Monday, November 28, 2011

Etsy Shopping

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!  Mine was nice but so hectic.  Being out of the house for a weekend gives me such anxiety.  I have a hard time relaxing ever since I became a mom (before I could sit on a couch and watch TV for hours.)  I want to get a million things done and there is never enough time.  So today I am playing catch up with, laundry, blogging, and making jewelry for some holiday fairs.  Recently I have started up my Etsy site again for the holidays.  In honor of Cyber Monday, here are just a few of the items I recently posted to the my site.

 Garnet Teardrop Necklace - $30

 Amethyst Filigree Earrings - $45

Peacock Pearl and Swarovski Crystals - $75

What is everyone's feeling on Etsy?  There are so many things on the site that it can be a little overwhelming but there are so many interesting things you wouldn't be able to find anywhere else.  It is especially nice to support small business!!!  Check my site out  Any feedback would be appreciated.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Monday Night Football Menu

Every Monday my husband gets together with the guys in our neighborhood for Monday night football.  They rotate houses and everyone brings their own beer while the host provides a snack (usually wings.) I use this time to try out new recipes as I don't like to make any new desserts unless I know I will have lots of people over to eat them. I have no self control!

The menu:
BBQ Chicken Calzone
Pepperoni Calzone
Veggie Calzone
Skillet Cookie

My husband was in charge of the wings and the pizza dough but I fixed up the rest.  I found both the calzone and skillet cookie recipes on Pinterest.  I have tried out the calzones before but this time I gave BBQ chicken a try.  It was super easy.  I put two chicken breasts in a crock pot with a chopped onion and BBQ sauce and left it to cook all day.  By the time I was ready to make dinner the chicken had fallen apart and made a perfect calzone filling.

When it was time to make the calzone I flattened the dough and shaped it into a rectangle.  After that I took the BBQ chicken mixture and put it down the center of the rectangle and topped that with cheddar cheese.

After the mixture was put down the center, I cut the dough into 1 inch strips and started folding the dough over to make the appearance of a braid.  I then rubbed some olive oil on the top and sprinkled them with cornmeal.

In addition to the BBQ chicken, I also made a veggie and pepperoni calzone.  These are so easy to make and will impress your guests.  The first time I made these I followed this tutorial.

For dessert I made a skillet chocolate chip cookie that I found on the pink and blue blog.  It was so yummy and easy.  I will definitely be making it again!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Grandma's Fashion Designs

My Grandma was one of the craftiest people I have ever known. I used to love to visit to see the new projects she was working on. I was lucky enough to inherit a fraction of her talent. When she passed away we found a stack of drawings that she had done when she was younger. Most were of her fashion designs. It was amazing to go through them and see the fashions of her day and the descriptions of the designs.

I became the keeper of these illustrations and I thought it would be interesting to turn them into decorations. I found two frames at an antique shop, framed two of the designs and hung them in my bedroom. 

Every time I see them it makes me smile...

It was very hard to decide which drawings to frame since there were so many amazing drawings.  Here are a few more of my favorites.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

DIY Glitter Ornaments

While spending time on Pinterest (totally obsessed) the other day I saw this great tutorial for Glitter Christmas Ornaments.  I am always on the lookout for a good DIY gift idea and when I saw these I got really excited.  I love everything sparkly and glittery but get annoyed when I find it everywhere.  These ornaments are genius...all the sparkle and none of the mess.  I went out and bought everything I needed to make these ornaments.  Just an FYI, the floor wax now has a different label, still clear bottle and blue cap but the label says Floor Care - Tile and Vinyl Finish.  

These ornaments could not have been easier to do.  One took about 5 minutes.  Out of a .64 oz tube of glitter I only used about a quarter for one ornament.  Here is what they looked like when I finished.

I am definitely going out this weekend and buying more ornaments and glitter.  Seeing the completed product, this DIY is going to be my obsession until Christmas time. 

***Spoiler Alert*** 
Everyone I know will be getting these for Christmas!!!

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