Day 89: Easter Celebration – Good food and some decorating ideas

Cute front door Easter decorations - wish I would have thought of this!

Cute front door Easter decorations – wish I would have thought of this!

Since today is Easter, I thought I’d share some pictures of our Easter celebration.   We had a lot of fun and the food was wonderful.  My sister got a spiral ham and made some side dishes.  I brought my potatoes and desserts and we had a nice little feast.

The Easter treats I made yesterday.

The Easter treats I made yesterday.

Our Easter Celebration - lots of good food

Our Easter Celebration – lots of good food

I spent some time yesterday making a few more of the cute felt bunny bags so I had one for each  of my niece and nephews  Here’s a picture of the little “basket of bunnies” that I took with me.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the gesture, although my nephews were a little less excited than my nieces!

A basket of bunnies for the nieces and nephews

A basket of bunnies for the nieces and nephews

We did the traditional stuff – went to church and then the girls dyed Easter Eggs.  I told them that I’d put a picture of them in my blog since they all are regular readers!  These are what we call “the Victoria girls” – all three have the middle name “Victoria”.  It was great to have them there this weekend – hopefully they will see this shout-out!

The "Victoria Girls" had a good time decorating Easter Eggs

The “Victoria Girls” had a good time decorating Easter Eggs

I’m adding a couple of pictures of the Easter decorations at a house across the street from my parent’s.  I’ve met this woman and she is amazing – has a bunch of kids and a beautiful house.  I couldn’t resist taking a few shots of her “simple but effective” decorations.  It literally made me mad that I didn’t think of  the carrot idea!  Anyway, I thought I’d document this so I’ll remember to do it next year.

I love the window frame decoration

I love the window frame decoration

Finally, a picture of my parents.  I was so blessed to get to spend time with them. Even though they don’t read my blog , I wanted to share this nice picture I got during dinner.  Don’t they look great!

So glad we got to spend the day with these wonderful people!

So glad we got to spend the day with these wonderful people!

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Day 88: Hasselback Potatoes – No relation to David (wait, that’s Hasselhoff!)

The finished product  - they're worth the work!

The finished product – they’re worth the work!

Today I’m finishing up some Easter projects to take with me to my parent’s house.  As I mentioned yesterday, I’m really excited to see everyone and have been having fun getting some treats together for the big feast.  Since I’m in charge of potatoes, I’ve been searching Pinterest for a new recipe that will really wow the family.

I found a site called  “Views from the Ville “that had an interesting recipe.  Apparently,  in addition to lobster Maine is also known for  potatoes.  I never knew that, but this recipe sounded good and meets one of my criteria – no sour cream.  Big Daddio really doesn’t like those cheesy potato recipes with sour cream.  Which is too bad because they’re really good to make ahead for a crowd.  I think he will be happy to have a change of pace this time.  Here’s the link:  http://viewsfromtheville.com/2012/04/10/scalloped-hasselback-potatoes-recipe/

Get big potatoes and cut them carefully

Get big potatoes and cut them carefully

The trick to this recipe is getting nice big russet potatoes.  I used a whole 5 pound bag since I’m expecting at least 13 people for dinner.  The recipe only calls for 2 potatoes and I’m not sure how many that is supposed to serve, but our family has a lot of big eaters so I made quite a few.

The only hard part of making these is cutting the thin slices all along each potato while avoiding cutting all the way thru.  I’m not going to lie – I did mess up a few, but it doesn’t really matter.  I just smooshed them all into a pan and just made it look like they weren’t cut apart.  Really – don’t stress about that.  It just takes a little practice.

Once they're all lined up in the pan it doesn't really matter if some are cut all the way thru

Once they’re all lined up in the pan it doesn’t really matter if some are cut all the way thru

After you cut them, you put butter and Parmesan cheese in the little slots between the cuts.  This is somewhat time consuming, but I figured that it took no more time  than peeling and mashing potatoes for a large group.  They look pretty cool when they’re done and are kind of fancy.  For this event, I cooked them for an hour and then took them with me.  When I got to my parent’s house, I reheated them for about 20 minutes and then added the cream and shredded cheese.  Then I baked them for another 20 minutes.

We agreed that this recipe is a keeper.  It looks and tastes great and is perfect for a nice dinner.  The only thing I would have done differently is to cook them a little longer.  I think that because they were so big some of them didn’t get as soft as I would have liked.  But that’s easily remedied and I will definitely be making these again.

Day 87: Easter Preparations – Bird’s Nests and Dipped Carrots

Strawberry carrots - a fun Easter treat.

