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Sunday, September 11

Create your own personalized engraved river rocks

How to create your own personalized engraved river rocks with inspirational words or names in a few easy steps

  There's something really quiet about the end of summer. It seems like the entire volume of the planet has been put on mute.  There's a definite calm that happens once the kids go back to school and the endless days once again have a schedule.  As much as I love summer, I definitely look forward to the fall.   It really gives me a time to relax after a few hot months of summer.
  This past week for Labor Day I went on a short trip to Pennsylvania. They have to most beautiful scenic parks on the East Coast. One thing I really love about the area is the rivers. The parks in that area have the clearest, cleanest, and absolute freshest water anywhere. Anyone who's ever swum in a freshwater river knows what I'm talking about. The rivers are so clear they almost seems man made. It's pretty cool.
  As a kid, I  loved collecting river rocks, the ones that line the beds of the streams. I find it amazing how nature can take rough, jagged clumps of stone and turn them into smoothly polished river rocks. It can take decades, even centuries for the water to grind away at the stones and sand them to perfection.
  Well, I've created a super simple way to create your own river rocks. In this simple tutorial, I've eliminated a century worth of grinding and sanding - cause lets face it who has that kind of time- and show you how you can create your very own river rocks. What's even better is that you can customize them with short inspirational words or names. Keep reading and I'll exactly what you need to do.

DIY engraved inspirational river rocks stones polymer clay

Tuesday, July 26

DIY Rustic Crate Bath Tissue Holder

  Thanks to Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser for sponsoring today's post. All opinions are mine alone. #Scott100More #CollectiveBias

  A few weeks ago I decided it was time to remodel one of my bathrooms. It was seriously outdated and in need of a major makeover. When I say outdated, I'm talkin' major, decades old outdated. Golden oak cabinet, pink tile, chrome fixture outdated. The more I looked around the more I realized this bathroom was in some serious need of a trip to the 21st century. I started looking for some ideas that would be quick, easy and wouldn't cost a fortune.
  I began my DIY remodel quest where all great ideas are born. Yup, you guessed it... Pinterest! It all started with a before-and-after pin of a bathroom cabinet. It looked exactly like my golden oldie, and I could see the potential ahead. The secret apparently lied in a revolutionary staining method. This technique involved using a gel stain made by General Finishes. The medium could be used on everything from traditional solid wood to veneer and even... paper laminate.
  Before I tackled the cabinets head on I wanted to get a feel for this new gel stain. I decided to make something I've been wanting for a while: a small decorative wood crate type bath tissue holder. I was so excited with the result I couldn't wait to continue staining away!
  For this first post in my bathroom makeover series I'm going to show you how to make this cute, stylish decorative bath tissue holder. What's even better is that you can customize to fit your own color scheme. Keep reading and you'll see exactly what you'll need to make it.

Thursday, June 16

The surprisingly simple way to use recycled wood pallets to mount and hang a fern as wall decor.

The surprisingly simple way to use recycled wood pallets to mount and hang a fern as wall decor.

  A great way to add a modern touch to your home is by updating your wall decor. Something as simple as adding a unique accessory to your wall can make a big difference in the look and feel of a room. You can try something simple such as changing frames or adding  new photos. However if you're feeling more adventurous you can attempt something a little bit more outside of the box. I've found an idea that is exactly that.
  I created a great way to duplicate the look of the super trendy wall mounted Staghorn Fern and without all of the hassle. I absolutely love the look of those ferns hanging on walls but, they just don't agree with the dry air in my house. They love a super humid, moist, rainforest-like environment and my home is drier than  dry... I'm talkin' Sahara desert dry. Yup, it's pretty dry! Well I've found the perfect solution. Keep reading and I'll show you exactly what I came up with....

DIY wall mounted pallet fern

Saturday, April 30

Turn Your Favorite Quote Into A Foil Print

Thanks to Collective Bias and it's advertiser for sponsoring today's blog post. #CollectiveBias #SpringCreations

  It’s that time of year when wedding and graduation dates start filling up my calendar. There's nothing better than a mailbox filled with big envelopes decorated with fancy calligraphy or bold colorful high school photos turned postcard invites; I love love love them. It's a great time to connect family and friends and an even better excuse to get out and party.
  One of the problems I always face for these special occasions is coming up with unique and personal gift. I know everyone loves good ole' cash but that just  feels so impersonal to me. Well I've found a great way to solve my gift giving dilemma .
  I've discovered a fast and easy way to take a favorite quote and turn it into a spectacular frameable foil print. I just love this idea. A homemade personalized gift is one of the best you can give. You can choose any quote or phase that suits the occasion and frame it any way you'd like. It will definitely be something your recipient will love.
  All you need to get started is a few simple supplies. Keep reading and I'll show you exactly what you'll need to create your own custom foil printable.

Tuesday, March 8

How to make a DIY Mini Pallet Planter Stand from repurposed wood pallets

Thanks to  #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser for sponsoring today's garden tutorial. All opinions are  100% mine. #LoveYourLawn
  This past winter I’ve been collecting wood pallets. I need a few weathered pieces of board for this new project I'm about to start. I found this awesome piece of wall art on Pinterest that I've been dying to make. Since the weather started warming up a bit I decided to take inventory on my stash of pallets. As it turns out I've accumulated way more than I need for this wall decor piece. You might say I've taken wood pallet hoarding to a new level.  I decided to come up with a new project.
  I was starting to get my yard ready for spring and remembered the planters I had on my lawn last year. I needed to make something to put on my lawn to "anchor" them on the ground and give the planters a more organic feel. I knew just what to do. I would disassemble the larger pallets and turn them into mini pallets. Keep reading and I'll show you exactly what you need to do...

Tuesday, January 19

Balsamic Whipped Ricotta Strawberries with Stouffer's Bourbon Steak

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BalancedNewYear #CollectiveBias

easy mason jar balsamic ricotta whipped cream strawberries

  I love making resolutions. To me they always represent opportunity and hope. They might not all stick (and they usually don't) but that's fine. You can't succeed if you never even start. So this year instead of going to extremes I'm focusing more on balance. Instead of choosing to exercise 2 hours a day, I'll try to work in a few extra steps here and there. Rather than cut out every food that doesn't register at zero carbs I'm going for a good balance. I think that the old saying about  moderation really is the key to success.
  For this recipe I chose to use a dinner entree that is easy and delicious and combine it with a dessert that incorporates both taste and balance. It's lower in sugar and uses a variety of ingredients to keep it well rounded.  Keep reading for the incredibly tasty and super easy recipe.