Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Good Day Everyone!   What a beautiful week we have had here in the South.  God is Good!  I took some pics of the Knock Out Roses in the front of the house and wanted to share with you.  We planted these two years ago and they actually survived last years sweltering summer.  Also, the front of our house faces West!!  Hot, Hot, Hot!!  These roses are soooo beautiful and are a delight to the senses.
Hope you enjoy.




I just had to cut a few roses and some petunias to bring in the house.
Brightened up my day.



"Munchie"  hanging out with me on the back porch.



After our "porch time" (not going to show me, but my tongue was probably hanging out too!!  :)  Something about that Spring air!




Till then....Blessings, Carol

Friday, April 20, 2012

BURLAP COVERED INITIAL TUTORIAL

I cut the burlap bag on the right seam and opened it up.

Three flattened paper towel rolls.

I cut the burlap a little wider than paper roll because I wanted a frayed edge.  The only thing is, I didn't originally cover the back of the roll - Not Good - you could see it in the mirror.  I would suggest doubling the length of the burlap so you can cover front and turn over and wrap around the back and then hot glue together.  Then you need to run a bead of hot glue under the burlap on each side and press down.

Place covered rolls into letter shape and then hot glue together.  I like to do this instead of stapling so you cant see staples.  You may have to trim the bottom of letter, etc. if you need to with scissors.

Fold  doily in half and roll into one long piece.  Hold the bottom and then spread apart into "petals". Secure back with touch of hot glue.



I can't wait to do one for summer!!  Think of the possibilities.

Entryway update for Spring




Close up of paper roses (made from "music" paper) I need to practice on these.


Hi there!  Finally, I am back on the internet!  I have been without it and my home phone for about 2 weeks!!! Uggg! I was really in withdrawal.  I have been a little  busy and updated front entry way table for Spring.  I have also been wanting to create an "initial" for the front of the mirror, which I attempted.  Thought it turned out pretty good for my first try and learned a lot.  Now, I want to do more!  I have a few things in mind for Summer!!

"N" made with paper towel rolls and covered with burlap.  White rose made with crocheted doily.  Cost = $ 0.00 !  Used what I had on hand. 

Just hang with jute twine.


Will post tutorial later. Having problems uploading pics.  Please check back tomorrow.  I had some burlap feed sacks on hand which I purchased from a local Tractor Supply a few months ago for $2.00 a piece.   Basically, cut out strips of burlap and hot glue to front and back of the flattened paper towel roll.  The "rose" is a crocheted doily I had on hand.  Just fold it in half and then keep rolling into one long piece.  Then hot glue the back piece so it will hold.  Spread out each fold until it looks like a flower.  Very easy.  Then hot glue the flower to the corner of initial.  If you have a curved "initial" - you still can do this, but will take a little more work ( cutting arcs) - but it can be done.
See you later and hope you have a great day.  ($0000 Cost - Whoo-Hoo!)


                                                                           -  C a r o l


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easter Peeps

Welcome!

Wanted to share these adorable peeps (deviled eggs) that my daughter made for Easter Dinner.  They were so good and so cute.  Good job Darla!

Reminds me of new life and that

He is Risen!!

Bunny Cake Tutorial Easter

Hey there!

Hope everyone had a nice Easter.  My talented, precious daughter, who is also a great cook, made this bunny cake for our Easter dinner.  My mother used to make this version every Easter for as long as I can remember; then I carried on the tradition many years.  Now my daughter, Darla, carries on the tradition.  The grandchildren and children, young and old, always look for "THE bunny cake"!

Here are some pics she sent me on how to make it.  By the way, one cake mix will make two bunny cakes!  You just use one round cake pan for each bunny.  We usually make one with chocolate icing and one with white icing with coconut.

What big ears you have!



Face of our cute bunny.  Darla used pipe cleaners for his whiskers as she did not have any black licorice  on hand.  Of course we told everyone (or, I thought we did) NOT to eat these! ( but I guess my husband didn't hear that warning and that night, guess what, he was eating a piece of cake (the head, of course)  and said "what are these black things?" I almost ate them!  I'm so sorry, I said, I thought you knew! We really intended to remove them before eating the bunny - like you do candles, but we all forgot with all the activities going on, etc. (I know it's not funny, but I'm so bad....I couldn't help but turn my head and chuckle ) :) :) -  Please use black licorice or something edible for the whiskers - lesson learned.  The eyes are nose and teeth are jelly beans (teeth are white jelly bean cut in half).


