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The Craft House (Part 3) Gets Me Every Time

CraftHouse30If you’ve seen part 1 and you’ve seen part 2, you’re probably wondering what we made while I enjoyed a weekend in the beautiful Craft House. As I mentioned, the house was inspiring as snippets of projects hung throughout the home.

CraftHouse31The stock of supplies also helped up dream up new ideas, even creating a need for a run to the local Wal*Mart. A “craft-run” if you will. It’s kinda like a beer-run, only you come home with a six pack of glitter or yarn. When you rent the Craft House, it’s a bring your own supplies type of weekend, but we still admired the display of gorgeous odds and ends.




CraftHouse49To kick off the weekend, one friend put together these little treat bags with homemade trail mix inside. Which I happily snacked on over the weekend. Then, it was time to start on our first project—a homemade felt garland, inspired by this one, only with a patriotic twist.

CraftHouse45The first step was cutting felt. And LOTS of it. Some of the ladies also mixed some red, white and blue fabric pieces into theirs, while I kept mine true to felt. This is a super simple project that you can easily do while chatting nonstop and/or drinking a nice glass of wine.

You simply take a piece of twine and tie your felt or fabric scraps around the twine. Bunch them together. Fluff them around. Voila! A felt garland perfect for every patriotic holiday that comes along this year.


CraftHouse50I promise to share a full shot of mine all styled up in the house as soon as the Fourth inches closer. (Or maybe I’ll start a new thing with a little Memorial Day decor?)


Here’s a craft-in-action shot. We made some smaller projects like yarn pom-poms that can be used to decorate baskets, garlands, gifts, or whatever. I’ll have some finished shots of that too soon, promise!


Our crafty spread continued throughout the weekend as we created wreaths (below), bunting, burlapies and more. Stopping only to take breaks for eating, sleeping and some shopping (more on that some other time.)CraftHouse56


Here’s all the different wreaths we made. Can you guess which one is mine? (Look below for the big reveal!)

crafthouse55I was so blessed to spend such a great weekend with good friends, food, crafts and shopping. I mean, if you had thrown a dance lesson in there we might have changed the hashtag of the weekend from #craftcation to #kellysfavoritethings. A huge thanks to my friends for finding the Craft House and organizing an amazing weekend. More pics of the crafts to come!


The Craft House (Part 2) Gets Me Every Time


Did you catch Part 1? This craft weekend was all about having fun. This was just one of the many reminders around the house. Since you got a tour yesterday, and a mini-history of all the places I’ve lived, let me elaborate a little more on that story.


One of the best parts of moving so many times was my creative side got to come out as I decorated each new bedroom I lived in. That means I had purple carpet when I was 5 and black carpet when I was 19. Just what every parent wants in their home, I’m sure.


Now, there was no black or purple carpet in the Craft House, but it wouldn’t have surprised me to see some. There were many fabulous vignettes through the home and amongst the 16 beds that were inspirational and aspirational as well.CraftHouse26

Now, when it came time to choosing a bed, I was like the princess and the pea. I just couldn’t decide which room to sleep in. Each room was just as good as the last. Take a look.









But, at the end of our first day at the house, I decided to settle into “The Map Room” outfitted with four beds and four times as many maps.






As you can see, the upstairs of the home was just as crafty as the ground floor. The handmade curtains and quilts and prints and garlands were dancing through our dreams. Just what we needed to get our creative juices flowing. More on how we channeled that energy soon!


The Friday Five Get Me Every Time


One of these things is not like the other. I mean, if you haven’t heard, there’s been a lot of snow in these parts the last couple weeks. I have to pull out the green cutting board to get any sign of spring in my life. Now usually, I leave you guys with five links from the week that I’ve been totally digging. This week, it’s more of the same but I’m giving you five of my favorite “Pins” from this week.

1 | How to make easy pleated panel curtains.
2 | I’m on a pasta kick so, how about this lasagna skillet?
3 | These matchbox birthday cards are adorable.
4 | My girl, Beckie, pinned this easy homemade salsa.
5 | And my inversion queen, Mash, shared this burning squats yoga flow.

Go ahead and Pin your hearts out all weekend long. (But you know, still get off the couch and go outside, because it’s supposed to get into the 50s, Boston!)

