Sunday, December 19, 2010

Two Turtle Doves

soft turtle dove christmas ornaments

Here are two ornaments I made for my tree.   I found the pattern at and made my own variation.  These are nice and soft and very kid friendly!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mixed-Media Experiments

I tried a little experiment with some canvas boards.  I pasted down some paper, layered gesso on top of the paper, then painted with acrylic paints on top of that.  I love the texture and the colors of these!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

$3 Christmas Wreath

tinsel christmas wreath

Hooray for the dollar store! Last night I picked up a few items and made some Christmas Wreaths for super cheap!  I found the idea for these at creaturecomfortsblog .  Awesome idea.

Here's what I got at the dollar store:
silk flowers- $1
Tinsel- $1
wooden wreath- $1

tinsel christmas wreath

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Spay Painted Pinecones

decorative pine cones

Last week I got a start on my Christmas decorations.  I spray painted pine cones I had picked up around my apartment complex.  First I sprayed a solid color, then a coat of sparkly spray.  I think the pine cones would look even better if they were more sparkly, but I ran out of sparkly spray.

I plan to use these as tree ornaments or a garland to hang on the walls!  Now I just gotta get a tree!

pine cone ornaments

glitter pine cone

Monday, November 29, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Pies, Pies, Pies

I have to use this post to brag about my husband who is turning out to be an amazing cook!  These are the pies he made for our Thanksgiving dinner yesterday:  Mexican Chocolate Pie and Coconut Cream- yum!  I think he could give Marie Calendar's a run for her money!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Photo of the week

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas- and we haven't even had Thanksgiving yet!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bird Painting

bird painting

Experimenting with oils is always fun!  I'm such a realist, so its good for me to branch out once in a while, but I'm still not quite sure how I feel about it.  Your honest opinion would be very much appreciated.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Photo of the week

bridal veil falls 
Ok, so I haven't been posting my pictures as much.  I just haven't been out taking them as much.  The cold weather keeps me from getting out.  So this one is from last year-can you guess where this is?   I love the colors.  I'm going to miss them!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Truck Pinata Tutorial

truck pinata

For my son's birthday party coming up, we ventured to make a truck pinata, since he is SO in love with trucks!  I also didn't want to fork out $20+ to get one at the store.  I took the time to take pictures so I could post a tutorial, but I must warn you, only attempt this if you have at least 4-5 hours set aside for it.  It is very time consuming, but it was a fun project for my son to help me with.

1.  Gather up your materials.  
You will need:
Lots of cardboard (scraps, or shoe boxes work well)
Masking tape
Exacto knife
Candy and toys to stuff it with
Elmer's glue
Tissue paper
colored paper

2. Start shaping the cab of the truck.  Make a rectangle with one side slanted.  Let your kids help you do some taping- they'll love it!

3.  Leave the bottom of the cab open so you can attach a wire for the hook to hang the pinata with.  I made the mistake of not thinking about the hook until I had the shape all taped up.  I had to take some of it apart to put the hook in and then tape it back together- not fun.

4. Tape the cab on top of a shoe box, or other box formed with scraps.  Make sure the cab and the box are the same width so that they fit together nicely.  Offset the cab to leave room for the hood of the truck.

5.  Tape another box to the back end for the bed of the truck.  Leave a space open somewhere in the body to stuff the candy in.

6.  This was the best part!  Stuff the candy and toys inside- and eat some of the candy while you're at it!  Then cover up the hole.

7. Cut 4 circles out of thick cardboard and stick them on for the wheels.  Make sure you use THICK cardboard.  I used thin cardboard and the wheels are now too flimsy to hold up the truck.

8.  Cut out shapes for the windows of the cab.  I used some silver wrapping paper, but you could use just about anything.  Tin foil might look nice.

9.  Tear the tissue paper into small pieces.  Crumple up the pieces and glue them everywhere, except the wheels and windows of the truck.

10.  Once you have the truck covered, cut out small paper circles for the headlights and glue them on.

11.  Cut out larger paper circles for the wheels and glue them on.

truck pinata
Now it is finally finished, so you and your kid go take a nap!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Finished Pumpkin Painting

It's finished!  Well, at least I think so.  Its hard to know when to stop and leave it be.  After I finish a painting I keep seeing things I want to change, but what I need to do is just enjoy it.  

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Wedding Cards 2

wedding card

Today is the big day!  My brother-in-law is getting married!  We are soooo excited for this one cause he's marrying such a nice girl!  Here's the card I made for them and below is one I made for my old room-mate, who's getting married later this month. I'm still lovin the patterned packing tape!

wedding card

Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkin Painting

pumpkin still life oil painting

I've been busy working on a painting this week!  This one is not nearly done yet, but I wanted to show you what I've been working on.  I haven't done any oil painting all year, so this has been really fun for me.

