Posts Tagged ‘Crafting’

Amy’s Notebook 11.18.15

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Mug pumpkin pie via Shutterbean

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Pumpkin pie in a mug- genius.

What an elegant Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Up your productivity with these 10 apps.

How to host “Friendsgiving”- one of my favorite things to do with good friends!

Day to night in 5 minutes flat. Inspired!

A framework for gratitude- such a beautiful way to honor your family.

The best foods to donate to food banks during the holidays.

Oh, how I love Charlie Brown.

Simple Living via No Sidebar

Source: No Sidebar

 

Be inspired with these 11 simple living resources.

This is my kind of Guns ‘n Roses.

Perfectly plaited.

Or try a two-minute twist.

I printed this for my home and it is perfect.

4 uses for drapes other than windows.

Fall packing mini capsule wardrobe- inspired!

Do you love a highly creative person? Check out these 20 things to help you better connect with them.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

Amy’s Notebook 11.11.15

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Leftover labels via Oh Happy Day

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Printable leftover labels- how great are these?

See the strategies and habits highly successful people use to make the most of their time.

Easiest pillow covers ever.

The key to simplifying your digital life.

A KonMari overhaul- impressive!

White chicken chili looks like a great one to add to the menu planner.

Simple wool candle holders- beautiful!

Outdoor space via The Nester

Source: The Nesting Place

 

Swooning over this outdoor space.

DIY toilet paper roll Christmas calendar – genius!

3 ways to spice up fall basics.

Listen to this piece on John Irving (or read the transcript)- I am in amazement!

10 simple strategies for saving money on food.

Awkward tweets alert- genuine LOL’s in this one!

Where the children sleep- this breaks my heart.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

Amy’s Notebook 11.04.15

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Thanksgiving dessert toppers via Oh Happy Day

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Adorable Thanksgiving dessert toppers.

The plot twist: e-book sales slip.

Nancie McDermott soups and stews meal plan.

Making your web content game way strong.

I practice simple living but I still love my stuff.

Rotini with butternut-sage sauce. Yum!!

Horseshoe braid- beautiful & looks easy!

8 memoirs to read.

Brown-bag lunch strategies for grown-ups.

Why successful people are adopting capsule wardrobes.

DIY painted cat nails- adorable!

Books to Inspire via Shutterbean

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Books to inspire you.

24 productive things successful people do with the first hour of their day.

27 moms who are trolls at heart- made me laugh!

On a plate.

How to get over comparing yourself to other creatives.

An average Saturday morning: with kids vs. without kids.

Could you live on half your income? These people do.

Game-changer.

Netflix is reviving ‘Gilmore Girls.’

4 artists you need to know.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

Amy’s Notebook 10.28.15: Transforming Your Space M Challenge Syllabus

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Transforming Your Space M Challenge

As a wrap-up of each month’s M Challenge theme, we will be using the last Notebook of the month as a sort of “Cliffs Notes” edition of the challenge – a place where you can find a list of all the articles we’ve published for the challenge, as well as more inspiration and links from the web around the challenge theme. Our hope is that this will be something that you can refer to in the future as well as catch up on in case you’ve missed anything!

October M Challenge: Focus on Transforming Your Space

Other Links: Easy Ideas to Transform Your Space

Wood Tile Look via Little Green Notebook

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8 tips for nailing wood tile.

27 easy remodeling ideas that will completely transform your home (on a budget!).

Makeover a bathroom on a budget.

Update a brick fireplace in a day.

How to paint a faucet.

DIY vanity makeover using concrete overlay.

How to decorate any room starting now.

Staircase Makeover via In My Own Style

Source: In My Own Style

 

Update a carpeted staircase to stained steps and white painted risers for only $50.

40 temporary ways to transform your rental.

How to transform a closet into a mudroom nook.

How to frame a bathroom mirror.

Update your tile countertops with paint.

Turn a closet into a home office.

Upgrade your windows with DIY trim (the best tutorials).

 

I hope you enjoyed our M Challenge syllabus notebook, a collection of the Mom Advice articles and gathered links all around the month’s challenge focus. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

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Amy’s Notebook 10.21.15

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Painted Pumpkins via A Subtle Revelry

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Fun abstract painted pumpkins.

I want to dig into some stir-fry meals this week!

Apple pie breakfast cookies- #winning!

Can you decorate as beautifully as a high schooler? Stunning.

