Monday, December 27, 2010

Taking a Break

I will be taking a break for the next couple of weeks to relax and get caught up on neglected household chores, due to the Christmas holiday and to prepare for an upcoming babyshower that I will be hosting. I hope everyone has a safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Stay tuned for new and fun ideas!


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Giveaway

My friend Sarah at Lovin Simplicity is having a giveaway.
She is giving away these beautiful apothecary jars. Go to her blog to enter.

Good Luck!


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Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Sign

Over the weekend I made a very easy Christmas sign using a very familiar scripture verse.




Material

- 8x10 wood plaque (found at any craft store, actually had this laying aroung)
- vinyl lettering (ordered from Lil Luna)
- finishing spray
- paint
- brush

Instructions

1. Paint your piece of wood. I did 2 coats. Let it dry.
2. next apply your vinyl carefully.
3. Then spray it with the finishing spray. I used a matte finish but I think that a semi-gloss would look just as good.

Happy Crafting
P.S. I've linked this tutorial at Craft-O-Maniac and Giggles, Glitz & Glam


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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Traditions!

I thought that I would share a tradition that I started after my husband and I got married. Each year, with the exception of last year, I have bought a Christmas book to put under the tree. I don't put presents under the tree, only because I haven't finished wrapping them until the day before Christmas Eve, LOL, but I wanted to have a nice display of Christmas stories that tell about the reasons why we celebrate the holiday other than the presents. This year I've started reading the stories to my son just before bed and it's been fun. This year's book is:

This is such a great story that I had actaully forgotten about until I was at the book store looking for this year's book.

What is your Holiday Tradition?



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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tip of the Week: Etsy

This week's tip is about Etsy and how to get started and become a successful online store. My friend Kirsti at Kirstikoo posted some great pointers that I thought were very helpful and I wanted to make sure that every had a chance to read what she posted. Please feel free to visit her blog Kirstikoo to read her tips.

Other tips can be found at the Etsy website.


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Monday, December 13, 2010

Joy Apothecary Jars

I'm always amazed at what others come up with. I love blog sufering the craft blogs b/c I always find something cute and easy that I can do later. For example I found this: Joy Apothecary Jars.




How easy are those to make!? Go to Uncommon for the full tutorial.

Happy Crafting!



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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Recipe of the Week: Peanut Better Buckeyes

I think that I may have found the perfect treat to make my husband!



Peanut Butter Buckeyes!

Don't those look yummy!? My husband's favorite combo, peanut butter and chocolate! For the recipe on how to make this fabulous treat go to The Athur Clan. I think that I will be making these this weekend!

Enjoy!



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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tip of the Week: Tree Decorating

I know that most of you have had your Christmas trees decorated for a few days even a few weeks, there are still a few of you that haven't yet. I thought that I would post a few fun and helpful tips to make your tree look fabulous this year.




- Try different colors other than the traditional red and green.
- Use ribbons that coordinate with the ornaments
- When using larger ornaments, place them deeper into the tree so that the color radiates from the center.
- If you are going the artificial tree route try a different color try like red or white




* I got these tips from watching HGTV one of my favorite channels to watch.*


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Monday, December 6, 2010

Link Party

I linked up today at Craft O Maniac.





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Noel Blocks Tutorial

I've been meaning to get this tutorial up since last week but my week was crazy busy! But here it is, my first Christmas tutorial for the year! Drum roll please . . . .


NOEL Blocks

Materials

- 4 4x4x4 blocks
- modge podge
- Christmas color paints
- Christmas scapbook paper
- 20 gauge wire
- sponge brush
- wire cutter, needle nose plier and hammer
- spray paint (optional)
- drill
- hot glue
- vinyl lettering NOEL (4 of each letter)


Instructions

First you will need to start out with 4 blocks cut into cubes. (I went to Homedepot and had them cut a 4x8 piece of wood for me.) Make sure to sand the edges for a smooth finish.

Next we paint! I painted so that there would be a small square in the middle to hold the block. (Smart, I know.) You will need to do at least 2 coats.


Now, while the paint is drying on the blocks you will need to cut out small squares of scrapbook paper. Cut them into 2 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in squares.



After the paint has fully dried you are ready to glue on the squares. Apply a thin coat of modge podge to the paper and the wood. Carefully place your paper on the wood and smooth out any air bubbles. Let it set.



While the modge podge is drying you will need to cut and coil your wire. Cut 16 pieces in varying lengths. First you need to wrap the wire around a small dowel, then wrap it around a larger dowel. (pictured I used the end of a sponge brush and one of my hand whisks)




Now create a spiral using the needle nose pliers to help grap the middle. (sorry no picture of that actual step but you get the idea from above) Next you will want to lay it on a mat and hammer it flat. Do that 15 more times. :)


You should have something like this once you have you finished coiling the wire.



Next drill a hole on the top of your blocks. This is where you will be putting the wire. You don't want to go too deep. (I had my father-in-law help me with the drilling)



After you've drilled the hole you will modge podge on top of the scrapbook paper and all over your block. (this will give it a little sheen after it dries)


Now the vinyl! You will need 4 letters each of the word NOEL. (I ordered my vinyl from Lil' Luna.)




Carefully apply the vinyl lettering to your blocks, on all sides.



After you have added the vinyl you will need to spray it with a matte gloss finishing spray to make sure that the letters adhere to the paper.


This part is optional, but while I was praying the blocks I spray painted the wire. After the paint on the wire has dried you will glue them into the holes of the blocks. (sorry no picture)





And this is your final product. A cute way to display all of those Christmas cards that you will be getting in the mail!

HAPPY CRAFTING!!



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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Recipe of the Week: Posole

For Thanksgiving we went to my aunt's house on my mom's side of the family and they are Mexican. So instead of all of the traditional Thanksgiving 'meal' we had a combination of mexican food w/ a little turkey, pototoes and stuffing. One of the dishes that was prepared was a soup called Posole. For those of you that don't know what it is, it is a broth soup with homony and pork and it is very tasty. Unfortunately I so stuffed from everything else that I didn't have any, but I wanted to share with you this yummy soup that you can make at home to enjoy this winter.


Ingredients

Pork shoulder or roast -- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds
Canned or fresh hominy, rinsed -- 2 to 3 cups
Garlic -- 3 to 5 cloves
Salt -- 2 teaspoons
Water or stock -- 6 cups

Garnish

Cabbage or iceberg lettuce, shredded
Onion, finely diced
Radishes, thinly sliced
Limes, cut into wedges
Avocado, diced
Oregano, dried
Chile piquín, ground

Instructions

1. Add the pork, hominy, garlic, salt and stock or water to a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender.

2. Remove the pot from heat. Take the pork from pot and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, remove the meat from its bones and shred it with your hands.

3. Add the meat back to the pot and simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes. Adjust seasoning and serve with little bowls of your choice of garnishes so each dinner can garnish his or her own serving.

* If you want to add some color to the soup follow this method: Pozole Rojo - This variation is popular in Michoacán and Jalisco States. It is the same as the above recipe, but dried chiles are added. Remove the stems and seeds from 3 to 5 ancho or guajillo chiles. Mix them with a little of the hot liquid from the stewpot and soak for 20 to 30 minutes until soft. Puree in a blender and strain through a sieve into the stew for the last 30 to 45 minutes of cooking. **

Happy cooking and ENJOY!



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