Sunday, April 13, 2014

New Life for a Tired Grapevine Wreath

My favorite grapevine Easter wreath was getting a little bit tired looking, so I decided to give it an update with a roll of Deco Mesh.

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All I did was use small pieces of wire to attach the mesh to the back of the grapevine wreath.  Took all of about 10 minutes to do and I love it!


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I think we can get a few more years out of it now.....What do you think?

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Follow Your Arrow Sign with Printable

Arrows seem to be the latest craze and since Leigh's latest favorite song is "Follow Your Arrow" by Kacey Musgraves, and her new favorite show happens to be Arrow,that meant she needed an "Follow Your Arrow" sign for her room.

We created this cute little sign in less than an 45 minutes -

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It only takes a few supplies -

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Here's what you will need - 

8 x 10 canvas
4 x 6 wood frame (picked this up at Michaels Arts and Crafts)
1 piece of embossed grey scrapbook paper
1 piece of black/silver polka dot paper
1 piece of grey textured scrapbook paper for the printable
Spray Glue
Glue Gun
Craft Knife
Black craft paint or Sharpie for the edge of the wood frame

And here are the steps to make your own - 

1. Spray canvas with spray glue. Don't worry about the edges
2. Adhere embossed grey paper to the canvas, leaving an inch on each overhang on each side.  Wrap the edges of the canvas like you would a gift and adhere the paper to the back of the canvas with your glue gun.
3.  Paint the edges of the wood frame, both inside and out, with black paint or Sharpie.
4. Spray top of wood frame with spray glue and adhere black polka dot paper to frame.
5. Use craft knife to trim paper close to frame edge, both inside and out.
6. Download Arrow sign and print as a 4x6 on grey paper.  Trim to fit frame and adhere to frame with glue gun.
7. Adhere wood frame to paper covered canvas with glue gun.

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You can see the edge of the frame in this shot - that's why you need to edge the wood frame in black.

wall art, diy, Arrow, Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves, Printable

It doesn't show up in the photos, but the polka dots on the black paper are shiny and really sparkle. The grey paper that we printed the sign on also has texture and a bit of sheen to it.  

All in all, a quick and easy sign that you can make in just a few minutes with a minimum of supplies.  You could also save money and use a piece of cardboard instead of a canvas. Might have tried that, but we already had the canvas.

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Wishing everyone a wonderful week and don't forget to "Follow your arrow wherever it points"!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How about an Easter Basket on your front door?

I have a problem.....yes, it's true.....I'm a Wreath Addict!!! 

So, I decided to try something different for Easter this year.  

How about an Easter Basket for your front door?

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Easter Basket, Easter decor, Wreaths, springtime, bunny, moss

All of the supplies for this project came from Hobby Lobby, including the child's Easter Basket and the sweet little moss covered bunny!

Isn't he adorable?

The basket is rectangular in shape and just perfect to hang on the door. The flowers are one spring bush that was on sale for 50% off this week and all the Easter items are 40%. Better hurry before everything is gone!


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We are having Easter dinner at our house again this year so I wanted something new for the front door.  I have to say, that this is one of my most favorite "wreaths" ever!

Are you crafting for Easter this year? We would love to see your projects, just leave us a link in the comments below.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes with The Best and Easiest Chocolate Frosting

Sounds crazy right? Dark Chocolate and Bacon? It is interesting, that's for sure.  We found this recipe on Allrecipes.com. And while I think that the cupcakes would be just as good without the bacon, Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes certainly has a cool factor. Tim and Leigh both said that you couldn't taste the bacon, so I will probably make them without next time.  I think that it is the strong coffee and large amount of cocoa that makes these cupcakes so delicious.

Leigh liked the cupcakes, but said the frosting was the BOMB! That recipe came from Lauren's Latest via Pinterest.  I have to say, that it is probably the best chocolate confectioners sugar frosting that I have ever had.  I usually just dump ingredients into the bowl willy nilly when I'm making powdered sugar frosting, but now that we've tried Lauren's, it is going into the our recipe book. It is the perfect amount of cocoa and powdered sugar, and turns out very light and fluffy.


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Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes
INGREDIENTS:
12 slices bacon
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 eggs
1 cup cold, strong, brewed coffee
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
powder, for dusting
DIRECTIONS:
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
2.In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 3/4 cup cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, coffee, buttermilk and oil. Stir just until blended. Mix in 3/4 of the bacon, reserving the rest for garnish. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
3.Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting and sprinkle reserved bacon crumbles on top. Dust with additional cocoa powder.

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Here is Lauren's easy and delicious frosting recipe:

The Best & Easiest Chocolate Frosting

yield: WILL FROST 1-9 INCH ROUND LAYER CAKE OR 24 CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 tablespoons milk

DIRECTIONS:

Whip butter and cocoa together until smooth in large bowl. Stir in vanilla and powdered sugar. Slowly stream in milk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Scrape sides and whip again until light, fluffy and smooth, 1-2 minutes. Frosts 1-9 or 8 inch round layered cake or 24 cupcakes.

We are going to take the cupcakes to the office tomorrow to see what everyone thinks.  I'm sure we will have a few that will refuse, just because the thought of Bacon in a cupcake is so weird.

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and that Spring has come to your neck of the woods!

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