Strawberry carrots – a fun Easter treat.

I’ve been busy today making some things to take to my parent’s house for Easter Weekend.  Most of my family will be there and I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone.  I’m in charge of desserts and potatoes for about 15 people.  Today I’m working on the dessert and treats and tomorrow I’ll finish the potatoes.

Both of my recipes came from a site called Parenting.com.  I’m know I used to read Parenting magazine when the kids were little and there were always lots of great ideas.  Looks like they still have lots of good ideas and I found two that were quick, easy and cheap.  I was able to put these together quickly this morning.  Here’s the link: http://www.parenting.com/blogs/kid-friendly-recipes/holly-kapherr/easter-craft-ideas

The first idea was the Dipped Strawberries that look like carrots.  I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to find the orange candy coating, but sure enough they had it at Michael’s and it was even on sale.  They have lots of colors and I’ll have to remember that for other occasions.

I think they look kind of like carrots, right?

I think they look kind of like carrots, right?

The candy coating melted easily and I was able to cover a quart with one bag.  After I dipped them I went back and drizzled some over the tops to make them look more like carrots.  My daughter said they didn’t look like carrots, just strawberries dipped in orange chocolate.  But she’s my harshest  critic and I think they look pretty cute.

The second project (in the same link) was for “Bird’s Nest” cookies.  I love no-bake things like this and they only had two ingredients. Perfect!

Only two ingredients - three if you count the candy

Only two ingredients – three if you count the candy

These are really simple – just melt the butterscotch, dump in the noodles and mix them up.  Pretty much like making Rice Krispy treats. Then you just form them into nest shapes and let them harden.  The recipe said to use 1/4 cup, but I think I might try making them a little smaller next time.  After they hardened, I melted a little more chocolate and pressed in the chocolate.  Genuis – they look really cute, even for a novice like me.

They do look just like bird nests!

They do look just like bird nests!

So, those are my two Easter treat projects.  I’m pretty pleased with the results and I will look very Pinterest-y when I arrive at the party with them.

Day 86: Facial and a “Between the Sheets” Cocktail – now that’s what I call a good day!

"Between the Sheets"   - even better because it didn't cost $12

“Between the Sheets” – even better because it didn’t cost $12

Yesterday’s pedicure was so relaxing and effective that I decided to try another pampering idea today.  I’ve never actually gone somewhere to have a facial, but it sounds like a good idea.  And a cocktail called “Between the Sheets”  was just not to be missed!

All this activity occurred pretty late at night because we went out to dinner after work and didn’t get home until later than planned.  We had just planned to run and get “something quick” at the Getaway (my local readers will recognize this name).  It’s a very casual local sports bar with good food and cheap beer and usually you can run in and grab something quick.

Tonight we got there and the place was packed.  As in –  there was a line almost out the door!  We couldn’t figure out what was going on, but apparently there was some kind of promotion happening and they passed out entry forms to fill out for door prizes. We won two tickets to a new movie before we even got in the door  and we never win anything!

We finally made it to our table and about the time a musician showed up with a little entourage.  Apparently he was a local guy who has made it kind of big in Nashville in the country music business.  I don’t know much (anything) about country music, but he was good.  Really good.  Played a lot of Eagles, Jimmy Buffet and lots of other country stuff that even I liked.  So – for the price of a burger and beer we got to hear this really good musician.  It was a fun atmosphere because a lot of his family and friends were there.  It was just an unexpected surprise and lots of fun, but it did mean that I got home later than planned.

Ingredients for my home facial - looks like you could eat this if you wanted to!

Ingredients for my home facial – looks like you could eat this if you wanted to!

I used a DIY Facial Peel recipe that I found at a blog called The Beauty Snoop.  She has some cute things, but again kind of young for me.  I’m probably not going to be able to carry off something called “The Princess Jasmine” hairdo!  At least not without a major uproar from my daughters.  I did think her facial peel recipe looked interesting.  Here’s the link: http://www.thebeautysnoop.com/2013/03/diy-peel-off-detox-facial-masque.html.

This is what it looks like when it's all mixed up - I won't show what it looked like on my face

This is what it looks like when it’s all mixed up – I won’t show what it looked like on my face

I mixed everything up and smeared it on my face.  Like yesterday, I’m not going to show a picture of this activity.  Even Big Daddio looked a little disturbed when I came in wearing this stuff.  I had to leave it on for 30 minutes and it did make my face feel really tight and mask-like.  When I went to “peel” it off it didn’t “peel” like the picture.  I had to just wash it off with hot water, but it did leave my face really clean and smooth.  So I guess that was a success  – although I would recommend making 1/2 the recipe.  It made a ton and I threw away most of it.

