***Come link up your crafts to this week's party!***

Monday, January 30, 2012

Giveaway Winner & Guest Posting

Hey All! Thanks so much for entering my 100 Follower Giveaway! Now for the fun part:

The winner of the personalized stationary from By the Book Paper is... #36 Carmella who said:


The winner of the hand-stamped necklace from One Artsy Mama is... #14 Jen who said:


And last but not least, the winner of the headband and Beauticontrol products from The Grant Life is... #28 Patti who said:



Winners, I will be emailing you soon! [Patti, email me! I don't have your email address!]

Thanks again to everyone who entered the giveaway and who is following along with my blog! Also, a big thanks to the lovely ladies who sponsored this giveaway - go show them some blog love!

Also, I am guest posting today over at Hating Martha, so be sure to go check it out!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 24

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! 
Keep linking your projects and spreading the word about our link party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 24
 Stop on over at Tutus& Tea Parties to see what her favorites are too!

 My favorites from last week:


This map cork board from Just a Little Creativity is fabulous! 



I love this ribbon rack from All Things Homie - It's so perfect!


This clock makeover from NZ Ecochick is genius!  I need to find a clock to give a facelift!



Finally, this framed Valentine's decor is adorable -- and cheap! Who doesn't love that?!


Stop on over to these links and show them some love and if you pinned them, you can let them know. :)

Go ahead and grab the "I was featured" button for being so Pinspirational. 


You deserve it!

FeatureHandyAndy






Here are the rules:
  1. Add a direct link to a blog post along with it's title {not the title of your blog}.
  2. You can link up to two posts per blog. {no shops or giveaways please}
  3. Visit at least 2 other links and pin their post on
    Pinterest. It would also be nice if you could comment and let them know
    you pinned their post. {we all love comments, right? :)}
  4. I'd love for you to spread the word and post my Pinteresting Party Button
    on your blog. {& be sure to follow the hosting blogs to see when the next
    party is & if you were featured the following week} :)
  5. By linking up you give me full permission to use one photo from your post if you are featured the following link.
  6. Please, no Etsy shops or Giveaways. 
Feel free to leave your Pinterest page link in the comments so we can all make some new Pinteresting friends. :) 

Grab the party button!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pinterest Thursday: Pork Sweet & Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Happy Thursday! The recipe I tried for Pinterest Thursday this week is something I pinned from one of my favorite bloggers, Ashley from Adventures of Newlyweds. This combines several of my favorite things all together -- I mean, who doesn't love sweet potatoes?!


Anyway, here's the recipe from Ashley:

Pork Sweet Potato Quesadillas

1/2-1lb ground pork 
1 medium sweet potato (I used two)
1 bunch scallions diagonally sliced
3 tbsp butter
1 1/2 tbsp chile powder
3 large garlic cloves, minced (I used garlic powder, to taste)
1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
1 package shredded mexican cheese
tortilla wraps (I used small flour tortillas)
salt & pepper to taste
Just a note, I never measure spices, so I did everything to taste. I also used spray cooking oil instead of butter.
Cook the pork with the chili powder and garlic in a skillet. Meanwhile put the sweet potatoes in water and microwave to soften (about 10 minutes). Scrape out the sweet potatoes and mash them up a little before adding them to the pork. Add the scallions and cook the entire mixture until warm. 

Assemble the quesadillas by spreading the shredded cheese on the bottom tortilla, then spread the pork and sweet potato mixture, finish by adding more cheese before adding the top tortilla. I used shredded cheese for Handy Andy's quesadilla, but I used crumbled blue cheese for mine because I love love blue cheese.

Ashley also made a blue cheese sour cream that I tried as well. It. Was. Amazing.

Here's the recipe:
Blue Cheese Sour Cream
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/2 cup mayo
3/4 cup sour cream
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes
Again, I don't really measure, so I probably added more blue cheese than listed. I also didn't have chili pepper flakes, so I used a lot of pepper. Just to let you know how good this is, Handy Andy raved about this dip and he doesn't really like blue cheese. 
Here's what I ended up with:


 Handy Andy said this meal was the perfect combination of everything, so I call that a success! Thanks Ashley!


P.S. Linking up here:








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shabby creek cottage

life by the book


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Sunday, January 22, 2012

100 Follower Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I'm so so excited that my blog has grown to 100 followers in 5 months! To celebrate all of my awesome followers, a few of my favorite bloggers have donated some of their beautiful handmade items for a giveaway to make this a party! So, here's what's up for grabs for three lucky winners...


First up is a beautiful set of 4 x 5.5-inch stationary cards features a delicate dragonfly, and a personalization of your choice, printed in purple. The set of 10 flat cards is handmade from By The Book Paper's awesome Etsy shop. Kristen's shop is full of lovely handmade paper goods, as well as some fun fabric goodies that would be great gifts or personal treasures.


