s May 2016 - The Kim Six Fix
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Patriotic Summer Mantel Featuring Burlap Stars

Patriotic Fourth Of July Stars And Stripes Mantel
On Memorial Day I finally got my summer mantel up (it has been a while since I put up a mantel)!  As always I went with a red white and blue patriotic theme, which will last me though the Fourth of July.   This year I decided to feature all my burlap Pottery Barn Knock Off projects.
American Flags on Patriotic Mantel

Starbucks Inspired Oven Baked S'mores Bars

Turn an old frame into a pretty jewelry display

You guys! I'm so excited to have a new contributor here today.  Meg is Ah-Maz-Ing and you are going to love her DIY projects. (I can tell you that with certainty because I love her DIY projects).  In fact, make sure you check out the bottom of this post for some of her other beautiful projects.

And of course visit her blog, or find her on Facebook or Instagram.  You won't be disappointed! 

Without further ado.. Here is Meg: 
Hi guys! I’m Meg, and I blog at Green With Decor. I’m excited to share a fun tutorial with you guys today: transforming an old frame into a pretty jewelry display.
What a clever idea! An easy tutorial to turn an old frame into a pretty jewelry display.
I love having my jewelry organized and on display. Otherwise, I tend to forget about pieces and just wear the same few over and over again.

Countdown to Disney World Clock

DIY Disneyworld Countdown Clock
We recently got back to our trip to Disney and IMMEDIATELY the kids began planning our next trip.   On previous visits they were too young to really remember all the attractions, but this past time clearly made a big impression.   Now they are ALWAYS asking “When can we go back to Disney?”  

Just recently, after answering “I don’t know..” for the thousandth time, I thought I would try a new strategy and replied: “We’ll go to Disney when we have time!!”

To which my kids answered:  “MOM!!! There is ALWAYS time to go to Disney World!”

100+ Summer BBQ Grilling and Picnic Recipes & Ideas

100 Summer BBQ and Grilling Recipes and Ideas
On yesterday’s linky party I was just lamenting about how busy this time of year is.  As school, activities and sports wrap up there is just a huge flurry of activity.  So right now I’m just holding on.. waiting for summer to wash over me.  It is a little bit like trying to keep your head above water knowing you are only a few more feet from the shore.  I need a little less hustle and bustle and a few more margaritas by the pool.

Daisy Girl Scout Stenciled Ceramic Signature Plate

Easy Stenciled Daisy Plate for Girl ScoutsMy Daisy Girl Scout troop recently had their end of year bridging ceremony where they move up to Brownies.  At that event I wanted the kids to be able to create something they could have a keepsake of their first two years in scouting. I thought something with all the girls’ signatures would be great.  Something like those cute “paint your pottery” type pieces that have become really popular gift ideas.

The problem was I didn’t want to spend a ton of money and I wanted them to be able to bring the plates home that day.  So after a little research, I discovered oil based paint sharpies and dishwasher friendly multi-surface paint.  With these supplies you are able to paint ceramics and bake them which makes the color permanent.

DIY Pom Pom Shoe Clips

Hello friends! Steph at The Silly Pearl here with another fun craft tutorial. Here's a quick an easy way to dress up your plain flats for any occasion: DIY Pom Pom Shoe Clips. 

  • Suede or Leather (faux or real)
  • Scissors
  • Metallic gold and silver leaf pen
  • Hot glue and glue sticks
  • Shoe clip findings

Cut a 6x1.5-inch piece of suede or leather. If you'd like your pom pom flufflier, you can use a longer strip. Then, use your scissors to create fringe along one edge of the suede strip. I cut from one edge to about 1/4 inch from the other edge. The fringe themselves are about 3/8 inch wide. 

To add some shimmer, paint the fringe with metallic gold and silver leaf pen. First I applied the silver to the fringe, about halfway up.

Then I applied the gold, just to the tips.

