Saturday, September 20, 2014

Snickerdoodle Sunday

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to Snickerdoodle Sunday! I hope you all had a great week, and I want to say thanks for taking time out of your weekend to join our party. We had some great posts linked up last week. In fact, there were so many wonderful links to view that I decided to chose three features instead of the usual two! You all are that talented!

Before we get to the features, I just want to invite you to enter our special blogiversary giveaway if you haven't already done so. My co-hosts at 2Crochet Hooks and I have teamed up with two of our blogging buddies to celebrate our first year of blogging, and we're offering some awesome prizes as a way of saying thanks for a wonderful first year. 

And now, on to the features!

I just loved this twine pumpkin from Time for Seasons. You have to see what it looked like before it got turned into a pumpkin, so go check it out!



I also loved these ultimate peanut butter cookies from 3GLOL. Don't they look tasty?

Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies  #peanutbuttercookies #cookies #whitechocolatechips

Finally, I absolutely adore this fall mantel by Vintage Paint and More. It has wood, a chalkboard and sunflowers -- everything I love! 

Vintage, Paint and more... a vintage mantel done with a paper leaf wreath and dollar store pumpkins


Congrats, ladies! Enjoy your special frosted Snickerdoodle!


Meatloaf and Melodrama

Let's get this party started! 

Meet Your Snickerdoodle Sunday Hosting Team!

Kristina & Millie @ 2CrochetHooks, Dee @ Meatloaf and Melodrama,
snickerdoodle hostessesFelicia @ Nifty Thrifty Family, Sarah @ Sadie Seasongoods

Just a few Simple Rules

**Please DO NOT link and run. We would love for you to visit, comment and pin on a few of the blogs that are sharing here today. Visit at least as many posts as you linked up! This is a great way to get people to visit you, meet other bloggers, and everyone’s blogs will benefit!**
  • Remember to Follow Your hostesses- 2 Crochet HooksNifty Thrifty FamilyMeatloaf and Melodrama, and Sadie Seasongoods
  • Link to your post and not to your blog home page
  • Linkback on your post ( optional, but always appreciated)
  • No adult content blogs, Family Friendly posts – old or new
  • Please no more than 3 links to your blog
  • No links directly to your shops or websites selling things/services please! Reviews w/affiliate links are ok!
  • Yes, you can link giveaways & link parties (add them to our Party page!)
Adding your link to this blog hop gives the hostesses permission to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features on Snickerdoodle Sunday. All features will be pinned to our Pinterest boards and will be linked back to the original source.

By participating in this link party, you will be sent a weekly reminder e-mail when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or used in any other way.
    
    
    
    
    
        

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Creative Ways to Decorate with Plates

    Hi Everyone!

    I love decorating with pretty plates. Now, I have to admit that I'm not that good at designing beautiful tablescapes, but I do enjoy showcasing decorative plates in a variety of ways throughout my home. So, I was beyond thrilled when Hometalk asked me to curate a board on creative ways to decorate with plates!

    There are countless ways that you can incorporate plates into your home decor, and it doesn't matter if they are thrift store finds, family heirlooms or your own creations. So, after viewing the many creative posts on Hometalk, I chose these 15 sensational plate ideas. 



    I'll highlight just a few of them here.

    My Pinterventures created these cute plates to decorate a bare wall in her kitchen. I love how they turned out!

    diy painted kitchen plates tutorial, crafts

    Uncommon Designs turned a simple oval platter into a pretty chalkboard plate. I've done this before, and it's so much fun!

    chalkboard painted plate tutorial, chalk paint, chalkboard paint, crafts, home decor, painting, Adorable Chalkboard Platter

    Our Southern Home used thrift store plates to decorate her porch -- love that pretty shade of blue!

    thrift store door plate display, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, The plates still had the plate hangers on them Simply hammer a nail in and done Easy cheap wall art


    A Stroll Through Life  shows you several different ways to display plates in your home and create a cohesive look.

    decorating with plates wall collages, design d cor, A collage with white ironstone

    Of course, I had to include one of my own ideas along with the others! 


