The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

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DIY faux-barn wood mirror.

Even though the trend might be winding down a smidge, I do still love a nice starburst mirror.  At the recent CHA trade show, I was fortunate enough to check out some fun new products and get the chance to play around with some of them.  FloraCraft was kind enough to send me some supplies to try out at home, and I decided to create…

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Recent posts:

3 Tips for Updating Your Tired Front Entry

Today, guest blogger Ronique Gibson is here to share some great tips to boost your home’s curb appeal with great ideas for your front entry. Think about the last time you greeted guests at your front door. Did you feel embarrassed by its peeling paint, the rusty metal address numbers, and the pots of long-dead plants? Your front door reveals more about your home than…

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I will not be seeing 50 Shades Of Grey

I might very well be the only person on the planet who has not read the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy and has no plans whatsoever to see the movie.  (Actually, that’s not true.  My husband has no plans to do those things either, so there are at least two of us.) ew. Opening on Valentine’s Day, huh? I would rather see the new Spongebob movie….

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Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie Recipe and a new plan of attack for my weight loss goals.

This post brought to you by Renew Life Formulas. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://www.thevspotblog.com/. I have not been feeling myself lately.  I definitely haven’t been looking like myself lately.  I had major back problems in 2014 and I only recently found a doctor who could fix the problem.  After a pain induced sedentary lifestyle and being out of my exercise…

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65 Valentine's Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re in need of a little inspiration, you’re in the right place! Pin There are more than 65 Valentine crafts, recipes, tutorials and Valentine’s Day printables here today! (Oh, and if you’re a chocolate lover, here are 5 of the best chocolatiers in Los Angeles…  you can order online if you aren’t a local.) An InLinkz…

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The best letter of recommendation in the history of the world.

My son asked his high school principal for a letter of recommendation. What he received was the best letter of reference I have ever seen.

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Jar utensil holders & inspiration for the Big Game

Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, who will be heading to Superbowl 49!  While the Patriots – Colts game was just uncomfortable to watch, being as it was such a spanking, but the Seahawks – Packers game was an edge of your seat, great game.  (And I am super excited for Seattle!) You know what seems to pop up each year before…

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Merry Christmas!

My readers and the blogging community are true blessings.  Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays, the merriest of Christmases and many, many blessings in 2015! Pin Pin   xoxo!

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A Black and Gold Christmas: Holiday House tour

A home tour featuring black and gold Christmas decor and decorations in the living room, dining room and front porch.

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Snickerdoodles with Egg Nog Ganache Frosting

An easy recipe for Snickerdoodles with Egg Nog Ganache Frosting using store-bought Snickerdoodle mix and an easy to make 3 ingredient frosting.

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Sunday Rewind: A sparkly Christmas chair. (Porch decor...)

Our front porch is kind of funky.  I long for a nice, symmetrical porch and entry way, but alas, I have a small front porch and an odd window ledge next to the front door.  Instead of the beautiful porch decor I envision, I create little holiday vignettes by the ledge instead. During Halloween last year, I created a spooky chair but for Christmas, I…

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Goat Cheese appetizer recipe

My friend Michelle brought an appetizer to Thanksgiving dinner…  An appetizer that was so good that people went back for seconds of goat cheese and crackers instead of turkey and stuffing.  This goat cheese appetizer recipe is da bomb. Pin Creamy goat cheese, rolled in candied walnuts, fresh basil and dried cranberries not only tastes divine, it is pretty and perfectly festive. Ingredients: 1 log…

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Last minute gift idea: Movie Tickets.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. You know those moments when you need a last minute gift?  Movie tickets are an easy fix and one size tends to fit all.  Everyone loves a movie! Pin You can still give a pretty gift, even though it might be a last minute one. You…

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Sunday Rewind: DIY Glitter Christmas Sled

Last year I made over an old sled for Christmas, using my Cricut and some great glitters from Michael’s.  This project was super easy to do, and even if you don’t happen to have an old sled in need of a make-over, you could also just make a cute sign on an old board. Pin I need to make another one, as I discovered that…

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Sundried Tomato and Pesto Cheeseball Recipe. Easy and Yummy!

