June 29, 2010

A Great Giveaway!!!!

I'm excited to announce that CSN Stores is graciously offering another gift card to one of my blog readers.  If you haven't had a chance to check out one of their 200+ online stores, you should definitely take a look!  They have everything! 
Outdoor Lighting?  They have it.
Kitchen sinks?  Uh-huh
Bird feeders?  Of course.
New bathroom vanity?  Yep.


CSN Stores is offering a one-time use $40 gift card to one of you!!!
You have 3 chances to enter.
1 - Leave a comment on this post.  Be sure to include your email if you don't have a blog.
2 - Are you a follower of Frilly Details?  If so, leave another comment.  If not, maybe now is a good time to become one :)
3 - Post a link on your blog about this giveaway for a final entry.
*Please leave a separate comment for each entry*

The winner will be randomly selected July 10th.
Please note that this giveaway is open for US and Canadian residents.
Congratulations to the winner:
Chelsea @ Room to Inspire

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June 27, 2010

First Time Using ORB Spray Paint

I did it.  I finally used the spray paint that everyone in blogland has been talking about.  I feel like I'm a real blogger now. :)  And I'm pretty sure this won't be the last thing I paint with oil rubbed bronze spray paint.
I've had this vase set for years and it's been stashed away since we've been in our house.  I love how it turned out and can't wait to fill it with my zinnias and cosmos that should be blooming soon!
Here's the before:
After a little of this...
And a few of these...
I now have this!
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Between Naps on the Porch, Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping it Simple, Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative, Making the World Cuter, Toot Your Horn Tuesday @ Silly Little Sparrow, All Thingz Related, Trendy Treehouse, Boardwalk Bragfest @ Bobbypins Boardwalk, Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple, Hookin' up with HOH, Show & Tell Friday @My Romantic Home, Remodelaholic

June 25, 2010

Mango Pico de Gallo

I am completely addicted to this stuff.  I found the recipe on my favorite food blog a couple months ago and could hardly wait to try it.  I have made the pico de gallo numerous times since then and I still can't get enough!  It's so fresh tasting and very simple to make.

Click here for the recipe.




On a side note, my new camera lens arrived yesterday and I'm LOVING IT!!!


Linked to: Foodie Friday @ Designs by Gollum, Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous

June 19, 2010

Farmers Market

Today was the first of many Saturday mornings that will be spent at the farmers market this summer.  What a fun place to shop for fruits and veggies!  Apparently a lot of other people think so because that place was packed. 


Here are our goodies...






I already bought some fresh mozzarella to make our first caprese salad of the year, and I am eager to use the potatoes and onions for this recipe.

Linked to: Mosaic Monday @ Dear Little Red House

June 17, 2010

Beautiful Mandevilla

I think I have a new favorite flower to plant every year.  My mandevilla is bursting with blooms and buds and seems to grow a little more every day.


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It's fun to see how much my flowers have grown over the last month.  I've hardly had to water anything with all the rain we've received lately.

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Linked to: Show & Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home, Favorite Things Friday @ A Few of My Favorite Things, Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch, Ms. Green Thumb Jean

June 10, 2010

My New Wreath

I was in a craft making mood today so I made a stop at Hobby Lobby to see what I could find.  When I spotted the grapevine wreaths I knew what my next project was going to be!  I had most of the supplies at home so I just grabbed the wreath and a few sprigs of greenery. 


I used the new greenery as the base for my wreath.


I can't get enough of this reindeer moss!  I knew I had to add some to my wreath but wasn't quite sure how to attach it.  I looked around my craft room and spotted a ball of twine and decided to tie it around the moss and then around the wreath.  It worked great!


Make sure it's nice and tight then cut off the extra twine.


At the last minute I added some curly willow.


And here's the final product.


For now it's hanging on the inside of our front door so I can enjoy looking at my hard work!  I never go through the front door so once it's there I won't get to see it very often.



Linked to: Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous, Show & Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home, Creations by Kara, *Remodelaholic, Bobbypins Boardwalk, These Creative Juices, Today's Creative Blog, Be Inspired @ Room To Inspire, Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch, Before & After @ Thirfty Decor Chick

June 8, 2010

My Garden Part II

My garden is growing like a weed!  I'm thrilled that almost every tomato plant has several little green tomatoes.  They are so cute!
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Here's my garden a month ago:
And now:


June 2, 2010

Summertime Italian Soda

Italian Sodas are one of my favorite summer drinks.  They are a hit with kids too.  My niece and nephews always request one when they come for a visit.  The flavor possibilities are endless.  World Market has an excellent selection of Torani syrups.  My favorite combination is raspberry and vanilla.  Kiwi and strawberry mixed together is quite tasty too :)



Torani syrup
Club Soda
Half & Half


Fill cup with ice and add club soda. 


Pour desired amount of flavored syrup and stir. 


If you want to take your Italian Soda to the next level of yumminess, add some half & half.  I am a huge fan of Shatto milk.  If you live in the Kansas City area you have to give it a try.  Their root beer milk is ridiculously good.


It's crucial you add the half & half as the last step.  If you pour club soda over cream it turns into a bubbly mess, trust me :)


Take your drink out to the patio and sit back and relax!














Linked to: Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple, Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home, Remodelaholic, Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday @ Blessed With Grace, Tuesday at the Table @ All the Small Stuff, Tasty Tuesday @ Beauty and Bedlam