Saturday, December 31, 2011

The cross wall




As promised. I love that it always looks like its finished but I can always add more!! The table top with decanter etc is currently a work in progress. Not sure what I want to do with that quite yet. Please disregard the glare from the light! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Friday, December 30, 2011

My Lola

Is a momma's girl. Nothing makes me happier than a dog(or a few) in my lap!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Crosses (updated)

I saw these Styrofoam crosses at Hobby Lobby and just knew I had to have them.
Because I, like so many others, have a wall of mix/match crosses behind my dining room table(with the chairs that still need to be redone).
Which reminds me I should take a picture and show the wall and the chairs, but anyway.
I just knew I could do something with these and add them to the collection.
I found some inspiration here for one of them, but the other one I'm not sure.

I've debated using the Mod Podge glitter method (mixing mod podge with glitter and painting on)but I'm not sure how that would hold up on the foam, I thought maybe Mod Podge fabric or paper on it, but I really want to do something different and unique. I tried using some river rocks I already have but...

I think it would be too heavy and it just wasn't the look I wanted even though I would have painted the cross brown first so blend in more with the rocks...
So I am open to ideas.

If you have any please share!


So I posted on Styrocrafts facebook page asking them what to do and here is the response:


Me: So I bought two Styrofoam crosses and not sure what to do to them beside wrapping in twine or ribbon. Any ideas??



Them: StyroCrafts We do have ideas for you, Carla:

 ‎1. Paint them with an acrylic craft paint

 ‎2. Decoupage them using tissue paper or scrapbook paper and Mod Podge (there are so many pretty papers to choose from!)

3.Cover with flowers -- trim stems of silk flowers to about 1" long, and then glue and insert the flower stems into the foam crosses.

‎4. Cover with ribbon loops -- cut ribbon into 2" lengths (about), form a loop and wire the loop to a wood pick. Insert the pick into the foam cross.

 Me: Carla Moran Thank you sooo much! Those are great! I appreciate it!



So now I just have to decide!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

So I saw this recipe on Pinterest and knew it would be perfect for my families Christmas eve get together.
And they were DELICIOUS!
I highly recommend these cookies!

Wonderful husband even said this is one cookie that the baked product tastes better than the uncooked dough/batter (whatever you call a raw cookie!)



There are a couple of pictures, they were super easy to make. But apparently my finger smudged the camera lens on my phone! Oops!
And I forgot to take a picture of the done product. Oops again!

No one had a bad thing to say about them, and most of my family said they ate way too many because they were sooooo good!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I won!!

Alicia over at Dismount Creative had a drawing for a pair of Ugg boots up to a $400 value and I WON!
I'm soooo excited!
Its funny because I actually don't own a pair of Ugg boots!
I bought my mom a pair for Christmas a few years back and actually bought her a care kit and the matching earmuffs for Christmas this year!
And she got me the pink slippers that I have been wearing non-stop since I opened them Christmas. OK I am not wearing them now, but when I am at home I never take them off. They are so warm and comfortable! So I am super excited to add a pair of boots, because I am sure they will be just as wonderful!
I cant decide between two pairs:traditional or funky. I love them both!

Big Big thank you to Dismount Creative for hosting, and to Ugg for the boots!

You should check out her page/blog! She has awesome ideas, I just love it!

Does my mom know me or what?

She wrapped all my gifts in this:


Dog themed Christmas Paper with a flying Santa Dachshund no less!  :)
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I'm super excited about the New Year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My newest project.

Is this little guy, I got him from my grandpa the other day. I'm pretty sure he used to hold a flatware set but he is going to hold some of my crafting supplies. I can't wait to paint/decoupage/do whatever else I can think of to snaz him up and make him pretty.
The only think I don't like is the pulls/knobs cannot not be taken off or replaced. BOO!
I am totally open for ideas on how/what to do to my newest toy so please any suggestions would be great!