My final project was a cocktail called “Between the Sheets” from a site called Dricks’ Rambling Cafe.  OH MY GOSH, this guy has a million great sounding recipes for Cajan and Gulf Coast style cooking.  Here’s the link for the drink I chose: http://dricksramblingcafe.blogspot.com/2010/06/between-sheets-pere-ripiene.html.  I followed the directions, except I used Mango flavored rum to make it a little fruitier.  I CAREFULLY shook it all in my martini shaker, to avoid my last disaster where the top flew off and drink went flying all over the kitchen.

The ingredients - I did substitute Mango flavored rum at the last minute

The ingredients – I did substitute Mango flavored rum at the last minute

I shared this lovely concoction with Big Daddio.  We decided it was wonderful and would cost about $12 in a fancy Chicago bar.  Then we decided to make another batch just to be sure we really like it.  We did!  Now I’m just sad that I didn’t make the cheese-stuffed pear as described in the recipe to go along with the cocktail.  I will definitely be trying that in the future.

Bottom line – this was a fun evening and I really enjoyed my Pinterest-ing today!

Day 85: Pedicure : Heading to warmer weather

My favorite nail polish - reminds me of my last cruise

My favorite nail polish – reminds me of my last cruise

As I’ve often mentioned, I need to combine my Pinterest activities with required maintenance around the house just to keep my head above water!  When I saw a pin about pedicure tips this week, it occurred to me that I could use the same logic for some “personal” maintenance.  Now that the weather has FINALLY started to improve  and I’m heading to Atlanta, I decided to use a couple of the pedicure tips and see if I can get my rather disgusting feet under control.  Winter and wearing heels everyday to work has really taken a toll on them.

The only problem with this project is that even after a pedicure my feet really aren’t “foot model” worthy, so this post is a little light on pictures.  My family always jokes that we have a genetic pre-disposition to ugly feet, so at least I come by it honestly.   I remember a girl I went to high school with who had the best feet – I can still remember them after over thirty years!  Anyway, I won’t be embarrassing myself by showing any pictures of this particular part of my body – or any others for that matter!

If you don't have a Ped Egg - get one!

If you don’t have a Ped Egg – get one!

Here’s the process I used.  First, I got out my handy Ped Egg.  This is my favorite foot “equipment”.  After I tried it for the first time a few years ago I called my whole family and told them to go out and get one.  As I mentioned, as a group we all need help in the foot department.  My daughters think the Ped Egg is “gross” because it makes what they call “foot powder”.  I guess it’s all the dead stuff that gets scraped off and I suppose that is gross, but it really does make my feet look better.

The next step was a Pinterst pin that I found at a site called “Projectville – Daily Style Inspriation”  This blog has some cute ideas, although she’s a lot younger than me.  I mean, I’m probably not going to start wearing feathers in my hair!  But she did have a really fun idea about buying perfume as a souvenir from all her trips.  She buys a different bottle in each airport and writes where she got it with a Sharpie on the bottle.  I think I’m going to start doing this – in fact,I’ll give it a try when I’m in Atlanta this week.

Anyway, she has a little post about giving yourself a pedicure and that’s what I used as my inspiration.  Here’s the link:  http://welcometoprojectville.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Beauty.  It’s pretty simple, but has some ideas I haven’t tried before.

Ingredients for the foot scrub  - don't tell Big Daddio I used his pretzel salt!

Ingredients for the foot scrub – don’t tell Big Daddio I used his pretzel salt!

I started off with the foot “milk bath”.  I did this quickly while Big Daddio was out because he would have complained about wasting milk on my feet.  It was very relaxing.  After that I whipped up the scrub she suggests.  It’s made with honey, vinegar and salt.  I didn’t know how well it would work, but I really liked it.  It’s just abrasive enough to be effective but the honey makes it really soothing.  I will definitely do this again.

Finally, I got out my favorite nail polish.  I bought this for my cruise last year and it just makes me happy when I see it.  I painted several coats (carefully) and then finished it with a coat of clear polish.  I think this is a really important step – it makes it last a lot longer and seems to hold up better when wearing heels.

My feet look much better now.  I almost broke down and showed a picture, but they’re still not that great.  At least I’ll be able to wear sandals in Atlanta if it’s warm enough – which I’m really hoping it is!  Hope this inspires you to get out your nail polish and flip flops!

