Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Crayon Inspired Back To School Hair Bow

Hi everyone!   It's Back to School time and today I'm over on  Bowdabrablog where I'm on the design team, sharing how I made this adorable crayon inspiredhair bow!  So cool!  Why not get  your little girl excited about going back to school with this precious hair bow.  It's a fun addition to any outfit, sporting a variety of bold colors that's perfect for the first day of school!  And the best part, it's sure to color any little girl's world!

Please stop by  Bowdabrablog and get all the details in my easy to follow tutorial

Have fun and keep crafting!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Strawberries and Whipped Cream CakeRoll - Family Favorite Recipe

Welcome Friends to our Monthly Challenge Blog Hop!

 On the second Monday of each month, our group of talented bloggers share their themed creations of either  UPCYCLING,   FAVORITE FAMILY RECIPES  or  DOLLAR STORE CRAFTS  for the month.   The theme for August is Old or New Favorite Family Recipes. 

Unfortunately,  I don't have any recipes that were passed down in the family, but I do remember my mom making some of the best  comfort food dishes while I was growing up, although she wasn't a very good cook. But my Dad loved her cooking and was always praising her - the kids, not so much.   As a result, I've started  collecting a few of my own family favorites that I love.  

If you know anything about me, you know that I love strawberries and I love whipped cream! Discovering a scrumptious recipe that includes both of them together is a form of euphoria for me!  Ahhhh!  I found this recipe, "Strawberry Shortcake Cake Roll" awhile back from Crazy for Crust and it has become a family favorite! Most cake rolls give off the look of being delicate and classy with a degree of difficulty to make and this one is no exception.   But you won't believe how easy this lip-smacking strawberries and cream cake roll is to put together.  And the best part I love about discovering this recipe is the awesome frosting that covers the cake roll and that's mixed with strawberries for the filling!  It's to die for!!!!  The frosting is made with cream cheese and is very light and creamy and not at all too sweet - but oh, so delicious!  And the mixture of strawberries and cream is absolutely divine!!!   I've often made the whipped cream frosting separately  just as an added touch to many desserts!

So let's get started with gathering the ingredients:

For the Cake  
     3 Large Eggs
     3/4 C Sugar
     1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
     1 Teaspoon baking powder
     1/4 Teaspoon salt
     1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
     3/4 Cup All purpose flour
     Powdered sugar

For the Filling and Frosting
     8 Ounces softened cream cheese
     1/2 Cup sugar
     1 Teaspoon vanilla
     2 Cups cold heavy whipping cream
     1 Pound Fresh Strawberries

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 10×15” jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Spray the paper with baking spray with flour.
  • Place eggs in a large bowl and beat at medium mixture speed for 5 minutes until foamy. Add sugar and mix for 2 more minutes, until the mixture is slightly thickened.  Mix in oil, baking powder, salt, and vanilla, then add flour and mix slowly until just combined. Pour into prepared pan, spreading with a spatula. Tap the pan on the counter to release air bubbles, then bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on your oven) or until the top is browned and the cake springs back when touched lightly.
  • While the cake is baking, place a clean, dry kitchen towel on the counter. Spread about 1/4 cup powdered sugar on top of the towel to prevent the towel from sticking to the cake.

  • Remove the hot cake from the oven. and using oven mitts, turn the cake onto the towel, removing the pan and carefully peeling the paper from the cake.

  • Carefully roll the towel and cake together, moving slowly, rolling as tightly as possible without cracking. The towel will end up rolled inside the cake. 
  • Cool the cake on a wire rack, seam side down.   
  • For the filling: place cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Use mixer to beat the cream cheese and sugar until it’s smooth and fluffy, then beat in vanilla. Slowly add the cold heavy whipping cream, then turn the mixer up to high and beat until stiff peaks form.
  • To fill cake: wash and dry the berries. Slice about 3/4 of the berries into small pieces, then pat the pieces dry. The rest will be used on the topping.  Carefully unroll the cake, removing the towel. Spread some of the whipped cream mixture on top and sprinkle with the chopped strawberries. Carefully roll the cake back up as tight as possible. Wrap the cake roll in plastic wrap and chill until ready to top and serve.
  • To serve: frost the cake roll with remaining whipped cream and remaining berries. 

This awesome cake is best eaten within a few days because of the fresh berries.  But trust me, you'll have no problem doing just that!

And I'm sure, if you love strawberries like I do, you will want to try this easy to follow recipe real soon!

Be sure to stop by and visit my co-hosts for their delicious favorite family recipes, too! You won't be disappointed!
And don't for get to come back next month for our
Dollar Store Craft Challenge Blog  Hop!
Thank's for stopping by,

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Reverse Decoupage Bottle With Decorative Seashells

I found the most adorable glass bottle and wanted to try out something called reverse decoupage using beachy themed napkins and seashells that I had.  It's a great way of customizing a glass bottle for almost any occasion.  With this technique you just decoupage a paper napkin on the back of a bottle, giving off a see-through the glass picture which allows you to use the front and also the back of the bottle to add additional decorative themed items!  It's a wonderful dimensional decorative effect!

