Monday, December 27, 2010
Stay tuned for new and fun ideas!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
- 8x10 wood plaque (found at any craft store, actually had this laying aroung)
- vinyl lettering (ordered from Lil Luna)
- finishing spray
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.
P.S. I've linked this tutorial at Craft-O-Maniac and Giggles, Glitz & Glam
Thursday, December 16, 2010
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?
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Other tips can be found at the Etsy website.
Monday, December 13, 2010
How easy are those to make!? Go to Uncommon for the full tutorial.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
- 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.*
Monday, December 6, 2010
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.
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.
And this is your final product. A cute way to display all of those Christmas cards that you will be getting in the mail!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
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
Cabbage or iceberg lettuce, shredded
Onion, finely diced
Radishes, thinly sliced
Limes, cut into wedges
Chile piquín, ground
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!