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Pin there. Done that. {It really does work!}

I know, it’s a been awhile since there was a Pin there. Done that. If you’re a new reader, welcome! Pin there. done that. is very simple. I find a pin on awesome Pinterest and recreate it my way. I’ve combined a few pins to make one, failed at painting while recreating a pin, and then the one time, what had happen was … I nearly killed my husband. You can call that last one a fail or a win, depending on the day.

Do you ever pin something on Pinterest and think “I wonder if that really works”. I have an Interesting Ideas board with some pins that I often wonder if they work.


Last week when I spent hours and hours outside in the garage (with both doors up), I needed some tunes. A few weeks ago I upgraded my phone but didn’t think anything of it. That is until I went to plug my phone into a little iDeck. Yeah, I bought it years ago and up until the iPhone 5, it worked for everything. Dang you, Apple, for changing the charger cord. I had to improvise. I knew I had pinned something that could “blast” my music for me. I mean, I really needed to get my Pitbull fix (and obviously Kelly Clarkson).

 

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Do you have a board like this on Pinterest? Have you tried any of the “interesting ideas” that you’ve pinned?
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Pin there. Done that. – Killing my husband edition

Pin there. Done that. is back, y’all!

Source: fitsugar.com via Tarah @ on Pinterest

 

My husband was struck down with what we thought were allergies. I just happen to be on Pinterest perusing and this pin popped up. I thought to myself “Great! I can be all sympathetic and help him.” For those who don’t know, I’m probably one of the least sympathetic person in regards to my husband being sick. The rule is he typically gets 24 hours of sympathy, and then you need to stop your whining/moaning/belly aching.

Back to my moment of sympathy. He was about to go to sleep. I told him to stay awake long enough for me to make this to try. I ran to the kitchen and started gathering the ingredients. I had everything but apple cider vinegar. I’ve been really good about keeping my pantry stocked. I guess I just lapsed on this one. I’m okay with finding substitutes for recipes, so once again, I used my Google skills. The substitute – regular white vinegar. Oh I have that! Did it and didn’t think anything of it.

I took it to him, he drank it. A little reluctantly, but he drank it.

This was on Saturday or Sunday. I can’t remember.

He’s said a few times since that he thinks that maybe I was trying to kill him. That would have been too easy. :)

Sooooo … last night he was discussing this drink with my mother. When he mentioned I used regular vinegar, she immediately had a look of horror on her face. Then looked at me, quickly letting mknow that apple cider vinegar and regular vinegar are most definitely NOT the same, especially for drinking/ingesting.

This obviously did not sit well with him. He started googling. And googling. AND googling some more ….

“Did you know that you made me drink something that cleans appliances and … VAGINAS?!?!?!”

Yes people, I tried to kill my husband by forcing allowing him to drink something that would clean a lady’s vagina.

The moral of this Pin There. Done that. story – it’s probably not best to substitute some things.

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Pin There. Done That. Kids’ Artwork Storage {Whitney Edition}

I have been meaning to organize Logan’s artwork/paperwork for some time now. Especially now that he is in Kindergarten, the cute crafts and writing samples just keep pouring in. Everything has been scattered throughout my house–in the guest room, in the cabinets, in drawers, some of it on the walls as display. But still very scattered. And driving me crazy.

I saw this pin a long time ago and thought I re-pinned it. Apparently I did not, so I had to go back and find it again today.

 

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I was in need of a file storage box but I had a few hanging folders to at least get me started. After a quick (are they ever quick?) trip to Target, I was able to get started. I will say I am glad I started now–I can’t imagine going through everything after more than 5 years. Logan has already built up quite the stash. I will be starting one of these with the new baby ASAP.

2013-03-02 15.17.02 I had a lot of artwork from before Logan started preschool–either done at home or with his sitter (from when I taught full-time), so I added a file for those years. (BTW, how much do you love this picture? Cracks me up everytime I see it!)

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He went to 2 different preschools (one at age 3 and one at 4) but I combined them in one.

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Ah, Kindergarten. This file has art, writing samples, report cards and other miscellaneous items I (or Logan) couldn’t part with.

2013-03-02 15.19.27 And now it is ALL in one place. Nice and neat. It will go in his closet, easy to get to but out of the way.

All the printables I used for the front of the files are available here. There are also printable file folder labels, but I didn’t use those. I may go back and get some later and use them, but for now I will call it good.

