My Favorite Things
 

Favorite DIY/Crafting Projects

Okay, small tidbit about me. I love Martha Stewart. I just aspire to be as perfect as she is (minus he whole jail thing, I would have done it too ;p) But one of my goals for next summer is to plant a garden with a bunch of herbs, tomatoes, potatoes, zuchinni, squash, etc. I saw these plant markers of HGTV and thought they looked sooo cute. So not only do I need to start the garden this spring, I need to make these plant markers too! The pictures don't blow up real well, so here's the link: http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/gl_design_other/article/0,,HGTV_3566_1397005,00.html

 

A lot of these are pictures I've collected through the years and intended on finding directions and making *someday*, so if any of these are your DIY projects.....one, please email directions to me at andrea.castor@yahoo.com, and two, let me know so I can give you some credit! =)

Love, love, love this idea!

The hugely popular "last name with photos" print - yeah, I still want to do it!

Monogram Coasters.....I love this as a DIY holiday gift.

Something I wanted to do for my son's nursery.....considering he's over a year old now......I'm hoping to do it for the second, haha!

Baby Scrapbook Ideas

 

Favorite Recipe Sources

http://boards.thenest.com/Boards/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=403 - The Nest "What's for Dinner?" forum of course!

www.allrecipes.com - I LOVE the fact that you can enter ingredients you have on hand and see what you can make with it!

www.tasteofhome.com - Tons of good "Home Cooking" recipes.....plus some healthy ones too!

www.kraftfoods.com - I get a lot of my budget meal ideas from here

Favorite Blogs

http://thisoldcrackhouse.blogspot.com/

www.thisyounghouse.com

http://blog.kimvallee.com/

Favorite Budget Travel Ideas

http://www.vrbo.com/85791 - $135/night

http://www.vrbo.com/101003

http://www.vrbo.com/77566

http://www.budgettravel.com/bt-dyn/content/article/2005/06/04/AR2005060400468_2.html

http://www.cinnamonbay.com/home.html

http://www.maho.org/

http://www.villabeachcottages.com/index.html

www.easycruise.com

Favorite Local (Dayton/Cincinnati/Columbus) "Attractions"

http://www.stitch-studio.com/ - the cutest little sewing store/hangout I've ever seen.....can't wait to et in there and make a few projects with my Cincy girls

http://www.pki.com/#actions - King's Island......grew up going here and my kids will grow up going here....'nough said!

Ikea Cincinnati......yes, it's an attraction in my opinion!

www.2ndstreetpublicmarket.com

http://www.findlaymarket.org/

http://www.waynesvilleshops.com/ - I LOVE to go antique shopping here.....and don't miss the Sauerkraut Festival in the fall!

The 2008 Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio! September 12-14! Yeah! http://www.stellashows.com/cgi-bin/texis/scripts/showpromo_info/stellashowdetail.html?idnum=ZJD1463&showabb=CL1006

 

Favorite Magazines

Country Living

Rachel Ray Everyday

Country Living

Coastal Living

Parents

Parenting

Kraft Foods free recipes magazine

Taste of Home

Simple and Delicious

Cooking Light

Midwest Living

 Redbook

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart's Everyday Food

Family Handyman

Better Homes and Gardens

Inspiration from catalogs like Pottery Barn, JCPenney, Resoration Hardware, Frontgate, Ballard Designs, etc.

Local Remodeling Stores/Architectual Salvage Places

http://www.peasewarehouse.com/

http://www.buildingvalue-cincy.org/

http://www.woodennickelantiques.net/Wooden_Nickel.html

http://www.sciotosalvage.com/Default.aspx