Sunday, September 30, 2012

DIY Painted Fall Pumpkins

With Fall here, it's time for me to do a little decorating even though we are still getting 90° temps. I decided that I would start with making over a few little pumpkins that I purchased at Dollar Tree last week. Got to love the price of $1.00

Not being a fan of bright orange pumpkins I wanted to give them a classier look so out came the paint. I'm not an artist by any stretch so I did my usual method of paint and blend with an array of colors until the look that I was envisioning was achieved. Then a clear top coat to make my pumpkins nice and shiny.
What cha think of my Painted Plumpy Pumpkins?
Looking better than the Bright Orange?

Next, I need to decide on an arrangement to go on our dining table. First I need to climb in the attic to get the decor out. I'll share a picture when I get it done.

From the Heart,

P.S. Don't forget to sign up for my Ramsign give-a-way. Contest ends 10-4-12.

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Monday: Cedar Hill Ranch, Made By You Monday, Met Monday, Meet Me Monday, More the Merrier Monday,
Motivated Monday, Debbiedoo's, Mop it up Monday
Tuesday: Tip Me Tuesday,   Not Just a Housewife
 Tweak It Tuesday
Wednesday: Wow Us Wednesday, Wicked Awesome Wednesday, DIY by Design,
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Thursday: Transformation Thursday, Time Travel Thursday, Blog Stalking Thursday, Carolyns Homework,  One Artsy Mama
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Sat: Funky Junk Interiors, It's Overflowing  Say G'Day Saturday 
Sun: DIY Showoff, My 1929 Charmer, Homemaker on a Dime,Under the Table and Dreaming
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Make it Great Monday 
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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Walk Across Texas Update for week 2

I hope everyone's had a great week. Maybe even got some walking and exercise in on your busy schedule.

I did get a little more walking done this week. Still not as much as I wanted but at least a little more than last week.

If you've missed the previous posts about Walk Across Texas, you can read about the program and weekly up-dates below.
Walk Across Texas 2012
Week 1 Total

Now, for my grand total for the week of 9-22 through 9-28.
I walked a whopping 41.4 miles! I averaged right at 6 miles a day. I would like to increase that this next week to hopefully 7 miles a day. We will see. If you look at the Texas weather map for this weekend, all we have is Rain~Rain~Rain in the forecast. It's been steadily raining since the wee hours of the morning today.
Wish me luck! I'll be back next Saturday to report my miles. Time to put my raincoat and galoshes on. :0) 

Don't forget to enter my Give-a-way for the Ramsign HERE.

From the Heart,

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Ramsign Giveaway

Happy Saturday everyone!
I have a wonderful give-a-way to announce that I think you will be excited about! I know that I'm sure excited about it.

Have you heard of Ramsign?  They are a Danish company that specializes in manufacturing and selling classic enamel signs. They offer real old fashioned, hand stenciled signs, featuring original design, thick and glossy enamel, 30 year warranty,free delivery and money back guarantee. 

Ramsign has been generous to offer one of Transformations From The Heart readers one of their wonderful enamel signs. The winner can choose any house number sign 1-5 digits (not name signs or address plaques) in any of their 5 design styles. Value up to $99.00 Another great thing is they will ship your sign World wide, so anyone can enter. Wouldn't you say that's a great give-a-way and very generous of Ramsign?

Take a look at some of their gorgeous number signs.

How to Enter:
Must be 18 years or older to enter
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry)
You have 6 opportunities to enter to win.

1) Be a follower of my blog.
 2) Visit Ramsign and tell me which design you would choose.
4)Visit Ramsign on Facebook and like them to show how much you appreciate their generosity for the Give-A-Way.
5) Post about this Give-A-Way via your Facebook page or blog.
6) Tweet about this Give-A-Way.

There you have it. 6 ways to enter and the contest will be open for 6 days. From Sept. 29th-Oct.4th 2012. The winner will be drawn with Random number generator. The winner will be announced on Oct. 5th.
Please make sure that when you comment that you have an email that you can be reached at. Check to make sure you're not a noreply in your settings.
Thanks so much for entering and good luck to all!!
Also a big "Thank you" to Ramsign  for offering one of their gorgeous enamel signs.

From the Heart,

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DIY Stenciled Napkin~Copy Cat Challenge

I'm so excited to share this post with y'all today. I've been a real copy cat on this project. ha,ha,

I had seen Debbie's adorable stenciled napkin some time back and have wanted to make one ever since. A couple of weeks ago Hobby Lobby finally got the same stencil in that she used and I couldn't grab it up quick enough. Well, just a mere two days later, Debbie announced that she would be having a Copy Cat Challenge and I knew exactly what I would enter.

 September 27th
Come by and join all the fun!

I gathered my cloth napkins and my new stencil and got to work.

I love how the napkin turned out.
Actually instead of paint for the stenciling, I used a permanent black cloth pen to do the lettering.

The next two photos are from Debbie's Version
Notice how I had my paint & brush laid out just like Debbie.
Yep, I stopped at nothing to copy her, except I wasn't willing to paint the kitchen table. lol

Below are the two side by side.
Debbie's on the left and mine on the right.

Am I pretty close to Debbie's version??
I do have books, rolling pin, blue bowl and a chicken 
and the adorable stenciled napkin.
(sorry no rooster or scale, granite counter or sink , window sill or tomatoes) 
You get the picture BUT I do have the Stenciled Napkin.  
Hey, that counts~right??

