Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stiffened Doily

So I tried my hand at one of the many doily projects I have seen floating around the Internet, but I have no specific link for mine.
I had a square doily lying around that I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do with it so I thought I would make it into a little "catch-all".

I took my bread pan and put foil on top of it and laid the doily on top of the foil and sponged on some fabric stiffener.
I let that dry for a while and took it off the pan and laid it out on my cabinet


I added more stiffener to the lace edges to get the to stand up perfectly and now I have a pretty little box to throw random junk it...


And there's the finished product holding some of my pretty glitter!
This is super easy to do and turned out well, I highly recommend this if you need to use up some doilies!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Paper Bead Vase

So I finally finished my vase that I was making all my paper beads for that I talked about here.

I used a vase from the Dollar Tree that cost me, you guessed it, $1!
I had the darnedest time trying to get the very first bead to glue to the vase, I tried everything type of craft glue I had, I was about to bust out the Gorilla Glue, when it hit me like a hammer. Glue Gun. DUH! I love my glue gun, I don't know why I didn't use it from the beginning.
So I glued the string of beads, I also added a small clear bead every fifth paper bead, I probably should have done it after every bead, but I didn't think that far ahead.
After I was done gluing I took the blow dryer to it and watched all the little strings of hot glue disappear. (That's the greatest trick, I start on low setting, and then go to high and they all just go away, much easier than trying to pull them all off).
I still need to coat all the beads with a couple of layers of Mod Podge to seal them really well, but I just couldn't wait to show this off!




I think I might stain the top of the vase or maybe just continue my beads all the way to the top. I just don't think it looks quite right as is.
So that being said I went back and beaded to the top.
I still need to get the hot glue strings off(again) and cover it with Mod Podge but I think it turned out well.
I also have some glass tea light holders that I am thinking about doing like this and giving it all to someone as a gift!

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Blog Conference

I see the serious bloggers (you know the ones with sponsors, and blog for a living) always talking about these wonderful conferences. Most of them are not even close to where I reside but I saw one that is coming to Dallas which is only a hop, skip and a car ride away!
It's Bloggy Boot Camp.
I think it would be super fun and would love to attend, plus its on a Saturday and I believe its only $99! Which is WAY cheaper than the other ones I have looked at.
It's not that I want to quit my job and start blogging full time or anything but I would like to get some ideas to grow my blog and how to keep it fresh and entertaining plus its something to go do.

So that being said, Who wants to join me? ROADTRIP! :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Banana Bread

I needed to make a quick desert for a family get together and happened to have 3 overly ripe bananas laying around so of course I made banana bread.
When I get ready to make something I don't already know how to or have an easily accessible recipe on hand I just google it and find one that looks good and easy. So I found this one at Simply Recipes.com

It was super easy and very very tasty, as a matter of fact all my family members took some home with them and it was gone.

I know it says you don't need to use a mixer but I use our Kitchen Aid for everything. So here are all the ingredients minus the flour.
I added the flour as the mixer was mixing. And here we are ready to go into the oven:

And the finished product:

It was really good. It was a little more done on the outside that I would have liked it to be but the inside was delicious! If you are interested here is the recipe I used from the above site.


Banana Bread Recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients
3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour



Method

No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Yield: Makes one loaf.

Hope you enjoy!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Saturday Shopping

So my mom and I have a Saturday afternoon tradition of going shopping around town and Ive decided to show you guys some of my frugal finds. We love to hit all the resale/vintage shops, as well as, TJ Maxx, and Ross, Hobby Lobby and Pier 1. These are the regulars we hit almost every weekend.
Well we had a new resale shop open not too long ago and we went for the first time last Saturday and I ended up with:

a lovely green Ralph Lauren button down for $7 and some super cute Toms wedges for $12!

and a couple of weekends ago I found this lovely Dooney and Burk bag at TJ maxx for $99!
I am usually a Coach gal, but I couldn't pass this lovely one up. It will be perfect for Spring!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chandy


So wonderful husband had the skeleton of what could be a beautiful chandelier in the sun room when I moved in. It looked like this:







And so it stayed until I came around. Now this is a continual work in process. As I find things or purchase items they get added.
So if you notice lately all that has gotten added is dust and some flowers! But I love projects that I can always add neat things too, like this and the my cross wall in the dining room.
So that's a little glimpse into one of my on going works of "art"!

