Rosy Red Stenciled Flower Pots

Today I am sharing with you a super easy tutorial on how to make your own Rosy Red Stenciled Flower pots.
I am working with a great group of  DIY experts who help me from becoming stagnate.
They merrily encourage, while sharing so much enthusiasm and quite frankly there is no telling what idea they might present to us.
Then to top it off they tell us "go have fun with the project!"
Fun is good, so are challenges and so is being able to share with you this DIY recycle and stencil project as well as links to these talented bloggers.
(Links at the end of this post)
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This month our challenge was to recycle and stencil.
I found a darling little package of stencils and went to work jazzing up these mini rosy red flower pots that I had tucked away in one of my craft boxes.
Total cost of this project was around $18.00 if you were purchasing everything. 
However I already had most of my supplies.
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I began this project by taking these three rather plain-jane flower pots who seemed to have no purpose and not much personality and transformed them into some real cuties that are dressing up some various spots of our home.
With it being Winter and all, I have been having a real hankering for adding just a touch of color to our home. 

Supplies For This Project~


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  •  3 Ceramic pots (2.8 inches) ~ approximate cost $1.00 each
  • Momenta stencil ~ Cost $2.99
  • Adhesive pearl sticker ~ Cost $1.50
  • Gold Trim Adhesive border ~ Cost $1.50
  • Foam Stencil Dabber Set ~ Cost $3.99
  • Folk Art Sky Blue (465) Acrylic Paint ~ Cost $1.49
  • Styrofoam Floral block (1.8 x 7.8) ~ Cost $1.99
  • Floral Stems (2 bunches)~ Cost $4.99

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How To Make Rosy Red Stenciled Flower Pots~

Step 1. Cut florist foam into squares that will fit into bottom of ceramic pots
Use twin stick tape to secure florist foam.

Step 2. Put acrylic paint on paper plate, then place stencil on flower pots, you can tape the stencil in place.

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Step 3. Using foam stencil dabber, dip dabbler into paint and then blot repeatedly on paper plate until dabber is nearly dry in appearance.
Stenciling is truly a "dry," brush technique.

Step 4. For this project I used a technique called stippling, which is simply tapping or dabbing against the stencil opening. Repeat this process on each side of the flower pot.


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Step 5.  Once paint is dry add self stick trim around the top edge of the flower pot. If needed cut to fit.


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Step 6. Add Pearl stickers.
Step 7. Cut flowers and stem to desired height and and stick into florist foam that is inside of the flower pot.



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I am really enjoying these little rosy red flower pots and they are a perfect size for so many spots in our home.

Thank you so much for joining me today! 

Now on to the rest of the links.






















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Bon Bon: Farmhouse 40




Susan: Momcrieff






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Sea Glass, Serenity & Solitude

Our daughter Amanda and her family have recently relocated to Puerto Rico, she has been sharing the most beautiful photos and videos with us.
Just today I received a wonderful surprise in the mail a package of sea glass!
All of this beauty has inspired me to take a closer look on what nature means to me.
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Have you ever had a notion that you should subdue a passion for the love of  Nature?
Well for so very long I attempted to squelch the longing inside of me for my zest for the outdoors.
In fact for many, many years I thought I was out of sync with the entire world around me for the yearning I felt deep in my heart for the serenity I felt being next to the sea or climbing a mountain.
As the years have rolled on I realize that I was not out of sync...I was infact intune.
I was blessed with an awareness and awakening early on to love nature and for that I am thankful.
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Those many decades that I was surrounded by concrete and cars I experienced a physical ache, one where a knot would form in my throat and tears welled up in the corners of my eyes.
" Stop this nonsense." I would say to myself and then I would repeat the list that I had so well memorized in my mind of all of the reasons that being surrounded by nature was not necessary or practical.
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I'd chastise myself for indulging in the serenity that I felt in the deepest portions of my soul when I summoned up those blissful memories.
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Mountain hikes, camping along a pristine creek, the wind dancing on top of golden Aspen leaves,
the sweet pungent scent of pine needles after a Summer thunderstorm.
The joy of solitude where the mind and soul can rest.
The soothing sound of coyotes howling on a lonesome night or owls calling one another in a brilliant moon drenched sky.
Or the mighty roar of tempestuous seas and the constant and predictable rhythm of  each wave caressing the shore.
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The taste of salty air, soft warm breezes kissing slightly rosy skin and oh those sunrises and sunsets.
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While some folks may find the forces of nature daunting and intimidating I find serenity.
The vastness and power of nature makes me feel very small and puts the whole world in perspective.
Perhaps it is the tide of time or maybe it is that the drama of life seems so pointless and petty when you stand in awe of what God has created.
 
