"You light up my life"
Edible Match Sticks will do the trick with this FUN crafty craft..
I saw a picture of this most adorable Valentine. I just had to get my hands paint stained, chocolate drizzled & kiddies on board & we had a blast making & eating these delicious treats..
You will need...
*Match boxes
*Candy Melts (red)
*Sprinkles if desired
*Craft Paper or Paint or both
*Sand Paper 4 Shabby look
Let your childhood imagination run wild..


Decorate the match box however you desire.. I love the painted shabby chic look, so that is what I did.. It is also darling if you wrap the match boxes in fun paper & Mod Podge it up..

I did the standard Pink & Red Valentine colors.. You can use the little white insert inside the box as a template to make a funky match holder out of colorful thick craft paper, or make is easy like I did & just paint the insert that is already in the box.
On a couple of the boxes I left the striker visible which I really love.. All I did was paint the box red or pink & then painted a simple heart on top.. I then ran sand paper over the entire box to give it that worn & used look. Hard to tell in these pictures but that really makes it yummy looking..
Speaking about yummy, now the fun part... Melt the chocolate melts & dip those little pretzels..
 1 small bag of pretzels fill 4 boxes.

  You can also add sprinkles after dipping pretzels in the candy melt. I prefer without the sprinkles, but I did add a couple sprinkled matches to every box just to add interest & a little good luck.

After dipping & cooling it is time to add edible matches to boxes.

                                Next I added ribbon & a
"You light up my life" tag I printed off
onto fun paper & podged it up

                 Final touch I tied 2 "real" matches on top.

I am so in LOVE with this Valentine..
Gather your family & let your creativity take over.
Have a "hot" Valentines Day with your "perfect match".



Perfect time of year to update those favorite  "snuggle zones" in your home. This particular eye sore has a bad case of the UGLIES...

After re-doing the family room this white tile mess had to be attacked at full throttle.. We found some beautiful cultured ledge stone 

& we were in business in no time..
This has been one of the easiest project we have ever done.. Just mix cement or quickset & stack those lovely 1/2 sliced rocks.
 An easy weekend project that changes everything in a glance..
GIve the cement a day or so to dry, add colored mortar to finish the edges & you have transformed your snuggle zone from this....
2 this 
This is a great family project that even the kiddies can contribute to as long as you keep them feed & watered.. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving with your loved ones & take some time to "Snuggle".oxox



Change became a blessed event when I decided to go from Tuscan orange walls in my family room to Old Word classic antiquity. I know they are more or less the same, but what a difference it has made..

Here are the old sad orange walls.... Flat with zero luster...
I painted the walls a lightened green-ish color
Zak found a place to study out of neccessity so he didnt have to deal with the next step.....
 The dreaded GLAZE..
Anyone that has used Glaze knows it can be very unforgiving.. The outcome is beautiful but the in -between time is a little rough on the human nerves.. 
Painted the doors & trim a raisin brown & I immedietly fell in L O V E.
(picture does not show off it's yummie-ness)
wanted to trim around the built in with wide molding.
 Painted it the raisin brown to match the doors/floor trim..
Brent attached & wah-la!
  ...BACK IN TIME......
In the mist of all this we added book shelves on the side...

  WITHOUT the shelving
WITH the shelving
Big difference my friends.. It has become such a cozy, warm & inviting space in our home... I loved it so much I did the same technique down the hall, in the kitchen & front room.

Stay tuned to the hidious FirePlace
re-do.. oxo


MAN CAVE 99% done!
(laundry) ROMPER ROOM

or TEEN-DANCE HALL...???been a LLLoOOoNNgg time coming. We are 99% done with the MAN CAVE / Teen Dance-Hall.. After many years of using the basment as a storage space, we took the opportunity while the weather is CHILLI to create  a living area that has become everyones favorite place to gather..
     STORY begins with COLD & BLAHH-Z-A
                               OVER PRICED Metalic Paint.. Bad Bad idea!
              Beginning of Xanthis room
 We Stained the Cement Floors with Yummy dark-ness of Chocolat Brown &
Stairs of Numbers