I also made a file for all of Logan’s Santa letters. I have saved them since 2008 (the first year he could actually scribble). I will add hanging folders for every year and hopefully be able to keep it contained to one box–maybe that will be my goal so I can weed things out appropriately as we go along.

It feels really good to have it all organized and safe. My nesting phase has seemingly kicked in early and this satisfied that urge today.

Do you have your kids’ artwork organized? How have you done yours?

Also, see how Brittaney organizes her kids’ artwork here!

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Pin there. Done that. {Yummy}

I’m always looking to change up our menu. Isn’t everyone? Truth be told, everyone in my house could eat the same thing every week. I’m the one that needs things to be changed. We have one night a week that I plan to have breakfast. The kids LOVE having eggs and bacon for dinner. Apparently it’s the “in” thing for preschoolers. I’ve been rotating a breakfast scramble and doing eggs/bacon/hashbrowns all separate. (The pin is at the bottom this week because I took some kicka$$ pictures and REMEMBERED to take the pictures.)

Breakfast casserole

Easy Potato and Bacon Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 4 c. Southern/country-style hash browns (cubes), completely thawed (if they’re not thawed, they won’t cook correctly)
  • 1 12-oz. package bacon
  • 1 1/2 c. pepper jack cheese
  • 1 1/2 c. cheddar cheese
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c. milk*
  • about 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • about 10 turns freshly ground black pepper
  • *For high altitudes, reduce milk to 2/3 cup and sauté the potatoes in rendered bacon grease until partially cooked before baking.

Instructions

  1. Begin cooking bacon. While the bacon is cooking, place the potatoes in a 9×13″ baking dish. Mix the cheeses together and sprinkle it over the potatoes. When the bacon is done cooking, drain it on a paper towel and reserve 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Cook the onions in the drippings for 2-3 minutes or until they’re tender and fragrant. Spread the onions over the cheese mixture and then sprinkle everything with the crumbled bacon. Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper and, whisking constantly, pour the egg mixture evenly over the potato mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for 7-8 hours.
  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350. Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly but not brown. Allow to stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Serve with fresh fruit.
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Here’s the pin from Our Best Bites.

 

Since today is Valentine’s Day, here’s a dessert that would be great for that special someone, Better than “Playing Outside” Cake — It’s delicious, y’all! Make it. I’m serious.

And speaking of that special someone – don’t forget my “special” (that could be meant in SO many ways considering the link I’m about to post) someone is trying to purchase a bike for him and his friend to do bicycle rides together … on one bike. Our benefit – we get to laugh at their shenanigans and they’re perfectly fine with that. So giving and considerate of our funny bones and need for laughter.

AND … did you hear the news? Whitney is having another boy!! Check out her nursery plans!

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Pin there. Done that. {1 + 1}

Y’all, Pin there. Done that. is BACK this week! I don’t remember why I didn’t do it last week. My house has been full of sick people, me included. I think we’ve all bounced back. There’s a pretty ugly stomach bug going around. I would avoid it if you can.

I decided to combine two pins that I’ve pinned in the past.

Source: copious.com via Tarah on Pinterest

 

Obviously I didn’t use the state of California, because who would want to use that? I’m totally kidding, if you WANT use a shape of California, go for it. Bless your heart. ;) I recently found on my Cricut SCAL program that it has the shapes of the states. I was so excited, I knew exactly what I was going to do with the state of Texas.

Paint and foil | RCHOTX Canvas and paint | RCHOTX Papers | RCHOTX

SUPPLIES:

  • canvas
  • 2 shades of brown paint
  • cardstock
  • heart shape from a previous project
  • Cricut
  • modge podge

I painted the canvas to start. While the canvas dried I went through the tedious process of finding the “right” cardstock. Since I knew where I was going to put this project, it was easier to pick out my paper. Then I put my Cricut to work.

Cricut working | RCHOTX THIS is what it looks like for this bad boy to work. 

I really thought the shape of the Texas would take a lot longer. I loaded the paper, hit CUT on the program and went to work on something else. I didn’t even get situated in my chair and the box saying the cutting was done came up and the Cricut had stopped. I was impressed by that! Next was the job of finding the perfect font that looks similar to the one in the pin. It didn’t have to be, but I liked the BOLDNESS of the font.

My pile of letters | RCHOTX

Letters cut and ready to start but … 

HELLA | RCHOTX

not before I do something inappropriate with the letters. 

