Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Mod Podge Rocks. I've been in the small project mood lately. Sometimes you just need instant gratification! I've also been thinking a lot about gifts lately - I think because so many of my pals have summer birthdays. I love making gifts and I love personalizing, so this was a natural fit. It's sort of a mixed media plaque, sort of an experiment, because I think my friend would like it. I encourage you to play, too. Here's how I made this.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
They taste similar to the Tagalong cookies that you'd buy from Girl Scouts, which I still recommend you do for the kiddos. But, when you run out, these are a great alternative and they don't cost nearly as much.
Beware: You can't eat just one.
If you are interested in testing out the sweet little cracker sandwich cookies, you only need a few materials and a few simple ingredients:
Chocolate Brick (to melt)
Crackers (I use Ritz)
Spread your peanut butter onto a cracker. Top it off with another cracker to form your sandwich. Make several in advance.
Melt a large chunk of chocolate in a small bowl. Dip your entire cracker sandwich into the melted chocolate, until it is completely covered. Place your covered cookies onto a sheet of tin foil. Fill the foil and then place it in your refrigerator to harden.
Serve and enjoy the compliments. It seems crazy that such a simple treat could be so tasty. My mother made a batch last time I was home. She sent four cookies back home with me and they were gone in one day.
Monday, July 4, 2011
The creative minds at Family Fun have come up with a patriotic pop. You might even have these ingredients and materials around the house. You can find the list of ingredients, materials, and a video tutorial here. While these are easy to make, the freezing time will draw out the preparation a bit. Put the kids to work. They should be able to help you with this dish. Stay cool with your patriotic pops and have fun celebrating the ole' red, white, and blue today.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Recently I was in New York City and took some time out for a little sight seeing between meetings. I took my Blythe Doll "Watermelon Sherbet" and wanted to snap some pictures of her in the big city. Imagine my excitement when I saw the "Naked Cowboy". Crafty Cat says he's an American institution. He certainly is an American attraction. He was so nice and when I pulled out my doll for a picture, he was more than willing to pose! Sometimes you just gotta get the picture and I did! I was so excited. To see more pictures from my recent trip to NYC click on our flickr page!
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
As you get ready for the 4th of July holiday, we're sharing a couple of ideas that will wow your guests or your host. Even if you aren't a fan of coconut, this dish would no doubt inspire a smile and some conversation. You can find all the directions here, on the family fun site. Bravo to the person who came up with this idea. Anyone who can get crafty with food is talented in my book.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Our Independence Day celebration generally involves a BBQ, perhaps strawberry shortcake, and several cold dishes brought by my aunts. This patriotic piece of cake would knock my family's red, white, and blue socks off.
I can appreciate an interesting artist in the blog world. So, I was thrilled when I stumbled upon 17andbaking.com. When I was 17, I was featured in the high school play. This young lady, now 19 years old, is being featured in national magazines.
I think this adorable cake is a great idea and deserves more attention. You can find out how to make it here. This teenager may make you feel a bit inadequate. Hopefully, she'll also inspire you to do something you love.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Such a simple idea. In less than an hour, I trimmed four shades and gave my room a fresh look for the summer. If you want to change the ribbon down the road, you can!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Mom loves these little figurines. There are boys fishing, kids cuddling, and animals lounging throughout the yard. She certainly doesn't need more. Yet, my mother can't avoid buying them. I think part of the appeal is that she has turned this yard decoration into a craft project. We all know how therapeutic it feels to paint something pretty. Many people like the "stone" appearance. My mother prefers to add color. The results compliment the varied hues throughout the garden. If you've had one of these around for years, consider giving it new life with paint. You may need to touch up the colors eventually. Perform a makeover every few years. Give your girl a new hair color and a brighter dress. If you see a woman in the lawn section of the store with a cart full of these, she is probably my mother.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
This can be filed under the most clever creations I've ever seen from my friends at Captured Moments in Rotterdam, NY. This is a flip book for pictures, made out of two PAPER BAGS!! Who comes up with something like this? Tara and Tiffany are so creative.
The crazy thing is...this is so simple to make. You start by stamping the edges of your paper bags. Layer two bags on top of each other, facing opposite directions. Fold them in half. Punch three holes in the fold and tie them together with ribbon.
You'll want to cut blocks of designed paper for each page of the book. Another thing I love about Tara and Tiffany is that they are not afraid to use bold patterns and mix them together. Ink your edges. You can place photos or notes on these pages. The girls chose to use titles to inspire a theme for your pictures.
The bottom of your bag with half a fold. You can use that for something fun and unique...a clever pocket. If you prefer to cover it, simply glue the fold closed and adhere your patterned paper over the top of the fold.
The tops of the bags offer pockets for pull-out pictures. Throw a block of patterned paper inside and attach some fiber to the edge to give your book some texture. This makes the book interactive...some pages flip, others pull out.
Embellish your cover and enjoy. I think I had more fun with this project than any of the other make-n-takes I've brought home. Mostly, I was impressed by the originality of the idea. You can find more work by Tara and Tiffany at www.capturedmomentstore.com