Soup for a friend.

Pom-Pom Solar System? Be still my beating heart.

7 inspiring TED Talks that’ll help you get through difficult times.

How to get away with no make-up. An incredibly moving piece.

Boozy-Pumpkin-Milkshake-Broma Bakery

Source: Broma Bakery

 

A ridiculously easy boozy pumpkin milkshake.

Adorable DIY mini granite pots.

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match.

Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent Home Tour- I die. Perfection!

Easy homemade caramel corn.

Murder on the Orient Express Book Club inspiration. I still need to dig into Agatha Christie and this looks fun!

Slow cooker soup recipes – yep, it’s time for all things warm & wonderful.

For my fellow Dirty Dancing fans. Who knew?

5 books that can turn you into a different person.

This is disturbing.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

Amy’s Notebook 10.14.15

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Spiral Pumpkin Twists via A Cozy Kitchen

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Spiral pumpkin twists with maple cream- so beautiful!

Check out this Halloween trick-or-treat app that you can use to navigate your neighborhood this year.

A list of the Kirkus Prize finalists. Have you read any of these?

Maple molasses donuts – yes, please!

They will not remember. (I needed that)

13 mysterious & scary October reads.

A well-researched guide to consignment shopping.

You make me brave.

Trade shopping for self-care: a lovely reminder!

1940s Bungalow via Design Sponge

Source: Design Sponge

 

A wonderful 1940s bungalow centered around art.

14 surprising things about parenting in Sweden.

An easy hack for getting longer strands of spaghetti squash.

Looking forward to the next season of Serial.

Scary Netflix movies for weekend binge-watching.

Make rotisserie-style chicken at home with a Bundt pan – who knew?

Harry Potter’s new illustrator Jim Kay explains how he came up with his versions of the world famous magical characters.

Need a new audiobook recommendation? Try one of these 10 engaging titles, read by their authors.

The reality of owning a cat.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

How to Paint a Kitchen Table: Our Kitchen Table Makeover

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Originally posted in 2011, I thought this would be perfect for our Transforming Your Space M Challenge since it was a fairly simple project (after I learned a lesson!) that made a huge difference. I love paint and it’s power to transform!

How to Paint a Kitchen Table

I never dreamed that I would ever paint my kitchen table when we bought it. For ten years though we abused it daily, it survived a brutal move with a terrible moving company, and the polyurethane coating never did look right after it was damaged in route to our house on the day we bought it. The table was loved to pieces, literally, and that is why we had to paint it.

Passing through our kitchen, you might not have noticed the table’s beat-up appearance. From far away or cleverly covered with a tablecloth when it got really embarrassing, the table just didn’t look that bad.

Upon closer inspection though, your eyes are assaulted with the damage that has happened to it. The polyurethane coating was flaking away, the ends were terribly damaged on the table, and a huge gash went right through the center of it that I never thought the table would ever recover from.

We decided that we would stain the table and restore the tabletop with a nice deep and rich color. We bought lots of supplies to stain the table and I couldn’t wait to get started.

For two days I sanded the table to within an inch of its poor little life. The polyurethane coating remained. I bought polyurethane stripper and left it on the table for twenty-four hours. The polyurethane remained. I sanded the table more. The polyurethane remained.

I cried.

I rocked in the fetal position.

I kicked myself for starting a project that I didn’t feel as confident in.

I gave up.

We ate at a sad folding table and chairs for an entire week, only to discover this staining would not happen at my novice level of furniture staining.

At this point, I had nothing to lose.

We decided to paint the kitchen table.

The chairs were in good condition other than a quick reupholster to the tired fabric that had been on them. The table legs also happened to be in decent condition so we made the decision to leave the table legs and chairs in their natural wood color (partly out of laziness and partly because we needed our kitchen table back) which definitely cut down on the work.

I am no expert on painting furniture so I consulted with my best friend who has been painting her furniture recently and the ever amazing and wildly talented Kate, from Centsational Girl, who has this amazing tutorial on how to paint furniture. Between the two of them, I felt a tad more confident than I did before.

Once the table was sanded and wood filled in the spots that were really rough on the table, we applied two coats of the Zinsser Cover Stain Primer over the table. Between each coat, once the tabletop was fully dry, I gave it another good sanding and wiped it clean with a cloth. I had to admit, even with just the primer, the table was already looking better.

