Wednesday, August 27, 2014

~a tiny succulent garden~

I just bought this little basket at a garage sale and thought it would be perfect planted with succulents for fall.
Yep, I am slowly starting to break out the fall decor.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

~make a sign from a memorable kids letter~

My kids are getting older.
They are almost 12 and 16.
But over the years I have saved thousands of pieces of artwork, little letters, and I've written down funny little things they have said.

I went through Savannah's box up in the attic with her the other day and we were laughing at all the funny little things she said when she was little. 

I decided I would like to showcase one of her little letters to me by painting it on a sign.
You can do this with not only kids letters, but love letters, or letters that loved ones who have passed on had written to you.
It's a great way to showcase these special mementos.

I cannot wait to find one of Cody's sweet pieces and create art with it too.

Start with your letter.

Enlarge it to fit the size of wood you are painting on.
{I used a 16" x 16" piece of  MDF}
I enlarged it on my home printer so I had to piece it together.

Flip it over and scribble pencil all over the back side of the lettering.

Position it on your painted piece of MDF and tape down in place.
{I used Annie Sloan Old White}

I got Savannah to trace over the outline of the letters.
It was strange seeing her 15 year old hands tracing over her 7 year old handwriting. 

Once you have traced everything, remove and recycle the paper.
You will be left with the outline where the pencil has transferred.

Fill in the lettering with black craft paint and a small skinny artist brush.

When dry, distress the whole piece with sandpaper, and then go over it with clear wax.
{I use Annie Sloan wax, but you can use any clear minwax from the home improvement store}

Now you need to make a frame.

My MDF was 16" x 16" so I cut 4 pieces of 1x2's at 16" 
{inside measurement}
on 45 degree angles, and nailed together with a nail gun 
supported by pieces of 1x2's in each corner.
If you don't have a nail gun you can use wood glue and clamp it together until it is dry.
Use a few finish nails to ensure stability.

I wiped on a little gray stain and let that dry.

Now all you have to do is pop in the wood to the frame and display!

I hope I have inspired you to dig through those boxes and create some memorable art for your home!

Monday, August 25, 2014

~the best chocolate chip zucchini bread recipe~

It's that time of year when zucchini is in abundance.
I am always making zucchini bread and looking for new ways to cook with it.

Dry ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Wet ingredients:
  • 2 eggs, room temp.
  • 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk 
  • 1 cup organic turbinado sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups finely grated zucchini
  • 4 oz dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F. Oil a 9x4 inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
  1. In a bowl, sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy; beat in applesauce, buttermilk, oil, sugar, and vanilla. Combine well. Stir in grated zucchini and chocolate chips.
  3. Fold flour mixture into the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Spoon batter into pan. Bake for approximately 50 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes in the pan. Loosen the sides and remove from pan. Cool loaf completely before cutting.

Friday, August 22, 2014

~winnners announced~

Thanks to all who participated in the Luvsome dog food giveaway.
For a recap, these winners will win a Luvsome switch kit, coupons for free dog food, and a $50.00 Kroger gift card to spend anyway they like!

The first winner is Pam Ballard.
You can visit her on her blog here.
The second winner is Patricia Goins, and you can visit her on her blog here!

Thanks again, and happy Friday!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

~I've got fall on my mind~{hot apple cider recipe}

I am laid up with a sprained ankle so forgive me for not posting
 a thrifty Thursday project today!

I have fall on my mind though and thought I'd share with you again my favorite hot apple cider recipe.

This is truly the best!

Come back tomorrow to find out the 2 winners of the Kroger gift cards brought to you by Luvsome!
If you haven't entered, you can do so here!


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