The Pin Junkie: May 2013

Crafting A Custom Necklace with Martha Stewart Jewelry

beaded necklace tutorial

Craft Custom Necklace Martha Stewart
This is a sponsored post from Martha Stewart Crafts, Plaid, and Blueprint Social.  I received supplies and materials to create a custom piece of jewelry.  Jewelry design, text, and opinions are my own.

When I had the opportunity to try out  the new Martha Stewart Jewelry line, I said YES!  I felt like Ralphie in A Christmas Story waiting for his Little Orphan Annie Secret Decoder Ring.  Finally the box of supplies came to my door.  I rushed to open it and it was just like Christmas!  So many fun materials and supplies!  Everything needed to make beautiful and customized jewelry.  Martha Stewart has so many jewelry findings, chains, charms, rhinestones, settings, molds, and paints that the possibilities of what you can create are endless!  Martha Stewart also has many specialized tools to help you as you're creating your masterpiece.

I really enjoyed working with this line of products.  The jewelry settings are so pretty and there are so many to choose from.  The tools made working with jewelry findings easy.  The pliers and the silicone work mat are must haves!  The silicone work mat is multifunctional.  Not only does it prevent beads and other small items from rolling away, it can also be used as a pallet for mixing paint and working with clay.


jewelry findings

Everything is available at Michael's!

These are the materials I used to make the necklace:
  • Martha Stewart silver chains
  • Martha Stewart butterfly charms
  • Martha Stewart filigree settings
  • Martha Stewart blue cabochon rose
  • Martha Stewart Czech beads in green and grey
  • Martha Stewart pliers
  • Martha Stewart silicon work mat
  • head pins
  • eye pins
Step 1
Divide the chain into three pieces.

Step 2
Make connections for the beads with eye pins.

Use the round bending pliers to bend the wire of the eye pin.

They'll look like this when finished.

Step 3
Use jump rings to connect all the pieces together.

Step 4
Next, add beads to the chain.
Thread the bead onto a head pin.
Bend the wire of the head pin to make a loop.

Connect the beads to the chain with jump rings.

Step 5
Using jewelry glue, glue the cabochon rose onto the filigree setting.

  The last step is wear your jewelry and expect to get many compliments on your beautiful creation!

Craft Custom Necklace Martha Stewart

Craft Custom Necklace Martha Stewart

 Craft Custom Necklace Martha Stewart

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Pin Junkie Link Party #19

Welcome to the Pin Junkie link party!  Did you have a good week?  I had a hard time enjoying my first week of summer vacation.  I'm recovering from bronchitis, but I felt well enough to go to a car show and briefly told you about my husband's project.

I shared my almost completed bathroom makeover.

copy-cat red lobster cheddar biscuits

I made a necklace with Martha Stewart jewelry collection
beaded necklace tutorial

There were so many great projects shared this week!  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.

desk makover
Elisha at Pneumatic Addict rescued a old desk and made it look awesome!

crockpot cookie cake
Cathy at A Peek Into My Paradise shared crockpot cookie cake. 
 She says it's a little bit of heaven in a bowl!

twine cupcakes
These twine cupcakes from Marti at Sew-licious are just the cutest!

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! 

Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

red lobster biscuits recipe
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Do you love Red Lobster cheddar biscuits?  I sure do!  If you've never had them you're missing out on a little piece of heaven on earth!  They're little bundles of warm, cheesy, buttery, salty goodness!  When the server brings these to the table, I have to use all of my self control to keep myself from eating the entire basket!

I found this copy-cat recipe for Red Lobster cheddar biscuits on Pinterest and it's incredibly close to the real thing.  I also discovered the reason why these biscuits are so good - they're mostly butter and cheese!  I can't believe how easy these biscuits are to make and how quickly they mix up and bake!  Now you can have as many cheddar biscuits as you want whenever you want.  Wait, maybe that's not such a good thing after all!


  • 2 1/2 cups Bisquick
  • 4 Tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Butter Glaze:
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1.  Add cold butter to Bisquick.  Cut in with a pastry cutter.
2.  Add cheese and milk.  Mix just until all ingredients are combined.  
3.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets.
4.  In 400 degree oven, bake 11 - 13 minutes or just until biscuits begin to turn light brown.
5.  Remove biscuits from baking sheets and place on wire racks to cool.
6.  Using a teaspoon, add butter glaze.  Serve warm.

herb dinner rolls

Bathroom Makeover

When we bought our current house eight years ago, we knew this bathroom needed help.  There was a large leaky window in the shower.  Over many years, water had gotten into the track of the window and our fear was that the wood had rotted underneath.  We tried to block out the water and prevent further damage as best we could with a shower curtain, but it didn't look nice.


