March 27, 2012

Spring Wreath

Since we are having such an unusually warm winter, my spring door decor came out a little early this year! I decided to DIY a wreath using a simple grapevine wreath and Spanish moss. So cute and so *cheap* too!



So I started out with my grapevine wreath from Michael's ($4.99) and 2 bags of Spanish moss from Wal-Mart ($2.99/ea.). It basically came together by hot gluing the moss onto the wreath, making sure to get glue and moss down in all the crevices. I only glued moss on the front side and around the edges.



Here's my damask ribbon for hanging...($5.99 at Hobby Lobby)



I knew I wanted the focus to be on the wreath and pretty ribbon, not an icky metal wreath hanger. Since we have a wooden front door, I just created a loop around the top of the wreath and nailed a few small tacks at the top of the door to secure it.



Here's the finished product! I love how it looks against my DIY frosted window too.


And the final close-up. 

I'm linking up over at Southern Hospitality for the Spring Fling party, so be sure and check out all the other great blogs out there! Lots of fun ideas.

March 19, 2012

Around the House...

I updated a few things around our house this weekend....including new lamps, new table settings and a new wall hanging!


These are my new fleur de lis lamps! I had been obsessing over them for a while and finally broke down and bought them at TJ Maxx on Friday. Love them!


Close up! Notice the cute finial at the top?


We already had the canvas of our engagement picture, but the wooden tag next to it was an early wedding present from family friends.


Pretty sweet! It's fun to get things with my soon-to-be new name :) The tag sign is from here.


Here's the new table settings. The placemats are from Garden Ridge, the napkins are from World Market, and the napkin rings are from Z Gallerie.


I am pretty much in love with my little flying piggies. I knew I had to have them when I spotted them at Z Gallerie.


Have a good night everyone!

March 11, 2012

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescents

This is a recipe I found over on Plain Chicken. There are some great recipes over there if you need some new meal ideas. We had this one for dinner last night and it was delish!


Start out by combining the chicken and ham in a bowl. Add just enough of the soup, milk, and cheese mixture to bind it together.


Here's the soup mixture.


Add the chicken/ham filling to the crescent roll, roll them up and place them in a 9x13 baking dish. Please don't judge my crescents, I'm definitely not good at the whole rolling/shaping them thing.


Cover the crescent rolls with the remaining soup mixture and sprinkle a little extra cheese over the top.


Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until bubbly.


Here's a peek at what you get when you cut into the crescent roll. Yum!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescents, adapted ever so slightly from Plain Chicken

3 oz cooked chicken breast, shredded
3 oz cooked ham, chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can of 8 crescent rolls (I used the Big & Buttery kind from Pillsbury)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (The original recipe called for swiss, which is the traditional route but we're not huge fans. So use whichever you prefer!)

Preheat oven to 350F.

Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Mix together milk, soup, and cheese-set aside. Mix the chicken and ham in a small bowl. Add a few tablespoons of the soup mixture to the meat, just enough to bind it together.

Separate crescent rolls into 8 triangles. Top the large part of the triangle with the chicken and ham. Roll crescents up and place into baking dish. Pour remaining soup mixture over the crescent rolls. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350F until bubbly.

March 7, 2012

Birchbox Review: February 2012

I've finally jumped on the Birchbox bandwagon! For those who aren't familiar, Birchbox sends a monthly box to you filled with deluxe beauty samples based on your beauty profile. And it only costs $10/month! Mine usually arrives by the 10th of the month. It's always fun to get things in the mail, right? You can then check out the items and buy full size products on Birchbox's website if there's something you love. They also have a great rewards points program. Here's a peek at what I got in February.






Look at all the goodies!


These little strips have 8 hours of sticking power and can be used for bra straps, hems, or anything else that needs some extra help in your wardrobe. I think these would definitely come in handy with strapless dress season coming up.


{Viva La Juicy Perfume}
I LOVED this perfume. It's just floral enough without being overpowering, and the scent lasts all day without fading. This little sample spray was my favorite part of the box this month.


I haven't had a chance to try these yet, but I am intrigued.  These are adhesive liner strips with four different designs from classic to cat eye. There's a handy video tutorial on the link. These were also a great value to get in the Birchbox, just this pack alone at retail costs $13.


This was another favorite for me. Looking at the gloss it seems REALLY hot pink, but it's not. It applies as a really pretty bright pink without being neon. It's also not too sticky, and is long-lasting. Looks great alone or over another color.

Check out more information on how to join Birchbox here!

March 1, 2012

Shopping Your House

A few weeks ago I decided that our guest room needed some fixing up. The walls were fairly bare, and it just didn't feel very inviting. I ended up adding a bunch of small touches that made a big difference. The best part is that everything I added was from my own stash. 


 Here's a "before" pic of the guest room. We are using my old bedroom set and I already had the comforter and curtains from my apartment days. 


I added these gold frames in a vertical pattern above the nightstand and on the other side of the room. The frames were from Target a few years ago; they were in a giant collage at my old apartment and had been hiding in a box since then.  Inside the frames are cut up remnants from an old shirt I loved, but sadly had been ripped in the dryer. 


This framed dress was worn by my aunt when she was little and was passed down to me. My cousin had it preserved and framed. This holds a lot of sentimental value for me as I grew up with it hanging in the room that I always slept in at my aunt and uncle's house in Alabama. Love it.


 Here is the lamp on the nightstand. This was another thing stashed away in a closet not being used. I added a neutral lampshade and used Rub N Buff in 'Gold Leaf" to change the lamp itself from silver to gold.


Here's a close up of the framed fabric. This used to be a really pretty silk shirt from Express. I always loved the pattern and the black, red and gold colors so I just couldn't throw it away when it got torn in the dryer. So glad I didn't!


I added another gold frame on a black scroll easel, and the dream letters to the dresser. The Rub N Buff also came in handy to polish up all the hardware on the furniture.


I added the rosette pillow from Pier 1 on the bed. It used to be in the office.


The Rub N Buff was used again to give these finials a nice golden shine.


Here's a pic of the Rub N Buff. I found it at Hobby Lobby for about $3.99 a tube, which goes a LONG way. Seriously all you do is squeeze a tiny amount onto your finger or a soft cloth, rub it onto your desired surface, then buff it to a shiny finish. Works like a charm!

I think this room is a lot warmer and more inviting now. Pretty amazing the stuff you can re-purpose when you go digging in boxes and closets. The only money I spent sprucing things up was the $3.99 on the Rub N Buff. I highly recommend it!

 
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