March 24, 2014

• PROJECTS • Burlap Wreath w/Nest, Design #3

This post originally posted March 24, 2014 on my blog 'Home Sweet Home No.14'. -----> Yes, you read that right. I have made another Burlap Wreath. This one will hang in the top center of the breakfast area window, since I went from full length curtains to cafe style.
The concept for making this one is the same one I used for burlap wreath #2, I just changed the ribbon and the loops aren't as tightly pushed together as the other one. I used a smaller wreath form and I added a little nest with eggs.

The kitchen is coming along slowly.....very slowly!  Of course it doesn't help when I have my mind set on one thing (like butcher block counter tops) and then at the last minute change my mind.......which means some other things will have to change!
Does this ever happen to you?

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March 17, 2014

• RECIPES • Bangers & Mash

For St. Patricks day my Son-In-Law was going to make corn beef and cabbage BUT since him and my daughter are the only ones that like cooked cabbage he decided to make Bangers and Mash (his way)! This is a very simple dish to make......and delish!!



  • ~ potatoes for mashing, however many you use for your family
  • ~ any veggie for a side
  • ~ your favorite brown gravy recipe or you can cheat and use McCormicks Brown gravy mix
  • ~ Johnsonville Irish O'Garlic Sausage
  • ~ sunflower, canola or vegetable oil (which ever you have on hand)



  1. . Boil your potatoes
  2. 2. While potatoes are boiling pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  3. 3. Once oven is ready, rub oil on sausage and bake for 15 minutes then flip and cook for another 15 minutes (total cook time 30 mins). Turn off oven and leave them in the oven until it is time to serve.
  4. 4. Mash your potatoes, make your gravy
  5. 5. Place a serving of mashed potatoes on a plate, lay the sausage on top, then pour on the gravy, add your sides and serve.
Created using The Recipes Generator

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Hope you enjoy,

March 9, 2014

• PROJECTS • Clothespin Wreath

This post was originally posted March 9th 2014, on my blog 'Home Sweet Home No.14'.
-----> I have to say this is one of the easiest and quickest wreaths to make. I'm is!! I should also say it is the cheapest..........I already had all the supplies so it was a FREE craft. However, if I had to take a guess at the price...............Under $10..........if even that high.

I've seen this pinned on several boards and thought how cute! I need to make one. So I grabbed some supplies I had on hand and got to work. Total time to make this wreath 10 - 15 minutes!!!

  * Metal ring (or you can shape a wire hanger into a ring) about 10 inches or larger (I found mine in DH tool chest....I have no idea what it goes too or if he needs it! But considering it has been sitting in there for about 5 years.....I honestly don't think he is going to use it)
*100 clothes pins ($1.27 @ walmart) or more, depending on the size of your ring
*choice of ribbon for the bow.
 *wire to make the hanger

OK.........are you ready to assemble it? Included are images with instructions and printed instructions follow with no images.

1. make a wire hanger and place where you want the top center of your wreath to be

2. clip clothespin on the ring until no more will fit

3.starting at the center left, count 10 clothespins, squeeze to open and add a bead of glue then close the clothes pin. Then repeat this step to the right of the hanger.
(the reason for doing this, is so the top clothespins DO NOT flop over when you hang it)

4. once the glue is dry, flip the wreath over and run a line of glue all the way around the back of the wreath. let it dry.

5. Here is the final step.......make your bow. Ann Drake from On Sutton Place has a great tut on making the perfect technique for making this type of bow is similar to hers but I don't use staples, so it makes it more difficult for me to get pictures, one handed, and hers is alot easier!!

Then  glue on the bow and
there ya go!

Oh, I just thought of this.........if you want to coordinate the wreath with the colors in your laundry room you could cover the clothespin with washi tape or paint! How cute would that be??

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March 2, 2014

• HOUSE & HOME • Wash, Dry, Fold, Repeat...Laundry Room

I havefinally finished the laundry closet!

 It took me long enough. However, part of the problem is the fact that this isn't a laundry room. You know... you open the double doors and BOOM there is the washer and dryer. I mentioned in my Home Tour Pt.1 that I was hoping to find a home with a laundry room
this house had everything else we wanted so sacrificing an actual laundry room was fine with me; it just made it more difficult to decorate.

Paint color was one of my biggest issues.
When we first moved in I painted the walls a chocolate brown and it stayed that way until this past summer, when I decided to use a paint color I had picked for the second bath but changed my mind.
This paint color is called "SPICED PUMPERNICKEL".

It's an odd color I know but once I put it on the walls in here it just seemed to work.........unlike in the bathroom.

Then the long drawn out process of trying to figure out how I wanted to decorate it. Of course I had tons of ideas on my pinterest board: HOME DECOR: LAUNDRY ROOMS

Here are just a few
Isn't this just the cutest laundry room? The Fancy Shack

Love the little vintage childs dress......FROM MY FRONT PORCH TO YOURS

Talk about great inspiration. But how to take these ideas for laundry rooms and convert them into a closet!!
I definitely needed shelves. It had on ugly wire shelf when we moved in. That was taken out about 6 months after we moved in. DH installed one wood shelf in the same spot as the wire one. Then last year I had him install a second shelf.
I had debated on whether or not to put a cabinet in there........
I'm a bit of a pack rat and I knew if I had a cabinet in there I would be keeping things I do not need to keep!!
I spent almost 6 months looking for baskets to use in there. I wanted metal with a liner and I didn't want to pay alot. I finally found 3 oval baskets at Ross's. I found a rectangular one at World Market, when we moved my youngest son to Mooresville, NC for school. The other one I found at Hobby Lobby. With baskets on the ready I framed my first printable (I don't have this one available for download).

Figured out where I was going to put it and just went from there.

Each basket has a label attached to it so family members know where things are.

There is also a glass jar bought from Walmart that holds Borax.
One basket holds light bulbs,

another holds my jugs of laundry detergent,
one holds the iron
and the smallest one holds my go to tools (this saves me from going out in the garage or shed when I need a tool in a hurry)

The metal laundry sign actually had hooks on it when it was purchased but I had DH remove them.

Between the washer and dryer is the step stool. We actually have 2 but one is for the garage and outside and this one is used inside. Next to that I mounted a 3M hook and hung our mini ironing board from it.

And last but not least is my...
Clothespin wreath!!! The tut for this will be posted next week, so be on the look out for it!

It has only taken me 5 years to finish it, but, I believe it was worth it and I am glad it is finished!
What do you think?


Life on Lakeshore Drive

Enjoy and thank  you for visiting, Tina