This one round layer makes one bunny cake!


Stand up after frosting each half and push slightly together.

After you ice the middle and put together like this, you cut a small wedge of cake out of the front and place it on the back of the bunny for the tail.

Then you ice all over and into the empty spaces where the wedges are. (This usually takes two cans of icing per bunny)

Sprinkle all over with the coconut.

Add several drops of green food coloring and stir for the "grass" surrounding the bunny.  We usually cut out "ears" from card stock paper.  You can use pink or white and color with pink crayon.
Fold the bottom of each ear to make a crease and insert in the front behind the "head".  Place "grass" around bunny and decorate with marshmallow peeps, jelly beans, etc.

Just want to say, "Thank you so much Darla" for doing this tutorial and sending me the pics for sharing - you are awesome!! Love you!
By the way, the bunny cake was soooo moist and good - it didn't last long and I'm soooo glad Dad didn't eat those whiskers or the ears!  :) :) :)


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Outside Patio Update for Spring

Welcome back!  I promised to post some updated pics after I added a few things to outside back porch.  I tried to use what I had on hand.  The only things I purchased were the panels and black iron candle holder.  I think I did pretty good on the few items  I did purchase.  I still need to buy a new mat for the entrance door.

I purposely did not buy an outside area rug because of several factors:  the porch gets a lot of traffic (like muddy boots, shoes, etc. as we live in the country  and that means tractors, 4-wheelers, lawn mowers, etc.) and also it seems like every leaf, duehickey (I hope this isn't a naughty word) :) or what-ev-er accumulates right here!  So, it's a lot easier to just hose off the concrete to keep it clean.  I really had envisioned in my mind a black area rug with a little cream stripe border - oooh! - would look sooooo good.  Oh well, maybe next year.

Hope you see something to inspire you.  OK Ladies - lemonade is being served on the veranda!  Come on in and sit a while honey!

Added two "pinky" pillows - don't really like them too much - too frilly (they were in my "angel room") ...need to get some outdoor dark pink solid ones or.....maybe black.....hmmm!  The little tables on each side of the swing are black plastic crates we had sitting around - perfect for setting your coffee, tea, or lemonade on and then put a place mat on top.

NAP TIME!

Here you can see what the panel curtains look like....I really like them.  They are a gauzy material and a little rain and wind does not even hurt them - I know, because we had storms the last couple nights and they were fine.  Purchased them for $9.99 each at W-Mart and they had all colors!!  Whoo-Hoo! I was going to put up a rod, but I'm basically lazy (oops, did I say that?) or maybe I should say, I like to do things the E A S Y way (sounds betta).  I pinned them up with some green push pins I had.  They are still there and the wind was a blowin!  I just put one on each end of the panel and then pulled up and placed one in the middle of each panel and tied them back with jute rope.

Isn't this iron candle holder cute?  Got this for a steal ($5.00) at Big Lots on sale!  I was looking all around the house for PINK!  Pink was hardly nowhere to be found....but, I did find this extra panel I had and folded it for a table runner.


I still can't figure out how to make my lemons turn sideways to look pretty in the pitcher!  I know there is a trick.  I would appreciate it if anyone could tell me :)


Planted petunias (pink & white around boxwood) -this is after the storm.  I think I'm going to spray paint these gray planters with a little black spray paint and add something tall in the center.





Oops!  Left my camera case on the table :(  I am still looking for plates or pics for the iron plate holder on the wall in the background.







Till next time, hope everyone is safe and have a Blessed Easter!

- Carol

Peace

"If we but had the eyes to see
God's face in every cloud,
If we but had the ears to hear
  His voice above the crowd,
  If we could feel His gentle touch
  in every springtime breeze
And find a haven in His arms
'neath sheltering, leafy trees,
 If we could just lift up our heart
  like flowers to the sun
And trust His loving promise
  and pray, "Thy will be done,"
We'd find the peace we're seeking,
  the kind no man can give --
The peace that comes from knowing

  He died so we might live!"


                   Helen Steiner Rice