Tutes & Tips Not to Miss {56}

Hi everyone! I’m Kim from Sand & Sisal and I’m thrilled to be helping Beth out today while she’s traveling home from the west coast.

New Sand and sisal collage

Incase you haven’t already guessed, Beth is one of my little sisters! She talked me into joining this crazy world of Blogidom a little over a year ago. I’m a wife, mom of four, artist, Blogger, and Realtor. Beth has lived up north in PA and I’ve lived down south, near the N.C. border of coastal VA for 20 years. Even though we’re 6 hours apart, we love to stay connected through our passion of blogging. In fact, all 3 of us sisters blog, even our mom too! We’re a bloggin’ family!

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This week I’ve chosen the Top of the Tips & Tutes! I’ll tell y’all now that this was NOT an easy job! There are so many talented bloggers out there that I was overwhelmed by the creativity! Narrowing it down to a few chosen few was about to give me ulcers! The RESPONSIBILITY!!! So if you weren’t featured (I’m so sorry, send hate mail to homestoriesAtoZ… heeheehee) and if you were featured, then CONGRATS! (you can thank me by stopping over to my blog sometime… hint-hint).

Let’s get to the incredible features!!!


I’ll toot my own horn this week! I linked up my Martha Stewart Crafts Etched Glass Vase by Sand & Sisal. If you’ve ever wanted to try to etch glass but you’ve been timid, please come on over and see how easy it actually is! It makes a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day.

Martha Stewart Crafts Etched Glass Vase (1024x833)

Décor crafts that are simple and elegant is top notch in my book! Be sure to check out Making Vases from Recycled Jars by Taryn at Design, Dining, and Diapers

recycled jars as vases

This Suitcase Shelf by the Little Brown House will amaze you! She cut the suitcase in half!

suitcase shelf 2


This week the furniture makeovers were plentiful! Here’s a few that caught my eye!

Trashed Table to Aqua Treasure by Tattered and Inked (you MUST see what it looked like before!)

Aqua side table

Recycle international grain sacks with this eclectic Grain Sack Ottoman by Martha at Leone Design

grain sack ottoman

I’m very impressed by Amanda at Burlap & Denim, who bravely took on Restoration Hardware’s newest design trend, by tackling the her version of the Deconstructed Sofa.


Add a little bling with a Mirrored Console by Wendy at The Shabby Nest

mirrored console


DIY Kitchen Reveal by Redheads Can Decorate. You will be astonished at what it looked like before!

kitchen reveal

DIY Coffered Ceiling by Our Small Town Idaho Life. Be ready to have your jaw drop. I’m in ceiling envy with this gorgeous DIY project!

coffered ceiling

You’ll love this sweet Nursery Room Reveal by Visual Eye Candy.

Nursery room reveal


These Skirt Hanger Frames by Kara at June and Bear make you slap your forehead and wonder, “How come I didn’t think of that!?”

skirt hanger frames

You all know I’m a fan of Ceiling Medallion Art and this beauty is no exception! Be sure to read this great step by step tutorial on how to make a DIY Convex Mirror by Worthing Court!

diy convex mirror

I knew saving all my wine corks was a good idea! Y’all will love this Wine Cork/Chalk Board by Laura at Top This Top That.

Wine cork board


I think I gained a few pounds going through all the delicious food posts y’all linked up this week! I bookmarked these yummy Baja Chicken Wraps by It’s Overflowing.

baja chicken wraps

After you’ve gobbled up a few chicken wraps, you’ll want to wash them down with a CoronaRitas by The Hunted Interior. If you haven’t discovered The Hunted Interior, I highly recommend you do! She’s a very talented interior designer with amazing photography skills!


Finish off your meal with Butterscotch Bagel Bread Pudding by The Traveling Spoon. I adore bread pudding and I’ll be trying this recipe for sure!

Butterscotch Bagel Bread Pudding

I hope you enjoyed the features this week! Remember to ALWAYS link back to Beth (or any link party you join) if you want to be featured!  I truly had a wonderful time going through each of your links and discovering a few new blogs along the way! You ladies amaze me! Come visit me at Sand & Sisal, “Where Love of Home & Sea Meet”. You are always welcome.



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  1. says

    thanks for featuring my photo displays kim! i’m off to check out some more of your picks–that coffered ceiling already made my jaw drop.

  2. says

    Kim & Beth,
    Great features! I especially like the Martha Stewart Crafts Etched Glass Vase (go ahead and toot that horn, these are beautiful!)and the Vases from recycled jars. Always looking for ideas I can use to create gifts.
    Welcome home, Beth! I know you had fun but you were missed.
    Your Friend,

  3. says

    Thanks for the feature of my ottoman. I’ll also visit your guest blog helper this week! I love your blog… very informative and super creative.

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