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Sleek Stainless Kitchen Backsplash

When we built our little home years ago, we were undecided on what to do with our kitchen backsplash.  So, we put that project on the back burner and settled in with a coat of paint ... until now. 




This was our boring but clean slate:




To narrow down our backsplash material choices, we knew we wanted a clean, sleek look without grout lines.  That's when we found these sheets of stainless tiles at Lowes:



They come in 12" square mosaic sheets and are self-adhesive.  

To prep our wall, we lightly hand sanded and wiped to remove dust.  



We chose to leave the 4" vertical countertop backsplash along our wall, but could have removed it to have the backsplash meet the horizontal countertop.  This was just our personal preference to leave it in place.

We also decided to replace our fluorescent undercabinet lighting with LED lighting.  Best decision ever!  The LED lighting is so much brighter and whiter.   

These were the light fixtures we chose at Home Depot:




To install the steel mosaic …
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DIY Weathered Wood Jar Sconces

Yesterday as Mia (our pup) and I took a walk across our property, I glanced at the small stash of scrap wood I set aside for projects.  A few short hours later, these were casting a warm glow above our fireplace ...





Materials:

6 boards 30" long
4 boards 7" long
4 hooks (for hanging mason jars)
1" brad nails
1-1/2" wood screws
8 wood shims (as spacers)
2 D-ring hangers with screws
2 picture hangers with screws
4 jars
Wire
Jute string
Salt
Candles

Tools Used:

Ryobi Cordless Mitre Saw
Ryobi Cordless Drill
Ryobi Cordless Brad Nailer
Ryobi Cordless Screwdriver 

What can I say? .. We like Ryobi! 





The weather was gorgeous - sunny and slightly cool - a perfect day for an outdoor project.  



I began by cutting all the boards to length.  Thanks to the cordless mitre saw, this part of the process was quick and easy. 





I laid the boards out to determine spacing and our driveway made a great work surface.





The thickest ends of the wood shims served as spacers.






To help find the correct placement of the sh…

Our Shelby

Since my little blog is about "all things home," I wanted to share a recent and heartbreaking event that took place within our abode.  We noticed our super sweet 10 year old greyhound, Shelby, began limping and not putting much weight on her front right leg.  Being a retired racer, it wasn't unusual through the years for her to come away with a minor sprain while running circles in our back lawn, so we weren't alarmed.  
She had just turned 10 in October ... we had adopted her from Greyhound Pets of America - Houston (GPA) in 2009 when she was only 3. 
She never yelped in pain but her limp didn't appear to be getting better, so we took her to our amazing vet, Dr. Helen Philips
What we suspected was a pulled muscle, torn ligament, or at the very worst a fracture, was far worse than we could have imagined. 
Shelby was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in her right shoulder.  
We were stunned and shocked even though we were fully aware of the high occu…

Creating a Blessings Jar & Free Printables

Doesn't it seem as if last year just zipped right by in the blink of an eye? Here's a great idea for being mindful of our blessings in the coming year!





The beauty of closing one year and welcoming a new is that we get a fresh 365 days to accomplish new things, set new goals, and formulate new plans.  We can use the time to complete any unfinished projects and goals from the previous year.

It's also a great opportunity to reminisce and be thankful for all the blessings that we encountered in the past year.  The big and monumental blessings are stamped in our memories, but the small positive day-to-day experiences may be a little more difficult to recall. 

That's where a Blessings Jar can come in quite handy.







Ideas for creating them are all over Pinterest and can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.

The concept is to jot down positive blessings and experiences each day and drop them in a jar.  On New Year's Eve, empty the jar and as you celebrate the New Year, take …

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Stocking Stuffers for Your Pup

Each Christmas morning, we have such a blast watching our pups retrieve and tear into these pet-friendly stocking stuffers.




They are easy to make with items you probably already have:



Empty paper towel cardboard centersWhite tissue paperBrown kraft paper (or plain white paper)Pup treats - Pup-Peroni or Beggin' Strips work wellPaw labels (optional)
Cut paper towel roll into three equal pieces, tear tissue paper into half sheets, and cut or break pup treats into appropriate sizes for your pet.  




Wrap a treat in a half sheet of plain white tissue paper and stuff into cardboard roll.  





Wrap the treat filled cardboard roll in plain brown kraft paper, twisting ends to secure (no tape needed).




This year I added the round paw labels just for fun.  



I created them in Word for Avery 5293 round labels by copying a free paw graphic online and pasting it into the label template and printing.  There's no risk of our pups consuming the toner - they ignore the center of the stuffers and go right to…