Smart Tiles..Before and After Makeover

Last weekend I decided it was time to revamp my kitchen and I wanted to start by doing a tile back splash.  Neither my husband or I are very “handy,” and by that I mean our tool box is not a box at all but rather a small duffel bag. The thought of grout and a wet saw was a bit overwhelming.  I had almost given up until I came across these Smart Tiles at Home Depot.  I will be honest…at between $6.97 and around $10.00 for a 9.7 x 10.95 in. wall tile they are not much cheaper than the real thing.  What they do offer, however, is a quick and easy makeover with little to no mess and I was super impressed by the results.

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This was our starting point.  I read some tutorials and hit up YouTube for installation recommendations and all suggested wiping off the wall with a degreaser or all-in-one cleaner prior to placing the wall tiles.  Other than that, all we needed was a straight edge and a box cutter.

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The sheets or wall tiles are peel and stick so getting them up on the wall was the easy part.  The challenge was making sure that they were lined up correctly.  If you take this project on this Spring make sure to do your measurements!

All together I had the tiles in place and the outlet covers back on in about 3.5 hours.  Here is the finshed product!

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Although to me the tiles look pretty great on their own, I added a line of white caulking between the Smart Tiles and the counter tops to give it a more realistic feel.  Total cost was about $120 and the kitchen looks like a totally new space.  Clean up took just a few minutes…love it!

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In writing this blog, one of my favorite posts has been about using mason jars in the kitchen…for food…imagine that! This weekend I’ll be making the Cupcakes in a Jar so I thought I would share this with you again. Enjoy!

RECLAIMING YOUR CASTLE

Is there anything that we haven’t done to the mason jar?  Paint it, illuminate it, fill it with buttons and hang it from the bottom of our cabinets.  I can’t really point the finger – I recently bought a $7 bag of coffee beans just so I could dump it into a mason jar and top it off with a tea light.

These handy little jars used to have a purpose, though – my grandmother used them to store homemade apple butter (and a fly one Christmas…which also happened to be the last Christmas I ate apple butter).  But I love the idea of using them for serving food; it’s practical and trendy and after all, that’s what they were made for…I think!  Pinterest might prove me wrong there.

So, here are 5 Classically Cool Ways to Use Mason Jars in the Kitchen…

#1.  Cupcake in a Jar

This idea…

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Liven Up Your Memorial Day Table…Painted Glass Tutorial

Repiny

Repiny

If you’re anything like me you have a dozen or so old flower vases and various glass bottles scattered around the house (mine are crammed under the kitchen sink).  Why not put them to good use and throw together a bright, fun centerpiece to liven up your Memorial Day Table?  Try using red, white and blue paint for a patriotic touch!

Anthropologie…Imitation Is the Best Form of Flattery (And It’s Cheaper)

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

While browsing through the online pages of Anthropologie this past weekend, as usual, I wanted to buy one of everything.  Their Summer Entertaining section is filled with pieces that I would love to have in my own home this season – and for a fraction of the cost I can! If you’re up for a little DIY’ing, so can you.

One of my favorites ~ the Confetti Fete Glasses; $12 a piece.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Or, buy a whole set of tumblers for $12 and do this instead!

Savvy Sugar

Savvy Sugar

Savvy Sugar

Savvy Sugar

What You’ll Need:

  • Red, yellow, blue, and white enamel acrylic paint
  • Glass tumblers
  • Paper towel
  • Cotton swabs
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper

Do one color at a time and allow the paint to dry between dot applications.  When the glasses are dry, flip them over on the parchment paper and put them in a cool oven.  Set the temp to 350 and bake for 30 minutes to set the paint.  Let cool one hour before handling.

Block Print Star Napkin Set; $48.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Hand-Stamped Napkins via babycenter

Baby Center

Baby Center

You will need:
100 percent cotton napkins (as many as you like)
Iron
Cardboard
Rubber stamp
VersaCraft fabric ink pad
Test fabric

Wash, dry, and iron the napkins, then lay each on a hard surface. Put a piece of cardboard under the napkin to absorb any ink that passes through the fabric.

Lightly tap the stamp on the ink pad and gently press on a piece of fabric to test the impression. Once you’re satisfied with the results, press the inked stamp on the napkin. You may want to create a border or pattern. Re-ink the stamp between every impression.

When all the napkins are stamped, place a piece of fabric between the stamped side of the napkin and the iron, and press both sides of the napkin with a hot iron. Do not use steam or water. The heat will set the ink and prevent fading.

