Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Pillows – Ballard Knock Off - Tutorial

Ballards Design catalog is always full of great ideas and great decor, and these fun pillows are no exception and seem to be favorite in blogland.
Many of you have already done this knock off project, but I thought I’d share my no-sew version.
First I purchased some pillow shams.  (I love no- sew projects!) After hunting at several craft stores, I finally purchased the ones I wanted online.
These were exactly the color I wanted, and the texture is lovely.  It has the burlap color and look, and it has a framed area in the middle of the pillow for your pattern.
It helps to have one of these when making a template for the letters:
After measuring and cutting out the template with removable contact paper, I placed the template on the sham:
Practice with paper first until you know exactly how big you want the wording and where to position it.
Next, I used a fabric paint to fill in the letters:
I used a dauber and pounced up and down carefully so as not to get the paint under the template. 
All done and waiting for the paint to dry so I can remove the templates:
Once the paint is dry, I removed the stencil and then steam-ironed the shams to set the paint color.
I purchased some pillow inserts at Hancocks Fabrics to fill the shams:
The 15 inch pillow shams called for 16 inch pillow inserts.   Here are the finished pillows…
The pillows are a pretty tea-stained color, though my camera makes them look more off-white.  I’m very pleased with them.  This pair is sold, but I may make more with different lettering. Stay tuned!
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

End of School Party Favors

In Texas, you never know what type of weather you’ll get at Easter.  But most of the time, we shy away from chocolate candy because it melts whenever we do outdoor Easter egg hunts.  So we stick with Skittles, Starbursts, Smarties, etc. and that way the kids still get their sugar rush, and it’s not a melted mess.
This year, I used Smarties and we had a bunch leftover so I decided to use them up and make end-of-school party favors for the kindergarteners.
The kids will get these next week when the teacher hands out their kindergarten diplomas.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Red Lobster-style Cheddar Biscuits

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Today I’m sharing a super quick and easy recipe for Red Lobster-style cheddar biscuits.  These are insanely good, and make a great addition to just about any meal.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Step 1 = put 2 cups of Pioneer (or Bisquick) baking mix in a bowl:
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Step #2 = add 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese:
Step #3 = add 2/3 c. water and mix by hand into a dough.
Step #4 = drop by spoonfuls into a pre-sprayed muffin tin… 
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Step #5 = smoosh (cooking term) them flat with the bottom end of a cup (or use a spoon) 
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Step #6 = sprinkle the top of each biscuit with a few parsley flakes:for blog7
Step #7 = Bake at 450 for approximately 8 minutes.  And while they’re baking…
Step #8 = melt about 2 tablespoons of butter 
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Step #9 = sprinkle some garlic powder in the butter (to taste) 
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Step #10  = Remove biscuits from the oven and inhale the yumminess.  for blog10
Step #11 = Drizzle some of the melted garlic butter on top of each.  Then let them cool before removing from the pan. 
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Step #12 = Eat. Share. Enjoy. for blog12
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Bon appetit.
2 cups Bisquick or Pioneer baking mix
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2/3 cup water
parsley flakes
garlic powder

In large mixing bowl, dredge cheeese in Bisquick. Add water and stir until blended. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased muffin pan. Sprinkle parsley flakes on top. Bake about 8 minutes on 450 degrees. After removing from oven, spread melted garlic butter over stop.  Makes 10 large biscuits.
{NOTE: The pictures in this post show the ingredients doubled.  When doubling, I added 2/3 cup water at a time until blended.  I ended up using about 1 and 1/2 cup water.}

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bake Sale – Marshmallow Pops

The elementary school is having a bake sale tomorrow night.  Since I made these treats for teachers earlier this month and they seemed to be a hit, I decided to make them again for the bake sale. All. 200. of. them. But it’s for a great cause, and I’m hoping they’ll be snatched up quick!

I started with the ingredients below. Yea, I know.  I was going to only get the pink marshmallows but sent hubby to the store and he comes back with every flavor available. Lesson learned.  =)
Most everything above came from Walmart. The lollipop sticks can be found at Hobby Lobby or Party City. Both places sell a package of 50 for $1.99.

Here's the thing with sprinkles and colored sugars: they are pricey.  Who knew? My suggestion: buy them on sale after a holiday or look for them at discount stores.  

For instance, the two larger bottles in the middle are the same size. The multi-colored ones on the right from Walmart were $3.99.  The solid pink ones on the left from Ross were $1.99.  I’m just sayin’.

Line 'em up:
I usually line a cookie sheet with foil, put the sticks in the marshmallows, set out all the sprinkles in small dipping bowls, and then melt the chocolate.  That way you’re ready to go with the chocolate is melted.

After dipping in chocolate and then coating with sprinkles, I lay them flat while the chocolate hardens. I usually put them in the freezer to speed the drying process.  About 10 minutes will do.

White or crystal sugar doesn’t show up too great on chocolate, so I mixed it with some pink and red.  Yum.

Whose kid
wouldn’t want to devour anything coated in multi-colored or chocolate sprinkles  aka “jimmies”?!

Since I’m taking these to a bake sale, I decided to package them up.  These Ziploc-style treat bags from Dollar Tree are the perfect size to fit two treats.

Finally, I thread pink ribbon through a basket and made a simple tag for the bake sale.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Signs for All Rooms

Just a quick post to share a custom order I’ve been working on  recently. My client requested 24” signs for some rooms in her house to hang above each door frame.
Black and cream.

Distressed edges…


Distressed wooden appliques attached to each sign:


Below is a 12x36 sign with attached molding for a little something different.  It is a gorgeous gunmetal brown color with cream lettering.IMG_4151

Saturday, May 7, 2011

DIY Numbered Chargers / Placemats

I found some fabulous straw chargers/placemats at an estate sale today and snatched them up quick.  They had that “Ballard” look I was after, and I knew just exactly what I was going to paint on them when I got them home…
Placemats - Before
Placemats - After


Don’t ya just love ‘em?
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Monday, May 2, 2011

Mood Boards for a New Bathroom

I’m considering a change for my daughters’ shared bathroom, which is currently a pink and green ladybug themed room. But I’ve grown tired of this look, so I am considering a makeover. The girls are going to be 5 & 7 this year, and I plan on keeping the new look for at least 3 years.
I’m thisclose to taking the plunge and painting horizontal stripes on the walls.  I still want a room that’s bright and cheery, just less juvenile.
Here are three different mood boards I’ve created for the room.
Option #1: The Yellow, Black and White Room (with yellow and white striped walls)
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Option #2:  The Green, Blue and Gray Room (with gray and white stripes on the wall using leftover gray paint from this room)
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Option #3: The Pink, Black and White Room (with pink and white striped walls)
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What’s your favorite? What other elements would you incorporate?
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