Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Break me off a slice of that...watermelon

Summertime = Watermelon here in the South, so I am getting ready!! I used the Orange stamp from Stampin Up!'s Tart and Tangy set and just inked half to give these cute little slices. The watermelon ribbon is from Target's $1 bin. I love to keep these cards on hand, you never know when someone is going to need a note of thanks or a simple I'm thinking of you!!

A little birdie told me....

I was in the mood for something simple, no embelishments, no ribbon. I used Stampin Up!'s Polka Dot and Paisley set to craft this cute little birdie. I have seen little birdie's popping up all over the craft scene, so here I am jumping on the bandwagon.

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

Ok, so I am a sucker for anything cupcake, but who wouldn't love this card for their birthday!!! The cupcakes are actually Martha Stewart stickers from Michaels and the ribbon is from the $1 bin at Target!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I was featured!!!!

This is my first bit of exposure and I am really excited!! My napkin rings were featured on Tip Junkie, which is a great blog containing all kinds of crafts and inspiration. Hopefully this will just be the begining!! :)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Flower Napkin Rings

While out shopping this weekend I ran across some napkin rings made out of flowers. They were so cute and quite expensive, so I decided to make my own. I went into my closet, pulled out the extra flowers from making the topiary (see below) and went to work. All it took was cutting the stems apart, getting rid of the leaves, bend stem into a circle and secure with flower tape. So simple and so cute!! They look great with my easter egg napkins!


I love bright colors! and this topiary feeds that addiction. It was so easy to make too! All you need are: silk flowers, Styrofoam balls and piece for flower pot, flower pot, dowel rod, hot glue, paint (for dowel)

Paint your dowel in the color of your choice (I picked light green)

Glue flowers into styrofoam ball, completely covering but leave a place to insert dowel.

After dowel is dried place into styrofoam in the flower pot (hot glue to stay in place)

Use the leaves from the flower stems to cover bottom along with another flower of your choice.

Poke hole into ball, fill with hot glue, place onto dowel to set.

and your done!!

Spring has Sprung!

It has been rainy here the past few days, but just earlier this week it was defintely spring! The buds were forming on the trees, my flowers were bright and reaching for the sun. It was just wonderful!!! I can't wait for full blown spring and summer. I am trying to incorporate as many of these bright colors into our home as possible. But how can you have a bad day when the sun is so warm and shiny??

Spot of Tea?

I got this idea off of One Pretty Thing. This was completely free as well! I went into the kitchen cabinet found a tea cup and saucer (that have never been used) and put some silk flowers I had into them. Free, easy, and a cute way to update a room.


Go to that blog! She is having a great giveaway and look around, there are tons of ideas and inspirations!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wall Art

This wall art took me half a day to make, super easy! I got the frames for a $1 each at Michaels, painted them and hot glued ribbon on the back. The monogram was printed out from my computer and then colored with colored pencils, the seasons were done with rubber stamps. Super easy, super fast, and I think super cute!!

Sweet card

This card makes me think of summertime :)

Happy Card

City lights card

I think this card is pretty chic. You can't see it very well in this picture, but there are rhinestones on the top of 2 of the buildings.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

It snowed!!

It snowed in SC!!! We woke up on Tuesday morning to wonderful snow falling. It was very light and only stuck in certain places, but it was so pretty! We got a 2 hour delay for work and all the schools were closed. By the afternoon, there was no sign of this snow, the warm sun came out and melted it all away. :(

2009 Goal: Read 50 Books

Through my online book club at The Nest, I am challenging myself to read 50 books this year. So far I have read 7 and am starting 8. I even got Jonathan trying too. We keep up with our books at

Using my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

This is my favorite purchase ever!! YUMMY mashed potatoes!!!!

Lemon Yogurt Cake

Jonathan loves lemon and I saw this cake on the Barefoot Contessa (one of my fav shows on Food Network). It looked easy so I gave it a try. It was super easy and so good. It was really moist and had just enough lemon flavor. I even got to use my stand mixer!!! Here is the recipe:

Man's Meal: Steak and Potatoes

Jonathan and I made dinner the other night together. The potatoes were coated in oil and baked with spices. The yellow is caused by the tumeric, which I learned turned everything yellow: the pan, the floor where I dropped one, my hands, my jeans where I wiped my get the picture. We used a Calagry seasoning on the steak and even with pan frying it (I like grilling but you have to have a grill to do that), the steaks turned out really juicy and really good.

Friday, January 16, 2009


Ok, I have not had a good few weeks in the kitchen. I had some extra time on my hands with the holidays and a lot of new recipes to try. Well they turned out into epic fails!! I ruined jerk chicken pasta and butter chicken. Let's hope for better luck in the coming weeks!!


The ladies on the What's Cooking Board on The Nest recently discussed the issue of copyrights after a cooking magazine contacted one of them about their blog. Apparently you are not allowed to re-write a recipe even if you do it word for word. From now on, if the recipe is from offline then I will just do a link to that recipe, if it is from one of my cookbooks, I will let you know the book. You can always send me a message and I will be happy to email it to you (that would just be like passing a recipe on to a co-worker, right?). Anyways, I'll still be cooking no mater what!