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RCHOTX   Marsha's Pasta Salad

My Slacker Pinterest Party Weekend

RCHOTX  My new hobby

You guys know how I’m usually the ringleader at our infamous Pinterest Party Weekends, right? Well, this time? Not so much. Not at all, actually.

I started my new (AWESOME) job on Monday, August 12. Friday, August 16 was my 36th (ouch) birthday. I headed to Aunt Toni’s house right after work. I will just say that it took me three hours to get from work to the lake, and if I think about it too much I will get mad… so I won’t.

I’m sure all of you know what I’m talking about when I say that once the job stress was gone, all I wanted to do was sleep. It was crazy tension relief (combined with a sinus infection, but we won’t go there) and all of the stress I’d had for over a year just melted away. It was pretty amazing, but my body paid the price for it! Changing my schedule and getting up by 5:30 AM to leave the house by 6:30 AM has turned me into one of those people that is asleep before the 10:00 news is on. Seriously.

By the time I got to Aunt Toni’s, I was ready to drop! I brought my trusty SIlhouette, but Paige got a Cameo from her fiance (aka my cousin) for her birthday, so I got to play with the fancy one instead. I’m super jealous. It’s so much quieter than mine! I got to show her how to use the Silhouette software and she cut some stuff on it. I’m not allowed to show you what she and her bridesmaids made for the wedding, because 1) it’s not my wedding, 2) her wedding is in January and some of the people invited read this blog, and 3) I didn’t take any pictures to tempt me to show you what they did. I will just say that it is going to be one pretty wedding! I can’t wait to go! She has some awesome bridesmaids – funny and they are hard little worker bees.

Whitney and I were in charge of Saturday lunch, so I wussed out and picked up rotisserie chicken salad and croissants from Costco. HEY! I also made a pasta salad that I have loved for years and years. I’m not totally lazy (although this recipe is so easy, I kind of am).

I was lucky to have worked for 18 years with a bunch of women who loved to bake and cook. We made a cookbook (and you better believe I took it with me when I left last month!) and this is one of my very favorite recipes from one of my very favorite people in the world. Marsha used to make a separate bowl just for me without celery because I HATE celery. I sacrificed and left it in for the Saturday lunch, but I didn’t eat one bit of that nasty celery.

Anyway, here’s the recipe. It makes a large bowl – we had a little leftover and there were about 10 of us there.

RCHOTX   Marsha's Pasta Salad

Marsha’s Pasta Salad

1 box vermicelli, broken into halves or thirds or whatever you want (sixteenths?)

Olive oil

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

Accent (seasoned salt)

Mayonnaise (a few large spoonfuls – I’m very exact, aren’t I?)

1 jar diced pimentos, drained

1 small can chopped olives

1 cup celery, chopped

1/4 cup green onion, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

The night before you want to eat this, boil the vermicelli with a couple of teaspoons of olive oil. Once cooked, drain and put into a large bowl. Add a few shakes of Accent and 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice and stir to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in refrigerator overnight.

The next day, the pasta is basically going to be a huge weird ball of lemony-smelling goodness.  Add a few large spoonfuls of mayonnaise (yes, light mayonnaise works fine. Miracle Whip does not. Don’t ask.) to moisten it. You’re probably going to have to use a fork to break the pasta apart, I’m just saying. Now, add the pimentos, olives, celery, and green onion.

That’s it. It tastes like summer. Feel free to add salt and pepper to taste! The ingredients look really weird together, I know – but this salad is exceptional and SO easy. Everyone loved it!

Guess how many naps I took on Saturday? Just guess.


Three. Glorious. Naps. Two of them while holding a sleeping Benjamin. Man, I love that baby. He’s pretty awesome even if he cries a lot. He’s cute so it makes up for it. Also, I tolerate kids that are blood relatives much better than non-related ones, so I’m sure that makes a difference.

Since I spent basically all of Saturday asleep (apparently it was very much needed), I whipped up a quick yarn wreath on Sunday morning. Whitney and I saw a yarn wreath at Target last year during Christmas and fell in love with it. I did not, however, fall in love with the $20 price tag. I didn’t even love it enough to buy it on clearance for $14. Nope.

RCHOTX  Target Wreath

I bought yarn that was close enough at Michaels (um, probably in January – that’s how long I’ve been holding onto it) and used a styrofoam wreath form. I wasn’t in love with the felt bow on the Target wreath, so I substituted some felt flowers. It looks very fall-ish and not Christmas-y, in my opinion.

RCHOTX  Yarn wreath Pinterest Project

You know what? I didn’t even feel BAD about sleeping. I warned them going into it that my brain was mush (hello, first week at a new job?!) and sure enough, it was. I give big props to whatever air mattress I slept on. I think I liked it better than my bed at home!

