June 29, 2010

Pebble Mat


Dollar store craft alert! Look at this pebble mat I made from Dollar store pebbles and heavy wool felt I had on hand. I saw these in a local floral shop and knew I had to make one. Here is how I did it!

Supplies

2 bags of river stone pebbles
1 placemat or suitable sturdy fabric cut to preferred size
(mine was 11" x 16 ")
1 tube e-6000 or liquid nails
lots of time...think mosaics

Time was the only real "investment" in this project, and it was so easy!

Spill out your pebbles and randomly "glue" with a small amount of adhesive. Go easy, you do not want this to show later. Start at one corner and work outward for the best result. Fit your pebbles together as close as possible. This is why I chose a stony color for my base fabric.
Let dry/cure for at least twenty-four hours.

This mat would be lovely on a table as a centerpiece with a plant on it or if you were very ambitious you could make a set as placemats!













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June 28, 2010

Lauren's Upholstery Project

I don't think my daughter Lauren needs my help to recover her chair finds. Take a look at this beauty she did all by herself, first time no less! You will want to see the before of this chair, a hand me down from her sister-in-law. (scroll down)


I guess I'd better get busy with her other "barn" chair before she finishes these new chairs,
purchased for $12.50 each. They are very heavy and were used in an office. I love the lines and I know they will turn out beautifully! Good job, Lauren!

June 19, 2010

Glass Spinning Wheel

Beautiful kinetic sculpture by Andy Paiko, a very talented glass artist. Amazing video!

Concrete Casting: Rhubarb Leaf Birdbath

This birdbath was created by casting concrete over a large rhubarb leaf, and is my Father's Day present for Mr. B. I know he won't see this today, he is traveling home. So, I can share my secret with you! This was such a fun project. I will definitely be making more of them. The leaf is a shallow pool for water that is just perfect for his new cockatiel chick, Ollie. He can be spritzed here too (I hear they like that). A small wrought iron plate stand, picked up at GoodWill for $.50, turned out to be a perfect pedestal. It elevated the leaf nicely and is a stable base.

A very big thank you to Joy Beadworks for the excellent tutorial found here. Oh, and another thank you to my friend Kathleen, for supplying the rhubarb leaf plucked from her yard! I hope everyone has a wonderful Father's Day!




June 8, 2010

Sweetness...

Nice  hair "do"(don't?), I think Ava is trying her best to look like Mr. Darcy doglet. It took her whole nap time to work this one up!


That dog just loves her.

Speaking of sweetness, I made these S'Mores Bars (Baked Perfection), using homemade Marshmallow Fluff. Thanks to Homemade Mamas (via Craft Gossip). They are more like a candy and small portions are sufficient. If you are a big fan of S'Mores, you will love this recipe! I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make the Fluff. There are several ways in which it can be used. We were dipping fresh strawberries in it...yummy! It would be fantastic layered in a parfait glass with my chocolate pudding (maybe with some graham cracker crumbs as a layer?). The consistency is much easier to deal with than that commercial stuff. Give it a try, just because it is such a cool idea! Here is a picture of my bars...

P.S. I made a few changes...the Marshmallow Fluff recipe calls for 1/2 tsp. salt, I used 1/4 tsp., and it was plenty.
A nine inch pan is a better size for the S'Mores Bars and I used Hershey milk chocolate bars (5) of the six that come in the package usually used for outdoor S'Mores. I also had no problem,  just sprinkling the top crumbs over and pressing down gently...no need to put into a plastic bag first and press out.

That frisbee definitely does not belong in the house naughty doglet!!!




Have a great day, everyone!!!

June 2, 2010

Hummus Recipe..

A great treat to serve with drinks outside, it can stand the heat without spoiling. I have been making this for years and everyone loves it.
The other day it was 88 degrees and humid. Mr. B. and I were sitting by the pool with iced Coronas in hand. We were hungry for a little something. I went in the kitchen and whipped this up in no time. I cut up some multi-grain pita breads and put them in a cloth lined basket, so that we could cover them up if the flies were about. Then I made the hummus, a very simple version.


Hummus

1 can 15.5 oz. garbanzo beans (chick peas)
1 heaping T. tahini (sesame paste), optional
2 T. lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/3 c. olive oil
2 T. plain yogurt or sour cream, optional

Drain and briefly rinse the chick peas. Place in the food processor with tahini, lemon juice, garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Pulse until well mixed, scraping down sides if necessary. Remove tube and slowly add the olive oil and continue blending until very smooth. Add yogurt or sour cream if using. Mix again until well combined. Place in a bowl and serve with pita chips or vegetables.

There is room for additional ingredients or garnishes if you like: minced parsley or mint, roasted red peppers, or feta cheese, for example.
That day we left it simple, it was delicious. I hope you will try it and let me know what you think. In a post coming soon, I will show you how I incorporate this recipe into a Greek summer feast. Featured are:  marinated, grilled, butterfly leg of lamb, tabouleh salad, moussaka,
tatziki sauce, feta and pitas!