Archive | August, 2008

Before and After: Bathrooms

29 Aug

I know I started to make Fridays into Creative Fridays. Well since my kids started school this week, we’ve been trying to get our schedules together so I haven’t been doing too much creative this week. But, this is kind of a creative project…

You know when you move into a house and every bathroom has contractor mirrors? Well, they are nice because they’re big but not very cozy or cute. Ours also had the added bonus of having gaudy, gold trim pieces holding them onto the wall. I lived with the mirrors for 6 years and thought about painting the gold trim, or maybe adding a piece of molding to hide it. Then I was surfing Craigslist one night for a coffee table that I could repaint when I found the answers to my bathroom mirror dilemma.

The company is called Reflected Design — they let you customize your existing mirror by picking out a new frame, paint or stain style for the frame and then install it right over your existing mirror. What a good idea! They also have a calculator on their site that lets you insert how big your mirror is and what type of frame and they give you a price. They are located in Utah, but if you live out of state and are handy or have a handy spouse, maybe you could have them send you the frames and then assemble them and install them yourself? Or figure out a way to make them yourself — hmmm… I love the way they look now!

Our master bathroom before…

Our master bathroom after…

My son’s bathroom before…

My son’s bathroom after!

The girls’ bathroom before…

The girls’ bathroom after!

The guest bathroom before…

The guest bathroom after!

Also, if you have any opinions on a paint color for most of my downstairs — please let me know what you think! I might be going down to HomeDepot again today to get more paint samples. I am having a hard time deciding on a color.

Have a great day!!!

Nie Nie Day

28 Aug

For those who haven’t heard, a really cute blogging girl Stephanie Nielson (Nie Nie) and her husband were in a terrible plane accident. They are in critical condition and Stephanie has third degree burns covering about 80% of her body. Recovery will be long and very expensive. To help raise funds, Design Mom, (a really fun site) has declared today Nie Nie Day. Starting today all over the internet there will be auctions and things for sale.

There are some really cool things being auctioned off to help the Nielson family. If you are interested, you can find the list of items at designmom and also roomsomewhere and her sister’s site cjanerun.

Thanks and have a great day!!!

Favorite Thing Wednesday: Felt Food!

28 Aug
I know that I have an etsy obsession — but people make the cutest things there! For a while I have been lusting after the felt food on etsy. It is so cute and life-like. My little girls would have such fun playing with felt food in their pretend kitchen. Now, it’s a hard choice when deciding what play food you need. There are many delicious cupcakes (as seen above). As well as other tempting desserts such as:

Various donuts and pastries

If you really want a memorable dessert, I recommend going for the Chocolate Napoleon!

But if dessert is not your thing, you can get a hearty felt breakfast

If you need something traditional for Sunday Dinner. There’s always the Pot Roast/Brisket & veggies…

Or maybe you’re going camping and need some felt food for the trip: hotdogs, chips and s’mores?

Maybe you need a change from the everyday food. There’s even felt sushi dinner complete with California rolls.
Or even Yakisoba (Pan Fried Noodles with Squid) Included are squid rings, quail eggs, sliced seaweed, snow peas, carrots, shiitake as well as noodles for an authentic experience.
But maybe you or your kids are vegetarians? No problems… Just order the Grilled Tofu Dinner — delicious!

So funny! I am still trying to figure out what I am going to order. It’s hard because I want one of everything! That’s my Wednesday Favorite Thing for this week. Thanks for stopping bye!!!

Pastrami Paninis, Parmesan Smashed Potatoes and Coco Loco Brownies

27 Aug

My mom brought me a wonderful surprise yesterday. She had taught a panini class and had an extra panini maker so she gave me hers! I was so excited that I immediately went out and bought some ingredients to try it out!

I found a Smashed Potato recipe on which I changed a little bit. It is very similar to the “Crashed Potato” recipe that is on the Pioneer Woman’s blog, but has shredded Parmesan cheese and also rosemary. Here’s the recipe:

one small bag of red potatoes
salt and pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Put potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Leave skins on. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and cook at a low boil until they are tender enough to slide a knife in easily. It is important not to over-boil them. Ten minutes is usually long enough. Drain the potatoes. Set oven to 450-degrees.

