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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Above the Clouds

As I looked out the window during my flight from Baltimore to Kansas City, I noticed the beauty of the cloudscapes below. As we moved along, the shapes changed and I began to see images of snow capped mountains, rounded desert hills, and what I imagine Antarctica to look like. Here are a few of my favorites.















Crafty Coasters

You know those cardboard coasters that many people collect from different bars?  Before tossing them into the recycle bin, I wondered if there was something I could do with them.  Pinterest to the inspirational rescue.  I discovered two different ideas and kind of morphed them into my own take on it.  I didn’t have decoupage, so I checked out Pinterest and made my own. I grabbed some interesting papers and those cardboard coasters and decoupaged away.

coaster pin inspirationoriginal pin coasters

Original inspirations from Pinterest

decoupage diy

DIY decoupage

materials ready to go

Decoupage, coasters, sponge applicator

prepping the papers

I shredded the papers to apply to the coaster

starting to decoupagesaturate the coaster

I had to thoroughly saturate the coaster and paper to ensure adhesion

fully glazed

four completed

prop them up on cardboard scraps

I propped the coasters up on scrap cardboard to dry so they didn’t stick to the work area

trim the excess paper

After they completely dried, I trimmed off the excess paper along the edge

completed coasters

The four completed coasters

coaster in use

Coaster in use

pretty presentation

Tie them nicely with ribbon or yarn and they are a great handout at showers or weddings

(or simply a nice handmade gift for someone)

Improvised Chicken Parmesan

I was craving chicken parmesan last night but knew I didn’t have all of my standard ingredients.  So I pulled out one of my favorite recipes and set out to see if I could make a version with the things I did have on hand.  Wait- can it even be called chicken parmesan if you don’t use parmesan cheese?

original recipe

the original recipe

Ingredients on hand:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • corn flake crumbs
  • salt
  • mayonnaise
  • olive oil
  • provolone cheese slices
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Newman’s Own Sockarooni sauce
  • Spicy Italian Seasoning
  1. Preheat over to 425 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with olive oil or Pam
  2. Salt the chicken breasts and brush mayonnaise on all sides
  3. Dredge chicken through the corn flake crumbs
  4. Dust with spicy Italian seasoning
  5. Spread sauce over top of chicken
  6. Cut provolone slices in half and lay on top of sauce
  7. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese
  8. Top with some more Spicy Italian Seasoning (or Basil, Thyme, Oregano – mix it up, make it your own)
  9. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes (depending on thickness of the chicken breasts)
  10. Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes before serving

I added a green salad and fresh baked bread with olive oil and fig balsamic for dipping.  My improvised chicken parmesan hit the spot.  Proof that it only takes a little creativity.

breaded with olive oil

Breaded and drizzled in olive oil (I hate the look of raw chicken so I skipped showing those steps!)

adding the sauce

adding the sauce

topped with provolone

and now the provolone slices

a dash of mozzarella

topped with mozzarella

a little spicy seasoning

a dash of spicy Italian seasoning for good measure

melty and cheesy

melted and cheesy from the oven

side of fresh bread

It’s an Italian feast now…..


and voila!

Sauvie Island in the Fall

My friend Georgia and I headed out to Sauvie Island to check out the corn maize at Bella Organic Farm.  We wandered for a while through the corn and then decided to explore the island and its Fall beauty.

lost in the corn maize

the start of the corn maize

scarecrow 1

Mr. Scarecrow

pumpkins in the distance

Pumpkins in the distance

Mount Hood and sheep

Sheep backed by Mt. Hood

the mountains

Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams

burst of color

fiery fields

varying colors

bright landscape

fiery fields

reddish plantings

wildlife preserve

wildlife preserve

Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens in the distance

boggy meadow

boggy meadow

Mount Hood and beach

Columbia River with Mount Hood

St. Johns bridge

St. Johns Bridge

From boxy tee to rocker tee (an homage to the 80’s)

I bought a really cheap graphic tee at Old Navy.  It was extremely boxy and shapeless, but I knew I had pinned a bunch of ideas for cutting up tees.  So I went to my Pinterest Board- Fashion and found a few ideas.  I decided on one that is cut up a`la 80’s rocker style.  The LA summer print on the tee turns into strips of colors along the front.  I know summer is over, but fall is the layering season so this can easily be layered over top of a long sleeve tee or paired with a tank and a jean jacket.

original cut tee pin

Original Pin

the boxy tee

original graphic tee

cutting the strips

cutting the strips

cutting the hem

cutting the hem

cuttng the sleeves

creating a raglan-like sleeve

cutting the neckline

squaring off the neckline

final product

final look

Fall is creeping in….

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I took a walk down by the Southwest waterfront and then in my new neighborhood.  What I noticed was that Fall is creeping in.  I know by the dates on the calendar it has technically been here a while, but today I noticed that nature is acknowledging it too.  Here are some of my favorite shots:

sky and skyscrapers

yellow to green

skyline and trees

rusty with clouds

colors transposed

city tree

splash of lavender

delicate pinks and greens

reds to burgundy


burst of pink

backlit burgundy

full fall

love the colors

fall sky

Customizing IKEA

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I am moving into a new space and realized that I needed more storage and counter space in my bathroom.  I wanted something affordable, but didn’t want it to be cookie-cuttter.  Off to IKEA I went to search for a chest, shelving, or storage.  I found an affordable shelving option that would fit into the space nicely.  Then I needed to find bins to hide all of my stuff.  The bin I zeroed in on was the most expensive.  After adding up the total cost for 4 of them, I realized the bins would cost almost double the price of the shelving unit itself. So, I decided to get creative with the cheapest version.  I bought the cheaper bins and decided to use paint and a stencil to customize them.  I got the idea from this original pin on Pinterest:

original bin pin

Original pin inspiration

        the products

the shelf  and bins – ready for assembly

starting assembly

the shelf assembly begins

it's always the last screw

It’s always the last screw that gives you trouble

shelf assembled

The shelf assembled and put in place

aqua shimmer paint

Adding aqua shimmer paint with a stencil

aqua shimmer paint complete

Aqua shimmer paint complete

adding bronze shimmer paint

Adding bronze shimmer paint on top

bronze shimmer paint complete

Completed look

my helper

Little helper supervising the drying process

finished shelvingfinal in the space

The final shelving in the space

Recycle Glass In An Artful Way – Part 2

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I really enjoyed creating the different looks and combinations for the original yarn bottle projects.  There are limitless possibilities that one can achieve by using different yarns and embellishments.  I was inspired to see if I could use a combination of yarn and some of the decorator fabric samples I got at SCRAP.  I started with a spaghetti sauce jar and used 2 different yarns with 4 different fabrics.  I am really happy with the way the flower embellishment pulls it all together in the end.


The material and yarn combination

fabric start

Setting the fabrics first

chunky yarn

Topped with the chunky yarn

thin sparkly yarn

Completed the skinny yarn part

completed yarn wrapping

The final yarn/fabric wrapped bottle

finished product

And just a little flourish to pull it all together

up close of flower

Flower detail – 2 fabrics with 2 braided yarns wrapped in the center