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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Mom's Potato Salad: A Fourth of July Tradition on: July 03, 2013 02:47:54 PM
My Mother-in-Law, Maxine has been whipping up this family tradition for as long as I have know her (over 30 years).  It is my husband's favorite.  It would not be a family gathering if this pot luck special wasn't on the table, and I expect to see it front and center on July 4th!  This simple recipe has 5 ingredient and is best if made the day before your event. The secret ingredient is onion soup mix.
8 Large Potatoes
12 Eggs (hard boiled)
7-8 Sweet Pickles
1 Packet Onion Soup Mix
1 Cup Miracle Whip (heaping)  *add more if it seems dry.
Scrub potatoes leaving the skins on.  Put them in a large pot cover completely with water.  Bring to a boil and cook until tender, they should slide off a fork.  Drain and cool completely.  Peel and cut into cubes.  Prepare the boiled eggs and allow them to cool as well.  Once the potatoes are cubed, sprinkle the onion soup mix over the potatoes and stir to coat them completely.  Peal eggs.  Then rough chop the eggs and sweet pickles  incorporating them into the mixtures.  Add Miracle Whip and thoroughly mix until everything is evenly coated.  Refrigerate 2-4 hours.  Best if made 24 hrs before serving!  Optional:  Sprinkle Paprika on top to add a touch of color & flavor :-)

To learn TIPS & for a recipe card size PRINT OUT go to:
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Creative Craft Caddy on: March 12, 2013 11:10:28 AM
I turned my old computer desk into a craft caddy.

Supply List:
Computer Desk:  Free re-purposed.  Look around at yard sales, Goodwill, etc.  OSH Brand Spray Paint:  3-4 cans @ $2.99 each.  Wood Dowels, Stencils, Craft Paint & Spray Adhesive:  I used what I had on hand from a previous project.  Both stencils and paint range in price depending on the size.  I usually buy most of my supplies at Michaels Craft Store and almost always use a coupon.  Craft Carts:  The carts that are stored in the bottom of the caddy.  One I bought at Joann Fabrics on SALE for $49.99 and the other is our old Nintendo cart, re-purposed of course.  To view more pictures & tips go to:

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Garden Themed Picnic Blanket - Table Cover on: March 11, 2013 12:11:40 PM
This lovely handcrafted garden inspired quilt is a one of kind design!  The fabric in this project was made from scraps that were left over from 2 different quilt projects.

The sashing is black corduroy, which adds strength and durability!

Other uses: Couch Throw, Guest Blanket, Out Door Table Cover Decor, Great Gift Idea!
51" x 51"
Care instruction
Machine wash cold, gentle cycle, and tumble dry low setting or line dry for best results.

What goodies would you bring on a Spring picnic?

To view more information and pictures go to:  http://createcraftchere.blogspot.com/2013/03/garden-themed-picnic-blanket-table-cover.html
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ugly Putty File Cabinet Makeover on: March 06, 2013 07:40:08 AM
This file cabinet has been an eye sore for many years.  I kept threatening to get rid of the thing even though there really wasn't anything wrong with it except for the "Ugly Putty" Color.  In reality, I needed the file cabinet and if I let this one go I would end up buying another.  So I broke out the spray paint, stencils, brushes and gold metallic acrylics.



I used Hammered Dark Bronze for the Drawers.

I then added Metallic Gold Stenciled Dragonfly accents.

To view more details & tips on this project, please visit:
Thank you for viewing!

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Project Manor-Restoring The House That Max Built on: March 05, 2013 08:05:00 AM
30 years ago if someone would have told me that my husband and I would be living in the house that his grandparents built, I wouldn't have believed them.  Yet, that is exactly where we are today and loving it!  The path has been a long one to get us to this point. We have much work ahead of us to restore what we and the family lovingly refer to as "The Manor"  I have been promising to share our progress and that starts now.  In time I hope to piece together the story of, The House That Max & Eleanor Built.

To view more "before" & "after" pictures on the original post go to: http://createcraftchere.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-kitchen-is-my-happy-place.html
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A Rocking Chair For Emily Marie on: March 04, 2013 03:40:36 PM
This hand painted rocking chair is for my nephew's second baby who arrived in February 2013.  They welcomed a beautiful baby girl to their growing family.

My work in progress

To view more pictures go to: http://createcraftchere.blogspot.com/2013/03/purple-ladybug-childs-rocking-chair.html
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 49'ers Super Fan Scarf on: March 04, 2013 10:07:38 AM
Just before the Super Bowl, I was inspired to make a 49'ers themed scarf for a special San Francisco Super Fan.  
I am in the process of writing up the pattern now.

Originally posted on http://createcraftchere.blogspot.com/2013/02/san-francisco-super-fan.html

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Distressed Picture Frame... The Easy Way! on: January 12, 2012 02:10:40 PM
Recently while my girlfriends and I were on a Saturday yard sale adventure.  My friend found this new wedding themed photo matte and frame for practically a steal.  It had one little nick in the wood frame on the front.  Her son was married in October and she asked me to paint it to coordinate with the wedding party colors which were royal blue, black and white.  We talked about distressing it because of the flaw in the frame.  I started on the back and used several distress techniques.  I really wasn't achieving the look I was going for.  I filled in the distressed areas with wood putty, sanded it thoroughly and started over.
Luckily I found the Distress Crackle Paint brand at my local craft store.  I knew nothing about this paint and didn't know the best way to apply it...  After doing a little research on the internet, I was hooked.

To view more photos and a video on the paint used, please click on the link:
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / 8 Point Star on: January 04, 2012 04:33:29 PM
I found an instructional link to an 8 Point Star by Martha Stewart.  When my mother-in-law saw it, she asked me to help her make one.  The results is a 36" 8 point star decorated with Silver Bush Boxwood (plastic)

This project is a great way to decorate on a budget!  Especially when you use natural evergreens as the original directions indicate.

To view more details on this project please click on the link:
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Milk Can Makeover on: December 07, 2011 11:51:11 AM
I was asked to paint a design on the milk can pictured here along with a small metal gas can that had the same faux stone finish.  The cans and outer surface were in good condition.  They do have a few dents and dings, which adds to their charm.

The only criteria I was given was that she wanted to incorporate quilts on a clothesline in the design, as she is an avid quilter, who loves to applique and enjoys cross-stitch and embroidery.  I took to the Internet for my inspiration and I this is what I came up with.

Would love...

to know what you think!

To view more pictures on this project, please visit my blog

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