Grease a large baking dish. Put the potatoes on the baking dish. Smash each potato using the bottom of a drinking glass. Each potato will expand to approximately twice it’s size. Drizzle potatoes with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and rosemary. Then sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top of the potatoes. Bake for between 15-20 minutes — until the potatoes and cheese are brown. Serve.

On the paninis we layered pastrami, thinly sliced red onions, pesto, and Havarti cheese. At the store I had bought some spinach–artichoke–Parmesan dip and I decided to put a little of that on the sandwiches too. Mmmm, delicious!

(we also made turkey paninis, for those of us who don’t like Pastrami)

I decided to try the Everyday with Rachael Ray Coco Loco Brownies. They were surprisingly easy to make and oh so gooey and chocolaty. Yummmm. Plus I love coconut. My kids don’t but they gobbled them up anyway! Here’s the link to the recipe:

New Project: Pillow Covers

26 Aug

I’m so excited. I ordered some Amy Butler fabric in anticipation of recovering my family room pillows. It came and I can’t wait to get started. Remember that zebra rug that I put in my Favorite Things blog a couple of weeks ago? Well, my darling Jeff has ordered it for my birthday! So, I thought it would be fun to add a little color to the room with these different fabrics. I will keep you updated as the room changes!

Ella and I lounging around on the couch.

Here are the pillows now.

These are the fabrics I ordered to make the pillow covers. I am trying to decide on the designs. But it will probably be something pretty simple since the prints are so colorful.

More School Pics

25 Aug

Today was Nick (9th) and Hannah’s (4th) first day of school. Yea!!!

It’s too early for a real smile.
Hannah was much perkier an hour and a half later!
Ella wants to get in on the picture-taking fun!
In line, waiting for the teacher. Hannah is the shortest one in line (and she has 2 inch heels on!)
With her best friend in front of the school mascot — grrrr!!!

Creative Fridays: Vintage Button Earrings!

22 Aug

I am having so much fun exploring so many creative blogs. It has really inspired me to get some of my projects out and work on them! Here’s what my work table looks like right now. 🙂
One of the things I really like is going garage sale-ing. At one of the garage sales I found a little old lady who was selling three jars of her grandmother’s old buttons — so I think some of them are really old. Those jars have been sitting in my craft room just waiting to be used. So I started experimenting with my beading supplies and made some earrings using those buttons.

So, thanks to all of you creative people out there
. I love going on your blogs and seeing all of the fun crafty projects — it has given me so much inspiration! I am going to try to create at least one thing every week and post it on Fridays! Have a great day!!!

Where Did The Time Go?

21 Aug
A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous…full of beauty and forever beautiful…loving and caring and truly amazing.
— Deanna Beisser

Today was Hayley’s first day of middle school? I can’t believe it — she is growing up so fast! She was nervous, but we went over to the school a couple of days ago and went over her schedule and opened her locker a few times so she would feel more comfortable. I wish I could keep her with me forever and protect her, but I know she needs this opportunity to fly.

I love you Hayley!!!

FaVoRiTe ThInG Wednesdays: Button Clips!

20 Aug

Here’s one of my favorite things: button clips! As a mom of three girls I think these clips are so cute and funny. I have ordered quite a few from The girl I ordered these from is: Nettiepete at

The cast of Peter Pan

Something Spooky for October! These are also from, the shop is jackandjane.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Catching Up

19 Aug

A couple of nights ago we had a chance to visit with some dear relatives we hadn’t seen for a while. We were invited to my aunt and uncle’s beautiful mountain home. My cousins and their families were there and everyone had a wonderful time catching up! Thanks for a wonderful evening!!!

Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.
~Gail Lumet Buckley

I found a recipe that I “tweaked” a little to bring to the BBQ:

Summertime Pasta Salad

1 package bow-tie pasta, uncooked
honey-ginger dressing (recipe to follow)
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1 cup peeled zucchini
1/2 cup green pepper
1/2 cup red pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup sliced celery
8 slices, center-cut bacon, cooked and diced
1/2 cup finely shredded fresh Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain. Rinse with cold water to cool quickly, then drain well. Prepare Dressing. Stir together cooled pasta, cooked bacon, vegetables and dressing. Salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover and refrigerate until cold. Makes approximately 12 servings.

Dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 1/4 cup honey, 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard, 2 teaspoons minced garlic and 1 teaspoon ground ginger. Mix well.