The Great Craft Up Gets Me Every Time

Along with my urge to purge this winter season comes the need, and desire, to work with what I got. To use what we have. To try not to buy anything we won’t consume or use for our own health and well-being. The place I know I need to start with—craft supplies. Which is why I’m imposing The Great Craft Up of 2013.


The Great Craft Up is my effort to use up those craft supplies that I have laying around the house. In drawers, in bins, in the desk, in boxes. It’s a roll of washi tape here and half a skein of yarn there. Forgotten projects, lost projects, or just projects that didn’t go quite as planned. Aside from spending a $20 craft store gift card I received as a present I will not purchase any more “for fun” craft supplies in 2013 unless, and only at which time, all “for fun” craft supplies have been depleted.


Now, why do I say “for fun?” Well, as you guys are well aware, one of my little side gigs requires me to keep paint, brushes, glue and a few other supplies stocked for customers. So, if I run out of neon pink paint, I’m going to have to buy more. Get it? Good. There are a few things I have on order that will come in before the end of the month that I’ll add to the “for fun” stash, but they will help me use the other supplies, if that makes sense.


Are you guilty of purchasing craft supplies for a project and then never starting, never finishing or just plain forgetting? It’s OK! That’s my problem too. You can come clean. You too can join me in my Great Craft Up. I’ll be sharing my progress here and on Instagram & Twitter using the hashtag #CraftUp2013. I’d love to see your craftiness in action too!

Chicken Parm Meatballs Get Me Every Time


Even though I haven’t been keeping you up-to-date on the ol’ blog, I have been keeping up with the Pinterest sphere as much as I can. Which is why, I bring you this very important post, telling you about a delicious spin on a classic Italian favorite–chicken parmigiana, or chicken parm as we call it. Check out these Chicken Parm Meatballs.


It’s like an inside out version of chicken parm made with ground chicken and oozing mozzarella. In Martha’s version, she deep-fries her meatballs. I baked mine and was quite happy with how they turned out. On top of a pile of spagetti, this was an easy spin on a comfort food I love.


From pin to pan, there you have it–Chicken Parm Meatballs. I made mine gluten-free using Aleia’s Gluten Free Bread Crumbs. Of course, you can use regular bread crumbs and fry as you wish.


A Place To Rest Our Heads Gets Me Every Time

You guys. I made a headboard. And not just any headboard. An upholstered, tufted headboard. In a sunny marigold color. Made it. With my own two hands, twenty some teeth and endless frustrations. Plus one staple gun, some help from a friend and lots of encouragement. Here’s the full frontal. (headboard guys, get your heads out of the bedroom.)

If you think back to when I revealed that DIY lyric art, the Mr. and I didn’t have a headboard. So I did the ol’ scouring of Pinterest and came up with this tufted gem. Which, as it turns out, was a little easier dreamt than done. If I were to do it over, here’s what I would do differently than the DIY.

1. Not use pegboard, it’s hard to staple into. And a little heavy. Maybe a piece of foam core, or a big canvas covered with foam could have achieved the same effect.
2. Gotten the heaviest of heavy duty staple guns rather than try to get by with the crafting staple gun. I ended up having so many issues with getting the staples in that I actually tied the thread together on opposing rows to create the tuft. Yeah. That happened.
3. Not made my own buttons. Sure, they look nice, but… They would look nice if they were a complimentary color too, perhaps. This step takes patience, especially if you’re using a heavyweight fabric.
4. Paid closer attention to the draping of the fabric. It was hard to get it to lay flat and I could have done a better job.

Overall, it was a fun project and I’m proud of it. Might not tuft next time, but I have a feeling there’s more crafty goodness in the near future.

Mahi Mahi Tacos Get Me Every Time

When we last left off on this taco adventure, the eats were vegetarian and Tuesday never tasted so delicious in such a short time. That is, until this week. Because sometimes you get home late from the gym, or a function, or even just work and all you want to do is eat within 10 minutes of kicking down the front door.

Enter every trying-to-avoid-another-night-of-takeout-person’s dream come true, frozen fish (salmon, tuna, mahi mahi, etc) burgers, like these. Heat up a pan, pour yourself a glass of wine or beer or something stronger, and in about 10 minutes flat, you’ve got a variety of dinner options. Tonight, let’s make it mahi mahi tacos.

