December 29, 2015

The Best of 2015 ~ The Stonybrook House

The year is winding down and now I’m gearing up for the new year! Plus we have the Leeper's Annual New Year’s Eve Party!! Which is always so much fun!!

Anyway, I thought I’d share some of the best of 2015… a few that everybody liked and a few of my personal favorites.

First, let me share my favorite recipe of the year…. This one knocked my socks off.  It came out so beautiful and it practically melted in your mouth. A.m.a.z.i.n.g!!!

Salted Caramel Buttercream Chocolate Ganache Cake
Salted Carmel CAKE
This is an oh my goodness kind of cake!

December 23, 2015

A Cross In The Christmas Tree

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! There is so much busyness going on at this time of year. I want to stop and enjoy the moments and cherish these times; I wish it wasn't such a struggle.

I, like the rest of you are asking where did this year go? How are we really only 2 days from Christmas? Yet, here we are... wrapping presents, baking cookies, getting ready for family gatherings.

Speaking of family gatherings... my kiddos will be traveling home today! One is already on the road for a 12 hour drive! Oh to be young again!! I just love the times all of our family can be together!

December 18, 2015

How To Sew 8 Seat Covers and A Pillow From A Tablecloth!

This is an easy way to change up your dining chairs and dress them up. I really wanted to change the color for Christmas and make them festive.
Seat Covers and A Pillow from A Tablecloth

December 15, 2015

Social Media Link Party ~ Instagram

Hi Everyone! I'm sure you are all busy, busy, busy getting ready for Christmas! 
I am too, but I just wanted to share this party that I was selected to be featured on. 
This is their last one, so I feel honored!

In the Blogging World, we all want to increase our readers on different social media platforms.
Like, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc... It helps us to get our name out there and grow and gain more readers.
If you are a blogger, you can link up in the party below. Even if you aren't a blogger, there are many cool blogs to check out and follow.

December 11, 2015

Delicious Make Ahead Ham Recipe

We have been making this recipe for over 15+ years. It started from a recipe I found in a magazine, but we have adjusted the recipe to perfection! Just about every time we bring this to a dinner, we come home with an empty pan. We call it Leeper Ham, but I couldn't really call it that for this...
Delicious Make Ahead Ham Recipe

December 8, 2015

How To Build The Easiest Shelves

This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to purchase through my links, at no additional cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies from qualifying purchases. 

This technique is definitely the easiest way to build a floating shelf. There are no brackets, no corbels, no cleats, no hangars… I know you’re dying to know. We’ll get there.

How to Build Floating Shelves

December 4, 2015

The Very Cheap Plank Wall

This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to purchase through my links, at no additional cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies from qualifying purchases. 

This project, was a spur of the moment, drop everything else, must do right now kind of project.  I don’t know what got into me, but when Hubby said he loved the idea, that was the green light I needed! So this is….

Cheap Plank Wall

November 30, 2015

DIY Lighted Christmas Art

This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to purchase through my links, at no additional cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies from qualifying purchases. 

This Lighted Christmas Art came out so beautiful.  This is actually something Hubby and I created together.
DIY Lighted Christmas Art

November 23, 2015

Our Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

Happy Thanksgiving!  I wanted share what a traditional Thanksgiving dinner looks like at
 The Stonybrook House.

Some of these recipes have been a tradition for years! I hope you enjoy them too!

I’m going to mix it up a bit…. Let’s start with dessert first! (shoot, who wouldn’t want to start dinner with dessert first….that’s the sugaraholic in me speaking…)

Pumpkin Brownies... YUM!!!
Pumpkin Brownies

November 19, 2015

A Parrot Uncle Lighting $50 Giveaway

Remember when we (hubs & I) installed the two pendants over the counter in the kitchen? If not, you can see that transformation HERE. We didn’t install one over the kitchen sink. I really didn’t want the same kind of fixture. I wasn't sure what I wanted. Now, I do! We have a statement piece and it is awesome!
Here is the before:
Can Light Before

November 16, 2015

Skinny Chai Latte ~ Only 60 Calories

Skinny Chai Latte

This Chai Latte mix is so delicious and super easy to make!

November 9, 2015

Easy Adorable Advent Calendar Tree

This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to purchase through my links, at no additional cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies from qualifying purchases. 

Advent Calendar Tree2

November 5, 2015

How To Cover That Ugly Tissue Box!

