Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Journey To Forever

Earlier this year, my cousin gave me the most adorable gift by using a 2x4, paper and vinyl.  I thought these would make great gifts.  So I decided to make my own version.

I've had this project sitting around since June and I finally got it done last week.  I went to Home Depot and had a 2x4 cut up into 9 inch, 6 inch and 5 1/2 inch pieces.

Then I painted all the pieces black with some craft paint.

I cut some pattern paper to fit the blocks and so that a little of the black was showing around the edge.

I ordered some vinyl from Utah Vinyl.

I added the pattern paper to the wood with some Mod Podge.

Then attached the vinyl.

I added another coat of Mod Podge on top and then added a little ribbon to the "F".  I thought they turned out so adorable.

I ended up making a few different colors.

These would make great Christmas gifts too.  The paper combinations are endless. 

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thanks A Bunch

Well to go along with our little Thank You Make N' Take, I made some thanks a bunch cards.  They were pretty simple, but I thought they turned out cute.

There were so many cute cards at our last card exchange.  Everyone that participated really did over the top this time.  It's so fun to get together, exchange cards and visit. 

Today, I finally got the green beans bottled.  Yeah!!!  The hubster helped me stem and snap them the other night.  It's so nice to have a few to put away for the winter time.  We need like 6 times this amount though.  We love green beans at our house.  I see more on the plants - time to pick them again.  Guess I'll be working on that project tomorrow.

Now I can say I did my first canning of the year!  Best part - the jars all sealed, success.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thank You Make N' Take

I've mentioned before that I host a handmade card exchange at my home every other month. Along with the cards we exchange, I like to have a little make n' take for the gals to put together and take home with them that night. While shopping at Michael's, I came across these adorable pillow boxes in the wedding section. I figured they would work perfect.

I stamped the roses on some white cardstock, colored them in with some markers and then added a little Thank You stamp as well. I used Stampin' Up's Crystal Effects on the roses so they would stand out a little more.

I added some wide black ribbon and a little gingham as well, filled it with some treats and was done. Simple and just perfect to give to someone who needs an extra special thank you.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I'm Back - Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Okay - so enough sluffing already - let's get back to blogging.  Well I must say this summer turned out busier than expected.  I work part-time but when summer arrives, it's more like full-time.  I get to work when everyone else goes on vacation.  So needless to say, this has been a busy summer of working.  I also got to hang out with my family while they were in town for a couple weeks.  We were also able to squeeze in a couple weekend camping trips.  But mostly we just stayed close to home. 

Well one day I was craving some yummy homemade cinnamon rolls.  So one day when I didn't have to work, I pulled out my trusty bead maker and got to work.  I love using my bread maker to makes all kinds of dough for breads and rolls - so much easier than mixing, kneading, and waiting for it to rise. 

Add the following ingredients in this order to your bread maker:
1 egg and then enough warm water to equal 1 cup
1 tsp Lemon Juice
3 T. Oil
1/3 C. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
3 1/2 C. Flour
1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast

I use the dough setting and let it do its thing while I work on my other 50 million projects that have been accumulating, which include mostly laundry, dusting and vacuuming.  Why do these projects NEVER get marked off my "to do" list permanently?????  Anyway, when it's done your dough is ready to roll out.

I spread a little butter on the dough.

Sprinkle on a little cinnamon, sugar, and raisins (if you like), on as well.

Roll it up.

Then cut into pieces.

Then put on a greased jelly roll pan, cover and let raise until double in size. 

Remove plastic wrap and bake at 325 for 15-20 min, or until done. 

Make some cream cheese frosting while they're baking and then after they've cooled - Frost and enjoy!!  These are one of my favorite treats.

So has anyone else had a crazy summer?  I'm sure you've seen these cool tier plates around blog land, but check out this post for more details.