Featuring You Friday {on Saturday}

Hi, my name is Taylor. I am a SAHM to two beautiful girls, Jayne (3) and Savannah (1) and wife to my wonderful hubby, Jared. In my former life I worked in both marketing and sales and still enjoy flexing those muscles helping out a few of my wonderful friends who run businesses out of their homes. But mostly, I’m on the go with my girls who keep me extremely busy!
 
In my {spare} time I enjoy reading (on my new Kindle Fire, eeek!), going to thrift stores & garage sales and crafting. I recently joined a stamp club and am obsessed with making paper cards. It’s a wonderful outlet and gets my creative juices flowing. Not to mention having this outlet allows me some much needed “me” time which makes me a better momma & wife.
On behalf of Jen I have been checking out the blogging world to see what you all have been up to. Here are a few of my fav’s this week…
This recipe caught my eye immediately. I love anything with cilantro in it. I can’t wait to try it!

A group of friends and I do a monthly freezer meal exchange and I’m always looking for new recipes. This one made my mouth water!

My parents have all my great-grandmother’s furniture and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I’m already gathering up ideas like this one!

It was so hard to pick my favorite crafts this week. But I finally narrowed it down to these…having two toddlers I am always looking for fun things to do with them. And my girls love anything they can use their hands {and feet} with =)

This sign caught my eye b/c I’ve been wanting to spice up my laundry room and something like this is just the ticket. Plus, it allows me to get crafty!

This was the first year I actually put a wreath on our front door other than Christmas time. And now I’m obsessed with having something there for every holiday/season (much to my husbands chargin)!! I love this wreath for birthday months!

Hope you enjoyed my picks of the week! If you were featured, grab a button on the sidebar and start bragging!

Featuring You Friday. . .on Thursday

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Hi Friends! Welcome to another Friday where I am featuring YOU! Yeah, I know, it’s not really Friday. But I have something else I want to share with you tomorrow so I thought I’d do FYF a day early. Last week I  made dinner for my parents and wanted to try some new recipes. So I headed over to my Pinterest boards to do some browsing. After just a few minutes I had my meal planned out. I called it my “Pinterest Dinner!” Those recipes turned out fabulous and they are the included in my FYF this week! But first I want to share with you a couple new products that I’m digging.

I recently had an opportunity to try out some products from Glade®. I received the new Glade® Expressions™ oil diffuser and new Glade® Expressions™ fragrance mist in the mail to review. I was excited when I opened the box and saw the new look of Glade®. The design of the products was trendy and modern, making it easy to display them among the other decor in the house. Definitely a step up from the  Glade® products I remember.

The new Glade® Expressions™ oil diffuser is spill-free and requires no electricity so you can put it in any room, any where!    I love that the diffuser actually looks like a decoration and will fit right in with my other home decor! I received the Pineapple & Mangosteen fragrance which I am loving! I’m not kidding when I say that I when walk in the room and get a whiff it makes me happy. Probably because it reminds me of a tropical place! And because the diffuser scents will last 30 days, the scent is still as strong as it was on day one!

The other product I received was the new Glade® Expressions™ fragrance mist in Cotton and Italian Mandarin. I love the sleek design of the easy to spray, refillable container. You simply squeeze the bottle to release the scent. I put mine in the bathroom to quickly cover up, well, you know what! The fragrance is clean and fresh, but not too overpowering for my tiny powder room. And the bottle is pretty enough that I don’t have to hide it!

Glade® Expressions are available in these fragrances:

  • Pineapple & Mangosteen {LOVE this one}
  • Cotton & Italian Mandarin {mist only}
  • Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice
  • Lavender & Juniper Berry

Glade® Expressions™ offers fragrance satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. Just mail the original UPC and receipt within 30 days. {Fill out form here if unsatisfied.}

Be sure to get your coupon for $1.50 off of any Glade® Expressions™ that can be used at Walmart to take advantage of their everyday low price! 

Okay, ready to see my Pinterest Dinner along with my other picks of the week? 

First course: Autumn Chopped Salad

I know it’s not Autumn, but this salad looked to good to pass up! The recipe can be found at Espresso & Cream. Two things I did differently: used blue cheese and champagne gorgonzola vinaigrette dressing.

