Monday, March 02, 2015

Mmmm Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies and a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card

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Is your life busy?  I'm sure like me you said YES to that!  It's not just the weekdays that are busy but my weekends also seem so hectic lately!  The times when I just sit down and relax are special to me.  Watching TV is how most people spend their downtime but I think it's really important to turn the TV off and turn on some relaxing music and just totally unwind.  When was the last time you did that?  When you were on vacation?  I think it's important to make time for a little down time. It's good for the soul!  I think now that I'm older and wiser I do this more often.  It just feels good!  It sort has become a little bit of a ritual for me. Sometimes it will be time spent on my patio with a glass of wine. Sometimes a weekend morning in front of the fire with a cup of coffee or better yet a mimosa!  
Of course for me, I like to pamper myself a bit so instead of just coffee or tea in a mug, I like to get out some of my pretty china and use it.   I think so often we tend to only make things special when we have company but it feels so good to do this for yourself.  I treat myself like company! I deserve it!  Don't you?  Of course you do!

I was given this opportunity to write about Pepperidge Farm® Milano® cookies and they had no idea that I LOVE Milano cookies!  The chocolate mint Milano cookies are my favorite but the chocolate orange is a close second! 


Yes, I've been known to eat them right out of the bag but why not make it one of those cherished relaxing moments and put them on some pretty china and sit down with some tea and really savor the moment?  I did...right after I took these photos. I sat by the fire with my mint chocolate Milano cookies and tea and just enjoyed some quiet time on an otherwise busy Sunday afternoon. The TV was off and I had some relaxing music playing.  It was like a 20 minute mini-vacation on a Sunday afternoon! 

If you would like a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card please leave a comment about your favorite way to relax and treat yourself. 

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Spring Banner Tutorial - Show and Tell Friday

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Welcome to Show and Tell Friday! 

Someone left a comment a couple weeks ago and asked how I made my banners so I thought I would put together a quick tutorial on how I do it.

It's fairly easy.  The hardest part is finding letters that aren't too thick and heavy.  Sometimes I have to go to a couple craft stores to find the right ones.  They can be wood or cardboard, either will work.



You'll have to drill some holes to thread the ribbon through if you plan to hang them.  You could also just stand them on a mantel or shelf and then it wouldn't matter if they are thick and heavy and you wouldn't need to drill holes!  I painted the back of mine because I planned to hang them on my mantel mirror and I didn't want the bare wood reflecting into the mirror.
The fun part is finding coordinating scrapbook paper in the color scheme you choose.  You could also use wrapping paper if it's not too thin.


You'll also need some coordinating ribbon.  I like to use wide, wired ribbon but any ribbon will do.  


You will also need a spray adhesive...any brand will do. These are the two I had on hand.  You will also need sand paper or an emery board.  I prefer to use an emery board.


Okay, lets get started! After you drill the holes in the letters and paint the backside if you decide to do that, you want to roughly cut the scrapbook paper around the letters which are face up.



After the paper is cut you will spray the adhesive on the top of the wooden letters following the directions on the can.  They usually have you wait a minute for it to set up a bit before you put your paper on.  I didn't get a photo of this step but it's pretty simple....just push the paper on top of the letter and rub it down until it's set.
For the next step you will need an Xacto knife and a cutting board. Place the piece with the paper side down and run the knife along the wooden piece and cut of the excess paper. 


The edges will be a little rough but that's where the emery board comes in.  Just sand the edges of the paper in downward movements like below.  Do this all the way around the piece.


This really gives a clean finished look.  For the holes, just cut a few slits in the paper where the holes are and then take a toothpick and swirl it around the hole from the top to push the paper into the hole.  It doesn't have to be perfect because the ribbon will cover the holes.


You can see in the photo below how the sanding really makes a difference. The section to the left of the emery board hasn't been sanded yet and the section on the right has.

That's all there is to it! Now you just need to string the ribbon through the holes and hang it!


Below is the Valentine banner I made. For this one I used a foam core board and actually cut the letters out. It was very time consuming!


...and a heart using the same technique. This one was thin wood...




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Thanks to all of you that join in on Show and Tell Friday every week and thanks to all of you who leave such nice comments! 

 If you are joining in on Show and Tell Friday, please remember that your Show and Tell needs to be something from your home or garden. If you would like to join in, please enter your name and leave your exact Show and Tell blog post link, not just your blog link and as a common courtesy link back to my blog. 


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spring Mantel - Show and Tell Friday

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Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  I took down my Valentine mantel and put up a Spring mantel.  I didn't add all my Easter d├ęcor yet so I can update it later when we get closer to Easter.



I added my nest collection...




...and I made a "Nest" banner.  I wanted to spell out "Spring" but they were out of the letter "i" so I decided to go with "Nest".  Next week I'll do a tutorial on how I make my banners like this one and my Valentine banner in my last post because someone asked how I made them.




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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day Mantel

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Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  I'm sharing my mantel all decorated for Valentine's Day!


 
I pulled out some of my pink china to decorate.
 
 
 
I went to two stores looking for mini pink roses but I couldn't find any.  Last Sunday I went to the farmer's market and found some pink mini carnations.  I'm not usually into carnations but I thought these were really cute!

 
The best part is they last a lot longer than roses!




I still have my snowflake candles out that I bring out at Christmas. A couple years ago I bought a bunch of these on sale for 75% off!  I think they were only about $2 each!
 


I made the "Hugs and Kisses" banner a few years ago and also the toile heart that I hung on the mirror.
 








 
 
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!  Since I don't have a love in my life right now I'm going out with a bunch of my girlfriends!  We always have fun together!
 
 
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