Friday, October 31, 2014

How to Paint Over Old Artwork (painted pumpkins)

Re-make old artwork into something new at

A couple weeks ago I was sorting through stuff for our community yard sale.

At the same time, I was crafting like a mad woman for my booth in a local craft show. It caused me to look at items I was ready to discard with a new eye.

Take these prints for instance. They were adorable in their time, but I decided to remake them into suitable decor for that long stretch between Sept and Dec.

I started off by brushing on a layer of Mod Podge to each print and then laid down pre-cut dictionary sheets.

Here's a DIY tip...the amount of Mod Podge you see above was a little too generous, lol! Go easy on the craft glue :)

You can see that it took 4 sheets of dictionary paper to cover my artwork (I cut the bottom two down a little). I lined up the columns and glued it around the edges.

Then I added a layer of Mod Podge to the top of the dictionary paper.

(And here's where I forgot to take more sorry...sometimes when I'm in my groove, 
all else fades away!)

Too bad the housework doesn't fade away...just sayin!

However, I will tell you that I used Jen Rizzo's tutorial for how to paint a pumpkin to create my own. It's easy, fun and she walks you through the process. I've done it for so many projects now that I don't even need to refer to her instructions anymore.

So, with paint palette in hand and a slew of brushes, I painted two slightly different pumpkins onto my dried canvas.

Once those dried, I added big black polka dots. These just add some extra drama to the pieces.

Paint over old artwork for something new at

I love how the dictionary paper shows through but is a subtle background.

Paint a pumpkin over old artwork at

The backs still have their original hanging hardware, so they'll be really cute hung up in someone's home.

My 'new' artwork is going with me tomorrow to the Fall Festival at Merrol Hyde School where I will have a booth full of goodies. If you're local, I hope you'll stop by Shoppers Village and say 'hi'.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

bringing beauty to the ordinary,

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe

My Favorite Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe 

Big and soft sugar cookie recipe at

If you're like me, you've tried many different sugar cookie recipes over the years to find The.Perfect.One.

You know...big, soft sugar cookies.

I finally found the perfect recipe (it's actually my friend Laura's recipe, but she kindly shared it with me) and my kids and I have been using this recipe ever since. These cookies are much like the big soft sugar cookies at Walmart and other grocery stores.

But they're much better!

You won't believe what's in the dough that keeps it moist...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Joss & Main Giveaway

Enter for Your Chance to Win!


Hey friends, I don't normally post on Monday, but I wanted to give all my followers a chance to enter the amazing giveaway going on at Joss & Main. One lucky winner will get this beautiful storage tower.

Here are some details about the Ada Storage Tower:
Showcasing 4 natural hand-woven baskets and 4 wood drawers with apothecary-style metal handles, this versatile storage tower is perfect for stowing supplies in virtually any room in your home! The dimensions are 35"H x 30"Wx 8.5"D.

Don't miss out on your chance to win! Click here to enter the giveaway. Feel fee to pass the link on to your friends so they can enter too.

Good luck!

I'll see you back here tomorrow with my favorite Sugar Cookie recipe of all time!

bringing beauty to the ordinary,

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Friday, October 24, 2014

DIY Checkerboard Table

Painting a Game Table

How to paint a checkerboard table at

When I was growing up, board games were a big part of our family nights.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall to Halloween Decorating Tips

Bonus Post: Decorating Tips for Fall to Halloween Transition

I want to share some simple tips with you today.

Tips for making the transition from Fall to Halloween in your decor.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bold Table Makeover (with Painted Antlers)

Table Makeover with Antlers

Bold Table Makeover with Antlers ~ full tutorial at

 What do Tennessee, Red Necks and a Canadian Girl have in common?