Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New charging station!

I saw this idea to make your own charging station on the Better Homes and Gardens website and I thought it was so cute that I had to make one for myself.

Convert a bread box into a charging station for small electronic devices.This will even fit a kindle or kindle fire! Just drill a hole in the back, insert a rubber grommet, and thread the power-strip cord through. Cut small slits in a piece of cardboard to create a divider that conceals the power strip and chargers behind it. Decorate the cardboard piece to match your decor! I just love how it turned out! Mine is on my kitchen counter. It's great that it looks like something that belongs in my kitchen! Not some hi-tech thing!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bailey's Irish Shakes!

I am posting this for my wonderful Mother-in-law so she can pin it on Pinterest!;)
These are Awesome! It's such a great recipe to make for St. Patrick's Day, Or Christmas.... Any holiday...or Just an Adult Treat! Yummy! We had these on vacation one time and they were so good that we COULD NOT wait for our next trip so we had to duplicate them at home! Give them a try!

Bailey's Irish Shakes
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
3/4 cup milk
Whipped cream
Bailey's Irish Cream to taste
Mix ingredients in blender
Drizzle chocolate syrup in cup
Pour into cup
Top with whipped cream

Friday, March 16, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Shirts for my Kiddos! NO SEWING!

My Kiddos wanted to wear Shamrock shirts to school today. They liked the idea of homemade ones so I had to get going last week and get out to buy some supplies. I found some cheap grey shits at Wal-Mart. I already had a green T-shirt in the give away pile that I snatched for the shamrocks! So I got to work! I went for a NO SEWING project because I didn't want to have to drag out the sewing maching because of this...

I have a sress fracture! So much for getting into shape!

Supplies: T-shirt(s)
                Fabric Glue
                Green material
                green fabric paint
                Freezer Paper
                Rhinestones (for the girls shirt)
                packaging tape (clear)
For G's shirt I measured where his elbows would be and marked it with a pen.

Then, on the computer I printed out a Shamrock shape about 2inches by 2 inches.  I cut out the shape with scissors. Next, I used clear packaging tape to place the shamrock on the green material.
This is not a necessary step, but it really makes cutting the shape SUPER EASY!
You will get a really nice clean edge. Repeat this step for all of the shapes you need to cut out. You could also do this for the letters if you wanted instead of the freeze paper method.
Then, I used the fabric glue and put the shamrocks on the marks I had made for the elbows. Cute little shamrock "elbow patches". I let that dry for about an hour and I got to work on the words for the front. I used freezer paper as a stencil. This is a great way to make really nice lettering for your shirts if you are going to paint the lettering on. I found a really great tutorial on this on a really great blog I Am Momma Hear Me Roar. Here is the link to the tut...

I just used green t-shirt paint for my shirt and this is how it turned out

J opted for a short sleeve version...
L's shirt went a little differntly... I made a big shamrock and placed it right in the front of the shirt on the chest. Then I  used the fabric glue to put the rhinestones on the edge of the shamrock.
She wore it to school today so I will have to get a pic of the finished shirt later!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here it is!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Painting Light Fixtures!

I had such a great result when I restyled my dining room chandelier, that I was inspirest to do something with the other fixtures in my house.
This is what my flush mount lighting fixtures used to look like. I really wasn't in to the gold rim that they had. Other than that they were fine. So, I bought some oil rubbed bronze metallic spray paint. I took the fixtures down and removed the glass domes. I did a little light sanding to the golden rim and wiped it clean with a damp cloth. Then, I took them outside and sprayed them. I gave them 2 good coats.

This is how they turned out! It cost me like $15.00 in Spray paint to do 3 of these. To buy new ones, it would have cost me at the very least $80.00! I love how they turned out!