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Cricut Friday: Noel Tree Tag

Noel Tree Tag

Noel Tree Tag

I have another Christmas tag to share with you.  You will need the following supplies and tools to create this tag:

  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut/Creative Memories Holiday Frames & Tags cartridge
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Creative Memories Nordic Christmas Layered Stickers
  • cardstock
  • ribbon
  • adhesive

Set the Cricut machine to cut the tag at 3″ high.  Proceed to cut all the coordinating pieces for this tag as noted in the booklet.  Place the red paper in the embossing folder and run it through the Cuttlebug machine.  Adhere all the pieces together and place the Noel tree sticker on top.  Finish the tag by adding your favorite ribbon.  Place the tag on your Christmas tree or adorn a gift.

You can find the Holiday Frames & Tags cartridge, Nordic Christmas stickers and cardstock here.  Happy Christmas crafting!

*Tina

Crafty Decorating: Window Treatments

Living in an older home provides many challenges especially in the decorating arena.  Window treatments can be particularly tricky because the one size fits all box store look often isn’t the right fit for homes with character and charm.  I was thrilled when I saw this DIY project in Martha Stewart Living and thought it would be the perfect solution for our east facing windows in our master bedroom.

Master Bedroom window treatment

In the article, MSL suggests that you choose striped fabric, which makes cutting and sewing a breeze for this project.  I purchased quilted fabric from the FIDM Scholarship Store because it achieved the same result, it was the right color and provided some black out from the rising sun.  The genius behind this project is that with a tension rod at the top and bottom of the panel, you are able to adjust the panel to your liking.  I covered three windows for under $25 and still had plenty of fabric left over.  Fabulous!  What did I do with the extra fabric?  Come back next week to see.

*Tina

Crafty Today: Elbow Pillow

UCLA elbow pillow

UCLA elbow pillow

Aside from having a wrist rest, my husband needs an elbow pillow at his desk while he is working on the computer.  Last week he asked me if I would make a new pillow since the old one had sprung a leak.  I am always up for the challenge and enjoy making items that are useful and practical.  After searching through my stash, the UCLA fabric was the hands down winner.  Let’s get sewing!  The finished pillow measures 9″ x 6″ and is filled with rice.  Straight seams at 1/2″ with a small opening to turn the fabric.  Fill with rice and hand stitch to close it.  Done.  He is very happy with it and looks forward to showcasing his collegiate allegiance.

Go Bruins!

*Tina

Recipe File: Strawberry Vinegar

Fresh chicken eggs

Fresh chicken eggs

My husband and his coworker started a food exchange at work.  His colleague gave him some fresh eggs and in return, he became the proud owner of my strawberry vinegar.  This recipe is a standard in my household and I have been making it for many years.  Thanks to my grandmother, who found the recipe in her local Ventura County newspaper and lovingly passed it on to me.

Strawberry vinegar

Strawberry vinegar

Strawberry Vinegar

Fill a jar nearly full of rinsed whole strawberries.  Don’t hull.  Cover them with white vinegar and seal jar.  Let stand for 10 days.  Strain and add to liquid 3 cups of sugar to each pint.  Boil gently for a few minutes.  Cool and bottle for use.

This recipe works very well with blackberries too.  Drizzle the vinegar over vanilla ice cream or fresh fruit, add to a smoothie or use as a sauce over pork.  Our favorite use is as a dressing for fruit salad.  It will be the best fruit salad you’ve ever had.  Store it in the refrigerator and it will keep for months.  It is sweet and tart at the same time and a delightful surprise to anyone that has tried it.  Enjoy!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Details

Back in May, I took my camera to work with me every day for two weeks.  I wanted to photograph whatever caught my eye on my walk to and from the train station.  I captured these photos:

Decorative cat on a bench

Decorative cat on a bench

Graphic images on a sidewalk

Graphic images on a sidewalk

Chalk arrow on sidewalk

Chalk arrow on a sidewalk

Dragonfly imbedded in a concrete post

Dragonfly imbedded in a concrete post

It was a fun exercise and all of these photos were shot below my eye level.  Something about these images captured my attention and made me take the photo.  I had been walking this route for over 10 months.  But, because I was open to the world around me, I was finally able to really see and experience the walk with fresh eyes.  I plan on doing this exercise again and I hope you will try it too.  And by the way, that cat is still sitting on that bench all these months later.

*Tina

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy and content f/stop

Happy and content f/stop

F/stop and I are hoping that you will be as happy and content as she is here surrounded by your family and friends on Thanksgiving.  May your Thanksgiving bring you beautiful memories and more!

*Tina

Recipe File: Basil Pesto

The best pesto ever!

The best pesto ever!

I want to share with you the best pesto recipe on the planet.  Thanks to Sunset magazine for publishing this recipe a few years ago.  It is packed with flavor, not too oily and very versatile.

Basil Pesto

  • 2 cups packed basil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 c. grated pecorino romano
  • 1/3 c. toasted walnuts
  • salt and pepper to taste

Put all of these ingredients in a food processor and whirl.

I have used this pesto as a sandwich spread, topping for broiled fish and sauce for pasta.  It freezes well.  You must try this recipe and I guarantee that you will love it.  Enjoy!

*Tina

Camellia Season

Camellia bloom

Camellia bloom

Camellia season is here!  We are fortunate to have inherited several mature camellia bushes when we purchased our home.  This gorgeous pale pink bloom is on our camellia tree.  Soon it will be covered with blooms and then I will snip a few and float them in a beautiful crystal bowl for my enjoyment.

*Tina

Photography Monday: Disneyland Part III

My last installment about our visit to Disneyland.  We often take two cameras with us so we can shoot independently, but this time we only had the one since we wanted to travel lightly.  My husband often takes detail photos that are completely different from mine.  He often focuses on engineering details like grates, survey markers and tree well covers.  Since we were at Disneyland, the park is known for designing to the last detail.  These photographs showcase my husband’s point of view.

Disneyland survey marker

Disneyland survey marker

Disneyland decorative grate

Disneyland decorative grate

Disneyland grate

Disneyland grate

Disneyland tree well cover

Disneyland tree well cover

I hope you have enjoyed my photographic tour of Disneyland and it inspires you to look at the world a little differently.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Autumnal Banner

Autumnal banner

Autumnal banner

Time for another seasonal banner using my stash of supplies and tools.  Let’s get going.  You need these items to create this banner:

  • Cricut Expression 2 machine
  • Creative Memories Border Maker System
  • Creative Memories Border Maker cartridge
  • leaf punches
  • small hole punch
  • cardstock and patterned paper
  • chipboard
  • ribbon
  • adhesive

Cut out the letters at 1.75″ using the font loaded onto the CE 2 machine.  Punch out various leaf shapes in coordinating paper.  Punch out the border and then cut in half lengthwise.  Cut the largest square at 3.25″ followed by the smaller square at 3″.  Cut out the chipboard at 3.25″ and mount the two squares on top.  Then affix the letter and leaf to each square followed by the halved border at the top.  Punch a small hole in the corner of each square and thread onto the ribbon.  Hang and enjoy it!

Autumnal banner detail

Autumnal banner detail

You can find the Border Maker System and Border Maker cartridges here.  The cartridge I used to make the border is no longer available, but any cartridge will work.

Happy holiday crafting!

*Tina

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