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!