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Yarn Wrapped Letters April 12, 2011

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I told you I was wrapping everything in sight in yarn, remember? I’ve done 4 headbands and 8 bracelets. I found some $0.99 cardboard letters at Hobby Lobby and decided to yarn wrap them as a surprise for the couples in our community group!

First, I yarn wrapped the letters themselves. Just make a tiny spot of glue at the bottom, and go for it. I also did the edges so that there was no side left plain.

Then I picked out coordinating fabric and do-dads to decorate the letters with. I tried to match each initial with the couple that would receive it. Brown with red for the Yoders because they just got fabulous red furniture! Purple and coral for the Sheehans because they are so fun and their house is full of fun prints and colors. The Snows get yellow with brown and green because they always have cute ‘natural’ looking decor! And a teal T for us. I have no idea why I chose teal or where on earth I’ll end up putting this because it doesn’t really match anything. Maybe it’ll end up in our orange bathroom.

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20110410-041829.jpgThen I started decorating. I made some yo-yos, some rosettes, some circles. I used some sequins and buttons. Pretty much whatever I had on hand that got close enough to the glue gun ended up on the letters!

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By the time this post gets published, everyone will have already received their surprise! I hope they like them!!

 

The Day We Painted Everything Orange April 10, 2011

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Sometimes I look around and dream of things I could do to this house. Hardwood floors, tile the kitchen floors, build a desk space in the office, build a patio, buy new furniture. But then I snap back to reality and remember our financial priorities (going into more debt over fluffy stuff like couches and patio umbrellas isn’t one of them). Thankfully, God allowed someone to invent spray paint, which can do wonders and it’s less than $5 a can.

We have an old hand-me-down bench on our front porch that was a drab color of red(ish) and was mostly collecting a lot of pollen and spider webs. We put a little orange spray paint on it, and it already looks like we spent tons on something new! We spent $8 on 2 cans of spray paint, and $20 on cushions at Garden Ridge (Dad, let me translate: Junk Ridge).

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Final Product:

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We actually bought 3 cans of spray paint, so of course I went rummaging through the house for other things I could paint! We had originally planned to paint this large vase green for when we re-do the living room, but today it got an orange makeover. I justified this by reminding myself I could always spray paint it green later!

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This orange coincidentally matches a canvas art project we are working on for our bedroom, so instead of hanging out (currently not matching anything) in our living room, we moved it to the bedroom and I think it found a new permanent home! Here’s a sneak peak of the canvas art. I’ll put up a full tutorial when we get it all complete!

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Happy Sunday!

 

Yarn Wrapped April 3, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — lindsayt85 @ 11:51 am

I’m sure you have all seen the yarn-wrapping trend going on pretty much everywhere. I had done some yarn-wrapped wreaths before on this site, and I’ve also sold some on Etsy. Yarn wrapping wreaths is great fun, but it is also a tedious and long process. I’ve always been bad at delayed gratification projects, and yarn wrapping wreaths is definitely a delayed gratification project.

Then…some other yarn-wrapped goodies popped up in my Reader from some other blogs. Oh the ideas! Yarn wrapped bangles, yarn wrapped headband, luminaries, earrings, vase, trees, branches, pens, picture frames, letters, hangers, and on and on. The ideas just kept coming. And for projects much smaller than a wreath, I could have a project completed in no time!

Last night I made 8 yarn wrapped bangles (1 pink, 2 teal, 1 yellow, 1 blue/yellow, and 3 brown) and added some extra buttons and felt flowers for good measure. I was so proud of myself- 8 entire bangles finished in only 3 episodes of Pawn Stars Season 2 (Chumlee cracks me up). I woke up, saw how cute the bangles turned out, and made 2 yarn-wrapped headbands.

What will I wrap next? I’m eying a pair of old earrings, some aluminum cans to use as outdoor luminaries, a vase, the cat, an old picture frame, a lamp shade. I’ll let you know how those projects turn out!

(just kidding about the cat.)

 

365 April 1, 2011

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As of March 6, my sweet Lovey and I have been married for a full year. A whole 365 days. We’ve been to Cancun, DC, the beach, ATL, Charlotte. We’ve joined Southside Fellowship and gotten plugged into a great community group. We’ve cooked, cleaned, spilled, built, laughed, tickled, sold, paid off, created, relaxed, but mostly we’ve loved. Never would I have imagined a life so full of love.

For our first anniversary, we rented a cute little cabin outside of Pigeon Forge. We went to Partridge and Pear, a Christmas restaurant on our anniversary for a fancy dinner.

