Friday Favorites–On the Road Again

For some reason, my family tends to take a lot of end-of-summer vacations.  I can’t even blame procrastination.  It just seems that by the time we’re done flipping calendar pages to find a time we’re all available, that’s where we end up.  One year we came skidding into the driveway sideways from a cruise to Mexico the day before my son started school.  He politely requested that we never, ever do that again.  This year we’re giving him a whole week.

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One of my favorite things about traveling is the anticipation.  I want this Vacation Countdown from the Dating Divas, and I want it to always have a number on it.

DIY Vacation Countdown from The Dating Divas

This Vintage Postcard Travel Journal from A Beautiful Mess is so pretty, I might actually remember to write in it.

Vintage Postcard Travel Journal from A Beautiful Mess

We, as a society and definitely my family, travel with an abundance of electronics these days.  They all need juice, which means cords.  Pin-N-Tell shares a smart idea for keeping them from exploding like a peanut can snake all over the inside of your suitcase.  My personal electronic advice:  invest in a wall multi-plug surge protector.  Many hotels haven’t quite caught up to the plug-in needs of today’s traveler.

Travel Charger Organizer from Pic-N-Tell

I like taking a bag on airplanes that’s large enough to hold lots of stuff, but small enough I can stuff it under the seat in front of me, rather than fight the overhead bin battle.  This Large Patchwork Bag from All People Quilt looks just about right.

Large Patchwork Bag from All People Quilt

Ok, those these don’t exactly travel, but they’ve got the look so I’m slipping them in.  Maybe you can make one, using the instructions from The Bark, so your dog has somewhere stylish to hang out while you’re gone.

Dog Airstream from The Bark

Studs and Pearls was able to make these Lace Aviator Sunglasses for under $7, and was probably able to do her nails to match.

DIY Lace Aviator Sunglasses from Studs and Pearls

Unless your kids fall asleep the moment their little behinds hit a car or plane seat, and don’t wake up until you’ve arrived, you have to keep them busy.  This Clipping Toy from Kids Activities Blog seems like it would buy you a few peaceful miles.

DIY Clipping Toy from Kids Activities

Back to that sleeping thing – even if they don’t sleep the whole time, you might be able to coax a nap out of them with these Travel Pillows from Imagine Gnats.

Travel Pillows from Imagine Gnats

This DIY Secret Hanger from Plan B is a great idea.  I could also see it used to hold the accessories to go with whichever outfit is hanging on it.  I love the map fabric she used!

DIY Secret Hanger from Plan B

This one isn’t a craft, but still a good idea.  Visit Stuffed Suitcase to find out how and why to back up your data before you take off.

Backing Up Data Before Vacation Matters from Stuffed Suitcase

Have you done all your vacationing for the year, or will I run into you in Disneyland in September?

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Friday Favorites–Shark Week

So, sharks.  I can’t say it’s likely I’d be talking about them right now if there weren’t a popular television channel that has been dedicating an entire week to them, but here we are.  There are some great crafts and DIYs on the subject, but personally, they freak me out a little.  Thankfully, I’m not likely to ever come face to face with one of these toothy guys, because I am completely incapable of swimming.  Not even to save myself from a shark.

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Some of the footage shown throughout the week might be a little too much for some of the little ones.  Okay, maybe some of us *ahem* not-so-little-ones too.  Let them play along anyway with this shark memory game from Molly Moo.

Shark Matching Game by Molly Moo Crafts

This Shark Fin Shirt from Dollar Store Crafts is just the kind of thing my son would have found hilarious at that age.

Shark Fin Shirt by Dollar Store Crafts

This Shark Bag from Small and Friendly reminds me of a cartoon that was on when I was a kid.

Shark Bag by Small Friendly

What could be more perfect than a Shark Hoodie Towel, like this one from Just Crafty Enough, for hanging out at the beach?

