Monday, May 31, 2010

My Top Picks 5/31

I was blog surfing for projects this past week.
After checking out all the cool blogs.
Here are my favorite for this week.


Teacher Appreciation Gift

Made by Jen over at Just Jen.
Please stop by and check out her blog.


Wine Cork Trivet


Made by Kathryn over at I Can't Find The Time.
Swing by at take a look at her blog.


Darling Desk

Made by Shannon over at Posh Pieces.
Please stop by and visit her blog.


Tipsy Pot Planter

Made by Sharon over at Keen Inspirations.
Stop by her blog and say hello.


DIY Fountain

Made by Lisa over at BLJ Graves Studio.
Please stop by and check out her great blog.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pride Pins

Another project sent to me by my friend Melissa.

Pride Pins




What You Need For The Glass Marble Pins:

Large flat glass marbles in blue, clear, red, or white
Glass paint in red, white, and blue
Paintbrush
Pin backs
Strong adhesive, such as E6000

Instructions:

1. Wash and dry the marbles. Avoid touching the area to be painted.

2. Paint hearts, stripes, dots, words, or other motifs on the rounded side of the marble. Allow paint to dry before layering colors. To make dots, use a pencil eraser for large dots, the handle of a paintbrush for medium dots, and a toothpick for small dots. Dip into paint and dot on surface. Let dry.

3. Apply a dot of adhesive to the pin back and place on the back of the marble near the top. Let the adhesive dry.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Weekend



I hope everyone has a great weekend.
I will be out of town until late Monday.
I will not have any computer access.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Dress Hangers

Dress Hangers
Dress up your closet with these stylish hangers.


Finished sizes: Standard size Hangers  6" Dresses  

HANGERS (2)

• 1/6 yd. each of four coordinating fabrics
• Two 3/4" flower buttons*
• Three yds. 1 1/2" green grosgrain flower ribbon
• 1/2 yd. quilt batt*
• Two wood hangers

DRESSES (2)

• 9" x 12" felt*: one each green, teal, pink
• 1/8" buttons: two pink, two blue
• Two 3/4" flower buttons *
• Perle cotton floss: two yds. each orange, pink
• One yd. 1/8" pink ribbon
• 1 oz. polyester stuffing*
• Scallop fabric scissors*

FOR BOTH:

• Sewing machine
• Matching thread
• Rotary cutter & mat
• Embroidery needle
• Fabric glue*
   Paper, pencil, pins, scissors
• Print and cut out full-sized pattern here. Link to pattern.
• If you want, make dresses into sachets.

Hangers

STEP 1: Cut. To make hanger pattern, place hanger on paper. Draw around one half, rounding end. Add 1/2" all around drawn pattern for seam allowance. Cut pattern from each fabric, reverse pattern, and repeat. Cut sixteen pattern pieces from quilt batt. Cut ribbon into two 18" lengths.

STEP 2: Assemble. Glue one layer of quilt batt pieces to each hanger front and back. Glue over edges of hanger. Repeat with second layer of quilt batt. Align matching fabric pieces in pairs with right sides together. Sew 1/4" seam all around leaving straight end open. Turn right side out. Repeat for remaining three pairs. Press under 1/4" on open ends of each piece.

STEP 3: Cover hanger. Slide a sewn piece over end of hanger, pulling gently to fit to center of hanger. Repeat for opposite end of hanger. Glue fabrics together where they meet at center of hanger. Beginning at hanger hook at back of hanger, glue ribbon end wrap around one side, bring up around opposite side, and glue at back of hanger. Trim off excess ribbon. Tie excess ribbon piece around hanger in bow. Trim ends. Repeat for second hanger.

Dresses

STEP 1: Cut pieces. Use dress pattern to cut out two dresses each from green and teal. Cut one 1/4" x 2" waistband each from pink and teal. Cut one bottom ruffle each from pink and green, using lower portion of pattern. Cut one long edge of bottom edges with scallop scissors. Cut 1/8" ribbon piece in half.