Shell: Store-bought corn tortillas
Filling: mahi mahi seasoned with lime juice, salt and pepper, garlic & cayenne pepper
Toppings: cotijo cheese, diced tomatoes, fresh cilantro & store-bought salsa verde

There’s no recipe: So I made it up as I went. To get this done in under 10 minutes, dice the tomato and wash the cilantro while the fish is cooking and your cat is going crazy trying to get a piece. Then, you’re pretty much finished. Assemble, devour, repeat next Tuesday.

Results: I know I’ve said Taco Tuesday was an easy weeknight dinner in the past, but this is pushing it even further to that extreme. I questioned if I could even include it, but it’s just too valuable of a Taco Tuesday tip to keep it to myself. What are you making over from your freezer recently? Let me know—I’m always hungry for a quick trick.

Christmas in July Gets Me Every Time

Have you ever celebrated “Christmas in July?” I remember it being a silly thing we did when we were kids, but it was never a real holiday in our home. Regardless, I’ve been pinning things I might want to make or get or receive next Christmas. Well, actually, dear readers, I must confess I’ve already started shoppingbecause of thanks to discount sites like One King’s Lane & Fab.com.

Are you ready for Christmas yet? Or should I just pump the brakes until we get through summer?

1 MAKE this DIY vintage-style marquee (but with holiday jargon) | 2 RECEIVE this epiphanie! backpack/messenger camera bag | 3 GIFT this West Elm headboard to my bedroom | 4 GIFT this Target Dress in every color (to my niece) | 5/6 GIFT & RECEIVE ebooks, like What Alice Forgot (per friend recco on GoodReads) & The Chaperone (per Amazon algorithm recco)

DI-WHY Gets Me Every Time

OK. I’m going to start off saying that I love DIY just as much as the next craft-loving lady. But, I am starting to feel like things are getting out of control in the blogosphere. So, without any ado, I’m dusting off and climbing onto my soapbox.

I made those notebooks up there. Well, I DIY-ed them, according to anyone’s standards. They were covered with logos of the companies that gave them to me for free. I just doctored them up with washi & paper tape. But I’m not giving you a tutorial on them. D-I-WHY would I? It’s simple, people. Unroll the tape, stick it on, snip the ends ta-da!

I’ve come across quite a few D-I-WHY projects across the web recently and while I won’t link to them, I am going to unashamedly call them out. Some of the projects you will never get a tutorial on from this blog include:

  • Dip-dyed marshmallows
  • Painted Rocks
  • Putting hooks on a wall
  • Putting a collection of (buttons, shells, change) in a jar
  • Skewering marshmallows, candy, etc
  • Abstract Art
  • Putting colored tape on a notebook, chair, desk, frame, etc (see above)
  • Adding glitter to everyday objects
  • Printing Instagram photos

Remember, I love DIY. I just don’t want another blog post on how to print a printable or how to cut out strips of paper and make a paper chain. Let’s push ourselves. Let’s make something new. Let’s make something to be talked about. Or let’s get offline altogether and make some memories.

Am I the only one? What’s got you screaming DI-WHY? these days?

Homemade Salsa Gets Me Every Time

A while back, I told y’all about some delicious Shrimp & Roasted Tomatoes I made after pinning the recipe. Now, The Best Thing I Ever Ate Pinterest Edition is back. This time, with a recipe from that beloved lady of the kitchen, The Pioneer Woman. If you don’t know, she’s a whiz at all things delicious.

This time, I’m whipping up her semi-homemade salsa which is so much tastier than anything you pour from a jar bought in your store.

Seriously, all you need to make this stuff is about 10 minutes, the skills to chop a jalapeño plus and an onion plus your blender or food processor. Get all the details below, but know that the amount of spices you might like may differ from PW, so just keep a bag of chips handy to taste and adjust as you go.

Here’s the recipe (from the Pioneer Woman):


  • 1 can (28 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes With Juice
  • 2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies)
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Quartered And Sliced Thin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro (more To Taste!)
  • 1/2 whole Lime Juice

Preparation Instructions

Note: this is a very large batch. Recommend using a 12-cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.

Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like—I do about 10 to 15 pulses. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.

Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour. Serve with tortilla chips or cheese nachos.

*Thanks PW!!