I’ll be posting more now that I’ve (somewhat) gotten a routine down. I’m planning on cleaning the craft room this weekend so I can get back to making things! I miss that so much.

Have a great weekend, guys!


Quick decor project

Y’all, I whipped up a quick decor project. I have a frame addiction. I always pick up an unwanted frame or 2 when I’m out thrifting. I found a good one at Goodwill. It retailed for $30 (the sticker was still on the back), but I scooped it up for $5.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this particular frame. I ran to HobLob one night and grabbed my last name initial. In case you live under a rock and haven’t been in HobLob (or even JoAnn Fabric), they have an aisle that has wood pieces. The letters come in different sizes and a few different fonts in MDF. I also stole used some burlap we had left from my best friend’s wedding.

The letter H

Ignore the Sharpies. I never ended up using them, but I had good intentions! I also painted the “H” in a completely different step. :)

Testing background First, can I point out my BEAUTIFUL wedding ring set? They’re so sparkly and distracting. In October, we will celebrate 10 years of wedded bliss and I still love my rings. Oh, and I guess the boy who gave them to me. Okay, back to the point of the picture. See the awful white background behind the burlap. It looks terrible and cheap. With a little thought (and a run to the craft room with my little 2 yo assistant), I found something to help take the terrible and cheap away! And yet, another leftover item from the BFF’s wedding - brown paper bag colored cardstock. Also, grabbed my hot glue gun. If you can’t do a project without a glue gun, then we just don’t need to do it.

Framed H

This may have been one of the quickest and easiest projects I’ve done in a while. I even had a small handicap with a 2 year old who thought she needed to help out. I think it took more time to tell her “no” to the glue gun then it did to put it all together. This project could be an easy Christmas gift or house warming gift. Since last name initials have become so trendy, it would be perfect for even a wedding gift.

Mantel H

The mantel will not be it’s permanent home, but it looks good there for the moment. I do love how all the textures work together in this simple little vignette. I’m pretty sure my mantel is my favorite place to decorate in my house. It comes so easy for me.



I can paint!

I’m still alive in case anyone was wondering. When I said I was going to write a blog post, my husband sarcastically said “Oh, you still do that?” He’s a funny guy.

A few months ago my friend, Melissa, sent me a picture of her guest room bedding and asked if I could paint her something to coordinate with it. Of course I could. I can paint! inspiration I finally got started on it and went to town. I’ll be honest, it changed a few times. I was just going to replicate the bedding, then I decided against that. I made a trip to one of my favorite stores, Hob Lob and picked up the supplies. Some craft paint, brushes and a canvas .. or 3 like I did.

setting up

You can see some polka dots that I painted over because I didn’t like them. And I just noticed the below picture is upside down. Awesome. From this point, you’ll be able to see the changes I made as I was painting.
during At the last minute I grabbed some burlap and buttons. Also, around the edges of the canvas I finished it with burlap ribbon. I did 3 canvases because I thought it would look cool. I hope when she hangs them, she spreads them out a little.

I’m hoping to get a quick project done to show y’all. I have an itch to decorate above my couch and this little project I’m thinking of will go perfectly with what I have in mind.



Benjamin’s Nursery Reveal

Nothing like waiting til the last minute, huh? We are about 4 days out from my scheduled c-section and we finally got the nursery done! It has been in the works for a while, but still unorganized and not completely “finished”–until now. A huge weight has been lifted now that it’s done…even though I know it really doesn’t matter since it’s not like the baby cares or will even be sleeping in there anytime soon, but it’s one of those irrational, hormonal, pregnant things. Don’t judge.

Anyway, onto the nursery reveal pictures–I know that’s what you are here for.

nursery1 You might remember the framed artwork, wooden B, table, and lamp from our fall Pinterest Party. And that awesome chair? A gift from a very close family friend, my dad, and my Nana. It is SO much more comfortable than the wooden one I had with Logan (which I still have, we just moved it to the living room). And we re-used the garland from the baby shower to dress up the plain navy curtains.

Oh, and that quilt rack? Started out like this:

quilt rack before

And now:

quilt rack after

A little ASCP Napoleonic Blue, thin wooden board cut into ovals, and a wooden star to cover the old hearts and it is much cuter and more appropriate for a boy’s nursery.


nursery2 The other side of the room with more Pinterest Party crafts (sorry for the blurry camera picture).


nursery3 The infamous orange dresser turned changing table, colorful lanterns (I’m thinking I need to add some more), and more storage above.

