Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Little Chocolate Goodness

Those of you with zucchini coming out of your ears need to try this yummy Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe I got from my mom. It's delish. I made this one Sunday afternoon to take to work on Monday and it was gone in about 20 minutes. Plus it's somewhat healthy right since it has zucchini in it.

Here ya go and you won't be disappointed. It's best warm out of the oven, but cooled is just as good too.

Zucchini Chocolate Cake
1/2 C. Soft margarine
1/2 C. Salad oil
1 3/4 C. Sugar
2 Eggs
1 t. vanilla
1/2 C. Sour milk (I just use regular milk with a little lemon juice)
2 1/2 C. grated Zucchini
2 1/2 C. Flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
4 T. Cocoa
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. Cinnamon
1/4 C. Chocolate Chips - I usually use a bit more

Cream margarine, oil and sugar. Add vanilla and sour milk, beat with mixer or by hand. Add zucchini and sifted dry ingredients. Turn into greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle with Chocolate chips. Bake at 325 for 40-45 min or springs back when touched. Needs no icing.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Metal Pumpkin

I found this metal pumpkin candle holder on clearance last year at Kohl's for like $3 something. I stored it away until recently.

I left it sitting on my kitchen table as is for awhile, but I wanted to add a little something to the middle of it. I found some great fall stuff at Dollar Tree that I thought would work.

I started cutting some of the leaves and flowers off the stems.

I used one of my large rattan balls as the "holder" for the fall foliage.

I randomly hot glued leaves, flowers and then some of my pumpkins and gourds to the rattan ball. When I got done, it looked like this.

It looks much better now. I'm just loving my new fall centerpiece.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Decorative Balls - Dollar Tree

My last trip to Dollar Tree I found these decorative rattan balls. They had a couple different sizes, but I opted for the smaller ones. For only a buck, how could you go wrong?

I used some of my Burnt Orange Americana craft paint and painted two of them.

I spray painted three of them with some brown spray paint.

And the last one I just left white. I put my very fancy balls in this glass jar I found at a thrift store for a whole $1.50 and tied a little ribbon on top. (The larger ones I found at T.J. Maxx earlier this summer.)

I also found these little candle holders at the Dollar Tree that can be used for a candle on this side.

And the turned the other way, it can be used for a tea light candle. I thought it was cool so I bought two.

My glass jar needed a little more height so I set it on this nifty candle holder.

Then I put it up on my kitchen cupboards. I love my decorative balls for only a buck. You could paint them all sorts of colors. The possibilities are endless.

Happy Dollar Tree finds.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Gobble, Gobble

Well since I was on a Thanksgiving decor kick, I went ahead and made another project with some of my wood I picked up at Home Depot. This time I painted my wood with Mud Pie Americana color. This is a 2x4 that is about 16 inches long.

I sanded the edges to make it look a little worn.

Then I added my vinyl that I ordered from Jill. She does such a great job and is so good about cutting out all my projects I want to do. Go check out her site sometime.

It probably took me about a half hour to do this project - mostly time just waiting for the paint to dry. So quick and cheap. I'm just loving it. It's getting stored away till after Halloween, but now there's another project I can cross off my list.

Here's a picture I took with the flash.

Here's another without the flash, since the window was too bright in the kitchen I just switched things up a bit.

Well I think that's my last Thanksgiving project, for the moment. But you never know what I may stumble upon next.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Harvest Time

Remember this stack of wood I got from Home Depot for super cheap.

Well I finally got around to using that largest piece of wood on the bottom. I decided to paint it a cream color but put the paint on kind of "rough" since I wanted some of the dark wood to show through.

After I got it painted, I sanded down the edges a bit.

I ordered some vinyl from Jill over at I added my HARVEST vinyl first.

I had her make an "inlay" as well to put on top of my "harvest" that says "Let us give thanks." I added that next.

Then I got out my trusty can of stain, which my mom bought years ago for me.

I added some to the whole thing and then wiped it off with a paper towel. See how the edges are dark now.

Now it's already to be displayed for Thanksgiving. I'll wait until November to put this up but I just loved how it turned out. Here's a picture with the flash:

And another without, but you get the idea.

I got that cute crow in Virginia one year while visiting my parents. They were so cute, I bought two.

It's never too early to get some Thanksgiving projects done right?

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Just add some paint - picture frame

About a month ago I was at Ross trying to find some good buys and I came across this picture frame with a great price tag - so I snatched it up.

Since then, it's been sitting in my garage . . . until today. There wasn't anything really wrong with it, but it did have a small chip on the front. I sanded it down to make it smooth and then decided to give it a little face lift (you can see the sanded part on the left side of the frame). Here's what I started with:

The orange color is called Burnt Orange. I first painted the frame black with my craft paint.

After it had dried, I then added a bit of the Burnt Orange color and wiped it off with a paper towel and ended up with this.

I thought about putting in a cute fall or Halloween photo but didn't have any on hand so I decided to create my own "picture" with one of my Stampin' Up stamp sets.

I stamped the fence and pumpkins on some white card stock, did a little water coloring and added a cute little crow I found a Michael's.

Now it's complete. I love how the frame turned out with the orange highlights.

Here's a close up of my art work.

I decided to put it up on my kitchen cupboards for now.

On Thursday, Melissa over at 320 Sycamore is having a Under $10 and Under an Hour party. I think I'll be linking up this project.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Paper Pumpkins

I am so good at borrowing other people's ideas. Well I found the cutest paper pumpkins over at Make Mine Lime and I just had to make some. They were super simple to put together. I had fun picking out some fun colors too. The possibilities are endless. Here are mine.

So if you're in the mood for some pumpkin making go check them out.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

3 Tier Plate

Well I showed you my $2.00 glass dishes I made a few weeks ago here.

To go along with that, I found some cute black square plates at Target and used my Dollar Tree candlestick and created this:

I also found a cute square bowl at Target that went with the set so I thought it would be fun to add to the top of my plate. I had another candlestick, but it looked a little too tall, so I found a shorter glass candlestick 2 pack at Dollar Tree that I thought would work. So I started with this:

Here it is all put together. Doesn't it look so fun.

I think I may just have to use it this weekend for a family get together we're going to. Now to make some treats. I thought this would be great to use for chips and salsa or even some veggies and dip. All sorts of possibilities. Have a great weekend.

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