One, Two, Three…

I recently had a pinterest party in the studio with one of my favorite canvas projects…the Numbers Canvas… After modge-podging the backgrounds with old book pages…I took the ladies through how to compose the canvas…for each one was to be individualized to the artist’s important numbers… dates, birthdays, anniversaries, sports numbers, baby height & weight, etc… (I loved this one…this young lady was in high school and put the jersey number of the cute boy on the baseball team…we all smiled wondering how long that number 4 would be on her canvas)… Each ladies artwork became a personal original…full of memories, important times…happy days… I can’t wait for each one to tell their story… …for it is all in the numbers!...

Make Your Own Burlap Letter

Make this easy Burlap latter to adorn your front door… Use a styrofoam letter… You can get this one of two ways…Painstakingly cut the letter out yourself from foam you have salvaged from your last appliance purchase packing… …or purchase for a few dollars from an on-line cheerleading supply… ( I was cheering myself when I figured this out…thus the fabulous foam packing material remains intact now in the recycling bin) Trace the letter reverse-facing onto the burlap…cutout and adhere to surface by brushing on DecoPage glue medium… Cut out strips the width of your sides and apply the same way There will be some raveling…but persevere on…we will cover that up soon… Make sure to apply glue heavily in corners to prevent lifting Take twine and measure out three strands 1 1/2 times the length of your perimeter (you can break this up into smaller sections if need be)… knot the ends of the three and begin to braid together until about 4″ remains at the end…knot this end as well… Then plug in the glue gun… Make sure to run some hot glue at the end of each strand just before the knot…this will keep the strand from unraveling… Trim the first knot off and adhere to edges using a hot glue gun (carefully) Press down, meeting new strands together if broken into sections Apply twine to the backside using glue or tacks and enjoy… If you want to add the ruffle flower above…cut a 24″ strip of burlap 5″ wide…using floral wire, feed it down the center of the burlap strip like a running stitch… Fold...
Strawberry Days

Strawberry Days

The days of summer are peeking around the corner…nudging at spring…blustering about like a warm wind beginning to heat up to hotter temperatures… and with those warmer breezes come baskets of strawberries from the U-Pick-It Farm… …my oldest daughter and I took a break from school and work and the general bustle of the day to pick strawberries. These tiny little red bursts of sweetness filled out baskets, stained our hands and broadened our smiles… because… We knew we would be having a tasty bite of warm Whole Wheat Strawberry Breakfast Bread soon… This bread is easy, filling, not too sweet, with just the right amount of brown sugar to crunch the outsides and enough whole wheat to sastify.. After taking out what I needed for several loaves of bread…I flash froze and sealed the rest…perfect to have on hand for bread later… Sorting, nibbling, washing… Then I gathered all the ingredients for this quick and easy recipe… Whole Wheat Strawberry Breakfast Bread 2 1/3 cup whole wheat flour (I use soft white) 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon dash of salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/3 cups coconut oil (or applesauce) 4 eggs 2 cups fresh strawberries Preheat oven to 350. Grease two loaf pans, set aside. Mix first six dry ingredients together in large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together oil and eggs. Slowly pour wet ingredients into the dry, mixing gently until combined. Fold in strawberries. Pour into pans, then into the oven for 40 minutes or until golden brown and knife inserted in middle is clean. Yummmm…. Off...