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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Our Very Own Birdie's Eggs...on Canvas!

A few weeks ago, when I was watering my ferns, I found this:
A beautiful, perfect little birdie nest and perfectly light blue little birdie eggs
resting ever so sweetly inside one of my ferns.
I was so thrilled and excited I thought I might cry!
{I didn't cry...really, I didn't!!}

I knew I had to find a way to bring this little miracle,
this little piece of Heaven on Earth
into our home.

I have seen advertisements for printing personal photos onto a canvas
so I decided to give it a try.
And, since I love creating unique pieces of decor for our home...
I felt like this would be the perfect photo...

I played with the colors a bit and I just couldn't capture the blue the way I wanted.
So, I decided to go Sepia...

and I LOVE it!!!!
It's hard to capture the true beauty of it
{since I only have a cheapo camera & no quality photo editing software}
but you get the idea {I hope}.
{I got this done at Staples for $29.99}

I got this metal flourish at Hobby Lobby {$ was 50% off!}
and added it above the canvas.

This is a picture of Shelby at 1 year.
{My sister, Lesa took her 1 year photos and they turned out beautifully!}

I also got this burlap lamp at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.
{LOVE Hobby Lobby!!}
Gotta have me some burlap, ya know! :)

And here it is...all together...
I found this dresser at an antique store nearby...
for $36.00...
it was already painted turquoise!
{This is in our dining room}

If you have any photos that you're considering turning into a canvas,
I highly recommend it. are our birdies right after they hatched...
Aren't they so sweet?
They grow so fast...they flew away just a couple of weeks after these were taken!  :( 
{These pictures were taken by our sweet friend and treasured babysitter, Lacey...thanks, Lacey!}
God is the perfect artist.
I hope you find inspiration in His creation each and every day!

Blessings to you,

Monday, July 23, 2012

Silhouette Utensil Art

After weeks of searching for the "perfect" trio of artwork
that was unique, rustic, suitable for a dining room, and just the right size,
I finally gave up and decided to DIY-it.
This is what I came up with...

 I downloaded Silverware images for my Silhouette machine.
Cut them out of vinyl,
and applied them to these rustic barnwood frames that I got from Hobby Lobby {for 50% off}!
Click HERE for a tutorial.

DIY projects are so rewarding...don't ya think?

Blessings to you,

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pinterest Inspired 4th of July Wreath

Yes, I realize that 4th of July has come and gone
and I have not had time to blog about this
so I'm doing it now...
better late than never, right?  :)
{Actually...this can be called a Labor Day wreath and that way, I'm way ahead of the game}
{{Yeah, right!!}}

I think it's safe to say that I love Pinterest.
It's probably also safe to say that I'm {a little bit} addicted!
I saw a 4th of July wreath made of...
and new I had to make one for myself.'s my version.
It was so fun and simple to make.
Click HERE for a tutorial of my
no sew

Blessings to you,

Pink Champagne Cupcakes

My first experience with Pink Champagne Cake was at one of my baby showers.
My sister brought the most delectable
Pink Champagne Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.
It was divine!
{So divine that I proceeded to finish the remaining half of the cake that was left over}
{{{within a couple of days}}}
Not my proudest moment
but so worth the extra calories!
I loved that cake so much that {of course} I had to figure out how to make cuppies out if it.  :)
I usually make them with a Cream Cheese Frosting but for Sydney's Birthday,
she requested Pink Champagne Cuppies with Buttercream frosting.
They are just as good...
not too sweet
and just a bit "bubbly"!
Click HERE for the recipe.

I hope they make you feel BUBBLY, too!

Blessings to you,

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Ever since I can remember, I have loved Homemade Peach Ice Cream!
That being said, I NEVER buy or order Peach Ice Cream from a store.
Because it's just not the same!!
Growing up in & near San Antonio, I had the privilege of being close to
Fredricksburg, TX.
Fredricksburg is known for it's peaches.
AND it's shopping!
If you've never must go!

So, I was spoiled early on when we stopped at a roadside Farmer's Market
and I had my first taste of sweet Texas peaches...
in the form of
Homemade Peach Ice Cream!
And since we had a Little Peach birthday party for Miss Shelby,
I just had to make it myself.
It is so heavenly!
Not too sweet
Not too rich
Just creamy, peachy goodness!
Here's the recipe...

{adapted from}

2 1/2 pounds fresh peaches, peeled, pitted, and chopped
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup peach nectar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pint half & half
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
2 cups whole milk

Puree peaches with the sugar, nectar, and half & half in a blender {you may want to do this in batches}.
In an ice cream freezer container, combine the peach mixture, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla.  Pour enough whole milk to fill container to the fill line {approx. 2 cups}
Follow the manufacturer's instructions to freeze the ice cream.


Blessings to you,