Day 84: Chocolate Banana Muffins – Not my best effort, but don’t blame the recipe

Chocolate Banana Muffins - I thought they needed to be sweeter.

Chocolate Banana Muffins – I thought they needed to be sweeter.

I’m still kind of basking in the glory of my successful Easter Basket project!  I was so happy with how my little card and bow turned out last night that it was hard to move on and think about what to do today.  I finally started looking for a project this afternoon – something that wouldn’t require going shopping because I know I’ll be tired after bell choir and have just been to the store one too many times recently.  Also, it’s a big night of TV so I will be in a big hurry to get home.

I found this recipe at a site called Shad and Lizzie.  I actually went to the site originally to look at her cute idea for felt flower headbands for the baby.  However, it looks like I should order some pre-made elastic bands to do these and I definitely won’t have those by tonight.  I started looking thru her recipes  (all pretty kid-friendly) and found these chocolate banana muffins.  These should make Big Daddio happy and I’m pretty sure that I have everything at home already.  Here’s the link: http://shadandlizzie.blogspot.com/search/label/recipes

What I really need is a cleanup day around my house!  I have remnants of various projects scattered all around and it’s starting to get out of control.  My daughter Brooke was home last weekend and she said I’ll need next year to just get everything cleaned up from my projects this year.  Rats – because I was thinking that next year would be my “travel and have fun with the granddaughter year”.    I guess I’d better start getting things cleaned up in my spare time – just not sure when that will be!

Anyway, this recipe looked easy and good.  I was hoping to take these with me when I visit my parents this weekend for Easter.  I’d like to give them something they can keep in the freezer and pull out for a little snack every now and then.  Unfortunately, these didn’t turn out all that good.  I will explain that in a minute.

All the ingredients - things looked good at this point

All the ingredients – things looked good at this point

Everything went into the processor for mixing.  Things were going along nicely until I got to the end of the recipe and noticed that I was supposed to chop the chocolate before adding to the batter.  Well, by this point I was tired and decided that since everything was already in the food processor I could just throw the pieces of dark chocolate in with everything else and chop it up that way.

That doesn’t sound like such a bad idea as I’m writing it down.  Unfortunately, the chocolate didn’t chop up – it just kind of congealed with the batter and formed a gloppy mess with large pieces of unchopped chocolate.  Even though it looked pretty doubtful, I decided to go ahead and bake the muffins.  What’s the worst that could happen?  Haha – that’s my motto in life and I’m sticking to it.

The batter just looks kind of unattractive

The batter just looks kind of unattractive

Well, they came out of the oven looking pretty unappealing.  They sat sadly  on the kitchen counter – not even Big Daddio would go near them.

Finally I gave them a try.  Here’s the thing.  Part of the problem was definitely with my technique, no question about that.  I think the other thing is that they’re billed as “healthy” and I just don’t think they were sweet enough for my taste.  They might appeal to someone who really likes healthy stuff – they don’t have sugar and they’re made with whole wheat flour.  So I don’t want to discourage anyone who is into healthy recipes.  If anyone tries them (correctly) and likes them, please let me know.

As I always say, what’s the worst that could happen?  In this case, I have a bunch of muffins that just might not get eaten.  Oh, well!

Day 83: Easter Basket & Card – I’m feeling pretty crafty tonight!

Easter basket 10

Today I’m working on an Easter Basket to send to my daughter in Arkansas.  I’m not very good about sending things thru the mail, but I thought this would be the perfect occasion.  I can (as always) combine a few Pinterest projects with a gift – what could be more efficient?  I’m banking on the fact that she won’t really read this, at least before she gets it in the mail.  My daughter Brooke told me she never reads my blog unless it’s not about food.  She’s uninterested in food, so she might be reading this.  I think Lauren is more interested in food so she may skip the Easter Basket stuff.

This is how my basket started.  Pretty Christmas-y

This is how my basket started. Pretty Christmas-y

I’m using a couple of things I’ve already made, including the cute felt Easter Bunny bag and the lemon cookies from yesterday.  I also spray painted a little Christmas basket I found up in my attic.  It was a very Christmas-y green when I started and now it’s white.  I found a cute pink embroidered hand towel or napkin or something that I’m using inside the basket.  It’s pretty nice – I almost hate to part with it.  Good thing it’s for one of my three favorite daughters!

I stopped at the store and picked up a few items I needed to finish this project.  Lots of candy of course and a Starbuck’s gift card because I know Lauren drinks a lot of coffee.  That should be a nice little surprise just in time for Easter.

