Saturday, July 23, 2011

Gone to the BEACH!!!

Hey guys!

We will be leaving today for a week at the BEACH!  Woo hoo!

Any orders placed in my Etsy shop between 7/23 and 7/30 will be delayed 5-7 days...sorry.


To make up for any inconvenience, please feel free to use the coupon code VACATION for 10% off your order.

Thanks for your patience!  See ya next week!

Hugs!

Friday, July 22, 2011

My super famous taco dip!

Hey guys!

Yesterday I mentioned on Twitter that I made my super famous taco dip for my coworkers...and I may have hinted that I would share the recipe with you guys in time for your weekend bbq's.

Well...here it is!


First, let me preface this by saying that by "famous" I mean that peeps are always asking me to bring it to parties and bbq's...not that I make it for celebs or have been on the Nate show for it...hee hee!

Now...let's get down to business...

You will need:
(2) bricks of cream cheese (softened)
(1) 16 oz. container of sour cream
(1) small jar of salsa (I use mild)
(1) small can of sliced black olives
(1) envelope of Ortega taco seasoning
shredded cheddar cheese

Mix together in a bowl:  the cream cheese, the sour cream, and the taco seasoning. 

Once blended, spread in an rectangular baking dish. 

Spread the salsa on top of the cream cheese mixture.

Spread the shredded cheddar cheese generously over the salsa and cream cheese mixture.

Garnish your dip with the sliced black olives.

That's it!  Serve your dip with some tortilla chips (I like to use the "Scoops" type) and enjoy!

Hugs!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fireworks

Mornin' ladies!

Last week our little town had their 89th Annual Italian Festival!  What's that you ask?  It's a mixture of an old fashioned carnival with tons of rides and games for the kiddos, unbelievable food (including zeppoles), and great music!

We are lucky enough to live only about a half a block from the fair grounds.  We are able to visit the festival, grab some grub, and head back home to sit on the deck and listen to the live music from the grandstand.

Sunday night was the last night of the festival and then always finish it off with an amazing fireworks display.  They set up the fireworks on the beach at the end of our street.  We always have our family and friends over for dessert and drinks in the yard and a front row seat for the show...


How amazing is that view????  I took it with my phone sitting in my comfy lawn chair in the backyard!  Hee hee!

Hugs!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mini White Board

Morning, chickies!

I came up with the idea for a small white board recently and I kinda like the way it turned out!


You will need:

6"x6"x3/4" piece of mdf (sand the edges smooth)
4 14"x4 1/4" ceramic tile (white)
white spray paint, plus another color of your choice
spray matte clear coat
a small vinyl "flourish"
coordinating ribbon
small hooks (2)
sanding block (fine)
Gorilla Glue wood glue

After sanding the edges of my mdf smooth, I spray painted it white and let it dry in the sun for a few hours.

Next I decided where I wanted to place my little flourish.  I chose the bottom right corner. 

With my vinyl secured to the mdf, I took some spray paint in a soft celery color and sprayed the top of the piece (it's not that imporant to paint the edges because you're going to sand them later anyway and I never paint the back unless it's requested).

Let this dry throroughly.  Once it's completely dry,gently remove your vinyl.  Now, take your sanding block and lightly sand the face of your piece until you get the desired "shabby" look.  Once you have the look you want, give it an even coat of your matte clear coat.

Once dry, apply your Gorilla Glue to the back of the tile (don't apply it too close to the edges or it may seep out from the sides).  Apply your tile to the center of your mdf and allow to dry

Once your piece has dried overnight, take your small hooks and apply them to the top of your piece.  Here's a hint for you- start the hole for your hook with an exacto knife.  Be sure not to tighten your hooks too much or you will split the mdf.

K...you're almost done!!!

Now, take your coordinating ribbon and tie one end to each of your hooks.  Take your scissors and give each end of the ribbon a nice clean cut.

That's it!  You're done!

How stinkin' easy was that...and how adorable is your new mini white board????????

Have a great day guys!

Hugs!





Monday, July 18, 2011

New York Yankees Sign

Hey guys!

I haven't posted since June 28th?  Really???  Wow!  I really suck don't I???? 

Any-hoo...I want to share with you guys a sign that I did for my bff's Dad recently.  When my friend, Shawn asked me to do a baseball diamond sign for her Dad, I knew that I was up for the challenge! 

Shawn's Dad is a baseball memorabilia dealer and a HUGE NY Yankee fan!

Here's what I came up with...


I started with a 10"x10" piece of pine.  I sanded is nice and smooth and gave it a few coats of Rustoleum 2x spray paint in Navy blue.  I really like to use this spray paint in a satin finish.  For some reason, the HD only had it in a Gloss finish.  Oh well...adapt and overcome right???

I searched net for a NY symbol like the one used for the Yankees.  I had to import it, re-size it, and cut it using my old Craft Robo software, because for some reason I can't cut some things using my Silhouette software.  Wierd right?  Anyone know what's up with that???

I asked (ok begged) Price Charming to help me with this next step...hee hee!  I needed to cut straight lines and cut the bases out of my white vinyl.  I just don't have the patience for straight lines...I don't know what that's all about!

Here's my cutie patootie hard at work...


Gotta love that man!

Lastly, I took some silver vinyl and cut out "New York Yankees" using a script font that looked like the one they use in the real logo.


So what do you think?