Mason Jar Sippers; $48 set of 12.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Daisy Cut Mason Jar Lids;  11 for $0.49 a piece + shipping!!! (follow the link to order)

Candle Soylutions

Candle Soylutions

Grab a cheap pack of mason jars and some fun straws and voila!

Homemade Coffee Creamer…Make Yours At Home!

Around My Family Table

Around My Family Table

I love coffee for many reasons – besides the necessary dose of caffeine that I can’t function without in the morning, the flavored creamers bring a smile to my face. Chocolate Almond one morning…Hazelnut the next – but who can afford to buy all of those varieties at once? Hmmmm. Why not make them at home!

via Mrs Happy Homemaker

Start With This Base:

  • 14oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 3/4 Cup Milk or Cream (whole, lowfat, skim, almond, soy, heavy cream, half & half etc – whatever your preference, however the more fat, the more creaminess)

…and, here we go!

French Vanilla Creamer

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR vanilla coffee syrup

Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

Chocolate

  • 2-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • (1 tsp vanilla extract, optional)
Coffee Style 10

Coffee Style 10

Chocolate Almond

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Strudel

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Vanilla Caramel

  • 2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate Raspberry

  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry syrup

Irish Cream

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
2 Eat 2 Drink

2 Eat 2 Drink

Coconut

  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract

Samoa (like the Girl Scout Cookies)

  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract (or sub coconut milk or cream of coconut, heated & strained, for the milk/cream)
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping

Peppermint Patty

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Cinnamon Vanilla

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pumpkin Spice

  • 3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Honey Vanilla

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Almond Joy

  • 1-2 teaspoons coconut extract (or sub coconut milk or cream of coconut if you heat it first, strained, in place of the milk & extract)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
Delia Creates

Delia Creates

Sweet Cream

  • Use 1 3/4 cups of heavy cream instead of the milk in the base recipe
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR the inside of a vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Chocolate Orange

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1-2 teaspoons orange extract

Hazelnut

  • 2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

Chocolate Hazelnut

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

Cinnamon Cake

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Salted Caramel

  • 2-3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Eggnog

  • replace milk in base recipe with equal amount of heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For those of you who want or need a sugar-free option. You can make your own sweetened condensed milk with the sugar substitute of your choice. Now, you can make your own sugar-free flavored creamer!

Directions & Tips:

In all these recipes, anything that has a dry or thick ingredient (like cinnamon, honey, etc..) should be heated up with a small amount of your milk/cream from the base recipe so it can dissolve properly. You don’t want grainy creamer! Then, add the rest of the milk/cream along with the sweetened condensed milk.

If you want really creamy creamer, use heavy cream instead of milk in your base recipe.

Stick a piece of tape on your mason jar lid with the expiration date from the milk you used as a guideline to when the creamer should be used by.

DIY Decoupage Table

Cool idea for refinishing a table top…easy weekend DIY?

Style & Influence

Re-decorating your flat shouldn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. I hate to spend a lot of money on anything and I don’t think it’s too difficult to spruce things up at home without breaking the bank.

So I have a cheap and cheerful DIY plan to update my little flat over the next year(s). My first project was to decoupage my kitchen table top…

Equipment:

  • Coarse sand paper
  • A selection of imagesPVA glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Tea towel /cloth
  • Scalpel
  • Clear varnish (Matte or Shine)

1. Start by getting your images ready. You can stick with a theme or go completely random. I chose a Japanese print theme.EquipmentTop Tip: If like me you are impatient and you don’t want to spend 6 months collecting enough images to cover your table top. Why not use an out of date calendar? If you don’t have one…

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Easy DIY Dyed Lamp Shades…

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

One cannot call themselves a true DIYer and have a house full of plain white lamp shades.  They’re too much of a temptation…like blank canvases calling out to be covered in scrapbook paper or homemade fabric flowers.  I’m trying to take a more subtle approach to mine which is why I love this quick tutorial posted at Little Green Notebook.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • (1) White or Neutral Lamp Shade
  • (1) Bottle of Procion Mx Dye / Cold Water Dye for Natural Fibers (Wal-Mart, Micheal’s)
  • (1) Paint Brush
  • (1) Bowl of Cold Water

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Start with a small bowl of cold water and add just a pinch of the fabric dye.  Dip the paintbrush in a get to work on the shade.  Add more color or additional coats until you reach the desired shade.  That’s it, really!  The results should be similar to these…

Green Street

Green Street

PB Teen