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Bedroom Makeover by Grinninglikeanidiot-0214
Apr 15th, 2014 Tutorials

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 […]

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Mar 5th, 2014 Tutorials

Before you start your next DIY project, take a look at this handy infographic from UK Oak Doors, and answer the questions on the flow chart truthfully. Some DIY projects make a lot of sense, but not everyone has the […]

What is your passion?
Feb 24th, 2014 Tutorials

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, […]

Red Envelop Gallery Frame by Grinninglikeanidiot--2
Feb 13th, 2014 Tutorials

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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Feb 6th, 2014 Tutorials

I’ve had been working on a Robot themed bedroom for LilMan.  As part of my design I wanted to put Formulas all over his room (who knows maybe he’ll memorize them and it’ll serve him someday).  In order to do […]

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Feb 5th, 2014 Tutorials

Hello dear readers! Please welcome my guest poster, Faigie Kobre the author of and owner of the blog  Edu Art 4 Kids. I have always loved art. As a child I spent some of my time copying from other pictures.I however, did not […]

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Jan 13th, 2014 Tutorials

Painting, creating, sewing is a passion, one that I freely share and encourage in everyone.  It drives me nuts when someone says “I can’t”…the truth is, if you have a desire to do something, then do it and then YOU […]

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Nov 4th, 2013 Tutorials

I’ve been drawing and painting as much as I can in my spare time, and I finally have a painting that I’m so excited about that I’m actually writing about it. Em had a dance recital back in March of […]

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Oct 21st, 2013 Tutorials

One of the things that drives me nuts about my office/craft room, or any room for that matter, is not having what I need within arms length of where I need it, you know what I mean?  Whenever I wanted […]

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Oct 7th, 2013 Tutorials

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
Sep 23rd, 2013 Tutorials

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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Sep 16th, 2013 Tutorials

The other day Em, Lilman and I were goofing off in my office/craftroom and naturally I had my camera.  It had been a while since I used my 50mm lens so I was taking some goof off pictures to get […]

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Aug 26th, 2013 Tutorials

Waste not, want not…right!  In Part I of Reusing a Child’s Art Easel I took apart Em’s old Easel to make a wall Easel.  In this second post, I’ll put to use the paint trays. Here is the Wall Art […]

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Aug 19th, 2013 Tutorials

Em was given an easel when she was about a year and half and it has served her well: its beaten up, painted on, an eye sore and now, it is time to find it another purpose… This thing is […]

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Aug 12th, 2013 Tutorials

Mom, Em and I headed up to Fayetteville, TN to visit Sir’s Fabric Store for some fabric shopping and ran across bags and bags of buttons for $3 to $5  - well,  we were all over that.  This was my […]

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Jul 8th, 2013 Tutorials

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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Hey guys, It’s been a while since I’ve been on my regular schedule of Monday posts, but I swear I’ve been busy with crafty stuff.  As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure I have issues.  So I’ve put together […]

Bedroom Makeover by Grinninglikeanidiot-0214
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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 […]

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Your power tools will last for years, if taken care of correctly. To properly take care of your power tools, you need to clean them about every six months. You must follow a strict cleaning process to ensure your power […]

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Mar 10th, 2014 2 Comments">2 Comments

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 the […]

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Before you start your next DIY project, take a look at this handy infographic from UK Oak Doors, and answer the questions on the flow chart truthfully. Some DIY projects make a lot of sense, but not everyone has the […]

Developing My Daughter's Passion
Mar 3rd, 2014 No Comments">No Comments

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?
Feb 24th, 2014 11 Comments">11 Comments

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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Feb 21st, 2014 4 Comments">4 Comments

Silhouette is having another promotion this month!!  (the dust cover would have been handy – I had a wine/crafting accident ). ·         1 CAMEO, 1 stamping starter kit, 1 light hold cutting mat, 1 teal CAMEO dust cover for $269.99 […]

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Feb 17th, 2014 16 Comments">16 Comments

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, […]

Red Envelop Gallery Frame by Grinninglikeanidiot--2
Feb 13th, 2014 12 Comments">12 Comments

