Tuesday, July 26, 2011

tootsie pops for an ol' man

Just a quick little project I couldn't wait to make for my brother-in-law who has turned 30. You can make this little gift for any age - although you may need a bigger container once you get up there in years - lol!

Materials needed:
  • container/pail (always check the $ section in Target! They always have some cute pails! This one is from Ikea)
  • floral foam square (Dollar Store)
  • paper towel
  • suckers
  • kebob skewers
  • "30 sucks" sign - cardstock, designer paper, cricut letters - whatever your lil' heart desires
  • filler (I shredded some vintage sheet music)
1. put a wadded up paper towel in the bottom for a little support

2. place foam square on top of paper towel

3. start poking the suckers in the foam alternating colors and placement for stability

here are all 30 suckers

4. (optional) shred vintage music paper in your shredder

5. stuff paper filler in all the crevices

6. attach message to kebob skewers with a little tape

7. push skewers down to desired height

birthday boy :o)

Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

summer lovin'

Well my friends I'm FINALLY back in the groove! Summer has been flying by. I had so many plans to get a head start on Christmas cards, layouts, and gifts. Not to mention creating something to blog about everyday. Then....well reality set in.....life happened....and I strayed away - forgetting how fun it was to lose track of time creating pretties from bits and baubles in my studio. So I'm back - for now - and I'm lovin' the bright hues of summer days.

This album sprang up from my love of strawberries and blueberries - with a little cream of course! I used paper from the Girls Paperie called "Kitch". It is so bright and cheery - and so hard to cut apart - lol! But I managed. Luckily I saved enough remnants to possibly squeeze another album - but due to my recent track record I'm not promising anything - lol!

So many vintage yummies went into this lil' cutie. All from my humungous stash of goodies from auctions, flea markets, my mom and grandma. I think I really need to start destashing so be on the lookout for some lovelies being added to my Etsy shop. Notice the blue Planters pick on page two? That was from my Grandma's junk drawer :o) I also used a lot of fabric remnants throughout which is my new love.

This album is up for auction on eBay this week. You can see the complete listing (and more pictures) here.

Thanks for looking! Have a happy week!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

strawberry blueberry mojito - oh my!

Well my summer is just flying by! Pretty soon I will be back at school - I've head Wal Mart already has their school supplies out! *sigh* I try not to think about it as much as possible. Even though it is flying, my summer has been sooo spectacular! It has been chock full of fun times and relaxation! My hubby and I have been playing with summer flavors and stumbled upon a yummy little drink that is sure to make your taste buds scream for more!

(my husband kept sipping his drink while I was taking these pics - I could have smacked him! Luckily, I snap pictures quick!)

Strawberry/Blueberry Mojito

1/2 cup run (I used Malibu Coconut)
12 strawberries finely chopped
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup sugar (I used a little less since I don't like drinks overly sweet)
1 lime (squeezed)
club soda (about 1-2 cups depending on how strong you like your drink!)
mint or lemon balm (20+ leaves) Tear or rub to emit flavor
ice (about 1 cup)

I combined everything into our cocktail shaker and shook until blended.

Serves 2

This was one of the strawberries I used for our mojitos! I just had to snap a quick picture!

Hope you find this as refreshing and scrumptious as we did!