Saturday, October 1, 2011

Freezing Fresh Herbs

So every time I have a recipe that calls for some kind of fresh herb, I run to the store to buy some and it always comes in a gigantic bundle! I would only need to use just a bit and the rest would normally go to waste after sitting in the fridge for a week.  I never was able to use it all up in time before it spoiled, which makes me feel just awful!  But one day while I was doing some pinteresting, I came across one pin about freezing certain foods.  This really got my attention because I hate wasting food, especially if it can be saved!  You can find this ever so helpful list of what to freeze here.  


The one thing I found most helpful to me personally at this time in my life was the saving of the herbs by freezing. All you do is prepare the herbs the way you normally would before using and stick in the ice cube tray and fill with water then freeze! 



Pop out of the tray and store in zip lock bags for later use! So brilliant! I had to share this with everyone!



I can't wait to use these in my favorite chicken noodle soup recipe!  I hope to one day grow my own herbs when I get a garden.  This will be a perfect way to store those herbs throughout the winter time!

Now get out there and freeze some herbs!



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Handmade Hair Bows!

Today, while my little ballerina learned to gracefully twirl about at dance class, the mom's and I made cute little hair bows with some ribbon.  I have never made a hair bow without glue before but now I have learned to wield the needle and thread to make beautiful bows.




It came out so pretty and it matches my ballerina's tap ties I made.  All of us getting together, during the hour long class time, for crafting just kind of flowed out of us having to make the tap ties for our daughters.  We all made tap ties and the next class meeting showed off what we came up with.  There are so many talented mom's in this class.  We were instructed that we could buy the tap ties at a local store here in town but found out that they were expensive!  We also found out they were very simple to make.  We all made our own and they turned out great!  So that lead to talks about hair bows, which lead to making hair bows.  Now we are talking about tutus, which is our next project!  So next week look forward to some tutu pictures! I am so excited!


If you want to make your own hair bows you can find some awesome tutorials online. Here are my favorites:


The Ribbon Retreat
Under the Inkfluence
Slide Show with Random Links
Glorious Treats


That's all for today! Hope you had fun! Now go make some hair bows for your darling little princess! 



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A New Day!

Today is a new day...
Today is they day I became a seller on Etsy...


My first item up for sale is simple yet ecologically savvy. What is better than buying something you know is helping the world's ecological system? Keeping things out of the dump is really a great way to say "I love you earth".  And now you can say "I love you" to your daughter or any loved one who loves hair bows and the earth at the same time! INGENIOUS!!!! If you buy thrifted, recycled, upcycled, consignment, 2nd hand, or whatever you want to call it, you are personally helping our environment. And I for one thank you for being so kind to this planet we call home.






There is much more to come from me but for now you will just have to wait!



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Burn Ban Smores

Yesterday was National Smore Day and here in Texas (or anywhere in the southwestern section of the USA) there are burn bans currently in effect. This can put a damper on any camping trips you had in store as far as smores are concerned! But not any longer! Have no fear camping kids, your camping trip has been saved! All you need to make my Burn Ban Smores is the following:


Nutella, Marshmallow Cream, and Graham Crackers.




Nutella Hazelnut Spread, 13-Ounce Plastic Jar (Pack of 5)
Honey Maid Original Grahams, 14.4-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4)
 
Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme, 7-Ounce Jars (Pack of 12)
First get your graham cracker and break in half like normal and spread some Nutella on half of the cracker with a knife.








Then spread some marshmallow cream on the other half of the cracker and mash the two together and there you have some Burn Ban Smores (no fire needed)!








Everyone say "Marshmallow"!!!




So no need to worry about missing out on the Smore experience any longer! Your summer (at least what's left of it) has been saved once again by Colors of a Mommy!


Now have fun making and eating Burn Ban Smores and please use your hands!




And I almost forgot; my mom told me to mention how every year prior to the endless streams of burn ban summers, when we used to have real campfire smores, my idea to include candy bars other than plain milk chocolate. You can use Recess peanut butter cups, mini Snickers bars, York peppermint patties....the list goes on. Try your favorite candy bar on a Smore if you are one of the lucky ones who isn't in a burn ban.  Happy Smore'ing!














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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Re-purposed Frame Part 1

This is a project that takes time, plenty of time...in fact it's a two part project, part one being where we redo the frame itself and part two being where we create the art that goes inside the re-purposed frame.


