Love sign

Love sign

So I’ve seen this LOVE sign on pinterest and I wanted to make something similar. I don’t have contact paper or a fancy machine. I wanted to spend as little as possible and use what I had around the house. The only thing I paid for was for the paint. Score! I took an old sign that was painted, sanded it down and wiped it clean. My lovely assistant Adrian stained it for me. I think this is his job now, to stain things for my projects (and cut them, and figure out how to hang them!) I printed some letters that I thought would work. I made some rosettes and covered the heart. I actually cut some felt in the shape of the heart and glued the rosettes straight on that. I have a tutorial on rosettes here. So my plan was to outline the letters with painters...

String Heart

String Heart

So I saw this heart and fell in love with it. I wanted to make a smaller version for my collage wall (which will be shown when it’s mostly finished). We had an old piece of wood left and my lovely assistant Adrian stained it for me  He stained it the same color as the mantel since it will on a wall in that room. I printed a heart, overlayed it on the wood and started putting nails in it. It wasn’t my forte. They are not very straight…adds to the rustic feel right??   Originally I was going to use yarn but what I had at home was too thick so I used cross stitch floss.   I can’t wait to put it on the wall! It isn’t perfect and I didn’t center it right…I was in too much of a hurry. I am sure my handy dandy...

Udon Noodle & Meatball Soup

Udon Noodle & Meatball Soup

This is my twist on udon noodles. Very westernized but delicious     I cooked for 3 people so I only used 1lb of ground beef. May have gone crazy with the celery though! No one likes bok choy but me so I went easy on that. Ingredients: Udon Noodles Carrots Celery Ground Beef Bok Choy Chicken Broth (2×49.5oz cans) Salt and Peper   1.Cut the carrots, celery, bok choy up. 2. Put the chicken broth, salt and pepper in a soup pot and bring to a boil. I added half a can of water. How much water/broth you use is totally up to you. I prefer chicken broth to vegetable broth but again, that’s up to you. 3. Add the veggies and the meatballs.  I only salted and pepper them but you can put whatever you would like or buy them premade. I skim my soup...

Homemade Pretzels

Homemade Pretzels

So I followed the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction but I have comments! There is yeast in it and I knew they would expand but I didn’t realize just how much. So note to self, make the pretzels scrawny looking! I am not a huge baker but I am trying to get use out of my kitchen aid and make things at home more and more.  So it says it’s 30 minute pretzels, I am pretty sure it took me about an hour. I did use my kitchen aid and the paddle attachment to mix everything. I also used all purpose flour only, no wheat flour. She did say that it would be more fluffy. I also only used the broiler for 3 minutes and not 5. Definitely watch when you are broiling! What took the longest for me was to roll it out and shape them. I skipped the baking soda and...

Adobo chicken with a twist

Adobo chicken with a twist

I wasn’t sure what to come up with so there we go until I can be original   Ingredients Bacon Cheese (you can use any cheese you like. My kiddo is picky about her cheeses…) Roma tomatoes Adobo seasoning (you can find it in the Asian aisle in walmart) Chicken   I start by cooking the bacon. I would love to find lardons here but alas, I haven’t yet. So I take a few strips of bacon and cut them up and throw them in a pan. I try to separate them as much as I can beforehand. You can cook these at the same time as the chicken if you would like. I don’t because I love cooking chicken in the bacon fat Mmmmm bacon….   I don’t salt the chicken because the adobo and the bacon have plenty. I do pepper it and then put a bunch...

Holidays!

Holidays!

We had a great Christmas! Lots of laughter and fun. Here is Morley and Layla posing under the tree. Took about 10 bad pics before getting a semi decent one. Part of my mantle (this was before I put the rest on but it’s too cute not to share!) M trying to eat something. She had an audience! The girls put snow on the Christmas village. Turned out beautiful!   We had two trees! One was our fun tree and one was more traditional. The green one is traditional. I’m going to buy/make an Olaf tree topper for this one for next year! It has princesses on it, the abominable snowman and lots of other fun things. (I can’t wait to change these curtains….) This is what an awesome family I have. They indulge me in my Hello Kitty craziness and got me...

DIY Mantel

DIY Mantel

This is our fireplace. I didn’t take a picture of the whole thing but it is basically brick, brick, and more brick. The fireplace is also totally not centered..which is a few quirks of this 1960s house.   So I stumbled across this website last year and it is exactly what I wanted. I didn’t get shots of everything since the tutorial has it all.  (I was at work anyways and it was a surprise!) M helped put the L brackets in! Here is a picture of the frame. And here is the mantel stained with 4 coats of “Gunsmoke”. I love this mantel so much! Now I need to decorate...