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Hi Again. I hope you all had a really Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The holidays can be so busy, so hopefully you were able to have some down time to enjoy family and friends. My January has gotten off to a busy start so it has taken me a bit to catch up on life. I hope to get back to regular blogging next week, but, as promised, I am here today to announce our Winter Break Giveaway winner. Congratulations to Amy! Thanks so much to everyone else who entered. I loved reading all of your ideas :)

To start the new year off, I thought I'd share a fun little project that I just did. I found a shallow planter at the grocery store on clearance for $4, and thought it would be perfect for some succulents or bulbs. A $5 pot of paperwhite bulbs at Trader Joes caught my attention as a sweet way to bring in the spring. Or at least to remind myself that spring is coming...

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I remembered reading about how Young House Love used glass paint to embellish a shallow planter, and I thought I would give it a try. I picked up some Martha Stewart glass paint in gray at Michaels for a couple bucks and painted it around the inside rim of my planter.  I used painters tape to keep the line crisp, but it didn't work too well, so I just eyeballed it. My hands were really shaky so the finish isn't perfect, but I still love the effect.

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On the bottle it says that you can let it air dry for 3 weeks, or you can bake it for half an hour at 350 degrees. I chose the latter option, and it was awesome. The paint solidified perfectly, and really feels like part of the porcelain finish. The bottle even says that the it is top-rack dishwasher safe! It's so fun to find new craft products that actually work.

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I planted the bulbs a week and a half ago, and they have shot up like crazy! Seriously, this is how tall they where when I first planted them.

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And this is how big they are now. 

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Crazy, right? They are so pretty, but also kind of stinky. I thought there must be an old wet diaper hiding somewhere, but it turned out to be the flowers. Weird. At least on the blog you don't have to smell them. Here are some more pretties.

I found the marble cutting board for $5 at Ross and got the gorgeous salt & pepper mill for Christmas.

I found the marble cutting board for $5 at Ross and got the gorgeous salt & pepper mill for Christmas.

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Stay tuned for more blog updates next week...