I love it. It is pretty close to what I was envisioning–modern, colorful, not too theme-y (just a few whales thrown in there). I can’t wait to bring Benjamin home and rock him. I say that now, but I know those late nights will catch up to me. At least I will have a comfy chair to sleep in.




Bow Tie Baby Shower welcome - RCHOTX

Bow Tie Baby Shower Part Two

Bow Tie Baby Shower welcome - RCHOTX


If you missed the first part of the shower (decor, food, and guests), click here to check it out!

The “bow tie” part of the shower was a somewhat last minute thought of mine. I can’t stand playing games at baby showers – I’m sorry, “guess the chocolate bar while it is smudged in a diaper” is disgusting, and in my opinion, not entertaining at all. That shiz is not okay (pun intended). I knew we needed some kind of activity to keep people talking and moving, so I borrowed Pleated Poppy’s tutorial (LOVE HER) and prepared the pieces for approximately 40 bow ties.

The sad part is that I already had most of the fabric in my craft room. Hey, they’re great for using up scraps! I also learned that flat irons work just as well (or better) than a regular iron for fabric. I’ve used my flat iron exactly twice – once on hair, once on fabric. I far prefer the fabric use because I do not have time to do that on my hair!

I wanted to make it easy for everybody to make one, since not everyone is crafty (although it most certainly can be taught!). Once I had everything cut, ironed, and glued, I put each “step” in its own metal bucket and made a little plaque for each one (I bought the buckets and wooden plaques from Pick Your Plum months ago!) so people could make their way down the table and at the end, they’d have a cute little bow tie. I made a couple while people watched and they all ended up helping each other when I wasn’t there. It was fun!

I also purchased many, many onesies in varying sizes from Amazon. Do you know how difficult it is to find plain colored onesies? Yeah, you can find white gerber onesies anywhere – but what if you want red? Green? Blue? Amazon. They weren’t expensive, either! I bought Whitney some of the monthly stickers as well, so she can use the onesies for those too. (The stickers were from My Lullabug and they are CUTE) There is so much cute stuff out there for babies that it was hard to stop shopping!

Without further adieu, the pictures:

Bow Tie Example 2 - RCHOTX

Bow Tie Example - RCHOTX

Bow Tie Steps 1 and 2 - RCHOTX

Bow Tie Makin' Station - RCHOTX

Bow Ties in Action! - RCHOTX

Guests making bowties - RCHOTX

Onesies and My Lullabug Stickers - RCHOTX

Paige's Onesie - RCHOTX

Sars and Heather Onesies - RCHOTX

Jen's onesie - RCHOTX

Bow Tie Example Finished - RCHOTX

Basket o' onesies - RCHOTX

Just some of the bow ties - RCHOTX

Lots and lots of bow ties - RCHOTX Y’all, it was so much fun to watch people that have never crafted a thing in their life (I know, they really do exist!) get so excited about making something like this. I’m still getting emails and compliments on how cute and how different the shower was – the best part is that Whitney loved it!

If you have any questions, ask away!

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Bow Tie Baby Shower Part One

Welcome! Okay, I was going to attempt to put this all into one post, but, uh, there were a TON of pictures. Tarah was our photographer for the shower (THANKS, Tarah!) and she did not disappoint. 180 pictures for a 2 hour shower = not too shabby.

As you know (or maybe if you’re new you don’t know), Whitney is pregnant and will be having Baby Benjamin in exactly two weeks! Tarah and I hosted a shower for her, along with two of Whitney’s other friends (Amy and Lindsey), this past Sunday.

This baby has been a long time coming, so we knew we had to go all out. We’ve waited over 5 years for this kid! We are all just thankful that we get to hold another baby and we can only hope that he lives up to the antics of his big brother, Logan. (He really has no choice, considering our family. You’ll see what I mean in a while.)

Wreath Closeup - RCHOTX Amy’s friend made this wreath for her to put on her front door. Whitney will also use this in the hospital when she has the baby! (Is this just a Texas thing – or do other non-Texans put wreaths on their hospital doors too? Kind of like homecoming mums!)

Invitation Close Up - RCHOTX The invitations were ordered from EThree Design Studio on Etsy. I found some I loved, but they weren’t the colors I wanted and I wanted different wording on one part – she was great about switching up the colors and design a little bit! I was very pleased with the invitations and will definitely order from her again. I also purchased matching cupcake toppers from her (I used them on the envelopes and not on the cupcakes) and she sent a file of Thank You notes for Whitney to use as well.

Welcome Baby Sign - RCHOTX


Garland Closeup - RCHOTX


Long garland - RCHOTX I whipped up the cute “Welcome Baby” sign one night when I was bored, and I made Whitney help make the (really long) fabric garland while we watched TV one day. I’m not above making the guest of honor help out for her own party. The rest was a surprise, though, so we did good!

