Thursday, May 31, 2012

Men's dress shirt to skirt

I finally got brave and tried my hand at making a skirt from a men's shirt. Hubby put some shirts out for a yard sale last year and they didn't sell. I held back a couple of them from the Goodwill pile.

Here's what I started with:

Here's the end result:

Monday, May 28, 2012

DIY planter round up

Happy Memorial Day! And thanks to all who served and sacrificed and thanks to all the families! In reality, this is a day of sadness and mourning for many, and I pray God will wrap you in his peace and comfort.

This week's Must Do Monday is all about planters. Last week we looked at porch makeovers, and I'm itching to try some of these planter ideas for my porch.

sip-n-wear painted up some cute polka dot planters:

There are lots of stacked planter DIYs out there:

Painted and stenciled from diggers list:

Another from Positively Splendid

Love the pop of color on just the band and the stenciling on these from Sharing Our Path

Color blocked and stacked by East Coast Creative via Infarrantly Creative

Have a great week. You can find a few more outdoor space and planter ideas on my For the Home board at Pinterest.

Friday, May 25, 2012

DIY no slip clothes hanger

Happy Friday! Hope you all have a fabulous three day weekend.  I think most of us will be outdoors, but if you spend it inside doing some organizing, here is a neat tip for you that I found at In My Own Style.

No slip hangers! Take your regular hangers - wire or plastic and wrap them with pipe cleaners from the craft store! Genius! You know you have those pesky dresses or tops that slide off all the time. This will fix the problem.  Click on the link above to read the whole post and how-to.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Glass bead bauble necklace

In addition to all the great ideas and projects I come across in blogland that I want to try out, I collect various magazines with projects that I want to try. (Am I the only one addicted to magazines?)

This week I finally tried out a necklace in one of my Bead Style issues.

Here is the magazine project (it's from Best of Bead Style 2011)

I'd love to create this one as featured with all the colored beads, but I was using some of what I had on hand, along with some extras I picked up on clearance at Michael's this week.

That's the beauty of DIY- you can take an idea and make it yours. I followed the tutorial but substituted color and size of beads. I also tweaked the number of beads called for- the magazine projects calls for 12 20 mm round beads, rondelles, and pearls. I used all round pearls and my largest was 18mm. I used 10 instead of 12 of the 18mm because the strand in my stash only had 11 beads. I adjusted the other numbers by two less as well.

If you see something you'd like to try but don't have everything as listed in the supplies, try substituting.

Sharing here:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pretty porches

My front and back porches are in need of some cleaning and attention. The back one stays either covered in pollen in the spring and fall or dirt in the summer, so I don't think it's worth putting a lot of extra stuff out there. It would just be more to clean. Hopefully one day we will replace the screen with glass and it will be a nice room to enjoy.

In the meantime, I can focus on the front door and porch. It's not a big porch but there is room for a couple of chairs and a few things.

Here are some front doors and porches that inspire me.

Look what some paint and bright pretty flowers can do:

Pillows and plants add a lot of color and visual interest too.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fabulous Friday Finds- Washi tape

Now that I'm in love with washi tape and have officially tried it out for myself, I thought I'd share some places to find some pretty and interesting designs. Of course there is Michaels and Target. But here are some cute options on etsy:

And how about a cool way to store this stuff AND dispense it?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Southwest Chicken Skillet- Tried it out Thursday

We battle cholesterol issues around here. Not high, but not enough good cholesterol, so hubby's last check up sent me looking for more heart healthy recipes. Here is one I found at Heart Healthy Online that was a hit. And it's quick- perfect for our busy nights after work.

Southwest Chicken Skillet


  • 1 tablespoon southwest chipotle-flavored salt-free seasoning (Mrs. Dash)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size strips  I used precooked bagged chicken strips (maybe not as healthy but quicker)
  • 1 medium yellow sweet pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, bias-sliced and quartered
  • 1/2 of a medium onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1/2 cup bottled salsa
  • 1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1/2 cup cooked or canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 8 inches whole wheat flour tortillas, hot cooked rice, or red sweet peppers with tops and ribs removed (optional)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


Sprinkle chicken with seasoning. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a very large skillet. Add chicken; reduce heat to medium. Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until chicken is browned on all sides. Add sweet pepper, zucchini, and onion; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes more or until crisp tender.
Add salsa, corn, and beans to skillet. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes more or until heated through and chicken is no longer pink.
Serve with warm tortillas, rice, or red peppers, if desired. (To heat tortillas, wrap in microwave-safe paper towels; micro-cook on high power for 30 seconds). Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.
  • Tip: Substitution Tip: For an even lower sodium meal, use fresh deli salsa or homemade salsa rather than purchased bottled salsa.

We had this over brown rice.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

DIY Camera bag from purse- 5 tutorials

I've always been in love with taking photos. Over the past few years I've been investing in better equipment and learning to improve my photography. I carry my camera in a backpack camera bag and it's really good for traveling and sight seeing. Sometimes though when I'm on short outings I'd like to be a little more stylish. Those bags that look like purses are so pretty, but I don't care much for the prices. Here are five tutorials for making your own.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

I'm a little late sending out Mother's Day wishes. I've been busy finishing up last minute Mother's day gifts and shopping and then yesterday we traveled to visit our mothers.

To all of my readers who are mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts....Happy Mother's Day. It's never too late to appreciate all the things that women do to "mother'' and care for others every day.

My mother and I on her 70th birthday in Dec. 2010

(Note to self: It's a shame that Dec. 2010 is the last time we had photo taken together.)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Washi tape gift bag and card

I wasted no time in trying out my washi tape. I gussied up a plain gift bag with it and created a matching card for Mother's Day.

 Here is a close up of the card:

 I did a generic sentiment on the bag so my mother can reuse/regift it if she chooses:

The sentiments were stamped and adhered to a label cut with my Nestabilities Labels four in my Sizzix big shot. I really need to get back to more paper crafting. This was a fun project.

I'll be linking up here:

Monday, May 7, 2012

Washi tape projects- Must Do Monday

I bought four rolls of washi (paper) tape from Target and five rolls from Michael's this weekend. ( I used the 25% off coupon at Michael's). So what can I do with all this stuff?

Besides cards and embellishing scrapbook chipboard and stuff, here are some of my favorite projects from around blogland.

Hope you have a fun craft filled week!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Ribbon spool into gift box or album - Fabulous Friday Finds

I am in love with this idea that I found over at In My Own Style - turning ribbon spools into gift boxes.

What a genius way to repurpose, reuse and save! You must go check it out.

Here's another way to use those empty ribbon spools - make a cute photo album.

Both of these ideas would be great for Mother's Day. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Anthro Paisley Rebirth knockoff

Here's my version of the Anthro Paisley Rebirth necklace based on the tutorial from Bev at Flamingo Toes. I loosely followed the tutorial. I didn't wrap my chain the same nor did I wrap it as tightly because I was afraid I would run out of chain. I didn't have quite as much as I needed.

Here's mine compared to Bev's.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Earring giveaway winner

Congrats nmitchell!  please contact me by email within 24 hours (10 p.m. May 2, 2012.)

You are the winner of my earring giveaway!