Camera Case Giveaway and Inspiring Creativity Wednesdays {1}

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I began blogging to share ideas and projects with others. I love to inspire creativity! I {heart} a great giveaway and am addicted to Link Parties! Now I have combined both!

Welcome to Inspiring Creativity, Wednesdays at Dragonfly Designs!

I first spotted these over at I Am Along For The Ride. I'm always tossing my poor Canon into my purse/diaper bag/junk drawer and thought that it could use some protection!

I added a velcro closure to my version.

You can find a fabulous tutorial here at A Pretty Cool Life.

Here's the giveaway! One of these fabulous Camera Cases could be yours!

Two ways to enter:
1. Become a follower and comment on this post that you're following Dragonfly Designs
2. Link to this party
It's that easy!!!!

A winner will be announced July 14th.

The guidelines:
1. All projects, parties and inspiration welcome.
2. Please no links to Etsy or online shops.
3. Link to your specific post.
4. Please grab my button so that others can get in on the action!

Dragonfly Designs

5. We all love comments, please try to comment on at least two other posts.

I can't wait to see your projects! Here we go...

Pink Lemonade Baby Shower

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What a perfect day! I had a blast planning this Pink Lemonade Baby Shower for 6 week old Alyssa and her Mommy. Check out the eye candy:

Tissue Paper Poms

The tablescape
wish I'd ironed the tablecloth :P

The banner
can no longer live without my Cricut ;)

The ubiquitous Pink Lemonade...

with lemons! :P


Remember these fab sugar cookies from here?

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes...
Find the recipe here.

Lemon Meringue Tarts... yummo!
Recipe found here.

Party Favour I
Contained handmade gift cards
Get your FREE printables here.

Party Favour II
Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub
Find the recipe here.

Thanks for checking it out! Linking to these fab parties!

Come back tomorrow for an amazing giveaway and Linky Party!

Lemon Meringue Tart Recipe

Monday, June 28, 2010

Oh... My... Gosh!!!!
You have got to try these!

I made these yummy Lemon Meringue Tarts for my Pink Lemonade Baby Shower.

 Yummy right?!

My Grandmas pastry recipe.
It's deliciously cherished:
2/3 c margarine
1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
Combine all ingredients well.

Press the dough into your mini muffin tin as shown.

Drop dollops of lemon filling into shells.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 mins.

Make your meringue. I used a trusty recipe from my Red Rose cookbook.

Bake for 6-8 mins at 400 degrees until meringue is browned.


Pink Lemonade Party Favours II

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I found this great recipe for Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub over at Under the Table and Dreaming. The perfect addition to my Pink Lemonade Baby Shower!

I had intended to put these in the party favour bags that I made here.....

but they are just too pretty to wrap up!

I used a bunch of my CTMH letter stamps and distressing ink to create the tags.

I LOVE them! I hope that the guests do too!

Linking to these fab parties!

Sneek Peek - Pink Lemonade Party Labels

Friday, June 25, 2010

It's here! The weekend of baby Alyssa's Shower! I'm busy putting together the final details but here is a sneek peek of my water bottle labels.. you can get your own for FREE! Just go here!

Check back soon for more party goodies!

Baked Beef and Spinach Cannelloni

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Baked Beef and Spinach Cannelloni

Doesn't this look delish?
The goods:
1 onion, diced
500g lean ground beef
2 minced garlic cloves
1 red pepper, diced
4 med tomatoes, diced
2 tsp Italian seasoning
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1/2 c beef stock
150g frozen spinach
24 cannelloni tubes
1 Tbsp margarine
1 1/2 Tbsp flour
2 c skim milk
100 g shredded light mozzarella cheese

Spray a large pan with cooking spray. Saute onion and garlic until opaque (on medium heat).

Add beef and brown.

Add pepper, tomatoes, paste, beef broth and seasoning. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small pan melt the margarine (on med heat).

Add flower to margarine and whisk together to form... I don't know what to call them so... just check the above pic. :P

Slowly add milk until mixture thickens. Add 1/2 of the cheese and remove from heat.

Add spinach to beef mixture and stir until warmed and well incorporated. Remove from heat. Preheat oven to 350 degrees celsius.

Fill cannelloni shells with beef mixture. I used my melon baller. :P

Put filled pasta in a single layer on the bottom of your baking dish, top with remaining beef mixture.

Pour on cheese sauce and top with remaining mozza.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Wishing for smell-o-vision???? Meee toooo!

Time consuming to make but so worth it! 

Making something yummy? SHARE! :D

Crafting - Recycled Activities

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ever have those days when the kids are bored with the oodles of toys that they have? We sure do! Time to make something up! My friend Amy from Momma Bee Partyz always has great crafty projects. Here are my takes on a few that she has suggested:

I used an egg carton for a simple matching game. The colourful bag clips are a perfect, durable addition to this recycled activity.

I cut holes in the egg carton where the boys could insert the bag clips. They especially liked pushing the clips into the cavity of the egg carton, then opening the carton, dumping out the clips and starting over again.

On the first day they wanted to play with this all day, even to the point of fighting over it (note: got twins? Make TWO!). On the second day they were content to play with it occassionaly and by the third their interest waned.

How simple is this? A milk jug and bag clips! The boys would insert all of the clips, give the jug a shake (warning: VERY noisy) and eventually dump out the clips. Then repeat.

I would make two of these next time too or perhaps have other containers for them to try.

Do you have any other Recycled Activity ideas? Please share!