Shark Hoodie Towel from Just Crafty Enough

I’m not sure how I’d cope with these guys looking up at me, but if you’re intrigued you can find the crochet pattern at stacie71’s Etsy shop.  She also has a few made up for those of us who are crochet-challenged.

Shark Slipper Socks Crochet Pattern from stacie71 on Etsy

Rather have the shark eat your head than your feet?  Check out this Shark Attack Hat from pie popper on Instructables.

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You can also go all in with this Shark Costume from Create Craft Love.

Shark Costume by Create Craft Love

Okay, even I have to admit this Shark Pencil Case from Patchwork Posse is pretty adorable.

Shark Pencil Case by Patchwork Posse

And this Watermelon Shark from Spoonful is pretty amazing.

Watermelon Shark by Spoonful

But I think it’s this Shark Trick-or-Treat Bag from Stitched by Crystal that’s finally lured me into shark infested waters.

Shark Trick or Treat Bag by Stitched by Crystal

Friday Favorites–If the Shoe Fits…

I used to live in flip flops.  I had a favorite leather pair that I wore for years.  Then suddenly one day I couldn’t tolerate the strap between my toes.  I don’t know what happened, but I have to be very picky about what I wear now.  I made myself some flip flop covers a few years ago, which made them a little more tolerable, but they’re still not my favorite.  It makes me sad, because I love the convenience and style options! 

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There is nothing cuter in this world than baby shoes.  The irony is, they don’t need them.  For a pretty solution to unnecessarily covering up those tiny toes, try these Barefoot Baby Sandals from Craftaholics Anonymous.

Barefoot Baby Sandals - Craftaholics Anonymous

For the littles that are old enough to need shoes but have trouble keeping them on their feet, Make it and Love it has the solution with these Interchangeable Flip Flop Back Straps.

Interchangeable Flip Flop Back Straps - Make it and Love it

I have some shoes very similar to the ones used by Me Making Do for this wedge sandal refashion.  This might have to happen!

Wedge Shoe Redo - Me Making Do

I love the black and white ribbon used on May Arts for these embellished flip flops.

Flip Flops with Flair - May Arts

The easy tutorial makes these Dip Dyed Shoes from Frankie seem doable.

Dip Dyed Shoes - Frankie

I’m intrigued by these DIY shoes from Pikkpack.  Apparently, you choose the ribbon and leather colors and they arrive flat-packed, Ikea-style, for you to assemble.

Pikkpack Shoes

My daughter loves her Toms.  In fact, she, all the bridesmaids and her flower girl wore them for the wedding.  Eventually, they do wear out though.  I’ll have to show her how she can give them a second life with this tutorial from Midwestern Thread.

DIY Toms Sandals - Midwestern Thread

Now here’s a flip flop I could consider.  This fabric makeover by The Mother Huddle makes them look much more toe-friendly.

Knot So Hard Flip Flops - The Mother Huddle

I wear slippers in the house, even in the summer, but sometimes it’s too hot.  These Summer Slippers from Lady Harvatine would be great for those sweltering days.

Summer Slippers - Lady Harvatine

These Macrame Sandals from My White Idea look as fun to make as they would be to wear.

Macrame Sandals - My White Idea

Friday Favorites–Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries

We’ve spent most of this week recovering from the wedding.  I’ll be talking about some of the details soon, but it couldn’t have been better.  Everything came together just as we imagined it, the weather was perfect, the bride and groom were very happy and they’ve started their adventure as newlyweds.  And the bride’s dad and I were exhausted.  Since we were busy getting ready, then too tired to cook, there were several days of take-out.  Now I just want some fresh fruit and vegetables, and one of my favorites is a bowl of cherries.

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Ok, so maybe this isn’t entirely the healthy food I was talking about, but I’m really intrigued by the idea of roasting the cherries before whirling them into this Roasted Cherry Milkshake from 52 Kitchen Adventures.

Roasted Cherry Milkshakes by 52 Kitchen Adventures

This crocheted set of pin-on cherries from Sewing Adicta gives a little more dimension than embroidery or an ordinary brooch.