This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to purchase through my links, at no additional cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies from qualifying purchases. 

Manufacturers try to make tissue boxes looks less like tissue boxes…more like decorated cardboard. Not that it’s bad, I just wanted something nicer, something pretty.

Easy DIY Tissue Box Cover

October 29, 2015

From Placemat to Mini Planter Box

This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to purchase through my links, at no additional cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies from qualifying purchases. 

I just love these bamboo placemats!  I found mine at the Dollar Tree. They just are so handy!!

Bamboo Placemat

October 22, 2015

DIY Metallic Gold Print

This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to purchase through my links, at no additional cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies from qualifying purchases. 

I LOVE all of the gold foil prints on Pinterest! Don't you? Yet, I don't have a Cricut Cutting Machineor a Silhouette.... Sad emoji face.... Those machines are amazing!  But I have a way to make a Metallic Gold Print without all of those fancy machines!!

DIY Metallic Gold Print

October 13, 2015

How To Make A Beautiful Brooch Bouquet

I know this isn't one of my typical posts, but I just had to share this with you all! Several months ago, I was asked if I would consider making a brooch bouquet for a friend of a friend's wedding. I thought, sure! I love new adventures and doing crafty things. It can't be that hard, right?

Bridal Brooch Bouquet

October 10, 2015

Hmmm.... So, This Is 50...

Sooo, guess what happened this week? Yup! I had a milestone birthday. 50! To me that number sounds r.e.a.l.l.y old, and when I type it??? ugh! The problem here is that I do NOT feel one day over ..... let's say.....35.  Yeah, that sounds about right.

In fact, I probably feel better physically today than I did at 35. That was 15 years ago people!! That was around the time I got tired of being overweight and began to do something about it. Thank You, Lord!

Feeling healthy and strong is very important to me now. Just because I don't feel 50, doesn't mean my body doesn't agree at times. In fact there are days it is giving me hints loud and clear. I really don't want to listen to it too much. ;) For instance... my shoulder has been screaming at me lately. You know, some annoying tendonitis.  I've dealt with it before and I know what I need to do. This, I can ignore for a bit, but it's only going to get worse until I start doing some therapy on it. (Which I have, and it's already feeling better!)

That's the thing, knowing what you can ignore and what you shouldn't.  Good health is important to me, and I want to take good care of myself. So, that's means I have to listen to my body more than I did before. I need to feed it well, and keep it exercised. Because.....I want to be a mover and a shaker when I'm in my 70's! Oh yeah! I do! Just like these grannies... minus the fanny packs!

This is the age that, I believe, you start to care less what people think of you. Did you watch those grannies? They DO NOT care one bit that they are being recorded, or that there is a crowd around them. They are getting their groove on gearing up for some race.  Good for them!  Hey, they're doing a RACE! Movers and shakers, that's what I'm talking about!

My Great Aunt Sylvia, used to say that, "age is between the ears". I wholeheartedly agree with her! You know we all "self talk". We talk to ourselves, well, if you don't, I do! And I probably make up for the fact that you don't. Remember, I'm a stay at home wife, and my hubby works a lot! Who else am I going to talk to? So, what kind of things do you tell yourself?

"Ugh... I'm tired.  I'm getting old, my body hurts, whine, whine, whine, blah, blah, blah."

Well, somedays, yeah, that's me.... But most days, I chose differently.

Each day is a gift, an opportunity, a blessing. I try to spend some time each morning with my Bible and my Lord. That is what encourages me everyday. It's not about what I can do, but what He can do through me. I read the Word of God to lift me up, give me strength and direction.

1 Samuel 30:6 (NLT)
David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.

David was in trouble, but he didn't give up, lose heart. He looked up!

So, that's what I'm doing.  This is just the beginning for me! Whew! I made it to the 50 club! Now, just a few more years, and I can get some discounts! :)


September 30, 2015

How To Fix Misplaced Pendant Lights

These lights have frustrated us since we moved in, that's why we never installed the pendants. If you look at this picture, you'll understand.  See the light covers, that's where the pendants were placed by the builders, but the lighted area would only be on the cabinet side of the counter. ( You can see where I marked it with a line.) When they should have been centered over the entire counter, right?  This isn't rocket science. Well, Hubby and I have had a plan all along... we just finally did it! :)
Misplaced pendant lights

September 24, 2015

Easy DIY Corbels (Aka Shelf Brackets, Only Nicer!)

