Archive | October, 2012

Temple Holiday Market

30 Oct


I’m so excited to be a vendor for my church’s first Holiday Market. We’ve got a full gym of vendors with a variety of items. It should be a really good event so if you’re in the Clanton area make plans to come out and shop, November 10th, 9-2. Admission is free, lunch items and baked goods for sale, plus child care provided. If you wanna follow along on facebook, check out the event page here. Download the attached flyer.

craftshow-flyer

Also, I’ve been experimenting with animated gifs. So click on the picture to see the lights twinkle. Yes, I’m easily amused.
Tutorial here.

DIY-Halloween Party Must Haves

16 Oct

1. Free Printable Zombie Invitation// 2. Apothecary Jar Decor// 3. Spooky Candle Wrappers// 4. Ghost Cake Toppers// 5. Pretzel Skeleton Party Favors

Cookie Dough Cupcakes

11 Oct

I recently helped plan a baby shower for a dear friend. Usually when I plan food for a party, I hit my pinterest board and find the things I’ve been wanting to try. Parties are always a good excuse. Since the cake was being handled by the sister, I chose to go with these chocolate cupcakes with a cookie dough icing. Let me tell you, so good. The icing tastes literally like cookie dough. I think it could easily be a dip. Recipe as follows, from Tidy Mom.

Recipe
– 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
– ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
– 3½ cups confectioners’ sugar (I might back off this next time, super sweet)
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– ¾ tsp. salt
– 3 tbsp. milk
– 2½ tsp. vanilla extract

1. Beat butter and brown sugar with the paddle attachment on high speed until creamy and fluffy.
2. Mix in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
3. Beat in the flour and salt.
4. Mix in the milk and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.

I used just good ole boxed chocolate cake mix for the cupcakes. Not my favorite thing to do but I was short on time. This sounds like a lot of icing but if safely iced all 40+ tiny cupcakes I had. I also topped them with some tine chocolate chips.



My friend is a little woodsy so we went with a pink and brown theme. As you can see we Pinteresed it up. Aside from the yarn S and table garland, I give creative credit to my friend, Jaclyn for completely tackling this. She had so many cute decor items and made the pinecones and diaper cake. I’ll link so DIY’s to the projects above.

Yarn Wrapped Letter: here
Diaper Cake: here
Pinecones: here
Torn Fabric Bunting Garland: here (I actually did the hole make a loop and slip in through technique instead of knotting)
Food Signs: That was a little project I came up with. I took 2 decorative cinnamon sticks (Christmas section at Hobby Lobby) and tied the ends with thread. Here is a printable for the food signs. I printed them on pink paper but you can change that up.

Soup Days: Creamy Tortellini Soup

9 Oct

Round 2 on Soup Days. I had a hard time deciding between this one from Better Homes and Garden or a homemade tomato basil soup. As I had leftover spinach in the fridge begging to be used, this one won out. I followed the recipe pretty much exactly minus the mushrooms and onion. I had planned on adding some carrots but sadly left them at work so this one wasn’t quite as healthy as I normally like but still very tasty. (indicates my changes)

Photo Credit: Better Homes and Gardens

Recipe:
– 1 2-ounce envelope white sauce mix (apparently for us southerns that means country gravy mix)
– 4 cups of water
– 1 14-ounce can vegetable broth
– 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms (I omitted)
– 1/2 cup chopped onion (I omitted)
– 3 gloves garlic, minced
– 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (I used Italian seasoning and probably more towards a 1/2)
– 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I used crushed red pepper flakes)
– 2 cups dried cheese tortellini
– 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
– 6 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, torn
(I also added some balsamic vinegar and red wine vinegar to taste, just a smidge)

1. Place dry white sauce mix in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Gradually add the water to the white sauce mix, stirring until smooth. Stir in broth, mushrooms, onion, garlic, basil, salt, oregano, and cayenne pepper.
2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
3. Stir in dried tortellini. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 1 hour more or high-heat setting for 45 minutes more.
4. Stir in evaporated milk and fresh spinach. If desired, sprinkle individual servings with black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings.

(Since I didn’t add the vegetables upfront I cut the slow cooking down some. I also let the spinach cook some in the broth before serving.)

What Inspires You?

