Lemon Bars

Lemon bars were a popular dessert in our house when I was growing up. They're also great for summertime because they're light and have just enough lemon! These lemon bars are so easy to make - which is GREAT, because everyone eats them so fast that you'll probably have to make more!!

Lemon Bars

2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter

Mix flour & powdered sugar together.
Cut butter into flour & sugar mixture - I just cut the butter into chunks, then used two forks until crumbly.
Don't worry: the mixture is supposed to be lumpy!

Press into 9x13 pan and bake at 350º for 20 minutes.

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
5 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 Tablespoons lemon rind {optional, but adds more flavor}
pinch of salt

While crust is baking, mix the together 4 eggs and 2 cups of sugar.
Mix well with a whisk or hand mixer until it's light in color.
Set aside and mix the dry ingredients together.
Add in lemon juice and egg/sugar mixture and mix well.

Pour filling over hot crust {right after it comes out of the oven is best}.
Bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes or until light golden brown.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar, cut into bars and serve!

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Pinteresting Features n' Shtuff #37

The 4th of July is right around the corner. Need some decorating or treat ideas for the big day?
Here are just a few of the awesome patriotic pins I've recently added to my Pinterest boards!

{Source: Pin via Two Yellow Birds Decor}

{Source: Pin via Landee See, Landee Do}

{Source: Pin via i am baker}

{Source: Pin via Sweeter Than Cupcakes}

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4th of July Wreath

I'm so excited to share how I made my 4th of July Wreath!

It's so easy to make, and you don't have to spend a lot at all.
It took about 30 minutes - 1 hour to put together and I love how it turned out!!

What You'll Need:
1 Wreath Form {mine is 14 inches}

2 Rolls Red Tulle {12 yards each}
2 Rolls White Tulle {12 yards each}
2 Rolls Blue Tulle {12 yards each}

You can use any kind of tulle. The kind I chose was glittered.

1 Accent Piece {I chose a glittered white star ornament}

Cut all the tulle to 16-17 inches long.

Start tying the tulle to the wreath form! I recommend tying a tight double knot to prevent them from coming undone or loosening. I started with a whole roll of blue before starting to add the red. I ended up using about a roll and a half of the blue.

After the blue is done, add 6 strips of red, then 6 strips of white until you finish the wreath. You can adjust the amount of strips if you want bigger or smaller stripes. I ended up using the entire rolls of both the red and white tulle. Be warned that if you use the glittered tulle that you will have it everywhere when you're done - but I love the look!!

Last, I pinned the loop of the ornament to the back of the wreath and
glued another small loop of tulle on the back to use as a hanger.

Love it!!

Lately it has been pretty windy outside.
So it's a good thing it looks great inside on the wall, too!!

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Pinteresting Features n' Shtuff #36

First, I'd like to wish all the fathers out there a wonderful Father's Day!

I am so grateful for the dads in my life, especially my awesome husband! It's also his birthday today!

We love you mucho mucho!!

Now onto some awesome pins I've recently added to my boards on Pinterest!

{Source: Pin via Motherhood on a Dime}

{Source: Pin via I Am Style-ish}

{Source: Pin via Repeat Crafter Me}

{Source: Pin via Delicate Construction}

{Source: Pin via Raising Oranges}

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Guest Post

Today I'm over at Fireflies and Jellybeans sharing my Towel Wrap Tutorial!

Come on over and check it out!

4th of July Clothesline Art

Are you ready for my 4th of July version of the clothesline art?

To see the other versions of my clothesline art:

All you need for this project is:
11"x14" Canvas
1.5" Star-Shaped Punch
Red & Blue Paint chips
Mini Clothespins
String/Twine/etc {I used black embroidery thread}

Head to any paint-selling store {I chose Smith's Marketplace this time} and pick out a bunch of paint chips {3 Blue, 7 Red}. The colors I chose were Capricorn Blue and Candy Apple Red by Dutch Boy.

Punch or cut out 4-6 blue stars and 12-14 red stars {or more, if that's how you roll}. You will use the higher number of stars if the canvas is horizontal, and less if the canvas is vertical.

Tape or glue one end of the string onto the back of the canvas and wrap the thread/string/twine/etc around the canvas until you have four lines across the front and then tape or glue the other end of the string on the back.

Now it's time to attach the stars!

Carefully clip the stars onto the string with the mini clothespins and arrange however you want - crooked or perfect, it's all up to you! The horizontal canvas looks more "flag-ish", but I love the vertical style, too :)

Hope you all have a fantastic 4th of July!

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Father's Day Stache Jar

Father's Day is almost here, and here's what my dad, father-in-law, and my husband are getting for Father's Day:
Father's Day "Stache" Candy Jar!

If you are still looking to get a gift together before Sunday, this one will be perfect!
It's really quick to put together, great on the budget, and you can't go wrong with giving dad his own personal "stache" of goodies!

I bought the quart jars and removed the price stickers on the bottom.
You can find these jars at most stores for around $3 a piece {or less if they're on sale!}

Then I cut the labels out of vinyl on the Silhouette:
One for daddy!

Zoey calls my dad "Bampa" and he has an awesome handlebar mustache!!

My husband informed me that his dad used to have a "Magnum PI" mustache,
so we couldn't resist using this one!

Then just fill your jar with dad's favorite treats and that's it!

If you'd like to make some of these for the men in your life, I've also included some printables to download and use on your own Silhouette or craft cutter. Don't have one? That's ok! I'm also including some gift tags you can attach to the jars instead!

Just click the links or the images to be taken to the download page:

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Because a lot of work goes into creating FREE printables,
here are some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT re-sell, redistribute, or claim them as your own.
*Please do not remove the Artsy-Fartsy Mama logo/watermark.
*If you post this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to my blog.

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