Sunday, March 22, 2015

Easter Bunny Banner

I love Spring and I love Easter.  I also love to add to my seasonal decor when I can, so I made this bunny banner to adorn my chalkboard.
This time I'm kickin' it old school and using my Cricut Expressions machine and the Cricut Sampler cartridge.  If you don't have these two items, any bunny pattern will do.  There are several bunny patterns on Pinterest.  All the supplies needed, I had on hand.  Just use what you have.
To recreate my bunny banner, you will need:
White card stock
Blue, Peach, Pink, Green and Purple card stock
One cotton ball
Glue
Hole punch
Scissors
White bias tape or ribbon
6" strands of tiny ribbon in colors matching your card stock
White yarn
Fork

First, using your die cutting machine, cut one bunny with shadow at 4", then two more at 3 1/2", then two more at 3".  I cut all of my shadows in white first, then the colored bunnies last, but that's just me!  Glue the two pieces together and then add a little bit of the cotton ball for the tail.  Lastly, punch a hole in one ear for hanging.
Now for stringing them into a banner.  I used some white bias tape and measured out a piece about a yard long.  Next cut five smaller pieces to tie the bunnies on to the long piece like you see above.  Find the center of your strand and tie on your 4" bunny there.  Space the others starting with the 3 1/2" bunnies and then lastly the 3" bunnies according to how you want them to look.
Now for the tassels.  I have TONS of ribbon, so I just grabbed some colors matching my bunnies and cut several for each tassel at 6" lengths.  Gather them all together and tie one end with another piece of ribbon to hold it all together.
Ok, this was fun!  Baby fork pom-poms.  So cute and easy!  HERE is where I learned to make these, but basically all you do is wrap your yarn around the middle of the fork about 35 times and then cut another length of yarn and feed it up through the middle space like you see above and then bring the other end up through the front middle and tie one time pretty tight.  Slide the yarn off the fork and tighten it really tight and then tie it one more time to hold it.  Using sharp scissors, cut all the loops, fluff and trim into a ball shape.  Go watch the video , its really easy.  I'm making it sound way harder than it really is.
Now tie your tassels and pom-poms on in the middle of each bunny.  Space them to your liking, hang and enjoy!  My ribbon was long enough I could tie it around my chalkboard and tie into a bow.  I think it turned out so sweet!
This would also be adorable hanging on your mantel or a mirror.  The possibilities are endless, get creative!
From this angle the bunnies almost all look the same size, but remember the center one is 4" and then they go out smaller to the ends.
Now we have little hopping bunnies hanging in the kitchen to make us smile when we walk through.


I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial and will be able to try one for yourself.  Now I need to get the rest of the house all decorated for Easter!

Would you like to see more of my Easter creations?

Easter Egg Wreath - go HERE.
Easter Egg Wreath Revisited - go HERE.
Old Bookpage Easter Eggs - go HERE.
Yarn Carrot Craft - go HERE.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Baked Salmon - Easy and Delicious!

We love salmon, its so yummy! This is our favorite way to eat it, baked.  This recipe is so simple and its perfect for a night when you are short on time and want a delicious meal.
Mmmm, this is making me hungry for salmon right now! LOL!  I've pinned lots of ways to bake salmon and have also tried several of them, but we have found that this is the best recipe for us.
My Daddy got an opportunity of a life time to go fishing in Alaska.  He caught lots of fish and he was awesome enough to share his fresh catches with us.  Let me just say right now that there is nothing like fresh salmon straight from my Daddy's fish hook to our kitchen!
Step one: Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray a light coat of olive oil on the surface the fish will rest on.
Step two: Sprinkle with sea salt, cracked black pepper and garlic powder.
Step 3:  Place tiny chunks of butter on top of your salmon filet.
Step 4:  Bake uncovered for 10 - 12 minutes.  Serve with your favorite sides and Enjoy!  See, I told you it was easy!

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Skinny Taco Pie

We have paused progress on our Master Bathroom remodel for now and we are going to take a little vacation and enjoy the kiddos while they are out of school for Spring Break.  How about a new recipe today?

Last week I was sick for two days and didn't really want to eat anything.  My sweet honey decided he would make me something to eat when I started to feel better and wanted to eat again.  He made this Taco Pie and he made it skinny for us since we are trying to eat as best we can when we can. We got the original idea from Betty Crocker HERE.
I think my honey's looks much nicer than BC's picture, but I might be a bit biased too!

