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Make the best of everything!: February 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

French Bathroom accessories

Well! I did it! I popped my Modge Podge cherry yesterday! I had never heard of Modge Podge before I started blogging ( 2 months ago) and I decided to give it a try! Yesterday morning I went over to Hobby Lobby to pick up some supplies.

I purchased this tissue holder at a thrift store about a month ago for fifty cents. I have been sitting looking at it for a while now, not sure what to do with it. I figured if I mess up my Modge Podge on this, it would be of little consequence.

Picked out some paper. French looking, that would match my bathroom. ( My bathroom is painted navy blue)

I also found this French gift bag at Hobby Lobby on clearance for only a dollar! I figured I would cut pieces out to use on my project!

Here is my first bottle of Modge Podge ever!!

First I wrapped the tissue box in paper ( I made sure to follow the instructions on Modge Podge Rocks!)

then I cut out some " French decorations" from my bag found at Hobby Lobby and Glued them on too. ( It was difficult to get this material down without it curling. so I used some Krazy glue to get the edges to stick)

Here is the finished product!

I was so pleased with the outcome of this project, that i decided to make a soap dispenser too. I had purchased this at the dollar store, knowing that I wanted to make it part of m french bathroom somehow, just didn't know what I would do with it.

I used some of the leftover paper to decorate the soap dispenser.

Here is a photo of my finished products! I thought Modge Podge was really easy to work with and I will absolutely be using it again!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Irish Flag Kabobs

Do these vegetables remind you of anything? LOL

I made vegetable kabobs that look like Irish flags! ( to keep it healthy)  and this is SOO easy!

I chose to make my flags out of green peppers, cauliflower, and carrots. However, there are other vegetables that can be used. Be creative!

Slice the carrot into 1/2's. it will fit on the toothpick MUCH easier.  The peppers and cauliflower pieces already go on easily.

An Irish Flag! 

These make a cute St. Patrick's Day appetizer. and they are extremely easy to make!

I added some green food coloring to some ranch dressing. If I would of had Green Goddess dressing around, I would have used that instead.


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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Coach Purse for Barbie

Made from Craft foam, Puffy paint and a hot glue gun.  Great for Barbie or also can be used for a Trendy Girl Scout Swap!

I need not say anything more. ( for I am a childless adult who happens to have a huge bin of craft foam)


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A recap of my valentines Day

Yesterday was quite an amazing Valentines Day. 

1) First I got these pretty flowers at work. ( aww my husband is such a sweetie). ( I took a picture of my flowers with HIS beer! ) I used some of the DIY beer labels that I previously posted Here

We decided that we would rather stay in an enjoy each others company, then fight the crowds at any restraunt. 

So,  I stole some of the best Valentine meal ideas I found over the last couple days on the web.

I made a Valentines Day salad.  I found the idea for these cute heart carrots Here at C.R.A.F.T.  I also attempted to make the cucumbers into hearts. ( well they kind of look like hearts)

Then I found this cool idea for heart shaped pepperoni at One Charming Party

I also made some simple table ( beer themed decorations)

Happy Valentines Day everyone!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Wine Cork Magnets

 I was walking around Ben Franklin today, looking for inspiration. I saw magnets. The first idea that popped into my  head was to make wine cork magnets! ( I have a box filled with used corks, and I had been thinking about what to do with them for some time.)

This project is SO very easy. All you need are corks, magnets, and a hot glue gun. ( and other decorative items if you choose)

Choose some wine corks.

Glue the magnets on them.  I added some twine for a simplisic effect. I thought about more decorating, but thought they looked good simple.

Here are some of the Cork Magnets holding up a photo of my grandmother and her sister.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Wine? or Perhaps some tea for my Valentine?

Since Valentines Day is on Monday. I thought I would post these two ideas together.  Some " Beverage" gifts for your Valentine.

I brainstormed off of my Valentine beer Labels

( before I start. I must take a minute to acknowledge Abe Lincoln's Birthday. Our world is a better place because of him) ( Remember. I was a political science major WAY before I became a compulsive crafter)


Valentine Wine for your loved one!

The label is made out of a paper bag. I stamped some little pieces of card stock for wording.  I then decorated the bottle with some lace, and paper ( no puffy paint this time.  I'm doing this post while I sent my husband out to run errands, and I am supposed to be cleaning)

Here are a few more close ups of the wine bottle.