  I've decided I want to try to sell my art.  I'm going to sell art I've already made and also offer to make custom art for anyone who wants it, and can pay me for it.  I'm working on a website too.  I'm so excited about all of this!  I know the competition here in Utah is pretty fierce.  There are so many good artists out there, but I think I may have a shot.  So, if you want some art or know anyone who does, let me know!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Crochet Flowers

If you haven't noticed yet, I have a severe flower addiction.  I love making them out of all kinds of materials because they are just soooooo cute!  So, bear with me while I share yet another one of my flower-making adventures. 

crochet flowers

I got into crocheting again with my first crochet hat.  Since then I've been learning how to crochet flowers so that I can stick them on my crochet hat.  I found some awesome patterns for the flowers at littlebirdiesecrets.  The seven petal flower pattern is my favorite- although I must be doing something wrong because I keep coming up with an 8 petal flower.  Oh well, no matter.  They are still cute. 

So, if you have some basic crochet skills, take a look at the patterns and try them out! 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Patterned Packing Tape Cards

Ever since I discovered patterned packing tape at Michaels, I wanted to try some out on cards.  I love it!  This tape is awesome (and very affordable, I think I paid $1 for a whole roll!).  The possibilities for it are endless.  The wheels in my head are turning.  What else can I use this on?

owl card

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hard and Fuzzy Friends

My son got into my craft stuff last week and we ended up making some cute little friends for him.  Googly eyes can make just about anything cute!

pom pom caterpillar

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fall Decorations

acorns in a jar

This week I've been decorating for fall!  Better late than never, huh?!  Not having money to spend on new decorations meant I had to get a little creative and use some things I already had.

Acorns and Pine cones are great to decorate with.  I went around my apartment complex and collected tons of them for free!

I  also used some old fake leaves to make some hanging garlands for my window.

leaf garland

I'm all set for fall, now on to Halloween decorations!

Friday, October 8, 2010

More Flower Experiments

I saw some headbands with these cute little flowers on them at a store and then I found out how to make them at blissbloomblog and then... I had to try it!  Way easy to make! 

I used the flowers to make a headband of my own, plus a few other things.  Here's what I came up with:

Now if only I had a little girl to wear some of these!  Oh well, someday....

Thursday, October 7, 2010

What I had for dinner

Potato Soup

Austrian Potato Soup!
I realized that up until now,  all of my recipes have been for sweets.  Probably because that is what I like to cook best.  However, with the weather changing I got in the mood for some warm soup.   Oh, comfort food!  Sooooo good.  This recipe comes from my Mom who made this for me right after I had my baby.  Good memories!

Austrian Potato Soup

¼ c. bacon drippings                                                       4 large potatoes
1 c. chopped onion                                                          1 c. celery chopped
1/3 c. flour                                                                       1 can mushrooms
3 c. hot water + 3 chicken bouillon cubes                         2 c. grated Monterey Jack Cheese
3 c. milk                                                                          Salt and Pepper

In a large pan, sauté onion in bacon drippings.  Stir in flour until it is golden.  Stir in liquids.  Add potatoes, celery, and mushrooms.  Simmer until tender.  Stir in cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Printable Happy Birthday Sign

happy birthday sign

For my husband's birthday last weekend, I made a birthday sign!  I plan to re-use it for my son's birthday next month, since its laminated and should last a long time.  If you would like to make one too,  click the link below to get a free PDF file of the letters I used to make it.  Just print out your letters, cut them out with some pretty card stock, and glue and laminate- if desired.  Happy Birthday planning!

Birthday Sign PDF

happy birthday sign

Monday, October 4, 2010

Photo of the week

pumpkin patch

Pumpkin season is here! We picked out our own at a local pumpkin farm that has street names for the rows of pumpkins. I love this place!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tai Pan Copy

Last weekend, my wonderful husband gave me the morning off and took our son to his parent's house, leaving me with time to rest and to do some crafting.  I ended up walking over to Tai Pan Trading to drool over the decorations.  I just love the stuff there! Even though it is very reasonably priced, I still have no extra money to spend on decorating right now.  So, I found some cute things I could copy.  I just love doing that! I get a deep satisfaction out of making something cute with stuff I already have.  Mostly because its free, but also because it helps me use up junk I have lying around.

So, this is a Christmas decoration I found that I absolutely love.  Too bad it costs about $20.

This is an old canvas I had at home that I used to copy the Tai Pan decoration.  It seriously needed a make-over.

First I glued some scrapbook paper onto the canvas with some Modge Podge.  I drew and cut out a bird and stuck that on top.  Then I used a little ink to outline the bird and to distress the edges of the canvas to make it look a worn.  I love the antique worn look!  

And this is what I ended up with!  I'm happy with it.  It looks a whole lot better than it did before.