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Awesome Valentine Art to Make and Share

6 Feb

Love sees more

You can make this personalized word art as a gift for Valentine’s Day. Tagxedo.com will take your words, in a shape you choose, in colors you pick and even in a fonts you choose.

Here is how:

1. Go to Tagxedo.com

2. Go to the create page, the tab is on the top right

3. At the top of the left hand side pick “Load”

4. In the lower half of the box, type in any words you want, like, love, joy, spouse, Friend, partner… Any words you want to stay together type as one word, ValentinesDay, HappyBirthday,

5. Hit submit. See the note at #7–Also, any time you get the theme, font, or orientation just right, click the lock button by that attribute to save it.

6. Then most of the way down the box on the left click “shape” a bunch of options will pop up. Pick any which  strikes your fancy!

7. Tagxedo will fill it with your words. Don’t worry if they’re not all there right now, and there are no number. We will get to that later.

8. Click Theme, a selection of color pallets will pop up, try a bunch until you find the right one. Also, clicking on the same button will change which color is most dominant. You can also do this by clicking color on the left side menu.

9. Just above the Twitter and Facebook options, click : “Word/Layout options…” First click the Word tab.

10. This is where you tell it to recognize numbers, or punctuation. Play with these options choosing yes and no and see how it changes your word art.

11. Next go to the Layout tab. Emphasis is how many big words you have, and how big they are, the higher the number the bigger the words. Maximum word count is the total number of words in your shape. The higher the count the more words, try it with lots and only a few. Tightness is how closely packed your words are. Play with the other options until you’re happy.

12. Now go up to Font, near the top on the right hand side. See if changing the font makes it even better. If you like it, lock it!

13. Next try the various orientations, when you are happy, Lock it!

14. You should be about ready to save your art to your pictures on your computer. At the top, click–save, share, print. Save it as you would a picture, you can even pick the size–more pixels, bigger picture! Then print it off, Or better yet order your art to be made as a T-shirt, or Tote etc. There are some advanced options such as loading pictures which I haven’t tried yet. But I can’t wait!

By the way, I made all these images in about a couple of  hours with no directions, it is that easy! This site is so much fun, think what great gift you could make for friends or grandparents. The prices seem fair to me for the products, and while I’d love for them to sponsor me; they don’t even know I exist!

Happy almost Valentine’s Day, I have some recipes to share, but I was having so much fun with this that I won’t get them up until tomorrow!

Amy

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Feta Spinach Puffs

26 Jan

Spanakopita are wonderful spinach Puffs. How hard could they be to make? As it turns out, not that hard at all.

I made two types of puffs, salsa, cream cheese and avocado which I saw on Pinterest; and a spinach, feta mix.

I just made up a recipe for the spinach one, but they tasted great!

Here is my recipe for the Spinach filler to make 8 large or 16 mini puffs, preheat oven to 350* ( I actually only made half this much, since it was for my lunch)

½ cup or about 4 oz. of cream cheese
½ cup of ricotta cheese
½ cup feta cheese
1 cup chopped fresh spinach
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. crushed garlic

Mix these ingredients well.

 

These are the ingredients for the avocado, salsa puffs, just add about a teaspoon of each and close the pastry with wet fingers.

 

Roll out your puff pastry sheet.

 

Cut rectangles that are the finished width you want and twice as long, –about 2″x4″ for mini puffs and 4″x8″ for regular size ones.

Add heaping 1 tbs. to the mini puffs and 2 to the large puffs. Wet your finger and run it around the edge of the pastry. Fold the long side over to create a little pillow, press the two side together to seal it well. You can bake it right away or chill them and bake them later.

Place on a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until puffed and golden brown.

Enjoy these for an appetizer or lunch. They are delicious and easy.

 

Pinterest, You Got Pinned

11 Jan

Pinterest, what a wonderful new site.

Anything you like to do, other pinners like it too.