Skinny Taco Pie

Ingredients:
1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic minced
1 package taco seasoning (we used my homemade mix HERE)
1 4 1/2 oz can chopped green chiles, drained
1 cup 2% Milk
2 Fresh Eggs
1/2 cup Heart Smart Bisquick
3/4 cup light shredded cheese

Garnish:
Salsa
Light Sour Cream
Tomato - chopped
Lettuce - shredded

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a 9" pie plate.  Cook turkey, onion and garlic in a medium sized pan on medium heat until done.  Stir in taco seasoning.  Add meat mixture to the pie plate and then add the chiles on top.

Stir together milk, eggs and Bisquick until blended then pour over meat mixture.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, then top with cheese and return to oven for another 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cool for about 5 minutes then serve with your favorite garnishes.  Enjoy!
This was a perfect little meal for me to have after I regained my appetite.  So yummy and most of all, so sweet of my honey to take such good care of me too!
This is good for a work lunch too if you happen to have leftovers.  We just packed the pie with our garnishes in a separate container and it was good to go!

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Repairing Drywall and Adding Texture

We are still working on our Master Bathroom mini remodel and one thing we had to do was repair some of the drywall around the tub.
This beautiful wall that my honey created was surrounded by ugly drywall yuckiness!  No worries, my honey fixed it and we're going to show you how he did it.  If you'd like to see how he created this wall, click HERE.
We had to remove the lovely blue faux marble from around the bath tub and it left us with some ugly looking drywall that was in need of repair.  Want to see what else we did to replace more of this lovely blue marble?  Click HERE.
Don't you be jealous of our 80's vinyl floor!  LOL!  That's a big job coming up soon too.
TIP:  Before you start, cover everything you do not wish to have drywall dust on.  We used plastic drop cloths to cover all our stuff.
Next, my honey retrieved all the necessary tools along with the drywall mud and got to the repairs.
Using a scraper and the drywall sander, we removed all the extra glue and what not that was left over after removing the "marble".
TIP:  Use a shopvac while sanding to cut down on the dust.
Next you'll want to hide any imperfections in the drywall.  This takes patience that I don't have, but my honey does, so he got to smoothing on the drywall mud.  TIP: Be careful not to make this very thick or your patch job is going to "glow" when you're finished.  Let this dry for a while and sand again if needed.
Another close up of our 80's vinyl floor! Yay!
Now for the texturing.  Our walls have what is called a "knock down" texture on them.  The secret tool we used to achieve this look....plastic shopping bags!  Cool huh?  We learned this from my honey's Dad.  You take 4 bags, make little crumpled balls out of 3 of them and place them inside the fourth bag.  Now roll the top down and make a handle to hold on to and get to texturing.
Dip your bag into the drywall mud and dab it on.  Keep dabbing until you have the entire patch area covered in little peaks.
For the knock down texture, this is the look you're going for.  Lots of little peaks, you know like meringue?  LOL!  When you have this look over your entire area, let it sit for a few minutes so that it starts to dry a bit.  Do not let this dry completely, you're not finished yet.
Now you are ready to "knock down" the peaks that you've so carefully created.  This takes a very, very light hand to achieve.  It's not easy and it takes practice, so you may want to practice on a board before tackling your actual walls.
This is the area all dried and ready for paint.  It's really hard to photograph this texture, but in real life this looks really good and will look even better with some fresh paint over it.  Thank you honey!

Would you like to see more projects we've done in the Master Bathroom?  Click HERE.


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fence Picket Shelf

We are doing a mini Master Bathroom remodel right now and I don't know if you've seen my Valentine's Day present this year, but if you haven't you should go have a look HERE.
Hint:  My present is this beautiful fence picket wall you see here.

