Sunday, September 14, 2014

Making Monday 57

Hello friends!

Welcome to Making Monday.

Are you gladly flinging into fall or trying to hang on to the last little bit of summer? I'm trying to do both. I've decorated for fall but still have some summery things out and I'm already baking fall desserts and soups but still making summer salads and grilling meats. By the end of September, though, I'll be completely immersed into fall and summer will be yet another great memory. We're so glad you're here for another week of Making Monday. Enjoy the party and make some new friends!
 
This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:

Apple Cobbler Crisp
 Lori made one of her fall favorites ~ Apple Cobbler Crisp.
 

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Lori:

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We hope that you ladies are loving this party as much as we are! We just can't get over all the awesome stuff that gets shared week after week!

If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
If you didn't make it as a feature this week keep linking up because next seek could be you!
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
 
Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Making Monday #56

Happy Monday Friends!!
Hope y'all are getting back in to the swing of things, there is just something about the fall weather that helps you get things done. 

This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:



Heres another great giveaway featuring football themed goods that will have you ready for the Boys of Fall!! 


Another fabulous recipe from Lori!
Bobby's Favorite Goulash

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Gracie:




 #1 Fall is here and that means campfires are getting popular! Be sure to check out these Campfire Safety Tips
#2 Have you ever tried to do work with a pallet? Here are some tips to Disassemble A Pallet.
#3 Now that your pallet is taken apart, how about making this super cool Pallet Runner Countertop



We hope that you guys are loving this party as much as we are! Can't get over all the awesome stuff that gets shared week after week!
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
Kitchen Table Art
   And don't forget if you didn't make it as a feature this week to check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you!
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Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

DIY Arrows with stone Arrowheads




Heyyyyyy! Labor day has passed and now it is officially acceptable to be decorating for fall! Even if it is still reaching the high 90's :) I've had our mantel done for about a week now and shared this IKEA frame hack earlier this week. If you are a weirdo attention person you may have noticed the arrows that were next to the frame. Well, incase you've been biting your nails waiting to see a post about them HERE IT IS! 


These lovely DIY Arrows came about while cleaning the house. Yep, I was inspired by cleaning- struggle #1 of a creative brain you can't see the world with out making some project out of it. Basically I was dusting off Reeds bedside table and found a huge pile of arrowheads he has found around the property. At first I placed them in a pretty jar so that they weren't just falling all over the place. Then as I moved on to the living room I realized how cool they would be on display! I mean they are very old arrowheads once used by the people who lived here so why not share the history with our guests! 


So obviously I stopped cleaning the house (struggle #2 not very many things get accomplished around here unless it is a fun project) and went about collecting supplies to make arrows to display these beautiful arrow heads with. I was trying not to make them too fake looking, by no means would these ever stay together when shot from a bow but I wanted to use materials that were a little more realistic than glitter and colored string :)

Here are the supplies I used:
Stone Arrowheads 
Semi straight twigs from the yard
White Craft feathers
Floral wire
Twine
Stripes of leather 
(yes I threw in some cool old tin and aqua leather just incase I needed them, but I ended up staying true to my roots and used only "natural" things for arrows) 


Then I dug around trying to find something I could split the twig with. I ended up using a cutting board, and x-acto knife with a flat edge blade. This way I could cut straight down and through the twig with out scaring myself :)

Here is the step by step to making your own decorative arrow.
1.Find a twig and arrowhead that look like they fit well together. ( I used a larger stick for this larger arrowhead so that I would be able to have a substantial amount of wood on either side). 
2. Cut straight down the center of the twig about a half inch. (You need enough room for the twig to pull apart and the arrow head to slide snuggly in.) 
3-4. Slide in your arrow head and adjust your twig until it is tightly in place
5. Wrap your floral wire around the twig pulling it back in and loop up around either side of the arrow head.
6. Use your twine or leather to hide the floral wire.


7. Pick out your feathers and wire them to the other end of the twig. 
8. Again, hide the wire with your twine or leather. 

WAHLA! ALL DONE!

Now, like I said before these are by no means sturdy. I'm sure if you have kids (or husbands) who want to play with them you could add a dab of hot glue to secure the stone arrowhead a bit better. But I knew Reed wouldn't be happy if I used hot glue because Native Americans wouldn't have used that. And boy was I right, he knit picked these arrows... Apparently Native Americans also didn't have floral wire or pick crooked sticks.... 



But they work lovely to display a couple of his arrowheads while not risking messing up any of the stones. I would have hated if these stone arrowheads would have lasted this long out in the weather but couldn't make it past the crafting of me!

