Saturday, July 16, 2011

Housewarming Card and Gift Wrap

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As you may have gathered from the previous post, I'm putting together a housewarming gift for a friend. I also found a great idea for a card when looking around Pinterest and other blogs. Karen from Sew Many Ways... sewed together two paint chips to make a pouch to hold silverware. I thought this would be a great thing to use for a housewarming gift card.

I sewed together two paint chip cards, wrote my message on a note card, attached a string and put the card into the paint chip pouch. Cute, creative and FREE!
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When I saw the empty paint cans when getting the paint chips for the card, I thought it would the perfect way to "wrap" the gift. I stuffed in all of the housewarming goodies and tied the paint chip card to the handle. It was a pretty affordable option and much easier than wrestling with wrapping paper!

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Chalkboard Coasters

I found a tutorial for chalkboard coasters from Shelley at Crazy Wonderful when looking for some housewarming gift ideas.

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They were really easy to make and a fun way to keep track of which drink belongs to you! And, they were really affordable to make. All I needed were four ceramic tiles, a piece of felt, chalkboard paint, adhesive for attaching the felt to the bottom of the tiles and chalk.

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You can find detailed instructions at Crazy Wonderful.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Weigh Down Your Table Cloth

I secretly want to be Maratha Stewart (only nicer and without a stint in jail). Well, it might not be so secret as I've mentioned it on here several times before. Either way, I like to replicate her ideas. (Along with Pioneer Woman's ideas, the girls from Our Best Bites, and others with an enviable amount of talent). But, this is an idea that I came up with all on my own! No replication, so I'm particularily excited to share it.

It's a little solution I came up with to keep table cloths from flapping in the wind. I know this looks great on movies and in advertisements, but when you're trying to serve food and the corner of your table keeps landing in the red jello or pudding-based dessert, it losses its nestalgic appeal in a hurry!

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These are a really fun and cheap solution. All you need is:

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1. Washers
2. Magnets
3. Scrapbook paper
4. Gloss glaze (Also called diamond clear finish)
5. Mod Podge

And, here are the steps for making them:
1. Trace the washers on your scrapbook paper.
2. Cut out the shapes out of the paper.
3. Use Mod Podge to put the scrapbook paper onto the washers.
4. Let dry.
5. Cover the side of the washer with the paper with your gloss glaze.
6. Let dry and add another coat of gloss glaze if necessary.
7. Attach to your table cloth by putting the washer on one side of the fabric and holding it in place with the magnet on the other side of the fabric.

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Dessert Pizza on the Grill

As I posted earlier, my family and I made pizzas in the mud oven last week. I took on the charge of making some dessert options. While we made these in the mud oven, you could easily make them on the grill. I made two options - apple and Nutella with bananas.

Apple Pizza
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Okay, it doesn't get much easier than this. All you do is spread pie filling (I used apple, but you could use cherry or blueberry) on your pizza dough. Combine a package of yellow cake mix with water until it gets crumbly (I suggest starting with 1/4 cup of water and slowly add more as necessary). Sprinkle the cake mix over the pie filling (My pizza were small, so I only used 1/2 a pack of cake mix). That's it. Stick it on the grill until the cake mix topping is golden brown. If you have a think crust, I would recommend pre-cooking your crust before adding the toppings.

Nutella and Banana Pizza
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Again, if using a thick crust, pre-cook it. Then, spread Nutella over the crust and top with sliced bananas, shredded coconut and white chocolate chips. Warm in the grill until the coconut is toasted. This option turned out even better than I thought it would. It was awesome!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Weddings, Squeeze Box Hugs, Slip 'n Slides and Mud Oven Pizza

And what do these things have in common? Absolutely nothing except that they were all highlights from my 4th of July weekend.

Weddings
While Thursday is not technically part of the 4th of July weekend, I wanted to show some pictures of my cousin Mark and his beautiful new family. I'm extremely excited for them all and honored that I got to snap their photos. The wedding was so great that I have blocked the memory of the heat and humidity turning me into a soggy sponge.

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Squeeze Box Hugs
When I'm tired I'm a bit like a child - I get irrational and cry for no reason. One thing that I've found to help my irrational breakdowns is a squeeze box hug. If I get a really good hug, I can feel my heart beat slow and my shoulders drop. It reminds of Temple Grandin's squeeze machine, so I call them squeeze box hugs. After 13 1/2 hours at work, limited sleep the night before, three computer meltdowns and three meltdowns of my own on Friday, I needed one!

Slip 'n Slide
After a squeeze box hug from Blake and a good night sleep, I was ready for the weekend at the my parent's cabin. In addition to the normal activities - eating, reading, eating, lounging in the river, eating, napping, eating - we did a test run with a slip 'n slide my dad and brother's wanted to build for the upcoming family weekend festivities at the cabin.
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Rolling out the slide.
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Yes, aunt Bonnie is sweeping off the
slip 'n slide.
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Inaugural trip down the slip 'n slide.
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Unfortunately, the plans were a bit too grand, and it turned out to cause more bleeding than sliding. Not deterred, the engineer in the family went to work and came up with an acceptable alternative.





Mud Oven Pizzas
On Sunday night, Sue and Kevin, co-workers from Dakota Electric with a cabin near my parent's, invited us over for mud oven pizzas. Sue was firing pottery in her kiln, which requires around the clock feeding. To help the time pass, Kevin invited my family to join them and some friends for pizza. I don't think he realized when he extended the invitation that we'd bring three car full of family, friends and my high school biology teacher. Still, they were extremely hospitable. Thank you Sue and Kevin!

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Sue stoking the fire.
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Checking out the pottery. You can
do the same here.



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Sue explaining. She did that a lot!






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Check out Sue's blog to see more of her pottery!

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