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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Feb 11th, 2014 6 Comments">6 Comments

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 […]

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Feb 10th, 2014 7 Comments">7 Comments

Do you have something that you wish you would have bought when you saw it but didn’t? This is my shopping regret. I was cleaning/organizing my pictures, I took this picture on my iPhone while I was in New York in […]

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Feb 6th, 2014 5 Comments">5 Comments

I’ve had been working on a Robot themed bedroom for LilMan.  As part of my design I wanted to put Formulas all over his room (who knows maybe he’ll memorize them and it’ll serve him someday).  In order to do […]

IMG_1826-300x225
Feb 5th, 2014 11 Comments">11 Comments

Hello dear readers! Please welcome my guest poster, Faigie Kobre the author of and owner of the blog  Edu Art 4 Kids. I have always loved art. As a child I spent some of my time copying from other pictures.I however, did not […]

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Feb 3rd, 2014 18 Comments">18 Comments

Why do you read my blog – I hope it is because I shoot the truth and don’t waste your time and provide valuable content.  Which is why I feel it necessary to write about Home Depot Do it Herself. […]

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Jan 29th, 2014 11 Comments">11 Comments

Hello dear readers! Please welcome my guest poster, Quinn McAdams! Quinn is a self-proclaimed health enthusiast. She loves spending time with her husband and two boys. When she’s not driving her boys from sports practice to sports practice, she enjoys a […]

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Jan 22nd, 2014 3 Comments">3 Comments

A lot of us have goals for better eating, lose weight and stay within a budget. I loved this graphic as a reminder of budgetary parameters to stay within for each meal – and then it has recommended meals! Statistics […]

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Jan 20th, 2014 7 Comments">7 Comments

I am, like many of you, BUSY!  And like many of you, I have set fitness goals or “resolutions”.  I wrote an article almost 2 years ago about how to keep a new years resolution and keep it, and in […]

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Jan 15th, 2014 12 Comments">12 Comments

This past weekend I learned how much we are not in control.  One day, when this is over, I will share with you my worries, issues and prayers – but for now I can’t, I just can’t….I can’t even write […]

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Jan 13th, 2014 29 Comments">29 Comments

Painting, creating, sewing is a passion, one that I freely share and encourage in everyone.  It drives me nuts when someone says “I can’t”…the truth is, if you have a desire to do something, then do it and then YOU […]

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Jan 6th, 2014 6 Comments">6 Comments

Did you notice anything different? Did you double check the URL to make sure you went to the right site?  I’ve been working on a revised theme/skin since October, something clean, easy to find stuff and visually pleasing to you […]

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Dec 31st, 2013 2 Comments">2 Comments

Hey everyone! Happy New Year!! I’m not sure if you noticed, but I haven’t posted a new article in a week, this slow streak will soon end as soon as my site has undergone a major change. I’m getting ready […]

Elf On the Shelf by GrinningLikeAnIdiot-
Dec 20th, 2013 3 Comments">3 Comments

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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Dec 16th, 2013 1 Comment">1 Comment

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.

Elf On the Shelf Chocolate Covered Tasting by GrinningLikeAnIdiot--2
Dec 15th, 2013 8 Comments">8 Comments

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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Dec 11th, 2013 4 Comments">4 Comments

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 […]

Spicy Crockpot Jambalaya by GrinningLikeAnIdiot--2
Dec 9th, 2013 19 Comments">19 Comments

Jambalaya is a dish best served spicy and warm over a bed of rice – did I mention spicy?  Ben and I LOVE spicy foods, but our kids like not-so-spicy foods so we often keep Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning close […]

Elf On the Shelf Poem by GrinningLikeAnIdiot-0013
Dec 1st, 2013 15 Comments">15 Comments

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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Nov 28th, 2013 7 Comments">7 Comments

I’m not sure how many men read my little blog, but for all the ladies out there, here is what you do to help get what you want for Christmas: Start a Pinterest board of Christmas Gift Ideas and pin […]

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