So these lovely fellas are sitting on our mantel adding a bit of whimsy and history to it :)
What are you adding to your fall mantel this season??



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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

4 Ingredient Blueberry Bake



Basically, this blueberry bake is ah-mazing! Reed came home about 2 weeks ago with about 6 lbs of fresh blueberries so I was trying my hardest to come up with recipes to use them in. This one was a hit and even though blueberry season is over, I HAVE to share this recipe. It is the easiest and one of the best things I've ever made and I'm sure you can modify it to which ever fruit is in season :) 



All you need is 4 ingredients. Yep, FOUR!
1 cup of blueberries
1/2 cup of sugar
1 box of yellow cake mix
1/3 cup of butter

I've made this twice now and kinda played around with the amounts of each ingredient, you can add more or less sugar to your liking and the same with the butter.
I've also used 2 different type of cake mixes, and my favorite was the always faithful jiffy mix :)


Here are the ever so simple steps to making your mouth water :)
1. spray a baking dish with cooking spray and add your blueberries
2. Mix your berries and sugar until all your berries are coated.
3. In a separate bowl mix your cake mix and sugar. (depending on if you want your batter more cake-y or like a crumble adjust your butter amounts)
4. Layer your cake mixture over your blueberries
5. Finally, bake on 350 degrees until golden brown!


Yep, it is really that simple. 4 ingredients and 5 steps until you can have this deliciousness in your mouth! Like I said I'm sure you can adjust this to your fruit that is in season. We have also made this with peaches and it is another family favorite :) 

If you try it out with something new let me know! I would love to hear what y'all bake up :) 


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Boys of Fall - September Giveaway

Football season is here! I don't know about you but where I'm from football is a BIG deal at any and every level. Now that the season is here every Friday night and Saturday will be spent in sweat shirts, scarves, eating boiled peanuts while cheering on my boys. This month we have something for that football fan in your life! 


The start of football season is a huge deal. Everyone dresses in their team colors and loves any football themed goodies. Today we have a beautiful hand made leather football bangle from BeloDesigns Jewelry It is a 1 1/2 inch in width thick leather band with an adjustable cuff attached to the inside. The plate is sewn in and hand stamped with the name or number of your favorite player with a football design stamped on it, the white stitching is hand sewn by our shop as well. This is a one size fits MOST item! 



$40 value. You can visit Belo Designs through their Website - Etsy Shop - Facebook 

Next up is some another beautiful pig skin piece of jewelry from Avante Garde Designs! This pendant is made out of authentic footballs hand cut to fit. The pendant has a diameter of 20mm and comes in a gift box. The necklace is 19 1/2 inches long and comes with a lobster clasp. 


$35 value. Visit Avante Garde Designs on Etsy - Facebook 

And finally a quick sign to let everyone know where your heart is this season. Customize the sign with the colors from your home team and make it a great display of affection :) This 13in x 13in tin sign from Grace Langdon Art fits great in any man cave, tailgate tent, or front door! 



$25 value. Visit the Grace Langdon Art shop 

Your chance to win all these goodies will be open until September 16th! So be sure to use up all your entries to optimize your chance of winning! You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. {If you're reading this in a blog reader or via email, you may need to click through to the post}.


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Making Monday #55

HAPPY LABOR DAY!!
Summer is coming to a close, school has started and football season is now in full swing! We've been seeing lots of fall goodies grace the inter-webs and can't wait for the cooler weather that is just around the corner. 

This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:


Redecorating is one of my favorite things to do. I was getting a bit antsy with our house so I figured it was about time to switch out some decorations. Here is one of my first fall decor projects, an Ikea Frame Hack


I don't know how she does it, but Lori has managed another awesome looking meal while being on the road! Check out her Chicken & Shrimp in Coconut Lime Tomato Sauce

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Gracie:


 #1 Summer is over and our schedules are sure to be busy. Here is a great example of how to Tame Your To-Do List.
#2 After you get that to-do list under control check out these 62 Back to School Organizing Tips.
#3 One of the best parts of a new season is new clothes! Check out these Fall Outfit Ideas & Modesty Resource List.


#4 After you've gotten all that organizing done and picked out some new clothes, relax with this Roundhouse Princess Pumpkintini!
#5 Finally I know you are all wanting to know, What Would Beyoncè Do? Cake in a Mug :)


We hope that you guys are loving this party as much as we are! Can't get over all the awesome stuff that gets shared week after week!
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
Kitchen Table Art
   And don't forget if you didn't make it as a feature this week to check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you!
Kitchen Table Art

Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!

MakingMondayGuidelines



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