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Vintage Industrial Kitchen with Big Chill + Pantone 2016 colors

When the Community Coordinator for Big Chill contacted me with a design challenge, I had to accept!

The challenge was to create a style board with Big Chills Lemonade Pink or Beach Blue Stove as the centerpiece, inspired by Pantones 2016 colors of the year. 

The first mood board has Big Chills retro style stove and fridge in ‘Beach Blue’ as the main design focus,  I also added in some industrial shelving, a chalkboard wall, jute rug, a chandelier, and an old workbench for a kitchen island, matched with vintage cafe style stools, and we can’t forget an apron farmhouse sink!

For the second style board, I used Big Chills Lemonade Pink Stove as the main centerpiece.  For this style of kitchen I would like it to be more of a a retro cottage design.  I would add in some soft botanical prints, mint green pendant lighting and accessories, lots of whites and keep everything sweet, simple and soft.

  I really like a whole mix of styles and these style boards clearly reflects that.  I believe that your home should reflect YOU, who you are, where you’ve been, and what you love, and if you follow those three things, I think they will all blend together beautifully.    Your home should tell a story, but not just any story, your story.

Thank you to Big Chill for giving me this fun design challenge.   Please read below for any image and product sources.



Big Chill Stove + Fridge

Botanical Prints 

Kitchen Aid Mixer

DIY Open Pipe Shelving- Magnolia Market

Casa Cortes Vintage bar stool 



Polar Express hot cocoa | DIY Food with kids

Polar Express Hot Cocoa
Here we only got one rule, Never, ever let it cool!  Keep it cooking in the pot ! Soon we got hot chocolate!” -Conductor from The Polar Express
*6 cups of milk
*1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
*1.5 cups of heavy cream
*1 tsp Vanilla extract
*2 cups of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips


1.) In a large pot over low heat, combine all ingredients (milk, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, vanilla and chocolate chips)

2.) Stir regularly for about 40 minutes until chocolate is fully melted and mixed well with the other ingredients.

3.) Top with marshmallows and serve-hot!





4.) If desired, read the book The Polar Express while you’re waiting for the hot cocoa to finish cooking.   Next, serve up your hot cocoa with a viewing of  the movie, The Polar Express.

This is such a yummy recipe and it pairs perfectly with a cold winters day.   Pour hot cocoa into a carafe and go on a little outdoor winter adventure.
What would a Polar Express themed treat day be without the star of the movie-the bell, for the kids to ring while they drink their cocoa!? 🙂
I hope everyone is staying warm out there in Wisconsin (or wherever you are reading this from).  Start up that stove and make yourself a warm chocolately cup of cocoa!
Thanks for reading,

{Thanks to the Honey & Fitz blog  for sharing this great recipe }


Mason & Jelly jar soap dispensers | DIY Upcycle

DIY Mason + Jelly Jar soap dispensers

I love mason jars!   Especially the blue antique ones. They look so beautiful when used as home decor and there are many ways to use them in your own home.   Last Summer we moved into a new house that sits on 18 beautiful acres, most of it a steep hill, which is full of ‘junk’ from owners of years ago.   While my parents were here late in the Fall, my mom and I set out on a junk hillside adventure to see what we could find.  We had found a rusty metal bucket and as my mom was trying to dig the handle out with a stick, she hit something buried completely under the dirt, we kept digging gently, so we didn’t break whatever it was.   Sure enough, it was a whole antique blue mason jar!    What are the odds that it was still whole?!  Pretty slim! Every other mason jar found on the property was broken to bits and pieces.

Today I had the inspiration to create something out of that old jar and put it back in the home it most likely came out of, years ago.

Mason + Jelly Jar Soap Dispensers
by Kelly Whitman of The Pink Hammer blog
-1 blue mason jar and metal lid
(I used a new metal lid off of a store bought jar, and it fit right on the old blue jar )
-1 jelly jar
-2 soap dispenser tops
-Hammer + Nail
(Or Drill + Drill bit … our drill somehow disappeared, so I found my own way to do it without  a drill.  Plus I think it’s time I buy my own drill so I know where it’s at, at all times 😉 )
-Needle nose pliers
-Hand Soap
-Paint/paintbrush (if desired)
 Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
 1.)  Using your hammer and nail, pound a hole in the center of the metal lid.  Continue to do this about 4-5 times close together.
Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
2.) Using your needle nose pliers, peel or push the metal under to create a large hole.  Make sure your hole is big enough to fit your entire soap pump , just like it sits in a regular container.  BUT do not make it too big, or it will not sit correctly.  It is best to make it just a tiny bit too small and force the pump into the hole to create a tight hold.
(If you are lucky enough to know where your drill is, that would be much easier.  Just find the correct drill bit – one a little smaller than your soap pump-and go!)
3.) Place the soap pump into the hole you just created in the metal lid.
4.) Cut soap tube at an angle so it fits nicely into the jar.
Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
5.) Fill jar with soap.
Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
6.) Attach lid & lid ring tightly.
7.) Paint lid/lid ring to match soap pump (if desired)
Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
7.) Wash your hands to make sure it works good! 😉
These mason jar and jelly jar soap dispensers add a nice element to your bathroom or kitchen.  They would also make fun gifts for friends or family.     I am happy I found a new home for my old blue mason jar, that less than 1 year ago was buried under ground.
Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
I love giving new life to old items!  What is something you’ve given new life to lately?
Thanks for reading,

Sharpie Mugs | DIY Inspiration

DIY Sharpie mugs are a fun gift idea !  You can customize your mug with any quote, saying or design.  Make it completely you!   They would make awesome containers for your random items, keys, coins, paperclips on your desk, or even your jewelry on your dresser.   The ideas are completely endless.  Read below to see how you can create your very own DIY Sharpie mug!

