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DIY table runner

Mom saw this table runner in a Country Living Magazine.

It was so cute that of course she had to make it.

This is made using a drop cloth which mom has found many projects for to recycle.

She hemmed the edges.

Then she measured off the feet and inches and drew the lines and numbers with a Sharpie.


Now when my Mom comes to visit Alaska this fall I will have her adding special Mom touches to our house! 🙂

From old table to new

My Mom had these old tables and decided they needed some revamping.

Both of these tables had an old “crackle” finish so she started out by using her handy dandy mouse sander.


She then painted them an off white which was leftover house paint I believe.

For the colors she used craft paint.

She never did seal it, but now that she’s using one as a night stand, she’s thinking of applying some sort of clear coat finish.


This is a great project, let us know if you try revamping one of your own old tables.

Thanks for reading!

Bacon “BROquet”

I called Mom and asked what Dad got her for Valentine’s Day and vise versa… Well one of her creative gifts was a bacon bouquet!

I’d never heard of such a thing but a hit with the guys indeed!

Mom just rolled thick bacon and put each roll in a muffin cup and baked for 20 minutes!!


I also found another way to do this… but seems pretty complicated compared to Mom’s way!…


Sarah Tisdale’s Bacon Broquet, Baked From the Heart

1 package delicious bacon (thin or thick both work well)
1 package bamboo skewers
some thin skewers you can break
1 or 2 mini muffin tins (varies depending on if you want to make a traditional dozen or go big)
slotted broiler pan
parchment paper
some sort of tough ribbon

Start with good intentions. Don’t do it if it’s not what you feel is right in your heart. Bacon should evoke a visceral reaction within you and within your intended recipient, for greatest maximum impact.

Pick out your bacon. I look for the cuts that have the most meat and less fat.

Prepare your muffin tins. Use the hammer and nail to puncture a hole or two in the bottom of each cup. Then set the pans on top of the broiler pan. This allows the fat to drain out while the rosettes are baking.

Preheat your oven to about 350-375 degrees.

Open up your package of bacon and take a moment to bask in its raw beautiful pink glory. Take one strip and roll it up like a scroll and insert it into the mini muffin tin. You can pull the center of the bacon roll out slightly here if you want to make it a little more stylin’ but no worries, it will look great as is. Repeat until muffin tin is full.

Put the whole thing in the oven and bake it until it’s done. Watch it to make sure it doesn’t burn. When it looks dark pink take it out and let it cool a bit. Be careful: the grease will burn you if you spill it.

Take the roses out of the tins and set them on the broiler pan. if they aren’t cooked enough put them back in minus the muffin tin for a few minutes. You dont want to overcook them, or you wont be able to skewer the stems.

Use the fatter skewers as the stems and poke one into each rose. next, use the little skewers to poke the roses together in a bouquet style.

Wrap the whole thing in waxed or parchment paper and then foil (to give it structure and hold it together) and tie it off with a ribbon.

Take a photo of your bacon bouquet.

Hand deliver with a card and smile expressing your unconditional love for the boy (or girl) and bacon. Prepare yourself for an instant marriage proposal on the spot and/or to be ignored for 10-30 minutes as the recipient freaks out over how awesome the bouquet is and starts eating.

Recycling Table

This is one of my favorite projects that Mom did awhile ago. It’s a cool addition to the room, everyone always comments on the table!

  • She sanded down an old table
  • Freshly painted the legs
  • Tore pages out of an old fairy tale book
  • Put Mod Podge all over the table
  • Put the pages on the table
  • Put Mod Podge all over the tops of the pages using a foam brush

You could buy a cheap old flea market table and turn it into a piece of art!

This is a great idea for recycling. Give it a try! 🙂

Eternity Flowers

These flowers are awesome because they last forever, are fun to make and look great!

Mom bought ugly dollar store flowers and tore off the flower itself… Just to have the stem and leaves.

Then she created the flowers out of an old dress… And by the pattern I’m happy you made it into a dress and aren’t wearing it anymore! 😉

The book vase is made by…

  • Cut off the cover of a book
  • Loosen the binding of the book
  • Create a vase template using card stock
  • Cut the book pages using your template
  • Glue the first page to the last page

There you have it, a simple way to make a charming decoration.

Note to husbands… This doesn’t get you out of giving flowers to your wife every so often!

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