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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