Thursday, April 19, 2012

Romantic Girl's Dresser

I finally finished my daughters dresser today!  I found her on my local classifieds for an easy $20. 
I had looked for months for the perfect dresser for her room and was looking at a new one--crazy I know, but I was desperate.  Until 9:00 one night I was browsing the classifieds when  I saw an ad for a $20 dresser.  I immediately sent a text the seller to make sure I read the price right.  She said that it was not a mistake.  I immediately called her and set up an appointment for next day and I could not have been happier with my final purchase.  Sometimes you just have to be patient...

Well, she was in great shape, with cute lines and gorgeous feet.  But just not what I wanted for my little princess.  Here is her before picture:

I cleaned, and sanded her then applied several coats of Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint, sanding between coats.  Then debated what finish to apply to the drawers.  Last week I made these bars and used a cellophane bag to wrap up my treats as gifts.  I was admiring the pattern on the bag when I realized it was just what I was looking for.  I slapped it down on my $5 projector (a thrift store find) and it looked perfect.  How's that for an easy transfer!
If you don't have a projector you can always check one out from your local library.

I used the projector to place the image on the drawer, and traced the image onto my drawers and then moved the drawer to finish off the pattern.

Next I took my fine point paint brush and a bottle of acrylic paint and filled in my pencil marks.  Moving from top to bottom to avoid touching any wet paint.  This was a slow process, but well worth it!

I let the drawers dry, and cleaned off any extra pencil marks, sanded, and distressed some of the edges.  Then applied 3 coats of Polycrylic. 

Installed her knobs, and she was finally finished!! Hallelujah!

Now for some beauty shots:

  Do you like her?  I do and most importantly my three year old princess does too! She told me I was the best mommy ever!  Gotta love that -- especially since her dresser is not her favorite color-pink.  And everything she loves is PINK!

Thanks for the visit!

A Huge Thank You to Lindsey at Better After for Featuring!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

SHOP Michaels this week!!! 4/17-4/21

I stopped into Michaels this week and was pleasantly surprised by this weeks sale! It is the "Lowest Price of the Season Sale"  and it is A REALLY GREAT SALE and it ends this Sunday!!!! So don't forget to shop or you will miss out on some fantastic deals!! You can see the ad here.

Also there are two coupons:
Other great deals I noticed this week:
  • 50% off Recollections Products - stickers, embellishments, craft storage, paper punches and more
  • 7 for $1 Open Stock 12X12 scrapbook paper
  • 5 for $10 T-shirts --HELLO!!
  • 40-50% off Most BEAD Gallery and Jewelry products Including Filligrees (like these)
  • 60% off Spring Bushes
  • Custom FRAMING --- Best deal I have ever seen 60% + 15% off coupon = 66% off
  • 40% off Sheet protectors for scrapbooking
  • 60% off Gallery Wrapped Artist Canvases
  • 50% off Ribbon
  • 50-60% off TONS of Floral
  • 50% off Baskets and other Home Accents - usually 40% off
  • 50% off Value pack Foam (kids art)
  • 2 for $3 Photo Boxes
  • 20 for $1 1" foam brushes
  • 40% off Martha Stewart Craft Punches
  • Plus my store had tons of great clearance items
If you shop Michaels this is a GREAT week to go!  I might have to make another trip--there were some I missed, but that happens when you shop with 3 kids!

Stop by or follow for next week's crafting coupons and deals!!

If you find any more great deals let us know!!

Happy Shopping!

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

So Delish Caramel Heavenlies

I wanted to share another family favorite recipe with you.  The first time I ever tasted these was at a family Christmas Party on a desert platter and they definitely made an impact.  Let me first warn you that they are very rich but so so so good.  The best part is that they are Super Easy and can be made in a matter of minutes, and to top it all off your kids can help you make them.

So here we go Caramel Heavenlies, bars filled with Yummy Goodness!  Caramel, graham crackers, marshmallows, toasted almonds and coconut.... Really could you ask for more in one bar? 

The ingredients:
  • 30 half graham crackers
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 - 4 cups marshmallows
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Start by lining a large cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Lets begin with the crust!  Line the bottom of the pan with graham crackers.

In a saucepan add the butter and brown sugar.  Melt and combine over medium heat until stirring until smooth.

 Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.  Set aside.

Sprinkle marshmallows evenly over graham crackers--the original recipe called for 2 cups, I usually use half a bag to make sure that every piece gets covered.  We love marshmallows. Mmm...

Pour saucepan mixture evenly over marshmallows.  Yes, I know mine is not pefectly even but as the marshmellows melt every piece gets covered.  You can also increase the butter/brown sugar to 1 cup each for extra caramel goodness--but you don't need it!

Spread shredded coconut over marshmallows and then top that off with sliced almonds.

Place in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until coconut and almonds are nice and toasted.

Remove from oven and cut into triangles once cooled.

Enjoy!!   What did I tell ya, so simple yet so delicious... Like a little bite of heaven..

Right before I took a bite....

They also make a great gift!

These are a favorite at our house and I hope they will be at yours as well!

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So Delish Caramel Heavenlies
  • 30 graham crackers
  • 2 to 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 10x15 inch cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Arrange graham crackers to cover the bottom of the prepared pan. In a small saucepan, combine the butter and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Sprinkle the marshmallows over the graham cracker crust. Pour the saucepan mixture evenly over the graham crackers and marshmallows. Sprinkle the coconut and almonds evenly over the marshmallows.
Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until coconut and almonds are toasted. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into triangles. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.