{make it mine} Pinteresting Canvas

I wasn’t even sure what to call this project.  Canvas seems a little too plain.  Canvas I found on Pinterest and changed so I could hang it in my bedroom is a little long.  But that’s what it is…a pin I found on Pinterest that I changed to suit me and my bedroom wall.

The pin is on my Make It Mine board.  And the original post is here.  I know Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess made something similar.  That was the original plan…to mask off the letters with vinyl then paint over with a dark wash and peel the letters off to reveal the mod podged vintage book pages beneath.  Good plan except that I COULD NOT decide on a color.  I didn’t want to go too dark and the letters I chose KG Skinny Latte by Kimberly Geswein, were a bit too skinny and I thought you might not could see them clearly.  After letting it sit in my head, (aka putting the canvas away and forgetting about it until last week) I made a plan.  The plan included vintage book pages, whitewashed chevron, black vinyl, and song lyrics.

Let me just tell you that since I decided to use this particular lyric from “You Are My Sunshine,” I cannot get that song outta my head.  Seriously.

First I grabbed a 24×36 canvas at Michael’s with my coupon.  I also picked up Martha Stewart Crafts Tintable Glaze and Multi-Surface Satin Craft Paint in Wedding Cake (on a different trip with another coupon!).  The black vinyl is Silhouette’s vinyl from Michael’s, but they wouldn’t let me use a coupon for that. boo.  Mod Podge and painter’s tape I picked up at Walmart.

I tore the pages out of an old Aesop’s Fables book I bought eons ago.  I trimmed up the pages and mod podged them onto the canvas.  Side note…I think mod podge is hard, y’all.  I’ve used it many times and am just getting to be ok with it.  I got those pages on the best I could.  After the pages were on and dried, I coated that sucker good with mod podge all over and let it dry overnight.


Then I taped off a chevron pattern with painter’s tape.  I didn’t measure, I eye-balled it.


My lovely assistant helped me whitewash.


I cut the letters with my Silhouette and carefully transferred them over.


I love, love, love it.  It’s going to hang in my bedroom.  FYI…I chose this particular part of the song because my hubby and I refer to each other as ‘dear.’  Always have :)

2nd FYI…I wanna make another one!

It’s getting a little Halloweeny up in here…

A cold front came through and I’m feeling fall-ish.  The heat is on.  Scentsy fall scents burning (and it smells gooooood).  And I put up the Halloween wreath.  So, it’s offically fall up in here.

{FAIL} Maybe not such a good idea…

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Just to let you know that not every idea I have necessarily works out…

I bought candy corn and Hershey’s hugs to make these cuties for Halloween

from baking and creating with Avril via cake info and pinned to my board :)

Well, they never got made for Halloween.  But I thought I could maybe change them a bit and use them for Thanksgiving.  I thought the hugs could be bodies, the candy corn could be a beak, mini chocolate chips for eyes…just need something for the waddle (is that what it’s called?).  They could be TURKEYS!  At first I looked at jelly beans for the waddle, but too big I thought.  Then standing in the Walmart checkout I spotted Tic Tacs, in red.  I just knew it would work.

It did not.

Poor guys look kinda like wounded snowmen.

The kids still ate them :)

{SVG cuts} {Pinteresting} Halloween Cheesecake Cupcake Rounds

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I made something from Pinterest! I knew when I pinned these cute little cheesecakes from my ‘sweets & treats’ board that I wanted to make them soon.  Last Friday was my regular Bunco game.  Halloween themed.  Ever played bunco?  It’s a simple dice game…I always say if it’s something I can do with a drink in one hand and while talking, it’s pretty simple…and it seems to be an Army wife staple.  The best part is getting out of the house for a little while with adults (and especially when hubby has been gone for a while now).  God Bless Bunco.

