December 30, 2013

DIY Overhead Projector

This is WAY easier than I thought. I've tried making a projector before without any luck. But.... Now I got it!
DIY Overhead Projector

December 28, 2013

Chalkboard Accent Wall

Did you all have a Merry Christmas?

We did! It has been wonderful having my son here for a week! So sad he is leaving tomorrow...I'll miss that guy.

While he and Hubby are killin' it playing Xbox...
I decided to do a little project. :D
DIY Chalkboard Verse

December 19, 2013

Living Room Rearranged {So Much Better!}

It snowed this last weekend and I never dreamed that a transformation was about to happen....

December 12, 2013

Glitter Coffee Filter Christmas Trees

Glitter Coffee Filter Tree

I whipped this up while I was watching Monday night football.

December 5, 2013

DIY Personalized Table Centerpiece

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Has it already been a week ago? Time is speeding by!

Only 20 days til Christmas! Oh my!!

Last weekend my nephew and family were in town, it was so nice to see them! Knowing they wouldn't be here for Christmas, hubby and I wanted to give them one of their gifts.

DIY Christmas Centerpiece

November 25, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Truffle Delights

These babies are soooo good and addicting!!!
Pumpkin Spice Truffle Delights

November 15, 2013

A Surprise Birthday Party {Hubby's 50th}

Wow! It has been c.r.a.z.y. around here lately!

We are in the middle of an apartment reno, I'm working p/t at the high school, and I decided that Hubby should have a surprise 50th party to celebrate! Was I nuts?? Yes!

Hubby's 50th Birthday

November 4, 2013

Apartment Renovations Begin

It's so rewarding being a landlord! Said no one ever!!! Those memes crack me up. 

So, I've been a little lacking here on the blog. I've been filling in at the high school cafeteria as a cashier. Do I miss working there everyday? No, not really, but it's been nice to see some of my friends. 
I'll be there a little while longer.

Then after work, I've been heading to our lovely apartments and dealing with issues there. If it's not one thing, it's another. Sometimes, an eviction... or a tenant gets locked out. Thank goodness they don't happen often. Usually, it's doing renovations on an apartment.

Anyhow, I thought I'd share a bit of where I've been spending my afternoons.

Apt. 11

October 29, 2013

Comfort Food Link Party Feature

It was a pleasure working with these awesome bloggers! There are definitely some delicious recipes I want to try this fall/winter season.
My favorite was.....
I really liked how sausage was used.  I never thought of that!  
You gotta check it out, that chili looks and sounds so good!!
If you didn't get a chance to check out all of the host's Comfort Food Recipes, you can look at all of them here:
Janis from All Things Beautiful
Thank you, Janis, for organizing this whole party!!

Here is Mary's from At Home On The Bay

Sara from Major Hoff Takes A Wife

Doreen from Hymns and Verses made 

Kirby from Kirb Appeal made

Eliesa from A Pinterest Addict made

Also there was Sallie from Texas Cottage, she made 

and Lastly there was my entry 
Hope you enjoyed the Party as much as we all did!
Thanks for linking up!
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October 23, 2013

Oriental Cauliflower Rice Dish

Well, hello there!!
Yep, been pretty busy here.... When will we not be? Haha! Probaby Never! I'm sure you feel the same way. Isn't everybody busy?
 We made this on the fly tonight, and it came out SOOO GOOD!!  Hubby wanted to post the pic on Facebook, but I said wait, "I might want to do a post"... I saw the disappointment on his face, so I said I'd do it tonight!

October 20, 2013

Easy Pot Roast

Now, when I say "EASY"... 
I mean EASY!!
I love pot roast.  It has such wonderful memories for me.  When my mom was living, she would have such fun having everybody over to her tiny little apartment and cook pot roast and vegetables.  She wasn't much of a cook, but she knew how to do pot roast right! Everytime! 
I'm going to share that little secret with you!
Easy Pot Roast

October 17, 2013

Powder Room Before & After

I'm so happy to finally share the whole thing with you!
Here's the Before....
Powder Room Before

October 15, 2013

How To Make A Custom Tiled Mirror

Now this is some mirror!!
I am truly in L O V E!!
DIY Tiled Mirror
It was a booger, but worth it! Hubby was invaluable on this one!

