Monday, August 13, 2012

Etceteras: oh-so fancy cake stand

If you follow craft and diy blogs, then you’ve probably seen thousands of diy cake stands. The idea is so simple and brilliant. A candle holder, a plate and some glue.

Can you stand looking at just one more? Because for just a few dollars, you can pretend to be oh-so fancy! A dollar store tin party plate and glass candle holder become a “crystal and sterling” cake stand.

Add a few beads to fancy it up even more.

And since we’re pretending to be fancy, make some finger sandwiches. I used plain old white bread, cream cheese and some chives.

Sit down with your favorite tea and enjoy your little sandwiches. Or, have some friends over for high tea.

Wouldn’t these cake stands be pretty for a bridal or baby shower? Or even a wedding. They’re so easy to make. Dollar store platter and candle holder, E6000 glue and the beads from a bracelet that I no longer wear.

Thanks for looking at yet another cake stand. It was fun being fancy today!

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Friday, August 10, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~62~

Happy Friday everyone! Summer is winding down – how did it fly by so fast? We’ve been watching the Olympics, getting ready for back-to-school and enjoying the great weather. I hope your days have been carefree and full of summer fun.

Thank you to everyone who linked up a project on the Inspiration Board this week. All the projects were wonderful! Here are a few in the spotlight this week.

The Silly Pearl found inspiration through her vintage Pyrex collection and used fabric cutouts to “Pyrex” her mixer. A beautiful collection of Pyrex and now a fun mixer to match. Have you found any Pyrex treasure at your local thrift store? Grab it while you can – it’s become oh-so trendy again.
 A fun ladybug cupcake bite by The Seven Year Cottage. Yummy vibrant sugar crystals and candy make this cupcake extra sweet! What kid wouldn’t love to gobble up a few of these bugs.

I love these old fashioned bell alarm clocks. This one originally had a puppy dog face but Love Grows Wild worked some magic so it matches her kids’ bedroom d├ęcor. I’m thinking I need one of these for my son. He loves the snooze button on his digital alarm way too much.

You’ll never believe what these pink roses are made from. Plastic spoons – amazing! Check out the tutorial on Krafty Kat to learn how to make these pretty flowers.

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Coconut sugar scrub makes a sweet bridal shower party favor. And Jacolyn Murphy sweetens it up even more with a rock sugar candy stick and pretty packaging.

The old fashioned root beer float meets the cupcake. How adorable are these? Beautifully presented Root Beer Float cupcakes by Country Momma Cooks complete with a straw.

What a cute back-to-school breakfast by Diary of a Wanna Be Domestic Diva. So many cute table details. I’m feeling a little guilty about the frozen waffle I usually toss at my son as we dash out the door.

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A mini album by the very talented Paper Vine. This album is loaded with unique and pretty embellishments and holds photos from a special day. Little details like a magnet to ensure that it lays flat are what makes Paper Vine so special.

Such a pretty furniture makeover by Reposhture. The cherry blossom design was masked off before the paint makeover so it resembles inlaid wood. So pretty! Cherry blossoms, chalk paint, silver details – three of my favorite things.

I am in love with this picture by Candace Creations. The project is a darling reversible apron dress and the little model watering the garden is absolutely precious.

This week on the Inspiration Pinboard

Neon is lighting up the blogosphere

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Lemonade Sign – Burton Avenue   |   Painted Chandelier -  Creatively Living   |   Painted Mini Bag – The DIY Dreamer

If you were in the spotlight, please feel free to grab a button.

Thank you again to everyone who linked a project and to everyone who came to visit. I loved looking at all the projects and visiting your sites.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Good Taste: quinoa stuffed mushrooms

Quinoa Stuffed MushroomsIf you aren’t interested in quinoa then this is probably not the week for you here on homework since I sort of went crazy for quinoa this week. On Monday, I made Quinoa Tomato Salad Bites and since I made a little too much quinoa I used the extra to to make these stuffed mushrooms. You know how it is… you have to use up the leftovers.

