Posts Tagged ‘blue’

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Coffee Filter Garland.

October 24, 2013

Hello!

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

I bet you’re excited to see this craft doesn’t involve a wreath, aren’t you?  I decided to make a garland, but not just any garland.  I’ve been saving this stash of unused coffee filters for a while now and finally decided to make something with it.  I found this really easy to make garland online and decided to run with it.  Check out the process below.

Materials:
Unused coffee filters
-Food coloring
-water
-Cups
-Drying rack
-Sewing machine
-Scissors

Directions:

1. Divide your coffee filters into stacks.  I made 12 stacks because I was going to try to make 12 different color dyes.

Coffee Filters

Coffee Filters

2. Add a small amount of water and food coloring to cups.  The less water, the higher concentrated color.  I used gel food coloring, but you can use regular food coloring as well.  I found they all faded to a lighter color once dried in the sun, so take that into account.  (Also, you may want to wear gloves.  I squeezed the excess water off and ended up with lovely greenish-blue hands.  Nothing a little baking soda couldn’t remove, but if you can prevent it, I say go for it!)

Dying Coffee Filters

Dying Coffee Filters

3. After dying each pile, I attached them to the drying rack in the sun.  I left them in piles of about 10 until they got closer to dry.  Once I had a few dry, I’d remove them or try to separate the filters to allow them to dry more evenly.  The colors look very vibrant here, but you’ll see they faded after drying.

Dying Coffee Filters

Dying Coffee Filters

4. Once dried, randomly mix the coffee filters to create the effect you want in your garland.  I chose to make piles of between 7 and 10 coffee filters.  This allowed me to have a longer garland.  Once I had each pile, I folded them in half to keep them together, but give me guidance for the next step.

Dyed Coffee Filters

Dyed Coffee Filters

5.  Choose a thread color you’re happy with and stitch through each pile of coffee filters.  Leave some extra thread between each set of filters to allow the garland to sage and sway as you drape it.

Stitching coffee filters

Stitching coffee filters

6.  Once the filters are attached, you will cut them and fluff them to create your finished product.

How to cut coffee filters

How to cut coffee filters

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

 

Voila!  A beautiful garland for any occasion.  And so easy too!

Happy Garland!
-Amanda

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Another Burlap Wreath

October 14, 2013

Hello friends!

I am pretty sure we’re either sick of burlap wreaths or can’t get enough of them, right?  I am somewhere in between.  I will always be about rustic, primitive decor, but sometimes people go overboard with burlap.  I am not sure how much I love or hate this wreath, but I’ll share it with you anyway!

I started with a wire wreath frame and many different types of burlap ribbon.  I realized after I began I didn’t have enough of a single ribbon to do the whole wreath.  I mixed up the colors then decided to block it out.  I added the skinny burlap ribbon at the end for a pop of color/cohesiveness.

Another Burlap Wreath

Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Ok- I decided I wasn’t a fan and took it all apart.  When I put it back together, this is what I got… still not sure I love it.  Thoughts?

Another Burlap Wreath, take 2

Another Burlap Wreath, take 2

Ok, I went and bought another roll of ribbon (it was 50% off)!  Here’s my take 3 on the same wreath:

Take 3

Take 3

(ps. I couldn’t find my camera, sorry for the mediocre shot)

Happy Burlap-ing.  🙂
-Amanda

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Furlough Quilt

October 10, 2013

Hello friends,

For those of you who do not know me personally, I am one of those people furloughed due to government shut down.  I have decided to embrace the time off and be crafty!  (As you can tell, I’ve been blogging, which I’m so excited for!)  I’ve been maintaining a clean home, cooking, and crafting.  I decided late last week that I wanted to quilt.  Nothing big or extravagant.   I’m not completely with it during this pregnancy, so I decided on a color blocked quilt with pretty quilting.  I dug through my fabric stash (not the new stuff) and found some big pieces of fabric that would make for a beautiful, and patriotic, furlough quilt.