Hey Y'all | RCHOTX

Yeah, I know the modge podge is still wet. Instead of doing it in my craft room, I ran into the living room to catch an episode of my “favorite” show, House Hunters (and maybe an episode of Moonshiners). I did the letters a tad too big, but I’m okay with that. I managed to work with it. I’m sure if Heather had made it, her heart would be south for Austin.

What do y’all think?? Did I pull off combining the two pins?

Total time from start to finish – about 35 minutes

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Canvas for Procrastinators

You and Me and the Dogs | RCHOTX

You guys, I have had this project on the brain for months. I’m not even kidding! I’m lazy and   now I’m kicking myself because it took all of an hour to make (and 30 minutes of that was spent picking the dang font!), and I could have been loving it this whole time.

My husband and I are child-free by choice. I know that a lot of people don’t understand this, or think that we are evil for not procreating – but we have our reasons, and that’s all that matters. I’ve spent far too long caring about what other people think about my decisions, and we are perfectly happy with our choice. Besides, I have my pick of many, many kids to hang out with pretty much any time I want to! Bonus: I get to take them back to their parents when it’s bedtime. 

Anyway, our children are our puppies. Well, not so much puppies, because they are 12 and 3, but puppy is just a nicer word than dog. Here is our family motto, because that’s really all we need. Well, that and money.

xyron510 | RCHOTX

Materials needed:

Xyron 510 (unless you are a glutton for punishment)

Cardstock (doesn’t matter what color)

Canvas

Craft paint

Sponge brush

Pencil

Ruler (unless you’re a freak that can draw perfectly straight lines)

Yep, that’s it.

Cut your letters out of cardstock. I used my trusty Silhouette, but it can be done the old school way if necessary. I knew that my canvas was 16×20, and I knew that I wanted the letters to be big. My letters for this project were 4 inches tall – the Silhouette scaled the width for me since I entered the height. I didn’t do much math to figure it out, but I did do enough to know that I had room for each line on the canvas.

Letters after Xyron 510 | RCHOTX

Once the letters were cut out, I ran them through the Xyron 510. Easy as pie. Except that I got a little too overzealous and smushed some together, but that’s okay. I also (for some reason) have two extra letters. Can you see what they are? ME. I have no idea why.

You And Pencil Lines | RCHOTX

I drew 3 lines on the canvas using a  pencil and my quilting ruler. I made it easy – just made them the height of the ruler. After you get your lines drawn, stick those letters on there! I wanted mine left justified, so it was easy to get them lined up (close enough, don’t go measuring it).

Ready to paint | RCHOTX

Once all the letters are on and you’re happy with it, make sure that no edges are sticking up. Push them back down! You don’t want tape to get underneath them. Confession: A little bit of paint snuck under some of my letters, but I am claiming that I like the “imperfection” of it. That means I’m not interesting in fixing it. Go with me, people. Once all of your letters are stuck down, get to painting!

Paint on foil | RCHOTX

Remember a few posts back when I said that I use foil as a paint tray? Yep, still do. Works like a charm. I mixed three colors together, because I wanted a more custom color than what I had. I wanted a muted purple, but my purples were all too bright or too dark, so I took care of that with some black and white mixed in.

Close up paint | RCHOTX

Here are the paint colors if you’re really interested. I don’t have any ratios to give you – I just mixed until I liked the color.

All words painted | RCHOTX

See why I told you to make sure all the edges were stuck down? Paint over the whole thing. I didn’t want mine to look perfect (seriously), so I didn’t concentrate on making sure all of the color was even throughout the canvas. I did two coats and walked away (don’t forget to paint the sides too). Don’t touch it until it is completely dry.

You and Me and the Dogs | RCHOTX

Once it is dry, gently take off the letters. I used an X-acto knife for this, but you could just as easily use a pencil or something that can get underneath them. They should peel right off! The one mistake I probably WILL fix is on the O of “DOGS”. I don’t know what the heck happened there, but that’s the only one that really bugs me! I’ll paint over it with a little bit of white.

* You could always use vinyl in your Silhouette or Cricut, but I am still too chicken to try vinyl. You could also use spray paint instead of craft paint. 

* I just thought you should know that I originally pinned this idea ONE YEAR AGO. That’s how long I’ve been thinking about it. I checked, just for you guys.

