Monday, October 20, 2014


We're headed home from London today, and only crying just a little.  ;)  Although it was wonderful, we're ready to be back with our kiddos!

During our recent trip to Poland, we visited the Wieliczka Salt Mine (SO amazing, I'm working on the photos to share with you!) and I purchased one little souvenir there, an agate slice.  Agates are extremely popular in design right now, and I was happy to find a pretty one as a memento.

Wanting to display the one I bought in a special way, I thought of all of the agate boxes that I've seen from retailers and other bloggers and decided it would be a perfect project for my pretty little souvenir.  I planned to find a small clear acrylic box to use, but came across a little mirrored box at TJ Maxx and decided to use it instead.  

The crystal strip was just an adhesive ribbon, so it peeled off easily.  I also liked the idea of the agate being slightly elevated, since with the mirrored top you can catch a glimpse in the reflection of the bottom side of the slice.  After browsing the hardware aisles, I decided to use a simple hex nut to do the job.

So, after gathering a few supplies, it was super easy to assemble.  Using my gold leaf Rub & Buff, I gilded the edge of the slice to accentuate it and add some glam.  Then, I sprayed the hex nut gold and followed the directions on the E-6000 glue to affix it to the middle of the lid, securing it with a strip of painter's tape while it dried.  After allowing that to set overnight, I glued the agate slice to the top of the nut, secured it with a another strip of tape, and let it dry for 24 hours.

The elevated agate almost gives the appearance of a knob,

and gives a pretty reflection on the top of the box.

I also found some clear boxes for a few dollars at Hobby Lobby, so you could use that instead of the mirrored box if you choose.  I think The Container Store would have even better ones, but we don't have one of those in town so I'm not sure.


Such a simple project, and a special memento from a wonderful trip.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


It's finally here!  My project is live on the Home Depot's Apron Blog today.  My husband and I are roaming around London, but I am so happy to share my project with you.  I was assigned "Mantel" to decorate and sent a variety of mystery items to incorporate into my design.

Here's a little preview, but you'll have to click over to see the full reveal.  Along with a ridiculous picture of me.

I really hope you've been following along each day, there have been some amazing fun and creative designs.  And, I hope you like what I came up with!  Once again, I'd like to thank Whitney and the nice people at Home Depot for inviting me to participate in this year's Fall Style Challenge.  I'm proud to participate and represent in a small way this company that is so good to bloggers, and that I patronize regularly.  See you over at the Apron Blog!

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Monday, October 13, 2014


Hey guys!  Thanks so much for all of your input last Friday on my painting the pantry doors in the kitchen.  I really thought that I would paint the doors black, but I think those of you who voted white might have won me over.  I like the idea of the island being the stand-out, and the doors not competing with the fridge right next to them.  I might just try a little something special with the white doors, though... and if I paint them white while the paint's in the sprayer, I can always paint them black later if I change my mind.  

Just letting you know that I'll be away from the blog this week.  The last few times I've been away this year I've still had posts scheduled, but even with pre-planning and scheduling posts ahead of time, there is still some real-time maintenance involved with new posts going up.

I'm taking a complete break because Ray and I are headed across the pond to London!  We weren't able to properly celebrate our 20th Anniversary this summer with everything we had going on, so this is it.  We have dear friends living in London for a period of time for his business, and they have graciously invited us to stay with them.  And, our parents have VERY graciously agreed to care for the children once again while we're away.  They're getting an extra-good Christmas present this year.  ;)  I can't believe I got my very first passport this summer and now we will have traveled internationally twice in the last two months.  The timing is so close to our Poland trip, but we knew we would regret not taking advantage of this opportunity.

Our friends live in the countryside outside of town, and we are counting the minutes until we arrive.  I stole a pic from Instagram of the view out their back door-

I can wait to stand right there and take my own photos!

And y'all, they hand feed pheasants out their kitchen window.  I want to feed the pheasants!

I know, lofty goals for things to do in London, right?  We're really looking forward to not only experiencing the tourist spots of the city, but life in the country and smaller towns as well.

SO... I'm totally unplugging this week, except for Instagram, where you can be sure I'll be sharing away.   However, I will be popping in on Wednesday, that's my day for the Home Depot Style Challenge!  What's that?  You want a sneak peek?  Well, ok.

Yesterday I made a rare Sunday post, and if you missed it please go check it out!  I shared my Grandmother's recipe for Chocolate Covered Coconut Bon Bons that my Mom always made for us growing up.  It's a great recipe for holiday parties and entertaining and easy to make now and freeze for later.  If you like Almond Joy, this one is for you!

Have a great week everyone!  Hope to see you on Instagram, and I'll be back next week!

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