Thursday, December 29, 2011

Latest Obsession

With all the t-shirt scarves that have been going around on Pinterest, some of the ladies I work with and I decided to hop on the bandwagon and make our own contribution.  We made lots of the little beauties to sell to earn classroom funds for the special education classrooms we work in.  We even had the kids help by stretching out the pieces and sorting them by color.  They had a blast and so did we.  We did fairly well earning enough to take the kids on a fieldtrip sometime this coming semester.  Here is a sneak peek of some of the pieces we did.

A scarf made from an orange t shirt with navy blue t shirt flowers

A Christmas Scarf from red and lime green t shirts with a white felt flower

A blue felt flower with a brown t shirt spiral center.  This can either be worn as a brooch, on a scarf, or as a hair clip!

A green t shirt sleeve as a headband with a purple felt flower with a green spiral center

We made a lot more than just these four, but this gives an idea of what we can do.  Any scarf or flower can be done in any color.  Hope yall like them as much as we do!

Easy DIY Wall Art

After making my wreath and picture frame, everyone I know started saving their empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls for me.  I have a huge bag filled with them!  I made another picture frame for my mother-in-law for Christmas, and she loved it.  It's so nice to be able to create wonderful gifts for a fraction of what it would cost to purchase them.  I do have a lot of rolls left over, so this time I wanted to try something new.  I hot glued four (4) wooden dowels together into a square.  Do this carefully  or you may end up gluing it to your work table like I did!  I cut three empty paper rolls into half inch (appx) pieces.  I made four flower shapes first and glued them diagonally together across the frame.  Next I attatched the pieces to the two empty corners.  I put three pieces on each side connecting them to the wooden dowels.  To fill in a little more of the empty space, I attatched the three pieces into the corners.  I really like the result, and it didn't take much time at all.  I haven't painted it yet, though.  Still deciding on a color! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Easy Cheesy Chicken Casserole

On a chilly fall night, I love nothing better than sitting down to a hot meal.  Sadly, yesterday I forgot to thaw my chicken.  Hope seemed lost. Suddenly I remembered I have a can of cooked chicken in my pantry.  Hope restored!  Except that canned chicken has virtually no flavor.  What's a girl to do other than doctor it up? So here it is- my split-second, canned-chicken-to-the-rescue Easy Cheesy Chicken Casserole recipe.

One 10oz can of cooked chicken (drained)
One cup (ish) frozen broccoli florets
One can condensed Broccoli and Cheese Soup
One cup of Milk
Two cups (ish) almost-all-the-way cooked rotini or bow-tie noodles
Salt, pepper, garlic powder... really whatever seasonings you like
Parmesan Cheese

1.Go ahead and set the noodles on to boil (they take the longest).
2.Combine the milk, soup, and broccoli in a 10" skillet and bring to a boil. Add your seasonings.Turn down the heat and let it simmer for about five minutes (until the broccoli is tender). Stir the chicken into the mix. Turn on low heat and cover to keep it warm.

3. When your noodles have cooked almost all the way, add them to your skillet and raise the heat to cook the pasta the rest of the way. This makes the noodles have more flavor.

4. Top with shredded parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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Easy as (apple) pie Fall Decoration

I am trying to keep the spirit of fall around as long as possible.  It seems everywhere I go, Christmas music is playing, trees are up, and everyone is focusing on the winter holidays.  Why can't fall be celebrated equally?  It is my favorite season. In Alabama, we get the most beautiful colors on our trees.  It's really breath taking.  A favorite thing of mine is apple picking.  I love to decorate with the apples. A bowl full on the table in the kitchen or on the coffee table... Lovely.  Sadly however my bathroom was feeling left out of the festivities.  Solution?

Toilet Paper Apples!!!!

I took two long pieces of red tissue paper and rolled my TP up with it, tucking the sides down into the hole made by the cardboard tube.  I made the stems out of some brown cardstock and the leaves out of scrapbook paper, and hot glued them to the tissue paper (NOT the toilet paper) inside the hole where I tucked the sides.  Now my little bathroom gets to celebrate fall with its very own basket of "apples!"

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Music Lover's Bowl

My husband and I are big music fans.  I sang in choir all through high school and college, while my husband started band in 6th grade and played all the way through college (he's an amazing percussionist!).  He is now a band director at the local high school.  We are still trying to fix up his office (both at the school and at our new home), so I thought this would make the perfect decoration:
A bowl made from a vinyl record.  It was amazingly cheap and easy and FAST!!  It actually didn't cost me anything because we have a ton of records, and this one was scratched already.  If you don't have any on hand, thrift shops usually have them for sale for next to nothing.

First, I preheated my oven to 200 degrees.  Place a mixing bowl upside down onto a baking sheet (this makes it easier to put in and out of the oven.  Set your record on top of the bowl. Stick it in to "bake" for 8 minutes. The record will get hot and start to deform around your bowl.

When you take it out of your oven, it should look something like this.  Let it cool completely before you take it off the bowl base.  After it cools, it is just as strong and sturdy as it was before. 

This was so easy to do, and the results are wonderful!