That’s it, guys. I’m so happy with it, and it’s just perfect for our family!

Now, here are my boys:

Booda | RCHOTX

Oliver | RCHOTX

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family, however different it may look! 

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Pin there. Done that. {A wreath}

We’re prepping you for Valentine’s Day. NO holiday should be left behind … even if it is a “Hallmark holiday”. I’ve actually put up the few Valentine’s decorations that I have. And sadly, it’s the Lots of hearts frame and LOVE garland that I’ve made this week and this wreath. How depressing.

As always, you should always have a wreath for your front door. I’m not normally a big fan of hearts, but for this wreath I did hearts. I happen to have this red/pink tie-dyesque yarn handy, and I always have wreath forms handy!

Valentine wreath | RCHOTX

As a serious crafter, you should always keep extra supplies handy. I’m sure I have enough “extras” for at least 3 more people (Hush, Heather!) I happen to have some Valentine color options of felt to make these super cute flowers and throw some hearts on there. Its so simple!

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Pin there. Done that. {Breakfast}

There was going to be a “Pin there. Done that.” last week, but I had a family emergency and just didn’t get to it. This week however, it’s on like donkey kong!

I’m sure everyone has done some resolutions or goals (that’s what I call them) for the new year. I have set some expectations for myself, and so far, they seem to be paying off. I typically go to the gym 5 days a week and 4 of those days are in the morning. I always find it difficult to find a good breakfast. I had been doing fruit, greek yogurt and granola. I guess I just got tired of it because I haven’t had it in a while. I needed something new.

 

 

I made them tonight, so I’ll have the results in the morning if I liked them. I made the Banana Cocoa Oatmeal and the Banana Peanut Butter oatmeal. The little I tasted was delish.

Overnight Oatmeal | Real {Cheap} Housewives of Texas IMG_0464 I only made one of each, you know, just in case I don’t like them. The most expensive part of the recipe is the Chia seeds. You can find them in the health food section of a grocery store, or I’m sure you can find them at a specialty store (Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Central Market, etc). I was even able to purchase the mason jars at HEB during my grocery trip so I didn’t have to make a trip to another store. I would add that the half pint jars don’t necessarily help the shaking part of mixing. It was a little crowded in the jar.

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Pin there. Done that.

Y’all remember the painted plastic balls from last week? Yeah, those pesky things. They didn’t make it. I pulled them up today (4 of 6 of them, because 2 blew away), and they were STILL not dry. I’m not kidding.

This week’s Pin there. I just pinned 13 days ago. There were two versions I had to decide between. While the other one says “May your Christmas be merry and bright”, which is a little saying I’ve fallen in love with. However, I went with the one below for the more rustic feel and my husband loved the quote.

 

During the summer, I made the rounds around our neighborhood that still has new houses being built. I went on a pallet hunt. I found 3 decent ones at one house that had just been shingled. SCORE! They sat in the garage and Jody decided to break them down and picked out the best pieces. I showed him the above pin and he loved it. Loved it so much that he helped. He cut the pieces for me. I’ll admit, I’m a little leery of power tools. I’m kinda clumsy and I’m deathly afraid of cutting myself … or deathly afraid of pain, I’ve decided. The first step is admitting it right?

Nice and rustic, don’t you think?? We (meaning Jody) cut the 1×4′s into 7 pieces. The back piece is 24″, then the others are 4″-14″. Also, I found that using our trash can as a table is AWESOME. See the blue paint, I’ve clearly made it multifunctional. No one can say I’m not resourceful.

Sooooo, when we went to screw in the top pieces (and when I say “we”, I really mean we), each one split. After about 20 minutes of trying to get the wood glue to come out of the bottle (totally not kidding!), we got some wood glue! I’m a total over gluer. I had it dripping over. And then I needed something heavy. Enter a can of paint.

I made my own stencil with my Cricut. I’m pretty awesome, don’t you think?!? Go ahead .. “yes you are Tarah.” I had a nifty little can of white Valspar paint. I have no idea where I got it at, but it came in handy!

And … we’re done! I absolutely LOVE it!

AND … someone else *coughHEATHERcough* loved it too. I made her one as well.

I think y’all should know my dedication to doing this. I sat in my living room working on these while I watched on of my new favorite shows, Duck Dynasty. If you haven’t caught an episode or even heard about it, you’re totally missing out. Yeah, sure it’s about a family of bearded men and their duck call business. But … they are hilarious. HILARIOUS, I tell ya!