Embroidered Cherries by Sewing Adicta

These Cherry Tablecloth Weights from Just Something I Made are a fun twist on a summertime outdoor necessity.

Summer Cherries Tablecloth Weights by Just Something I Made

These Chocolate Maraschino Cherry Mice from Frugal Coupon Living would be great for keeping the kids busy for a bit.

Maraschino Cherry Mice by Frugal Coupon Living

Technically these Cherry Lollipop Valentines from The Tomcat Studio are out of season, but I don’t see why you couldn’t make these any time you wanted to share a little cherry-flavored love.

Cherry Lollipop Valentines by The Tomcat Studio

Ah, the wedding favors.  One of my biggest recent projects (again, I’ll be sharing soon).  Before we landing on our final plan, we looked through LOTS of ideas, like these Cherry Bomb Wedding Favors from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Cherry Bomb Wedding Favors by Martha Stewart Weddings

With some premade pie crust dough and canned filling, these cherry tarts from Frankly Entertaining could be pulled together in a matter of minutes.

Cherry Tarts by Frankly Entertaining

This Cherry Garland from Willow Day is a fun décor idea for a summer party.

Cherry Garland by Willow Day

All I can say about these Quilled Cherries from Manuk is wow.

Quilled Cherries by Manuk

I have got to make myself a pair of these Cherry Earrings from Anna Pika.  So cute!

Cherry Earrings by Anna Pika

Friday Favorites–Here Comes the Bride

Well, here we are.  The wedding is tomorrow, and believe it or not, I think we’re actually ready for it.  I’m sure there’s something we’re forgetting and I’m counting on a day-of disaster, but at the end of it all they’ll be married and we will have spent time celebrating that with friends and family.  I’m just hoping that whatever happens makes for a good story we can laugh about later.

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We spent a lot of time deciding on a fun guest book.  I can’t say which idea won yet, but a close second is this Jenga Guestbook from Crafty Morning.  You could reminisce about your wedding and guests every time you play it.

Jenga Wedding Guestbook from Crafty Morning

There are so many beautiful, unique wedding invitations out there.  One that particularly caught my attention was this round version from Voyages of the Creative Variety.  How fun would this be to receive?

Round Wedding Invitations from Voyages of the Creative Variety

Tables generally need centerpieces, and if you have a lot of tables that becomes quite a project.  These little Candle Lampshades from Good Housekeeping would be fairly inexpensive, cute and provide a little mood lighting.

Candle Lampshade from Good Housekeeping

If you’re assigning seats, you also need numbers.  We used some galvanized metal in my daughter’s wedding, so these Numbered Tags from The Country Chic Cottage caught my attention.  It’s hard to believe these aren’t actually metal.

Faux Metal Number Tags from The Country Chic Cottage

It takes a brave soul to DIY a wedding cake, but it can definitely be done.  I love the clever use of a common candy on this Candy Wafer Cake from Intimate Weddings.

Candy Wafer Wedding Cake fom Intimate Weddings

Cake toppers have come a long way since I got married.  No longer stuck with some variation of a bride and groom, people have gotten very creative.  I love the use of vintage fabric on this Star Cake Topper from Project Wedding.

Vintage Star Cake Toppers from Project Wedding

This entire wedding on OneWed is gorgeous, with bright color everywhere, but my very favorite thing is the colorful underskirt on the bride.

Colorful Wedding Dress Underskirt from One Wed

We’ve found decorating an outdoor venue is a bit challenging.  Trying to find the balance between too much and not enough is tough.  These Pom Pom Vines from Once Wed would be a great way to add some color without going overboard.

Pom Pom Vines from Once Wed

This Felt Wedding Bouquet from Something Turquoise is to die for, and they explain how to make every bit of it.  In fact, if you’re in the market for wedding ideas, they have SO many good ones.