Whale - RCHOTX


Whale and quotes - RCHOTX This whale was purchased at HomeGoods months ago. I did not love it – it was painted horribly and was just ugly! I bought it, painted it, added new cording to it, and printed out sweet little phrases and verses for it. A friend told Whitney about the Bible verse above when she had decided on the name Benjamin, and she really wanted it somewhere in the nursery, so I made sure to put that verse in.

Diaper Cake - RCHOTX You just can’t have a baby shower without a diaper cake, right? Whitney’s best friend Lindsey (one of the hostesses) made this for her and it was just adorable. I’ve never made one, so I’ll let the people with the diaper cake talent do it!

Rainbow Cups - RCHOTX


Utensil canisters by Tarah - RCHOTX


Pretzels - RCHOTX


Cupcake Tower and Pretzels - RCHOTX

Cupcake tower - RCHOTX

Accidental Lime and Orange Punch - RCHOTX

All the food! - RCHOTX Tarah made the utensil canisters (out of formula cans!) and the cupcake tower to match the decor. Everything was so bright and cheery, it was exactly what we wanted!

Whitney and scissors - RCHOTX I just had to include this picture. It’s just not a party with us unless there are scissors on the floor. Not childproofed just yet!

Whitney - RCHOTX Whitney, taking it all in. We had a great turnout!

Jennifer and Aunt Toni - RCHOTX This is our Aunt and one of Whitney’s oldest friends.

Aunt Toni, Whitney, and Rebecca - RCHOTX Aunt Toni, Whitney, and our cousin Rebecca (SO TALL AND PRETTY).

Ryan and Whitney - RCHOTX And I’ll end with this. Y’all, this is our brother Ryan. He has no shame. He waltzed in at the tail end of the shower looking for food (as per usual) and he was quite the entertainer, as you can see. In all seriousness, he’s a pretty good uncle, and Logan just adores him. I’m sure Benjamin will too!

Next post: Bow ties!



Whitney’s Baby Shower Sneak Peek!

Whitney’s baby shower is on Sunday, so I’ve been in high gear preparing for it (and so have the other hostesses!). Whitney DID help with part of it, but she doesn’t have any clue about the rest of it, so all I can give you is a baby shower sneak peek for now. Rest assured, next week there will be at least one post about it!

PS: Does that kid look like someone afraid of becoming a big brother? Nah, didn’t think so! Logan is going to be just fine (and so will his mommy)!

shower sneak peek



Fabric Flower Tutorial – Mother’s Day

Fabric Flower Tutorial - RCHOTX I know, I know – I promised a tutorial on the fabric flowers a couple of weeks ago! First of all, do you know how hard it is to take pictures of yourself making something? Well, most of you probably don’t (a few of you feel my pain, though) – it’s not easy! A flower that normally takes me around 20-30 minutes to make took, oh, 2.5 hours because of the pictures!

Here’s my tutorial, just in time for Mother’s Day (I used this tutorial that I found on Pinterest a loooooong time ago)! Moms love flowers.

Supplies needed:

Fabric (for this tutorial, I used 3 different fabrics – you can use however many you want)

Glue gun and hot glue


3 circle-shaped, different sized items - I used 2 ribbon bolts and the lid from a can of Pam – if you have a set of round cookie cutters, those work GREAT.

Button / rhinestone / bottle cap, whateversomething for the middle of the flower

Dress pin or hair clip, depending on what you want to use the flower on

1. Trace circles (on the wrong side of the fabric, so pen marks don’t show). You’re going to need 6 of each size.

3 circles for templates - RCHOTX

fabric cut for flowers - RCHOTX

2. Once those are cut, fire up the glue gun. You’re gonna need it! You’re going to make 18 separate “petals”, and I have found that it’s easier to make all the petals and THEN put the flower together – but you can do it however you want to!

Fold the fabric up like a taco - RCHOTX

fold to left, glue at point - RCHOTX

fold back and to the right - RCHOTX

first fold second fold - RCHOTX all circles are cut - RCHOTX 3. Once you have all 18 petals made, use the smallest circle template and cut out a felt circle. It doesn’t have to match, because it’s just the base of the flower. It won’t show – mine just happened to match! Put a big blob of hot glue in the middle of the felt circle. I’m lazy, so that’s how I do it. People that care put hot glue on each little tip of the petals and arrange them perfectly. That’s not me. This is going to be the largest, bottom layer so use the biggest petals. Keep going until you make the full circle (6 petals).

first layer of petals - RCHOTX

1st layer complete - RCHOTX

4. Now that you have the bottom layer finished, you can do the other two layers. Just make sure that you stagger the petals, like the next picture!