Quinoa Stuffed MushroomsThis one I sort of made up as I went along using the classic bread crumb/parmesan cheese stuffed mushroom as a guide. The recipe is at the bottom of this post.

Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms
To make these, start by washing and removing the stems from the mushrooms. You can cut off the stems or snap them off. Snapping them off is the preferred method because it leaves a nice cavity for your filling but you have to be careful not to crack your mushrooms. Once the stems are off, chop them up finely.

Cook the quinoa according to the package directions and set aside to cool. Mix together cream cheese, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, basil and season with a little pepper. Add the cooked quinoa and mushroom stems.

Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuff the mushroom caps with the quinoa mixture and drizzle with a little olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Recipe Card Quinoa Stuffed MushroomsYou can download a PDF copy of the recipe here.

Quinoa Stuffed MushroomsYou can pretty much stuff mushrooms with anything as long as you have something gooey – like the cream cheese or parmesan cheese to hold it all together. I hope you enjoyed my experimentation with quinoa this week! It’s always fun to try something new.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Dirt: forget me nots and e-book review

Back in April I posted about a Mother’s Day centerpiece idea. I planted some Forget Me Not seeds in a basket. You can see the original post here. I’m happy to say the seeds sprouted, the plants grew and I have beautiful Forget Me Not flowers blooming.

They are the sweetest, simplest little flower but the color is so striking.

See that hole in the leaf on the bottom left?

Here’s the culprit… I love that the butterflies are enjoying the flowers but I think their babies are eating the leaves.

It’s okay. There are enough flowers for the butterflies, their babies and me. 

These make me smile.


You know what else makes me smile? Suzy of Suzy’s Artsy Crafty Sitcom. Actually, she makes me laugh out loud. Hysterical stories alternate with artsy genius on the Sitcom. Suzy recently launched an e-book centered around one of her most popular projects – the faux stained glass peacock. The e-book contains the pattern for the Majestic Peacock and instructions for two completely different projects using the pattern. Plus, ideas for seven other projects.   

Suzy’s Majestic Peacock is an original design and it’s stunning. The e-book has step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow and photos highlighting the process.

For more information or to order one of Suzy’s e-books click here to visit Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [62]

It’s Tuesday and I’m so happy you’re joining me for the Inspiration Board link party. Whether you’re linking up a project or visiting for inspiration I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by.

What have you been up to? I can’t wait to see. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some on Friday.

A few rules:
  • Link up your own project - something you created, made, did, etc.
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on your blog.
  • Follow homework.  You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
  • Please visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.
  • If you have a giveaway, I have a separate giveaway link party -  see the Giveaway Link Party tab at the top of the page.
I’m ready to be inspired - don’t forget to add my button somewhere on your blog. Spreading the word helps bring more visitors to your linked project.

Want to host your own link party? Click here to sign up for InLinkz

Thanks for visiting.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Good Taste: quinoa tomato salad bites

Quinoa Tomato Salad Bites
A few months ago I tried quinoa and really enjoyed it. You can see my quinoa pilaf post here and read all about the background and health benefits of quinoa. I’m experimenting with a few quinoa recipes and came up with a version of quinoa salad.

Quinoa Tomato Salad Bites
Little quinoa stuffed tomato salad bites. Don’t they look yummy? Here’s how I made them.

Quinoa Tomato Salad Bites
Start with cherry tomatoes. If you planted tomatoes a few months ago, you most likely have bushels of tomatoes right now. Slice off the tops and scoop out the seeds and pulp.

Quinoa Tomato Salad Bites
Make the quinoa according to the package directions and let cool. Add chopped basil and corn to the quinoa.

Quinoa Tomato Salad Bites
In a small bowl mix olive oil, lime juice, white wine vinegar, cumin and pepper. Add the the dressing to the quinoa mixture and gently stuff your tomatoes.

Quinoa Tomato Salad Bites
Tasty, refreshing and loaded with good stuff. 

Recipe Card Quinoa Tomato BitesYou can download a copy of the recipe here.

Quinoa Tomato Salad Bites
Use up that tomato harvest and whip up a batch for your next summer gathering! Yum!

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