The Dos & Don’ts of Building a Fireplace Mantle

A few weeks ago my dear sweet friend asked me to help her build a mantle for her fireplace, so naturally I said yes. (I should mention that neither of us had ever built a mantle before.)  Today I’m going to share with you a few of the Dos & Don’ts of Building a Fireplace Mantle.

Do your homework (Hello, Pinterest)

Don’t follow the exact lay out another person posted. (Your fireplace will be different, so there will need to be some adjustments made. If you don’t you’ll be making to two mantles and one of them will end up being a wine rack.)

Do find the most experienced carpenter in Home Depot and talk to them about what you’re doing. She or he can give you some helpful hints to make your project go more smoothly. (Shout out to Mark at the Home Depot in Hattiesburg, MS!!)

Don’t forget to charge your tools the night before.

Do make a list of ALL of the supplies you’ll need.

Don’t do your shopping the day you plan to complete the project. (The shopping took a lot of time.)

Do this project with a friend it makes it so much fun and a lot easier. Enjoy!!

 

 

DIY Spring Wreath

I think it’s safe to say that Spring is in the air!! (My allergies confirm this. haha.) I decided to celebrate the change in seasons by making a beautiful Spring Wreath. Today I’m going to show you how you to can make a beautiful wreath without paying the big price tag.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Grapevine Wreath

Artificial Flowers

Wire Cutters

Hot Glue Gun

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Start by cutting the each flower from the bunch it’s attached to using the wire cutters. (I strongly suggest using a bigger pair of wire cutters than I used because it will take F.O.R.E.V.E.R. if you don’t)

Next you are going to take the flowers and slide the steam through the wicker wreath in a pattern that you like. Once you have a pattern that you like glue the back of the flower to the wreath using the hot glue gun.When it’s dry cut off the excess flower steams from the back of the wreath. You’ll want to cut them close to the wicker wreath to make sure your wreath sits as flat as possible, once it’s hung.

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Then hang your cost effective Spring Wreath and enjoy!!!

Helpful Tips:

1.) Buy more flowers than you think you’ll need. Trust me half way through mine I had to run to the store to get more. Needless to say they were out of one of the flowers that I used, which lead me to rearrange my wreath.

2.) Use more durable wire cutters than I did. Using those little tiny things was like a cruel punishment.

3.) Buy your supplies from the dollar store. I bought all of my wreath on a whim from Hobby Lobby because it was half off ($4). When I took my weekly trip to the Dollar Tree they had wicker wreaths for a dollar. They also had some really cute flowers, so I wasn’t about to miss that opportunity. The total cost of making this Spring Wreath (with the cute little butterflies I added) was $15 dollars.

 

 

Apple Chips

The other day I let my 2 (almost 3) year old son pick out the apples we bought last week. Little did I know he picked out the sourest apples I’ve ever tasted. After trying the extremely tart apples (Pink Lady Apples) I had no idea what I was going to do with them. That’s when I got the idea of making Apple Chips. I’m always buying them anyway, so why not make them. Today I’m going to share with how to make your very own Apple Chips.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

4 Apples (They don’t have to be tart)

Cinnamon

Sugar

Parchment Paper

Slicer

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Start by preheating your oven to 200 degrees. Place the  Then are going to slice your apples using your slicer. (The thinner the slice the crisper it will turn out.) Be sure to remove the seeds.

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Next sprinkle as little or as much sugar and cinnamon on both sides of apple slices. Then bake in the oven for three hours on the bottom rack. Turn off the oven. This part may seem a little crazy but let them stay in the oven overnight. They will be extra crispy.

Then the next morning take them out and store them or gobble them up.Enjoy!!!

 

About Last Week

I’m a planner, I always have been. I have backup plans, for my backup plans and even backup plans for those plans. Last week though no matter how well I planned and executed my DIY projects and recipes they failed miserably. I began to become aggravated and started questioning my ability. Then I took a deep breath and stepped back for a moment. I realized that I needed a week off from doing crafts and cooking. I needed a week off from blogging.

I know taking time off from blogging isn’t what a lot of popular bloggers would suggest. Especially, if you want to turn your blog into a business like I do. But sometimes you just need a reset so you can come back at your best. I love blogging and I enjoy making DIY crafts and food. I don’t want to ruin it by stressing myself out about it.

After taking a week off to just hangout with my husband and my little boy, I feel great I can focus creating new things. I have a ton of new blogs planned and can’t wait to share them with you. I guess sometimes you just need to take a break to return to something you love. Until next time.

Liebster Award


I’m extremely honored and flatter because I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award. I was nominated by the lovely and talented Connie@BohemienArt. Y’all should check out her blog. She’s always posting something new and interesting! Thank you, so much Connie!!!

The rules of the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
  3. Nominate 10 new bloggers.
  4. Answer the 10 questions the person who nominated you asked you.
  5. Create 10 new questions to ask the bloggers you nominate.
  6. Notify the bloggers you have nominated by leaving them a comment on their blog.