DIY Felt Wedding Bouquet from Something Turquoise

As long as we’re talking about a felt bouquet, why not also go with fabric corsages as well?  Check out the tutorial from Little Treasures.

Fabric Rose Brooch from Little Treasures

Wish me luck tomorrow…I’ll see you on the other side!

Friday Favorites–Pineapples

Thanks to our world economy, you can buy most varieties of fruit year-round these days.  Still, there’s something that says summer about a pineapple.  Even though the places that grow them are still on my vacation wish list, they evoke tropical feelings and make me want to hop an airplane. 

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When I get wherever it is that I’m going, I want to eat these Hawaiian Pork Fajitas with Pineapple Slaw and Coconut Rice by Half Baked Harvest.  If that has to actually be Hawaii, I guess I’ll try to suffer through it.

Hawaiian Hula Pork Fajitas With Pineapple Slaw and Coconut Rice by Half Baked Harvest

Or, I might just go straight to dessert so I can try out these Soft Pineapple Crumble Bars by Averie Cooks.  Love the color.

Soft Pineapple Crumble Bars by Averie Cooks

Maybe if I stick a paper umbrella in a glass of Sparkling Pineapple Lemonade from Create Craft Love it will do the trick. 

Sparkling Pineapple Lemonade by Create Craft Love

I think, for now, I’m going to have to stop thinking about traveling somewhere tropical and just bring a little of it home.  I could start with this pineapple vase shown on Sugar and Cloth.

Floral Tablescape by Sugar and Cloth

This Pineapple Cream Cheese Spread from The Healthy Foodie has an intriguing list of ingredients.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Spread by The Healthy Foodie

I’ve had grilled pineapple, but never watermelon.  I’d love to try these Grilled Pineapple and Watermelon Fruit Kabobs from A Night Owl.

Grilled Pineapple and Watermelon Fruit Kabobs by A Night Owl

Let’s get the kids in on this pineapple thing with this Fake Food Pineapple from While Wearing Heels.

Fake Food Pineapple by While Wearing Heels

I made my daughter a pineapple purse a few years ago, but I love the dimension in this Pineapple Bag from Llevo el Invierno.

Pineapple Bag by Llevo el Invierno 

Maybe giving someone else a pineapple gift will make me forget about my tropical getaway.  This Champagne Pineapple from Super Sandovnik might do the trick.

Champagne Pineapple by Super Sandovnik

Nope, I’m afraid the only thing that’s going to cure this tropical fever is a plane ticket.  I can even keep track of my luggage with this Pineapple Luggage Tag from Jordana Paige.

Pineapple Luggage Tag by Jordana Paige

Friday Favorites–Curb Appeal

Since we’re throwing a wedding at our home in a couple of weeks(!), we’ve been busy spiffing things up.  My husband just replaced all of our dark, 70’s doors with new pine complete with trim.  We’ve actually watered our yard and plants regularly and my son has been busy weeding and spreading bark dust.  It kinda makes me wish we had a wedding here every couple of years or so.  Don’t tell my husband I said that.  But our house and yard have never looked better.

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I actually have wood ceilings on the front porch and back deck of my house, similar to this Peekaboo Pallet Ceiling from Cape Twenty Seven.  It was one of the first things I loved about the house.

Pallet Ceiling by Cape 27

There are so many words you could use on this Welcome Mat from A Beautiful Mess

Welcome Mat by A Beautiful Mess

There’s just something about giant letters.  I love this Welcome Sign from The Wood Grain Cottage.

Front Porch Welcome Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

This is a brilliant but simple idea to camouflage the electric box from Love of Family and Home.

Camouflaging the Electrical Box by Love of Family and Home

There are bricks on the front of my house, but somewhere along the way someone decided it would be a good idea to paint them.  I don’t know why, and I wish I could go back and stop them, but it isn’t coming off now.  I thought about painting them, but I wasn’t sure it would work.  After seeing this Faux Brick Walkway from The Painted Home I might reconsider.