5 Oct

I came across this video series a couple of years ago. It’s no secret but I absolutely adore Rifle Paper Co. (Who doesn’t?) Her style, the colors, and the passion behind her work drive me to always raise the bar. The video is part of a series, “Do What You Love.”  The series features women who are doing what they love and finding success in that.

Now I know what you’re thinking. “Do What You Love,” you say? Well that doesn’t pay the bills or sure that works for them in blogger land but certainly not me. I get the feeling, you work hard and then you hit a wall. I think it’s a great inspirer to remember you’re placed on this earth with certain talents and gifts for a reason. Sure maybe you haven’t figured out exactly what your gift it but you got a passion. God has given each of us talents to be used. It might not seem like it could make much of a difference but how could we impact the world if we all did what we loved to do?

When I started art classes my freshmen year of college I had really no idea what design was or how it was produced. I only knew that when I saw the work of older classmates I had a deep resounding passion of this is what I should do. So though I embarrassingly admit that I was terrified I was going to have to hand produce my design materials (who would have thought that stuff wasn’t just on a computer somewhere?) I kept going. When I stumbled upon this video two years ago that same clueless, yet passionate excitement rose back up within me.

I know this is my gift, I’ll never be Anna Bond. But God has given me this passion and even though I have days where I think who really cares about stationery anymore, I know this is what I love to do.

I encourage you all to do the same, find what you love to do and then DO IT. Check out the rest of the series. Perhaps you’ll find one that speaks to you.

Happy Friday, enjoy the weekend!

Discovered Gems: Bewitchin’

4 Oct

1. Witch Wooden Sign// 2. Illustrated Bats Card Set// 3. Black/Orange Paper Straws// 4. Pumpkin Marshmallow Perfume

DIY Zombie Invitation: Free Printable

2 Oct

Recently I had the opportunity to design some spooky invitations for my friend. She’s obsessed with the Walking Dead. I just can’t do it. But I always try to get out of my comfort zone and design things that maybe are a little out there for me. She’s planning a zombie halloween party and wanted to be able to hand out the invitations with a tube of candy blood. The idea of You’re Infected (Invited) hit me and I ran with it. The goal was to create an old horror movie look and I had to make the zombie a little less gory then what you might normally see. The outcome: A fun appropriate invitation for all ages (or most). To be cost effective, I made them where she could print them out at home on scrapbook (cardstock) paper. So hooray, you can too! If you’re looking for a fun invitation for your Halloween soiree, look no further.

You’ll need:
-5×7 Black Envelopes
-This free printable (2 invites to a page) *NOTE: save the pdf to your computer to print. The pdf views oddly in some internet browsers.
-Black and White Baker’s Twine (or some form of string)
-Red paper
-Card stock for invitation (I chose bright green and purple but get creative)
-Test tubes (I found these at Hobby Lobby 2 to a set for $1. For large quantities order online)
-Cutting board, Paper knife (or Scissors), and Ruler

Steps:
1. Print out the invitation onto heavy colored card stock. I opted for fun bright colors, but these would work on almost any color you wish. Even black and white has a nice appeal. You’ll get two invitation to one sheet.
2. Using a cutting board, lay a heavy metal ruler across the cutting lines and with a sharp paper knife carefully cut out the invitations. I use this method to get a more exact and straight cut. You may also use a paper cutter or scissors. Whatever you are comfortable with.
3. Now on to the test tubes. Take strips of red paper and cut into confetti. (This is sorta fun) Once you have a massive pile of red confetti, stuff the test tubes full of it. My friend wanted to fill them with candy blood. I wasn’t adventurous enough to try this method but it was a cute idea.) Once again, get creative with it.
4. Write in your details for your party on the invitation and then stuff the envelopes. Using the Baker’s Twine, tie the test tube to the envelope.

Voila! You have a ghoulish infection (I mean invitation) for a stellar party.

Some other notes:
-If you plan on mailing these out, I would opt for plastic test tubes as the glass ones might break in shipping.
-I had initially wanted to place the invitation inside the test tube  to hand out but I couldn’t find any large enough. If you wish to do this you have to purchase tubes larger then 5 inches to fit the invite or shrink the invitation down in your printer settings.
-Save the scraps off your card stock to make fun party confetti. It really makes a table festive.

Need some other Halloween Cards? Check these out in the shop: Chocolate zombie + Bats

If you use these, I would love to see the finished results!

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