STEP 2: Sew dresses. Glue waistbands in place, pink on teal and teal on green dress. Align dress pieces together. Blanket stitch with orange around green dress and pink around teal dress leaving bottom open. At center top of each dress insert ribbon loop knot into neck and finish blanket stitching.

STEP 3: Finish. Stuff dresses gently. Insert bottom ruffle pieces 1/2" into dress bottom. Topstitch with floss across bottom of each dress. Glue small buttons to bodice of dress and flower buttons to waistband. Loop dress over hanger.

http://creativehomeartsclub.com/Projects/Project.aspx?id=116798
 
 
Sources:

*The following products were used for this project: Bazooples flower buttons available from Buttons Galore • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac fabric glue • Fairfield polyester stuffing • Fiskars scallop scissors • National Nonwovens Wool felt.

Beacon Adhesives, Inc.
Link to: http://www.beaconadhesives.com/chaven.html

Buttons Galore
Link to: http://www.buttonsgaloreandmore.com/

Fairfield Processing Corp.
Link to: http://www.poly-fil.com/

Fiskars
Link to: http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/

National Nonwovens
Link to: http://www.nationalnonwovens.com/

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Couture Unraveled

This weeks new blog is:


couture unraveled

This blog was started back in Feburary.
Victoria has a variety of posts.

Like this Lampshade Refab



Check out these cute clips.



Please go visit Victoria at Couture Unraveled

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lemonade Pie

Lemonade Pie


Ingredients:

1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
1 (6 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Bake crust in oven for 8 to 10 minutes until light brown. Allow to cool.

In a large bowl, mix until creamy the ice cream, lemonade and whipped topping. Spread mixture into pie crust, then place in freezer for 20 minutes. Serve pie after it has set.

Yield: 1 - 9 inch pie

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday 5/25

I got todays tutorial from Bobbypins Boardwalk.

A Memory Box To Remember

I've wanted to do this project for quite some time and finally had the perfect occasion to make this memory box as a gift for someone very special...... (Read More)







Monday, May 24, 2010

My Top Picks 5/24

I was blog surfing for projects this past week.
After checking out all the cool blogs.
Here are my favorite for this week.


This is one of the most unique crafts I've seen.
Ann over at Make The Best of Things came up with this vase.
Please stop by her blog and check out the tutorial.


Pam over at DIY Design Fanatic
made this cute lantern for her daughter.
You can see more pictures on her blog.



Love this shadow box.
Made by Rachel at Holy Craft.
Swing by here blog and say hello.


I have got to make me one of these.
This was made by Ruth at Scraps and Strings.
Please visit her great blog.


Isn't this the cutest clock.
Made by Staci over at Craftify It.
Stop by and check out her blog.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Thank You to Sharon at Keen Inspiratiops

I would like to thank Sharon at Keen Inspirations
for this cute chalkboard that I won in a giveaway.


Sharon has a great blog.
You must check it out.
Stop by Keen Inspirations and say hello.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Graduation Centerpiece and Card

Graduation Centerpiece and Card




Celebrate your favorite grads with a fireworks centerpiece and gift card holder. The flying mortarboards are reminiscent of graduation ceremonies all over the world, and the card can every grad’s favorite gift—money!


Finished sizes: Approx. 18" tall Centerpiece  3 1/2" x 5 1/4" Card
Skill: 2 Time: 1 Cost: 2

You will need:

• New or recycled square box (oversized cereal box used)
• Craft foam* (to fit inside box)

• Two sheets blue tissue paper
• 20 gold chenille stems
• Black floral wire
• Gloss black spray paint*
• Gold leafing pen*
• Black acrylic paint
• Black cardstock, four sheets
• Gold metallic stickers
• Glitter brads
• Chipboard letters*
• Gold Curly Willow
• Large star punch*
• 1/4" gold ribbon*
• 10 yds. gold curling ribbon*
• Metallic blue embroidery thread* or three 2" purchased tassels
• Craft wire
• Wooden skewers
• Permanent adhesive*
Needle-nose pliers, serrated knife, wire cutters