Now, roll the suede strip with metallic side up, and add a dab of hot glue along the non-cut edge as you roll, until the whole thing forms...

...a tassel.

Turn the tassel so the non-cut side is down. Open up the tassel so it forms a flower, with all of the metallic side showing. Push it down firmly with the palm of your hand.

And finally, turn it over (trim the end if it's uneven) and glue on one of your shoe clip findings. Mine have "teeth" on one of the flaps, so those go on the unglued side and will attach on the inside of your shoe. Note: If you'd like to cover the teeth to protect your shoe, just glue a small scrap of felt to it.

Make another one and clip them to your flats. All done!

These are so fun, I want to make more. These would make cute gifts as well.

Thanks for having me on the blog again, Kim! -Steph

PVC Pipe Vertical Garden

PVC Joint Vertical GardenYou may already know that my house has pretty much ZERO yard space.  I’ve written about the trials and tribulations of a small yard, combined with living through the California drought and so it may come as no surprise that when I wanted to plant a spring garden this year, i had to do a little bit of thinking outside the box.

Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

Hey Y'all!  It's Mandee from The Kitchen Wife!  Here in West Virginia, we are finally embarking on warm weather!  I love this time of year.  Why?  Because this is the time of year where the meals get lighter, and the ingredients get fresher.  A perfect example of this is my Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad.

The finished Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad, in a white bowl, with the title overhead.

Packed full of savory chicken and fresh veggies, this Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad is the perfect summertime meal, ready in 20 minutes!  I can't wait to share it with you so let's get started!

Ultimate Recipe Challenge: Oven Toasted Spinach and Parmesan Ravioli

Spinach Stuffed Parmesean Crusted Oven Baked Toasted Ravioli
I'm so excited! It is time for another Ultimate Recipe Challenge!  Every other month I invite a group of food bloggers to join me in creating a recipe for a challenge ingredient.  This month the challenge ingredient was PASTA.   

And as you can see from the graphic, all the bloggers delivered!  So many great recipes! (They are all linked up at the bottom of this post!)

40 Pasta Recipes from Amazing Food Bloggers
My submission this month is:

 Oven Toasted Parmesan Crusted Spinach and Mozzarella Ravioli

Oven Baked Toasted Ravioli
These are great for either a meal or would be great as a party food or appetizer.  Unlike boiled ravioli, this toasted version is easy to eat with your fingers! 

How To Get More Accurate Cuts With Your Miter Saw

How to Get accurate Cuts with a miter saw
If you own a power miter saw, especially one with a laser guide, and you are having trouble getting accurate cuts, I have a dirty little secret to tell you. YOUR LASER GUIDE LINE IS LYING TO YOU.

Mother's Day Garden Flag Tutorial

How is it possible that Mother’s Day is this weekend?? I feel like we just got done with snow. I know we had Easter in there somewhere but time is whipping by at an alarming rate lately.

I wanted to make a little something in honor of all the awesome Mamas out there, and since I am also an awesome (but crazy busy) Mama, I wanted a quick project.

And here it is:

Mother's Day Garden Flag tutorial

A cute little garden flag. Just a few pieces to cut out, just a few seams to sew, done in an evening. Perfect!

To make one, you’ll need:

Removing a Fluorescent Kitchen Light Box

How to Update a Fluorescent Kitchen Box Light
I am pretty sure a large percentage of houses built in the late 80s and early 90s have a large fluorescent fixture in the kitchen.  Back then, they were considered the most efficient way of throwing large amounts of light.   Our house had one, along with the vast majority of houses in our neighborhood:Flurosecent kitchen light boxThe problem is, that now in the 21st century, there are even MORE efficient lighting options available.  Ones that throw much brighter and whiter light, not the yellow (humming) glow of fluorescent tube bulbs.  So when I redid my kitchen, I knew the huge ceiling box had to go.

Replacing a fixture like this is pretty straight forward.  Messy? Yes.  But otherwise it is pretty simple to replace.
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