Oh boy – I’ve been slacking

Okay, not really slacking completely, but nothing is getting completed around here. For example, I am laying the groundwork for a vegetable garden. So far, I’ve got some seeds planted in some trays and they have sprouted, but then some of them died already because the lids blew off of the trays without me realizing it, and the Florida sun is a killer even in the “winter”. Oops – crud!! Have to start again. UGH! I bought some more soil and seeds and planting a new batch is on my list of things to do tomorrow after the kids go to school.

I have borrowed  uhm…acquired some old concrete bricks for making the raised bed, and the weed blocker that needs to line the bottom is ready to go once I get the truck full of soil to fill it up. Quite excited about the whole thing actually. Hopefully, I’ll get a few tomatoes and cucumbers out of the whole experience. But given that I’ve already killed them once, I’m not exactly feeling very lucky. Wish me luck!

And then there’s the shed…

This is my "BEFORE" picture... it's the only one I have that shows the whole thing!

I got an amazing deal on a five gallon can of mis-tinted Sherwin Williams exterior paint (that they tinted to a beautiful barn red for me once I bought it – I love it!) and I’m ready to start painting, but the darn weather won’t cooperate. It looks like it’s going to pour and then it doesn’t. In fact, I thought the rain was coming so I put out bug killer, and weed and feed, so that it could get watered in, and it DIDN’T RAIN!!  Seriously?! And after I paint it, I have lots of plans to plant pretty flowers and make it look adorable (much to the chagrin of my husband).

While at the paint store, I went through their clearance section and bought a few painting supplies. Okay, a ridiculous amount of supplies. Let’s just say I won’t need another foam roller for many years. And I picked up two test colors for our bedroom – but I haven’t found the perfect shade of royal/navy blue. I need a blue that’s dark, yet bright… does that even exist in a wall paint? I found exactly the right shade in this can, however, I can’t seem to find a color match in wall paint. I love this Rustoleum color – cobalt blue. Wish they had it in more colors.

Blue Perfection

The color match machine won’t pick up the right color because of the sparkle of the paint 😦 but I did put this color to good use this week and I will be posting about it very soon. Like this week. Okay?

And to add to my little list of things halfway done… I am still taking my upholstery class, and I just learned how to tuft a chair! It’s so exciting to learn something that I will actually use! How I wish they had a major in woodworking and power tools in college – I would have definitely signed up for that one! Besides the chair I used for my class project, I’ve also started a few projects at home.



During - still need to paint it too

But like everything else, they aren’t “done”. So many things almost ready for posting, but not just yet. These chairs make me want to run out and buy an upholstery stapler and an air compressor. I think it would be cheaper to buy them both than to pay for ONE chair to be reupholstered! Going to start working on my “pitch” to my husband for that one! 🙂

But for now, I’m going to watch the Oscars! I love when Billy Crystal hosts. Who is your favorite Oscars host??



Lego Birthday Party

Hello! I’ve been working on quite a few projects lately, but nothing is finished yet, so this week I’m going to share what a friend of mine did this weekend! 

Lego cake

One of my dearest friends from high school, and fellow Pinterest addict, Tracy, has three little munchkins who are seriously the sweetest kids on the planet. And each year on their respective birthdays, there is always a party to celebrate their special day. Even before Tracy started her Pinterest addiction, she was creating fun and fabulous birthday parties for her little people. To date, there have been fairies, princess, pirates, puppets, police and garbage men at their parties. There are always fun activities planned, based on the theme that year, and the kids always have a great time.

This week was her son’s 6th birthday, and this party was just as fabulous as all the ones that came before it. This year’s theme was Legos. After combing Pinterest for ideas, Tracy started planning and preparing. And then, she made everything pictured here by hand, including that amazing cake above! I’m in awe of her fabulousness!!

There were Lego-men face masks…

Each with a different expression!

And marshmallow pops…

A “guess how many” game…

Crackers and cheese – Lego style!

Even the hand sanitizer got in on the action!

And when it was time to go home, each child got goody-bags…

I can’t wait to see what the next party will bring. Hmmm… maybe I’ll have her “help” my husband with my 40th birthday party next year. 🙂



Chocolate Cake for Breakfast!