GIFT CARD HOLDER

• Computer & printer
• White pen*
• Cardstock*: black, white, blue
• 1 1/4" circle punch
• Glitter stickers



FOR BOTH

• Glitter: blue, gold
• Small star punch*
• Scrapbooking adhesive*
• Double stick tape*
Bone folder, ruler, scissors

STEP 1: Preparation. Measure craft foam to fit into box. Use serrated knife to cut foam. Cut cereal box to approximately 6" tall. Cut tissue paper into squares approximately three times size of box. Spray paint cereal box black. Paint skewers black. Use wire cutter to cut floral wire into one 24" piece, three 30" pieces, and eighteen 12" pieces.


STEP 2: Make stars. Punch out 24 large and 12 small stars. Use scrapbook adhesive to glitter 14 large stars with blue glitter and 10 with gold glitter. Glitter six small stars blue and six small stars gold. Glue same-colored large stars together in pairs, leaving bottoms open for wire. Apply permanent glue to ends of twelve 12" wires and insert into stars. Wrap upper part of wire with gold chenille stem.
Twist additional floral stems around a pencil to curl and wrap last 3" of each around 12" lengths of floral wire. Add small stars to ends of floral stems.

STEP 3: Make hats: Cut three 1" x 6 1/2" and three 3" x 3" pieces of black cardstock. Insert brad into center of each 3"square. Roll each 1" strip into a circle and secure with double-stick tape. Lightly apply permanent glue to edge of rolled strip and press to underside of 3" square.

STEP 4: Make tassels. Note: If using purchased tassels, go to Step 5. Wrap embroidery thread ten times around a 4" wide piece of chipboard. Remove chipboard and tie a strand of thread tightly around middle of strands. Clip loops at top, fold down and wrap additional thread 1/4" below fold. Tie to secure. Clip remaining loops and trim evenly.

STEP 5: Add wire. Apply 3" of double-stick tape to center of a 6" length of craft wire. Wrap thread around tape to cover. Insert one end of into tassel and wrap other around brad on hat. Trim. Curl each 30" wire into three loops. Wrap lower portion around wooden skewers. Curl upper end into a 1" spiral and bend to a 90 degree angle. Use permanent glue to adhere hat to spiral.

STEP 6: Make pennant. Cut a 4 1/2" x 11" triangle from black cardstock. Color letters with gold leafing pen. Glue letters to pennant with scrapbook glue. Cut a 1" x 4 1/2" piece of black cardstock. Score lengthwise, place 24" wire into fold, and adhere over end of pennant. Wrap lower end around wooden skewer. Add gold ribbon with permanent glue.

STEP 7: Assemble. Note: Trim wires to shorten as needed. Place foam into box. Place a little scrapbook glue on top and add tissue. Fold tissue over edges of box and add gold stickers. Place pennant in center. Arrange hat pieces around pennant and curl tassel wire to give appearance of movement. Place large stars, curly willow, and curled stems in base to fill. Curl ribbon and place in base to cover foam.

Gift Card Holder

STEP 1: Preparation. Cut one 3 1/2" x 5" from black cardstock, one 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" from white cardstock, and one 9 1/2" x 5 1/2" from blue cardstock. Print a sentiment from your computer on white cardstock. Note: A sans-serif round typeface, such as Chalkboard or Cooper, works best for glitter application.

STEP 2: Add glitter & stars. Cover printed letters with glue and apply blue glitter. Punch seven stars. Glitter three with gold and four with blue. Layer sentiment onto blue cardstock scrap and trim to 1/8" border. Adhere to lower portion of black card front. Adhere stars as shown. Draw dots with white pen to indicate shooting star path. Add dots of glitter.

