October 28, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I found this tutorial on Pinterest. (yes, I’m addicted to Pinterest..isn’t everyone?) and had it whipped out in a couple of hours. Most of that time was waiting on paint to dry. Almost everything came from the Dollar Tree, so you know it was cheap!
The “candles” are actually toilet paper tubes with hot glue dripped down the sides..can you believe it?
Here is the tutorial so you can make one too. House of Dewberry Halloween Candles
I did actually paper mache the toilet paper tubes to make them a little more sturdy, but you don’t have to. (Ms. Dewberry put weights in the bottom of hers.)
The tutorial only shows how to make the candles, but obviously you can “centerpiece” them any way you want.
And I did!
The tray (from the Dollar Tree) was a clear black plastic, so I spray painted it matte black, then over sprayed it lightly with a silver to bring out the skulls and bones.
Black roses, mini skulls, raven, spiders, and battery powered tea lights are all Dollar Tree finds. The blue glittery squiggly thing was a leftover in my craft box that I thought looked appropriately spooky.
There you go. Easy easy easy.
If you’re a pinterest nut, and Halloween tickles your fancy as much as it does me, feel free to check out my Halloween board for other inspiring ideas I’ve picked up over the past few weeks!
All Things Halloween
I’m under my business name Soaperfect Handcrafted Soaps. Have a terrifying day!
August 19, 2013 § Leave a Comment
It’s been a heck of a busy summer, and I haven’t had much time to indulge in my soaping passion. I’ve got Autumn on my mind, as far as new colors, scents, and designs. I can’t wait to start using those fall scents! However, until such time, here’s some other creations I do have made. And don’t forget, you can purchase most of these over at http://www.soaperfect.net!
And guess what? I finally have two..yes, count them two exclusive fragrances for men. “Wolf,” and “Extremely Sexy For Men.”
Not that the guys don’t love all those other scents. My hubbies favorite is still “Chocolate,” and “Snickerdoodle.”
August 16, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I have this wing chair that I just love, but it was old, and it showed. I looked around at getting it reupholstered, but it was way out of my budget. I got the chair for free, and I didn’t want to spend much to make it pretty. So it sat there for 2 years annoying me with my lack of skill to do something with it myself. And then I came across Upholstery Paint. Whaaaaat?! You can paint upholstery?? Why yes you can! And I did.
You can buy this amazing product over at Simply Spray. They have alot of different colors to choose from. I went with Plum.
And here’s what it did for my old sad chair.
First light coat of paint:
I feel like I have a brand new chair!
The little details in case you’re interested in trying this for yourself.
You cannot go from dark to light. That is to say, if you have a black chair, and try to spray it white, it’s not going to work.
Simply Spray says in their FAQ that it will take about 3 cans of paint for an average sized chair. I needed 4 cans. (And I only bought 3!) So get at least 1 more can than you think you need.
Do a light spray job first. This acts like a primer, so you won’t need so much paint.
Don’t stop spraying once you start!
The cans get a bit drippy and spray little paint blobs all over the place if you lift your finger off the trigger. I just rubbed the blobs in, and all was fine.
There was alot of over spray. Make sure you lay something down underneath your project, like newspaper or plastic. (Or maybe I’m just an over exuberant sprayer?)
Does it feel all rough and and “painty?” when you’re finished?
No, it doesn’t! It feels almost the same as before I painted.
Does it smell?
Not that I noticed. I brought the chair back into the house a few hours later, and I never smelled anything overpowering. Note: I did have all my doors and windows open, because it’s August, so that could of made a difference.
Will the paint come off on my butt when I sit on it?
No, it won’t..lol I was worried about that too.
Here’s a Youtube video that shows a sofa being painted. I can’t imagine how many cans that took!
August 21, 2012 § Leave a Comment
My son is always mentioning how loud the cats are when they eat. It reminds him of that Kit Kat commercial (that drives me nuts) where the whole thing is “crunch crunch crunch” to a little tune.
Hence he made a video that completely amused me today.
(Not bad for a cellphone video I might add.)
Thank you Kyle for making me laugh!
July 25, 2012 § Leave a Comment
(For the most part, this is from a Taste of Home recipe..but of course a few adaptations have jumped into the bowl.)
8 ounces uncooked medium shell pasta
8 oz package frozen peas, thawed
1/2 cucumber, halved and sliced (peel if desired)
1 small yellow squash, sliced
1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
black pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Drain again.
In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, squash, peas, and onion. Add the ranch dressing and a bit of black pepper. Mix well.
Add the pasta, and toss to coat.
Cover and chill for a couple hours before serving.
Whew, we’re done. Thank goodness, it’s hot in here!
July 17, 2012 § Leave a Comment
How many wind chimes can one backyard hold? At least one more..especially when it’s all pirate-y. Arr matey, here there be pirates.And look, there’s even a skeleton key! Too cute!..er..I mean look at that there skeleton key yer scallywag..
I have two made, but this one is for sale if your interested. Check me out at Etsy.
July 16, 2012 § Leave a Comment
You know when you have zip for groceries, and yet the family still expects something to grace their plates at dinner time?
My dilemma exactly. So I came up with this! It got rave reviews, and there wasn’t a wedge left. I think it’s a keeper!
6 medium potatoes, scrubbed, cut into wedges, and patted dry
1 fresh lemon, sliced
1/2 cup mayonnaise (or salad type dressing mayonnaise)
Italian style bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
Put your wedged and dried potatoes into a large bowl. Add the mayonnaise, and stir to combine.
Squeeze about 4 of the lemon slices over the potatoes. (Keep them, you will be using them in just a minute)
Add salt and pepper to taste. (I think I used about 1/4 teaspoon, but it could have used a teenie bit more.)
Sprinkle bread crumbs over the potato mixture, and stir well to get everyone in the bowl covered.
Grease a cookie sheet with about a tablespoon of oil, then lay the lemon slices down.
Place the potato wedges in the pan and over the lemons. (only a few will actually be on the lemons)
Sprinkle more bread crumbs over the potatoes.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees farenheit for about 60 minutes, turning once, till golden, and potatoes pierce easily with a fork.
Ding! Time to impress your family with a new potato favorite.