Next is a customizable handstamped pendant necklace from One Artsy Mama's shop. The winner can choose one word and any color bead to give personal meaning to the necklace. The pendant hangs on an 18" chain. Amy's shop contains many unique pieces of hand crafted jewelry perfect for any occasion!



Last but not least, is this gorgeous fabric flower headband from Kelley at The Grant Life. The headband can either come on an elastic band, as pictured, or on a metal headband. Kelley is also offering two Beauticontrol products along with the headband. The winner will receive the lip gloss and lip balm shown above. Kelley's blog is full of crafts and recipes that are sure to inspire your inner crafter!

There will be three lucky winners. Here's what you can do to enter:

**Mandatory Entry -- Leave a comment below telling me which of these lovely prizes you would like the most, if you can choose just one!

Additional Entries [optional -- leave a separate comment for each]:
1. Follow along with me here!
2. Follow Kristen's blog, ByTheBookPaper.
3. Follow along with Amy at the OneArtsyMama blog.
4. Follow Kelley at The Grant Life.
5. Follow Kristen, Amy, Kelley, and me on Twitter.

That's it! Go show these ladies some blog love! I'll pick random winners for each prize on Sunday, January 29th. Good luck!


P.S. If you're still itching for a giveaway, head over to The Grant Life and enter to win the two Beauticontrol products below!


Friday, January 20, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 23

We had a great turn out last week! Thanks to everyone for linking up your projects! Keep linking up your crafts and recipes. Don't forget to spread the word about this little link party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 23
Hosted by Tutus & Tea Parties & Here's to Handy Andy.
 Stop on over at Tutus& Tea Parties to see what her favorites are too!

 My favorites from last week:


This thrifted lantern makeover from Queen B - Creative Me is absolutely beautiful!


Suppers, Youngans & Thangs upcycled this old window into a lovely wall hanging. Rustic and modern - I love it!


Want a dangerous project with an awesome outcome? Check out these wine bottle glasses from Scissors and Steam!


Grab a button if you were featured!

FeatureHandyAndy




Stop on over to these links and show them some love and if you pinned them, you can let them know. :)


Here are the rules:
  • Add a direct link to a blog post along with it's title {not the title of your blog}.
  • You can link up to two posts per blog. {no shops or giveaways please}
  • Visit at least 2 other links and pin their post on pinterest.
  • I'd love for you to spread the word and post my Pinteresting Party Button
    on your blog. {& be sure to follow the hosting blogs to see when the next
    party is & if you were featured the following week} :)
  • By linking up you give me full permission to use one photo from your post if you are featured the following link.
  • Please, no Etsy shops or Giveaways. 

Grab the party button!

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    Pinterest Thursday: Burp Cloths

    A coworker of Handy Andy's recently had a baby and they had a shower to which Handy Andy said "I'll just buy them some diapers for a gift." Um, no. What a perfect opportunity to explore Pinterest and get some ideas for a baby shower gift!

    I found this tutorial for handmade burp cloths:


    This project looked quick and easy, so I went to the dollar store and got a few white hand towels. I followed the tutorial using the towels and some green fabric I already had. I only used one towel for two burp clothes, so this project only cost me $1!


    The lines aren't perfect, but these are really cute and they were so easy! I added them to a basket of other goodies in pink and green. Here's what I ended up with:


    Happy Pinning and crafting!


    P.S. Linking up to these parties:


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    shabby creek cottage

    life by the book



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    http://www.thegrantlife.com/search/label/financial%20friday


    One Artsy Mama


    Country Momma Cooks


    Saturday, January 14, 2012

    A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 22

    Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! I really appreciate you all sharing your projects to inspire myself and others! Don't forget to spread the word about this little link party!

    A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 22 
    Hosted by Tutus & Tea Parties & Here's to Handy Andy.
     Stop on over at Tutus& Tea Parties to see what her favorites are too!
     My favorites from last week:


    These Valentine blocks are absolutely adorable! Head over to Bliss Images and Beyond to check them out!


    This memo board is so beautiful! Check out Alyssabeth's blog for the how to.


    These mini chalkboard Valentines from Blue Skies Ahead are perfect! What a great gift!


    This mantel decor from 52 Mantels is stunning! I wish I had a mantel to decorate like this.


    Stop on over to these links and show them some love and if you pinned them, you can let them know. :)


    Here are the rules:

    • Add a direct link to a blog post along with it's title {not the title of your blog}.
    • You can link up to two posts per blog. {no shops or giveaways please}
    • Visit at least 2 other links and pin their post on pinterest.
    • I'd love for you to spread the word and post my Pinteresting Party Button
      on your blog. {& be sure to follow the hosting blogs to see when the next
      party is & if you were featured the following week} :)
    • By linking up you give me full permission to use one photo from your post if you are featured the following link.
    • Please, no Etsy shops or Giveaways. 
    Grab the party button!