Main course: Creamy White Chicken and Artichoke Lasagna

Yes, this tasted as good as it sounds {and looks}! For the recipe, visit One Good Thing.

And for dessert: Banana Coconut Upside Down Cake. Holy yumminess!

  

This cake tasted very similar to bananas foster! I served it warm with vanilla ice cream. YUM! You can find the recipe over at one of my NEW favorite recipe sites, The Girl Who Ate Everything. Everything I’ve made from her site so far has been fabulous! And I’ve found them all on Pinterest!

Okay, a few more things I’ve found around Blogland that I want to try!

I love these fabric-lined mason jars from Que Linda.

You know I love a good knock-off!  Check out the original versus this Anthro-inspired floral vase at It’s Overflowing. {Shhhh. I like the knock-off better than the original.}

painted kids table and chairs

Can you say, fabulous?! I adore what Lovely, Etc did to pull a mismatched table and chairs together to make an adorable set for the kids!

There you have it! My features of the week! If you were featured and you’d like to grab a button to share the love, you can find it on the right sidebar. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

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Feature Friday!

Happy Friday! Featuring You Friday is back and I’ve got some fantastic things to share! It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve had time to sit down and browse around Blogland. I was so excited to find so many cute, simple and inexpensive ideas this week. Here we go!

Fist up, I love these Foil Drawings.

Would you believe that they are made from tinfoil and craft glue? You have to stop by Art Club Blog to see just how easy this is to make!

Here is a cute idea for the kids.

Handmade alphabet soup with felt letters from Make the Best of Everything.

This Dollar Store pizza tin was transformed into a decorative mantle piece inspired by fresh modern fabrics.

Be sure to stop by The Stonybrook House for the tutorial.

You know how much I like sweets so I just had to share this one!

How yummy does this Funfetti Cake Batter Milkshake look? You can find the recipe at Mrs. Happy Homemaker.

March already? Check out this cute St. Patty’s Day wreath.

You can make this cute mini wreath from scraps! Check out the tutorial at Vixen Made.

And finally, my favorite find on Pinterest for the week.

rustic upcycled fence for the garden

I need to go junk shopping! And I’m def ready for my spring garden!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Featuring You Friday

It’s Friday again already! I hope you are enjoying yours! The boys and I spent this gorgeous Carolina day at the park. 65 degrees and lots of sunshine! It felt so good! Here are a couple things that caught my eye this week.

 I love these stuffed paper hearts by the Scrap Shoppe. They are cute, they are simple and they are perfect for Valentine’s Day! Be sure to stop by for the tutorial!

Oh my goodness, all my favorites in one single treat! Are you ready? Oreao Butterscotch Coconut Blondeis! Sounds like Heaven! Grab the recipe at BruCrew Life.

 It’s been awhile since I’ve featured a good furniture piece. This desk makeover fabulous! You have to stop by Shabby Loco to see how it was done! You might be surprised! Hint: Annie Sloan and hot sauce!

You all know that I am cheap. I love a good deal. Better yet, I love a good knock off. Five Days, Five Ways  created these Anthropologie candle sticks for hundreds of dollars less. Yes, I said hundreds. You gotta go look.

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I also love these cute hot chocolate dippers made by The Moody Fashionista. What a great idea for a gift or a pretty accompaniment for a hot chocolate bar!

 

I also wanted to share with you some great gift ideas available from Kodak Galleries. First, personalize your Valentine’s this year with Kodak Galleries photo cards. Find the one that’s just right for sending your loved ones!

If you are looking for something more than a card, take a look at their gift guide where you can create personalized items such as calendars, photo books, canvases and more! They even have a new purse charm perfect to share your photos with a loved one!

 

 

To learn more, visit http://www.kodak.com and follow their blog and more at http://www.kodak.com/go/followus.

Have a great weekend!

Featuring You Friday

It’s Friday and I’m featuring YOU! 

I love these adorable Mason Jar Cups from Jamielyn at I {heart} Naptime. She made the pink lemonade jars for her daughter’s birthday party.

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Ugly Duckling turned a thrift store find into a beautiful French Market Bag. You have to stop by for a look at her technique for transferring the image. I learned something new!