2nd layer arrangement - RCHOTX 2nd layer complete - RCHOTX 3rd layer complete - RCHOTX 5. Now you have to choose what you want to use for the center of the flower. For this flower, I covered a button. It’s easy, I promise. I was scared at first too, don’t worry. If you go the button-making route, pop those little hooks off the backs if yours aren’t flat. Once you have the button made, hot glue that sucker on! If you are using a rhinestone or something else (brads from the scrapbooking section of the craft store work too), just hot glue it on and be done with it. (I bought these button-making kits at the Upcycle Exchange – they aren’t that cheap anymore at the craft stores!)

button cover kit - RCHOTX

poppin hooks - RCHOTX

button in middle, almost finished - RCHOTX

6. Now that the flower is finished, you probably want to make it into a pin or hair clip. I chose to make this one into a pin (I am making these for baby shower hostesses to wear, along with the mom-to-be).

pin on back of flower - RCHOTX (1)

finished three layer flower - RCHOTX See, that wasn’t that difficult, was it? Our friend Tarah is deathly afraid of anything that has to do with fabric, but I bet she could even make these.

If you don’t want a huge flower, you can always do one with just two layers. Or heck, even one. You can do a lot with this little flower!

Your mom would love one! (And hey, if you don’t want to make one, I’ve got a ton that I’ll sell ya!) (Seriously)

Enjoy! These are fun and addictive – to me, at least!

One Artsy Mama

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Flowery Name Boards

Approaching the Scrap Pile - RCHOTX

Someone always comes up with a new craft at every Pinterest Party – and this time it was me! When Aunt Toni mentioned that she had a big scrap pile of wood and other assorted building products, I’m pretty sure my eyes lit up. (Aunt Toni is currently having a screened in porch converted into a room – she doesn’t normally have a trailer of building materials in her backyard!) Paige started it by going out to the pile and picking out a piece of 2×4. Once I saw that, I had to go do it on my own!

The Scrap Pile - RCHOTX

Wearing flip flops is not a good idea when dealing with scrap piles – you know, nails and fun stuff like that. Unfortunately, that’s all I had, so that’s what I went with! I am pleased to report that there were no injuries.

There wasn’t too much actual “wood” in the pile – it was mainly sheetrock, siding, busted up rocks, and MDF. I managed to find one decent piece of wood and several good pieces of MDF, so I grabbed them and headed back into the house.

I painted all of them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint “Old White”. Why? Because it was already out, and I’m lazy. Plus, it goes with everything. Two coats on everything and that was that. I decided to make one for everybody but Paige, since she made her own and I pretty much copied her (but not really!). I know she is super sad that she didn’t get a Heather Original, but I will make her one if she really wants me to :)

Wood Scraps Painted ASCP Old White

I cut out everyone’s last names on the Silhouette (I really am going to have to upgrade to a Cameo soon!) and Mod Podged the names on the corresponding boards. Then we made flowers to put on them, and that was it! They turned out so cute and they were so easy – I’m sure I will be making more of them for friends and family – but hopefully it won’t involved climbing into a scrap pile next time! I’ll play it safe and go to the Orange store or the Blue store for my wood.

Marrs Flower Sign - RCHOTX

Warren Flower Sign - RCHOTX

Hoover Flower Sign - RCHOTX

Ehle Flower Sign - RCHOTX

Dietz Flower Sign - RCHOTX


Ehle Flower Frame 2 - RCHOTX

I promise you all that I will do a flower tutorial soon! I can’t seem to stay at home for more than 2-3 days at a time lately. I will work on one for you :)



DIY Nursery Decor

This last Pinterest Party was really more of an ‘Operation Get Benjamin’s Nursery Decor Done’ party for me. And I got it all done! I love all of it and I think his room is going to be modern, bright, and cheery–just what I was going for. And it really didn’t cost me anything, other than the cost of a few sheets of scrapbook paper, some spray paint, and some DIY knowledge. Remember this post and the sneak peeks I gave? Well, here you go!

This sign was in my son’s old nursery at our previous house, but it just didn’t go with this nursery. I tried to sell it but I guess it was just meant for bigger and better things. So, it got re-purposed.
Upcycled Sign Before - RCHOTX

A couple coats of ASCP Napoleonic Blue and it was good to go for it’s new plan!
2013-04-19 16.46.21 And ta-da! All done. Scrapbook paper, the trusty Silhouette, some mod podge, and a clear coat of spray paint and it was a brand new piece.
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I found this huge B at the Hob Lob and immediately knew what I wanted to do with it. I love the name Benjamin, but it is a *little* long to put up on a wall. The space on this B would allow me to put his name on there without taking up an entire wall. Problem solved. (I was so proud of myself and my craftiness this weekend…you guys don’t even know.)

