Friday, November 29, 2013

Sharing at The Crafting Chicks today!

Hey all!
I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

I am sharing some yummy tarts and Christmas traditions

If you're not too tired from all that early
morning Black Friday shopping...
come on over!

♥ Kelly

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thankfulness Abounds Where Love Surrounds

 Okay, I know that's a totally cheesy title.
But sometimes I'm a totally cheesy girl.

The other day on my Facebook page I posted these lyrics:

Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me

Today, and every day, I am thankful for a
God who loves me in spite of myself.

 But I am also thankful for this handful of mixed nuts...I love them all:

That picture hangs on the wall in my folks' living room.

These are my folks...for whom I am also thankful.

I hope you have many things to be thankful for...
today and every day.

I do...but these are the best. :)

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

DIY Jewelry Holder Displays

Hey hey Hey!
Man...sorry I've been MIA...
it just gets crazy around here this time of year!
And I'm armpit deep in the secret project...
but it's coming along nicely.

In the's an awesome way to
not only store all your fabulous adornments...
but also to showcase some of your favorites!

Some DIY Jewelry Holders or Displays!

I started with a fancy 8 X 10 frame from HobLob for 1/2 off...
some scrap wood {as yet undecided at picture time}...
and some knobs, also from HobLob, on clearance!!!

I measured my sheet of tin to fit the back of the frame
and just marked it off with a Sharpie.
Yes, my Sharpie is pink.
What of it?

This sheet is 12" by 24" so I measured in such a way that I
could actually get 3 this size out of this sheet if I decided to make more.
That actually cuts the cost if you consider you can make 3 gifts with one sheet.

Tin snips are a must for this job.
Makes it so easy.
Just snip, snip, snip...and you're done!

Next it was time for paint.
Never forget it!

We had some gold spray paint...and it was rather SHINY...
to detract from that a bit, I held a can of Oil Rubbed Bronze over
the frame and lightly sprayed so it speckled the gold.

Well, almost.
I decided a little more depth was in order.
I lightly wiped on some chalk paint...{the pic below}
distressed a little...speckled some more with gold, then ORB...
then I finally put a top coat on.
Layers, layers, layers.

Once it was all dry, I glued the tin sheet into the
back of the frame with some E6000 glue
You want it to sit down in the recess of the frame
so there's a space for your hooks to hang.

What hooks, you say?
These hooks, of course.
Well, and all those long, dangly French hook
earrings you've been known to wear.

These are pretty small...about 3/4" to an inch long.
They came 6 to a pack.
I opened them up just a tad so they could easily hang on the
tin sheet and hold rings or big earrings or thin bangles.

Then they got a healthy dose of gold spray paint.

Next is the knobby necklace holder.
Here's my piece of scrap wood.
This piece is a 1 X 3 cut to about the same width as the frame.

I wanted 3 knobs on here,
so I measured them out so they'd be even.
Then drill a hole all the way through big enough
to fit the screw of your knob.

Next, use a forstner bit to make a shallow
hole on the back side of your board.
Be careful that you only go about half way through!

Like this, see?
The reason is, since we're using knobs,
they have a nut on the back to hold it on.
You don't want that nut sticking out the back
once you've put the knob on, right?
Of course not!

All that's left is to paint it your heart's desire...add your knobs...

and VOILA!

I spray painted the wood first with the same color as the tin sheet.
Then I used chalk paint so I could distress it
and have a little of the plum show through.

I don't know about you, but I just love how they turned out!

Because of the holes I drilled in the back of the board,
I was able to just hang it on some small nails.
You could attach hangers, or even use Command Strips I suppose.

Here's a closer look at the final finish on the paint.
Kind of antique-y, don't ya think?

And here's a better look at those nice little hooks...
they're great for hoops, bracelets, and even rings.

Whaddya think?
Did you just add one to your Christmas list?
For you or someone else?
I certainly hope the person I made
these for likes them as much as I do!
{see them in their final home here}

It was a pretty quick project.
The longest part is waiting for the paint to dry.

Well, off I go, back to work on my to do list

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!

Sharing here:

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From My Front Porch To Yours
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Saving 4 Six
The Craft Dictator
A Peek Into My Paradise
Redoux Interiors
Crafts a la Mode
Lil' Luna
Cheerios and Lattes
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Averie Lane
Stone Gable
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Love Grows Wild
A Stroll Thru Life
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Life With the Crust Cut Off
Ivy and Elephants
 Love of Family and Home
Put a Bird On It
Will Cook For Smiles
Serenity You
Live Love Create
Glitter, Glue, and Paint

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dinner With Linda ~ Chili with Pork and Black Beans

I know you've seen a lot of recipes here lately...
I am up to my eyeballs in stuff to do.
I just got back from vacation...which was FABULOUS!
And now I'm feeling the pressure of the holidays weighing down...

I have several projects in the works...
but most are big and nothing I can really give progress on.
So, please bear with me...some good things are coming your way!


Today we are continuing our mini series with...
She's been sharing some yummy pork recipes for your dinnertime enjoyment.

You can do so much with pork, you can have it roasted, fried, or other things.
Here are some recipes that you will enjoy.

  • One half cup of vegetable oil
  • Two medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • Five garlic cloves
  • Two and a half boneless pork butt, cut into half cubes
  • One third cup of chili powder
  • One tablespoon of ground cumin
  • One tablespoon of oregano
  • One tablespoon of thyme
  • One fourth teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • Two cups of plum tomatoes
  • Three cups of vegetable broth
  • Two cups of black beans
What you need:

Heat some olive oil in a large pan. Add the onions and garlic. Cook until it is tender for twenty minutes.

Heat the remaining tablespoons of olive oil in a casserole on medium heat. Place the pork and cook for fifteen minutes.

Place the chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne, and salt. Stir for about two minutes. Add the onions and garlic, tomatoes and vegetable broth. Bring it to a boil until the pork is tender, about one and a half hours.

Stir the beans into the chili and let the sauce simmer for ten minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Linda Rosario is a food enthusiast from Chef Needs “The Kitchen that Every Chef Needs”.
Linda loves painting, writing and works as a full time mom to her 2 lovely kids.


Once again...thanks, Linda for sharing some tasty meals.
Say hi to Linda on the ChefNeeds Blog or on their Facebook page.

Ladling up steamy bowls here:

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