Friday, July 29, 2011

Before and After Nightstand

Pin It My sister-in-law redid her nightstands that she was given for free - that's right - free.  Look and how gorgeous they turned out!!!!

I have a few things of my own that I am going to paint.  I have a couple small nightstands that I'm going to paint black.  I would like to antique them, but I'm not sure how to go about doing that with the black - so if you have tips PLEASE let me know.  I also bought some little chairs that I'm going to paint and give to my daughter for Christmas along with a little table.

I would love to see your before and after projects so please link up here:

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Design Seeds

Pin It I LOVE Design Seeds.  It is a great website with different color swatches.  Whether you need to find colors for a room or to help you figure out what to wear for family pictures, this site will help you immensely!  There are pages and pages of swatches, so there is one that is bound to be calling out your name. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Freezing Basil

Pin It Earlier this year, I had a basil plant in my house.  It was fantastic to have fresh basil for spaghetti sauces and whatnot and it only cost me $3.  Well on a short trip to Idaho I kind of forgot about the plant.  When I got back he was looking rather sad and I didn't think he would make it.  Well I watered him and he came back!  Yay!  We were only gone for 3 days, but on our trip to California we were going to be gone for over a week so I knew the basil wouldn't make it.  I did some research about how to store fresh basil.  There were several techniques, and I'm not sure if one is better than the other, but I ended up doing a freezing technique.

How to freeze basil cubes
  1. Harvest the basil leaves
  2. Wash, pick the leaves off the stalk and then use the salad spinner to spin out most of the water
  3. Pat dry with kitchen towels
  4. Stuff the herbs in ice cube trays
  5. Fill the tray with water. Use your fingers to push the leaves down into the water as much as possible as they tend to float. 
  6. Place the ice cube tray in the freezer
  7. Once the ice cubes are frozen, remove them from the tray and transfer to zip-lock bags
  8. These cubes are now ready for use
You can simply add the ice cube to your spaghetti sauce or whatever else you are cooking.  It's wonderful!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Shrink Plastic Buttons

Pin It I found this AMAZING tutorial on how to make Shrink Plastic Buttons on Scissors.Paper.Wok I will definitely be making some of these.  I just need to get a machine that will cut the pattern and some shrink plastic.  I can't wait!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Snicker Doodles

Pin It Yesterday I was browsing some of my favorite craft blogs and came across a delicious looking post about snicker doodle cookies on Make It Do.  I love snicker doodles and just HAD to try their recipe.  I highly recommend it!  They are so delicious and soft mmmm!  Here is their recipe.

Snicker Doodle Cookies
1 cup butter
1 – 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
  For rolling
3 Tbsp. sugar
3 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cream together sugar and butter.  Add eggs and blend well.  In a separate bowl mix together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.  Slowly mix into the sugar mixture until incorporated.
Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture.  Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Lack of Craftiness

Pin It I'm sure you've noticed the general lack of craftiness on my blog lately.  To be perfectly honest, I just haven't felt super crafty lately.  I've mostly just felt tired and this is why:

I'm pregnant!  I think this baby has been draining away my "craftiness".  I have been lucky though and have only had one day of morning sickness.  I'm hoping that my desire to create things comes back soon.  I'm nearly done with the first trimester so I should stop feeling soooo tired - hopefully.  I'm due January 15th and am really excited.  This will be baby number two for us.