Hello there! These are much easier than I thought they would be. Of course, I was a bit intimidated, but having hubby home eased the fear of the unknown and he encouraged and helped me along!
So, if I can do it, YOU can too!!
Easy DIY Corbels for Shelves

September 3, 2015

Easy Bed Frame for Under $40!

This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to purchase through my links, at no additional cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies from qualifying purchases. 

Yes, I'm serious!! My daughter bought a new full size mattress without a box spring, she didn't want the height a box spring would add, and she desperately needed storage under her bed.  So, Hubs and I set to work to design and build an EASY, sturdy, inexpensive bed frame.

Bed Frame Under $40

August 19, 2015

A little time off...Time to purge and organize!

Hi y'all! Hubby and I enjoyed a wonderful week of vacation at the beach.
Beachin it

July 31, 2015

Flooring Complete! ~ Ladies Church Bathroom

It's been so great to see the transformation of this sweet little bathroom at church! There is only a few things left to do and we will be finished!

Last week, I worked on the flooring. This is what it looked like before.
Floors Before

July 23, 2015

How To Frame A Bathroom Mirror With No Miter Cuts! ~ Another Church Bathroom Update

Here I am finally with the Mirror Frame Tutorial! Yay! I must tell you, this little bathroom at our church is looking pretty spectacular! Again, here is what we were working with....
Bathroom Stuck in the 80's

July 14, 2015

Ladies Church Bathroom Update: Cabinet Doors Look Brand New!

I'm back with more to share about how the ladies church bathroom is being remodeled. Now remember this is what we were working with...
Cabinets & Floors

July 1, 2015

Thrifty & Easy Faux Granite Countertops

This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to purchase through my links, at no additional cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies from qualifying purchases. 

I'm sure some of you have been wondering where I have been? Well.... Life has been a bit busy, super busy. Have you ever felt like you are going in a 100 different directions and they all need your attention? That's kinda how the last couple of months have been. I do this every now and then... overcommit myself or start too many projects, then I impose these unrealistic deadlines and drive myself nuts. Yep, that's pretty much how it goes.... Oh well.

I'm at the end of all that and I am determined to finish a few projects BEFORE I start any new ones! :) So, here's one I did over a month ago, that I'm just getting around to sharing. It's super cool! Thrifty & Easy Faux Granite Countertops!

June 9, 2015

How To Make Coffee Filter Peonies {Super Easy!}

Whew! What a couple of crazy weeks! My nephew's wedding was beautiful! I made several of these coffee filter peonies for this wedding arch.  Didn't it come out stunning?
Wedding Arch

June 3, 2015

Painting Kitchen Cabinets - Kitchen Makeover

Whew!!! I am so ready to have my kitchen back! And after 44 (very long) days, my kitchen no longer looks like this!

May 20, 2015

Prep Before Painting Kitchen Cabinets

All the prep for painting the kitchen cabinets has been the longest most dullest monotonous part of the entire process.... And let's not forget to mention the disaster zone is right up there too!
Primed Disaster Zone

May 14, 2015

Church Bathroom Remodel {1980s Pepto Pink Parade!}

I'm so glad I'm able to show you the other project I'm a part of! Check out this pepto pink parade!! Now, I really like pink... But I was thinking our Ladies bathroom at church needed a bit of an update.

May 6, 2015

Extending Kitchen Cabinets To The Ceiling

I've got to get you up to speed! I have done so much, but I haven't had the time to blog about it!! So, let's jump right to it!! The "change of plans" from my last post kinda scared me.  But the idea of having little adorable glass fronted cabinets above our existing cabinets had me giddy! I have to admit I was completely intimidated. I just kept looking at this inspiration picture!! So fabulous!!
glass upper cabinets

April 28, 2015

DIY Board & Batten In The Kitchen

Lots and lots going on here!! It takes so much longer than you think to cut, measure and nail! I am loving all the progress on the kitchen, though!  Here's what I've done so far....
Marking board & batten

April 21, 2015

Kitchen Plans!! {Time To Get Rid Of The Sea Of Orange Wood!}

Are you enjoying spring?  I sure am! And I'm itching to get started on some projects! Like my "sea of wood!" It's time, I am ready! The amount of work is a bit overwhelming, but I'm determined.  I can do this!! Here is a reminder of what I'm working with...