I am going to link some great Craft Ideas from Pinterest. The ones I hope to do next. If only there were more hours in the day for me to create. If you like crafts, art, sewing cooking, baking or sharing great quotes or even books there is wonderful stuff there just for you. Go to the site (Linked below), type in my name, or the name of anyone else who might be pinning and discover a whole wonderful new way to save great ideas. If you follow me, I’ll follow you. It is the best way to find great new ideas!

http://pinterest.com

This is a link to a beautiful bowl made from buttons glued together. This bowl shows how an artist can take an inexpensive utilitarian object like a button and repurpose it.

http://bonkersaboutbuttons1.blogspot.com/2010/12/knoop-button-bowl.html

Melted Crayon Art. Wow–who knew you could actually do something useful with all those broken and discarded crayons. Again, the real artists shine through. I hope my attempt–this weekend–looks even half this good!

http://lindseydanielladidit.blogspot.com/2011/09/melted-crayon-art.html

Tie-dye with Sharpie markers–Okay this is for a t-shirt–how about sewing a silk scarf and then tie-dye decorating it?

http://theartgirljackie-tutorials.blogspot.com/2011/10/tie-dye-t-shirts-with-sharpie-markers.html

I hope you will try one of these crafts. Let me know What you think, and other ones I should try!

Happy Pinning–Pictures to Follow–as soon as I figure out why the image uploader doesn’t like the URLs I’m putting in–oh well, another day another lesson from my Tech associate. It is always something really easy, and I feel silly for not knowing it!

Also, I now have a twitter account, but I don’t know how to get to it the name is TTTCGM and whatever makes it twitter. Hopefully, My techie in residence will show me about that too.

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Feed your RSS Habit

10 Jan

I’m one of those poor souls who has seen all these buttons and read all these abbreviations on the internet and had no clue what they meant. Technology might be passing me by, but I will grab it by the tail and hold on!

RSS is one of those technology things, but now I not only know what RSS is–I love it. On your favorites bar your can save web pages and sites you visit often, like email or work or your child’s school’s homepage. On most websites there is an orange button with little sound waves moving up and to the right on it, or a button with RSS  push it and new content will go in to the second tab in favorite–Feeds. If you have a favorite opinion or sports or news or craft writer, they likely have a feed. Any new article–plus most of their old ones–will show up. You don’t have to hunt them down or search for them. Just go to your Feeds, click on the name you wish to see and there it is. Unlike emails, which can pile up or be lost. Your feeds wait patiently for you to find them. You can follow this blog, or any other, simply by pushing the feed button, for this page there is a follow button at the very top. A page will pop up summarizing what is on the page, warning you it might be updated often, and it asks you if you still want to subscribe. Since this doesn’t inundate your inbox with emails on subjects you have no interest in, just say yes.

Quick recap, RSS is just another way to save your favorites. These favorites will end up in your feed tab, not your favorite list. It won’t fill up your email inbox. Don’t worry, be happy–technology is your friend, it will make life easier.

You Too Can Chan Luu: How to Make a Beaded Leather Bracelet

8 Jan

These beaded leather bracelets are all the rage, while they take time to make—about an hour per row of beads. It is not that complicated. If you follow the step by step instructions below, you can make one this week.

You need 2 pieces of leather or ultra-suede lacing, each approximately 30” long. (2mm diameter leather)

Onto a metal button thread one of the lengths of leather, slide the button up until it is in the middle of the leather.

Secure this on your board with a clip and or straight pin.

Place the other length—also folded in half—behind and just below the button, secure with a straight pin.

You now have four 15” long strands of leather cord. You will braid these just over an inch.

Cross the left outside leather over the strand just to the inside.

Now cross the right outside strand over the next 2 inside strands. Repeat these steps, approximately, 5 times. Until you have braided about 1 inch. Secure with a straight pin.

Make sure your needle and thread fits easily through your chosen beads TWICE. There are a number of different threads and silk beading cords you can use,* NOTE—many stone beads have very small openings. There are also many needle options, there are even wire needles whose eye will collapse as it passes through the bead. You need a couple of needles. It is not uncommon to break a needle. Also, pliers can help you pull a needle through a tight bead hole.

 

There are 2 main methods I use.

If you are using a 2mm round leather cord, you will be wrapping your thread or Beading cord around the leather cord. For this method a thicker silk cord gives the most professional look.  (I have used the blue ultra-suede because it is easier to see than black or dark brown leather)

Secure your thread/cord with a knot around the middle 2 leather cords. Keep the knot on the back side of your bracelet. Add a small dot of glue to secure it.

