REMEMBER...

LIFE IS A GARDEN; ENJOY THE STROLL.

January 5, 2017

DISTRESS.... AND CHIP!

'Distress.... and chip!'.  But, you have to say it with the cadence of 'Bend.... and snap!', okay?   If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then just view this clip.

I just recently had to upgrade my cell phone.  I was about to toss the box that my old one came in, when I noticed that it was in mint condition; however, the surface design was obviously that of the company the phone came from.  That's when I immediately assumed the position of 'distress.... and chip'. Perhaps you crafty DIYers would like to get in on the action, too.
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Isn't it a charming little packaging box transformation?   Some homemade chalk finish paint, homemade moss tape, a piece of rusty wire and some decoupaging action was all it took to put this crafty project together.  I made a matching gift tag, too.
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See the subtle chippy finish details?  They're so easy to achieve on a cardboard box.
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I was just about to tuck some tissue paper inside my gift box before photographing it, when it dawned on me that fabric would be an even better idea.  I would have used organza, but I don't have any on hand.  Tulle would be a lovely option, too.
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It doesn't necessarily have to be a gift box, either.  It could be used as a decorative storage box.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this session of 'Distress...... and chip!'.

December 27, 2016

EAT MY BLOG!

Now that I've got your attention, and, no, I haven't gone mad, I'd like to share with you a decadent little chocolate lover's dessert I made for Christmas, a brownie log, or "blog", for short.  Perhaps you'd like to serve blog for New Year's.
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This is what you'll need -
  • a simple fudgey brownie recipe (for an 8" square pan)
  • chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)
  • confectionary sugar
  • rolling pin
  • parchment paper
Begin by baking your fudgey brownie recipe for the minimum time allowed.  It's very important that it's a fudgey brownie recipe, not a cake-like one.  When it has cooled to room temperature, invert the pan onto a sheet of parchment paper roughly 16" long.  Remove the pan and place another 16" length of parchment paper on top of the brownie.  Using your rolling pin, roll the brownie out to a thickness of about 1/4" thick and to roughly measure 10"x13".
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Peel the top piece of parchment paper off and trim away the irregular edges of the brownie so that you have a nicely shaped rectangle.  Use the trim pieces to "spackle" any areas as needed.  Using a cake icing spatula or butter knife, cover the entire surface of the brownie with a thin layer of the chocolate-hazelnut spread (about 1/2-3/4 cup).  Use the bottom sheet of parchment paper to assist you in rolling up your brownie into a tight log (do not roll the paper up with it!).  Now, wrap the log up in the paper and gently squeeze it on all sides to secure the brownie's contact with itself.   Set aside until serving time.
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When you're ready to serve the blog to your guests, simply dust it with confectionary sugar and slice.
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That's all there is to it.

So, to ring in the New Year, eat my blog!


December 19, 2016

A "STRIKING" LITTLE GIFT IDEA

I've been wanting to make homemade fire starters for quite some time, and finally set aside time to do so.  Guess what?  They don't take much time at all to make, and are a cute little gift idea to boot!

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There are quite a few different ways to assemble fire starters, but I was drawn to ones that were made using cupcake/truffle candy liners.  Pictured are the materials and utensils I gathered -

  • mini cupcake pan and paper liners
  • an old candle (I used a knife to cut it into meltable chunks)
  • an old pot and a tin can (my makeshift double boiler)
  • tongs (for grasping the tin can when pouring the melted wax into the liners) 

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My choice of ignitable material was pine pet bedding pellets, excelsior (aka wood wool), dried rosemary, whole dried cloves and mini pinecones.
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Toss some candle chunks into a tin can and place the can in the pot.  Add an inch or so of water into the pot and simmer until the wax melts.  In the mean time, pack your ignitable material into the paper liners, then use your tongs to grasp the tin can and pour the melted wax into each liner.  Let the wax harden (all of ten minutes), and you're done!  It's that stinkin' easy.

Now, for the "strikingly" creative part.  Purchase a box of kitchen matches, decorate the matchbox, toss everything in a little tin pail, and...... Voila!  Gift making accomplished!
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Now, do you need to add some final touches to your holiday decor?  Then, just add candy canes.

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Seriously.  Don't you just want to dive in there?  It reminds me of the game Candy Land, or something out of Willy Wonka Land.
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I purchased the holiday print straws and baking cups from the Dollar Store purely as eye candy props. It evokes that vintage kitschy "thing", and I like that.

Here's another idea for adding an extra sparkle to your holiday decor -

🎶  La, da, da, da, da, da, da... put a ring pin on it!
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Go ahead, tuck a few holiday brooches here and there.  Hey, we basically only wear one at a time, so why let the rest just sit hidden in a jewelry box?

And finally, I just have to share with you this absolutely darling little gift I received from a very special friend -
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It is NOT getting packed away after Christmas.  Nope, this will be my kitchen sink window ornament and I want it to hang out with me all year round.

Happy Holidays, my fellow bloggers and readers!

December 16, 2016

MEET BAUBLES AND BLINGSTER

Ha! I bet you didn't know that Santa had two other reindeer..... Baubles and Blingster.  I'm somewhat late with decorating for Christmas this year, but fashionably late, don't you think?

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Here's a glimpse of some other little curiosities I've placed about.

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I think a vintage glass doorknob makes for a great bauble.

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I made this angel last year.  Actually, I made three, sold two and kept this one for myself.  The faceless cherub..... Isn't she sweet?
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This is my little candle and tree forest.  I love candles; however, I'm "one of those", in that I usually don't light my candles because I want to preserve their "newness".   I've christened two of them; that's a pretty good track record for me.  Silly.
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And, finally, a trio of "cement" ornaments I made.  These will be shipped to a friend.  Check out my tutorial if you'd like to make some, yourself.

Our local weather forecast is calling for a rainy weekend, which will be perfect for cozy indoor activities like baking cookies and wrapping gifts.

Stay tuned...... I hope to squeak out another post before Christmas.