    I made this Anthropologie Inspired Plate Holder out of my grandmother's vintage spoons and used it to hold one of her vintage plates. Hometalk was kind enough to feature this post on their Facebook page, and wow, did it get a lot of attention! It seems a lot of people remember this Desert Rose pattern.

    Unfortunately, my grandmother's plates are all chipped, so we can't use them, but that doesn't mean we can enjoy looking at them. I think that displaying heirloom plates is such a sweet thing to do, especially during family gatherings.

    You can read more about creative ways to display plates on my Hometalk Plate Board and hopefully, get some inspiration. I know that with the holiday season coming up, a lot of us are trying to spruce up our homes a little before we open them up to guests!

    If you're on Hometalk, I hope you'll connect with me and say hi! The link is on my sidebar. If you haven't joined yet, you really should! It's a lot of fun, especially if you love decorating, DIY projects or anything related to house and home. I joined not that long ago, and I really wish I had signed up sooner!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

    Dee :)

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    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    Easy Halloween Garland

    Hi Friends!

    I'm over at PinkWhen today, where I'm sharing the tutorial for this cute Halloween garland. I love cute Halloween decor, and this chalkboard garland isn't scary at all. I hope you'll take a minute to go visit Jennifer and get all the details on this quick and easy craft.



    Don't forget that the Retro Re-Pin Party is going on right now, so if you haven't linked up a few pins with us yet, there's still plenty of time to join the fun.

    Also, just a quick reminder to enter our fabulous blogiversary giveaway. There's a chance to win some great prizes, including cash, so you definitely don't want to miss this one!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with some ideas for decorating with plates, and I hope to see you then. Have an awesome day!

    Dee :)

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    Retro Re-Pin Party

    Hi All!

    It's time for the weekly Retro Re-Pin Party, and I'm thrilled to have you join us! We had a bunch of fun pins last week, and I saw a lot of fall goodies linked up. Are you getting in the mood for fall yet? I can't wait! 

    We also had some newcomers to the party, which is just plain awesome! Thanks to all of you for joining us and helping our party grow. The more pinners we have, the more exposure your older pins get. My co-hosts and I really love to pin, and we hope you do too. So, dust off your old pins and get them ready for the spotlight!

    As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask away! 


    Meet your fabulous pinning hostesses! 


    Retro Re-Pin Party

    As you can see, there are seven of us, so that means that your pins will be seen on seven different blogs. This means a lot of new exposure for your older pins! All links are pinned to our Pinterest party board, and we even pin some of our favorites to our personal boards. How awesome is that?!

    We would be positively thrilled if you decide to follow our blogs and our pinterest pages!

    Kristina and Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks: Blog/Pinterest
    Dee @ Meatloaf and Melodrama: Blog/Pinterest
    Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers: Blog/Pinterest
    Joy @ xoxo Grandma: Blog/Pinterest
    Becka @ Probably Crafting: Blog/Pinterest
    Felicia @ Nifty Thrifty Family: Blog/Pinterest
    Leslie @ The Crafty Side of Sarcasm: Blog/Pinterest

    *~* Are you all ready to party?!? ~

    This is a Retro Re-pin Party so it works a just a little bit differently than the usual link party or pinning party. Please do NOT link up your blog main page, a blog post or your pin boards. Link up one or two of your older Pinterest pins and PLEASE - Family Friendly posts only!! If the link is not to a previously pinned post, it may not be pinned.

    Example: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/555139091540348954/

    We have just a few very simple rules for this party:


    1. Add up to 2 pin links to your older pinned posts -- the older the better!
    2. Re-pin at least 2 other pins -- that's why we are here!
    3. Link back to us if you would, it's the nice thing to do!

    Please help us spread the word about this party. Invite your friends, and come back next week! Feel free to take a button!



    Meatloaf and Melodrama


    

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Rustic Wood Jack o' Lanterns and Frankie

    Hi There!