STEP 3: Finish. Score blue cardstock card base at 4" and 8". Fold into place. Cut half-circle on 1 1/2" side. Glue sides of flap in place with double-stick tape, being sure to leave enough room for gift card or money to be inserted into pocket. Make dots evenly spaced with white pen. Glue star to center of pocket.

*The following products were used for this project: BasicGrey chipboard letters • Be Creative double stick tape • Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip glue • Krylon spray paint, gold leafing pen • Sakura pen • Scotch Quick Dry Scrapbooking Adhesive • Stampin' Up punches, cardstock • STYROFOAM foam shape.

This project was found at http://creativehomeartsclub.com/Projects/Project.aspx?id=116790

Friday, May 21, 2010

Disaster room

When my daughter moved in my livingroom became this.





She has just moved out.
Now I have this to move everything back into. Yea


I will post the finished room at a later date.

Lasagna Cacciatore

Lasagna Cacciatore


Serves: 12   Cooking Time: 1 hr

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts, fat trimmed
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 onions, sliced thin
4 cloves garlic, minced
10 fresh white mushrooms, trimmed/thinly sliced
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced
1 pkg. dried lasagna noodles (18)
1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 recipe egg pasta or spinach pasta

Instructions

1.Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add chicken, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, and cook over medium heat until browned, about 6 minutes.

2.Turn chicken, sprinkle again with salt and pepper, and cook until fully cooked, about 5 minutes more. Remove chicken from pan.

3.When cool, shred chicken and set aside.

4.Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to pan along with onions. Sauté until onions are wilted and beginning to caramelize, about 10 minutes.

5.Stir in garlic and mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes more.

6.Add red pepper and sauté for 2 minutes.

7.Stir in tomatoes, parsley, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Add chicken and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.

8.Cook and drain pasta.

9.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, unless planning to freeze lasagna for baking at a later date.

10.Grease a 13x9-inch lasagna pan. Smear several tablespoons of tomato sauce (without large chunks of chicken or vegetables) across bottom.

11.Line bottom with a layer of pasta, making sure noodles touch but do not overlap.

12.Spread 1 cup sauce over pasta and sprinkle with 2/3 cup cheese.
13.Repeat layering of pasta, sauce , and cheese four more times.

14.For the sixth layer, sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese over noodles.

15.Bake for 20 minutes. At this point this recipe may be frozen. Cool before freezing.

16.To serve from frozen, defrost overnight in the refrigerator, prior to baking.

17.Bake lasagna until cheese turns golden brown in spots and sauce is bubbling, about 20 minutes.

18.Remove pan from oven, let lasagna settle for 5 minutes and serve immediately.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Keep Calm and Decorate

I would like to start showcasing new blogs out there. I am always surfing for new blogs to follow. I have decided to blog about some of the new blogs out there that I have come across. What I mean by new, is that they were created in 2010. So please go visit and give them some love.


This blog was started this May.



Check out this cute chalk board.




Please stop and visit Keep Calm and Decorate.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Garden Gift

My good friend Melissa sent this I thought this was a really neat project. So I am sharing it with all of you.

Garden Gift



Give a gift that can be used indoors or out -- rocks with a personal touch.




What You Need:


Rocks with smooth surfaces
Leaves
Alphabet stencil
Heavy paper
Pencil
Crafts knife
Spray adhesive
Newspapers
Spray paint in gold, copper, or other desired color

Instructions:


1. For the painted leaf or initial designs, trace a leaf or letter in the center of a piece of heavy paper. Using a crafts knife, cut along the traced lines, remove the shape, and discard, leaving a stencil. Spray the back side of paper leaf or alphabet cutout with spray adhesive.


2. For the painted rock, spray back side of leaves with adhesive. Place onto rock.


3. For both rocks, cover work surface with newspapers in a well-ventilated work area. Spray rocks with three light coats of spray paint. Let dry. Remove leaves or paper stencil.


More Ideas:


Make enough monogrammed rocks to spell a name or Welcome.
Use bright-colored spray paints for someone with contemporary tastes.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday 5/18

I got todays tutorial from Under the Table and Dreaming.


