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Watercolor Peeps Easter Decorations

April 17, 2014

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We’re kind of obsessed with Peeps around here, so I thought it would be fitting to make some decorations that reflect that. These were so easy and fun to do!

All you need is:

    • paper (watercolor paper or cards -I used these)
    • watercolor paint
    • paintbrush
    • marker for faces
    • hole punch
    • ribbon

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After making the cards (see my previous post), I made the banner as follows:

Punch the holes in the upper corners of the cards.

Tie a knot at one end of your ribbon (leaving excess ribbon to tie the banner up)

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Thread ribbon through one side of the card (I threaded my ribbon to the back because I painted my peeps too close to the top. It would probably be cuter to thread it through the front if you leave yourself enough room).

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Thread ribbon through other hole in card and tie a knot.

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Tie a knot six inches away (or your desired length depending on how far you want to space them). It’s really hard to tie a knot six inches away. I found it was much easier to get the knot started approximately six inches away, and then measure and adjust the knot as you pull it tight.

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Repeat the process until you have as many cards as you want on your banner.

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To make centerpieces, write names on extra cards. Attach each card to a wooden craft stick. Insert into wheat grass (I transferred my wheat grass into little pails purchased at the dollar spot at Target).

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Super cute and so easy!

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Easy Easter Decorations

April 16, 2014

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We’re getting ready for Easter around here, so it’s time for some super easy decorations! I bought these little cards (they are meant for scrapbooking) and I’m painting little peeps on them with watercolors. I bet your kids can even help! When they’re dry, just add the little faces with paint or a marker. The beauty is that peeps all have different faces, so you don’t have to worry about making a mistake!

When they have dried I’ll punch holes and string them together with a ribbon for a cute banner. Yay peeps!

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My New Obsession

March 31, 2014

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If you know me at all, you know that I love to learn new things. I love to take classes and I would probably take a beginning class in just about anything – just to see if I like it.

I recently took a watercolor class from Nicole’s Classes. It was taught by the amazing Monica Lee at Smart Creative Women. I loved it so much and I was so sad when it ended. Plus, one thing I learned from it is that I really need to learn how to draw better. After some poking around the internet, I found Skillshare. It is AWESOME! For just $10 a month you can take as many classes as you have time to do. They are all internet based too, which I love because I can watch videos while I’m on the treadmill at the gym. (Hello, motivation to get to the gym!) It’s a win-win!

The breadth of classes is amazing and includes things I’ve been wanting to learn, as well as things I didn’t even know I wanted to learn! And the level of instruction is amazing – from industry leaders in each area! Calligraphy and hand lettering, garment draping from Anya Ayoung Chee (Project Runway), making a pattern in adobe illustrator, map making, fashion illustration and watercolor from Katie Rodgers (paperfashion.net), and on and on. You guys, I am in heaven! All for only $10 a month. It’s like a dream come true for me! Hop on over to Skillshare and check it out!

Homemade Flour Tortillas

March 28, 2014

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This is one of my favorite recipes. I make them about once a week. It’s quick and easy, and makes a can of refried beans feel like a meal! Or, throw some steak on the grill and sautee some onions and peppers and you have fajitas in no time.  Here’s the recipe:

  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c shortening
  • 3/4 c warm water

 

Mix flour, salt and baking powder in medium-sized bowl. Cut in shortening. Make a well in the center and add water. Mix in with a fork. Knead 10 times. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide into approximately eight balls (about the size of a golf ball). Roll out on a lightly floured surface (to make them more evenly shaped, always roll from the center out to the sides of the tortilla). Cook over medium heat in a saute pan or on a griddle. Enjoy! This recipe is easily doubled, but remember they don’t last as long as the store bought ones – only a few days. You can keep the dough in the refrigerator for about two days (wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or put in a ziploc bag). Store leftover tortillas in the fridge too! Enjoy!

The Life of a Banana

March 14, 2014

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I’m taking an online watercolor class through Nicole’s classes. I am loving it! I always wanted to take a watercolor class in college, but never did. I’ve always regretted it. For one of the assignments this week (my kids think it’s hilarious that I have homework to do now) we were supposed to do fruit. I looked on my kitchen counter and saw bananas in various states of decay. I thought it was kind of funny, so here’s my fruit homework for this week.

As Heard Around Our House

February 25, 2014

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News flash, Josh: everything tastes really good with cream in it! Consider this a life lesson.

Magic Beyond Words – I Loved this Movie!

February 18, 2014

I found this movie by accident. When I work out on the treadmill, I like to watch shows and movies. I stream whatever is free from my Amazon Prime account. I had been watching the show Parenthood, but I just caught up to what is current, so I needed something to watch. I just found this movie browsing in the free section. I was surprised by it, because I expected it to be more of a documentary type of movie. However, it was a dramatization of the life of JK (Joanna) Rowling. Whether or not this movie would appeal equally to the general public, I can’t say. But as a wannabe writer, I was captivated by the story. I loved seeing the little moments in her life that contributed to the stories we all know and love in the Harry Potter books. I also loved seeing the process she went through to have the manuscript published. I definitely recommend it!

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