Monday, April 29, 2013

Guest Post from Days of Chalk and Chocolate

While I am getting used to having a newborn around some wonderful bloggers has stepped in to help out with some fabulous guest posts!  Don't worry I will be popping in here and there to give updates and of course do the Show Off Your Stuff Party!   We have a great line up for you all! 

Up Next is Jenny from Days of Chalk and Chocolate!

Hi everyone!  My name is Jenny and I blog over at Days of Chalk and Chocolate, where I share my DIY projects (and mishaps!), crafts, recipes, and whatever else seems to be happening around here.  I hope you'll stop by and visit me! I'm tickled to be guest blogging today at Fireflies and Jellybeans. I am so excited for Fawnda and I wish her all the best with her new little one! And I am very happy to be able to share one of my favorite tutorials with you today: How to Prep & Stuff an Artichoke.

Spring is one of my favorite times to eat veggies since some of my faves are at their best. Artichokes (my absolute favorite) are just about perfect in early spring, especially if they are stuffed with bread and cheese and garlic and, ok I'm getting ahead of myself!   Artichokes can be a bit of a mystery but once you learn the process to prep one, the possibilities are endless. They are so delicious and nutritious!  Be not afraid of the artichoke. I'm going to make it very easy for you!


I like the color in the bottom better but I like the font in the top one so I posted them both.  I know, I'm a nutjob.

The stems taste as yummy as the heart. Make sure you salt it before eating it though!

Cooking directions:  Fill the bottom of the pot with water. Cover and steam for an hour or so, depending on the freshness and size of your chokes. Make sure to check the water now and then so you don't run out and burn the bottom of your pot.  Test a leaf before taking them out. They should release from the choke easily when pulled and the flesh should be soft and easy to scrape with your teeth. Keep cooking them until you can do that. It can take a very long time so this is something to do when you are home for a while.

To eat them, just pull each leaf off and scrape the meaty part of the leaf off with your teeth. Discard the rest of the leaf. Keep pulling, scraping, pulling scraping.  Your fingers will be a mess. It's worth it. You'll get down the inside of the artichoke where the leaves start becoming thin and pointy on the top. Time to stop. Take a fork and scrape those leaves away. Along with them will be a little bed of prickly things. Chuck those too. What you are left with is the heart. It is the best part!  Salt and eat!  Steal your friend's when she is answering her cell phone.



Sunday, April 28, 2013

Thank you cards with 12 months of Martha (#12MonthsofMartha)

***This post is written as part of the 12 months of Martha program.  I get craft supplies from Martha Stewart Crafts for free to create fun crafts with.  All my projects and opinions are 100% mine.***

We have been busy around here with our new family member!  For a little guy he sure can demand a lot!  We are very tired but very happy too!  

 Thank goodness for baby carriers! 

And Pacifiers! 

This month I got another awesome box full of goodies from Martha! 
These are all available at Michael's, Joann's and 

I used the paper and new punches to create some thank-you cards. 

These punches are so cool!  They have a slide that lets you choose how you want to punch the shape.  

Here are the cards I created!  

For this one I used the star punch and glued down the whole shape and then sewed down the middle of the frame of the shape to create a 3-d effect!  

Check out more fun projects on the 12 Month of Martha Pinterest board!

Michael's has a 40% off Martha Stewart craft items for this week only!  Get the US Coupon Here and the Canada coupon here

***Disclosure: I was supplied with the Martha Stewart craft supplies but my opinions are always honest!***

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Guest Post with Chase the Star

While I am getting used to having a newborn around some wonderful bloggers has stepped in to help out with some fabulous guest posts!  Don't worry I will be popping in here and there to give updates and of course do the Show Off Your Stuff Party!   We have a great line up for you all! 

Up next is Barbara from Chase The Star

{Updating a Nightstand with a Map and Mod Podge}

Hey lovelies! I am back in the swing of things and so excited to have spent the last two days knee deep in projects. Aaah, I missed the smell of fresh saw dust, and the mod podge under my nails. :)
mod podge, nightstand, green chair, map
I had this nightstand, it had been repurposed into an entry way table, and now will serve as an end table. Who knows what it will be in its next life!
black nighstand, diy glass knobs
blue nightstand, prelude by behr, nightstand update
I am really into lightening up my house lately so I went for a pale blue color, Prelude by Behr, also used here, to give it a drastic transformation.

Updating a Nightstand

First things first, I sanded the entire piece down with my orbital sander (if you want a tutorial on that click here). Secondly, I added 2 coats 0f paint with a foam brush (my go-to brush). Everything dried completely in a few hours so I went ahead and distressed with with some fine grit sandpaper (check out a tutorial for distressing furniture here). Lastly, I added a coat of polyurethane to seal it. I liked it as is, but I thought it needed a little interest. I had a map that I'd used on an ornament I made during the holidays, so I thought why not add it to the top of the nightstand?!

