Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

National Iced Tea Day

Posted in Eating Well, Entertaining on June 10th, 2013 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

Start your week off on the right taste bud by helping us celebrate National Iced Tea Day, TODAY!!! Raise your glass filled with delicious iced tea in true southern style with our 32oz. Red Nek Guzzler.  Try a new take on your favorite summer beverage with one of delicious recipes below from Eating Well.

Orange Earl-Grey Iced Tea

Hibiscus-Pomegranate Iced Tea

Iced Mint Green Tea

A Novel Way to Display Your Jewlery

Posted in Apparel and Fashion, Inspirations, Love What You Use!, Rustic Chic on April 11th, 2012 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

Here is an inexpensive way to display your favorite jewelry… And it is sooo easy to to do!



You will need: a cutting board, hard bound books, an exacto knife, glue, a ruler, some decorative accents, dress maker pins… I found some great hard bound novels at a discount book store for a $1 each!!!



Next you will need to glue the book together. First, glue around the edges of random pages, DON’T OVER THINK IT! Once that is finished, glue the outside of the book together.



You will want to weight down the pages so everything adheres nice and smoothly. Let it dry over night.



Using your ruler lightly trace out the opening. Now you can start cutting, nice and slowly!!! Be sure to hold your exacto knife perpendicular to your book so the edges to the opening are nice and straight!



Now that you have created the opening, the world is your oyster! I used bent pins to hold earrings. You can add a decorative backdrop with paper, glitter or leave it plain! Every book is different so let the beauty of the pages inside you!



Now you are ready to set up your unique jewelry shop!



Posted in Inspirations on April 3rd, 2012 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

easter eggs 101…

 Craftgwaker has some absolutely killer examples of really far-out and different ideas to decorate eggs. It never ceases to amaze me how many crafty folks there are out there! I have compiled a few of my favorites below. Click on the image which will link you to the blog… Please send us your examples!!!


Vintage Book Easter Eggs


Glitter Easter Eggs


Lace Tights Easter Eggs


Ombre Eggs


All Natural Dye Easter Eggs


Dyed with Men's Silk Tie

thank you & credit to: Oleander and Palm, Sew and the City, Fab Housewife, Jany Claire & radmegan

From New York With Love

Posted in Apparel and Fashion, Inspirations on March 15th, 2012 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

We think having a fab motorcycle jacket is one of the best things you can do for yourself! It’s that soft piece of timeless leather in your closet that gives you a sense of comfort. It’s that piece you can pair with almost ANYTHING! A few fashionable New Yorkers gave us inspiration…and here’s how we made these looks achievable with our own version for $69.99.

New York Version

A. Dodson's Version











This bright color pop look is all the rage! We love how she paired sleek stripes with color and made it look effortless. The key pieces: back & wihite striped tee, pop of red, pop of yellow, and motorcycle jacket! Here’s our take…its a little more laid back, so totally achievable any day you want! A. Dodson’s ‘Zip N Go’ jacket {$69.99}, striped tee, tight pencil skirt, a chunky yellow necklace, and the pop of red?…LIPS!


New York Version

A. Dodson's Version

      What BETTER use of your Summer maxi then to toughen it up with a motorcycle jacket?! We paired our ‘Zip N Go’ jacket with a floral maxi in the back of the wardrobe! SO cute. (Underneath are some biker boots & leggings).


A. Dodson's Version

New York Version











We love this “polished rocker” look! The key is pairing a cutesy full ABOVE the knee skirt + a fabulous motorcycle jacket! How we made it work: A. Dodson’s ‘Zip N Go’ jacket, a flouncy leopard skirt (this one was a thrift store find from the 90′s!), leggings, and high heels to complete it!

KISS ME! I’m not Irish but who cares?

Posted in Inspirations, Recipes, Uncategorized on March 13th, 2012 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off



It’s that time of year, bring on all things green & lucky! Here are some fun ideas for the whole family to enjoy while the leprechauns are on the loose.   Click on each photo for how-tos and recipes!





Leprechaun Elixir Bottles

Leprechaun Trap

Leprechaun Cake

Click me to find craft ideas!

Snapshot Haiku

Posted in A Day In The Life..., Garden, Inspirations on February 28th, 2012 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a snapshot is worth a Haiku!

sleeping silently

a february warm rain

greeting us hello

Salvaged Sensations…

Posted in Apparel and Fashion, Home Decor, Inspirations, Love What You Use!, Rustic Chic, Uncategorized, Use What You Have on February 25th, 2012 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off


Posted in Home Decor, Inspirations, Love What You Use!, Use What You Have on February 22nd, 2012 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

Looking for an inexpensive way to cover your dreary situation and impress your friends? Add a little texture to your life with burlap! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3… Just follow these quick hints and viola, your space has been transformed!

Ask your local coffee shop or garden center for any excess burlap bags. Cut them down to size and start your staple gun. An electric stapler is the way to go…

Cutting the bags into interesting shapes will make the wall really stand out. Start at the bottom corner of the wall and work your way out. Don’t stop until you reach an “architectural landmark” (i.e. a column or window…)

Put your furniture back into place, hang a few pieces of art and presto you are finished. Family and friends will ooh and ahh over your creativity!

ARTichokes | Make a bold statement by grouping simple items

Posted in Home Decor, Inspirations on February 17th, 2012 by A. Dodson's – Comments Off

In merchandising, as well as design, a lot is said about the impact of multiple object(s) being grouped together (hint: always cluster items in a group of 3 or 5). The artichoke is a perfect piece for this example! When clustered around frames and decorative objects a few artichokes can make such a dramatic difference! Leave me a comment, question or picture of the challenging areas in your living spaces! We may feature it in an upcoming post.


Skinny(ish) Peanut Butter Valentine Cookies

Posted in Eating Well, Food & Nutrition, Inspirations, Recipes on February 13th, 2012 by A. Dodson's – 2 Comments

Quick, drop whatever you’re doing. Not only are these cookies delish but there could be a dash of nourishment in them. It just happened by surprise when I was trying to make some low-fat cookies. Halfway through the process I realized I didn’t have any applesauce. So I used non-fat plain Greek Yogurt and hot damn they turned out GOOD! (These statements have been verified by a 5 year old so get to stepping!)

Skinny(ish) Peanut Butter Cookies
Servings: 12 • Size: 2 cookies Calories: 200 • Fat: 7.0 g • Protein: 4.4 g • Carb: 34.5 g • Fiber: 1.4 g • Sugar: 25.4 g Sodium: 113.1 mg

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
3 tbsp natural peanut butter
1 egg
2 tbsp non-fat plain Greek Yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
24 Dove Chocolate Hearts

Preheat oven to 350°. Line two cookie sheets with non-stick silicone baking liners such as Silpats (I highly recommend for best results) or lightly spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and stir to blend. In another bowl, whisk the sugars, butter, peanut butter, egg, yogurt and vanilla together until light and fluffy.

Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two additions until the batter is very well blended. If the batter looks more “crumbly” than smooth, add just a drop of water at a time (ONLY if needed) until it smooths out.

Bake the cookies for about 5 minutes then add the chocolate hearts and bake another 5-7 minutes. Take them out when they are still very soft in the middle. They’ll firm up as they cool.

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