Are y’all ready for a giveaway? I know you all just said “YES!” You’re in luck! We’re going to have a quick little giveaway from BeeSilk Naturals. I’ll have more info for you soon!

Pin there. Done that. – the week I was defeated by paint.

Well y’all, we’re in the swing of the Christmas season. Houses gettin’ decorated, gifts bein’ bought and Christmas treats bakin’. It’s a wonderful time of year!

We’ve slowly started decorating, you know, as much as you can with 3 kids running behind you and moving what you’re doing, pulling mini pine cones off the new Christmas tree. It is so much fun! :) Along with decorating the inside, this year I wanted to branch out and go outside with some easy decor. This weekend marks one year since we moved in, so I didn’t have much of an idea of what I wanted to do outside last year. This year, though, I’ve had my idea picked out for months!

If you’re a fan on Facebook, maybe you’ll remember this picture …

It’s the BIG reveal! :P

Source: bhg.com via Tarah on Pinterest

 

This project was suppose to be simple and easy. Go to Walmart (which I detest) for those large kids’ rubber balls, get some silver/chrome spray paint and ribbon and BOOM! It’s done. Uhhh, not so much. The balls and ribbon were easy to get. The spray paint, while it is easy to purchase, picking the right one is a whole other story! I picked some up at HobLob for another project that I didn’t get to. I was going to use it, then I found some Rustoleum Chrome spray paint at Walmart. We went outside on Sunday and I started painting my balls (bwhahahah! I said balls!) and the wind was crazy. I was covered in silver paint (and got a few derogatory comments from my husband about the paint being all over me), but I was done painting plastic bouncy balls. EXCELLENT!

PROBLEM #1 – Hmmm, how am I going to make these balls stay in my yard?
Solution – Husband had stakes.

PROBLEM #2 – How am I going to get the stakes on the balls?
Solution – Fishing line around the balls. (In case you don’t, you should ALWAYS have some fishing line around the house. You never know when you might need it!)

Awesome! Let’s pick up these balls and get busy!

enter …

PROBLEM #3 – They aren’t DRY!
Solution – Let them dry over night.

24 hours later …

PROBLEM #INFINITE – They still aren’t DRY! Are you KIDDING me?

I put those bad boys out in the yard anyway, made some bows and BAM! I have big silver ornaments in my yard! And my hands are silver again ….

I’m going to go ahead and say it … while they LOOK fabulous and I know y’all are jealous of my silver balls! The spray paint was a big fat FAIL! Painted on Sunday, and today, they STILL are not dry.

How is everyone else’s holiday decorating coming along? I know Heather’s house is all prettied up with all the crafts she’s been doing!

Pin there. Done that. – Pinterest Party edition

Y’all, I may have recovered from Pinterest Party as much as a mother of 3 young children can be, who is also a glutton for punishment. As soon as I got back to town from Pinterest Party, I changed my clothes and went to Zumba. Yeah, I totally did! Then on Monday, I tried a new class, BodyAttack, followed by Zumba again on Tuesday. It is not for the faint of hearts. I’m still hurting. Seriously. I have no idea what I was thinking.

Source: tidymom.net via Heather on Pinterest

 

I combined TWO pins! I’m a rebel!

Real {Cheap} Housewives of Texas

So the original. Yeah, I tried it the way it said to, but it was a big giant mess. I had burlap strings everywhere. This is the end result. The girls love it, I’m still on the fence. I think I want to add some more.

Up next …

 

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Heather pinned this one on our Pinterest Party pin board. I fell in love. I’m not a “JOY” or “NOEL” person, so “MERRY” it is. I took a ornament chipboard album that I bought in Michaels dollar spot and went from there. There was so much glitter up in that joint this weekend, I have glitter all over this masterpiece.

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Look at this sweet, simple deer silhouette. I thought of this idea a while back. When we were in Savannah, a few of the stores we window shopped at had some simple deer silhouettes, some in pictures and some 3D white heads with antlers, you know, something you’d see in a hunter’s house :) I actually had planned on buying some cheap deers from the toy section and spraying them with silver paint, but I forgot to get them. This is my solution for right now.