Remember my Easter Bunny?  I filled it with candy

Remember my Easter Bunny? I filled it with candy

I wanted to dress up the basket, so I added some things from my scrapbook “stash” in the basement.  Some ribbon and stick-on decorations made it look more festive.  I also put a pretty pink striped paper in the bottom, although you can’t see it in the picture.

My crafty Easter Basket

My crafty Easter Basket

I also thought I should add a card and of course thought of the free downloads that are available.  I searched until I found a cute Easter card at a site called Inkyco.  Wow – so many adorable things there.  Here’s the link:  ttp://www.inkyco.com.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=271:free-easter-gift-cards&Itemid=111 .  I  printed it out on a sheet of cardstock and “Voila” – you can see the results.  This is the reason I love Pinterest.  It seems like you can find almost anything you need.

Homemade card - notice the cute "tiny bow".  I think I'll be making these all the time!

Homemade card – notice the cute “tiny bow”. I think I’ll be making these all the time!

I also added something I’ve had pinned for quite awhile but never got around to doing.  It’s directions for making “tiny bows”.  I’ve always wanted to learn how to make better bows and I thought this would be a good way to start.  It’s actually pretty easy and just involves a fork and a ribbon.  I won’t go into great detail on this because you can see the process if you look at the pin.  Sorry, you can’t go to the original site, but I was able to figure it out from the picture on the pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/22518066858961985/. It did work well even for a low-skill crafter such as me.

I’ll get this package in the mail tomorrow and Lauren should have it by Easter.  I sure do miss the days of having three little girls at home for the excitement of Easter Egg hunts and all going to church together.  But the upside is that I’m not frantically sewing dresses like I used to and of course there’s always the new granddaughter to spoil once she gets up and running!

Day 82 – Lemon Cookies – a nice little springtime treat from the Easter Bunny

Lemon Cookies - great for Springtime

Lemon Cookies – great for Springtime

Tonight I’m trying an interesting sounding cookie.  I thought would be good for an Easter package I want to send to my daughter who lives too far away.  It’s always sad when she can’t be here for the holidays, but we will be seeing her the following weekend.  I’m not sure if she actually reads my blog or just says she does, so I guess this will be the test!

I bought a bag of lemons the other day.  It was just about the same price to buy a bag as to by a couple on their own.   That is what inspired me to chose this recipe.  That and the fact that I really like lemon.  Lemon bars, lemon cookies, pretty much lemon anything.  I really don’t think you can go wrong with lemon and these also have WHITE CHOCOLATE.  That’s when I knew I had to try this recipe.

I found the recipe at a site called Culinary.net.  It has lots of recipes, so I’ll have to go back and take another look later.  I’m sure I’ll find lots of good ideas.  The recipe I chose tonight was:  http://www.culinary.net/recipes/RecipeDetail.aspx?ID=6028&CourseName=Cookies&CourseID=23.

These cookies are a little funny shaped - next time I might do them a little differently

These cookies are a little funny shaped – next time I might do them a little differently

The only thing surprising about making these was how much lemon peel they took.  I needed 1/4 cup and I used 3 lemons.  I probably could have used more but I got tired of grating.  I think I need a better grater because it was kind of a lot of work.

After you mix the dough, you divide it into four sections and roll into little logs.  After that you wrap them in wax paper and put in the refrigerator for an hour.  Then they are ready to be cut and baked.  You should cut them as soon as they come out of the frig – they definitely get harder to cut when they are warmer.

These cookies will be nice for my Easter baskets.

These cookies will be nice for my Easter baskets.

Mine didn’t spread out and look like the picture on the blog, but they still taste darn good.  I had to laugh at Big Daddio – he came in the kitchen, looked at them and said ” I don’t think I’ll like them”.  Then he tasted them before the frosting and said he liked them, but didn’t think he’d like them with frosting.  After they were frosted he said he liked them even better.  Honestly, some times he just wears me out!  But they are good and have a really nice lemon taste.  The white chocolate doesn’t hurt either!

Let me know if you have of a faster way to grate a 1/4  cup of lemon peel.  That’s the only thing that would slow me down from making them again. They are pretty and are a nice change from more traditional cookies.  Enjoy!

Day 81 – Best Fries Ever – by Gwenyth Paltrow

Sorry for the weird color.  I used Big Daddio's new phone, but I guess I don't have the hang of it yet!

Sorry for the weird color. I used Big Daddio’s new phone, but I guess I don’t have the hang of it yet!