Thank you for joining me today, I would love to hear how you enjoy nature.
Have a wonderful weekend.
xo
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Turkey Meatball Recipe in Homestyle Ragu Sauce & Giveaway

You say Tomato, I say Tomatoe but after trying this new homestyle pasta sauce I say Ragu!
(My own little jingle that came to me as I was listening to "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off.")
I am partnering with Ragu today to share with you a nifty giveaway of their new line of sauces, and a tasty homemade turkey meatball recipe too.
I tossed these flavorful meatballs into New Thick & Hearty Homestyle Ragu, which by the way has NO artificial colors or flavors and NO high fructose corn syrup plus each 1/2 cup has around 90 calories.
It is a win, win!
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Even though National spaghetti Day has come and gone ( it was on January 4th) who says that we cannot enjoy pasta all year around and better way to do it than with these tasty variety of Ragu sauces.
To enter this yummy giveaway just tell Ragu and I what your favorite way is to serve up your pasta and you are entered in the drawing.
Random.org will determine the winner, giveaway ends on Sunday January 29th at 9:00 p.m.
Winner will be announced by email.
Good luck and thank you for joining me!
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The thing that I love most about these meatballs is the zesty and sassy taste.
I added some horseradish and smoked paprika to give them some awesome flavor.
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Shape them in little round balls and place them on a baking sheet that has just a smidgen of olive oil on it to prevent them from sticking.
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Bake them in a 400 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes and they are ready to be dancing in that awesome Ragu sauce.
Scoop em' up and serve them over your favorite pasta!
You are going to love this!
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yield: Serves 4print recipe

Turkey Meatballs In Home-style Ragu

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 30 mins
Tasty homemade turkey meatballs with a bit of zest

INGREDIENTS:

For The Meatballs
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 2. Prepare baking sheet by adding 1 tablespoon of olive oil to sheet so that meatballs will not stick. 3. In a large bowl combine the turkey, bread crumbs, oregano, egg, garlic powder, cumin, mustard, horseradish, smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, sea salt, parsley. 4. Mix all ingredients together and roll into 1 inch meatballs. (About 15-23) 5. Bake meatballs for about 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown. 6. While meatballs are cooking pour your favorite Homestyle Ragu sauce into a saucepan and warm over medium heat. 7. Once meatballs are done cooking add them to Ragu Sauce. 8. Add grated mozzarella. 9. Serve over your favorite pasta.
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Sharing a few other recipes today too.

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  Bold and Smoky Marsala Pasta
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 Marjorie's Apple Cake
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Homemade Egg Noodles
Thank you for joining me today!
xo
 

How To Dress Up Your Valentine Table

If I told you that I met Cupid and he shared some Valentine tales with me would you believe me?
How about if I told you that Darren Gygi and I have partnered together to offer you a Valentine Art giveaway would you believe this to be true?
Well one of these statements is true....well, maybe both.
After all it is the season of love and there is a certain magic in the air.
However only Cupid and I will know for certain...
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In all seriousness I am delighted to be able to share the kindness of the talented artist Darren Gygi.
Darren is generously offering this darling Candy Heart Giclee Art Print. 
It measures 9x9 inches and would make a lovely addition to your home decor or to pamper a loved one this Valentine's Day.
To be entered in our giveaway please leave us a comment below on how you show your loved ones you love them.


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So here are some love tales from cupid on how to show that special someone you love them and you'll be happy to see how simple these tips and tales really are!
1. For the texting person in you life how about a little message letting them know that you are thinking of them.
"Hi I was just thinking of you today and I hope you are doing well!"
2. An honest to goodness sincere conversation letting the people in your life know how important they are to you and what a difference having them in your world makes to your life.
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3. It is true, some folks love for you to show them love through cooking for them.
You know at lot of love goes into baking in this house.
Try making your true love a heart cake or really any cake, cookie, pie, muffin or a special dinner.
Cupid and I are 100% certain that this will put a smile on their face and a song in their heart.
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4. How about making them their favorite cup of brew or giving them the gift of a teapot and teabags.
Perhaps a one of a kind tea cup or coffee mug with a special saying on the vessel.
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5. You can never ever go wrong with a bouquet of flowers and often time simple is the best.
I made these little bouquets from two bunches of flowers. (Total cost for the two $15)
I used pink carnations and baby's breath, trimmed them down, tucked them in pink and blue milk bottles.  (Hobby Lobby on sale for about $2 each)
Both of these flowers will last for weeks, just make sure you keep the water fresh and clear.
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6. Always, always follow your heart.
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7. A little dish of candy goes a very long way. Use your imagination and customize your candy giving. Find a darling and unique dish (antique store would be a great resource) and fill it with your true love's favorite candy or even something as whimsical as conversation hearts. 
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8. Teach your love how to do something that you love.
9.Tell them something about them that you absolutely love.
10. Make them a handmade card and enclose a letter telling them how much they mean to you.
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Last but not least ask them to be yours, what a clever and darling way to do just that with this 
Giclee Be Mine Valentine print.
Now it is your turn to leave your comment on how you show the love to those special people in your life.
Our giveaway will run through January 28th, winner will be determined by random.org and announced by email at 9 p..m. on the evening of the 28th.
Print will be sent directly from Darren Gygi Art Collection prior to Valentine's Day.
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If you are feeling crafty and want to make your own gift bags just follow this link to DIY Valentine Gift Bags.


