Sunday, December 29, 2013

Marshmallow in the Middle Cupcakes

I tried the recipe for Marshmallow in the Middle Chocolate Cupcakes from The Shabby Creek Cottage. They were really easy and yummy. I like to heat them up in the microwave before I eat them so they are melty.  Go here to get the recipe.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Engineering Print

For Mr. Jones' Christmas gift, I made an engineering print of one of our daughter's photos.  I had it done at Staples for about $3.50 and put it in a poster frame from Target.  It's just photocopy quality, but I love it.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Updated Boxwood Wreath

I stuck a dollar ornament on my simple boxwood wreath I blogged about yesterday. I like it.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Easy Wreath and Webbing Christmas Decor

I saw a boxwood wreath on Pinterest and thought I would try to make it. The Home Depot gave me clippings, I wired them to a base I had in the craft room, and I hung it by nailing upholstery webbing to the top of the door. It was a very easy, imperfect but elegant Pinterest project.  If your clippings aren't flexible, try soaking them in water for a bit.

I also used webbing on a closet door to display cards with tiny clothes pins. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Thanks For Your Help

Thanks to everyone for all the great input on my last
post about what to do with my wall of windows.

Here's what I have decided to try:
I want to hang window panels up high on a rod
and hang blinds on the lower windows only,
similar to the following picture except the rod will go above all 3 windows:

 (Source:  Sheffield Furniture)

I found blinds at Home Depot and Panels at Ikea,
but unfortunately even Ikea panels weren't long enough.
So I bought four cream panels for the top, and
dark gray panels to sew on the ends to make them longer.
I'm just trying to decide whether
to do a simple color block or add another stripe
(like in the following two photos).
(Source: Drapestyle)
 (Source: Houzz)
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 (Source: Google Search)
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(Source: Milk and Honey Home)

Now I'm just waiting until Mr. Jones can help me.
I hate things I can't do all by myself!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


I have a dilemma, dear friends, and I'm hoping you can help me.
We bought our house because it is on a gorgeous lot.
With woods.
And deer.
And little bunnies.
This is my family room that looks out on the woods.
 I thought this wall of windows would give me a nice view.
Not so much.
The blinds were on the windows when we moved in.
The upper blinds are supposed to be remote control to raise them up.
They broke within a year.
But I can't take them off because the afternoon sun blasts into the room.
Like it's so strong you would need sunglasses.

To make it worse, see the line that is under the arch?
That's not the window, it's just the ugly blind.
So ...
1. My living room is actually a dungeon despite the potential view.
2. I'm an outside girl and I can't see outside when I want.

Please help.
(Oh, and it must be a budget solution)
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