I made the quilt roughly baby quilt size.  I’m such a fan of americana colors, it’ll be the perfect addition to our baby’s already bright and happy nursery.   Baby’s grandma already made a bright striped quilt so this will be a second quilt for baby to enjoy!  You can never have too many quilts, right?  🙂

What do you think?

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Furlough Quilt

Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

 

I chose to do rounded edges on the quilt because I have never done that before, and I thought it might be easier.  It wasn’t too difficult really.  I found this how-to and then went with it.

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Rounded edges

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Rounded edges

I hope you like the quilt as much as I do.  I will admit, my edging is not perfect.  It could’ve been better if my back didn’t hurt so much while I was trying to hand stitch it.  I resorted to top stitching, which doesn’t always turn out nicely.  I’m very happy with it though and can’t wait to use it!

Happy quilting,
Amanda

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Cherry Blueberry Pie

August 1, 2013

Hey Everyone. First off – sorry for being so MIA on the blog for the past while. Too much going on, but I’m back!  And I’m baking!

For whatever reason, I’ve had the urge to make a pie lately so here it is.  I opted for a Cherry Blueberry pie for a few reasons – 1. It sounded yummy. 2. Blueberries were on sale. 3. It let me be a little more creative than a can of cherry filling!

Below is the recipe I followed when making the pie.  I did opt for store bought pie crust as well as a can of Dark Sweet Cherry Pie filling with my fresh blueberries – rather than frozen as the recipe I used called for.  Finally I am not often baking, so I used my 9″round cake pan rather than a pie pan.  I used just a few more blueberries than called for to ensure the pan was filled enough.

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries

1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
2 teaspoons sugar

Pie Up Close

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Press one of the pie crusts into a 9 inch pie plate. In a large bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Stir in the cherry pie filling and blueberries. Spoon into the pie crust. Top with the second crust, and press the edges to seal. Flute edges, or press with the tines of a fork. In a cup, whisk together the egg white and water with a fork. Brush over the top of the pie, then sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  3. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes in the preheated oven, or until crust is golden brown. Cover the edges of the crust with aluminum foil if they appear to be getting too dark. Cool for at least 2 hours to allow the filling to set before serving.

And here’s how it turned out.  So yummy.

Cherry Blueberry Pie

Cherry Blueberry Pie

Thanks!

Sarah

 

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Jigsaw Project: Marriage sign

February 4, 2013

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing really well.  I am doing well and really excited Valentine’s day is quickly approaching.  I can tell you it is one of my favorite holidays and I’m not really sure why.  In my normal life I don’t love pink and red and hearts, but at Valentine’s I practically go overboard on it!  I have a few crafts I made recently that are full of love and celebration so I thought they would be most appropriate for the blogs leading up to Valentine’s Day.

I was finally able to give the gift of my first jigsaw project away!  It was simple, but something for me to practice on.  My beautiful aunt re-married over the Christmas break to a wonderful man.  As a wedding gift to them, I wanted to make a sign declaring the establishment of their new family bonded by marriage.  I sketched out their name and wedding date after cutting and painting an old fence board.  It was a pretty simple process.  I wrote out the text in sharpie and then painted over to complete the look.  Check out the finished product:

Miller Sign

Miller Sign

I didn’t get around to sealing it with any sort of sealer, but I would definitely suggest doing that.  I also did not attach a bracket to the back because, since it is a small sign, I believe they can hang it or put it on a shelf to display it.

I have yet to make one of these for David and I, but I hope to make one soon.  I made one for Melissa and her husband when they married and used their wedding colors.  The options are endless really, just let your creativity flow!

Miller sign on display

Miller Sign on Display

Happy love,
Amanda

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Bathroom: complete

August 7, 2012

We have finally finished out bathroom down to the last details! We had to paint the ceiling and touch up the walls. I also finally found shelves I wanted and they were at lowes all along! I’m still missing an integral piece but that will come with inspiration and time!

Check out our beautiful bathroom!

Happy showers,
Amanda

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Almost Complete

July 5, 2012

The bathroom is almost complete. You know how all the final touches have to be made: painting, accessories, sealing grout, etc. that’s the stage we are in now. Here is a peek with the fixtures in place!

Happy showers,
Amanda

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