Monday, July 28, 2014

It all started with a door...

a simple front door.

Then it snowballed...

into a new storm door, trim, and a new porch railing.

Basically, a new look to the front of our house.

We needed a new front door and this one was on sale at Home Depot.
Greg put it in and then this simple project took on a life of it's own.

It's all pretty on the outside, except for one little problem.

That old ugly wrought iron railing!

It's gotta go!!!

A new vinyl railing was going in. I begged Greg to hire someone to do it because I was afraid he was going to fall off. He told me I was nuts (that's the nice way of saying it)!

Oh, see that green thing in the middle picture? That's our old front door. He put it there so the dog and I wouldn't fall off.

While we were waiting on the stair rails to the railing to be special ordered, we decided we needed a new storm door. Greg worked on it and Gage supervised. 

See that green under the door? That's the green trim that he put in after he installed the storm door.

We ordered the door from Home Depot. It really is pretty nice. That top glass pulls down and the hidden screen comes down. I think I'll love it in the Spring and Fall.

Everything was finally done.

Except for power washing the porch.

It all started with a door.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Chalkboard T-Shirts

I love summer when the grandkids are out of school and we can spend a lot of time together. When we get cool days, we take advantage of them and do something outside (like the zoo), but on these extremely hot days, we need to find something to do inside.

Painting t-shirts with chalkboard paint was perfect!

I found this fabric chalkboard paint at JoAnn's. They sold the ready made t-shirts, too, but making them ourselves was much more fun.

Jace wanted a tie, so we used tape to mark it off. We used painter's tape and it stuck really well.

They got right to painting. We found the sponge brushes worked the best.

We did a couple of coats of the paint and then let it dry for about 24 hours.

Jordyn wanted a border, so after her oval she painted dried, I cut out a scalloped frame with heat transfer vinyl on the Silhouette and ironed it on.

Let the fun begin. Decorating!
(Jordyn's changed a couple of times.)

(And it changed, again!)
Can you tell they're extremely proud to be a part of Brandon and Christina's wedding in October?
I love this picture!

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's a Party! #168

Welcome to the party. I'm so glad you're here!

We're back to miserably hot days again this week. Last week it was so cool and nice and we made sure we took advantage of it. Greg and I did a lot of work outside and Christina and I took the kids to the zoo one day. We had a blast!

What have you been up to this past week? I finally got Brandon's football jersey's framed (Here) and also pickled 8 quarts of beets (Here).

I can't wait to see what you have to share. In case you missed them this morning, here are the features from last week's party.

Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links next Wednesday. I started a board on Pinterest where I pin all of the fabulous features. You can follow along Here.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

We all love comments, so please visit other links and have fun!

Hits of the Party!

Happy Wednesday!

It's a Party will start later this afternoon. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to link up!

Here are 5 of your awesome features from last week's party.

Sand Pudding

Classic Fairy Bread

Macrame Board

Grandma's PTA Dessert

Duct Tape Wallet

See you back here later today for this week's party.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pickled Beets

I know what you're thinking. Beets?! Really, Terri?

I never thought I would ever eat a beet, but believe me, these are awesome!

I canned 8 quarts last Friday when our Internet was out and I'm hoping that will last us for awhile.

They're definitely a pain in the "you know what" to work with and my kitchen looked like a crime scene after I was finished, but they are so well worth it.

You start by taking each beet and trimming the tops and bottoms to about an inch from the beet. 

Boil them until you can stick a fork in them (giggle - giggle) and then peel and cut them. I cut mine into chunks.

Next combine these ingredients:

3 cups sugar
2 cups vinegar
2 cups water
1 Tbsp pickling spice
1/2 tsp salt

Combine with the beets in a large pot and bring to a boil.
Boil for 5 minutes and then pack into your jars.

The hardest part is getting all of those beets trimmed and peeled. After that, you're home free.

They're perfect to bring out at Christmas and even tying a bow around the jar and adding to a gift basket.

Have a great Tuesday!

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