No Cost DIY Project

This is a real quick and easy no cost DIY project that I put together in no time at all. Initials are “in” right now and I knew that I had to make some too.
So I rummaged through my craft supplies and came up with the idea to make my initials out of buttons. I already had everything that I needed for this project:
Picture frames
Spray paint
Scrapbook paper

I trimmed my scrapbook paper to fit into my printer and once I decided on the font I liked, I printed out my initials onto the scrapbook paper. Then I dumped out all of my buttons that I have been collecting for more years than I would like to admit and started placing them on the print out until I got it just the way I wanted it. The next step was to slide the buttons to the side, cover the initial with Modpodge and then press the buttons back into place.
While they were drying, I took my 2 gold picture frames out to the garage and spray painted them silver.
When everything was nice and dry, I framed my button initials and hung them on a wall in my bedroom. This is the kind of craft project that I love:
fun, easy, cheap and looks oh so good.
Take a look, but please excuse to poor picture quality. I took these pictures with my iPad camera because I am traveling this week and it is easier for me to post.






Turning 40

My son-in-law turned 40 Sunday. I know what you are thinking, “how could she possibly have a son in law that old?”. Well, it just sneaks up on you and before you know it, they are catching up with you! Hehe!

In our family, we don’t buy gifts for the adults, we donate to charity in that person’s name instead. But, when it comes to a milestone birthday, I try to do a little something to acknowledge the event. So here is what I did:

First of all, I had an old plastic juice bottle kicking around, so I washed it out real good and made a simple label to go on it, “40 Blows”. Then I filled the bottle with gum balls that I got from the dollar rack at Target, and added some curly ribbon. I think it made the perfect little DIY project to mark this special event.



I also ordered some T-shirts from Vistaprint in honor of the occasion. I don’t know if you all are familiar with vista print but if not, I urge you to check them out. I use Vistaprint for everything, and actually, I think I will do a whole post about what all you can do with them. But for now, back to the T-shirts, I had an email offer that allowed me to get one men’s T-shirt and one ladies T-shirt for free, all I had to do was pay the shipping cost. At the time of the order, the shipping cost was $4.41 but I think now it has gone up to somewhere around $6.26. But hey, where else can you get 2 custom T-shirts for $6.25?

I knew exactly what design I was going to get for my son in law because I had gotten the same one for my father for his 85th birthday. Check it out.



But, since I could get a free ladies T-shirt too, I wanted something for my daughter to wear on his birthday so I searched the Internet for funny sayings for car enthusiasts and I came up with this …



Happy 40th Birthday Derek, I hope you had a wonderful day!

It’s My Birthday

Today I turned 56 years old and I am sitting here at the DMV, waiting to renew my drivers license ( yes I know, I don’t usually wait until the last minute but time got away from me with all of the Easter festivities, company, and mini vacation. In Florida your license expires on your birthday, so here I am). Anyway, I was just thinking about how I am now closer to 60 than I am to 50. I have never been one to panic as I got older, instead I embraced it.
I have had a lot of discussions about woman and age through the years and I have come to the conclusion that a woman…

In her 20’s is just beginning her journey. She’s feeling the freedom of being out of school, on her own, and looking forward to exploring all of her options. She knows she has her whole life ahead of her so she is going to enjoy being young.

In her 30’s, she is feeling the pressure. This is probably the hardest decade for a woman because she is trying to juggle family, finances, and work. She has to figure out what she wants to do with her life, how she wants to raise the kids, how she is going to stay on budget and maintain a house. Not only is she stressed out with the daily routines, she is also dealing with the fact that the only things from her school days that still fit her are her earrings.

In her 40’s, she has learned to relax. Her family is older and she is secure in her job or career, and she has learned how to manage her finances. She knows exactly who she is and exudes confidence. She is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and is looking forward to the future.

In her 50’s, she is woman, hear her roar! The golden years suit her well. Her family is grown and she is still young enough to start checking things off of her bucket list. She is looking forward to retirement and possibly becoming a grandmother. Life is good!

In her 60’s, I don’t know yet, but I can’t wait to find out!

Easter Tablescape

Easter sure was fun and the kids really enjoyed their Easter containers and chocolate alligators. They were also a big help setting up our Easter tablescape. It was very fitting that I used china that had been handed down from both sides of the family because we had a mix of both families this year for a total of 13 people.
I used pink tablecloths and mix matched the china. Down the center of the table, I placed the pedestal plates with Easter grass holding a little pitcher of real flowers, with a big pitcher in the center. I also put my crystal looking plastic eggs on various size candle holders and all of those bunnies that I spray painted white in between each flower arrangement.



I played around with where to put the peeps and finally decided to place them in the iced tea glasses.


The place card bunny bottles sat in the middle of each plate.


I will let you in on a little secret. I didn’t have enough of my good silverware to go around so I used silver plastic wear. They are very durable and look great. Nobody even knew until they went to pick up the fork and it was lighter than in looked.


We will be finishing out the Easter week on the East coast with our northern guests. The Capt. has the boat hooked up and ready to go.

