IKEA MALMA Mirror Hack

After successfully talking Dan into a road trip to IKEA, ; ) I came home with three MALMA frames (along with a bunch of other goodies from their “Market”). If you’re not familiar with MALMA mirrors, here’s a photo:

MALMA Mirror Hack

Simple, black, square, framed mirrors. And they’re only $1.99.

At first I had no intention of doing anything with the three mirrors other than just hanging them in a row on one of the many blank wall areas in my home. That is until I spotted this glass jar:

MALMA Mirror Hack

Normally I wouldn’t have even noticed that jar of washi tape but I’m in the middle of rearranging my craft room/office and the jar was sitting on the desk, begging to be used. It’s been a while since I’ve used washi tape, so I thought why not?


At first I laid some wide washi tape diagonally across the frame, but decided I didn’t like how that looked.


I decided to go simple with striped washi tape. Just four strips of washi tape along each side of the frame.


Simply wrap the ends around to the back of the frames.


I used an iPhone level app to get it straight on the wall (I used Command Strips to adhere the mirrors to the wall).


The end result: another bare wall has some interest and it only cost $6.00! The best part: when I get tired of that washi tape, I’ll just peel it off.



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WASHI TAPED BICYCLE (my favorite!)



Picnic Basket Makeover

“A-tisket a-tasket

A green and yellow basket

I wrote a letter to my love

And on the way I dropped it,

I dropped it,

I dropped it,

And on the way I dropped it.

A little boy he picked it up and put it in his pocket.”

That rhyme has been playing over and over in my mind ever since I made over an old picnic basket that I found.

picnic basket makeover

Dan and I went to visit a few antique stores in a neighboring town and I found this cute, old picnic basket that has seen better days.

picnic basket makeover

Since I’ve been wanting to decoupage something for the longest time, I thought this basket would be my guinea pig!

picnic basket makeover

I picked up a pack of 3-ply napkins in a pretty, floral print. I couldn’t help myself and bought the matching kitchen towel, too ; )

picnic basket makeover


The hardest part of this whole project was separating the three plys of the paper napkins ; )

picnic basket makeover

First I brushed on a layer of Mod Podge onto a section of the basket.

picnic basket makeover

To apply the napkin? I just laid it down and press it onto the basket with my fingers.

picnic basket makeover

Then I brushed on more Mod Podge right on top of the napkin layer.

picnic basket makeover

The white Mod Podge dries clear. I love how you can still see the texture of the weave of the basket.

picnic basket makeover

I waited until the next day to make sure the Mod Podge was completely dry and then I sanded the edges to remove the excess napkin edges. I also lightly sanded the entire basket.

picnic basket makeover

I didn’t decoupage the rim of basket, the edge of the lid and handles. I wanted to paint them white for some contrast. So I covered the decoupaged surface of the basket with painter’s tape, then used white spray paint to paint the rim, handles and lid edges.

picnic basket makeover

Here it is, all done . . . .

picnic basket makeover

. . . and ready for it’s first picnic! I love how this pretty, little basket fits nicely on the back of my bike! (Can you believe that’s the same washi tape on my bike fenders??? It is!!!) That washi tape has almost two years and a few hundred miles on it!

picnic basket makeover

I also bought the large doily/table cloth at the antique store. I love how the flowers and colors coordinate with my updated basket.

picnic basket makeover

This picnic spot is along one of our favorite bike trails that runs along the Susquehanna River in Marietta, Pennsylvania.


DIY Wedding Gift

This is perfect timing. My niece’s wedding is this weekend and this month’s Silhouette Challenge is DIY Gifts! This is what I made for the lovely couple.


Hopefully my niece is too busy with last minute wedding details to see this post and this framed photo will be a surprise ; )

Here’s how I made it (warning: this is crazy-simple): First, I stalked my niece’s Facebook page and found an engagement photo (that I adore), saved it to my iPhone, and had an 8 x 10 print made at my local drug store.


