Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saturday Sparks Link Party 78

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 78!
School is back in session and old routines are finding there way back into our lives. This is a good time of year to finish old projects or perhaps start a new one. Motivation and inspiration abound in the features from last weeks party. 
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 77.
Home is Where the Heart Is Pallet Sign at The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom. A recent pallet find had Mellissa creating this sweet sign. It reminds me of a Hershey Bar and who can resist one of those.
Faux Leather Base Tote Bag at Let's Make It Lovely. Roopini has a fabulous tutorial on making this wonderful Tote Bag.
Upcycled Cabinet Door with MMS Milk Paint at Blue Willow House. Sharon attended a 'Miss Mustard Seed Painting Class' and shows off her fabulous finished project - an upcycled tray made from a cabinet door.
DIY Canvas Wall Art at A Mom's Take. Janel shows us how she made this fabulous photo montage for her wall.
Apple Stamped Canvas Tote at Wendys Hat. Wendy is thinking about the upcoming Fall season and shares this cute idea to make an apple stamped Tote.
Vanilla Almond Granola Cereal at Natural Chow. Margaret Anne shares a healthy and delicious recipe for homemade granola.
French Onion Cheese Sauce at Kleinworth & Co. - Gina shares a recipe for a French Onion Cheese Sauce that she says is delicious on chicken or noodles, etc...,.
Homemade Wheat Bread at Ten at the Table. Maria Alison shares a recipe for Wheat Bread and explains that there is nothing like homemade bread. I have to agree with her on this one.
Bacon Dill Cheese Ball at Luv a Bargain. Sherri shares her cousins recipe for a 'Bacon Dill Cheese Ball' that is a welcome addition at every family gathering.
Green Goddess Pasta Salad at Robyn's View. Robyn shares a tasty recipe for pasta salad that is full of fresh herbs and sounds amazing.

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 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing

Links are open through Friday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

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 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) or a text link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own ideas - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar or if you prefer, GFC and Linky are located at the bottom of this page.
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Sparks Link Party 77

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 77!
What have you been working on this week? It's time to link up and share your latest inspiration.
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 76.
Rolled Paper Art at ArtClubBlog. Bella shows us the steps involved to make this cool art piece, easy enough for a child to make using recycled papers that you probably already have on hand.

The Relationship Between Work and Play at T-Shirt and Jeans. Nicki shares her thoughts about 'Work and Play' and why taking time to 'play' is so important.
Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub at Living Chic on the Cheap.  Jessica shares a simple 3 ingredient body scrub recipe to exfoliate and hydrate.

The Best Homemade Cafè Frappè Recipe at Roxy's Kitchen. Roxy shares a rich and creamy recipe for a delicious iced coffee frappè.
Back to School - Printable Lunch Notes at Designs by Miss Mandee. We all know that School is right around the corner. Mandee has perfect timing offering a free printable for notes of encouragement to tuck into your kids lunch.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza at Upstate Ramblings. Anne shares a recipe for a 'Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza' that won her sons stamp of approval.

Covered Deck Almost Completed at Southern Seazons. Jody show us her newly covered deck. The pergola has been replaced with a new roof complete with an outdoor ceiling fan. Such a pretty space to venture out to.
Four Easy Homemade Marshmallow Ideas at Eliza Ellis. Eliza is starting a new series for 'Easy Meal Ideas' and is kicking it off with this post for four different homemade marshmallow ideas - Yum!
Delicious Cherry Coffee Cake at Bunny's Warm Oven. Bunny shares a tasty recipe for coffee cake that she says you can change by using different pie fillings. Coffee cake is such a decadent way to start off the day.

30-Minute Homemade Soft Pretzels at Born to Bake Forever. Megan shares a recipe for Soft Pretzels that solved her dilemma of making daily mall runs.
And finally, a recap of my share from the party - Scenes from the Road 10 - Rabble-rouser's. My latest 'Scenes from the Road' post is all about a couple of New Hampshire troublemakers.

