Saturday, August 27, 2011

Easy Peasy Weekend Projects

 If you are looking for quick and easy projects here ya go.  I knocked these both out within a matter of 1 hour. If you don't have much time to make a gift or you are just dying to create, alter or make something hopefully these two cuties will steer you into the right direction 
or at least give you some inspiration.

The first one is chalkboard stones.  I picked up some Dollar Tree stones and put chalkboard paint on them.  I initially was going to leave them blank, but then decided to put the I Corinthians 13:4-7 verses on them.  I used my white chalk board marker to write on them. I put them in my bird cage by my entry way.  It is probably not something that you would notice at first glance, but I think it adds a little something extra to that little corner of my world. 

The second project was a gift for a friend's birthday.  I have been seeing this next craft all over Pinterest. I have been dying to make one for my home, but I have been dragging my feet.  
There is nothing like a birthday to motivate you to make a gift. 
I used scrapbook paper for my background and went with a neutral brown button selection.  I thought, then she could place it wherever in her house.  The sky is the limit on these cuties though.  Here is the one I made.  It took me about 30 min once I got going.

I first picked out a font and blew up the W in her last name then printed it and cut it out.
I then traced the W onto the scrapbook paper.  This gave me my guidelines for the buttons.

At this point it is all about layering.  I have seen some with tons of layers to fill in the gaps and some with only one layer.  Your choice.  I used about three layers to make sure I had the outline right.  I used hot glue to glue it all down.  She was kind of my guinea pig but I can't wait to make more.  I am officially hooked on this craft and buttons!!!

I hope this gives you some hope that projects don't have to take all day or hours for that matter.  Try these out and let me know how they go.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I will admit I am not much of a trash digger.  I am secretly one inside.  I wish I had the nerve to just pull up to the side of the road and grab your discarded junk treasure.  I will pass stuff by and think, 'wow I could use that', but I'm too shy, nervous, scared, whatever to get out of my stinking car and grab it.  What if you see me?  What if it won't fit in my car?  What will the neighbors think?  
The nerve is slowly creeping up inside of me though and this post is living proof of that.  

My neighbors discarded a desk onto the side of the road during trash week.  I admired that thing from a far for a few days.  It was a little trashed but it had lovely lines.  I wanted it for my entry way. I already envisioned it for my entry way.  Yet, there it sat.  And then it rained.  IT RAINED!!!!  I was kicking myself.  I was mad at myself for not being braver.  I must have finally gotten mad enough because I strolled down there in the cover of darkness, a true ninja skill acquired from 
being a mother of boys, and picked it up brought it home.  
My youngest thought I had lost my mind.  
It was in worse shape then I had thought.  I was determined to not be discouraged.  With my years of crafting skills surely I could 
make it special again.  I mean why else would God have given me these skills. Right?

So enjoy this post of my first ever dumpster diving, trash picking, curb stealing adventure. 

So, as you can see it's a little beat up. No drawer, it was broken off.  It had a metal thing on the top, that was maybe at one point a light?  Great lines though right!!!

This is a better shot of the top. YUCK!!!

How does one remedy this?  The first challenge for me was to find something to replace the drawer with.  I just needed a faux drawer.  Something to cover the hole.  We had all sizes of scrap wood laying around, but nothing really fit.  Then I remembered I had some chip wood that my father in law gave me.  It was worth a shot.

Ya, it didn't fit either.  It wasn't wide enough.  So I sawed, yes I said sawed, the bottoms of where the drawer would normally be and it made the desk the perfect size for the chip wood.  If you look at my before you can tell what parts I sawed off.  I used tack nails to nail it into place.  Can't you see it taking shape?  I was giddy by this point!!!
Now for some PAINT!!!
 It's getting there. 

And drum roll please....
Remember how I said I wanted this for my entryway.  Well... my dear friend's daughter who recently got her first teaching job fresh out of college needed something by her classroom door to place info for the kids.  I knew right then and there this desk was meant for her.  Black and red are the school colors.  Perfect!!!!

Sooooo pretty, right!!!!

I hot glued a wooden drawer pull on that I painted red.  Just a little extra zip ya know to show true school spirit. ;)

Here is it's final resting place.  I love the quote she picked out. 
Thank you for indulging me as I shared with you my first time curb stealing shopping. The best thing about this project...desk{free!}, paint{already had}, knob{already had}.  Yep, it was basically a free brand new desk by the time I was done making it pretty again.