Faux Brick Walkway by Painted Home Designs

Shutters are a nice touch to brighten up a house.  Find out how to make your own from The Scrap Shoppe.

DIY Shutters by The Scrap Shoppe

If my garden hose is not immediately visible and accessible at all times, my flowers would never see a drop of water.  This DIY Garden Hose Holder from Love Grows Wild is a pretty way to display it. 

DIY Garden Hose Holder by Love Grows Wild

This garage door update from Garr Den of Love just goes to show the huge difference a little bit of hardware can make.

Garage Door Makeover by Garr Den of Love

Mail theft has been an issue where we live, so we have a big, not very attractive, locking mailbox.  I’d love to have a cute little number like this one from Beneath my Heart.

Mailbox Makeover by Beneath My Heart

I love everything about this Tree Bench from This Old House.

Tree Bench by This Old House

Since you can barely get a cart through Home Depot these days, I know we aren’t the only ones knee-deep in home improvement.  Whatcha been working on?

Friday Favorites–Easy as Pie

Maybe it’s the “American as apple pie” thing, but the 4th of July always makes me think of pie.  And not necessarily apple, although there are few pies I would rule out.  In my perfect world, sugar is good for you and butter gives you a six-pack.  On the front.

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This Salted Caramel Peanut Pie from Eats Well With Others looks like a big, round, rich candy bar.  Yum.

Salted Caramel Peanut Pie from Eats Well With Others

I have a couple of hazelnut trees by my house, and the day I’m faster than the hungry squirrels I might actually get to harvest some to make this Chocolate Pudding Pie with Hazelnut Crust from Everyday Maven.

Chocolate Pudding Pie with Hazelnut Crust from Everyday Maven

This Crème de Mint Pie from What’s Cooking with Ruthie might seem like more of a winter option, except I have a big patch of mint growing out front right now that’s just begging to become garnish.

Creme de Mint Pie from Whats Cooking With Ruthie

I have fond memories of eating blackberry pies and cobblers when I was a kid.  I just need some adorable little cast irons skillets and to convince my husband to let a few of the vines grow and I’ll be making these Blackberry Pot Pies from The Pioneer Woman on Food Network.

Blackberry Pot Pie from Food Network

I can’t even imagine how sweet and delicious this Butterscotch Pie from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice must be.

Butterscotch Pie from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

This Banana Split Pie from Raining Hot Coupons would be the perfect solution for one of those days when it’s too hot to cook, but everyone’s craving dessert.

Banana Split Pie from Raining Hot Coupons

This Caramel Coconut Cream Pie from I Want Crazy is definitely happening.  My son just discovered he likes to bake, and I watched him take a coconut from whole, in the shell, to grated last week.  I’m recruiting him to make this for me.

Caramel Coconut Cream Pie from I Want Crazy

This Strawberry Pie from Lemon Tree Dwelling is almost too pretty to eat.  I’m sure I could force myself to do it anyway.

Strawberry Pie from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Hey, all you bacon lovers out there, have you tried it in a pie?  Now’s your chance!  Check out this Bacon Apple Pie from The Loveless Café.

Bacon Apple Pie from The Loveless Cafe

My husband loves Red Velvet.  I told him it’s only chocolate dyed red, but according to him it tastes different.  I should probably stop trying to burst that bubble and just make him this Red Velvet Fudge Pie from Pizzazzerie.

Red Velvet Pie from Pizzazzerie

Have a happy and safe celebration tonight!

Friday Favorites–4th of July

I love it when the 4th of July rolls around.  The weather is nicer and we have a great view of a nearby town’s fireworks show from the back deck.  In addition to my country, I also just happen to love red, white and blue. 

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This Ticket American Flag from Organize and Decorate Everything was made using dollar store materials, but if you have some tickets stashed away from a special event, this would be a great way to display them.

