This was a post that I originally shared over at UnOriginal Mom, but I wanted to share it fully here as well.  If you get a chance to hop over to Meredith’s blog, tell her I sent you. We are blogging buddies.

…well, I claim her anyway…

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After our trip to Panama this summer, I ended up with several Panamanian coins.

Oh, how I wish the good ‘ole USA would get a 2-toned coin in it’s line-up.

Let’s start a movement!

#twotonetoken or #mixedmetalmoney or #prettypennyplease

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I’m sure one of those will stick and everyone will be on board soon.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming:

Since I had enough coins to share, I decided to make pendants for each of my girlfriends that were on the trip.

In case you have fun coins left over from a trip abroad and don’t know what to do with them, here’s how I made these…

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Gather Items:

Fabulous coin

Drill

Drill bit for metal

Hammer

Metal stamping set

Stamping block

Sharpie

Jump ring

Coffee—just seeing if you were still paying attention

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Place the coin on the stamping block (or a scrap piece of wood) and drill a hole for your jump ring.

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Using the stamps, hammer and stamping block, add the year (or whatever sentiment you want) to the front of the coin.

Don’t mind my giant man hand…

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 You can color over the impressions with a Sharpie marker to have them stand out a bit more (I did AFTER I took these pictures) and just wipe the excess away from the face of the coin.

 Attach a jump ring and hang it on a chain to look fabulous.

To make it a bit more sturdy, just whip out your soldering iron and close the jump ring permanently–thanks to Tara for that tip!

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 Now I just need to go to a few other countries so that I can make a charm bracelet depicting all of my travels…

 Notice that I decided to do one of them a little differently.  Hobby Lobby sells discs that you can stamp, so I layered one of the coins on top and stamped the disc instead.

 Have you been on any travels? If so, where all have you been and have you kept all of your coins?

 

Blessings!

MM Sig

 

 

 

*I consulted my lawyers checked on Google and found that doing this to coins is not considered ‘defacing’ money. Defacing is when you are changing the look of money to pass off a smaller denomination of money for a larger one (like a $10 for $100). Although these may look like a million bucks, I’m not trying to pass them off as such.

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I am not the ‘decorate for every season’ type of person.  I think those kinds of people are impressive, but I honestly don’t have the storage space for more than 2 seasons–tops.

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My major decorating holiday is Christmas.  With fall being a distant second.

I have a storage room that is 90% Christmas and 5% fall and 5% stuff that needs to be tossed.

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This morning was the perfect morning to get the fall storage totes out and start decorating.

It took 10 minutes.

(I usually have to block off a weekend to put up Christmas stuff)

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I have enjoyed looking at blog fall tours recently.

So I snapped a few pictures and thought I would share a little with you.

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Remember the “handsome tool caddy”?   Still lookin’ good…

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Now all I have to do is slice some chocolate chip pumpkin bread, pour the coffee…

…and crank up the AC.

Fall has descended upon the manor.

Do you go over the top for fall decorating?  Or are you like me and just have a few pumpkins to scatter around?

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

 

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Ombre is alllllll the rage.  People have gone ombre cray cray.

So I thought I’d add to that a little.

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You know those shorts that you have and somehow you got a stain on them that won’t come out?

Yes, your most favorite white shorts.  Go get them.

It’s time to make them your most favorite shorts again.

( I know where you live you probably aren’t wearing many shorts these days.  No one likes a braggart…)

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The stain doesn’t show up too much here, but seriously if one more person tried to ‘wipe the dirt’ off my hiney I was going to have to call the police.

These shorts needed a second life.  After all, they fit.  That’s the most important feature of an item of clothing, amiright?

I purchased some Rit dye at JoAnn’s.  I think it was $5.99 (I have reverted to my more moderate persona these days) and I used a coupon.

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Then it’s easy breezy from there.

Just put on your bifocals and read the (2pt font size) directions on the side of the bottle.

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I decided to hang them with a skirt hanger.

This way, they could be dipped in the dye water very slowly to get the ombre effect.

Start with the hem and slowly let more of the shorts go into the dye until the entire piece of clothing was submerged.

