This time of year really is the best, isn’t it?!?! The holiday spirit is in the air, holiday decor is strewn about and holiday cheer is abundant. :) I practically hear carolers singing “Joy to the World” right now. I love that first delve into the Christmas decor and crafting. I like to see what we’ve got from year’s past that still inspires me and try to come up with a few new ideas at the same time. All while I watch my husband roll his eyes at me as I pace to and fro between him and his football, or futball, or whatever sport he’s watching at the time. Hey, this decor thing takes time. You gotta step back, look at it from all angles, scootch it around a bit and then step back for another look … am I right!?! On my decor day we even had the island equivalent of what could be considered a winter storm. Brrrrr! Just kidding I think it did get down to 79 degrees though … which is close to a record low. And the perfect day for dilly dallying around with some Christmas decor I say. So I made a few new driftwood Christmas trees and gave our fall leaf wreath a winter makeover.
Happy Monday!! We’re talking an easy peasy, super simple, the power of paint type of It’s a Cinch project today. Thank goodness, because I accidentally crashed my own blog yesterday. And getting it back together is still a work in progress that is testing my sanity not an easy task. #notfunatall If you happen to see anything that looks weird, loads funny or doesn’t work please don’t hesitate to offer to fix it let me know. ;) Today is also the kick off of our Organizing 101 Series. Free Stylin’ Beth is talking menu planning today! Pay her a visit to learn all kinds of great tips!! And check this out.
Check this out … the monthly review in the first week of the following month. #surprisedmyselfwithmyefficiency July has always been a favorite month of mine … and it proved to be the same on the blog. I started the month begging asking for help as I started to undertake a living room redo. So far, as part of the Blogging without Borders series we have made a floating shelf and started work on DIYing a coffee table. I am reeeally hoping to have that for you at the next update. If this review is old news to you, head over to see what the other gals are up to. We had a bunch of fun with decor on this new floating shelf. Well, I know I did, I hope you did, too. :) From the initial attempt, an early fall mantel and the most recent where we finally brought ‘the girls‘ back and added a pop of color with a spray painted leaf wreath. How to Build a Floating Shelf Tutorial is here! I enjoyed putting together a round-up of 105 ideas for your 4th of July celebration. What a great resource! I was a day late so feel free to pin it for next year. :) And I also made another piece of pallet word art that I adore. It has been the perfect, sun shiny addition to our rooftop pallet bed area. July was also great fun for me as part of the Hometalk Ambassador team. I shared my tips for posting your projects on Hometalk here. And also had a blast with my girlfriends at our DIY pool party with Hometalk ‘swag’ here. Thank you so much Hometalk, and Miriam, for the wonderful opportunity. :) It gave me chance to help my friend Carol learn how to use … continue reading
It’s that time again. The first Monday of the month where we share an easy peasy, super simple, somewhat silly to post about project or tip. And today marks a milestone on this here blog. The first ever and, if you’re lucky, the last cooking tip. Now, you really can’t even call it a cooking tip. It’s much more, something-random-I-discovered-last-week-while-making-tacos. And, by ‘making tacos‘ I totally mean using a packaged taco seasoning mix to season hamburg to taste like taco meat. Here’s what happened.
It’s that time again. The first Monday of the month where we share an easy peasy, super simple, somewhat silly to post about project. And today, my friends, we are going step-by-step into my rooftop pallet bed making process.
Ok, so it would be an understatement to say that I’m not totally thrilled that there isn’t just some bright, big, right-in-my face ‘reverse text’ tab on the home screen in Word. Phew! I would have felt like a total loser. But, lucky for me, I only feel like kind of loser. Truth be told, there is a pretty simple, however not 100% intuitive (at least that’s what I’m choosing to tell myself) option that my blog buddy Linda pointed out to me. And she just so happened to have posted a great tutorial for the version of Word she was using. And, since I had to figure out a couple of the steps in our Microsoft Word 2007 ’cause we’ve totally got the latest and greatest technology, here is the step-by-step tutorial to make a reverse image for my your future reference. ;) And, yes, I totally did type ‘horixontal’ in that step description. And, a little insider secret, if you hover over the picture for step 4 … I saved it on my computer as ‘right your text’ instead of ‘write your text’. Awesome, I am. Sigh. Now, print and then just follow the steps for the image transfer using your newly mirrored image here. And, an awesome reader of this here blog, Patty, gave another great set of instructions using the text box option in Word. I have to admit, I got hung up on the ‘paste as a picture’ step. I’m used to a ‘paste special’ option and it just wasn’t working that way for me. But, it might just be because I am kind of a loser am not that bright have the attention span of a wasp didn’t take the time to make it work. I’m sharing it here fully expecting that many of you … continue reading
Hey hey! Happy Monday. Most of you in the states are probably off today, right? Hard to believe how easy it is to get out of touch with holiday schedules. I don’t even know if today is a holiday here in Curacao. Oblivious much. :/ Anyway, it seems like a good day to review all that was the month of March, with some new stuff mixed in for fun. For me, it was one of those months where I feel like I didn’t actually finish much. I worked on a lot, was a bit all over the board…but let’s see what was actually done, shall we?
Hey y’all! First off, a big phat Thank you! to everyone who has supported the first MISSION: Possible party, It’s a Cinch. If you missed it, there are 286 easy peasy, super simple projects linked up to give you some fun, simple project ideas. What a great resource for a little spring craftiness. :) I had so much fun visiting each and every one, today I’m going to share some that I can totally see myself trying at some point if I ever get around to it. I just did an easy little project using empty glass jars that I’ll be posting about tomorrow…but look at how Kristi at Addicted 2 Decorating used them to make this awesome hallway artwork.
Hey y’all!! I’m back! Vacation was fantastic! Loved it so much! Fun times with a great family, adorable nephew, funny brother, sister-in-law who thought the strike through was showing my blog mistakes. (Sure do love you Bonnie!!) And too many “just blog about it” jokes to go around. My sweet, sweet mother didn’t even come to my defense…apparently I have a bit of a blog audition going on here, too. Sure do love you family. :) And … after vacation … it’s always fun to be at the gate in the airport going to Curacao … when I’m heading home. Smile. So, there’s really no complaining here. But have you ever had those days when you thought you would be getting all crafty.
See what I did there? We all love a little inspiration … and what do you get when you’re looking for inspiration for easy peasy projects – It’s a Cinch-spiration. :) I mean, we now have pin-spiration. So why not cinch-spiration? No?!? I tried. ;) Aaaanyway, I’ve found some other great ideas for simple little projects from a couple of my favorite blogs.
Hey, hey! Happy Hump Day! Right now I am on a flight to Miami…or waiting in the airport for my delayed flight. I would say there’s equal probability of each option. Sigh. But there’s a cutie patootie nephew at the other end of the journey, so I’m stoked either way. You saw a sneak peek of #5 here. Who am I kidding, that post was in November so the only people who saw it were #5′s dad – because I sent it to him, my mom, and maybe 3 others. ;) Aaaanyway, I thought of a few more It’s a Cinch ideas for you.