This Sundried Tomato & Pesto Cheeseball is easy to make, totally yummy and freezes beautifully. Perfect for parties or to have on hand for unexpected guests.

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Win a Cricut Explore Bundle and a big 'ol Visa Gift card!

Are you having a tough time shopping for the crafter in your life?  (Or are you a crafter and are hoping someone gets you the perfect gift?)  How about winning a gift instead of shopping for it?  We’re giving away a Cricut Explore Bundle and Goodies Prize pack, just in time for Christmas! Pin Enter to WIN a Cricut Explore Bundle and Goodies Prize Pack…

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Christmas tree clippings, topiary, decor, planter, winter

Sunday Rewind: Using Christmas tree clippings to make simple festive planters.

I love to decorate using found or natural elements.  They are abundant, and they’re free.  (Ya gotta love that, right?)  This time of year there is so much that can be done with Christmas tree clippings!  Pin   These empty planters were so easy to “fluff” with real greenery.  Add in some Frosted Icy Branches and a few decorations or ornaments and you have a…

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DIY Icy Ornaments

This post brought to you by BIC®. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://www.thevspotblog.com/. At Christmas time I love to get creative with my decor.  Sometimes that means making my own decor!  These DIY ornaments are easy to make and look like they’re coated with ice. Pin To make these icy ornaments all you need is a few plain glass ball ornaments,…

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Easy DIY Christmas Luminaries

Candlelight at Christmas-time is probably prettier than candlelight at any other time of year.  Today I’m making easy DIY Christmas luminaries using empty jars, wax paper and simple marking pens. Pin Measure and cut a piece of wax paper to fit around your clean glass jar.  I used a pretty blue metallic marker to draw snowflakes on the wax paper.  Be sure to let set and…

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Decorating Your Holiday Home with DIY Candle Tablescape Ideas

Decorating Your Holiday Home with DIY Candle Tablescape Ideas There is something about the flicker of candlelight at the holidays that signifies the warmth and togetherness of the holidays. Whether you display candles as a decorative touch to your fireplace mantle or dining room table, or you keep them unlit on a foyer side table, you will be surprised how many options are out there…

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Design Ideas: Choosing the right rug to anchor a room.

This post brought to you by Kalaty Rug. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://www.thevspotblog.com/. Any time that you see a beautiful room, chances are good that there is a beautiful rug that anchors it.  A gorgeous rug can tie a whole room together. It can provide color, texture, patterns and an overall feeling of warmth to a room… a room that…

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Easy DIY wrapping paper with Bic Mark-It markers.

This post brought to you by BIC®. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://www.thevspotblog.com/. I love this time of year.  The holidays bring out the creative in me even more than usual.  I am sure a lot of us are like that… we might not consider ourselves crafty for 10 months out of the year, but November and December get the wheels…

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Make Rosemary Herb bread using your bread machine.

These days schedules are full and days are busy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy fresh home baked breads.  A bread maker is a convenient way to bake tasty pastries and bread without the need to spend long hours in the kitchen. Fresh baked breads and pastries are an excellent treat, are often healthier and cheaper than store bought breads and they fill…

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Sunday Rewind: Easy DIY Thanksgiving invitations.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner and need invitations?  These were so quick and easy to make! Pin I love the formality of a paper invitation… even if it is just for a casual get together! For the easy tutorial, please check out this post. Happy Sunday!      

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Sunday Rewind: 60+ Handmade gift ideas for grown ups.

Happy Sunday everyone.  Just a few short weeks until Thanksgiving and what (for some people) a Christmas shopping frenzy.  However, if you plan to give handmade gifts, you need to get started right now.  Fortunately, I have a handy round up of more than 60 gift ideas to inspire you and most of them come with easy instructions to teach you! Pin There are plenty…

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