If you want to keep part of it white, don’t totally submerge it.

Once they look the way you want them to (or your arms get tired) you can wash and dry them.

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Mr. Creativity had to be my photographer.

The neighbors were having an outside party.

It was quite embarrassing.

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Now, don’t go putting away your paint and sandpaper…this is not turning into a fashion blog.

I feel much more comfy in my painting clothes than posing in front of a camera (with neighbors watching).

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

 

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Now that it’s fall (somewhere in America, but not here if Florida) the time for all things pumpkin has arrived.

I’m always annoyed amused by everyone that posts #PSL shots on Instagram and Facebook. It’s so annoying heart-warming to be reminded of my favorite season of the year (that we don’t get here so close to the equator).

I’m not bitter, don’t know where you get that idea.

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Since it’s 95 degrees here, the only way I know it’s fall-aside from your annoying charming photos-is the fact that Target puts out their brown sugar and cinnamon cream cheese.

Yes, I did the happy dance in the dairy aisle.

Yes, I’m serious.

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When it is released (and I hear the angels sing) I then race around the store to gather all of the ingredients to make some chocolate chip pumpkin bread.

It’s like I’m on my own Supermarket Sweep episode.

I always beat my imaginary competitors by the way…

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Here is a recipe card that I made for you.  Just click on the picture below and download (and laminate to protect it from the drool).  Then, pull it out every fall when Target smiles on us all.

So tomorrow morning when I’m enjoying my #CCPB I can annoy bless all of my friends on IG and FB with this picture…

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Blessings,

MM Sig

 

 

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Y’all are going to stop believing me with all of my trashy finds because they seem too good to be true.  But I’m going to keep sharing them with you…even if you don’t believe.

  I found TWO treasures last week alone.  People around here must read this blog and think “Holly needs to do something with this ____________.”  (Fill in the blank with wood/glass hutch, giant flower pots, coffee table, etc.)

Or they are crazy people.

Either way, it’s a score for me and I am thankful for my generous neighbors.

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These little cuties were just laying on the side of the road (waving at me) when I was driving home from school drop-off.

So, I stealthily whipped my big ‘ol SUV over to the WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD and scooped them up.

Wheels screeching…

yee-hawing…

open-windowed fist pumping…

I’m a rebel I tell ya.

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I’m wearing lots of black eyeliner these days to go along with my new persona.

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I smuggled them home in my back seat and gave them the soapy water treatment.

Then got out my spray paint (all of us rebels have a stash of spray paint, you know) and did a solid (graffiti) treatment.

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While the kids were still in school, I made a break for it and headed (in the get-away SUV) to JoAnn’s.

I sauntered in there like I owned the place and found these cute tough little chalkboards.

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I didn’t even use a coupon.

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If living like this is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

Peace out,

MM Sig

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Time once more for the WWWW (Weekend World Wide Wrap up) This week I found 2 of the items floating around on Facebook and I can’t wait to share them with you!

First up:

I was so proud to see our good friend Patrick Martin getting some much deserved press.  He is getting a lot of attention these days in the foodie world.  But his roots are firmly planted in the south and his BBQ is hush-yo-mouth good.

If you are ever in the Nashville area, find one of the Martins BBQ joints and order the Original Redneck Taco.

You can write to thank me afterwards…

If Pat is there, have him tell you the story about getting pulled over in NYC for speeding then offering the policemen some of his fresh-caught catfish that were in the cooler…classic Pat.

Here is a picture from about 2004 when he came up to cook some ribs and teach The Pretty Girl a thing or two…he would probably cringe looking at this because it’s a gas (gasp) grill.

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Here is the article:

Pat Martin takes on whole hogs and James Beard House

Yes, that says ‘James Beard’ House.  He had the opportunity to cook there.  Pretty cool.

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Okay, so this next thing is so much fun.

Truly.

This is the perfect Christmas/Birthday/Easter/Festivus present because it comes with an air of coolness.

Meet Jake, the Recycled Firefighter.  He takes the old fire-fighting equipment and cuts it all apart and makes the coolest items.

Some of the items are made from the hoses, some from the fire suits they wear (or is it anti-fire suits?).