The faucet in the shower was cracked and leaked.  The white tile and grout always looked dirty no matter how often it was cleaned.



The rest of the bathroom looked pretty bad too.  Ugly sunflower wallpaper . . .

bright gold light fixtures . . .


ugly marbled counter tops and more old and leaky faucets at the sink.

The dated 70's dark wood cabinets had already been painted over once.  It looked like someone had tried to touch up the paint in places, but the paint didn't quite match.  The drawer pulls were bright gold to match the gold light fixture.

After looking at so many beautiful bathrooms on Pinterest, I couldn't stand it any longer.  Something had to be done!  Last year we began remodeling our hall bathroom.  My DIY skills are pretty limited, so we hired a contractor to remove the old leaky window in the shower, rebuild the wall, re-tile the shower, and replace the shower fixtures.  It was money well spent. (And luckily, the wood below the window wasn't rotted!)

I love the new tile!  It's so much prettier than the basic boring white.  The new fixtures also look nice and don't leak!  We kept the tub, but it got a good polish and looks like new!

We used a big part of our budget on the shower so we decided to be thrifty with the countertop.  There wasn't anything physically wrong with the countertop - it was still in good shape.  I just didn't like that ugly marbling.  We hired someone to spray the counter top with a faux finish.  Yes, I know about the Rustoleum Countertop Transformations kit and have seen the amazing before and afters.  I just wasn't confident that I could do it well and be happy with the results.  I was worried it would look painted on and I wanted a more professional finish.  So in just a few hours, we went from this . . .

To this! 


We also replaced the faucet and fixtures at the sink.   In this picture, you can see that the cabinets got a new coat of paint and have different drawer pulls too.  Next it was time to tackle the wallpaper.  I don't think I need to say anything about how ugly this wallpaper is.  These pictures say it all!  I had never removed wallpaper before, but I felt like it was DIY project I could do.

I know there are a few different methods for removing wallpaper.  My mother-in-law recently removed wallpaper at her house with a steamer.  She let me borrow it and it did a fantastic job!  Just hold the steamer over the paper for 3 to 5 seconds and then peel the paper off.  In stubborn spots you may have to scrub with a wet sponge or wet rag. Just be careful not to get the wall too hot or too wet with the steamer or scrub too hard with the sponge, because it will damage the drywall.

After the wallpaper came off, I scrubbed down the walls to remove any glue residue that was still left on the wall.  I painted the walls two different shades of beige.  That top color is the same color I used in my laundry room makeover.  I also took out the medicine cabinet and tried to replace the drywall.  I've never patched drywall before, so for a first attempt I guess it's not bad.  I'm not happy with it and I guess I'll just try to hang something there to cover it up. 

 It's not finished yet, but you can see how much better its looking!

Here's what we did ourselves
  • replace the light fixture
  • replace sink fixtures
  • repaint cabinets
  • replace cabinet drawer pulls
  • remove wallpaper
  • paint walls
  • we replaced the toilet too (sorry, no pictures were taken)
Here's what someone else did for us:
  • remove the window in the shower
  • rebuild the wall
  • re-tile the shower
  • replace the shower fixtures
  • refinish countertop and sink
Here's what we still need to do.

We started this bathroom makeover a year ago!  I'm tired of seeing it in it's almost finished state and anxious to see it in all its glory!  I still need to add trim along the wall where the paint colors meet.  I also want to add trim around the mirror to frame it.  Hopefully, it will get done soon and I'll have pictures to share!

UPDATE:  It's finished!  Go here to see the results!

Mustang Car Show

During the Memorial Day weekend  I went to a Mustang car show with my husband and son. We saw all kinds of Mustangs - classics as well as brand new ones.  My favorites are the classics.  You can tell the owners love their cars!  They are so pristine and polished!  There were so many beautiful cars at the show and these are just a few.

 66 Mustang convertible coupe

 The "Bullitt" car.

 66 Mustang coupe

 69 Mustang convertible

 Mustang mach 1

 Mustang mach 1

Did you know that when my husband isn't helping me with my Pinterest projects, he's got his own project he's working on?  It's 1967 mustang fastback.  I keep telling him he should write a blog about his experience, but he doesn't seem interested.  He's taken the entire interior out and in the process had to remove mice nests and mice carcasses.  Sounds like fun doesn't it?  He's got most of the front end of the car disassembled and will be pulling the engine out soon. 

 It looks like this now. 

 I like to call it Franken-car.

 One day it will look as nice as those mustangs at the car show!