Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dry Erase Project Board

This project was inspired by Kaminski's Creations Menu Board.  But instead of a menu board, I made a project board.  I wanted a project board to replace all the post it notes I had floating around.  I hope this board helps me focus and stay on task.

This is one of my favorite types of projects - easy.  It also could have been done for free {another of my favorite project types} but I opted to buy some pretty new papers specifically for this project.  I choose the following papers from The Sweetest Thing line by My Mind's Eye:

  • Tangerine "Wonderful" Dandy Paper
  • Lavender "Reasons Why" Swatch Paper
  • Lavender "Reasons Why" Motif Paper
  • Tangerine "Together" Chevron Paper
  • Tangerine "Sunshine" Beam Paper

The picture frame had been collecting dust underneath my bed.  It is a frame from Ikea and in its past life displayed a lovely original photograph of a hollyhock.

The first step in this easy project was to dust the frame and clean the glass.  Next, I measured the inside and created my layout.  The letters on the flags are rub-ons and the string is embroidery floss.

Then I slipped the created page into the frame and hung it on the wall in my craft room.

Now it's up to me to use this board.  I plan to take a picture of the board each month and post it so you too can know what is going on in my craft room.

I am sharing this project at these parties.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

{Popsicle of the Month} - Peach Vanilla Cream Pops

Yes, I know.  Just last Sunday on a post I told you how I try to eat healthy and now I'm telling you about popsicles.  Well, I'm a true believer in treating yourself once in a while (or everyday!). And these yummy Peach Vanilla Cream Pops from Bon Appetit are a delicious treat.

I debated adding the amaretto and in the end I did.  But the next time I make them I will not.  I think this recipe would be good with other fruit - especially strawberries.

So go ahead and treat yourself to these pops.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Lunch Bags - {hostess gifts}

My sister Karen is so lucky.  I made these five lunch bags for her.  She sells Norwex and Dove Chocolate and gives one bag filled with goodies to each party hostess.  I let her pick out the fabric from my stash the last time she was visiting {for a Norwex party of course.}

She lives in Peoria, IL and would love to do a party for you.  Check out her websites for more information or to order product:

Norwex {Cleaning is a breeze with Norwex.}

Dove Chocolate {I highly recommend the sea salted caramels.}

I also have a few lunch bags for sale at my Etsy shop - eLRBe.  If you hurry over there now, I am having an August sale - get 25% off your entire purchase excluding shipping by using coupon code READBLOG25 at checkout.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

{Healthy Eating} Porcupine Sliders

Yesterday I hit the lakes {Calhoun and Isle} with my aunt for a nice 6.5 mile walk.  The weather was superb.  I hope {fingers crossed} the heat and humidity are in the rear view mirror.  

Exercise and healthy eating are two things I try to incorporate into my lifestyle.  I'm always on the lookout for new healthy recipes.  I found this great recipe for  Porcupine Sliders in the newspaper.  

These are not your mother's porcupine meatballs.  No way!  These are full of good for you ingredients - brown rice, ground turkey, dried cranberries, and spinach.  And did I mention how delicious they are?  I don't even bother with a bun - they are that good.

Give them a try, you won't regret it.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Washi Tape Clipboard

Earlier this year, I joined Team Washi and made a super cute washi tape keyboard.  This project left me with plenty of washi tape and the desire to do more with it.  Clipboards seemed to be a popular thing to cover with washi tape.  So I jumped on that band wagon as well after I came up with a brilliant idea on how I would use that clipboard.

To get started, I picked up a plain clipboard at Target.

I painted it white and then covered the entire front with washi tape.  Can you tell I tried to make a design?  {It's a field of flowers with the sun shining.}

Initially, I wasn't going to do anything on the back.  But then I was inspired by all the creative quilt backs I have seen on Pinterest and decided to add some tape there as well.  I also taped around the entire edge as well.

Now about my brilliant idea - in my craft room, I use my ironing board as my base for working on sewing projects.  The ironing board was beside the bed so I would lay the pattern or instructions on the bed so I could glance at them as I worked.  But then I rearranged the room and moved the ironing board into the corner.  I hung the clipboard on the wall in that same corner and use it to hold the instructions for whatever project I am working on.  

Don't you agree that is brilliant?  {Do you spy the following projects in this picture? - Scrappy Lampshade, Small Button Jars, Magazine Holders}

And when I'm not working on a project, it's a piece of art.

I am sharing at these great parties and Wednesday's Adorned from Above link party

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Quilted Coaster

I had a problem at work - my water bottle would sweat and leave little puddles on my desk.  The paper towel coaster just wasn't cutting it.  I finally got fed up with it and made myself this simple quilted coaster from Martha Stewart.

Best part of this little project - it cost $0 as I already had everything I needed.  Also it didn't take much time at all.  {makes me wonder why I hadn't done this sooner, I had the instructions hanging on the board in my craft closet for over a year.}

This was the first time I used a walking foot on my sewing machine.  It was a little trial by error at first but I'm pretty happy with the result.  I definitely need some more practice in order to perfect this technique though.

And now no more water puddles on my desk or ugly paper towel coasters!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

eLRBe {Etsy Shop} Blowout Sale

25% off entire purchase (excluding shipping) during the month of August at my Etsy shop eLRBe.

Use coupon code READBLOG25 at checkout.

Visit the shop here.

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up #3