Don't forget to go by Debbie's to see the rest of the Copy Cats at work.

From the Heart,

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How to make Basil Salt

I love to grow herbs so that we have fresh most of the time but when it's time to harvest I like to find recipes that I can use dried herbs for later in the year. I ran across a recipe last week from Mary over at Home is Where the Boat Is blog. Check out her beautiful blog sometime.
Knowing that I had some Basil that I needed to pick, I wanted to try her recipe out. The only difference that I did was to double the recipe because I have a lot of basil to harvest before the cool nights kill the plant off. 
It was a very easy recipe to do and the fragrance is wonderful while it's baking/drying.

Here are the ingredients that you will need.
1/2 cup packed fresh Basil
1/2 cup kosher salt
I doubled my batch to 1 cup of each

Pick the basil, wash and pat dry with napkins. Put both ingredients in your food processor. I used my Ninja, I love this little machine. Only a couple of pulses and it was ready.

Spread the salt/basil mixture evenly on a baking sheet and bake at 225° for 30-40 minutes, stirring and flipping half way through baking time. The mixture will be semi hard and stuck together but it comes loose very easily. After baking put the salt/basil back into your food processor and pulse again to break up the clumps. Store in an airtight container.

Super simple recipe to make to use some of your fresh herbs in. I hope that you give it a try. Thanks again Mary for sharing such a wonderful tasty recipe for Basil Salt!

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My Birthday Gift from my daughter

I want to share something with you that is so special to me. Yesterday was my birthday and as one of my surprises my daughter made me the most special, cherished and lovely gifts that I've ever received. 
I'm telling you, this child of mine is just a sweetheart, through and through!

To give you a little detail on how the words on the plaque came to be. Several years ago, when I turned 40 (I'm not saying just how many) I joked and said nope, that I'm now 20/20. As the years keep passing by I just say I'm forty-something.

Take a look at what she created for me.
I am thrilled that she thinks that I'm the "Perfect" Mom.
Truth be told
 She is the Perfect daughter!

I can not think of a more treasured gift than to receive something handmade and from the heart of one of your children. This little plaque brought tears to my eyes and a warmth to my heart. It will be forever treasured!

From the Heart,

Monday, September 24, 2012

Walk Across Texas ~ Update for week 1

So are you sitting on the edge of your chair just wondering how I did for my first week of Walk Across Texas? No, I didn't think so.
Before I give my total miles, let me start off with excuses for myself. :0) I know~they're a dime a dozen.
We had three days of rain and also one day I sat in the dentist chair for 3 hours and the rest of that same day just didn't really feel like doing a lot of walking. Those are pretty good excuses right?

Anyhoo~My grand total for the week of 9-15-12 through 9-21-12  was a whopping 37.97 miles!  
Love my handy dandy fitbit for keeping up with my miles.

I'm already running behind so I've got to get myself in gear walking more this week.
My daughter on the other hand, blew me out of the water. She is a go getter! I'm sure she will post her mileage over on her blog when she is able to.

I would have posted my totals over the weekend but my blog would not let me sign in. It was a real bummer not getting to visit and comment on blogs. As of right now it's working but that may change again shortly. Know if you come by my blog and it shows that I'm gone~it's a problem that I'm just going to have to wait until Google gets things fixed. I read over the weekend lots of bloggers having the same problem, that at least made me feel better that it wasn't just me.

Time to get my walking shoes on so I'll have more miles to report next week. Wish me luck!

From the Heart,

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Rosemary Chicken

Looking for a simple chicken dish to make for dinner. Well, I have a tried and true, super easy chicken recipe that I make quite often around our home. In fact, I made it last night and thought I would share.

 Rosemary Chicken

The only ingredients that you will need are:
Chicken breasts
Olive oil

Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Place in a bowl, drizzle olive oil over chicken, then sprinkle with a generous amount of chopped fresh rosemary, salt and pepper to your taste,turning as you coat it. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or over-night.
When ready to cook, heat a skillet on med-high heat. Drizzle a small amount of oil in your pan, just enough for a thin coating. Cook until the temperature of chicken reaches 170°-175°

The chicken turns out super moist and very tasty. Serve with your favorite veggie and potatoes or rice. Nice hearty meal.

Before cooking
 After cooking
rosemary chicken
I hope you enjoy :0)

Tune in later in the week for my recipe for Rosemary Oil. Time to harvest some of my Rosemary so I'll be sharing the recipe for how I make it.

From the Heart,

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Monday, September 17, 2012

DIY Painted Tin Can Beauties

Have you seen all the painted tin cans lately in blogland? Some painted, some with fabric and embellishments and some with just burlap added.

I've noticed a few that I really like. My attention was first caught when I seen the cans that Shannon over at Fox Hollow Cottage created a couple of weeks ago. I knew after seeing hers that I wanted to create some too.

First on the list was to collect some cans. I normally throw them away. I know, how wasteful when I could have been crafting with them.

Now seeing the stacks of tin cans sitting around in my craft room~my hubby thinks I've gone crazy! Even he is surprised at how great they look now that I've finished transforming them into the beauties they are now.

Here's the start. Plain empty tin cans.

Grab some cans, wash and dry them, then start creating!

 I painted a two-tone look, then hot glued some Sisal rope and added a little touch of ribbon, placed some pine-cones in the smaller cans and flowers in the gallon can.

They've been transformed
I think they look lovely now.
Don't you?

Now that I have stacks of tin cans
I see more little creations in my future.

Before/After again

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