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Here is a little Valentine jar inspiration.
Thank you for joining me!
XO
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5 Fabulous Ways To Pamper Yourself

The beginning of each year I contemplate the power and hope of a fresh mindset.
For me it is comparable to organizing a room, closet or cupboard.
I like to take a short inventory of the previous year, make a few mental notes and move forward with the new.
I am not one for setting lofty goals, I know what I can and cannot attain, I am learning to accept me the way that I am and that I am  Enough. I am here to encourage you to do the same.
So today I am sharing some thoughts with you on these topics.
For this year I have chosen to begin with a pampering yourself type of mindset.
I like this outlook as it can be easily customized to what your own personal version of pampering is.
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While perhaps pampering sounds a tad bit selfish I believe that by pampering ourselves and accepting ourselves for who we are, we unlock the dynamic power within ourselves to share kindness, generosity and love to others.
Taking care of ourselves first, makes us strong and healthy so that we can give joyfully to others.
 
Well these past two weeks I set my goal on 5 ways to pamper myself in a joy filled and spruce me up manner.
Here they are one by one with tips for you on how to execute a no-fail plan of pampering yourself and igniting the power within.


1. Spontaneous Pampering In Nature

I love being pampered by nature.
Truly is there anything quite as therapeutic for the body, mind and soul than immersing oneself with Trees, birds, sky, sun, wind, rain, flowers, mountains or the ocean.
The glory of the good earth, the scent, the sights and sounds will never ever fail to re-knew the soul and rekindle the playful, hopeful lost child within each one of us.
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 Ten Activities to choose From

1. Walking
2. Biking
3. Hiking
4. Running
5. Bird Watching
6. Journal
7. Photography
8. Picnic
9. Reading
10. Canoeing 


2. Spend Time With A Friend

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What better way to enjoy coffee, tea, lunch, movie or shopping than with a cheerful friend.
A true friend just seems to know you better than you know yourself, and understands the nuances of your life.
Laughter can cure the blahs, winter blues, doldrums and when you are chatting, laughing and talking until you drop with a friend all worries recede like high tide.
You'll be amazed on this inexpensive form of therapy and long-lasting joy spent with a friend.
Ten Activities To Choose From

1. Arboretum
2. Museum
3. Lunch
4. Tea
5. Movie
6. Retreat
7. Trip
8. Shopping
9. Book Club
10. Bookstore





3. Spruce Up Your Appearance

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May I be honest here?
Every year I promise myself that I will go gracefully into the Holiday season.
Hair freshly colored, fresh coat of polish on the nails and shimmery lips.
Well it all seems to elude me and I usually end up cancelling pre-made hair appointments and feeling like a juggler who has just dropped all of her hoops.
So this week I am happy to report that I did get my roots refreshed a snip here and there and some pretty new nails too...it felt good, I actually felt like a new person!
It's an amazing thing to feel re-energized. 

Ten Things To Boost Your Appearance

1. New Lipstick
2. Fresh hair color (if you choose to color your hair)
3. Manicure
4. Updated hair cut or style
5. New shoes
6. New bra
7. Positive thinking and a smile
8. Regular exercise
9. Drink plenty of water
10. Plenty of rest





4. Find Fun

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Don't wait for fun to find you, go find it!
Do remember when you were just a youngster and you uttered these words so many times during the day.
"That was fun!" and then you couldn't wait to have that sort of fun again.
Just the anticipation of having fun could set one to giggling. 
Being a grown up carries big responsibilities and challenges and often times we let those grownup things get in the way of finding fun.
Make Having fun a priority in your life.


Ten Ways To Find Fun

1. Plan a trip
2. Get out of the House
3. Use your imagination
4. Get unstuck from your rut
5. Dare to dream
6. Do a random act of kindness
7. Try a new recipe
8. Grow an unusual plant
9. Throw a party
10. Dance and sing 





5. Mental Quietness

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Our minds are constantly moving, and their constant inquiring, wondering and investigation is a vital part of our very existence.
However the mind has the potential to cause great storms and havoc in our lives if we are not aware and mindful of restraining and controlling our thoughts.
By practicing mental quietness we are able to be present in the moments of life.

Ten Ways To Quiet The Mind
1. Meditate
2. Walk
3. Music
4. Yoga
5. Let go of anything that is bringing you down
6. Always believe that something wonderful is going to happen
7. Focus on the positive aspects of your life
8. Quit over thinking
9.Live in the here and now
10.Speak kindly to yourself




Today I encourage you to find a quiet space without distractions.
Take a notepad with you and jot down discoveries you make on all the wonderful ways that you
can pamper yourself.
You are so worth taking the time to be good to yourself, because you know that there is only one wonderful you and you are truly Enough!
XO
Please Join me~

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