So, back on topic…little halloween cheesecakes. Super. Easy.  And delish. Risa of Baked Perfection gives very simple, easy instructions on her blog post.  I halved the recipe, made these the night before and left them in the fridge overnight.  The next morning I had an idea in the shower.  Don’t laugh…I seriously have 95% of my ‘good ideas’ in the shower.  I think it’s because no one is calling me or hanging on me or whining to me or asking me questions.  At least not that I can hear.  God Bless Showers.  Anyway, it came to me…cupcake rounds.  I had baked the cheesecakes in cute black and white polka dot liners.  {cause I have a polka dot thing}  I didn’t want cupcake picks to stick in them.  I wanted something simple but cute…knowing that, let’s be real here, any work I put into to these would soon find itself in the trash…I thought this idea would work.  Now I’m not saying that I invented the cupcake round.  I’m just saying I don’t think I’ve seen this anywhere else.

Back on topic again…sorry.  So I drew some a spider and a ‘boo!’on my handy dandy Mac, encircled them (as to fit on the top of the cheesecakes), and made a few svg files.  {svg files are cutting files…they can be used with a digital die cut machines like the Silhouette and its software} I cut the spider and boo circles in black at 2 inches and then cut slightly smaller yellow circles to lie underneath.  I like them.  They were different, easy, cute, and cheap…doesn’t that cover all my bases?

Whaddayathink?  And if you haven’t joined Pinterest yet and need an invite, email me {domesticatedlady at gmail dot com} with PINTEREST in the subject line and I’ll hook you up!

Oh yeah, and God Bless Cheesecake, too :)


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{Teacher Appreciation} Day 2…for some POP!ular teachers

Last year’s collaboration with Bridget from Bake@350 has been one of my most popular {ha!} posts.  She made the most adorable cookies ever.  We bagged them up with a cute treat topper and they were wildly popular {there it is again, I swear I’m not trying}.  It certainly helped that we were basically neighbors and we met to put the bags together.  You can read all about it here.

I am a big Bridget fan.  I’ve been reading and drooling over her blog for a long time.  And while I consider myself fairly crafty and a bit of a foodie, I have never tackled cookies.  Well, does Toll House break and bake count?  Anyway, although we have since moved and I am no longer close to Bridget, boo hoo, I decided I could still do a popular gift for our teachers this year in keeping with the theme from last year.

Not long ago, Bridget did a post about some candied popcorn she made.  She found the recipe from another super blogger, Kellie from This Blessed Nest. At the end, a comment was made about how you really could make this popcorn for any occasion….ding! ding! ding!  idea.

I followed Kellie’s instructions.  I used that microwave popcorn she did…by the way, it’s really yummy.  I used plain vanilla candy melts {you can find those at Walmart now for those of you, like me, who live in small towns} and regular M&Ms.  I did take out {ahem, devour} the brown M&Ms…just because I didn’t feel they went with my color scheme.  Call me picky.  I bagged it up and tied the bags with ribbon and this cute little tag I made.  And guess what?  I made some tags for you, too.  You can download them here. As always, they are in pdf format, so all you have to do is open and print.  You do have to have the free Adobe Reader, but you probably already have it on your computer.

Um…this stuff is delicious.  Seriously.  I’m surprised it made it into bags for the teachers.




{In a Jar} Little Pies in a Jar with a FREEBIE!

I have been wanting to try this ever since I first saw it over on Our Best Bites in September.

I finally did it.

First, let me say that I wish I was the kind of baker that loved to bake from scratch.  I really admire those people.  To make a pie crust from scratch would be delicious.  I just don’t have that kind of patience.  Granted, I did want to make the pie filling with Honey Crisp apples.  The absolute best apples on the planet.  However, the grocery store didn’t have them yesterday and by golly, I wanted pie, so canned pie filling it is.  I found these half-pint jelly jars at Walmart and snatched them up…each cute little jar is 4 ounces. {love these jars!}


I followed the steps set out by Our Best Bites.  I went the easy way and used a ready made pie crust and canned pie filling.  {Now the box of pie crusts come with two crusts, a top and a bottom.  I only used one and it made four little pies.} I let the pie crust sit for about 5 minutes before I rolled it out on wax paper.  Using the tops of the jars, I cut circles for the pie tops.

pie2 Then using little pieces of crust that I tore off, I pressed the pie crust on the bottom and sides of the jar. {I didn’t grease them}

pie3 I used about 1/3 cup of pie filling for each little jar.

pie4 I took a little heart cookie cutter I had {from a Wilton set…butterfly, scalloped heart, flower, etc} to cut a heart out of the top.  I pinched the tops into the jars.  I would have loved to do the beautiful little fork trick to seal the edges…I tried it and it didn’t work for me.  Maybe there’s a trick.  I was just hankerin’ for some pie, so I pinched the edges in and let it be.


