Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter! Bunny Bowl Appetizer

Bunny Bowl

Happy Easter!   Here is a quick and easy way to add the Easter spirit to your dips!   

I used a bread bowl which I scooped out and flipped over for the face.   I then used the two ends of a  baguette for the ears.   The eyes and nose are black olives, the whiskers are celery sticks, and the mouth is made from red pepper.   

Fill with the dip of your choice, and enjoy!  

I will be filling mine with spinach dip.  Below is the recipe I used for the dip.   Happy Easter! 


1 package (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 container (16 oz.) sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1 package Knorr Vegetable recipe mix
1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained and chopped 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Craigslist Dresser Makeover

I've been searching for a new dresser for my getting ready room for a while now.   After doing some (okay, a lot) of pinteresting, I found this dresser on a DIY blog, and knew this was just what I wanted to do! 

The catch was my Handyman gave me a $50 budget to buy a new dresser.   So it was off to Craigslist and garage sales for me!  

 Just last week I found this little gem for $50 on Craigslist, and the makeover began! 

My handyman and I took a little trip to Lowes and bought this allen + roth Paintable Ceiling Tiles Wallpaper, trim, spray adhesive, and some gray paint.

 Then the games began!   We measured and cut the paintable wallpaper, and then used the spray adhesive to "glue" the wallpaper to the drawers.  Once they dried we painted the drawers and the dresser. 

 I leave all the heavy machinery to the handy man.  So using a saw, Kevin cut down all the trim, and while he cut, I primed and painted them. 

 The final step was a trip to Pier 1 to buy the handles.   (We may have picked up a new living room chair while we there as well, so those were some expensive knobs! :) ) 

My newest obsession is Rodan + Fields skin products.   Check out all their wonderful products here.  

Redfine Regimen has been my favorite so far!  Talk about some serious before and after pictures!  

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Foyer- Before and After

The foyer is complete!

Now that you have seen the before and after pictures, here is a little bit more about how my handyman did it:

He demolished the hall closet that took up a lot of our foyer space when you first walked in the front door. 

After that, he tore up the slate floor and all the reinforcing underneath it.

After putting down an extra layer of 1/2" plywood subfloor and 1/4" Hardibacker, installation of the new travertine tile began.

Once the tile  and base molding was installed it was my turn to begin decorating, starting with the table from my previous post.

The picture rod is from Rodworks. They have a number of different designs and sizes and they are all relatively inexpensive. The distressed frames and the C are from the French Flea shop on Esty
The Moroccan rug is from RugsUSA and the globe light is from Pottery Barn.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

My Getting Ready Room....No Boys Allowed!

Kevin and I share just about everything after almost 3 years of marriage, but sharing our closets is something we aren't quite ready to do.  :)    Until there is no longer a closest available in our house for both of us, we most likely continue to have two separate closets.  Which leads me to my next post.   I recommend every girl having their very own getting room.   This way I am able to still decorate with my girly colors and have a place to spread out my dresses while staying out of my husband's space.  (It's a win/win!)

My getting ready room is still a work in progress but here is where it stands today....

You may remember this desk from an earlier blog, this is a desk that my handyman turned into a vanity.  

 My in-laws bought me the Young House Love book for my birthday.  (which is great, by the way)  I quickly found my first project.

I first measured the top of my vanity, and then bought fabric and plexiglass matching those measurements.   Then either you or (your wonderful mother-in-law) hems the edge of the fabric, and that is it!    Little did my mother-in-law know, that not only did she buy me the book, but then I was going to ask her to help me with one of the projects!  Maybe I will learn to sew, someday...thank you MK!

This shelf took some time to find, but this is a product of some patient Homegoods shopping.  I had in my mind what I wanted for months.  I knew I wanted a shelf to put up pictures of Emma Claire, and also a place to hang my necklaces.  My handyman offered to make me one, but after you buy all the materials I think it was cheaper to buy the $24 shelf from Homegoods.  

Thank you Flair Accessories for the cute blue necklace! 

Like I said my getting ready room is still a work in progress.  I hope to have more updates sooner rather then later!  

Here are few other ideas for jewelry organizers just in case you are in the market!