Have fun!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I am hopelessly addicted to this website.  It is truly a crafter/cook/diy-er's best friend.  I find all sorts of ideas here (and I've made a few of them myself!).  I pin recipes, crafts, organizational ideas, art projects for my students, plus whatever else catches my eye.  They have a little bit of everything!

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Happy Pinning!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Picture Frame

Again, I originally saw something like this on Pinterest.  I have gotten absolutely addicted to making things with toilet paper rolls.  This is one of my favorites so far.  I started with a whole bunch of empty paper roll tubes.  I cut them into thin strips.  To make the actual picture frame part, I hot glued wooden dowels to the backs of the frames (not over the part where the picture goes).  Then I started by making the star flower shape in the middle and added swirls and loops until I figured out a design I liked. When it was all glued together, I spray painted it dark red to match my living room. It took several hours total, but I really had fun, and I think it ended up looking pretty nice! If you have any questions about it, please leave a comment, and I'll do my best to answer them!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011


I made this lovely monogram out of a box lid and a wooden letter.  It's actually the lid from the box that my Bare Minerals makeup came in, so it's pretty sturdy.  I mod podged some scrapbook paper on it to cover it and the wooden letter (.99 from walmart).  I inked the edges of the wood to age it up just a little bit and hot glued it to the box.  It took 5 minutes! So simple and so pretty!

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Toilet Paper Tube Wreath

I saw something like this on Pinterest.  I started collecting toilet paper tubes about 6 weeks ago. From my house, friends' houses... Basically if there was an empty roll, people knew to save them for me. I cut them into 6 pieces and arranged them in a circle.  I used an upside down mixing bowl to make sure I got the shape right. I hot-glued them together and made these paper flowers to embellish it.  I am in love with the results!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Thrift Store Finds

Aren't they pretty?  No? Well, they will be!

I finally had time to go to the thrift store by my house.  I could have spent hours browsing but my husband was with me, and even though he did find an old recording of Beatles songs done by an orchestra (score!), he was ready to go.  I nabbed these little beauties for 79 cents each.  Not too bad if I do say so myself. I haven't finished any of my projects for them yet, but when I do, I'll be putting them up!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Magnetic Display Board

I have always loved arts and crafts.  From making friendship bracelets in grade school to taking advanced level painting classes at the University, I have always been happiest when I'm making something with my hands.  Last year, I taught art for preschool through high school at a very small private school.  Finally, I could come up with as many ideas as I could think of for all age groups, and I had people to make them.  But I stopped making things for myself.  Art is therapy for me, and I missed my weekly sessions.  My husband took a job as a band director at a school, and over the summer we moved down to Hueytown, AL.  I left the private school and started working as a special education paraprofessional in Hueytown.  The job is amazing, and my husband and I have much more free time now that our schedules are basically the same.  Earlier this week as I was searching all the craft sites that I love, my husband told me to decide what craft I wanted to make and we'd go buy the supplies.  This is the one I decided on.

A magentic display board.

It was quick and easy and simple to make.  I used a lot of supplies I had a home (scrapbook paper, the free magnets that businesses give away, the two miles of ivory toule I have left over from decorating our wedding).  The only thing I bought was a set of stove burner covers.  Yes you read that right.  I hit up the local family dollar and bought a set of four stove burner covers for $5.  I picked out a sheet of scrapbook paper (I chose the music sheet in honor of my husband), covered the top of the cover with hodge podge, flipped it upside down and stuck it to the paper.  Turn in back over to smooth out any bubbles that creep up.  I let it dry (which was hard because I hate to wait) and then traced around the edge of the burner cover with an exacto knife to cut out the circle.  I covered the circle with puzzle glue to seal it and give it just a bit of shine.  I hot glued a piece of toule to use as a hanger to the back of it. 

To make the magnets, I cut up a favorite leftover piece of scrapbook paper that looks like postage stamps.  I hot glued the paper to a magnet I got for free from a local business.  This was the end result, and I love it.

I still had stove burner covers to spare, so I also made one into a small tray to display and hold items.  This one sits on my coffee table.  To make it, I just glued the scrapbook paper to the inside of the cover rather than the top.  It now holds one of our wedding pictures and a fabric flower that I made (along with a key and a paperclip, but they're not important.)

Making these pieces was a blast, and I did all of them in about two hours, including drying time.  And I still have the two smaller covers left to play with!  I can't wait to see what will be accidentally wonderful next...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Garlic Baked Chicken Wings

My husband is a huge fan of chicken wings.  Those All-You-Can-Eat wing places? He'll close them down.  Lately, he's not been wanting the buffalo style, and I thought I'd try my hand at making him a different kind at home rather than have us go out to eat.  The first batch I made were horrible, but after some recipe-tweaking, I made these.

They were fall-off-the-bone tender and seasoned to perfection.  What I did was put the wings in ziploc bags, then I added my seasonings: garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt... My go-to's.  I poured a little bit of olive oil into the bag, too, to make the seasonings stick.  Then, you shake it all about (as the song goes).  I browned the wings on my grilling pan and baked them in my glass casserole dish at 375 f  for 45 minutes, then 350 f  for 15 more minutes.  Between my husband and me, we ate every bite!  This is definitely a dish I will be making again!