Monthly Archives: February 2012

Big Announcement: Complete Blog Makeover!

You may have noticed posts have slowed down a bit here at Leah Marie V…. and that is because we’re in the process of some BIG changes. We’ve done a complete makeover of our site, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Thanks to Aimee at Websites & Graphic Design, things are about to get classy around here. If you haven’t heard of Aimee, well, you are missing out! She (and her team) have got loads of crazy talent! Here is a sneak peak of the changes to come (this weekend!).

Drop me a line and let me know what you think – I bet you’ll love it as much as I do and I would love to hear your feedback! And stop by and check out Aimee’s site (and awesome blog too!).

Sneak peek for the next week: stay tuned for the bathroom reveal, floor sanding tutorial and more!!


Pinterest Wednesday

I have been dreaming of a new pantry. I wake up in the morning and peep one eye open, looking around, thinking maybe, just maybe, it has come true. When I walk down the steps there will be a new pantry waiting for me.

Nope. Just my tiny, disorganized, awkward shelf closet that calls itself a pantry. One day I will have it, and it will have glass containers that are labeled, contain only healthy whole foods and no ugly packaging (ha, ha!).

Dream with me people!

Side note, is it just me, or does the last pin look like a party house?? I think it is a pantry only filled with goodies!

Source: via Francoise on Pinterest


Dresser Makeover

Awhile ago I was asked to makeover a dresser for a little girl’s bedroom. The dresser was pretty basic, just plan wood with no detail and metal drawer pulls. There were not many guidelines for the makeover, I was given free reign to just make it better (which I love!).

This dresser needed some detail added to make it interesting, and my first thought was adding trim to outline each drawer.

Of course I forgot to take a true “before” shot because I was too excited to get started, but I remember after I had removed the handles, sanded it down, and added trim to the drawer fronts.

My weakness is measuring and cutting wood. Adding trim to this dresser was going to be a challenge, but how can you get better with out a few mistakes right!? I grabbed some trim, measured the drawers, and busted out my mitre saw.    I used gorilla glue and small nails to attach the trim to the drawer fronts – careful here, the trim has a tendency to bow so make sure you get the right cuts so it lays perfectly flat.

Another note (since I made this mistake more than once) be sure you get the correct angles cut on the trim so that the corners come together right. I cut the wrong way a few times and had to throw out some of the trim!

After the glue was dried and trim was looking good I went to town on the paint! The sides, top, and trim were painted white and the inside of the drawer fronts became yellow.

The sides and top of the dresser took a TON of coats to look good, if I had to do it again I would have used a primer and paint mix to make it go faster!

I also took the original handles and spray painted them white because I could not find handles that were already white that would fit the existing holes – I was not up for the challenge of filling the old in and creating new!

Here is the after – loaded with kid things, so they must like it!!

What do you think? I love the final product and it looks great in the little girl’s room!

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Pinterest Wednesday

I am recently obsessed with painting and making things so I have been cruising Pinterest for inspiration (and wasting lots of time!). There are gorgeous pictures, amazing tutorials and endless inspiration in this weeks Pinterest Wednesday pins. Happy pinning!

I am linking up with The Vintage Apple today, stop by and check out the pins!

Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest


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Valentine Bucket O’Love and Free Printables

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Every holiday, without fail, I make a little bucket of treats for my two favorite ladies in the entire world: my baby sisters. They definitely look forward to these little gifts and I have tons of fun making them.

Here is an easy gift idea for your Valentine. Grab a bucket or a mason jar and fill it with their favorite items. My sisters are tiny so they love crafts, nail polish and CANDY!

I found Valentine-inspired crafts, hearts and glitter glue (sorry mom!) and pretty pink buckets to put them in.

To finish off the gift I made little cards for the front of each bucket and you can print your own below! Originally I wanted to do mason jars with these cards glued on the front but I couldn’t jam all the stuff in them. Fail!

Don’t mind the blurriness here, I was trying to take pictures and watch The Bachelor all at once.

