Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Reviewing the Biggest Moments of 2013

I can't believe that we are already heading into 2014. It seems like time is just flying by. So much has happened this last year but I really just wanted to review my biggest moments.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Yellow and Blue Toile Garden Stool

My mom has the most beautiful garden. If you haven't seen it yet, check out My Family Visit to Pasco. Since she has such a large and gorgeous garden I like to make her things to add some extra vintage charm. This little stool was a perfect find.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Vintage Book Organizer Tutorial

Recently went antiquing and picked up this adorable "The Splendid Book for Girls" book. 

The colors on the front and back covers were so beautiful and charming it inspired me to create a little business organizer. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Teapot Hostess Gift Bags

Before I left for the Creative Tea Time Craft Party, I thought that I would be a polite guest and bring a little gift as a thank you for hosting. 

And since it was a tea party I thought I would keep the theme for the gift. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Creative Tea Time Craft Party 2013

This last weekend I was a guest at Creative Tea Time Craft Party. It was a creative tea with amazing women, awesome crafts, unbelievable food and enough creative inspiration to last me for weeks. 

But I'm getting ahead of myself. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thursday's Treasure: Retro Kitchen

It is one of those conversations with your husband where he would really like a new washer and dryer (even though he rarely does laundry) and you try to deflect the conversation by saying that "well, I would love a better refrigerator" and he gets on his phone and starts to look. 

And what can I say, he understands me. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Herb-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

I love roasted chicken. Yummy!!!

So naturally this is just one of the many ways that I create a delicious and easy roasted chicken. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Visiting my Parents in Pasco, Washington

I am really a Idaho sweetheart, but after my brother and I moved out of the house my parents relocated to Pasco, Washington. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Updated Retro Record Player

I love vinyl. 

Little nostalgic, possibly. But there isn't a day that goes by that I don't listen to music. It is everywhere and it is incorporated in our lives to the jingles on television, internet radio and ringtones on our phones. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thursday's Treasures #7: Nautical Edition, Anchor Yourself to Something Special

It would seem that anchors are really trendy right now and I must be totally feeling it because our living room is getting more "Patriotic Nautical" over time. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

DIY: Rustic Vintage Door Decor

Let's just ease our way into fall...
rather than busting out the orange pumpkins and leaf motif. 

That was the inspiration for this Rustic Vintage Door Decor project. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Visiting Hearst Castle with Jennifer

I just love Hearst Castle, it has got to be one of my favorite places to visit in California. So when my Sister-In-Law Jennifer had some time off from her work, she invited me to meet her there!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Herb Garden: Potted in a Thrift Store Kitchen Colander

I know that previously I've written that my thumbs are not green. Exact opposite! However this season has been a drastic change, probably because I actually watered.  

This may be a little late for the planting season but nonetheless here is a great way to keep a small herb garden. Plus I wanted to show you that my plants haven't died yet. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Paula Deen's Disappearing Lemon Bars

Boy, it has been rough for Ms. Paula Deen. 

She may say some nasty things, on the flip side her Lemon Bar recipe is sure SWEET!

These bars are disappearing, two pans were made and the only photo that I was able to take was the four small servings Mr. KofColors didn't get to yet (photo above). 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Thursday's Treasures #6: Lamp Redo and Fire King Dishes

A little behind on my Thursday's treasures, however it is working to my advantage because you will really see a great progression on how I transformed my house, again, this summer. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Vintage Cherry Farm Fresh Fruit Basket with Fabric Liner

"Life is just a basket full of cherries."

Just love me some vintage cherries and my dear friends were so kind as to gift me this AMAZING Farm Fresh Fruit basket. (Thanks Patricia and Michael)  Just to give it more charm I had to make a cherry print liner. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Orange and Honey Glazed Pork Chops

Let's just start by saying that this summer has been an adventure in the kitchen. It has seemed like the month of July was spent making totally unique meals with delightful new tastes. This one was no exception. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

BBQ Chicken and Cheddar Foil Packet Dinner

It was one of those nights where we were both so busy and dinner time rolled around and we were hungry. 

That's when I needed something fast and super easy. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday's Treasures #5

Thursday's Treasures this week is going to be a project I completed with a box that I scored from a local thrift store for $1.99!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Zesty Italian Chicken with Red Potatoes and Vegetables

Everyone has one of those nights where you really don't want to make dinner, but you don't want to order or eat out. This is one of those fantastic meals that you just throw everything in the pan and your done. 


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Thursday's Treasures #4

I am a week behind. AAAHHH!

Alas, better late than never. Just have been so busy with projects that photos get taken and then I have to focus to put them together.  Literally have three blog post photos ready, I just have to sit and edit. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Trash to Treasure: Tool Box Planter

I think I have mentioned in previous blog posts that I don't have a green thumb. My goal this summer is to be rid of my "Plant Hospice" status and become a gardener or just have flowers other than mint, rosemary and geraniums (these plants have survived my wrath in the past). 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

From Pallet to Distressed Beach Life Sign

Pallets, they sit in my garage for a fair amount of time. And then one day I go out and just start painting and VIOLA!!! 

Distressed Beach Sign!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thursday's Treasures #3

My father and I (top: Age 3, bottom: current)

Gosh, I know we just had Mother's Day but this weeks treasure was completely a purchase that only my father's daughter would make. 