We saved the top tier of our delicious wedding cake (made by our FABULOUS sister-in-law) to eat on our trip. We thawed it and dug right in after our fancy dinner and it was so good! Who knew year-old cake could taste so good?

But the highlight of the entire trip was a chance discovery in the boonies of Tennessee. While we were looking for dinner one night, Josh opened up the UrbanSpoon app and found that Little Italian Kitchen in Sevierville had a really high rating with a ton of people ranking it highly. So we decided to check it out.

When we got there,we were slightly shocked to see that it was attached to a gas station. But we decided to follow all the high ratings and check it out. I’m so glad we didn’t turn around and go to some pancake house on the strip. The owner was so inviting and excited to tell us all about the menu (which was huge). He makes everything from scratch and his passion for his food was so contagious! He helped us and the 20 college students behind us decide what to order. He also let us try all of his sauces for free! I ordered the twice baked eggplant… without a doubt the best Italian food I’ve ever had in my mouth. DELICIOUS! We ended up going back for lunch two days later 🙂

 

Craft Swap! February 16, 2011

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A Giraffe in a Scarf

Zoe from A Giraffe in a Scarf is having an International Craft Swap! In case you haven’t heard of a craft swap, here’s the skinny:

You sign up. Lots of other people sign up. You get someone’s name, address, and sometimes their interests. Someone else gets your name, address, and maybe your interests. You make a craft and send it to the address you got. Someone else makes a craft and sends it to you. Sometimes these swaps are specific to knitting, sewing, paper crafts, etc., but this one is a free for all! Painting, sculpting, sewing, knit, crochet, paper craft, anything!

I signed up this morning and can’t wait to get my ‘assignment’! You should join in on the swap too!

 

Home Diorama February 14, 2011

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First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day! This is my first V-Day married and it is awesome. We both took the day off and we are enjoying doing life at our own speed today. So far we’ve slept in, went out for breakfast, browsed Hobby Lobby and Best Buy. Life just goes too fast most of the time, and today we are making life slow down. We aren’t doing anything special, not because we’re anti-Valentine’s or anything, but because our first anniversary is coming up so soon, we didn’t want to overspend.

On an unrelated note, I found this post and tutorial about how to make a diorama of your house a few months ago and I’ve been wanting to try it out for myself ever since.I thought it was absolutely adorable. Having a ‘cartoon’ of your house… inside your house! And, whenever we move, we’ll be able to take this with us to remember our wonderful first few years of wedded bliss 🙂

I figured it would be one of those things that looks easier than it really is and it would probably be something I’d get frustrated with and quit right in the middle. But, I was surprised at how easy this was and how great it turned it out! I also figured it would be a multiple session project, but I did everything in about 3 hours.

This is the picture of our house that I used:

Here’s how it turned out:

You can see the ‘3D’-ness of it better here:

I followed this tutorial exactly. The way she explains the layers is perfect. I traced mine on some paper, then cut those pieces out to use as a guide for cutting the real deal. I saved the pieces for later – I might make some seasonal ones to go into a bigger frame.

I cut out trees to add to the sides, but the more I tinkered with it, the more I liked the simplicity of just the house. The trees are really cute in this post, but I just decided to leave them out of mine. I did try to add a few special things about our house that mean a lot to me: the blue hydrangea bush below the kitchen window, the always-changing wreath on the front door, and our mischievous cat peeking out the window.

This would make a great wedding or housewarming gift. I think I might also use this idea for some Christmas gifts this year 🙂

 

Little Dresses for Africa January 25, 2011

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Josh and I have some of the coolest friends ever. And we are so blessed to be a part of a great community group with two (maybe now three?) other couples that want to grow together toward holiness, pushing and pulling each other toward righteousness, and encouraging each other daily. One of the projects the girls decided to take on was making some dresses for the Little Dresses for Africa program. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a project that collects dresses for girls made of thrifted pillowcases, and then sends them to Africa for the children that would normally have very tattered clothing.

We had a sewing party this past weekend and had a BLAST! It was my first attempt at sewing a pillowcase dress, but I’m happy to report- it’s a cinch! This YouTube video was extremely helpful and I followed it with no problem at all.

We only finished two dresses that day, but I’ve been slowly working on about 15 more and can’t wait to show you the finished product. In the end, we’ll send them off to be shipped to Africa. I’m just happy to be a part of something bigger than myself. I hope that these dresses that we send will meet a need and put a smile on a little girl’s face.

