That’s so Pinteresting!

If you haven’t yet ventured into the world of Pinterest, I have some advice for you: don’t.  At least, don’t if you’re like me.  I love crafts and so I see things on there and have grand ideals of decorating every area of my home with what I see.  Unfortunately, I usually end up buying the materials and then they sit in a closet for 5 months (or longer) and get given away before they ever become what I intended them to be.

With that glowing endorsement out of the way, I thought it would be fun to start posting some of the things that I actually do make from what I see on Pinterest.  A little over a month ago, I was in the mood to spice my front porch up with some potted plants.  I didn’t want just a plain pot sitting on either side of my porch, so I searched Pinterest to find something cute.  I stumbled upon a pin that lead to some cute tiered planters at Positively Splendid.

I think that painting and stacking flower pots (or taking my cheaper route and just buying colored plastic pots from Wal-Mart) is fairly self-explanatory, so I’m not going to go through a step-by-step on that.  I’m just going to highlight the few things that I did to make the decorations for my flower pots.

The first thing I did was find a lid from one of my cooking pots that would match up with the size of circle I wanted for my letter.  Once I found one that was a good size, I flipped my piece of vinyl over and traced it.

For my letter “B,” I found a font that I liked on Word and then printed it.  I cut the letter out and then placed it onto my vinyl circle.  I put both on a scrap piece of cardboard and then used an exacto knife to cut my “B” out of the middle.

Place your vinyl as you want it on your flower pot, peel the backing off, and carefully adhere it to your pot.  Try to get all of the air bubbles out so that it looks nice and crisp.  This is what my flower pot looked like after I added the letter.

For additional decorations, I used a 1″ punch stamp to cut small circles of vinyl and then I also cut a slightly larger circle of vinyl (tracing the lid of my Pam Cooking spray).  After decorating the outside of my pots, I added soil, planted the flowers, and stacked them in the corner of my porch.

I really love them and think they add such a nice touch of creative color!

Guess What Wednesday

I’ve been so busy the last few weeks that I haven’t been able to participate with this link-up, but I’m back.  This go round, I think I will follow the lead of Lisa who created this link-up and just post the answer in next week’s GWW post.

So…..can you guess what this is?

 

I really think that this is a neat idea for a link-up.  So, spread the word…..help get it going.  And click the link below to check out any others who may join in on the fun.

 

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

I’m a little late posting this week, but I’m still in time for the link-up, so that’s all that matters.  Here are my pictures for this week’s prompts…..

1. Rainbow

It’s been raining a lot here the past couple of weeks which is bad for the frizz factor of my hair, but good for the possibility of rainbow pictures. 🙂  This is the only one I was able to capture….2 others were too faint.

 

2. Fluffy

Baxter loves snuggling in his big, fluffy dog bed…..even when it’s all squished between the driver’s and passenger’s seat in the car!

3. Letters

So my mind automatically went to letters of the alphabet on this one instead of mailed letters.  Here’s a shot of the lettering on the fire truck that I took while visiting my dad, brother, and cousin there this week.

4. Metal

On Sunday, we had a family reunion type dinner.  We do this one every year…..picnic style at the old homeplace.  While there, my dad, a few cousins, and I decided to trek through the woods/overgrown path to see what the barn looked like now.  Decided to take a shot of the metal exterior for this prompt.

 

5. Tree(s)

This tree is in my neighbor’s front yard and I love it.  I feel like there should be some magical world hidden inside underneath it’s whispy hanging branches.

 

That’s all for me!  Check out the other pictures from this week at Ramblings & Photos!

When ‘Life’ Gets in the Way…

Don’t you hate those moments when you feel like your life is just full of so much busyness?  That’s how I’ve felt for the last month or so.  I just have so many activities and other stuff to do that I feel like other things are just falling to the side and it makes me a bit sad.

Do I care that it takes a week to get my kitchen clean?  No.  Do I care that my flowers are half dead because I get home so late that I don’t feel like watering them?  No.  Do I care that I’m not getting to update my blog and/or read other blogs?  Yes.  Yes, I do.  How crazy is that?  I could care less about some of my real life things going undone, but it makes me really sad that I am missing out on so much within my internet community.

Trying to keep up with internet happenings is hard for me anyway because…..wait for it……I don’t have internet at home.  Well, I kind of have internet but only in the form of my iPhone.  While I love all that my phone can do, it doesn’t completely satisfy all of my internet needs.  So, basically, I only have internet access at work or at my parents’ house.  At work it’s always hit and miss.  Sure we have times where we get caught up and get online, but my lack of internet at home means I have a lot of things that I like to look at.  By the time I check my (multiple) email accounts and maybe facebook or twitter, more work comes in and I leave the internet once again.  After all, work is work…..I’m paid to do my work, not to play on the internet, so I have to do it.  Going to my parents’ house is not a problem…..but the whole busy thing that I have going on lately also means that I’m too busy to go and sit at their house for a couple hours just to get online.

So, I end up feeling like I’m losing touch.  I’m lucky if I can update my blog once a week lately.  The thing that upsets me the most about it all is that this seemed to happen right after I made the jump to my own hosting/domain.  I was doing so well with updating and connecting, I decided to leave the world of free blogging, and now I’m too busy to take advantage of the money that I spent.

Does this ever happen to anyone else?  Or is it just me?  What does the busyness of life get in the way of for you?

 

 read to be read at yeahwrite.me

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

This week has been ridiculously hectic for me, so this week’s pictures have a bit of a twist.  Each and every one was taken with my iPhone.  🙂  Enjoy!

1. Sidewalk

The sidewalk of the walking track at our local hospital.

