Organizing and Canning

Friday, September 30, 2011

Organization.

Love.
It.
Too bad our Mud Room will soon be terrorized by...

well

twin
terrors.
But it's looked like this for 24hrs so far.
Baby steps, baby steps.
And check
this
out.

Those have Christmas Gift Baskets written all over them.






































And I finally tackled one of my craft shelves.
Literally.
I had to run after it and hold it down before it would submit to my dusting and categorizing.
Ahhh.
When organization happens, so to does creativity.


Peace out!
;)

So You Think You're Crafty

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I have made it through knock-off week!!!


And I still love, love, love my PB inspired chalk board.

 
Click here to check out all of the fabulous scrap projects this week!





So please go vote for your favorite and hopefully it's mine!

p.s Hurry!  Voting ends Friday!

Inspiring Creativity

Welcome to Inspiring Creativity!
Where we share projects, crafts and recipes every Wednesday.

I am so glad that you are here!  Thank you for sharing your creativity with us each week.


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Some of my favorites from last week
{I'm in the mood for Fall}:

One of three lovely hutch displays from
This quick and easy {wink} cake tutorial from
And these great DIY pumpkins from Michelle at


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Now let's party!

Spa Night Appies

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ahh.
Finally.
A Girls Night!
It had been a long time since all the girls had gotten together and had a good gab.  I think we were all suffering from withdrawals.  Seriously.  It was so lovely to get together with the girls!

I set up Spa Night stations:
Foot baths and paraffin wax
Hand lotion and nail art
and Appetizers.

For me a Girls Night isn't about staying on our diets but pampering ourselves and indulging.  So here are some of the things that I had laid out for the girls:

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Dippers
To create the little Cinnamon Dipper bowls I first cut out a bunch of circles from flour tortillas.
Then I placed the tortilla circles on the bottom of a mini muffin pan, creating a bowl shape.  I spritzed them with water, sprinkled them with cinnamon and sugar and baked for about 5 mins at 350 degrees F.
Now they are all crispy and delicious.
I combined fresh and frozen fruit, diced, into a fruit salsa.  I added about 1 Tbsp of lemon juice and allowed the flavours to marinade overnight.  I had; pear, nectarines, raspberries, kiwi and blueberries.
Yum ~ and just about the only 'healthy' appetizer on the menu ;)
Baked Spinach Dip Mini Bread Bowls
This is a recipe that I had pinned awhile ago.  Follow me on Pinterest and find the complete recipe on my Recipe Board.  Or go directly to the  Picky Palate.
The girls nearly died when they tried these - so good!
And I got many requests to bring these bread bowls to our next girls night.
I started by cutting rounds out of Pilsbury Pizza dough and placing them into muffin cups.
Then I mixed my ingredients {these differ from the original recipe ~ so if you liked the ones from Spa Night girls, use these ingredients}:  150g frozen spinach {defrosted}, 1 tsp minced garlic, 3oz cream cheese {softened}, 1/2 c sour cream, 2 Tbsp dried Parmesan cheese, 1/8 tsp chili pepper, a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper.
Using a cookie scoop, I placed the mixture in the muffin cups and topped with 1/3C shredded mozzarella cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes.  This recipe yielded 12 bowls for me.
Um.  May I have some more?

No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake
This is another recipe from Pinterest.  You can find it on Babble as well.
I combined the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in the mixer.
Then folded in cool whip.
And crushed oreos.
Each guest had there very own cute little jar of cheesecake.  I though that they could take it home and savour it later.  Oh no.  They all ate it during Spa Night ~ no one wanted to share it with the husbands ;)
Easy Bacon Cheese Rolls
I just threw this one together.  Pilsbury Cresent Rolls, shredded cheddar cheese and cooked bacon bits.
I started by unrolling my dough onto a cookie sheet.
Then I topped each roll with cheese and bacon and rolled them back up.  I baked them according to the package directions ~ 10 minutes at 350 degrees F I think.
These were a hit too.  And I sent the leftovers in school lunches ~ YAY!
And finally our signature drink ~
Berry Daiquiri.


Thanks for hanging out. 
I wish we could all have a virtual Girls Night!
xoxo

Angry Birds on UCreate

Monday, September 26, 2011

My Angry Birds Costumes were featured on U Create today!!!
Woot Woot!
U Create


Go here to see the whole, five bird, tutorial.
And thanks for visiting!!

In Tha Muthahood

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I had a friend share this on Facebok and thought you all might like it.





Peace out, Peeps!

Heather ;)

Jumbo Framed Chalkboard Tutorial

Hi y'all!
I created this Pottery Barn knock off for So You Think You're Crafty and I absolutely love it!
It suits my space.
Perfectly.

More fall decor ideas will be coming your way soon. 
It's my favorite season.
Totally.

Yours too?

Here's my inspiration.
And my finished project at
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100% savings.
 


My final chalkboard measured 23" x 54".
Materials I used:
20" x 52" hardboard 1/4" ply
14' of 3 1/2" moulding
1 can primer spray paint
1 can chalkboard spray paint
Red acrylic paint
Varathane clear finish
Paint brush
Sander
240 grit sanding paper
Mitre box and saw
No more nails adhesive
Caulking gun
Staple gun
5/16" and 3/4" staples
Chalk






































1.  Place hardboard in a well ventilated area {I had the nice people at Home Depot cut my hardboard to the size I wanted}





































2.  Prime with spray paint
3.  Allow the surface to completely dry then sand with a fine grit sanding paper.
4.  Spray the hardboard with chalkboard paint, allow to dry and sand with a fine grit sanding paper.

5.  Cut the moulding to length and mitre the corners.  I had two 23" pieces and two 54" pieces.

Here is the lovely mitre cut.

And how the corners should fit together.
6.  Paint and seal the moulding.  This took about 6 coats for me as red is a notoriously hard to paint colour.
7.  Glue the moulding to the hardboard.  I had a 2" allowance around the hardboard to attach the moulding to.

8.  Try to keep the moulding in place any way you can.  Allow the glue to cure for 24 hours.  Find some other place to eat lunch and dinner.
9.  Gather your staple supplies.
10.  Using the longer staples, staple directly through the hardboard into the moulding.  With the shorter staples, reinforce the mitred corners.


11.  Take photos of your children enjoying your finished chalkboard.
Find fabulous quotes to share with the whole family.
Have said quotes scribbled on by children.
Enjoy.


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