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 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing

Links are open through Friday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

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 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) or a text link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own ideas - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar or if you prefer, GFC and Linky are located at the bottom of this page.
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Saturday Sparks Link Party 76

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 76!
Post your latest brainstorm and find some inspiration to trigger your creative side.
As usual, the links from last weeks party were simply wonderful.
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 75.
Tour Through Blogland at Making it in the Mountains. Kristi gives us a tour of her home and some of the wonderful rustic details they have added so far.  Looking forward to seeing what they come up with in the coming days.
My Kitchen - New Counters at Suburbs Mama. Rita longed for granite counters and she was rewarded for her patience with these lovely new counters. Such a bright and sun filled space!
Pulling it all together-Hymns and Verses at A Stroll Thru Life. Marty is featuring one of her favorite bloggers - Doreen from Hymns and Verses - who shares her recently updated master bedroom. Such a classic and inviting look!
Restoring a Hutch to a Bedroom Armoire at Seeking Lavender Lane.  Inspired by Restoration Hardware, Deb gave new life to a Craigslist find for her daughters bedroom. I am so loving the vintage mirror detail she added to the cabinet doors.
Simple Pleasures of the Garden at Creative Country Mom. Brook shows us her cottage gardens in all their summer splendor. Such a lovely view to come home to.
Whale Beach Tote at The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom. Mellisa shows off her oh-so-cute beach tote that she made using a purchased plain canvas bag, some fabric paint and a fun beach theme.
Easy Blueberry Jam at Roxy's Kitchen. Roxy shares a simple 3-ingredient recipe for Blueberry Jam. You know I love my blueberries, so I will be giving this recipe a try for sure.
Pumpkin Bread at Yesterfood. Joy shares a recipe perfect for the upcoming fall season. She describes this pumpkin bread as "deliciously moist and full of the rich flavors of Autumn". It sounds like a win, win to me.
Veggie Spring Rolls with Two Dipping Sauces at Hello Little Home. Ginnie shares a favorite recipe for Veggie Spring Rolls. It's always good to find a tasty way to eat more veggies.
Slow Cooker Zesty Potatoes and Sausage at All She Cooks. Jessica shares a savory crockpot recipe. Easy and delicious - can't go wrong!
And finally, a recap of my share from the party - Summertime thru the Lens. In this post, I share about our 'easy living' summer and some of the simple moments that I have captured with my camera.

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 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing

Links are open through Friday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

Pieced Pastimes

 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) or a text link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own ideas - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar or if you prefer, GFC and Linky are located at the bottom of this page.
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Scenes from the Road 10 - Rabble-rouser's

We have driven past this piece of history for many years now. New Hampshire has quite a sordid political past with its 'first in the nation presidential primary' status and all the years of hard fought campaigns that have marched throughout the state.
This 10' tall wooden 'Trojan Horse' stands along the side of Route 4 in Epsom, New Hampshire. The original horse was built in 1975 to protest the United Nations. Back in the day, the horse was surrounded by white crosses marked with the names of different communist countries symbolizing the graveyard of captive nations.
It stood defiantly for some 10 years before it was burned to the ground by vandals who most likely disagreed with the political stance the horse represented. The original creator along with some fellow conservatives promptly built this second horse to replace the charred remains.
The builder felt the UN was a destructive body that would bring an end to the American way of life. Its  former days of glory are over and the once determined equine now stands as a worn reminder of days gone by. You can read more about this story here.
Another day and another drive found us passing this big guy peacefully grazing in a pasture.
A few years ago, the local paper had run a story about a great adventure that this mischievous Joe had taken. He had mysteriously disappeared from his usual hangout only to be found later parked in front of the local police station. Adding insult to injury, it is said that one of the boars bandit's was a policeman from that very station.
My guess is that it was intended to be a silly prank that went a bit too far. The shenanigans are long since over and the portly swine has been returned to his home. Small towns have long memories and I have a feeling this story will live on for many years to come.
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