Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I'm ready for Easter!

I love Easter. Warmer weather, Texas bluebonnets, pretty pastel Easter decor, and the best time of year for candy!  Stores have the best candy for Easter.  Anything Cadbury (cream eggs, caramel eggs, chocolate filled, candy coated mini chocolate eggs), Russell Stover chocolate covered marshmallow eggs, Milky Way Bunnies, Anything Dove Chocolate!  I could gain so much weight this time of year...ugh.
I usually love to decorate for Easter but when we moved last year I got rid of all of my Easter decor except for a few items from Germany.  I don't really have enough for a little vignette.  I don't know why I got rid of so much stuff.  I actually panicked during the move when I saw how much stuff I had so I ended up donating most of my seasonal decor. I can always buy more, I guess.  I have been trying to live with less, though.
A few pretty photos for your Easter enjoyment:



The wallpaper is awesome, too!



A cake that's too pretty to eat...

















Too sweet


















I love this vintage ad








Have a fabulous day!
~Julie~

Monday, March 19, 2012

Simply Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell on Sale at Target

Some of the Simply Shabby Chic merchandise is on sale at Target.com this week (not sure what is on sale in the store).  I ordered all of this at Target.com yesterday...fabulous!  Free shipping on orders over $50, too.  Some of the Simply Shabby Chic merchandise is sale, "buy 1, get 1 50% off".  You will have to look through all of the Shabby Chic stuff to see what's on sale.  Lamps, some pillows and curtains...

All of the following are "buy 1, get 1 50% off" (at the website):


I bought 2 of these lamps for my bedroom. Got the 2nd lamp 1/2 price.



Ordered 1 set (2 pillows in a set) for $23.09.  I ordered this set and got the pink set of pillows 1/2 price!



Ordered 1 set (2 pillows in a set) and got them 1/2 price when I purchased the blue floral set.




A steal at Target.com for $23.92!



Another steal at Target.com for $23.79



I bought these sheets with my 15% off coupon available at Target.com (coupons link) through March 23. Use the coupon in-store only



Not on sale this week,  but I bought these curtains for my living room.  They look fabulous!



I bought this duvet set for my bedroom last week.  I found a Queen set on the clearance rack at Target. I got them for $61.00!  The set had been opened and was marked "re-packaged" so I got really lucky.  I'm not sure if someone returned the set or what..the set was in perfect condition, though.  I immediately took them home and washed them.  The perfect touch for Spring!

I hope you take advantage of the sale and get some beautiful things.
Have a fabulous day!
~Julie~

Friday, March 9, 2012

Trisha Yearwood's Crock-Pot Chocolate Candy


This recipe is so delicious! I made 2 batches before Christmas and ate quite a bit of it myself...ugh.  Everyone loved it!  It's so easy, too.  It would be great for Easter so I want to share the recipe with all of you. 





I bet there are a lot of yummy recipes in this book available here:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/home-cooking-with-trisha-yearwood-trisha-yearwood/1102578574?ean=9780307465238&r=1&


Trisha Yearwood's Crock-Pot Chocolate Candy Recipe:

2 lbs (36 oz) salted dry-roasted peanuts
4 oz (4 squares) German's sweet chocolate
1 12-oz package semisweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
2½ lbs white almond bark

1. Put the peanuts in the bottom of a 4-quart slow-cooker. Layer the chocolate over the peanuts, beginning with the sweet chocolate, followed by the chocolate chips, and then the almond bark. Set the temperature on low and cook for 3 hours. Do not stir the mixture.

2. After 3 hours, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth. Drop the candy into cupcake pan liners, using about 2 tablespoons per liner. Allow the candy to cool completely before removing the cupcake liners. Makes 30 to 40 pieces.

I used a crock pot liner...DON'T DO THIS!  It's really hard to get all of the chocolate off of the liner.  What was I thinking?  It was Christmas time...I wasn't :)



Let me know what you think!
Have a fabulous day!
~Julie~

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Shabby Chic Style Shopping at Big Lots

I haven't shopped at Big Lots in a long time.  The Big Lots store in my former town was a dump!  It was dirty and messy.  It took me a long time to visit the store in my new area (until recently) and I'm glad that I did.  This store was super clean and very well organized.  Big Lots carries a line designed by Jessica McClintock and it's really fabulous!  This line will fit a variety of home decor.  I signed up for the frequent shopper card and received an email for 20% off my entire purchase last Saturday and Sunday...what a fabulous deal!
Here's a link to some JM merchandise at the Big Lots website:
 http://www.biglots.com/browse/for-the-home/jessica-mcclintock-home

Here's a little tour of the Jessica McClintock line at my local store:























I hope you enjoyed shopping with me...
Have a fabulous day!
~Julie~

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Wrap it up, people! Romantic gift wrap ideas...

Don't you just love to receive a gift that is almost too pretty to open?  I know I do.  I've been hearing a lot of buzz about this fabulous wrapping paper by Jeanne d'Arc Living. It's a little on the pricey side but you get quite a bit and there are so many potential uses!  It can be ordered here:  http://thebeautifullife.com/jedlilagiroa.html


More beautifully wrapped gifts:




Always something pretty at Heather Bullard's blog





Fabric scraps?






Using vintage sewing patterns





I love the use of vintage items





Newspaper bows. Click on the photo for the tutorial!










Kraft paper and doilies are always a winning combo!




Vintage handkerchief...so easily available.








Available for purchase on Etsy





Have a fabulous day!
~Julie~





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