Monday, June 25, 2012

Night Stand Redo

I don't think stripes will ever be 'unstylish'. I myself am very thankful for that. I love stripes. Whether they are fat, skinny, vertical, horizontal, chevron, diagnal ect. you name it, I'll take 'em. When I saw House of Smiths striped wall I was a wee bit excited. Partly because Shelly too loves stripes, and because the color combo is oh so very fantastic, but, it gave me the idea to spice up my white stand and make it extrodinary! I already have paint from painting my lamp so I was all set!


This stand has been painted many many times. Four times total, but the first time was ages ago so I never got a picture.

Making Perfect Stripes
Tape
Paint
Ruler
Pencil
Eraser
Roller (mine was mini... very cute)

This is really very easy! Just kinda time consuming with all the measuring, but hey, it's worth it in the end.

Start off by measure the width of your tape. Mine was 2 1/2 in.
Put a piece of tape down on the surface as straight as possible. Take a ruler and measure whatever your width of the tape was. Make a mark towards the bottom, middle, and top. Then make a straight line connecting them with a ruler. Tape it so that you will still be able to erase your pencil lines.


Repeat that step with what seems to be a bajillion times, or until it is all taped up and ready to go!

Before painting, I went over and pressed each piece of tape down to make sure it was down real good.
Then you can paint away. (I used a mini roller) Just paint right over the tape. (I did two coats, waited 1 hr. to take the tape off.) Like my lamp, I used coral blush craft paint from Hobby Lobby.


Mine did blead through a bit, I think because I didn't use painters tape. It wasn't bad. I went over the spots where it was worse with white paint.


Would you look at that, matching lamp and stand.

One more thing I painted:


Megan

Sunday, June 24, 2012

1 Thessalonians 5:16



 
On a totally different note, this is the 100th post! The verse fits pretty well with it being the 100th and all. Neato!
Well, we made it! Thanks to all who read. Preciate it lots.
Megan & Taylor

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Cheddar Bacon Cracker Dip

Another recipe? This is crazy! If you are sick of recipes don't worry, Monday I have something that falls more into the craft category of things.
I have no words to describle the delishesness of this dip. It's like a little smother of heaven on a cracker. If you think I am exagerating, I assure you, I am not. Make it and you will instantly know what I am talking about. Yup, it's good.

Chedder Bacon Cracker Dip
16 oz. sour cream
1 packet of Ranch dressing mix
3 oz. bacon bits
1 cup of chedder cheese
Put the sour cream, ranch mix, bacon bits, cheese all together in a bowl and mix it up.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate it for 24 hours before eating.
Serve it up with crackers, pretzals, chips, or veggies.

(These pictures are very well taken, I know. Can't give me credit for them. I had Melanie (my sister) take them. That is why they are so wonderful.)

Megan

Friday, June 22, 2012

German Pancake

If you know me, you know that making food isn't my strongest point. For example, I made 'lemonade popsicles' once. Mix up some lemonade put in the little popsicle formations and add cool whip on top because cool whip is good on everything. Easy enough I thought, and I am sure they will taste wonderful! Well, I was wrong. When I tried on of those popsicles they were... something else. Very sour at the top and watery once you got to the bottom, and the cool whip um was not what it usually taste like. Let's just say that they made 12, after 2 months there were 8 still waiting to be eaten. (and never were eaten might I add)

However, it seems to be that if I have someone to bake or cook with me things go better. Usually my assistent is my younger sister, Marissa.

Surprisingly, one morning I got up before 8:30 (I am a night owl, but mornings aren't my thing). Of course, my sister was up because she is an early riser. After looking at my food board on Pinterest (one of our favorite past times) we were mighty hungry. We remember having a German Pancake at our cousins house (Hi!) and boy were they delicious! So that is the story of how we came to make a German Pancake, you must try it.

German Pancake
(recipe from Everyday Insanity)

6 tablespoons of butter
5 eggs
1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
large pinch of salt

Preheat your oven to 425. While it is preheating put the 6 tablespoons of butter in a 9x13 pan, place it in the oven so the butter can melt.

While the butter is melting mix together your eggs, flour, milk, vanilla, and salt.

