Spice Rack Upcycle

Spice Rack Upcycle - Just Do It Y'all

Hey y’all! I hope you’re doing well during this crazy winter. I went to the grocery store last night (along with half of my town) just to make sure that we had plenty of food for the upcoming Snowpocalypse. Although it may only be a few inches, we are now well prepared to hunker down and not have to leave the house.

Anyway, here is my little post for today. It’s one of the easiest things that I have ever done, but I had to share. There was no paint, sanding, Mod Podge, etc. Just a little ingenuity, and saving some money.

I have this great revolving spice rack that was given to us as a wedding present five years ago by my dear friend, Christy. The spices expired, but I held on to it knowing that I could use it for something else. My initial thought was to use it to hold some of my acrylic paint bottles, but the holes were too big, so that didn’t work. I finally realized that they were the perfect size for my k-cups! Brilliant, right? This little idea saved me at least $20 that I would have spent on one of the “real” k-cup organizers.

So, that was my easy little project. Have you upcycled anything lately? I would love for you to share!

Stay warm!

Love Letters + a Giveaway

Hi y’all! I hope you had a fabulous weekend and are ready to start a new week. My daughter and I have both been under the weather, so we took it pretty easy over the last few days. Even though the weather was nice, we stayed pretty close to home. Can you believe it’s almost February?! It seems like only yesterday it was Christmas! With February, of course, comes Valentine’s Day. I have always had a love/hate relationship with this holiday. I feel like it is a materialistic day that puts pressure on those that have a significant other, while making single people feel miserable. However, I am a romantic at heart, so I love the idea of flowers, candy, and a date night with my hubby (those are few and far between in our world!).

So, in honor of this day, I decided to make a couple of items. You know about my love of chipboard, of course, so when I saw these at Hobby Lobby I had to buy them. They were so easy to make, but I LOVE the glitz that they add to a bookshelf or wall.

Love Letters

I painted the first piece with dark red acrylic paint. Next, I used spray adhesive in small sections (so it wouldn’t dry too quickly), and followed it with the glitter. I did this three times, tapping the chipboard on the table between each time to remove any excess glitter. The last step was to spray it with acrylic sealer. Make sure to do this in a well ventilated area because the fumes are pretty strong. I did three coats of the sealer, too, just to make sure the glitter stayed put.

The second piece had individual letters, but I used the same technique, just changing the colors. The whole process took about two hours, which I don’t think is too long for such a cute result.

I’m selling them on my Etsy page (HERE), but I am also offering you a chance to win the red “LOVE” for yourself! That’s right, it’s time for another giveaway because y’all are so wonderful. Here is what you need to do win:

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The giveaway is open now and ends on February 2 at 12:00 am. Good luck!

Foodie Friday: Amazing Apple Pie

Hi Everyone! I’m so sorry for missing last Friday’s recipe, but my daughter and I have had horrible colds and I didn’t feel up to doing ANYTHING. My wonderful husband even took a day off work so that he could make sure the kids left me alone and let me sleep. Isn’t he amazing? {Insert “aaaaawwww” sound here.}

So since I’m playing catch up here, I decided to bring back one of our original posts written by the wonderful Katie. I think I’m going to have to make this very soon.

Amazing Apple Pie

Doesn’t it look, well, amazing? For the full recipe you can click HERE.

Do you have a pie recipe that you love? Please share it with us!

Have a great weekend!
Amy

Foodie Friday: Coconut Brownies

For our first Foodie Friday, I wanted to share one of my very favorite recipes. If you are a fan of chocolate and coconut, this one is for you. I discovered it because I happened to run out of vegetable oil and had to find a substitution. Ready for the secret ingredient? Here it is (insert drumroll here)…Coconut oil! If you haven’t ever used coconut oil you should stop what you’re doing right now and go buy some. We use it for everything now, and it has amazing health benefits, too!

coconut brownies

I don’t have one particular brand of brownie mix that I use; I have found that all of them taste delicious when I use coconut oil. I prepared everything according to the directions on the box, except for using the vegetable oil, of course. For those that may not know, coconut oil comes in a solid form, so you will need to heat it enough to become liquid in order to get the correct measurement.

I always under cook my brownies because I like them to be a little gooey when they cool. (That’s just my personal preference – it doesn’t impact the coconut taste). And that’s it – super easy, right?

coconut brownies

Have a great day, y’all!

My New Year’s DIY Goals

DIY New Year's Goals

Hi Everyone!

I know it has been forever since I posted anything on here. Between the holidays, crafting gifts for family and life in general, my little blog was pushed to the back burner. But, now I’m back, and hopefully most of you have stuck with me during the break.

I usually do not make New Year’s resolutions because I NEVER end up keeping them. This year I decided to make goals (which are usually more achievable – at least for me!). I have them broken down into a few different categories (i.e. personal, physical, spiritual, etc.), but I wanted to share my DIY list with you.

