Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pinteresting Features n' Shtuff #31


The first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week, and Pinterest is full of great Teacher Appreciation Gift ideas to help you find something perfect to thank the perfect teacher for their hard work!
Here are just a few that I've pinned to use in the future:

{Source: Pin via What's Scrapping}

{Source: Pin via Brown Paper Packages}



{Source: Pin via Urban Bliss Life}



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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Damask Ball Wreath

I'm excited to be part of a crafty group of bloggers to have a "craft night" every month!
They are awesome, be sure to stop by their blogs and see their take on this project:
Kari from Newlyweds on a Budget, Marilyn from 4 You with Love,
Anna from Directions Not Includedand Laura from Smallgood Hearth.

Our project this month was inspired by this wreath we found on Pinterest by Making it Fun:

...and here is my version!

I designed it to go with my Monogrammed Canvas:

It was kind of more work than I had planned, but I love the final look! 

Here's what I used to make my wreath:
12" Wreath Form
Scrap Ribbon
12 Large Styrofoam Balls
48 Small Styrofoam Balls
Damask Tissue Paper
Mod Podge
Hot Glue

First, I wrapped all the balls with strips of tissue paper and stuck on with Mod Podge.
{See my other damask ball/apothecary jar project here}

Paint the back side of the tissue paper strip with Mod Podge and wrap it around the ball.
If there are empty spots, you can add on smaller pieces. Let dry completely.

I had a vine wreath I found at the dollar store, but it's kind of hard to glue the balls onto the wreath sometimes.
So, I used some scraps of ribbon I had on hand and wrapped the wreath. I didn't want the pink ribbon to show through the wreath, so I took it out and gave it a coat of black spray paint {just to the one side}.

Next, I attached the balls to the wreath with hot glue.

Close up of the damask balls attached to the wreath...

I love it!!

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pinteresting Features n' Shtuff #30


I can always use some new sewing project inspiration, and Pinterest is full of great ideas!
Here are just a few that I've got on my list of things to make:


{Source: Pin via SaltWater-Kids}

{Source: Pin via Amy Hearts It}

{Source: Pin via CrafterHours}

{Source: Pin via Sew Dang Cute Crafts}

{Source: Pin via See Kate Sew}

{Source: Pin via Foofanagle}

{Source: Pin via MADE}

{Source: Pin via Sew.Craft.Create.}

Toddler Messenger Bag
{Source: Pin via Hill Yeah}

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DIY Twix Bars

These wannabe "Twix" bars are SO simple, and almost taste better than the real thing!! Not as much work as I thought, especially for someone who thinks even the thought of recipes like this are beyond overwhelming.


The idea came to me after Halloween, when our attempt at making caramel apples turned into yummy apples with a delicious dip!! We couldn't get the caramel to a high enough temperature, but it was the perfect temperature for a dip or a recipe like this. I also got an easy and delicious shortbread recipe from my amazing dessert-master of an aunt. Top the both with chocolate and voila! Perfect combination.

Twix Bars:
Prepare shortbread layer:
Recipe by Wendi Klein
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups unsalted butter
4 cups flour
Pinch of salt
Pinch of baking powder
1/2-1 tsp vanilla

 Press down into 13x9 pan to be about 1/8" thick.
Poke dough all over with a fork and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool.

Prepare caramel layer:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup light corn syrup
2 cups brown sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

Combine the first three ingredients in a large saucepan.  When the butter is melted, add the condensed milk.  Stirring constantly, cook to 230 degrees (soft ball stage).  Take off heat, and stir in vanilla.

OR use a shortcut method:
Two 14 oz bags of caramels
2 Tbs + 2 tsp heavy cream

Unwrap caramels and place in a saucepan.
Turn to medium-low heat at stir until melted, and add in heavy cream.  Do NOT overcook!

Pour hot caramel over the shortbread and spread evenly.
If it cools too fast, get fingers a little bit wet and you can easily move it around.
Let cool.

Prepare chocolate layer:
Melt 1 1/2 - 2 bags of chocolate chips
{I used milk chocolate, but you can use whatever you like}
Small amount of vegetable oil or shortening if chocolate is too thick to pour

Melt chocolate chips and oil/shortening  in microwave or in a double boiler over low heat.
Pour over caramel and spread to edges.
Let cool.

Cut into squares {I also used cookie cutters for some fun shapes} and serve!
Store covered at room temperature or in the fridge {remove from fridge a little while before serving!}

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ultimate Blog Party 2012


5 Minutes for Mom is having their Sixth Annual Ultimate Blog Party!
The Ultimate Blog Party is a giant blog hop, and a great place to make new friends. Can't say no to that!

So, whether you're here visiting from the party or have been following for a while,
Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Mama!

I'm Lindsay, the Artsy-Fartsy Mama!
I'm a wife to an amazing man, mama to the best daughter ever, a graphic designer, and love all things crafty. When I'm not blogging, you can find me working with my design business, Happy Potamus Designs.
I also love watching reality TV, drinking Mountain Dew and finding ways to DIY on a small budget.

Here at Artsy-Fartsy Mama you'll find a little of everything:






and much more!

I also love featuring other blogs and ideas that I find through Pinterest. Every Sunday you can see new features and get some creative "pin"spiration at my "Pinteresting Features & Shtuff Sunday"!

Thanks for stopping by!
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Pinteresting Features n' Shtuff #29


I can always use some new recipes, and Pinterest is full of great ones!
Here are just a few that got me drooling:


{Source: Pin via Chef in Training}

{Source: Pin via Momma Hen's Kitchen}

{Source: Pin via Life as Lofthouse}

{Source: Pin via Skinny Taste}

{Source: Pin via Fake Ginger}


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