 I think this turned out pretty cute.


Make a Spot of Tea for your Valentine!

This would be used well for a Valentine breakfast. Or, if you are gifting some tea. ( we happen to drink lots of tea in our house)

I came up with this saying yesterday.

I stamped some card stock.

attached it to the tea bag. AND....  wa la!
 Valentine Tea!

Happy Valentines day everyone!!

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Have your Girl Scout Cookies without all the calories!!

I LOVE Girl Scout cookies!! Peanut Butter Patties, Carmel Delights, Lemonades, oh yeah and Thin Mints.  I could eat Girl Scout Cookies all day.  Its probably a good thing that these amazing cookies only come out once a year!!

Girl Scout cookies are very high in fat ( like most cookies).   I came up with a way to get all the cookie flavor, without all the calories!!

I made my own Thin Mint Popcorn Sprinkle!!  Popcorn is low in calories, and you do not need to add much of my Thin Mint popcorn sprinkle to make a delightful treat!!

Here is How

1) Place about 10-12 Thin Mints into your food processor.

I added some Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa to the mixture. ( optional, but I recommend it )

I purchased a plastic bottle from the spice department of my local grocery store.  It cost me $1.69. 
I kind of made a cheesy label for this.  LOL this is optional. especially if you plan on gifting this, you may want to think of another slogan!

Here is what it looks like on the popcorn.  A healthy set very satisfying snack that tastes like Girl Scout Cookies!!! ( what more could you ask for?)  Especially if you use 0 calorie butter spray on it as well.

I hope you enjoy!  You can try other cookies as well. My only suggestion is to stay away from cookies that have a great amount of moisture in them.  Peanut Butter Patties may not make great popcorn sprinkle because it will clump. 

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Give a Valentines Day Puzzle!

Disclaimer: Although this is very "Cute" I am not suggesting you should send this Valentine with your children to school!! Although this is not a "raunchy statement,  this is not appropriate for children!!

Anyway. This is a cute way to make a homemade card for your significant other. I have heard of people hiding the puzzle pieces and making their significant other search for them.  Also, you can try to get the puzzle pieces into balloons and try to get your significant other to pop them ( in order to get a piece)

This is very inexpensive. 2 of these puzzles cost me $1.99 at Hobby Lobby, and I already had the paint.

Here is How

Start with a basic wooden Puzzle ( found in the wood aisle at Hobby Lobby)

Paint them the color of your choice. I chose black.

Decorate the Puzzle!!! ( Puffy Paint of course)

Make sure you pull the puzzle apart before the paint drys! ( so it wont stick)

Wa la! A Valentines Day Puzzle Card!

Here is what it looks like put together!!
( I did have a puffy paint mishap at the end of the word complete) That is the thing with Puffy paint. its best if you go SLOW and STEADY!

I still think it looks cute!!


Friday, February 4, 2011

Butternut squash bruschetta!!

My mother and father in law live in Iowa and grow their own organic vegetables!  We just got home from a visit with a beautiful butternut squash in hand! I wanted to do something creative with it. I made up a  fabulous recipe for Butternut squash bruschetta!!

I must say all the flavors that go in this go wonderfully together and I had to share how this is done. 

Here is How

2 cups peeled, seeded, and diced butternut squash, diced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes. 
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
Pinch of black pepper
 1 head roasted garlic, cloves removed and roughly chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
10 toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons cooked and crumbled bacon ( Turkey bacon for me)
French baguette sliced
Mixed greens
Balsamic vinegar glaze
 crumbled goat cheese ( to taste. I like goat cheese)

Squash, brown sugar, salt, pepper and pepper flakes in a bowl and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  I roast the garlic at this time as well.

Toast Walnuts. Mix the walnuts with dried cranberries, and Bacon pieces ( I only use Turkey bacon)

When the Squash and garlic are done cooking, add it to the Mixture and stir.

Cut a french baguette into slices, drizzle some olive oil, and broil in the oven.

Place some spring mix on a slice of bread. add some Butternut squash mixture. Top with goat cheese and drizzle with balsamic glaze

I am absolutely going to make this again!! the flavors went well together. my favorite part were the hot chili flakes!

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