Wednesday, December 7, 2016

BetterDays Premium Quality Rolling Pin Review #betterday

The rolling pin is such a simple tool that I wondered if there could be much difference among models. I'm here to tell you, there can!

Up until comparing my old rolling pin with the BetterDays Premium Quality Rolling Pin 

I had no idea what I was missing!  You can comfortably curl your fingers around each of the handles, using leverage and arm strength to push the rolling pin forward and back over dough.

It has comfortable handles. Is great for everything from cookies, biscuits, pizza, and pie.
Overall, I love this style of rolling pin.  It’s comfortable, versatile, classic.  You only need one rolling pin in your kitchen, BetterDays Premium Quality Rolling Pin is it.

Not too large at 20''x2'' nor heavy, weighing in at only 13.6 oz. making it wonderful for pie crust and other rolling needs.
It's strong and sturdy but smooth and nice to the touch. Being made of natural premium quality bamboo ii is resistant to scratching and splintering.
 Lifetime guarantee! If you are not satisfied with the product, get your money back - No questions asked!​
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Monday, December 5, 2016

1st Christmas Ornament!


I wanted to make Brandon a First Christmas Ornament 
like I did Izabelle.
Hers was just last year and I couldn't remember how I did it!
Thank goodness I took a photo of it! 
You can see that post here.

I gathered supplies and got busy.

I picked a wooden Snowflake from my stash 

and gave it 2 coats of Robin's Egg Blue by Glidden

Once dry I attached a Dollar Tree Snowflake

 I took a strip of blue crepe paper and folded it accordion style, 
then connected both ends to make a round ruffled circle. 

 I brushed glue around the edges 

and added blue glitter.
Gotta have sparkle!

I glued it to the top and let everything sit and dry thoroughly.
In the mean time I found a smaller Snowflake and covered it in silver glitter, setting it to the side for it to dry well also. 

When all was dry I added the small silver as the last Snowflake.
Found font I liked, sized it, and printed it out.
Cut "V" shapes in each end to resemble a banner 
and glued it to the top.
I embellished each "V" in the banner with a blue flat back stone.
I tied a bow with festive ribbon to add to the top.
Added the hook and c'est fini!

Izzy's from last year

Brandon's I did this year

Similar but not exactly the same,perfect!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Framed Button Christmas Tree

I love buttons
I have fond memories of playing in my 
Mom's button cans and boxes while she sewed.
One of my most favorite things to do as a child.
Why were they so intriguing?
The shapes, colors?
Who knows.
But I still love them to this day.
And yes, I have Mom's Cans and Boxes 
that I still "play'' and go through to this very day.
They bring back gentler times and loving memories.
they are off limits when it comes to crafting, 
unless it's something I'm keeping for myself ;)

This idea has been in the back of my head for a few years now but time always seems to slip away. It's not that it's a difficult project, in fact it's very simple, it's just things I want to do get put on the back burner.

Do you do that too?

Well, this year I made time.

I always have a stack of frames at the ready ~
whether from the Dollar Store, yard sales, or Thrifts.
I snatch any cheap frames I see. 
You can do sooo many thing with frames - 
no matter what they look like - 
makeovers are always an easy way to upcycle even the ugliest. 

This one happens to be from the Dollar Store. 

I wanted a glittery background and
 it happened to come to me in the mail!

My cousins beautiful Wedding Invitation

Just happened to have a silver glittery background sheet

So I dismantled it
(so sorry Chris and Amanda) 

I cut it to fit inside the frame which I painted all 
black to get rid of the gold-ish scrolling it had.

Then proceeded to play with some white buttons
 until I found a shape of a Christmas Tree I liked
and glued them on.

Once glued on, the buttons kind of blended 
with the background and didn't pop.
I thought of painting them, but didn't want to cover up the 
Mother of Pearl button's iridescence.
I grabbed a bottle of clear nail polish that had blue glitter in it.
Since most of the MOP buttons were at the bottom I started there with a light coat and worked my way up. The single coat provided just a smidge of glitter which was perfect for the MOP buttons. Plastic buttons were interspersed about midway
 so I applied another coat of polish.
Another coat for the next row and so on. 
Before I knew it I had a gradient blue button Christmas Tree!

I really like the way it turned out and am anxious to try with other colored buttons in different styles. Maybe next Christmas, I still have other me projects I would like to get to, fingers crossed.

My kinda of easy peasy project for a time crunched afternoon!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Paint'em Pretty ~ Happy Thanksgiving

I'm so excited an how good these came out!
I've been wanting to try using feathers as 
embellishments for a while now.
With Thanksgiving coming up I also wanted to change up my colors to reflect the Season, so I thought lets try!

I have chicken feathers from my 
Sister's chickens that were molted naturally.
 I went through to find two similar patterned 
ones approximately the same size.

I love the rich chocolate brown 
Nirvana (949) by Sinful Colors that I used. 
One coat did the trick followed by a coat of Seche Vite.

For my accent nail I used Sand Tropez (668) by Esssie.
While still wet I placed the feather and
 lightly tapped it down in place.
Luckily they both cooperated, 
I was worried they would stick in a weird shape.
I roughly snipped the extra feather off at the end of my nail, 
then trimmed closer and more evenly.

Once dry I topped with a clear coat which was kind of tricky.
The feather was going the opposite direction you would normally brush. I didn't want to go against it and "ruffle" feathers.
I ended up brushing the top coat on backwards
 just enough to cover the feathers.
Once that coat was dry I put on another top coat brushing the normal direction followed by Seche Vite.


Love it!

Wishing everyone a
Happy Thanksgiving!

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