When your butter is all melted, pour your batter into the pan and bake for 20-25 min. (still at 425 degrees)

*When you take it out it gets all bubbly... real neat!*

When the pancake is done serve it with powered sugar, syrup or whatever you please!


Megan

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Chocolate Chip Dough in a Mug

I don't get in the kitchen much and make food. When I do it never ends so well. (hope I'm not scaring you away) I will say, I tried this chocolate chip dough recipe a while back and turned out wonderful! It taste like a chocolate chip cake all in a mug with only 5 ingredients. And get this, you don't use an oven for this! So on one of those hot summery days instead of your oven which makes the room feel about a gajillion degrees warmer turn to this and use your microwave! It's a win win!
Chocolate Chip Dough in a Mug
(Found from Babble)
1 egg
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
1/3 cup of flour
1 tablespoon of butter (softened)
Chocolate chips (I use LOTS)
  
One tip: spray your mug with cooking spray so in the end, you won't have a mini battle while washing it.
In a microwavable mug crack your egg and wisk er up good.
Add in your brown sugar, flour, butter, and chocolate chips and mix it up.
Heat up in the microwave for 1-2 min. or until the center is done.
That's really all there is to it! Eat it up and make another.

Megan

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lamp {the stand}

Last week I gave you a preview of a 'mystery' project I was working on. It may have been easy to guess but it indeed was the ugly lamp. Only now it isn't so ugly anymore.

I painted it Coral Blush. I was looking for spray paint but couldn't find any coral spray paint for under $10. So, I went with craft paint found at Hobby Lobby, and painted it with a foam brush. It turned out great!

I am still deciding what to do with the shade. I bleached it which did help get rid of that yellow tint it had. Still can't decide to leave it, cover it with white fabric, or some printed fabric. Any suggestions?
Megan

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Two T-shirt Ruffle Pillow

Over spring break, two of my sisters and I painted their room. After 14 years, it was still teddy bear theme. (cute... baha, no.) Now it is a perfect shade of blue with a yellow. Here is there magazine rack that I truely love. (that blue is the color of one of their walls)
My sister wanted to me to make her a pillow for their 'newly' painted room. Instead of buying cloth, we used old t-shirts, partly because we didn't have the patients to go to the store and buy fabric and since the blue goes wonderfully with her bedspread we had to use it!


Supplies
2 (or more) t-shirts or fabric
sewing machine
scissors
pins
2 colors of thread (that matches your fabric. We will call these different color threads thread 1 and 2. Simple enough)
pillow
seam ripper

The Case
Start off by cutting the shirt from the arm pits up.

Pull the remaining parts of the shirt onto your pillow to get a general idea on how much/where you will cut the t-shirt.
(don't worry... in the end that friendly smile never showed up. Oh and like my cutting job? Thanks.)

Cut the t-shirt on both sides, leaving 1/2 in-1 in of extra fabric. (If you add a ruffle SAVE one color of the t-shirt you just cut off for it later)

Turn one piece of the t-shirt inside out and sew one open edge shut (with thread one).
There you see again how much I love to cut straight lines.

Either hem up one side of your other color t-shirt (thread 1), or like I did, use the bottom hem that is already there to save time.

Sew the piece you just hemmed up (or used the hem already there) to the other piece of t-shirt (make sure it is in the right spot so in the end it isn't to big or small!). So in my case, I sewed the white piece over top of the blue. (all with thread 1)

Now, you should have a case that fits the pillow. Make sure you have one end closed and one end of the case open!

Ruffle
*This is just one way you can make a ruffle... and is the way that works for me. If you have another way go ahead and use it!*

 So if you saved that piece from the t-shirt use that! Nothing better than using what you've got :)

It should be in a circle as if it were an infinity scarf. Cut it so it is a long strip. (I used the whole strip... depends on how ruffly it is and how big your pillow is)

Fold the sides in about a quater in and sew them. (thread 1)

Change your stich size to the biggest it goes.

