January 31, 2011

Goodwill Frame Transformation Tutorial

I woke up on Saturday morning feeling pretty thrifty. Since Mike was at work, the boys and I headed to Goodwill. I walked out spending $11. I got everything pictured below plus a child’s suitcase that Wyatt just couldn’t live without. (Did I mention that he wants to take it everywhere we go, filled with Thomas toys, and makes me put it in the trunk? LOL!)

Goodwill Frame Transformation

Now I have seen some really cool dinner menu’s for planning out each week’s meal. I instantly knew I wanted to do something like that with the frame.

BEFORE

Goodwill Frame Transformation

I took out the picture and glass then spray painted the frame on my ‘spray painting tree’. As you can tell I have used it a time or two before!

Goodwill Frame Transformation

Then I created grid with the days of the week on my computer and printed it onto solid turquoise/blue cardstock. I used a lighter color to print out ‘Sapp Family Menu’. Then I put the glass back into the frame and arranged the papers and a piece of ribbon - using tape to secure them.

Goodwill Frame Transformation

Goodwill Frame Transformation

I then placed the back onto the frame and turned it around to find this…

Goodwill Frame Transformation

I consider this one successful transformation! Now I can use my chalk markers on the glass and wipe it clean each week. I’m linking up over at Craft-o-Maniac, These Creative Juices, A Diamond in the Stuff and I Love Naptime!

BTW – Here is my menu for this week!

  • Monday – Baked Potato Soup
  • Tuesday – Steak with broccoli salad
  • Wednesday – Peas and Cheese Tortellini
  • Thursday – Fiesta Chicken Chowder
  • Friday – FFY (Fend For Yourself (cause this momma has to work!!))
  • Saturday – Honey Goat Cheese Chicken by Paula Deen
  • Sunday – SUPER BOWL!

Come back tomorrow to see how I used some other goodwill finds and Target dollar spot items to create a Valentine’s entryway!

-Kelsey

January 28, 2011

PB Knockoff Silverware Paintings

Since November I have had my eye on these silverware paintings from Pottery Barn. From the moment I had my eye on them I knew I could do something like it for much less. When my sister-in-law asked me what I wanted for Christmas I told her two canvases. Now a month later I finally got the motivation to paint the silverware. They don’t look exactly like the PB ones, but I am beyond satisfied with them!

These are the PB silverware paintings- (which btw are no longer available?)

Pottery Barn Silverwear Paintings

These are mine- I painted mine in brown.

Pottery Barn Inspired Silverwear Paintings

Wanna know how I did it?

I gathered my supplies -

  • 2 12x24 canvases
  • Paintbrushes
  • Acrylic paint (I grabbed brown)
  • Poster board (or other thick paper)
  • Pencil
  • Inspiration picture

Pottery Barn Inspired Silverwear Paintings

Then I took a piece of poster board (I actually used a thick water color paper that I had laying around) and folded it in half. I drew one half of the silverware handle. Then cut it out. I unfolded it and had the template for my handles. I also traced part of the fork so that the spaces between each fork (stabber, pointy piece, whatever they are called – you get my point) would be evenly spaced.

Pottery Barn Inspired Silverwear Paintings

Pottery Barn Inspired Silverwear Paintings

Then I laid the template pieces on the canvas. I used a ruler to make sure the templates were centered on the canvas and then traced with a pencil. I also freehanded the tips of each fork and the spoon, but if you aren’t the best at drawing then you can use a template for this too!

Pottery Barn Inspired Silverwear Paintings

After the fork and spoon were drawn onto their canvas, I started painting the outlines.

Pottery Barn Inspired Silverwear Paintings

If you look closely you will see that I made some changes. To get rid of any pencil lines use a CLEAN eraser or white paint. (It is best to test an eraser in a small area first since some erasers just smudge and don’t actually erase!)

Then I sort of made the rest up as I went. I did pay close attention to making one half of the spoon lighter and one half darker to give the effect of light and shadow. I did the same with the fork.

Within three hours I had them hanging in my kitchen above my cabinets.

Pottery Barn Inspired Silverwear Paintings

Oh how I love Pottery Barn and their knockoffs!

I’m linking up at Tatertos and Jello, Craft-o-Maniac, I Love Naptime, These Creative Juices, A Diamond in the Stuff, and Bubbly Nature Creations!

