Sunday, August 24, 2014

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

I love summer time! I love that the sun comes up early and sets late! I love pony tails and flip flops...cut off jeans and tank tops! Summer is a time to renew friendships and kick up your feet! A time to enjoy  back yard gardens and swimming pools! And to top off your summer, fresh produce from the local farmers market is an absolute must! Mmmm...the thought of corn on the cob from the farmer out in Salt Rock!!!! Now I'm really getting hungry!
I want to share my favorite summer salad with you and it is so easy to make! 


If you can get locally grown produce to make this salad then do it! Locally grown equals even better. A couple of weeks ago, I bought locally grown strawberries and they were simply divine! They were not those over grown ones like you get in the supermarket. Generally the large ones are tasteless and have a pale or white inner flesh. These were smaller and a deep red all the way through the berry. Simply mouth watering and very sweet!

All you need for this salad:
baby spinach
sliced strawberries
blueberries (optional)
purple onion thinly sliced in rings
feta cheese
almonds or pecans (optional)
grilled chicken (optional)
Sometimes I make this with mandarin oranges.
Put the feta on right before serving!!

Poppy Seed Dressing: 
I got this from a friend years ago!
Put all of these ingredients in a blender
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/2 cup oil ( vegetable oil or grape seed oil)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
5 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 chopped onion (white, yellow, or sweet)

Now that you have your salad and dressing made, don't forget your sweet tea! I like to put fresh mint leaves or a combination of orange and lemon slices in mine
I hope you are having a great summer!

A Little Wreath

This is just a quick post. I seem to have less and less time lately, but I somehow managed to make a cute little wreath! It cost about $7.00 to make. I went to the Dollar Tree and bought a small floral ring that I used as the base for my wreath. Next,
I wrapped it with burlap ribbon. While I was doing that I tea stained 2 packs of coffee filters that I got from the Dollar Tree.Once those were dry ( I gave them a little help with the hair dryer), I hot glued them around my wreath. I started on the top outside edge and stopped once I got about halfway across the front. I stopped there because I wanted the burlap to show on the finished wreath. Take a look..I think it turned out super cute!

Happy Crafting
Happy Back to School

Monday, June 16, 2014

Jewelry Making

The latest girl's night out (actually...girl's night in) was so much fun! 
We gave jewelry making a whorl and I ended up making 2 pairs of
 fabulous earrings! I couldn't be happier with the way they turned out!
 Of course We had to have food too! Seems 
like everything in my life revolves around eating!
 Salad with homemade basil dressing...
 French 75...
Spinach mushroom crepes with goat cheese. 

Hope you have a creative week!!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Photo Collage Shadow Box

This is a really easy photo collage project that doesn't take much time at all. I first started out by taking a bunch of photos at our local park and downtown area. This photo collage is inside one of those plastic photo collage boxes and it has 3 layers. The first layer is a background image of a tree. I cut it to size and then glued it directly to the bottom (inside back) of the shadow box. The middle section is an image of the courthouse and the largest flower. I used an x acto knife to cut out the building and flower and then glued a couple of styo-foam pieces to the back of them so that they would pop out from my bottom image. Once that was dry, I glued them to my background. For the final layer, I used my x acto knife and cut out flower images and pieces of a stone wall from several other photos . I then sprayed the front of these pieces with spray adhesive and layered them on the inside of the clear lid of the shadow box. Before any of these pieces were attached permanently, I practiced placing them in different arrangements to see what looked best.

 I think this would be a fun project for kids to do with photos from a vacation! 
Have Fun!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Fun Way to Display Your Photos

I am always looking for craft ideas. Something to 
put a new spin on a traditional way of doing something. 
So, I decided to "shabby up" an old picture frame. 
I've seen several versions of these out in stores 
and most recently at a graduation party.
 You could use this idea to display Christmas cards,
 school photos, postcards, or you could even turn it 
into a calendar to count down to an event by adding 
number cards. Let your imagination go wild! 
This is me trying to craft with a cat on my back! hahaha!
 He has a habit of jumping on our shoulders and just hangin' out. Crazy cat!!!
Old frame
Hot glue/hot glue gun
craft size clothes pins
embellishments ( I used paper flowers)
Hot glue twine from one side of the frame to the other.
 I hot glued these pretty paper flowers to my clothes pins. 
They are actually recycled from the Easter baskets that
 I made my kiddos! So that makes me smile!!
When you finish, all that's left to do is add your photos!
Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Girls' Craft Night!