(this next part may sound a little odd and be confusing, and I have no pictures which is no good. I will do my best to explain)
Imagine your long strip is divided into fourths.... keep the image in your mind.
Sew about 1/4 of the way down the middle, on your long strip with the biggest stich your machine can provide. When you hit about the 1/4 mark STOP. Cut the threads long so you have enough to pull to get a ruffle. Begin sewing once again
Do the same steps when you get to the 1/2 mark, 3/4 mark, and to the end.
You may wonder why you do this. I find it easier to get the ruffle throughout the whole strip of fabric, and it isn't as easy to snap the thread. (do this step with thread one)

Pull the threads till you can pull no more. (do this for each section)
Between each section there might be a spot where there is no ruffle. Have no fear, you can fix that when you attach it to the pillow.
You can kinda see how I divided (in my mind) the strip in fourths
It looks kinda funny, don't worry. it will look better.

Place the ruffle on the pillow (I suggest that you put the case on your pillow too at this point so you can see where to put the ruffle). Pull the ruffle to fit the length of your pillow.
My finger is showing a spot that isn't as ruffly

Pin the ruffle onto the case where you want it to go. As you do this, in those spots where there was no ruffle gather it up to make it look ruffly like the rest and pin it.

This is the time to switch thread colors. It makes it easier to see what threads you need to pull out and what ones you need to keep in. (mine is blue)
Sew straigh down the middle of the ruffle. Right over the other color thread in the middle.

When you are done, pull out/use a seam ripper to yank out thread 1 (in my case it was white).

Stuff your pillow back in its case and sew it up.

You are done!
Any questions leave a comment and I will get back to you!
Tomorrow... reveal of what the answer to the guessing game is!
Megan

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Pinterest

A few things I've been drooling over on Pinterest lately
If I Had a House
I really really really love that chair... the rest of the kitchen is lovely too.

This kitchen looks a little bit more affordable than the previous one, but still lovely

 Chicken wire message board, darling. Those magnets, circle majigs are lovely too.

To be honest, this board has been quiet lately. I will be on the look out for more spaces to add to this board.
Look at this organization! YOZA! Not to mention, it is very appealing to the human eye.

It has coral combined in with it, how can I not love it? (I know, my obsession for it is a little over the top) And to add to that it is oh so summery.

Taylor introduced me to the Color Run. It too is my dream to run one.



I love colored pants/shorts but don't think I would be able to pull off such a vibrant color such as this coraly. Maybe some day I will gather up some courage and purchase some. Oh, and those shoes are a keeper.

Tips on sewing corners. This could come in handy!

GAH! I love this quilt!

This may be the board that is used the most. However, never in a million years would I be able to make any of the food. For making food I have no talent in.
My sister made this fluff stuff (tasty!) It was gone the next day.


Megan

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Can You Guess?

Can you guess what an upcoming post will be about? It's probably real easy to guess.
Sassy aye?
And before I forget, the blog may be a little quiet around here because well, it's summer (oh boy I love it!) and we had to turn in our school laptops which means getting to know a whole different kind of computer which has been a little tough for me.
Megan

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Cold water+Freshly painted nails=Dry nails

Like the equation? It's an easy one to figure out and it really does work! No more painted fingers getting smudged while waiting them to dry! I saw this idea on Pinterest, but was dumb enough to never pin it. *slap myself on the head* So I will just tell you now, I never came up with this on my own for I am not that intelligent. 
Let me warn you now of my alien scary fingers, and the awful pictures because I don't know how to photograph fingers. But then again, who does?

Start off by giving your nails a thin coat of nail polish. Thinner layers result in better, smoother nails.
For the tutorial I used Something New because it shows up better for pictures, but in real life they are now painted Vibrant Violet. 
Something New.

Vibrant Violet

Then, dunk them in shiver me timbers ice cold water. It needs to be FREEZING for it to work well. Trust me, it's worth freezing your tiny little fingers off. They turn out all shiny and pretty. 
hello nasty picture

Keep them in the water for 1-2 minutes before taking them out. 
DO NOT wipe them with a towel or anything, then they get all fuzzy and icky. Just let the water dry off. It takes about 2 minutes. You can either move on to your other hand or eat a piece of cheese like I did. 

After the water is all gone you can do another thin layer. Repeat the water process. 
Your nails will be dry and lovely and it only takes a couple minutes!



Megan

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