They are weathered and still have evidence of use–which is awesome if you ask me.

Which you didn’t, but I thought you should know.

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Right now he is offering a 20% off coupon at his website http://recycledfirefighter.com/ Use the code GAW.  This offer is good for ONE WEEK ONLY, so hurry and get those stocking stuffers…

…and/or presents for your favorite blogger (hint hint-I want the tote bag)…

You can find him on Instagram, facebook, and of course his website.

I’m sure this will be sweeping the nation soon, just remember you heard it here first.  ;)

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AlllllllRighty,

I have to confess something.  I have a dream.

Mr. Creativity shares this dream (which is super awesome to be on the same page).

We want to someday live in a farmhouse.

Not only do I want to live in one, I want to fix up a farmhouse and bring it back to it’s glory.

I probably dream or daydream about it several times a week.

I found a farmhouse makeover (because I am always looking for a good farmhouse makeover story) that I wanted to share with you.

Just scroll thorough the before and after photos and try not to drool on your keyboard.

I won’t spoil the fun by showing you all of the after pictures.  I really want you to look through it on your own.

Okay, maybe just one…

Right???  I knew you would love it.

Check out the kitchen.  It comes with a matching dog.

That interior designer deserves an award.

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WELL WELL WELL

That’s all I have for you this weekend.  Hope you enjoyed the wrap up!

Blessings,

MM Sig

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Hello lovely people!

Remember back when we talked about furniture and whether or not we should paint it?

And remember how I said that we have an armoire with Holly-do-not-touch-this-piece-of-furniture caution tape on it?

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Yep.  Me too…

So I found another way to dress it up a little.

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I put some 3M Command hooks on the inside of the doors.  But I hung them upside down so that the burlap ribbon could hook on.

Is your mind blown yet?

I knew it.

Mine is too.

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The wreaths are from Target and were on clearance so I got both for about $28.

Not too shabby I tell ya.

Mr. Creativity approves <sigh of relief>.

This piece is from a furniture builder in Nashville.  It was purchased by Mr. Beverly* Robinson who died in 1910.  We aren’t sure how old it is, but it has to be at least 104 years old.

*sidenote-Johnny Cash originally wanted to sing a song called ‘A boy named Beverly’.

…but it didn’t roll off the tongue very well…

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Every piece on this armoire comes apart like a puzzle and there are markings that you match up and fit together.  Every time we move, this is the piece we both worry about.

Well, that and my craft supplies…

…priorities people, priorities…

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Do you have any furniture with caution tape on it?  Maybe there is a way to dress it up a little without damage.  I’d love to hear about it!

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

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Here is a little reminder I made for my sweet family…

No, I’m not bossy…why do you ask?

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Sometimes they need to be reminded.

I, on the other hand, do not…

If your family needs a little kick in the pants as well, here is a very easy project that anyone can tackle.

A trained monkey could make it so, you got this…

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Run a thick bead of wood glue along the edge of one board and clamp it to the other board.

I had these pieces of wood left over from my office desk, but you could bat your eyelashes at the nice Lowe’s workers and they will cut lumber to any size that you would like.

…Or they will ask you if you are having a seizure…

Then you can both have a good laugh–then walk off–and never return.

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After the glue dries (1-2 hours) unclamp the boards and stain with a fabulous color.

I just used an old t-shirt to apply the stain and then wiped the excess off after 2-3 minutes.

While that is drying you can set up your lettering on the Silhouette Machine–okay, so the trained monkey might not have a Silhouette…

I retract my earlier comment.

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Once cut, place your vinyl letters on the board and then paint over the entire thing with paint.

I used leftover milk paint, because

A) I loved this color (Trophy) and thought it would look good on my wall and

B)  I’m cheap and don’t like to waste this fun stuff.

While your paint is still wet, remove the vinyl letters.

If any of the paint decided to creep under the vinyl, you can sand it lightly once it dries.

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But the imperfect look is quite fabulous if you ask me.

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Once your paint is dry you can seal it with either wax or hemp oil.  Both of these options will make the color a little richer on your sign (sigh).