A few weeks ago a couple of my girlfriends and I got together for a Moroccan themed craft night. Well, the food was Moroccan themed not the craft. hahaha! We had the best time eating, crafting, and enjoying each others company! We even watched Casablanca!!!
The craft project idea we got off of Pinterest.
 I would embed the link to it, but when I clicked the image 
on Pinterest it did not take me to the original site. Luckily, the project is easy to do!
white mug with a smooth surface
stickers or stencils
All you do is decorate your mug with sharpies 
and bake in an oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
You can use stickers or stencils to give you a nice outline.
Be sure to remove the stickers before you bake your mug.
I bought my mug at Kroger.
"If TEA can't fix it....
it is a serious problem."
Use your Sharpie to make dots all around your letters.
 Be sure to get them very close together near the edges of the letters.
Remove your stickers and then bake in oven at 350 degrees.

Happy crafting dear friends!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Photography Class Artwork/Photo Transfer Project

I absolutely loved this project! I think it was my FAV out of all the things we did in this semester's art class! Once you get the hang of it, photo transferring is so easy! If you have never tried it, I recommend you get the book Spice Up Your Photos by Nitsa Malik. It has more than one great project idea for photo transferring. I think that the one I did is probably the easiest.

  • laser copy of a photo that you have taken
  • canvas board
  • spray bottle
  • soft rag or sponge
  • Mod Podge or some other gel medium
  • sponge brush or a medium size flat brush
  • clear finish
  • patience! lol

STEP 1: Take some black and white photos (or color) of some of your favorite things. Print the one that you like best on regular copy paper (not photo paper). Use an image that has a good balance of black and white. Lots of contrast is good.

STEP 2: Use a sponge brush to apply Mod Podge to a canvas board that is the size of your image. Also, apply the Mod Podge to the surface of your image. Let it set until it is slightly tacky. 

STEP 3: Gently lay the image face down on the canvas and smooth all the air bubbles out. It is very important that all air bubbles have been smoothed away or you will have an epic fail. That happened to me the first time I tried this. 

STEP 4: Let it patient! This could take as long as 24 hrs. YES! That Long!!!

STEP 5: After it has dried, use a spray bottle to wet the back of your image. 

STEP 6: Use your fingers to start rubbing off the paper. I even used a soft washcloth to help get it off, but don't rub to hard. If you notice the photo below, I was even able to peel the paper off in sections. Just remember to be gentle.

STEP 7: If you want use paint or other materials to jazz up your photo before you seal it. I used gold metallic paint to put accents on mine before I sprayed it with a clear sealant.

Below is my final photo....I love it because it has a vintage vibe to it. 
Plus, it is one of the many photos that I took of my daughter for this year's prom.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Photography Art Class

This school semester I have been taking an art class that incorporates photography. It has proved to be a fun little class. The thing that is even better is that it is hosted through our local board office and led by a couple of our county art teachers. AND since I am a county teacher, I can take the class...PLUS it is free!!!! Yeah!! 
I have loved going to this class! It has been just the thing that I've needed to
and  have a little me time to enjoy something that I like.
Below you will see one of the projects that I've completed so far. It was a photo transfer project. The photo was printed on glossy photo paper and then transferred onto a surface that had aluminum foil pasted to it. You can transfer an image onto just about any surface though. The next one that I'm going to do is going to be on canvas. Anyway, after you print your picture, cover the image with Mod Podge and adhere it face down to your surface. Once it has been aloud to sit for about 10 minutes, spray the back with water and start rubbing. Eventually the paper will start to come off and the image will be left. 
BEWARE: Mine didn't work that great at first! We were given the glossy photo paper which has a plastic had to be carefully peeled away and then we still had trouble.
Instead you should use regular copy paper or possibly matte photo paper. I rubbed for literally hours before the paper on my photo finally came off the back. Even worse was that my image didn't really show up. So, I ended up using my imagination and water color to bring the picture back to life. I could only see see a hint of the circles that the ends of the pipes and a few lines they indicted shadows. I think I did pretty good with the water colors. What do you think?

 I will post more art class projects as they are completed!
Happy Creating Fellow Bloggers!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!

This year I made my kiddos' Easter baskets! I had been meaning to make these for the last several years, but some how never managed. When I was a little girl my mom made a version of these baskets, so these bring back memories. 

Supplies: embroidery thread (I like the thicker), balloons, Mod Podge (years ago mom used sugar water, I tried starch this time around and it did not work very well), ribbon and other embellishments, hot glue gun/sticks.
  • start by blowing up your balloons. 
  • soak the embroidery thread in the Mod Podge.
  • Tie the end of your string around the knot at the opening of the balloon and carefully start wrapping it. Be prepared because this is messy and a little annoying. The string has a tendency to slip until you really get going with it.
  • After it is wrapped, add more Mod Podge to ensure that the strings are soaked all the way through. I hung mine from a light fixture until they were dry. 
  • Once they dry, you can pop the balloon and and get to work cutting a hole in the front. I also pushed the bottom in on mine so that they'd stand upright.
  • Lastly, have fun decorating!
  • The following pictures that detail some of the steps.

I think that these 
turned out really cute! 
Happy Easter!
and Remember...
He is Risen!