On Thursday evening my family went to an awards ceremony for my daughter. She won a Gold Key award for a story she wrote, and they were honoring the winners. We are insanely proud of her 🙂   After the awards ceremony, we went to dinner at Outback to celebrate. We tried their new desert, an Oreo waffle sunday sort of thing. The waffle was chocolate and tasted suspiciously like cake, topped with caramel sauce, a few crushed up Oreo cookies, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to try to make them, and so this morning, I did.

I looked up recipes on Pinterest for Chocolate Waffles, but they all involved a lot of ingredients that I didn’t have, and would take more time than I wanted to spend (we are finally moving stuff into the shed today – whoot-whoot!). So, thinking that the one from Outback tasted exactly like cupcakes, I thought it would be easiest to use a boxed cake mix. I was glad that I have an obsession with keeping a few boxes on hand for “emergencies”. I used Devil’s Food, but I think any flavor will do.

Duncan Hines Devil's food cake

I mixed it as if I were making a cake, following the directions from the box.

I love my mixer!

As that was mixing, I heated up the waffle maker. I used about 3/4 of a cup for each waffle. Be sure not to use too much batter, or it will end up making a mess like this!


My waffle maker automatically times itself, so I can’t tell you how long to cook them for, but they came out perfectly just using the same setting as I use for regular waffles.

They cooked up perfectly!

The waffles were light and fluffy, and would have been great with a scoop of ice cream and some strawberries.

The kids couldn’t believe I was letting them have chocolate cake for breakfast! My son’s friend, who stayed the night, actually starting singing a song about the wonders of chocolate cake for breakfast. It was totally worth not following the “rules” of good parenting just to see their faces!

Chocolate waffles and whipped cream - delicious!!

Cricket is a Pinterest Addict too!

Sorry to have not posted in a while. The last two weeks have flown by. My husband took some vacation time and we went to visit his brother and his awesome family up in South Jersey. Then we joined them for a few days in the Berkshires for some snow tubing and skiing. I can’t get over how easily my ten-year-old son took to it – like he was born to do it. When we got back, we have been doing all kinds of things around the house. Today is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write. Sorry!

I’ve got a lot to share from the last two weeks, and I will soon, but I wanted take this opportunity to introduce you to my friend, Cricket. She is one amazingly resourceful girl. Even before all the rage of thrifting and Pinterest, she was always the creative one of the group. She could take an old door and turn it into a tiki/island inspired desk. Or take dirty, nasty wood from the trash, clean it up (but only a little) and attach it to the wall to look like a picket fence in our friend’s office. (I will be tracking down pictures and adding them soon – it’s too cute not to include here!) She can decorate the pants off of any “professional” I know, and just in general, my crafting/decorating/sewing hero.

Well, anyway, I got her addicted to Pinterest too. I know, I’m a bad influence. You can find Cricket on Pinterest here. Although she doesn’t pin much on her boards, she keeps all the ideas swirling in her mind. Lately, she’s been on a hot streak. This past week, these are the pins she’s duplicated….

Tee to Tank from

Look how cute Cricket’s turned out!

Cricket in her adorable tank

Her son’s friend is a huge Batman fan, so when she saw this pin…

Superhero Aprons from Craftzine

she knew she had to make one for her.

How awesome is this?!


Every year, Cricket and her husband, hold the Super Bowl Party at their house, and the food is always delicious. She saw this pin for cheeseburger cupcakes…

Cheeseburger cupcakes

So, they made the menu 🙂

Cricket's cheeseburger cupcakes

They were so cute, and absolutely delicious! (and they were way less messy than having the frosting on the top!)

Everybody loves a deviled egg, right? Okay, maybe not everybody, but I love them. In keeping with the football theme, these were perfect!

Deviled eggs - via LivingLocurto

Cricket's deviled eggs - Yummy!

Oh, if you look to the left side of that last pic, those pepperoni/mozzarella rolls were Pinterest inspired too! I just didn’t get a good picture of them 😦

well, you can see the whole plate of them in this pic... it's just blurry 😦


I’m sure I’ll be posting more from Cricket – she is always up to something crafty!

Remember, if you want to try any of these projects/recipes  yourself, just click the original pic (from Pinterest).

Have you tried any new pins lately??




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