Monday, February 20, 2012

Free Email Business Course {Post Road Vintage}

Time to spill the beans!!  I've been looking into turning my crafting/refinishing hobby into an actual incorporated business!  An ultimate goal of mine is to join one of the barn or warehouse sales in my area (there are at least 4 within 30 minutes of us!).  Then lo-and-behold today on Facebook Heather of Post Road Vintage had a link to her most recent post with a sign up for a free 8 week business course!  The course begins on March 1st.  You can expect one email a week (for 8 weeks) addressing topics like what Heather wishes she had known when starting her creative business, her favorite resources (books, websites, videos, classes, etc.), information on marketing, branding, setting up a business, and how to make money!!  While Heather says the course is designed for the "beginners" she believes it could be an invaluable resource to any creative business.  Awesome!!!!  Just the kind of resource I need at this point in my venture.  Heather's website and Etsy shop are chock full of farmhouse inspiration, which I love!!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Envelope Keepsake Pocket

Got out of the house this Valentine's morning and spent some time with my babies at their music class!  I just had to share the little present each mom/caregiver was given. I helped make them so I can vouch for the fact that they are easy to make....albeit time consuming when you are making 30 from scratch!  They are a great idea to file away for Mother's Day too! 

What you'll need:
  • 3 pretty envelopes of the same size/shape (In our case we opened and traced an envelope onto 3 pieces of coordinating 12"x12" scrapbook paper to make our own pretty envelopes!)
  • glue stick
  • hole punch
  • about 2 feet or coordinating ribbon

How to complete:
1. Fold the flaps of 2 envelopes back.
2. Glue the folded back flap of one envelope and affix it to the front of a second envelope.  If you are using a ready made envelope you can just lick the pre-pasted seal and affix to the next envelope!
3. Now picking up the stacked and glued envelopes (2) repeat step 2 and glue to the front of envelope 3.
4. You should now have 3 envelope attached and the back envelope's flap should be able to fold over the opening of the front envelope.  If you followed the direction correctly you should also have three pockets inside in which to store little treasures like pictures or recipes, etc.
5. Punch a hole at the bottom of the stack of envelopes (the hole needs to go through all 3 envelopes) and string the ribbon through the hole.  The ribbon can now be wrapped around the outside of the envelopes to tie down the flap and close the pockets!


The Alstromeria in the vase was my present from my Hubby.  That and a night out to dinner and the movies. :)

Fanning out the bottom you can see the flap of the front envelope folded back and glued to the second.  You should be able to open the bottom like this so that you can pull your treasures in and out easily.  If they stick from overhanging glue just gently seperate the paper as the glue is drying.
Here's an up close view of the flap of the front envelope affixed to the second. :)
I am so very thankful for my three Valentine's!  On this day to celebrate love, I was thankful for a little reminder of what it truly means to love. 

1 Corinthians 13  (ESV)

The Way of Love
 1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant  5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
 
 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Powdered Cookies


I had the brilliant idea to use cardstock cutouts from my Cricut Cutting Machine to press images into some cookies for Valentine's Day!  FAILURE!  It did not work at all.  The indent was so slight that when the cookies rose during baking the image completely disappeared.  Bummer!!!  I was really hoping it would work.  I decided to try and salvage the situation by using the cutouts to create powdered silhouettes on the cookies.  SUCCESS!  At least now I have something presentable to give to my honey tomorrow!

These cookies (minus the creative process!) were super easy to make. 


Ingredients

  • 1 box of cake mix (I used Strawberry and Red Velvet for red and pink...and because well....YUM!!)
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 eggs.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


Directions

1. Stir ingredients.  When it is fully mixed you should have a nice dough.  Make sure to break up any balls of cake mix before adding the oil and eggs or your cookies might end up with little pockets of powder. 

2. Scoop out 1 inch balls of dough, roll them into balls, and place in rows on your cookie sheet.  Use a flat bottom cup to smoosh the dough down.  This will create nice round cookies!

3. Bake for 6-8 minutes.  Let the cookies sit for a few minutes to cool.  They will also "deflate" a bit and become much flatter looking.

4. Allow the cookies to cool and then lay your paper cutouts, lace, doily edges, etc. over each cookie and powder.  I also put some red sugar on a few of my Red Velvet cookies for a pretty glimmer!   You can really decorate however and with whatever you'd like.  Here's the chance to let your creativity shine!


Oh, and last but not least....Enjoy!




Do you have a favorite pretty Valentine's Day recipe?  Do share!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Iced End Table using MyColor inspired by Pantone


Why Iced?  Well for one the color, and second the actual texture of the paint.  I painted this little table in Skylight a MyColor paint inspired by Pantone. 



Before I get to the before and after pictures of the table here's the scoop on the paint.  The paint comes in a clear 35 ounce container with a self sealing cap.  When you pop the cap open (you will need a flathead screwdriver or little prybar just like any metal can) you will find a nice thick and creamy paint.  It reminded me of homemade icing or melted marshmallow.  Is it weird to say that this paint literally looks yummy?  Stick the cap back on top and push down with both hands and it will snap right back in there!  If you have little kids you'll love that feature.  Naptime won't need to be interrupted with the typicall bang, bang, bang of the hammer to the paint can!  The paint is low VOC and low odor and states it is self priming and stain blocking with an eggshell finish. 

How well does the paint work?  The Skylight went on evenly and needed about 2 coats to cover this little dark wood stained table.  I called the company to ask about furniture prep since the paint is self priming and was told if the piece had a smoothe sealed surface you would need to sand it or use an all surface primer.  Since the piece was just stained wood with no sealer I chose to paint directly on the existing finish.  The paint sanded off very easily by hand where I chose to distress so easily in fact that it seemed like it needed a sealer despite the eggshell finish.  The finish may have been more durable if I had chosen to use an allsurface primer or to rough up the wood with some sanding prior to painting.  In any case I topped the table with clear wax and now it seems like it has plenty of protection from unintentional chipping. 

I appreciate the fact that the paint only costs about $10.00 for a can that is large enough to do several small projects or a large one (and maybe a small one too) so it is an affordable option if you want to refinish one piece or a few small pieces and wouldn't need a large can of paint.  There is a pretty good selection of colors too....49 to be exact!  If you do try the paint be sure to come back and leave a comment to let everyone know how you like the paint.

Now, here's the before and after pictures of my little Iced End Table!  We bought a pair of these antique, drop leaf, turned leg end tables from a post on Craigslist.  I think they are absolutely adorable!


Before



After


Skylight reminded be exactly of the icy blue/green of old wine bottles!


 
 
This lady's got some legs!

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