 I was born and raised in a hardware store. My father owned a Tru Value hardware store for years, so my brother and I have an extensive knowledge on lots of hardware stuff. 

Not to mention my dad is an excellent craftsman, so let's just say this runs in my blood. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Shrimp Tacos with Lime Slaw

My mom and I trade magazines through the mail. So every month or so I get a box of new magazines where she goes through and writes notes for me on sticky notes, essentially it's as if we are looking at the magazine together. 

Sticky notes include "I love this nail color" and "this outfit is hideous" also, "This reminds me of you." It really is so much fun. I do the same thing, although I send her copies of Real Simple and Country Living. 

My mom is a smart lady, she has started to send me cooking magazines that include notes like "This looks yummy" and "doesn't this sound good." Subliminally telling me to make these dishes. 

Well it worked. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Green Garden Chair

 Let's just say this was the best five dollars that I have ever spent. 

This chair has been featured once before last fall, Harvest Burlap Chair.  It went from white to brown and now it has become a green garden chair. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thursday's Treasures #2

 Well I had so much fun last week showing off my loot that this week was rather exciting taking photos of everything. 

And really there are some other bigger pieces that I bought but just wasn't ready to show off yet, mostly because I started painting them and will have to show you later. Such as a 1920's clothing drying rack and an old tool box. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Author Interview: Melody Nunez "An Altered Existence: Fictitious Stories About Faces from the Past"

Being a book worm from an early age, I just love to read. So when my friend fulfilled her dream of publishing her book I was completely thrilled. Okay, I know what you are thinking...she's your friend, you have to love it. 

But I do love this book and I'm not the only one. Reviews boast "Romantic, spooky, quirky, sweet, creepy...there's a little of everything in these stories, something for everyone to enjoy." You find out for yourself by purchasing her book through Amazon HERE

Monday, April 29, 2013

Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze

This cake started off as a harmless pin on Pinterest. Three of my friends had pinned it which was peer pressure for me to pin it and the rest is divine delicious history. 

I love to bake, but there was a time when I was so bad at baking my Dad was leery about trying my various attempts at cookies and cakes. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thursday's Treasures #1

 I have been thinking about doing a showcase on some of the awesome treasure I find when I hit the local flea markets and thrift stores. 
And it is about time I start, hence, let this be the first edition of Thursday's Treasures. *Insert dramatic music!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Oven Baked Lemon Garlic and Herb Buttered Salmon

Lately I have been in a cooking rut, which is silly because there is a pile of recipes sitting on my kitchen counter and I find myself every night going "hmm, what should I cook for dinner?"

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

My Visit to Tehachapi, California

Sometimes I get to travel around the smallest parts of California. This last month I was able to spend some time in the beautiful city of Tehachapi, California. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Maple-Thyme Butter Roasted Chicken

I know, the sound of maple is throwing you off. 
But trust me, it doesn't have an overwhelming taste of maple and when this bird is roasting in the oven. 
Your mouth is drooling!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

First Day of Spring! Chalkboard Greeting

"Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil."

My second easel greeting for this month for the First Day of Spring. Greeting my guests for spring with this easy arrangement of tulips and charm. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Audrey's 6th Birthday: Doggie Cake Recipe

March 15 was the day my baby was born. My Dog baby. And this year I wanted to make it extra special by making her a birthday cake. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Nautical Room Update

My living room needed an update, ASAP! 
For the last year Mr. KofColors has learned how to sail and enjoys being out on the ocean. So what better inspiration than nautical, especially when we live so close to the beach. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Cool Southwestern Salad with Corn & Avocado

Nothing beats a great salad. 
And nothing says "summer is coming" like this delicious Cool Southwestern Salad with Corn & Avocado. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Irish Luck Chalk Board Greeting

It seems like only yesterday was Valentine's Day. Turning around the corner it will be St. Patrick's Day and don't blink because EASTER is to follow. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Vintage Valentine Display

I must admit, my Valentine decorations took longer than expected to be displayed around the house. This year it just seemed like I was so indecisive. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Cute As A Button Valentines

It seems that when I go shopping with my crafty friends, we go nuts over jars of vintage buttons. Any seamstress loves delicious buttons. 

What a better Valentine card for my sewing and crafty friends than a beautiful jar full of Buttons. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownie Valentine Trifle

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I wanted something that would be delicious and look amazing for my table. With a little creative thought and a craving for chocolate...I've created this beautiful trifle. (My friend Amber was a huge help with the pudding.)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Disneyland Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon, 2013

This is the second year for Disneyland's Tinkerbell Half Marathon, also the second year for me participating. (2012 Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon) Although this year was extra special because my best friend Amy was joining me!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Walt Disney World Marathon

Not exactly sure how to even start this blog post, can't seem to put the words together to describe how I feel right now. But the important thing is I ran 26.2 miles and completed my first marathon. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

This Morning I Ran My First Marathon...

Depending on the time you are reading this~ I am probably still running. 
Start time is an early 5:30 a.m.(EST) at the 20th Anniversary Disney World Marathon

I am running my first marathon dressed as Disney's 1989 movie "The Little Mermaid". *Costume made by myself and I did dye my hair red to complete the look. Mr. KofColors said "You only run through Disney World once, do it right!"