Pin Junkie Pin Party #102


Welcome to The Pin Junkie 
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day! 
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The party is held every Thursday at 7:00 PM MST.
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 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:

heart-necklace-earring-set chocolate-peanut-butter-valentine cookies i-still-dream-about-you-by-fannie-flagg

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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.

diy-concrete-dining-table-top-and-dining-set-makeover
Concrete Dining Table Top


large-diy-storage-crates
Storage Crates
by Mindi at My Love 2 Create


Cute Koala Free Silhouette File
Cute Koala Free Silhouette File
by Pam at Get Silvered


http://www.sadieseasongoods.com/smoke-rings-cigar-box-ring-holder/
Cigar Box Ring Holder
by Sarah at Sadie's Seasongoods


easy-skillet-strawberry-cobbler
Easy Skillet Strawberry Cobbler
by Mitzi at Written Reality




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The Pin Junkie

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Now it's your turn to share what you've been working on.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to link up your projects, crafts, and recipes! 
The rules for this link party are simple!
Here's what you need to know:


Party Rules
1. Follow The Pin Junkie.
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4.  Link directly to a specific post - not your main blog.
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I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg

I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg


Maggie, a former Ms. Alabama, is still stylish and good looking even though she is getting older.  She's also gracious and charming (She graduated with honors from charm school.)  On the outside, everyone assumes her life must be so easy because of her good looks and southern charm, but on the inside Maggie doesn't feel like she has much to look forward to.  She misses her friend and co-worker who recently passed away, she's struggling as a realtor in a bad market, and she frequently finds herself wishing she'd made some different choices earlier in her life.  Things certainly didn't turn our the way Maggie expected them to.  She has plans to make some big changes, but life keeps throwing her some unexpected events.

I really enjoy reading novels by Fannie Flag and I Still Dream About You has the larger than life and eccentric characters she's known for as well as a great story.  There's an antagonistic relationship between Maggie and a competitive realtor, a reunion with an old flame, and a very unexpected surprise hidden away in a mansion she's selling for a client.  Part humor, part mystery, and all fun, I Still Dream About You is a story of the importance of friendship, appreciating the good things in life, and growing older gracefully.

Also by Fannie Flagg
cant-wait-to-get-to-heaven-by-fannie flagg


Looking for some more good books to read?



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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Valentine Cookies

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Valentine Cookies
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Valentine Cookies

Do you like peanut butter and chocolate?  It's one of my all time favorite flavor combinations!  This Valentine's Day, treat your sweetheart to some delicious homemade chocolate and peanut butter Valentine cookies! 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup margarine
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
48 chocolate hearts

Directions:
1.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Unwrap chocolate hearts and set aside.
2.  In large bowl, beat margarine and peanut butter until well blended.  Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar.  Beat until light and fluffy.  Add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat well.
3.  In separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt.  Gradually add to peanut butter mixture and mix well.
4.  Shape dough into one inch balls.  Roll each ball in 1/4 cup sugar.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
5.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Immediately place a chocolate heart on top of each cookie and press down so cookie cracks around the edges.  Remove cookies from cookie sheet to wire rack.  Cool completely.


More homemade Valentine treats!
Chocolate covered strawberry roses

chocolate-covered-strawberry-roses


Chocolate & Peanut Butter Valentine Cookies inspired by this pin.


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Heart Necklace & Earring Set

Heart Necklace & Earring Set
Can you believe I made this pretty heart necklace and earring set from a thrift store shirt! 
 This transformation was surprisingly easy to do! 

Heart Necklace & Earring Set

Do you like shopping at thrift stores?  I know it's not for everyone, but I really enjoy it!  I don't usually buy anything, but I love looking around and finding odd and unusual things.  I really like thinking about how I can use items in different ways and during a recent shopping trip, I found this pretty shirt.  It was way too small and much too shear for me to wear, but I loved the beading on it.

thrift store shirt

I especially liked these hearts.  
I bought the shirt just for the beads and I decided to make some jewelry.

beaded shirt

The earrings were easy.
I just used some jump rings to connect the hearts to some earring wires. 

How to Make Heart Earrings

Next I made the necklace.  I cut different lengths of chain. . . .

jewelry making chains

 . . . and attached more hearts to the chains with jump rings.

How to Make A Heart Necklace

Then I attached the lengths of chain to a hoop and slid the hoop onto a necklace. 

Heart Necklace DIY

I thought about adding some beads to fancy things up a little,
but I like them just like this.

Heart Necklace & Earring Set

Are you a thrift store shopper?  What's the best thing you ever bought?


upcycled thrifted shirt



And . . .

. . . here's another easy jewelry tutorial!

martha stewart jewelry


The heart necklace was inspired by several pins on my Craft - Jewelry board
including this pin.


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Pin Junkie Pin Party #101


Welcome to The Pin Junkie 
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day! 
---------
The party is held every Thursday at 7:00 PM MST.
---------
 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:

skinnytaste-cookbook-by-gina-homolka valentine-treat-bags with roses the-ultimate-diy-book-collection

books to help you blog better

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Be sure to share your best Valentine posts at today's party.  
I'll be featuring some in February!


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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.

http://www.mumsmakelists.com/2015/01/declutter-your-life/
Declutter Your Life
by Alice & Luci at Mums Make Lists


http://areturntosimplicity.com/16-ways-we-save-money-by-homesteading/
16 Ways We Save Money by Homesteading


http://www.mommyzoid.ca/blog/top-6-wordpress-plugins-blog/
Top 6 Wordpress Plugins
by Stephanie at Mommyzoid


http://www.adishofdailylife.com/2015/01/game-day-snacks-barbeque-chicken-stromboli/
Barbeque Chicken Stromboli
by Michelle at A Dish Of Daily Life


http://www.gingerlymade.com/2015/01/spring-owl-wreath.html
Spring Owl Wreath
by Ginger at Gingerly Made