Monday, March 26, 2012

Pick A Pin 3/26/12

Time for Pick A Pin Monday! This week I decided I'd give the home decor a break and try out some food! I'm pretty sure my mom made this for us when I was younger but I personally had never made it: Jell-O Mousse.

The recipe came off this blog but she refers to another blog from where someone else shared it as well. Then come to find out, a somewhat similar version of this is already on the side of the Jell-O box so we'll see!

I've ditched my household blender so I'll be using my Ninja system on this one and my husband and I agreed on trying this with orange Jell-O first and then with some blackberry fusion flavor (raspberry/blackberry).

If all goes well, this may be a favorite summer treat of ours very quickly!

Not going to lie, I don't have a prep picture for this week because I may have already made a flavor of it ;) and was so anxious to try it that the camera was left behind...oops! Making a second batch tomorrow likely so I'll edit with a picture later :)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Made It Happen 3/23/12

I didn't get a chance to post my Pick A Pin on Monday due to a certain little one's teething which has made for quite the week but hey, it happens and we get through it :). Onwards to the crafting!

This pin was my original inspiration for the piece this week.
Here's the original blog resource with the directions as well.

I went to the Dover Publications website as this is always been my favorite for coloring books, coloring pages, etc. I scrolled through some of the sample pages they have and came across a nature design that I liked.

The original creator is this project did a much simpler design and took her puff paint to freezer paper before taking the dried designs and attaching them to the canvas. I knew that certainly wasn't going to work for me with this design so I transferred the design straight to the canvas and put the puff paint right on.

This is the final product with some extra shadows thanks to photo editing so you can see the full extent of the design. It's really much more subtle.

I tried to take this picture to better show the lightness but likes things to show up so there's a bit of extra shadow here as well :)

You'll also notice in the pictures that my paint glitters. That's right, when I was in the craft store, I was in a hurry and grabbed what I thought was pearlized white but once it dried and I looked at the bottle...well...looks like someone put it back in the wrong spot. Total pet peeve of mine in retail stores...ugh!

So because it turned out clear glitter you can somewhat see my pencil sketching underneath so my husband and I are debating taking some spray paint to it so the design will still pop from the canvas but will tone down its disco ball-ness.

And yes, I went to hang up my Maine canvases from the other week and turns out I was in a bit of a hurry and the glue wasn't dry all the way on one of the hooks so I need to replace that and then get the final picture! ;)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Made it Hap-Pin #4

Took me a grand total of 15 minutes from start to finish! I love this project and it's bright colors work so well on my boring white door!

I used my Cricut Expression 2 to cut out the paper designs and gave everything a nice coat of mod podge for finishing touch!

Sidenote, my canvases from last week haven't been hung up yet! I didn't forget, there WILL be a picture of that soon! :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Pick A Pin 3/12/12

I decided because this week's temps are all in the 70's it's time to put the winter decor away and put the spring stuff up!

Here's my pin for the week!

I had a lot of old unused blanket CD's around and I'm always one that loves finding the "use what you have" projects. The only thing I had to purchase for this week's project? One can of spray paint!

I did this project over the weekend and can't wait to share it on Friday!

This link is the link to the blog with the instructions on it :)

Here's my supplies picture for the week (not pictured is the cardstock and Cricut machine I also used)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Made it Hap-Pin #3

So in continuing my series of Maine canvas paintings, I finished up the final two this week. All that's left is to put on a coat of sealer and hang them up!

I popped a shot of the lobster one in again on the bottom so you could see the set all together :). I'm pretty happy with them and my husband agrees the brush strokes give it a nice effect as opposed to just doing the spray paint on them.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

One A Day Tallies #6

Yes, yes it's been a month since I posted a One A Day...yikes! Some of you may remember I was awaiting a good time to purchase more yarn from Herrschners for my ripple blanket and the good news is....I did! It's since arrived and I'm back to being able to work on my ripple blanket!

In place of working on the blanket I worked on a different One A Day project: A Hexagon Bag. That was a very quick lived project start to finish and it made for a perfect space filler while I awaited more ripple blanket yarn.

Here's the finished product!

You can be assured next week will contain a ripple update that I'm so so excited about working on again!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Made it Hap-Pin #2

Here's my first canvas piece in my set of 3! Number two will likely happen next week (hopefully)!

The original project called for spray paint but I wanted the look of brush strokes in there so I switched it to acrylic and I'm quite happy with how it turned out! Still deciding which one of the remaining two silhouettes I'll do next week!

I also simply taped the stencil to the canvas temporarily, painted the first coat over it to get the silhouette and then I used a smaller brush to define it on the following coats :).

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FO Friday #13

FO Picture time! But I won't be modeling the FO's today. I'm quite comfy in my grey fleece PJ pants and my "We all can't be morning people" t-shirt and I don't wish to publicize that look :-P.

This is my pink Lyla cowl. It's all puff stitch, works up insanely clip and it actually buttons closed but I haven't found JUST the right buttons yet so I didn't share the temporary ones holding it closed right now. I used Bernat Waverly which I never intended to buy any of but after that weird find of it on clearance, I picked up a few. It's so nice and squishy!

This was my first attempt at a mobius wrap and hopefully you can see well enough in the picture that it actually turned out quite well. If you've been reading my blog recently you'll also notice it's the same yarn as my bellflower cowl. I can't wait until May to pick up more of Tess' yarn at Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival!