Saturday, April 2, 2011




Saturday, March 26, 2011

Chandelier Makeover (?)

I have a chandelier in the trunk of my car, which I scored for $1.00 at a Yard Sale last weekend. I've seen these beautiful inspirations on blogs all over blogland, and I want to do my own. These pictures are pretty much what I have in mind ::

I am being super - lazy and therefore I will post a photo of MY actual dollar chandelier ... sometime later today :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pier One Pillow Challenge

Large Pom Pom Pillow
Orig. $29.95
Clearance $22.38
Things looking a bit vanilla around the abode? Liven things up with this vivacious pillow.

# Color: Multicolor
# Size: 14"W x 21"D x 2"H
# Textured finish
# Spot clean only

SKU Number:
Come on ladies. I know one of our creative and handy selves can re-create this pillow!!! If you decide to accept the challenge, send me your POM POM PILLOW PICS!!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

I cooked Shripms !

I love to cook. I mean , LOOOOVE. However, Shrimp and Fish are not something I am a big fan of. Well I was bored and my Mom had a bag of frozen shrimps in the freezer, so here we go.

Butter, Sour Creme, Garlic, Penne (?) Pasta, Peas, and all kinds of other good stuff. I think it turned out very well, and "Cheers" myself with a large glass of Merlot.

I also made the pasta with my Handy Dandy Pasta Express (actually called "Pasta -n- More") !!!

Scored this sweet little baby at Goodwill for about 2 bucks. YaY!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wine (or Whine) Crafts

So I am feeling a "wine sign" .. something vintage and classy.

Im thinking something on wood, like a plaque, with merlot colors and some pretty text. with black swirlies, of course!! I will post some updates as this idea develops :)

I love the ones they have over at Trimble Crafts.

Leave me some comments! Let's talk I'd love to meet you!
Share some of your wine crafts or signs of inspirations!!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Before and Afters :: of :: Dollar Store Craft Day!

See previous post :: I went buckwild on "idea items" as I like to call them.... at the DOLLAR TREE, the most fantabulous place in the world !!!

Began this simple little project with two items from the Dollar Tree :: a silver and black beautiful gift bag, and an 11x14" black frame.

I cut a piece out of the bag to fit into the frame. I hung it with some gray toned ribbon. I also hung it with some vinyl lettering, all items from Dollar Tree.

Total Cost of Project :: $3-4

There was a set of vinyl lettering at DT (dollar Tree) with the saying "Live Well Laugh Often Love Much" I decided to frame up "Much Love" (a more relaxed, easygoing saying. reminds me of potheads and jamaicans). I used a pink envelope leftover from V-Day and randomly placed the letters. The beautiful black from is straight from DT, no alterations.


This little beauty struck my attention one day and Goodwill and I snatched it up for $3-4. I knew I wanted to put something inside the glass, like stones or glass chips, or something. I put about 3 different fillers in, before I found the perfect black river stones at DT (Dollar Tree) today. And it was just enough to fill the inside of the lamp :)


A beautiful, classy lamp. for my new pink / black / romantical / swirlie / modern bedroom decor.


I bought a new lampshade (trust me , this is against everything i stand for...) but it was at Target for $2.48. So I swapped it out ::

<(*please excuse the nasty table it's on!*)

Check out it's corner "home" ::

Just a little homemade cloche' :: made from a cheese board (scored at Goodwill for about $2.99) and a candlestick. The beautiful shell came off my beach here in Destin !!

Well, I have been in 5th gear today, creating my booty off. I hope you all enjoy looking at everything as much as I enjoyed doing it all!

Also, please send any positive or negative feedback, share a project YOU have done, or and ideas you have. Remember, Create!.

Dollar Store Craft Day!

The Dollar Tree Haul of Saturday !

In this photo are :: several spools of ribbon, a large photo frame and beautiful gift bag for framing, a small black photo frame and an easel, some candlesticks and candle holders and glue, for gluing them together.

My mom immediately claimed this one. consisting of a bronzed candlestick holder and a mosaic votive holder, both from the Dollar Tree. For You guessed it! $1 each. I just glued them together with some glue (also from the Dollar Tree) and put in a tealight candle. This would look great in a set, but I only got the one, as an experiment. You better believe I will be going back to get more

I set the candle holder next to another Dollar Tree project in my Mom's room ::
A Flower arrangement , all ingredients, including rocks, flowers, stems and vase, from the Dollar Tree.

