Sunday, October 30, 2011

Roadside Mushrooms

I saw these by the roadside the other day when I was driving my boy to school. 

Of course I had to stop and take a photo with my camera phone!

Does anyone know what kind of mushroom they are?

Until Next Time!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

New Posts!

I've got new posts and I don't mean blog posts!

Ryan from SI Custom Creations came out today and revamped my staircase by adding these awesome 5x5 Shaker style posts.

 Here are the BEFORE photos - what a difference!!

Until Next Time!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Have you been to the Houzz website?

I get a lot of ideas and even have boards on Pinterest but I like to look for house ideas on Houzz.

Recently I got the idea to redo my stairs from Houzz.

Here's the before photo:

We've lived in this house for 14 years and I have always hated the end of my staircase.

For my birthday my husband gave me the "go ahead" to have the end posts redone.

I'm going to have the end posts replaced with these:

I'll post the actual AFTER photos after it's done this weekend!

Until Next Time!

Angie's Crockpot Potato Bacon Soup

I saw THIS RECIPE for Crockpot Potato Bacon soup posted by Angie Juda and I knew I just had to try it.

I did and my family loved it!!

The only changes I made were:
1.  I omitted the green onions
2.  I added more chicken stock - instead of 3 cans I added 1 tetra brick that was almost 1 litre
3.  I used a 1 kg package of McCains Hash Browns. 

It still turned out very very thick and creamy!

Until Next Time!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Before and After - House Chores

I have been neglecting my craft room.....

I've been busy with the kids and stuff around the house.

These are just 2 things that I have been working on that have kept me from my crafting....

I repainted my daughter's room from this bright yellow to a more calming blue.  Yes I had to prime it first!


to this:


I also did a bit of "tile" work.

We redid the kids' bathroom a couple of years ago and when I picked the grout I chose the colour based on the sample tiles.  Well in the end the sample tiles were much lighter than the actual tiles installed and I never did like the way the grout line looked.

So I added colourant and resealed the grout.

This is what it looked like BEFORE:

 and this is what it looks like now AFTER:

I think it looks much better!

Until Next Time!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween Decor Ideas

I don't do too much for Halloween now that the kids are older. 

Sure I'll put up my house witch, the fake graveyard in the front yard, some decorated pumpkins and a wreath  - but that's about the extent of it.  Believe it or not I used to do soooo much more!

I still love to see all the decor ideas out there and every year there is something new and different.

Last year I quit carving pumpkins and instead I decorated these pumpkins with vinyl clings from  Stampin' Up! Decor Elements.

I just love WHITE pumpkins.  Check out these that have been blinged out with black rhinestones!
Bejeweled White Halloween Pumpkins holiday decorations
holiday decorations design by Horchow

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But be careful you can overbling them! These pumpkins make me think of Liberace!

pumpkins with rhinestones

These white pumpkin candles are really cool too - but I probably wouldn't light them!

White Pumpkin Candle candles and candle holders
Now from Elegant to Wacky! Love these!!

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I have a skeleton that I used to hang in a noose from a tree in the yard but I never thought to put it on the house like this!!  I'm going to have to try that this year...

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I love these cake ideas too but the hand one is a bit disturbing!

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Here's a simple and fun idea for a halloween party - candy cones!  I don't know about you but I have tons of Halloween digital paper and it would be so easy to make these!

New Skeleton Papercone accessories and decor
accessories and decor design by West Elm

These mummy candy jars are so cool and look easy to  make!

Mummies Love Candy
I could go on and on but there are just too many ideas to share here so check out Pinterest and Houzz or Google for yourself!
Until Next Time!