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1  Transforming the kitchen with an island in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by qwndiane on: June 14, 2011 03:29:47 PM
When we moved into the house, the kitchen was room we did want to do much in except for dealing with this large open space.  The room was a great color, I made some curtains and some seat cushions but they did nothing to help the emptiness.  We decided it was time to do something about it started to price it out. 

We decided an island would work best in the open space.  After searching online and realizing what we wanted would cost about $1200 minimum, it was time to get crafty (in the end, the project cost about $500).  A friend donated two old kitchen cabinets which we used as a base.  We used the cardboard to gauge what size top to put on the island.  We kept it up for a few days to see how we could maneuver around the kitchen with it.

We nailed wainscoting and trim to the sides. 

We ended up ordering the countertop from lowe's because they offered the best price.  We attached it with screws and liquid nails and picked up some chairs from overstock.  We can't believe how nicely it turned out and were thrilled with how it looked in the room. 

The whole project took us about a month working on and off.  We use it so much and it transformed the room completely.  If you want to see step by step instructions, they are on my blog.http://dipez.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/its-the-final-countdown/

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2  Villanova Wildcat Mural in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by qwndiane on: May 26, 2011 06:21:37 PM
A few months ago, my boyfriend bought a house and we started decorating.  While at home depot we learned glidden made paint in Villanova's colors so we decided to turn the basement into his sports man cave complete with villanova wildcat logo.  We both went there for undergrad and the wall seemed like a perfect location for a mural.  I started off with printing the image on project paper and shine it on the wall.  

Then I traced it and painted the navy outline.

I filled in all the other colors and touched up.

In the end, we were so happy with how it turned out.  I tried to condense the steps but if you want to read more, just go here http://dipez.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/jay-wright-approved/.  Hope you like it!
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3  Jingle Juice in Recipes and Cooking Tips by qwndiane on: December 21, 2008 05:04:21 PM
Ok, first post.  Hopefully this is in the right spot.

As the holidays approached, I needed to find an easy gift I could make easily in large quantities. Jingle Juice was the solution! This is a gift for 21 and over. Jingle Juice is a delightful chocolate peppermint vodka.

The vodka is very easy to make. First step, clean out some room in your fridge because it needs to be in there for a month. Then get a nice big jar. I found one at Kohl's which works perfectly. When in doubt, buy a large container of food like this http://www.shoplet.com/office/db/OFX00356.html Empty out the food, soak, and use.

To make the Jingle Juice, you will need one bag of peppermints, one and half bags of chocolate chips, and a 1.75L bottle of vodka. Into the container empty the bag of chocolate chips and peppermints (unwrap first!). Then pour in the vodka. Shut the lid and place in the fridge. Stir every few days. After two weeks, feel free to start testing it. The longer it stays in the container, the more flavorful it becomes.

When you want to bottle it, buy a package of water bottles and empty them. I used a 12-pack of 8 ounce water bottles. I also removed the labels to add my own.

The best way to empty out the container is to get a large pot and strainer. Place strainer in pot and then dump the mixture. I added some of the chocolate chips in each bottle. Pour into bottles.

For the labels, I just bought some dollar store wrapping paper because it had the candy canes. Made the Jingle Juice labels in word and printed them out. To make the labels, I use the original water bottle wrapper as my template. Cut out several and then glued the Jingle Juice label on. With packing tape, I covered the label. Be sure to leave just a bit on either end to adhere it to the bottle.

I found the Naughty or Nice gift tags at Five Below and thought they added a nice touch.

Final step: Enjoy!

The vodka tastes lovely in some pepsi or seltzer.
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