Hello again! Where did the days go in between my posts? Well, I have been busy making things for a the booth I share with a friend. There is always housework, cooking and just everyday happenings that have kept me from blogging. I will throw dealing with allergies in there and I guess I can account for the days.
I saw these cute vases on Pinterest a couple of months ago so I decided to make a few of them. A recycled glass jar, a bit of burlap tie it up with a ribbon bow and I have a few items to add to the booth. A friend is opening a thrift/consignment store in a few weeks. I have been making things for there as well! Busy! Busy! Sneeze! Sneeze!
I have been in a creative mood lately. It might be that the sun is shining and that always helps with my creativity! I can not shake my love for making paper birds! The other day I made a bunch of them. I know I will use them sooner or later so when I make them I like to make more than one.
Not an original idea but I put the bird on a clothespin.
I took it a step further and glued a magnet on the back of the clothespin.
I made a few last year to put in my outdoor potted plants!
They were fun to make so I decided to make a few more today!
This year I was inspired by www.missmustardseed.blogspot.com to use old pieces of sheet music. I think she used pages from a children's book. You will need paper cut into 5 inch squares.
Next, you will need to draw an x to find the center.
Cut into the x stopping about an inch from the center.
Put a dab of hot glue in the middle and start making the pinwheel.
I put a small button in the middle to hide the glue. You could cut out a small circle from a piece of paper if you do not have any buttons.
I used long wooden skewers for the sticks.
I can say these are fun to make! I need to make more! I might be taking the plunge and selling my paper crafts at a local store. A friend and I love to craft so we will be sharing a booth. We are on a waiting list right now. But it is a step in the right direction. I hope it is!
Hopefully, I will be busy making all sorts of fun things!
Where do I begin? I make a lot of pizzas. My husband brings home a bag of bread/pizza dough every Sunday, every Sunday! If I don't make a pizza, I just put the dough in a 9 x 9 pan and bake it for 25 minutes at 375 and lo and behold I have a square loaf of bread! But yesterday I was adventurous! I had to try and make a strawberry flat bread. In my mind if it does not have tomato sauce on it, it can not be pizza.
This dough is from Whole Foods, it is a dream to work with it practically spreads it self into the pan!
I layered baby spinach, cut up strawberries and fresh mozzarella cheese on the dough. Drizzled balsamic vinegar and honey on top of that.
Baked it for 17 minutes at 400 degrees.
After I tried my first piece, I thought it was lacking a little something. I found a bottle of Italian seasoning and sprinkled that on top. That was an improvement, but it still needed something. I found a bottle of balsamic glaze and drizzled that on top. That was it! And I think the balsamic glaze makes it look very pretty! I found that the longer the flat bread sat, the better it tasted. Next time I will remember to use more herbs and maybe I will use regular spinach and not baby spinach. Maybe even omit the strawberries and use mushrooms, olives and peppers. I think I will try that next week!
I wanted to share a little something I made for a recently engaged couple. Two tomato sauce jars that I mod podged with white tissue paper. The paper has a little glitter in it, just enough sparkle! I love the two large red hearts! I almost forgot to mention that they can hold a tea light candle. They look so pretty when the candles are lit.
The jars looked a little boring with just the tissue paper. Maybe, not enough sparkle. I added a pretty cream colored ribbon and two paper hearts. I love how the buttons added a little bit of something to an ordinary paper heart.
On the back of the blue heart I added the date of their engagement.
It wasn't a very expensive gift, but I hope they like it.
I have a small obsession with chalkboard paint. A few weeks ago I set out to find an old frame that I could use to make a chalkboard for my daughter. With a little help from a friend I was able to find this framed blue print. I felt bad painting over the blue print. Someone was proud enough of their work to have it framed.
I put three coats of paint over the print. I had to do a bit of sanding in between coats to get rid of some of the bubbles that formed in the paper. It dried practically perfect! It is an old piece so I wasn't really going for perfect anyway. Works for me!
This greeted my daughter when she came over for her birthday dinner. Let me just tell you, it was very hard for me to let the chalkboard go ! She said I could keep it, but I made it for her and I know it will look great in her apartment! It gives me something to look for when I am out there thrift store shopping!
How did I come up with the name Tin Can Lily for this blog? A few years ago my daughter asked me to help her think of a name for a creative adventure she had in mind. I was taking a tuna can to the recycle bin and I wrote down the words tin can on a piece of paper. Later we were taking about her roommate's dog Lily. I wrote that down as well. There you have it tin can lily. I just liked the way it sounds! That was over two years ago, she never used the name, so I did!