 

Here are Connie’s questions:

Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog because I wanted something just for me and I enjoy making crafts and cooking. (Even if I’m not perfect at it. :D)

If failure were not an option what would you attempt to do?

If failure wasn’t an option I would start all of the  businesses, I’ve ever thought about. (Here’s a few I’ve considered: An ice cream shop that is open at night and delivers, a children’s museum, a restaurant just for kids, a children’s theatre, an outdoor movie theatre that has couches,etc. There are many many more but I don’t want to bore you with all of those.)

If you could live in any place of the world where would that be and why?

If I could live any place in the world I wanted, I would live in Tennessee. I know that may sound crazy to some of you but I feel as thought it is the best of everything. You get to see all for seasons, it has the mountains, and some country life. However, there are still some amazing cities to explore. The only thing that would make Tennessee even better is if it had an ocean near by.

What is your greatest phobia and why?

My greatest phobia is snakes. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because they can sneak up on you and bite you, leading to your death.

If money were not an issue what would be your next purchase?

This is a tough one but I think it would be a house. But not just any house but my dream house.

If you had to leave in a hurry for a trip, what would be the “must have 3 items” to take with you?

My must have 3 items if I had to leave in a hurry for a trip would be, flip-flops, deodorant, and conditioner for my crazy curly hair.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to own my business and I’m hoping through my blog I can achieve that.

If you have a really bad day, what’s the thing that can brighten it up?

When I’m having a really bad day the thing that brightens it up is hearing my son and husband laugh.

What’s your favorite cooking recipe and why?

My favorite cooking recipe is Homemade Candied Pecans because they taste wonderful and they also make the house smell amazing. So it’s a win, win.

What would be the appropriate soundtrack for the movie of your life?

The appropriate soundtrack for the movie that is my life would be  “What a Wonderful World” By Louis Armstrong

Here are the blogs I nominate:

Home Grown DIY

Buffy The Writer

Peas Romaine Calm

Thirties Flair

Sandra McCall

Southern Belly

Failing Up In The Kitchen

Miss Artsy Crafty

The DIY Chick

Beauty and Baths

Here are my questions:

Why did you start your blog?

What is you’re favorite book?

What does a perfect weekend look like to you?

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

What is your favorite holiday tradition? 

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

What is your favorite Disney movie and character?

What advice would you give your younger self?

What’s your biggest fear?

Which do you prefer: A brand new car or a restored vintage car?

 

 

 

DIY Spring Welcome Sign

It’s officially Spring! In honor of Spring I decided to make a new Welcome sign. Today I’m going to share with you how I made it.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

String or Ribbion

Staple Gun

A Wooden Plaque (I bought mine from of Walmart for $4)

Piece of Chalk

White Paint Pen

Variety of Paint

Masking Tape

Flower Stencils

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Start by painting the wooden plaque. When it’s dry take a piece of chalk and write the word “Welcome”on the plaque. (I don’t have bubbly cheerleader handwriting, so writing in chalk allows me to erase it and rewrite it. Until I get a version that’s legible and that I don’t absolutely hate.)

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Once you’ve written a version of the word “Welcome” in chalk that you actually like, grab the paint pen and trace it. You’ll need to go over it a few times.

 

Next place one of flower stencils on the wooden plaque, where you want them, and secure them with masking tape. Then paint. Repeat this step as many times as you’d like using different stencils. Allow sign to dry. When the sign is dry flip it over and staple the string to the back of it. (The length of the string will depend on the size of plaque and the level at which you’d like it to hang. Then ENJOY!! Happy Spring Everybody!!!

 

 

 

 

Bird Nests

One of my earliest school memories is of being at an end of the year class party and eating a Haystack for the very first time. It was amazing. Years have passed and I’ve often thought of that delicious piece of candy. However I haven’t had another one since. So the other day that memory popped in my head and I instantly knew what I had to do. I had to make some Haystacks but since it’s almost Easter I decided to be a little festive and make Bird Nest Haystack. Needless to say they turned out absolutely mouth watering. Today I’m going to show you how to make Bird Nests/Haystacks.

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Here’s what you’ll need

1 Bag of Butterscotch Morsels

1 Cup of Peanut Butter

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla

4 Cups of Chow Mein Noodles

1 Bag of Egg Shaped Candy ( I used Whoppers Robbin Eggs)

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Start by placing the 4 cups of chow mein noodles in a large bowl. Set aside. Then in a separate microwavable bowl pour the butterscotch morsels and add the peanut butter. Melting the mixture in 30 second increments. Be sure to stir after each 30 seconds.

Once the mixture is complete melted stir in the vanilla. Then pour it over chow mien noodles. Stir until the noodles are covered.  Using cooking spray, spray your muffin tin.

Next spoon the mixture in to the pan. Using your spoon dig little ditch into the center of each nest. (This is so your eggs will sit down inside of the nest, instead of on top of it.) Then place your eggs in the nest (This allows the eggs to stick in to the nest) Chill the Birds nest for about an hour.

Then using a butter knife remove the nest from the muffin pan and enjoy!!!