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“Summer loving happens so fast”, remember that movie Grease. I loved it, love John Travolta :) Anyway I am always looking for things to decorate my mantle with and I saw this on Pinterest and I had made one of these for spring so one for summer will go with all the summer holidays.

Listed are the items I used, all purchased at Hobby Lobby.

1. Spray Adhesive

2. Sheet Moss

3. Chip Board letters

4. Glitter

5. Banner Template I made myself

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I traced my banner template onto the moss sheet and cut out. Traced my banner template onto cardstock, sprayed with the adhesive and glued the moss onto the cardstock. If you have never used to Moss Sheets they are really cool, you can cut it out to any shape and can glue it most anything.I saw it being used in a lot of Easter Decorating.

I placed my chipboard letters onto waxed paper, sprayed with adhesive and sprinkled the glitter onto them very heavily. When dry shake off excess and hot glue letters onto the moss covered banner pieces. You could always make the banner templates any shape you want, pendant shape, square, round, have fun and make it your own.

I took the mini clothespins (also available at Hobby) and pinned them to the twine. This is where you can change it up with some colorful ribbon or I think next time I might try some cloth strips.

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It was a fun & easy project to make and I think it will look great with my July 4th decor I am going to put up. Hope you enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird feeder Chandelier

 

 

 

Bird Feeder Chandelier
Bird Feeder Chandalier

This is what I crafted this weekend. My husband found this Chandelier in the DUMPSTER! Always amazing what people just throw away. This is evidence that dumpster diving can result in rewards. It even still had the lamp shades on it in perfect condition.

So I took off the lampshades, stripped the electrical stuff and removed the light bulb holders. Took all of 5 minutes. Spray painted it first with a dark brown exterior primer paint, then    sprayed several coats of this Teal colored exterior paint.

Shopped the thrift store for these little dishes @ .75 cents each which will hold the bird seed. Attached a chain purchased at Lowe’s and TaDa cute easy Bird Feeder.

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AFTER:

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Ombre’ Easter Eggs

 

 

 
Ombre' Easter Eggs

 

 

This was my first attempt at these eggs and I used blue dye but they turned out kinda purple like. So with like anything else my second round will probably turn out even better. I got a teal color that I want to try next.

Here are the directions I followed:

Ombré Easter Eggs

You can create this dramatic display with just two 0.25-ounce vials of blue dye you may already have in the kitchen. Set out six 12-ounce glasses, labeled A through F. Add one cup of boiling water and two teaspoons of white vinegar to each and stir, using a separate spoon for each glass. Then, mix in the color as follows: A, two drops; B, six drops; C, 10 drops; D, 20 drops; E, 45 drops; F, 60 drops. Submerge a hard-boiled egg in each glass. Steep for five minutes, or until you’re happy with the hue, then remove and place in an empty egg carton to dry. Repeat with additional eggs (up to three dozen).

I followed these directions exactly using some gel food dye that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I didn’t put A-F on my jars cause I could figure that out on my own :) I also let mine soak for about 8 minutes. I let them dry on a rack before placing them into the egg cart.

I was happy with their out come, but next time I will try some of the dye from the grocery store type because I believe it is thinner and to make sure the dye water is mixed up well and try soaking up to 10 minutes.

Enjoy your Easter decorating

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Make-Up Tip

Make-Up Tip

I saw this somewhere, tried it and it worked! You know when your mascara starts getting lumpy and a little dry but you still have mascara left in that tube? Well get some of this saline solution if you don’t already have some and drop maybe 4-5 drops in and work that wand up and down and around to mix as good as you can. It should thin it out and make your mascara go a little farther.If your mascara is dryer then add a few more drops or less, use accordingly.

♥ I love it when something works!

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Lemon Ice Box Cake

Originally posted on Melina's Hangout:

I remember growing up and eating this cake, not sure who made it but probably my Noni (this was my Grandma). I’m sure it was made from scratch and we had it at our Family Reunion’s.I found this recipe and it taste like I remember and it’s made from a box mix and its delicious and easy to make.20140214-153405.jpg

It bakes usually in a 9×13 pan but I was sharing this cake so I made one  8×8 and one heart shape since it is Valentine’s Day. This cake remind’s me of summer but since today is 88 degree’s here in the Desert and we have a abundance of lemon’s it just seems appropriate.20140214-153414.jpg