April 13, 2015

Painting and Stenciling The Entry

Who would've thought that a little paint a stencil could turn boring into stunning?

Stenciling The Entry

April 10, 2015

Salted Caramel Buttercream Chocolate Ganache C.A.K.E.

This is no ordinary cake... This stretched my baking skills beyond what this country girl usually attempts. Believe me!! But my sweet precious daughter requested this labor intensive cake for her birthday. Who could turn her down? Not me....

Salted Carmel CAKE

March 26, 2015

Nail Polish Marbling

This is sooo cool!! Have you seen this before?
Nail Polish Marbling2

March 23, 2015

What To Do With My Hair?

I am at a cross roads... With my hair. I'm trying to figure out what looks best on me. I've just spent the last couple of hours scouring photos of my hair for the last decade and more. Hmmm... It's been pretty eye opening... You should try it. Here's one from the 80's....Oh Boy! What a fashionista...NOT!

March 20, 2015

Shelf, Shelves and a Pinterest Win!!

Happy First day of Spring!! Yay! Of course it snows here.... But warm days are coming!!!

I've wanted these two shelf areas done for years!  I don't know why I've waited??? I drive myself nuts sometimes. :P And this Pinterest Win? Love Love Love what I did with these hooks!

March 18, 2015

Happy Anniversary....Sunny & 75....Jet Lag...

Wow! What a couple of weeks it's been! Back in February, Hubby and I celebrated our 27th year of marriage... It was kinda cool. 27 years on the 27th of February. So, I thought I'd make a little something for him.
27 Reasons I Love You

March 4, 2015

My Fashion Over 40 ~ What Is Fasting?

My Fashion Over 40We almost didn't have church service again this week. Yep, you guessed it.... snow. Again. I know, shocking, right? Hey... I live on the northern east coast, and guess what? This is winter!

February 25, 2015

Easy $1 DIY Spice Racks!

This is one of the projects I finished lately and couldn't wait to share with you!  I made spice racks out of these!

DIY Spice Rack from cooling racks

February 16, 2015

Basement Progress!

Church was cancelled yesterday, due to inclement weather, so I thought I'd share the progress I've made on the basement.

No, I'm not finished, but we've come a LONG way since this....

Basement Mess

February 10, 2015

February 5, 2015

Easy DIY Infinity Scarf ~ Super EASY!!

Super Duper Easy Infinity Scarf! Seriously, it only took me about 15 minutes to make! There are tons of tutorials out there on these, but I was asked, so I will deliver. :)

Super Easy DIY Infinity Scarf

February 2, 2015

My Fashion Refashion ~ Forgiveness...

My Fashion Over 40
This Fashion Refashion is the skirt I told you about a few weeks ago.

This skirt was a couple of sizes too big and too long.

January 30, 2015

Basement Clean Up

Gosh! I feel like a hermit... Seriously, I've spent so much time in the basement.  But it hardly looks like I've done a thing! UGH! I guess that's what happens when you let it go... let it go...(lol, I couldn't resist ;)), then add a few years of ignoring and you have one HUGE UNORGANIZED mess...

Basement 2014

January 27, 2015

How To Align Your Planner With God

How To Align Your Planner With God

We were able to attend my daughter's church on the way home, Sunday.  How interesting that the pastor shared about aligning your planner with God, especially since I just started using a planner this year and I just posted about it last week!

January 22, 2015

Organization.... DIY 2015 Planner and A Plan!

Do you feel organized? Do you use a planner? Well, I thought I was organized...somewhat... and I am a faithful "Lister".  But that hasn't seemed to cut it. Otherwise my basement wouldn't look like this.

Basement Mess

January 19, 2015

My Fashion Revamp! ~ What Keeps You From Prayer?

I'm attempting to revamp some clothes that are too big for me now.  I know it's a good problem to have, right? Revamp means to make something better or like new again. That's exactly what I'm trying to do. Here we go....

Fashion Revamp

January 15, 2015

Eating Clean ~ A 30 Day Detox

I don't know about you, but I do not like it when my clothes start feeling a little tight.  When there isn't quite as much wiggle room in that shirt. And I really don't like it when my body feels tired and sluggish, with no energy. That couldn't possibly be from eating every sugary, carby thing that my eyes beheld... could it? The "Merry" part of Christmas became a little treat here and a little treat there, here a treat, there a treat, EVERYWHERE a treat treat!!

That is most certainly why I needed this!

Eating Clean Detox