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  Are you faced with a small space in your home or apartment? These simple and do-able small space decorating tips will help you look at decorating your space in a fresh new way.     Since getting married, I've been moving around the country.  It's provided a great opportunity for learning to overcome space and decorating challenges which every home has. Our most recent move to a small two bedroom apartment has been the most challenging.  In order to make my new small space feel spacious and inviting, I implemented a few easy small space decorating tips I've learned through my many … [Read more...]

Did you have a lovely Valentine's Day? We enjoyed a quiet dinner at home and then went downtown for an evening walk.  Brrrr... it was cold!  However, as we drove through our little town we noticed that all the good restaurants were super busy.  I love it.  How did you spend the weekend? Thanks for coming by today! I'm so glad you're here.... Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day Thanks for choosing to party with us! If you missed stopping by this past week I shared some extraordinary goodness on … [Read more...]

The BIG game and all the controversy is OVER... And now it's time to focus on the pretty side of life.  On Wednesday, Lent begins and Sunday is Valentine's Day!  It even is beginning to feel like spring outside.  There's just a hint in the air and I LOVE it! I hope your week is already off to an extraordinary start! Thanks for coming by! I'm so glad you're here.... Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day Thanks for choosing to party with us! If you missed stopping by this past week I shared some … [Read more...]

For many of my friends this is a BIG week... It's not like Christmas or Easter.... but it might just be second to Thanksgiving... because for them... it's all about the food. If you're looking for some terrific food ideas, be sure to check out this week's Winning Game Foods, or check out my Game Day Foods Pinboard.  Be sure to scroll through all the party links, as they'll be plenty of yummy delights for you to serve up to your friends and family. I hope your week is already off to an extraordinary start! Thanks for coming by! I'm so glad you're here.... Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ … [Read more...]

Will you be hosting a Super Bowl party? Whether you're hosting or invited to watch the game with friends or family, you will LOVE these delicious and savory recipes that are sure to please. The next question is.... which team will you be rooting for?   28 Winning and Savory Game Day Foods   Shrimp Pesto Pizza :: Cooking With Curls Crock Pot Turkey Chili by Art From My Table via Carrie Elle Baked Tequila Lime Chicken Taquitos :: Happy and Blessed Home Asian BBQ Pork Taco Boats :: Lemons for LuLu Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Fries :: Grace and Good Eats Stromboli - Baked Italian Sandwich :: … [Read more...]

Handmade gifts are so romantic... If you're looking for something special to give to your sweetheart this Valentine's Day... stop looking. Though it is a little work, this nearly free project of a handmade box disguised as a stack of love letter is sure to be truly appreciated and undoubtedly will become a keepsake. How to Make a Faux Love Letters Box I know some of you are digging out from your winter blast.  Hope you weren't terribly inconvenienced and found ways to have a little fun, relaxation, and make a few memories.  We, on the other hand, missed the snow and had sunny skies on Saturday and a sunny … [Read more...]

I am NOT a hopeless romantic... But I am excited for Valentine's Day.  It's so silly, but I really love all the fun, food, hearts, and whimsy associated with Valentine's Day.  It always gives me an excuse to create something in the kitchen or craft room.  Last year I had a ton of fun creating these Dainty Envelope Fruit Tarts.  Serving them and eating them.... was even more fun! I love these so much... I'm going to give you permission to make some now!  Why even wait until Valentine's Day? Simple & Easy ~ Dainty Envelope Fruit Tarts It's another chilly day in my neck of the woods.  But, it's not going … [Read more...]

  Did you notice that the blog loaded more quickly today? (Let me know if you noticed a difference.) I strongly dislike going to other blogs and twiddling my thumbs while I wait for them to load.  That isn't fun.  Along with the slow load time, I was having a few other issues.  So, I decided that the most important thing for me to do was to get new hosting which I did. And we'll see if it impacts the other issues.  I hope so. However, my timing was a little off and I made a rookie mistake and brought the blog offline for a few hours yesterday... during the time I had set aside to finish up this … [Read more...]

  This year I'm not going to be celebrating Thanksgiving at home.  But, I cannot pass on the decorating.  A good friend and I were planning a day together and I asked her if I could put together a centerpiece and something fun for her sideboard in her style and do a photo shoot of it at her lovely condo.  She said, "Yes!" My friend decorates mostly with grays and silvers and blacks, and her walls are the loveliest shade of cool blue, warmed with beautiful rich wood floors.  Except for a few red accents, she stays within that color palette.  With that in mind I went shopping. When I'm working at … [Read more...]