Big B Before - RCHOTX

Again, more Napoleonic Blue, Silhouette letters, and a frame found in Aunt Toni’s attic (which I spray painted orange), and we have decor for above the crib. 2013-04-21 12.22.53

Now, this little beauty (ha) started out as a plant stand when my sister was going through a Mary Engelbreit-ish stage. I needed a small table for beside the glider and this was just sitting in her garage collecting dust.
Upcycled Plant Stand - Before - RCHOTX

You guessed it–Napoleonic Blue, some scrapbook paper and mod podge and it’s a cute table to hold my phone/water/bottle/etc. I LOVE it!
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Now, this next project took the most time. More time than it probably should have but it was SO worth it in the end.

I had these old framed picture of herbs hanging in my old house, but was over them by the time we moved. Again, tried to sell them but couldn’t.
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We took them apart (which took quite a bit of effort–thanks Aunt Toni) and got to work. A little spray paint, some cute pictures and sayings from the Silhouette, scrapbook paper, and posterboard for matting and they have a whole new life.
Nursery Art - RCHOTX

Orange Whales Nursery Art - RCHOTX

Little Brother Chevron Nursery Art - RCHOTX

Blue Diamond Whales Nursery Art - RCHOTX

Where the Wild Things Are Nursery Art - RCHOTX

Can you even believe it? So much better, right? These will look adorable above his dresser/changing table.

I got the idea for the ABC canvas off Pinterest (I know, imagine that).


My version (thanks to Heather for helping me out with this):
2013-04-20 22.51.59 It took a lot of effort to line them up and make the patterns “random” enough and then I *still* ended up spacing them wrong, which is why you see the 2 stars placed in odd spots. Oh, well. Still works.

My final two projects weren’t even in the original plans, but they sure did turn out cute! When scouring my aunt’s attic for other goodies, we came across this lamp. Old and brass, but would work great in the nursery.

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That other cute sign? Totally last minute. I had this rustic sign from my old house and it wasn’t getting used, so I figured–why not paint it?

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I figure I can hang it on his door or on the front door during naptime or something. Better than letting a good piece of wood go to waste! Oh, wow, how I have changed. A year ago, I swear I wouldn’t have looked at any of this stuff twice.

I can’t wait to get it all hung up this weekend and of course, I will share the pictures once it is all completed!

So what have you re-purposed? Or are you more of a ‘start fresh’ kind of person?


Pinterest Party – April edition

I’m sure we all have a Pinterest Party hangover …or better yet, a craft hangover. That’s a thing, you know? Much like Whitney’s new term she coined “#craftworldproblems”. And yes, before you ask, we DO find ourselves very entertaining.

Facebook fans – you should recognize this picture of the Pinterest Party – April edition sneak peek!

Pinterest Party Collage | RCHOTX

We made the trip down to Heather/Whitney’s aunt’s house again. It’s just such a pretty house and we can all spread out. In all honesty, I wasn’t sure if I was going to go, but alas, my husband was able to “make it happen”. I brought some half-started projects, 2 projects to start and then 2 little baskets to paint. Whitney has a whole nursery to decorate and Heather is a our Silhouette bitc…. I mean, worker. She didn’t really have a list of crafts after she just came off of a big week of meetings for work out of town. She did make everyone some really cute name plaques after she went outside to the “scraps pile” from the house remodel that was going on.

Front door wreaths These two beauties were made by Paige and Ashley.

Paige was having her sweet fiancé paint their front door black this weekend while she was gone. She knew she was going to be returning with a yellow wreath so the door color needed to showcase. Heather showed her how to make the cute little fabric flowers, then we helped her with the idea of stringing “HELLO” across the center. Its just too cute!

Ashley’s wreath is the oval shape. HobLob has these cool oval shapes, in case you want one. This wreath has a super sweet story behind it. Those little rosettes down the side? Paige made those for Ashley’s wedding last year for her table number frames. Ashley spent Saturday morning ripping them off the frames so she could continue to use them in her house on the wreath. Add on that green burlap ribbon and she has a winner!

Maison Blanche Wrought Iron

Remember that field trip to Maison Blanche Paint Company? This is Heather’s take home door. It was painted with wrought iron, then Aunt Toni took the silver leaf to it. (Note – AT is a fan of this silver leaf. This is the second time she has used it and it gets EVERY.WHERE) The leaves were there glacaged part of the piece. I think it’s beautiful, even if it is that pesky silver leaf.