Once the primer was dry, I applied two coats of paint to the tabletop. We wanted our tabletop to match our kitchen cabinets so we chose Valspar Blanched Pine (7005-15) for the shade of white we were looking for. Two coats of paint were applied to it. The first coat was applied with a brush and then the second coat, I used a roller and then used a brush to smooth out any roller marks.

I did take Kate’s recommendation and added Floetrol to the paint (as directed on the packaging) which really did seem to help cut down on the mistakes that I usually make when painting. This paint conditioner will definitely be used again when I tackle another painting project.

After the paint was dry, we then applied two heavy coats of polyurethane to the tabletop with an angled brush. We allowed the polyurethane to set on the tabletop for four days with no use. I think this was one of the hardest parts about the process, but we wanted to make sure that the tabletop would really be able to withstand our daily abuse once we brought it inside.

The table legs were reattached, the new-to-me chairs were slid under it. We were in business.

Here is our newly painted kitchen tabletop.  It is not perfect, but we truly did the best we could to improve upon something we already owned.

I am so happy to have a tabletop that I don’t have to cover with a tablecloth and my husband is thankful I am done with this project, I am thankful to have reclaimed the garage, and we are all thankful that we didn’t have to purchase a new set of furniture for this room.

Amy’s Notebook 10.07.15

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

customizing closet doors via A Beautiful Mess

Source: A Beautiful Mess

 

Customize your closet doors with trim-so pretty!

Web-weaving envy.

The case for small talk.

5 places to find capsule wardrobe inspiration.

How to pull off a bright lip.

This cotton candy halloween costume is wildly inventive.

How cute are these bat lights?

A Craigslist pro shares his buying and selling secrets.

Great review on Old Navy wardrobe staples.

8 books recommended by readers with great taste.

Barbacoa Beef via The Kitchn

Source: The Kitchn

 

A recipe to feed a crowd- Slow-Cooker Barbacoa Beef.

Why you should stop apologizing- noted.

I’m tassel obsessed.

How to wear ankle boots with skinny jeans & skirts.

A little cat logic for a good old-fashioned LOL.

A conversation with Nancy Meyers.

Have you seen this six-year-old girl give her mom a wake up call on caring for one another after divorce? Amazing!

Growing older with Madonna.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

Amy’s Notebook 09.23.15

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Homemade Soda via Oh Joys

Source: Oh Joy

 

Homemade sodas? Yum!

7 daily habits for a clutter-free home.

A great avocado tip!

How to make your lipstick long wearing.

Middle kids make great leaders.

Autumn activities- many of these are on my list!

Prettied up recipe box.

Podcasts to pass the time.

Smart words on savoring these moments.

Books into Movies via PopSugar

Source: PopSugar

 

Fall reading list: 50 books being adapted into movies.

10 gluten-free meals to pack in your lunchbox- bring on the ideas!

A thought-provoking piece on marriage.

Nothing nourishes intimacy and love like an investment of hours.

Maker Faire is coming to a Barnes & Noble near you!

How schools are handling an over-parenting crisis.

The #missadventures ad series is too fabulous for words (watch them all!)

Tips for encouraging a young reader.

Maybe you don’t need that phone upgrade after all.

Television bucket list.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

Amy’s Notebook 09.16.15

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

BLT via Joy the Baker

Source: Joy The Baker

 

BLT craving starts now.

31 crockpot freezer meals for busy weeknights.

7 eye-opening lessons learned from buying nothing new for 200 days.

Traditional Seafood Paella recipe- someone please make me this!

9 fall fashion trends – will you wear them?

The rules of Instagram- made me giggle!

How to reheat chicken and keep the skin crispy.

Decorative objects for styling for under $50.

I can’t stop laughing at these texts!

Ways to wear a cargo jacket.

Service Projects for Kids via Coffee Cups and Crayons

Source: Coffee Cups & Crayons

 

11 service projects kids can do – perfect for families to do together!

5 vegetarian grain bowls for a week of winning fall dinners.

Okay. I’m getting a Costco membership now.

Upgrade your PB&J.

I love a colorful wardrobe!

Now this is a family business I can get behind.

Yes please! Moscow Mule Jello Shots.

I love time travel.

A good reminder when upgrading your phone.

A super dark Friends theory- what do you think about that?

Great advice for talking to your daughter about puberty!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

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