Tuesday, December 30, 2014

 The Best of 2014

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” 
 — Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I looked through my posts from this last year, I came to realize that it was my best blogging year for number of readers/followers {thank you}and my worst year for the number of posts I wrote.

I just wasn't feeling as creative this year, but I am not ready to pack it in. There are still stories to be told and projects to be completed!

Here are the best projects we did this year....

Monday, December 29, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow Link Party...The Last One

Happy End of 2014, everyone! As the year winds down and I start to freeze the left over cookies, for when we are wanting a sweet treat in February, I think over the last year of this link party.

It was full of wonderful inspiration and I have enjoyed it immensely. Leslie; however, has decided that today will be the last Twirl and Take a Bow Party. 

So here is to you and your wonderful projects! We will all still be reading. Enjoy the inspiration!

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow

It is an exciting week around here. My family is coming into town for a few days. We can't wait to see all of them.

But first, a link party and features that will help you remember whose gifts are whose.

Enjoy the inspiration and Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Twirl and Take A Bow

Can you believe that Christmas is only a little over a week away? Are you finished with your shopping? Your wrapping? I am about half way there. I wanted to be finished a couple weeks ago, but I lost my mojo.

I think I was too busy reading all the great blogs that link up with us every week.

Enjoy the inspiration!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Owl Always Love You

Have I mentioned that my mom is super crafty?  Sewing and knitting mostly, but over Thanksgiving vacation she found a great idea on Pinterest and put it into action.  

I would have helped her, as I love to get crafty too; however, I found some free moments to go out and see many wonderful friends that I haven’t seen in a long time. 

And staying friends with smart, beautiful women that live many hundreds of miles away is a craft in and of itself. 

I would be lost without those souls in my life.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Party Time. Party Time. Excellent. {Twirl and Take a Bow}

I loved "Wayne's World" when I was a teen. Especially the part where they pretended to be Laverne and Shirley. It was such a fun and silly movie. Did you see it and love it as much as me?

And let me say...there is also a lot of fun, with none of the silly in Robin's features this week.

How's that for a segue? Corny, I know. Or maybe I am just delirious from all the gift wrapping I have been doing.

Anyway....{long awkward pause}....enjoy the inspiration!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow Linky Party

Did everyone have an awesome Thanksgiving! Hopefully it was fun and you ate lots of good food! I spent part of my holiday under the house in our crawl space fixing a burst pipe. Yes, you heard it right, I Lesley, fixed a pipe under my house. I have to say I actually surprised and impressed myself. 
I wonder how many neighbors heard me screaming "I DID IT" from under my house? To find out all about this adventure make sure you have subscribed to our email. Tomorrow I will go in to great detail about the one tip/tool that could save you thousands! Subscribe here. Mom on the other hand spent the weekend cutting down limbs with her new favorite toy. Check out her new toy by Mantis. You have to get one! 

Sawing the branch

In other news our elf "SCOUT" has reappeared from the North pole to monitor Jude's behavior and report back to Santa. Needless to say that Elf ain't got nothing on Jude. He honestly could not care less that the Elf is watching him. In fact I think the Elf has made things worse in some ways. Jude loves seeing his new hiding spot in the morning but I believe he's honestly a little creeped out by this whole charade.
I asked the kids in my class today if they had an elf and if it had appeared this weekend. They all confirmed that they each had an elf but some have not seen him/her make their appearance yet. 
Do you have an Elf? It's ok to say you don't ... but if you need an idea for an elf scroll down and check out our features.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

20 Pound Turkey, Please Twirl and Take a Bow

On Saturday, we had Thanksgiving dinner for my husband's side of the family. That morning the hubs got up...cleaned the bathrooms, mopped the kitchen floor and then proceeded to make a fabulous feast!

{If you think I didn't help....you would be mostly correct.  
I did; however, set the table and make the gravy}.

He was so proud of himself for finishing with time left over to take a nap.

Then it started to rain. And it was only 33 degrees out, so we all know that freezing rain doesn't follow too far behind.

We crossed our fingers that our family wouldn't cancel. We crossed our fingers that the rain held off.

Lucky for us, most everyone else was able to get here and we were not left to eat a 20 lb turkey all on our own! Can you imagine?? And it was delicious!

I know that Thanksgiving isn't officially here, but in my mind, we are finished {don't worry, Mom and Dad we are still coming for dinner on Thursday}.

So I am feeling more Christmasy these days. Our elf is even going to show up here today, I just have a sneaking suspicion.

Let's see what you have been working on! Enjoy the inspiration!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

All ‘Bout the Tile, ‘Bout the Tile Not the Mantel

Ever get a song stuck in your head and you just can’t shake it?