First I started with a blank slate:



I got this wooden picture frame at an antique store. The price on the back said $7.00, the price on front said $3.00, the price I paid was $2.00. What can I say? I am just that good! On the back it says "Hecho en Mexico" and it's real wood which is new and exciting for me, because I haven't redone anything made of real wood yet! It had no glass or backing.  I plan on making my own backing and won't need glass for what I am intending for this piece.



First things first...on this frame there is a cream colored burlap near the inner edge. I didn't want to paint over this so I used some paint tape to cover it up and keep it protected.

ScotchBlue Painter's Tape for Multi-Surfaces 2090-.75A, 3/4 Inches by 60 Yards, 1 Roll



I used an x-acto knife to get the edges perfect.



After I got that burlap all covered up I took sand paper after the frame. It took me 45 min of sanding to get the old finish off. Whew! I need a break!


Now it's time to paint! I used Krylon gloss spray paint, Almond was the name of the color and I gave it two coats.




After drying I took my sand paper and scratched up the glossy finish and made it look rough.




Then I covered with antiquing gloss and wiped away and repeated until I got the look I was going for.






After you let it dry for a good 24 hours spray with clear, protective finish to keep it looking fabulous for years to come!



Let the finish dry for at least 12 hours.  And don't for get to take off the blue painting tape after it's fully dry.


The finished product:




And that is the first part of the Re-purposed Frame Part 1, keep a look out for the next half of the frame where I do the artsy part that goes inside in Re-purposed Frame Part 2.















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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Re-purposed Glass Items


Just second hand junk from a thrift store you say? Well I see something a little different! I took these items and turned them into this:






But that's not all, there is a surprise ending so read the whole post! No cheating! And now I will show you how to re-purpose thrift store "junk" as you so called it, into something you will absolutely love! Stephanie's Tips: Choose glass items that have interesting cuts and are most pleasing to your tastes.


First things first; you know how everything at a thrift store has an invisible film of gunk that just seems to latch it's self onto every single item in the store, and manage to turn your hand black? OK so maybe your hand isn't black but it feels gritty and grimy and any other adjective you can think of that can describe it. Wash your hands! And you might as well wash the glass while you are there. No, seriously, wash those bad boys!




And if your glass has been priced with a permanent marker you should get a scrubby sponge to get that off. Use some elbow grease to get rid of it! Let them air dry and if you have water spots just wipe them clean with some glass cleaner.


After they are completely clean and dry you need to decide which pieces you want together. Decide how you want them set up and then get out your glass glue. I got mine from Wal-Mart, found it in the craft section. 




Super Nail 4 oz. Pure Acetone Polish Remover (Clear)It comes out pretty quick, that's why you need to have it all set up the way you want it so your not dripping glue all over the place and making a big mess or possibly even gluing it together the wrong way. Follow the directions on your glue. Mine told me to pull the pieces apart several times after putting on the glue for maximum bond. Mine also says to clean up excess dried glue using acetone, which is a good thing because I made a mess with the glue. Yes, I admit it! It's the glue's fault! Honestly! You believe me, don't you? Here is picture evidence:


Before clean up:




After clean up:




Before clean up (other piece):




After clean up (other piece):






At any rate, you can see the mess and you can also see that I glued the base of the cup to the base of the bowl. I thought this would be the easiest way to bond the two pieces together since there was more glass surface to be bonded, unlike at the rim of the cup. I did this the same way to the other two items, cup glued to candy dish/ash tray/I don't know what this item is called! I used a cotton ball to do the cleaning and it took a while to get it all cleaned up. Stephanie's Tips: Wear disposable gloves while using the acetone or you will ruin your natural nails.


Now you can end the process here and the end results are fabulous! You can use them in so many ways! The possibilities are practically endless.





You get the idea. But I decided to take it just a wee bit further and take these clear beauties and make them, um.....pink! I know, I know, it's kind of an obsession. I just love the color pink, you could say that 'pink is my favorite color'....

I have to stop breaking out in song like that. At any rate, yes I am going to spray paint them pink! You don't have to use pink or any color at all, just do what you like and find most appealing to your tastes.

So here is my final pieces! I love them so very much in pink!






Happy crafting/decorating!



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