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Corks

I've seen many cork projects on Pinterest lately and I thought I would share one of mine from a few years back.
Plus I was making Paper beads and moving new furniture into wonderful Husband's son's room all weekend so I didn't get a whole lot else accomplished.

Anywho back to the cork.
Wonderful husband had a cork board kit someone had bought him at his house and a rather large supply of corks I might add.  :)

So I went to work, the frame was already put together but could easily be made by hand.
I started on the left side and moved around. I do not recommend that. As you will see in the next finished picture there is space around the corks in the middle. I would recommend starting in the middle and working outwards, that way if corks need to be cut or manipulated you can hide them that in the corners or around the outside. Here is the finished product.

If you look closely you can see what I mean when I say open space, its not totally obvious, but I know its there!
If I were to do something like this again I would use corks from special occasions and label them, as well as work on the placement issue!
But wonderful husband loves it (this post was actually his idea) and that's all that matters (since it hangs in his office and he has to look at it!!)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Chip cake

My friend Kimber gave me a container of the subject cake mix for Christmas.
So last weekend wonderful husband and I decided to make it and some homemade icing to go on top.
So we mixed all the ingredients and here it is ready to go into oven:

and 30-35 minutes later it came out looking like this:

For the icing I found a recipe for vanilla bean butter cream here and substituted the paste for vanilla extract.

Now at my house it works out perfectly, I like more cake, husband likes more frosting. So I made a second batch of icing, (except I ran out of powered sugar and had to used granulated so it was a little grainy)and iced 1/2 the cake over again.

Now we each have a half exactly to our liking.

The cake and the icing separate were wonderful, but together something just didn't mesh. I probably should have used a store bought vanilla/cream flavored icing to go more with the cookies and cream flavor of the cake but lets just say it was good enough as is that it is almost already gone!
I do highly recommend both the cake and the icing, just not together!

Thanks Kimber for the delicious cake mix!

If you are interested in baking the cake I found a similar recipe at Recipe.com

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Painted dog.

So I posted about the paint your own weener dog a while back and I finally got around to doing it this weekend. When I opened it up I saw these paints.
Except three of them where completely dry and in the lids. Well since I am a genius(kidding), I for sure thought they were water based so I added some water and scraped them into the container and closed and waited. Well they are not water based. The paint didnt mix and stay as a huge clump of moist but not paintable paint. So the only colors I had to work with were yellow, black and white. Considering the dog itself was white that was no help.
Soo all that being said here is the finished product:

Yes, he is a Dalmation.
He is a little confused about his orientation.
I proabably will invest in new paint and redo him eventually but for now he will stay a dal-weener.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Paper Beads

After seeing lots of pins on paper beads, I decided I wanted to make some. Looking around I found a great tutorial here and decided to give it a go.
The video explains it so much better than I can, so I suggest watching it for instructions.

Here is my first paper bead ever:
and then here are all I was able to make yesterday:



Here they are dry and in a pretty little jar for safe keeping!
They are easy, but extremely time consuming. First you go through the magazines and look for pretty pages, measure, cut, roll, glue, then coat with Mod Podge three times. Very Very time consuming.But I eventually hope to create something like this I saw on Savedbylovecreations.com. (She is awesome with paper beads, and that is where the youtube tutorial came from too)


So wish me luck because I need to make about 800 more beads!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Craft party

My friend Kimber invited me to a craft party for her Mother in laws friend's birthday.
Did you follow that?
It was at a local scrapbook store here in town and we were told to bring two photos. 2X2 and 1.5X 1.

