Little Golden Book Blocks

Today I'm going to share yet another way to use one of the dozens of Little Golden Books I've collected to make adorable building blocks.

You'll need several supplies and a little bit of time to create these miniature works of art, but the end product is so cute that you won't mind at all. Gather some wood blocks of different sizes, paint, brushes, Mod Podge, a ruler, a paper trimmer and a children's book.

There are two different styles of puzzle blocks in today's tutorial - for one you'll want your blocks painted, for the other it's not necessary. I've painted both sets here just so you can see your options. 

While the paint dries, you can break the book down by cutting off the covers and separating the pages.

For the first set of blocks, we're going to put one picture on the back and a second picture on the front. The sides will stay blue. My small blocks are 1 inch square, so I cut a 3-inch square picture from one of the pages.

And then cut …

A Week Of Analyzing Your Core

On our 33 acres of land, we have hundreds of tall, older trees and lots of small, newer trees creating an underbrush around them. It's fascinating to see the different generations of growth around the property and picture what it might be like 50 years from now.

Many of those older trees are now out in the open and exposed to the elements. In a recent wind storm, we lost a good-sized tree on the hill up toward the barn. From a distance it sounded like a pretty spectacular crash, and up close it was clear why it took the tumble.
The inside of the tree's trunk had been eaten away by bugs over a long period of time. There were several places where they had nested, creating weak points throughout the bottom of the tree. All it took was one giant rush of wind across the hill and it didn't stand a chance, literally.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descende…

Spring Flowers For Our Corner Garden

What a beautiful week we've had - perfect weather for clearing out the gardens and getting some beautiful spring flowers in the ground. I won't tell you about the sunburn I earned while doing this bed - that's a story for another day.

Part of my problem with this particular garden bed is the downspout right above it. One of the joints wasn't sealed properly, so anything I planted was flooded during the first good rain. My first plan of attack was to run to the local home improvement store and invest all of $4 in a tube of gutter sealant. Seriously. That's all it took.

The only plants that would grow in these harsh, water-logged conditions were wildflowers. Unfortunately, they took over the garden and then died as winter set in. The longest part of this entire project was getting all this old growth cleared away.

The change was instantly amazing. This was pretty enough with the new fertilized dirt in it that I almost wanted to leave it just like this. Almost.

You c…

Recovering An Old Card Table And Making It Usable Again

This card table recover project has been on my to-do list for months. I've been using it as my workspace in the craft room for quite some time, and it sees a lot of abuse. Here it is now, with a neutral cover on it so I can take better pictures for my tutorials.

There were dents and dings in the old blue covering from metal tools.

And yes, I've used my embossing heat tool on it several times, leaving pretty good scars. The padding underneath the blue cover also made it difficult to keep paper crafts flat when adhering them together, so it was time for something new. That's where a simple vinyl tablecloth comes in handy.

The process to recover the table is pretty simple, but I learned a couple of lessons the hard way. I share them with you now. First, don't do this on any surface but a carpet. I tried it on the deck int he sunshine to get better pictures, but all it did was tear up the cover. Second, get a second pair of hands to help you keep the cover tight and you&#…

Cheese And Tomato Stuffed Pork Chops

If you're looking for something simple and delicious for dinner this weekend, you'll want to try these amazing stuffed pork chops. Check your grocery store's meat section to see if they have pre-butterflied pork chops, or ask the meat manager to do it for you. It will save you a ton of time, and you'll save yourself a step.

6 boneless pork chops, butterflied
6 slices Monterrey Jack cheese
1 small jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained
salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. Open the butterflied pork chops and layer cheese and tomatoes. Transfer them to the baking dish and season with salt and pepper.

3. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until pork chops are cooked through. Be careful not to overcook or the meat will lose its tenderness.

For the recipe for the roasted sweet potatoes and asparagus pictured, just click here.

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