Day 9 of Pinterest ~ Build Your Own Food Bars

Day 9 of



I’m soooo freakin’ excited about the pins I’m sharing with you today. They are in the “why-didn’t-I-think-of-this-before-now” category!

I’m looking forward to the next opportunity to play Hostess With the Mostess and serve these Build-Your-Own-Plate meals to my guests. For instance, the next time I’m hosting book club, I want to serve one of these food bars. Besides convenience, the possibilities are endless and everyone can fix their plate to their own liking. For a picky eater, I love this! For an allergy-sufferer, this is life-saving. Thank you, Pinterest, for the inspiration!!!





Top-Your-Tator Bar



Sprinkle Your Sundae






So tell me, Pinterest Pals, what kind of DIY Food Bar are you inspired to serve?


Day 7 of Pinterest ~ DIY Craft Projects

It’s day 7 of



There are three DIY projects that have inspired me to the n-th degree and I’m convinced that I have enough common sense, natural ability, and non-artistic talent to accomplish them. That makes no sense whatsoever, but I’m determined to make something “crafty” I’ve seen on Pinterest!!!!!!!! 

Seriously, how hard would it be to cover canvas with burlap, use a sponge brush, or wrap yarn around a bottle?


Painted Wall Art for Non-Artists


This is pretty much the coolest non-artist, artsy-fartsy project I’ve ever seen. Similar prints at Pier 1 and World Market are expensive, but this is economical and simple. YEAH! The supply list includes a piece of stretched canvas, paint, and set of round stamp brushes ~ all items I can purchase at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, etc. I can draw crooked, squiggly lines and “dab” here, there, and everywhere. I think this is something I can definitely accomplish!!!!


Painted Burlap Monogram Letters


I’m in a monogram mood …. have been for months. It’s personal, charming, and oh-so-Southern. I have several things with my monogram (initials) including a bag, drinking cup, and bracelet. I also have “our” monogram on a wood block, custom made by The Wood Shop in Kentucky, that I will most likely hang either in our bedroom or entryway. Anyway, I love these burlap letters displayed on a mantel. I like to decorate our mantel during holidays and various seasons, but monograms are suited for any occasion, which makes my life easy and my bank account happy.


Yarn-Wrapped Bottles


Along with the non-artist, artsy-fartsy artwork above, I think a set of these yarn-covered bottles would look DEEEE-VINE on the dining room table. I just had an ah-ha moment. Seriously! I will hang the non-art artwork on the wall adjacent to the china cabinet and wrap earth-tone colored yarn on repurposed wine bottles to display either on the dining table or buffet. I don’t drink beer, but the wine bottles would be better for the “scale” of the dining room and kitchen area. I really like the jewel (earth) tones of the bottles and “dots” in the artwork; these colors would go well in our dining room and compliment the dark wood furniture and slate tile floors.


I’m feeling very HGTV-isc. Are you inspired to create something? Please share your ideas … “pin” it!!!!!

eezy-peezy DIY project

If you prefer expensive kitchen textiles and decorative items, you’re obviously in the wrong place. I don’t want to be rude, but seriously, expensive is so not cool.

Enter my eezy-peezy DIY project:


I “borrowed” this extremely adorable and creative idea from Kate,  The Centsational Girl. Her blog is all about life’s fabulous-ness and home decorating……..for less. I totally dig that about her ~ I wish she’d come and rescue my drab house!

Anyway, thanks to Kate and this post, I was inspired to create my own display/dessert stands.

First, you need to visit your local thrift store. There is a Goodwill exactly 3.8 miles from my house. I’ve been to this establishment many times. I have a frequent customer card. Unfortunately, I never remember to take it with me. Fortunately, I shop on Wednesdays and get everything half-off. Saaah-weeet!

This particular Goodwill store has a very large home goods sections. In fact, there are two aisles of mixed glassware, plates, saucers, and other miscellaneous items. I picked up several different sizes of plates, as well as stem-ware and candlesticks for added height and stability. During my recent GA (Goodwill Adventure), I found a ceramic pillar holder about four-inches in diameter and four-inches-tall that I put under an over-sized round platter. The platter was really large, so it was important the base was extra sturdy.

Once you have a variety of thrifted items, you will need three more “ingredients” to complete your DIY creation: primer, paint, and silicone. I found all three at the Home Depot, pronounce Dee-Pot, cuz I’m cool like that.