Next, in Silhouette Studio, I drew an 8 x 10 rectangle (the size of the frame), then typed and spaced the words within the rectangle. I cut the words out of white vinyl and adhered them to the top glass of the frame using transfer tape. Then I popped the photo into the frame behind the glass. It doesn’t get much easier than that!


This wedding gift only took a few minutes to make and I think they’re going to love it. I love making gifts with my Silhouette because the gifts can be personalized for the recipient. And it’s so fast and easy! Seriously, where can you get a handmade, one-of-a-kind, personalized gift made in just minutes??? I love my Silhouette ; )

I can’t wait to give this gift to the bride and groom, and I can’t wait for this wedding! Weddings are the only time when my entire family manages to be at the same place at the same time. I have three brothers and two sisters; add in their spouses, kids and grandchildren and we total well over 20. Add in the fact that we are scattered over four states then it’s easy to see why all of us getting together is quite a feat!

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How I Saved My Life

Typing that title: “How I saved my life” sounds so dramatic. But the truth is, I did. By taking a test. Not taking a test, really. More of a “having a procedure” done.

If you have already turned 50 years old, you may know to which procedure I’m referring. The dreaded colonoscopy. As soon as I turned 50, my family doctor gently reminded me every year that I still needed to have that done. “Yes, yes, I’ll schedule that”, I would say. Fully meaning it, but never getting around to it.

Biking the C&O Canal Towpath

Until last month. I went to see my family doctor for a totally unrelated symptom: heartburn. She recommended that I see a gastroenterologist and have an EGD (an upper endoscopy) done. The gastro doctor noticed that I hadn’t yet had the “wellness” colonoscopy done and recommended that I have it done during the same appointment as the EGD since they do them both and I’d be under anesthesia anyway. I agreed and knew my family doctor would be happy that I was finally having it done. (Like I was doing her a favor).

The EGD and colonoscopy were done on a sunny Monday morning at the end of March. The procedures themselves were no big deal. In fact, I was asleep throughout and have no memory of them. What I do remember is waking up in the recovery area and hearing the nurse say that the doctor would be in soon to discuss the results. Hmmm. I knew right away that something was up.

I could hear cheerful conversations going on behind curtains with other patients that were entirely different than what was said to me. I overheard “everything looks great, you did wonderfully.” All I heard was: the doctor will be here shortly. No “you did great!” or other light banter.

Then the curtain was pulled back and my gastro doctor was standing there and he was not smiling. What he said was: “Thank you for having the colonoscopy done. You saved your life.” My heart sank and Dan and I looked at each other and I think we were both holding our breaths while the doctor continued to explain that he had removed 4 small polyps but that he also encountered a large mass that was too large to remove with the scope. (he did take a piece that was sent to pathology) He thinks that it had been growing there for maybe two years. I would need surgery to remove it. “Do you have a surgeon?” Do I have a surgeon??? Did he just ask me that? Yeah, he’s out playing golf right now with my attorney, my accountant, and my PR rep. No, I don’t have a surgeon. Could you recommend one?

Of course he could. They immediately made an appointment for the very next day with an oncology surgeon. I was scared. Very scared. The surgeon said he was going to treat this as if it were cancer even though they were not sure it was. Yet.  I was immediately sent across the street to the hospital for a CT scan and blood work. I would know the results of the biopsy, the CT scan, and the blood work on Friday. That was the longest week of my life. Friday finally came and I thank God there were absolutely no signs of cancer. Anywhere. However, I still needed the surgery to remove the mass. It was not a question of if the mass would become malignant, but a question of when.

I underwent an open right hemicolectomy. Sounds awful, doesn’t it? Well, it was. Surgery is no fun, but I’ll take it any day over radiation, chemotherapy, and everything else involved with colon cancer. I know of a few people going through colon cancer right now. And I thank my lucky stars, God, and my doctors for finding this growth before it was too late. I’m not going to complain about a large abdominal scar and missing a few inches of a large colon when I think about what could have been.


