Friday, September 19, 2014

Whisker Graphics Sponsored Link Party At Paper Issues

Hello Everyone,














Whisker Graphics is hosting an awesome link party
over at Paper Issues.

Go check out all the fun and link up your projects
for a chance to win some great Whisker Graphics products.

Happy weekend!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall Catcher Modern Natural Found Object Wreath

























My youngest son loves to collect little bits
of nature. Every day he presents me with the
little gifts he finds rocks, leaves, pinecones,
acorns and sticks. Lots and lots of sticks.

So, he was the inspiration for what I'm calling
a Fall Catcher. With the stick of the day, some
leaves from my neighbors maple and lovely
Whisker Graphics products, we whipped up
this little "modern natural found object" wreath.

























First we began by wrapping the stick with a
little washi tape. Then we tied some divine twine
to the stick for hanging our little treasures on.

Next I got started on making the little sticker lanterns.

























Pinch and fold the petite stickys in half.

























Stick 1/2 of the sticky to the other 1/2 of the
second sticky.

























Keep folding stickers in half and sticking them
together until you have reached your desired fullness.

























Then seal up the stickers around the piece of twine.

























Cute!!! I can't wait to do a fuller version!











































Next we ties leaves to the twine.

























That was it,...... cute fast and fun. Hang on
a door as a modern natural wreath.......

























...or hang in the air as a fall catcher.



































































































Supplies:

Yellow Solid Divine Twine
Yellow Stripe Petite Stickys
Washi Tape
Stick
Bits of Nature
Scissors

Sunday, August 24, 2014

How To Drill A Hole Into A Ceramic Pot




























I love collecting these old Bauer garden pots.
Most of them I stumble across do not have a
drainage hole in the bottom. Sorta makes them
a bit unpractical for a garden pot!

























This guy I got for a steal. It's prevues owner
was under the impression it was unable to be
cleaned and useless because of lacking a
drainage hole. Oh, not so!

























It was pretty grimy!!! Sap, Bird poop, you name
it...............

























It was on this thing!!! With a little elbow grease
and a Mr. Clean Magic Erasure.

* ZAM*BOOM*BING*POOF*

























Clean and looking new again.


















Now for the drilling of the drainage hole.
Determine if your pot has a crack in it. Tap the pot, if it has a bell
like sound you are in good shape. If the pot makes a thud sound
it is cracked. A cracked pot can be drilled. However, there is a
chance the pot will crack further with the pressure of being drilled.


















Using a glass and tile drill bit drill a hole from the bottom side
of the pot.


















Keep a little bit of water on the pot to help keep things cool.
Push the drill down with even firm pressure.


















And just like that, you will have a nice drainage hole in your
once "useless" garden pot.

The hole above was made by a 3/8" drill bit. If you desire a
larger hole drill a small size hole first. Then go back with a
larger bit to open up the hole a bit more. I don't bother to make
the hole bigger. My pots seem to drain fine with the hole that
the 3/8" drill bit makes.

























These beauties took off.

















































Soooo, happy in their clean and properly
draining home.

























Zinnias from Annie's Annuals..... nothing
more summery than that.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Strawberry Rosemary Sauce or Strawberry Catsup

Strawberry, rosemary and lemon come together
to delight the taste buds in this delicious sauce.

























Packaged up with Whisker Graphics products
this sauce would make an awesome food gift.










































In a large heavy bottom pot add two pounds of strawberries.
That have been washed and trimmed and cut into quarters or
in half depending on their size. To the berries add the juice of
half a lemon and a few peals, two 5" sprigs of rosemary and
a little less than a 1/4 cup of sugar. The amount of sugar depends
on personal taste and how sweet your berries are. Turn the pot
on medium high and stir until the juice of the berries start to run.
Then reduce the heat to low and cook for about an hour.


















Occasionally sir the mixture and mash the berries with the back
of a wooden spoon.


















The strawberry sauce will thicken nicely once reduced.


















Let cool and package into mason jars. This recipe makes about
three cups. Keep tightly covered in the fridge for up to a week.

















































Although, this stuff probably won't be around
a week. This stuff is equally good on a turkey
burger as it is on vanilla ice cream!!!
It's strawberry sauce meets strawberry catsup.

























For gift giving, place in a pretty mason jar and label.

























Cute as is but, why not go a little further??


















Place the jar in a Bigger Bitt Bag fold over edges.....


















embellish with a paper lace doily, tag, antique spoon and a
little bit of Divine Twine. Perfectly delicious and pretty too.

Love the detail on this little spoon. Vintage silverware is the best!



















Thanks to Whisker Graphics for having me back as a guest designer
and for all these sweet packaging supplies to play with.



















Tuesday, June 24, 2014

DIY Table Cloth Weights

Don't ya just hate it when you are trying to enjoy yourself at a
picnic and the wind comes by and whips up your table cloth?!
Drives me nuts! So, I try to have some festive table cloth
weights stashed away for windy out door eating occasions.   ;)


















With this awesome collection of patriotic Divine Twine and
some drapery rings and festive 4th of July doodads I made a
set of table cloth weights.



















I started by painting the drapery rings. When they were dry
I embellished the rings with some bakers twine, securing
the twine with glue.

























Once the twine was set I added a few little
flags and glittered stars to the rings with hot glue.

This was a fun and quick craft. There is still plenty
of time to make a set of your own.

























The drapery rings have just enough weight
to keep the edges of the table cloth down and
the clips hold well too.


















Happy summer!



















Supplies:

Drapery rings
Paint and paint brush
Whisker Graphics Divine Twine
Hot glue and glue gun
Scissors
Flags and glitter stars

Come check out all the fun at..........
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