Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Create cheap and lovely Christmas ornaments from heavy wrapping paper.
Embellish average cork coasters.
Here are some other ideas thanks to Better Homes and Gardens.
1. Cut 4-inch squares and rectangles from several coordinating papers and arrange the pieces into a pleasing collage. When you have the final arrangement, glue everything to white acid-free matboard. You can mat and frame your design as colorful and inexpensive artwork.
2. Wrap a clear glass vase with paper bands to match the blooms. Tape or glue the ends securely. This technique will work with any square, rectangular, or tall cylindrical vase.
3. Cover acid-free matboard and use as a colorful mat for existing artwork. Or try the technique in #1, using a collage of paper patterns glued to a picture's mat.
4. Snip 3-inch-wide bands of paper and roll them into party napkin rings. Or try decoupaging or gluing decorative papers to sections of cardboard tubing (such as paper toweling tubes) to use for more durable napkin rings.
5. Trace cookie-cutter shapes onto patterned papers, cut out, punch a hole in each top, and use as holiday tree ornaments or gift tags. Or glue pretty papers to card stock, then cut out the shapes for a sturdier version of this idea.
6. Use pretty papers under glass -- as a tray insert, underneath a glass tabletop, or between two sheets of glass sold as a picture frame in art stores.
7. Slice a piece of paper for a bookmark, add a grommet at the top, and thread a ribbon through.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
These are by far my favorite! I even love the cake stand :)
Sunday, August 23, 2009
1. Drink lots of hot tea. I have basically been living on this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When I have a sore throat, I cannot drink anything cold, so this was perfect. Plus, I got to try out our new tea infuser from IKEA. My favorite particular tea has been jasmine. It just tastes like what a garden would smell like... in a good way.2. Get lots of sleep. Almost everyday after school I have come home and taken a nap. I usually never take naps after school, even though I would really like to, but this week it was a necessity. I also went to bed around nine every night. Thanks to those extra hours 5:30 a.m. didn't seem too bad.
3. Finally, wear your pajamas and watch the shows you normally wouldn't have time to watch. This week, I passed up some opportunities to hang out with friends because I knew I wouldn't be much fun. Because of that I got to finally see an episode of Color Splash on a Saturday night. We usually don't get in until at least midnight, and the show is usually long gone, but last night I just laid on the couch and enjoyed being "sick."
So next time you feel under the weather, grab some tea, your pajamas and fall asleep on the couch watching your favorite show. Until next time...
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
4. Use pumpkins as a centerpiece or put a basket of fall fruits and vegetables in a bowl on the table.
5. Use the bounty of the season. Hollow out an eggplant, pumpkin or gourd and add a beautiful flower arrangement in jewel toned colors.Martha Stewart
*Ideas thanks to Woman's Day
Sunday, August 16, 2009
And here is the recipe:
Chocolate Tea Bread from the Yankee Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup butter or shortening
1/2 cup applesauce
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder.
In a separate bowl, mix the butter, eggs, applesauce and water. Combine with the dry ingredients.
Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
Pour batter into pan. Bake for one hour.
Cool for five minutes, then turn onto a wire rack.