(A disclaimer is needed here.... the lighting in the powder room is ridiculous for photography, so please pardon my funky pictures. :))

I can't wait to share the final reveal with you all!! That will be coming next!

I am in love with my powder room! Everyone that's seen it loves it! Yay!!

So, this is how we made our custom tiled mirror.

First, it took me F O R E V E R to find the right tile.  I went to every store in town then drove 30 minutes to the next biggest town... Nothing I liked.

I'd looked online, but I was leery. What if it wasn't what I thought, or I didn't like it, then I'd have to return it. Yada yada yada....

I took the leap.  Well, I am a Leeper! Ha!

I was NOT disappointed.  Free shipping too! Bonus!
They weren't cheap, but I loved them and hubby did too. They were $16.99 for a 12x12.  Ugh.... but it was the only one we loved. They were so worth it!

Here's the link to purchase the tile.
White Pearl Shell Tile

We bought a large piece of thin oak. I think it was a veneer type. It was only $8 and some change.

We needed it to be thin. We were concerned with the weight of the mirror when it was complete.

Hubby measured out the mirror to be 24x28 inches.
Hubby measuring mirror

The frame was going to be 3 inches wide for the tiles. That would allow for grout space too.

Well, when the tiles came, they didn't exactly measure correctly. Each tile was larger than a 1 inch tile and there were only 11 across not the normal 12.

So, Hubs had to "adjust" the frame.  He added boards on top to accommodate the tiles. 
Mirror Frame
Which actually worked out because now there was a frame that the mirror could set into.

I used Liquid Nails and clamped them until they were dry.
Groove for mirror to set in
Now this isn't the prettiest frame you've ever seen, but none of it will show. I promise!

Well, the little snags didn't stop....Since the tiles weren't exactly the size we expected, we needed a few more. Ugh!

I needed 10 more little squares to complete this thing!

I went shopping.  I thought I had seen something that might work..... 
Found a matching tile
I thanked the Lord, I found this!

This tile was mostly a grayish ceramic, but had mother of pearl accents here and there. There were about 13 accent tiles. Perfect!! 

Yeah, it was $8, but I didn't want to have to order another square, and then I'd have to wait!!!

So, I cut them out and used a knife and hammer to pry the mother of pearl off the glass tile. It worked!!
Prying tiles off
I still can't believe it worked!! Yay!  

As you can see the size is just a bit off. But as I scatter them throughout the frame, I don't think you'll be able to tell. :)
matches pretty good
I am so ready for the fun part!!!

I wasn't sure how we were going to attach them to the frame. I thought about mortar, but that seemed too much. These aren't regular tiles. They are really thin. Which worked out perfect. They won't be as heavy for the mirror.  

We went to Lowes to look for adhesive and grout. The guy there told us to check out one of the craft stores for supplies. He really only had adhesive and grout for big projects not something this small, we'd have way too much leftover. So, we hit Hobby Lobby. They had the perfect amount and for the right price! For the adhesive and grout it was about $8. 
Tile Adhesive
I cut the tiles in strips to fit the frame and figured out where my individual tiles would go. Squeezed on some adhesive and smoothed it out with my finger and laid the tile on. 

Next let it dry and cure for 5-6 hours.
Tile Glued to frame
I was excited to grout.  I couldn't wait to see what it was going to look like!
Grouting tiles on mirror frame
It was super easy! It was non sanded grout in white. Just push it in the grooves wait about 20-30 minutes and wipe with a sponge. I came back after another hour and wiped it again. 

In the morning, I buffed it with a towel, and got all of the leftover grout off the tiles. It took a little bit of elbow grease. 
Grouted and buffed tile on mirror frame
I wanted to add a little trim to the frame so you couldn't see the raw edge. I picked up some thin dowels and some balsa wood strips.

Hindsight being 20x20, I wish I had used a smaller balsa wood trim on the inside instead of the dowels. But Oh, well.  It still came out beautiful.

I spent about $3 on trim. I mitered the corners of the dowels and glued them with my hot glue gun. They aren't anywhere near perfect, but no ones going to be able to tell.
Dowel trim on inside of mirror frame
I painted all the trim. 
Outside trim
Then I glued the outside trim in place. Once everything was dry, I grouted the inside edge and the outside edge.