Maybe it is playing when your clock radio alarm goes off in the morning and you start humming it in the shower through sleepy eyes.

Then you get in the car and flip through the channels only to hear it again right at the chorus.

The kids scream, “Leave it here!”

So you leave it hoping against all hope that this will cure you from singing it for the rest of the day.

It never does though, does it?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Baby, It's Getting Cold Outside

Twirl and Take a Bow Linky Party

The temperatures around these parts are dropping and I don't think I was built for winter, but I can't picture myself living anywhere else. 

Today's features were picked by our guest host and my new blog friend, Laura

I bet she would agree with me about the weather as she lives in my area too and we stumbled upon each other by chance.  It is always so much fun to meet other bloggers that live near me! And I hope I can work with her again.

Enjoy the inspiration!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow Link - Up

Hello everyone! If you're not familiar with me, I'm Leslie and I blog at House on the Way. I'd love for you to pay me a visit. I've just re-worked my blog a bit and I'd love to know what you think about the new layout.
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I'm so excited and honored to be choosing this week's party features. There were so many amazing projects, crafts, DIY and recipes shared....WOW! You guys are so talented.
It was hard choosing just a few. I could have done a furniture feature...or a Thanksgiving feature....or a Christmas...or a craft...or a recipe... You get the idea. So to get a little bit of it all, I mixed it up and grabbed a little of each.

Enjoy the inspiration and be sure to share again this week. When you link up once, it shows up on 7 blogs! We have our 6 regular hosts and our guest host, Laura from The Unique Nest. And next week...she gets to choose the features!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow Linky Party


If this is your first time with us ~ Welcome! 
If you're a regular...thanks so much for sharing your inspiration week after week!

You'll be linked to all 6 of our blogs ...
As well as on the blog of our wonderful cohost ~ Laura from The Unique Nest!

And now on to the features- this weeks features were picked by Robin!

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Hello sweet friends! I can't thank you enough for linking such inspiring projects and recipes! Keep 'em coming! This week we have some features that you don't want to miss!
When Thanksgiving rolls around give your pumpkin one last hooray by adding succulents for a perfect centerpiece!


And I can't decide if I love these flannel pumpkins for Thanksgiving or Christmas! How about using them for both!?


This fireplace makeover left me stunned! I absolutely LOVE the transformation!


And you know I love all-things-rustic! This bath board is right up my ally ...


If you're in part of the country that got a BLAST of cold air over the weekend, you may be looking for some souper-cozy recipes...well, I found one for ya!


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A Bit of housekeeping : When you link, please...
*Link directly to your post.

*In order to be featured, you must link back to a host blog using a link or the party button found on the sidebar.
*Only home decor & design related crafts, DIY, how-to’s, decorating tips and recipes.
*Pretty Please take a moment to visit one or two other party links. Share the love and the inspiration!
*No links to shops, Etsy, giveaways or solicitations.
*And by linking up your post, you are giving House on the Way, All Things Heart and Home, Designed by BH, Art is Beauty, A Few Miner Adjustments and Chaotically Creative permission to use a picture as a feature on their blog and other social media outlets.
Each week we will also be featuring and pinning a few outstanding inspirations from the week before.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow

 Good Morning my BEAUTIES!!
Guess what time it is?

Its time to Twirl and Take a Bow!~
I am Karin from ART IS BEAUTY
and I am lucky enough to get to pick the features for this weeks party.
I think you will all agree that this weeks Features
are once again FABULOUS!

...and our special Guest Co-host...

The Unique Nest


That's a lot of exposure for your amazing projects!...so join in the fun!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How to Buy a Pez Dispenser

A couple weeks ago before the Adirondack air became crisp and cool we spent the day walking through a giant Garage Sale in the neighboring town. 

It is miles and miles of vintage and antique happiness. 

My husband loves it for the food...sausage, onions and peppers to be exact.

My oldest likes it for the hunt of a pile of Pokemon cards real cheap.

And my youngest, well, he never really knows what he wants until he finds it.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow

We are really shaking things up around here. Not only do we have new co-hosts and guest hosts, but we are also posting the links to your amazing projects in random order. It is kind of like going to Vegas...you never know where your dice will land! Sounds fun to me.

Enjoy the inspiration! Take it away, Leslie...

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Twirl and Take A Bow...with New Co-hosts!

Welcome again to another edition of our linky party. We have a couple new co-hosts.  They are amazing! I am so excited that they are joining us!

Enjoy the inspiration!


My family is just returning from Fall Break! Do you guys have fall break in your school system like we do?

My family and I had a great time. I actually had to go to an Early Childhood Conference for 3 days and then we did a little traveling.We ended up going to Kentucky and stopped by Keeneland and the Woodford Reserve Bourbon distillery. Yes, we took the kids to the race tracks and a bourbon distillery for fall break. (who's shaking their heads?)