Remember this awesome piece of work from Pin there. Done that. a few weeks ago

Source: rchotx.com via Tarah on Pinterest

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When I originally did this, for Savannah’s room, I knew I was going to do the snowflake one as well. Heather and I started talking about what our projects were going to be for Pinterest Party, and she mentioned wanting to do the snowflake as well without any prompting from me. Her and I think way too much alike most days. It’s scary really! She added the glitter to mine and was kind enough to cut out the snowflakes, even after she had some problems with it. I painted the background of the light aqua and white.

 

 

I did this pin and sadly, I can’t find the bag they’re in. It’s a travesty!

and last but not least … this is by far my FAVORITE!

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LOVE! LOVE! LOOOOOVEEE!!!!

Brittaney and I stood at shop in Canton that had a grab bag deal – $10 for as many wood cut-outs you could fit in a bag. We set out on a mission and succeeded. I also got some shapes and a few “H” cut-outs (my last name initial). Heather and I painted the letters, then I laid it all out to see how it was going to work all glued together. It took some patience and a lot of hot glue, but it is AWESOME! For the life of me, I can not remember the name of the place, but you can’t miss them. They have at least 3-4 booths set up with tons of font cut-outs, shapes, sayings, etc.

Along with these Pin theres, I did start another wreath and started some gift bags. They’re pretty cute and just need to be finished.

A BIG thank you to Aunt Toni for hosting, as always, a wonderful hostess! Also, thank you to Heather for slaving over the Silhouette for hours.

I have some great pictures of all our shenanigans. Maybe I’ll post them. Maybe.

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Pin there. Done that. – A finishing touch

I’ve been bizzz-say this week, y’all.

I did one big project on Sunday. I’m in love with it. I did a sneak peek or 2 on Facebook (which you should be following if you aren’t). And, of course, I’m going to blog about it. I’m a generous giving person like that. I know you’ll all be jealous of it. While doing this project I decided I hate, hate, hatttteee Halloween decorations. I’d just rather skip of them all together. I know, last week’s Pin there. was my knock-off ghosts of knock-off ghosts, which are Halloween decorations. Let me tell you, those things are barely hanging on outside because my porch is so windy! I’ve had to move one from the middle of the other 2 and fix them because they’ve become ‘naked’ a time of two. Since I’ve removed all my Halloween decor (which will most likely be listed on Craigslist because it’s AWFUL!), I’ve put up my fall pumpkins and scarecrows. They’re awfully cute! My mantle is lacking though, mainly because the ceilings in my living room at 20+ feet. All my current stuff seems so miniature.

Enter cute solution!

 

I was going to try a burlap garland, but my “Real Redneck Husband”, as he called himself, said he doesn’t care for burlap. Actually, he said he hated it. Who does he think he is having a say? Hmmph.

So … the above pin. Chicken WIRE! Seriously, how CUTE is that thing. I die.

These would have been easier to cut had the chicken wire not been in a roll. Yes, chicken wire comes in a roll. Not genius. Not genius at all. 

Courtney at A Diamond in the Stuff used rusted chicken wire with chipboard letters. I’ll say she was right on the money using the chipboard. I chose to cut out letters on my Cricut using scrapbook paper. It’s a bit flimsy, but you know what, it works.

Hot glue, add ribbon and viola!

Oh, what’s that? An aqua star and brown wall. WHAT???

See how the letters curve a bit? That’s because it was a roll of chicken wire. 

I LOVE this little guy. It completes my mantle that I was having a hard time finishing. After a chat with Heather, she helped me think. And again, if you follow us on Facebook, you will see there’s NO chevron pattern/print. I hate it, in case you haven’t heard.

Side note, I’m watching Grey’s Anatomy. It’s really hard to blog while the handsome Patrick Dempsey is on the screen. I wouldn’t advise trying to think with handsome men on the TV screen.

Focus.

Am I the only one that hates Halloween decorations? Am I the last one to decorate for fall? 


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Pin there. Done that. {wk 8}

BOO!

 

Thursday’s Pin there. Done that.

I did it. I did that pin. I’m completely awesome (and not modest at all). I pinned this over there summer. I’m not big on actually decorating for Halloween. Since we have kids, I’ve decided to do a little “non-scary” decor – meaning fun stuff. These cute cheesecloth ghosts are definitely not scary at all.

Ashley at Simply Designing created her own version of the Pottery Barn ghosts. I followed her lead and I created MY own version. I looked for the styrofoam balls, found them and the prices of them were just not for me. Who pays $14.00 for an 8″ ball? NOT me, that’s who. So I set out in search of something cheaper, much cheaper.