Good luck Megan on your first year of teaching.  May you never loose the spark that made you want to venture into the very hard but rewarding job of teaching.

{  Kelly }

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pizza Puffs: A great school lunch idea

I was perusing recipes online over the summer and found this one for Pepperoni Pizza Puffs.  It sounded like a great recipe.  
I made it over the summer for my boys and they really liked them.

So last night I was finally able to sit down and watch the 
finale to So You Think You Can Dance(I dvr quite a bit) and it came to me to make these for the boys' lunch.  They are quick
to put together and take only 25 min to bake.  
I thought I would share the recipe with all you mommas out there that, like me, are always in search of new ideas for lunch box meals.  I made this the night before, because ladies let's face it, I am not a morning person!!  Hard as I try I have not yet successfully entered the "I'm a morning person" club. 

This morning I wrapped them in tinfoil so they wouldn't brown up anymore and reheated them for a bit in our toaster oven.  I'm sure you could microwave them, but I wanted them still crunchie from the melted cheese.  I then popped about 5 of them in my guys' thermoses so they would stay warm.  I did not pack sauce but that is up to you.  Mine like them with out the sauce too.  I hope this gives you a new idea for lunches and puuulease share any you may have. 

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
*3/4 cup flour
*3/4 Tsp baking powder
*1 Tbl Italian seasoning  {I used more, about 2-3}
*pinch of salt
*pinch of red pepper flakes {I did about 2 pinches.  You can omit}
*3/4 cup of whole milk {I used 2%}
* 1 egg, slightly beaten
*1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese {I used the Weight Watchers moz cheese}
*1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
*1 cup cubed pepperoni  {or whatever ingredients you want to add}
*1/2 cup store bought pizza sauce

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a 24 cup mini-muffin tin.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes { if using }.  Whisk in the milk and egg.  Stir in the Mozzarella, Parmesan and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.

2.  Site the batter and divide among the mini-muffin pan.  {I sometimes have a few empty holes left}
Bake until puffed and golden 20-25 min.

3.  Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through.  Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.

I will add that the first time I made this I used whole wheat flower.  It was OK.  I may try it next time with white whole wheat and see how it does.  This time I used just white all purpose.  I know some of my friends go into anxiety attacks when I tell them to stray from instructions of recipes, but I have no problems making a recipe my own.  I think you can really make this recipe your own and add a variety of things.  Have fun with it.  Happy Back To School!!!

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Monday, August 15, 2011


Hello all you Creative Chickadee readers!!
I'm so excited to be here today!
My name is Kelsey and my little piece of blogworld is called Tattered and Inked.
I'm a craft blogger and am addicted to furniture redos, free printables and spraypaint :)
I was so excited when Kelly asked me to guest post and I thought I'd show you a recent furniture makeover I did.
I found this awesome beauty at our local Goodwill for 25$.
It was solid, had good lines and was a great size!

The top had quite a bit of wear on it, but not too much damage so I just gave it a good sanding to bring it back to life a little.

I painted the base in my new favorite color: Pottery Barn Cream

and after several coats, I gave it a good distressing with my sander.

I love the look of the dark wood underneath, so this piece got a good bit of distressing.

It really gave it a lot of character.

I painted the top in a creamy espresso brown to give it a two-tone look.

Since the top of the table was just MDF, no grain would have come out if I had stained it,

which is why I decided to paint it instead.

I love the creamy brown against the white.

It had a great drawer on it and I kept the original hardware.

I also made sure to give it several coats of clear gloss to help protect it against youngsters and drinks :)

I actually ended up putting this piece up for sale and I'm hoping it's new owners love it.

Much better, huh?

It's amazing what a little paint can do :)

I'd love for you to come and visit me over at Tattered and Inked!

You can also join the fun with me on Facebook where I post sneak peeks and other fun blog finds I come across!!

Here's a peek at some of my other past projects:

Hope to see you soon!