This is a little of the "fancification" of my dresser (which is a 1980's entertainment center made from ugly brown MDF which is about to collapse.)

Notice my lovely finds :: the beautiful etched glass container with the silver lid, is from BOMBAY, got it at Goodwill for $2.99. The back glass jar, which is pretty much a dollar store candy dish, holds my precious gemstones, such as Jasper, Tigers Eye, Amethyst and etc.

Also please notice the triangular easel Silver clock from BRIGHTON, which I got at Goodwill for $5.99. It's one of my newest prized possessions =)

The silver Tray and the black and white floral contact paper came from the Dollar Tree.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Onion Soup Potatoes
All ideas and photographs by Jill at Pockets and Pebbles

This is one of my favorite side dishes. They're SUPER easy to make, and they taste great.


1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Packet Onion Soup Mix
5-7 Red Potatoes

Wash your red potatoes and cut them into chunks. Put them in a large baggie along with the oil and onion soup mix. Shake well.

Put into a dish and bake @ 350 degrees for about 1 hour.

And you're done. How easy is that?

Posted by Jill at 4:30 PM

Pottery Barn Knockoff Challenge

Calling all DIYer's!!! I saw this Chandelier in Pottery Barn's latest catalog and fell in love.

Here's Pottery Barn's specs on it.

I am hoping that some of you creative, crafty people out there can come up with a step-by-step guide of how to make this beautiful chandelier! Come on, people. We can do this!

Please send me your pictures and ideas !!!

ALSO, I'm awarding a crafty prize to (2) RANDOM ones of the next 10 FOLLOWERS!!!. And anyone else who can help create this milk jug chandelier, I will send you a prize from my craft stash valued at $15-$20 !!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Gardening 101 ?

I have a black thumb . seriously. i need a plain english gardening tutorial. I want to grow spices (basil, parsley, chives, mint) and maybe some veggies like cucumbers, radishes, lettuces and cabbages. I have tried reading up on all this and am just very confused :(

Can anyone help?
plz & thx

Monday, February 28, 2011

Pantry Makeover Inspiration

I found the ULTIMATE inspiration for a Pantry Makeover. I am in desperate need of one and have actually begun (taking things out of the pantry lol) .

photo from House of Smiths

See, aren't you inspired?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Use up Those Turkey Leftovers with this Homemade Pot Pie!

instead of chicken, I am using Turkey. It is the leftover turkey carcass boiled for about 15 minutes, then the meat is picked off the bones very easily. add vinegar to bring out the calcium in the poultry bones. Also would work with a chicken carcass, or canned chicken. I wanted to make sure I found a homemade crust recipe, since I forgot to buy the crust when I was at the grocery .... just a few minutes ago! Grrrr....



1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cubed
1/3 cup oil (olive or vegetable)
1 tsp minced garlic
¼ tsp onion salt
¼ tsp black pepper


1 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. ground sage
2 tbsp. butter (separate)
1/8 tsp. salt
1/3 cup milk


1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup sliced celery
1 can cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup, condensed
½ tsp. celery seed
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1 can (14oz) chicken broth

Preheat oven to 350°F.


In a skillet, place oil, minced garlic, onion salt, black pepper, and 1 lb chicken which has been cubed.
Cook on medium to high heat until cooked through. Drain and leave in strainer for future use.


In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, ground sage, salt, cold butter, and milk. Form into a ball, roll out.
Using skillet from the chicken, add carrots, celery, and onion. Pour in enough broth to cover the vegetables. Set left over broth aside for future use.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

In the same bowl used to prepare the crust, combine chicken, carrots, onion, celery, frozen peas, condensed soup, celery seed, pepper, salt, garlic powder. Add left over chicken broth until the desired consistency is reached.

Lightly grease a 9”x9“dish. Place mixture in bottom. Place crust on top and brush with egg whites or butter.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.

Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

epiphone les paul studio

Everyone who knows anything about electric guitars knows the Gibson Les Paul line is among the best guitars made. Check it out.

Just a note :: I will be Christmas-ing with family this week, so adios until next year, kiddos! Peace and trhiftiness be with you. Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Post Turkey Day Fun

So the turkey is carved, the meal has been eaten, and there are piles of leftovers EVERYWHERE. You have slept, woke up at the crack of dawn to shop, eaten more, slept, shopped, eaten, repeat. There is still turkey leftover! Use these leftover Turkey Recipes to attempt to rid your home of all the leftovers.

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