Ingredients

  • 1 Duncan Hines moist deluxe lemon cake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 3oz.lemon instant pudding mix (dry) sugar-free can be used
  • Icing:
  • 4 cups powder sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh or bottled lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil

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Lemon Ice Box Cake

I remember growing up and eating this cake, not sure who made it but probably my Noni (this was my Grandma). I’m sure it was made from scratch and we had it at our Family Reunion’s.I found this recipe and it taste like I remember and it’s made from a box mix and its delicious and easy to make.20140214-153405.jpg

It bakes usually in a 9×13 pan but I was sharing this cake so I made one  8×8 and one heart shape since it is Valentine’s Day. This cake remind’s me of summer but since today is 88 degree’s here in the Desert and we have a abundance of lemon’s it just seems appropriate.20140214-153414.jpg

Ingredients

  • 1 Duncan Hines moist deluxe lemon cake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 3oz.lemon instant pudding mix (dry) sugar-free can be used
  • Icing:
  • 4 cups powder sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh or bottled lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp water

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir together dry cake mix and pudding mix. In another bowl, combine wet ingredients and eggs that the cake mix calls for plus the buttermilk.If your box mix reads 1 1/3 cup water substitute the 1/3 cup for lemon juice.If it calls for 1 cup water add that plus the 1/3 cup lemon juice.This will make the cake even more lemon puckering. Beat with mixer until blended. Add to dry mixture and beat until combined. Bake in a greased 9×13 baking pan in a preheated 350 degree oven for the time the cake mix box calls for. It will require a couple of minutes longer baking time than cake mix box calls for because of the extra moisture produced by the milk. Check with tooth pick for doneness.

Icing:

Combine water, oil, powdered sugar and lemon juice with a mixer until smooth. Add one more tablespoon of water if it seems to thick. Glaze the cake when it is just slightly cooled. Do not over glaze it because the icing is sweet. Apply just a thin layer . There will be icing left over for a few more cakes or donuts or anything you make in the next few weeks that would be great with this glaze drizzled over top. Store in the fridge and serve cold or room temp. This cake is rich so a small piece goes along way.20140214-153422.jpgEnjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day xoxoxoxo

“Be My Valentine” Shake

Here are the ingredients I used for the shake:

Valentine Shake

♥Cherry 7-up

♥Maraschino Cherries

♥Vanilla Ice-Cream

♥Whip Cream

Assemble as you would for a milkshake,pour a little Maraschino cherry juice down the sides. Whip it and top with a cherry. I used the red straws and tall spoon.

I bought the Red Vines to use as straws for when my little one’s come over.

Hope you and your sweetie’s enjoy a little shake.

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Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.  ~Author Unknown

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Valentine Table Runner

Valentine Table Runner

Only a few more days until Valentine’s Day. I don’t do much in decorating for this day, but here is a little touch I did do and can leave up after the holiday. Love, Love,Love…
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So it could be your favorite song, poem, your own personal story, how will it inspire you? Happy Valentine’s DayIMG_2908

Crisped-Prosciutto and Avocado Crostini

Your next Super-bowl appetizer

Avocado Apptizer

My Mike came home and said he heard people on the Sirius Radio Channel talking about these and how good they sounded. He described them to me and I knew we had all the ingredients so  I had to make them right then.

Easy to fix and pretty healthy. At least its all real food. We ate them standing at the Kitchen Island smiling and humming.

Happy Crostini Making.

Crisped-Prosciutto and Avocado Crostini

Baking prosciutto turns it crisp and crunchy, making it a perfect foil for buttery avocado and a thin slice of sharp cheese.

SERVINGS:10

INGREDIENTS

4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into 3-inch pieces
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
1 medium baguette, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
2 garlic cloves
2 firm, ripe Hass avocados, halved, pitted, and peeled
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
3 ounces manchego cheese, thinly sliced
DIRECTIONS

STEP 1
Preheat oven to 400. Arrange prosciutto in a single layer on 2 rimmed baking sheets. Brush with oil, and bake, rotating halfway through, until crisp and deep golden brown, about 9 minutes; transfer to a plate.
STEP 2
Arrange baguette slices on a baking sheet. Brush generously with oil. Bake until light golden brown around edges, 8 to 9 minutes. Rub with garlic cloves.
STEP 3
Mash avocados with a fork. Season with salt and pepper. Spread avocado on baguette slices. Top each with a slice of cheese and a piece of prosciutto. Season with pepper.