I wasn’t sure I would write about this since it has nothing to do with crafting, decorating and DIYing, but I thought it was too important not to share with you. After all, my family and closest friends know and I consider you all to be part of that circle, too.

Do me a favor please. (warning: this where I’m going to go all “Katie Couric” on everyone): If you (or someone you love) are age 50*+ and have not had a colonoscopy done, please schedule one today. It really is no big deal and it could very well save your life.

*I was told that if there is a history of colon polyps in your immediate family, you should have your first colonoscopy at age 40.


Do it for your kids, do it for your grandkids, do it for yourself. Just do it.

Easy Painted Stripes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

The hallway from my front door to my family room was long. Long and boring. I tried hanging wall art but since the laundry closet is in that hallway, the artwork was forever getting bumped off the wall.

I decided to try painting stripes on the big, blank wall and I’m glad I did. I love how it looks.

Here’s how I did it.

First I measured the height of the wall and divided that number by seven. I came up with 13″. Then I measured down 13″ from the ceiling and used a laser level to mark a straight, horizontal line on which to apply a length of FrogTape® Multi-Surface.

FrogTape® was a huge help in getting this project done easily and fast! I didn’t have to worry about paint bleed thanks to it’s patented PaintBlock® Technology. If you need a painting job done right, you want to use FrogTape® brand painter’s tape.

Next, I measured down another 13″ from the top of the first strip of FrogTape® and repeated the laser level and FrogTape® step. I repeated measuring and taping three more times.

Since the existing paint was in pretty good shape, I only had to paint four of the seven stripes. I used some leftover paint that I already had so this little makeover didn’t cost a cent!

TIP: I placed strips of FrogTape in the stripes where I wasn’t going to paint as a reminder ; )

I can’t get over what a difference these stripes made in my once boring hallway! I should have done this sooner!

I also used FrogTape® Delicate Surface the next day when I painted the trim around the basement door. Even though my striped wall had only been painted 24 hours ago, the FrogTape® Delicate Surface did not harm the newly painted wall and again no paint bleed from the trim paint.

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Faux Etched Glass

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The original plan was to show you how to make pretty, etched glass, but I had to switch things up a little and show you how to make pretty, faux etched glass.

faux etched glass

There’s a very good reason for this switch: I bought the wrong etching cream! I thought I was buying regular etching cream. What I got instead was an etching effects paint!

Imagine my surprise after applying the “etching cream”, waiting 30 minutes, and then rinsing off said “etching cream”, when I looked at my perfectly smooth, non-etched glass!  What the what?!?! What did I do wrong?!?

It was then that I decided I needed to take a look at the instructions on the bottle of the “etching cream”. Maybe I missed a step?? Or the “etching cream” was expired and no good??

And there it was. As plain as the nose on my face. frost effects paint!

I was just a wee bit embarrassed.  After all, I stood there like a fool wearing safety glasses and rubber gloves, waiting 30 minutes for this caustic, acid-containing, harmless, water-based “paint” to etch my glass! ;

Anyway, let’s get to the part where I show you how I faux etched glass.

First, you need to find glass objects to etch. I had two dollar store vases hiding in the cabinet under the kitchen sink for who-knows-how-long. And I also had a set of glasses that I’ve been meaning to etch for the longest time.

faux etched glass Now you need your glass vases, drinking glasses, whatever you want to faux etch, to be clean. I  mean really clean. Especially if they’ve been hiding out under your kitchen sink ; )

My glasses and vases were dirty, dusty and grimy so when I put them in the dishwasher with the spaghetti sauce-covered dishes, I used a Finish® Quantum Max™ tablet in the detergent compartment to make sure they came out clean and shiny so that the paint would adhere.

faux glass etching

Now THAT does not look anything like the grimy vase that went into the dishwasher with a bunch of spaghetti sauce covered plates. Finish® Quantum Max™ didn’t leave residue, film or water spots on the glasses or vases. They’re  crystal clear, shiny, and ready to faux etch!


