Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I recently re-found the blog of Gabby Fekete. I am a sucker for recipes and I started clicking around on recipes in her "meal plan Monday" posts. Last night I made the desconstructed broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breasts. Super yum. I added fresh mushrooms which while tasty, released a TON of liquid making the sauce way too thin. I have printed the recipes for the Deen Bros lime chicken and also that garlic butter burger. I might doctor my burger up tonight in this fashion since those are on the menu already.
I made a new camera strap which turned out beautifully using these directions. I wish I had done the ruffle in the same fabric as the strap though. I may offer this one up as a freebie if someone is interested...just as soon as I make a new one for me. I tested it with some older scraps but feel confident enough now to use something good from my stash.
Can you tell I learned how to make and attach ruffles?!
Banner for an upcoming baby shower.
Certainly not showcased at it's best on the ironing board but you get the idea.
Two super fast pages using either quickpages or templates for my 2010 book. I can whip these out so quickly that it's making it easy to tell our story. Yes, 2009 is not yet done and in my hands, and my summary pages for Feb and Mar are not yet done for 2010 but what is done, makes me happy.
And oh yea, all my hardwood floors are mopped. Shew. A wet spring + dirty puppy = super mess. Pin It
Monday, March 29, 2010
Then stop over at the Brides Buddy blog.
Right now, you can register to win 2 pairs of tickets to see Lee Woodruff at the Aronoff on April 29. Register by commenting on this post.
Also available, links to freebies from all over the internet: HERE.
Or, exclusive to the Brides Buddy, free printable water bottle labels to take your next wedding party to the next level. Not sure what a printable water bottle label is? Check out this blog for many designs and even more inspiration: Blond Designs Blog. Other versions here and here.(photo from Blonde Designs Blog)
Enjoy. Leave comments. Share. Please... Pin It
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Sweet Bacon and Pear pizza. Yum. I made this last week to take when I visited my friend's new home. Home=beautiful. Pizza=Tasty!
I used gorgonzola only b/c I like it better than Feta and I forgot all about drizzling the honey. I don't think it needs it. The most labor intensive, time consuming part was pre cooking the sweet, spicy bacon but it is worth it. I already have plans to make this again. Pin It
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I made this plate stand awhile back out of a thrifted crystal goblet and plate. And then I saw this bride to be, who painted all of hers white and tried that out. Cute!
Here is said chair now. That quilt is the first one I ever made. I do love it only it does not match anything in the house. Oh well. What do you think about this chair black and perhaps the toile on the cushion??
Saturday, March 20, 2010
my baby blankets in progress
art on the wall in the hallway
items in her room
my bed in the dorm room
more of Shelby
the calculator with 56 typed in
her sister on the computer
her lenten good deed chart
and her bunny blanket
All treasures.Pin It
Thursday, March 18, 2010
First, Patricia Heaton is darling and tiny. t i n y. The only photo I got is of her next to this man (which she embraced, so it may have been the cousin she mentioned during her talk?). I hope to share on later of Kelly and I next to her.
Anyway, I very much enjoyed her wit and sense of humor and frankness about her life. Much of her talk was about aging, and particularly aging in Hollywood. She shared the types of surgery and procedures she has had to keep her looking good and competitive in the industry...from eyelash implants to tummy tucks! I could not help but feel it was difficult to make a connection knowing such things were out of my suburban mom, midwestern, single family income reach but hey, more power to Patti!
I learned that she was 32 before truly "making it" in acting which I found very interesting. She seemed truly grateful to be living this life, acknowledging while Hollywood may have its ups and downs, she and her family are fortunate. She and her husband are raising four boys (with assistance of 3 tutors I think she said!), introducing them to Catholicism and collaborating to produce projects of their own. Oh, and he is British!
Patricia was a little chatty and went beyond the typical scheduled time allowed so the Q&A with Carol Williams was brief. I think Carol was trying to crack into Patricia's Republican political views but Heaton as not taking the bait :) Pin It
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
As Seen On TV, Bigtop Cupcake. Or in my case, a very miniature, oversized cupcake that would not bake through in the center! In my defense, I made the one box cake mix version but I never dreamed it would be SO small. Anyone else make one of these with more success?
Stay tuned for spray painted objects. I might be getting a little crazy over here busting out paint projects.
Stay tuned for new sewing projects. And a preview of new fabric that arrived yesterday. Swoon.
Stay tuned for my new lamp and shade.
Home-y goodness going on over here.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Things on the horizon:
painting the whole space: a brown/golden/bronze shade is the current contender
painting (finally) my thrifted headboad white and installing it
adding a large shelf from our family room above the bed with some large framed art
bedside tables: those may get painted as well, they are currently wood (maple, maybe?) but I want to see what they look like next to the white headboard and painted walls first
Thursday, March 11, 2010
(photo credit: Children of the 90's)
To say she has changed a lot, is an understatement!To order your tickets, visit the Smart Talk Media site. Pin It
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
This article from Woman's Day magazine had some great ideas. In fact, today I headed to Walmart to pick up two $5 scarfs for the Spring and Summer and could not be happier. Other ideas and items of interest mentioned:
edible pearls for cupcake decorations
japanese erasers (just found some of these for my girls at the local Hallmark)
filling a cake stand or bowl with $5 worth of lemons for a centerpiece Pin It
Monday, March 8, 2010
Readers, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss. A very forward thinking company, Ink Bloom, has introduced a revolutionary product to the crafting community called Loomtack. Loomtack allows you to print directly on fabric from you inkjet printer. I printed Michelle Coleman's Bohemian Summer digital papers on to two 8.5x11 sheets and then turned it into a pocket tissue holder.
I also printed directly onto the vinyl side (Loomtack serves dual purposes!) and created tags for jars in my studio and a clever id label for my daughter's DS. The vinyl can be easily applied to many surfaces (including glass, walls, mirrors, laptops) and when removed, will not damage the surface.
(birds on a wire from Leora Sanford at Little Dreamer)
Ink Bloom offers all the tools you need to make this happen: base fabrics, the Loomtack product, Inkbits and Inkblocks which are their PhotoShop ready, printable designs. Is this not a digital scrapbooker's dream come true?!
Ink Bloom is generously offering one of our readers an enormous prize package that includes:
2 Rolls of Loomtack
2 Yards of your choice of Base Fabric
1 Inkbits product
1 Inkblock product
All of this will get you off to a great start but I highly suggest watching their how-to videos as well. If you are here at Little Dreamer Designs, you no doubt have an enviable digital stash and creativity oozing from your pores. We cannot wait to see what you create.
To win, please leave a comment on this blog post. Comments will be accepted until Wednesday, March 17 at 6pm EST. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 19.
I encourage you to share this with your online friends.Pin It
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
total cuteness on etsy, I headed straight to the sewing machine to make a stack of my own. Talk about a quick project, high on the instant gratification satisfaction scale and a use for teeny tiny scraps--an all around home run!!
Little Dreamer product and this amazing new material called Loomtack. Stay tuned...Pin It