    I'm a huge fan of anything rustic, including holiday decorations and crafts. Honestly, I think the reason I like this style so much is that it's practically impossible to get it wrong. Anyway, I've been wanting to make my own wood pumpkins for a long time, and over the weekend, I finally got the chance! We had some leftover wood, and Hubby was kind enough to cut it into different sizes. It wasn't long before the wood blocks magically turned into a rustic Jack o' lantern family and their friend Frankie.


    rustic pumpkins and frankenstein made out of wood blocks

    Okay, so it really wasn't magic, but it wasn't hard to do. Hubby cut a 2 X 4 into four wooden blocks and sanded them down.


    four wood blocks from a 2 X 4 piece of wood

    I was thinking the blocks would make a nice pumpkin family, so I painted them orange and used dark brown paint to shade the edges. One of the blocks had a deep cut, which was fine, but the more I looked at the block, the more I thought it really resembled a scar.


    four wood blocks painted orange

    So, I played Dr. Frankenstein and turned the pumpkin into a monster -- a cute monster, though! I just turned the block upside down, painted it green and added some details, including a nicely stitched scar. I also screwed two small bolts into Frankie's neck and very lightly distressed him.


    frankenstein made from scrap wood with bolts

    I painted faces on the pumpkins and then distressed them with sandpaper. Since I was aiming for a rustic industrial vibe, I made stems out of nails and wire. First, I coiled the wire until it looked like a spring. Then, I used copper colored metallic spray paint to give the nails and wire a rusty look. I think this was the first time I've ever spray painted nails, but it worked! I hammered the nails into the top of the pumpkins, and then I just topped them with the wire springs.


    spray paint nails and wire with bronze spray paint and nail on wood pumpkin


    Here's the rustic Jack o' lantern family.



    three wood pumpkins made from wood blocks

    And, here is the the family with Frankie! Don't they look sweet together?



    rustic wood pumpkin family and frankentstein made from wood blocks

    You could always leave off the nails, but I like how they look. Of course, these aren't toys, so don't let the kids play with them! And, since I had everything on hand, I basically got four new Halloween decorations for free -- can't beat that!

    Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful day.

    Dee :)

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    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Blogiversary Giveaway Celebration

    Hi Friends!

    Welcome to our One Year Blogiversary Giveaway Celebration!

                                           Blogiversary Giveaway Sept. 15-30.intelligentdomestications.com

    Join us and enter to win one of the 6 prizes, totaling over $325!

    I can hardly believe it, but it's time to celebrate the first blogiversary of Meatloaf and Melodrama! This year has just flown by, and my first year blogging has definitely been a blast! You know, blogging is all about being social, and it just isn't any fun at all to celebrate a special occasion by yourself. So, I'm joining forces with some of my wonderful blogging friends, and we're all pitching in to throw one huge celebration! Since we are all turning one, we want to thank all of you by hosting a very special giveaway. And, we sincerely hope you will all come party with us!

    BIRTHDAY (4)

    Hosted by:

    Intelligent Domestications, My Pinterventures, 2 Crochet Hooks, and Meatloaf and Melodrama

    The four of us are turning one this month, and we've come together to celebrate our one year blogiversary! Of course, we wouldn't have made it this far if it weren't for all of your support. To help us celebrate this milestone, a few of our blogging buddies have joined with us to co-host this party and make this blogiversary celebration and giveaway possible.

    Special thanks to our wonderful co-hosts:
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    Co-hosts:

    Becky and Glenna @My Paper Craze
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    Laura @Michigan Saving and More

    Trish @The Decoratoraholic


    Time sure flies when you're having fun and we can't believe it's already been a year since we started blogging! Whoo hoo! To thank everyone that has helped support our blogs, we'd like to help kick off your fall season with the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes. You'll have 6 chances to win! One grand prize winner will receive $150 in cold hard cash - cha-ching! But wait, there's still 5 more chances to win a prize. Thanks to our fabulous sponsors, one lucky winner will win a sponsor gift package. Plus, each blogiversary blog will be giving one gift prize to a lucky winner too. That's six ways to win a prize and start your fall season off with a bang!