I LOVE these handwritten Love Note Pillows from Chalk and Chocolate. I would never be able to do this because I hate my handwriting, but good for her because hers looks fantastic!

Spruce Your Nest created a fabulous distressed chair while doing a “Chalkboard Paint Review.”  I love the look of white and black!

It’s breakfast time right now, but breakfast is not what I want after seeing this Crispy Baked  Falafel! Looks so good! Get the recipe from MD School Mrs.

And now, a couple things I love on this week. . .

Roasted Grape, Goat Cheese and Honey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Need I say more?

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Another idea for my “mudroom?”

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If you were featured today, I’d love for you to grab a button to share the love! You can find the link on my side bar. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

 

Feature You Friday Best of 2011

Being that it is the first Friday of the new year, I thought today that I would re-post some of my favorites from FYF 2011. Here ya go!


I’m so glad I went back and looked at all my previous FYF posts! It reminded me that I have got to make these buffalo chicken nachos! You want the recipe? Go over to Will Cook For Smiles.

I’m still drooling over this piece that I featured in June! Ella Boo & Co. took an old, forgotten dresser {that was free} and transformed it into a great storage buffet with chalkboard labels.

In July 2011, I fell in love! I spotted this vintage card catalog at Maple & Magnolia. I am, and I told her so, 100% envious and not ashamed at all. I’ve been on the lookout ever since.

I gotta give a shout out to my buddy Natalie for her spray painted sofa back in September. Yes, that’s what I said, spray painted sofa! I’m sure you’ve seen it all over Pinterest but be sure to stop by Johnny in a Dress to see how she did it. Creative genius!

This was, by far, the coolest gossip chair I’ve seen! The color and the curves of this chair are so great! I haven’t seen one with this shape since. I found it over at June & Bear back in September.

Thank you Landee See, Landy Do for sharing this delicious recipe for pumpkin crunch! I made it shortly after she posted it and it was so good that I replace my Thanksgiving pumpkin pie with this dessert! Must try! A couple of things I did differently {because I always do something different} was use 2 cans of pumpkin add cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
Peppermint Crunch Truffles
I found these Peppermint CrunchTruffle on Pinterest and made several batches over the holidays. They are fantastic! You can find the recipe at  Bakers Royale. The chocolate center of these are so silky and they just melt in your mouth! I used a combo of semi-sweet and 60% cocoa and used Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses instead of Ande’s. Delish!
And there you have it! My favorite features of 2011! Food and furniture, go figure! I hope you all have  fabulous weekend!

Top Five Posts of 2011

It’s Friday again and today instead of featuring you, I am featuring ME!
I wanted to share with you the top five posts of 2011.
#1: The most popular post, by far was my Mod Podge summer clutch tutorial

I took an old patent leather clutch that I purchased at a garage sale for $1 and transformed it into a cute summery bag with fun fabric and rosettes. I didn’t know if my idea of adhering the fabric to the purse with Mod Podge would actually work, but as you can see, my attempt paid off!
I knew these boxes were cute when I bought them, but I had no idea how popular they would be on my blog! I have had so many inquiries that I am now making and selling them. I hope that soon (like, really soon) my shop will be up and running, but for now I am taking orders by email. {jen at scissorsandspatulas dot com}
#3: This is my favorite project. I took my hubby’s old childhood bed and transformed it into a headboard bench.

I busted my butt to finish this project for the first round of American Crafter, “Trash to Treasure.” It turned out exactly how I had envisioned it though. What I love best is the history behind it.

#4: After what seemed like an eternity, I finally revealed my painted kitchen cabinets!

The project from hell that took entirely too long was finally complete! Would I do it again, yes. The outcome was worth it. However, there are many things I would do differently knowing what I know now!
#5:  I had no idea what a big hit my simple kitchen canister labels would be!

A digital cutting machine and some vinyl was all I needed to transform inexpensive Wal-mart canisters into these lovelies. This is another item that will be available in my shop. I am currently taking orders and can customize the labels to suit your needs. {jen at scissorsandspatulas dot com}
Don’t miss out on $200 worth of giveaways that end tomorrow! 
AMEX Serve (the newest way to transfer, exchange, and spend money) is giving one lucky reader $100! 

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Be sure to stop by those posts and leave a comment for your chance to win!

FYF and a winner!

I’m kinda sad that this will be the last Christmas FYF of 2011! How can it be Christmas already? Do you feel like time just keeps going faster and faster? Slow down!!!!! Please! 
I sure have enjoyed all the holiday projects I’ve seen this year. I’m sad that it’s almost over. This is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it. The warm, fuzzy feeling the Christmas season brings. The lights. The music. The joy and happiness. The gratitude. The decorations, baking and delicious food. The excitement for my kids. The excitement of my kids. Family, friends and neighbors. Most importantly, the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. 
I love it all. There is something about Christmas that just seems to make everyone happier. I just wish this time wouldn’t flash by us so quickly. Here’s to Christmas 2011!
Need I say more? What a powerful statement! Thanks Vivienne from The V Spot for sharing!

I love this simple DIY tree skirt by Ten-sixty Bliss. I especially like that it only cost $7!!
My boys love the movie and these Polar Express Inspired Ornament from Tutus & Tea Parties are so cute!
How cute is this acorn tree from Johnny in a Dress? Stop by to see her tutorial.
If you were featured today, I’d love for you to grab a brag button! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome ideas!
Scissors & Spatulas
            
And now, the winner of the My Memories giveaway. . . 

keomic said…
I like “scissors and spatulas” on FB already!
Congratulations! That’s a nice early Christmas present! Please email me (jen at scissorsandspatulas dot com) by the end of the weekend to claim your prize! 
If you didn’t win, I still have good news! Use the code below to receive $10 off the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and an additional $10 off anything else in the MyMemories.com store. That’s $20 in savings! 

at checkout, be sure to enter: STMMMS55110

I pray that you all have a safe and happy holiday!
I’m taking the next couple of days off with the exception of a few fabulous gifts to you! That’s right, over the next few days I’ll have some really great giveaways (two are worth $100 each)! So stop back by and be sure to enter! 

Another FYF with Pinterest

That’s right friends, it’s Friday again already! Today I’ve decided to share with you some great holiday ideas I’ve found on the totally fabulous Pinterest! If you haven’t signed up yet, you really are missing out! Here’s a few things I’ve pinned this week.
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Love this simple porch decor. The distressed JOY board is fabulous!

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Serve up some Holiday Sangria at your next gathering. It looks so pretty and refreshing!

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I love the natural, rustic look of this tablescape! The plaid blanket for a table runner is perfect!

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I’m making one of these for next year! It’s and Advent tree! So clever!

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Doesn’t this Guinness Stew look yummy! It sounds so comforting on a chilly winter day.

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 I love this no-sew pillow so much I bought it at the auction! {My friend Angie made it.}

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Last, but not least, this very cute, very simple ruffled tree skirt. Love it!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my picks this week! To see more of what I’ve been “pinning,” check out my boards here. Have a great weekend! 

Feature You Friday (plus a winner)

Welcome to another edition of Feature You Friday!
I love these monogrammed ornaments from the Creative Exchange! What a great idea for a holiday place card! You must stop by to see how simple these are to make! 
I made these Peppermint CrunchTruffles, from Bakers Royale, last night to give to the ladies at my MOPS table this morning. YUM! The chocolate center of these are so silky and they just melt in your mouth! I used a combo of semi-sweet and 60% cocoa and used Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses instead of Ande’s. 
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There are Advent Calendars everywhere right now! I really like this “Countdown to Christmas Tree” over at Creative Juice. It’s a perfect centerpiece!

You know I love a great furniture makeover. This Mod Podge desk is no exception! Aren’t the colors fabulous? Stop by Too Much Time on My Hands to see how she did it.

Okay, I know that was just a few this week. But they were a few great ones, heh? I hope at least one of them gave you some inspiration! 
If you were featured today, I’d love for you to grab a button and share the love!
Scissors & Spatulas

Now, the winner of the Fish Foam window cleaner is. . .

Maury said…
I know my husband would love this stuff! He’s kind of in charge of the window cleaning and just did all of the downstairs windows yesterday!

Congratulations Maury! You are one lucky gal! You’re really gonna like this stuff! It makes washing windows so much easier and so much more worth it! {Especially when your hubs is the one doing it!} Email me ASAP to claim your prize!