Just A Little Creativity

Blueberry Breakfast Casserole- Fresh From Florida

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
This post was sponsored by #FreshFromFlorida as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Featuring fresh blueberries and garnished with a juicy strawberry, these fresh from Florida ingredients combine to make a breakfast casserole that tastes more like a dessert. 
The mouthwatering, delicious flavors make this breakfast a meal suitable for any time of day.  

fresh from Florida blueberry breakfast casserole

When it comes to fresh product and natural ingredients, Florida has you covered.
I've shared a little about this before, but for us the Florida summers bring mean blueberry picking, fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, and trips to farmers markets. The summer foods in Florida are what memories are made of.

One place I often check to find easy recipes that feature our family favorite ingredients is Fresh from Florida. You can find recipes for starters, entrees, sides, seafood, beverages, and my favorite- desserts.
You can find kid-friendly ideas, recipes for grilling, even one dish meals, so make sure you check it out.

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Three Free "Class of 2016" Graduation Printables

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Can you believe that we're approaching the end of the school year already? 
Ready or not, graduates are preparing to end this chapter in their lives and begin a new one.

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Cinderella Story Dresser Makeover Using Country Chic Paint & Metallic Cream #FabFlippinContest

Sunday, May 22, 2016

My makeover piece belongs to my mom. She's very into pretty and vintage decor, and this dresser was most definitely vintage but not pretty. A new coat of Ocean Breeze paint gave it a whole new life and the Silver Bullet metallic cream added just the right amount of bling.

Everyone loves a good Cinderella story, and I feel like that what happened to this pretty little French Provincial dresser. She began with a not-so-beautiful and very outdated yellowish white, high gloss finish. But she had lots of potential, and I felt like the Fairy Godmother giving her a new fabulous chance.

This is my first time using Country Chic paint, and I absolutely love it.

You can see the drastic change in the before and after photos. 
From outdated into a beautiful princess.

Before I painted, I cleaned and dusted the dresser, and because of the glossy finish, the company recommended giving the piece a light sanding.

Then, it was ready for paint.
Ocean Breeze is a limited edition color, and I'm so glad I chose it for this dresser. The entire piece took two coats, and I only used a little less that half of the paint. I still have plenty left over for a future project.

Have you ever had a plan go off course, only to find you like the results even better than what you had originally planned? 

That's what happened to me with the handles on the drawers. I assumed I'd be able to unscrew them and spray paint them white, but they were set into the dresser with some sort of screw I wasn't able to get off.
So, since I was painting the drawers anyway, I just sprayed them while they were still attached. I did the same thing with the decorative parts of the upper two drawers.

Once I added the blue paint on the outside of the drawers and around the handles, I actually loved the way they looked distressed and a little of the original yellow could still be seen in the white and against the blue. So, I left it.

Once all of that was dry, I used the metallic cream on all the handles and decorative embellishments. Because after all, what princess doesn't need some bling?

I used two coats of the metallic cream in Silver Bullet, and it's fabulous.
The cream is very thick, like a lotion, and easy to apply using my brush. I was using it on such small parts as an accent, the brush was able to get into the areas I wanted.
I hardly made a dent in the amount of paint I have left after embellishing this piece, so I'll be able to be on the lookout for more projects that need some bling.  

Using a lint free rag, I added a bit of the cream to the legs of the dresser as well, making sure to get down in all the cracks and curves. Then, I wiped the excess away.

Distressing your furniture using this brand is easy, you don't even have to use sandpaper if you don't want (although that's what I did). You can simply use a wet cloth.
The brand website has several tutorial videos that help with this technique. 

I may still go back an give it a coat of wax, I'm undecided about that. I like to seal my pieces, but my mom likes the distressed look. So, I may let her use it for a while and let it distress in a few more areas naturally, and then go back and wax it in a few weeks. 

In the meantime, she's loving it just like it is, and so am I. 

A few details I love about Country Chic Paint:
It's eco-friendly
Pretty much odorless
Super easy to use with very minimal prep work
Dries quickly
Available in a gorgeous variety of colors
Or you can get your paint mixed in ANY color
Available in Metallic Cream

To see the other projects entered into this month's contest, visit Carrie at Thirty Eighth Street and Thea at Sweet Tea Refinishing

If you're a blogger interested in participating in future contests (you should, because they're so much fun!) then contact info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com for more info.

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The Bird and The Sword by Amy Harmon

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Swallow, daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. 
Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. 
Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. 
You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heaven or hell. 
You will learn and you will thrive. 
Silence, daughter. Stay alive.

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Free Mother's Day Printables

Friday, May 6, 2016
Mother's Day is this weekend. If you haven't found mom the perfect gift yet, or your budget is limited, then these pretty watercolor free printables are the perfect solution.

watercolor printables free

Choose from four designs, inspirational quotes, and scriptures. Create a card or frame them for a unique gift mom's sure to love. 


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