Saturday, April 19, 2014

~happy Easter weekend~

How old do you have to be to stop getting Easter baskets?
I say you are never too old for a basket filled with candy!

This year I stuffed these giant buckets from Ikea full of goodies.
I got some cute stuffed bunnies at World Market and a lot of candy from peeps.

The girl version:

 And the boy version:
 I also added old fashioned sodas from World Market,
 and the giant paper eggs are filled with fun goodies. 
They are from Ikea.
 Now I just need to find a place to hide these giant buckets……

Have a relaxing and fun filled Easter weekend friends!
I will be back Monday with a giveaway.


Friday, April 18, 2014

~pillow cover winner & 3 more EAT signs~

We have a winner for the 6 wilson pillow cover giveaway!
Thank you to all who entered.
The winner is Teresa who writes the blog Magazine Your Home.
Teresa said she likes the classic blue and white.
Cannot wait to see what you pick out!

 I had a few more people asking about these EAT signs in my etsy shop.
So…… I made 3 more and they are ready to ship.
They are probably the last ones I will ever make.
I've made 5,000 dozens of them and I might go a little insane if I have to make them again :)
Get em while you can!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

~thrifty thursday~{make Easter candy out of what?}

The kids have been on Spring break this week, and since we aren't vacationing, we have been trying to make the most out of everyday doing something fun, or going somewhere fun.

So, naturally I got the kids involved for this weeks thrifty Thursday project.
It's a fun project you can do on your own, or with your kids, and it's perfect for Easter.

Here is how you can make lollipops out of shower curtain rings from the dollar store!
These come in a 12 pack and each recipe makes approx 20 lollipops.

 You will also need:
lollipop sticks {or Popsicle sticks}
a candy thermometer
parchment paper
Pam cooking spray
food coloring.
Between the grocery store and the craft store you can find these items.
Spray the inside of each curtain ring
with Pam cooking spray.
 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then lay out 20 curtain rings.
You may need 2 baking sheets.
Place a Popsicle stick in each one.
 Carefully measure out in a saucepan~

2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
70 mL of water

Attach your thermometer making sure it is not hitting the bottom of the pan, and stir.
Turn on high.
 Stir, stir, stir constantly until it reaches a rolling boil.
Then stop stirring and watch carefully until it reaches 300 degrees F.
 Remove from heat once it reaches 300 degrees F. and stir in both packages of flavoring as well as food coloring if you wish.
We used violet food coloring and watermelon flavoring.
 Once removed from the heat this mixture hardens quite fast, so working quickly, pour into your curtain rings. Let set until hard~a few hours, or longer.
The curtain rings will come off easily when they are hardened.
Tie a ribbon around each lollipop. 
You can wrap them up in cute paper
{or saran wrap works too}
or just eat them right away!

{If you wish, before pouring into the molds, you can add candy or sprinkles}
Your house will smell like a candy factory.
I bet you never thought about using curtain rings to make lollipops before huh?
Sometimes you just have to think outside the box!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

~one room challenge week 3~

It's week 3, that means we are halfway to the finish and I feel so far behind. 
Here is what I have done this past week:

I shipped off this flax colored linen fabric to have roman shades made. 
My husband hates any kind of curtains so I will have to break this one to him slowly.

However, he did agree on white carrara counterops and we selected our slab!
Up until now the only hint of marble in our kitchen is the cutting board shown in the above photo.
I cannot wait.
They come Friday to do the template, and next Friday to install!

{sorry, bad phone photo}

This is the backsplash I picked:

I also ordered new sconces and they have arrived.
Haven't broke the news to my husband about these either.

That is it!
Yikes, I really need to start painting cabinets.
I keep putting it off.
Hopefully next week I'll be able to show you photos of the actual kitchen!

Here is the full list of One Room Challenge participants:


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

~HC Home~

 Local friends, you don't want to miss out on this new store in Snohomish Washington~
HC Home from the owners of Haleys Cottage in Kirkland.
Savannah and I recently went to an event there and I was able to take some photos to share with all of you. I will let the pictures do the talking.
Enjoy your tour around HC Home!

I'll be back tomorrow to share with you our progress on the ORC week 3!

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