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Bedroom Makeover by Grinninglikeanidiot-0214

Teaching Em how to Refinish Furniture

It's been a while since I posted, I didn't mean to take a break, but it just happened.  Two vacations and disruptive news did it for me - I was completely distracted.  But I've been dying to share this with [...]

Bedroom Makeover by Grinninglikeanidiot-2

Em’s Surprise Bedroom Makeover!

After a month of planning and sewing we did it!  The whole family was in on Em's surprise bedroom makeover: Grandma, Grandpa, Ben, LilMan and Mammaw.  Everyone had a hand. :) The Plan We had to get Em out of [...]

Developing My Daughter's Passion

Developing My Daughter’s Passion

So, I lied to to my daughter.  I felt bad about 'tricking' her, but I wanted her to be part of her surprise bedroom makeover.   It took me a while to figure out how we are going to make [...]

What is your passion?

What is your passion?

Some people have a passion for creating, law, art, designing, decorating, medicine, teaching etc.  How do you know when you have passion?  Passion is when you you start something and suddenly the day is gone and you've forgotten to eat, [...]

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The Start of a Surprise Bedroom Makeover

One of my fondest memories is when I was about 5 years old. My brother and I had spent a week at my Grandma and Grandpa's farm in the early 1980s. And while Steve and I had a great time, [...]

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How to Install a Silhouette Wall Design

For Valentine's Day I created a wall design to go around gallery of pictures shown in the post "To my Valentine".  Frankly, I was surprised it turned out as good as it did. The idea started with just putting a [...]

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To My Valentine

Valentines Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day can be really tricky days to shop. I want to get something memorable and something they don't have, and/or perhaps something personal.  Finding something like that is rarely found in Target or Walmart but [...]

Elf On the Shelf by GrinningLikeAnIdiot-

Elf on The Shelf – Attacked!

The scene: It was a warm winter day, LilMan came home from school, finished his homework and was watching Sponge Bob Square Pants, I was upstairs on a conference call.  It was a quiet day, with little drama and not [...]

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Elf On The Shelf – Gets Dressed Up

There is no more question which Elf is the girl and which one is the boy. :) I love their mischievous looks. :)  This one looks like he's asking "How you do-in?" in the Joey Tribbiani accent.

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Elf on The Shelf – Chocolate Covered Anything Day!

To what to my wondering eyes should appear?  CANDY!  The Elves brought Chocolate Covered Everything!!! December 16th is Chocolate Covered Anything day - who makes up this stuff, I have no clue - but I'll certainly use this as an [...]

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Elf On The Shelf – Brings a Friend

This past week, the Elf hasn't been very exciting around our house...he's been digging through packages, playing in a bird cage, but one day he just didn't do anything - LilMan was pretty disappointed to find him in the same [...]

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Elf on the Shelf Arrives with a Poem

Feel free to DOWNLOAD the Poem so you can modify the # of Days based on when your Elf arrives. I hope you enjoy this start to a spirited season where we are reminded of the gift that have been [...]

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How to Make a Whiteboard Wall

Before we put our house on the market I saw a picture in a magazine where the bottom half of the wall had chalkboard paint, and the top half was mixture of peg boards and cork boards, the two half's [...]

Bar Stools

Restore Barstools and Personalize

Since we moved back into our own house (we took our house off the market) I've had several projects in mind to do to the house, one of which was to get some barstools.  We have lived in our house [...]

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Finally – The Mess and the Grinning Idiot is BACK!

After about 6 months of trying to sell our house we had enough and pulled our house of the market and I have been smiles ever since!  The grinning idiot is back!  I FINALLY get to make a mess again! [...]

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Refreshments – Silhouette Template

Hey everyone, It's been a while since I've provided some how to posts, and my mind is brimming with them and my notebook has pages of them - the challenge is I'm still trying to keep my house clean because [...]

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Elf on the Shelf – In Aweee

Don't you just love to watch pretty lights, where you let your eyes relax and glaze over until the lights become slightly blurred and seem to be brighter than before?   That's what our Elf, Lily, did...he (yes, he) jumped [...]

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Elf on the Shelf – MY Nut Clusters!

Chocolate Coated, Macadamia, Salted Caramel Nut Clusters - need I say more...these are MINE! and Who did we catch this morning!   He's lucky he's cute or I'd boot his butt back to the North Pole!  :)  The kids got [...]

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Elf on the Shelf – Makes Candy Bundles!

What an awesome way to wake up - to CANDY!!!  The Elf on the Shelf - now named Lily (yes he is a boy, but our LilMan liked the name Lily...anyway...) took Hersey Kisses Cherry Cordial (OMG - the best [...]

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Elf on the Shelf: Naughty Elf

This morning we found the Elf next to our Leg Lamp - that's our elf - mischievous.  The Leg Lamp from the movie "Christmas Story" is one of my favorite Christmas decorations. Now I had a bit of fun with [...]

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How to Make a Snowman Tree Topper

This year we decided to have colored lights on the tree, and because of this one change I needed to make some decorating changes - the gold and white angel on top such a vibrant tree just wouldn't cut it.  [...]

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Elf on the Shelf: Friendly Reminders

Someone in our family doesn't always wipe and flush;  the Elf is siding with Mom and Dad by giving a friendly reminder. Tyler is pointing out what the Elf's note is saying and immediately the guilty party said "I wipe [...]

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Elf On The Shelf Came to Our House

  Elf on the Shelf has arrived. Join our family in the family fun and joy this little guy brings.       Last night we let the kids sleep under the Christmas... In years past, we've always had white [...]

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Another Burlap Pillow

When I started making the previous Burlap Pillow I got the idea for this pillow (I didn't set out to make two pillows, I only needed one, but I just had to make it).  I had purchased a bunch of [...]

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Burlap Decorated Pillow

Time is moving too quickly.  Stores are already decorating for Christmas, our local station 96.9 is already playing Christmas music non stop.  Well, I'm not ready to burst into the next season without fully decorating for this one.  Each season [...]