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Now you need a stencil. I made butterfly stencils by cutting butterfly shapes out of adhesive shelf lining paper using my electronic cutting machine.

faux etched glass

Don’t worry if you don’t have one of those machines because you could also use a paper punch. All of the craft stores sell many different shapes of paper punches that would work great.

faux etched glass

Apply the stencils to the glass or vase.

faux etched glass

Cover the bare spots with painter’s tape and then pounce on a very light amount of the faux etching paint. At first I used a sponge-tipped “brush”, but I found that I got better results with a make-up sponge.

faux etched glass

I thought it would be fun to try faux etching in reverse. Instead of the stencil of the butterfly, I put the butterflies on the vase in a random pattern and then painted over the entire vase with the paint.

faux etched glass

I really like how it turned out and thought that this would be a good idea for glass votives. How pretty that would look with candle light glowing though the butterfly shapes.

*Tip: remove the stencil while the paint is still wet, otherwise the paint may peel off when you remove the stencil.

faux etched glass

The glass tumblers turn out so pretty! I love how they look with my floral-patterned dinnerware.

faux etched glass

I couldn’t wait to show off my pretty, “new” old glasses on the Easter table. faux etched glass

I also discovered that you can mix in colored paint with the faux etching paint. Just remember to only add a drop or two and mix it well.

According to the instructions on the faux etching paint, the painted glassware can be washed in the dishwasher after 21 days. Good to know!

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Easy Daisy Wall Art

Are you like me and pin lots of great ideas on Pinterest and never make them? I think a lot of people are like that. I’ve made a couple of things that I found on Pinterest, but not too many. I’m going to challenge myself to do more. I found this Pin last summer and asked Dan if he could draw the outline of the daisy(I have no drawing skills at all) for me on an old piece of wood, but we just never got around to it. Until now.


And I did it without Dan’s drawing skills ; )  Here’s how:


First I found some leftover boards in my wood pile and cut three lengths to 16″ long. The boards are 4″ wide. I made three pocket holes on two of the boards with my Kreg jig and attached the boards together with pocket screws.


On the front of the assembled board, I brushed on a light coat of black paint. As I said, I have no drawing skills whatsoever, so I made a petal shape and a circle shape using my Silhouette Cameo and simply traced the outlines of those shapes on the board with a small brush and white acrylic craft paint.


Next, I just “colored” in the lines using some leftover latex paint. I didn’t worry about the brush strokes.


Then I mixed some yellow and gold acrylic paint together and painted in the center of the flower. Easy peasy!


To give the flower some depth and dimension, I dry brushed on some light strokes of the black paint.


What I love most about this daisy wall art is that it didn’t cost me anything to make it, since I had everything on hand and got to use up some scrap wood.


Daisies and chickens go together, right? Dan is pleased as punch that his mother’s ceramic chicken has a place on the mantle shelf ; )

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Bicycling Sweatshirt

The arrival of Spring and warmer temperatures means one thing: It’s time to ride my bike!!! Well, okay, it means more than that but that’s what I’m most excited about ; ) So in honor of bicycle riding weather, I made a bicycling sweatshirt. Well I didn’t actually make the sweatshirt, but I did decorate it.

Bicycling Sweatshirt

Believe it or not, I got the plain, white hoodie on a clearance shelf at JoAnn’s for $3.50! I should have bought all of them. Darn! Anyway, I held onto the sweatshirt for a while before the thought occurred to add some kind of vinyl decals to it. And since bike-riding weather is almost here….

Bicycling Sweatshirt

I designed this “logo” in Silhoutte Studio. I used the rhinestone bicycle shape from the online store. The rest, I made myself. Since the bicycle shape is from the online store, I can’t include it in the free cut file, but I can give you the rest of it. Feel free to down load Version 2 here, and Version 3 here. (personal use only). I curved the test to fit around the circle. If you’re unsure of how to curve text, I made a video to help you out.

Bicycling Sweatshirt

Of course I used my heat press to iron on the vinyl. I love that heat press! And I highly recommend it – no more vinyl peeling off after a few machine washes.