Since last weekend, Jenn blogged about our sewing day and a few other people decided they wanted to get involved as well. If you want to get involved and start sewing with us, leave a comment below and I’ll send you more information!

 

Snow Day Recap January 24, 2011

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In case you didn’t know, it snowed here about two weeks ago. And I mean IT REALLY SNOWED.

It was absolutely gorgeous. I measured 9″!! It hadn’t snowed that much since I was 3. We loved watching the animals outside, especially the squirrels burrowing underneath the snow then popping up.

Then we got a glimpse of some color flying by our window and snapped some fun pictures of what we saw:

We were snowed in for about 3 days and it was gloriously relaxing. Even Satchel thought so.

We did get out in the blizzard, made sleds out of boogie boards and rubbermaid storage bins, and loved every freezing minute of it!

 

Goat Cheese and Wine Sauce Puffs January 8, 2011

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The other day I tried (note the word ‘tried’) to make wine jelly. My parents got me canning tools for Christmas, so I was antsy to do some home canning and I figured jelly was a pretty safe place to start. And I found this recipe that sounded delicious… So I thought I’d start there.

I stopped by the grocery store to grab some pectin on the way home and I was ready to go. So I gathered my ingredients, and got to cooking. About 20 seconds in, I realized I didn’t have enough wine. I went back to the grocery store. Started cooking again, and about 1 minute later we magically ran out of sugar. Grocery store trip #3.

Three grocery store trips and two pots boiling over with sticky wine and sugar mixture later, I finally got to try canning. Everything went perfectly. Water bath processed for 5 minutes, and every little half pint made that beautiful pop noise you want to hear when home canning.

Except 24 hours later, the jelly was still runny. Tasted wonderful, but no where close to jelly. But I had worked so hard, and I wasn’t about to throw it away. I’d just save it for a rainy day when you’d need very runny wine not-so-jelly.

Then we got invited to a party. I needed to bring a snack. And it hit me- a beautiful combo: puff pastry + goat cheese + wine sauce. I went straight to Trader Joe’s and grabbed the first two ingredients.

And here’s how my failed attempt at wine jelly turned into the most delicious snack my kitchen has ever seen.

Preheat to 400. Prep a mini muffin pan with some cooking spray. Cut the puff pastry into small squares. The Trader Joe’s brand is a nice square and makes about 16 squares per sheet.

Put the squares into each cubby of the muffin pan. (Cubby? I don’t know, it’s all I could come up with.)

Put some goat cheese in the center of each. Maybe a little over a teaspoon- I didn’t measure, just divide it evenly.

Bake for 10 minutes. Drizzle the goat cheese with some wine sauce-supposed-to-be-jelly. Bake for 5 additional minutes.

Cool on a wire rack. If you’re anything like me, you don’t have enough patience for this step. Just be warned- hot goat cheese will burn your mouth. Try to make sure at least a dozen make it to the party. That’s the hardest step. You will want to eat them all immediately.

Enjoy!

 

Butterscotch and White Chocolate Gingerbread December 1, 2010

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My sweet friends Brittany and Lauren are having a cookie swap on Friday! And if you have ever read one word of this blog or have been around me for more than a day, you probably already know that this is right up my alley. I can’t wait.

The toughest thing about a cookie swap is figuring out what cookie to make. So much pressure!!! I didn’t want anything plain, but I didn’t have a ton of time, so it couldn’t be too complicated. Last time I did a cookie swap, I think I got in way over my head with something too time consuming.

I asked my should-be-professional-baker coworker if she had any ideas, and of course, she immediately had an answer. She said her favorite drop cookies were ugly but delicious and called Butterscotch Gingerbread. I did a little search on the Internet, found a good recipe base, and (of course) changed it up a little.

I’ve made 8 dozen, plus a few strays and I now have a new favorite cookie. It’s not average joe. It’s not fancy nancy. It’s delicious. And all you do is mix it up, drop, and bake. That’s my kind of cookie!

Butterscotch White Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

  • 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I personally think you could almost double this. Salty cookies are out of this world.)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, loosely measured (none of this packed mess)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 3/4 bag butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 bag white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix flour, soda, and spices. Set aside.

In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar. Add egg and molasses. Slowly add the dry ingredients, 1 cup at a time. Stir in butterscotch and white chocolate chips. Drop on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 9-10 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

I found that this recipe make about 3 dozen, depending on how much of the batter I needed to taste test 🙂

I tripled for my cookie swap, and so that Lovey could take some to work.

Enjoy!