What is it about those orange orbs in all shapes and sizes? Every year, when the calendar page flips to September, my eyes are peeled for pumpkin sightings and tastings. You might say I've a penchant for pumpkin treats and recipes! For the past few weeks I've been drooling over the many pumpkin treats and recipes linked up at our weekly Project Inspire{d} Link Party. So, just in case you're like me, I put together a round-up of drool-worthy pumpkin recipes.... I LOVE pumpkin pie... and cookies... so this recipe totally captured me... two of my favorite foods in one bite! Easy Pumpkin Pie … [Read more...]

  What could be a more perfect finish to your 4th of July dinner or cookout than a red, white, and blue dessert? How about an American flag dessert? Even better....  an American flag PIE!   This stars and stripes American flag pie is quick and easy to create and it's delicious too! Shall we make one now?   Stars & Stripes American Flag Pie   Assemble the following... Contains affiliate links* Pie Plate Large Mixing Bowl Pastry Blender Rolling Pin I love Pizza Cutter Small Star Cookie Cutter or Knife & Star Pattern Measuring Cups … [Read more...]

Last year I made a layer cake and decorated it under the guidance of an experienced cake decorator. This post contains affiliate links. Most or us don't have an experienced cake decorator at our disposal.  But, one thing we do have... is Craftsy. As an introduction to their new eGuides, and for a limited time, you can download a FREE Craftsy eGuide on a variety of topics.  I'm pretty sure, you'll want to download this Cake eGuide: "Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas." Most of us like to dabble in a variety of areas, so feel free to check out these FREE eGuides as well: Photography eGuide: … [Read more...]

Do ordinary things with extraordinary love. Mother Teresa    Happy Valentine's Day!   Images ~ Red Mug :: Red Door :: Patterned Heart    "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." Mother Teresa   14 Creative Home Decor Ideas   DIY Cutting Board Wall Art :: Anderson + Grant Ballard Designs~Inspired Monogram Art :: Snazzy Little Things DIY Industrial Pipe Shelves :: Table and Hearth Custom Blue Chest of Drawers Makeover :: Art is Beauty DIY Ikea Hack "Hicks" Pendant Light :: The Gathered Home Mid Century Modern … [Read more...]

Wouldn't you love to make a sweet treat for family or friends that looks like you slaved for hours in the kitchen?  I've got just the dessert.  I'll keep how easy it is to make a secret if you will, too!  While browsing Pinterest for pink flower arrangements, the cutest little pastry caught my eye.  Of course I pinned it.  And then I forgot.  I'm so glad I remembered the dainty envelope fruit tarts, just in time for Valentine's Day.     These dainty envelope fruit tarts are super simple and easy to create.   And best of all... they'll be the talk of the town!  Okay... the … [Read more...]

  Is it me, or do you get a little excited around Valentine's Day? Maybe it's silly, but I love the idea of using the holiday to spread a little joy to those around me.     For many, Valentine's Day is NOT a fun day. Though we see aisles of candies in the stores, and heart-shaped balloons floating at the ends of check lanes, many will not get a treat or any kind of "love" unless they purchase something for themselves.  It's their reality... every day.  Yet, they are reminded that "everyone," it seems, is enjoying something special for Valentine's Day. Except them. These … [Read more...]

Are you a chocolate lover? There's a saying I've seen floating around the internet for quite some time... Chocolate makes everything better. Today I'm here to tell you that chocolate hot fudge sauce makes everything better. Okay, maybe not everything.     But surely, it's the finishing touch to a brownie and ice cream sundae. I have to tell you, I'm a recent convert to hot fudge sauce. Recently my friend made it for my husband's birthday.  And as you might have guessed...I was skeptical. Why?  Because I was always disappointed whenever I ordered a dessert anywhere topped … [Read more...]

Did you know that I occasionally write guides for eBay? Last week I enjoyed writing about how to create a collected look for our tables with blue and white. I shared about it on Facebook and Twitter. If you missed those posts, please use this link, to stop by.  I'd be blessed if you'd take the time to vote and leave a comment, too.  Thanks!  While you're there, look for other guides for topics that interest you.   Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week...   What Sacrifice is Better than Coke, Chocolate, or … [Read more...]