Enter Dollar Tree and these super cute little guys.

They are trick-or-treat bags. Bonus, they have the little ghost faces. SCORE! AND bonus, they only cost $1 each. Also, to make them plump, I bought some white tissue paper to stuff in them – found at Dollar Tree. So far, we’re talking about $4.

The stuffing in process

Next step – the cheese cloth. I found mine in a 6 yd package. Coincidentally, I needed 6 yards. This was a little more pricey – $6.99, BUT guess who had a 40% off coupon. THIS GIRL! 

The “tearing of the cheesecloth” process

Soooo … while I was making my ghosts. The TV was on, husband was watching a movie and the dogs were in. I look up and find my company like this ….

     

Both of them … sound asleep. (I’ll owe ONE of these guys something for posting this)

Since they weren’t any help, I forged on with my ghosts. At least THEY were good company. These little guys were definitely so easy to make. It’s dark outside, so I can’t hang them up just yet, but they’ll get done.

They may or may not look like ghostly jellyfish.

My cheesecloth isn’t as long as the original knock-offs, but they’re going to work perfectly. The kids will love them. How can you beat $8.50 for a set of 3 ghost Halloween decorations?

Katie's Nesting Spot

Somewhat Simple

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Pin there. Done that. {wk 7}

Hey, did y’all know it was Thursday? Yeah, it just dawned on me last night that today, is in fact Thursday. Those nice holiday Mondays do it to me every time!

Since it’s October, the official month of the pumpkin, I’m sharing a pin I’ve been using every week for the last few weeks. It IS a food pin.

 

It’s even better when I remember to actually POST the pin I used, unlike last week. Yeah, I know, I totally forgot!

These pumpkin pancakes are fabulous. HOWEVER, here’s a little secret – I use Wheat and Honey Pancake mix. Shhhh! I’m a cheater. I, also, use Penzey’s Pumpkin Pie Spice mix. Let’s just be honest, who really likes measuring out all that stuff. Oh, is it just me? (I know of another Lazy Wife that probably isn’t a big measurer either :P)

My children LOVE pancakes. LOVE them. And most of the time we don’t eat pancakes in the morning. We typically have one dinner a week that is “Breakfast for dinner”. If you don’t do it, you definitely should. The first time we did, it really threw them for a loop. They were so confused. Now they always ask if/when we’re having it. (Of course, I also get the “are we having salad?” asked as well. It is NOT Jaxon’s favorite meal of the week)

I’m always looking for good recipes to try, except the one Heather tried.  Anyone have one they can share?

Next week, you’re in for a treat. I have a baby shower that I’m attending on Sunday and I’m  giving the sweet mommy-to-be and baby Gracie some awesome gifts!

 

I’m linking up with Bear Rabbit Bear for Things I’ve Done Thursday!

 

PT5~10.6.12 {Pinterest Recipes I Have Tried Edition}

I have made several good recipes off Pinterest lately, so I thought I would share them here.

 

This chocolate pie was easy to make and was very good, but mine didn’t turn out nearly as “solid” as this one did. It was still good, but sure didn’t slice up nice like this. I may not have let it thicken enough on the stove…that always takes FOREVER and it is hot standing there constantly stirring.

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Easy Chili~I have always been on the lookout for a good chili recipe. I like my chili soupy, not thick. And not overly tomato-ey. I have had chili before that tasted like a sloppy joe. Gross. This chili was very good, even better the 2nd day. Not spicy enough for my husband, but that could easily be adjusted by using hot rotel or jalapenos (I used bell peppers).

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Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins~I have made these muffins for a few years now, since my Aunt introduced me to them. They are so easy, excellent for a chocolate craving, and not terrible for you. I also make them using Spice cake mix.

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Tangy Pork Roast~I made this a couple of months ago, on a whim, because I had all the ingredient and needed to use a pork roast in my freezer. It was very good. I really need to make this again.

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Double Crunch Honey Pork Chops~excellent. I have made these several times and they always turn out wonderfully. Not the neatest recipe in the world, there will be a bit of a mess involved, but very worth it. Even Logan eats them. This can also be used with chicken.

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I hope y’all will try one (or all) of these recipes. They are tried and true in my family! Do you have a favorite recipe in your family? Share with us!