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My Cup Runneth Over: July 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

ROMANTIC WALL ART

Happy Friday All!!  I hope you had a great week!  It's been super stinkin' hot here in the Northeast and I'm praying for some relief by Sunday.  

We have been slowly working on our master bedroom lately... I really don't expect it to be done anytime soon, but I wanted to show you a piece I finished.  I am totally in love with it.  
You all know from my past posts that I really hate to throw things away that I think I can make into something else.  This project was no exception.  I utilized wooden boards from an old crate that was my grandfather's.  I had used it as an outdoor decoration for years, but it started to fall apart.  I just couldn't throw it away.
Our master bedroom is decorated in neutrals so I wanted this to be very rustic looking.  I purchased a board at Michael's and spray painted it white.  I also VERY lightly went over the crate boards with spray paint.  This gave them a weathered look.  (Don't you love my spray paint area?!?!)
I glued the boards down with clear liquid nails.  Once it was dry, I printed out an & symbol I liked and made marks for nails.  This created my string art.  I also had purchased our first name initials on a clearance sale from Kohls. Mercury glass ornaments for $1.50 each!  WOO!  
The scrumptious hubs pre-drilled all the holes for the nails.  This was very important because the boards were so fragile.  We did not want them to crack or split.  I added the nails and just used embroidery floss to "connect the dots."  
What do you think?  A little romance for our bedroom!  Sweet and simple.  Plus, it's a bonus to still have pieces of the crate!  I hope your weekend is fantastic!! 

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

WATERMELON OREO POKE CUPCAKES

Hey There!

It seems I can't leave well enough alone.  There are so many different flavor of Oreos out right now and they are calling my name.  The rainbow sherbet Oreo series I did was very fun, so when I saw Watermelon Oreos at Target I felt the need to try something else.

I may turn into an Oreo after all the fun I have had creating recipes surrounding the newly released flavors!  This one did not disappoint!! I was searching for something to make for dessert for the 4th of July and this popped into my head.

Watermelon Oreo Poke Cupcakes with Whipped Frosting.  YUM.
They are so light and refreshing with the icing.  Plus, I just love a cold cupcake.  I have no idea why, but I would rather have cake cold.  I know, the weirdness of me continues.  lol.
Here's how easy they were to make!

Watermelon Oreo Poke Cupcakes
1 package white cake mix (and ingredients called for on the box)
1 package watermelon jello (and ingredients called for on the box)

Frosting:
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
2 cups marshmallow fluff
1 8oz. container cool whip

Place cupcakes wrappers in pan and place 1 Oreo in the bottom of each opening.  Mix cake mix per directions on the box.  Add batter over the Oreos in the pan filling each almost to the top. Bake per cake mix instructions and make sure to test to see if it is done.  

After the cupcakes are cooled, make jello according to package instructions. Poke holes, using a skewer in each cupcake. Carefully pour a tablespoon of jello into the top of each cupcake. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and the marshmallow. Fold in cool whip until combined.  Refrigerate until chilled.  Add to cupcakes and refrigerate until re-chilled.  ENJOY!
I also added some watermelon candies just for fun.  They tasted great, not overpowering with watermelon, but just enough.  The cookie stayed crunchy and didn't turn soggy.  So yummy!

I hope you all have a fantastic week!! Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, July 12, 2013

BOX FULL OF SUNSHINE GIFT

I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine....I got a love and I know that it's all mine, oh, oh oh oh....
Oh yes... I just totally put that song in your head!! GOOD!  I've been singing it for a few weeks now.  Join me!  What's the reason I started singing you ask?  Well, a wonderful friend of mine was desperately in need of some sunshine.   
It was a hard week for her and her family and we wanted to make them smile.  You can see more about her story by reading her bloggy diary HERE.
Enter the box of sunshine.  I have seen many on Pinterest, but they all seem to center around candy.  We are trying to keep it a bit healthier around here so I went on the hunt for a yellow basket of "healthier" items.  
Here are the items in the box (bought the box at the dollar store):Gevalia CoffeeYellow Veggie and dip containerLysol wipesLemon Lift teaMethod Mango Sunrise hand soapBurt's Bees Lip BalmGoldfish crackers4C Totally Light Half and Half Ice Tea packetsSunmaid Golden RaisinsPop-Its - fireworksSponge Bob PurellYellow Delicious ApplesYellow PeppersLemons
We also bought a marigold plant that I brightened up with a bit of yellow ribbon.  I made a small sign and added it to a skewer in the plant.  
What do you think?  Would that brighten up your day?!?! I know I felt very happy to deliver it!! I got a pocket full of... pocket full of sunshine.... ;)  Have a great weekend!!

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

FRAMED NAME: BY THE LETTER

Hello All!  Thanks for stopping by!  I'm sorry to say that even though our camping trip was a blast, we were completely wiped out last week.  I didn't even get enough done to share anything with you!  But not to worry, this week has been busy getting more projects around the house completed!! 

Sooo...today I am sharing something I worked on last year I haven't shared with you yet!  Me?  holding back projects?  Nah..... ;) 

I wanted to put The Boo's name in her big girl ladybug room we redid last summer.  It need to be cheery and bright to match her room.  

I purchased wood cut letters for her name and then carried them around in my purse for what seemed like forever!! Every time I would shop for frames I would pull out another letter to make sure they were the right size for the letter.  Crazy!
I painted all the letters white, painted the frames colors of her room and used the leftover pillow fabric as backgrounds in the frames.
I just used clear liquid nails to add the wood letters to the glass on the frames.  I kept the glass on instead of gluing to the fabric, because I thought it would make it easier to clean.  
Put them all up on an IKEA ledge and there you go!  Simple and fun!  
Hope your week is going great!!  Thanks for visiting!

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