Surprisingly, both were very interesting and educational. We had a lot of fun learning about the culture of both the races and the bourbon and seeing the excitement and the passion people have for both.

Before we left for Fall Break we had our first ever family photos taken! Seriously, stop shaking your head! We've had plenty of non-professional family photos done but this is our first professional one. Take a look!

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We have a New Guest Host for the next six weeks. Let's give a warm welcome to Laura from The Unique Nest


Hi everyone! My name is Laura LePage Tarlo and I'm the gal behind the "The Unique Nest". On my blog you'll find lots of home decor inspiration, as well as occasional recipes and seasonal ideas. I love taking on a DIY project and re-purposing decor and furnishings in my home. I'm also big on thrifty finds - so you're sure to find some bargains with me! In addition to my blog I run Laura Leigh Designs, LLC – an interior design and decor business in upstate NY. I am also a high school business and finance teacher by day, and have two beautiful little kids that keep me super busy! 

To see a tour of my home check it out at The Unique Nest. Thanks for stopping by! ~ Laura 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow Linky Party

My time as a Guest Host here at the Twirl & Take a Bow party is nearing the end, but before I depart, I have the honor & pleasure of selecting favorites from last week's party, and what a fun "job" it is! So many very creative people hang out at this party each week, so it was tough to choose.
As for things new over in these parts...
The Heathered Nest

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

“Hey You Guys”… A Halloween Mantel

Who doesn't love jewels?

Whether it be jewels to wear on your neck and ears or jewels to hide in your pocket, from the Fratelli’s, in order to save your house
…jewels are amazing.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow...Hanging on to Summer

I know what you are thinking...it's Fall...let's get on with pumpkins and beautiful colored leaves and mulled cider.

But in the Adirondacks it has been 80 degrees and sunny for the last few days, so I am holding tight to summer.

We even went swimming in the lake this weekend in between soccer games and emailing Vern Yip. The water was 64 degrees, but it didn't stop the kids...or my husband for that matter.

So in the spirit of wanting summer to last just a little bit longer my features all reminded me of my favorite foot loose and fancy free season.

Enjoy the inspiration!

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Time I Invited Vern Yip to Dinner {and a Double Lamp Makeover}

Just like every Saturday morning, I got up, made my oatmeal with brown sugar and peanut butter toast then proceeded to read all of my email and check Facebook.

Unlike every Saturday morning, I saw that Vern Yip was in my area at a furniture store doing a meet and greet. 

I have loved Vern since Trading Spaces....remember that show? 

However, when I looked at the time of his appearance it was smack dab in the middle of my son's soccer game. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow...We're Growing!

Thank you all for continuing to visit. My facebook and pinterest page are growing everyday. And I am ever grateful.

Enjoy the inspiration! And we are so happy to have Chaotically Creative join our link party team!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

It's Makeover Madness today on Twirl and Take a Bow!

Happy Twirl and Take a Bow Tuesday (or Monday night if you're here early-because we go live on Monday's at 8:00EST!)

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It's Robin here, from All Things Heart and Home bringing you some

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Magic with a Mason Jar

My 6 year old is all about magic these days. 

He watches every you tube video he can find on how to do the tricks.  

I love how interested he is in this craft.

So without further ado, I present The Great Little Monkey and some magic with a mason jar....

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow Link Party

I have it on very good authority that if you eat with friends there are no calories. Hey, it was worth a try, right?

Enjoy this week's yummy features picked by our very own Brooke!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow with Leslie

I'm so excited to be selecting this week's Features from the selection of amazing links shared at last week's Twirl & Take a Bow Party! I'm also recovering from the weekend...where I had to move two kids into the dorm. It was exhausting, but exciting!
If you get a chance, hop over and visit me at House on the Way, because I'm sharing the cute DIY Stenciled Curtains that I made from a twin sheet for my daughter's dorm room. My son prefers I not get a hold of his room, but my daughter is more than willing for me to help her decorate!

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Thanks so much for joining us at the party and if you're not familiar with House on the Way, I'd love to have you stop by and I'd love to connect with you on your favorite social media site or you can subscribe by email.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

DIY Blog Tour

Sometimes when you least expect it, things just fall into place. 

Last week I met Laura from The Unique Nest. I got absorbed in her blog...there are so many great ideas!

As I read further and we emailed back and forth, I learned that not only does she have the same middle name as me, but she is also a teacher and lives only an hour away! What a small world!

I was thrilled when she invited me to participate in the DIY Blog Tour. Laura is super sweet and her blog rocks! I particularly love her deck makeover.

Thank you, Laura, for inviting me to join in this blog tour!


Now for my interview...

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