Tonight I decided to make “The Best Fries Ever” – self proclaimed by the SELF.com site where I found the recipe.  In addition to these no-fry fries from the recipes of Gwenyth Paltrow, the site has a lot of her other recipes and workout tips.  I don’t know if you’ve seen Gwenyth lately, but she was on Glee last season (remember that it’s one of Big Daddio’s favorite show?).  Anyway, if this is what she’s eating to look LIKE THAT, then count me in!

I’m especially thinking about healthy eating and exercise because I’m getting ready to go on a Girl’s Weekend with a bunch of friends in a few weeks.  These “girls” are all in great shape and even though I’ve tried to stay somewhat fit, I’m going to look like a gargoyle next to some of them.  That means I have less than a month to get in fabulous shape.  That is the reason I was looking at  the SELF site in the first place and found a recipe for french fries.

This is all the potatoes I could find.

This is all the potatoes I could find.

I scrounged a few un-rotten potatoes out of the cupboard and threw away the surprising number of rotten ones.  I actually found it surprisingly calming and fulfilling to cut them up into neat little fry shapes.  The only thing that worried me was using my huge scary knife to do the cutting.  I have a very healthy respect for this knife, so I cut pretty slowly.  None of that fast cutting like you see on the cooking shows.

It was actually pretty easy to cut these

It was actually pretty easy to cut these

I put them in the oven for about 25 minutes as directed in the recipe.  I turned them a few times and switched the pans – yes, I did make two pans because I’m sharing with Big Daddio and I had a feeling he was going to like these.

We pulled them out of the oven and started eating.  They were excellent!  Even Big Daddio, who is usually a tough audience really liked them.  Of course, how can you go wrong with hot-out-of the-oven fries?  At least they were cooked in olive oil.  I’m just trying to figure out if Gwenyth eats these WHILE exercising.  I guess I could give that a try!

Day 80: Botanical prints – Pottery Barn was my inspiration

My new "picture gallery"  - it was quite a bargain

My new “picture gallery” – it was quite a bargain

You may have started to think that we’ve given up on our hall project, but you would be wrong.  I just needed to wait for Big Daddio to do some of the painting.  We’re still not completely done, but we’re made good progress and I’m determined to have it finished by the end of March.  That will mean I’ll be on track to finish one major project each month  (see also bedroom and laundry room!).  As I’ve said before, I guess it’s a good thing I’ve got an almost unlimited supply of outdated rooms to work on.

I found a pin that I really liked with an idea for a series of pictures down the hallway.  It’s a blog called A Thoughtful Place.  Here is the link: http://www.athoughtfulplaceblog.com/2011/04/botanical-beauties.html. If you look at it, you’ll see some really great home decor ideas. I looked in my Pottery Barn catalog and found almost exactly what I was looking for.  Unfortunately, the prints were $100 each and I needed three.  That’s more than my budget for this whole project!  So, like a good Pinterest blogger I knew it was time to get crafty.

I went to Michael’s and found white frames and mats.  I think they cost about $60 in total.  Already on my way to a bargain!

Everything I needed to make my own botanical prints

Everything I needed to make my own botanical prints

Next, I searched Pinterest and found a sit with exactly what I was looking for – botanical prints to download and print for free.  There were hundreds to choose from so I had a hard time making up my mind.  I finally just picked three and stopped worrying about it.  It took about 20 minutes to get everything in the frame and ready to go.

These prints are so pretty and there's lots to chose from.

These prints are so pretty and there’s lots to chose from.

At this point, Big Daddio stepped in to help hang them on the walls that he has been so diligently painting.  They look really nice and I love the combination of the white and gray.  It look a few tries to get the color I wanted and it’s still a little bluer than I was hoping for.  But I don’t think I’ll ask him to repaint it again – haha, I might lose my “voluntary” laborer for good!

I also found a cute “welcome” sign to hang over the door.  I had bought a large one that I was going to hang on the long wall, but once I found the picture idea I decided to take it back.  Brooke had the great idea to find a smaller one for over the door.  It’s just what I needed.

Another view - I'm in love!

Another view – I’m in love!

Also, notice the lovely door.  We thought we were going to have to buy all new hardware, which would have been expensive and difficult.  Everything in our house seems to be a slightly odd size or shape.  So John just sprayed everything with a metallic spray paint (I love that stuff!).  I think it looks great and it saved us from having to buy an expensive new door.

I can’t wait to show the other side of the hall and my new light, but I have a little more work to do.  I’ll keep you posted.