My honey had the idea of a little shelf in this area to add a bit of interest to the tiny space, so he built one!  Great idea baby!  A few months ago he purchased an old shelf at a yard sale for $2.  It wasn't because he loved the hunter green painted shelf, but it had these awesome old vintage metal shelf brackets on it.  So worth the $2.
Our shelf measures 28" wide X 7 1/2" deep.  First he grabbed a couple of very straight pieces of fence picket.  He used one full picket, and part of another.   He used his table saw to rip the second picket to size and then used his chop saw to cut them down to length.  He also needed two smaller pieces of picket to hold the two pieces he'd just cut, together.  Those pieces measure 2" x 7 1/2".
He used 1" wood screws to attach the 2" x 7 1/2" pieces to the two longer pieces.  Now they are one solid shelf piece.

NOTE: We did not sand the pickets.  We used a broom to sweep off the visible dirt and then the shop vac to clean off the smaller stuff.
Now to attach the brackets.  Look how pretty those metal brackets are!  Since the metal brackets were hunter green, I spray painted them with Oil Rubbed Bronze (ORB) paint and let them dry over night.  The ORB color is the color of most all of our fixtures in the bathroom, so we wanted them to match.
When my honey hung the shelf on the wall, he was sure to use a level to make sure all my cuteness stayed on the shelf and didn't roll off one end.  He always thinks of stuff like that!  He used 2 1/2" long wood screws, being sure to grab the studs when he anchored the shelf to the wall.
This little shelf will be fun to decorate and maybe change out for each holiday.  Just another fun space to doll up!
Sneak Peek!  We are still working on the bathroom each weekend, but just look at this wall my honey put up over the tub!  I love it and can't stop looking at it!  He's so awesome!  Thank you Baby!

And as I promised, here are a few more of our picket fence projects for your viewing pleasure!
Fence Picket A/C Cover : Click HERE
Pretty Picket Planter: Click HERE
Picket Fence Stand: Click HERE
Fence Picket Wall: Click HERE

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fence Picket Wall

I've wanted to do this project for a very long time now and for Valentine's Day this year, this was my present from my Honey! He's the bestest!
We finished this section of our master bathroom in just a few short hours.  We are going to do another larger wall over the tub soon.
First we measured our area then gathered some choice fence pickets from our stack of recycled pickets out back. We've used from our stack several times before.  I'll list links at the end of this post if you want to go look!
We had to remove all the staples and nails from the pickets so that they would lay flush to the wall.
We started out with this very plain space and before the day was over, we had a lovely piece of art that we created together.  Perfect Valentine's Day huh?
We decided to use two pieces of wood for each row.  We wanted a staggered look, so we used different lengths for each piece of each row.  After you decide on the length of the first boards, you will want to make very sure that your first row is level before proceeding or you could have a downward slope on one side or the other.
We took time to pick and choose each piece so that we had different looks side by side.  One light, one dark, etc.  I love the more rustic worn looking ones the best.
We used a small amount of liquid nails on the back of each plank and then used the nail gun to tack it to the studs.  The reason we used the glue is because some of the boards were a little warped from the weather and we wanted to make sure that stayed flat on the wall.  We used 1 1/4" brads in our nail gun to secure the boards.
My honey would measure and mark the wall of the size of each picket and I would write his measurements down on a note pad, then we would go out and cut 4 to 5 rows then come back and glue/brad each one to the wall.
NOTE: Be sure to make sure both pieces fit in their space before you add glue to the back.  You may possibly need to trim a bit before you stick it!
We got to this point and realized the picket would not fit behind the toilet tank.  My honey tried moving the entire toilet forward, but we did not have enough wiggle room to make it work.  The lid protruding out that was the problem.
My honey cleverly cut out a space for the lid to fit and then we carried on.  You can't even tell the cut is there now.
I think it turned awesome and I couldn't be any happier with it.  It really makes a difference in our bathroom already.  I can't wait to see the other wall finished!
Dontcha just love all the varying colors of the wood.  Mother nature did that y'all!  Such a cool piece of art  work.
Of course we have more work to do, but for now this little space in our bathroom really makes me smile!
My Honey said to me "most girls got candy and flowers for Valentine's Day, you got a picket fence wall!"  And I love it more than any candy or flowers he could have gotten me.  Its ok, you can be jealous! LOL!
One more look at the before and after shots.  Its amazing what a little FREE wood can do to such a small space!

And as I promised, here are a few more of our picket fence projects for your viewing pleasure!
Fence Picket A/C Cover : Click HERE
Pretty Picket Planter: Click HERE
Picket Fence Stand: Click HERE
Picket Fence Shelf: Click HERE

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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