Blogland Bonanza #1

I’m starting a new feature today called “Blogland Bonanza“. I run across so many fabulous and creative projects and ideas while strolling around blogland that I want to highlight them in case you’ve missed them. I am so blown away by the smorgasbord of creativity that adorns the walk through blogland, that I can’t help but be inspired and post some of my favorites.

One of my favorite ideas that I ran across this week is this great idea for a repurposed headboard posted on the blog Songbird which can be found here

Wow, I just LOVE this headboard!


What a great and inexpensive way to add pop to a room! I would love the headboard exactly as Marianne has done it, but think of the endless possibilities as well! Maybe paint boards a rich color or white wash them for a shabby look or how about a wood stain in a dark ebony for a more contemporary look. Stacking the boards next to each other is one of the best ideas I have seen! For detailed instructions go for a walk on over to Songbird here.

Next up, do you have an old china cabinet or hutch hanging around like this one below?

Well take a second look now at what Primitive and Proper posted this week on how she transformed this cabinet;

Wow, I love this look! I’m thinking something like this would be gorgeous in my daughter’s room. I also think about other possibilities and color choices too. How about taupe with a light black stain wiped over the color and mirrored hardware for a contemporary look? Maybe a light turquoise color for a teenage girl’s room or a beach house? Hmmmm… I’m going to be checking out Craig’s list for an old china cabinet! Detailed project instructions can be found here on Primitive and Proper.

Lisa from Recaptured Charm did a fantastic job in repurposing this old caddy that she picked up at Goodwill! Take a peek;

I want to do one for my kitchen for all of my olive oils and vinegars! What a great gift idea too, filled with some pretty cloth napkins, homemade cookies and a fun salt and pepper set. Wrap that bad boy in cellophane and finish off with tied raffia! Great job Lisa!

Of course I get hungry along my stroll and have to stop for food. I recently stumbled across The Steamy Kitchen, which has some unique and easy recipes that I can’t wait to try. Here are just a few recipes that I printed out to try;

Crispy Crepes with Apple, Brie and Prosciutto






Asian Lettuce Cups with Ground Turkey and Apple






No Knead Stecca Bread

The stecca bread looks spectacular!

Speaking of bread, A Soft Place posted an recipe this week for what looks like an easy no knead bread that I am going to attempt this weekend as well.





My fellow blogger and Nacogdoches neighbor Andrea just posted a recipe for Tortellini Primavera on her fabulous blog La Dolce Vita. Mmmmm take a look;

Wow, this looks so yummy!

Last but certainly not least and in preparation of fall, take a peek at these Caramel Apple Cupcakes from the blog Glitter to Gumdrops (love the name too).

Oh my Christy, I simply cannot wait to try these this weekend! Wouldn’t these yummies be perfect treat for a teacher, coworker or anyone??? Oh yea!

Well that’s it for my first installment of Blogland Bonanza and I hope something highlighted has inspired you! Thanks creative chicas from blogland for sharing your ideas with us!

Before I close, I want to thank Jane at Finding Fabulous for highlighting my Make It Yourself Wall Art today on her blog! What a treat Jane, thank you! If you’ve never been over to Finding Fabulous, you are in for a treat. Jane is one of the most creative chicas in the blogland and don’t miss her Frugalicious Friday link party!

As always, thank you again for your comments, emails and sweet notes! I am always so thrilled to run into people who tell me they are following The Exchange and I love to hear what projects and ideas are peeking your interest. I appreciate your feedback and support so much and thank you all for visiting!

New project coming up shortly, so check back!


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4 Responses to Blogland Bonanza #1

  1. oh my goodness! thanks for featuring my china cabinet! and it is so close to lunchtime…. that food is making my mouth water. wow!

  2. Anonymous says:

    A headboard or wall out of barn siding would be fab in a country kitchen…..Molly

  3. Christy says:

    Thanks so much for featuring my caramel apple cupcakes! I've enjoyed exploring the other features, and your site in return!

  4. Hi Cyndy,
    Thank you featuring my headboard. I am very happy it is so well received here in blogland.

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