The only ones I could find that small were of my two deceased dogs, Sophie and Gus.
They had a little craft set with all the pieces in it and we made this:
Its a whole lot cuter in person unfortunately i didn't know what the project was until I got there and my photos don't really match the theme of it, but oh well it was a fun time and they have these little crafts sets, for $5.99, wouldn't they be super cute for gifts!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Boots

I finally got to wear my new Ugg boots I wrote about here.

They came in last week but we were having beautiful weather here in North Texas but today it is sunny but the North wind is crazy cold so I decided to bust them out for the first time.
I realize this maybe the most unflattering picture of my legs and boots ever, but I didn't remember to take a photo at the house so I took this first thing at the office.
What you see is what you get!

I love these boots, they are crazy comfortable and warm! Although I wish there was a little hard material or leather over the top of the toes and foot area, but hey I got them for free so I won't complain!

I also love how they can be cuffed down(like above) uncuffed and worn above the knee (which Ill never do because that is not flattering with my knock knees!) or scrunched down to mid-calve!

I do love to wear skinny jeans or leggings tucked into boots, that being said I'm so ready for summer!
I don't care for the cold weather!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Word of the year.

I've seen lots of blogs picking a "Word of 2012". ( I wish I could remember them so I could link up but oh well).
Anyhow I have decided my word is "Passionate"



According to Merriam-Webster Passionate means:
a : easily aroused to anger
b : filled with anger : angry

2 : capable of, affected by, or expressing intense feeling
b : enthusiastic, ardent

3: swayed by or affected with sexual desire


I am going with #2.


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I need to find my passion.
I love my husband, I love my dogs. I like my job(most of the time), but I don't feel as if I have a passion.

Something I would devote my life to if I didn't have to work.
Wonderful husband asked me the other day if I quit work what would I do. He doesn't want me to sit around and get fat and be miserable (apparently that is what happened to his ex when she didn't work), and while I don't feel as if I would get fat, I really couldn't think of anything that I would do except maybe volunteer at the PETS clinic here in town a few days a week. They offer low cost shots, spaying, neutering etc.
I do love animals. I would love to work with animals but my heart is too soft. I couldn't be at a vets office with the sick and dying animals or at the Humane Society. I couldn't watch the dogs and cats be put down or go see them in the cages, just breaks my heart.

I can tell you what I am not passionate about: exercising, cooking, cleaning etc. I think the women that love working out and exercising are awesome and good for them but that's not me by any means!


So here is my goal:

Find my passion(s).
Be more passionate in my marriage.
Be more passionate in my job.
Be more passionate in my life in general.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

DIY shirt

So I finally got around to trying this that I pinned to Pinterest ages ago. It seems with wonderful husband out of the country I have plenty of time to craft.
So I used an old yellow old navy shirt that I don't really wear anymore just in case I didn't like the way it turned out.
But the exact opposite happened! I love it. I didn't use the textile medium since I'm not sure what that adds I just used regular fabric paint and painted over the doilies. Making sure to get all the holes and nooks and crannies.



** Helpful note. Make sure you paint around the outer edge of the doily. I didn't on the top one and I had to go back and do it after it dried. They look really weird without an outer shell.
 I really liked the little project. Super easy and I think it turned out nicely. I'll definitely be trying it with a shirt I actually wear very soon!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Finished project.

I finally finished my two crosses. The first I knew I had to completely cover one of the Styrofoam crosses due to This, so I used the same idea from my Christmas tree on my mantel and cut tissue paper in 2x2 squares and glued on with a pencil end.






Didn't take too long. And I like how you can actually see a little bit of the brown through the paper.

The second I did the twine covered from here and liked how it turned out too.


Work in progress

and the finished product.

 I should have made the cross over the same number of twine wraps but oh well. I think they turned out nice. Next I think I'll buy a wood cross and decoupage it with some petty paper.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Bad and the Ugly

Ive seen a couple of blogs claiming crafters only post the good. Not the bad or the ugly so I am going to change that.