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During the course of making this sign, I actually forgot to snap pictures.  So, I whipped up another one just to help with the tutorial.  If you are interested in being bossy helping your family make good choices, you can purchase this sign in my Etsy shop!  I only have one, so if you miss it and still want one just let me know!

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

 

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Our Sons & Daughters Wood Shims and Word Art Simple DIY Canvas Art Pallet Signs Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves Make a Personalized Scarecrow DIY Wall Art for the Bathroom Decoupaged Fall Leaves Lampshade Gimme A F.A.L.L! Eat SOMETHING Sweet Baby Love Quilt Big Reveal Sketching Inspiration for my little Dancer - September Silhouette Challenge Family Feature Presentation Wall Art Last Unicorn Shadow Box Makin' my office a little more artsy fartsy Family Command Center DIY Grandparents Sign with Photo Frame Dream Big Little Girl Canvas Art Fall Pallet Sign {Grateful, Thankful, Blessed} Pumpkins and Apples Sign Handmade Freezer Paper Cloth Napkins

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First Edition

I thought it would be fun (for me) to do a wrap-up post on Saturdays about the fun things I have seen around the WWW over the past week.  That way, you all can enjoy them as well and you don’t have to scour the globe for inspiration–I’m a giver people, a giver.

So without further ado…

Meet Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper on HGTV.  They are an amazing couple that renovates the worst house on the block.  I am constantly cracking up at Chip worrying about his hair.

Hint: click on ‘source’ and it will take you to HGTV and you can scroll through some of their before and after photos.

Get a cup of coffee and take it all in my friend, you’re welcome.

Second item up may or may not be related to the first…

Ship Lap.

I didn’t know that it had a name until I watched Fixer Upper.  I have been wanting to clad a few walls in our house with wood.

Apparently I want ship lap.

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Heavens to Betsy.

I want a nail gun like, YESTERDAY.

Chip and Joanna have a beautiful farmhouse that they are currently remodeling for their family and it is GAW-geous.  There is ship lap on most of their walls.

I might ask them if they will adopt me.

Thirdly,

I love pretending that I can have a fall wardrobe here in the tropics of Central Florida. <sigh>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I could sit and look at fall fashion and drink a #PSL all day long (as long as I have AC and a fan running).

Okay, this last one is just for kicks and giggles.  But I truly do giggle when I come across these and then I pin them and giggle when I look at my pinterest board.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving…Ryan Gosling memes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a fabulous weekend y’all!

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

 

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We lived in Louisville, KY for a few glorious years.  Our church family there will always be very special to us.  If you ever need a congregation to visit while there for the Derby, look up Westport Road Church of Christ.  They rock.

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While we were there, the children’s wing got new chairs. Which meant they had a lot of old chairs to get rid of.

<enter Holly>

I didn’t want to seem greedy, so I only took one.  I totally wanted 4.

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Isn’t it just the cutest little thing?  Can’t you just picture some little wiggle-bottom sitting there?

But the color of the stain just won’t do.  So, I sanded the stew out of it…

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But not enough to take away the scratches that give it character.

(Sorry about the bad lighting, I was in my garage studio)

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After sanding, I wiped the entire chair with tack cloth (cheese cloth with a coating of bees wax that removes fine dust) and stained it with a dark walnut stain. YUMMMMMMM!

When the stain has completely dried, give it a thin coat of polyurethane for protection.

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Now, instead of screaming 1950’s it’s more like ‘Hello Laura, here is your chair.  My name is Miss Beetle”

If you understood that, we can continue our friendship.  If not, we need to talk…

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Mr. Creativity sent me a text the other day asking if I remembered the episode of Little House on the Prairie entitled ‘The Werewolf of Walnut Grove’.

Well duh!  Doesn’t everyone?

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He said that he and a few others were chatting with a guy at the office and found out that this guy had been in that episode as an extra.

“INVITE HIM TO DINNER!” was my calm reply.

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I don’t know a lot, but I know my LHOTP stuff.

I think my husband was horrified and proud at the same time.

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I’m totally happy with the way this little child’s chair turned out.  I can see many more little wiggle-bottoms sitting in it for years to come.

I’ll let you know if my new friend, the star, comes to dinner…

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

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