Posts Tagged ‘DIY’


Friday, April 18th, 2014

Now this is a technique I may actually do to create beautiful Easter eggs because it doesn’t involve vinegar!  (So stinky!)

easter eggs

With this method you can use hard boiled eggs and they are safe to eat!  This is what you’ll need:

hard boiled eggs

food coloring

large Can of Extra Creamy Whipped Cream, a tub of whipped topping

disposable gloves

large glass baking dish

paper towel


cool whip and food coloring

Simply hard boil the eggs and let them cool.  Fill glass container with whipping cream or whipped topping.  Generously dot the whipping cream with food coloring and gently swirl the colors together with a toothpick.  Place the eggs in the mixture and roll so that they are completely covered.  Let sit 10 to 30 minutes.  The longer you leave them, the bolder the colors.  Remove eggs and rinse.   Let the eggs dry on a paper towel.  Easy, right?  And no bad smells!!

easter eggs

Happy Easter, ya’ll!!

photos and idea via

Paint Life Grand? – Amy Howard Workshop

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Life just got a bit more grand when I learned about Amy Howard’s revolutionary one-step paint!  Use it on Formica, plastic, metal, lacquered wood and everything in between!  You have the opportunity to participate in a workshop with Amy, herself, on May 2nd in the Dallas Design District with a $100 donation to Dwell With Dignity.  Find all of the details here.783

You’ll not only learn Amy’s one-step painting technique, she’ll also be demonstrating how to antique mirror and to transform sheet metal to look like antique zinc.  Did you even know that there was a product out there that didn’t involve scary chemicals that could burn your hands off?  Who knew?


With your donation, you’re get a cocktail, canapé’s, and meet and greet with Amy and a three hour hands-on work shop that includes supplies, an Amy Howard Aprons, sample boards and a chance to win the piece of furniture that Amy transforms during the workshop.


Word from Dwell With Dignity is that there are a few spots left so sign up fast!  Act fast and secure your opportunity to work with Amy and meet the principals of Dwell With Dignity!  It’s guaranteed to be a night to remember!

Do you have questions?  Email

Craftastic! – Whimseybox

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Thank you, thank you, Cathy Bradshaw for telling me about Whimseybox!  I couldn’t get signed up fast enough!

Whimseybox is to DIY and craft what Birchbox is to cosmetics and beauty.




For just $15/mo you get a box with crafty projects along with a project idea.  It’s also a great gift for the crafty friend in your life!  Sign up here!

Egg-straordinary: Easter egg decorating

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Have you ever wondered why we decorate eggs for Easter?  Well, I’m not sure why I’ve never thought about this, but I decided to look into it…


I discovered that it’s a symbol of “New Life”!  I’m not sure why I never thought about this before!  Growing up in a Christian home, I knew that Easter was about celebrating Christ’s resurrection and just thought of the Easter bunny as the “Santa” of Easter…  I never thought about the reason behind the tradition of Easter eggs…


In Christianity, the egg symbolizes the empty tomb of Jesus.  The egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb…a bird hatches from it with life!  Similarly the Easter egg is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave and that those who believe will experience eternal life.


I hope that this will cause you to look at the time you put into making your eggs beautiful a bit differently!






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Do you make beautiful Easter Eggs?  Please send me pics of your eggs so I can share them with THL readers! What are your favorite Easter traditions?

Monday Link Love!

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Happy Monday, ya’ll!  Here are some of my favorite links from the last several days…

Skutcase is sure to reduce the tears during travel


A tribute to the loss of the Etch-A-Sketch inventor…

Chances are you’re not going to die from an asteroid!


I am obsessed with the London home of designer, Rose Uniacke.

Chocolate-chip banana oatmeal cookies!  YUM!


105 great DIY’s!

What have you got going on this week?  I’m

mexican pharmacy

excited about getting to see two of my BFF’s this week!!  What a treat!

Have a good one!!



Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

You all know, I’m all about keeping it simple. Here are a few easy holiday ideas that I think fall into the exceptional and easy category!

olive christmas wreath

Rosemary wreath with olives, mozzarella balls and peppers! via

snowman baby for Christmas

Is this not the cutest Christmas baby pic you’ve ever seen? The hardest thing to put this together would be finding a top hat to fit a baby. I’ve found some here. via

clothespin snowflake DIY

Anyone can do this easy DIY using a few clothespins! Use these snowflakes on packages and your tree! Add glitter for a pretty shimmer!

hot chocolate stirrers

Find these red and white drinking straws here and find out how to put these hot chocolate stirrers here!

christmas card or vintage photo display

Simply beautiful way to display Christmas cards or old family photos of Christmas past…

peppermint in silver

Keeping peppermint readily available to stir your coffee or cocoa looks beautiful in a few silver,

cialis for sale

or pewter, containers and placed on a tray.

candles in epson salt and mason jars

Epsom salt, a candle and a Mason jar… welcome your guest by lining these on the path to your front door or down the center of your dinner table on top of craft paper…

cream cheese appetizer, Christmas tree

Cut a cube of Phil. cream cheese at a diagonally and arrange on a plate to form a triangle. Add your favorite preserves or marmalade…(I prefer jalapeno jelly!) and garnish! Serve with your favorite crackers. via

For more Christmas ideas check out my Pinterest board here.

Blown Out Of Proportion!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Designeditor‘s idea of blowing up black and white prints is genius!

blown up free prints of vintage cameras

image via 

Simply chose a favorite print…save it to a disk…take it into your closest print/copy shop and ask for an engineering print… and Viola!  You have a graphic piece of art, ready to frame, that cost less than your daily cup of Starbucks!

Get your free download of this Seagull or a brownie camera here and don’t miss her suggestions for great things to snap and blow up!

Here are a few other examples of prints that have been enlarged on engineering paper…

picture blown up on engineering paper and framed


engineering prints from photos


over sized prints


I’m anxious to experiment with Instagram prints and old vintage family photos!  What would you like to blow up?

That’s A Wrap!

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Holiday weeks make my heart happy!  How ’bout you?

This weekend I’m going to check out the Dallas Untapped event on Saturday.  Will I see you there?

Here are a few things that caught my attention this week…


I never wanted to live on a house boat until now…

Anyone who has business expenses needs this app!  (Attention, all of my design friends! This is a must have!)

The perfect cotton knit blanket (good all year round in Texas)


Free Merry Mermaid doll instructions

polaroid coasters diy-thehiddenlist

These handmade polaroid coasters would make great Christmas gifts!

The ultimate fall neutral wardrobe piece.

The perfect statement in any home.

Keep your fingers crossed that the weathermen are correct with a weekend forecast in Dallas in the 80′s!  Ya’ll have a great weekend!!  XO!

Catch My Thrift

Friday, February 17th, 2012

We all know this guy, right?

cabinet before re-do

The ugly TV cart in the corner of the thrift store…  Who could ever imagine it could look like this!

after tv cart re-do


Hopefully this will encourage a few of you to get out and “thrift” this weekend!

Do you have a favorite thrift store that you frequent?  Do you have a “before and after” story of your own that you would like to share?  Send me your “rescue” stories and I’ll share on our FB page!


Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011