Here is what a Styrofoam cross looks like after you buy what you think is twine and turns out to be skinny hemp so you pull it off after hot gluing. Then you try to Mod Podge scrapbook paper on it and it doesn't stick so you peel that off. Oh wait I'm not done. Notice the little pieces of moss that I tried to glue on and didn't like that look either so it got scraped off as well!


It actually looks worse in person that it does in the picture!
Crafting is not always pretty.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

My 2012


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I am not the kind of person that makes Resolutions due to the fact hardly anyone keeps them, myself included. That being said there are a few things I would like to work on in the next year:

1. Get all of my glass and supplies out of the garage and organized so I can get back to mosaics. I love mosaics. There is something about taking these small pieces of mix matched sizes, colors etc and putting them together to form a picture that I really enjoy, along that same train of thought, keep crafting and keep blogging. I really enjoy the crafting I have been doing and sharing it on here. Not sure how many people actually read this but it gives me an outlet of sorts that I enjoy.

2. Stop worrying and stressing about our house. Yes it always in disrepair it seems but we are slowly making progress and I know that 2 years from April it will go on the market and we will find one that suits both of us perfectly. I am thankful he is pretty much open to all my ideas on remodel except painting over any of the wooden kitchen cabinets!

3. The ever so popular lose weight. There are 5-7 pounds I could stand to lose but I won't kill myself trying. You only live once and I am going to enjoy it. I did get on the Wii fit for the first time in 688 days (that made me feel horrible when it showed me that) and my wii age was 27.

4. Stop worrying about the baby thing. I'm only 29. It's okay if I am not sure if I want one yet. Wonderful husband does not but once again you only live once. I've given myself until 30 Tom contemplate and I've been praying for some resolution to this and I hope it comes.

5. Last but not least finally make a dent in my stack of books.

Which actually just got another one added to it. I love my Ipad with Ibooks and Kindle apps but there is something about actually  holding a book in your hands that is hard to beat.


 I am pretty sure all of these are attainable. This is nothing here that I shouldn't be able to do right? So what are everyone else's non-resolutions for this year?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Shopping

My mom and I go shopping around town about every weekend. Almost every Saturday we meet up and hit some stores, eat lunch, and then she comes over and visits with me and her Gran-dogs.

I love it when I find deals, but especially when I find Dachshund related deals like these:



I saw these pictures at Ross for $11 for a piece! Love them!

This is one of those Hot Diggity Dog Dachshund figurines. I already own a couple but this one you paint yourself! I am super excited!
When I get it done Ill make sure to post my finished project.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Gifts

Its always nice to have crafty and giving friends.
My friend Jenni for example.
I asked her to dry out my wedding bouquet for me and she gave me this for my birthday!
And then for Christmas she made me this lovely wreath which now resides in the green room.

A big thank you to Mrs. Jenni Tate. Not only for the lovely gifts, but for being my Matron of Honor in my wedding and my lifelong friend!

Monday, January 2, 2012

One year


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Since I quit smoking!
It has saved me over $2000! Not sure where the money went but not to cigarettes!

I seriously owe this accomplishment to Chantix
I know it doesn't work for everyone, some people have weird dreams etc on it, but it worked great for me!  I highly recommend for anyone looking into quitting to check it out.
It does require a Doctor's prescription and it it cost me around $300 for two months (with an option for a refill that I didn't need)

It works like this:
Start taking the pills and continue to smoke for one week. Stop smoking.
Continue taking pills.
There is also a help line you can call if you need it, they will call and check in with you if you desire and there is a website that sends you emails once a day for the first month(or so) and then weekly for a whole year. It takes about 5 minutes a day.
I found it extremely helpful, even though I didn't do the "projects" it suggests, just reading over the information was worthwhile to me.

I hope this helps anyone who is considering quitting to make that leap and start trying!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New beginning to a new year.

I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe New Years eve. It was calm around the Moran household. We tend to stay home and relax, not really into the bar scene or the crowds and smoke anymore. So I was actually in bed at midnight. :) I am very thankful for my readers and the people who stop by my little corner of the blog world and I hope you all have a wonderful 2012. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad