Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Crock-Pot Baked Potatoes

Crock Pots.

Most of us get them for wedding gifts or as graduation gifts. Many people use them around the holidays, or in the winter, or when they stumble across something cool on Pinterest they want to try.

I am admit that I am addicted to my crock pot. I used in on average 6 times a month.

This surprises many people. They wonder how I can use it so much and what in the world I make. Well this is why I use it:
  1. I'm busy 
  2. It saves money
  3. Its easy to clean up after (saves more time!)
  4. Makes the house smell sooooo good. 

I have decided to share with you some of my go-to Crock Pot Recipes.  These will help you save money and time - allowing you to do the things you love!

Today I want to share one of the easiest (and prehaps cheapest!).

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

  • Potatoes (get enough that will feed your crew or at least that will fit in your crock pot - mine fits about 6-8) 
  • Foil
  • 2 T water 

1. Wash and scrub the potatoes really well - leave them a little wet

2. Wrap them in foil.

3. Put the water in the bottom of an empty crock- pot.

4.Then place the foil wrapped potatoes in the crock pot. Close Lid

5. Cook in the crock-pot for 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.

6. Remove and serve with you favourite toppings!


This is great meal for the night after chili - because you can use the leftover chili as a topping.

Fall is in the air and there is nothing like some chili and baked potatoes!


Friday, September 21, 2012

Chalkboard & Vinyl

As many of you know, I got a lovely new toy over the summer - the Silhouette Cameo!

My love!
 Many projects you see around the web rave about the use of vinyl with the Cameo. I have never used it before with the Cameo. It seemed to hard and expensive - and partly addictive. It seems as if you start with one simple cute frame project with vinyl - and the next thing you know you are placing vinyl everywhere - clothing, windows, toilets, etc.

But when I was reading about the craft challenge of the week on CSI (the craft blog, not the show) - I knew it was time to get my hand dirty with this vinyl thing.

This week's CSI craft challenge was chalkboard.

This is the side of my fridge before:
And this is the side of the fridge now:

Yep - my project entry is a chalkboard & vinyl dinner board. This was a quick project. Take a piece of lauan, put two coats of chalkboard paint on it, hot glue some twine - slap the vinyl on - all done. 

But this was my first vinyl try. And I made a fatal error - I didn't use transfer tape. That is because I didn't have any. And its not like they sell it together - which they should - by the way! (Don't worry I will order some today!)

So enjoy the error and imperfections - next time, vinyl,  I'll be ready! And I won't have uneven lines or uneven lettering!

Any one have any vinyl tips? Or where to get it for cheap?

I'm entering this project here: 

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

DIY Sunburst Mirror

Back when I started blogging over a year ago, one of the first projects I saw was this one here:

from 320*sycamore

I loved the colors and the way those mirrors looked. When I found out that Melissa from 320*sycamore   had embellished those mirrors herself - I started my search - I wanted a sunburst mirror just like that teal one! 

Finding a round mirror with a thick frame was no easy task. A couple of months later I found this beauty at Goodwill. How much was it? $4 (a little higher than I would like - but i couldn't pass it up!).

I got a pack of skewers for $1 to complete this simple project.

So you want to make your own?

The Things You Need:

  • a mirror- with or without a frame (cheapest options are something like this or this)
  • a pack of skewers
  • hot glue 
  • spray paint 
The Directions: 

1. Print out this template (thanks to Under The Table & Dreaming for this!) - which will help you with spacing. Either trace or glue it on the back of your mirror.

2. Start adding skewers in a whatever pattern you want! Hot glue worked really well with this.

3. Cover the mirror part.

4. Spray paint (I used two coats on this). 

5. Add the hanger and viola - you have a $5 (or less) sunburst mirror! 

This was a perfect one hour project (including spray paint time). And these days - with being 33 weeks pregnant - I need easy one hour projects!

This beautiful project went right up in my living room - which is in progress of being updated with a new rug, decor, and furniture arrangement.

More picture updates to come!

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Broken Camera

Well, it finally happened.

My amazing Canon T3 - that I saved for months for... I dropped it.

And it broke.

This would be the time to show you the damage - which is minimal - I mean only cracked the glass OVER the LCD screen - but I don't have my camera. :-)

Anyway, I was in the middle of one awesome DIY project  before I broke the camera. You'll be happy to know its finished.

You'll just have to wait on it though!

So I won't be blogging any projects until I get my camera back - hopefully within a week or so. But fear not, nesting is in full swing and so are my projects!

P.s. Why is Canon the only place that will fix Canons? 
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