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Creative Children Art Display Ideas May 13, 2010

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With the end of the school year quickly approaching, it seems as though more and more papers are brought home from school.  The last thing I want to do is to throw it all away so I wanted to share some different ideas on how to display or store your childs masterpiece!

I love this idea of adding to the old artwork!  Look at this picture frame – the price is great!

Also for some you who like to DIY here are a few ideas!

Get Digital

Memorialize selected works— your child’s blue period, say, or her armless bodies phase— by scanning them into your computer and creating cool keepsakes. To make a glossy poster, scan 4 to 16 pieces, then visit shutterfly.com or snapfish.com for the poster design and printing (about $20 to $25). If you’d rather not handle the technical aspects, try a print shop— just call first to make sure they do scanning. Once the items are scanned, all you need to do is decide how you want them to look on the poster and choose the background.

Make It Magnetic

Updating the artwork on display isn’t difficult if you create a magnetic gallery. Use four coats of magnetic primer (Magic Wall, $36 for 32 ounces, kling.com), then cover it with the wall color of your choice. Mount artwork with super-strong magnets (regular fridge magnets won’t hold). Shape-Up! magnets from Three by Three Seattle ($8 per 4-pack at fridgedoor.com) are too big to swallow and come in a variety of colors and shapes such as stars, birds, and arrows.

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Vintage French Script Fabric May 11, 2010

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I know that many of you have seen this fabric before but I am in love with it! It is priced at $24.99 per yard!

I also really like this rug!

but…… I don’t  have $579.00 so I found a similar rug here for way less!

Check out the matching pillow!

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Mothers Day Ideas! May 7, 2010

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With Mothers day this weekend I was thinking about my menu, as well as decorations.  It also happens to be my mother in laws birthday so we are going to take her to the Pirates Exhibit at the St. Louis Science Center.

Then we are having dinner here!  I thought that I would make up some of these cute  wall flowers!

Here is the tutorial on how to make these super cute and colorful decorations!

So now I have the place, decorations and now for the food, I am planning something easy, make ahead  and yummy

Easy Coleslaw

Country Rib Sandwiches


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup plum sauce
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 8 kaiser rolls, split


  • Place onion in a 3-qt. slow cooker; top with ribs. Combine the ketchup, plum sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, celery seed, garlic powder, Liquid Smoke if desired and allspice; pour over ribs.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until meat is tender. Shred meat with two forks and return to the slow cooker. Cover and cook 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve on rolls. Yield: 8 servings.

Brownie Toffee Triffle


  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13-in. x 9-in. pan size)
  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1-3/4 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1 package (11 ounces) vanilla or white baking chips
  • 3 Heath candy bars (1.55 ounces each), chopped


  • Prepare and bake brownies according to package directions. Cool; cut into 3/4-in. cubes.
  • Dissolve coffee granules in warm water. In a large bowl, beat milk and pudding mix on low speed for 2 minutes. Beat in coffee mixture. Fold in whipped topping.
  • In a 3-qt. trifle glass or bowl, layer with half of the brownie cubes, pudding, vanilla chips and candy bars. Repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 10-12 servings.


My favorite meal is the one you can fix it and forget it!

Happy Mother’s Day!


Inspiration by Recaptured Charm May 4, 2010

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I came across this blog the other day and have been so inspired by the kitchen redo!  HOW AMAZING!

Follow Lisa on her step by step remodel!  What an inspiration!