I’m so excited! Today I mailed off a bunch, ok only two, submissions to Somerset Publications. As you may recall, I was published in it’s Holidays and Celebrations 2012 publication. I was so honored. I have submitted off and on for a few years but not consistently. In any case, I digress, hopefully one or both of my submissions will be published. It is an honor to be published in such a beautiful and inspiring group of magazines. I will let you know if I am accepted. Thanks for your support!
Thanks to Facebook we are well aware that we have some pretty great stuff in our old files and archives. Here is a celebration I created during my days running Royal Tart. It’s heavy on green as any St. Patrick’s Day can be, but I added a wee bit o’ the sophistication and zany with the green zebra place mats. This is one of those tablescapes that can be adult in feel or family fun in feel depending on what you want to serve in those long tall beer glasses–lucky charms or beer–of course.
It may feel like I am sharing this a bit early (or if you are an organized sort, not so much) but I wanted to give you time to get your creative juices flowing and your table setting style put together; you have about three weeks. Go! Slante!
Good Morning! It’s starting to feel like a regular occurrence here. It’s my Tuesday Tag. As you may remember I was on a creative blitz last Sunday. It was one of those rare magical days where I accomplished so much I was pleased with. One of my creative successes was the tag below. It was an unseasonably warm weekend in So Cal and I had just purchased a Fiskars flower stamp set that was pretty, flowery and fun but not too cutsey (at least that is my opinion–pretty stamp). so I was inspired to invoke spring–I know that much of the US is currently suffering from unprecedented snow and cold so please use this tag as a bright spot in your cold winter day.
Creative Details: First I stenciled the tag in various citrusy colors with craft acrylic paint. Then I added black ink to the tag. Then it felt a little “hot” so I added so gesso and dabbed it off with a baby wipe. While the tag was drying I stamped my pretty new flower stamps onto a piece of book paper with black archival ink. I fussy cut the flowers out. I messed around with arrangement and added a green geometric shaped scrap on top of the stenciled tag so it wasn’t so busy. I modpodged the flowers to the stamp and doodled with a black ballpoint pen and a black acrylic Sharpie. Then since the tag was so spring like and citrusy I added more green in the form of ribbon. I added a charm from a broken necklace and called my tag, “done.”
This is one of our favorite dinner salads. It’s a deconstructed Cobb so that everyone in the family can pick the ingredients they like in their salad. We even leave the feta and the yummy homemade dressing on the side so that everyone can add as they prefer.
So even though the salad gets to the table looking quite tasty. By mid-servings it is a total wreck. Hubby likes everything including feta and dressing. Me, the same. The Red-headed boy had lettuce in one pile on his plate, chicken in another, bacon in another and tomatoes in another. No cheese, no egg, no avo and certainly no dressing. My baby boy likes most everything but sometimes no avocado.
Below is the recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Deconstructed Cobb Recipe:
Makes 5-6 servings
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3-4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 6-8 cups baby greens including spinach
- 2 cups diced chicken from rotisserie chicken
- 2 cups diced plum tomatoes
- 2 cups diced avocados
- 1 cup chopped peeled hard-boiled eggs
- 1 cup crumbled cooked bacon
- 1 cup crumbled feta
Blend first 5 ingredients to create dressing. Season dressing with salt and pepper.
Place greens on large serving platter. Place rows of chicken, tomatoes and avocados, eggs and bacon atop greens. Sprinkle the salad with feta cheese. Drizzle dressing and serve. Or you can leave the feta and dressing on the side.
I am trying out this Throwback Thursday idea…not sure I can make it fly. I am struggling with my various tech archives to share some blog postings from 2008-2011. We shall see.
In any case, when I was running Royal Tart, the boys were really interested in all the designs I created as well as all the neat arts and crafts I was making so I made them their own “tool” box kits .
Inside each toolbox: A glue stick, tacky glue, tape, markers, pencils, water colors, stamps, dimensional glue dots, scissors, stickers, embellishments, letters and other typography, rub-ons, etc. I also included an art journal that would’t fit in the very full, should I admit to overfull, tool boxes.
I managed to come across a bunch of “old” scrapbook stuff at a garage sale that had never been used. It was new but wasn’t what was currently on trend. The boys didn’t know and wouldn’t have cared had they known. I managed to fill each of their tool boxes to the very tippy top for only $10 each including the art journal. That was 5 years ago. They still have their toolboxes and still use them. I should probably get to refilling them with some new-old crafting stuff–they would love it!
Hi. My boys including the big boy went for a winter weekend away. I stayed home and worked through a creative blitz. I dropped them off at their meeting point at 6 AM, I designed and created all day and night. I finally called it quits at 12:08 am. I just love creative days, don’t you?
