master bedroom update....

We began this update pretty much right after Christmas because my hunny got me the new bedding which inspired the whole transformation. The room is still not complete. We need to finish putting up the crown moulding and decorate but everything else is pretty much done! I hope you all enjoy the drastic difference!!!

Here is our room before...

and after!!!

you can't see in this pix but we put blinds up as well. They look really, really good! And I love how bright the window is now versus the before picture!

Here is the ceiling all scraped!!! Doesn't it look fantastic!

And here is the entire room! Ahhhh so much better!! (This picture doesn't have the euro pillows, so normally the bed looks more plush and bigger! The euro pictures are in the first picture with Rowyn on the bed.)


Cinnamon roasted almonds

I found this easy yet yummy looking recipe here. How awesome to be able to make these delicious roasted almonds yourself, instead of paying outrageous amounts of money at the fair.

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

1 egg white
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups whole almonds
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Lightly beat egg white, add vanilla and beat until soft peaks form. Add nuts and stir until well coated. In a gallon size zip-lock bag shake together (you may want to seal the bag first :o) the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt until well mixed. Add almonds and seal bag again and shake up until the almonds are all coated. Spread almonds evenly onto a lightly greased cookie sheet (I cover my pan in tin foil first and then grease it so there is no clean up!) . Bake for one hour stirring every fifteen minutes or so.


framed fabric wreath

I love this design. I am going to make one to go in my dining room right next to my fireplace. I just can't get over how cute it is! I found the tutorial on V and Co here. Check it out!


car playmat

This is an AMAZING gift for a little one who loves cars! My daughter actually loves cars and I think this might be perfect for her to push those cars on. How fun to create a mat of the places your child knows best! Homemade by Jill created this piece! Check out her blog here!


felt name book

I love this cute name book idea from the craft patch. I think it would work well as a quiet book too. I will have to try this. The craft patch also did a fabric name book that looks really fun too! Check it out!


Thanksgiving garland

Tatertots and jello has some amazing and creative stuff on her blog. If you haven't, you NEED to check out her blog. I love just looking through her projects, she is so creative! I really want to try my hand at making a garland for Thanksgiving, what a unique and festive idea! Click here for the full tutorial!


Laundry sign

This is an awesome idea, sending burlap through the printer....and out comes a beautiful new addition to your home! I found the how-to at domestically speaking.

Here is her tutorial or click here for the photo tutorial.

{1st Step}

I created my “laundry” verbiage in Photoshop elements, but you could use any word processing program. I made it 8 1/2” x 11”, so that it would run through my printer as a standard piece of paper. I went to an online dictionary to find the definition I used.

{2nd Step}

Iron the burlap.

I had a piece of scrap burlap that worked perfectly for this project. You want your fabric nice and smooth for the printing.

{3rd Step}

Place your freezer paper on top of your ironed burlap with the shiny side down (touching the burlap). Run a medium, dry iron on top of the freezer paper and it will magically adhere to your burlap.

{4th Step}

Cut your burlap/freezer paper into your 8 1/2” x 11” size.

{5th Step}

Run your burlap/freezer paper through your printer.

{6th Step}

Peel off the freezer paper….

and you have this amazing printed burlap!

To finish off this project, I used the leftovers of the foam board from my Check My Pockets laundry sign to create the backing for my empty black frame.

To adhere the burlap sign I used decorative nails.

I used scraps of burlap, remnants of a sweater I turned into a pillow and the remains of my daughter’s dress turned pillow… and twisted and hot glued them onto felt to create some cute flowers. I glued the flowers onto the foam board and frame with my trusty hot glue gun.


Pint size haunted house

This is such a spooky house for the little ones. I love this! Check out the full tutorial here!


Candy corn cookies

I found these gorg looking cookies at the crafty penguin. I am looking forward to making some this year!!

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (a mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice)
1 cup butter (salted)
1 egg
1-1/2 tsp vanilla

Prep. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Step 1. In mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla.

Step 2. In a separate bowl, combine flour and pumpkin pie spice with a fork. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, while mixing.

Step 3. Roll dough 1/4-inch thick, refrigerate for 20 minutes, then cut shapes. Transfer shapes to cookies sheets and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cookies are done when edges begin to turn golden brown. Transfer cookies to racks to cool.

Note: I had a hard time finding candy corn cookie cutters, so I used light weight circle-shaped cookie cutters and bent them into candy corn shapes.

For detailed instructions on rolling cookie dough, see this post.

Glace Icing. For recipe and instructions on how to make glace icing, see this post.

I used Spectrum Orange, Spectrum Lemon Yellow and Spectrum Bright White to dye the icing for this cookie set. All of the piping was done with a Wilton #2 tip.

To prevent the colors from running together, I decorated in three sections, allowing one section to dry before moving on to the next.

Orange Section. First I spread a light orange glace flood with the back of a spoon, forming the middle section of the candy corn. After letting this dry, I over-piped plaid and swirls with dark orange.

White section. This section was decorated with a white flood and sugar pearls. Wait until the flood is tacky before applying sugar pearls.

Yellow Section. Like the orange section, this was made by spreading a flood (light yellow), then over-piping (dark yellow.) This time I piped zig-zags.

Once the cookies have dried overnight, they can be stacked.


Sky jello

What you will need

* 2 packages of Berry Blue Jello
* 2 cups of whipping cream
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 2 cups of ice
* parfait glasses or any clear containers that you can see through

Start by placing your whipping cream in a large bowl, beat on high speed until just starting to thicken. As you continue to whip the cream slowly pour in your sugar, continue whipping cream until it forms super stiff peaks. You want to make sure that it is good and stiff so that if will hold it’s shape later in the jello. Keep chilled in fridge until needed.

Now it’s time to get your jello ready. Pour 2 cups of boiling water into a large bowl and add both boxes of berry blue jello powder. Stir until all of the sugar has dissolved. Now you are going to add your 2 cups of ice, this is going to set up your jello nice and quick :) Stir the ice around in the bowl for about 5 minutes until the jello has thickened and remove any left over ice that didn’t melt. Your jello won’t be super thick like after it has set in the fridge but it will be jelled enough to scoop out on a spoon in a blobby form.

Now the fun begins! Start by placing a few spoonfuls of jello in the bottom of your parfait glass, then take your whipped cream from the fridge and drop in a spoonful or two and press it against the side of the glass. This is going to form your cloud in the sky. Try not to smear any of the whipped cream where you don’t want a cloud, it will show up as streaks when you put more jello in so wipe away any unwanted marks.

Continue layering the jello and whip cream alternating where you place your cream clouds so that you get a nice staggered effect :)

Voila! You’ve created a little chunk of sky in a glass and guess what…. it tastes fabulous!!
Have fun making some of your own

Recipe found here.


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