 

The pattern is to come up from the bottom, around the outside of the far left leather cord.  Sew through your bead, under the next leather cord, around the outside and back up then through the same bead a second time, ending with the cord below the outside leather. This forms a figure eight with the leather cords inside either loop and the bead around the middle. Repeat until you have about 4” of beads. Then repeat between the next 2nd and 3rd strands, and then, the 3rd and 4th strands.

                                                  The picture below is to show you the path the string will take, making figure eights between the leather cords         with the bead where they cross in the middle

Braid your ends 2 times using the same method you used for the beginning of the bracelet. Tie off with this knot—take one of your leather strands, wrap it 360*(degrees) around the other leather, tuck the end through from the top and pull tight. This will have all three strands pointing down. Place your finger between the strands, 2 above and 2 below, knot again with the same knot used above, repeat with a second knot using a different strand. Add a dot of glue before pulling the knot tight.

If you are using a flat ultra-suede cord, you will be sewing through the cording. A thinner thread and sharper needle will be better for this. Also, pliers can help you pull a needle through many layers of ultra-suede.

Knot the end of your thread. Sew up through the middle 2 strands at the end of the braid.

Now your needle is on the far left. Add a bead and start your first row. You will have one bead between each strand of leather, plus beads on the outside row if you choose. Press the needle barely through the first strand, add a bead. Press it barely through the next strand, add the middle bead. Press it barely through the next strand and add the last interior bead for that row. Press it through the far right outside strand and add another bead. Stitch down to start the next row.

This will create rows of beads instead of columns as the method above does. You also will have—if you choose—beads on the outside edges of bracelet. You are only sewing through each bead once with this method. So it is a little faster; it is not quite as strong.  

To tie off, use the same method as above.

You’re done!

From Cold Kernels to Kettle Corn in 5 Easy Minutes: Why I Love my Whirley-Pop

5 Jan

Perfect kettle corn, which is lightly sugared popcorn, is a wonderful treat. I like mine with a few spices. Caution, this popcorn is addicting! Here is the place for disclosures—to the best of my knowledge—no one at Whirley-Pop has ever heard of me, and I am receiving no money for writing this—although I would love it if someone wanted to pay me! Here is a link to Whirley-Pop, they cost about $25, and you will need one to make this tasty treat. The Whirley-Pop is also a great gift for families with young kids, or any popcorn lover.

http://www.popcornpopper.com/

FIRST:

My secret recipe:

salt, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves

Mix together:

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. cloves

1 tsp. cardamom

1 tsp.vanilla

Stir together all ingredients and then sift to remove clumps. I suggest a sift with a spinning handle, this will save you from sore hands. The “Secret Recipe” can be made days in advance and stored in a plastic tub or clean jar. This is also a great topping for strawberries or toast. The longer the sugar sits the better it tastes, because the spices’ flavors meld together.

SECOND:

To make the delicious popcorn, you will need:

3 Tbs cooking Oil

½ cup popcorn

½ cup “Secret Recipe” sugar

If you have an electric stove, turn it on to medium heat while you get your ingredients out.

virgin coconut oil

Also, Instead of cooking oil, I used virgin or unrefined coconut oil. It adds a faint coconut flavor and smells like the beach when you open the jar. If you don’ like coconut, don’t use coconut oil. It is a solid, so I melt it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. It is also, a poly-unsaturated fat, one of the good ones.

Put the oil, popcorn, and “Secret Recipe” in your Whirley-Pop. Turn the handle at a slow constant pace. When the corn stops popping, after about 2 to 3 minutes, pour it onto your cookie sheet (I put parchment paper on mine) to cool, then into a bowl to serve.

Popcorn is a great movie night treat, and if your children are old enough and safe around the stove, they can even turn the handle for you. If you don’t like sweet popcorn, don’t add the “Secret Recipe,” just add salt and/or your favorite spices.

Lucky for us, Sarah’s first video didn’t work out, so we had to make a second batch, YUM! I still don’t know how to edit or post a video, but luckily my son is home. In exchange for some Kettle corn, he helped.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MDMwOjXUzc&feature=g-upl&context=G25749f4AUAAAAAAAAAA

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