-Kelsey

Stuffed Green Pepper Recipe

My mom used to ask us what we wanted her to make for dinner on our birthdays. I recall asking her to make stuffed green peppers on quite a few of those occasions. Cheesy, full of flavor, and delicious.

Here is my mom’s stuffed green pepper recipe-

Stuffed Green Peppers by Poofy Cheeks

Ingredients:

  • 4 green peppers
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 16oz. diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup long grain white rice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Cooking Instructions:

1. Cut the tops off of the peppers and clean seeds out. Put a pot of water on to boil.

Stuffed Green Peppers by Poofy Cheeks

2. Take one of the peppers and chop half of it for the filling.

Stuffed Green Peppers by Poofy Cheeks

3. Put the 3 1/2 peppers into a pot of boiling water and let them boil for 5 minutes. Then remove them, drain any water, and salt the insides. (P.S. I know I only have 2 peppers in my pot! The babies only like the stuffing so there is no need to waste a pepper on them!)

Stuffed Green Peppers by Poofy Cheeks

4. Cook chopped pepper, onion, and ground beef in a large skillet until beef is browned. Then drain.

Stuffed Green Peppers by Poofy Cheeks

5. Return the peppers, onion, and beef back to the burner and add the rice, salt, Worcestershire sauce, tomatoes, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes.

Stuffed Green Peppers by Poofy Cheeks

Stuffed Green Peppers by Poofy Cheeks

6. Place peppers into a casserole dish and fill with stuffing mixture. Generously sprinkle cheese over the top and bake covered for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove the foil and back for another 15 minutes.

Stuffed Green Peppers by Poofy Cheeks

Then remove from oven and EAT!

Stuffed Green Peppers by Poofy Cheeks

Enjoy! I’m linking up over at

 

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January 26, 2011

A Lovely Florida Day

This is going to be short and sweet… the kids are running around like Indians and I’m trying to finish up dinner. Today was so beautiful. It was in the high 60s with a light breeze. Mike and I filed our taxes this morning, and then I had a short meeting at work. After that we decided to take the boys to a new park in town. They loved it! Wyatt didn’t want to leave. It really isn’t anything special besides the new equipment and gorgeous spot on the intercoastal waterway.

Check back tomorrow for a stuffed pepper recipe!

-Kelsey

January 20, 2011

A Nightmare Trip to Disney

We are back from Disney. I wish I could say we had a magical time, but our trip was quite a nightmare.

We got in a car accident on the way there. Our truck hydroplaned and hit a concrete center wall. Both airbags deployed, but we are so thankful that nobody was hurt. Mike and I are just experiencing some chest and back pain from the impact. We truly have guardian angels! The boys were watching Toy Story on their DVD players, and were barely phased. Mike wanted to turn around and come home after that, but I convinced him to go forth with our plans. We had the truck towed to the body shop, and my sister and father-in-law picked us up and took us to a rental car place (luckily we were only about 30 minutes from their house). We were back on the road in less than two hours. I felt that if we would have gone back home then we would sit and sulk. Plus, the boys were too pumped about seeing Mickey! In the end, Mike and I were both glad we still went.

The rest of the trip went pretty well besides for one night when Mason was over tired, teething, and a big ball of cranky baby! We did a character meal at Chef Mickey’s and we were so disappointed. (Let me say that we have never ever been disappointed with any sit-down meal before!) The service, food selection, and food was just not what we have come to expect. Maybe because the night before we had one of the best meals ever at the Captain’s Grill.

Luckily, our vacation week is not over. We are home today and doing laundry. We will be packing up again tonight to send the boys with their grandparents so Mike and I can set sail to the Bahamas!

-Kelsey

January 12, 2011

The Things I Love

I love so many things - and here are just a few....
I love Disney! (and Disney makes the best waffle I ever did have!)

Everything at Pottery Barn screams my name!


Mac makeup is a must. I wear it everyday! I got my sister into it and now she is obsessed.


I could eat ice-cream every single night for dessert and be more than happy! Ben & Jerry's chunky monkey is my all time fave flavor.



I love that my husband is as crafty/talented as me. I'm in love with his designs!


I love fossil. Every year I get a new fossil watch. This is the one I'm sporting now. They have such great quality - and I love their new purse line!

Wedge heels are a must! So comfy and make my legs look lovely!
ETSY- I LOVE ETSY! What would I do without it? I'm so glad I found it!
Most of all... I love these three men! They mean more to me than anything else. I wouldn't be the person I am today without them!
What are your loves?
-Kelsey