Here are the printables so you can grab your own love note for your Valentine! Just save the picture and print! They are 3 in x 4 in, and I suggest matting them for a finished look.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think and who you plan to use your printable for!

To celebrate my love for all of you, visit the LeahMarieV Etsy shop and use Coupon Code: LOVELMV10 for 10% off a purchase!!

Feeling Crabby Mac N Cheese

Hello, my name is Leah, and I am addicted to pasta and cheese.  I have a love affair with macaroni and cheese. Which is why I die for this recipe. Easy, comfort food for the entire family and still pretty healthy, minus the 20 lbs of cheese…


Pasta (I use quinoa pasta so it’s healthy and filled with protein)
Lots of freshly shredded cheese
Sour cream (about a 1/2 cup)
2 tbsp butter
Splash of milk

Cook broccoli as you usually do, I steam mine in a small amount of water with the lid on. Get the broccoli out before it gets soft at all – you do not want mushy broc!

Shred the heck out of some cheese. I mean shred and then shred some more. Unless you don’t like cheese, but who doesn’t like cheese? I used cheddar and mozzarella, but pick your faves here or what you have on hand.

Make your pasta and drain it about 2 minutes before it is done, as you are going to bake the entire dish later.

Mix the pasta, cheese, sour cream, butter, splash of milk and a little salt and pepper in a large  bowl. Once it is mixed well enough dump in broccoli and crab meat and then spread out in a baking dish. We sometimes use real crab meat and sometimes for a deal we use faux crab meat, go with what you like or use grilled chicken!

Bake this dish for about 20 minutes or until the cheese mixture gets bubbly. I did a thin layer of parmesan cheese on top to give a sort of “crust” which you could omit or even go heavier on, total preference. Serve immediately but also stores well!

If you want to lighten this meal up, use fat free sour cream and milk and omit butter. The pasta is packed with protein, the broccoli and crab are super healthy, and the cheese is just a bonus. Enjoy and PLEASE let me know what you think!

Easy Lighting Update

If you are looking for an easy way to make an incredible difference in your house, this is it! Can lights are fantastic for not taking up space and really brightening up a room, but they can be so drab. Here is a “before” shot of our lighting in the kitchen.

Talk about boring. And not-s0 pretty. The black liner draws your eye to the light, which is the opposite effect that we are going for here!

You truly would think no one would ever notice these lights, but I am surprised at how much I notice them every day. During one of our many trips to Home Depot we picked up some new recessed light inserts. They have so many options, white, black, stainless you name it. The goal was for these lights to disappear. Forever. So we went with white.

All you do is release the springs holding the insert in, slide out the old one and pop in the new! Attach the springs again, and the insert should be snug on the ceiling. I was shocked at the difference the white insert made. With a new white inside and a bright white rim on the ceiling, it looks 100 times better.

I will say, I was skeptical about this change. When the hubby took charge and said he was going to do it I thought there would be a Home Depot return trip in my future. I take it all back! My new, brighter kitchen is wonderful, and for only about $50 (5 inserts at about $10 a piece) it was quite a deal.

What do you think? Have you done any so-simple updates that made a huge difference?

Update on canned lighting here.

Pinterest Wednesday

Happy Pinterest Wednesday everyone! These past two weeks have been crazy, there are big things to come here at LeahMarieV… stay tuned! Get Ready for changes… BIG changes!

Today I am linking up with The Vintage Apple – check out the great pins over there!

Source: via Rachel on Pinterest

Source: via Rachel on Pinterest

Source: via Roz on Pinterest

Source: via Caneel on Pinterest

Source: via Dawn on Pinterest


Pinterest Wednesday

It is Pinterest Wednesday, which means two more days until the weekend. It will be DIY Central at our house so I can’t wait for it to get here! Plus, I would really  like to sleep in on Sunday. Fingers crossed that all goes well!

Today I am linking up with Michelle at The Vintage Apple for Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday.

Source: via Erica on Pinterest

Source: via Amanda on Pinterest