SPEAKING of silver leaf – Aunt Toni’s project. These letters are the cardboard/chipboard material that you can get at HobLob and JoAnn Fabric. She used some Maison Blanche Robin’s Egg to paint the letters, then took the silver leaf to them, followed by some Maison Blanche dark brown wax. If you look closely, you can see the Robin’s Egg color peeking through. Also, note the little “specks” in front of the letters. It’s glitter’s ugly cousin – silver leaf. Its floats in the air and gets every thing it touches.

Recycled can

Paige recycled a can that Aunt Toni had saved. She painted the can Annie Sloan’s Old White, added some ribbon then added this really cute fabric flower. Very simple!

Addicting fabric flowers

ANNNNNND these fabric flowers. Oh these fabric flowers. They became “the craft” that everyone had to do (like these). Well, everyone but me, you know because they’re made of fabric and I don’t “do” fabric. Anyhow, I watched these little flowers become a quick addiction for them. As you can see there was quite a few made, and that’s not counting the ones on Paige’s wreath and can, or the ones on the “name” plaques that Heather made us all (you can see those in the very first picture collage).

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Stay tuned for the Pinterest Party recipe post and Whitney will be showcasing all of the nursery goodies she made. Baby Benjamin is most definitely going to sleep in a super cute room!

Any thing you see in the collage you want to see more of? Let us know!


Maison Blanche Part Three – Le Dirt and Organza

Remember those pieces of moulding I showed you in the first post Maison Blanche Layout

Maison Blanche makes two products – one is called Le Dirt and one is called Organza. Both of the products amazed all of us!

Once you have painted and waxed your piece, you can add Le Dirt to it to give it that old, antique-y feel. The wax helps it “stick” to the piece!

Before Le Dirt Maison Blanche - RCHOTX


(This picture was pre-waxing – I forgot to snap a pic after!)

Once we were all waxed and ready to go, we took our moulding and Le Dirt outside with a chipbrush. You definitely want to do this outside if possible, because it is a powder (much like dirt). You don’t want to inhale this stuff, and we made sure that Whitney did not do this part since she is pregnant. Annie @ Maison Blanche did not think there were any problems with a pregnant person using it, but we didn’t want to take the chance!

Le Dirt Maison Blanche - RCHOTX


First, you’re going to pour some Le Dirt onto your piece. Wherever the wax is, that is where the Le Dirt will stick!

Le Dirt Maison Blanche - RCHOTX (2)


Once it is on there, start brushing it off.

Le Dirt Maison Blanche - RCHOTX (3)


Keep brushing until you’re happy with it.

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Can you see how it has settled into the crevices? It looks like an antique piece you would find in your grandmother’s attic! It completely changes the look of it.

The Organza really blew us away, and was probably our favorite product we used that day. Remember Whitney’s faux zinc coffee tables? Yeah, she has been kicking herself since we learned about this stuff – this makes it SO easy to get that same look with almost no work at all.

Moulding Before - Maison Blanche - RCHOTX


This was the “before” picture of the moulding. No wax, nothing but paint.

Moulding After - Pearl Gold Shimmer Maison Blanche - RCHOTX


Can you believe the difference?! I’m pretty sure a jar of this would last the normal person for years – we used VERY little of the product to get this effect.

Bayou Blue Before - Maison Blanche - RCHOTX


Moulding After - Silver Shimmer Maison Blanche


It is a cream and we just dabbed it on with a clean rag. You can wax it afterwards if you want (I probably would just to protect it). These pieces that we have pictures of have not been waxed.

Organza comes in three colors – Pearl Gold, Silver, and Gold. Whitney can’t wait to try the faux zinc look with this!

That’s it for our Maison Blanche “Heather Has a Big Mouth” Tour! You can find Maison Blanche on Pinterest, their website, and Facebook. All of us really had a blast at their warehouse when we went, and we would all love to go back if they invite us! Thanks again to Annie and Nicole – you girls are great! (Go check out Part One and Part Two if you haven’t already!)


DIY Cupcake stand

More wedding ideas, y’all!!

Lindsay picked out a plain ol’ cardboard stand that she was just going to buy. She didn’t want to make a big fuss about it, just get something that no one had to work on. Here’s the thing, it came with a price. That price — $36. THIRTY-SIX for CARDBOARD, y’all. Cardboard. Uh, no. Not for my friend. Not going to happen. I made a DIY cupcake stand!

Enter the Dollar Tree. Have I ever mentioned I love Dollar Tree?

Supplies for cupcake stand | RCHOTX Supplies:

  • round cake pan
  • pizza pan/round cookie sheet
  • 2 candlestick
  • super glue
  • cardstock/scrapbook paper
  • ribbon
  • mod podge
  • hot glue gun

Cupcake Stand | RCHOTX

I took the pizza pan and traced the cardstock on the inside ring. It wasn’t exactly perfect, but there were going to be cupcakes covering it. At that point, I didn’t let it bother me. I put some mod podge on the pan, then cardstock and finished it off with mod podged over for a topcoat. I did the same thing for the small round pan but turned it upside down.

