Sunday, August 26, 2012

Canning Frenzy

What a busy day today!!!  I have been canning pretty much all day.  My friend Zoi gave me a ton of tomatoes, like 50 cups diced!  Yesterday I did most of the chopping: onions, jalepeno's, green pepper, and of coarse all those tomatoes!  So today I made 20 pints of salsa, 10 pints of marinara, and 4 pints of diced tomatoes with garlic and basil.

Here are the fruits of my labor :)   I used the same recipe for salsa and marinara that I used last year, just switched it up a little bit.  I added cilantro to the salsa and zucchini to the marinara.  The diced tomatoes I kind off made my own recipe after looking at several different recipes online.  Only 1 jar of salsa did not hearing that popping sound.  Everything else sealed.  So I guess that's the jar of salsa we eat first lol!  I also made a spicy mustard for my husband and I to try, its still chillin in the fridge.  Later this week I plan on trying my hand at Jalepeno jelly and rhubarb marmalade.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Yarn wrapped wine bottle

I have yet another pinterest project...Yarn wrapped wine bottles.  I used clear tacky glue to glue the yarn to the bottle, a friend of mine used Elmer's glue, and they both worked perfectly.  Gluing the yarn to the bottle was a little putzy and messy (I had glue stuck all over my fingers) but was pretty easy to do.  Here is the finished product.  

Here is a close up of the charm

The charm is from Fairy Tale Bead Treasures, I bought it at Hobby Lobby.  The twine and the corsage pin are both from close to my heart.  The grapevine that I have sticking out of the bottle I also bought at Hobby Lobby.  The yarn is the same yarn I used for my wrapped letter and it was also purchased at Hobby Lobby.  Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lamp shade

So the other day I was on Pinterest (big surprise!) and I saw these cool felt flowers on a lampshade.  I thought that was the perfect way to dress up my lampshade!  For supplies I had 2 pieces of ivory felt and Spare Parts brads from Hobby Lobby, and designer brads from close to my heart.  The lampshade I've had for awhile.

So above are the brads I used, I wanted a different brad for each flower for variety.

Above are the flowers I cut out.  I made three sizes per flower, small, medium, and large.  To cut the flowers I made a little snip (you can see the snip in the middle) inserted the brad I wanted and basically free cut the flower around the brad.  I then but the second layer on and cut that around the 1st layer just a bit larger, and then the same with the 3rd layer.  To add dimension I added a stitch to each petal on the 2nd and 3rd layers.  I then put them all back on the brad and turned the leaves until I liked how they looked.  To attach them to the lampshade I just used a single stitch and tied them on.  I played with them a bit first to find that perfect layout.  

Here is the finished product.

Some up close pics.

And the entire finished product!!!!  The whole thing took me about 1 1/2 hrs to finish.  Looks so awesome in our bedroom!!!  Hope you enjoyed this post!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Yarn Letters

So I've been seeing all these cool ideas on pinterest (I'm seriously addicted!) using yarn to wrap items.  So I decided to give it a try myself.  I wanted to wrap a letter to use as decoration on our front door.  Here's how it turned out.

Fortunately it turned out better than I thought it would :)  So I used a variegated yarn to wrap the letter with.  The green flower I found at Hobby Lobby and hot glued it on.  The white lace in the center was just a bit of scrap lace that I ran a stitch through and then pulled tight to make it puffy then hot glued that to the green flower.  I made the corsage pins myself and just stuck them in.  My friend Chrys introduced me to them and now I am addicted.  I make them to put on almost all of my scrapbook pages and other projects!  Here's a close up of the flower.

As you can see, I used a couple of different beads to make the corsage pins.  Thanks for stopping by!