I put the heart I cut out back on top, offset a bit so the pie could breathe and bubble.  Then I brushed the top with melted butter and sprinkled it with sugar, per the suggestion.  I put tops of two of them and popped them in the freezer.  The other two I put on a baking sheet in a 375 degree oven.  They baked for about 40 minutes.

pie6 I shared the other two today with a friend.  I tied the rim with ribbon and used a 2 inch scalloped punch to cut out these cute little tags that just happen to have the directions on them.

pie8 pie7 I thought some of you might like the labels, so I made some up to share!  You can download the labels here! The picture is also linked.  It’s a PDF file, so no special software is needed.  You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader {which you probably have already}.  Just download, open, and print.


Valentine Wreath

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We use our kitchen door the most in the house.  That’s where our visitors come in.  That’s the door all the neighborhood kids come in and out of.  When I {finally} took down the Christmas wreath off that back door, it felt really naked.  Plain white door.  I decided to do something Valentine-y.  I was going to make another ribbon wreath {pics coming soon, but similar to this one}, but I knew I would never get it done in a timely manner.  Timely manner being sharing a Valentine wreath before Valentine’s Day :)

So…I thought about it and I decided on a hodge podge of different ideas.  First I covered a green foam wreath with grosgrain ribbon. {just like the first step in Tatertots & Jello’s wreath tutuorial} Then I remembered Pamela Donnis’ great tutorial on the felt flowers she made.  If you’ve ever seen her work, the woman knows what to do with felt!  I made up a few felt blooms using her tutorial in different colors and sizes.  Pam says to the felt shapes don’t have to be perfect…I made a little cardboard guide to go by, ’cause I’m just not a freestyle kinda person.  But she was right, after a little while I was wingin’ it and it didn’t matter a bit.  I’m so pleased with how they turned out that I’m making more…maybe hairclips or a cute pin for my coat or hat?  I wanted to add some ribbon leaves.  And, of course, I had to add some polka dots.  {favorite things…ribbon and polka dots}  The quick tutorial for the leaves is below.




I’m sure there is a better way to make ribbon leaves.  But I made this up as I went along and it worked, so I’m sticking with it…for now.  I cut pieces of ribbon (two sizes, two colors) to about 6 inches in length.  Then I folded the ribbon, right sides together, in half.  I stitched with my machine (could totally hand do this) up one side and then diagonally across the bottom.  Turn the ribbon right sides out and shape into a leaf.

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If you get a chance, jump over and browse Pam’s blog.  It’s fun!

Just thought I’d share…I’ve linked up at Skip to my Lou and Today’s Creative Blog…check them out!

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Soup-er Yummy Treat Can and a Freebie Download

I have been wanting to make one of these soup can treats for a long time.  I didn’t have one of those safety can openers.  Then Leigh did a post about a cute can she made for her son’s teacher.  That did it.  I actually found a cheap safety can opener at TJMaxx!  You just open the can from the bottom, leaving the pop top intact.  I washed the can and let it dry.  Then I filled the can with candy and shredded paper.  I glued the bottom back on with E6000 glue I use for my pendants.  I made a label for around the can and one for the top, too.  I added the labels and then tied the whole can with ribbon.  I made mine for Easter, but this is a great little craft for any occasion.  You can download your free labels here.


Groundhog Day!

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I know it’s a tad bit late…but I wanted to get it posted.  You never know when you might need a groundhog crafty snack, right?  I originally saw these cute little groundhogs HERE.  There’s even a complete supply list and little tutorial.


With a few modifications, I made these for an afternoon snack.  I used pudding cups instead of cupcakes and used some crushes Oreos for the ‘dirt.’


Thanks Junior Society for a great idea!

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