Easy Peasy Curtain Tie Backs

So today I’m working in my husband’s home office new craft room, you know… straightening up, organizing, taking over redecorating, etc. 

 And it feels like a cold dark cave in here!  

Here’s the office… excuse the big desk blocking the view… we’re trying to fix it.

I start out by taking down these god awful tapestry curtains that came with the house and put up some light weight (almost sheer) satin curtains hoping to let some sunlight in.  Well, it still felt dark!  I decided I needed some tie backs.  I looked in my crafty stash and found some ribbon that matched the curtains…. 
WAIT…. I know what you’re thinking… 
“Melissa, everyone in the crafting world knows how to use ribbon to tie a cute little bow and pull back the curtains!”  
But I changed it up a little.  I didn’t want tie backs that I would have to untie and retie every time I wanted to close or open the curtains… I wanted something simple yet functional.
So I tied a knot at each end of the ribbon….
this way I can loop it over a nail and tada…. instant tie backs!
I know, you’re probably thinking “duh!” but hey… it’s good to get excited over the little things… right?!
At least this little guy is proud of how ingenious his mommy is…

Unique Yet Yummy Potatoes

Tastefully Tuesday continues…
These potatoes are FANTASTIC! They are super easy to whip together and taste like you slaved over the stove forever!

The Ingredients:
Diced Potatoes (I use Simply Potatoes because you can usually get them on sale and most of the prep work is done).
Monterey Jack Cheese – 1 Cup
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing- 1/2 pkg
Bacon Bits (I actually prefer ham but thought I’d give this a try- I recommend sticking with the diced ham).
Sour Cream – 1 cup

Directions:
Combine all ingredients and mix together in a bowl.


I decided to add in some Dill Weed which gave it some good zip!


Spoon into a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes at 350. Potatoes should be golden brown when done.
  


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Cable Knit Skinny Vases

I am SOOOO addicted to the cable knit look!
So far I’ve refashioned 2 sweaters into:

A Wreath
Hurricane Lamps
And Now…
Vases!

These were unbelievably easy to make!
Materials Needed:
Old Sweater 
Vases
Scissors
Needle & Thread
Ribbon (optional)

Instructions:

1. Make sure the sleeves are long enough to cover your vase.

2. Cut the sleeves off of the sweater.



3. Put sweater face up and wrap sweater around the vase and pin snuggly.




4. Slide sweater off of vases – leaving the pins in place.

5. Cut off excess material, sew sleeves back together, sew close the bottom of the sleeve.
6. Flip sweater right side out and slide onto vase – should be a snug fit so you might have to work it!
7. Push end of sweater inside vase, add a bow, add dried flowers, and you are done!
Now I just need to see what else I can make with the rest of my leftover sweater!

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Striped Star Pegs

Striped Star Pegs

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Striped Star Pegs

I decided not to put a changing table in my son’s room because I’ve always heard that it’s the least used thing for a baby… which after 11 weeks I have decided is completely true.  We usually change him in the bed, on the couch, on our laps, pretty much where ever he currently is.  After doing these modge podge letters for my best friend’s son I decided I could do basically the same thing for these hooks and just hand the diaper stacker on the wall next to his dresser.

Although these were a bit different because:

1. Since the hook is poking out I had to trace the stars on the front of the scrapbook paper.

2. Again, because of the hook, I had to measure and cut a whole for it to go through.

Other than those 2 things I did everything else the same as in this tutorial for the Modge Podge Letters.

And while I was at it I decided to make matching letters for my son’s room:

 

Tasteful Tuesday! Chicken Rustica Casserole!

Tasteful Tuesday! Chicken Rustica Casserole!

It’s Tasteful Tuesday, when I highlight a favorite recipe, today is the super easy
Chicken Rustica Casserole!!
This is a favorite on game day!  It also freezes really well (best to use tater tots when freezing).
Before my son was born I was looking for easy freeze meals and got really interested in Once A Month Cooking (OAMC) which is awesome for those busy days when I don’t feel like cooking.  That is why it’s in an aluminum pan– I pulled it out of the freezer and popped it in the oven.  These aluminum trays are sold at the Dollar Tree in sets of 3 and make OAMC sooooo easy!
Okay, now for the actual recipe…
Ingredients:
2 Chicken Breasts
1/2 Cup Buffalo Sauce
2 Cups of Potatoes
1 Cup Shredded Cheese
  1. Dice Chicken into strips and put in dish.
  2. Cut up red potatoes and put in dish or throw in tater tots.
  3. Pour buffalo sauce over chicken and potatoes.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (or freeze now, before cooking).
  5. Once chicken is cooked all the way sprinkle with cheese.
  6. When cheese is completely melted remove from oven and serve.
Yes, it really is that easy!!  ENJOY!
Make sure you come back tomorrow for Whimsical Wednesday!

 

Tasteful Tuesday! Chicken Rustica Casserole!
 
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • ½ Cup Buffalo Sauce
  • 2 Cups of Potatoes
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheese
Instructions
  1. Dice Chicken into strips and put in dish.
  2. Cut up red potatoes and put in dish or throw in tater tots.
  3. Pour buffalo sauce over chicken and potatoes.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (or freeze now, before cooking).
  5. Once chicken is cooked all the way sprinkle with cheese.
  6. When cheese is completely melted remove from oven and serve.

Cable Knit Hurricane Lamps

Cable Knit Hurricane Lamps

I have become obsessed with the cable knit sweater look that seems to be popping up everywhere!  And the great thing is that these are soooo easy to refashion.  Once I decided what to do these hurricane lamps took me about 15 minutes to create.
I first saw these on Infarantly Creative and then on Pinterest linked to Under the Table and Dreaming, I changed things up a bit because I didn’t use the glue gun as I thought it would be nice to be able to change these out as the seasons change.
I originally bought 2 of these hurricane lamps years ago on clearance at Target but they no

longer match my decor so they have been sitting in the closet for about 3 years.
After I made my cable knit sweater wreath (check it out here) I started looking for other home decorating ideas that I could do with sweaters.  These bring a nice new coziness to the house with all the Christmas decor packed away.
What you need:
An old cable knit sweater
Vase or candle holders
Ribbon
Decorations (optional)
Straight Pins
Scissors
Instructions:
1. Slide sweater sleeve over vase
(make sure it’s tight, otherwise it will look sloppy)
I’ll post a tutorial for skinny vases
2. The instructions from Under the Table and Dreaming states to have the finished end of the sleeve at the top of the base; but, I have it at the bottom so you don’t have to use the glue gun or sew.  So make sure the finished end is on the under side- this will also help with stablization because there won’t be any bunching up of the fabric.
3. Flip the vase over and hold up the extra sweater material.
4. Cut off excess fabric…. make sure you leave 4-6 inches so it can be shoved inside and the edge won’t be seen.
5. Tie a bow around the base with ribbon.
I was tempted to leave it like this but decided to add snowflakes
(I used straight pins to attach them that way I can take them off if I decide to)
Other Sweater Items to check out:

Sweater Wreath
Sweater Vases