Saturday, July 21, 2018

Cottage Lake

These gorgeous pictures were taken the other night at Cottage Lake where they have weekly Music in the Park

The colors and sky were just breathtaking....
Pictures don't do it justice

It was a night filled with a lot of goofiness and laughter,
hence the crazy selfie

The lake looked like glass, very unusual for this time of year.

Just one more...... 
beauty all around! 
Now back to our regularily scheduled blog post!!!
Thanks for letting me share!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Lavender Syrup

I shared with you all a couple of posts back that I have been harvesting Lavender from the garden 
My daugher Shae asked me if I could make some Lavender syrup, it's all the rage right now to put in your coffee drinks, added to selzer water, you can even make Lavender tea or Lavender lemonade.

Here's how I made the syrup
1 T of dried fresh Lavender
1 c of water
1 c of sugar
5 or 6 blueberries for color

Measure out 1 T of Lavender
add it to the 1 c of water on the stove

Put the cup of water on the stove and add the sugar and lavender and a few blueberries for coloring,  bring to a slight boil.  
cook on med heat for 10 minutes.  Take off burner and cool.

Add the blueberries for color

Once done, take cheesecloth and wrap over the top of a ball jar to strain out the lavender buds and the blueberries

Once cooled using a funnel, fill your jars.
These jars are just adorale! 
I was able to find these cute jars at Hobby Lobby for 30 cents each!
Aren't they so cute!  
Hope you take time to make yourself some of this "sweet" syrup!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Rooted In Nature

Does anyone else have a work station that looks this messy while creating?   And this is mild!  I get going and all of a sudden EVERYTHING is out!  and messy!
Well, I took Rooted in Nature back out and created this 
ombre card.

Using three different colors of ink
start with the medium color at the top and sponge the medium color first, then move onto the the darkest color and sponge that just below the medium color.  

Once you're two colors are in place take the stamp set and start with stamping the darkest color with the leave stamp. Then move onto adding the medium color with the leaves.  Then the lightest color now will come in at the bottom stamping the leaves. 

Rooted in Nature 
#146482 - $42.00
There you Rooted In Nature Clear-Mount Stamp Sethave it!!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Lavender Harvesting

I've been having such a great time harvesting all the goodies
from my yard.  The lavender is from my neighbors yard. 
 She has been letting me cut out all her lavender!
What a treat!
It has only taken a couple of days to dry it out naturally.
If you have lavender and want to dry it, you can let it sit out and dry on it's own or put it in the oven at a low temperature @200 degrees for 20 mins.  The little buds slide right off.

One of the things I am making with the lavender is 
lavender sugar.  Use one cup of granulated sugar and a tablespoon of the lavender.  
 This photo shows more in the jar just for pretty sake!


Something else that my daughter Shae is loving that you can make with Lavender is Lavender syrup
Super easy too:
Makes 4 cups
2c sugar
2c water
2 T of lavender
A drop or two of food coloring for color
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil
Turn down heat and let simmer for 10 minutes
Take off stove and let cool for 10 minutes
Once cool, strain to remove and lavender or particles, pour into a vinegar type bottle or something similair
Refrigerate up to 3 weeks

Taste amazing!
Drizzle it over ice cream.  Add to some sparkling water or in a cocktail or in some champagne!  Enjoy!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Wood Bead Garland idea

I get asked a lot what to do with the wood bead garland.
you can add it to ANY decor
I sell two sizes;
one is a 2" round that fits around a vase 
the other a 30" strand   
Below are a few ideas for you....

This is the larger strand that I wrapped around a large vase

Here is the same size draped around a candle with some greenery

Christmas in July anyone?
This one is draped across the mantle with cute stockings

This photo was sent to me by Openhousestaging who purchased 
quite a few strands for staging homes in Seattle
You can see the decor is a more modern vibe and they look great!

Here they are nestled in a galvanized tray with some other decor

for you Dunnies out there,  (Rae Dunn pottery)
for those who haven't heard of it
I just draped them over the creamer

Now I have given you a few ways you can decorate using them!
And I LOVE recieving your pictures of how you're using them in your decor so please send me yours!
If you are interested in purchasing them they can be found
at my Etsy shop 2340 West Newton HERE

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Homemade goodies

Been busy making homemade raspberry/stawberry jam as well as homemade pesto with all the goodies from my garden. 
Of course I had to make some homemade little cards to attach
to the goodies to give away.

I used the Jar of Love stamp set to create these little cards.
It has this small stamp in it, not sure what it is, but I used it
to make the little raspberry seeds in the jar.

This is what I came up with for the Pesto jar
Pretty simple
Here's the homemade Pesto recipe;
1 c fresh Basil
1/3 c of canola oil 
1/2 c of walnuts
1/3 c parmesan cheese (grated)
one clove of garlic 
Mix all in your blender or processor
Makes one cup of fresh Pesto
So delish and fresh!

 Jar of Love 
Photopolymer stamp set
#141587 for $25.00
Jar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set

Monday, July 9, 2018

Burlap Wreath

Happy monday!
This card was inspired by all the lovely wreaths I keep seeing everywhere.  
The background is made by stamping with the Burlap background stamp in Crumb Cake ink pad.

I showed in a video last week how to make this wreath.
After I stamped it, I cut it out and popped it up with dimensionals
Loving the texture the burlap stamp gives, it looks like a linen piece of fabric on the card.