Guest Bedroom Makeover



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Guest Bedroom Before

We are finally getting our house somewhat organized since the new carpet was installed.

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Notice the ugly 70's green carpet, and blue green walls.

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Guest Bedroom After

I painted the walls in the guest bedroom a light brown color. Kind of like caramel, and the new carpet is brown.

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We found this cute little chair and footstool box at Ross.

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The lamp is also from Ross.

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Need some more wall decor, decor for shelf, and we are done. I swear I think my hubby thinks that he has to feel up every bare place on the wall.

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Next makeover is the breakfast nook.

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Repurposed Snapple Bottle



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Here's a easy DIY project. Repurposing this glass Snapple bottle into a shabby chic vase.

I knew when I found this Snapple bottle left behind from a nephew that was dog and house sitting that I was going to turn this bottle with the nice big raised letter "S" into a pretty vase.

The raised letter "S" just leaped out and spoke to me. (-;

I thought that I had taken pictures of each step but I couldn't find them, so I will just walk you through how I made my shabby chic vase.

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First I spray painted the bottle black.

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Then I used my Annie Sloans chalk paint.

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Once dry, I lightly sanded to remove some of the chalk paint so that the grey would show through. I modge podged an old vintage label onto the bottle.

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Fastened a small chain and charm around the neck of the bottle, added a piece of lace ribbon,a torn piece of fabric, and a fabric flower with pearls that I had made.

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How do you like my shabby chic vase?

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Gemstone Wednesday – Hemalyke



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Hemalyke Gemstone

Hemalyke is a popular man made stone that looks just like the more expensive gemstone Hematite.

It is a black mirror like metallic stone, that comes in a multitude of shapes and sizes from crosses, hearts, turtles, and more.

Design Possibilities

Add a sleek modern look to your jewelry designs by adding hemalyke gemstones, or if you want a shiny almost gun-metal black stone.

With the man made hemalyke, you get the beauty of hematite but with a uniformity and price that's far more superior.

Metaphysical Properties

Man-made stones may not have the spiritual values of its natural equivalent. But it is believed that many of the values associated with hematite are present in hemalyke, such as concentration, and balance.

Like hematite, hemalyke is a grounding stone. It brings strength, love and courage. And is believed to help boost self-esteem and restore confidence, removing limitations.

**Please note that the information above is collected from various sources, and is for informational purposes only, not meant to treat medical conditions. Mixed Kreations does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

Mixed Hemalyke pendants
Hemalyke Beads
Twisted Oval Hemalyke

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Easy Homemade Chicken And Biscuit Dumplings



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One of my favorite dishes is chicken and dumplings. I can make a big pot and eat on it all week. Yummmmy!!!

I have used biscuits before by just pulling pieces off and dropping in the boiling chicken broth. But this time I'm going to try it a little different by rolling them out flat and coating with flour.

Ingredients

2 cans of chicken breast chunks
1 large can of biscuits
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon basil
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
Salt & pepper to taste
Flour to coat biscuit strips
6 cups water
Large pot
Rolling pin
Wax paper
Butter knife

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First add your water and bouillon granules to your large pot, and turn on medium heat. Stirring occasionally.

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Sprinkle some flour onto your wax paper, and pat some on a biscuit. Now using your rolling pin roll the biscuit out flat. Sprinkle flour on as needed to keep biscuit from sticking to rolling pin.

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Once you have a couple of your biscuits rolled flat, use your butter knife to cut into strips. Toss your strips in a large bowl as you cut them.

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Once all your biscuits are rolled flat and cut into strips and placed into the large bowl, sprinkle a little flour over and toss to coat.

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Once your chicken stock comes to a boil start dropping your biscuit strips into the boiling pot. Turn heat down if needed, but keep the chicken stock boiling.

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Add your canned chicken.

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Add parsley, basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Continue to cook on a low boil stirring occasionally until liquids thicken. Approximately 30 - 40 minutes.

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Dish up and enjoy!

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Gemstone Wednesday – Jade



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Jade

True jade is either jadeite or nephrite. You can find the gemstone jade in many colors, white, cream, black, and pink. But the most common color, and the color that you are most familiar is green.

Jade is still the most popular stone in China. Chinese associate green with wisdom. Since the ancient times jade is believed to assure a long life, and peaceful death.

Design Possibilities

Cool warmer colored beads by mixing in some lighter colored jade beads. Or mix with white beads for a cool wintery look.

Combine medium to dark green jade beads with purple amethyst beads for a surprisingly beautiful look, For a exquisitely exotic look wear a dark green jade pendant with a deep purple dress.

Metaphysical Properties

Jade is believed to help inspire the mind, and to help make quick and precise decisions. Symbolically jade represents a long and prosperous life, a life full of luck and love.

It offers physical and emotional well-being during unpleasant or difficult situations, by helping you feel more grounded. Jade can help you accept and deal with the situations in a sanely manner.

The gemstone Jade can be found is Burma, China, Canada, New Zealand. Small quantities of the gemstone can also be found in Mexico, Egypt, and Silesia.

**Please note that the information above is collected from various sources, and is for informational purposes only, not meant to treat medical conditions. Mixed Kreations does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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Jade heart shaped pendant
Carved eagle head
Hand cut drum beads

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Nail polish pendant



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Here's a wonderful tutorial that I ran across at the "Clever Chicks Blog Hop #99", it is for making hardware jewelry. "Nail Polish Washer Necklaces", I love getting new ideas, and learning new technique's.

This would be a great project to do with the kids. All you need is flat washers, nail polish, and cord. Adding a charm is optional. I think they are really pretty either way.

I love all the bright pretty colors Mona from "Craft Klatch" chose when making these nail polish washer pendants. They all turned out really pretty.

For step by step instructions, or to watch the video hop on over to Craft Klatch.

My favorite is the purple washer with the sand dollar. Which is your's?

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