DIY colorful birdhousees

How we  this blog & fun author behind it!  Meet Ashley, so stinkin cute… I bet at least 10 of you are going to be making birdhouses this weekend while munching on nutter butter cookie balls!  😉  Thanks for guesting, Ash!
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I am so excited to be guest posting today here at Lolly Jane!  I’m Ashley, the face and voice behind Simply Designing.


My blog is a fun blog that covers everything from crafts to interior design, recipes to floral design, home decor to seasonal items.  I host a weekly Friday link up party and my local Fox news station also has invited me to do a regular segment on their morning show: it is a lot of fun!  In addition, I offer interior design services, both in-home and online.  So I keep very busy around here, but most of all, I like to keep things SIMPLE!
Today I am excited to share with you two of my most popular posts! 
The first is my Shabby Birdhouses:
I found these bird houses at Michael’s for $2 each, fully assembled and ready to be painted!
I started by painting them. 
Then I took my sander and sanded the edges to make them look worn.
Next I took brown craft paint and mixed it with water.  I used that to paint a “glaze” all over the bird houses and then I wiped it down with a paper towel.   
Aren’t they so cute?!?!  I love how they add a bit of spring to my decor!
And I can’t resi
st sharing one more thing with you.  A super yummy super simple recipe!!  (yum yum)
Nutter Butter Cookie Balls
If you like nutter butters and chocolate and making very simple recipes, then you will like these.

  • 1 package Nutter Butter cookies
  • 1 8oz block of cream cheese
  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Using a food processor or a blender, crush up the cookies until finely ground
  • Place the cookie crumbs and the cream cheese in a stand mixer (I am sure you can use a hand mixer or even mix it together with your hands, but it will take a bit more time and effort on your part.)
  • Mix for several minutes until well-blended.
  • Form mixture into small balls and place on waxed paper.  Put in the fridge or freezer for about 20 minutes.
  • Melt your chocolate (see how to melt chocolate here) and dip the cookie balls into the chocolate, tapping off the excess.
  • Let sit on waxed paper or foil until set. 
Thanks so much for letting me guest post today!  I truly enjoyed it!
If you would like to see more of my creations, you can find me at my blog Simply Designing, through my RSS feed, on Facebook, on Twitter @SimplyDesigning and via Email Subscription.
Happy Designing!

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