Tickets American Flag by Organize and Decorate Everything

I’m really bad about painting my nails.  I’m probably the only person on the planet who doesn’t enjoy a professional manicure, and when I paint them myself I’m too impatient to do it properly.  However, this 4th of July Manicure from Fab Fatale really makes me want to give it another try.

4th of July Manicure by Fab Fatale

I had to include these Regal Eagle Cookies from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe.  I mean, how many times have you seen an Independence Day project involving eagles?

July 4th Regal Eagle Cookies by Dollhouse Bake Shoppe

These Popsicle Stick Flags from Gingersnap Crafts look like a good craft to try with the kids.

Popsicle Stick Flags by Gingersnap Crafts

I love me some red twists, and I’m thinking these 4th of July Party Favors from Sweet Simple Stuff are a good watching-fireworks-snack.

4th of July Party Favors by Sweet Simple Stuff

While we’re at it, lets add a side of Chocolate Dipped Oreo American Flag from The Pink Flour.

Chocolate Dipped Oreo American Flag by The Pink Flour

I’m going to have a TON of clothespins after the wedding, so I think I might need to make this wreath from Cat’s Craft Room next year.

Clothespin Flag Wreath by Cats Craft Room

This Crepe Paper Runner from Good Housekeeping is so simple and great for when you need a cute, temporary decoration.

Crepe Paper Runner by Good Housekeeping

These Fourth of July Chair Covers from Spoonful just make me wonder why I don’t have chair covers for every holiday.

Fourth of July Chair Covers by Spoonful

This Red, White and Blue Bustle Dress from Heart Break Kids is so sweet.  If I had a girl this size, I’d probably make the poor thing wear it all the time.

Red White and Blue Bustle Dress by Heart Break Kids

The 4th is on Friday this year, so be extra safe out there!

Friday Favorites–When Life Hands You Lemons…

Admittedly, I might have lemons on the brain right now.  My daughter’s wedding colors are yellow and grey, and much of the dessert buffet we’re serving is lemon-based, so I may be suffering from citrus-immersion.  But doesn’t it seem like there’s just a ton of lemony goodness out there right now?

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We’ve found gluten-free and lemon play really well together, and can’t wait to try these Lemon Brownie Bars from Wicked Good Kitchen.

Lemon Brownie Bars by Wicked Good Kitchen

I loved hand pies when I was a little girl, but I’m pretty sure lemon filling would be a new one for me.  These Mini Lemon Hand Pies from Lemons for Lulu made my must-try list.

Mini Lemon Hand Pies by Lemons for Lulu

If you’re never had lemon curd on a scone, you’ve got to try this Homemade Lemon Curd recipe from Sewlicious Home Décor.  Yum.

Lemon Curd by Sewlicious Home Decor

If you have any left over after the scones are gone, this recipe for Lemon Meringue Fudge from Torie Jayne would be the perfect way to use it up.

Lemon Meringue Fudge by Torie Jayne

If you need a quick but impressive dessert, you might want to check out these Three Ingredient Lemon Cheesecake Truffles from Tatertots and Jello.

Three Ingredient Lemon Cheescake Truffles by Tatertots and Jello

How about some strawberries thrown in?  This No Bake Strawberry Lemon Cookie Pie from Life Love and Sugar looks delicious.

No Bake Strawberry Lemon Cookie Pie by Life Love and Sugar

You don’t have to eat lemons to have fun with them.  Try these unique Lemon Peel Flowers from The Daily Squeeze.

Lemon Peel Flowers on The Daily Squeeze

Don’t throw away that juice from the inside!  Instead, make Invisible Ink with Minieco.

Invisible Ink by Minie Co

Lemon is just the smell of clean, making it the perfect flavor for this Homemade Lemon Soap from A Pumpkin and a Princess.

Homemade Lemon Soap by A Pumpkin and a Princess

If you like to carry your lemons, then this Citrus Wedge Coin Purse from Delia Creates is for you.

Citrus Wedge Coin Purse by Delia Creates