1. Redo our master bedroom. This poor room is one of the most neglected in our house. It is a small room to begin with, but when you add in the piles of clean laundry that often wait to be returned to their designated areas, the walls start to feel like they are closing in – quickly. My goal is to redecorate it for under $200.

2. Create more items for my Etsy shop. I have so many ideas floating around in my head that never seem to make it past that point. This year I will let them escape!

3. Include more recipes and gift ideas on this blog. Most of my posts in the past have been decor related (which is my favorite), but I also love to find and share recipes, so beginning next week, Fridays will become Foodie Friday where I will share either a recipe that I have found or a recipe that I have created.

4. Organize my kids’ playroom. I try to do a toy purge about three times a year, but with birthdays and Christmas it seems that we always end up with the same amount of toys. I also babysit three additional kids during the week, so the need to be organized is extremely important, or cleanup starts to become overwhelming. While some things are organized into freezer bags and storage containers, I need to buy more and redo some of my work. I am not an organized person by nature, but I’m really looking forward to this!

So, there you go – my New Year’s DIY Goals. What are some of your goals and resolutions for 2014?

300 Likes Giveaway!

Giveaway

I am so excited that we reached 300 likes yesterday! What better way to celebrate than with a giveaway, right? Below you will find the box that has the different ways to earn entries. Two of them are required, but the rest are entirely up to you. Easy peasy!

Oh.. you probably want to know the prize, right? Well, I will be giving away a brand new handmade picture from my new shop, Lizzie Clementine. If you want to take a look at some of the frames that I have made, check out THIS post.

That pretty much covers it. The giveaway is live now and will close at midnight (CST) on October 24th. Good luck & thanks for entering!

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Exciting News!

I am so thrilled to announce that I have decided to open an Etsy shop that features some the home decor items that I have created!  I named it Lizzie Clementine after my great grandmother (Elizabeth Clementine) – isn’t that just the best name?

Here are a couple of the picture frames that are listed:

moroccan frame striped frame

I would love it if you could stop by for a minute and check it out!  There is not much in there at the moment, but I hope to have it fully stocked within the next couple of weeks.

Have a great Wednesday!

Amy

DIY Wedding Tile

DIY Wedding TIle

Have you been seeing as many DIY tile coasters all over Pinterest as I have?  I love them, and in fact, I have been making them for years!  I first learned how to do this when I was on vacation in New Orleans.  I stopped at a booth in the French Market and bought a few small tile magnets and the vendor explained how she made them.  I fell in love with the process and started making as many as I could for sale and gifts.

One of the styles that I made was a wedding tile that was one of my most successful sellers on Etsy.  I recently made two more for a friend, and thought I should share with you how I make them (and hopefully you will want to make them, too!

Unfortunately, I don’t have any tutorial pictures, but the steps are pretty easy to follow, and feel free to leave a comment with any questions.

Supplies:
6″ ceramic tile (can be purchased at Lowe’s or Home Depot)
Mod Podge
foam brush
spray adhesive
scrapbook paper
clear acrylic gloss coating

1. I centered my text on the middle of the scrapbook paper, printed it using a regular ink jet printer, and then trimmed it to fit in the tile leaving a small border.
2. Using spray adhesive, affix the paper to the front of the tile.
3. Spread a thin layer (In case you didn’t catch that: THIN LAYER) of Mod Podge over the tile. From my experience, it helps to start from the middle and work your way out. Once it’s covered you can brush from top to bottom to smooth out the coat.
4. Press out any air bubbles with your finger once the Mod Podge is almost dry. If you do this too early you might tear the paper, so be careful!
5. Check for any spots that you might have missed, and add another coat of Mod Podge if needed.
6. Spray with clear acrylic gloss coating (I would do this outside because the fumes are pretty strong.). Repeat if needed.

That’s it! You can give it as is, or you can add a small tabletop easel for a great way to display it. Easy peasy, right? Be sure and link up some pictures of tiles that you make!

Have a great day!

Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to Mandi Chambless for winning the Target gift card giveaway!  Thank you to everyone for participating!

Sunday Social #4

Good morning! I have a lot to do to prepare for this week, so this Sunday Social is going to be a little shorter. There are still some wonderful things on here, so be sure & check them out!

#1 - Grain Sack Inspired Dressers - Circa-1929

grain sack dressers

These dressers are absolutely adorable. I’m really into gray and white right now, so these are right up my alley.

#2 - Chalkboard Ceramic Coasters - Just Us Four Blog

chalkboard coasters
Another great use for chalkboard paint! I’m going to have to do this myself. (Wouldn’t these make awesome gifts??)

#3 - Farmhouse Style Pie Safe - Denise…On A Whim

farmhouse style pie safe

What a great yard sale find & cute idea! This has southern hospitality written all over it.

If you were featured, please feel free to grab a button!! :-)

Have a great week, y’all!  (Don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway!!)