Thursday, October 08, 2015
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
here later, and the last project tomorrow on my blog)...this one will be tough to share the finished product b/c short of bringing a black light or sticking around until the evening news....you just have to trust me that it works, but look....
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
I made this little pumpkin at the request of one of the GMT producers. She saw one of these last year at a craft show and fell in love. I'll be sharing this and a few more pumpkin crafts on Thursday on the show, but in the meantime, here is a sneak peak.
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Friday, October 02, 2015
Another friend of mine brought me about 50 old baby jars she had in her attic. I painting the lids with a dark orange (Americana-Paprika). It took about two coats, but no other special paints to get it to adhere to the lids (I wasn't sure..so in case you have that question). I let that layer dry and then painted a face with black paint. After THAT dried I took a thing white brush and outlined them a little (not fully). I then took a paint brush and white paint and 'flicked' some paint on the lids. This is probably my favorite finish-it just looks flat to me without those little flecks.
I added a clear gloss on top so it wouldn't scratch and then some twine I got at the dollar tree.
I'm sharing this tip b/c I spend a small fortune on ribbon...and seriously...a buck for three? I didn't even put a dent in one and it makes a nice finish.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
I mailed this for less than two bucks....I give my cousin's kiddos lots to talk about around the dinner table. I was informed that spiders weren't technically bugs, but....I think I'm allowed to take creative license when it comes to the aesthetic affect I'm going for....and the spider rings were fun colors that popped around the container...so....his kids can just be confused a few more years....
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
Instructions: Combine caramels and cream in a small pan over low heat. Stir until it is completely smooth and then set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and soda. Pat half of the oatmeal mix into the bottom of an 8x8 greased pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Pour caramel mix over chocolate chips. Crumble the rest of the oatmeal mix over the caramel mix. Return to the oven and bake for 18 minute (until the edges are lightly browned). Remove and cool before cutting.
*You can use caramel sauce instead of the Carmel and cream mix-use 1 1/4 c of sauce.
Friday, September 25, 2015
crow pattern. There are a lot of things I'm pretty mediocre at, but when it comes to free form cutting....it's a weird skill I excel at....I drew a pattern of this bird before I sewed him together. I added a button eye and a scrap for his scarf...b/c crows wear scarves. You could also paint his beak, but....I didn't have my paints, and I didn't have my motivation when I got home! I used some primitive-ish looking fabric I got at JoAnne's.
For the pumpkin I cut out a rectangle, sewed three sides, stuffed, and then put a stick in the middle and gathered the top. I wired on some Spanish moss to a grapevine wreath and then glued these guys down and added a bow.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Ingredients for the Pasta: 1 lb tortellini, 1 red onion (thinly sliced), 1 pkg cherry tomatoes (halved), 1 cucumber (sliced thin), 4 oz feta cheese
Ingredients for the Dressing: 1/3 red wine vinegar, 2 lemon juice, 1 t sugar, 2 t oregano (dried), 1/2 t red pepper flakes, 1/2 c. olive oil, salt and pepper (to taste)
1. Prepare tortellini according to package instructions.
2. Toss together the vegetables, feta and pasta.
3. Whisk together dressing ingredients and pour over pasta. Toss. Serve at room temperature or chill and serve.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
last week. I've been using my search engine to find more primitive/vintage pictures and creating a whole dictionary collection. Here's Halloween dictionary picture #2. I found some black frames at the dollar store and instead of a second piece of glass, I used a clear sheet of laminating.
Monday, September 21, 2015
It was a relaxing weekend. I've written about Galveston a few dozen times, but....I'm sure I've got a few dozen more in me before it gets old, and I love that I still get to discover new things in familiar places.