Spray Painting Glass - A New Flower Stand

When I was 'Adding a Touch of Green to the Dining Room' I didn't think twice about spray painting over a few glass containers that I had....... (Read More)

Monday, May 17, 2010

My Top Picks 5/17




I was blog surfing for projects this past week.
After checking out all the cool blogs.
Here are my favorite for this week.


I just love these candles.
They are from Popcorn Served Daily.
Please stop by Lisa's blog and say hello.




These are the cutest clocks.
I found them at Endless Posibilities.
For the How-To visit Wendy's blog.



This is a unique piece of artwork.
Made by Maryann at Domestically Speaking.
Stop by and visit her blog.


This is a neat way to decorat a birdhouse.
Visit On My Side of the Room to see how it is done.


I found this really cute country themed door decoration at
Stop by and tell Stephanie Lynn hello.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Giveaway at Keen Inspirations

 
Enter to win this cute chalkboard and chalk set.
 
 
You must visit  Keen Inspirations.
 

Summer Chicken Salad

Summer Chicken Salad


Ingredients:

1/4 cup salad oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 to 3 cups cooked diced chicken
2 cups cooked rice (Basmati is excellent)
1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
1 cup mandarin orange sections, drained
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup snow peas, lightly cooked
1/2 cup salted peanuts
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper (taste before adding)

Directions:

In a large salad bowl whisk oil and vinegar together. Add remaining ingredients and toss until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate for about 4 hours or until well chilled.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Versatile blog award.

I was just given the The Versatile Blogger award.


Pati at Crafty Escape thought my blog was deserving.
Thank you Pati.

The Rules for the award are:



1. Thank the person who gave you this award


2. Share 7 things about yourself.


3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic! (in no particular order...)


4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

7 Things about myself


  1. I love to ride horses.

  2. I have lived in 2 states.

  3. Autumn is my favorite time of year.

  4. I love gardening, but have to do it in containers.

  5. I like to cook and bake, but not for myself.

  6. I have gone back to school after 25 years.

  7. I use to be a pony breeder.
I would like to pass this award onto the following blogs:

  1. Laurie @ Tip Junkie
  2. Staci @ Crafty It
  3. Aleesha & Spencer @ Ready, Set, Create!!





Friday, May 14, 2010

I got an award

WOW, I was given the Trendy Treehouse Blog Award.




TrendyBlogAward


Nikki over at Kreative Knack gave me this great award. She has an awesome blog. You must check it out. In order for me to accept this award I must pass it on to 10 blogs I follow! This is a tough choice because I know some of you might have already received this award. Well here goes, these are the 10 blogs that I picked for this award.




In no particular order these are my choices.

Pati @ A Crafty Escape
Kimba @ A Soft Place to Land
Bridgette and Rebekah @ All Things Related
Linda @ Coastal Charm
Rose @ Confessions of a curbshopaholic
Brenda @ Deck the Halls of Home with Joy
Fawn @ Frugal Home Designs
Pat @ Junk Blossoms!
Heather @ My Frugal Family
Dotty @ Totally Tutorials

I hope you will all accept this award.

Here’s how the award works



1. To receive this award {Trendy Treehouse} you have to promise to share this with 10 other BLOGS that you think are Trendy too.
2. Post about your award in your blog.
3. List your Top 10 Trendy Blogs.
4. Share with them.
5. Leave a link to the Trendy Blog Button.
6. Tell them they need to give this award out to 10 as well.

Zen Planter

Here is a planter that I made to go with the trio I have on my table.



This was inspired by Ready, Set, Create.



I found a cute ceramic bowl at Michaels on clearence.
Bought 3 things of onion grass
and a bag of rocks at the Dollar Tree.
All I did was trim the grass shorter,
centered them together in the middle of the bowl,
and fill the bowl with the rocks.
Done, cheap and cute deco.

I've been featured here:



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