Saturday, May 3, 2014

Momma's Day

Hey Ya'll!

Mother's Day is right around the corner so today I'm sharing my gift idea that is sure to spoil your Mother. When coming up with the idea, I knew that I wanted to put together something that would help her relax. She's been working really hard lately and she deserves some "me" time. 

Here's what I came up with!

First, I found the Petunias. I've always bought my mom plants for Mother's Day. Every mother deserves flowers but if you're going to spend the money on flowers, why not buy plants. They last longer and these Petunias are annuals so they will bloom every spring in the yard for my Mom to enjoy. 
These three petunias cost $4.00 each which is better than flowers that only last a week.


Here's how I put the bucket together.
I found this galvanized bucket at Hobby Lobby. I love the rustic look.


I visited our local Akins Organic and Whole Foods to find some awesome spa/relaxation items.


These soaps smell AMAZING and they're 100% Pure and Organic


Bath Soaks, Scrub, Shower Creme, Soaps and Caramels.


I filled the bucket with newspaper. I thought it looked better than tissue paper. 


Tallest items first.


Fill the rest of the items...smallest towards the front.


I slipped a beautiful card in the back.



I laid down a brightly colored towel so that the dirt wouldn't get everywhere.


All set!


Hope you like it! Be sure to spoil your Momma 
this Saturday, she deserves it!


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tips: Incredibly Vibrant Easter Eggs



Happy Easter!!

I'm sharing my secrets to creating incredibly vivid and gorgeous easter eggs!

Tip 1:

Vinegar, Yes I know, everyone using vinegar but here's my trick. When dissolving your color tablet, dissolve it in 1 TBSP vinegar, NOT WATER. Once dissolved completely and no fizzy bubbles are still coming up, add 1/4 cup of room-temp water.  THEN add ANOTHER TSBP of vinegar. This is the trick, a little more vinegar goes a long way.

Tip 2:

Colors, Colors, Colors! When you're choosing a dyeing kit, pick the one with the most color tablet choices. I use a standard kit that has 12 different color tablets. Red, Deep Orange, Orange, Yellow, Lime Green, Green, Teal, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Purple, Hot Pink, Pink. The more colors, the better! 

Tip 3:

Patience. Leave your eggs soaking for at least 20 min if not 30 min. This allows the vinegar-based dye to slowly absorb into the shell so that the egg retains it's color. If you want to experiment, try letting them dye for 20 minutes, remove them, let dry and dye again for another 20 minutes. 

Tip 4:

Rotate and repeat. If you want vibrant eggs with perfectly colored shells, then you'll want to follow this step. During the dyeing process, bubbles form on the outside of the egg preventing the dye from penetrating the shell. If these bubbles stay on the egg, you will end up with speckled eggs. {Some of mine turned out this way, as you can see above}. To avoid this effect, rotate your egg with a spoon OR swish the egg/dye mixture by moving your dyeing container in a circular motion, disrupting the bubbles. The more you do this, the smoother the color will be. My pink and red came out almost perfect!








My easter basket!!


Can't wait to use this container in my craft room!


Yummy goodies and beautiful pearl earrings!!


Have an awesome week!


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring DIY: Citronella Candles


DIY: Citronella Votive Candles


You'll need:

2 Small Votive Containers
Soy Wax (16 oz)
8 drops Citronella Essential Oil
Candle Wicks w/ Metal Bases
Double Boiler Set-up


Instructions:

Prep your votive container. I chose some containers that I found in the Garden Decor section in Hobby Lobby. If your container is made for plants and it has a drainage hole, be sure to close the hole with tape/sealer or a plug.





In a double boiler, bring water to a boil and slowly melt the soy wax. {I chose Soy wax because it's environmentally friendly and it's easy to clean up. Paraffin wax leaves a residue that makes it difficult to remove from surfaces} Once the wax is completely melted, add 8 drops of Citronella. {more if you prefer} 



Dip the base of the wick in the melted wax and secure firmly to the bottom of the votive container. Let set completely, straightening the wick once it is set.




Gently pour the wax from your pot to the container, leaving about 1/4 to 3/4 inch of space at the top.


Let candle cool completely and trim the wick. You'll know its good when the wax has returned to a milky color. 


With the weather getting warmer, the bugs have returned in the South. This will be a welcome addition to the porch!





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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Upcycle: Inspiration Board


You'll Need:

Corkboard
Fabric
Fabric Glue/Tacky Glue
Decorative Fabric Tacks
2 Picture Hangers
Hammer

Instructions:

Measure the fabric on a flat surface. To do this, lay the fabric face down with the upside-down corkboard on top. Leave about 4 inches of excess on each side to fold back around. 


Carefully flip the board and fabric over and smooth out any wrinkles. Be sure to straighten the pattern on the fabric so that it looks symmetrical. This can be done by lining certain points in the fabric pattern to the edge of the board. {see below}


Hammer in the fabric tacks to secure the fabric to the cork. 






Once all of the brads have been secured, carefully flip the board back over. Fold the edges and corners of the fabric back tightly and glue with tacky glue. 


Once the glue has dried, install two picture hooks to the back of the board in order to hang it. 


I love this board. It's feminine, it matches my craft room and it's a great place to keep all of those loose pieces that inspire me. 

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!

Mardi Gras!!!

It is a cold and icy Fat Tuesday here in the south and we only have more winter weather coming our way! At this rate, the schools may be in session through Summer break. I will say that this cold weather is a perfect match for my Jambalaya... nothing like a little creole in NW Arkansas!

Southern Jambalaya

Ingredients:

1/2 Medium Onion, chopped
1/2 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
2 stalks Celery, chopped
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 lb Kielbasa Sausage
1 can (10.5 oz) Beef Broth
1 can (28 oz) Diced Tomatoes, undrained
1 cup White Rice, uncooked
1 cup Water
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Dried Thyme
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Pepper
2 tsp Creole Seasoning
1 lb uncooked Shrimp, fresh or frozen, peeled, deveined 
1 tsp Parsley


In a large pot, melt butter and saute onion, bell pepper and celery until tender. Add minced garlic and saute until garlic becomes fragrant. Add sausage, broth, tomatoes, rice, water, sugar, thyme, chili powder, pepper and creole seasoning. Bring it a bowl, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25 min or until rice is tender. Add shrimp and parsley and cook until the shrimp just turn pink. 

Enjoy!!!!!

I love a good One-pot wonder! ;)
Bon appetit!