PS if you look closely in picture 1 and 2 you can see the horrible dining room chairs I want to redo, but that's a whole other post!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Finally

I'm excited to show you the easy gifts I made for my 3 close girlfriends. Homemade peppermint scrub I found here and Homemade cinnamon butter that I originally found here.
The scrub was super easy to make and smelled great. The cinnamon butter recipe didn't quite taste right to me, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't was I was looking for so I ended up going with this. It was super delicious.
The recipe reminded me of the movie Steel Magnolias. When Dolly Parton is telling the girls the recipe "a cup, a cup, a cup." haha.
So cue in some $2 jars from Hobby lobby, some scrapbook paper, mod podge, cellophane and some ribbon and you get this.


Jenni's present got the bag, due to the picture frame and picture I gave her from my wedding.
I highly recommend these projects. Very easy, and very good!

Friday, December 16, 2011

A nice surprise

I've kind of been lacking in the Christmas spirit this last week due to some major plan changes for Christmas and New Years (that we were not made aware of until after the fact, UGH nothing is more frustrating) so my wonderful husband surprised me today and had this delivered as an "Early" Merry Christmas present.
I'm a lucky girl!


Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

This is what happens

When a shatter-proof ornament falls off the tree in the middle of the night.
Oh well. Gives me an excuse to make some next year to replace it!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Crafting after Christmas

I was discussing with wonderful husband last night about what to do after Christmas? Obviously Christmas crafts are everywhere right now, but what do you do afterward? I am not the type of girl who decorates the house for every holiday, we will have no Valentines decor, or News years crafts. So the question is what do you do?
Well my next focus will be the house. We worked on the house like crazy for a couple of years and then all the time and effort (and funds) went towards the wedding, which reminds me I should upload a few pictures of that, it was beautiful!
Any who, I want to start with the dining room table I purchased but I need ideas. I love the table with the pedestal bottom but the chairs leave a little to be desired. I will get pictures of them and hopefully some of you readers can leave me ideas on what to do!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Gifts

I am currently working on my friends Christmas gifts. I hope to finish them tonight so I will be able to post some pictures and links this week along with my review of the projects!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Art Schmart

Last night a few of my friends and I went to an art class and painted a Matisse "inspired" flower painting.





Mine:




Original:
I'm definitely inspired to not quit my day job!




Wednesday, December 7, 2011

When I left home yesterday morning

There were three newly wrapped gifts under our real tree, and the tree skirt was on it covering the plastic.
When I got home from work yesterday.

The tree skirt was in the middle of the floor with a gift tag and there was a partially unwrapped gift, in case you were wondering  no we have no children. This is from our dogs! The gift is not food or anything that even smells good! Dang dogs.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Homemade Christmas Cookies

This cookies are super easy to make but a little time consuming. This recipe is passed down from generation to generation on my mom's side and we are now getting back in the habit of making them every year, oh any they are SUPER Delicious and its something that is fun for adults and children!
PS This makes one batch, I usually double up on everything and make 2 batches.
Day 1:
You will need: wax paper, rolling pin, flour
Ingredients: for light cookies: 1 egg,1/3 cup of sugar, 2/3 cup of honey, 1/3 cup of melted shortening, 2 3/4 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

For dark cookies: substitute molasses for honey, brown sugar for the white sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 teaspoon ginger for the vanilla.

1. Beat egg well.
2. Blend in sugar, honey, melted shorting.
3. Mix together dry ingredients and blend into honey mixture.
Cover and put in fridge. The recipe says one hour, but we leave it there overnight for good measure.

For the icing you will need: food coloring, powered sugar, half and half and a drop of vanilla per color.

Day 2

1.Lay wax paper down on counter top and cover with flour, cover rolling pin in flour ( and keep doing this as needed to help dough to roll out)
2. Roll dough into balls and use rolling pin to roll out. Cut with cookie cutters. We use old Christmas cutters from my grandma as well as a dachshund shape, and dog bone shape that are new! :)
3. Bake 8-10 minutes at 375' on greased cookie sheet.
We roll and cut and bake, put them on cooling rack and then fill the pan back up. the 8-10 minutes give you just enough time to get more rolled and cut.
4. Let cookies cool. We let them cool and then put in container until the next day.