To make, you will need:
  • Glass Bottle
  • Alcohol
  • Napkin
  • Water/small bowl
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic Primer Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Sponge Brush
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Silicone Adhesive
  • Silicone Pad - (padded work surface to protect the glass)
  • Decorative Shells, small rocks, netting, etc.
Clean the surface of the glass bottle with alcohol and make sure it's dry. 

Lay the opened napkin print side up on your work surface and place the bottle on top, centering. 

Dip the tip of paint brush in water and dab around the edges of bottle wetting napkin until you have completely wet the napkin around the bottle.

Using the tip of your finger, tear out the napkin following the wet portion.

Once you have the round napkin shape,

separate the 2-3 ply white paper from the printed side of the napkin.

With a sponge brush, coat the back-side of the bottle with Mod Podge and lay the printed side of napkin, face down on glass bottle, centering napkin.

  Smooth wrinkles and air bubble on napkin using plastic wrap (I cut up an old ziplock bag for thicker plastic)  Allow to dry.

To enhance the printed napkin and make it less transparent, paint over the napkin with white primer or chalk paint and let dry.

Now it's time to decorate!

Add a layer of silicone glue to bottom of bottle and .  .  .
 sprinkle small rocks or sand over the glue.
Add Mod Podge to the back, and .  .  .
smooth out another cut-out decorative napkin!

Glue on decorative themed items to back and front until satisfied with look.

I love this technique!  It's a fun way to display cherished items!

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy -

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Christmas in July Features

Thanks to everyone who joined us at our month long Christmas in July Link Party.  We certainly had some super talented participants!  I hope you were inspired to start working on your holiday handmade creations!  I know I was!  Today, the co-hosts are featuring some of their favorites!
Be sure to check them out! 

While I truly loved all the projects that were shared, unfortunately I can't feature them all, but here are a few that I really enjoyed!

Michele from Coastal Bohemian and the lovely Seashell Christmas Tree she created! I'm sure we all have seashells we can make into a tree for the holidays!

Susanfrom Organized31 showed us how to make DIY Christmas Candy Wrappers. We all need to know how to make these! Fun for the kids!

Priyamfrom Simple Joys loves making Christmas paper trees and so do I! It's a great way to recycle!

Lirtea @ El Refugio DeLirtea had fun making Papa Noel just for our Christmas in July party! How cool is this!

Again, A big THANK YOU to everyone who shared their lovely creations! And remember, you can continue to check out any inspirations you might have missed here!

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy -
Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Plastic Jug Garden Scoop DIY

It's so easy to make a much needed scoop out of discarded plastic jugs! And it's a quick and easy way to recycle and repurpose large plastic jugs. Especially the ones used to hold cleaning or other heavy duty supplies.  They are super tough and sturdy and will hold just about any outdoor item you need to scoop up - like mulch or soil while gardening.  How many times have you said to yourself you wished you had a scoop to spread that mulch when top dressing your garden or planting a new flower or bulb?  I know I have!  I hate having to lift all that extra weight of bags while I'm gardening. It's so much easier to SCOOP it out!

And I had the perfect jug to make a scoop! Just look at the picture below. Don't you see a scoop outlined in the jug, just waiting to be cut out?  See, I told you it's easy!
And you only need a few things to get started:
Empty heavy duty jug with handle
Utility knife
Sharpie marker
Sanding block or paper
Magic Eraser (optional)
Ruler (optional)

Start by removing the labels from a clean, empty jug. 

Next, using a sharpie marker, draw dotted lines around the base of the top handle nearest the screw top .  .  . and then draw a continuous dotted line around the opposite handle side, angling down to the bottom and straight across (no lip) and back up again.  Make sure the lines of the scoop are equal distant on the jug, as pictured.

*If you make a mistake in marking out the scoop, or your lines aren't straight,  you can erase them using a magic eraser and start over with the help of a ruler.

Then, using a utility knife (a craft knife is not strong enough), carefully insert the tip into the plastic on the dotted line and cut slowly around the handle near the top opening, following the dotted lines.
Continue carefully cutting along the dotted lines and .  .  .
 down the sides following the angled dotted lines . .  .

until the scoop is cut out!

Use scissors to round off the corner edges .  .  .
and a sanding block or paper to smooth out any rough or sharp edges (not shown). The black lines from the marker can be removed with a magic eraser.

What a handy, dandy scoop!

Now the fun part begins out in the garden!

 Spreading and top dressing mulch!

But, it doesn't just stop there. Use it whenever you need to SCOOP - compost, sand, soil, snow melt, dog poop, trash, etc.! 

So save those plastic jugs, recycle, and have fun making all types of scoops!

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy -
Happy Crafting!