Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

My mom's birthday was last Wednesday, and when I asked her what she'd like for dessert, she told me cheesecake, raspberry or strawberry cheesecake.  I decided on raspberry and set out to find a great recipe on Pinterest, which I thought would be an easy job.

Would you believe that finding a recipe for a great raspberry cheesecake is hard?  Many of the pictures were just that....pictures...no recipe.  Other pictures linked to recipes but the cheesecake was either written in metric units, which I can't convert, or were no-bake versions, not what I was looking for.  Finally, I turned to my trusted friend Martha (Stewart) to help me bake my cheesecake and once again, she didn't disappoint me.

I'm In Love....with Leaf Lettuce

You may have noticed that I had some pretty fancy lettuce on my Grilled Turkey, Bacon, and Pepper Jack sub last week.   I typically use common iceberg lettuce for my salads and on sandwiches, but recently was introduced to my new "love"....leaf lettuce.  Do you use it?

Inspired by Miss Mustard Seed...again

I've mentioned before how much I love Miss Mustard Seed and all of her amazing transformations.  I had a couple of wooden trays downstairs that I've started painting numerous times, but have never finished. (When things don't turn out like I picture in my head, I have the bad habit of giving up!)   I found some inspiration for my trays recently, though, while looking through some of Marian's old posts.

Estate Sale Table Revealed

Today I'm finally revealing the table that I refurbished from an estate sale.  So, without delay, here it is!

Free Printable Etsy Planner

Last week, I listed the planner that I've been using to keep track of where I've promoted my posts.  I'm so encouraged by the wonderful comments that I've received from it.  I'm hoping it can help more than just me to stay organized.

Today I'd like to share a planner I've created for listing items on Etsy.  I love that I can sit down and really think through my listing before actually typing it on the computer.  Although I know a lot of people like things to be digital and computerized, I'm still a paper person.  I like know that at any moment I can pull out my binder and look at information that I need.  (I've also lost enough important information that I had stored on my computer and flash drives, that I prefer a paper copy that can't disappear!)

Try and Try Again

Do you ever start a project and find that things just don't go well?  I'm not a very patient person, and I typically get an idea, begin the project expecting it to go fast and perfectly, and then get frustrated when things don't work out that way.  I can probably count on my two hands the times my projects have gone as originally planned.  Can you agree?

About a month ago, I went to an estate sale and picked up this table, in addition to MANY other things. I knew when I saw the piece that it would be coming home with me before I even asked the price.  Although it was in rough shape, I fell in love with the turned wooden legs and shape of the table.

Using Vintage Tins for Decorative Storage

I'm a big fan of finding decorative ways to store everyday items.  Last week, I shared with you my recipe for making sun tea, but I forgot to mention the storage idea for my tea bags that was in one of the pictures.

Blog Planner Printable

I've been blogging for close to 3 months now, and have discovered how important it is to plan and promote your posts to get visitors to your blog.  There are a lot of wonderful link up parties out there that can show off projects that you are posting.

I have also discovered how important it is to be organized when it comes to posting and promoting your posts.  When I first started posting, I'd randomly link up to parties, post on sites like Hometalk, and pin a few of my images.  But I found that  the more I promoted, the more visitors came to my site.  The problem was that I then couldn't remember what posts I had promoted where.  So, I've created this blog planner to help me stay organized.

Medicine Cabinet turned into Pottery Barn Message Center

Yesterday I showed you what I started with in my creating of a message center.  And here is my finished project.

After painting the entire piece with white chalk paint, I had a few more steps in order to finish my conversion. Since I wanted this to be a message center, I decided to paint the door with chalkboard paint.  I had originally wanted to put cork on the door (like the Pottery Barn version), but the cork was too thick to let the door close.  I taped off a rectangle on the door with painter's tape using the edges of the door as my guide to get the chalkboard centered.  Then I painted on four coats of chalkboard paint.  To be sure that the tape came off smoothly, I ran the edge of my painter's tool around the edge of the tape to "cut" through the paint.  It came off perfectly.

Inspired by Pottery Barn again

About five years ago, I rescued an old metal medicine cabinet out of my grandma's garage before it was torn down.  I'm not sure what it was used for in the garage, maybe to hold first aid supplies since my grandma had tools in there.  I didn't know at the time what I wanted to do with it, but I guess I saw some future potential in it.

Here is the before pictures, complete with the dirt and grime collected through the years.  (I'm not so sure it was necessary to watermark these photos!)
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