2. Inspiring

This cake that I helped make has inspired me to make more and keep challenging myself.

3. Time

Not very creative…..the face of my parents’ grandfather clock.

4. Close Up

My poor little boy.  He had a long day of playing at the lake and was exhausted.

5. With Mirror

My favorite make-up compact.

 

That’s it for me this week.  Once again, head on over to Ramblings and Photos to check out all of the other submissions!

Leap Into Spring: Grass/Green

Even though I completely missed the time to get my link-up in, I still wanted to post the pictures that I took for last Friday’s Leap Into Spring prompt.

The contrast of the 2 different colors of green on the leaves of this bush just completely captivated me.  I couldn’t help but take a picture of it!

I also loved the green of this fungus/moss covered tree.  Especially with the blurred green of the other trees behind it.

Now you can go check out some more amazing photographers and the photos that they submitted for this prompt!

  Leap Into Spring Photo Challenge

Cake Decorating: Gum Paste & Fondant Final

This past Monday was the last class in my final Wilton Cake Decorating course.  That was a moment that made me both sad and happy at the same time.  In this class, we learned how to make a decorative border using a scalloped cut-out, how to make fondant beads to be used as a border, and how to cover a cake in fondant.

The first border that we learned used a scalloped cut-out.  With this cut-out, you can make it have an eyelet lace look (like Megan did for her final cake), or you can use a veining tool to soften the edges the same way we learned how to do so for the carnation in the second class.

We also learned about making a fondant bead border.  The basic concept of this is simple because it’s just like playing with play-dough and rolling up little balls of fondant.  The tip that we learned for this was to use the circle cut-outs to make these so that each bead would be the same size.  Using our cut-outs, we worked on 4 different sizes of beads.

For the remainder of the class time, we covered our cakes in fondant and then decorated them.  We had to bring our cakes already baked and leveled with a smooth layer of buttercream icing on it.  This all happened so fast that I didn’t take any pictures of the process, but I have included pictures of everybody’s final cake below.

 

My final cake.

 

Megan’s final cake.

 

Sherry’s final cake (Megan and I were so jealous of hers).

 

All of our cakes.

I had tons of fun taking these classes.  If any of you ever get a chance to take the Wilton Method courses, I would suggest that you do so.

Cake Decorating: Gum Paste & Fondant #3

I’ve been working on setting up my blog on my new domain here, so I’m super behind on actually posting stuff.  I’m gonna start trying to rectify that this afternoon.

During the third class of the Wilton Gum Paste and Fondant course, we learned how to make daisies and mums and we also worked on decorating with in-lays and over-lays.

To start class, we worked on making daisies.  For this, you roll out the gum paste to less than 1/16″ thick.  You can either use the larger daisy cutter for both pieces, or you can combine the larger cutter with the smaller cutter (I prefer the latter because it makes a prettier daisy).    After cutting it out, you transfer the gum paste to your thin shaping foam and use the veining tool to curve each petal.

After doing this to both cut-outs, use gum glue adhesive to put the two pieces together.  Do this with your petals being off-set so that the flower looks more realistic and full.

You then take a small piece of gum paste that you have dyed yellow, form it into a ball, cover one side with gum glue adhesive, and dip that into yellow sugar sprinkles.  You then place a small bit of gum glue adhesive into the center of your daisy and place the yellow center you made on it to finish.

Next, we worked on making our mums.  I will admit that this did look a lot better in person than it did in the book.  But, that being said, it is still my least favorite of all the flowers.  You begin by cutting out 6 of your daisy cut-outs.

One at a time, you place your cut-out on your thim shaping foam and use the blunt end of your point/knife tool to make each petal curl up.

Once you have curled a petal, add it to your base with gum glue adhesive.  The pictures show what it looks like with 2 layers and then what it looks like with all 6 layers done.

Finally, we practiced doing in-lays and over-lays with our fondant.  To me, this was the easiest thing we’ve done in class.  After all, most of us played with play-dough when we were kids, right?  These were my flower in-lays made from purple and yellow fondant.

That was it for this class!  The next class is the final class where we will learn how to cover our cake with fondant and make a few different borders using the scalloped cutter.

 

It’s in the Little Things….

As I sit to write this post, I have a jukebox of songs running through my head.

“What the world needs now, is love, sweet love…”

“All you need is love, love.  Love is all you need…”

I think you get the picture.  What I’ve been realizing over the past few months especially is that love is not just about the grand gestures that are so prevalent in the movies and fairytales, but it’s about the little things.

Love is the way that you light up when I come home from work.  It’s as if your whole body radiates with excitement….like we’ve been away from one another for days instead of hours.

Love is the way that you choose to sit close on the couch while watching tv.  Not in the recliner or on the other couch, but close enough to be able to touch without being uncomfortable.

Love is you wanting to go places with me.  Whether it’s going to the grocery store or to the park to take a walk, you show me that you would rather be with me than sitting at home alone.

Love is sleeping in on a Saturday morning, feeling your nose snuggling into my hair, and hearing a contented sigh escape.  It’s as if that sigh says “there’s no other place I’d rather be than right here.”

The love you feel for me is overwhelming and crazy….and I can honestly say that I don’t completely feel the same way.  Yes, I do love you and you can make me happy even during bad times.  But I do not love you with an all-consuming love.  And that makes me a bit sad.  Mainly because I know that, no matter what, I will never find any man that loves me as much as my dog does.

Yes.  This post was about my sweet dog, Baxter.  Now that I’ve turned 30 and am writing blog posts about how much my dog loves me….I think I’m officially making steps towards spinster-hood!

Baxter as a pup.

Baxter now, 2 years old

Linking up with the Yeah Write Hangout crowd this week!