Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Made in the Shade

I have been wanting to replace this lamp shade for some time, but nothing has caught my eye. When the other day I was craft blog surfing (the only surfing I can do). and I found my inspiration. A pottery barn inspired lampshade. There is a great tutorial here: http://soyouthinkyoucandecorate.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-03-07T17%3A48%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=4

Here's a few things I did differently. I didn't have black or brown paint on hand (gasp) and I was too anxious to get started so I used a sharpie! My cute husband was a little worried I would ruin the shade, silly husband.

I also had hidden messages in my shade that made it more personal to me and my home. No. 98 (stands for the year I was married) the postmark reads the city and state where I was married and the date Aug. 22. And finally the message I translated into Italian is something my husband and I have said to each other for years in our sweet little love notes to each other. I love my new shade.

Lucky Jello Cookies

Growing up my Mom would make Jello cookies. As a kid I loved them. She could use any flavor of Jello and they were fun colors and flavors. I decided to incorporate the recipe into a Shamrock cookie. My 3 yr old had tons of fun helping me.

Mix your dough and roll 4 small balls and put them together with a small stem and bake. They puff up a little and the balls come together to make your leafs. What a Lucky cookie.

Recipe for Jello Cookies:
3/4 c butter
1/2 c Sugar
1 3oz box of Jello(any flavor, here I used Lime)
2 eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
21/2 c Flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. Salt

Mix together and bake 5-9 minutes at 350. Cookies should stay there original color and have cooked too long if start to brown. Let cool on cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes then transfer to wire rack.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Roy G. Biv

I just learned this handy acronym for remembering the colors of the rainbow.



Anyway, it inspired my next craft. Rainbows!

Step.1 cut up tissue paper in squares and cut out rainbow shapes from poster board.

Step.2 wrap one tissue square around the end of a pencil and dip in glue. (good old Elmer's glue works great)
Step.3 apply it to your rainbow shape. I drew lines so I knew where each color went, but the girls who did this with me, just applied their tissue paper anywhere.
Step.4 check your progress out, but trying it on as a hat. Good right?

Step.5 patience eventually it will turn into a rainbow. I added a lot of tissue paper to mine, Caleigh (my daughter) and her friends spaced theirs out more and got done a lot quicker. Mine took a couple of hours to complete, but I loved it and had nothing else to do that day.

I plan on using mine when we make our leprechaun traps next week.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Walmart discontinuing fabric 50% off

Our Walmart is discontinuing their fabric section. I am way bummed out!
1. The next closest fabric place is 20min out!
2. Its always super-cheap. So nice to get their holiday fabrics for $2.54/yd
3. Its walmart... you can get a cake mix and powdered sugar while you're there. and hair gel, paint primer, and.....

But there's always a silver lining.... I scored some Home Fabric for a project this week. It comes from an unanswered delight that has been haunting me for nearly 8 years!

So keep your head's up! This is the second Walmart to shut down the fabric section in our area- and the lady wasn't sure, but thinks they'll do the same everywhere! Ahhhhh! Sorry Kirksville!