I describe this DIY project as fun, cute, creative, and cheap. Including the GA items and paint supplies, I spent less than $35.00. I splurged a bit by purchasing multiple colors of paint because I plan to use different colors with tablescapes at future get-togethers. Besides, plain and boring monotone colors don’t cut the mustard.

aqua, red, white, purple, pink, orange, and black

Once you’ve got your collection of materials, the rest is eeezy-peezy.

Remove any price tags and hand-wash each item with soap and water. Rinse and dry completely.

I found a package of large writing boards in the garage. I placed one of the boards on the bed of Husband’s gooseneck trailer and that provided a clean work surface to paint these display stands. I promised Husband I would keep his beloved (and rusted) trailer clean with this paper. It makes for easy clean-up too.

Who needs a Craft Room when you have paper boards, wood scraps, and a gooseneck trailer?!

Who needs props or a fancy studio when you have half-ton hay bales and a step stool?!

Prep the surface by spraying an even coat of primer on all exposed areas.

Wait at least 30 minutes.

Then, apply a second coat.

When the primer is dry, arrange items on a hay bale then stand on a step stool to snap a cool shot with a horse trailor in the background.

Consider yourself uber-cool.

Once the primer is dry, liberally apply your selected paint color.

Hold the can of spray paint a few inches from the surface and use long, even strokes. I paint the surface from left-to-right, then up-and-down. If you like geography, pretend you’re painting the four compass points: from North to South, then East to West. 

That’s your social studies lesson for the day.

Wait an hour and apply a second coat. Let dry for several hours, preferably overnight.

Unless you live in Texas where it’s 3,409 degrees with a breeze ~ I call it Living In A Hairdryer ~ and your items will dry in less than an hour.

When the pieces are dry, you’re ready to assemble into display stands.

Apply a liberal amount of silicone sealant to the edge of the glassware or flat edge of a candlestick.

Carefully arrange in the center of the plate.

Wait at least 30 minutes to one hour before testing the silicone seal. When it’s completely dry, you can do the Lift Test.




Congratulations, you can now make your own creative, cute, and oh-so-cheap display stands for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, dips, whatever you want!

I call this the Halloween Collection.

Make your own set and send me photos at nicole.m.hutchison (at) I can’t wait to see your creations!

Happy Thrift Hunting and Spray Painting!

When you are ready to use these display stands, be sure to use a sheet of wax or parchment paper, or one of those lacey-fancy paper sheets under any food items. It is NOT a smart idea to have food come into direct contact with paint. Just sayin’.

Toodles, Y’all!!!!!


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“frugal, festive and fabulous”

I’m stealing borrowing this “frugal, festive and fabulous” craft project idea from Kate, the Centsational Girl.

I’ve been searching for inexpensive cake plates, cupcakes stands, and general food servers for our dining room table. I found this very creative DIY post from Kate and it’s just what I was looking for. The decorative ware is colorful, inexpensive, and can be customized to fit any decor. I especially like the fact that you could have multiple colors and heights to meet your needs for a large party or buffet server. Plus, you can coordinate colors by season, holiday, or a specific occasion (i.e. Fourth of July, bridal shower, or Christmas).

My best friend, Kim, thinks I have an addiction obession to decorative textiles, specifically placemats and kitchen hand towels. You see, I have multiple sets for every major holiday and season. While our table does not currently have any place-settings, the double-ovens are adorned with festive towels for Fourth of July. They’re so purr-deee.

I digress so easily.

Back to craft project……Colorful Display Stands

As soon as I saw Kate’s DIY post about creating colorful stands from items purchased at the local Goodwill store, I was hooked. Once again, here is another prime example when I scratch my head and scream at the top of my lungs…


Lucky for me, there’s a Goodwill store just minutes from the house. I wouldn’t say I’m a frequent customer, but I will stop occasionally to scout a good bargain. I went a couple of months ago and found several pairs of work pants and t-shirts that I am taking on the Haiti mission trip next month. I love a good sale and discounted prices are one of my most favorite things in life. Who cares if it’s someone else’s trash………it’s my treasure now!

So, I’m on a mission this week to create some of these decorative pieces for all the wonderful and amazing parties I don’t host and people don’t attend. If you read my post, Hostess with the Leastest you’d understand this statement. Perhaps decorative plates will encourage people to show up ~ hahaha!!!!!

Anybody want to have a party at my house?!?!

I’ll cook……..and decorate the table all nice and pretty!

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