DIY Be The Good Sign

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I have been stalking Pinterest daily lately {so addicted} but the good news is that I am actually
creating / baking / cooking a lot of the things
that I have been pinning.
I love, love, loved, this sign from Blooming Homestead so created my own version for the boys' room...
"Believe there is good in the world".
Perfect for the Superhero theme that I am going for!
Darcy's been working on building stairs for our deck
so I "borrowed" some of the scrap 1x4s for this sign. 

I cut them to length, sanded them down and used a product called no more nails to glue two 1x4s to the back.  Then I grabbed the acrylic paint and {feeling too lazy to haul out my Cricut and create a stencil} free handed the lettering.  Finally I used a clear coat of varathane to finish it off.

I really like the idea of free handing the letters.  Just like in scrapbooking, it gives a personal touch to the project and a reminder of what your handwriting looked like in years to come.

Right now it is resting on the boys new Superhero Desk {can't wait to share the reveal}.  Eventually I plan on hanging it on the wall.  This was actually a pretty rewarding project that only took about an hour to create {minus drying time}. 

Have you done any wood or pallet art?
I'd love to see it!
xo Heather
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Keeping It Real ~ September Instagram

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Are you on instagram?
I love it ~ so easy to capture those everyday life moments.
You can find me @ twindragonflydesigns.
I teach a program called Toddlers in the Park. 
Here we are set up for the Very Hungry Caterpillar Unit
I {heart} my job!

The boys ask for a campfire every. single. day. 
We invited a few friends over and had a wiener roast in the backyard.

Don't you just love when something you throw together turns out to be amazing?! 
That was this cheesy ham and spinach quiche!
 Fall is my favorite time of year. 
Here are the boys "apple picking"... distracted by the machinery much?

 Superheros are all over the place. 
What with party planning and room decorating ~ here's a sneak peek of a DIY drawer pull.

And I am brunette for the fall.
More poor hair needed a bit of a break from the blonde ;)

How was your September?
xo Heather
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Friday, September 28, 2012

 You may have seen my Super Hero Costume tutorial from earlier this week. 
I had a special request for an Optimus Prime costume too.
And optimus being a transformer and not technically a super hero,
I thought that he deserved his own post.
Follow the same instructions as for my basic Super Hero Costumes.
You can find a pattern for the mask from Cutesy Crafts here, the gauntlets from Sew Can Do here and the body of the costume from yours truly here.
Use a hot glue gun for a no sew version or use a sewing machine for a sturdy, washable option.
 I hope that you and your little ones have a wonderful Halloween!
xo Heather
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Ruffled Key Fobs

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I am on a mission to have a handmade Christmas this year.  So anytime I see something that would be fun and easy to create, I jump on it! 

Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts shared a great tutorial for these ruffled key fobs a while ago ~ you can find it here.  And I even won one of Mandy's original fobs during Cheri's For the Love auction.  It was fun to recieve it in the mail and become even more inspired!

This is a great way to use up those pretty scraps of fabric that you can't bare to part with.

I may attempt selling a few at a local craft fair before Christmas this year so any extras will go into that pile. 
I have also made some owie owls and utility aprons ~ stay tuned!

And check out my Pinterest Board
for more sewing project ideas!

xo Heather
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Pinspired Recipe ~ Raspberry Cheesecake Tarts

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I have been on a mission to test out some of the recipes that I have pinned on Pinterest recently.
I pinned this Raspberry Cream Pie from Jamie Cooks It Up and just had to try it.

So I made the pie and took it to a work potluck... it was inhailed in seconds!!
I thought that I would make it again {as tarts} and bring it to a girls night....
I went to the website with the recipe and a page came up saying bandwidth exceeded.... ack!  No recipe!
I improvised from memory and they still turned out amazing.
Start by baking the tart shells {I made 30 tarts}.  10 minutes at 350°.
Combine the topping ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Combine filling ingredients.  Try not to eat the whole darn bowl.
Fill tarts with cream cheese mixture.
Layer topping mixture on top.  Keep refridgerated until ready to serve.

The goods:
30 tart shells
250 g package cream cheese {room temperature}
1 cup icing sugar
3 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp water
1 tsp lemon juice
add when removed from heat:
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla

And I finally had a chance to use this tart/cupcake/cookie carrying container that I got from Costco.
Freaking love it!

Thanks for reading. ;)
xo Heather
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