Day 3
1. Mix the half and half with powered sugar until you get a good icing consistency, add more of either until just right. Add desired food coloring and one or two drops of vanilla. We do all 4 colors and leave one white.

After icing but before they dry add embellishments. We use sprinkles, red hots and cookie/cake decor we can find

and TADA!
Delicious homemade Christmas Cookies. Now my decorating skills leave a bit to be imagined. SO don't judge!



Hope you enjoy!

Birthday Ornaments

So my Friend Kimber's birthday is today and I can finally show you what I made her.
I took a 4 pack of the plain, clear glass ornaments and first sprayed painted them with glitter spray. Didn't work out quite like a wanted them to. I ended up spraying them 4 or five times and you can still just barely see them purple glitter, I would highly recommend using some sort of method of putting the glitter and rolling it around on the inside. But anyway, I then hot glued peacock feathers to the top on the inside. Kimber loves anything peacock. Her wedding colors were brown and turquoise with peacock feathers everywhere, it was beautiful and when she told me she wanted to do her Christmas tree like that I knew what I had to make her.

So here is the finished product, very simple and elegant and when the Christmas lights hit them just right they really sparkle!

I thought I was being all crafty and came up with this on my own but then a few days ago I saw this on pinterest. Oh well, mine is not exactly the same!

Monday, December 5, 2011

The last Christmas Mantel Post

So I finally finished my Christmas Fireplace Mantel for 2011.
First I worked on the pine cone Styrofoam tree I mentioned last week that I got from here.
One piece of advice, use the realistic pine cones. As you will see the bottom two rows are from pine cones bought at Michael's, and they just didn't work. I went to Market Street and bought some more and I am not sure what the difference was but they obviously look better as you can see.Bottom of the tree

Top of the tree

and the completed tree.

Luckily this one sits in the back of the mantel so you cant see the last two ugly looking rows.

I also used three different links (ideas) for some Foil NOEL letters.
They are here, here, and here.
I haven't glued or nailed mine together yet, but probably will do something like that for next year. I didn't take any "in process" pictures because its just tin foil Mod Podged on to the cardboard letters I got at Hobby Lobby.  

So here is my 2011 Christmas Mantel.
My husband and I are really happy with it and I hope it gives you some ideas of what to do, (or not to do!) I also included a suede weenie dog, and some snowglobes I already had.
Have a great day!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Copper

So here's how it started, I wanted a copper topped table.

Image via
So we searched for copper, and by searched I mean we went to my husbands (then just my new boyfriend) parent's shop and found two huge copper sheets, one thin and one thick.
And then we searched for a company to roll it out and ding it since neither was big enough to cover our table top. No dice. None, Whatsoever. NO one we found could handle copper since apparently it is not an easy metal to thin out? Who knew.

So no copper table top. Boo.
But, we still wanted to use the copper so we decided to make something to go over our fireplace with the smaller thinner sheet.

Obviously this was made for his house since at the time we were not married, nor even engaged. But it was actually quite simple to make.
We stenciled on the letters, then wonderful husband used a plasma cutter to cut them out. We sanded around the inside edges just a little and the top a little to give it a weathered look.
Next I stained some wood baseboards and we cut and screwed them to the back, that way I can change them out if I want a lighter wood color or a totally different colored frame etc.
WE then hung with some heavy heavy duty wire above the fireplace where it resides. The awesome thing about copper is the longer you have it the more oxidized it will become and still look awesome. We did this about three years ago and it has not changed at all but I'm hopeful, but I love it just like it is.
Obviously these pictures are not on the fireplace but I took it down to hang a wreath for Christmas so I thought I would share this little project.
Unfortunately if you don't have copper or a plasma cutter available this could become a pretty expensive DIY project but in my opinion it is very worthwhile for a one of a kind conversation piece.

And once again sorry for the poor picture quality, I will be investing in a new iphone ASAP with flash which should help, or I could just go find my digital camera I guess!  :)