Cupcake stands | RCHOTX


I obviously did more than one, 3 total actually. They were drying … all together on the floor.

Cupcake stand | RCHOTX


It was time to add the ribbon on the edging. I believe the ribbon is 1″ thick, and it was perfect. Burlap ribbon was tricky, as it tightened together. BUT I saved it and it looked fabulous.



Exhibit A on saving it!

Get your super glue out, take the stickers off the bottom of the candlesticks. I put the super glue around the top of the candlestick and set off to dry. Super glue is the ONLY glue that will work. Don’t bother with hot glue. It won’t work.


After the candlesticks dried, I decided to do a little extra by adding a burlap skirt. This wasn’t exact on the length, but I wasn’t going for a “perfect” look. It was a bit rustic and I think it turned out well.

IMG_0635 And sadly .. I apparently didn’t take a picture of them in action at the wedding. However, I got a picture of one of them when I recycled it for Savannah’s birthday.

Recycled cupcake stand | RCHOTX

Also … a Two-fer.  Paint like wood for wedding signs | RCHOTX


Letters for wedding signs | RCHOTX


Cute wedding signs | RCHOTX

My sweet boys carried these signs down the aisle. They definitely brought some comic relief after the bride and I were stressed out a little.  Wedding | RCHOTX



DIY wedding invitation design

I spent the most of January through March helping plan my BFF’s wedding. Remember that pallet project? Well, we did a whole lot more.

Lindsay, the BFF, admits to not being crafty. I can attest that she is good at a lot of things, and crafts are most definitely not her “thing”. When we sat down on the Saturday before her wedding, I worked on a few projects. She sat, cut fabric squares for her guestbook project and her hair piece for hours.

Before all that, we had to decide on herDIY wedding invitation design. I told her I’d design them and we could make them for much cheaper than buying them. We did a 3 piece set – the invitation, RSVP card and map card.

Invitations to make | RCHOTX She found a design that she liked, but we altered it. Her “theme” (if that’s what we call it) was burlap and lace with purple. I had this awesome idea to take lace and use it as a stencil on the back layer of the invite. I should have taken a picture of that FAIL. It was awful.

1st layer of invitations | RCHOTX

THIS is the layer that was to have the stenciled on lace. It was a great idea …in my head.

Wedding invitations | RCHOTX The design of the typography 

Final invitation | RCHOTX

I think they turned out quite nice. We found some 1″ burlap ribbon online at Save on Crafts, the purple ribbon and paper came from HobLob when it was on sale, of course. Everyone knows that you NEVER pay full price at HobLob.

Invitation set | RCHOTX

The complete set

This wedding was most definitely a huge DIY project. I have a few more projects to share from the wedding. Also, here’s a few projects around the house I’m about to get started on as well. Now that it’s FINALLY spring in Texas, it’s more comfortable to go outside. So some painting can be done. I don’t paint in the house unlike other people *coughWHITNEYHEATHERcough* I’m far too messy for that.


Goodwill Makeover – Before & After!

If you follow us on our Facebook page (um, you should be, because we talk about cool stuff on there), then you may have seen some “before” pictures of some lovely items I picked up at a local Goodwill a while ago. Are you ready for a cute, easy Goodwill Before & After?

3.99 Goodwill Find

3.99 Goodwill Find #2

So, I almost didn’t buy that second shelf. See that white spot there on the left? Yeah. That was a Tic Tac. Apparently it exploded at some point and I don’t even want to know about what happened – I will just say that I took a screwdriver to it and knocked the Tic Tac off. Yeah, the Tic Tac was STILL on the shelf. I have an extremely weak stomach and just didn’t know if I could handle dealing with someone else’s breath mint gone astray. I powered through it and decided to just cover that nastiness up instead. (Can I say Tic Tac ANY MORE? Tic Tac. Yes.)

A little spray paint, a little Mod Podge, a little bit of washi tape, and some scrapbook paper – and here’s what I ended up with! I love them now, and they were so worth the gagging. The one with the drawers will hold all of my glitter (yes, I have a lot of it), and the shelves will hold my craft paint (yes, I have a lot of that too – I was just making sure *after the fact, of course* that they fit on the shelves for the picture!).

Goodwill Makeover After - RCHOTX


Have you ever “redone” something you purchased at a thrift shop? I LOVE doing that – it just takes me a few months to get around to it sometimes!

Y’all have a great weekend!