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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My DIY Seashell Bouquets on: October 19, 2013 06:22:16 PM
After seeing these on Etsy I just knew I HAD to have one. I tried quiet a few methods before finding what worked for me. My FH made the base as the ones at the craft store weren't strong enough to support the weight of the shells. I also made one for my MOH. Mine also has some charms for my grandparents who passed away this year and my cousin who passed in 2007. After the wedding I will be taking of the base and using the main part as some sort of decoration somewhere in my home, possibly a centerpiece or shelf decoration.

Mine


Mine and my MOH from the top
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Bitchen Kitchen on: June 06, 2011 06:05:26 PM
I bought a house last year that was built in 1971. The previous owner left all sorts of good stuff behind which I plan on incorporating throughout the house. I bought the house from the original owner so 30+ years of goodness. Since day one, I imaged this amazing kitchen to be green, brown, and white. A couple of months ago my best friend bought me a Kitchaid in the most perfect color of green... and that is what started the itch. Finally this morning I wake up and decide I can't spend the day bored. I want to bring a 70s-ish theme, so far so good. The project is still in progress due to forgetting I had to paint the popcorn ceiling (which tacked on 3+ hours to my painting), along with a discover of mold which we have treated. Hoping to finish painting this weekend. I do however now have overwhelming green wallspaces so I am trying to figure out some brown elements to incorporate. Now on to the pics...

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I will be painting "This Kitchen is Bitchen" here





This table will eventually be going by the window in the room. I still need to add a few coats of poly.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Housewarming party / stock the bar - need help with invites on: September 18, 2010 03:03:02 PM
I'm having a creativity block and could really use some help! My boyfriend and I bought a house in May and have just now got to the point that we can have a housewarming party. We don't really need anything for the house so we're going to have a "stock the bar" type party. The problem is I cant seem to find a cute way to word the invites without sounding like I want people to bring booze, lol. I'm trying to come up with something that gets accross how excited we are to have everyone come out and see the new place and if they want to bring a gift then they can help us stock the bar. Nothing seems to come out sounding right, lol ... please help!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first recon - a new stool for work on: September 22, 2009 05:59:16 AM
I needed a new stool for work in the worst way! Mine was so tall that I spent half the day hunched over my desk, lol. I found this beauty at a thrift store for $17. Spent about $15 on paint and fabric. Overall, I think it turned out awesome! I work in the motorcycle industry so I'm sure I won't have to fight any of the guys for my seat, lol.

Teaser pic Wink


Before:



My audience - making sure I'm doing things right. Sully on the right, Bud on the left.


Primer and a bit of hot pink!


A little black...


Oh look... someone has already recovered this! What a lovely shade of 70's orange, lol


The seat is finished! I covered the bottom and top of the chair with fabric then with thin vinyl to make sure it stays protected.


It was hard to cover the back because of the curve, but I think I did pretty darn well Smiley


Top and bottom together


All finished!!





5  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate Tequila Rose Cake on: May 12, 2009 10:13:48 AM
For a friends birthday I made this amazing cake. It was a huge hit to say the least Smiley Pics are below the recipe

Tequila Rose Cake

1 Box Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
1 Can Strawberry Pie Filling
1 Small Tub of Cool Whip
1 Package Fresh Strawberries
1 Container Meltable Chocolate
Tequila Rose (as much as you'd like, hehe)

Use 2 - 8" pans to bake the cake as directed on the box. Let them cool. While they are cooling, squeeze all the pie filling through a fine strainer. Seperate the liquid and the strawberry mash. Mix a bit of Tequila rose into the mash or drizzle some over the cooled cakes and let soak. Place one cake on a serving plate, then top with the Strawberry mash. Put the other cake on top. Mix the liquid from the pie filling into the Cool Whip, use this mixture to "frost" the cake. *I did a light coat of regular Cool Whip then froze it to act as a crumb coat, it worked great* Cut up strawberries and decorate the cake however you see fit. I also mixed a shot of Tequila Rose in with the chocolate while I melted it. I drizzled the chocolate over the cake and dipped a few strawberries in Smiley YUMMY!!!!


6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Questions about Rub n Buff and Armor Etch on: May 07, 2009 03:05:21 PM
I stenciled two wine glasses for my mom last night using Armor Etch. It came out pretty good for a first attempt Smiley I also bought some silver Rub n Buff to try to bring out the etching a little bit more. For some reason when I went to wash it off, all of it came off, even the part on the etching. I'm thinking it could have been two things: A - I didn't let it dry long enough or B - I washed it off instead of rubbed it off. I'm going to try it again tonight with a less silver (so I dont wind up having to wash the entire glass again) then just rubbing off the excess. Any advice would be really appreciated.

Thanks,
Ashley
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Need Help - Dessert With Alcohol Recipes Needed on: April 28, 2009 10:30:16 AM
My friend is having a birthday this weekend and I'm wanting to make a dessert. I've made a few desserts for him and his friends in the past, all of which have contained alcohol. They're a bunch of drinkers so they think it's absolutely amazing to have a drink themed dessert, lol. The best part is that I havent had to bake any of the alcohol off, it gets added after baking, woohoo!!! So far I've made Margarita Cupcakes, Drunken Fruit Salad, and an AMAZING chocolate triffle with Kahlua soaked cake. I've been searching online for other recipes, but seem to be coming up empty handed. I figured I'd come here to the recipe experts and ask for some ideas Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Dog Crate Tray?? on: April 06, 2009 09:19:29 AM
My boyfriends boxer, Bud spends the day in the crate while we're at work. My dog Sully does too, but he loves the crate (unlike his step-brother, lol). Bud cant seem to stop slobbering while in there (I'm assuming he's trying to escape). The slobber gets to the point that it creates a puddle in the crate. Due to this, we can't put blankets or anything cushy in there. The blankets just wont come clean, even with daily washes, it makes the whole house smell like spit, lol. Anyway, we were just keeping the plastic crate tray in there, but it looks like his saliva has eaten away at it. The tray has cracked and come apart in a few areas and is in desperate need of replacing. I looked online for a replacement tray and they're wanting almost $40 for it! I can't seem to think of anything else to use as a tray instead. I can't use plywood (he ate through the floor of our POS house last year - hence part of the reason he's in the crate. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on what I could maybe find at a hardware store or something to use as a crate tray. Worst case I'll just break down and buy the replacement, but I'm trying to avoid it, lol. Thanks for any suggestions Smiley

And a quick pic of the culprit (on left) and Sully (right).
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cell Phone/Electronics Charging Station on: April 04, 2009 02:54:05 PM
I've wanted one of these for the longest time, but have been unwilling to shell out the money for one. This is my 1st one and I'm definately wanting to make more. There's a few things I would like to do differently, but overall I'm super happy with this one Smiley I used craft paper and mod podge to cover it. Any ideas on what else I could use to get a nice clean finish? The paper took forever, lol. All in all, it cost me less then $5 Smiley

Side - plus my dog Sully making sure I'm getting him in the photo Smiley


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10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Diaper cake for my friends shower on: April 04, 2009 02:48:12 PM
One of my friends is having a baby in May. I made a cake for my best friend last she and it was a HUGE hit so I just had to make another one Smiley This one isn't as big because money is a bit tighter, but I'm still in love with it and can't wait to give it to the mom2be tomorrow Smiley Hope you like it as much as I do!

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