And thank you so much, Kelly, for having me!!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"I have always known it was you." Giveaway

See this man ladies?  This is my HB, my Mr. Mr., my "be still my beating heart" husband.  I just love this man. He is my best friend, my biggest cheerleader and challenger, he is an amazing father to our boys, he is an amazing provider and leader, he is the belly ache to my laugh and he is all mine.  I am posting about him today because it is our Anniversary.  Our 15th Anniversary!!  I still remember our wedding day so clearly. *sigh*

I am not just posting to ramble on about my hunk of a man husband, although I could. (wink wink)  I wanted to share with you some of the things I have been making for our master bedroom to romance it up a bit and to help celebrate out 15yrs of hard work.  And, that's not all.  One of you lucky ladies will be receiving one of these romantic canvases.  I mean why can't we all celebrate my Anniversary right?!!  Follow along on all the fun projects and at the end will be the rules on how to enter the giveaway.

I'm not sure how many of you are on Pinterest, but I can't not get on it at least once a day.  I love it.  There is a point to all of this.  I came across the below image and my heart instantly went pitter patter.  I was smitten.  Just my style of project.  "I must copy this." I said to myself.  And this one little picture is where I got the beginnings of my inspiration for this post.  The rest of the projects are inspired through Pinterest posts.   Let's begin shall we....

This is the inspiration piece.  Isn't it just lovely.  Are you as giddy as I?

I wanted to make our master bedroom all about us on this anniversary.  It already kind of is, but I wanted to shout a clear message that said, "Hey you talk, dark and handsome!!  I am in love with you!"  Here are the things I have done.  I will walk you through a few but then just post pictures of the others.  They were all done in the same basic format.  I don't want to bore you with too many tutorials.

All projects were done on 12x12 canvases from Michael's.  I got them on sale in a pack.  Jack pot!!  This first one I have used chip board to mimic the wooden lettering from the inspiration piece.  I am on a tight budget because of school shopping, our anniversary and a formal banquet we are attending so I had to make due with what I already had.  These were self adhesive but I put glue on the back anyways.  I am not precise on measurements but I eye balled this to space it out.  I hope it's even.  Project 1 down, well somewhat.

The saying for another canvas.  "I carry your heart with me; I carry it in my heart."  One of my favorite poems from E.E. Cummings.  I fond a font that looked Jane Austinish and printed it out.  I printed the mirror image of it so it would transfer correctly.
I transferred it old school by penciling over the letters to make a carbon copy.  When I flipped it over I traced over the letters and it transferred onto the canvas.

This was one of the most time consuming.

Next comes the heart outline in our names and our wedding date.  It's not a completed heart and I like that it's just the outline.  I cut out a heart and laid the letters on it then glued them down.  I traced over the wording with bubble paint.  Hey, I had to use what I could find.

After I spray painted all four canvases I let them dry then hung them on the wall in our bedroom. 
So pretty and romantic.  Forgive the picture quality.  I should take a class.  ;D  I do like the chipboard look better than the puffy paint I must say.  More prominent. 

Which canvas is your favorite?

found a home on either side of my dresser mirror.
A few of my favorite wedding photos.  And the plaques says, "Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be."  That song was in our wedding.  I love that it is such a popular phrase. 
I framed an anniversary card that is one of my all time favorites that my HB gave me.  It sits over my crafting station. 


Thanks for sharing this day with me!!
Now for the fun part.  THE GIVEAWAY!!!  
How to enter...

Mandatory: with out these you will not be entered
1.  You must be a follower of my blog and leave me a comment that you are.  If you already are you must leave a comment telling me so.  
2.  Tell me which of the 4 canvases is your favorite.  If you are chosen this is what you will win.  Customized for you of course.

Optional, but extra entries:
1. Like me on Facebook: The Creative Chickadee on Facebook
leave me a comment that you did here on my blog, even if you already like me.
2.  Follow me on Twitter:  @creativechickad
leave me a comment that you did here on my blog, even if you already follow me
3.Blog, Facebook, Tweet about this giveaway and earn 2 extra entries per type.  If you do all 3 that is 6 extra entries.  Leave me a comment with a link back to your post so I know you did it :D

This contest will end at 11:59pm on Sunday, August 14th, 2011.  That will give you plenty of time to enter as much as you can.  I will announce the winner on Monday.  The winner will be chosen through a randomizer.  
Good luck everyone and thanks for stopping by!!!!


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