They dont’ look too much darker in the picture but to the eye they are a shade darker. I will be trying this again though so watch for my results from Trial 2!
I wanted to share some other great photo ideas from around the web:
|After a fresh fallen snow, possibly a little freezing rain to coat the branches.|
I’m not crazy about the paint I used for the stem so I may look for a different kind and do it with a little more detail!
The pair will be for sale at my first show in Malone, this Saturday October 15th for the All You Harvest Festival at Davis Elementary!
If you have never seen the move Trick r’ Treat I totally suggest it. It is one of the scariest movies I have seen in recent memory. One of the scariest little guys is Sammy, here is my recycled version:
Now he is not completely finished, but I thought I would share my progress so far. His body is made from a children’s feety pjs that one of my co-workers brought in for me. That I dyed orange. His body is made from old fence wire, so he is positionable and he is stuffed with plastic bags. The portion holding his head up is a paper towel roll and again his head is burlap stuffed with plastic bags. I hand stitched his mouth on with twine and stitched on 2 old black buttons I already had.
I love Halloween and all things scary. I have been working on decorations for the BF and my upcoming Halloween party and here is a great one I came up with. This is super easy and I think really really scary.
Basically, I took a bottle of white elmer’s glue and add a few knife tips of the red gel food coloring (found in the cake decorating stuff). I did an entire bottle b/c I’m making a bunch of these, you could also mix it in smaller batches. Stirred it around with a wooden skewer and took my clean recycled jar, placed it on wax paper. Took the glue bottle, with my now red glue and filled just the threaded rim of the jar with glue and let it drip down the jar. Let it dry and it will have a nice bloody look!
I found a tutorial a long time ago on how to make this, but I couldn’t find it again to link to so I made my own. Ruffled crepe paper is a cheap and super easy decoration alternative. I made a bunch of it last fall for the BF’s Grandmas 80th birthday party and it was a hit. It looks 10x nicer than plain crepe paper. I wish I had taken photos of it from her party, but unfortunately as normal I forgot.
Step 1: Choose your colors! These could be your wedding colors or accent colors. For this tutorial I chose lime green and fuschia. You can also use three colors and just cut it into long strips and inter mix the three, a little more challenging but that is how I did the red, yellow and orange combo above.
Step 4: Keep sewing until you get your desired amount, it really isn’t a labor intensive process just tedious! If you know how long you need your streamers to be for decorating I would pre-measure and cut strips of the crepe paper to sew, just make sure you add a little extra to cover the ruffling.
There are so many uses for this beyond just streamers, it could be tied to chairs or laid on a table as a fun runner. I have even used it to decorate gift packages!
This recipe is amazing and once again a Pinterest find! The BF and I absolutely love it! We got 2 meals out of it, the first was chicken tacos the second was chicken nachos! I have the say it worked even better as nachos than tacos! Would also make an excellent taco dip for a party.
|Photo Credit: Amanda’s Recipe and Beauty Finds|
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup salsa
1 package taco seasoning
1 cup sour cream
Absolutely Delicious! Give it a try!
Well since for some reason I can’t get the photos I wanted off my digital camera to blog about what I really wanted to. I am going to blog about the Thundershirt. Every one has heard about my little wild man, Bubba. Bubba is a silky terrier that like a lot of little dogs likes to bark all the time. We were at the end of our wits with him and I had tried everything except a shock collar to get him to stop. I feel really bad shocking a 10 lb dog so I was willing to try anything. Also from what I have read if the barking is caused by anxiety, most times “punishing” the dog has no effect. I originally saw the ad for the Thundershirt on TV (which yes I know a tv infomercial) but after doing some research online, I found mixed reviews it worked for some but not others. I think a lot of Bubba’s barking issues were due to anxiety so I decided to give it a try.
Above is Bubba in his Rugby Thundershirt. A Thundershirt is an anxiety pressure wrap and for Bubba it seems to work. It is a neoprene type material that fits fairly snugly. I have had it for almost a week, which is definitely long enough for him to get use to it. He is a lot calmer and barks a lot less. Granted he still barks at the occasional passing car or if another dog is in the yard, but it is definitely not to the extent that he barked before. I don’t make him wear it all the time. When we go for a walk, when he is home alone, or when its just me at home and he is being good, I leave it off of him.
Thundershirt comes with a 45 day money-back guarantee, so it is worth a try. I ordered mine through Amazon which has an awesome return policy anyways. Bubba’s was little pricey at $44.95 for the rugby edition, but so far it has been money well spent. For all the dog owner’s that want a humane way to stop the barking, give it a try! If it doesn’t work for you send it back!
Another delicious Pinterest find, Hasselback potatoes are the Swedish version of baked potatoes. Just a few extra steps to the typical baked potato, but it adds so much flavor!
|Photo Credit: Seasaltwithfood|
I altered the recipe a little bit from what Seasaltwithfood originally did, so here it goes:
Medium size potatoes (I used Russet)
2 cloves of garlic, minced (I used my wonderful Pampered Chef Garlic Press)
2 tbsp butter, melted
Preheat oven 425. Wash and dry potatoes. Slice each potato thinly about 3/4 of the way through. Place minced garlic on top and let some fall down in cracks. Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes, until top is crispy and potato is cooked through.
These were so delicious I actually brought a leftover one for lunch today, and I am so not a leftover person!
On another note, if you don’t have a Pampered Chef garlic press, I strongly suggest, nothing is better than fresh garlic. The best part of this press, is you never have to touch the minced garlic or peel, I just scrape it off with a knife and use the same knife to pop out whats left of the peel after pressing. So no worries about how you are going to get the smell off your hands (baking soda works great!)