Thursday, September 5, 2013

Date Night Jar

I've seen lots of pins & blogs about date night jars & lists of fun & different things to do for date nights. Alex & I do get in a rut of just going out to dinner or to a movie so it will be fun to be able to mix things up with out thinking too hard =)

1. I wrote date ideas on popsicle sticks. (I'll list them all at the end) I used 3 different colors so that we have dates that cost little to nothing, dates that we can do any night of the week, and dates that are a bit more expensive & take a bit more planning.

2. I cleaned out a spaghetti sauce jar & peeled off the label.
3. I had an amusement park themed scrap book paper that I tore into small pieces to mod podge onto the jar. I ended up using about 4 layers of mod podge, letting it dry 20-30 minutes between layers.

$ Pool/Hot Tub
$ Appetizers & Fun Drinks ( Alcoholic or Not ) At Home
$ Video Game Night
$ Craft Night (Yes, Alex likes to paint)
$ Spa Night
$ Board Game Night
$ Movie Day At Home

$$ Sushi Restaurant (This is Alex & my favorite)
$$ Restaurant We've Never Been To
$$ Driving Range/Putt Putt
$$ Roller/Ice Skating
$$ Frozen Yogurt
$$ Dinner & Movie
$$ Farmer's Market

$$$ Art/Film Festival//County Fair
$$$ Planetarium
$$$ Zoo
$$$ Play/Musical
$$$ Sporting Event
$$$ Hiking
$$$ Take A Class (Art, Cooking, Dance)
$$$ Picnic At Beach

On another note, Alex & I bought our first house!!!! We sign papers & close tomorrow & move in 2 weeks!!!! We are very very excited & I'll have lots of new house crafts to work on =)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Button Heart

Alex said to me last night, 'Hey, do you want to do arts & crafts tonight?' I thought he was making fun of me but he truly wanted to go to a craft store, buy some stuff, and make a painting. We've talked about taking an art class for a date night and Alex thought why not just do it at home! What a great man I have =) So I browsed my 'Someday I'll Do This' board on Pinterest and found this little guy that's been waiting a long time. Button Burlap Heart. We went to Michael's and bought our supplies. Now I still have the very beginnings of a crafty person. Meaning I have 1 paintbrush and some sharpies. So I had to by the basic supplies too.

Black Paint
Felt (instead of burlap)
Masking Tape
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks

1. Tape off lines. I just did mine every 2 inches

2. Paint

3. While canvas dries, cut felt or burlap into heart & hot glue buttons on. I went around the edge first and continued this way until it was full. Then I glued buttons on top of buttons to cover up most of the white felt peeking through. I learned that I'm quite the amateur hot gluer. I burned my fingers multiple times and there is quite a bit of hot glue peeking from behind the buttons.

4. Once the canvas is dry, remove taped off lines. Hot glue heart onto canvas
5. I then used a fine tipped sharpie to write in the ME + YOU

I'm pretty pleased with my first canvas art! Alex painted a very impressive picture of a fox which I will share once he's completely done!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Red Wine Vinegar

I made a couple recipes that took dry red wine. Now I don't know anything about wine, especially the difference between dry & whatever other kinds there are. Aren't all wines wet? Anyways, with some help from the guy working I did find a 'dry' red wine. Turns out I only needed about a cup of the wine between the 2 recipes. I ended up with almost a whole bottle of disgusting tasting wine left. And I wasn't about to dump out something I just spent money on, albeit only $7. Still I don't like to waste stuff. So I found this on, what else, Pinterest. Homemade Red Wine Vinegar. I started it tonight & just have to leave it set for 2 weeks. Hopefully it turns out! I'll let you all know how it works =)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cat Food Container

We have a semi-new kitty. We got him a couple months ago. For the most part, I suppose he is a pretty good cat & he likes to cuddle =) But he has a few flaws......One of the major ones being that he learned how to open our bi-fold pantry doors. This just happens to be where we keep his bag of cat food. He will get in there at night & chew as many holes as he can into the bag even when his dish is full. After the first couple times, we finally blocked the door off with a storage tub. Real classy & decorative. And then I saw the 'turn a popcorn tin into a pet food container' on Pinterest & got excited! I didn't take pictures of the steps because I started this a few weeks ago at my parents' house (that's where the tin & spray paint were) & finally finished it today.

1. I spray painted 3-4 coats of metallic champagne gold (the color Mom had in her collection so it was free!) I honestly can't remember how many coats because I took such a long break between start & finish.

