Candy is Dandy

Candy is Dandy

Well, I survived girl’s camp!  Barely!  I actually got back last Wednesday, but it has taken me this long to stop falling asleep mid-sentence and feel somewhat normal again.  I hope you had a great week and that you also enjoyed the freaky bear lamp, which totally reminded me that it’s time to start accepting submissions for


More details to come, but for now, feel free to send in an original picture of your ugly lamp to with the subject line “Ugly Lamp Contest.” Check out last year’s contenders here, here and here, and the grand prize winner here.

And in before and after news, check out this adorable candy stand that Lindsay from Pillow Thoughts made for her daughter Lexi’s 1st birthday party.  How memorable is that?  Well, ok, Lexi probably won’t remember it, (the one downfall of fabulous 1st birthday parties), but I bet her guests were talking about it for weeks!  And who says you couldn’t whip this thing out at family gatherings throughout the year?  Thanksgiving dinner candy stand?  That’s what I’m talking about.



  1. July 25, 2011 / 3:37 PM

    OMG that is amazing!!! WOW best before and after I have seen so far! Love it!~

  2. July 25, 2011 / 3:44 PM

    I’m thinking that Lexi is pretty lucky to have a Mom who refinishes furniture for her party, let alone a candy stand! Looks like my kinda party 🙂

  3. July 25, 2011 / 3:57 PM

    My jaw literally dropped a foot because of how adorable this turned out! Brilliant!

  4. July 25, 2011 / 3:57 PM

    I am so glad you’re back. I was having withdrawals!! My life is so boring without your witty commentary to spice it up 🙂

    Awesome after! What I a great idea for a party. I bet she will use it over and over.

  5. July 25, 2011 / 4:10 PM


  6. July 25, 2011 / 4:16 PM

    I literally raised my arms in triumph (sitting in my cubicle at work) when I saw a new post! I am a pretty new Better After reader, but have found that I simply can’t live without you (not in an obsessive, stalker-ish way…)! I’ve been parusing the archives all week in your absence! Super cute candy stand, too!

  7. July 25, 2011 / 4:17 PM

    That is an awesome before & after! I would have so walked past that “thing”. Cudos for Lindsey for seeing the amazing potential!

  8. July 25, 2011 / 4:28 PM

    Momma say, “Whaat?!”

  9. July 25, 2011 / 4:49 PM

    that looks amazing! love the transformation! xoxo

  10. July 25, 2011 / 6:02 PM

    Hello – welcome home! I never realized how many times a week I pop in and out of your blog – it is so good to have you back!

    What an awesome way to return – this piece couldn’t be cuter and it is so unique. I agree with the other posters – send me an invitation to this party – I LOVE cotton candy! 🙂

  11. July 25, 2011 / 6:44 PM

    Now THAT is creative and unique!

  12. July 25, 2011 / 6:49 PM

    Glad you survived the week and I’m glad you’re back, I missed my daily Better After fix!

    Love the candy stand…it wouldn’t be too impractical to have that up year round, would it??

  13. July 25, 2011 / 6:54 PM

    Oh hey, I just remembered the rest of the quote — “Candy is dandy, but Liquor is quicker!” The quote is from Ogden Nash(a very witty writer of poetry from the 1940s).

    So instead of candy to liquor, this goes from liquor (bar) to candy (candy stand). No one else probably cares but I’m such a nut about words and irony and wit, that it makes me love the transformation even more!

  14. July 25, 2011 / 9:20 PM

    This is just fabulous!! I could use it for a paper-crafting store…. What a great mom!

  15. July 27, 2011 / 7:18 PM

    That is too fun! What a great mom!

    BTW, so glad you are back! My sanity was hanging by a thread! ;o)

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