Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dolled-Up Show Ribbons

I recently embellished the horse-show ribbons that have been displayed throughout June's equestrian themed room.  I used more ribbon to tie in more color & rhinestones for that cowgirl-sparkle. 

I just wanted to share these examples, more to come soon, along with more photos of June's room :)

Homemade Show-Ribbons

 
A farm/cowboy/county fair/equestrian theme flows throughout every room in our house.  I use my old horse show ribbons as a way to tie some of the rooms together.  June's room is equestrian/cowgirl themed, however, her colors clash with the typical primary-colored show ribbons.  I made these ribbons to keep her colors & the equestrian theme blended together in a pretty, cowgirl-chic harmony.

I used:
1 spool of wide turquoise/aqua ribbon {not wired}
1 spool of wide salmon ribbon {not wired}
2 thin cardboard circles {a smaller size & a larger size}
& a hot glue gun.

I gathered & glued the ribbon in a circle {using the outline of a smaller circle as a guide}.  Then glued the smaller of the two ribbon-ruffled circles on top or the larger.  Then used strips of the ribbon as tails, glued to the back of the cardboard.  I placed & set my center decorative piece with hot glue.

The center piece of the ribbon can either be a brooch, a concho, or a circle-cut piece of cardboard {maybe embellished with rhinestones or pretty paper}. 


{As an extra, I tied the aqua tulle with a small decorative ribbon to create a bow, then hot-glued it on to the ribbon}
 

Farm-Fresh Guacamole

Today has been a "warm" Minnesota winter day {40 degrees} & I'm already dreaming of spring.  This is my {premature spring-fever} cure!

You'll need:
2 ripe avocados
1 lime
1/2 c. steamed sweet corn, slightly cooled {I just used the Birdseye Steamfresh frozen corn}
6-8 cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/4 to a 1/2 of an onion, finely chopped
1 pinch of salt {optional}

  • Cut & "peel" the avocados {click here for the how-to
  • Mash them in a medium bowl, using a fork
  • Squeeze the juice from your lime into the mashed-avocado & continue to blend with a fork.
  • Add the sweet corn, tomatoes, onion... give or take with the amounts, depending on how much texture you like.  
  • Add a little salt, to taste.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Machine Shed Shelving

Ryan just finished building this beautiful shelving for Jackson's room.  I have been desperately searching for a farm-esque way to display Jack's ever-growing collection of die-cast tractors.  I drew up this idea, put in my "order" with Ryan & the results were beyond what I imagined.  I am so amazed by Ryan's woodworking talent.  All of the materials he used were salvaged from old buildings {reclaimed hemlock & galvanized steel}.  I will post Jack's room soon.  I still have a little more work to do!  So here's a preview...         



Please forgive the clutter, I still have some organization to do here...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Country Girl Glitter-Tees



 I wanted an inexpensive & simple way to spice up some of June's plain-Jane onesies...

I used:
Fabric paint
Foam brushes
Foam sheets
Fine glitter
Horseshoes

I created my own stamps by cutting shapes out of foam sheets {normally found in the kids' section of the craft store} then dabbing paint on to one side of the shape with a foam brush.  Carefully place the foam shape, paint side down, onto the t-shirt to transfer the image.  Then I sprinkled the shape with glitter & let it dry.  Once the paint was completely dry {I just let mine sit overnight} I took the shirt outside & shook it out very well.  I also used the horseshoe as a stamp in the same way as the foam shapes, however, I noticed the paint needs to be very generously applied to the shoe for the best results.

I have been washing & drying these shirts using the usual settings.

Be prepared for the glitter storm this stirs up...my house was a sparkling wonderland for the entire week following this project. 

Enjoy!
{Mal}

Friday, January 6, 2012

Mason Jar Barware

 Go to Mason Jar Wine Glasses DIY page.

 &

Cheers!



Mason Jar Margarita Glass


Each margarita glass is a wide mouth pint-sized mason jar, a candlestick, & a small amount of clear silicone.

Wash the jar & candlestick.  Once they are completely dry, apply the clear silicone with a caulk gun to the upper rim of the candlestick.  Then center & place the mason jar on the top of the candlestick.  They are safe to gently move after a couple of hours; and to use & wash after 24 hours.


Enjoy :)

Mason Jar Martini Glass


This is the same concept as the mason jar wine glasses.

Each martini glass is a short {250 ml} mason jar, a candlestick, & a small amount of clear silicone.

Wash the jar & candlestick.  Once they are completely dry, apply the clear silicone with a caulk gun to the upper rim of the candlestick.  Then center & place the mason jar on the top of the candlestick.  They are safe to gently move after a couple of hours; and to use & wash after 24 hours.

Enjoy :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Bouquet for June


Here is a little bouquet I put together for June's baptism.  Just thought I'd share :)

This crackled-glass vase contains:
Seeded eucalyptus
Peachy-pink roses
baby's breath
white carnations
dried wheat
& large white chrysanthemums


Monday, January 2, 2012

Perfect Banana Cream Pie


1 fully baked pie crust- {I use my cream cheese pie crust recipe -baked for 15 mins at 400 degrees}
Whipped cream {I use this entire recipe- Simply Whipped Cream}
4 Bananas
3 cups of milk {I normally use 2%, but it's great with whole!}
1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
3 egg yolks, beaten {in a small bowl}
2 tablespoons of butter
2 teaspoons of vanilla

Over high heat, scald milk in a large sauce pan.  Reduce to medium heat, add flour, sugar & salt, stirring continuously until it becomes thick. 

Add a small amount of the hot mixture into the 3 beaten egg yolks, then dump it into the saucepan with the rest of the hot mixture.  Cook for a minute or two longer.

Remove from heat & add the butter and vanilla. 

Slice the bananas into the bottom of the pie crust & cover them with the hot mixture. 

Let the pie cool completely before adding the whipped cream {it takes a few hours in the refrigerator}.

Enjoy! 

Simply Whipped Cream


I know that for many, whipped cream is just something you find in the freezer section of the grocery store. {But it's so easy to make & in my opinion; tastes so much better when homemade!}  The reason I'm posting this incredibly simple recipe is because up until a couple of years ago, making it myself never even crossed my mind.  I made it once for a pie & never went back to store-bought.  I just wanted to share this simple "skill" to those of you who, like the old me, thought that the white fluffy dessert-topper was called "Cool Whip."

All it takes:
1 pint (16 oz) Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract   

I mix all of the ingredients together in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer on high for 3-5 mins.
{in my KitchenAid stand mixer, I use setting 6 for 3 mins & it's done!}

Sparkling Alabama Slammer


1 oz sloe gin
1 oz Amaretto
1 oz Southern Comfort
3 oz Orange juice
3 oz Peach champagne
small splash of grenadine

Serve this on ice & enjoy!