Nailed It!–Nail Polish Pot Painting

Creative, DIY, Inspiration, Nailed it
Welcome to "Nailed It!": the article series where I find interesting crafter DIY ideas from the internet and try them out for you.  Then I judge it as either pass (Nailed It!) or fail (Screwed!).Today’s “Nailed It!” comes from the website Henry Happened Nail Polish Painting, an interesting blog by a former 9-to-5’er turned stay at home Mom with three children.  Her DIY’s are quite cute, matching the overall style of the site.  I happened on the one entitled “Nail Polish Marbled DIY Planters,” and thought I can do that too!  Hence, today’s “Nailed It!”  I read through the post, and there doesn’t seem to be that much to it. So I eagerly went to gather my supplies.*** WARNING!!! ***  I WILL be bashing nail polishes I purchased and hated. …
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The True History of Valentine’s day, or Yes, I Love Research

History, Inspiration
Ready for Valentine's Day? Want to know the reason for all the love, displayed in overly tacky decor and so much red everywhere it looks like cherubs were sacrificed in all the major stores. But what does it mean to celebrate love on this day? The story goes that Valentine was a Christian priest who performed marriages for young people when it was deemed illegal by the Roman Emperor (usually Claudius, for obvious reasons). When he was found out, he was incarcerated and then grotesquely killed. His last words were written in a letter to one of his followers, signed “from your Valentine.” First off, let's get one thing clear for all of us non-Catholic people; this is the feast day of the Valentines. Feast days of saints often commemorate…
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Quick Recipes – Baklava Cups

Baking, Inspiration, One hour, Pastry Making
No, these aren’t actually baklava.  But yes, they are made with (almost) the same ingredients.  The two big differences here is that the pastry sheets have been preformed by a machine somewhere into the cutest little fluted cups, and there is no layering involved.  So it is easy to make a little treat that tastes like baklava without all the hassle of making the million layer delicacy. I really love baklava, and was preparing to make my first batch (ever) from scratch by getting the ingredients from the store when I found these: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="295"] I love it when I find a cheat while trying to be proper...[/caption] So I thought: “Can I make something taste like baklava while making it super quick?” I took them home and,…
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My First Day of Choir

Inspiration, Music Writing
Hello, my time-conscious friends. As today’s title suggests, I recently joined a choir. How did I find time for it? Well, I basically used up my entire allotment of free time on Wednesday evenings, and my Sunday mornings to sing alto in the Highlands United Methodist Church at Five Points in Birmingham. So I get off work on Wednesday’s at 5pm and need to be at choir practice at 6:20. No problem, it takes less than 5 minutes to drive from where I work to the church. But it takes almost half an hour to get to my car, so Brant and I decided that it would be best for me just to stay on campus during this down time. I actually enjoyed the solitude. I had a mediocre cheddar…
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Creative Blogs I Highly Recommend

Creative, Incentive, Inspiration
This is by absolutely no means the whole list of blogs I love.  I have perused blogs on and off for years, my favorites waxing and waning with my cyclical favorite hobbies.  But these, not only are current, but have the style and content to keep me coming back for recent and archived information.  It should be noted that because they are all hobby blogs, they all have shops.  Some link the stuff in their shops to items they use in blog posts.  Some are outright sponsored by companies and that is all they shill.  Still others have their own business, and the blog is a natural outlet for selling what they do.  All of this is par for the course in hobbies, and never bothers me.  If I can…
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