Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer time Wreaths

I just love having something that is welcoming  hanging on my front door. I have done everything from bows at Christmas, to a felt Easter bunny head at Easter.
I think wreaths are still my favorite "homey" look. They just add a touch of  class and give off such a welcoming feel to the front porch.

I really want to make a new summer wreath, but I'm undecided on which one I want. So I have compiled 5 of my favorites from PINTEREST

Felt Patriotic Wreath - LOVE this one!! - Courtesy of Capital B

Paper Umbrella Wreath - SO FUN!! and tropical. Pretty easy too ! - Courtesy of Family Chic

Paper Pinwheel Wreath - So whimsical and fun! - Courtesy of Capital B

FipFlops Wreath - VERY summer!! - no original source for this one, Please let me know if you are the owner/creator of this fabulous wreath so I can give credit where it is due.

Glass Float Summer Wreath - Gorgeous and classy! - Courtesy of  Sand & Sisal

I am not sure which one I will choose!! They are all so fabulous in their own way. I will keep you posted on my choice. Which one would you choose?

If you are looking to pin any of the projects on this page individually please pin from the source.

Happy Crafting!!

Ibotta Savings App!!

Have you heard all the buzz lately for IBOTTA?
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It's quick, easy and best of all you get rebates on things you are already buying.

They give you $2 just for signing up and $5 for every friend you refer.
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Kings Hawaiian Bread - copycat recipe

Have you ever had Kings Hawaiian bread? If you have you know how wonderfully delicious it is!! And how addicting and not to mention a little on the pricey side it is also.
I stumbled across this copy cat recipe a few years back, and thoroughly enjoy making it for the family.
I have made it in a loaf pan, as dinner rolls and as a braided loaf as seen in the picture above. Of course its delicious no matter what the shape of it is.

1 C  water
½ C sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp salt
1 Tbls butter
3 1/3 C bread flour (I've used regular flour, and it came out the same for me)
2 tsp yeast
Put ingredients in bread machine and set for dough cycle. (I didn't have a bread machine when I made mine so I used a regular stand mixer) When complete, remove and separate into three sections. Roll each out like snakes and mesh ends together. Braid and press ends together. Place in baking dish and allow to rise for 25-30 minutes.

 (TIP: before braiding your bread, heat your oven to 175 degrees and then turn it off. Put your braided bread in the warmed oven to rise.) Brush melted butter on top after rising. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, until the top is golden brown. 

For dinner rolls separate into 12 - 24  pieces. roll gently in your hands tucking the edges under to make a smooth ball.

Easy DIY Fabric Flowers

 Looking for an easy craft to add some personality to your clothes, bag, how about your hair?
It doesnt get much easier than these cute little fabric flowers. No sewing machine needed! That makes it even better in my opinion. The easier the better. 
Choose your favorite fabric and something cute for the center. A button, or a gem if you really want to get fancy. I also saw these flowers made from a burlap type fabric, and it had a cork circle for the center (looked like it was cut from a wine cork. Super "natural" looking and so cute! 
Use your imagination and let your creativity go wild. 

Fabric - 1 to 3 colors (your choice)
matching thread
center embellishment 
hot glue or tacky glue

Instructions: (step by step photos to be added soon)
Cut six 3"x3" squares from your favorite fabric.
Fold into a triangle shape, wrongs sides together (you can press the triangles with your iron to make a cleaner looking petal).
Stitch a loose gathering stitch around the open edge of the triangle - both edges.
Pull your thread gently to gather the fabric into a petal shape. DO NOT TIE OFF
Attach the next petal to the first and then stitch around the triangle edges and gather again.  Repeat this until you have 6 petals.
Once you've finished gathering all your petals attach the last petal to the first petal to form the flower.
Add a button or a gem to the center with a little hot glue or tacky glue, and your adorable fabric flower is complete!

I also found some small hair clip pieces at Michaels and added that to the back to make a sweet little hair bow. If you are a seamstress, you could have hair clip to match every outfit for your little girl.

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Have fun! Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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I know it's only June, But the holidays are going to be here before we know it!

And let's face it, sometimes we just need to buy a gift instead of make one. (the horror!)

At Things Remembered, you can personalize so many things. It really does add that special little extra something to the gifts you give.

Take a look at the Clearance offers from Things Remembered! And get your shopping started early!

McDonald's Shamrock Shake - copycat recipe

*I'm working on getting a better camera for my shots! This photo does not do any justice to the sweet mint green treat!*

St. Patrick's day has come and gone this year. Which also means so has the frosty deliciousness of the Shamrock Shake! We are big fans of the creamy chilled concoction in my house, so we like to make them all year long.
I stumbled across this recipe years ago online, but I had to tweak it just a little to satisfy our tastes and bring it just a little closer to tasting like the real thing.

