Friday, July 27, 2012

Mini Loaf Pan Liners

I love baking breads in my mini loaf pans. I have never particularly enjoyed the clean-up. [if you can imagine]

I always wished they had little mini loaf liners readily available, so I could pick them up at the store when I stock up on muffin liners.  I have yet to see an actual mini loaf liner out there.  [I haven't been too diligent in my search.]  After years of spraying my pans and sometimes scratching the bottoms when getting the bread out, I finally figured out to just use two cupcake/muffin liners.

I use two liners to a loaf.  I press one side down on each liner.  And it has worked perfectly with the liners I use.

Clean-up is easy.

Plus I am excited to deliver loaves similar to this to friends and neighbors--all tucked-up neatly in cute printed liners.

post edit:  I actually did come across mini loaf liners at our local Walmart in the wedding/party section, but I still think this technique is just as effective.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Old Glory Wreath

This is another project I owe to my pinterest feed.  With pinterest if it's obvious to me on how to do it, I rarely click on over for a tutorial.  Sometimes I do, but not this time around...just wrap a wreath in yarn. [seemed easy enough]  

A few hints on how I did mine though...

I painted the wreath blue and white.  I skipped the red mostly because I didn't think it was necessary.  Painting at all isn't necessary, but with the white especially I didn't have to be perfect about closing the gaps on what would have been a green wreath.

I just tied the yarn end to end. I didn't even use a glue gun for this.

I marked out the width of my stripes beforehand.  I wanted there to be 13 stripes, 7 red and 6 white, just like Old Glory. They didn't need to be exact for me, just close enough.

I still want there to be 50 stars [or a fraction].  I know what I will use now for the stars.  I figured it out before the Fourth of July, but didn't have time to run to the store to purchase them.  So I'll wait until next year to add them...but I'll tell you now though.  [pearly pins]

I have seen friends use buttons which are really cute.  And I tried tying little white knots on a blue strand of yarn...that was time consuming and didn't look as good as I imagined. But I happened to have a pearly pin on hand and I loved the look of it...unfortunately, I didn't have 49 more or I would have posted it adorned with pearls.

Maybe I'll post it sooner than next year.  With pins.  And then you can pin it.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Front Door Wreath: A Makeover

I've had this particular wreath for at least 10 years now.  This was the first picture I found of it in its "before" state.


It's been donning my door since before I was married and if you can imagine, it was looking a little aged, had lost a few apples, a few leaves, and the fake berries were being pecked off by birds.  I thought a little spray paint might do just the trick to perk it up a bit. 

And it did. [nailed it, even]

 I can't believe how much more it brightens my day seeing it hanging there on my front door.   

Saturday, July 7, 2012

I recall...

...sharing a picture of two of the hot air balloons I hung up in my boys' room.  But I don't think I shared a picture of the one I hung in my daughter's room.    

So here it is... 

[I left the door hinge in the picture as a size reference.]

And if I do the math...which I did, in my head just now, I still have three to share. [yeah, that means I made six...a way long time ago...being last year...but they're still new to you.]