As we continue to celebrate Easter this week let us not forget…
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
Matthew 28:6

Easter Baskets

I am so excited because my company will be here this evening. Easter is my favorite holiday and I am so happy to be sharing it with lots of family this year. The 2 kids that will be here, my granddaughter and nephew, are young teens so I have put together an Easter basket of sorts for them.

I have used this gift container idea many times, but never for these two, so I thought it would be the perfect thing to hold their Easter stuff.

First, you start with a 2 liter soda bottle. I like to use Coke because I like the shape of the bottles.


Wash and dry it good. Then take the label off and with a sharpie, draw a sideways U, where the label was.


Carefully cut along the ink mark with a razor knife.


Once you have the opening cut, fill it with Easter grass and candy.
Seal the opening with clear tape, make a label and attach it, over the opening, with double sided tape, add some curly ribbon and you have a unique Easter basket presentation.

I also filled these containers with bathing suits and sunglasses because we will be going to the beach.
The labels say… Bottled Especially for “recipients name” and if you want you could add …by the ” giver’s name” Bottling Company.
You could also use a smaller soda bottle or water bottle as a gift card holder.


I would ordinarily give a chocolate Easter bunny along with this but because these are northern guests, I bought some really cute chocolate alligators at a candy shop here in town.
I thought it would be a nice touch to celebrate their Florida trip.


I am going to place one of each on either side of the fireplace So that when they wake up Easter morning, it will be waiting for them.




I know that it is so easy to get caught up in all of the preparing, cooking and visiting that we forget to take the time to remember what Easter is all about.
Let me just say that I may not be perfect, but Jesus thinks I’m to die for!

Happy Easter everyone

Party Favors and Place Cards

I like to set a formal table for our Easter meal. This year is special because we are having a large gathering, with family members from both sides. And the best part is that I am using china that was passed down to me, both from my Mom and my Mother-in- law. It is amazing how both sets match so well and are interchangeable, and have PINK in them. Anyway, I will post pictures when the table is set, but today I wanted to show you what I made to place at each setting.
I found these adorable water bottle bunnies at Happy Clippings and I knew they would be perfect to make as place settings.
If you go to her website, you can download the free printable for this project.
So, the first thing I did was to drink lots of water! Lucky for me they are small bottles. Then remove the labels. I filled the sink with hot soapy water to soften the glue. Next I scrubbed each bottle with olive oil and then put them back in the soapy water. Now get some peanut butter and scrub each bottle again and then dunk one last time in water to wash off all oil and peanut butter. I don’t know why this works or how someone came up with this method but, the glue is gone.
I printed the free printable plus, I made some individual name tags to put on each bottle. Now, draw a face on the bottle with a Sharpie and hot glue some wiggly eyes. Also, hot glue a small paper cup to the lid and tie a ribbon, I put a tab of hot glue on the ribbon as well to secure it in place. Fill your bottles with candy and your done. Check them out, they are so dang cute!




I also made these simple favors to give everyone. I saw this idea on Pinterest but there wasn’t a link to a website to give credit.
I designed my labels in my photo program, put some peeps in a snack size Baggie and stapled the label to it. Don’t you just love it!




We are going to the beach for a few days, with family, during Easter week and the girl next door stays at my house to dog sit. I made her some special treats from Marley.


My guests will be here in 2 days, I pray they have a safe trip!

Easter Decorations Are Done

My craft projects are complete and my house is finally all decorated for Easter. Now I am ready for my house guests to arrive this Friday.
One of my favorite things that I made were the flower vases filled with jelly beans and peeps. I know that this idea has been around for a while, even I made some last year. But what makes these so special to me this year are the jelly beans that I used. I found Brach’s sour beans at Walmart for a $1.00 a bag. I used 2 bags because they are assorted colors so I had to separate them and hope that I had enough to fill the vases. The colors of these sour beans are just perfect for this project because they are a brighter, chalky tone that really pop next to the peeps. The other great thing about these particular jelly beans is that they are sour so I knew that I wouldn’t be tempted to eat any of them. The Capt. on the other hand, was not deterred, he ate up all of the unused colors and in case you were wondering, he said ” they weren’t that sour, actually they were kinda good!”




I also got lots and lots of bunnies from my thrift stores because I wanted to spray paint them all white and use them for my Easter tablescape. But when I started playing around with them, I discovered that I really loved some of the more colorful ones in apothecary jars with some pink grass.
So, some of them got painted white and put all around the house as decoration until it is time to set the table for the Easter meal and some of them went into the jars as they were.







I just had to add a picture of the little vignette in the guest room. I really love those cascading flowers paired with the cute little bunny glass box.



The last thing that I want to show you is my entry way display. These bunnies are a pearly white and I couldn’t bear to paint them so I put them on the little table in the foyer. I found some white plastic eggs at Hobby Lobby that were perfect to go in this metal basket that I spray painted black. I added some lilies and it is ready to greet my guests.


Did you spot some of the white bunnies?
Easter morning, when it comes time to set the table, I know that my granddaughter and nephew will have a good time scavenging throughout the house, making sure that they have gotten every last bunny. I can’t wait!

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