  • 2 cups good vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/4 cups milk (We use 2%)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • 8 drops green food coloring (optional)
  • Whipped Cream (optional) 
Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into cups and top with whipped cream.
Makes 2 - 4 servings

This past St. Patricks day the hubby and I decided to stop and get a real one from Mcd's while we were out and about. I was not impressed. I think they changed their recipe somehow. The mint flavor was so strong it was over powering. And there was green streaks all through out. Maybe we got a bad batch, I am not sure. But, I will stick to making them at home the way we all love. At least this way I know exactly what's going in it, and can make it as strong or as weak as we like.

An Adult Twist: Omit the mint extract from the recipe, and replace it with 1 - 2 shots of peppermint schnapps! Yummmmy! :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Time for a give away!!

Ok folks .... It's time to start promoting our tiny little spot on the web!!

What better way then to host a sweet little give away to get your DIY plans started!
Starting July 1st  DDL will be up and running full force! We are trying to get as many "pre fans" as we can before we go live!

We are giving away a $25 gift card to one of these stores (winners choice) 

-Home depot
-Hobby Lobby

Entering this drawing is very simple ! You can earn 1 entry for each of the following tasks. Do as many or as little as you like. The more you do the more entries you will have. And will better your chances of winning!!
1. LIKE us on Facebook HERE
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4. RETWEET this contest on your own Twitter
5. COMMENT on this blog post below

Good Luck to everyone!! I'm very excited to see how far this can go!

DIY Paper flowers

The picture does not do these beautiful flowers any justice! I never would have imagined that these would be as pretty as they were from just paper coffee filters and some craft paint.
They were super easy to put together, and for very little money you can make them into a nice center piece as seen above ... or even gather enough of them without the skewer stems and make a lovely wreath for the front door. Endless possibilities 

Supplies you will need:
coffee filters
craft paint
wooden skewers (if making a bouquet)
floral tape (if making a bouquet)

You will need 6 coffee filters for each flower. Take each one and crumple it up into a ball. (the more you crumple it the more realistic the petals become) Undo the crumpled ball so the filter lays flat. Stack all 6 filters on top of each other and fold them in half. Using your scissors trim around the edge to make a scalloped edge as shown in the photo.
Once the edges are scalloped fold the already folded stack in half twice to make a skinny triangle. Staple the botton about a half inch up just to secure the paper in place.
 Starting with the outside layer gently pull the paper outward to start forming your petals. Repeat this  to all the layers until you have a nice fluffy flower.  

Once your flower has the fluff factor its time to add in some color! Choose whatever color you want the petals to be  and add a generous amount on a paper plate. Your going to want to dilute the paint with lots of water so it is very thin (craft paint alone is just way to thick for this thin paper to hold well) 
When I first colored the flower, I was painting each layer individually and the color was pretty bold. After a few flowers I got impatient and wanted to move it along faster. I took the paint brush and just started dabbing the watered down paint along the tips of the flower. This worked pretty well actually the coffee filters soaked the paint and pulled it into the petals all on its own. Less time to color them and I really liked the look so much better. Was  a bit more natural .. kind of like the veins in a flower petal.

And there you have it! A lovely paper flower, for for any decoration needs! I would love to see a wreath made with these, if anyone feels inspired! That might be  my next project when I need something pretty and creative to do!! 
Let me know if you decide to make some of these, and how they come out! Can't wait to see all the fun beautiful flowers!! 

Happy Crafting!!

DIY photo mirror

Want a creative personalized way to show off the ones that you love?
Why not create your very own photo mirror to display those wonderful snap shots! 
It's very simple, customizable, and best of all very affordable!
Using dollar store items and a little craft paint, you can make this one of a kind beauty...Lets get started!

1. Mirror w/frame (I have seen square and round mirrors at the dollar store...use what ever you like the best)
2. Wooden clothes pins
3. Craft paint in your favorite colors (One color for the base color and as many accent colors you choose)
4. Paint brush(es)
5. Glue gun and glue sticks
6. Your favorite photos
Paint your wooden clothes pins with your main color all over. Don't forget the insides as well...having the raw wood show kind of throws off the look. 
Once your main color is dry start adding your accent color(s) 
I added just a small stripe on the tips and in one of the grooves on the end of the clothes pin. Let that dry completely.
If the mirror you choose has a different color frame from your color scheme..go ahead and paint it now..Just be sure to let it dry fully before going on to the next step
Time to glue....I used 15 pins around my square mirror. Just make sure they are spaced evenly for a finished look. Glue down your pins with just a dot of hot glue. If you use to much it will glob over the sides and look tacky (haha ...tacky...glue...get it! ...never mind :) .
And that's it! Voila! Your very own customized photo mirror.