2. Once it was dry I used a paw print stencil & brush painted a print on the side & on the lid.

3. Then my wonderful Mom painted HOBBES underneath.

4. Lastly, I spray painted on a clear finish.

**A couple disclaimers** Yes, the lid is dented. I painted in Dad's garage & when I left forgot to move it off the floor & I think it got a little run over. So I did have to hammer out a dent so that it would fit back on the can. Also the paint kind of peels off if it gets scratched, especially around where the lid fits on. I'm not sure how I could have avoided this so any suggestions are appreciated. Just in case I decide to redo it. 

Project #2--I would say a 3/4 success =)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jewelery Organizer

If you recall from the last post, my jewelery was a disaster. I am proud to say it is fixed!!!! Well mostly =)
The painted board with knobs won out so this is the break down of my little project!

1. Dig through Dad's scrap wood pile with your sister & come up with this little guy, full of character

2. Paint. I found this paint at Lowe's on their clearance rack for $2.50. It's called mint green.

3. Attach knobs. Alex pointed out that the board did not have holes in it so how was I going to drill holes without a drill? So I was going to wait until later in the week to visit my parents & borrow Dad's drill. But Alex said that I could use a pointy screw ( I'm sure there's a legit name for it but I sure don't know what it is) & screw it in & then out to make the hole. It took a little muscle but I did it! Then I screwed in the knobs, $.97/each at Lowe's.

4. Then came the hardest part, distressing. I had bought one of those foam sanding blocks to try & give it a rustic look. No go. So I got some sandpaper. Let me tell ya, this is some tough paint. It did not want to let go of the board. Alex even got tired of watching me huff & puff over the silly thing that he tried using a large piece of bark & a rock. Yes, folks, you read that right, bark & a rock. They just made it look dirty. But finally, after much elbow grease, I was able to get a slightly distressed look.

5. Hang on wall!! I had forgotten to buy those picture frame hangers for the back so Mom suggested using pop tabs. I used a staple gun to put those bad boys in place & nailed this baby to the wall =) I even used a level!

6. Add necklaces & feel proud of your first real sign of craftiness =)

Now our bathroom is green & yellow but the green of the board is a bit different than the green of the towel so it clashes a bit but I can live with that for now. Who knows, I may want to do something different in a couple years. Alex wasn't so sure about it at first either, but he just looked at it and said it is better than he expected =) Now to do something with my conglomeration of rings........

Project #1--Success!!!!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Been A While

Alright so it's been quite some time since I've posted anything. Quick update on life: Alex & I are back in Michigan (woot, woot!) living in Grand Rapids. I am working at Milestones Child Development Center once again only in the infant room instead of the kitchen. I wouldn't change it for the world. Working with those little babies sure gives me my fix =) And I am in love with each and every one of those chubby legged kiddos! Alex is working for Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing. To be honest, I'm not quite sure what it is he does, lol. As I understand it, pharmaceutical companies hire his company to package prescription drugs for clinical trials.......I think.......
Anywho, I'm not sure where this blog is going to go but for the time being it's going to try & be crafty.....When I was getting ready for work this morning I looked at my jewelery on the counter & became extremely embarassed
Is this seriously the way I've been storing my jewelery for the past 3 months?!?!? And why did it take until today to see how bad it's gotten!?!?!
So these are my new ideas:
DIY Jewelery Holder

Cute idea for all my long necklaces

Jewelery holder

For all my long necklaces
Old frame, new Jewelery holder
Those are my ideas, just have to pick one. Any input? Other ideas or things you do? 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Basil Salt

I found a recipe for basil salt in my new Food Network magazine & got very excited because I have a lot of basil growing on my patio! (sorry about the sideways pictures. For some reason the way I loaded them won't let me rotate)

 So I went to work on the little bush of basil & picked 1/2 a cup of leaves. And my wonderful man had given me pink Himalayan rock salt for Christmas so I thought that would look very cool, pink salt with green basil.

 Unfortunately, I have very little muscle & only got through 2 small chunks with my mortar & pestle before I gave up & decided just to use regular, coarse, white salt. Adding my 1/2 cup of basil & 1/2 cup of salt to a food processor, I started pulsing it until the basil was all chopped. That salt was in small chunks but I think that's the way it was supposed to be. I spread it out on a pan & stuck it in the oven @ 225 for 20 minutes. The recipe said 30-40 but my stove cooks fast.

This is before it's cooked. So pretty, right?! After baking it goes back in the food processor and is pulsed until it becomes a fine powder. My little machine can't handle that so it's only mostly a powder & some salt chunks. And the basil turned an almost whitish green color & smelled like spinach. But guess what it taste like...............salt, just plain salt. 
I started out very excited about my homemade basil salt & now have a jar of pale green plain ole salt. Oh well, it was kind of fun to attempt even though the outcome was a disappointment =)