Adding a Map to Furniture with Mod Podge

Surprisingly, this was the easiest part of the entire project! All I did was cut the map to size, added a coat of Mod Podge with a large brush (both had been generously provided to me by the folks at Plaid so I could make this project). Pressed it into place, and added an ample coat of the Mod Podge over all of it again using the wide brush. So easy! mod podge collage  
For the final touch, I updated the knobs with these nickel cup pulls from Home Depot.
map table4
  map, table, nighstand, mod podge, diy
Naturally, now I wanted to Mod Podge a map onto everything I can get my hands on!
Have you ever used Mod Podge to update a piece of furniture?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Guest Post from Adventures of D and V

While I am getting used to having a newborn around some wonderful bloggers has stepped in to help out with some fabulous guest posts!  Don't worry I will be popping in here and there to give updates and of course do the Show Off Your Stuff Party!   We have a great line up for you all!  

Up Next is Veronica from Adventures of D and V

I am so excited to be guest posting today while Fawnda is snuggling with her new little bundle of joy! I'm Veronica, the "V" in Adventures of D and V. My husband Daniel is the "D". From big adventures like learning to cook gluten free, to digging out and finishing our basement, to little adventures like new favorite things and lessons God is teaching us, we love living each adventure together. The Adventures of D and V is a lifestyle blog that is about...well, our life!  

Spring is the season for showers. Baby showers, bridal showers, rain showers. Well, 2 out of the 3 are fun! I wanted to share a fun activity for a baby shower that I have done several times. It is an activity and a gift for the Mommy all at the same time. I call it a Baby Shower Prayer Wreath. It all starts with an empty wreath and some fake flowers (I got all my supplies at The Dollar Store.)
Baby Shower Prayer Wreath Supplies
and, of course...
Baby Shower Prayer Wreath glue gun
my glue gun!
Start by using the flowers to decorate the wreath before the shower... 
There is really no wrong way to do this part. Just whatever you think looks good.
I wanted to keep mine kind of sparse and simple, yet pretty. 
Baby Shower Prayer Wreath close up

Baby Shower Prayer Wreath just flowers
Next I added a little banner on a ribbon across the middle with the words "Dear God, Thank you for little girls."  (Of course you would need to change it if the baby was a boy!)
Baby Shower Prayer Wreath @ Adventures of D and V
The next part of the wreath decorating happens at the shower. 
One meaningful thing to do at a baby shower is to spend some time praying for the baby, Mommy, and Daddy. Using small strips of paper (I used pink card stock) and fine tipped pens, have each guest write a short prayer on their strip of paper. After sharing the prayers, weave the prayer strips into the wreath. You can kind of see the pink paper strips on the top right side of the wreath in the picture above. You wont be able to read all of the writing once the strips are woven into the wreath, but that's ok. Just having the wreath hanging up in the baby's room will be a reminder to the new mommy that people are praying for her!

If you would like to see more ideas for a Pink Flower baby girl shower, you can click {HERE}

I hope you enjoy this Baby Shower Prayer Wreath and that you stop by the Adventures of D and V

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Show Off Your Stuff Party # 172

Welcome to our Show off Your Stuff Party!  Every week we come together to show off our stuff!

 It is time to party!
Here is the run down:
1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Inspirational/Creative Writing
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.

4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Guest Post from The Space Between

While I am getting used to having a newborn around some wonderful bloggers has stepped in to help out with some fabulous guest posts!  Don't worry I will be popping in here and there to give updates and of course do the Show Off Your Stuff Party!   We have a great line up for you all!  

Up Next is Karah from The Space Between

Hi Fireflies and Jellybeaners!! I'm so excited to be here today ... 'cause that means Fawnda has (or is very, very close to having) a new bundle of joy in her hands. Congrats!!
My name is Karah and I blog at the space between

 Where I chronicle our current journey to buy and fix up a 1950s Conch home in Key West, FL.
I don't know about you, but I've never really been much of a magazine girl. I don't subscribe to any and they were just never my go to for inspiration. But I find myself engrossed in any kind of magazine these days just looking at the pictures and gleaning inspiration for our soon to be house renovation / remodel projects.
And it's no secret that I'm a fan of pallet projects. And I'm finding myself drawn to all things pallet wood, or reclaimed wood, or barn wood. The pictures just pop right out of the magazine and are just drooling with character and depth. Pallet projects seem like such a great way to create a unique focal point in any room.
I compiled 20 of my favorite pallet projects I've seen around lately. I'll show you 9 here and then you can hop over to the space between to see the other 11. 20 perfect pallet projects


DIY Wood Headboard from Thrifty and Chic

Pallet Farm Table Desk from Funky Junk Interiors

Pallet Headboard from Lovely Crafty Home

Our own Pallet Bed

Pallet Sofa by The Ironstone Nest

Stenciled Pallet Coffee Table from Inspire me Heather

Pallet Potting Bench from Better Homes & Gardens

Cart Style Coffee Table from Addicted 2 Decorating

Pretty neat, right?!?! Just click here to see my favorites in the Accent Walls and Art and Accessories categories!
Do you have any suggestions on what pallet projects should we tackle in the new house? And if you'd like to get caught up on our recent moving journey (we were living on the island of Curacao for the last 3 years) you can by checking out how we decided whether to rent or buy, a few first shots of our the total fixer upper and how I may have panicked about the whole thing.
And a big THANK YOU!! again to Fawnda!

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