Bicycling Sweatshirt

I love using glitter vinyl instead of rhinestones. Besides being way easier to work with than rhinestones, you can change the size of rhinestone designs without worrying about the size of the holes since you’re not actually using rhinestones!

Bicycling Sweatshirt

Now I’m ready for a ride! The weather forecast for this weekend is sunny, but cool.  Perfect weather for our first ride of the year wearing my new sweatshirt ; )

Last Minute Easter Baskets

Every year I do this. Wait until the last minute to get the grandbabies’ Easter Baskets made and filled. I swore this year would be different. Of course it isn’t ; ). However, it’s an improvement from last year when we were “googling” candy stores the day before Easter! It’s only Thursday and my last minute Easter baskets are decorated and almost filled.

last minute easter baskets

I picked up the “baskets” in the dollar section at Target. I thought the burlap bag would be perfect for my 6-year old grandson. Not frilly, pastel, or girly and can hold stuff. Perfect!


Kids just love seeing their names on their things. I made a stencil with my Cameo and a stencil blank to spell out his name.


Using a stencil brush, I pounced on his favorite color and then simply outlined the letters with a Sharpie. Quick and easy!


It was a little too plain for my taste so large ric rac was hot-glued onto the top and bottom to give it a finished look.


My granddaughter’s “basket” also came from the dollar section at Target.


I personalized her basket with her monogram that I made, again using my Silhouette Cameo. I cut the monogram out of pink heat transfer vinyl. I was afraid that the pink monogram would look lost against the multi-colored chevron fabric so I created an offset in Silhouette Studio and cut the background monogram out of a darker vinyl. I used my heat press to attach the vinyl.


Pretty cute for $3!

Overall, I like how the baskets turned out. They were super easy and quick to make.

Are your baskets ready or are you a procrastinator like me? ; )

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The Smell of Spring

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I love Spring! My absolute favorite thing about Spring is finally being able to open the windows and let in some fresh air. Especially during Spring cleaning time.

The house has been closed up all winter long and the air inside seems stale and old.

spring smells

Spring means it’s time to put away the heavy, winter throws for some pretty, light ones.


And exchange the warm, fuzzy pillows with bright and cheery floral pillows.

The problem is is that the weather doesn’t always know it’s Spring and it’s way too cold to be opening any windows – at least where I live.

But I discovered a new air freshener system that I love. It’s called AromaBreeze Fragrance System that’s available at WalMart. What I love about it is that’s it’s not a candle, there’s no heat, and it’s waxless! That means that it’s safe to use when my grandchildren come to visit.


It comes with a cord to plug into an outlet OR disconnect the cord and use batteries. I used to use those plug-in types of air fresheners but my problem with those was that my outlets are hidden behind curtains and furniture so the fragrance was trapped behind those items.

spring scents

I placed my AromaBreeze on top of a speaker in the corner of my family room and the fragrance is like a gentle Spring breeze through out the entire first floor.  You have to admit that it looks very stylish – not like a fragrance dispenser at all. I love that I can just unplug and go cordless with the option for battery operation. I can take the fragrance to any room or location while the option to ‘plug in’ will allow uninterrupted fragrance over long periods of time.


This unique warmer distributes fragrance from an innovative fragrance ‘Halo,’ for continued aroma distribution. The fragrance lasts 50% longer than wax. The patent pending fragrance halo’s innovative vortex design increases fragrance throw by maximizing exposed surface area, allowing the aroma to spiral outward – just like a Spring breeze! Just be sure to read and follow the instructions very carefully.

AromaBreeze Fragrance System

WalMart* carries the AromaBreeze and has a large selection of the Halos for the system. I can’t wait to try them all!

The AromaBreeze would be a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. In fact, I’d love to have another one for my bedroom. Where would you put one in your home?

*AromaBreeze is only available at select Walmart stores and on Walmart.com  Hint: The AromaBreeze and Halos are in the candle section at Walmart.