It was one long glorious day of crafting, creativeness and art. I worked on eight projects. I started six new projects. And I finished six projects. Two of the new projects I started aren’t finished, but that’s a-okay. They will be finished by the end of this week. Yippee! Nothing like completing a project unless its starting a project. Below are some images of what my day looked like! I loved my day! Thank you! It was a blast!
Hi. So this weekend I worked on some great creative pieces. One of these creative endeavors resulted in this very pretty tag. It is inspired by the beautiful, warm spring-like weather we are enjoying in Southern Cal. It may be snowing elsewhere but here it is 80. So, here is a tag that is part spring like and pink. A pinky spring tag!
Creative Details : It’s all about the layers…I first stenciled a back ground using a circle stencil, polka dot stencil and a diagonal line stencil with various acrylic paints including Liquitex, Distress, Golden and assorted craft acrylics in bright pink, bright green and orange . Then I added black Distress and Golden acrylic as an accent.
As the paint was drying, I stamped a torn piece of muslin with “gorgeous” in black ink. I made sure to fray all sides of the muslin. I glued down the pink ball embellishment with hot glue. Then I added the ivory crochet ribbon under the balls. I hot glued the muslin to the top of the pink ribbon. I mod podged the pink flower to the tag being careful not to get any gluey stuff on the muslin. While the tag was drying I dug through my embellishments stash and found the perfect metallic silver leaves. I attached the leaves with hot glue under the muslin. I found a little fabric butterfly and added it to the top of the muslin. I tucked in a homemade embellishment I made– a flower I stamped on top book paper, fussy cut and covered in glossy accents.
The tag still needed something so I added a ruffle of pink crepe paper. I ruffled it without concern for exact ruffles or even spacing on the back of the tag using hot-glue. I trimmed up the bottom of the ruffle so it was even. Then finally I added black rub-ons and polka-dotted the entire tag except the flower and embellishments with a white acrylic Sharpie Paint Pen. And finally I added a piece of ivory binding ribbon I stained with Distress Stain through the top hole of the tag. A perfectly pink spring tag.
VALENTINE’S BRUNCH A DEUX OR BREAKFAST IN BED
Need a fast, romantic Valentine’s Day idea?
Serve your lover a leaning tower of hearts. Pile a stack of heart shaped pancakes or heart shaped waffles high on a pretty dish. Drizzle red berry preserves and top with a bit of whipped cream. Yummy! Bring along a steaming fresh pot of coffee and a mimosa or a simple glass of Champagne; Add a raspberry or strawberry to the glass for an extra special touch. Don’t forget some pretty flowers on the breakfast tray-Cyclamen have romantic heart shaped leaves.
Have a great Valentines!
Happy Valentine’s Day Eve! Here is a vertical Valentine’s banner (say that ten times fast!). I designed and created it a few years ago for a book club Sweatheart’s dinner party. If you need to make a quick banner for Valentine’s Day look no further than old book paper, glitter, embellishments and some old keys. Easy and cute without being cutsey.
Not the best images but you get the idea.
Share the Love–Celebrate someone you love with a token of affection and a little party.
I was just baking Red Velvet Cupcakes for various Valentines’ activities. See recipe below.
It is a cool California-winter day and the oven made my kitchen feel all warm and cozy. It feels like a day to enjoy your home. Anyway, since I was feeling cozy and wanted to share my pleasant mood I decided to give my neighbor a call; I invited her over for a homemade Red Velvet Cupcake and fresh brewed coffee. We had a nice visit without the kids running in and out and I got to spoil someone I love with a surprise treat.
If you are baking cupcakes or cookies for your kids classes or for your family why not make a little extra and invite your mom, sister, neighbor, dear friend over to share–that’s a special Valentine just waiting to happen!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
RED VELVET CUPCAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
- 3 ¾ Cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ¼ cups sugar
- 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 ¼ cups vegetable oil
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk
- 1 ½ teaspoons distilled white vinegar
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-1 oz bottle red food coloring
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda & salt. Add lightly beaten eggs, buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla extract and red food coloring to dry ingredients. Mix ingredients until combined. Place cupcake liners into muffin/cupcake pan. Divide batter evenly between cupcake liners. Bake for 25 minutes or until a tester inserted near center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on wire racks. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Garnish with additional crumb, if desired. (Recipe doubles)
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups cream-cheese, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-2 pound package confectioners’ sugar
- Pinch of salt
In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese together with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in vanilla extract. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar. Add pinch of salt. If frosting is too stiff (is too stiff possible?), add warm water a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Frost cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.