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FREEDOM

Sort of seems like everyone has been fighting lately, doesn’t it?  Easy access to social media has allowed everyone and their brother a platform to publically proclaim his opinions, grievances, dismay, and joy.  Sometimes all on the same day.  I have seen more passionate discussions, both online and face to face, in the past month than I remember seeing in years past.  Everyone has something to say, and everyone is saying it.  At times it can be overwhelming, stressful, … [Read More...]

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BREAKING BEAD

A few months back, I hit up the Fire Mountain Beads $1 sale and got a shipment of jewelry making supplies.  As I was doing the unboxing haul video, I pulled out four baggies of flourite chip beads.  If you watch the video you can hear my very innocent first impression of the beads.  My first reaction was that they looked like something Princess Elsa would wear.   After looking at them a bit more, specifically in the plastic baggies, I realized they had more of a … [Read More...]

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IMPRESSIONIST INSPIRED AMPERSAND WITH OIL PASTELS

I don't have a background in art, but I have been able to take a few courses and visit some amazing museums in my life.  My two favorite art styles are about as different as they could be.  I love the geometry and industrial themes of Precisionism, and I love the loose landscapes of Impressionism.  You might have glimpsed a few nods to Impressionist artists around The Mad House.  I leaned a Van Gogh print on the baker's rack in the Mad House dining room and … [Read More...]

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10 TRENDY TROPICAL PALM PROJECTS

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with other creative bloggers and discussing what we thought the top trends of the summer were.  I like to think I am good at spotting what is currently popular, but I was honestly a little stumped for current hot trends.  BUT, I think I have put my finger on this summer's go-to pattern -- tropical leaves.   It may have really gotten into the zeitgeist with the popularity (and mass hysteria) surrounding Target's Lilly Pulitzer line.  Miami … [Read More...]

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MAD SKILLS PARTY #265

  WELCOME TO THE 265th MAD SKILLS PARTY!   Are you a blogger? My friend Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and I have just released a video that will introduce you into the world of video!  Youtube is the number two search engine in the world, and the only way to be discovered is to start uploading your videos today. Learn how to optimize your Youtube channel and to harness the power of video.  The Beginner’s Guide to Short Video is an 18 page ebook that helps bloggers … [Read More...]

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FOURTH OF JULY SANGRIA

I am about to make a bold statement: Sangria is the best cocktail to serve at your 4th of July party.  Forget margaritas, daiquiris, and rum & cokes, sangria is where it’s at.  Allow me to convince you. Sangrias use delicious, fresh summer fruits.  Take a trip to your local farmer’s market and check out what fruit is in season.  Buy some.  Put it in your sangria.  Every batch of sangria is an exciting new experience.   Since you can … [Read More...]

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FOURTH OF JULY PAPER STRAW NECKLACES

If you are deep in the “I’m bored”s of summer, this is a simple and low-cost project that can keep little hands and minds busy.  My kids and I turned paper straws into festive necklaces for the Fourth of July.  Read on to see how. The kids and I set up in our driveway with all the materials we would need:  paper straws in patriotic colors, red, white, and blue buttons and beads, scissors, and lacing.  I found the paper straws in the Target $1 bins, but you can find … [Read More...]