Pinwheels

I am the worst cook in the world. I try, but nothing ever turns out right for me in the kitchen..... no matter how closely I follow the recipe! My husband loves Giada De Laurentiis (he is Italian and she is really amazing!)

I tried one of her simpler recipes (with my friend Tanya who is a fantastic cook) - who am I kidding, I watched Tanya make the recipe and I took pictures of it while oo-ing and ah-ing!

Here it is ~ Prosciutto mozzarella pinwheels:


Flour, for dusting

1 pound purchased pizza dough

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

7 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced

1 cup coarsely chopped baby spinach (about 1 1/2 ounces)

1 tablespoon olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


* Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and position a rack in the lower 1/3 of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

* On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the pizza dough into a 12- to 14-inch circle, about 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle 1/2 of the mozzarella over the dough. Arrange the prosciutto over the cheese in a single layer. Sprinkle with the chopped spinach, then top with the remaining cheese.
* Roll the dough into a thin cylinder, gently tucking in the ends. Brush the entire roll with the olive oil and season with the salt and pepper. Place the dough, seam-side down, on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes until the top is golden brown.
* Cool the roll for 3 for 4 minutes, then use a serrated knife to cut it into 3/4-inch slices.

Here's some pictures of ours:


Monday, January 24, 2011

New Year's Resolution

For the last 2 years I have had pretty much the same 2 New Year's Resolutions:

1. Stop biting my nails (hopeless!)
2. Organize all of our family photos

Number 1 is a day to day struggle and number 2 is pretty much my worst nightmare.

I have 7 years worth of pictures stored in various places.....

* Some are in red leather albums that I can no longer find at TARGET so I want to tear them all out because the thought of different albums makes me crazy (is that weird??!)
* Some are in a ziploc bag (I have no explanation for this)
* MOST are trapped in my computer. Either on the external hard drive or on Kodak Gallery.

The goal is to get them ALL in the same place and in some sort of order :o !!

After doing some thinking, I decided that I take too many pictures. I definitely don't need to print/purchase them all, just the nicest and most important. I finally decided that I am going to use the photo books that you can make online at Kodak's website

It lets me design the pages as I want them and I can pick the album color and page color. I can even add text to the pages. I will make 1 book for every 6 months and it looks like it'll cost about $50, depending on how many pages I need. It comes out to around a dollar a page for the book I liked and they are always having specials for 20% off etc.

The book I made measures 9x10.25 and is a slate colored linen.
I titled it "January - June 2010"

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hello Modge!

I have heard about Modge Podge forever and it seemed kind of scary..... I decided that I needed to try it out if I am going to be a blogger. I mean, what kind of "crafter" is afraid of Modge Podge??

I have been redoing the girls' bathroom and decided to update their step stool (even though they don't need it to reach the sink anymore - sniff, sniff!).

* I took their stool and spray painted it white (it was a crazy hot pink)

* Used spray adhesive to place my scrapbook paper where I wanted it

* "Modge-Podged" over the top

And here it is in the new bathroom!

I'm not ready to show the whole bathroom yet, but it's coming along...... s.l.o.w.l.y!

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

PB inspired wall art

There was a blank wall in Mia's room that I wanted to fill but didn't know what to fill it with. This idea in the PB kids catalog looked easy:

(see the round art hung on the wall?)

It looked to me like just fabric inserted into an embroidery hoop..... so I copied the idea for just a couple of dollars using fabric I already had and 3 new hoops that cost under $10 total.

I added 2 empty frames and some butterflies and called it a day!

Thanks Pottery Barn! :)

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

First Resolution Down

I've completed the first project on my "projects ~ 2011" list.
Adding a storage shelf to Olivia's closet. It was pretty easy (and inexpensive)  and it has motivated me to keep it up and get my list completed.

(1) 1x2
(1) piece of plywood, cut to size
paint and paint roller

Here is the sad closet before:

I installed the 1x2 along the back of the closet and 2 smaller pieces on the sides:

Then I simply laid the piece of wood ontop! SO easy:


(I'm not sure why it looks crooked! I promise, it's not)

I learned an important lesson ~ paint the under side of the shelf. Why didn't I do that? I don't know why I thought no one would see the bottom because I was obviously wrong - oops! I'll get to that........ in the meantime, I am crossing this project off my list:)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wow! I was Featured?!

So exciting!

My kitchen cabinets were featured on 2 lovely blogs  Sunshine & Chaucer 

Thanks Jennifer:)


OneTwoTwo & Co. Designs

Thanks Kelly:)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Unused Cabinets

I saw this idea on another blog awhile ago and had been dying to try it on some cabinets above my fridge.
The cabinets were full of junk and I could not reach them, so....... I thought i'd open them up and use them as open shelving instead.

It was pretty easy. I just removed the doors and lined the inside with pretty wrapping paper that I put up with double sided tape. I did some damage to the top of the cabinet and had to cover it up with 2 wood embelishments (just used some wood glue to stick them on):



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