    6 PRIZES:

    **winners will be randomly chosen through eligible Rafflecopter entries**

    One lucky winner will win $150 CASHhappycash400

    Special thanks to our sponsors for providing these wonderful gifts.

    Sponsor Gifts:

    One lucky winner will win these great prizes - Chloe + Isabel earrings (Value $22) from Andrea's Chloe +Isabel Shop, Monogrammed Burlap Chevron Garden Flag (Value $29.99) from Brand it Boutique, $25 Gift Card from Julie's La Bella Baskets, and a Halloween Door Hanger (Value $30) from Becky at My Paper Craze (contact her through her blog for orders).

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    Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway Details:

    • Giveaway begins September 15th 12:00 AM EST and ends September 30th 11:59 PM EST
    • Cash prize of $150 is open worldwide and payment will be made via Paypal. All other prizes are open to residents in the United States only
    • Must be 18 yrs. and older to enter
    • Void where prohibited
    • One entry per household, per address
    • Winners of all prizes will have 24 hours to respond to winner notification email, or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen
    • Winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter drawing
    • Winning entries will be verified
    • Sponsors will be individually responsible for prize fulfillment
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    Are you ready to win some fabulous prizes? Enter below...

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    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Snickerdoodle Sunday

    Hi Friends!

    It's a pleasure to have you at our fun Snickerdoodle Sunday party! The links keep getting better and better, and our party is growing, so thanks so much for joining us each week. if this is your first visit, feel free to link up a few of your family friendly posts -- crafts, recipes, DIYs, tips, stories, we love them all.

    I also want to invite you all to come back here on Monday, September 15th for a chance to enter a fantastic giveaway celebrating the first anniversary of Meatloaf and Melodrama! My co-hosts at 2 Crochet Hooks and two other blogging friends are celebrating their anniversaries too, and we've joined together to throw one big partay! You can find out the rest of the juicy details on Monday.

    Now, on to our fantastic features from last week! I loved these slow cooker peanut clusters from Life With Garnish. I can't wait to dig out my Crock-Pot and make some!

    slow cooker peanut clusters

    I love unique DIYs, and how unique is this DIY cement clock from DIY Fun Ideas? She gives a great tutorial, and this is something you can easily customize.

    DIY CONCRETE CLOCK

    Congrats, ladies! Enjoy your special frosted Snickerdoodle!


    Meatloaf and Melodrama

    Let's get this party started! 

    Meet Your Snickerdoodle Sunday Hosting Team!

    Kristina & Millie @ 2CrochetHooks, Dee @ Meatloaf and Melodrama,
    snickerdoodle hostessesFelicia @ Nifty Thrifty Family, Sarah @ Sadie Seasongoods

    Just a few Simple Rules

    **Please DO NOT link and run. We would love for you to visit, comment and pin on a few of the blogs that are sharing here today. Visit at least as many posts as you linked up! This is a great way to get people to visit you, meet other bloggers, and everyone’s blogs will benefit!**
    • Remember to Follow Your hostesses- 2 Crochet HooksNifty Thrifty FamilyMeatloaf and Melodrama, and Sadie Seasongoods
    • Link to your post and not to your blog home page
    • Linkback on your post ( optional, but always appreciated)
    • No adult content blogs, Family Friendly posts – old or new
    • Please no more than 3 links to your blog
    • No links directly to your shops or websites selling things/services please! Reviews w/affiliate links are ok!
    • Yes, you can link giveaways & link parties (add them to our Party page!)
    Adding your link to this blog hop gives the hostesses permission to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features on Snickerdoodle Sunday. All features will be pinned to our Pinterest boards and will be linked back to the original source.

    By participating in this link party, you will be sent a weekly reminder e-mail when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or used in any other way.