This isn't a great pic of the outside edge, but you get the idea.
painted trim

Grouted the inside trim a bit
 Oh and remember to paint just inside the edge of the frame, because the mirror reflects the edge. Mine isn't perfect, but like I said unless someone is going to do an inspection or grade me on this.... No one will notice.

Lastly, we finished off the back. I had some scrap pieces of the veneer and cut two of them. Grabbed a few tiny screws and screwed on the top piece and a bottom piece. There was a bit of a gap, so I was "creative" and used some cardboard as shims. :)

Hubby measured and lined up the picture hangars. He has so much patience!
Backing and hangars
The moment of truth, was it going to fit? Was is going to be gorgeous?
DIY Tiled Mirror
Completely perfect! I love how the tile sparkles! I can't believe it's finished! Total cost =$61

Not bad for a custom fit, perfect sized, gorgeous mirror!!! What do you think?!

Do you love it as much as I do?


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October 6, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me! :)

Happy Birthday to me!
Wow! Another year has flown by.  Is it possible that I'm 48???  No, well, yes.... I really don't feel like it. (Although, my body tells me otherwise at times)
My great aunt used to always say that age was between the ears! 
I believe there is some truth to that.

My birthday was great this year.  Family came over for a little celebration. 
 We have an unusual way of singing "Happy Birthday"....

September 24, 2013

How To Freeze Leftover Tomatoes

Well, Hi there!! Are you enjoying fall? The temps have really dropped here. My garden is coming to an end very soon.

The tomatoes this year were awesome! My garden EXPLODED! 
What to do with leftover tomatoes

September 16, 2013

My Fall Link Party Favorites & Gift Card Winner

I'm falling in love with fall again....
It happens every year without fail.
I'm getting my "fall on" here at home and 
pulled out this sign I made last year...
This always reminds me of how blessed I am.

Anyway, I just want to personally thank all of you that participated in our first 
Dream*Create*Inspire Party

Also, I was so happy to see all the entries for the 
$100 Target Giftcard Giveaway.
I know you want to hear who won some free moolah.
And the winner is......

September 12, 2013

Organizing The Shed.... Finally Complete!! Yay!!

It only took about 4 years!!
It just kept being put on the back burner.
You know how that is...
But now it's done! Yay!
Do you remember these messed up pictures?
So embarrassing... but very real.

Shed Mess

September 9, 2013

Powder Room Mishap ~ What am I going to do?

I'm back from the beach...It's so relaxing, and when I'm there, I feel like I don't have a care in the world. It's always nice to unwind. But now it's back to reality!

I just had to share this little mishap that happened, while I was painting the stripes in the bathroom.

You can check out those awesome stripes here at

I think the look on my face says it all.
Uh OH! What to do?

September 8, 2013

Easy Fall Fajita Soup

Fajita Crockpot Soup
Doesn't this look delicious? I am so ready for fall! Soup is one of the things I look forward to as the weather turns colder.

Although our summer, here in PA, has been pretty mild. But there's nothing like cold fall mornings and the trees changing colors.
Fall walk at MU
This picture was from last year when Hubs and I visited our son at Mansfield University. The leaves changing colors is such a beautiful thing. It's time to get the sweaters out, turn up the heat, and prepare for hibernation...well, kinda.

In the fall, my crockpot gets a workout! This is also when soup becomes a regular item on the weekly menu. :)

I love fast EASY recipes! And this one couldn't get easier.... seriously!

Here are most of the ingredients.
Fajita Crockpot Soup Ingredients
All you have to do is dump the cans into the crockpot. No joke, that's it. 

Well, you do need some cooked chicken... But I usually keep a bunch of that in the freezer, cooked and ready to go. You also can add the fresh tomato and jalapeƱo, its nice if you have it on hand, but definitely not needed.

So, here it is!

Easy Fajita Crockpot Soup:

1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can diced tomatoes & green chillies (Rotel)
1 can chopped green chilies
2 cans tomato sauce
1 packet fajita seasoning mix
2 cups of cooked chopped chicken
Optional: tomato, jalapeno, a can of corn

Mix all ingredients into a crockpot. Cook on low for 4 hours. Done!
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Fajita Crockpot Soup
Easy enough for you??

We like to add a bit of sour cream, cheese and some tortilla chips. This will warm you up on a chilly fall evening.