DIY Sharpie Mugs


Supplies Needed:


* Black SHARPIE Paint Marker

*White Mugs/Cups (You can find them at The Dollar Tree for $1.00 each!)


1.)  Clean mug well & remove all stickers from the store.


2.)  Practice your design/quote on a piece of paper first.

3.)  Draw on your design.  No need to be perfect, the art of handwriting adds unique character to your mug.

4.)  Place completed mugs on cookie sheet.

5.) Bake mugs in Oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

6.) Let completely cool before touching.

These mugs make great gifts, and because of the delicate artwork, they would be best to use as a container for loose change or paperclips on your desk, or pile in your jewelry on your dresser in several different mugs.  The possibilities are endless.

Important Note: You may use these as drinking mugs, but please understand the Sharpie design will not survive in the dishwasher.  If hand washing, use only the soft side of your sponge and be very gentle.  If your design starts to come off from touching or washing etc., just re-apply and cook again!





Make sure to let your kids scribble or draw their own monster design as well 😉



First snowfall of the season | Winter Reflections

“A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!”

( You can view and purchase photos from my winter adventures here.  )

Oh the weather outside is …. BEAUTIFUL.

Today I decided to bundle up to go hang some blue lights on the Christmas tree that sits in the back of our old Ford truck.

After hanging up the lights, I couldn’t help but take a little stroll around our yard in the snow..    So bundle up, throw on your snow boots and come along on a winter photo adventure with me!

There is something so amazing about the very first snowfall of the season…

…something that makes my heart get so excited, I just can not sit inside on the first snowfall… I have to get out and explore..

…and enjoy all of the beauty that surrounds me.   Snow adds a new element to everything, a new look, a new layer of beauty..

..and although I am looking at the same sights I see every day, I see them with a new set of eyes once again…

I hope you enjoyed this little photo adventure!  Now head out on your own adventure!   Leave a comment and let me know where you will be going to next!   See you next time!

Thanks for reading,



Cheesey hashbrown casserole | DIY Southern Food

Don’t you just LOVE meals that warm you up, make you feel good and leave you feeling perfectly full?!  I sure do, especially on chilly winter nights in Wisconsin.  This is a very well known dish to many, and most popular in the South.  I first enjoyed this recipe several years ago when I was working as a nanny for a family and they served it for dinner – Ive wanted to make it ever since and finally took some time to do so tonight!

It is very easy to make and will leave your family begging for seconds, and even thirds!

Serving size: 8-10 people (or in our case, 3 with about 1 serving leftover)

Hash brown ingredients:

* 20 ounces ( 1 lb 4 oz)  shredded (southern) hash browns

* 1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of chicken soup

* 2 cups shredded cheese

* 3/4 cup sour cream

* 1/4 cup chopped onion

* 1/3 cup margarine, melted

Topping ingredients:

* 1.5 cups crushed corn flakes

* 2 tablespoons margarine


*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

*Spray 9×11 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

*In a large bowl combine all hash brown ingredients; mix well.

*Spread into prepared baking dish


…and don’t forget to add the cheese!  Oops…. ;) Look closely ^ You can even see my cheese package in the top of the photo haha.. let’s try this again shall we?!  :

…there we go!

*In a small bowl stir together topping ingredients.

*Spread topping evenly over the hash browns

*Bake 45 minutes or until brown and crispy on top.

*Dish up….

* & enjoy!!!
Thanks for reading,



Hire Her

“When you’re following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves.” ~Shakti Gawain

When starting up a DIY Blog almost 2 years ago, I had no idea where it would lead me, no clue as to what would come of me sharing my ideas and no real plans set in stone, except to share my passion and love of all things DIY (Do It Yourself) with those in the internet world.

Over the past 9 months, I have been contacted several times by various people asking for my help, assistance, and knowledge for their projects at home & at their business.    I wanted to wait until the time was right to finally start offering my services to the public that will go beyond more than just the words and photos you see here on this blog several times a month.

Now I feel in my heart, that the time is right to officially announce that Kelly Whitman from Endless Acres Farmtiques  is now available to hire!

This new idea, service, business, is still just in the baby/beginning stages and there will be more information coming very soon to the new Hire Her page here on the blog.

Please email Kelly with any questions,

If you like this idea , please comment below and leave me some feedback – I would love to hear your thoughts!


Email Kelly at the new email address;